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Arcadia London Porter - Arcadia Brewing Company

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Arcadia London PorterArcadia London Porter

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378 Ratings
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Ratings: 378
Reviews: 268
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 11.9%
Wants: 24
Gots: 8 | 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 zeff80


3.85/5  rDev -2.5%

A - Poured out a dark brown color with ruby flecks. It had a bubbly, light-brown, two-finger head that left some lace.

S - It smelled of caramel and toffee. It also had a floral hop aroma.

T - It tasted bittersweet. It also had some coffee, caramel and roasted malt flavors.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a pretty good porter. It looked and smelled great. The taste was nice, too.

11-26-2007 00:55:30 | More by zeff80
Photo of malcontent


3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

The beer pours an alluring opaque black with a thick finger of tan head. It's really an outstanding looking beer and almost makes me think I'm about to drink a stout.

Oh, man. I'm not sure why they chose to call this "London Porter" because it could be "Memphis BBQ Porter" judging by the scent. Awesome smoke aroma dominates the proceedings only allowing a hint of coffee and toffee to escape.

Weird. The appearance and aroma definitely set me up for something different. This absolutely is a porter and smoke is certainly in the flavor profile but a somewhat mild sour cherry tastes takes the lead. There's a subtle sweetness prevailing but unlike some of the classic sweet porters (Anchor comes to mind) to which I'm used, this doesn't delve into chocolate/dark fruit territory. There's an almost Belgian aspect to the beer. Hops are there on the tail-end only to be usurped by the cherry flavor again.

The body is solid overall, but the initial acidity almost gives the illusion that it's thinner than it actually is. It's a pretty tasty porter but it's not reminiscent of any English porter I've had.

10-28-2007 02:52:25 | More by malcontent
Photo of Vancer


3.88/5  rDev -1.8%

Well, I’m finding that Arcadia can be hit or miss with their brews, but this one is a definite hit.

Great blackish pour, with a dense tan foam pillow floating on top. Lacey brew with great carbonation release during the pour. An initial whiff of chocolate malt and coffee inspire the taste buds, and here it is: the malt shake, toffee and charcoal toast. With a touch of sour ale to boot.

Does thin a bit by mid-bottle, but overall a solid performer.

10-24-2007 15:12:19 | More by Vancer
Photo of franksnbeans


3.55/5  rDev -10.1%

Pours an almost black ruby with a decent offwhite head. Smells medicinal with a very subtle roast. Taste is of sour coffee, and a little roasty. Medium in the mouth with a little carbonation sting. Had to take my time on this one and wasnt reaching for another when it was done.

10-05-2007 06:00:47 | More by franksnbeans
Photo of Enola

North Carolina

2.68/5  rDev -32.2%

Thanks to wcudwight for the bottle.

This porter is a dark color with just a hint of light. There is a fair sized tan head. The smell is a herbal smell along with toasted grain. The taste is roasted oatmeal and other grain along with a herbal taste. Mouthfeel is fair and drinkability is ok. Lots of strange flavors here and overall I am not too impressed. I would likely not revisit this beer.

10-02-2007 22:45:41 | More by Enola
Photo of wcudwight

North Carolina

3.85/5  rDev -2.5%

Mahogany in color. A coffee colored head rises to 2 fingers in height and falls as quick as Britney Spears stardom.
Bitter coffee in the nose.
This is everything a good porter should be. Nothing more, nothing less. Coffee and cocoa. Rich roasted malts. Not much going on hop wise. They are just thier to balance the beer.
Mouthfeel is light to medium.
Nice drinkable session porter. Perfect for the new and much wanted autumn crisp in the evenings.

09-17-2007 03:11:41 | More by wcudwight
Photo of whynot44


4.22/5  rDev +6.8%

Dark, murky, opaque, almost black color with a moderate coffee colored head that dissipates pretty quickly to just a cap but does manage a bit of lace.

The aroma is roasted malt, coffee, a hint of chocolate and raisins.

The taste is dark roasted malts, dark chocolate, caramel, toast, raisins, figs, smoke and espresso. Overall there is a malty sweetness combined with a roasted coffee bitterness that balances well.

Creamy smooth, medium bodied and very drinkable. The alcohol content is higher than usual for an English Porter, almost a Baltic Porter. No complaints!

Finishes with a hint of grapefruit along with the roasted bitterness, also unusual for an English Porter, but very nice. This could be one of my favorite porters.

