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Arcadia London Porter - Arcadia Brewing Company

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Arcadia London PorterArcadia London Porter

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88
very good

418 Ratings
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Ratings: 418
Reviews: 272
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 12.79%
Wants: 25
Gots: 15 | 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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Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Brooklyn Brewery snifter. It pours out very dark, even for a porter. I can detect only the faintest trace of light coming through the glass. It sports a nice chunky brown head with average retention. On the nose I get sweet malt, some roasty notes, and a faint trace of smoke.

The beer has a medium body and a sweet, smokey flavor. There is some nice breadiness up front with hints of toffee, chocolate, and brown sugar, then the smoke comes in. It is not so prevalent as to suggest a rauchbier, but it is definitely assertive and plays well with the malty sweetness. Hop character is minimal as the smoke provides the balance instead. It carries through the finish and leaves a nice smokey sweetness lingering behind. No booziness.

I'm not much into smoked beers, but this one is very well-balanced. The smoke provides a nice complement to the toffee and treacle flavor of the malt without going too far and leaving behind a briny flavor. A really nice beer that I may visit again.

Photo of soju6
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a deep brown color with a decent head that fades slowly to nice lacing.

S: Aroma of roasted malty, coffee some dark chocolate and dark fruits with a hint of smoke.

T: Taste of roasted malt, semi-sweet chocolate and dark fruit. There is a bit of smoke in the background with a nice bitterness and a clean finish.

F: Medium body, smooth and creamy with a bit of lingering bitterness aftertaste. No hint of the 7.2% ABV.

O: Nice English Porter that goes down easy. Good for the style.

Photo of DannyDan
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours out to a blackish-brown body with a thick tan head that quickly disappears. It has little lacing, some retention and good carbonation. The smell is cocoa with some coffee and caramel, nothing really exciting here. The taste is biter chocolate at fisrt followed by some coffee, caramel, a little hint of hops, and seems to have a little bit of molasses in it.It also has a slight smoke flavor mixed in. It finishes off with more chocolate and has a chocolaty aftertaste. The mouthfeel is nice and creamy, but finishes off a little on the dry. A nice enjoyable beer that is not quite as filling as I would have expected. A pretty good porter, but I have tasted a few better english style porters. Anyone that likes this beer should try Fuller's London Porter which is even better than this beer.

Photo of output01x
3.89/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Bottle is dated 02/03/11.

A strong pour yields a 1-finger creamy tan-colored head. After a couple minutes, it recedes to a light dusting. After a few more minutes, there is not a speck of head to be seen. Lacing is about as minimal as the head.

Strong sweet malt aromas with notes of roasted coffee and dark chocolate in a swirl of smoke. The smell is deliciously strong and does not require a lot of concentration to enjoy.

A silky smooth cola-like malitiness starts each sip but is soon superseded by a dry smoke and mocha flavor. While warming, the 7% ABV is not strikingly apparent.

Full bodied with moderate carbonation, this beer flows over the tongue nicely but sticks just enough to allow the flavors to really shine.

Photo of enelson
3.89/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of SenorBiggles
3.89/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle. Dark and opaque.

S - Sharp and smoky. Smoked cheese aromas with some sweeter maltiness.

T -Again, a mix of sharp and sour flavours with less maltiness than you'd expect in a porter, although it's still there.

O - I'm not quite sold on the balance of this beer. It has an interesting flavour but I don't think there's enough maltiness to stand up to the unusual sour and smoky flavours for a porter.

Photo of minishfinish
3.89/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Honestly, not a lot going on in the head. You get some malt, you get some alcohol smell but not much else. Thin, light brown color.

Taste has roasty flavors,bits of coffee, with some sweet, syrupy flavor, and some warmth, which it should have at 7.2% abv. Real nice finish, with some snap. Finish has roast, some nice bitterness, and plenty of roast.

Mouthfeel is as smooth as can be.

Photo of Lexluthor33
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Near jet black in color,but probably a very deep dark brown.
Medium sized head and lace.

The aroma of roasted malts and some caramel.
The taste started off with some chocolate,malts and coffee notes. It was sweet then had some mild fruit hints/citrus.
I tastes some alcohol,but it was subtle.
The feel was creamy,full bodied and had medium carbonation.

Notes: I will get this again because it was easy to drink and well balanced. Perhaps not an exceptional beer yet damn good.

Photo of lackenhauser
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice deep dark color.Good head that lingers all the way down. wonderful roasted aroma-more roasted then some other porters. Great roasted flavor,some chocolate and maybe a touch of licorice. Velvety smooth,real nice oily feel to it-good body for style. A really good porter-well worth giving a try.

Photo of putnam
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark, opaque brown.
Aromas of cocoa, burned coffee, sticks and water
Nice intensity, some vanilla there as well.
On the palate it is much rounder that I anticipated based on the smell. Simple bitter chocolate and coffee flavors dominate to a medium-long, slightly tangy finish.

Photo of cagocubs
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark brown almost black tobacco brown. A nice 1 inch tan head. Lingers and laces. Good looking porter.

S: Good roasted malt, chocolate, oat/grain. Also a sweet butterscotch/toffee.

T: Good delivery of smooth chocolate, oat, and roasted malts. Finishes with nice bitter hops. Great balanced aftertaste, nutty.

M: Great! Very smooth and well carbonated for a porter. Great mouth coating and feel all the way through.

D: Taste is powerful and may become repetitive to some. I will be buying this in the future, but in limited quantities.

Photo of Crosling
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared with ratebeerians Ernest and Aubrey.

Dark Brown.

Aroma of chocolate, roasted grain, dry and sweet notes, english hops and expresso.

Really nice flavor. Comparible to Fuller's in many way except slightly more bitter. Medium bodied with notes of raisins, chocolate, vanilla, subtle smoke and some tangy notes on the finish. I thought this was a little to hoppy but I still enjoyed it.

