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Arcadia London Porter - Arcadia Brewing Company

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Arcadia London PorterArcadia London Porter

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Ratings: 411
Reviews: 271
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 26
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
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Arcadia Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
English Porter |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Mitchster on 06-05-2002

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
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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 oberon
4.52/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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!

Photo of emerge077
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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

Into a nonic, pours a dark brown black, with some tan head, little lacing. The aroma is decent, coffee and roasted malts, bitter chocolate, perhaps some lactose sneaking in. The taste is dark, bitter, chocolates, the mouth smooth and creamy. In all, not a bad porter, but forgettable in my book.

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.23/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Arcadia- London Porter

Appearance- Dark reddish black with a cramy looking head. Heavy lacing down half the glass.
Smell- Smoke, vanilla, malt, cocoa.
Taste- Smoky french vanilla malt with hints of cocoa. Sugary sweet, more like a splenda or sweet & low type sweetness.
Mouthfeel- Smooth up front with a sweet bitterness in the end.

Overall- Not too shabby. An enjoyable Porter. Worth the $2.

Photo of oelergud
4.57/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Very dark body. Deep ruby at the edge and black opaque in the middle. Big creamy tan head broken by large bubbles. Good retention and low lace.
Very pleasant smell of malts and slightly piney hops. Just love that baltic porter scent.
The taste is just delicious. So well balanced smoked flavor of mild mannered malts and gently spiced hops with just a touch of nut skin. Rolling tasty aftertaste.
Full body with abit of coating, yet nicely hydrating.
Highly drinkable.


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

Poured this 12 oz. brown bottle into a Samuel Smith tulip glass. No date but the shop owner said he had aged this one a year and believes it is better now (Thanks Todd). The body was dark, dark brown with faint cola highlights at the edge of the glass. There was a modest tan head which faded to nothing. The sediment was firmly attached to the bottom of the bottle.

Smell was ashy, chocolate, and woody. Cold drip coffee.

Taste further built on the aromas. Bakers chocolate. Roasted malts. Lactic/milky sweetness. Sourness. Lingering cocoa bitterness.

Mouthfeel was medium/thin. Mild pinpoint carbonation. Very nice indeed.

Photo of zdk9
4.01/5  rDev +2.3%
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 umustdrink
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pitch black in color, doesn't even show color when held up to a light, not even around the edges. Head is a light brown and settles to an eighth inch. Lacing is strong.

S - Slightly bitter smell common to porters, but augmented with a light roast coffee and a creamy ice cream like smell.

T - Deeply bitter up front, slightly watery. Initial bitterness moves into a less bitter, creamy, milky, smooth malt taste with a coffee background.

M - Slight carbonation bite, otherwise smooth mouthfeel. Consistency is medium.

D - My only complaint of this beer is that I wish it was thicker and creamier to match the aroma and taste. Otherwise this beer is outstanding.

Photo of Mebuzzard
4.17/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Black pour, some burgundy around the edge. Off brown/tan head, splotchy in parts. Medium retention
Smells of strong coffee and black, soft fruit (blackberry, plum). Perhaps some overripe banana as well.
Taste is a fruity coffee, so to speak. The coffee melts into a cocao flavor, which is attached to some fruit. Finishes nice and dry. Not much aftertaste, which is good.

Photo of jwc215
3.32/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of jaluria
3.67/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured an opaque and shiny with a dark brown color. A soapy, tan colored head quickly develops and leaves behind a splash of lacing. Aromas of roasted malt, cream, dark fruit, and candy; quite interesting. The taste follows suit with crisp hop flavors and mellow plum flavors. Slighly sour finish with hints of juicy fruit. Slightly chewy texture.

Photo of grub
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

biegaman shared this bottle with me. thanks jan!

12oz bottle, batch code D2.

pours very dark brown, nearly opaque, with a small tan head. bit of spotty lace.

aroma is good. bit of sourness. lots of roast. bit of caramel and toffee. bit of coffee. toasted multigrain bread.

taste is great. medium bitterness, more assertive than i'd expect from an english or baltic and definitely closer to an american style porter. even the roast is a little stronger than i expected. dark chocolate. coffee. alcohol almost completely hidden. there's some sourness too, giving it a little of the baltic bent. an interesting mix of the three porter styles that i really enjoy.

mouthfeel is good. medium-low carbonation. fairly big body.

drinkability is great. very well balanced and quite enjoyable. i'll definitely be looking for a sixer of this one next time i'm in michigan. thanks jan!

