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Arcadia London Porter - Arcadia Brewing Company

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Arcadia London PorterArcadia London Porter

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385 Ratings
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Ratings: 385
Reviews: 268
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 12.69%
Wants: 23
Gots: 10 | 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 brewcrew76
3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours solid black with ruby highlights and a thin brown head.

S - Chocolate and burnt coffee with some dark fruits mixed in.

T - Burnt coffee and a slight smokiness. Some chocolate and dark fruits are also present.

M - Nice full mouthfeel.

D - I would enjoy this one much more with a little less smokiness and a little less burnt taste.

brewcrew76, Nov 12, 2006
Photo of headhopper
3.55/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on Feb 10, 2005

A - Very dark/black with a nice creamy tan and brown head. Nice head that just overflows from the glass if poured too fast. Nice lacing and the head lasts til the glass is empty.Very nice looking imo.

S - When I put my nose to the glass I pick out the usual porter smells. Nice roasted barley/malts and nice dark coffee scents. Some deep hidden choclate and chestnuts.

T - Roasted malts, barley, and smoky wood. A bitter coffee aftertaste with a little chocolate and wee bit of creaminess.

M - fairly thin. Its not real thick. Goes down pretty easy. Covers your tongue with a nice creamy feeling.

D - This is a good porter. Not the best Ive had, but pretty tasty. A little too smoky , but thats the style I suppose. I can only take so much of a smoky flavored beer. I could have a few maybe and thats it.

not my favorite, but its still pretty good. I could see this being much better in the right situation....like on a cold snowy day.

headhopper, Nov 12, 2006
Photo of xav33
4.58/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Arcadia London Porter
12 oz bottle
Cryptic encoding A3, delected 11/06
Medium pour in an English pint.

Poured black, with mahogony highlights, with a huuuge light brown somewhat lasting frothy head with good lacing.

Smelt of moderate molasses, smokiness, dark chocolate and coffee.

Taste was upfront moderate bittersweet, more on the sweetness side, mild coffee, fruity esters, almost raisiny or sheery like, and molasses followed by a harsh smokiness accompanied by a moderate spicy earthy feel, sweet caramelized sugar,, on a long sweet and spicy raisins, cloves and licorice finish. Mouthfeel was medium bodied, creamy, somewhat lively carbonation, and moderate astringency and slight alcohol.

Overall, the carbonation just blew out of the bottle, begging to be drank. The smell was enticing although a bit light. The flavor perfect, bold, complex, balanced and mellow enough on the palate. A good winter warmer, and certainly would make Old Winnie proud.

xav33, Nov 07, 2006
Photo of kohoutek
4.45/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer pours a wonderful black color with a nice, dense tan head. Microbubbles cling the glass and form little archipelagoes.

The smell is clean and refreshing. Hints of dusty, flinty minerals round out the profile.

This beer tastes great! The roast and bready malts are perfectly integrated. Graham cracker, brown sugar, Kona coffee, herbal light hops and a refreshing finish. Nice clean acidity. No ashy finish.

The mouthfeel is nice, mainly due to the soft, creamy bubbles and the low carbonation.

This beer is perilously drinkable. I could spend some serious intimate time with this beer.

kohoutek, Aug 24, 2006
Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Awesome! Winston Churchill, cigar in his mouth, giving the Victory (I like to think of it as an FU) sign to the National Socialists in front of the Union Jack. I love this bottle and in fact I stayed away from this beer for a long time under the theory of, “the better the bottle, the worse the beer.” Happily, I that theory has largely been blown out the window at least as far as this brew is concerned.

Appearance: Ruby mahogany with blood hues. Nice looking body. Head is a thick walnut that settles to a thin lace. Carbonation is solid.

Aroma: Chocolate, coffee, burnt toast, and some nice bitter hops.

Taste: Bitter dark chocolate with a round, hard to sort out cherry tartness and plenty of coffee and heavily roasted malts. Finish maintains an effective hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Bittersweet and drying. Medium to heavy bodied. Bold and rich.

Drinkability: Average.

"Make sure that the beer - four pints a week - goes to the troops under fire before any of the parties in the rear get a drop."
-Winston Churchill to his Secretary of War, 1944

DaPeculierDane, Aug 23, 2006
Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass. Big rocky 2 finger mocha head floating on top of a dark black slightly translucent liquid with big white swimmers dancing in suspension. A very cool looking brew to be sure.

The smell is quite robust, Burnt toast and alcohol.

The taste is of coffee and burnt toast, slight hint of alcohol is present.

