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Arcadia London Porter - Arcadia Brewing Company

Arcadia London PorterArcadia London Porter

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358 Ratings
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Ratings: 358
Reviews: 266
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 12.15%

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 OtherShoe2


3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours near black with a decent chunky tan head. Some lacing.

Boozy licorice, molasses, coffee aromas. Smells big.

This one is a bit hot. Lots of molasses and alcohol up front, with chocolate, coffee, and some astringent twang. Decent balance, but this on needs some time in the bottle. Booze dominates to the point of distraction.

Fuller bodied, but some carbonation.

I liked this porter, but I was ready to b done with the pint. Rich and strong-flavored, it is a true sipper. Another good one from this brewer, and very worth the try.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2010 22:48:35 | More by OtherShoe2
Photo of mrbeery

New York

4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

bring a driver. at 7.2 the fact that i could drink a hundred of these is dangerous. it drys up my mouth in that good way that makes me want to sip sip sip.looks good hanging on the glass(for you "lacing"cats)with nice chocolate.the finsh hangs and your mouth wants more.

Serving type: on-tap

09-26-2010 16:54:50 | More by mrbeery
Photo of jpmclaug

South Carolina

3.4/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into my COAST brewing pint glass

A - dark dark brown almost black body with a circle of off white head. Umm. where did the head go?

S - Chocolate, roasted malts and booze. Smells a bit hot for the style.

T - A chocolatey type flavor with a bit of an astringent burnt taste at the end. A bit of a smoked flavor is in there as well. Maybe a bit of the booziness I picked up in the nose is there as well.

M - light to medium body with a fair amount of carbonation. A bit thinner than I'd like

D - Meh. This beer isn't awful but it isn't great either. The chocolate flavor is pretty good but this beer just isn't quite there for me yet. I would drink this again but wouldn't buy it unless the other options were extremely limited.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2010 02:13:00 | More by jpmclaug
Photo of biglite351


2.5/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A - considerable red around the edges. Tall tight head with a little bit of lacing.

S - strong scent of malts, caramel and a bit of bitter lager like scent.

T - Bitter. A bit of malt.

M - tingle on front of tongue and in the back of the throat.

D - no thanks.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2010 01:57:56 | More by biglite351
Photo of jlindros


3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: A decent fluffy 2 finger head rises up but fades just as quickly to a 1 finger head and slows its pace. The beer is dark black, essentially pitch black with no real light coming through except the very bottom where it thins significantly.

N: A nice porter nose, some roasted malts, a little chocolate malt, dark fruit of figs and plums, a little sweet caramel and some vanilla, a slight chewy dark malt presence, and some syrupy sweet aromas, and a hint of smoked malt.

T: Pretty standard for porter at first, some dark roasty malts, chewy malts, little chocolate, and a heavy addition of smoked malts. Lots of smoked malt, some smoked meat flavor too and even smoked cheese. Some vanilla too, a nice rich vanilla and slight chocolate flavors. More dark malts, and with that is a little earthy charred bitterness. The scorched malts add some of the earthy bitterness as well as a little minerality and touch of soy sauce. Some fluffy marshmellow flavors as well, but just a touch. A very slight touch of warming booze as well which does not go well at all with it being called an "English Porter".

M: Semi thick towards medium body with good carbonation.

F: A bit of warming booze throughout that comes out more as it warms. The earthy roasted charred bitter finish with some minerality lingers for a while. More charred roasty malts and perhaps black patent malt also linger for a bit. More chewy malt finish as well. There is also some sticky sweetness. Not quite what I expected for an English style porter, but then again it IS Arcadia, so I guess it's more of a West Coast Americanized English porter. Tasty nonetheless, but loses some points for not quite abiding to the style. Just way too much malts, too much abv, roasted flavors, and minerality.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2010 02:40:31 | More by jlindros
Photo of BB1313


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

Wow, this beer has some balls to it, I thought I was drinking a RIS. Pours the darkest brown you could imagine w/ nice tan head and lacing that stuck. Smell is full of burnt chocolate. The taste is full flavored and roasted to perfection. Mouthfeel is more creamy than thin. Dare I say a sipper, it's very chewy and bitter. Alcohol is noticeable, warm on the way down and a smokiness is present. This is a great beer but unfortunately I couldn't drink more than one in a sitting; just savor it.

