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Arcadia London Porter - Arcadia Brewing Company

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Arcadia London PorterArcadia London Porter

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Reviews: 275
Hads: 429
Avg: 3.95
pDev: 12.66%
Wants: 24
Gots: 22 | 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 Alan_Bats
3.72/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Look: Dark brown with decent tan head. Amber on the sides as it is more transparent than opaque. (3/5)
Smell: Smokiness comes through strongly. Chocolate and roasted malt also present. Overall a pleasant aroma (3.5/5)
Feel: Medium bodied. Very smooth especially for 7% abv. (3.5/5)
Taste: Smokiness comes through again. Some charred flavors are there to accompany a nice sweetness of chocolate. Roasted malt is not as strong as in the aroma. (4/5)
Overall: One of the better porters I’ve had. I like this as an example for a porter versus a stout. Good beer by Arcadia. (3.75/5)

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Photo of Bone53
3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Brown pour with a ruby red tent when put up to the light. Two finger beige head

Smell: Roasted malt, caramel sweetness, an artificial dark fruit note, leather

Taste: The first thing i noticed is how much smoke is in the flavor compared to the smell. Moderate roasted malt presence, big Smokey character, with a undertone of that artificial dark fruit

Mouthfeel: Light medium body; Goes down fine but the bitterness is pretty substantial, especially for the style

Overall: This is my first offering from Arcadia, and I am a bit disappointed. It doesnt have your typical porter characteristics.. The roasted malts had some potential but it was overpowered by a strong smokiness and slight artificial dark fruit notes. It was almost borderline offensive to me. Its also too bitter, especially within the style. For $12.99 a six pack i expected much better. I will not be revisiting this, and am hesitant on trying another offering by Arcadia. Not recommended

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Photo of DenisKolkin
3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

355 ml bottle served cold into a Sam Smiths pint glass. Purchased from the
LCBO for $2.45 CDN.

Appearance - nice big very dark brown and mahogany body that eliminates virtually all light. A big 2 fing tan head is poured and sticks around for a good long while leaving a small ring of soapy froth around the glass.

Smell- chocolate, caramel, molasses with some hints of cappuccino. Also some booze soaked vanilla beans. Really good and well rounded aroma profile.

Taste - some coffee and caramel, a little bit like tiramisu in a bottle. Booziness is subdued but makes itself present after a few sips which results in an unpleasant hot finish. Molasses as well to start.

Mouthfeel - smooth oily and slick, booziness gives this a bit of a sharp tingly edge to it and some heat which becomes distracting in the back of the throat which doesn't quite appeal to me. Otherwise moderate carbonation and thick chewy feel.

Overall - looks and smells better than it tastes, but this is still a good example of n English porter. A bit too sharp for my liking, as I would rather this be a little more mellow than it is. But still a very good and worthy beer.

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Photo of Waingro666
1.7/5  rDev -57%
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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Photo of DaveBar
3.64/5  rDev -7.8%
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.


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Photo of SenorBiggles
3.89/5  rDev -1.5%
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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Photo of biegaman
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
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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Photo of metter98
3.83/5  rDev -3%
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

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Photo of schoolboy
3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I really don't like this sour version of the style, but it is a well made brew and appropriate for the style.

It's pretty in the glass, with a big light brown head. The aroma gives away the funky door that is to come. The taste is profoundly sour, especially when too cold. This improved to a nice balance when warmer. The aftertaste followed suit, being much better as I let it sit in the sun a couple minutes on this hot day.

Although I warmed up to this brew I think I will avoid it in the future.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.67/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

$ 2.09/12 oz bottle from Lager Mill
Undated bottle at 40 degrees into imperial pint
Aroma of roasted malt, smoke, hint of chocolate
Head large (5 cm), light brown, creamy, rapidly diminishing to I cm layer
Lacing fair to good – wide complete rings and narrow rings with stalactites
Body dark brown, clear
Flavor of slightly smoked malt, slightly sweet initially, but bitter ending has a long hang time. No alcohol, no diacetyl. Can’t tell if the bitterness is from hops of from roasted malt.
Palate medium, watery, lively carbonation

Not a bad example of a brown porter/London porter. I personally don’t care for the peat smokiness but otherwise not a bad beer.

