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Arcadia London Porter - Arcadia Brewing Company

Arcadia London PorterArcadia London Porter

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360 Ratings
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Ratings: 360
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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Photo of divineaudio


3.48/5  rDev -11.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2012 04:54:37 | More by divineaudio
Photo of SickGnar


4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Very dark brown with garnet & reddish highlight and hue when held to light – and quite clear even with dark color. Okay-size, large-bubbled head of golden tan that falls pretty quick to patches and a ring, but it only manages to get minimal lace of mention to stick.

S: Dark, rich, malty sweetness – mix of molasses, bread crust, burnt cookies, and a big bit of dark fruit. I also get smoke, bakers cocoa, a roast note that is more postum / chicory than coffee, and hints of diacetyl and peppery alcohol. Background herbal / woody hops. Very nicely complex and rich, but lacking just a touch for strength.

T: Compared to nose – way more smokey, quite a bit more roasty, & more bitter. Actually starts off with malty sweetness of blackstrap molasses, raisins, and very scorched caramel/toffee. Strong roast muscles in with an edge of burnt grains & char, and slowly fades to roasty chicory and then backers cocoa / bitter-sweet chocolate. Smoke also rides the same wave – it starts off a bit phenolic and fades to ashen and earthy. Very firmly balancing hops. Plentiful bitterness. Strong & robust English hop character – herbal / woody, spicy, dark tobacco, & earthy resin. Roast from malts and resin from hops mingle, and hint at tar in the end and finish. Hint of peppery / sweet alcohol. Absolute loads of complex, rich, robust flavor – and nicely melded too.

M: Medium body to just leaning richer with matched carbonation. Not all that much for sugars or chew. Still it does feel big & burly from the the quite obvious alcohol warming and a dryness that just borders on powdery. It also has bit of a tart edge, or maybe it is just the roast and alcohol. It feels quite a bit old school and/or rustic. Works really well for the flavors in this one.

D: Not your usual chocolate & roast with a handful of hops porter. This is the ODP (old dirty porter). Imensely flavorful with very notable smokiness and earthiness. Burly with a strong rustic / old school flair to it - and I really think that is what they were going for. Mission accomplished! A distinct & uber nice porter.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2012 01:27:22 | More by SickGnar
Photo of JuicesFlowing


3.33/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a standard pint glass. The beer is a standard porter-cola color, more brown shows through the edges when held to the light. The cream colored head dissipates to a wisp with little or no lacing (could be a glass issue). The beer smells of burnt malts, smokiness, and a strange bubblegum sweetness. The beer tastes like it smells -- bitter chocolate, burnt malts, and again -- a semi-sweet gum flavor. The mouthfeel is medium to light bodied, as watery as most porters are.

Overall, not bad, but nothing I'll try again. For 7.2% ABV it goes down easy though.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2012 19:54:22 | More by JuicesFlowing
Photo of Reaper16


3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle served into a nonic pint glass

Pours a evenly dark shade of brown. It's not black, but it comes close. Only tones of a ruddy brown come at the very bottom of the glass, and only when held to direct light. A nice one finger head initially rises up but the khaki foam quickly dissipates to nothing. Spotty lacing. Meh.

This is definitely an English porter. Nutty brown malts make up the majority of the nose at first. Then I gets some aromas of straight-up mud wafting to my nose. This is pretty earthy. Silt and Kent Goldings take over the middle portion of the aroma. Some slight Tootsie Roll, but it is not strong.

The taste follows the nose to at T. It's brown malt city at first, but the British hops quickly come in to break up the sweetness. Lots of slit or loam or [insert dirt descriptor here]. I'll go with silt because of the watery connotations therein. There's a fruity topnote that is hard to identify. The finish is quite meaty, like the caramelization bark on grilled meat. This beer is straight-up Malliard, yo.

This is one of the thicker porters I've ever drank. I've had plenty of stouts that aren't as hefty as this beer is. I might have even had imperial stouts that are thinner. It actually isn't unpleasant in terms of the flavor profile. Just... be aware.

Overall, this is a solid English Porter. It's very earthy, but that may be exactly what you want. It would go marvelously with a hamburger or a steak off of the grill.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2012 23:10:47 | More by Reaper16
Photo of grover37

District of Columbia

3.63/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle my girlfriend bought in Michigan into a New Belgium snifter.

Appearance (3.5): Very dark brown with orange around the edges. Pours with a thin layer of head but it sticks around for a long time. Lacing is minimal.

Aroma (3): A strong boozy chocolate and nutty smell. Some oak and vanilla but dominated by ethanol mixed with pine. Much better when it's cold - hiding the booziness - than when it has warmed.

Taste (4): A nutty chocolate flavor up front with some vanilla. More oak and vanilla through the middle and a sweet chocolate in the finish. Lots of flavors you would associate with a porter but much stronger and mixed with ethanol.