Photo of msubulldog25
4.21/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 12 oz. bottle to a standard pint. Label shows a doctored photo with obviously added cigar, bowtie and bowler hat, over the Union Jack flag. Notched on the 'A' & '0'...

A: Deep dark abyss of near blackness, with just the faintest hints of garnet at the edges. 1-1/2 fingers of creamy, slightly rocky tan head, fading to a thin head with a good creamy coating of lace.

S: Mild dark roasted malts - dark chocolate, light coffee, a little smoke.

T: Wonderful smoky malt, charcoal bitterness, chocolate bittersweetness. Hints of oxidation sourness are really wonderful. Juicy citrus hops and malt are very well-balanced.

M: Medium-full mouthfeel with gentle carbonation. Creamy with some mildly clinging roasted bitterness. Slight malt stickiness on the lips.

D: Excellent flavors, richly roasty and balanced. I would enjoy having more of this again. Seems mis-categorized on BA as a Baltic; much more a true roasted dark porter with assertive hopping. Very tasty - thanks to CRJMellor for sending a couple of these!

Photo of Tyrawlings
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. Bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Deep dark brown with ruby red hues. Thin creamy brown head pours one finger thick and quickly evaporates. Faint thin lacing.

S: Roasted coffee. Chocolate. Toffee. Slight dark fruit. Faint smoke.

T: Deep roasted coffee and dark bitter chocolate kick up an astrigent burn on the palate. Burnt caramel malts and the sweetness of black strap molasses take over to form the balance for this brew. Peat moss or earth flavor and a faint smoke finish.

M: Creamy and smooth. Moderate carbonation. Astringent and dry.

D: Having gravitated to the Baltic porter style, Arcadia London Porter did not disappoint. Creamy, hearty and delicious. Higher ABV limits the amount had in one session. Recommended.

Photo of Scoobydank
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A:small head that disapates faily quickly. What head is there is a slight off white color.
S: Very faint dark malt and coffee
T:Sweet dark roasted malt flavor. After initial swallow, a sharper malt taste stick to the back of your tounge, giving you a bit extra flavor on the way down.
M:The carbonation really fills your mouth with this one.
D: Great porter for someone who wants to get in to porters. Very approachable with great coffee flavors and a bit of mocha to boot.

Photo of beerphan
4.17/5  rDev +6.4%
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 86sportster883
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Now that it has finally turned cold here in the North East, I've had a thirst for the richer, roasty malts of porters and stouts. There are so many great beers to choose from in these categories that, in order to compare apples to apples, you have to subdivide each into their numerous sub-styles.

The Arcadia London Porter is a good Baltic-style porter, but I was somewhat disappointed with the faintness of its sweet caramel and chocolate aromas, and somewhat too thin mouthfeel.

It's a great looking beer, pouring deep dark brown with fiery red ruby accents when held to the light. Combined with a dark creamy head, I was expecting a big smooth-bodied quaff, but it just wasn't there. The body was certainly on the lighter side of medium and the medium-low carbonation didn't really help give this beer the mouth filling smoothness I've come to expect from the style.

The taste is good, but rather pedestrian when compared against the more classic renditions of this style. Roasted malt with semi-sweet chocolate notes intertwine and are balanced nicely by bitterness. The initial finish is moderately dry, but the following aftertaste is distinctly bitter and lingering. This beer does hide its 7.2% abv well, but almost to a fault.

A good porter, and certainly worth a try, but there are much better offerings out there if you're looking for a true Baltic porter.

Photo of riversider76
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours the darkest of browns,with a slight redish hue. Smell is , nice, but a bit weaker than I would have liked. Roasted malts,and coffee are the strongest. Body is medium, and smooth. Taste is smooth too, but with a bite. Dark fruits,and roasted malts with a hint of dark chocolate,and coffee. Excellent.

Photo of SixpointJMH
3.31/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a nice looking deep brown to black colour with an off-white head that, while big, lacks a bit of presence overall. Still, this one looks quite good.

The aroma is a disappointing mesh of, well, almost nothing. There's a hint of malt, cocoa, coffee, etc, but it takes a really strong whiff to pick up anything and it's fairly faint at that.

