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Arcadia London Porter - Arcadia Brewing Company

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Arcadia London PorterArcadia London Porter

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Ratings: 411
Reviews: 271
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 26
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
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Arcadia Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
English Porter |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Mitchster on 06-05-2002

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
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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a short foamy off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains roasted coffee, dark malts, some chocolate and a touch of hops.

T: The taste is creamy and malty up front with flavors of coffee, dark chocolate and some dark fruit. There's a mild hops presence that comes in and brings a decent balance. The after-taste is bitter-sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry and slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, there are better porters out there but this is still a solid beer that is worth drinking for a while.

Photo of nasty15108
3.91/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Guinness mug.

A - Poured almost black, with the slighest ruby hues around the edges. Big tan head and lots of sticky spots of lacing.

S - Big malty aroma with hints of dark chocolate. Metallic aroma also detected.

T - Malty with hints of bitter black coffee. Also detected were slight herbal and metallic flavors and a little alcohol warmth in the finish.

MF&D - Creamy and full bodied. A good example of this style.

Photo of johnd513
4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a rich black color with a tan head. Smells of roasted malt and chocolate. Taste follows well with chocolate and roasted malts. Nice creamy and nicely carbonated mouthfeel. Drinkability is good, very easy to drink. I could easily have a few but its relatively high abv limits its drinkability. Overall a great beer. I look forward to trying other Arcadia brews in the future.

Photo of champ103
3.19/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Pours a very nice dark brown almost black color. A large beige head forms and sticks around. Sticky lace is left down the pint glass. An impressive looking porter.
S: Roasted malt with coffee and chocolate notes. An odd mineral aroma though. Almost sulfuric.
T: Again, roasted malt with coffee and chocolate. And again a very odd sulfuric mineral taste.
M/D: A full body that has a crisp carbonation bit. The weird sulfuric character makes this a bit hard for me to drink. Along with the big ABV for the style.

Not a bad porter, just odd with the mineral taste. Just not for me I guess.

Photo of AlexJ
4.7/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deepest walnut brown with an impressive head of creamy beige froth. Excellent head retention and the lacing is thick.

Aroma of artfully roasted dark grain, coffee, dark cocoa, smoky wood ash, leather, and tingly pine.

Flavor is simply incredible for a Porter. Wonderful dark malt, chocolate, espresso, campfire, and scorched brown sugar notes meet with plentiful hop bitterness in the way of pine and earthy green herbs. Definately defines itself firmly as a porter, no mistaking this for a stout! Very complex.

Body is medium, creamy, and very smooth. Light but persistant carbonation lend to a lush velvety mouthfeel. Intense flavor in a very sessionable body make this a dangerously drinkable brew. One of the best examples of this style that I've tried.

Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle

Pours a rich, black color with a small creamy tan head. Head maintains, decent lacing on the glass.

Aroma is very roasty with a slight woody/smoky smell. Plenty of herbal hops, and a bit of cocoa.

Deep roasted malt flavor upfront with a nice smokiness and a bit of a woody flavor. Aggressive bitterness and plenty of herbal hop flavor hits midway and lasts well beyond the finish.

Medium-full body, creamy texture.

Nice porter, and enjoyable to drink. A little too aggressive with the hops for an English porter, much more of an American vibe.

Photo of kinger
4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep dark brown with some amber tint, nice pillowey light brown head leaving minimal lacing. Looks great. Aroma is roasty and sweet with a powerful chocolate scent backed by some bitter coffee. A very full bodied beer, mouthfeel is thick, smooth, and creamy. Flavor is off the charts with a heavy chocolate and roasted malt prominence. There is a little bit of roasted smokiness as well but not as forward as I was expecting. Incredible beer here will look for it again.

Photo of nrbw23
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a dark brown if not black with a decent head.

S- Smells of chocolate, roasted malt, dark fruit, nuts and a something pretty sweet I just can't get my finger on it.

T- Follows the nose really well. Chocolate and toffee notes upfront along with roasted malts. Some mild hop bitterness in the finish. Nice and solid.

M- Medium to full in body, low amount of carbonation and feels nice and creamy.

D- Very solid brew. Highly recommended.

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

This is an outstanding porter - plenty of dark malt flavor in a smother and lighter package than a stout. Drinkable and flavorful.

It pours almost black, with a small, late-developing head and nice lacing. The smell is sweetish and woody, with lots of dark malty aroma. The flavor is woody and chocolaty with a little sweetness and smoke. The mouthfeel is satisfying - rich, creamy, and dark, yet with that thinness and smoothness that distinguished porter from stout. The texture and flavor carry down your throat without ever being overpowering.

An excellent example of the style.

Photo of mountdew1
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Color was a very dark, almost black, brown. One finger head was chocolate brown in color, and lasted about 5 mins, leaving a ring around the top. Aroma was sweet and fruity, at times reminded me of bananas, and other times of cherry chocolate. Taste was equally sweet, with a touch of bitterness. Kind of like a piece of semi sweet, and 70% dark chocolate at once type of sweetness. Slight bit of acidness in the mouth which detracted from the mouthfeel, but coated fairly well. Mostly easy to drink, but the slight bitterness and acidity hurt.

