London Porter - Paddock Wood Brewing Co.
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3.83/5 rDev +0.8%
Poured a single bottle purchased from Zyn into an English pub glass. I should have bought a six pack because this brew is drinkable in quantity. A dark reddish brown porter, a bit on the light side, with around half an inch or so of tan foam. Smells like lightly roasted chocolate malt, with sweet, nutty, and earthy elements, maybe a hint of floral hops. Actually smells like the legit English examples albeit more subtle. Taste mirrors the aroma, with lightly roasted (almost green) coffee beans, caramel, milk chocolate, cola, tobacco, leather, and sweet molasses all blending together without obvious clashes. The cola taste does stand out to me, which is interesting. The malts got nuttier about half-way through the bottle and some bitter earthy hops emerge in the finish. The body is on the thin side and almost makes me feel a tad empty ... But the mouthfeel is smooth and does provide some chew. A very tastefully executed porter with considerable old world flavor. This is my last review of a Paddock Wood mainstay although I still have a few seasonals to track down. This brewery deserves more accolades than it receives. They really can brew to style and consistently produce flavorful offerings. It could be the Saskie bias talking but probably not. Skill is skill.
01-25-2014 19:50:49 | More by CalgaryFMC
British Columbia (Canada)
3.95/5 rDev +3.9%
Paddock Wood Brewing 'London Porter' @ 5.2% , originally tried on tap @ GCBF/12 , this review from a 6pack of 335 ml bottles purchased for $13
A-pour is a dark brown , ruby red highlights with a small tan head leaving a sticky lace along the pint glass after every sip
S-roasted barley & malt , hint of chocolate
T-smooth chocolate malt thickness , some bitterness at the end
MF-low mild carbonation , medium bodied , ok on the palate
Ov-ok/good beer , not my fav but one of Canada's better Porter 6pack offerings
sampled alongside Deschutes 'Black Butte' , Mill St. 'Coffee Porter'
& Powell St. 'Dive Bomber' Porter
05-11-2013 21:02:58 | More by LampertLand
3.43/5 rDev -9.7%
355 ml brown bottle with pry off cap poured in a pint glass. Part of a big box o beer variety 12 pack.
Dark borwn, almost black, cola like with a thin beige cap. No lacing to speak of.
Big malty aroma. Chocolate, vanilla, woody maly scents.
Robust roasted malts through and through. Hints if sweetness (chocolate).
Medium bodied and quite drinkable.
This won't knock your socks off but it's very steady and true to style.
03-07-2013 03:08:05 | More by Noxious26
3.75/5 rDev -1.3%
Bottle acquired at the MLCC (Osborne) from a returned private order. Served at ~4-5C into a beer mug.
Pours a deep, dark brown with hints of brown around the edges. A nice tan head leaves minimal lacing. The nose has great notes of cocoa and coffee from the roasted malts, yet the body evidences little of that giving way more to molasses, yet lighter... Nice body that coast the mouth well. Enjoyable, especially as I am not one who really knows what makes a porter different than a stout nor is it a beer I normally reach for. This seemed thicker and had more character in the beer than a dry stout.
09-25-2012 02:59:14 | More by kjyost
3.1/5 rDev -18.4%
Bottle from kjyost in a recent trade. Cheers man!
From a bottle into a snifter
APPEARANCE: Pours a small, looser looking, light tan head with good retention. Clear bistre brown body with lower levels of carbonatin evident. Head fades to a splotchy wisp and ring but leaves no lacing down the glass.
SMELL: Milder nose of roasted and chocolate malts, sweet cream and a hint of gram cracker. Nice stuff, but a touch too mild to be noteworthy.
TASTE: Milder flavors of roasted malts, chocolate malts, and some caramel sweetness. A mild and dry finish of roasted and chocolate bitterness, and notes of sweet cream. Fine, but nothing overly exciting.
PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. Creamy enough on the palate, goes down fine and finishes relatively dry. A touch light for the style perhaps.
OVERALL: A completely average porter here. A pleasant drink, but nothing remarkable. Worth drinking if you see it out at a pub or something like that. I wouldn't turn it down. Thanks again for the beers kjyost. Cheers!
09-13-2012 19:19:33 | More by Jeffo
3.88/5 rDev +2.1%
A - deep near black, short tan head dissipated to a thin covering with some lacing
S - roasty, coffee, molasses, and a cola hint
T - roastiness and cola flavour up front, burnt sugars, cold pressed coffee, subtle bakers chocolate and subtle hop finish
M - smooth and light, crisp with a coffee bitter finish
O - extremely easy drinking porter with robust flavours, I will be purchasing this again
06-12-2011 02:27:17 | More by joemcgrath27
3.88/5 rDev +2.1%
A - Pours a dark ruby red colour, finger of mocha head with some retention and no real lacing.
