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Arcadia London Porter - Arcadia Brewing Company

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Arcadia London PorterArcadia London Porter

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88
very good

407 Ratings
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Ratings: 407
Reviews: 269
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 12.76%
Wants: 27
Gots: 12 | 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:
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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Photo of ALESwhatCURESya
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My sister picked a few of these up for me on her raod trip through Michigan and, boy, am I glad she did. This came out with a perfectly fluffy tan head that soon turned to a dry foam The aroma was very sweet and full of burnt chocolate and toffee. The taste started out sweet, had an alcholic taste midway through, and finished very crisp and dry. It did not have a heavy amount of vanilla or nut that is accustom to many porters, but it was VERY enjoyable. Definately one porter to keep stocked in the cellar!

Photo of ultralarry2006
5/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle. Leaves a two finger espresso-foam colored head that recedes to surface skim, and leaves some good spotty lacing. Body is black.

Smell - Hearty aroma of chocolate, toffee, caramel, coffee, smoky roasted malt, and burnt-crust maltbread. Hints of plums, dates, raisins, and prunes. Mouthwatering.

Taste - as promised by the smell. Hearty and delicious tastes of chocolate, toffee, caramel, coffee, burnt-crust maltbread, and smoky roasted malt, all highlighted with plums, dates, raisins, and prunes. Smoky roast malt more present in taste than in nose. Very hearty and delicious.

Mouthfeel - full bodied, chewy, semi-dry, and slightly acrid.

Drinkability - this is excellent ale, and is low enough in abv to be entirely sessionable. Very hearty and delicious.

Photo of jeffwright
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of sacrelicio
4.78/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

oh boy.

this beer pours very, very dark, opaque with a rim of deep amber orange. its topped off with a finger thick mocha colored head with a ice cream like texture in its appearance.

the smell is of fruit, coffee and chocolate. good, but nothing exceptional.

the flavors of this beer are simple but very pure and delicious. somewhat sweet maltiness, almost like a milk stout at first, with a midpalate of chocolate and coffee and a finish of appley flavored fruity hops. slight bitterness. seamless flow from one flavor to the next.

the mouthfeel is liquid velvet. no other way to describe it. almost like a hearty american stout.

Very drinkable. would be an awesome session beer as well if it were not so high in alcohol. Highly recommended.

Photo of tapman
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A dark ruby-brown. Head contains very tight bubbles for a bottle conditioned beer. I guess i would like it to be darker, though many of my stouts come out this color so I can't say that it isn't appropriate.

Dark raisin/dark crystal malt ake up most of the ose followed by some herbal hopiness and then a little warm alcohol. For me crystal is so strong that I miss any espresso or coffee or anything like that.

Now I get a little italian roast espresso complimented by a dark chocolate sweetness that blends well with both the espresso and crystal-raisin taste. Definitely tastes better than it smells. Also a little licorice with a clean bitterness in the finish.

Good mouthfeel. Smooth and silky yet with an effervescent carbonation. I find the two conflicting yet interesting though a bit distracting.

Though I might prefer less carbonation, it does trick you into thinking that this brew is more sessionable, which if you think it then I guess it is. A fie English porter and a good contender to Fuller's.

Photo of GallowsThief
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received in trade from my man ChugginOil. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A – Black with no light peeping through at all. Two fingers of creamy brown head that settles down to a nice half finger coating. Nice lacing left down glass.

S – Mocha, chocolate, molasses and roasty malt.

T – Like the smell you immediately get the chocolate. Tastes like a dark chocolate almost burnt. Roasty malt all over. Has an almost lightly charred smoky taste. Hints of vanilla. You feel the nice warming alcohol effect right at the end.

M – Medium bodied and very well carbonated.

O – A very nice brew from the folks at Arcadia. The carbonation makes it a bit tough to get all the flavor but overall a good brew. Very smoky and that may turn some folks off but I did enjoy this one.

Photo of beerphan
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle -> goblet
notched c-6

Pours dark brown with scarlet accents. A small brown head appears for a second then is gone. No lacing, just a few watery dots.

Nose: Cocoa, coffee, and dark fruits.

Taste: Toasted roasted burn malts, coffee and dark chocolate. Finishes slightly dry with little bitterness. The smokey roasted flavor lingers on.

Mouthfell is medium bodied and slightly slick.

A pretty drinkable brew that is full flavored, dark, and roasty.

Photo of divineaudio
3.48/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

pint glass. bottled 11/03/11.

a - pours a translucent dark brown and gave me a tin cap of tan head that dissipated quick. no lacing.

s - a nice malt cornucopia. chocolate, roast, pale. faint fig or date, faint grass.

t - chocolatey and smokey with a cola like sweetness. some peppery notes and enough herbal bitterness to balance things out. slight alcohol taste comes out as the beer warms.

m - medium in body with lighter carbonation.

o - pretty good but doesn't taste like a typical porter. if the label didn't say otherwise i'd think scotch ale or even a rauchbier. worth a try if you come across it.

Photo of Jmamay22
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark ruby brown that approaches black. Mocha colored head reaches a half inch in height and settles to a thin cap with a foamy collar.

Smells of dark sugar, cocoa, and faintly of roasted coffee. Soft aroma that isn't big and brawny like some of the American style.

Cocoa and chocolate flavors appear up front when tasting.

Lighter mouthfeel, but the heavy malt and firm alcohol content provide a fuller feeling. Faint carbonation from the bottle conditioning probably intended to mimic cask conditioning. I wouldn't say it is the same as cask, but it will do fine. Drinkable given the alcohol content. The mouthfeel and soft subtle flavors allow this to be an easy sipper. Recommended even if it isn't world class.

Photo of nortmand
4.55/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark, ruddy brown, with a tan head.

