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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

385 Ratings
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Ratings: 385
Reviews: 268
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 12.69%
Wants: 23
Gots: 10 | 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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4/5  rDev +1.5%

jaydoc, Oct 20, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

gratefulbeerhead, Oct 10, 2013
Photo of chinchill
3.39/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle from Sicilianos (MI) served in a Belgian snifter. Neck stamp declares Dec. 2012 bottling date. Different label says 7% ABV.

Pours a very dark brown, looking black and opaque in the glass. Topped by a modest size tan head that has good retention.

Aroma: clearly off style (contemporary porter style at least), this smells like smoked meat with a bit of smoked peat.

Taste: Follows aroma: this is a smoked porter. Smoke, a hint of expresso and burnt grain linger on and on in the aftertaste.

Feel: Full body; medium-light, soft carbonation; fairly smooth.

O: Never had a British porter like this. For smoke beer enthusiasts.

chinchill, Sep 20, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Agentveba, Sep 15, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

RichH55, Aug 31, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

tommy5, Aug 29, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

JeffTheJuice, Aug 27, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

EBeckett3, Aug 15, 2013
Photo of MDDMD
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A-dark brown cor with a light tan head and a little lacing

S- roasted malt, brown sugar, coffee, little chocolate

T-dark roasted malt, brown sugar, coffee, hint of dark chocolate, mild bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth

O- decent porter, good flavor, smooth drinking

MDDMD, Aug 09, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

fgilbert2, Jul 31, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

gulogulo, Jul 27, 2013
Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.91/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Brooklyn Brewery snifter. It pours out very dark, even for a porter. I can detect only the faintest trace of light coming through the glass. It sports a nice chunky brown head with average retention. On the nose I get sweet malt, some roasty notes, and a faint trace of smoke.

The beer has a medium body and a sweet, smokey flavor. There is some nice breadiness up front with hints of toffee, chocolate, and brown sugar, then the smoke comes in. It is not so prevalent as to suggest a rauchbier, but it is definitely assertive and plays well with the malty sweetness. Hop character is minimal as the smoke provides the balance instead. It carries through the finish and leaves a nice smokey sweetness lingering behind. No booziness.

I'm not much into smoked beers, but this one is very well-balanced. The smoke provides a nice complement to the toffee and treacle flavor of the malt without going too far and leaving behind a briny flavor. A really nice beer that I may visit again.

deadonhisfeet, Jul 18, 2013
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3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a perfect pint.

3.75 A: Black color. Two fingers of frothy light brown head. Retention is about average and a lot of lacing is left.

4.0 S: This smells mainly of tangy roastiness with smoky components. I'm not sure if this is a smoked beer or not, but it certainly seems that way. Aside from that, there's plenty of chocolate with some caramel and molasses. I keep getting a whiff of pig, so I have to assume this is smoked. Smells good.

3.75 T: Taste is like the nose. Tangy roastiness, campfire and porcine smoke, chocolate. Underneath is caramel, molasses, and maybe a touch of dark fruits.

3.75 M: Medium to heavier medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Pleasant creaminess makes this go down quite smoothly.

3.75 D: Solid beer all around. No complaints.

DavoleBomb, Jul 10, 2013
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3/5  rDev -23.9%

erikkoppin, Jul 05, 2013
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1.75/5  rDev -55.6%

thomseye, Jun 26, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

mrfrancis, Jun 25, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -30.2%

marcb105, Jun 14, 2013
Photo of TheBrewo
4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

We pour a brew of rich coffee brown. It puts up a two and a half finger head of massive chocolate milk colored bubbles, showing nice retention. Lacing is chunky and geographical. No haze or sediment is noted, and carbonation appears to be lighter. The aroma is dark and soured, with heavily smoked brown and pale malts that borders on charred peat, salty molasses, cooling vanilla bean metallics, vegetal mint leaf, bready pumpernickel grain, and hints of chocolate syrups. With warmth comes enhanced char, more of a cereal grain, light honey sweetness, medicinal phenols, and the sting of booze. Our first impression is that the flavoring nicely mirrors the aroma, with huge BBQ smokiness and grainy sourness. As we sip, the taste opens with bell pepper flesh, soured lactic milkiness, marijuana grassiness, lemon rind zest, huge smokiness, black leathers, darkly roasted coffee and brown malts, faint grassy hops, aromatic peat, mildly sweet bubblegum esters, milk butters, and the earthy grit of soil. The peak comes with toffee sweetness, bittered cocoa flakes, charcoal bitterness, smoked meatiness, spicy booze, continued grassy hops bite, and pecks of white sugar. The finishing wash comes with creamed iced coffee, milk chocolates, white sugar cloy, more charred malt sourness, light banana esters, peat, limey bite, hints of dried apricots and dates, basil leafiness, soy sauce, clean vanilla husk, and a cooling paler malt crispness. The aftertaste breathes bitterly of earthiness, moss, smoky peat, brown rice starchiness, dried corn, coffee malts, chocolate syrup, BBQ char, medicinal phenols, lactic acidity, chocolate and brown malt smoothness, chocolate mousse, booze, and a light grassy hop. The body is medium, and the carbonation is medium. Each sip gives nice slurp, smack, cream, froth, and pop. The mouth is initially cooled, but this gives way quickly to warming sting, heavy astringent chalkiness, and sticky pucker down the palate and back up the tongue. The abv is appropriate, and the beer sips nicely.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this beer was its robustness of flavoring. While the nose did a nice job of beginning to describe the beer, it didn’t quite prepare you for the powerful, pervasive onslaught of smokiness through the taste. It was like black coffee meets mesquite BBQ meets a beautifully peaty scotch. These blended wonderfully across a base of sweeter chocolate, brown, and coffee malts, with even a bit of hops stopping by to say hello, and add some grassiness. The flavor is strong and excellent to style, and this guy will happily take you to foggy London town and back with a smile on your face the entire time.

TheBrewo, Jun 09, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

GinsuDave, May 17, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

johnyb, Apr 25, 2013
Photo of thecheapies
4.09/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark. Near black. Head is a light cream color. Lacing is sparing.

Powerfully smoky, yet sweet. Hints of chocolate, dried cherry, and coffee.

Holy smokes! Amazing bittersweet smokiness with meaty and peaty notes. Mesquite and ember with notes of smoked fish and roast barley. Chocolate is here with notes of medium-roast coffee and a trace of vanilla bean.

Drinks sudsy and satisfying. Medium body with an oatmeal chew. Burps well, even though the carbonation is lower.

Love this beer, but a terrible misnomer. Call it what it is... a fantastic smoked porter.

thecheapies, Apr 18, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Sparky44, Mar 24, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Kerrie, Mar 17, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

spycow, Mar 10, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

CesarLopes, Mar 09, 2013
Arcadia London Porter from Arcadia Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 385 ratings.