Arcadia London Porter | Arcadia Brewing Company

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Arcadia London PorterArcadia London Porter

Brewed by:
Arcadia Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: English Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by Mitchster on 06-05-2002

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Photo of porterguy41
5/5  rDev +26.6%

Photo of ultralarry2006
5/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle. Leaves a two finger espresso-foam colored head that recedes to surface skim, and leaves some good spotty lacing. Body is black.

Smell - Hearty aroma of chocolate, toffee, caramel, coffee, smoky roasted malt, and burnt-crust maltbread. Hints of plums, dates, raisins, and prunes. Mouthwatering.

Taste - as promised by the smell. Hearty and delicious tastes of chocolate, toffee, caramel, coffee, burnt-crust maltbread, and smoky roasted malt, all highlighted with plums, dates, raisins, and prunes. Smoky roast malt more present in taste than in nose. Very hearty and delicious.

Mouthfeel - full bodied, chewy, semi-dry, and slightly acrid.

Drinkability - this is excellent ale, and is low enough in abv to be entirely sessionable. Very hearty and delicious.

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Photo of CraftAle
4.82/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black color. Medium body. Very complex aroma and taste---roasted malt, bitter and sour. None of the sweetness, but with all the flavors of many imperial stouts. Best Arcadia brew that I've tried! This, like most porters, is over-looked. Sour over-tone which is very much in line with original porters which included sour, left-over beer. Less than $9 for a 6-pack.

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Photo of deejaydan
4.8/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Another beer that makes me glad to live in Michigan.

Opaque, very dark brown in color. Small light tan head. Some lacing is present. Smell of sweet lightly roasted malts. Taste explodes on your tounge. A rush of coffee, then chocolate, then a hint of alcohol. This beer is thick in the mouth, but the hops are present just enough to clean the palate of the coffee and chocolate notes and then make you want to drink more.

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Photo of Ahhdball
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.

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Photo of KarlHungus
4.75/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer pours an opaque, metallic black color. The head is massive, creamy an light tan. The aroma is as massive as the head. Rich malts, chocolate, cream, butter crackers. The taste is wonderful. Malty, chocolaty, and alcoholic. For only having 7% ABV, this beer shows it well. Its presence adds a lot to the flavor. The mouthfeel is smooth, full bodied, and has low carbonation. Overall, this is a great baltic porter, and is perhaps the best I have had to date.

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Photo of ffshore545
4.75/5  rDev +20.3%

Photo of JosephRAD
4.75/5  rDev +20.3%

Photo of Tbn2
4.75/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Tasted this creation in my third favorite pint glass. Poured from a bottle with a picture of Winston Churhill on the bottle; one my favorite historical personalities.

Body is used motor oil black with nothing showing through. On top rest a one finger tan head that quickly retreats to a thin layer, leaving some laces all the way down.

Smells great! Lots of roasted aromas; burnt sugar, coffee, black patent malt. Hints of chocolate, yeast, earthy hops & alcohol

Taste like heaven in a bottle. Hits you with a big coffee flavor with a touch of toffee & chocolate at first. As you swallow, the taste fades to just coffee & an earthy & somewhat spicy hop flavor take the stage giving it a good crisp & clean finish. The mouthfeel is prefect & a slight warm feeling is felt from the alcohol it makes its way down to your belly.

God must have brewed this one. This is easily one of my top five beers.


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Photo of TastyTaste
4.74/5  rDev +20%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great looking colorized picture of Winston Churchill on the bottle, giving the "Victory" sign. Pours a nealry pitch black body, very, very dark, in my chalice. Not a lot of head action after the pour, just a thin layer of foam. Smell is dark chocolate, cherry, and a smooth graininess are all in the nose. Very potent smelling. Big flavors, alot of alcoholic bourbon and rum flaovr, slight cherry, big chocolate, and a perfect amount of acidity. A nice big porter, not at all what I was expecting when i picked up a single of this beer. I could almost session these, a real smooth drinker, at a reasonable price.

