The Esperance coastline is littered with over 1200 ‘obstacles to shipping’, a challenge for the competent, perilous for the careless. Local nautical themes find a rich Imperial Stout sequestered, year long, in ex-Rum barrels eliciting rum balls, affogato, espresso, prunes, fig, Mexican chocolate and harmonious barrel texture. Though limited, Shipwreck Stout’s acclaim increases annually, unlike its nearby marine hazards.