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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

425 Ratings
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Ratings: 425
Reviews: 274
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 12.82%
Wants: 24
Gots: 19 | 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:
Beer added by: Mitchster on 06-05-2002

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
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Ratings: 425 | Reviews: 274
Reviews by meathookjones:
Photo of meathookjones
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from a 12oz bottle drank on 12/22/04. Nice label with Winston Churchill giving his approval. Appearance is very dark brown with an inch of tan foamy head. Rings of lace were left around the glass as the head stayed for a decent bit. Chocolate malt, roasted coffee and a touch of bitter earth hops comprise the aroma. Bitter sweet dark chocolate and roasted coffee roll onto the tongue first. A bitter earthiness from the hops is present as well. Very tasty brew that ends on a roasty coffee note. Fairly thick feel for the style and it’s quite creamy and goes down very smooth. Very nice beer I would love to make a session beer in it was local. Thanks to tikkigodxxx for another great brew.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.52/5  rDev +15.9%
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!

Photo of RoyalT
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
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

Photo of nickadams2
4.38/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

Photo of merlin48
4.33/5  rDev +11%
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.

Photo of Billolick
4.32/5  rDev +10.8%
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

Photo of jcdiflorio
4.36/5  rDev +11.8%
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!

Photo of ADR
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.33/5  rDev +11%
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.

Photo of chinchill
3.4/5  rDev -12.8%
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.

Photo of glid02
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.62/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

Photo of Brenden
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.23/5  rDev -17.2%
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.

Photo of cokes
4.73/5  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.

Photo of Sammy
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Photo of pmcadamis
4.38/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Basically black with a trace of deep chocolate brown., this one puts up a thick two finger solid brown head...like congealed chocolate milk. The head is nice and frothy, and leaves tons of really fine lace on the glass. Five minutes later, the head hasn't budged at all! Outstanding retention!

S - Deep dark chocolate and espresso beans. There is a hint of marshmallow also, and that is something that I look for and love in a porter. The grains are roasted to a point where this aroma ventures into stout territory.

T - Oh wow. I like this! Again, deep roasted grains make this a borderline stout, and lovely dark bitter chocolate flavors remind me of one of those fancy chocolate bars that come in gold wrappers but never in vending machines. Lots of really sweet Count Chocula marshmallow flavors along with hot chocolate instant mix. Oddly, this tastes like the protein shakes that I drink everyday to get buff, and most people thing those shakes taste bad, but I love 'em.

M - Full bodied, creamy, and lushly carbonated with fine silky bubbles. The finish is s little bit dusty and slightly dry....this cleans up the sugar residue left on my tongue nicely.

D - This is one hell of a porter! I really wasn't expecting any more than an average brew, but this is exquisite!

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very deep color with a light brown creamy head. I'd expect a bit more aroma - light dark malt and some background smokiness; no hop. Immense chocolate flavor immediately followed by alot of alcohol and a distinct Fuggles flavor. Complex and full bodied with a warming character. Very nice!

Photo of ElGordo
4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from the 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Body is a deep, dark brown that's pretty near pitch black, topped by a good amount of creamy white head that hangs around for a couple of minutes before receding to a thin ring. Aroma of rich, roasty dark malt and more than a little bit of chocolate. Notes of mocha and light vanilla bean come through as well.
Palate is malt-forward and rich. Dark, chocolatey malt dominates. Some mild sweetness and notes of dark fruit come through mid-palate, followed by a mild bitterness on the finish that seems a little off and keeps this from being a truly exceptional beer.
Body is rich and creamy, with a faint oily character, just perfect for a porter. On the whole, very nice indeed, but the bitterness and a somewhat chalky flavor on the finish detract from what could be nearly perfect.

