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Arcadia London Porter - Arcadia Brewing Company

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Arcadia London PorterArcadia London Porter

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381 Ratings
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Ratings: 381
Reviews: 268
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 11.9%
Wants: 23
Gots: 9 | 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 Richardberg
3.35/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Very dark liquid, brown head quickly recedes. Only the slightest ruby translucence; darker overall than many porters.

S: heavily burnt grains, syrupy malts. Right on target based on the appearance (which is to say, darker than the average porter)

T: unexpectedly complex: big dose of bitter hops accompanies the caramel malt and general toastiness. However, I think the generous hopping overpowers the more standard porter flavors. Also, the taste of alcohol is quite forward, which I don't consider true to the intended style of drinkable English pub ales.

M: smooth, coats well, albeit with an oily sensation rather than the creaminess found in other styles of dark beer

D: between the unexpected bitterness and the easily detected ABV, this isn't the most accessible English porter. Still pretty tasty overall.

Richardberg, Mar 26, 2009
Photo of jjwisenheimer
4/5  rDev +1.3%

jjwisenheimer, Jan 02, 2014
Photo of kynap55
4/5  rDev +1.3%

kynap55, Feb 03, 2013
Photo of Beerasaurus
3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

Beerasaurus, Sep 21, 2014
Photo of frazbri
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours deep brown with a slight ruby accent. Creamy tan head and good lace on the glass. Smell of chocolate and a very slight floral nose. Chocolate malt and roasted flavors with moderate bitterness. Moderate carbonation and medium body.

This is a very good example of an english style porter from a U.S. brewer. Nice, roasty, balanced, and very drinkable beer. I will be buying this one again.

frazbri, Dec 20, 2004
Photo of Mark-Leggett
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Mark-Leggett, Jul 30, 2014
Photo of fgilbert2
4/5  rDev +1.3%

fgilbert2, Jul 31, 2013
Photo of shippos
4.65/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

very big thank you to crjmellor...

poured with a dark brown body almost black witha dense tan chocolate head that faded to a skim. hints of sweet sugar and a subtle burnt roasted ness character. dry and grassy witha hay like hop aroma. smooth rich mouthfeel, excellent carbonation, hints of smooth choc. almost silky and oily witha slight coffee character.

shippos, Jun 16, 2005
Photo of techfed87
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice, thick mocha head. Is very dark in color. Beer is clear, with no sediment apparent.

Smell is very malty with some cocoa apparent.

First sip has almost a smokey appeal to it. Malt is dark in texture. Has a coffee-like bitter quality that is very satasfying.

Mouthfeel is full and complex with a complete pallet of flavors to keep you interested from first sip all the way through to the aftertaste. A great beer!

techfed87, Mar 21, 2010
Photo of Avryle
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Very dark brown with 3 finger mocha-colored head on the pour. head recedes leaving lots of thick lacing

S- Heavy on the chocolate and toffee with hints of spices such as cinnamon & nutmeg. Odd. Characteristic hoppy tang

T- Bittersweet chocolate and coffee up front. There is a not-quite-sour cherry juice flavor lingering in the body that lingers to the end with a nice bitter finish.

M- Medium bodied and creamy. Coats the tongue nicely.

D- The heaviness of the flavors keeps this one in check as it should for a relatively high ABV (for the style) beer. This is a nice beer for a chilly evening.

Avryle, May 29, 2008
Photo of leadahmer
2/5  rDev -49.4%

leadahmer, Dec 11, 2013
Photo of hellcatsjg
3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark black brew with a small creamy head that sticks around quite well as you go.

Smell: Faint smell of malts, chocolates, coffee

Taste: Same as the smell. Malts, chocolates, and coffee, along with a roasty finish. What you expect from this style, but not in a bad way.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and creamy. Light to no carbonation adds to the smoothness.

Drinkability: Good beer. Nice flavor balance make this a good porter. Would recommend a purchase of at least a bottle or two. Would not go through more than one in a sitting though.

hellcatsjg, Aug 21, 2007
Photo of dorianmarley
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is dark black, with tan head that fades, and decent lacing.

Nose is very chocolately with roasted malt and dried cherries.

Taste is smoky, with tobacco, black currant, black pepper, and some bitter hops.

Mouthfeel is relatively smooth with plenty of carbonation.

Overall, it has interesting smokiness, with great drinkability.

dorianmarley, Feb 14, 2012
Photo of claminat420
2.85/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- poured into a pint glass. small head that lingered. looks like a average porter.

S- a very light chocolate/roasted malt hint. can smell the alcohol which disappoints me.

T- tastes like a weak porter but with a alcohol kick if that makes sence.

M- tasted alil carbonated. light bodied.

D- can only drink a couple. after that you want something more relaxing. i put average cuz of the high abv. i mean drink two for alil how do ya do kick but after switch to something else.

Overall- i had to try this to give arcadia another shot and to compare to founders porter. well my view on arcadia stands. i haven't tasted anything from them that blew me away.

claminat420, Sep 01, 2009
Photo of xpimptastikx
4.43/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A big thanks to crazynelson for the extra!

