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Arcadia London Porter - Arcadia Brewing Company

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Arcadia London PorterArcadia London Porter

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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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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of zdk9
4.01/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A good solid porter with a beautiful look to it.

A- Perfect here. Pours a rich black, with a finger and a half of head, and the most prominant lacing I've seen for a porter.

S- Cocoa, espresso, a hint of grain.

T- Strong cocoa, and more coffee and roasted grains, with a bit of astringency.

M- Ok, but somewhat dry and chalky.

D- A good solid example of the style, not an overpowering flavor. Definetly a drinker.

Photo of jwill3113
4.02/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a very dark brown, pushing the edges of black with a small one finger tan/orange head that dissipates rather quickly. Minimal amounts of lacing but head does last.

S: Malty with distinct smells of a rich smokiness. Sweet smelling yet somewhat rugged. Earthy smells as it warms.

T: The malt and smoke that you smell are also what highlight the taste. Alcohol is hidden well by the smokey flavor. Sweeter at first then almost a bitter aftertaste.

M: Clean and smooth. Has a good drinkability. I would say a little more than medium bodied.

O: Would gladly drink it again. It does have some bitter qualities to it but are not overpowering. It has similar taste attributes to that of scotch ales.

Photo of wingman14
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Very Dark, not much head, you cannot see through this beer. Black with tan head.
S: Great smell, some hits of coffee, sweet aromas mostly
T: Similar taste to the smell, except a bitter bite to the beer followed by a long great aftertaste. An excellent balance of flavors.
M: Thin for a porter, but works well considering the dark color and great mix of flavors.
D: A strong beer, definitely one I will get again. You cannot tell that it is higher in ABV at first, but you find out as you sip. A strong porter, excellent beer!

Photo of Slatetank
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at Cobblestone's in York, Pa. Served to me cool in a Nonic.

A - Walnut brown w/ cherry highlights when backlit. A very thin beige head that becomes a pint ring w/out much lace holding on.

S - Malty and fruity w/ a hint of roasted notes w/ subtle molasses notes and a hint of anise. Slightly yeasty odor w/ british charactar and tinges of tropical fruit in the nose.

M - A smooth, subtle sweetness is enveloped by a carbonated rush w/ darkly roasted malts that have a slightly sticky texture w/ a hint of boozy warmth.

T - A rich dry toasted note w/ an almost ripe banana-like sweetness and dark dried fruit flavor w/ subtle toffee and coffee notes w/ an english yeasty fruitiness. Slightly overroasted malt w/ light char notes. Sweet malt and roasted barley flavors keep the flavor light as the last sip nears. A gentle spice from hop in the taste keeps the flavor from becoming cloying.

D - A nice American interpretation of an English Porter w/ a bit more strength and American Style w/ nice British malt and yeast profile - Very Good Drinkability. I would definitely try this again.

Photo of corby112
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark chestnut brown color with deep amber edges and a one finger beige foam head that quickly dissolves into a lasting ring. Minimal lacing in streaks and patches is left behind.

Roasted malt aroma with some hazelnut, caramel, coffee, chocolate and licorice.

Flavor is very similar to the aroma with a nice roasted malt body with hints of oatmeal and a tone of chocolate and caramel maltiness. Very smooth medium bodied beer that has a lot of silky maltiness that makes it very drinkable. There is some subtle licorice buried in there and a slightly dry hop finish.

Photo of chilidog
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Its been awhile but many thanks to CRJMellor for the bottle. A fine porter to be had here and as a porter, easy to drink after a long hard day. Its appearance is very nice, with a dark as nite color and a wonderful beige head that cascades well and laces great. The aroma of roasted malts, semi-sweet chocolate and coffee. The tastes reflect the aroma with a complex blend of malts accented with the likes of brown sugar. A bitter sweet finish is left on the mouth, but not overpowering. The beer is very smooth, creamy and easy to drink, even at 7% abv. A soothing relaxer. Good job Battle Creek.

Photo of Jon
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
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 GbVDave
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a 20oz imperial pint.

A: Pours a foreboding looking dark black with some dark brown highlights. A vigorous pour nets a small but creamy khaki-colored head that left quickly and didn't leave too much lace in its' wake.

S: Nice aromas of chocolate, roasted malt, dark fruit, pan roasted nuts and a lactose-like sweetness.

T: Big roasted malt, milk chocolate, dark fruit, cocoa, smoke, molassas, spicy hops, espresso, dark chocolate, and a lingering milk stout-esque sweetness.

M: Big, thick, and sticky. Dark roast coffee bitterness mixed with elements of sweetness from the dark fruit and chocolate.

D: Excellent. A true standout of the style.

Photo of gentlebubbles
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle-conditioned. Tiny notch next to "2" must be some kind of freshness code.

Classic black brew topped by dense tan foam that dies down and leaves speckles on the glass.

Sweet malty scent with winey overtones.

Smooth, smooth dark chocolate with rich, creamy mouthfeel. The only disappointment is the utter lack of finish.

