Arcadia London Porter | Arcadia Brewing Company

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Arcadia London PorterArcadia London Porter
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Arcadia Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
arcadiaales.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
446
Reviews:
279
Avg:
3.95
pDev:
12.41%
 
 
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24
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29
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Ratings: 446 |  Reviews: 279
Photo of Jmamay22
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark ruby brown that approaches black. Mocha colored head reaches a half inch in height and settles to a thin cap with a foamy collar.

Smells of dark sugar, cocoa, and faintly of roasted coffee. Soft aroma that isn't big and brawny like some of the American style.

Cocoa and chocolate flavors appear up front when tasting.

Lighter mouthfeel, but the heavy malt and firm alcohol content provide a fuller feeling. Faint carbonation from the bottle conditioning probably intended to mimic cask conditioning. I wouldn't say it is the same as cask, but it will do fine. Drinkable given the alcohol content. The mouthfeel and soft subtle flavors allow this to be an easy sipper. Recommended even if it isn't world class.

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Photo of Folderol
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

If I hadn't poured this myself, I would have thought it was a British style imperial stout. Look at the ABV - this is right in line with Samuel Smith's Impy. The look is spot-on too, dark dark dark brown with a touch of red, not entirely opaque but close to it. Very short tan head that receded to a little mist. Mouthfeel is good - thick like I like it without being too sticky. Flavor is sweet dark malt, quite a bit of that soy sauce-like taste typical of lighter imperial stouts, but not as much depth as a proper RIS or even more conventional porters. Not much hop to be found, but with this much alcohol I'm not surprised. Speaking of the alcohol, it smacked me right in the nose when I opened the bottle, but is barely noticeable in the glass. I'm sure it'll hit me again as I near the bottom of the glass.

On the whole, a smooth, solid imperial porter. Good stuff and easy drinking from a local Southern Michigan brewery.

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Photo of 86sportster883
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Now that it has finally turned cold here in the North East, I've had a thirst for the richer, roasty malts of porters and stouts. There are so many great beers to choose from in these categories that, in order to compare apples to apples, you have to subdivide each into their numerous sub-styles.

The Arcadia London Porter is a good Baltic-style porter, but I was somewhat disappointed with the faintness of its sweet caramel and chocolate aromas, and somewhat too thin mouthfeel.

It's a great looking beer, pouring deep dark brown with fiery red ruby accents when held to the light. Combined with a dark creamy head, I was expecting a big smooth-bodied quaff, but it just wasn't there. The body was certainly on the lighter side of medium and the medium-low carbonation didn't really help give this beer the mouth filling smoothness I've come to expect from the style.

The taste is good, but rather pedestrian when compared against the more classic renditions of this style. Roasted malt with semi-sweet chocolate notes intertwine and are balanced nicely by bitterness. The initial finish is moderately dry, but the following aftertaste is distinctly bitter and lingering. This beer does hide its 7.2% abv well, but almost to a fault.

A good porter, and certainly worth a try, but there are much better offerings out there if you're looking for a true Baltic porter.

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Photo of cmwilliq
3.92/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of Jerm2401
3.92/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of dbmcrorie
3.92/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation:
12 oz brown long-neck bottle poured into an American pint glass. A picture of Winston Churchill is superimposed with a cigar and peace fingers. Some form of bottled/freshness dating on the side, but nothing is marked. (Why can't I ever know how old my beer is??)

Visual:
Pours thick like oil. Nearly pitch black body with faint red hues peaking through. Thin beige head that leaves quickly; no lacing.

Aroma:
Wow, lots of layers here. Rich toasty malt provides the nose with roasted coffee, dark cocoa, caramel, toffee, roasted nuts, and a hidden but distinct note of hickory wood smoke. The hops quietly peak through with light crispness, earthy/peaty notes, and a fruity body, followed by plenty of spices that blend smoothly with the heavy malts.

Taste:
Full bodied with a thick oily mouthfeel; loose carbonation accents the rich feel of this brew. Similar to the nose: espresso, toasted nuts, caramel/toffee, chocolate, plenty of roasted grains, maple syrup and brown sugar. There is a lovely soft peaty profile that blends with the smoky nose and spicy body.
The hops provide a grassy sourness and faint bitterness that is hidden beneath the heavy spices and smoked malts. There is some soft resin/fruitiness in the back. A slow and sticky finish leaves a nutty buttered-toast aftertaste.

