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London Porter - Paddock Wood Brewing Co.

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London PorterLondon Porter

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86
very good

43 Ratings
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Ratings: 43
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 8.68%
Wants: 3
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Paddock Wood Brewing Co. visit their website
Saskatchewan, Canada

Style | ABV
English Porter |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: markaberrant on 03-15-2007)
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5/5  rDev +31.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of demcorhip
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

An absolutely stunning looking porter. Somewhat active, fine and persistent level of carbonation gave a huge, tightly whipped pale tan head with excellent rentention on a gentle pour. Black opaque body only allows some light through the edges of the glass that barely makes its way through the brown murky brew. Some big and sticky gobs of lace cling to the glass as i enjoy imbibing this tasty treat.

Creamy hazelnut and a touch of cocoa greet the nose. A hint of roasted malt, vanilla, and a mild yet pleasant decaying leafy hop aroma takes up the rear.

This is a wonderful example of a porter and somewhat underrated in my (not so?) humble opinion. Hazelnut and cocoa meet some roasted malts that offer up hints of char and anise. A light touch of esters, which hint at cherries and plums appear in the middle. Then the touch of roast appears then gives way to the bittering hops that make an appearance and balance out the rich and tasty malts.

A very nice porter. Almost medium in body with a nice, rich, smooth and creamy mouthfeel which is interrupted yet wonderfully complimented by the finely bubbling carbonation. Rich and tasty malts which range from hazelnut to a faint hint of char, as well as a nice touch of hops.

A very drinkable brew. The contrasting flavours work very well together and provide an enjoyable depth to this brew. Then again its also easy to just turn the brain off and live in the moment, the experience. This is something i would recommend highly to those interested in traditional versus robust porters, and will gladly drink again and again, i just have to drive 1000 miles to get some more one of these days.

Photo of sammytag
4.18/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of markaberrant
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Paddock Wood brewed a series of Porters in 2005/early 2006, and this appears to be the only one still available for sale. Description is "similar to our 1830 Porter, but without the brett finish."

Appearance is black, with only a hint of red flash at the bottom of the glass when held to a light. Thin tan head forms and quickly recedes to a ring. Carbonation appears to be minimal.

Aroma is creamy chocolate with a background of coffee. Reminds me of a luscious mocha creme truffle. Wow!

Taste is bitter roasted malts up front, definitely more balanced towards coffee than chocolate. Some bitter hops show up in the finish. So yeah, it's bitter through and through, but in a good way (reminds me of Bushwakker Palliser Porter in this regard, but doesn't have quite the charcoal flavour).

Mouthfeel is medium. I wish it was a little creamier. The low carbonation is well suited for the style.

Nice drinkability on this one. An enjoyable medium strength roasty brew.

Yet another winning porter from Paddock Wood, I wish they would revisit some of these, especially the bigger ones (ie their original Xocolatl Porter).

Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a deep black color ale with a small foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of cacaco, some subtle dry coffee and some roasted malt. Taste is dominated by some semi-dry black chocolate with some subtle notes of coffee with some bitterness form roasted malt. Body is full with some medium to low carbonation and a creamy texture. Very well done with some similarities to Fuller porter.

Photo of Idrankthat
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of Tom_Servo
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of Exeter
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of schnarr84
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of LampertLand
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

prost LampertLand

Photo of trevorwideman
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle given to me by demcorhip, poured into a pint glass.

Vigorous pour yields about 2 inches of head on top of a tasty-looking black brew. Good head retention and nice sticky lace as well. Aroma is heavily of roasted malt with some burnt chocolate undertones. A light brown sugar sweetness balances. Simple but effective, and in keeping with the style.

Taste is full of roasted malt and cocoa with a light molasses sweetness. There's a hefty dose of lactic acidity to help balance things out. Great flavour, simple and straightforward and right on. Very light body but just enough carbonation. This is a session beer forsure and another great effort by Paddock Wood.

Photo of bobsy
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown pour with ruby highlights and an off-white head. Light roasty aroma - some coffee and chocolate. Quite strong coffee notes, along with dark chocolate and toasted notes. A light bitterness and warmth in the finish. All in all its a very pleasant roasted character and a solid take on a porter. Medium body and fairly low carbonation. The Paddock Wood brews I've had so far have impressed me... I think this is a decent brewery.

I think Alex sent me this one? Thanks Alex!

Photo of BigBry
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Was first available only as part of the 'Black and White' package, but now I see some singles floating around. Basic black label with yellow writing, as pictured. Enjoyed with a barbeque dinner.
Appearance is basically black, with only a thin ring of dark red around the glass when held to the light. Thick tan colored head sits on top of the liquid. Not alot of carbonation.
Aroma has lots of cocoa and coffee with some chocolate malt. Taste is roasted malt, slightly bitter like a strong coffee. Full flavored with slight bitter hop finish. Mouthfeel is not really too heavy, the low carbonation is well suited for the style. I like the drinkability, especially with a good meal.

Photo of IllNate
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of EsoxLucius
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of joemcgrath27
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of andrenaline
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of pootz
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of CrazyMike
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

Photo of biboergosum
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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...

Photo of WillAndSarah
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of KeeganRohovich
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of kjyost
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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London Porter from Paddock Wood Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 43 ratings.