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Arcadia London Porter - Arcadia Brewing Company

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Arcadia London PorterArcadia London Porter

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BA SCORE
88
very good

385 Ratings
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Ratings: 385
Reviews: 268
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 12.69%
Wants: 24
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Arcadia Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
English Porter |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
This 18th Century-style Smoked Porter has subtle accent of peat-like Bamberg smoked malt, which is apparent in both the aroma and flavor. It is brewed with seven varieties of premium European malted barley, resulting in note of bittersweet chocolate and coffee that are counter-balanced by a long-sustaining finish of Goldings hops.

42 IBU

(Beer added by: Mitchster on 06-05-2002)
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Ratings: 385 | Reviews: 268 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by barczar:
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3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear deep brown with mahogany highlights and a half inch milk chocolate head that dissipates leaving no lace.

Aroma is chocolate, roast malt, peat...almost bacony.

Roast malt provides a strong backbone for the flavor profile, with phenolic smoke and bandaid flavors lingering throughout. Chocolate is fairly prominent, not sweet, and the finish is a bit bitter.

Body is moderate with a fairly low amount of carbonation and a somewhat astringent finish.

Overall, not your momma's porter. More reminiscent of a scottish ale with the strong smoke and peat flavors. A bit too phenolic for me.

barczar, Apr 07, 2012
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

For whatever reason I have passed on this beer many times when back home man what was I thinking?Poured a near pitch black only a few hints of ruby thruout a tight almost creamy mocha colored head leaving a sheet of lace as it settled slowly atop.So much going on in the nose and palate of this beer its amazing molasses,dark roast coffee,bitter chocolate,fruit,and even a hint of mint not mention some smokiness.Complex flavors from beginning to finish with a creamy mouthfeel,dark roast coffee with a more pronounced smoky elemant with some molasses and unsweetened chocolate melding into a leafy,herbal finish.Easily the best Arcadia brewed beer in my mind just awesome!

oberon, May 04, 2007
Photo of RoyalT
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance – Ruby brown in color with a giant, orangish tan head that seemed to last forever.

Smell – This Baltic Porter had a beautiful, dark nose with sharp chocolate and coffee ground aromas.

Taste – The bitterness came out well here. The dark malt was luscious but had a slight tangy finish that seemed out of place.

Mouthfeel – This was light to medium in the body but extremely creamy. It was smooth as glass in between the cheeks.

Drinkability – This went down well enough.

Comments – Thanks again to skyhand for hosting the BA tasting and for supplying this Michigan Porter.

RoyalT, Apr 26, 2004
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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

aszatk01, Feb 22, 2014
Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Awesome! Winston Churchill, cigar in his mouth, giving the Victory (I like to think of it as an FU) sign to the National Socialists in front of the Union Jack. I love this bottle and in fact I stayed away from this beer for a long time under the theory of, “the better the bottle, the worse the beer.” Happily, I that theory has largely been blown out the window at least as far as this brew is concerned.

Appearance: Ruby mahogany with blood hues. Nice looking body. Head is a thick walnut that settles to a thin lace. Carbonation is solid.

Aroma: Chocolate, coffee, burnt toast, and some nice bitter hops.

Taste: Bitter dark chocolate with a round, hard to sort out cherry tartness and plenty of coffee and heavily roasted malts. Finish maintains an effective hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Bittersweet and drying. Medium to heavy bodied. Bold and rich.

Drinkability: Average.

"Make sure that the beer - four pints a week - goes to the troops under fire before any of the parties in the rear get a drop."
-Winston Churchill to his Secretary of War, 1944

DaPeculierDane, Aug 23, 2006
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4.4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A_Dark brown with a one finger mocha head that dissipates into a thick ring. Decent lacing.

S_Smells of roasted malt, chocolate , and nutty.

T_Cocoa and nutty. Roasted malt gives it an almost smoky flavor.

M_Thick and creamy.

D_Very smooth. Goes down easy.

nickadams2, Mar 31, 2010
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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

danthehopslamman, Aug 13, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Namarsha82, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of merlin48
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Finally, a winner out of my Arcadia sampler box. The London Porter pours a deep and opaque brown body, topped by a one inch light brown head that is creamy and longlasting. Sheets of lacing are left down the sides of the Fuller's pint glass.