Overall:
Very tasty. Reminds me a lot of a holiday porter with the smoky/spicy profile. Very rich and complex. Much heavier and thicker than the average porter; definitely not as sessionable as a West Coast style porter.
Would pair greatly with heavier dishes such as BBQ, smoked meats, heavy game, smoked gouda or sharp cheddar, and probably even oysters. Because of it's rich chocolate/espresso profile, it would even go greatly with chocolate cheesecake and/or tiramisu.

Cheers!

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Photo of BrewStoutMagic
3.92/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

London style Porter has a very dark black color.Its start out with some head and quickly disolves very soon. Smell is no doubt smoky chocolate with hint of dark roasted coffee.I think as far as taste dark chocolate with a smoking aftertaste,and thats what I was looking for.I could drink many of these.This a smooth tasting porter,that most likely I'll drink again.

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Photo of MDDMD
3.92/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A-dark brown cor with a light tan head and a little lacing

S- roasted malt, brown sugar, coffee, little chocolate

T-dark roasted malt, brown sugar, coffee, hint of dark chocolate, mild bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth

O- decent porter, good flavor, smooth drinking

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Photo of tapman
3.91/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A dark ruby-brown. Head contains very tight bubbles for a bottle conditioned beer. I guess i would like it to be darker, though many of my stouts come out this color so I can't say that it isn't appropriate.

Dark raisin/dark crystal malt ake up most of the ose followed by some herbal hopiness and then a little warm alcohol. For me crystal is so strong that I miss any espresso or coffee or anything like that.

Now I get a little italian roast espresso complimented by a dark chocolate sweetness that blends well with both the espresso and crystal-raisin taste. Definitely tastes better than it smells. Also a little licorice with a clean bitterness in the finish.

Good mouthfeel. Smooth and silky yet with an effervescent carbonation. I find the two conflicting yet interesting though a bit distracting.

Though I might prefer less carbonation, it does trick you into thinking that this brew is more sessionable, which if you think it then I guess it is. A fie English porter and a good contender to Fuller's.

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Photo of nasty15108
3.91/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Guinness mug.

A - Poured almost black, with the slighest ruby hues around the edges. Big tan head and lots of sticky spots of lacing.

S - Big malty aroma with hints of dark chocolate. Metallic aroma also detected.

T - Malty with hints of bitter black coffee. Also detected were slight herbal and metallic flavors and a little alcohol warmth in the finish.

MF&D - Creamy and full bodied. A good example of this style.

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Photo of Jredner
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Smoky, malty and mildy coffee-like. Deep black with a thumb thick mocha head. Fore is hoppy bitter then roasted barley malt follows. Very much in the Fuller’s vein as opposed to the more roasty and coffee/chocolate flavored American porters. Very nice brew.

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Brooklyn Brewery snifter. It pours out very dark, even for a porter. I can detect only the faintest trace of light coming through the glass. It sports a nice chunky brown head with average retention. On the nose I get sweet malt, some roasty notes, and a faint trace of smoke.

The beer has a medium body and a sweet, smokey flavor. There is some nice breadiness up front with hints of toffee, chocolate, and brown sugar, then the smoke comes in. It is not so prevalent as to suggest a rauchbier, but it is definitely assertive and plays well with the malty sweetness. Hop character is minimal as the smoke provides the balance instead. It carries through the finish and leaves a nice smokey sweetness lingering behind. No booziness.

I'm not much into smoked beers, but this one is very well-balanced. The smoke provides a nice complement to the toffee and treacle flavor of the malt without going too far and leaving behind a briny flavor. A really nice beer that I may visit again.

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Photo of soju6
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a deep brown color with a decent head that fades slowly to nice lacing.

S: Aroma of roasted malty, coffee some dark chocolate and dark fruits with a hint of smoke.

T: Taste of roasted malt, semi-sweet chocolate and dark fruit. There is a bit of smoke in the background with a nice bitterness and a clean finish.

F: Medium body, smooth and creamy with a bit of lingering bitterness aftertaste. No hint of the 7.2% ABV.

O: Nice English Porter that goes down easy. Good for the style.

