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 riversider76
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours the darkest of browns,with a slight redish hue. Smell is , nice, but a bit weaker than I would have liked. Roasted malts,and coffee are the strongest. Body is medium, and smooth. Taste is smooth too, but with a bite. Dark fruits,and roasted malts with a hint of dark chocolate,and coffee. Excellent.

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Photo of nrbw23
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a dark brown if not black with a decent head.

S- Smells of chocolate, roasted malt, dark fruit, nuts and a something pretty sweet I just can't get my finger on it.

T- Follows the nose really well. Chocolate and toffee notes upfront along with roasted malts. Some mild hop bitterness in the finish. Nice and solid.

M- Medium to full in body, low amount of carbonation and feels nice and creamy.

D- Very solid brew. Highly recommended.

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Photo of cdViking
4.09/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had in bottle via Alan in BIF. Poured on 4/10/09.

Pours a satisfactory dark with good carbonation and head. Smell is fantastic, with roasted coffee and toffee clearly present. Taste is solid with the coffee tones and a little toffee essence coming out on the backend. A little bit light-bodied, though not to its detriment. Decently drinkable, though the higher ABV would prevent consumption of too many in an evening.

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Photo of hanco005
4.09/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, no freshness date that I could find, poured into a pint glass

A—pours solid black with a thin island of fizz that floats on top, no head whatsoever and no lacing, either

S—chocolate is strongest, malty sweetness, some faint coffee, nothing else that I can detect

T—bittersweet chocolate, mild coffee, some milky flavor, very good, finishes on the dry side

M—smooth, full bodied, slightly carbonated…almost a little flat

D—very solid.. I would have this again and again, great chocolate flavor

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Photo of mrasskicktastic
4.09/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - One finger of creamy dark tan head sits atop this dark brown brew. A small amount of lacing manages to remain on the glass.

S - Dates, coffee, chocolate, molasses and figs. A great aroma, but it would be better if it were more potent.

T - A strong coffee and dates flavor with a bit of a grassy hops underneath. The aftertaste is a grassy bitterness with a touch of coffee underneath. Pretty good.

M - Smooth, slick, thin and quite refreshing.

D - An easily drinkable beer. A real treat. Too strong to session, but it is feasible. I imagine most foods would only detract from the better qualities of this brew. I would love to have this again in the future.

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Photo of BuckSpin
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12oz bottle with either a bottling or best by of "D0" (whatever the hell that means) in a classic conical pint glass.

BAside: a re-review of a beer from early in my BAness.

Opened with some snap, and poured a little thick yet with audible sizzle. Nice, crisp nose full of black coffee, anise, roast malts, some straw, baking chocolate, a little peat & faint char/ash, all overtop some dark cherry sweetness. Mmm...with some time to bloom the chocolate aroma grows milky & stronger...very nice. A full 3 fingers of tight, thick. softly sculpted yellowed antique ivory foam lasted nicely before settling to a 1/4" blanket of the same with no real lacing. Opaque to the naked eye, it betrays a stunning deep ruby port burgundy on the edges with some light, otherwise is a warm, ruddy burnt umber in hue.

Crisp & semi-dry, it still tastes rich, creamy & silky with a very pleasing mocha quality (more black coffee than chocolate but altogether very nice). There is a noticeable fruit sweetness (cherry) that adds some balance, as well as peep of that licorice from the nose. It gets drier with a dull, caramel crunch on the palate, more licorice, siltier, some warmth from the alcohol begins to show up, amplifying the dryness. However, it also grows thicker, syrupy, the coffee getting sweeter & more like a liqueur. The overall ying-yang of the two is a very nice balance & mouthfeel. The finish is a little sharp & peppery, thick, warm, leaving a slick, oily, somewhat chewy coffee-toffee aftertaste that is a wee bit bitter but nice.

A very nice Baltic Porter, and just a good Porter period. Its nicely complex and very well crafted for balance. Would pair well with a nice steak, some spicy stew, meat & potatoes, or some dry white cheddar. Would drink again with zero hesitation, give it a shot.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bottle of this for 2 bucks

A - Like a full bodied stout this one pours a deep dark black with a rushing full inch of tan colored head.

S - Smells of mild chocolates, chalky yeasts, and a good dose of roast.

