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Arcadia London Porter - Arcadia Brewing Company

Arcadia London PorterArcadia London Porter

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BA SCORE
88
very good

360 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 360
Reviews: 266
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 12.15%


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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Pencible

Virginia

1.8/5  rDev -54.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1

This poured an opaque dark brown with lots of tan head. It smelled terrible, like rubbing alcohol and burnt coffee. It tasted bad too, like old coffee and burnt bananas. It was nicely thick with slight carbonation, but it had a bad bitter coffee aftertaste. Overall this was one of the worst porters I've ever had.

Might have been skunked - need to try this again to see if it's really as good as everyone else thinks. Especially since I loved the other Arcadia brews.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2008 21:11:02 | More by Pencible
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bkilpatr

Oregon

2.28/5  rDev -42.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. 04/15/08.

Upon opening the bottle I was greeted by a loud hiss. A modest pour resulted in about four fingers of tan head on top of dark brown ale. Carbonation might be a bit high in this one. Aroma is maple, vanilla, caramel, with minimal notes of coffee.

Taste is rather sour and bitter. Some dark fruits, raisin, date, and fig. But mostly sour. I'd normally be suspicious at this point, but the only other Arcadia brew I've had was also kinda sour, so maybe that's how they are?

Mouthfeel and drinkability are alright. Carbonation is a bit high. The sourness kinda kills it though.

I'm wondering if maybe I got a bad bottle. The freshness info on the bottle is rather cryptic - one notch for the letters A-G and one for the numbers 0-6. Why can't more breweries just stick to actual dates? Anyway, my bottle is notched F5.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2008 03:12:20 | More by bkilpatr
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biglite351

Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A - considerable red around the edges. Tall tight head with a little bit of lacing.

S - strong scent of malts, caramel and a bit of bitter lager like scent.

T - Bitter. A bit of malt.

M - tingle on front of tongue and in the back of the throat.

D - no thanks.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2010 01:57:56 | More by biglite351
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MikieV

Illinois

2.6/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours dark, almost black, with a thick, rich rolling head like a great porter or stout should.

Smells of roasted malts, chocolate and some coffee. Very pleasant.

Roasted smokey flavors plus something else... Paint remover?

This is not what I expected out of a London Porter. Possibly an old bottle?

The more I drank, the less I liked it.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2011 02:11:10 | More by MikieV
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Enola

North Carolina

2.68/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to wcudwight for the bottle.

This porter is a dark color with just a hint of light. There is a fair sized tan head. The smell is a herbal smell along with toasted grain. The taste is roasted oatmeal and other grain along with a herbal taste. Mouthfeel is fair and drinkability is ok. Lots of strange flavors here and overall I am not too impressed. I would likely not revisit this beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2007 22:45:41 | More by Enola
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claminat420

Michigan

2.85/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- poured into a pint glass. small head that lingered. looks like a average porter.

S- a very light chocolate/roasted malt hint. can smell the alcohol which disappoints me.

T- tastes like a weak porter but with a alcohol kick if that makes sence.

M- tasted alil carbonated. light bodied.

D- can only drink a couple. after that you want something more relaxing. i put average cuz of the high abv. i mean drink two for alil how do ya do kick but after switch to something else.

Overall- i had to try this to give arcadia another shot and to compare to founders porter. well my view on arcadia stands. i haven't tasted anything from them that blew me away.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2009 11:48:01 | More by claminat420
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imaguitargod

Ohio

2.95/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had to do a rough pour to get any resemblance of a head. But the head I did get was around 1 finger and bone white, lingered nicely too with fantastic lacing. Right off the bat there is a very assertive coffee grounds/burnt chocolate chip cookie flavor which builds and builds as you sip. At first it was pleasant, them moved into the realm of distracting. Not sure how I feel about this one. One sip I like it, the next I find it too burnt tasting.

~Jonathan Passow

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2010 22:43:31 | More by imaguitargod
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WesWes

New York

3/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer pours a deep, dark black color with a towering tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is below average. It has an extremely sour aroma. It has a dark malt presence (roasted, chocolate, patent), but it's to contaminated to tell exactly. The taste is average. It has a nice roasted flavor that goes down easy, but it finishes dry and sour with a lingering tartness. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a below average beer. It's spoiled and ruined with contamination. It tastes like a porter riddles with lambic yeast.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2007 23:44:43 | More by WesWes
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MasonBeerMan

Michigan

3/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

drank on 1-10-07 from pint glass

app-black with brown/red edges in light, very little head, held collar though

smell-roasted coffee, bread

taste-burnt coffee flavor, little hop bitterness, dlight sweetness with some salty notes

mouth-well carbonated, medium body

Drink-ave porter, cheap though and no sign of alcohol

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2009 00:43:22 | More by MasonBeerMan
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enfield249

Michigan

3.1/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark brown, with ruby highlights. In the bottom of the glass. Two fingers of tan head that dissipates to a ring of tan foam

S - Coffee, some chocolate, and a goodly amount of alcohol smell. The alcohol reminds me of brandy a touch. Small amount of raisins.

T - Coffee bitterness, some sweetness on the last bit, a little alcohol warming.

