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Arcadia London Porter - Arcadia Brewing Company

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Arcadia London PorterArcadia London Porter

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BA SCORE
88
very good

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 meathookjones
4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

Photo of frazbri
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Photo of deejaydan
4.83/5  rDev +23.2%
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.

Photo of cokes
4.78/5  rDev +21.9%
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.

Photo of Skidz
4.45/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

Photo of ppoitras
4.4/5  rDev +12.2%
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...

Photo of pootz
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

Photo of lackenhauser
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Photo of gentlebubbles
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lovely dark hue, deep brown, with crimson highlights, under a lovely, creamy tan head.
Everything good in a porter combines in this nose: it's a bit bitter, but largely smooth, creamy, full of coffee notes, plus a hit of cocoa, sweet, then dry. Light, but abundantly flavorful.
Full mouthfeel, big, bittersweet interaction on the palate, wonderfully dark and warm, rich and delicious. Here's another porter-done-right from the Midwest. Wow, very nice. The name beckons comparisons to Fuller's, but it reckons well against it.
Once again, were I a Michiganer, this would see frequent rotation in the ol' fridge.
Very, very good.

Photo of IronDjinn
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sorry, I was a bit distracted, I had my face stuck in the glass inhaling this stuff for the past 5 minutes or so. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle, with a picture of Winston Churchill on the label (or is that W.C. Fields?--nah, the British flag in the background wouldn't suit the latter). No real head on the pour to speak of, but it does have a thickish beige ring to it. Seems deep black until held up to the light, then it takes on more of a dense mahogany tone. And the aroma... Needed a few more minutes there. I don't know why it does its thing to me, not entirely exceptional, but highly addictive. I had just crossed over to the land of hopheads recently, and now I'm being drawn back to the brotherhood of maltoids again because of this. Burnt malt, rich chocolate, toasted nuts, a bit of buttery rum and dried figs, and some toffee. The flavour has chewy, sticky malt, coffee, dry dark chocolate, a some alcohol, with a dry burnt woodsy finish. Very dry aftertaste like cocoa mixed with espresso. Somewhat watery mouthfeel at first, but gains texture over the palate, very dry taste for such a sweet smelling porter. Very satisfying. Big thanks to northyorksammy for the sample.

Photo of nomad
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Stout-like appearance off of its reverse cascade pour, this beer is black with a tight stain in true lattice form from a wall of foam. A bit of carbonation, kinda strange to for an English beer.

Smells like nuts, dark and roasted malts, and the acidity of classic old porters with that "twang" they had. No hop presence, very much appreciated.

Teetering close to tasting like a stout, as a thorough flavor of roasted barley and dark malts smack hard with little residual sweetness and little hop presence. Complex and thorough, but a bit much as the acidity and black malt bite punish you from drinking more than one. Close my eyes and only the thinner mouthfeel could keep from thinking its a stout, though tasty. A little too much carbonation, too.

Lower attenuation, less palate pounding, and its that simple, for me, to make me like this more.

Photo of chilidog
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Its been awhile but many thanks to CRJMellor for the bottle. A fine porter to be had here and as a porter, easy to drink after a long hard day. Its appearance is very nice, with a dark as nite color and a wonderful beige head that cascades well and laces great. The aroma of roasted malts, semi-sweet chocolate and coffee. The tastes reflect the aroma with a complex blend of malts accented with the likes of brown sugar. A bitter sweet finish is left on the mouth, but not overpowering. The beer is very smooth, creamy and easy to drink, even at 7% abv. A soothing relaxer. Good job Battle Creek.

Photo of Lupe
4.45/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Very deep ruby, almost balck, color with a large beige head. The head slowly recedes to a thin collar and leaves wispy rings of lace. Roasted aroma with, odd as it may sound, peanut butter cups. Also has a faint scent of smoke. Big and malty. Dark chocolate, coffee, and roasted malt. A hint of smokiness is present along with some hops to balance things out. Alcohol does not show up in the flavor. Full bodied, smooth and very creamy. Goes down ultra smooth. Be warned, this is very easy to drink - especially for something at 7%. Very good.

Photo of tavernjef
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Color is dark tarnished brown with ruby edges, thin tan head, whispy skim left over after fading with a thin collar; lacing moderately sticking in strings.

Aroma is quite intriguing with Reeses peanut butter cups and roastyness mixed with coffee notes when first taking it in. Carob, perhaps even alfalfa sprouts approach some of the nose as it warms. Very interesting qualities.

Taste has a nice peppering smooth vegetable oil sweetness thats struck with cocoa and chocolate, peanut butter and coffee. Very apparent drying finish of left over chocolate and cocoa mixing with a good portion of coffee. Bitterness is mild but nice of chocolate, coffee roast, and slight dry hop. Very nice finisher and one interesting taster. Subtle and complex, but not overly potent or strong.

