Bourbon Barrel Aged Shipwreck Porter | Arcadia Brewing Company

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Bourbon Barrel Aged Shipwreck PorterBourbon Barrel Aged Shipwreck Porter
BEER INFO

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,023
Reviews:
332
Avg:
4.12
pDev:
9.47%
 
 
Wants:
155
Gots:
355
For Trade:
42
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Photo of ohiobeer29
3/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of larryarms847
3.99/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a smooth and silky dark brown and sits black in the glass with a finger of surprisingly fizzy carbonation.

Right away I got a big pungent tart aroma of sour cherries, a little vanilla, lots of sweet and spicy bourbon notes.

While the barrel notes of warming bourbon and sweet vanilla are there, there is a rather tart flavor of sour cherries that seems to over power everything else.

Medium-heavy bodied, medium carbonation, tart, thin.

Overall, while this was decent, the sour cherry tartness really through me off with this. Was not expected and seemed to over power all of flavors. A sour flavor is not something I look for in a porter so this was not great.

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Photo of petrusek23
4.6/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mendvicdog
3.77/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of spacecake9
3.84/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pulled this one out of the cellar after about a year of aging.
Poured into a snifter glass.
A - Pours black with a half inch of tan head.
S - Big nose of vanilla and bourbon.
T - The flavor is similar to the nose. Vanilla up front, then molasses and some sweetness followed by the bourbon on finish. Still a decent bourbon kick even after a year in my cellar.
M - Low carbonation. A little sticky, above average thickness.
O - Pretty tasty beer. But there are a lot of competitors out there in the BBA category so I probably would not pick this one again.

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Photo of JNForsyth
4.26/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of shareallthebeer
3.93/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Very boozy... otherwise, a damn good BA Baltic Porter.

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

Photo of Zekenyce
4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Pittbeermur
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of FBarber
4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark reddish black with a one finger tan head that quickly dissipates leaving some tan lacing along the top.

Smell is bourbon up front - very boozy - with undertones of figs, oak and sweet caramels.

Taste follows the nose with a nice warming bourbon up front mellowing into a bouquet of flavors including caramel, figs, dark chocolate, molasses and some of the barrel/wood flavors coming through. Really complex and damn good. Its not hiding the ABV here, but at the same time there is no "burn" while drinking it, just a perfect

The feel is really what sets this one apart. There is a warmth to the beer that compliments the robust and rich almost velvety feel of the beer. Mild carbonation, very smooth, and drinkable. Just excellent.

Overall a really outstanding BBA porter. Definitely going to buy this one any chance I get.

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Photo of larryi86
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Thank you strohme2 for this
12 oz bottle poured into a teku

A- Black with a two finger light tan head.

S- Bourbon, vanilla, dark fruits, oak.

T- Bourbon, fudge/chocolate, vanilla, dark fruits, figs, hints of coconut, big and complex.

M- Smooth, full body.

O- An awesome, heavy barrel aged Porter. Holds it own against other big barrel stouts. This is on my rader now, worth seeking out!

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Photo of BeerzMcKenzie
4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BeerMan3320
4.16/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of angelmonster
4.42/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Review is of a bottle that was aged roughly 2 years

Pours a black body with walnut highlights. Head is sand colored and 1/5 of an inch. Head retention and lacing were pretty good.

Smell is of molasses, brown sugar, charred oak, fudge, and slight bourbon. Hops arent present but alcohol is definitely there.

Taste is pretty sweet for a barrel aged baltic porter, getting molasses, chocolate covered coffee beans, some vanilla and oak. Alcohol is smooth for a 12% barrel aged porter.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a nice frothy head that stuck around for a long time. Carbonation levels were good also.

Overall this was an amazing beer that kind of took me by surprise. Tons of flavor melded beautifully with the bourbon barrel. Alcohol was restrained but still had a nice warming presence. Dont know if aging two years mattered that much but will try getting some fresh ones to compare.

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Photo of Jkolls
3.77/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Here we go....

Look: black/brownish, small beige head

Smell: bourbon. not much else.

Taste: again, bourbon. disappointing. Perhaps the smallest hint of vanilla? Maybe this one will improve with age, but not impressed fresh.

Feel: decent, low carb mouth feel.

Overall: 3.75 hopefully this one gets better with time

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Photo of Jason1221
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of smanson56
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a dark black color into my snifter glass. Nice nose with lots of bourbon coming through. Taste is mellow with hints of vanilla and the smooth mellow bourbon coming through here also. Nice mouth feel for a porter. A real enjoyable beer.

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Photo of Stevem68
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a very dark chocolate color. Aroma is boozy with a touch of sweetness. Flavor is bourbon up front with a mellow vanilla sweetness and a touch of roasted malts on the back of the tongue. Has a nice feel for a porter and overall I really enjoyed this.

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Photo of cd_beer_disapear
4.62/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MeLoynes
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of greshdoghophead
4.74/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased from the brewery July 2015. Very surprisingly rich and delicious. Huge toffee and caramel notes with that nice punch of alcohol on the back end...lingering richness down throughout with a nice heat up from the lungs after. Worthy of a seat at the table with some of the big boys!

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a Dark Brown-black with a thin, tan head. A little more carbonation than .
Much bourbon tones in the smell with the slight malt sneaking through. Vanilla also shows up.
The Bourbon jump sout front with the taste. There is a slight pause into the transition into the sweet, caramel malt.
Not a huge beer, but very tasty and pleasant in the mouthfeel.

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Photo of dandiprat2015
3.75/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of muskiesbadgersnbeer
4.12/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bourbon Barrel Aged Shipwreck Porter from Arcadia Brewing Company
4.12 out of 5 based on 1,023 ratings.
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