09-12-2007 04:10:21 | More by whynot44
Photo of hellcatsjg


3.7/5  rDev -6.3%

Appearance: Dark black brew with a small creamy head that sticks around quite well as you go.

Smell: Faint smell of malts, chocolates, coffee

Taste: Same as the smell. Malts, chocolates, and coffee, along with a roasty finish. What you expect from this style, but not in a bad way.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and creamy. Light to no carbonation adds to the smoothness.

Drinkability: Good beer. Nice flavor balance make this a good porter. Would recommend a purchase of at least a bottle or two. Would not go through more than one in a sitting though.

08-21-2007 03:44:42 | More by hellcatsjg
Photo of WesWes

New York

3/5  rDev -24.1%

The beer pours a deep, dark black color with a towering tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is below average. It has an extremely sour aroma. It has a dark malt presence (roasted, chocolate, patent), but it's to contaminated to tell exactly. The taste is average. It has a nice roasted flavor that goes down easy, but it finishes dry and sour with a lingering tartness. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a below average beer. It's spoiled and ruined with contamination. It tastes like a porter riddles with lambic yeast.

08-13-2007 23:44:43 | More by WesWes
Photo of CraftAle


4.83/5  rDev +22.3%

Black color. Medium body. Very complex aroma and taste---roasted malt, bitter and sour. None of the sweetness, but with all the flavors of many imperial stouts. Best Arcadia brew that I've tried! This, like most porters, is over-looked. Sour over-tone which is very much in line with original porters which included sour, left-over beer. Less than $9 for a 6-pack.

08-03-2007 16:55:16 | More by CraftAle
Photo of ultralarry2006


5/5  rDev +26.6%

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle. Leaves a two finger espresso-foam colored head that recedes to surface skim, and leaves some good spotty lacing. Body is black.

Smell - Hearty aroma of chocolate, toffee, caramel, coffee, smoky roasted malt, and burnt-crust maltbread. Hints of plums, dates, raisins, and prunes. Mouthwatering.

Taste - as promised by the smell. Hearty and delicious tastes of chocolate, toffee, caramel, coffee, burnt-crust maltbread, and smoky roasted malt, all highlighted with plums, dates, raisins, and prunes. Smoky roast malt more present in taste than in nose. Very hearty and delicious.

Mouthfeel - full bodied, chewy, semi-dry, and slightly acrid.

Drinkability - this is excellent ale, and is low enough in abv to be entirely sessionable. Very hearty and delicious.

07-29-2007 17:56:58 | More by ultralarry2006
Photo of BMoney575


3.8/5  rDev -3.8%

Sampled on 7-9-07

Pours a nice, deep, blood red with a nice tan head. On further inspection, there are a whole bunch of little yeast floaters all over the place. The off-white chunks suspended in the almost black beer is unbelievably gross-looking.

Smell is very good, big maltiness with lots of vanilla and a little smokiness.

Taste is also very good, big flavors of chocolate and coffee with a huge smoky, bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is spot-on, just viscous enough.

Drinkability is good, just very pleasant all-around.

Overall, one of my favorite beers to get on tap. Well-balanced with big malty flavors. I'll have to be more careful with the yeast the next time I drink it out of a bottle.

07-10-2007 00:13:04 | More by BMoney575
Photo of Wasatch


3.98/5  rDev +0.8%

Thanks goes out to BAs NutBrown and MuenchenerKindl for this brew.

Pours a nice clean/clear dark brown color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy tan head, some sticky lacing follows. The nose is mostly malty, toffee/caramel. The taste is malty, slightly roasted, there is a sweet/bitter/tangy thing going on, quite different than other Baltic Porter's I've had. The finish is dry. Medium body. Very drinkable, glad to have had a chance to try, also I have an extra bottle. This is also my first Arcadia brew, but I have alot of other's to review.

07-04-2007 20:56:04 | More by Wasatch
Photo of CortexBomb


3.18/5  rDev -19.5%

Pour is perfect porter: jet black, huge off-tan head on top of it. Smell is softer than I was hoping for though, lightly malty tones are evident with the vaguest hints of light fruit and chocolate, but I think the smell is quite subdued for the style, sub par.

Taste, big on the chocolate up front, this gives way to a sugary, roasted malt tone. Citrus shows up on the back of the tongue about mid-way through, along with some wood tones. Finish seems decent, good roasted tones sitting on the tongue. The taste on this is not bad, but it doesn't really hit my sweet spot for porters.

