Bourbon Barrel Aged Shipwreck Porter | Arcadia Brewing Company

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Bourbon Barrel Aged Shipwreck PorterBourbon Barrel Aged Shipwreck Porter
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Brewed by:
Arcadia Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
arcadiaales.com

Style: Baltic Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
The Baltic-style Porter has a robust malt character and a slight herbal hop bitterness. Aged for 12 months in 10-year-old Kentucky bourbon oak barrels, this alluring dark liquid features appealing undertones of vanilla, oak, cocoa, and coffee. The aging occurs in abandoned mines in Michigan, at a constant temperature of 45F.

Added by jale on 02-01-2011

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Ratings:
1,024
Reviews:
333
Avg:
4.12
pDev:
9.47%
 
 
Wants:
155
Gots:
355
For Trade:
42
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Photo of monty79_1997
3.88/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BlakeAM
4.37/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Excellent brew and an exceptional value (especially considering how readily available it's been in Chicagoland).

The pour is fairly standard for a bba brew, pitch black with a golden tan head that dissipates to nothing. Smell is initially dark fruit and bourbon, but opens up to melted caramel pieces, toasted marshmallow, vanilla bean ice cream and fresh fudge. Taste follows the nose with a bit more roast. The mouthfeel seems a bit thin at first, but remember this is a Baltic porter and not a stout (although every bit as decadent as one would expect from a great bba stout).

Honestly this beer needs more love from the BAs in Arcadia's distro footprint. I've passed this one by one multiple occasions but glad I finally tried it.

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Photo of Phoodcritic
3.9/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of waddellc2
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jrborchert74
3.9/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Tyecko
4.07/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of ZEB89
4.61/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of whatname
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Muss42
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of beertunes
3.73/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Superspak for this one from his NBS BIF #4 box. 12oz bottle poured into 10oz goblet. The beer poured a solid black, with just the thinnest cap of dark brown head that had no retention or lacing.

The aroma was fairly muted, at first, with slightly sweet malt scent at the front. Some subdued bourbon became apparent, and a bit oak was present in the background. On the tongue though, all those elements showed bright and strong. The bourbon was very complimentary, not overpowering the beer, and the added an interesting flavor. There was a slight tang of sourness, on the first couple of sips, but went away after that.

The body was fairly typical for the style, medium-ish, with a slightly sweet finish. The bourbon flavor lasted longest at the back of the palate. Drinkability was very good, with the12% ABV not noticeable. Overall, a very nice beer, one worth seeking out, and a must-hit if you run across it.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
4.11/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a snifter.

3.25 A: Black color. One finger of frothy beige head. Retention is lacking and no lacing is left.

4.0 S: Wow, this is so very smooth on the nose. Roastiness, chocolate, caramel. Leathery bourbon, oak, and vanilla. Not particularly complex, but smells great.

4.25 T: Tastes even better than it smells. The barrel aging was done perfectly. Vanilla, leather, and oak supplement the roastiness, chocolate and caramel perfectly. Mildly sweet with just a touch of tannins to balance.

4.0 M: Surprisingly light on the tongue for a beer this big. Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Not at all cloying, and indeed, it's weirdly almost refreshing.

4.25 D: Very well crafted beer. Easily one of the most drinkable and smooth 12% beers I've had. Not a whole lot of complexity, but tastes great and solid all around.

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Photo of Eziel
3.51/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of strohme2
3.96/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of slipperysoup
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DeadeyeOTDO
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of HopHunter19
4.53/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A - nice bottle with a red foil wrap on it, dark brown black beer with some translucency on the edges, mocha head doesn't stick that long
S - vanilla, oak, chocolate, burnt marshmallow, very malty, butterscotch, toffee
T - big vanilla, oak, dark malts, toffee, Caramel, definite bourbon, burnt marshmallow
M - heavy mouthfeel, alcohol present but appropriate, aftertaste is bourbon, oak
O - good beer, average to below average for the style which makes it good to great overall

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Photo of MatthewWalters
4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Redsunsx01x
4.39/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Stillmakingnoise
4.16/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of pagesofphotographs
3.97/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of tmm313
2.98/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Photo of HungarianCount
4.37/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Deltoro
3.75/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of biboergosum
3.79/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle - thanks again to my old friend Chris for bringing this up from his current Stateside, er, travels.

This beer pours a pretty solid black, but with noticeable red cola basal edges, and one finger of weakly puffy, somewhat foamy, and bubbly beige head, which leaves a bit of weeping tile 'lace' around the glass as it quickly blows off.

It smells of gritty and grainy Bourbon barrel staves, testy vanilla pods, semi-sweet bready and gently toasted caramel malt, slightly sour cafe-au-lait, a touch of star anise spice, some blended dark orchard fruitiness, and a very subtle metallic booziness. The taste is bready and doughy caramel malt, a free-range ashiness, still muddled Kentucky County whiskey notes (some sauced vanilla and bland rye graininess, I suppose), a sort of sour milkiness, bitter licorice root, some ethereal leafy and herbal hop bitters, and, yeah a hovering, but not quite alighting wowee sauce measure.

The carbonation is adequate in its barely palate-supporting frothiness, the body a hefty medium-heavy weight, and sort of smooth, just too much pithy fruit, damp ashiness, and assertive booze taking their dim toll. It finishes off-dry, but weirdly trending towards the former, as the woodsiness starts to completely take over the proceedings.

Overall, I found this to be an agreeable enough BA porter, that is, if you prefer a lot of heat in your big-ass versions of the style. At any rate, glad to have been offered the chance to try it, but I'm not entirely sure that I'd revisit this if it were available to me on a regular basis.

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Photo of Klourie
4.19/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bourbon Barrel Aged Shipwreck Porter from Arcadia Brewing Company
4.12 out of 5 based on 1,024 ratings.
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