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 GbVDave
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a 20oz imperial pint.

A: Pours a foreboding looking dark black with some dark brown highlights. A vigorous pour nets a small but creamy khaki-colored head that left quickly and didn't leave too much lace in its' wake.

S: Nice aromas of chocolate, roasted malt, dark fruit, pan roasted nuts and a lactose-like sweetness.

T: Big roasted malt, milk chocolate, dark fruit, cocoa, smoke, molassas, spicy hops, espresso, dark chocolate, and a lingering milk stout-esque sweetness.

M: Big, thick, and sticky. Dark roast coffee bitterness mixed with elements of sweetness from the dark fruit and chocolate.

D: Excellent. A true standout of the style.

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Photo of Pencible
1.77/5  rDev -55.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1

This poured an opaque dark brown with lots of tan head. It smelled terrible, like rubbing alcohol and burnt coffee. It tasted bad too, like old coffee and burnt bananas. It was nicely thick with slight carbonation, but it had a bad bitter coffee aftertaste. Overall this was one of the worst porters I've ever had.

Might have been skunked - need to try this again to see if it's really as good as everyone else thinks. Especially since I loved the other Arcadia brews.

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Photo of gmfessen
4.42/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is black opaque with a thin, creamy looking head that leaves a nice lacing on the glass. The smell is sweet, almost like a milk stout but also has roasted notes like coffee and chocolate; slightly smoky. The first thing that pops out at me in the taste is also smoke. Not really bitter from the roasted notes as I had expected, really very smooth and slightly malty sweet. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with a substantial carbonation that has a bubbly consistency. The drinkability of this is pretty high due to the balanced nature of the beer. Much better than I had expected. Thumbs up to Arcadia for this gem!

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Photo of brentk56
3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a murky black color with a rocky tan head that sticks nicely and leaves a few shards of lace

Smell: Coffee, chicory, licorice and a hint of smoke

Taste: Opens with a sour prune taste that builds in sourness through mid-palate, with undertones of coffee, licorice and smoke trying to peek through; after the swallow, the sour fruit flavor continues to dominate, but moves more in the smoked meat direction by the finish; underlying bitter chocolate at the very end as well

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: For a smoked porter, this one runs down a pretty tricky path as it comes out more sour that smoked; that may be a function of age, for even though I just bought the bottle, I cannot decipher the code: "B0"

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Photo of Slatetank
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at Cobblestone's in York, Pa. Served to me cool in a Nonic.

A - Walnut brown w/ cherry highlights when backlit. A very thin beige head that becomes a pint ring w/out much lace holding on.

S - Malty and fruity w/ a hint of roasted notes w/ subtle molasses notes and a hint of anise. Slightly yeasty odor w/ british charactar and tinges of tropical fruit in the nose.

M - A smooth, subtle sweetness is enveloped by a carbonated rush w/ darkly roasted malts that have a slightly sticky texture w/ a hint of boozy warmth.

T - A rich dry toasted note w/ an almost ripe banana-like sweetness and dark dried fruit flavor w/ subtle toffee and coffee notes w/ an english yeasty fruitiness. Slightly overroasted malt w/ light char notes. Sweet malt and roasted barley flavors keep the flavor light as the last sip nears. A gentle spice from hop in the taste keeps the flavor from becoming cloying.

D - A nice American interpretation of an English Porter w/ a bit more strength and American Style w/ nice British malt and yeast profile - Very Good Drinkability. I would definitely try this again.

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Photo of dsa7783
3.61/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

In the past Autumn season, had Arcadia's Jaw-Jacker, which I really liked... heard a lot of good things about their London Porter, and this sample didn't disappoint... certainly lived up to its hype... a very impressive dark-black, opaque, jet hue with an incredible foamy and frothy head that exhibited some staying power... smell is ultra-sweet with cocoa, espresso, and dark-brown, sugar-like notes... taste is laden with candied-sugars, latte-flavor, and dark, burnt chocolate essence, very thick, rich, and creamy taste with noticeable typical Porter-notes coming through.... a slightly medicinal, sweet, sugar-laden flavor... slightly overbearing with its strong flavor... this one is really s strong in taste with an ultra-creamy, rich mouthfeel... drinkability was about average because of the dominating flavor and taste... certainly worth a try...

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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 alexgash
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.

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Photo of bort11
4.26/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a British Imperial pint glass. A one inch thick dark tan head that leaves a solid sheet of lacing on the glass. Color is a dark brown/lack with a dark chestnut highlights around the edges.

Smell is full of dark chocolate malts, toffee sweetness, and roasted coffee bitterness. A hint of floral hops edges in. Taste has a creamy bitter chocolate flavor mixed with a black coffee bitterness.