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Photo of cokes
4.73/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Opaque prune juice with a squat tan foam.
Perfumed of chocolate-drenched cedar, fig-flavored liquorice.
Floods the mouth with molten fudge. Backed with nods towards runny caramel and vanilla. Swirls of red grape vinousness. The middle is woody, with toasted maple and cedar, and a persuasive buttery yeast that jives perfectly here (and is so far afield in some other Arcadia brews). Prune late, with a reformation of nutty fudge brownies and vanilla glaze. The Fuggles and Goldings would seem overmatched, but persevere with a mighty, last-minute stand of burnt herbs and steel-tinged black tea.
Its feel and texture every porter should kill for, with it's thickened sense of lightness, soft carbonation, and general compulsion to drive itself down the throat.
This is a paralytic session brew.

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Photo of sacrelicio
4.73/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

oh boy.

this beer pours very, very dark, opaque with a rim of deep amber orange. its topped off with a finger thick mocha colored head with a ice cream like texture in its appearance.

the smell is of fruit, coffee and chocolate. good, but nothing exceptional.

the flavors of this beer are simple but very pure and delicious. somewhat sweet maltiness, almost like a milk stout at first, with a midpalate of chocolate and coffee and a finish of appley flavored fruity hops. slight bitterness. seamless flow from one flavor to the next.

the mouthfeel is liquid velvet. no other way to describe it. almost like a hearty american stout.

Very drinkable. would be an awesome session beer as well if it were not so high in alcohol. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.72/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Basically, I'm looking at a black brew. Some shimmers of mahogany when held up to a light, but for all intents and purposes, this is black. Thin bubbly light brown head recedes to a collar quickly and leaves spotty, but adequate, lace. Aroma is exquisite. Thick roasted malts, heavy chocolate, smoke, vanilla bean, oak barrel and dripping, oozing caramel. The flavor follows through in a big way. Toasted and caramel and roasted malts meld together. Hop bitterness lingers on the tongue. Vanilla and oak mix together. Body is damn near full and the carbonation is very appropriate. This one is a winner. I'd put this up there with the Ed as two of my favorite, every day kind of drinking porters.

Cokes, you're the man for shooting some of this my way.

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Photo of AlexJ
4.7/5  rDev +19%
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.

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Photo of shbobdb
4.68/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This bottle-conditioned beauty is truly something to behold.
It's black. B-L-A-C-K, as in pitch. But the flavour is wonderful. The fully, rich, sweet malts are perfectly counterbalanced by the harsh acidic black patent with nice english hops playing the ref.

Wow. I'm amazed by this beer. I could see myself drinking this a lot.

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Photo of rayjay
4.65/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Big thanks to crazynelson for turning me on to this beer. I told him to send whatever he wants, and he sent me these. What a great porter! I know it's at least a few years old, and bottle conditioned. Never even heard of it before.

Fantastic aroma full of rich chocolate malt and delicate British yeast characteristics (generically fruity and estery). Noble hops, cigarette hands, smooth old whiskey, and more of my favorite smell: dusty old wood.

Great delicate pale malt sweetness cuts the deep chocolate and noble hop bitterness. Great sticky mouthfeel with spicy carbonation at a low level. Mild tartness that is easy dominated by all that is happening, which is very pleasant and refreshing. Low attenuation, and signs of a high gravity application of a low-gravity yeast.

A rather traditional porter with the yeast and the floor malts and the mild hop use, and a wonderful example. Someone did their homework. A close to cask ale that you can get from a bottle.

Sweet creamy coffee aftertaste. Some toffee and carmel show up during the long fallout. Mouthfeel is perfect, with balanced sticky sweetness but a medium density. Carbonation is low and out-of-the-way, quite fitting for this style.

Picture drinking a vintage aged-to-perfection Coca Cola that's lost most of it's fizz. This is the beer equivalent.

Alcohol only shows itself in the form of esters. Dangerous drinkability. Easily one of my favorite new beers. Cheers!

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Photo of shippos
4.59/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

very big thank you to crjmellor...

poured with a dark brown body almost black witha dense tan chocolate head that faded to a skim. hints of sweet sugar and a subtle burnt roasted ness character. dry and grassy witha hay like hop aroma. smooth rich mouthfeel, excellent carbonation, hints of smooth choc. almost silky and oily witha slight coffee character.

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Photo of smcolw
4.58/5  rDev +15.9%
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.

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Photo of nortmand
4.57/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark, ruddy brown, with a tan head.