On the whole, a very pleasing porter.

Photo of Stimack
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After seeing this brew for years and reading good things about it I decided to pick it up, though I am not sure why it took so long? Anyway this brew poured to a black color with a medium colored, medium sized tan head that had good retention and left some good lacing, a lot more at the top of the glass. The aroma showcases roasted malts, fruit scent of what I think might be plum with a little raisons, seems to give it a slight sweetness - also could be from the slight chocolate notes? Also there is a slight booziness/alcohol aroma that was a surprise but went well. While the aroma was ok, the flavors are much better. The malts give a nice chocolate flavor, rich, slightly astringent in a perfect way. Some molasses and caramel like flavors give a slight sweetness then it also has a feel of coffee in the background and somewhat at the end of the sip. The feel is dry at the end, some of that coffee flavor adding to that. It is very easy to drink, the 7.2 ABV is a surprise as it does not really come through in the flavor, just the nose. Nice brew.

Photo of BrewMaster
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Served in a pint glass on tap at the brewery. Dark black color with a slight red hue and a creamy and solid tan head. Very nice retention on the head with light lacing and stratification on the side of the glass. By the looks of this one, the line between some stouts and some porters became even more blurry.

Smell: Very malty and chocolate nose. Slight fruitiness as well.

Taste: Chocolate with a fruity cherry flavor, big malt and a light burnt malt sourness. The flavor is pleasant and sweet with a sandy, toasty, syrupy flavor to round out the ending. The interesting thing about the flavor is that the alcohol migrates up to the nose and I feel the warmth in my nose and the top of my mouth, but not going down. Tasty all the same.

Mouthfeel: Lively carbonation and a sticky soft feel on the palate. Very pleasant. Medium to full bodied with a distinct creaminess.

Drinkability: Solid and tasty with a nice base malt flavor with other flavors to compliment. A solid offering and one worht looking for if you're in the area.

Photo of thekevlarkid
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Out of a bottle this beer was a nearly-opaque black. The one-finger head showed good retention especially as a collar and the lacing was in curtains. The aroma started with a some sweetness before the darker elements, I detected roasted malt, light chocolate and light coffee notes. The flavors were more bitter and coffee-like than the aroma suggested, but they 'moved' like the aroma. At first I got the sweet elements of chocolate then the darker roasted malt, smoked meat, tobacco, wood, leather and coffee notes. The Fuggles hops added their distinct bitterness. Very dry and robust, like the British sense of humor! The mouthfeel was smooth and rich, the body medium/full and the carbonation light. A well organized, easily drinkable version of this British style.

Photo of jawlessbody
4.06/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance: This beer nails the presentation. It pours a deep brown with a thick, lighter brown head.

Smell: I was picking up a bit of an alcohol smell off the bat, but with roasted malt, dark chocolate and coffee filling out the body of the aroma.

Taste: Much like the aroma. This beer hits with a full bodied roasted maltiness, then finishes out with a bitter coffee flavor hinted with dark chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Decently thick mouthfeel, but still has a moderate amount of carbonation.

Overall: I really enjoyed drinking this beer. It's got a deep, smokey, complex flavor that really opens up as it warms. I would definitely recommend this to a friend.

Photo of IronDjinn
4.07/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sorry, I was a bit distracted, I had my face stuck in the glass inhaling this stuff for the past 5 minutes or so. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle, with a picture of Winston Churchill on the label (or is that W.C. Fields?--nah, the British flag in the background wouldn't suit the latter). No real head on the pour to speak of, but it does have a thickish beige ring to it. Seems deep black until held up to the light, then it takes on more of a dense mahogany tone. And the aroma... Needed a few more minutes there. I don't know why it does its thing to me, not entirely exceptional, but highly addictive. I had just crossed over to the land of hopheads recently, and now I'm being drawn back to the brotherhood of maltoids again because of this. Burnt malt, rich chocolate, toasted nuts, a bit of buttery rum and dried figs, and some toffee. The flavour has chewy, sticky malt, coffee, dry dark chocolate, a some alcohol, with a dry burnt woodsy finish. Very dry aftertaste like cocoa mixed with espresso. Somewhat watery mouthfeel at first, but gains texture over the palate, very dry taste for such a sweet smelling porter. Very satisfying. Big thanks to northyorksammy for the sample.

Photo of thecheapies
4.07/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark. Near black. Head is a light cream color. Lacing is sparing.

Powerfully smoky, yet sweet. Hints of chocolate, dried cherry, and coffee.

Holy smokes! Amazing bittersweet smokiness with meaty and peaty notes. Mesquite and ember with notes of smoked fish and roast barley. Chocolate is here with notes of medium-roast coffee and a trace of vanilla bean.

Drinks sudsy and satisfying. Medium body with an oatmeal chew. Burps well, even though the carbonation is lower.

Love this beer, but a terrible misnomer. Call it what it is... a fantastic smoked porter.

Photo of Sammy
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
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 NeroFiddled
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
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!

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