Definitely one of the better porters I've tried. To me this isn't your typical porter, drinks like a RIS, very complex. Unique brew, recommended and well priced.

Gold Medal winner at 2003 World Beer Championship.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2010 05:27:51 | More by BB1313
Photo of MIMicrobrews


3.38/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It pours dark and thick, little to no head, with slight lacing as it goes down. With a nice roasted malt smell, the taste provides a quality oomph to match. It starts smooth and ends with a beautiful array of rich bitterness. Pleasant and dark; it has some nutty, creamy, smoky and dark chocolate flavors that blend for delightful end of the evening brew.

This is a brew for those who enjoy their craft beer slow and savor every flavor; pleasant and dark.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2010 23:52:26 | More by MIMicrobrews
Photo of ribby


3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark, reddish color, with not too much foam. The lack of foam seems acceptable for the style. Mild, maltish smell. Taste is quite good, on the bitter side but no overt hops. The London Porter also shows a nutty maltiness. This is a good solid beer, and if you are a Porter fan this is definitely worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2010 23:43:20 | More by ribby
Photo of Evocatus


3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Looks like a regular porter, dark, opaque; like coffee. Head was bubbly and tan in color. It dissolved rather quickly though. Aroma was a mix of alcohol, roasted malts, and some sort of sweetness. Taste had a mix of alcohol, a raisin-chocolate sweetness to it, and roasted malt bitterness as well. Good and thick, but could have used a little more carbonation so it would've have felt like a thin syrup. Not too heavy for a 7.2% ABV, so that's good. BUt the body is too thick to have multiple bottles.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2010 02:10:27 | More by Evocatus
Photo of tapman


3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A dark ruby-brown. Head contains very tight bubbles for a bottle conditioned beer. I guess i would like it to be darker, though many of my stouts come out this color so I can't say that it isn't appropriate.

Dark raisin/dark crystal malt ake up most of the ose followed by some herbal hopiness and then a little warm alcohol. For me crystal is so strong that I miss any espresso or coffee or anything like that.

Now I get a little italian roast espresso complimented by a dark chocolate sweetness that blends well with both the espresso and crystal-raisin taste. Definitely tastes better than it smells. Also a little licorice with a clean bitterness in the finish.

Good mouthfeel. Smooth and silky yet with an effervescent carbonation. I find the two conflicting yet interesting though a bit distracting.

Though I might prefer less carbonation, it does trick you into thinking that this brew is more sessionable, which if you think it then I guess it is. A fie English porter and a good contender to Fuller's.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2010 05:43:05 | More by tapman
Photo of mfunk9786


4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first bottle of this brew. Been reviewing a lot of stouts and porters lately, trying to really become discriminatory when evaluating these 'fan-favorite' beer styles.

A: Poured into my Unibroue tulip. No head to speak of, but some nice lacing that lasted for the duration of the glass. Dark brown during the pour, pitch black in the glass.

S: Not much in this department. Very light nutty chocolate aromas, sort of like the Nutella factory a mile away caught on fire.

T: The taste is a huge improvement over the nose: dark chocolate nuttiness, like a fresh baked batch of chocolate chip oatmeal cookies. Aftertaste is a bit of extra bitterness at the back of the mouth, which wasn't necessarily appreciated but wasn't without its place.

M: Mouthfeel is deceptively good. One expects a dark English beer to have a bit more character and body than this one initially appears to have, but there's some tingly carbonation in the body as well as some thickness.

D: If not for the lingering bitterness, this would get a perfect score. It's sort of like if you buy a $5 bar of fine dark chocolate... you're not going to eat the whole thing in one night, regardless of how much you like chocolate. It's tasty, but it wears on you a bit.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2010 00:38:47 | More by mfunk9786
Photo of nickadams2

New York

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

A_Dark brown with a one finger mocha head that dissipates into a thick ring. Decent lacing.