Pours a dark brown stream through light, but when in a glass it seems black. The head forms a thin sheet of milk chocolate and recedes to a small ring. Smells sweet, kinda like coffee, but a nice smokiness sits behind that. Taste is pretty great. It's kinda thin in the mouth, but a good balanced beer. Tastes of bittersweet chocolate, with a nice roasted malt, and finishes smooth.

xpimptastikx, Nov 20, 2008
Photo of nickadams2
4.4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A_Dark brown with a one finger mocha head that dissipates into a thick ring. Decent lacing.

S_Smells of roasted malt, chocolate , and nutty.

T_Cocoa and nutty. Roasted malt gives it an almost smoky flavor.

M_Thick and creamy.

D_Very smooth. Goes down easy.

nickadams2, Mar 31, 2010
Photo of jmvecchio1
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.

jmvecchio1, Jul 16, 2011
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

navband, Mar 02, 2014
Photo of thomseye
1.75/5  rDev -55.7%

thomseye, Jun 26, 2013
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is not an opaque black porter, but dark enough, and has a decent head with interesting details of pitting and dimples.
Smells of burnt whole wheat toast and just a slight metallic ting.

The toast is the first thing that hits home. The caramel and sweet aspect is not overpowering, but i'm reminded of honey roasted cashews a little. This is hopped a bit more aggressively than I look for in a porter. And it's not that I have any problem with hops. And they do kick up the ease of drinking. But, in this one they interfere a bit with some of the earthy undertones. That comes off as a burn, but it's not. Just an observation.
I found that the mouthfeel was best once more carbonation was lost. That helped keep the hopping in check and really get the true feel of this.
I would recommend letting this one warm up before opening, and then start drinking it 1/2 hour after it is poured. So plan ahead. Or do whatcha like. Either way, this is another solid offering from Arcadia, so enjoy.

Photo of mfunk9786
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first bottle of this brew. Been reviewing a lot of stouts and porters lately, trying to really become discriminatory when evaluating these 'fan-favorite' beer styles.

A: Poured into my Unibroue tulip. No head to speak of, but some nice lacing that lasted for the duration of the glass. Dark brown during the pour, pitch black in the glass.

S: Not much in this department. Very light nutty chocolate aromas, sort of like the Nutella factory a mile away caught on fire.

T: The taste is a huge improvement over the nose: dark chocolate nuttiness, like a fresh baked batch of chocolate chip oatmeal cookies. Aftertaste is a bit of extra bitterness at the back of the mouth, which wasn't necessarily appreciated but wasn't without its place.

M: Mouthfeel is deceptively good. One expects a dark English beer to have a bit more character and body than this one initially appears to have, but there's some tingly carbonation in the body as well as some thickness.

D: If not for the lingering bitterness, this would get a perfect score. It's sort of like if you buy a $5 bar of fine dark chocolate... you're not going to eat the whole thing in one night, regardless of how much you like chocolate. It's tasty, but it wears on you a bit.

mfunk9786, Apr 01, 2010
Photo of bluHatter
3.33/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep dark black with a rich thick head.

S: Alcohol, coffee, figs, chocolate

T: Strong espresso, burnt roasted nuts, campfire smoke and dark chocolate

M: Thick, creamy, soft, with good carbonation.

O: A very tasty dark porter, especially if you love espresso and dark chocolate. That said, it is very rich, so drinking a full bottle is a bit like trying to eat a big slice of "death by chocolate" cake.

bluHatter, Sep 19, 2011
Photo of johnd513
4.38/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a rich black color with a tan head. Smells of roasted malt and chocolate. Taste follows well with chocolate and roasted malts. Nice creamy and nicely carbonated mouthfeel. Drinkability is good, very easy to drink. I could easily have a few but its relatively high abv limits its drinkability. Overall a great beer. I look forward to trying other Arcadia brews in the future.

johnd513, Sep 29, 2008
Photo of JNewbs
3.1/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Who can't get behind a bottle with Churchill on the label? Apparently me. The ratings out there are looking pretty high for a beer that I thought was pretty average.

A: The look was good - very typical porter with some head and some light lacing.

S: Here was the first knock on the beer. It was a bit heavy on the smoky side for me. Other than that, the smell was ok.

T: The smoke flavor dominated for me. There was some roasted malt flavor in the background, but I couldn't get past the campfire in my mouth.

M: Nothing extraordinary, but slightly above average. It wasn't too thin or anything like that.

Overall, I'm sorry, but this one didn't do it for me.

JNewbs, Apr 26, 2011
Photo of bigbubba
4.47/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a very dark brown, almost no light makes it through the glass. The head was tan and small. The smell is wonderful. Lots of sweet roasted malt and chocolate. The taste is wonderful as well. Sweet malt and alcohol balanced by the bitter roasty flavors. The mouthfeel is very smooth, with a nice thickness. This is a delicious, smooth, and very drinkable beer. The best beer I've had from Arcadia so far.

bigbubba, Apr 21, 2005
Arcadia London Porter from Arcadia Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 381 ratings.