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

A- Very dark brown with 3 finger mocha-colored head on the pour. head recedes leaving lots of thick lacing

S- Heavy on the chocolate and toffee with hints of spices such as cinnamon & nutmeg. Odd. Characteristic hoppy tang

T- Bittersweet chocolate and coffee up front. There is a not-quite-sour cherry juice flavor lingering in the body that lingers to the end with a nice bitter finish.

M- Medium bodied and creamy. Coats the tongue nicely.

D- The heaviness of the flavors keeps this one in check as it should for a relatively high ABV (for the style) beer. This is a nice beer for a chilly evening.

Photo of smcolw
4.58/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Awesome four-finger beige head. Very slow to recede. Lumpy lace. The liquor color is dark, dark brown (nearly black). No light shines through.

Relatively mild aroma of dark chocolate and toffee. Not sweet.

Wow, lots of different flavors. The obvious ones of mocha, dark chocolate, light hop and cocoa are present. There are also some unexpected ones: banana bread, dark cherry, and cream. The finish is delicious hop and cocoa. The body coats the palate, yet it is not thick.

This is an exceptional porter. The flavor is so complex and the combination of elements so rich that it is hard to envision a better example of this style. Wow.

Photo of bkilpatr
2.3/5  rDev -41.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. 04/15/08.

Upon opening the bottle I was greeted by a loud hiss. A modest pour resulted in about four fingers of tan head on top of dark brown ale. Carbonation might be a bit high in this one. Aroma is maple, vanilla, caramel, with minimal notes of coffee.

Taste is rather sour and bitter. Some dark fruits, raisin, date, and fig. But mostly sour. I'd normally be suspicious at this point, but the only other Arcadia brew I've had was also kinda sour, so maybe that's how they are?

Mouthfeel and drinkability are alright. Carbonation is a bit high. The sourness kinda kills it though.

I'm wondering if maybe I got a bad bottle. The freshness info on the bottle is rather cryptic - one notch for the letters A-G and one for the numbers 0-6. Why can't more breweries just stick to actual dates? Anyway, my bottle is notched F5.

Photo of edchicma
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark brown with a somewhat small head. Smell is mostly malt with a smoky quality and some hops undertones. Taste is roasted malt, coffee and hops...quite good. Mouthfeel is dry, with a nice, slightly tart finish. Because of this nice dryness, drinkability is very good.

Photo of JDV
3.56/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours almost black with some transluscency to it and some ruby edges. Smell is roasy and an almost cinnamony spiced scent too. Some cardboard like aroma too. Taste is dark, rich and roast coffee-like without the spiced characteristic so much. Somewhat rich body for the style and pretty drinkable. Nice porter.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a 20oz imperial pint.

A: Pours a foreboding looking dark black with some dark brown highlights. A vigorous pour nets a small but creamy khaki-colored head that left quickly and didn't leave too much lace in its' wake.

S: Nice aromas of chocolate, roasted malt, dark fruit, pan roasted nuts and a lactose-like sweetness.

T: Big roasted malt, milk chocolate, dark fruit, cocoa, smoke, molassas, spicy hops, espresso, dark chocolate, and a lingering milk stout-esque sweetness.

M: Big, thick, and sticky. Dark roast coffee bitterness mixed with elements of sweetness from the dark fruit and chocolate.

D: Excellent. A true standout of the style.

Photo of Pencible
1.77/5  rDev -54.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1

This poured an opaque dark brown with lots of tan head. It smelled terrible, like rubbing alcohol and burnt coffee. It tasted bad too, like old coffee and burnt bananas. It was nicely thick with slight carbonation, but it had a bad bitter coffee aftertaste. Overall this was one of the worst porters I've ever had.

Might have been skunked - need to try this again to see if it's really as good as everyone else thinks. Especially since I loved the other Arcadia brews.

Photo of gmfessen
4.42/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is black opaque with a thin, creamy looking head that leaves a nice lacing on the glass. The smell is sweet, almost like a milk stout but also has roasted notes like coffee and chocolate; slightly smoky. The first thing that pops out at me in the taste is also smoke. Not really bitter from the roasted notes as I had expected, really very smooth and slightly malty sweet. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with a substantial carbonation that has a bubbly consistency. The drinkability of this is pretty high due to the balanced nature of the beer. Much better than I had expected. Thumbs up to Arcadia for this gem!

Photo of brentk56
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a murky black color with a rocky tan head that sticks nicely and leaves a few shards of lace

Smell: Coffee, chicory, licorice and a hint of smoke

Taste: Opens with a sour prune taste that builds in sourness through mid-palate, with undertones of coffee, licorice and smoke trying to peek through; after the swallow, the sour fruit flavor continues to dominate, but moves more in the smoked meat direction by the finish; underlying bitter chocolate at the very end as well

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: For a smoked porter, this one runs down a pretty tricky path as it comes out more sour that smoked; that may be a function of age, for even though I just bought the bottle, I cannot decipher the code: "B0"

Photo of Slatetank
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at Cobblestone's in York, Pa. Served to me cool in a Nonic.