Mouthfeel is super fluffy and creamy carbonated liquid with a slight bite. The body is also spot on for the style,

Drinkability is good, not great but good I would be glad to get this in a trade again. Thank you Shbobdb. MK

MuenchenerKindl, Aug 22, 2006
Photo of nortmand
4.55/5  rDev +15.5%
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.

nortmand, Aug 21, 2006
Photo of cameraman
3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A dark brown color with hints of red along the sides of the glass. An inch thick, caramel color head forms, lacing down the glass slowly. The smell of chocolate and coffee are dominating the aroma, but there is slight twinge of an alchol scent at the end. The taste starts with the sweet flavor of the malt from the lips to the palate, then a the strong flavors choclate and coffee comes in to finish it off. A richness coats the palate at the start and then it begins to few a tad chewy at the end. The alchol from the aroma makes its presence felt at the end in the back of the throat. Easy to drink beer, more so probably in the cold, not so much on a hot day.

cameraman, Aug 03, 2006
Photo of bditty187
4.28/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I’ve wanted to try this beer for years. I swear the label/beer was featured in “All About Beer” for like a year straight. Granted, the label is great… I hope the beer is too.

Dark brown in hue with black shading and ruby highlights. The liquid seems to be fairly clear. Beige foam, at the apex the head was only a half finger tall. Nevertheless, the head retention was very good. It took a few moments before the head turned into a soapy cap/collar. There wasn’t much subsequent lacing, just a few random specks. Overall, this is a pleasant looking beer.

The nose smells like cream spiked with chocolate and coffee. Toast on the side. Earthy notes too, clean otherwise. I am impressed the alcohol is hidden. I was expecting a drier aroma but I got the exact opposite. This seems very rich. Based on the bouquet this should be one delicious brew. In other words, I find the nose inviting. While the nose is complex the aromas are limited in number. Lovely; I can’t wait to take a sip. I will not delay any longer…

The palate is not as creamy as I was expecting; which is a good thing, IMO. It is slightly creamy upfront with chocolate and coffee notes following quickly behind it; moderate bitterness with an earthy backdrop. Clean otherwise, the alcohol is noticeable by the finish. I like the warmth it adds. The finish offers hints of vanilla, oak, and smoke… plus a brief infusion of cream again. For some reason this beer makes me want to smoke a cigar. I’m not a smoker? WTF? Don’t let the tobacco companies get a hold of this beer. Anyway, back to reality. The aftertaste is a lovely mix of bitter chocolate, hints of coffee, notes of earth and cream. The lingering aftertaste is awesome, maybe the best aspect of a very good flavor profile. Rock on.

Medium/medium-full in body, low, smooth carbonation, the mouthfeel is ample and fitting for this beer. The mouthfeel encourages me to take it slow, to sip and savor this beer. I like that. It is relaxing.

I could drink this beer all night. I can’t image how could this beer would be on cask! It might be so good I’d weep drinking it. Damn, my first Arcadia beer was a stand-up triple. I really liked this beer. I mean a lot. It has been worth the wait. Thank you RedHaze! Highly Recommended.

bditty187, Aug 02, 2006
Photo of merlin48
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Finally, a winner out of my Arcadia sampler box. The London Porter pours a deep and opaque brown body, topped by a one inch light brown head that is creamy and longlasting. Sheets of lacing are left down the sides of the Fuller's pint glass.

Aroma is complex. Milk chocolate, and a cornucopia of dark fruits are assertive on the nose. Plums, Concord grapes, and prunes are very apparent. Just a hint of smoky and dark roast malts are evident as it warms.

Mouthfeel is creamy and solid medium bodied. Carbonation is appropriately subdued.

Taste is creamy and complex. Nutty, chocolate, loaded with dark fruits. Roasty malt bitterness is present but barely noticed, rounded off by the interesting complexity of malts. A note of leather adds interest. Coffee bitterness adds some dark roasty notes as it reaches room temperature. Finishes with a flourish of complexity.

Topnotch! One of the better and more interesting Baltic style porters I've had the pleasure to sample. Pleasantly complex.

merlin48, Jul 13, 2006
Photo of Maestro
4.53/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This fellow is a sturdy ale, not for the faint of heart. The head is a thick, creamy tan head that leaves lots of thick bubbly lacing on the glass. The beer is nearly black in color with only the slightest hint of light passing through.The nose is a combination of sweet and roasty, with a slight hoppy aroma that is barely noticable. Taste is great! There is a bit of a nutty burst at first taste. Then you begin to notice the roasted malts. There seems to be a sweetness that comes through that is reminiscent of lactose. Caramel malt is also prevalent. As for mouthfeel, this beer keeps you in check. Lots of body and flavor, coupled with a good amount of carbonation. Drinkability is awesome. Beware of the alcohol, as it barely peeks its head.

Maestro, Jul 12, 2006
Photo of hanco005
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, no freshness date that I could find, poured into a pint glass

A—pours solid black with a thin island of fizz that floats on top, no head whatsoever and no lacing, either

S—chocolate is strongest, malty sweetness, some faint coffee, nothing else that I can detect

T—bittersweet chocolate, mild coffee, some milky flavor, very good, finishes on the dry side

M—smooth, full bodied, slightly carbonated…almost a little flat

D—very solid.. I would have this again and again, great chocolate flavor

hanco005, Jul 03, 2006
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.45/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

"All the great things are simple, and many can be expressed in a single word: freedom, justice, honor, duty, mercy, hope."

--Winston Churchill

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.

