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Arcadia London Porter - Arcadia Brewing Company

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Arcadia London PorterArcadia London Porter

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406 Ratings
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Ratings: 406
Reviews: 269
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 12.76%
Wants: 26
Gots: 12 | 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 santoslhalper
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearence: Pours a murky, opague black with reddish-brown hues. The head is of nice size, is a dark tan, and has wonderful retention. Decent lacing as well.

Smell: The smell is a smooth, creamy mix of fruits, coffee, bittersweet chocolate, and cheesecake. Balanced, with only a tiny bit of floral hops.

Taste and Mouthfeel: Goes down like velvet! Smooth, balanced, creamy, and full, while maintaining robust and strong porter flavors. Bittersweet chocolate, floral hops, coffee, molasses, a nice note of smoked malts, some meaty flavors, and a suprising, yet pleasent, fruity taste. The mouthfeel is dead-on creamy.

Drinkability and Overall: Picked this up while visiting family in Michigan, and I'm glad we did. This a very good example of a baltic porter. This is the first brew from Arcadia that I've had, and next time were up in Detroit I will definitly have to pick up more of the products. Recommended!!

Glass: Penn Brewery Pint Glass
Music: "Final Frontier" by Soul Position

Photo of sacrelicio
4.78/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

oh boy.

this beer pours very, very dark, opaque with a rim of deep amber orange. its topped off with a finger thick mocha colored head with a ice cream like texture in its appearance.

the smell is of fruit, coffee and chocolate. good, but nothing exceptional.

the flavors of this beer are simple but very pure and delicious. somewhat sweet maltiness, almost like a milk stout at first, with a midpalate of chocolate and coffee and a finish of appley flavored fruity hops. slight bitterness. seamless flow from one flavor to the next.

the mouthfeel is liquid velvet. no other way to describe it. almost like a hearty american stout.

Very drinkable. would be an awesome session beer as well if it were not so high in alcohol. Highly recommended.

Photo of jasonpeckins32
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a pitch black color topped off with a brilliant bronze colored head. Looks great.

S: The nose is strong and heavy. Smells of chocolate, molasses, burnt toast and coffee beg me to take my first huge gulp.

T: The taste is also heavy. A lot of flavors going on here. Tangy dried fruits are the foremost flavor, seconded by roasted malts, chocolate and coffee. It also has a mild hop bitterness. Not a very balanced beer, but a tasty and quite interesting one.

M: Full-bodied. Good carbonation. One of the heavier beers I've had lately.

D: The drinkability might be a little prolonged with this one due to the thick heavy body and the knock-you-on-your-ass flavors. Its a sipper. Overall its a kick ass beer, fun to try.

Photo of ZAP
4.4/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What a nice surprise this is....after some less than impressive tastings of Arcadia beers this one really kicks some ass...by far the best Arcadia brew I've had...

Jet black...nose is dark roasted malts, chocolate and coffee...full bodied...substantial beer...relatively creamy..as my wife says...just the right thickness....

Taste is roasted malts, burnt malts, chocolate, and java(more pronounced on the taste than the nose)..almost a smokey java if that makes sense?....just a little acidic on the long finish...

Top notch shit...I'm impressed...will buy again

Photo of beveragecaptain
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out nearly black with a large tan head. The aroma is roasted malt, licorice, and smoke. Roasted malt flavor with licorice and grapes. Some cocoa too. Finish is herbal. This beer has so many flavors working together, it's difficult to pick them all out. Mouthfeel is fairly thick. A bit astringent. Nice drinkability. I can't believe this beer comes from the same brewery that makes the terrible sampler. All four of those beers sucked. This beer, on the other hand, borders on great. A great deal at $1.25 for a 12 ounce bottle too.

Photo of karst
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark and handsome opaque chocolate hue with a golden brown dense head the persists and almost perfectly matches the gold Stone label on the Old Gauardian Barley Wine Rastal. Find lace creeps up the sides and sparkles in the early fall Missouri sunlight as the 1 fingered head slowly falls. Ruby glints suggest the now crimsom leaflets of Virginia Creeper backlit by late afternoon sun beams piercing the deep shade of late summer oak folage.

