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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

397 Ratings
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Ratings: 397
Reviews: 269
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 12.72%
Wants: 23
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 feloniousmonk
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

feloniousmonk, Sep 08, 2004
Photo of IronDjinn
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

IronDjinn, Aug 19, 2004
Photo of nomad
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

nomad, Aug 16, 2004
Photo of chilidog
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

chilidog, Aug 04, 2004
Photo of Lupe
4.45/5  rDev +13.2%
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.

Lupe, Jul 19, 2004
Photo of tavernjef
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
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!

tavernjef, Jul 09, 2004
Photo of Sammy
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Sammy, Jun 27, 2004
Photo of ALESwhatCURESya
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
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!

ALESwhatCURESya, Jun 26, 2004
Photo of Crosling
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Crosling, Jun 07, 2004
Photo of RoyalT
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

RoyalT, Apr 26, 2004
Photo of marcellaproust
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

marcellaproust, Apr 04, 2004
Photo of beergeek279
4.45/5  rDev +13.2%
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!

beergeek279, Feb 28, 2004
Photo of beerluvr
4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

beerluvr, Jan 29, 2004
Photo of Dogbrick
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

Dogbrick, Jan 15, 2004
Photo of zerk
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
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!

zerk, Dec 11, 2003
Photo of Jon
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Jon, Nov 27, 2003
Photo of CRJMellor
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a classic thick black body with nice light brown head.
Aromas of roasted coffee, sweet choclate and malt eminate. Lightly carbonated fitting porter style.
Initial taste is almost stout-like but back note is sweeter and slightly lighter than a stout. don't know much about Baltic Porters but I imagine that's the desired effect.
Very pleasant brew, good definitely drink a few of these on a cold mMichigan winter night.

Great label on the bottle also.

CRJMellor, Nov 26, 2003
Photo of granger10
4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was one excellent beer. Very many flavors come through. I notice chocolate and cream/vanilla combined at the onset. coffee is next to follow. Some roasted malts mix with a smokiness that really makes this beer stand out. Finishes with some dry leafy hops combined with more smoky flavors. Excellent.

granger10, Jul 17, 2003
Photo of Mitchster
4.43/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brewed with English 2-row Pale, Crystal, Chocolate, Black Patent, Belgian Munich and Dark Crystal, and German Beechwood smoked pale malt. Hopped with Fuggles and Goldings.

OG=1.082, 7.0% ABV.

Nearly black brew, with hints of ruby at the edges forms a quickly thinning tan head atop medium bubbles with sparse lace, even with a vigorous pour. Carbonation is moderate. Mouthfeel is soft and moderately cloying with a firm body...very much a robust porter. Aroma is of dark roast coffee, sweet chocolate, dark roasted grains, and a very nice touch of campfire smoke..think Kaiserdom meets Anchor, minus the molasses. Taste starts out with very mild flavor hops, a quick burst of smoke, quickly melding into a firmly sweet malt body with lots of chocolate and dark crystal malts and sparse roasted barley. The alcohol becomes noticeable after a few sips, and becomes more dominant as it warms. The finish is mostly of semisweet chocolate and grains with a very mild bittering hop counterbalance and faint smoke. The smoked malts and strong malt body really add to the complexity of the brew, and make this one of the better robust porters.

Mitchster, Feb 18, 2003
Photo of putnam
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark, opaque brown.
Aromas of cocoa, burned coffee, sticks and water
Nice intensity, some vanilla there as well.
On the palate it is much rounder that I anticipated based on the smell. Simple bitter chocolate and coffee flavors dominate to a medium-long, slightly tangy finish.

putnam, Feb 04, 2003
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very deep color with a light brown creamy head. I'd expect a bit more aroma - light dark malt and some background smokiness; no hop. Immense chocolate flavor immediately followed by alot of alcohol and a distinct Fuggles flavor. Complex and full bodied with a warming character. Very nice!

NeroFiddled, Jul 22, 2002
Photo of aracauna
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have to say that I didn't catch the smoke that should have come from the beechwood smoked malt in this one, but I did notice a richness that could have come from a subtle smoking. If so, it suits the flavor well because this beer exhibits nothing that could offensive in flavor or aroma. Nice rich caramel, roasty malt flavor with some light hop notes to balance it out a bit. Nice thick tan head tops off a very black beer. I could get used to drinking beers like this.

aracauna, Jun 05, 2002
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Arcadia London Porter from Arcadia Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 397 ratings.