M - That bitterness stays and coats my tongue, and a nice medium amount of carbonation.

D - A nice solid beer that is better then the sum of it's parts. Very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2007 23:14:41 | More by enfield249
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JNewbs

Ohio

3.1/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Who can't get behind a bottle with Churchill on the label? Apparently me. The ratings out there are looking pretty high for a beer that I thought was pretty average.

A: The look was good - very typical porter with some head and some light lacing.

S: Here was the first knock on the beer. It was a bit heavy on the smoky side for me. Other than that, the smell was ok.

T: The smoke flavor dominated for me. There was some roasted malt flavor in the background, but I couldn't get past the campfire in my mouth.

M: Nothing extraordinary, but slightly above average. It wasn't too thin or anything like that.

Overall, I'm sorry, but this one didn't do it for me.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2011 13:58:57 | More by JNewbs
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CortexBomb

Michigan

3.18/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pour is perfect porter: jet black, huge off-tan head on top of it. Smell is softer than I was hoping for though, lightly malty tones are evident with the vaguest hints of light fruit and chocolate, but I think the smell is quite subdued for the style, sub par.

Taste, big on the chocolate up front, this gives way to a sugary, roasted malt tone. Citrus shows up on the back of the tongue about mid-way through, along with some wood tones. Finish seems decent, good roasted tones sitting on the tongue. The taste on this is not bad, but it doesn't really hit my sweet spot for porters.

Mouth: good stuff. Plenty of bitters and this is a very full beer in the mouth, digging that. Drinkability, ok but not remarkable. Perhaps a shade above average.

Overall: Arcadia has some hits and misses with me. This one is more of a miss. I think the flavours on this one are more subdued than I would like for the style, and it strikes me as one of the weaker locally brewed porters, hence, it's unlikely that I'll buy it again.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2007 17:09:34 | More by CortexBomb
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champ103

Texas

3.18/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Pours a very nice dark brown almost black color. A large beige head forms and sticks around. Sticky lace is left down the pint glass. An impressive looking porter.
S: Roasted malt with coffee and chocolate notes. An odd mineral aroma though. Almost sulfuric.
T: Again, roasted malt with coffee and chocolate. And again a very odd sulfuric mineral taste.
M/D: A full body that has a crisp carbonation bit. The weird sulfuric character makes this a bit hard for me to drink. Along with the big ABV for the style.

Not a bad porter, just odd with the mineral taste. Just not for me I guess.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2008 21:59:01 | More by champ103
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NJpadreFan

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -17.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2007 20:45:48 | More by NJpadreFan
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jwc215

Wisconsin

3.28/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours pitch black with a thin head that becomes patchy. A little lacing sticks to the glass.

The smell is of roasted espresso, dark plum-like fruitiness. Fairly robust.

The taste is of sweetened coffee - something artificial-like sweetener about it. A hint of burned plastic. Fruitiness becomes more berry-like. A touch of smokiness. A touch of alcohol in the end. Finishes sweet.

Medium body. Buttery slick. Sweetness hangs on, but not cloying or sticky.

Not bad but just too buttery and sweet (without a certain flavor) for me. The fruitiness doesn't seem to go as well as I would like with the coffee. I would not have guessed this to be a Baltic Porter, as there is no indication of this on the label (expected a lower, more "sessionable" brew - though I like the style, so really not complaining) and, given that, the alcohol is pretty well-hidden. There are other Baltic Porters I would easily choose over this one.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2007 23:49:35 | More by jwc215
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guinness33

New Jersey

3.33/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a nice looking deep brown to black colour with an off-white head that, while big, lacks a bit of presence overall. Still, this one looks quite good.

The aroma is a disappointing mesh of, well, almost nothing. There's a hint of malt, cocoa, coffee, etc, but it takes a really strong whiff to pick up anything and it's fairly faint at that.

The flavour thankfully makes up (for the most part) for the shortcomings of the aroma. There's a nice blend of coffee and chocolate (more so than the cocoa in the aroma) with the latter leading the way a bit more. That said, there's a bit of airiness to this one. It's just light toward the finish in flavour. I don't know how or why, but it is, at least to me. Mouthfeel is pretty good and is medium bodied.

I can't say that I was unimpressed with this one, as overall it was fairly enjoyable. I'd call it more so underwhelmed by an unspectacular brew. It needs to be beefed up a bit in a few areas. I can't discourage you from buying it, but I can say that I've had many that are better. It's a slightly above average brew overall by my standards.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2007 04:21:44 | More by guinness33
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bluHatter

Michigan

3.33/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep dark black with a rich thick head.

S: Alcohol, coffee, figs, chocolate

T: Strong espresso, burnt roasted nuts, campfire smoke and dark chocolate

M: Thick, creamy, soft, with good carbonation.

O: A very tasty dark porter, especially if you love espresso and dark chocolate. That said, it is very rich, so drinking a full bottle is a bit like trying to eat a big slice of "death by chocolate" cake.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2011 22:42:32 | More by bluHatter
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JuicesFlowing

Kansas

3.33/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a standard pint glass. The beer is a standard porter-cola color, more brown shows through the edges when held to the light. The cream colored head dissipates to a wisp with little or no lacing (could be a glass issue). The beer smells of burnt malts, smokiness, and a strange bubblegum sweetness. The beer tastes like it smells -- bitter chocolate, burnt malts, and again -- a semi-sweet gum flavor. The mouthfeel is medium to light bodied, as watery as most porters are.