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Photo of DannyDan
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours out to a blackish-brown body with a thick tan head that quickly disappears. It has little lacing, some retention and good carbonation. The smell is cocoa with some coffee and caramel, nothing really exciting here. The taste is biter chocolate at fisrt followed by some coffee, caramel, a little hint of hops, and seems to have a little bit of molasses in it.It also has a slight smoke flavor mixed in. It finishes off with more chocolate and has a chocolaty aftertaste. The mouthfeel is nice and creamy, but finishes off a little on the dry. A nice enjoyable beer that is not quite as filling as I would have expected. A pretty good porter, but I have tasted a few better english style porters. Anyone that likes this beer should try Fuller's London Porter which is even better than this beer.

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Photo of output01x
3.89/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Bottle is dated 02/03/11.

A strong pour yields a 1-finger creamy tan-colored head. After a couple minutes, it recedes to a light dusting. After a few more minutes, there is not a speck of head to be seen. Lacing is about as minimal as the head.

Strong sweet malt aromas with notes of roasted coffee and dark chocolate in a swirl of smoke. The smell is deliciously strong and does not require a lot of concentration to enjoy.

A silky smooth cola-like malitiness starts each sip but is soon superseded by a dry smoke and mocha flavor. While warming, the 7% ABV is not strikingly apparent.

Full bodied with moderate carbonation, this beer flows over the tongue nicely but sticks just enough to allow the flavors to really shine.

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Photo of enelson
3.89/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of SenorBiggles
3.89/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle. Dark and opaque.

S - Sharp and smoky. Smoked cheese aromas with some sweeter maltiness.

T -Again, a mix of sharp and sour flavours with less maltiness than you'd expect in a porter, although it's still there.

O - I'm not quite sold on the balance of this beer. It has an interesting flavour but I don't think there's enough maltiness to stand up to the unusual sour and smoky flavours for a porter.

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Photo of minishfinish
3.89/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Honestly, not a lot going on in the head. You get some malt, you get some alcohol smell but not much else. Thin, light brown color.

Taste has roasty flavors,bits of coffee, with some sweet, syrupy flavor, and some warmth, which it should have at 7.2% abv. Real nice finish, with some snap. Finish has roast, some nice bitterness, and plenty of roast.

Mouthfeel is as smooth as can be.

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Photo of OKCNittany
3.89/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Lexluthor33
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Near jet black in color,but probably a very deep dark brown.
Medium sized head and lace.

The aroma of roasted malts and some caramel.
The taste started off with some chocolate,malts and coffee notes. It was sweet then had some mild fruit hints/citrus.
I tastes some alcohol,but it was subtle.
The feel was creamy,full bodied and had medium carbonation.

Notes: I will get this again because it was easy to drink and well balanced. Perhaps not an exceptional beer yet damn good.

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

Nice deep dark color.Good head that lingers all the way down. wonderful roasted aroma-more roasted then some other porters. Great roasted flavor,some chocolate and maybe a touch of licorice. Velvety smooth,real nice oily feel to it-good body for style. A really good porter-well worth giving a try.

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

Dark, opaque brown.
Aromas of cocoa, burned coffee, sticks and water
Nice intensity, some vanilla there as well.
On the palate it is much rounder that I anticipated based on the smell. Simple bitter chocolate and coffee flavors dominate to a medium-long, slightly tangy finish.

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Photo of cagocubs
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark brown almost black tobacco brown. A nice 1 inch tan head. Lingers and laces. Good looking porter.

S: Good roasted malt, chocolate, oat/grain. Also a sweet butterscotch/toffee.

T: Good delivery of smooth chocolate, oat, and roasted malts. Finishes with nice bitter hops. Great balanced aftertaste, nutty.

M: Great! Very smooth and well carbonated for a porter. Great mouth coating and feel all the way through.

D: Taste is powerful and may become repetitive to some. I will be buying this in the future, but in limited quantities.

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

Shared with ratebeerians Ernest and Aubrey.

Dark Brown.

Aroma of chocolate, roasted grain, dry and sweet notes, english hops and expresso.

Really nice flavor. Comparible to Fuller's in many way except slightly more bitter. Medium bodied with notes of raisins, chocolate, vanilla, subtle smoke and some tangy notes on the finish. I thought this was a little to hoppy but I still enjoyed it.

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Photo of nomad
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.

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Arcadia London Porter from Arcadia Brewing Company
3.95 out of 5 based on 446 ratings.
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