Photo of dirtylou
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz single. $1.69 from Steve's-University Ave

appearance: pours a nice dark mahogany, slight garnet tint, a full foamy tan head forms on top and leaves some glorious lacing in the snifter

smell: very dark and roasty, sweet malts, plum, raisin, date, pruin, dark skinned grape, slight alcohol...sweet milky chocolate, vanilla, oak, lightly toasted...very nice

taste: I will admit to not being terribly familiar with baltic porters but I found this quite tasty...very delicate sweetness, lots of complex dark fruit flavours within- raisin, plum, date, pruin...gentle vanilla/oak flavours round it out...toffee noticeable, touch of milky chocolate, alcohol moderately detectable. Overall very tasty, will buy again

mouthfeel: gentle carbonation, smooth and silky, well placed alcohol

drinkability: very nice

Photo of MaineBirdMan
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Started drinking this beer in a pint glass but then changed to more of a wine glass (very heavy glass with a small mouth). The beer was much better in the wine glass. I could really catch the smoky quality of this porter.

Poured dark with not much of a head.

Nose: Smoke mixed with sweet caramel.

Mouthfeel: good amount of carbonation with a nice silky finish.

Taste:Initial flavor is smoked malt and caramel, nice hoppy finish

Drinkability: Very easy to drink more than one. Some alcohol was present.

My only question about this beer was the sediment I found on the bottom. I know it was a "bottle conditioned beer" but the sediment was like sawdust. i wasn't all that thrilled about this. Overall, I was pretty content with this porter. Not my favorite but drinkable.

Photo of beerluvr
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A lasting rocky & creamy looking tan head is generated upon pouring into the glass. The liquid is clear, brownish, very cola like in appearance. Fruitiness of yeast, coffee and some buttery light diacetyl notes all sensed in the nose. Smooth buttered mouthfeel supplanted by good levels of roastiness with wispy chocolate hints all tasted, followed by healthy yet cloaked hop bitterness. Finishes with some fruit, mildly sweet in front of bitter roasty/hoppy flourishes...very nice.

Thx to CRJMellor for this one.

Photo of Jon
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Super dark brown with a tan head. Aromas of sweet, roasted malt, chocolate, dark fruit and a touch of aromatic hops. Taste is basically a sweet, roasted malt onslaught with dark fruit, toffee, coffee, and chocolate. The minimal hop presence serves its function quite well; they provide excellent balance in this strong porter. Mouthfeel is ridiculously smooth and enticing. Drinks well for its strength. I'd like to find a cask-conditioned offering of this beer.

Photo of bditty187
4.23/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I’ve wanted to try this beer for years. I swear the label/beer was featured in “All About Beer” for like a year straight. Granted, the label is great… I hope the beer is too.

Dark brown in hue with black shading and ruby highlights. The liquid seems to be fairly clear. Beige foam, at the apex the head was only a half finger tall. Nevertheless, the head retention was very good. It took a few moments before the head turned into a soapy cap/collar. There wasn’t much subsequent lacing, just a few random specks. Overall, this is a pleasant looking beer.

The nose smells like cream spiked with chocolate and coffee. Toast on the side. Earthy notes too, clean otherwise. I am impressed the alcohol is hidden. I was expecting a drier aroma but I got the exact opposite. This seems very rich. Based on the bouquet this should be one delicious brew. In other words, I find the nose inviting. While the nose is complex the aromas are limited in number. Lovely; I can’t wait to take a sip. I will not delay any longer…

The palate is not as creamy as I was expecting; which is a good thing, IMO. It is slightly creamy upfront with chocolate and coffee notes following quickly behind it; moderate bitterness with an earthy backdrop. Clean otherwise, the alcohol is noticeable by the finish. I like the warmth it adds. The finish offers hints of vanilla, oak, and smoke… plus a brief infusion of cream again. For some reason this beer makes me want to smoke a cigar. I’m not a smoker? WTF? Don’t let the tobacco companies get a hold of this beer. Anyway, back to reality. The aftertaste is a lovely mix of bitter chocolate, hints of coffee, notes of earth and cream. The lingering aftertaste is awesome, maybe the best aspect of a very good flavor profile. Rock on.

Medium/medium-full in body, low, smooth carbonation, the mouthfeel is ample and fitting for this beer. The mouthfeel encourages me to take it slow, to sip and savor this beer. I like that. It is relaxing.

I could drink this beer all night. I can’t image how could this beer would be on cask! It might be so good I’d weep drinking it. Damn, my first Arcadia beer was a stand-up triple. I really liked this beer. I mean a lot. It has been worth the wait. Thank you RedHaze! Highly Recommended.

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Arcadia London Porter from Arcadia Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 425 ratings.