Overall, not bad, but nothing I'll try again. For 7.2% ABV it goes down easy though.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2012 19:54:22 | More by JuicesFlowing
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Richardberg

New York

3.35/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Very dark liquid, brown head quickly recedes. Only the slightest ruby translucence; darker overall than many porters.

S: heavily burnt grains, syrupy malts. Right on target based on the appearance (which is to say, darker than the average porter)

T: unexpectedly complex: big dose of bitter hops accompanies the caramel malt and general toastiness. However, I think the generous hopping overpowers the more standard porter flavors. Also, the taste of alcohol is quite forward, which I don't consider true to the intended style of drinkable English pub ales.

M: smooth, coats well, albeit with an oily sensation rather than the creaminess found in other styles of dark beer

D: between the unexpected bitterness and the easily detected ABV, this isn't the most accessible English porter. Still pretty tasty overall.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2009 01:03:35 | More by Richardberg
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MIMicrobrews

Michigan

3.38/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It pours dark and thick, little to no head, with slight lacing as it goes down. With a nice roasted malt smell, the taste provides a quality oomph to match. It starts smooth and ends with a beautiful array of rich bitterness. Pleasant and dark; it has some nutty, creamy, smoky and dark chocolate flavors that blend for delightful end of the evening brew.

This is a brew for those who enjoy their craft beer slow and savor every flavor; pleasant and dark.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2010 23:52:26 | More by MIMicrobrews
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chinchill

South Carolina

3.39/5  rDev -14.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2013 22:41:33 | More by chinchill
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jpmclaug

South Carolina

3.4/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into my COAST brewing pint glass

A - dark dark brown almost black body with a circle of off white head. Umm. where did the head go?

S - Chocolate, roasted malts and booze. Smells a bit hot for the style.

T - A chocolatey type flavor with a bit of an astringent burnt taste at the end. A bit of a smoked flavor is in there as well. Maybe a bit of the booziness I picked up in the nose is there as well.

M - light to medium body with a fair amount of carbonation. A bit thinner than I'd like

D - Meh. This beer isn't awful but it isn't great either. The chocolate flavor is pretty good but this beer just isn't quite there for me yet. I would drink this again but wouldn't buy it unless the other options were extremely limited.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2010 02:13:00 | More by jpmclaug
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divineaudio

Michigan

3.48/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

pint glass. bottled 11/03/11.

a - pours a translucent dark brown and gave me a tin cap of tan head that dissipated quick. no lacing.

s - a nice malt cornucopia. chocolate, roast, pale. faint fig or date, faint grass.

t - chocolatey and smokey with a cola like sweetness. some peppery notes and enough herbal bitterness to balance things out. slight alcohol taste comes out as the beer warms.

m - medium in body with lighter carbonation.

o - pretty good but doesn't taste like a typical porter. if the label didn't say otherwise i'd think scotch ale or even a rauchbier. worth a try if you come across it.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2012 04:54:37 | More by divineaudio
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etenbus

Missouri

3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Grabbed this Arcadia London Porter over at Gomer's in Lee's Summit, Missouri. This is my first Arcadia beer and I've heard many good things about their offerings. And as a British historian, I can't pass on the Churchill label!

Poured about one finger of dark tan head and has a pleasant ruby red color when held up to the light.

Initially, the aroma started with pungent licorice, but mellowed as the beer warmed. The high notes are bitter chocolate, a little vanilla bean, and maybe just a touch of mint. No hops in the nose.

The taste of this porter runs to the sour and musty side of things, like most quality-made British-style ales. I taste dark cocoa, browned caramel, with some slight puckering hops on the sides of the tongue. The alcohol presence is slightly warming, and a little bothersome for a regular porter. It is not chewy as I would expect from a porter. The bitterness grows as the beer disappears from the Fuller's pint glass.
NB: I wish they would put the ABV on the carton because I didn't know the % until I pulled up Beer Advocate.

The mouthfeel is silky; there's not a lot of carbonation here. I like a little more in a porter.

Drinkability is fine as it goes. As their signature entry-level porter, however, Arcadia should lower the abv to the 5.5% range. I like big beers periodically, but I don't understand the need to push the regular beer line-up into the "imperial" range, even if they don't use the moniker. Still, I have yet to find the equal to Fuller's London Porter.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2008 05:46:22 | More by etenbus
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a short foamy off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains roasted coffee, dark malts, some chocolate and a touch of hops.

T: The taste is creamy and malty up front with flavors of coffee, dark chocolate and some dark fruit. There's a mild hops presence that comes in and brings a decent balance. The after-taste is bitter-sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry and slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, there are better porters out there but this is still a solid beer that is worth drinking for a while.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2008 02:35:35 | More by TheManiacalOne
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Arcadia London Porter from Arcadia Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 360 ratings.