Mouthfeel has a fantastic creamy quality to it. Very smooth and easy to drink. The ABV is well hidden, so it sneaks up on you by the third or fourth round. Very good porter indeed.

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Photo of etenbus
3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Grabbed this Arcadia London Porter over at Gomer's in Lee's Summit, Missouri. This is my first Arcadia beer and I've heard many good things about their offerings. And as a British historian, I can't pass on the Churchill label!

Poured about one finger of dark tan head and has a pleasant ruby red color when held up to the light.

Initially, the aroma started with pungent licorice, but mellowed as the beer warmed. The high notes are bitter chocolate, a little vanilla bean, and maybe just a touch of mint. No hops in the nose.

The taste of this porter runs to the sour and musty side of things, like most quality-made British-style ales. I taste dark cocoa, browned caramel, with some slight puckering hops on the sides of the tongue. The alcohol presence is slightly warming, and a little bothersome for a regular porter. It is not chewy as I would expect from a porter. The bitterness grows as the beer disappears from the Fuller's pint glass.
NB: I wish they would put the ABV on the carton because I didn't know the % until I pulled up Beer Advocate.

The mouthfeel is silky; there's not a lot of carbonation here. I like a little more in a porter.

Drinkability is fine as it goes. As their signature entry-level porter, however, Arcadia should lower the abv to the 5.5% range. I like big beers periodically, but I don't understand the need to push the regular beer line-up into the "imperial" range, even if they don't use the moniker. Still, I have yet to find the equal to Fuller's London Porter.

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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 RblWthACoz
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours opaque with a darker tan head. Some roasted chocolate tones on the nose. After time there seems to be a good bit of dark chocolate on there as well. Seemed a bit mild at first, especially compared to some of the outrageous baltic porters I have had the chance to try in the past, but it opened up over time. Flavor is thick with malts; a touch of sweetness kicking in on the end. Slight roasted tones on the flavor as well. Mostly though, thick malt qualities abound here. Feel is thick with a low carbonation. Overall extremely drinkable. Smooth and rich. Try it. I would put this up against any of the "great" baltic porters of Europe. The only thing that they might outdo this one in is the nose. Over time this one gets just better and better as it warms. Amazing.

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Photo of hwwty4
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 12oz bottle into a Chimay Chalice. To be completely honest, I think this is the first porter I have wholly enjoyed. I have a tendency to stay away from the style. Aroma is of dark chocolate, apples and cloves. Taste is just as complicated with hints of chocolates, dark fruits and maybe something like bourbon. Mouthfeel is fuller than expected. Quite a drinkable porter.

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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 pmcadamis
4.38/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Basically black with a trace of deep chocolate brown., this one puts up a thick two finger solid brown congealed chocolate milk. The head is nice and frothy, and leaves tons of really fine lace on the glass. Five minutes later, the head hasn't budged at all! Outstanding retention!

S - Deep dark chocolate and espresso beans. There is a hint of marshmallow also, and that is something that I look for and love in a porter. The grains are roasted to a point where this aroma ventures into stout territory.

T - Oh wow. I like this! Again, deep roasted grains make this a borderline stout, and lovely dark bitter chocolate flavors remind me of one of those fancy chocolate bars that come in gold wrappers but never in vending machines. Lots of really sweet Count Chocula marshmallow flavors along with hot chocolate instant mix. Oddly, this tastes like the protein shakes that I drink everyday to get buff, and most people thing those shakes taste bad, but I love 'em.

M - Full bodied, creamy, and lushly carbonated with fine silky bubbles. The finish is s little bit dusty and slightly dry....this cleans up the sugar residue left on my tongue nicely.

D - This is one hell of a porter! I really wasn't expecting any more than an average brew, but this is exquisite!

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Photo of mmmbeer
4.28/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. brown bottle, conditioned; brewed with English 2-row, and Pacific Northwest hops - served in a chalice. Clear, and oh-so close to black, topped with a rather thin, light-brown head, but the carbonation eventually works up a nice layer of foam. Pleasant aroma, with roasted chocolate, hints of fig and coffee, and a mild backing of hops. On the palate, it is almost fully-attenuated, and quite bitter from the hops and burnt/charred malts, but it has a nice, toasted malt flavor underneath. Adding to this is a big coffee bite, tobacco?, leather?, dark, semi-sweet chocolate, and some floral/piney hops hiding beneath. The body is medium, mouth-coating, low in carbonation, and it imparts a long finish. Overall it tastes kinda like a standard US stout to me, but that's fine, as I really enjoyed this one. It improves as it warms, with bitterness subsiding and flavor increasing, however I think this beer could use a touch of sweetness tossed into the mix.

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Photo of Westsidethreat
3.72/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a thin, chocolaty amber brew with some fizzy carbonation. Head settles in to a small pad of tan colored bubbles.