T - Very balanced I get a slightly chalky finish but mostly balanced dark chocolate and clinging bitter roast. Slightly bitter aftertaste confirms some level of hops.

M - Medium yet oily and slick. A very solid imperial porter.

Overall I like this porter its balanced with it's "above average ABV" and packs quite a punch with flavor.

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Photo of karst
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark and handsome opaque chocolate hue with a golden brown dense head the persists and almost perfectly matches the gold Stone label on the Old Gauardian Barley Wine Rastal. Find lace creeps up the sides and sparkles in the early fall Missouri sunlight as the 1 fingered head slowly falls. Ruby glints suggest the now crimsom leaflets of Virginia Creeper backlit by late afternoon sun beams piercing the deep shade of late summer oak folage.

Served at 46° F. Aromas are a little subdued offering a beechwood smoked malt with chocolate, coffee and caramel hints. Medium heavy body and chewy mouthfeel are exceptional. Goldings hops struggle to find the surface of this rich flavored complex taste brewed from seven different varieties of premium European malted barley. A mild bitterness emerges in the aftertaste giving proof of brewmaster's skills of balancing Warming above 50° F. everything improves about this robust London style porter except the quickly falling level in my glass. Nearing 60°F. the alcohol never is noticable but aromas and flavors peak. This porter holds its carbonation well with this slow tasting.

I will put this on my must have list along with Great Lakes Edmund Fitz. Porter and Anchor Porter. While each of these is unique they all share greatness. I must find more of this and share with my trading partner on the west coast.

In his first address to a joint session of the United States Congress, on 26 December 1941, Churchill teased the assembled Senators and Representatives with the mischievous suggestion, "If my father had been American and my mother British, instead of the other way 'round, I might have got here on my own!"

This Michigan London Porter certainly makes its way to the table "on its own!"

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Photo of ColoradoBobs
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to shbobdb for hooking me up with this dandy. If the previous reviewer is correct, this can be had for as little as $8 a sixer.

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass.

Ginormously huge light chocolate head that settled to a firm rocky two inch meringue over a dark-brown/ruby body.

Aroma of chocolate malt, coffee and caramel with a slight smoky hint.

Taste is dark chocolate, espresso, smoky burnt caramel with a good balance of overt hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is round and thick with a nice dry finish from the Goldings hops.

NOTE: Listed on the brewery's website as 7.20% and 42 IBU's.

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Photo of Fishwhisperer
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of BradLikesBrew
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. brown bottle.
Bottle code G2, website is a little behind, no info for this batch, yet.

a: Dark brown/black with a thick light tan head with big bubbles. Good lacing.

s: A malty, lightly chocolaty aroma.

t: Good chocolate and toffee notes upfront along with roasted, nearly charred tasting malts. Some mild hop bitterness in the finish.

m: A nice, creamy, smooth porter. Medium to full body with a seemingly low amount of carbonation.

d: I could drink an awful lot of this beer, in fact, if I had more than one bottle, that's what I'd be doing right now. It has higher than average abv, but you wouldn't know from the taste, goes down real easy. I'm glad I picked this up, a surprisingly good porter, well done.

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Photo of jp32
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a pitch black color topped off with a brilliant bronze colored head. Looks great.

S: The nose is strong and heavy. Smells of chocolate, molasses, burnt toast and coffee beg me to take my first huge gulp.

T: The taste is also heavy. A lot of flavors going on here. Tangy dried fruits are the foremost flavor, seconded by roasted malts, chocolate and coffee. It also has a mild hop bitterness. Not a very balanced beer, but a tasty and quite interesting one.

M: Full-bodied. Good carbonation. One of the heavier beers I've had lately.

D: The drinkability might be a little prolonged with this one due to the thick heavy body and the knock-you-on-your-ass flavors. Its a sipper. Overall its a kick ass beer, fun to try.

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Photo of Bung
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. Very dark brown pour, with a small amount of tan bubbles. Sticks to the glass fairly well though. Roast malt, earthy peat, light coffee and chocolates in the aroma. Taste has more roast coffee and heavy roast malt. Some earthyness, nut and bakers chocolate. Hints of black licorice. Mouthfeel not quite creamy. Very nice drinking porter, no alcohol present really. No sourness, holding it back may only be a bit over zealousness with the bitters. A very good American example of an English Porter.