The flavour thankfully makes up (for the most part) for the shortcomings of the aroma. There's a nice blend of coffee and chocolate (more so than the cocoa in the aroma) with the latter leading the way a bit more. That said, there's a bit of airiness to this one. It's just light toward the finish in flavour. I don't know how or why, but it is, at least to me. Mouthfeel is pretty good and is medium bodied.

I can't say that I was unimpressed with this one, as overall it was fairly enjoyable. I'd call it more so underwhelmed by an unspectacular brew. It needs to be beefed up a bit in a few areas. I can't discourage you from buying it, but I can say that I've had many that are better. It's a slightly above average brew overall by my standards.

Photo of bluejacket74
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Label on bottle is marked as "D4", which according to Arcadia's website for the London Porter matches up with 9/5/2006. I don't know if it was packed that day, or best by that date. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours dark brown/black with an inch tan head. It smells like roasted malt, chocolate, dark fruit and coffee. It tastes like coffee, dark fruit, chocolate, caramel and some vanilla. Starts off sweet and then has a bitter, tart finish, and also some alcohol warming too. Mouthfeel is light/medium, and a bit slick. Drinkability is good too, nice and smooth. Overall, I think it's a pretty decent beer.

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

Poured from 12oz bottle(conditioned) a dark brown with a very large head of tannish foam. That eventually winds down to a solid layer and lots of lacing hugging the glass.

The smell is really nice. There's sweet malt and a fruitiness that I can't quite put my finger on but it goes well with the malt, for sure.

The taste on first sip...there's that fruitiness! Sour cherries, my palate yells out, and sweet and roasted malt. Dang. Further sips verify the fact that the flavours are working very well together and then there's a touch of bitterness along with a dash of alcohol in the finish. It's *quite* warming and pleasant. Good stuff!

PS: I haven't had that many Baltic Porters but this is quite a tasty example. I recommend it!

Thanks to Nutbrown for this sample!

Photo of RedHaze
4.23/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with a dense two finger head that fades slowly to a thick brown cap. The lacing is completely covers he interior of my glass as the foam settles. I've seen stouts that don't pour as dark as this did.

Smell; lots of dark fruits with figs, prunes and dates. Chocolate and coffee are there, as I expected, but there's also some hints of hops in the aroma. Very nice.

Taste; wow, those dark fruits come through even more strongly in the flavor with prunes, figs, dates and just some touches of vanilla bean. The malts come through with chocolate, coffee and a little caramel, and are offset with a nice bit of hops in the finish. I'm having a hard time putting the glass down, so I can take my time with this one.

Muthfeel/Drinkability; mouthfeel is medium to full, with a very pleasing carbonation that seems to fit this beer perfectly. As i said already, I'm having hard time keeping this from disappearing so you know the drinkabilty is really good.

Photo of jcdiflorio
4.36/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

served into a pint glass from a 12oz. long neck brown bottle with crimped-on cap.

Opque,black reddish hue, a tan head quickly diminishing to a coating of foam throughout the beer. Could have been served a bit to cold because everthing else about the beer was great.

Nice,complex moderate nose roasty/carmelly/chocolaty/smokey,with hints of vanallia as the beer warms.Pleasing,inviting all the aromas a porter should have.

A very tasty beer,robust and complex,very roasty and chocolalty/nutty/carmelly, a very balanced malt taste. Woody and spicy with a crisp,sharp, slightly tart finish.

Medium mouthfeel,a bit creamy,slightly dry with a good syrupy feel that makes the mouth water for more. An execllent porter,flavorful and well rounded,a must try porter. Wish I had another one!

Photo of mrasskicktastic
4.09/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - One finger of creamy dark tan head sits atop this dark brown brew. A small amount of lacing manages to remain on the glass.

S - Dates, coffee, chocolate, molasses and figs. A great aroma, but it would be better if it were more potent.

T - A strong coffee and dates flavor with a bit of a grassy hops underneath. The aftertaste is a grassy bitterness with a touch of coffee underneath. Pretty good.

M - Smooth, slick, thin and quite refreshing.

D - An easily drinkable beer. A real treat. Too strong to session, but it is feasible. I imagine most foods would only detract from the better qualities of this brew. I would love to have this again in the future.

Arcadia London Porter from Arcadia Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 411 ratings.