Photo of nomad
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Stout-like appearance off of its reverse cascade pour, this beer is black with a tight stain in true lattice form from a wall of foam. A bit of carbonation, kinda strange to for an English beer.

Smells like nuts, dark and roasted malts, and the acidity of classic old porters with that "twang" they had. No hop presence, very much appreciated.

Teetering close to tasting like a stout, as a thorough flavor of roasted barley and dark malts smack hard with little residual sweetness and little hop presence. Complex and thorough, but a bit much as the acidity and black malt bite punish you from drinking more than one. Close my eyes and only the thinner mouthfeel could keep from thinking its a stout, though tasty. A little too much carbonation, too.

Lower attenuation, less palate pounding, and its that simple, for me, to make me like this more.

Photo of mikeg67
3.87/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Pours black with small, fluffy beige head and a lot of bubbles. Aroma is of toasted malt, dark fruit and coffee and cream. Body is full and tangy. Taste is of toasted malt, coffee, chocolate, vanilla, brown sugar, dark fruit and earthy hops. Finish is long and bitter. Very nice porter.

Photo of Vancer
3.86/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Well, I’m finding that Arcadia can be hit or miss with their brews, but this one is a definite hit.

Great blackish pour, with a dense tan foam pillow floating on top. Lacey brew with great carbonation release during the pour. An initial whiff of chocolate malt and coffee inspire the taste buds, and here it is: the malt shake, toffee and charcoal toast. With a touch of sour ale to boot.

Does thin a bit by mid-bottle, but overall a solid performer.

Photo of naterock
3.86/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured deep brownish black, thin head

smells of dark roasted barley, not too overly impressed but typical.

taste is rich and flavorful, chocolate and a coffee undertone. a suprising hop presence for a porter, possibly nugget hops.

mouth is rich and smooth, a tingling in the side of the mouth is nice. easily drinkable a great session no doubt

Photo of edchicma
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark brown with a somewhat small head. Smell is mostly malt with a smoky quality and some hops undertones. Taste is roasted malt, coffee and hops...quite good. Mouthfeel is dry, with a nice, slightly tart finish. Because of this nice dryness, drinkability is very good.

Photo of Tyrawlings
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. Bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Deep dark brown with ruby red hues. Thin creamy brown head pours one finger thick and quickly evaporates. Faint thin lacing.

S: Roasted coffee. Chocolate. Toffee. Slight dark fruit. Faint smoke.

T: Deep roasted coffee and dark bitter chocolate kick up an astrigent burn on the palate. Burnt caramel malts and the sweetness of black strap molasses take over to form the balance for this brew. Peat moss or earth flavor and a faint smoke finish.

M: Creamy and smooth. Moderate carbonation. Astringent and dry.

D: Having gravitated to the Baltic porter style, Arcadia London Porter did not disappoint. Creamy, hearty and delicious. Higher ABV limits the amount had in one session. Recommended.

Photo of dfuller
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearence: Deep brown with a thin head, some sediment settles to the bottom of the glass while a light lacing adorns the top.

Smell: Quite malty, with some sugary sweetness. There's a bit of alcohol detectable there, too, which seems to suggest more than its 7% ABV.

Taste: Up front is a sugary, chocolatey sweet tinge, with a broad taste of roasted malt following. Again, a bit more alcohol in the taste than you might expect at 7% ABV, but it doesn't seem to unbalance the flavor much. A bit acidic also, but again, not to the point of unbalance.

Mouthfeel: Sugar, acid, and alcohol make this a pretty powerful brew that won't linger in your mouth long.

Drinkability: Because of the powerful mouthfeel, I don't know that I could go through a sixpack of this stuff in a night.

Overall, this is a fine sweet porter and shows a better balance of flavor than many other American attempts at the style.

Photo of clvand0
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark color with very little head and doesn't leave much lacing on the glass. Aroma has a lot of maltiness, some chocolate and a little roasted. The flavor has a lot more roasted character than the nose. Good maltiness. The finish is bitter from the roasted malts. Mouthfeel is moderate to thick and the drinkability is ok.

Photo of birchstick
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - served black with a one-finger head that stayed around for a while

S - smelled of sweet chocolate and burnt malts

T - this was a good porter. There was a nice blend of chocolate and burnt malts. Definitely more chocolate than burnt malts.

M - a little thin but smooth. I was surprised to see its ABV was over 7% when I logged on to review this.

D - this was a very good porter. I enjoyed it throughout and really liked the chocolate tones that seemed to dominate the palate.

Photo of ribby
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark, reddish color, with not too much foam. The lack of foam seems acceptable for the style. Mild, maltish smell. Taste is quite good, on the bitter side but no overt hops. The London Porter also shows a nutty maltiness. This is a good solid beer, and if you are a Porter fan this is definitely worth a try.

Photo of RyanCFriedrich
3.84/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of wcudwight
3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Mahogany in color. A coffee colored head rises to 2 fingers in height and falls as quick as Britney Spears stardom.
Bitter coffee in the nose.
This is everything a good porter should be. Nothing more, nothing less. Coffee and cocoa. Rich roasted malts. Not much going on hop wise. They are just thier to balance the beer.
Mouthfeel is light to medium.
Nice drinkable session porter. Perfect for the new and much wanted autumn crisp in the evenings.

Photo of metter98
3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer appears black in color but upon closer inspection it is clear but very dark red when held up to a bright light. It poured with a short tan head that died down, leaving wispy lacing on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of dark malts are present in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste has flavors of dark and sweet malts.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This porter is a good representation of the style as it is quite malty but doesn't have much in the way of hoppy flavors.

Serving type: bottle

Arcadia London Porter from Arcadia Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 418 ratings.