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London Porter - Paddock Wood Brewing Co.

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London PorterLondon Porter

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BA SCORE
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: markaberrant on 03-15-2007)
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Photo of Sammy
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very smooth drinking porter, like a cross between an English porter and a doppleback. Chocolate malt, moderate and acceptable drinking bitterness. Black with generous white foaming head. Bit of roast in the nose. Medium mouthfeel.In a word, balance.

Sammy, Feb 14, 2008
Photo of nmann08
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a bottle, pours a cola brown color with a very thin ring of head around the outside.

The smell is roasted malt, chocolate, a little smoke/toasty note, caramel and brown sugar. The flavor falls in line with the smell, mostly dark malt, caramel, vanilla, roasted oats, very toasty ending flavor. It is moderately sweet, less chocolate than I usually get in English porters. The mouthfeel is a bit thin, which would be an improvement area for me.

Overall, I liked this.

nmann08, Nov 14, 2014
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.

Phyl21ca, Oct 30, 2007
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...

biboergosum, Nov 24, 2010
Photo of Viggo
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, received from Voonder in a trade.

Pours a dark reddish brown, very clear in the light, thin off white head forms, drops to a thin ring around the glass, no real lacing, thin layer, decent retention, looks okay. Smell is sweet and caramelized, light bit of chocolate and roast, quite fruity, some berries, floral, brown sugar, biscuity, lightly malty, not bad. Taste is similar, some caramel and chocolate, light roast, strawberries and brown sugar, kind of milky - some lacto sweetness, smooth finish. Mouthfeel is light bodied with medium carbonation. Pretty light but easy to drink, not too bad of a porter. Thanks Alex!

Viggo, Feb 01, 2009
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.

andrenaline, May 15, 2011
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!

bobsy, Feb 09, 2009
Photo of Jeffo
3.1/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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!

Jeffo, Sep 13, 2012
Photo of IronDjinn
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up originally in Paddock Wood's "Black and White" mix 6-pack along with the Brambling Bitter, although had initially sampled it at the 2007 Calgary Beerfest.

Pours out pitch black, a deep loose frothy tan head that retains briefly.

However the real party starts in the aroma. I'm immediately greeted by robust roasted malts, coffee grounds, with hints of chicory and smoke.

The mouthfeel is fairly flat in general, so that in turn seems to thin out the overall flavour. The mouthfeel seems to get sticky in places at times, which adds some extra texture. One still gets a decent helping of roasted malt in the process, fading out with a lingering woody and mildly charred aftertaste.

A pretty darn good session porter if one were inclined, and if Paddock Wood continues to release this.

IronDjinn, Nov 15, 2007
Photo of grub
3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Viggo brought this one over. thanks eric!

12oz bottle. sampled feb 1/09.

pours deep brown, crystal clear with garnet highlights when held to the light. a small pale brown head forms, dropping quickly and leaving spotty lace.

aroma is good. very chocolaty. milk chocolate. bit of dark chocolate too. coffee. whole wheat bread and biscuit. bit of alcohol. anise. bit of vanilla. touch of caramel.

taste is nice. fairly low bitterness level, more dark chocolate than hops. bit of milk chocolate. coffee. wheat bread and a bit of biscuit. anise. slightly fruity. bit of earthy character too.

mouthfeel is ok. the medium-high carbonation is a bit much for the style. medium body.

drinkability is nice. the carbonation definitely takes something away from it, and it doesn't seem to fade quickly. thought the aroma was nice, but the taste a bit of a letdown. a decent porter, but nothing too special.

grub, Feb 01, 2009
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.

BigBry, Jun 18, 2008
Photo of schnarr84
4/5  rDev +5.3%

schnarr84, Dec 24, 2012
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

joemcgrath27, Jun 12, 2011
Photo of papat444
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to presario for this one, part of his CanBIF package to me.

It's a bleak rainy day so why not go for a nice, comforting porter.

Poured from a 341ml. bottle.

Appearance: Pours a nice black body with a thick, persistant 3 finger head.

Smell: Burnt malt notes, roastedness, hints of chocolate.

Taste: Smooth & creamy, a bit on the light side. More subdued than the aroma.

Mouthfeel: Active carbonation (fresh tasting) with roasted malt and a dark chocolate finish. Very slight bitterness (coffee?).

Drinkability: Very well, alcohol is subdued & taste is on the light side.

Overall: A decent, well-balanced porter that is subdued but it works. A good pick.

papat444, Jul 13, 2008
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

pootz, Jun 09, 2010
Photo of Proteus93
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Cola coloured with blood red highlights. Head diminished quickly, a light brown, not much left behind.

S: A nice roast malt with chocolate aromas. Pretty much exactly as the bottle describes of the brew.

T: Like the aroma, a moderately roasted malt - chocolate flavours, a slightly bitter finish.

M + D: Lightly carbonated, medium to heavier body. A little sticky, but alright. Not too bad, but about average. Worth a try.

Proteus93, Jul 06, 2008
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.

kjyost, Sep 25, 2012
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.

CalgaryFMC, Jan 25, 2014
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

LampertLand, May 11, 2013
Photo of elricorico
3.43/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Dark brown, opaque and near black in a glass. A creamy mocha head forms and leaves plenty of lacing as it recedes. The head maintains a thin cap.

Smokey roasted coffee bean and bitter dark chocolate aromas rise up. Heavy in the roasted scents here.

Roasted flavour is king in the taste department. Charred coffee bean taste, bitter and smokey from start to finish. A faint bitter chocolate teases the tip of the tongue. Lingering smoke and roasted bitterness.

Thick and creamy mouthfeel, but the carbonation is a bit prickly.

Here is a beer that I would like better if it wasn't named "London Porter". I expected a smoother, more subtle taste. Good, but not what I was hoping it would be.

elricorico, Jun 13, 2007
Photo of Exeter
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Exeter, Mar 19, 2014
Photo of WillAndSarah
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

WillAndSarah, Jun 03, 2014
Photo of Noxious26
3.43/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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.

Noxious26, Mar 07, 2013
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.

demcorhip, Sep 16, 2008
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.

trevorwideman, May 22, 2008
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London Porter from Paddock Wood Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 43 ratings.