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Arcadia London Porter - Arcadia Brewing Company

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Arcadia London PorterArcadia London Porter

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372 Ratings
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Ratings: 372
Reviews: 267
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 12.15%
Wants: 21
Gots: 8 | 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 rhoadsrage


3.6/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(Served in an imperial pint glass)

A- This beer pours a pitch black with hints of dark brown around the edges. A rocky light brown head sits on top but dissipates quickly.

S- Some notes of deep roasted coffee and roasted malt are followed by faint caramel notes.

T-The deep smooth roast of malt has a very gentle smokiness to it but it is not burnt. Some notes of caramel and maybe a bit of nuttiness but very faint. A slight chalky taste in an otherwise clean finish to this beer.

M-medium-full body but no real alcohol warmth or creaminess from carbonation.

D- This has good porter qualities but it needs more. I would really like to see some more complexity in here to give it some interest. But a good start on a Baltic porter.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2005 01:18:46 | More by rhoadsrage
Photo of SupaCelt


4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Super brown with yeasty satellites. A gentle pour produces less than a complete tan head. A spitty ring forms. Sluggish bitty bubbles lollygag gimply toward the surface.

Chocolate malty love stink radiates to my nose. Milky sourness is notable too. Nice. Real nice. Alcohol vapor sits within the milk chocolate matrix, but is not out of place or offensive. A great blend of character.

The flavour is spot on tasty. Chocolate cream with a nicely adjusted bitterness. The alcohol again fits in with this scheme. Well hopped, great malt base. Surprisingly massive body. This chap has more backbone than some of the stouts I have had. Great substance, nice flavour balance, delicious scent...what more could it have? This is a fine porter from the Crick. More than worthy of a try. Surely worthy of a repeat.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2005 13:14:42 | More by SupaCelt
Photo of mattcrill


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

Appearance: Pours black with chocolate edges and a perfect two-finger tan head.

Smell: Sweet milk chocolate, chocolate malts, a touch of creamed coffee all bounce off the nose. Very inviting.

Taste: Chocolate malts dominate and are up front, bitter chocolate, french roast coffee, and a touch of cream all splash on to the palate. The chocolate malt bitterness keeps dominating the game here.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and creamy with a nice balance of carbonation to keep it interesting.

Drinkability: One of the best offerings by Arcadia. Glad I can get this local. A touch too bitter to make this a regular occurence but it's a rock solid beer. Strongly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2005 00:00:47 | More by mattcrill
Photo of TastyTaste


4.75/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great looking colorized picture of Winston Churchill on the bottle, giving the "Victory" sign. Pours a nealry pitch black body, very, very dark, in my chalice. Not a lot of head action after the pour, just a thin layer of foam. Smell is dark chocolate, cherry, and a smooth graininess are all in the nose. Very potent smelling. Big flavors, alot of alcoholic bourbon and rum flaovr, slight cherry, big chocolate, and a perfect amount of acidity. A nice big porter, not at all what I was expecting when i picked up a single of this beer. I could almost session these, a real smooth drinker, at a reasonable price.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2005 14:25:53 | More by TastyTaste
Photo of ADR


4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Essentially opaque dark brown, just a bit of light comes through. Flat and persistent head of 1/4 of an inch. Adequate laces, simple and thick strings. Aroma is malty, some fruity notes, mostly of pear juice. Mouthfeel settles at just shy of medium and the overall carbonation level is fine in texture. Quite chocolately in flavor, slightly dusty and musky but not detracting from that initial impression. Hops are hardly noticeable. The profile thins slightly from beginning to end but never really wavers from what you get to begin with. A sweet malty Porter from start to finish with mostly pleasant aspects that give some chewy qualities. When I reviewed this it was classified as a Baltic Porter, nah....nice drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2005 01:00:18 | More by ADR
Photo of kmpitz2


4.58/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours an incredibly dark brown, almost black color with a small head that falls to nothing more than a broken ring over top. The nose is nice. I get notes of chocolate and coffee with an underscore of figgy dark fruits. The flavor is dominated with coffee, but not too bitter. The chocolate and light fig come int in the middle to balance things out a little, but the bitter coffee grounds hit again on the end. The feel is thick, with a moderate carbonation. It works very well. A hightly drinkable beer. The flavors are bold, but not too big. No hint of the 7%. A very well built beer here.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2005 01:31:26 | More by kmpitz2
Photo of clvand0


3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark color with very little head and doesn't leave much lacing on the glass. Aroma has a lot of maltiness, some chocolate and a little roasted. The flavor has a lot more roasted character than the nose. Good maltiness. The finish is bitter from the roasted malts. Mouthfeel is moderate to thick and the drinkability is ok.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2005 01:27:40 | More by clvand0
Photo of shippos

New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2005 22:32:46 | More by shippos
Photo of ypsifly


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

Poured from an undated 12oz into a pint glass.

Deep, dark brown, almost black with a tiny head of tan that dies a quick death. Only a thin ring surrounding a few bubble clusters is left.

Dark roasted malts, coffee, chocolate milk, and a little bit of english hops make up the nose.