Huge sweet chocolate coffee roast smells fill the glass. Very nice.

Slightly sweet up front, ends in a sharp bitter roast. Roast and chocolate notes throughout. Slight alcohol burn after drinking.

Suprisingly light body, otherwise a very nice porter.

Photo of Pillowburn
1.5/5  rDev -61.7%

Photo of wingman14
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
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 zdk9
4/5  rDev +2%
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 Blueribbon666
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of Mikus
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of DannyDan
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours out to a blackish-brown body with a thick tan head that quickly disappears. It has little lacing, some retention and good carbonation. The smell is cocoa with some coffee and caramel, nothing really exciting here. The taste is biter chocolate at fisrt followed by some coffee, caramel, a little hint of hops, and seems to have a little bit of molasses in it.It also has a slight smoke flavor mixed in. It finishes off with more chocolate and has a chocolaty aftertaste. The mouthfeel is nice and creamy, but finishes off a little on the dry. A nice enjoyable beer that is not quite as filling as I would have expected. A pretty good porter, but I have tasted a few better english style porters. Anyone that likes this beer should try Fuller's London Porter which is even better than this beer.

Photo of zerk
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with some amber highlights and a 2 finger tan head. Good head retention and lacing. Aroma is full of coffee and some chocolate, with light notes of malt and some herbal hop notes. Flavor begins like a sweet espresso with notes of chocolate and toffee. Some herbal notes make their way though, and the roasted malt and hops combine to make for a nice bitter finish. Very smooth, with low to medium carbonation and a medium to full body. A very good beer that I could drink all night!

Photo of Nipitato
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased a bottle at Premier Gourmet in Tonawanda, NY.

A: About as dark brown as it can get without being black. Opaque. Thin, though creamy, tan head.

S: Nice aroma characteristics that fit the style. Big sweet malt aroma with toffee character. Fruity raisin like esters also in play. Some coffee aromas as well.

T: Sweet malty taste up front. Kind of like toffee. Fruity esters are also noticeable. Beer bitterness towards end but not particularly roasty in flavor. I wouldn't describe the taste as coffee like either. Roasted flavor is very mellow.

MF: Nice smooth, velvety, and mouth filling. Some alcohol warmth. Low carbonation - too low for a porter.

D: Very approachable and sessionable porter. Would have liked some more roastiness.

Photo of jpmclaug
3.4/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into my COAST brewing pint glass

A - dark dark brown almost black body with a circle of off white head. Umm. where did the head go?

S - Chocolate, roasted malts and booze. Smells a bit hot for the style.

T - A chocolatey type flavor with a bit of an astringent burnt taste at the end. A bit of a smoked flavor is in there as well. Maybe a bit of the booziness I picked up in the nose is there as well.

M - light to medium body with a fair amount of carbonation. A bit thinner than I'd like

D - Meh. This beer isn't awful but it isn't great either. The chocolate flavor is pretty good but this beer just isn't quite there for me yet. I would drink this again but wouldn't buy it unless the other options were extremely limited.

Photo of kinger
4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep dark brown with some amber tint, nice pillowey light brown head leaving minimal lacing. Looks great. Aroma is roasty and sweet with a powerful chocolate scent backed by some bitter coffee. A very full bodied beer, mouthfeel is thick, smooth, and creamy. Flavor is off the charts with a heavy chocolate and roasted malt prominence. There is a little bit of roasted smokiness as well but not as forward as I was expecting. Incredible beer here will look for it again.

Photo of rayjay
4.65/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Big thanks to crazynelson for turning me on to this beer. I told him to send whatever he wants, and he sent me these. What a great porter! I know it's at least a few years old, and bottle conditioned. Never even heard of it before.

Fantastic aroma full of rich chocolate malt and delicate British yeast characteristics (generically fruity and estery). Noble hops, cigarette hands, smooth old whiskey, and more of my favorite smell: dusty old wood.

Great delicate pale malt sweetness cuts the deep chocolate and noble hop bitterness. Great sticky mouthfeel with spicy carbonation at a low level. Mild tartness that is easy dominated by all that is happening, which is very pleasant and refreshing. Low attenuation, and signs of a high gravity application of a low-gravity yeast.

A rather traditional porter with the yeast and the floor malts and the mild hop use, and a wonderful example. Someone did their homework. A close to cask ale that you can get from a bottle.

Sweet creamy coffee aftertaste. Some toffee and carmel show up during the long fallout. Mouthfeel is perfect, with balanced sticky sweetness but a medium density. Carbonation is low and out-of-the-way, quite fitting for this style.

Picture drinking a vintage aged-to-perfection Coca Cola that's lost most of it's fizz. This is the beer equivalent.

Alcohol only shows itself in the form of esters. Dangerous drinkability. Easily one of my favorite new beers. Cheers!

Photo of Lupe
4.45/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Very deep ruby, almost balck, color with a large beige head. The head slowly recedes to a thin collar and leaves wispy rings of lace. Roasted aroma with, odd as it may sound, peanut butter cups. Also has a faint scent of smoke. Big and malty. Dark chocolate, coffee, and roasted malt. A hint of smokiness is present along with some hops to balance things out. Alcohol does not show up in the flavor. Full bodied, smooth and very creamy. Goes down ultra smooth. Be warned, this is very easy to drink - especially for something at 7%. Very good.

Photo of cynical1027
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of biglite351
2.5/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A - considerable red around the edges. Tall tight head with a little bit of lacing.

S - strong scent of malts, caramel and a bit of bitter lager like scent.

T - Bitter. A bit of malt.

M - tingle on front of tongue and in the back of the throat.

D - no thanks.

Photo of dlello2
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Arcadia London Porter from Arcadia Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 407 ratings.