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Arcadia London Porter - Arcadia Brewing Company

Arcadia London PorterArcadia London Porter

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BA SCORE
88
very good

359 Ratings
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Ratings: 359
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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thecheapies

Pennsylvania

4.09/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-18-2013 01:25:43 | More by thecheapies
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OneDropSoup

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at House of 1000 Beers in New Kensington, PA.

Poured into a Leffe goblet: Black with chestnut highlights, half-finger of tan head that really lasts.

Dark bread in the smell, nutty, clean toasted barley, slightly savory quality like the meatiness of salmon (smoke?), slight roasting cocoa bean.

Tastes of dark fruit skin & alcohol at first, that gives way to deep roast coffee & cocoa, ending with a meaty smokiness with a lingering dryness. Really tasty, great stuff.

Medium-full-bodied, moderately astringent but finishes smooth & slightly sticky, treacly.

Yeah, this is great. Very tasty & a little rough around the edges, but in a way that I enjoy & lends some character. Beautiful smoke character with being a "smoked" beer, a little more subtle.

Serving type: on-tap

06-08-2012 01:07:31 | More by OneDropSoup
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jmvecchio1

Missouri

4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

London Porter pours out a dark brown, nearly black, color. A thick head accompanied the pour, but quickly disappeared and stuck around as very light lacing. The aroma is full of roasted malts and chocolate with fruity notes peaking through. This beer is highly carbonated and unfortunately that makes it difficult to pick out flavors. A somewhat bitter chocolate hits your tongue right away, but give way to a roasted, smokiness. Dark fruits surface when the chocolate flavor fades, and hints of alcohol pop up at the very end.

Serving type: on-tap

07-16-2011 20:48:53 | More by jmvecchio1
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mrbeery

New York

4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

bring a driver. at 7.2 the fact that i could drink a hundred of these is dangerous. it drys up my mouth in that good way that makes me want to sip sip sip.looks good hanging on the glass(for you "lacing"cats)with nice chocolate.the finsh hangs and your mouth wants more.

Serving type: on-tap

09-26-2010 16:54:50 | More by mrbeery
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n0315

Michigan

4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best beer they have there, I liked it enough to get a growler filled with it. Pours a dark brown/black with a nice coco head to it.. Smell is of chocolate and almonds. Taste is great. Chocolate at the beginning and almonds at the end with a good after taste. Best part of the beer is the taste, no doubt. Mouth feel was medium and drinkability was great. No problem finishing off this brew.

Serving type: on-tap

01-16-2010 21:32:24 | More by n0315
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birchstick

Colorado

3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-18-2009 05:49:34 | More by birchstick
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nrbw23

Ohio

4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a dark brown if not black with a decent head.

S- Smells of chocolate, roasted malt, dark fruit, nuts and a something pretty sweet I just can't get my finger on it.

T- Follows the nose really well. Chocolate and toffee notes upfront along with roasted malts. Some mild hop bitterness in the finish. Nice and solid.

M- Medium to full in body, low amount of carbonation and feels nice and creamy.

D- Very solid brew. Highly recommended.

Serving type: on-tap

07-13-2008 20:25:13 | More by nrbw23
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-08-2008 16:16:48 | More by Slatetank
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Westsidethreat

California

3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a thin, chocolaty amber brew with some fizzy carbonation. Head settles in to a small pad of tan colored bubbles.

S: Fresh coffee grounds, milk chocolate, roasted barley with only a hint of sourness.

T: Begins with a quality roastedness this mixes intriguingly well with a subtle sourness and strong lactose. Has some milk shake qualities to it, primarily in the texture and chocolate. As it sits on the palate, all the flavors begin to intensify with some butterscotch getting involved too. Finishes with some piney hops in the highs and a somber and clean roastedness around the back of the tongue.

M: Medium body with a soft and straightforward mouthfeel.

D: Enjoyable porter with a lot of flavor. Decent complexity and a sturdy quaffability.

Serving type: on-tap

12-04-2007 04:15:51 | More by Westsidethreat
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stouty1

Michigan

4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received on tap at Zingermann's Roadhouse. Dark chocolate appearance like a cola. Small creamy head with slight remaining lace. Smell's of dark chocolate with coffee undertones. Slight bittery aftertaste that does not shock the pallate until savoring the sip. Very drinkable for two rounds.

Serving type: on-tap

06-15-2006 23:52:54 | More by stouty1
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mcallister

Ohio

3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark opaque brown burnt chocolate color. Fluffy half inch creamy tan head atop this one.

Faint coffee smells, slight vanilla undertones, with a sweet malt aroma. Really tough to pull them out could be the smokey bar.

Thick rich coffee, and roasted malt flavors. Toffee, hints of vanilla, dried figs, and very faint hops, with a sweet cocoa finish. Other dark fruits hidden deep in the background.

Creamy thick refreshing porter. Very drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

05-19-2006 20:22:12 | More by mcallister
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A terrific brew. Typical roasted, chocolate, bittersweet characteristics of porters but with a mild estery tone. Light fruitiness pimarily of ripe grapes with a milk sugar sweetness. Light in body compared to bold taste. Finishes lightly powdery and moderatedly refreshing for a porter. My first offering from Arcadia is a winner.

Serving type: on-tap

03-02-2006 14:18:02 | More by BEERchitect
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BrewMaster

California

4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-31-2005 16:42:11 | More by BrewMaster
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CRJMellor

Arkansas

4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a classic thick black body with nice light brown head.
Aromas of roasted coffee, sweet choclate and malt eminate. Lightly carbonated fitting porter style.
Initial taste is almost stout-like but back note is sweeter and slightly lighter than a stout. don't know much about Baltic Porters but I imagine that's the desired effect.
Very pleasant brew, good definitely drink a few of these on a cold mMichigan winter night.

Great label on the bottle also.

Serving type: on-tap

11-26-2003 01:16:48 | More by CRJMellor
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mikeg67

New Jersey

3.89/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2014 14:11:04 | More by mikeg67
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Alextricity

Michigan

3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

4/5

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2014 23:39:09 | More by Alextricity
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jawlessbody

Indiana

4.1/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2013 23:07:18 | More by jawlessbody
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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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MDDMD

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
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

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2013 18:13:41 | More by MDDMD
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deadonhisfeet

Kentucky

3.91/5  rDev -1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2013 01:00:04 | More by deadonhisfeet
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DavoleBomb

Ohio

3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2013 00:13:00 | More by DavoleBomb
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TheBrewo

Michigan

4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2013 01:31:56 | More by TheBrewo
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jmendels

Michigan

4.21/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

4/5

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2013 00:53:07 | More by jmendels
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patpbr

Ohio

3.81/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2013 01:21:08 | More by patpbr
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barnzy78

Illinois

3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2012 04:12:19 | More by barnzy78
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Arcadia London Porter from Arcadia Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 359 ratings.