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Photo of dpodratsky3
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottled poured into stout glass

A: Murky deep brown with a solid tan head, recedes fairly quickly, but it is still handsome

S: A decently strong roasted malt aroma with an edge of sweetness from some caramel malt

T: Has very similar aspects to a dry irish stout (almost like a murphy's), pretty clean flavors overall, that roasted aroma comes through as the main flavor too, the caramel malt balances the bitterness from the roast and also the relatively generous hop levels (not "bitter" by any means, but balanced), hops have a decent amount of flavor input too, alcohol comes through, but blends very nicely with the roasted flavors

M: Medium body, but thanks to the good carbonation it feels pretty light

O: Overall a good porter, its not ground-breaking, but it does taste like a slight throwback to the original porter. Stronger in alcohol and flavor than some porters, although not quite as much so as some of the accounts of historic porters.

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Photo of Gehrig
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

London Porter pours a thin finger of mocha froth that quickly dissipates, on a black body full of aromas and flavors. I'm much less impressed with the appearance, and the mouthfeel as I'll get to, than the smell and taste. The smell is nearly all coffee, with some caramel and chocolate malt emerging eventually. I've had coffee that hasn't smelled this much like coffee.

The taste brings it all together very well--plenty of coffee but much more--caramel in all its smooth goodness, chocolate, and also hints of sweet fruit mixed in. It's excellent. However, this is a bit flat, even for porter. All in all, though, this is a fine porter, very delicious. Not one of the very best I've had, but rather good.

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Photo of Brenden
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer is very dark brown, almost black but stopping just short. A brown head is slightly more than a finger high. It retains itself well and leaves lacing here and there, most impressively in a thick ring toward the middle of the glass along with some pretty heavy patching.
The nose is just a touch muted at first but comes out as it sits. Malt foraward but balanced well by distinctly British hops, the main elements are bittersweet cocoa, some smoke, a hint of dark fruits and a light whiff of alcohol, ending in a very dry note.
The flavor, while not perfect, very nearly is, truly encapsulating the style in what differentiates a British porter from an American. Dry, well-hopped but not Americanized with earthy, gently herbal British hops bitterness and fortunately void of a citrus note that might throw off the delicately balanced and blended flavors. Smoke plays a key, sitting very gently alongside coffee and cocoa, along with a touch of powdered cocoa along with nibs, dark fruits notes set a distinctive tone, stopping short of sour but reminding one that a true old-style English porter is, in fact, a sour.
Smooth and very gently crisp in a strong medium-full body with a bit of thickness, the only thing detracting is that the dryness goes just a touch chalky.

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Photo of emerge077
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dense, creamy tan head, with a concentration of bubbles in the center. Black, with deep burnt umber tones around the edges. A good two fingers of foam settle slowly over several minutes.

Aroma is slightly sweet, earthy, raisin-like. Not as charred or roasty as some Porters. Mild malty grain appears as well.

Over the palate, the velvety liquid carries notes of roasty English malt, mildly bitter hops in the middle, with a dry, roasty bakers chocolate finish. No single element seems to identify iteself more that another.

It's balanced and very creamy. Low carbonation reminds me of cask ale. The ABV is well hidden, and it would be easy to drink a few of these...

Notes: Earthiness reminds me of a blue Roquefort cheese, try it as a pairing.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Label on bottle is marked as "D4", which according to Arcadia's website for the London Porter matches up with 9/5/2006. I don't know if it was packed that day, or best by that date. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours dark brown/black with an inch tan head. It smells like roasted malt, chocolate, dark fruit and coffee. It tastes like coffee, dark fruit, chocolate, caramel and some vanilla. Starts off sweet and then has a bitter, tart finish, and also some alcohol warming too. Mouthfeel is light/medium, and a bit slick. Drinkability is good too, nice and smooth. Overall, I think it's a pretty decent beer.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a flared pokal at Bliss.

I've been wondering about this beer for a while now, and, thanks to this Bliss tasting, I'm finally getting a shot at it. It pours a dark garnet-brown topped by a finger of dirty tan foam. The nose comprises roasted malts, light molasses, dark chocolate powder, clove, black pepper, and a few blades of dry grass. The taste brings in more of the same, along with a bit more molasses, some maple syrup, and a decent amount of beech smoke. The body is a solid medium, with a light moderate carbonation, and a fairly dry finish. Overall, a very good porter: It's a bit on the dry side for my liking, but the smoke, though pretty subtle, really works well with the chocolate, roast, and molasses elements. Good times.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A terrific brew. Typical roasted, chocolate, bittersweet characteristics of porters but with a mild estery tone. Light fruitiness pimarily of ripe grapes with a milk sugar sweetness. Light in body compared to bold taste. Finishes lightly powdery and moderatedly refreshing for a porter. My first offering from Arcadia is a winner.

