Arcadia London Porter - Arcadia Brewing Company
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4.08/5 rDev +3.3%
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.
06-27-2004 04:41:34 | More by Sammy
4.45/5 rDev +12.7%
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Polished mahogany with slim reddish gold borders; as opaque as all but the most massive stouts. Now *this* is what a porter should look like! The coffee-with-cream colored cap is a looker as well and is as richly creamy as they come. Fat, pie crust-like dimples appear around the circumference of the head while hunks of chunky lace begin to adhere to the glass.
The nose is dark, rich and aggressive. Why do I even bother with 'just plain old' porters anymore? Bittersweet chocolate and ground espresso beans fight for dominance, neither one giving an inch. The brewery states that 'hardwood smoked malts' are in play and that 7 varieties of malt have been used. It smells like it. London Porter isn't nearly as smoky as a rauchbier of course, but a tendril or two is a nice touch in a beer of this style.
There's a dizzying amount of flavor present with the first few mouthfuls. I can't imagine what it will taste like in 10-15 minutes. Thankfully, I won't have to imagine it, but I do have to drink slowly enough to allow the beer to warm sufficiently. That's no easy task when it tastes this delicious.
Even though there isn't a huge amount of malt present, there's a huge amount of flavor present. Charred black malt and caramel malt lead the way (I'm guessing), resulting in flavors such as dark chocolate, strong black coffee, blackstrap molasses and British licorice. This is one of the 'blackest tasting' Baltic porters that I've ever had and one of the very best.
Sweet, bitter and sour are all present and accounted for. Their roughly equal and complementary contributions result in as much flavor sensation complexity as flavor complexity. There's a mind-blowing amount of depth in London Porter that would be even more amazing if the body was the equal of the flavor profile.
Beer this delicious should be more mouth-filling, more viscous, more tongue-coating than this. That's not to say that the body that has been provided is less than good, just that it needs to be great. Seven varieties of malt is a wonderful idea, but increasing the total amount of malt by 25% would put this beer into the stratosphere.
Heavyweight's Perkuno's Hammer is untouchable as far as I'm concerned when it comes to Baltic Porters. Arcadia London Porter, however, is exceptional beer and is easily the equal of the Okocims and Sinebrychoffs of the world. This one is worth the effort to acquire it. And then some.
06-30-2006 15:33:00 | More by BuckeyeNation
3.68/5 rDev -6.8%
Appearance: Pours a murky black color with a rocky tan head that sticks nicely and leaves a few shards of lace
Smell: Coffee, chicory, licorice and a hint of smoke
Taste: Opens with a sour prune taste that builds in sourness through mid-palate, with undertones of coffee, licorice and smoke trying to peek through; after the swallow, the sour fruit flavor continues to dominate, but moves more in the smoked meat direction by the finish; underlying bitter chocolate at the very end as well
Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation
Drinkability: For a smoked porter, this one runs down a pretty tricky path as it comes out more sour that smoked; that may be a function of age, for even though I just bought the bottle, I cannot decipher the code: "B0"
02-24-2008 18:46:00 | More by brentk56
4.18/5 rDev +5.8%
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.
03-02-2006 14:18:02 | More by BEERchitect
4.5/5 rDev +13.9%
For whatever reason I have passed on this beer many times when back home man what was I thinking?Poured a near pitch black only a few hints of ruby thruout a tight almost creamy mocha colored head leaving a sheet of lace as it settled slowly atop.So much going on in the nose and palate of this beer its amazing molasses,dark roast coffee,bitter chocolate,fruit,and even a hint of mint not mention some smokiness.Complex flavors from beginning to finish with a creamy mouthfeel,dark roast coffee with a more pronounced smoky elemant with some molasses and unsweetened chocolate melding into a leafy,herbal finish.Easily the best Arcadia brewed beer in my mind just awesome!
05-04-2007 19:26:21 | More by oberon
4.18/5 rDev +5.8%
Served in a flared pokal at Bliss.