Mouth: good stuff. Plenty of bitters and this is a very full beer in the mouth, digging that. Drinkability, ok but not remarkable. Perhaps a shade above average.

Overall: Arcadia has some hits and misses with me. This one is more of a miss. I think the flavours on this one are more subdued than I would like for the style, and it strikes me as one of the weaker locally brewed porters, hence, it's unlikely that I'll buy it again.

06-23-2007 17:09:34 | More by CortexBomb
Photo of BuckSpin


4.1/5  rDev +3.8%

Presentation: 12oz bottle with either a bottling or best by of "D0" (whatever the hell that means) in a classic conical pint glass.

BAside: a re-review of a beer from early in my BAness.

Opened with some snap, and poured a little thick yet with audible sizzle. Nice, crisp nose full of black coffee, anise, roast malts, some straw, baking chocolate, a little peat & faint char/ash, all overtop some dark cherry sweetness. Mmm...with some time to bloom the chocolate aroma grows milky & stronger...very nice. A full 3 fingers of tight, thick. softly sculpted yellowed antique ivory foam lasted nicely before settling to a 1/4" blanket of the same with no real lacing. Opaque to the naked eye, it betrays a stunning deep ruby port burgundy on the edges with some light, otherwise is a warm, ruddy burnt umber in hue.

Crisp & semi-dry, it still tastes rich, creamy & silky with a very pleasing mocha quality (more black coffee than chocolate but altogether very nice). There is a noticeable fruit sweetness (cherry) that adds some balance, as well as peep of that licorice from the nose. It gets drier with a dull, caramel crunch on the palate, more licorice, siltier, some warmth from the alcohol begins to show up, amplifying the dryness. However, it also grows thicker, syrupy, the coffee getting sweeter & more like a liqueur. The overall ying-yang of the two is a very nice balance & mouthfeel. The finish is a little sharp & peppery, thick, warm, leaving a slick, oily, somewhat chewy coffee-toffee aftertaste that is a wee bit bitter but nice.

A very nice Baltic Porter, and just a good Porter period. Its nicely complex and very well crafted for balance. Would pair well with a nice steak, some spicy stew, meat & potatoes, or some dry white cheddar. Would drink again with zero hesitation, give it a shot.

06-04-2007 02:08:45 | More by BuckSpin
Photo of bashiba


4.38/5  rDev +10.9%

Poured a deep brown with nice cappucino colored head, good retention and decent lacing.

Smell had a nice bit of roasted coffee and cocao with a bit of earthyness.

Taste is great with a subtle mix of roasted malts, coffee, cocoa, butterscotch, brown sugar, and earthy hops. Slightly sweet but finished bitter, overall the flavor is very balanced.

Mouthfeel is silky and creamy with a nice bit of carbonation and warming.

Very easy to drink, great porter, will be looking for more of this.

05-23-2007 02:24:30 | More by bashiba
Photo of Nipitato


3.65/5  rDev -7.6%

Purchased a bottle at Premier Gourmet in Tonawanda, NY.

A: About as dark brown as it can get without being black. Opaque. Thin, though creamy, tan head.

S: Nice aroma characteristics that fit the style. Big sweet malt aroma with toffee character. Fruity raisin like esters also in play. Some coffee aromas as well.

T: Sweet malty taste up front. Kind of like toffee. Fruity esters are also noticeable. Beer bitterness towards end but not particularly roasty in flavor. I wouldn't describe the taste as coffee like either. Roasted flavor is very mellow.

MF: Nice smooth, velvety, and mouth filling. Some alcohol warmth. Low carbonation - too low for a porter.

D: Very approachable and sessionable porter. Would have liked some more roastiness.

05-21-2007 17:38:13 | More by Nipitato
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

For whatever reason I have passed on this beer many times when back home man what was I thinking?Poured a near pitch black only a few hints of ruby thruout a tight almost creamy mocha colored head leaving a sheet of lace as it settled slowly atop.So much going on in the nose and palate of this beer its amazing molasses,dark roast coffee,bitter chocolate,fruit,and even a hint of mint not mention some smokiness.Complex flavors from beginning to finish with a creamy mouthfeel,dark roast coffee with a more pronounced smoky elemant with some molasses and unsweetened chocolate melding into a leafy,herbal finish.Easily the best Arcadia brewed beer in my mind just awesome!