S_Smells of roasted malt, chocolate , and nutty.

T_Cocoa and nutty. Roasted malt gives it an almost smoky flavor.

M_Thick and creamy.

D_Very smooth. Goes down easy.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2010 06:13:34 | More by nickadams2
Photo of techfed87


3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice, thick mocha head. Is very dark in color. Beer is clear, with no sediment apparent.

Smell is very malty with some cocoa apparent.

First sip has almost a smokey appeal to it. Malt is dark in texture. Has a coffee-like bitter quality that is very satasfying.

Mouthfeel is full and complex with a complete pallet of flavors to keep you interested from first sip all the way through to the aftertaste. A great beer!

Serving type: growler

03-21-2010 01:54:02 | More by techfed87
Photo of imaguitargod


2.95/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had to do a rough pour to get any resemblance of a head. But the head I did get was around 1 finger and bone white, lingered nicely too with fantastic lacing. Right off the bat there is a very assertive coffee grounds/burnt chocolate chip cookie flavor which builds and builds as you sip. At first it was pleasant, them moved into the realm of distracting. Not sure how I feel about this one. One sip I like it, the next I find it too burnt tasting.

~Jonathan Passow

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2010 22:43:31 | More by imaguitargod
Photo of Stimack

New York

4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After seeing this brew for years and reading good things about it I decided to pick it up, though I am not sure why it took so long? Anyway this brew poured to a black color with a medium colored, medium sized tan head that had good retention and left some good lacing, a lot more at the top of the glass. The aroma showcases roasted malts, fruit scent of what I think might be plum with a little raisons, seems to give it a slight sweetness - also could be from the slight chocolate notes? Also there is a slight booziness/alcohol aroma that was a surprise but went well. While the aroma was ok, the flavors are much better. The malts give a nice chocolate flavor, rich, slightly astringent in a perfect way. Some molasses and caramel like flavors give a slight sweetness then it also has a feel of coffee in the background and somewhat at the end of the sip. The feel is dry at the end, some of that coffee flavor adding to that. It is very easy to drink, the 7.2 ABV is a surprise as it does not really come through in the flavor, just the nose. Nice brew.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2010 15:32:45 | More by Stimack
Photo of mgbickel


3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Perfect Pint glass. Formed a single finger tan head that dissipated rather quickly with no lacing. The body is a dark brown/black color that shows amber edges when backlit.

The nose has sweet and roasted malts and light coffee aromas. There are undertones of vanilla and caramel present also.

The first flavors that hit are sweet and caramel like. This leads into roasted malts and chocolate. The finish has a very tiny hop presence and a black coffee aftertaste. None of these flavors are very powerful...

The mouth feel is medium - creamy yet oily with tight carbonation.

This is a drinkable brew...nice example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2010 15:15:39 | More by mgbickel
Photo of n0315


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

Best beer they have there, I liked it enough to get a growler filled with it. Pours a dark brown/black with a nice coco head to it.. Smell is of chocolate and almonds. Taste is great. Chocolate at the beginning and almonds at the end with a good after taste. Best part of the beer is the taste, no doubt. Mouth feel was medium and drinkability was great. No problem finishing off this brew.

Serving type: on-tap

01-16-2010 21:32:24 | More by n0315
Photo of Tone


3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, dark brown color. 1/4 inch head of a pale tan color. Decent retention and decent lacing. Smells of chocolate, roasted malt, sweet malt, yeast, slight hops, and slight alcohol. Fits the style of an English Porter. Mouth feel is smooth and slighlty creamy with an average carbonation level. Tastes of roasted malt, sweet malt, alcohol, slight hops, and a hint of alcohol. Overall, a good aroma, blend, and body.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2009 19:57:43 | More by Tone
Photo of cagocubs


3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark brown almost black tobacco brown. A nice 1 inch tan head. Lingers and laces. Good looking porter.

S: Good roasted malt, chocolate, oat/grain. Also a sweet butterscotch/toffee.

T: Good delivery of smooth chocolate, oat, and roasted malts. Finishes with nice bitter hops. Great balanced aftertaste, nutty.

