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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

417 Ratings
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Ratings: 417
Reviews: 272
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 12.79%
Wants: 25
Gots: 14 | 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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4.26/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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1.7/5  rDev -56.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.5

I finally got a chance to try this beer. It poured a nice dark brown/black colour. I found the taste to be somewhat sour and unpleasant and at first smell I was reminded of paint. Very strange. Overall I was very disappointed with this porter.

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3.25/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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

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

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3.82/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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3.64/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Purchased a 6pk at the LCBO for around $16.00. Served at a chilly 4deg C in a tulip

A- Opens well and pours no head that films out in seconds. Very dark brown

S- Not much here and what there is, is a blend of pepper and metal.

T- Not too bad. Has some good body with chocolate and toffee. Good coffee. Has bit of a burnt coco flavor at the very end. Be careful as this 7% beer feels like 4%....until...

M- Nice and creamy for a porter. I avoid porters due to the low mouth but this one is pretty good.

O- Has some good and bad in it. The good is definitely the mouth. The bad is the smell. Overall a good beer but a 6 is enough for me and this one

Food Pairing

This pretty good little porter went very well with...... BBQ hot dogs. Mine with onions and mustard.

Enjoy

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3.43/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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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.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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3.96/5  rDev +1.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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3.92/5  rDev +0.3%

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3/5  rDev -23.3%

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3.92/5  rDev +0.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of biegaman
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This 'London-style Porter' looks to take place during the Industrial Revolution; coal black in colour, with zero visibility and a sooty head, this not only seems like something 19th century city factory workers would drink but also suits the kind of smoggy imagery they'd be accustomed to seeing.

What distinguishes the aroma are not the relatively conventional, expected notes of roasted grain or even the whiff of dried cherry fruit esters, but rather the tinge of singed wood and cigar smoke. The addition of Bamberg-smoked malt adds a very subtle 'cured meat' dimension as well as slightly more apparent elements of beechwood and hickory.

This being American brewed, however, it can't all be about gruffness - there were bound to be some silky-smooth dark chocolate truffle notes in there somewhere. And to find the gentlest trace of espresso, even in a porter, is not the least bit surprising. These tastes really start flowing on the palate and invite notions of vanilla and caramel (whether they're actually in there or not).

No wonder the flavours step it up a level - this clocks in at 7% alcohol! (Arcadia's website actually lists it at 8.2%.) I had no idea we were talking about a beer of that kind of strength - it's not easy to tell. This is right up there with the best dry porters as far as ease of drinkability goes. The finish replays one final clip of smoke before concluding on a dusting of cocoa.

Using smoked malt requires a delicate hand; too little and it goes unnoticed, too much and it can overwhelm both the beer and the drinker. But this recipe implements it in such a way that it supports the flavours of the other malts rather than hides them. Arcadia's London Porter is a true gem of porter that ranks very near the top of my list. Highly recommended.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.8/5  rDev -2.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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Arcadia London Porter from Arcadia Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 417 ratings.