I've been wondering about this beer for a while now, and, thanks to this Bliss tasting, I'm finally getting a shot at it. It pours a dark garnet-brown topped by a finger of dirty tan foam. The nose comprises roasted malts, light molasses, dark chocolate powder, clove, black pepper, and a few blades of dry grass. The taste brings in more of the same, along with a bit more molasses, some maple syrup, and a decent amount of beech smoke. The body is a solid medium, with a light moderate carbonation, and a fairly dry finish. Overall, a very good porter: It's a bit on the dry side for my liking, but the smoke, though pretty subtle, really works well with the chocolate, roast, and molasses elements. Good times.
10-01-2011 05:59:12 | More by TMoney2591
4.15/5 rDev +5.1%
Dense, creamy tan head, with a concentration of bubbles in the center. Black, with deep burnt umber tones around the edges. A good two fingers of foam settle slowly over several minutes.
Aroma is slightly sweet, earthy, raisin-like. Not as charred or roasty as some Porters. Mild malty grain appears as well.
Over the palate, the velvety liquid carries notes of roasty English malt, mildly bitter hops in the middle, with a dry, roasty bakers chocolate finish. No single element seems to identify iteself more that another.
It's balanced and very creamy. Low carbonation reminds me of cask ale. The ABV is well hidden, and it would be easy to drink a few of these...
Notes: Earthiness reminds me of a blue Roquefort cheese, try it as a pairing.
05-03-2007 01:51:25 | More by emerge077
3.85/5 rDev -2.5%
A - Poured out a dark brown color with ruby flecks. It had a bubbly, light-brown, two-finger head that left some lace.
S - It smelled of caramel and toffee. It also had a floral hop aroma.
T - It tasted bittersweet. It also had some coffee, caramel and roasted malt flavors.
M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium-bodied beer.
D - This is a pretty good porter. It looked and smelled great. The taste was nice, too.
11-26-2007 00:55:30 | More by zeff80
4.13/5 rDev +4.6%
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!
07-22-2002 08:22:04 | More by NeroFiddled
4.35/5 rDev +10.1%
Pours opaque with a darker tan head. Some roasted chocolate tones on the nose. After time there seems to be a good bit of dark chocolate on there as well. Seemed a bit mild at first, especially compared to some of the outrageous baltic porters I have had the chance to try in the past, but it opened up over time. Flavor is thick with malts; a touch of sweetness kicking in on the end. Slight roasted tones on the flavor as well. Mostly though, thick malt qualities abound here. Feel is thick with a low carbonation. Overall extremely drinkable. Smooth and rich. Try it. I would put this up against any of the "great" baltic porters of Europe. The only thing that they might outdo this one in is the nose. Over time this one gets just better and better as it warms. Amazing.
12-31-2007 17:14:39 | More by RblWthACoz
3.53/5 rDev -10.6%
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.
10-06-2008 02:35:35 | More by TheManiacalOne
4.35/5 rDev +10.1%
Appearance is dark cola brown practically opaque large toffe brown head leaves nice even streaks of lacing throughout the whole pint. Aroma has a dark chocolate and strong coffee presence with notes of fruity overtones with herbal hop bursts very nice. Taste is luciously sweet with dark chocolate and herbal hops providing some balancing bitterness, my palate enjoys the creamy layers of chocolate and burn malt provided toffee notes very complex and drinkable. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied robust English porter has even natural carbaontion with the occasional floating yeast particles adss a nice texture to this brew. Drinkability is excellent, I consumed mine while sitting in the sun and still enjoyed this dark beer instead of the typical pilsner or hefe.
05-06-2006 14:46:03 | More by WVbeergeek
4.25/5 rDev +7.6%
Lovely dark hue, deep brown, with crimson highlights, under a lovely, creamy tan head.