S: Fresh coffee grounds, milk chocolate, roasted barley with only a hint of sourness.

T: Begins with a quality roastedness this mixes intriguingly well with a subtle sourness and strong lactose. Has some milk shake qualities to it, primarily in the texture and chocolate. As it sits on the palate, all the flavors begin to intensify with some butterscotch getting involved too. Finishes with some piney hops in the highs and a somber and clean roastedness around the back of the tongue.

M: Medium body with a soft and straightforward mouthfeel.

D: Enjoyable porter with a lot of flavor. Decent complexity and a sturdy quaffability.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.72/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks go out to hoppymeal for this one.

Pours from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Black brew with dark maroon highlights. Light chocolate colored head of decent size with decent retention as well.

Terrific chocolate and coffee notes with some fruity hints as well. Seems to be more fruity than anything. Slightly alcoholic in the aroma as well. Perhaps raspberry coffee is the best way to describe the aroma of this elixir.

Taste is slightly bitter with coffee on the tongue. Fruits are a little subdued. Alcohol is more noticeable. Plums and raisins are prevalant. Some chalky flavors as well. Not bad.

A different porter. Sweeter and fruitier than other porters. Pretty dry on the finish and, again, chalky in the end as well.

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Photo of enfield249
3.1/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark brown, with ruby highlights. In the bottom of the glass. Two fingers of tan head that dissipates to a ring of tan foam

S - Coffee, some chocolate, and a goodly amount of alcohol smell. The alcohol reminds me of brandy a touch. Small amount of raisins.

T - Coffee bitterness, some sweetness on the last bit, a little alcohol warming.

M - That bitterness stays and coats my tongue, and a nice medium amount of carbonation.

D - A nice solid beer that is better then the sum of it's parts. Very drinkable.

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Photo of zeff80
3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a dark brown color with ruby flecks. It had a bubbly, light-brown, two-finger head that left some lace.

S - It smelled of caramel and toffee. It also had a floral hop aroma.

T - It tasted bittersweet. It also had some coffee, caramel and roasted malt flavors.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a pretty good porter. It looked and smelled great. The taste was nice, too.

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Photo of malcontent
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours an alluring opaque black with a thick finger of tan head. It's really an outstanding looking beer and almost makes me think I'm about to drink a stout.

Oh, man. I'm not sure why they chose to call this "London Porter" because it could be "Memphis BBQ Porter" judging by the scent. Awesome smoke aroma dominates the proceedings only allowing a hint of coffee and toffee to escape.

Weird. The appearance and aroma definitely set me up for something different. This absolutely is a porter and smoke is certainly in the flavor profile but a somewhat mild sour cherry tastes takes the lead. There's a subtle sweetness prevailing but unlike some of the classic sweet porters (Anchor comes to mind) to which I'm used, this doesn't delve into chocolate/dark fruit territory. There's an almost Belgian aspect to the beer. Hops are there on the tail-end only to be usurped by the cherry flavor again.

The body is solid overall, but the initial acidity almost gives the illusion that it's thinner than it actually is. It's a pretty tasty porter but it's not reminiscent of any English porter I've had.

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Photo of Vancer
3.86/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Well, I’m finding that Arcadia can be hit or miss with their brews, but this one is a definite hit.

Great blackish pour, with a dense tan foam pillow floating on top. Lacey brew with great carbonation release during the pour. An initial whiff of chocolate malt and coffee inspire the taste buds, and here it is: the malt shake, toffee and charcoal toast. With a touch of sour ale to boot.

Does thin a bit by mid-bottle, but overall a solid performer.

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Photo of franksnbeans
3.56/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an almost black ruby with a decent offwhite head. Smells medicinal with a very subtle roast. Taste is of sour coffee, and a little roasty. Medium in the mouth with a little carbonation sting. Had to take my time on this one and wasnt reaching for another when it was done.

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Photo of Enola
2.69/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to wcudwight for the bottle.

This porter is a dark color with just a hint of light. There is a fair sized tan head. The smell is a herbal smell along with toasted grain. The taste is roasted oatmeal and other grain along with a herbal taste. Mouthfeel is fair and drinkability is ok. Lots of strange flavors here and overall I am not too impressed. I would likely not revisit this beer.

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

Mahogany in color. A coffee colored head rises to 2 fingers in height and falls as quick as Britney Spears stardom.
Bitter coffee in the nose.
This is everything a good porter should be. Nothing more, nothing less. Coffee and cocoa. Rich roasted malts. Not much going on hop wise. They are just thier to balance the beer.
Mouthfeel is light to medium.
Nice drinkable session porter. Perfect for the new and much wanted autumn crisp in the evenings.

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