London Porter
Arcadia Brewing Company

London PorterLondon Porter
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Style:
Porter - Smoked
Ranked #14
ABV:
7%
Score:
88
Ranked #10,641
Avg:
3.95 | pDev: 12.41%
Reviews:
281
Ratings:
450
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Arcadia Brewing Company
 
Michigan, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
  25
Gots
  30
SCORE
88
Very Good
London PorterLondon Porter
Notes: 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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Reviews by WesWes:
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WesWes from New York

2.99/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Aug 14, 2007
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Ahhdball from Ohio

4.77/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I love this brew. It's got to be one of my favorites. I've seen it around but have never given it a shot - what have I been missing?!
My eyes missed the opaque pour from the bottle to the glass giving a good two fingered beige top. Leaving residue and lace for the drink. Amber appeared when the light hit it.
My nose missed the large burnt hops, crisp coffee/espresso, and roasted nuts.
My mouth missed the dark chocolate, roasted pine nuts, and wonderfully bitter hop riding way out in front but mixed exceptionally well with great malts.
Chewy, but velevety smooth.
I will definitely have this again and I want another right now.

Feb 04, 2006
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ribby from Michigan

3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark, reddish color, with not too much foam. The lack of foam seems acceptable for the style. Mild, maltish smell. Taste is quite good, on the bitter side but no overt hops. The London Porter also shows a nutty maltiness. This is a good solid beer, and if you are a Porter fan this is definitely worth a try.

Apr 22, 2010
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nomad from Kansas

3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Stout-like appearance off of its reverse cascade pour, this beer is black with a tight stain in true lattice form from a wall of foam. A bit of carbonation, kinda strange to for an English beer.

Smells like nuts, dark and roasted malts, and the acidity of classic old porters with that "twang" they had. No hop presence, very much appreciated.

Teetering close to tasting like a stout, as a thorough flavor of roasted barley and dark malts smack hard with little residual sweetness and little hop presence. Complex and thorough, but a bit much as the acidity and black malt bite punish you from drinking more than one. Close my eyes and only the thinner mouthfeel could keep from thinking its a stout, though tasty. A little too much carbonation, too.

Lower attenuation, less palate pounding, and its that simple, for me, to make me like this more.

Aug 16, 2004
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LoRezDave from Illinois

3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

- appearance: thick and black, brown 1 finger head of tight brown bubbles. Dissipates to a thin layer of head and a struggle of lace. Looks somewhat ominous.

- smell: toasty carmel, nutty, volatiles dissipate fast

- taste: definite bitter burnt toast on start, rich toasty caramel on finish.

- mfeel medium to full mouthfeel, slightly sharp from carbonation, little alch warmth, but creamy roundness overall. Mfeel is highlight.

Mar 02, 2009
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tavernjef from Minnesota

4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Color is dark tarnished brown with ruby edges, thin tan head, whispy skim left over after fading with a thin collar; lacing moderately sticking in strings.

Aroma is quite intriguing with Reeses peanut butter cups and roastyness mixed with coffee notes when first taking it in. Carob, perhaps even alfalfa sprouts approach some of the nose as it warms. Very interesting qualities.

Taste has a nice peppering smooth vegetable oil sweetness thats struck with cocoa and chocolate, peanut butter and coffee. Very apparent drying finish of left over chocolate and cocoa mixing with a good portion of coffee. Bitterness is mild but nice of chocolate, coffee roast, and slight dry hop. Very nice finisher and one interesting taster. Subtle and complex, but not overly potent or strong.

Feel is lightly creamy, smooth, mediumness in its body, fairly hefty drying finish, but tends to ware off its effects once you get use to it. At first, the finish was absolutely wonderful but it seemed to fade off as the glass emptied.

This was oh so close to getting the next notch up in numbers, but it didn't quite bowl me over enough to do just that. But I wouldn't turn this down for nothing. A nice porter for sure and recommend trying it out.

A big U.P. thanks goes out to trbeer for this one eh!

Jul 09, 2004
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techfed87 from Michigan

3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice, thick mocha head. Is very dark in color. Beer is clear, with no sediment apparent.

Smell is very malty with some cocoa apparent.

First sip has almost a smokey appeal to it. Malt is dark in texture. Has a coffee-like bitter quality that is very satasfying.

Mouthfeel is full and complex with a complete pallet of flavors to keep you interested from first sip all the way through to the aftertaste. A great beer!

Mar 21, 2010
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ElGordo from Oregon

4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from the 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Body is a deep, dark brown that's pretty near pitch black, topped by a good amount of creamy white head that hangs around for a couple of minutes before receding to a thin ring. Aroma of rich, roasty dark malt and more than a little bit of chocolate. Notes of mocha and light vanilla bean come through as well.
Palate is malt-forward and rich. Dark, chocolatey malt dominates. Some mild sweetness and notes of dark fruit come through mid-palate, followed by a mild bitterness on the finish that seems a little off and keeps this from being a truly exceptional beer.
Body is rich and creamy, with a faint oily character, just perfect for a porter. On the whole, very nice indeed, but the bitterness and a somewhat chalky flavor on the finish detract from what could be nearly perfect.

Jul 17, 2011
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Rojada1988 from Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Nov 15, 2014
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clvand0 from Kentucky

3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark color with very little head and doesn't leave much lacing on the glass. Aroma has a lot of maltiness, some chocolate and a little roasted. The flavor has a lot more roasted character than the nose. Good maltiness. The finish is bitter from the roasted malts. Mouthfeel is moderate to thick and the drinkability is ok.