Feel is lightly creamy, smooth, mediumness in its body, fairly hefty drying finish, but tends to ware off its effects once you get use to it. At first, the finish was absolutely wonderful but it seemed to fade off as the glass emptied.

This was oh so close to getting the next notch up in numbers, but it didn't quite bowl me over enough to do just that. But I wouldn't turn this down for nothing. A nice porter for sure and recommend trying it out.

A big U.P. thanks goes out to trbeer for this one eh!

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

Very good porter, I will have this again. It quenched my thirst, the balanced clear ovaltine malt and bittersweet chocolate and complex taste. Beautiful creamy head , complex aroma, black colour. Full mouth feel with mild roasted taste, not too coffee.. Some carbonation of hops.

Photo of ALESwhatCURESya
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My sister picked a few of these up for me on her raod trip through Michigan and, boy, am I glad she did. This came out with a perfectly fluffy tan head that soon turned to a dry foam The aroma was very sweet and full of burnt chocolate and toffee. The taste started out sweet, had an alcholic taste midway through, and finished very crisp and dry. It did not have a heavy amount of vanilla or nut that is accustom to many porters, but it was VERY enjoyable. Definately one porter to keep stocked in the cellar!

Photo of Crosling
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared with ratebeerians Ernest and Aubrey.

Dark Brown.

Aroma of chocolate, roasted grain, dry and sweet notes, english hops and expresso.

Really nice flavor. Comparible to Fuller's in many way except slightly more bitter. Medium bodied with notes of raisins, chocolate, vanilla, subtle smoke and some tangy notes on the finish. I thought this was a little to hoppy but I still enjoyed it.

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

Appearance – Ruby brown in color with a giant, orangish tan head that seemed to last forever.

Smell – This Baltic Porter had a beautiful, dark nose with sharp chocolate and coffee ground aromas.

Taste – The bitterness came out well here. The dark malt was luscious but had a slight tangy finish that seemed out of place.

Mouthfeel – This was light to medium in the body but extremely creamy. It was smooth as glass in between the cheeks.

Drinkability – This went down well enough.

Comments – Thanks again to skyhand for hosting the BA tasting and for supplying this Michigan Porter.

Photo of marcellaproust
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

One of my favorite porters. A shy, lacey head and subtle roasted carob scent falls right in with the smooth, full-bodied mouthfeel. Lots of bitter dark chocolate, roasted barley flavor, hint of coffee. A bitter kick to the finish keeps any sweetness in check, ensuring that no one mistakes this porter for a lazy dessert beer.

Photo of beergeek279
4.45/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in the 12 oz. bottle, into a pint glass. The color is black, with a steady tan head. The smell is a nice sweet chocolate malt. The taste is very chocolate sweet, with a good coffee bitterness to keep some form of balance. Mouthfeel is average. As for drinkability, I'd be very happy to session on this one!

Thank you to trbeer for this bottle. A simply fantastic porter, as sweet as they come, and one that I hope to get my hands on again!

Photo of beerluvr
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A lasting rocky & creamy looking tan head is generated upon pouring into the glass. The liquid is clear, brownish, very cola like in appearance. Fruitiness of yeast, coffee and some buttery light diacetyl notes all sensed in the nose. Smooth buttered mouthfeel supplanted by good levels of roastiness with wispy chocolate hints all tasted, followed by healthy yet cloaked hop bitterness. Finishes with some fruit, mildly sweet in front of bitter roasty/hoppy flourishes...very nice.

Thx to CRJMellor for this one.

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

Sampled at From The Vine beer tasting Jan 9th, 2004: Pours a dark brown color with a medium beige head that lingers. Not too much lacing going on. Nice amount of nuts and coffee in the aroma. A little more rich than a lot of Porters, with a good amount of coffee, malt, chocolate and hops in the flavor. The finish is nutty with a bit of molasses. I liked this one.

Photo of zerk
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with some amber highlights and a 2 finger tan head. Good head retention and lacing. Aroma is full of coffee and some chocolate, with light notes of malt and some herbal hop notes. Flavor begins like a sweet espresso with notes of chocolate and toffee. Some herbal notes make their way though, and the roasted malt and hops combine to make for a nice bitter finish. Very smooth, with low to medium carbonation and a medium to full body. A very good beer that I could drink all night!

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

Super dark brown with a tan head. Aromas of sweet, roasted malt, chocolate, dark fruit and a touch of aromatic hops. Taste is basically a sweet, roasted malt onslaught with dark fruit, toffee, coffee, and chocolate. The minimal hop presence serves its function quite well; they provide excellent balance in this strong porter. Mouthfeel is ridiculously smooth and enticing. Drinks well for its strength. I'd like to find a cask-conditioned offering of this beer.

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