M: Great! Very smooth and well carbonated for a porter. Great mouth coating and feel all the way through.

D: Taste is powerful and may become repetitive to some. I will be buying this in the future, but in limited quantities.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2009 03:16:23 | More by cagocubs
Photo of bonk0076


3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown color with a moderate tan head that slowly dissapates leaving a sticky lacing behind. Aroma consists of toffee, roasted malt, perhaps chocolate and oatmeal. Taste is a very robust combination of roasted malt bitterness and chocolate/ toffee sweetness. Very flavorable porter

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2009 04:51:30 | More by bonk0076
Photo of GRPunk


3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- It poured with a 1 finger, brown head. The body was a brown-black with red accents at the edges. The head eventually drops to about a quarter finger, but retains itself for the entirety of the glass leaving nice sticky rings. Carbonation was medium.

S- Sweet milk chocolate initially. A little raisin-like tones, with molasses, and bitter chocolate and roasted coffee.

T- It's very flavorful at first sip. Chocolate and coffee with a touch of citrus hops. There was a touch of smoke (roasty coffee perhaps), and the chocolate becomes a little on the bitter side. There was the slightest of sour accent in the background.

M- Soft and foamy, yet full feel. It had light carbonation with a slight bite from the hops and a bit of warmth in the finish. I didn't realize it was so high in ABV until reading its description. Well hidden, outside of the slight warmth.

D- It's an easy drinker. The full flavor keeps everything interesting enough for me to want it again.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2009 02:22:46 | More by GRPunk
Photo of Bung

North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. Very dark brown pour, with a small amount of tan bubbles. Sticks to the glass fairly well though. Roast malt, earthy peat, light coffee and chocolates in the aroma. Taste has more roast coffee and heavy roast malt. Some earthyness, nut and bakers chocolate. Hints of black licorice. Mouthfeel not quite creamy. Very nice drinking porter, no alcohol present really. No sourness, holding it back may only be a bit over zealousness with the bitters. A very good American example of an English Porter.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2009 04:08:13 | More by Bung
Photo of corby112


4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark chestnut brown color with deep amber edges and a one finger beige foam head that quickly dissolves into a lasting ring. Minimal lacing in streaks and patches is left behind.

Roasted malt aroma with some hazelnut, caramel, coffee, chocolate and licorice.

Flavor is very similar to the aroma with a nice roasted malt body with hints of oatmeal and a tone of chocolate and caramel maltiness. Very smooth medium bodied beer that has a lot of silky maltiness that makes it very drinkable. There is some subtle licorice buried in there and a slightly dry hop finish.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2009 23:42:14 | More by corby112
Photo of MaineBirdMan


3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Started drinking this beer in a pint glass but then changed to more of a wine glass (very heavy glass with a small mouth). The beer was much better in the wine glass. I could really catch the smoky quality of this porter.

Poured dark with not much of a head.

Nose: Smoke mixed with sweet caramel.

Mouthfeel: good amount of carbonation with a nice silky finish.

Taste:Initial flavor is smoked malt and caramel, nice hoppy finish

Drinkability: Very easy to drink more than one. Some alcohol was present.

My only question about this beer was the sediment I found on the bottom. I know it was a "bottle conditioned beer" but the sediment was like sawdust. i wasn't all that thrilled about this. Overall, I was pretty content with this porter. Not my favorite but drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2009 23:11:46 | More by MaineBirdMan
Photo of claminat420


2.85/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- poured into a pint glass. small head that lingered. looks like a average porter.

S- a very light chocolate/roasted malt hint. can smell the alcohol which disappoints me.

T- tastes like a weak porter but with a alcohol kick if that makes sence.

M- tasted alil carbonated. light bodied.

D- can only drink a couple. after that you want something more relaxing. i put average cuz of the high abv. i mean drink two for alil how do ya do kick but after switch to something else.

Overall- i had to try this to give arcadia another shot and to compare to founders porter. well my view on arcadia stands. i haven't tasted anything from them that blew me away.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2009 11:48:01 | More by claminat420
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