Carton Ship Wreck Porter 2016
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Porter · 10.0% ABV
A sturdy brown honey porter seemed the best host to receive the ghosts from Shipwreck’s old home.
When our friends and neighbors at Brinley Rum shipped us ten oak barrels from their distillery on St. Kitts we were given the opportunity to create a beer that would take advantage of wood rather than the other way around. We looked to coax complexity out of the marriage of a barrel’s soul and a brew’s potential, not just bomb a huge beer with huge flavor. The rum that lives in these barrels for four years integrates its spice to the wood so well it ends up reminiscent of a Bananas Foster. A sturdy brown honey porter seemed the best host to receive the ghosts from Shipwreck’s old home. We started with a base of deep malts looking for notes of coffee and chocolate, then enhanced them with the floral boquet of local wildflower honey and the preservative strength of 10% ABV while keeping the body sensible. This was put in the cask to meld with deep vanilla, wood, and spice notes of rum, toned down by the oxidative effect of a year in the cellar. Drink Ship Wreck Porter because a barrel should be used for so much more than a depth charge.
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