The taste is very roasty with the same choco-coffee flavors. The hops are stronger than the nose and give some bite into a dry finish. Very nice transition from slightly sweet and roasty to bitter and dry.

Full mouthfeel, very stout like. I could have a few more of these.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2005 03:33:10 | More by ypsifly
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2005 23:00:38 | More by bigbubba
Photo of Billolick

New York

4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled a 12 ouncer, imported to New York state from a recent trip to that beer center known as Ann Arbor, Michigan. No freshness dating, but the types of hops and malts used to brew the beer are listed in the upper label, a nice touch. Pours allmost black, with light coming thru on the edges. Oily tan head showing good retentive qualities, tiny bubbles, and respectable lacing left behind. the nose is rich, inky, jammy. This is a full flavor, fruity brew, notes of grape preserves, ink, smoke, leather. Robust, fruity and complex, this is an interesting and differant Porter. Notes of chocolate and minimal hops in the finish

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2005 02:52:50 | More by Billolick
Photo of trancefishy


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

This one has been aging for about 18 months at 50+ deg F.

Nice dark body with a smooth crema coloured head. Intense chocolate aroma, with a smidge of hops.

Taste is wham bam chocolate all over, with a bit of a dry bitter hoppy finish. excellent balance. my mouth is full of chocolate. yummy

Mouthfeel is super creamy and smooth. carbonation is doing it's job well.

I can't remember what I thought of this beer when it was fresh, but I'm fairly certain I am enjoying this a LOT more. Too bad I didn't bother to put any more away when I did this one.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2005 01:41:53 | More by trancefishy
Photo of mntlover


4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a black with a tan head that falls quick and leaves some light lace behind. Can see red highlights when held to the light.
Aroma is roasted malt chocolate and coffee aromas mix with some caramel. A dark malty smelling treat.
Taste is rich roasted malt thick caramel mixed with chocolate fades to coffee flavors that end lightly bitter and fade to sweet chocolate again before some lightly bitter hop flavors intrude to finish mixed with some woody notes.
Mouthfeel is a good medium nice bodied porter full of flavor.
Drinkability is good a nice porter tastey treat from Michigan thanks to CRJMellor for this sample.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2005 03:32:51 | More by mntlover
Photo of Bighuge


4.7/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Basically, I'm looking at a black brew. Some shimmers of mahogany when held up to a light, but for all intents and purposes, this is black. Thin bubbly light brown head recedes to a collar quickly and leaves spotty, but adequate, lace. Aroma is exquisite. Thick roasted malts, heavy chocolate, smoke, vanilla bean, oak barrel and dripping, oozing caramel. The flavor follows through in a big way. Toasted and caramel and roasted malts meld together. Hop bitterness lingers on the tongue. Vanilla and oak mix together. Body is damn near full and the carbonation is very appropriate. This one is a winner. I'd put this up there with the Ed as two of my favorite, every day kind of drinking porters.

Cokes, you're the man for shooting some of this my way.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2005 05:47:51 | More by Bighuge


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.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2005 16:43:52 | More by GIVEMEBACKMYSON
Photo of TheLongBeachBum


4.43/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 ounce bottle. A printed crown cap and a nice looking neck label that lists the identity of the Malts and Hops used as well as confirming that the OG is 1.082 and the ABV is 7.0%. Yet it has the most splendid main label, the Union Jack sits behind an oval that has a Victorious Sir Winston Spencer Churchill.

Appearance: Some lucidity, but to all intents and purposes it looks like a ruddy dark brown mahogany body. Powerful lights behind the glass show a hazed turbid swampy brown body. Thick uniform creamy tan body. Solid carbonation, swirls bring about an invigorated head. Nice single bubble thick lacing clings to the sides of my Duvel glass.

Nose: Burnt toast and dark roasted malts, thick black dark bitter chocolate. Powdered coffee in the back end with some full fat cream to round off the odors.

Taste: Bitter dark chocolates and lots of dark malts that is rich in depth. Bitter dark chocolate makes way for a bitter hop character that finishes with some smooth alcohol bite.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and very creamy, rich and dark at times. Plenty of gusto in this one, rich conditioning helps to aid the feel, bold yet beautiful. Looks and feels good on the catwalk.

Drinkability: Oh this went down well…..oh my….it’s all gone. Thoroughly drinkable...

Overall: Churchill has been a Hero of mine for many years, since I was 13 years old in fact. Not many people know that Winston Churchill actually had an American mother.

"To the youth of America, as to the youth of all the Britains, I say, 'You cannot stop. It must be world anarchy or world order. You will find in the British Commonwealth good comrades to whom you are united by other ties besides those of State policy and public need. Law, language, literature...common conceptions of what is right and decent, a marked regard for fair play, especially to the weak and poor, a stern sentiment of impartial justice, and above all the love of personal freedom. These are common conceptions on both sides of the ocean among the English-Speaking Peoples."
Harvard, 6 September 1943

Funny how he never mentioned Beer…….