BuckeyeNation, Jun 30, 2006
Photo of Brent
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brewery website describes this beer as a "robust English porter" with which I entirely agree. Also notes use of smoked malts, but I didn't get much sense of smoke other than perhaps touch in roasted flavors. Not as robust as American takes on the style, which emphasize more hops, but this did have a potent maltyness that leaned a bit toward Baltic porter. Very nicely done, if perhaps a bit of style bender.

Brent, Jun 26, 2006
Photo of stouty1
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

stouty1, Jun 16, 2006
Photo of mentor
4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle provided by deejaydan as part of BIF33. Thanks for the opportunity! Pours a half finger brown head over a dark liquid, some brown edging when held to light. Smells roast and chocolate with a hint of alcohol. Sweet and milky.

Tastes wet sweet caramel and toffee with an overlying roast. Not quite coffee, but dry bitter. The drying roast is tempered by the sweet, which is dark and creamy. Hops are noticable in the finish as a touch floral and a touch grassy. A cherry-like flavor is also present, that isn't quite cherries. Sour dark figs, I guess, but focused on the fiberous aspect. As the beer warms, a bit of a drying wood-smoked quality.

Thick smooth mouthfeel was wonderful and modest carbonation. This is a style I just love and a beer that fits the style. Well done.

mentor, Jun 14, 2006
Photo of mcallister
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

mcallister, May 19, 2006
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

WVbeergeek, May 06, 2006
Photo of ColoradoBobs
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to shbobdb for hooking me up with this dandy. If the previous reviewer is correct, this can be had for as little as $8 a sixer.

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass.

Ginormously huge light chocolate head that settled to a firm rocky two inch meringue over a dark-brown/ruby body.

Aroma of chocolate malt, coffee and caramel with a slight smoky hint.

Taste is dark chocolate, espresso, smoky burnt caramel with a good balance of overt hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is round and thick with a nice dry finish from the Goldings hops.

NOTE: Listed on the brewery's website as 7.20% and 42 IBU's.

ColoradoBobs, Apr 20, 2006
Photo of heyitsbyron
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a single bottle ($1.35) into an imperial pint glass.

Poured dark, though not as dark as some. Head was very minimal though, less than 1cm despite a rather ham-fisted pour. It doesn't lose any points for this from me, but it didn't lace particularly well either.

Smells like the archetypical porter, though a touch sweet. An excellent balance of toasted malt and hops otherwise.

Taste is interesting. I think it fights hard to be more than a standard porter, but inevitably loses. It's got that good balance of hops and toasted malts that a porter should (with the accompanying smokey and coffee flavors), but there's a sweetness that I can only attribute to too much untoasted malt. I guess they need that to get the body up....?

A little to slick in the mouth for me, more like a scotch ale. This is why I think it has been called a Baltic porter. Also a bit too coarse in the bubble department.

Well, I'd certainly be willing to have another if someone else pays, but I don't know why I would try this again considering the abundance of inexpensive porters (Great Lakes, Great Divide) that taste better and don't have so much of a slick malty feel to them. I'm glad to have tried it, but I'm afraid it doesn't live up to others. Nice and boozy though. ;^)

heyitsbyron, Apr 13, 2006
Photo of shbobdb
4.68/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This bottle-conditioned beauty is truly something to behold.
It's black. B-L-A-C-K, as in pitch. But the flavour is wonderful. The fully, rich, sweet malts are perfectly counterbalanced by the harsh acidic black patent with nice english hops playing the ref.

Wow. I'm amazed by this beer. I could see myself drinking this a lot.

shbobdb, Apr 08, 2006
Photo of DrJay
4.28/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very dark, nearly black beer topped by a short, brown cap of dense foam. Thin sheets of lace form as you empty your glass and the head retention is decent. Rich, malty aroma with plenty of roasted and coffee character. Burnt and chocolate dark malts play well against a light charcoal smokiness. Chocolatey malt flavour and moderate hoppiness form a bittersweet balance. Smoke comes through along with burnt, carmelized sugar. Finishes just off-dry with a balanced sweetness. Creamy texture, low carbonation and full body. An excellent porter overall.

DrJay, Mar 25, 2006
Photo of wingman14
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
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!

wingman14, Mar 22, 2006
Photo of BEERchitect
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

BEERchitect, Mar 02, 2006
Photo of dirtylou
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz single. $1.69 from Steve's-University Ave

appearance: pours a nice dark mahogany, slight garnet tint, a full foamy tan head forms on top and leaves some glorious lacing in the snifter

smell: very dark and roasty, sweet malts, plum, raisin, date, pruin, dark skinned grape, slight alcohol...sweet milky chocolate, vanilla, oak, lightly toasted...very nice

taste: I will admit to not being terribly familiar with baltic porters but I found this quite tasty...very delicate sweetness, lots of complex dark fruit flavours within- raisin, plum, date, pruin...gentle vanilla/oak flavours round it out...toffee noticeable, touch of milky chocolate, alcohol moderately detectable. Overall very tasty, will buy again

mouthfeel: gentle carbonation, smooth and silky, well placed alcohol

drinkability: very nice

dirtylou, Feb 22, 2006
Arcadia London Porter from Arcadia Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 385 ratings.