Mouthfeel (2.5): Syrupy and thick in the taste but not the finish. Slick yet creamy. Medium to full bodied and low to medium carbonation (but maybe it's been sitting for awhile since it took a while to finish). Too syrupy for as thin as the finish is and not enough carbonation for me.

Overall (4): Lots of great flavors, but too big for this style imo. The booziness really shows and there's a lot of residual sugar which it would be better off without. I will drink this again, if only because it's unique.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2011 02:24:40 | More by grover37
Photo of hosehead83


4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Dark brown/black in color, with a moderate head of tan foam.
Aroma-Subtle coffee and woodsmoke
Taste-Upfront smokiness, then coffee and dark chocolate notes emerge. Dry, smoky finish. Nice flavor and balance. An excellent match for any BBQ fare.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2011 17:59:30 | More by hosehead83
Photo of TMoney2591


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

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2011 05:59:12 | More by TMoney2591
Photo of Holland


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

A: black with brownish highlights, some light passes through. Looks thin for a dark beer, but it's not a stout. Head is great but thins out, leaving a good sized lacing.

S: smells like malt, malt vinegar, and some bitterness.

T: bitterness, malt vinegar, malt, and the finish is huge. A little bit of apple in there. Impressively complex.

M: it's crisp with the hefty carbonation for such a dark beer, but it's a medium bodied brew.

O: nice all around, this beer could be a go to if it were more available. Solid beer at a decent price if you're in the right area.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2011 01:40:28 | More by Holland
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2011 22:42:32 | More by bluHatter
Photo of MeisterBurger

Ontario (Canada)

3.55/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours black as pitch topped by a thick, creamy tan head that leaves a thick wall of lace.

Aroma is roasty and teeming with dark fruits, figs and coffee.

Taste is the same, deep burnt-roasty--a little ashen--flavors with a punch of raisiny sweetness, vanilla, with a dry, roasty bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is a lot lighter than I'd like. A little thin for a porter.

Overall pretty decent but it's not exactly prose inspiring. The end.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2011 01:55:57 | More by MeisterBurger
Photo of silentjay


3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours an almost black deep brown with a smallish mocha head that quickly settles to a thin film and leaves minimal lacing.

nuts, chocolate and coffee on the aroma with some caramel, browned butter, some smoked malts, blackstrap molasses, cocoa powder.

starts a bit smoky/powdery/charcoal-like, then is sweetened up a bit before some bitterness kicks in. it finishes with cocoa powder. a bit of molasses covered burnt toast, some roasted nuts and dark, dark bakers chocolate.

starts medium bodied, but goes a bit thin on the swallow with prickly carbonation and a lingering charred feeling.

surprisingly enjoyable. one of the better english-style porters I have had.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2011 05:34:57 | More by silentjay
Photo of GallowsThief


4/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2011 00:03:20 | More by GallowsThief
Photo of ElGordo


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

Poured from the 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Body is a deep, dark brown that's pretty near pitch black, topped by a good amount of creamy white head that hangs around for a couple of minutes before receding to a thin ring. Aroma of rich, roasty dark malt and more than a little bit of chocolate. Notes of mocha and light vanilla bean come through as well.
Palate is malt-forward and rich. Dark, chocolatey malt dominates. Some mild sweetness and notes of dark fruit come through mid-palate, followed by a mild bitterness on the finish that seems a little off and keeps this from being a truly exceptional beer.
Body is rich and creamy, with a faint oily character, just perfect for a porter. On the whole, very nice indeed, but the bitterness and a somewhat chalky flavor on the finish detract from what could be nearly perfect.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2011 05:40:33 | More by ElGordo
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-16-2011 20:48:53 | More by jmvecchio1
Photo of ChugginOil


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

This dark dessert pours a dark amber color and settles black with a cream colored head. Barely any lacing. The nose is buttery and roasted. There is some molasses there too. The taste is pretty sweet. There is a tad bit of hops present with some smoke, molassed, and roasted malt. The mouthfeel is very thick and viscous for the the style but enjoyable for sure. Overall, a great brew that is pushing the boundaries for the style and pretty tastey.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2011 06:03:56 | More by ChugginOil
Photo of MikieV


2.6/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours dark, almost black, with a thick, rich rolling head like a great porter or stout should.

Smells of roasted malts, chocolate and some coffee. Very pleasant.

Roasted smokey flavors plus something else... Paint remover?

This is not what I expected out of a London Porter. Possibly an old bottle?

The more I drank, the less I liked it.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2011 02:11:10 | More by MikieV
Photo of BrewStoutMagic


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

London style Porter has a very dark black color.Its start out with some head and quickly disolves very soon. Smell is no doubt smoky chocolate with hint of dark roasted coffee.I think as far as taste dark chocolate with a smoking aftertaste,and thats what I was looking for.I could drink many of these.This a smooth tasting porter,that most likely I'll drink again.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2011 11:43:21 | More by BrewStoutMagic
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2011 13:58:57 | More by JNewbs
Photo of output01x


3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Bottle is dated 02/03/11.