Jun 26, 2005
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sixerofelixir from Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Feb 27, 2013
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beergeek279 from Pennsylvania

4.45/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in the 12 oz. bottle, into a pint glass. The color is black, with a steady tan head. The smell is a nice sweet chocolate malt. The taste is very chocolate sweet, with a good coffee bitterness to keep some form of balance. Mouthfeel is average. As for drinkability, I'd be very happy to session on this one!

Thank you to trbeer for this bottle. A simply fantastic porter, as sweet as they come, and one that I hope to get my hands on again!

Feb 28, 2004
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djrn2 from New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

May 21, 2012
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whynot44 from Missouri

4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Sep 12, 2007
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erikkoppin from Michigan

3/5  rDev -24.1%

Jul 05, 2013
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IronDjinn from Canada (AB)

4.07/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sorry, I was a bit distracted, I had my face stuck in the glass inhaling this stuff for the past 5 minutes or so. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle, with a picture of Winston Churchill on the label (or is that W.C. Fields?--nah, the British flag in the background wouldn't suit the latter). No real head on the pour to speak of, but it does have a thickish beige ring to it. Seems deep black until held up to the light, then it takes on more of a dense mahogany tone. And the aroma... Needed a few more minutes there. I don't know why it does its thing to me, not entirely exceptional, but highly addictive. I had just crossed over to the land of hopheads recently, and now I'm being drawn back to the brotherhood of maltoids again because of this. Burnt malt, rich chocolate, toasted nuts, a bit of buttery rum and dried figs, and some toffee. The flavour has chewy, sticky malt, coffee, dry dark chocolate, a some alcohol, with a dry burnt woodsy finish. Very dry aftertaste like cocoa mixed with espresso. Somewhat watery mouthfeel at first, but gains texture over the palate, very dry taste for such a sweet smelling porter. Very satisfying. Big thanks to northyorksammy for the sample.

Aug 19, 2004
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andrenaline from Canada (ON)

3.96/5  rDev +0.3%

Dec 13, 2014
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zestar from California

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Aug 06, 2014
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alexgash from Connecticut

4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

Jan 27, 2008
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mgbickel from Pennsylvania

3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Perfect Pint glass. Formed a single finger tan head that dissipated rather quickly with no lacing. The body is a dark brown/black color that shows amber edges when backlit.

The nose has sweet and roasted malts and light coffee aromas. There are undertones of vanilla and caramel present also.

The first flavors that hit are sweet and caramel like. This leads into roasted malts and chocolate. The finish has a very tiny hop presence and a black coffee aftertaste. None of these flavors are very powerful...

The mouth feel is medium - creamy yet oily with tight carbonation.

This is a drinkable brew...nice example of the style.

Jan 25, 2010
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mntlover from Tennessee

4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a black with a tan head that falls quick and leaves some light lace behind. Can see red highlights when held to the light.
Aroma is roasted malt chocolate and coffee aromas mix with some caramel. A dark malty smelling treat.
Taste is rich roasted malt thick caramel mixed with chocolate fades to coffee flavors that end lightly bitter and fade to sweet chocolate again before some lightly bitter hop flavors intrude to finish mixed with some woody notes.
Mouthfeel is a good medium nice bodied porter full of flavor.
Drinkability is good a nice porter tastey treat from Michigan thanks to CRJMellor for this sample.

Feb 14, 2005
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barczar from Kentucky

3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear deep brown with mahogany highlights and a half inch milk chocolate head that dissipates leaving no lace.

Aroma is chocolate, roast malt, peat...almost bacony.

Roast malt provides a strong backbone for the flavor profile, with phenolic smoke and bandaid flavors lingering throughout. Chocolate is fairly prominent, not sweet, and the finish is a bit bitter.

Body is moderate with a fairly low amount of carbonation and a somewhat astringent finish.

Overall, not your momma's porter. More reminiscent of a scottish ale with the strong smoke and peat flavors. A bit too phenolic for me.

Apr 07, 2012
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granger10 from Wisconsin

4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was one excellent beer. Very many flavors come through. I notice chocolate and cream/vanilla combined at the onset. coffee is next to follow. Some roasted malts mix with a smokiness that really makes this beer stand out. Finishes with some dry leafy hops combined with more smoky flavors. Excellent.

Jul 17, 2003
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divineaudio from Michigan

3.49/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

pint glass. bottled 11/03/11.

a - pours a translucent dark brown and gave me a tin cap of tan head that dissipated quick. no lacing.

s - a nice malt cornucopia. chocolate, roast, pale. faint fig or date, faint grass.

t - chocolatey and smokey with a cola like sweetness. some peppery notes and enough herbal bitterness to balance things out. slight alcohol taste comes out as the beer warms.

m - medium in body with lighter carbonation.

o - pretty good but doesn't taste like a typical porter. if the label didn't say otherwise i'd think scotch ale or even a rauchbier. worth a try if you come across it.

Feb 11, 2012
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RoyalT from Ohio

3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance – Ruby brown in color with a giant, orangish tan head that seemed to last forever.

Smell – This Baltic Porter had a beautiful, dark nose with sharp chocolate and coffee ground aromas.

Taste – The bitterness came out well here. The dark malt was luscious but had a slight tangy finish that seemed out of place.

Mouthfeel – This was light to medium in the body but extremely creamy. It was smooth as glass in between the cheeks.

Drinkability – This went down well enough.

Comments – Thanks again to skyhand for hosting the BA tasting and for supplying this Michigan Porter.

Apr 26, 2004
London Porter from Arcadia Brewing Company
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 450 ratings