Served at 46° F. Aromas are a little subdued offering a beechwood smoked malt with chocolate, coffee and caramel hints. Medium heavy body and chewy mouthfeel are exceptional. Goldings hops struggle to find the surface of this rich flavored complex taste brewed from seven different varieties of premium European malted barley. A mild bitterness emerges in the aftertaste giving proof of brewmaster's skills of balancing Warming above 50° F. everything improves about this robust London style porter except the quickly falling level in my glass. Nearing 60°F. the alcohol never is noticable but aromas and flavors peak. This porter holds its carbonation well with this slow tasting.

I will put this on my must have list along with Great Lakes Edmund Fitz. Porter and Anchor Porter. While each of these is unique they all share greatness. I must find more of this and share with my trading partner on the west coast.

In his first address to a joint session of the United States Congress, on 26 December 1941, Churchill teased the assembled Senators and Representatives with the mischievous suggestion, "If my father had been American and my mother British, instead of the other way 'round, I might have got here on my own!"

This Michigan London Porter certainly makes its way to the table "on its own!"

Photo of Rastacouere
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Medium brown appearance, light brown head quickly recedes to a cover. Mellow roasted caramel has a touch of anise to it. The hops are mellow, but give the impression of a lactic component rather than citric. Herbal, chocolatey in a milky fashion. Honest roastiness, earthy, oily, comfortable in mouth. Low carbonation, medium bodied, excellent mouthfeel, slightly oily and smooth, rich for a porter though I’m very surprised it is 7%. Good flavour balance, but as with most porters, I’m left on my appetite, I can’t think of a time when I’ll crave for a porter.

Photo of BrewMaster
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Served in a pint glass on tap at the brewery. Dark black color with a slight red hue and a creamy and solid tan head. Very nice retention on the head with light lacing and stratification on the side of the glass. By the looks of this one, the line between some stouts and some porters became even more blurry.

Smell: Very malty and chocolate nose. Slight fruitiness as well.

Taste: Chocolate with a fruity cherry flavor, big malt and a light burnt malt sourness. The flavor is pleasant and sweet with a sandy, toasty, syrupy flavor to round out the ending. The interesting thing about the flavor is that the alcohol migrates up to the nose and I feel the warmth in my nose and the top of my mouth, but not going down. Tasty all the same.

Mouthfeel: Lively carbonation and a sticky soft feel on the palate. Very pleasant. Medium to full bodied with a distinct creaminess.

Drinkability: Solid and tasty with a nice base malt flavor with other flavors to compliment. A solid offering and one worht looking for if you're in the area.

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

Appearence: Deep brown with a thin head, some sediment settles to the bottom of the glass while a light lacing adorns the top.

Smell: Quite malty, with some sugary sweetness. There's a bit of alcohol detectable there, too, which seems to suggest more than its 7% ABV.

Taste: Up front is a sugary, chocolatey sweet tinge, with a broad taste of roasted malt following. Again, a bit more alcohol in the taste than you might expect at 7% ABV, but it doesn't seem to unbalance the flavor much. A bit acidic also, but again, not to the point of unbalance.

Mouthfeel: Sugar, acid, and alcohol make this a pretty powerful brew that won't linger in your mouth long.

Drinkability: Because of the powerful mouthfeel, I don't know that I could go through a sixpack of this stuff in a night.

Overall, this is a fine sweet porter and shows a better balance of flavor than many other American attempts at the style.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.6/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

Photo of SupaCelt
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Photo of mattcrill
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Photo of TastyTaste
4.75/5  rDev +21.2%
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.

Photo of ADR
4/5  rDev +2%
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.

Photo of kmpitz2
4.58/5  rDev +16.8%
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.

Photo of clvand0
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Photo of shippos
4.65/5  rDev +18.6%
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.

Photo of ypsifly
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

Photo of bigbubba
4.47/5  rDev +14%
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.

Photo of Billolick
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
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

Photo of trancefishy
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

Photo of mntlover
4/5  rDev +2%
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.

Photo of Bighuge
4.7/5  rDev +19.9%
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.

4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
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 TheLongBeachBum
4.43/5  rDev +13%
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.

Arcadia London Porter from Arcadia Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 406 ratings.