Aroma is complex. Milk chocolate, and a cornucopia of dark fruits are assertive on the nose. Plums, Concord grapes, and prunes are very apparent. Just a hint of smoky and dark roast malts are evident as it warms.

Mouthfeel is creamy and solid medium bodied. Carbonation is appropriately subdued.

Taste is creamy and complex. Nutty, chocolate, loaded with dark fruits. Roasty malt bitterness is present but barely noticed, rounded off by the interesting complexity of malts. A note of leather adds interest. Coffee bitterness adds some dark roasty notes as it reaches room temperature. Finishes with a flourish of complexity.

Topnotch! One of the better and more interesting Baltic style porters I've had the pleasure to sample. Pleasantly complex.

merlin48, Jul 13, 2006
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4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled a 12 ouncer, imported to New York state from a recent trip to that beer center known as Ann Arbor, Michigan. No freshness dating, but the types of hops and malts used to brew the beer are listed in the upper label, a nice touch. Pours allmost black, with light coming thru on the edges. Oily tan head showing good retentive qualities, tiny bubbles, and respectable lacing left behind. the nose is rich, inky, jammy. This is a full flavor, fruity brew, notes of grape preserves, ink, smoke, leather. Robust, fruity and complex, this is an interesting and differant Porter. Notes of chocolate and minimal hops in the finish

Billolick, Feb 23, 2005
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4.38/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

served into a pint glass from a 12oz. long neck brown bottle with crimped-on cap.

Opque,black reddish hue, a tan head quickly diminishing to a coating of foam throughout the beer. Could have been served a bit to cold because everthing else about the beer was great.

Nice,complex moderate nose roasty/carmelly/chocolaty/smokey,with hints of vanallia as the beer warms.Pleasing,inviting all the aromas a porter should have.

A very tasty beer,robust and complex,very roasty and chocolalty/nutty/carmelly, a very balanced malt taste. Woody and spicy with a crisp,sharp, slightly tart finish.

Medium mouthfeel,a bit creamy,slightly dry with a good syrupy feel that makes the mouth water for more. An execllent porter,flavorful and well rounded,a must try porter. Wish I had another one!

jcdiflorio, Dec 03, 2006
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4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Essentially opaque dark brown, just a bit of light comes through. Flat and persistent head of 1/4 of an inch. Adequate laces, simple and thick strings. Aroma is malty, some fruity notes, mostly of pear juice. Mouthfeel settles at just shy of medium and the overall carbonation level is fine in texture. Quite chocolately in flavor, slightly dusty and musky but not detracting from that initial impression. Hops are hardly noticeable. The profile thins slightly from beginning to end but never really wavers from what you get to begin with. A sweet malty Porter from start to finish with mostly pleasant aspects that give some chewy qualities. When I reviewed this it was classified as a Baltic Porter, nah....nice drinkability.

ADR, Jul 02, 2005
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4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is dark cola brown practically opaque large toffe brown head leaves nice even streaks of lacing throughout the whole pint. Aroma has a dark chocolate and strong coffee presence with notes of fruity overtones with herbal hop bursts very nice. Taste is luciously sweet with dark chocolate and herbal hops providing some balancing bitterness, my palate enjoys the creamy layers of chocolate and burn malt provided toffee notes very complex and drinkable. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied robust English porter has even natural carbaontion with the occasional floating yeast particles adss a nice texture to this brew. Drinkability is excellent, I consumed mine while sitting in the sun and still enjoyed this dark beer instead of the typical pilsner or hefe.

WVbeergeek, May 06, 2006
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3.39/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle from Sicilianos (MI) served in a Belgian snifter. Neck stamp declares Dec. 2012 bottling date. Different label says 7% ABV.

Pours a very dark brown, looking black and opaque in the glass. Topped by a modest size tan head that has good retention.

Aroma: clearly off style (contemporary porter style at least), this smells like smoked meat with a bit of smoked peat.

Taste: Follows aroma: this is a smoked porter. Smoke, a hint of expresso and burnt grain linger on and on in the aftertaste.

Feel: Full body; medium-light, soft carbonation; fairly smooth.

O: Never had a British porter like this. For smoke beer enthusiasts.

chinchill, Sep 20, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

navband, Mar 02, 2014
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4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this at Brickskeller in Washington DC along with their fish and chips.

Pours turbid black with a one-finger tan head. The head recedes fairly quickly into a wispy layer on top leaving not a whole lot of lacing.