05-04-2007 19:26:21 | More by oberon
Photo of emerge077


4.15/5  rDev +5.1%

Dense, creamy tan head, with a concentration of bubbles in the center. Black, with deep burnt umber tones around the edges. A good two fingers of foam settle slowly over several minutes.

Aroma is slightly sweet, earthy, raisin-like. Not as charred or roasty as some Porters. Mild malty grain appears as well.

Over the palate, the velvety liquid carries notes of roasty English malt, mildly bitter hops in the middle, with a dry, roasty bakers chocolate finish. No single element seems to identify iteself more that another.

It's balanced and very creamy. Low carbonation reminds me of cask ale. The ABV is well hidden, and it would be easy to drink a few of these...

Notes: Earthiness reminds me of a blue Roquefort cheese, try it as a pairing.

05-03-2007 01:51:25 | More by emerge077
Photo of objectivemonkey


4/5  rDev +1.3%

Into a nonic, pours a dark brown black, with some tan head, little lacing. The aroma is decent, coffee and roasted malts, bitter chocolate, perhaps some lactose sneaking in. The taste is dark, bitter, chocolates, the mouth smooth and creamy. In all, not a bad porter, but forgettable in my book.

04-29-2007 03:20:45 | More by objectivemonkey
Photo of NJpadreFan

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

Arcadia- London Porter

Appearance- Dark reddish black with a cramy looking head. Heavy lacing down half the glass.
Smell- Smoke, vanilla, malt, cocoa.
Taste- Smoky french vanilla malt with hints of cocoa. Sugary sweet, more like a splenda or sweet & low type sweetness.
Mouthfeel- Smooth up front with a sweet bitterness in the end.

Overall- Not too shabby. An enjoyable Porter. Worth the $2.

04-18-2007 20:45:48 | More by NJpadreFan
Photo of oelergud


4.58/5  rDev +15.9%

Very dark body. Deep ruby at the edge and black opaque in the middle. Big creamy tan head broken by large bubbles. Good retention and low lace.
Very pleasant smell of malts and slightly piney hops. Just love that baltic porter scent.
The taste is just delicious. So well balanced smoked flavor of mild mannered malts and gently spiced hops with just a touch of nut skin. Rolling tasty aftertaste.
Full body with abit of coating, yet nicely hydrating.
Highly drinkable.


04-17-2007 23:22:33 | More by oelergud
Photo of Cresant


4/5  rDev +1.3%

Poured this 12 oz. brown bottle into a Samuel Smith tulip glass. No date but the shop owner said he had aged this one a year and believes it is better now (Thanks Todd). The body was dark, dark brown with faint cola highlights at the edge of the glass. There was a modest tan head which faded to nothing. The sediment was firmly attached to the bottom of the bottle.

Smell was ashy, chocolate, and woody. Cold drip coffee.

Taste further built on the aromas. Bakers chocolate. Roasted malts. Lactic/milky sweetness. Sourness. Lingering cocoa bitterness.

Mouthfeel was medium/thin. Mild pinpoint carbonation. Very nice indeed.

04-15-2007 15:32:34 | More by Cresant
Photo of zdk9


4/5  rDev +1.3%

A good solid porter with a beautiful look to it.

A- Perfect here. Pours a rich black, with a finger and a half of head, and the most prominant lacing I've seen for a porter.

S- Cocoa, espresso, a hint of grain.

T- Strong cocoa, and more coffee and roasted grains, with a bit of astringency.

M- Ok, but somewhat dry and chalky.

D- A good solid example of the style, not an overpowering flavor. Definetly a drinker.

04-05-2007 20:59:06 | More by zdk9
Photo of umustdrink


4.22/5  rDev +6.8%

A - Pitch black in color, doesn't even show color when held up to a light, not even around the edges. Head is a light brown and settles to an eighth inch. Lacing is strong.

S - Slightly bitter smell common to porters, but augmented with a light roast coffee and a creamy ice cream like smell.

T - Deeply bitter up front, slightly watery. Initial bitterness moves into a less bitter, creamy, milky, smooth malt taste with a coffee background.

M - Slight carbonation bite, otherwise smooth mouthfeel. Consistency is medium.

D - My only complaint of this beer is that I wish it was thicker and creamier to match the aroma and taste. Otherwise this beer is outstanding.

04-04-2007 03:30:54 | More by umustdrink
Arcadia London Porter from Arcadia Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 378 ratings.