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Photo of mikeg67
3.87/5  rDev -2%
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.

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Photo of SerialTicker
3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

London Porter

Bottled 11/06/13. Poured 2/16/14. $2.29 single.

Appearance: Pours a clear ruby/black/brown color. Not too thick looking. Thin couple bubbles worth of head. No lacing. Quite true to the style in terms of color. (4/5)

Smell: A LOT of roast/smoke/ash. Almost a wood aromatic as well from all of that. Coffee and chocolate are there but not heavily. Smells good, but almost a bit overbearing with the smoke/ash. (3.75/5)

Taste/feel: About a medium mouthfeel with a mellow, light carbonation. Very pleasant, accurate feel here. The taste is a fairly heavy amount of smoke/ash with a wheelbarrow of roasty qualities. Bittersweet chocolate at the end. Not much depth of flavor, but what is there is flavorful. I could see the smokiness of this brew turning off many, but it's balanced nicely with some sweetness. Very easy drinking at 7%. A really quite nice beer from Arcadia. (4/5, 4.25/5)

One of the better beers I've had from Arcadia. Not my favorite porter in terms of flavor, but this one is a good example of a porter over a stout, I think. I'd definitely have it again, as it can be difficult to find a tasty porter on the shelf.


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Photo of jawlessbody
4.06/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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Photo of chinchill
3.4/5  rDev -13.9%
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.

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Photo of MDDMD
3.92/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A-dark brown cor with a light tan head and a little lacing

S- roasted malt, brown sugar, coffee, little chocolate

T-dark roasted malt, brown sugar, coffee, hint of dark chocolate, mild bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth

O- decent porter, good flavor, smooth drinking

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.81/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a perfect pint.

3.75 A: Black color. Two fingers of frothy light brown head. Retention is about average and a lot of lacing is left.

4.0 S: This smells mainly of tangy roastiness with smoky components. I'm not sure if this is a smoked beer or not, but it certainly seems that way. Aside from that, there's plenty of chocolate with some caramel and molasses. I keep getting a whiff of pig, so I have to assume this is smoked. Smells good.

3.75 T: Taste is like the nose. Tangy roastiness, campfire and porcine smoke, chocolate. Underneath is caramel, molasses, and maybe a touch of dark fruits.

3.75 M: Medium to heavier medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Pleasant creaminess makes this go down quite smoothly.

3.75 D: Solid beer all around. No complaints.

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Photo of TheBrewo
4.31/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

We pour a brew of rich coffee brown. It puts up a two and a half finger head of massive chocolate milk colored bubbles, showing nice retention. Lacing is chunky and geographical. No haze or sediment is noted, and carbonation appears to be lighter. The aroma is dark and soured, with heavily smoked brown and pale malts that borders on charred peat, salty molasses, cooling vanilla bean metallics, vegetal mint leaf, bready pumpernickel grain, and hints of chocolate syrups. With warmth comes enhanced char, more of a cereal grain, light honey sweetness, medicinal phenols, and the sting of booze. Our first impression is that the flavoring nicely mirrors the aroma, with huge BBQ smokiness and grainy sourness. As we sip, the taste opens with bell pepper flesh, soured lactic milkiness, marijuana grassiness, lemon rind zest, huge smokiness, black leathers, darkly roasted coffee and brown malts, faint grassy hops, aromatic peat, mildly sweet bubblegum esters, milk butters, and the earthy grit of soil. The peak comes with toffee sweetness, bittered cocoa flakes, charcoal bitterness, smoked meatiness, spicy booze, continued grassy hops bite, and pecks of white sugar. The finishing wash comes with creamed iced coffee, milk chocolates, white sugar cloy, more charred malt sourness, light banana esters, peat, limey bite, hints of dried apricots and dates, basil leafiness, soy sauce, clean vanilla husk, and a cooling paler malt crispness. The aftertaste breathes bitterly of earthiness, moss, smoky peat, brown rice starchiness, dried corn, coffee malts, chocolate syrup, BBQ char, medicinal phenols, lactic acidity, chocolate and brown malt smoothness, chocolate mousse, booze, and a light grassy hop. The body is medium, and the carbonation is medium. Each sip gives nice slurp, smack, cream, froth, and pop. The mouth is initially cooled, but this gives way quickly to warming sting, heavy astringent chalkiness, and sticky pucker down the palate and back up the tongue. The abv is appropriate, and the beer sips nicely.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this beer was its robustness of flavoring. While the nose did a nice job of beginning to describe the beer, it didn’t quite prepare you for the powerful, pervasive onslaught of smokiness through the taste. It was like black coffee meets mesquite BBQ meets a beautifully peaty scotch. These blended wonderfully across a base of sweeter chocolate, brown, and coffee malts, with even a bit of hops stopping by to say hello, and add some grassiness. The flavor is strong and excellent to style, and this guy will happily take you to foggy London town and back with a smile on your face the entire time.