S - Was expecting something a bit more bold, but fairly mild with dark chocolate notes, bit of sweet molasses and roasted almonds.
T - Quite nice on the tongue, much more flavourful than implied by the nose. The dark chocolate notes come through alongside some espresso and sweet milk chocolate. Surprisingly, it isn't overly bitter or dry and there's some leafy green hops also coming through.
M - Medium bodied ale that fills the tongue and goes down smooth.
O - Definitely one of the better offerings from Paddock Wood and easily sessionable. Solid sample of the style and quite enjoyable.
05-15-2011 22:47:07 | More by andrenaline
British Columbia (Canada)
3.9/5 rDev +2.6%
A - Pours a nice dark brown, almost black. Amber highlights. Good color for a porter. Small amount of head, decent retention.
S - Smells of roasted malts, mostly coffee and caramel. Bit of peat smoke I think.
T - Taste follows with roasty coffee and caramel dominating. A bit nutty as well.
M - Mouthfeel is good, a bit on the thin side, but good. Nice and smooth.
D - Good here as well, could drink quite a few.
01-19-2011 00:59:33 | More by IllNate
3.83/5 rDev +0.8%
Blackish brown appearance with minimal head. Smell is malty with toffee and chocolate.
Taste similar to the smell, very malty. Picked up roasted nuts, coffee, caramel and toffee as well. Light bodied, which threw me off after it's apperance, with medium-high carbonation. Aftertaste is sweet and bitter.
Not a bad porter, it is smooth and drinkable. A little generic for a porter, but good nonetheless.
01-16-2011 03:58:27 | More by CrazyMike
3.75/5 rDev -1.3%
This beer pours a very dark brown colour, with slight ruby highlights, and a ton of billowy, thin, light beige head, which settles agonizingly slow, eventually leaving some amoebic lace around the glass. Like many a woman, this takes forever to get ready, but looks just fine when done. It smells of bitter coffee and chocolate, a fairly strong sour fruitiness, and earthy, leafy hops. The taste is lightly roasted malt, dry chocolate, mild nut butter, softened trail berries, and more earthy hops. The carbonation is damn near maniacal for the majority of this experience - providing way too much foam up front, and a fizziness to the first few sips, until it finally settles down to a dull hiss. By that time, the medium weight, creamy smooth body becomes apparent. It finishes mostly dry - nutty, coffee grounds, and noble hops.
I feel like there was a bit of a practical joke being played on me, like I needed a special passcode just to drink this beer. One CO2-saturated bottle of beer, I'll tell ya... Beyond that, this is a textbook old-school porter - dark, sour, malty, subtly fruity. When it finally deigns to come down the staircase, that is...
11-24-2010 00:55:07 | More by biboergosum
3.85/5 rDev +1.3%
Bottle from trade:
Pours deep dark brown with an ample mocha cap.
Aromas of dark toffee and fudge, roasty malts woody hops. Decent body,
Toasty roasty malt flavor with a lightly sweet cocoa-mocha character, lightly bitter dry finish.
excellent Canadian version of a London porter
06-09-2010 19:32:20 | More by pootz
3.88/5 rDev +2.1%
A: pours black with a cream tan head. the head vanishes too fast, though lacing sticks throughout.
S: mildly pleasant coffee and chocolate smell. very natural smelling, nothing offensive.
T: light roasted chocolate malt with a hint of bite and a slight wild berry taste in the finish.
M: a bit thin, but not bad... it's smooth and doesnt stick.
D: pleasing taste and smell + lighter mouth feel = goes down easy, really easy for a LP.
05-04-2010 05:05:37 | More by EsoxLucius
4.18/5 rDev +10%
a- Pours black. Yes!
s- chocolate and dark malts on the nose. Earthy & woody.
t- just stellar. layers of velvety smoothness with marshmallow, licorice root, coffee, cocoa and smoke. Rewarding bitter finish lingers for a very, very long time. Beautiful.
m- medium to full bodied. a bit more carbonation then I'd like in a porter, but, doesn't detract from the brew.
If there's one cririque I could make, it would be that this porter could be more diverse with the malts to give it a fuller flavour, though I guess for a porter it's just where it needs to be.
d- a dangerously drinkable brew. intense chocolate malt concentration, yet, I can't help thinking that this brew would KILL if it had more mid-range malts thrown in the mix (in my humble opinion). But still, an incredibly good beer.
09-22-2009 00:48:37 | More by sammytag
London Porter from Paddock Wood Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 42 ratings.