Smells of roasted malts, coffee, and unsweetened chocolate, and lots of them.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Roasted malts seque seamlessly into roasted coffee flavors with unsweetened chocolate joining in near the end of the sip. There's also a very faint amount of licorice right before the solidly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a good thickness and the carbonation is good, but it didn't go down as smoothly as I'd hoped.

Drinkability is good. I had no problem finishing one and could have a few more - these go down easily.

Overall this was a really good porter, if it had just a little more body it'd be great. Still, it's worth a shot.

glid02, Feb 13, 2009
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3.6/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(Served in an imperial pint glass)

A- This beer pours a pitch black with hints of dark brown around the edges. A rocky light brown head sits on top but dissipates quickly.

S- Some notes of deep roasted coffee and roasted malt are followed by faint caramel notes.

T-The deep smooth roast of malt has a very gentle smokiness to it but it is not burnt. Some notes of caramel and maybe a bit of nuttiness but very faint. A slight chalky taste in an otherwise clean finish to this beer.

M-medium-full body but no real alcohol warmth or creaminess from carbonation.

D- This has good porter qualities but it needs more. I would really like to see some more complexity in here to give it some interest. But a good start on a Baltic porter.

rhoadsrage, Jul 30, 2005
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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

johnyb, Apr 25, 2013
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4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer is very dark brown, almost black but stopping just short. A brown head is slightly more than a finger high. It retains itself well and leaves lacing here and there, most impressively in a thick ring toward the middle of the glass along with some pretty heavy patching.
The nose is just a touch muted at first but comes out as it sits. Malt foraward but balanced well by distinctly British hops, the main elements are bittersweet cocoa, some smoke, a hint of dark fruits and a light whiff of alcohol, ending in a very dry note.
The flavor, while not perfect, very nearly is, truly encapsulating the style in what differentiates a British porter from an American. Dry, well-hopped but not Americanized with earthy, gently herbal British hops bitterness and fortunately void of a citrus note that might throw off the delicately balanced and blended flavors. Smoke plays a key, sitting very gently alongside coffee and cocoa, along with a touch of powdered cocoa along with nibs, dark fruits notes set a distinctive tone, stopping short of sour but reminding one that a true old-style English porter is, in fact, a sour.
Smooth and very gently crisp in a strong medium-full body with a bit of thickness, the only thing detracting is that the dryness goes just a touch chalky.

Brenden, Mar 29, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

cynical1027, Feb 20, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

JoeBoxer522, Dec 06, 2011
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5/5  rDev +26.9%

porterguy41, Dec 23, 2011
Photo of NJpadreFan
3.25/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Arcadia- London Porter

Appearance- Dark reddish black with a cramy looking head. Heavy lacing down half the glass.
Smell- Smoke, vanilla, malt, cocoa.
Taste- Smoky french vanilla malt with hints of cocoa. Sugary sweet, more like a splenda or sweet & low type sweetness.
Mouthfeel- Smooth up front with a sweet bitterness in the end.

Overall- Not too shabby. An enjoyable Porter. Worth the $2.

NJpadreFan, Apr 18, 2007
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4.78/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Opaque prune juice with a squat tan foam.
Perfumed of chocolate-drenched cedar, fig-flavored liquorice.
Floods the mouth with molten fudge. Backed with nods towards runny caramel and vanilla. Swirls of red grape vinousness. The middle is woody, with toasted maple and cedar, and a persuasive buttery yeast that jives perfectly here (and is so far afield in some other Arcadia brews). Prune late, with a reformation of nutty fudge brownies and vanilla glaze. The Fuggles and Goldings would seem overmatched, but persevere with a mighty, last-minute stand of burnt herbs and steel-tinged black tea.
Its feel and texture every porter should kill for, with it's thickened sense of lightness, soft carbonation, and general compulsion to drive itself down the throat.
This is a paralytic session brew.

cokes, Dec 04, 2004
Photo of Sammy
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Very good porter, I will have this again. It quenched my thirst, the balanced clear ovaltine malt and bittersweet chocolate and complex taste. Beautiful creamy head , complex aroma, black colour. Full mouth feel with mild roasted taste, not too coffee.. Some carbonation of hops.

Sammy, Jun 27, 2004
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Arcadia London Porter from Arcadia Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 385 ratings.