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Photo of thecheapies
4.07/5  rDev +3%
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.

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Photo of jmendels
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a dark, almost black colour and smells of roasted malts with hints of chocolate and toffee. The taste mirrors this smell, with a smooth and roasty mouth and a slightly bitter finish. Overall, an enjoyable beer that is well crafted here in Michigan.


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Photo of patpbr
3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark but with a lack of head on it. Some faint lacing. Malty that has Chocolate and roast characters. A sweetness is noticed that resembles toffee. Mouthfeel is Creamy with moderate carbonation and noticeable bitter finish. I will try it again.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, pours a cola-like dark brown with a short, tan head that fades to a foam atop the ale leaving a little lacing on the glass. Aromas are roasty, smoky, ashy, french roast coffee grounds. Tastes are smoky, roasted barley, chocolatey, and very well balanced. Mouth-feel is velvety smooth, but fades to be a bit watery at the end; Lower carbonation. Overall, it was nice to come back to this one, seeing as it's been a couple of years since I had it. It was as good as I remember it being.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bottle of this for 2 bucks

A - Like a full bodied stout this one pours a deep dark black with a rushing full inch of tan colored head.

S - Smells of mild chocolates, chalky yeasts, and a good dose of roast.

T - Very balanced I get a slightly chalky finish but mostly balanced dark chocolate and clinging bitter roast. Slightly bitter aftertaste confirms some level of hops.

M - Medium yet oily and slick. A very solid imperial porter.

Overall I like this porter its balanced with it's "above average ABV" and packs quite a punch with flavor.

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Photo of Folderol
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

If I hadn't poured this myself, I would have thought it was a British style imperial stout. Look at the ABV - this is right in line with Samuel Smith's Impy. The look is spot-on too, dark dark dark brown with a touch of red, not entirely opaque but close to it. Very short tan head that receded to a little mist. Mouthfeel is good - thick like I like it without being too sticky. Flavor is sweet dark malt, quite a bit of that soy sauce-like taste typical of lighter imperial stouts, but not as much depth as a proper RIS or even more conventional porters. Not much hop to be found, but with this much alcohol I'm not surprised. Speaking of the alcohol, it smacked me right in the nose when I opened the bottle, but is barely noticeable in the glass. I'm sure it'll hit me again as I near the bottom of the glass.

On the whole, a smooth, solid imperial porter. Good stuff and easy drinking from a local Southern Michigan brewery.

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Photo of dpodratsky3
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottled poured into stout glass

A: Murky deep brown with a solid tan head, recedes fairly quickly, but it is still handsome

S: A decently strong roasted malt aroma with an edge of sweetness from some caramel malt

T: Has very similar aspects to a dry irish stout (almost like a murphy's), pretty clean flavors overall, that roasted aroma comes through as the main flavor too, the caramel malt balances the bitterness from the roast and also the relatively generous hop levels (not "bitter" by any means, but balanced), hops have a decent amount of flavor input too, alcohol comes through, but blends very nicely with the roasted flavors

M: Medium body, but thanks to the good carbonation it feels pretty light

O: Overall a good porter, its not ground-breaking, but it does taste like a slight throwback to the original porter. Stronger in alcohol and flavor than some porters, although not quite as much so as some of the accounts of historic porters.

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Arcadia London Porter from Arcadia Brewing Company
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