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Photo of beveragecaptain
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out nearly black with a large tan head. The aroma is roasted malt, licorice, and smoke. Roasted malt flavor with licorice and grapes. Some cocoa too. Finish is herbal. This beer has so many flavors working together, it's difficult to pick them all out. Mouthfeel is fairly thick. A bit astringent. Nice drinkability. I can't believe this beer comes from the same brewery that makes the terrible sampler. All four of those beers sucked. This beer, on the other hand, borders on great. A great deal at $1.25 for a 12 ounce bottle too.

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Photo of biegaman
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This 'London-style Porter' looks to take place during the Industrial Revolution; coal black in colour, with zero visibility and a sooty head, this not only seems like something 19th century city factory workers would drink but also suits the kind of smoggy imagery they'd be accustomed to seeing.

What distinguishes the aroma are not the relatively conventional, expected notes of roasted grain or even the whiff of dried cherry fruit esters, but rather the tinge of singed wood and cigar smoke. The addition of Bamberg-smoked malt adds a very subtle 'cured meat' dimension as well as slightly more apparent elements of beechwood and hickory.

This being American brewed, however, it can't all be about gruffness - there were bound to be some silky-smooth dark chocolate truffle notes in there somewhere. And to find the gentlest trace of espresso, even in a porter, is not the least bit surprising. These tastes really start flowing on the palate and invite notions of vanilla and caramel (whether they're actually in there or not).

No wonder the flavours step it up a level - this clocks in at 7% alcohol! (Arcadia's website actually lists it at 8.2%.) I had no idea we were talking about a beer of that kind of strength - it's not easy to tell. This is right up there with the best dry porters as far as ease of drinkability goes. The finish replays one final clip of smoke before concluding on a dusting of cocoa.

Using smoked malt requires a delicate hand; too little and it goes unnoticed, too much and it can overwhelm both the beer and the drinker. But this recipe implements it in such a way that it supports the flavours of the other malts rather than hides them. Arcadia's London Porter is a true gem of porter that ranks very near the top of my list. Highly recommended.

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Photo of neenerzig
4.17/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got a bottle of this with my burger at the Winking Lizard this past Saturday night. Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours a very dark brown color. Tan head is maybe half an inch thick when poured before quickly settling to a fairly thin surface cover. Not much lacing here either. Aromas of roasted chocolate and coffee are certainly present along with a definite but subtle hop presence. Malty flavors with bitter coffee and sweet chocolate are present, maybe with some hints of dark fruits. Rounded out by a touch of hops. Has a crisp, full bodied mouthfeel with moderate to heavy carbonation. Easy to drink in the manner That well crafted beer should be.


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Photo of SupaCelt
4.17/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Super brown with yeasty satellites. A gentle pour produces less than a complete tan head. A spitty ring forms. Sluggish bitty bubbles lollygag gimply toward the surface.

Chocolate malty love stink radiates to my nose. Milky sourness is notable too. Nice. Real nice. Alcohol vapor sits within the milk chocolate matrix, but is not out of place or offensive. A great blend of character.

The flavour is spot on tasty. Chocolate cream with a nicely adjusted bitterness. The alcohol again fits in with this scheme. Well hopped, great malt base. Surprisingly massive body. This chap has more backbone than some of the stouts I have had. Great substance, nice flavour balance, delicious scent...what more could it have? This is a fine porter from the Crick. More than worthy of a try. Surely worthy of a repeat.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
4.17/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Black pour, some burgundy around the edge. Off brown/tan head, splotchy in parts. Medium retention
Smells of strong coffee and black, soft fruit (blackberry, plum). Perhaps some overripe banana as well.
Taste is a fruity coffee, so to speak. The coffee melts into a cocao flavor, which is attached to some fruit. Finishes nice and dry. Not much aftertaste, which is good.

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Arcadia London Porter from Arcadia Brewing Company
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