Huge sweet chocolate coffee roast smells fill the glass. Very nice.

Slightly sweet up front, ends in a sharp bitter roast. Roast and chocolate notes throughout. Slight alcohol burn after drinking.

Suprisingly light body, otherwise a very nice porter.

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Photo of oelergud
4.57/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Very dark body. Deep ruby at the edge and black opaque in the middle. Big creamy tan head broken by large bubbles. Good retention and low lace.
Very pleasant smell of malts and slightly piney hops. Just love that baltic porter scent.
The taste is just delicious. So well balanced smoked flavor of mild mannered malts and gently spiced hops with just a touch of nut skin. Rolling tasty aftertaste.
Full body with abit of coating, yet nicely hydrating.
Highly drinkable.


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Photo of kmpitz2
4.57/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours an incredibly dark brown, almost black color with a small head that falls to nothing more than a broken ring over top. The nose is nice. I get notes of chocolate and coffee with an underscore of figgy dark fruits. The flavor is dominated with coffee, but not too bitter. The chocolate and light fig come int in the middle to balance things out a little, but the bitter coffee grounds hit again on the end. The feel is thick, with a moderate carbonation. It works very well. A hightly drinkable beer. The flavors are bold, but not too big. No hint of the 7%. A very well built beer here.

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Photo of xav33
4.55/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Arcadia London Porter
12 oz bottle
Cryptic encoding A3, delected 11/06
Medium pour in an English pint.

Poured black, with mahogony highlights, with a huuuge light brown somewhat lasting frothy head with good lacing.

Smelt of moderate molasses, smokiness, dark chocolate and coffee.

Taste was upfront moderate bittersweet, more on the sweetness side, mild coffee, fruity esters, almost raisiny or sheery like, and molasses followed by a harsh smokiness accompanied by a moderate spicy earthy feel, sweet caramelized sugar,, on a long sweet and spicy raisins, cloves and licorice finish. Mouthfeel was medium bodied, creamy, somewhat lively carbonation, and moderate astringency and slight alcohol.

Overall, the carbonation just blew out of the bottle, begging to be drank. The smell was enticing although a bit light. The flavor perfect, bold, complex, balanced and mellow enough on the palate. A good winter warmer, and certainly would make Old Winnie proud.

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Photo of Maestro
4.53/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This fellow is a sturdy ale, not for the faint of heart. The head is a thick, creamy tan head that leaves lots of thick bubbly lacing on the glass. The beer is nearly black in color with only the slightest hint of light passing through.The nose is a combination of sweet and roasty, with a slight hoppy aroma that is barely noticable. Taste is great! There is a bit of a nutty burst at first taste. Then you begin to notice the roasted malts. There seems to be a sweetness that comes through that is reminiscent of lactose. Caramel malt is also prevalent. As for mouthfeel, this beer keeps you in check. Lots of body and flavor, coupled with a good amount of carbonation. Drinkability is awesome. Beware of the alcohol, as it barely peeks its head.

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Photo of oberon
4.52/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

For whatever reason I have passed on this beer many times when back home man what was I thinking?Poured a near pitch black only a few hints of ruby thruout a tight almost creamy mocha colored head leaving a sheet of lace as it settled slowly atop.So much going on in the nose and palate of this beer its amazing molasses,dark roast coffee,bitter chocolate,fruit,and even a hint of mint not mention some smokiness.Complex flavors from beginning to finish with a creamy mouthfeel,dark roast coffee with a more pronounced smoky elemant with some molasses and unsweetened chocolate melding into a leafy,herbal finish.Easily the best Arcadia brewed beer in my mind just awesome!

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Photo of gordavidson
4.52/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- A very dark brown, almost black. Pretty murky when held to a light. A small, but creamy off white head sits atop and settles to a center splotch and a ring.

S- Loads of chocolate, a strong roastiness, some coffee, very smoky and sweet. Pretty aromatic and complex.

T- Same as the taste, but the smokiness really comes through here. A lot of chocolate, but not overly sweet. Very complex with a great balance of everything. I am really impressed with this.

M- Very smooth and creamy. You really can't get any better than this.

D- Way better than I remember. This is like a chocolate milkshake. It is a bit rich, but wow, damn tasty.

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Arcadia London Porter from Arcadia Brewing Company
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