A strong pour yields a 1-finger creamy tan-colored head. After a couple minutes, it recedes to a light dusting. After a few more minutes, there is not a speck of head to be seen. Lacing is about as minimal as the head.

Strong sweet malt aromas with notes of roasted coffee and dark chocolate in a swirl of smoke. The smell is deliciously strong and does not require a lot of concentration to enjoy.

A silky smooth cola-like malitiness starts each sip but is soon superseded by a dry smoke and mocha flavor. While warming, the 7% ABV is not strikingly apparent.

Full bodied with moderate carbonation, this beer flows over the tongue nicely but sticks just enough to allow the flavors to really shine.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2011 14:23:49 | More by output01x
Photo of abraxel


3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I realized recently that I haven't been giving Arcadia a fair shot, passing over their beers in favor of more hyped or well-known breweries, so I decided I'd try more of their lineup.

Poured into a tulip, with three inches of, foamy, fluffy tan head. Quite dark, with the slightest brown highlights.

Smells smokier than I expected -- I didn't think this was a smoked porter. Smells of smoke with a bit of roastiness and sweet, dark malt. Not the strongest aroma, but I think there's too much smoke.

The taste is once again largely smoke, layered over nice roasty, sweet malt. Some hints of dark fruit, especially in the aftertaste. It fades quickly, but leaves me wanting another sip.

The mouthfeel is pretty velvety smooth, and a bit thin (though not quite too thin). Perhaps par for the course for porters.

Overall, this is a good porter. I think the smoke is a little too forward for my taste, but by the end of the glass it seems to blend in better, and I can taste the other flavors better.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2011 22:06:45 | More by abraxel
Photo of homebrew311


3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into NB Globe.

A: pours dark brown, opaque, light brown head, decent amount of lacing and head retention

S: deep smokey/roasty aroma, notes of bold coffee and some sweetness comes through at the end and a noticable dash of earthy hops

T: the sweetness is more up front on the palate, the sweetness is a little strange, having trouble putting my finger on it...almost has a bubble gum like note to it, and it is quickly overridden by a very sharp smokiness, the end features a bitter hop bite. This brew is full of flavor, the balance is questionable as it finishes a little too bitter.

MF: medium body, medium carbonation

D: this is a nice value beer- robust porter for under $10 a 6 pack. Not something I would purchase regularly, but definitely worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2011 06:25:05 | More by homebrew311
Photo of DannyDan


3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2011 08:48:14 | More by DannyDan
Photo of SlowCentury


3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

poured into a standard nonic

A - pours a very dark brown with a thin tan head that barely layers the top before settling as a ring. not much lacing going on.

S - roast, chocolate, very light coffee, more than anything I'm getting some beechwood smoked malt. ever smelled DRUM tobacco? if you have you'll know exactly what I mean.

T - up front with roast, some light coffee and hop bittering, the smoke comes back a bit lighter on the finish.

M - creamy with a good carbonation tingle

D - the smoke in this is very unique and pleasant but it becomes a bit much after a while. like most smoked beer, one is usually enough for me.

solid drink, one of my favorites from Arcadia.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2011 06:41:33 | More by SlowCentury
Photo of minishfinish


3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Honestly, not a lot going on in the head. You get some malt, you get some alcohol smell but not much else. Thin, light brown color.

Taste has roasty flavors,bits of coffee, with some sweet, syrupy flavor, and some warmth, which it should have at 7.2% abv. Real nice finish, with some snap. Finish has roast, some nice bitterness, and plenty of roast.

Mouthfeel is as smooth as can be.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2011 15:59:48 | More by minishfinish
Photo of StoutHunter


3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I bought a single of this at the store last week. I have always seen this beer around but it really never peaked my interest till now, so lets see how it goes. Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A- This beer pours a very dark brown color, almost black. It had two and a half fingers worth of off white almost tan head that faded to a nice ring that stayed the rest of the time. I like the old label better but this one isn't that bad.

S- I pick up some roasted malts, chocolate, dark fruits and a hint of booze. It's a little sweet but still has a nice aroma.

T- The taste start out with a good amount of slightly bitter chocolate that has a very roasty almost burnt taste to it, kind of smokey. The dark fruits tend to stick out a lot towards the end creating a really unique flavor. I was expecting this to be a hoppy porter, like most English porters, but it wasn't the slightest. There's also a hint of booze at the end.

M- Medium bodied but a little on this side with perfect carbonation.

D- Well I think one would be enough for me. The flavors are pretty robust and smokey so I feel that after one the flavor would be too much. Even though it tastes a little boozy the alcohol is hidden pretty well.

Overall I thought this was a good unique brew. When I saw this was an English Porter, I figured I would be in for a lighter, hoppy porter, but that was not the case. I don't think I would call this beer and English Porter, but I really don't know what style it would fit in. This beer was a pleasant surprise and I am glad I tried it. Good job at making a unique porter Arcadia.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2011 03:09:54 | More by StoutHunter
Arcadia London Porter from Arcadia Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 360 ratings.