Everything good in a porter combines in this nose: it's a bit bitter, but largely smooth, creamy, full of coffee notes, plus a hit of cocoa, sweet, then dry. Light, but abundantly flavorful.
Full mouthfeel, big, bittersweet interaction on the palate, wonderfully dark and warm, rich and delicious. Here's another porter-done-right from the Midwest. Wow, very nice. The name beckons comparisons to Fuller's, but it reckons well against it.
Once again, were I a Michiganer, this would see frequent rotation in the ol' fridge.
Very, very good.
09-08-2004 05:29:12 | More by feloniousmonk
4.05/5 rDev +2.5%
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.
02-08-2008 16:16:48 | More by Slatetank
3.8/5 rDev -3.8%
A: A decent fluffy 2 finger head rises up but fades just as quickly to a 1 finger head and slows its pace. The beer is dark black, essentially pitch black with no real light coming through except the very bottom where it thins significantly.
N: A nice porter nose, some roasted malts, a little chocolate malt, dark fruit of figs and plums, a little sweet caramel and some vanilla, a slight chewy dark malt presence, and some syrupy sweet aromas, and a hint of smoked malt.
T: Pretty standard for porter at first, some dark roasty malts, chewy malts, little chocolate, and a heavy addition of smoked malts. Lots of smoked malt, some smoked meat flavor too and even smoked cheese. Some vanilla too, a nice rich vanilla and slight chocolate flavors. More dark malts, and with that is a little earthy charred bitterness. The scorched malts add some of the earthy bitterness as well as a little minerality and touch of soy sauce. Some fluffy marshmellow flavors as well, but just a touch. A very slight touch of warming booze as well which does not go well at all with it being called an "English Porter".
M: Semi thick towards medium body with good carbonation.
F: A bit of warming booze throughout that comes out more as it warms. The earthy roasted charred bitter finish with some minerality lingers for a while. More charred roasty malts and perhaps black patent malt also linger for a bit. More chewy malt finish as well. There is also some sticky sweetness. Not quite what I expected for an English style porter, but then again it IS Arcadia, so I guess it's more of a West Coast Americanized English porter. Tasty nonetheless, but loses some points for not quite abiding to the style. Just way too much malts, too much abv, roasted flavors, and minerality.
06-06-2010 02:40:31 | More by jlindros
3/5 rDev -24.1%
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.
08-13-2007 23:44:43 | More by WesWes
3.28/5 rDev -17%
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.
03-29-2007 23:49:35 | More by jwc215
4.63/5 rDev +17.2%
Awesome four-finger beige head. Very slow to recede. Lumpy lace. The liquor color is dark, dark brown (nearly black). No light shines through.
Relatively mild aroma of dark chocolate and toffee. Not sweet.
Wow, lots of different flavors. The obvious ones of mocha, dark chocolate, light hop and cocoa are present. There are also some unexpected ones: banana bread, dark cherry, and cream. The finish is delicious hop and cocoa. The body coats the palate, yet it is not thick.
This is an exceptional porter. The flavor is so complex and the combination of elements so rich that it is hard to envision a better example of this style. Wow.
05-17-2008 18:42:43 | More by smcolw
4.08/5 rDev +3.3%
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.
10-06-2009 23:42:14 | More by corby112
4.33/5 rDev +9.6%
Sampled a 12 ouncer, imported to New York state from a recent trip to that beer center known as Ann Arbor, Michigan. No freshness dating, but the types of hops and malts used to brew the beer are listed in the upper label, a nice touch. Pours allmost black, with light coming thru on the edges. Oily tan head showing good retentive qualities, tiny bubbles, and respectable lacing left behind. the nose is rich, inky, jammy. This is a full flavor, fruity brew, notes of grape preserves, ink, smoke, leather. Robust, fruity and complex, this is an interesting and differant Porter. Notes of chocolate and minimal hops in the finish
02-23-2005 02:52:50 | More by Billolick
Arcadia London Porter from Arcadia Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 377 ratings.