A - Walnut brown w/ cherry highlights when backlit. A very thin beige head that becomes a pint ring w/out much lace holding on.

S - Malty and fruity w/ a hint of roasted notes w/ subtle molasses notes and a hint of anise. Slightly yeasty odor w/ british charactar and tinges of tropical fruit in the nose.

M - A smooth, subtle sweetness is enveloped by a carbonated rush w/ darkly roasted malts that have a slightly sticky texture w/ a hint of boozy warmth.

T - A rich dry toasted note w/ an almost ripe banana-like sweetness and dark dried fruit flavor w/ subtle toffee and coffee notes w/ an english yeasty fruitiness. Slightly overroasted malt w/ light char notes. Sweet malt and roasted barley flavors keep the flavor light as the last sip nears. A gentle spice from hop in the taste keeps the flavor from becoming cloying.

D - A nice American interpretation of an English Porter w/ a bit more strength and American Style w/ nice British malt and yeast profile - Very Good Drinkability. I would definitely try this again.

Photo of dsa7783
3.61/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

In the past Autumn season, had Arcadia's Jaw-Jacker, which I really liked... heard a lot of good things about their London Porter, and this sample didn't disappoint... certainly lived up to its hype... a very impressive dark-black, opaque, jet hue with an incredible foamy and frothy head that exhibited some staying power... smell is ultra-sweet with cocoa, espresso, and dark-brown, sugar-like notes... taste is laden with candied-sugars, latte-flavor, and dark, burnt chocolate essence, very thick, rich, and creamy taste with noticeable typical Porter-notes coming through.... a slightly medicinal, sweet, sugar-laden flavor... slightly overbearing with its strong flavor... this one is really s strong in taste with an ultra-creamy, rich mouthfeel... drinkability was about average because of the dominating flavor and taste... certainly worth a try...

Photo of Gehrig
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

London Porter pours a thin finger of mocha froth that quickly dissipates, on a black body full of aromas and flavors. I'm much less impressed with the appearance, and the mouthfeel as I'll get to, than the smell and taste. The smell is nearly all coffee, with some caramel and chocolate malt emerging eventually. I've had coffee that hasn't smelled this much like coffee.

The taste brings it all together very well--plenty of coffee but much more--caramel in all its smooth goodness, chocolate, and also hints of sweet fruit mixed in. It's excellent. However, this is a bit flat, even for porter. All in all, though, this is a fine porter, very delicious. Not one of the very best I've had, but rather good.

Photo of alexgash
4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark root beer brown body; light cocoa brown head is a little wispy with moderate lacing. Heady aromas of peat, maple syrup, sasparilla, light vanilla, cocoa powder, milk chocolate, and traces of coffee beans.

Roasted malts and herbal hops greet the tongue. Rich chocolate sweetness and peat malt take over. Roasted bitterness hangs around in the background. Hints of sasparilla, vanilla, and dark fruit sweetness. Roasty, herbal hop bitterness in the finish. Medium-full body with a slightly oily feel. Very good. This may be Arcadia's best full time offering.

Photo of bort11
4.26/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a British Imperial pint glass. A one inch thick dark tan head that leaves a solid sheet of lacing on the glass. Color is a dark brown/lack with a dark chestnut highlights around the edges.

Smell is full of dark chocolate malts, toffee sweetness, and roasted coffee bitterness. A hint of floral hops edges in. Taste has a creamy bitter chocolate flavor mixed with a black coffee bitterness.

Mouthfeel has a fantastic creamy quality to it. Very smooth and easy to drink. The ABV is well hidden, so it sneaks up on you by the third or fourth round. Very good porter indeed.

Photo of etenbus
3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Grabbed this Arcadia London Porter over at Gomer's in Lee's Summit, Missouri. This is my first Arcadia beer and I've heard many good things about their offerings. And as a British historian, I can't pass on the Churchill label!

Poured about one finger of dark tan head and has a pleasant ruby red color when held up to the light.

Initially, the aroma started with pungent licorice, but mellowed as the beer warmed. The high notes are bitter chocolate, a little vanilla bean, and maybe just a touch of mint. No hops in the nose.

The taste of this porter runs to the sour and musty side of things, like most quality-made British-style ales. I taste dark cocoa, browned caramel, with some slight puckering hops on the sides of the tongue. The alcohol presence is slightly warming, and a little bothersome for a regular porter. It is not chewy as I would expect from a porter. The bitterness grows as the beer disappears from the Fuller's pint glass.
NB: I wish they would put the ABV on the carton because I didn't know the % until I pulled up Beer Advocate.

The mouthfeel is silky; there's not a lot of carbonation here. I like a little more in a porter.

Drinkability is fine as it goes. As their signature entry-level porter, however, Arcadia should lower the abv to the 5.5% range. I like big beers periodically, but I don't understand the need to push the regular beer line-up into the "imperial" range, even if they don't use the moniker. Still, I have yet to find the equal to Fuller's London Porter.

Arcadia London Porter from Arcadia Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 411 ratings.