Jolly Good! Don’t make the mistake of giving this one the ‘V’ Sign.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2005 04:51:33 | More by TheLongBeachBum
Photo of meathookjones


4.38/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from a 12oz bottle drank on 12/22/04. Nice label with Winston Churchill giving his approval. Appearance is very dark brown with an inch of tan foamy head. Rings of lace were left around the glass as the head stayed for a decent bit. Chocolate malt, roasted coffee and a touch of bitter earth hops comprise the aroma. Bitter sweet dark chocolate and roasted coffee roll onto the tongue first. A bitter earthiness from the hops is present as well. Very tasty brew that ends on a roasty coffee note. Fairly thick feel for the style and it’s quite creamy and goes down very smooth. Very nice beer I would love to make a session beer in it was local. Thanks to tikkigodxxx for another great brew.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2005 14:33:30 | More by meathookjones
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2004 03:45:28 | More by frazbri
Photo of deejaydan


4.83/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Another beer that makes me glad to live in Michigan.

Opaque, very dark brown in color. Small light tan head. Some lacing is present. Smell of sweet lightly roasted malts. Taste explodes on your tounge. A rush of coffee, then chocolate, then a hint of alcohol. This beer is thick in the mouth, but the hops are present just enough to clean the palate of the coffee and chocolate notes and then make you want to drink more.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2004 19:27:25 | More by deejaydan
Photo of cokes


4.78/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Opaque prune juice with a squat tan foam.
Perfumed of chocolate-drenched cedar, fig-flavored liquorice.
Floods the mouth with molten fudge. Backed with nods towards runny caramel and vanilla. Swirls of red grape vinousness. The middle is woody, with toasted maple and cedar, and a persuasive buttery yeast that jives perfectly here (and is so far afield in some other Arcadia brews). Prune late, with a reformation of nutty fudge brownies and vanilla glaze. The Fuggles and Goldings would seem overmatched, but persevere with a mighty, last-minute stand of burnt herbs and steel-tinged black tea.
Its feel and texture every porter should kill for, with it's thickened sense of lightness, soft carbonation, and general compulsion to drive itself down the throat.
This is a paralytic session brew.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2004 06:57:30 | More by cokes
Photo of Skidz


4.45/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a dark reddish brown and sits a very dark brown in the glass, nearly opaque with a large light brown head. Nice lacings all over the glass.

Smells heavily of roasted grains and charred wood. Light malty sweetness beneath with a powdery chocolate aroma.

Tastes lightly sweet up front and picks up a good hunk of roasted flavor. A concrete slab of roasted grains is laid down, blending a good mix of burnt wood, darkened caramel, chocolate and a touch of coffee. Nice bitterness on the finish and smooths out long after swallowing.

Rich, smooth and creamy in the mouth. This beer has a killer body and is only accentuated by its delicate carbonation. This beer practically drinks itself, and I would too if I were it. Would that make me a cannibal? I sure hope so.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2004 22:56:17 | More by Skidz
Photo of ppoitras


4.4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle obtained as part of BIF 11 from TikkiGodxxx. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed 3/4" tan/light brown head over the barely translucent root beer brown brew. Head is dense and resilient, and laces excellently. Aroma is of sweet, dark malts, with a touch of coffee notes. Taste is as indicated by the nose, almost exactly. Mouthfeel and drinkability are great for the style, and I wish it was more readily accessible around here. Nice porter...

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2004 21:36:32 | More by ppoitras
Photo of pootz

Ontario (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Northyorksammy for this bottle..Appreciated. Bottle sports a mug shot of Churchill and advertised "bottle conditioned ale"....these are good things....promising.

Pour reveals a dark red-mahogany liquid that is opaque in a larger tulip glass. Lovely 2 finger sticky mocha cap. Pronounced aromas of coffee, cocoa, molasses, dates, spice...hint of smoke.

Front side is malt dominated with the roasty-smokey, burnt toffee sweetness and then the palate fills with more complex tastes as the yeast spice and woody hops are detected....mouth feel is great!...very sturdy and substantial body for a porter without getting too filling and nearing the stout body...still a very drinkable porter as porter should be.

Finish is slowly drying and the hops come forward as the malts recede on the tongue....light metallic aftertaste...a very well made and well executed porter that hints at "imperial porter" status but stays sufficiently dry and drinkable...nice porter..will go out of my way to get some on the next trip south.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2004 18:48:55 | More by pootz
Photo of lackenhauser


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

Nice deep dark color.Good head that lingers all the way down. wonderful roasted aroma-more roasted then some other porters. Great roasted flavor,some chocolate and maybe a touch of licorice. Velvety smooth,real nice oily feel to it-good body for style. A really good porter-well worth giving a try.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2004 21:16:03 | More by lackenhauser
Photo of gentlebubbles


4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle-conditioned. Tiny notch next to "2" must be some kind of freshness code.

Classic black brew topped by dense tan foam that dies down and leaves speckles on the glass.

Sweet malty scent with winey overtones.

Smooth, smooth dark chocolate with rich, creamy mouthfeel. The only disappointment is the utter lack of finish.

On the whole, a very pleasing porter.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2004 23:18:55 | More by gentlebubbles
Arcadia London Porter from Arcadia Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 372 ratings.