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 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 sixerofelixir
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of nicholas2121
4.45/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

London-Style Porter Brewed by Arcadia Brewing Company, with an ABV of 7.0% This brew pours out a brown color with a nice light brown head. This brew has the look of cola. The smell is rich with flavor, you pick up on sweetness of roasted malts. You also pick up on some grains and hops. The taste is bold with flavor. There is a lot going on in this brew. There is nothing bad about this brew. The mouthfeel is bold, rich , and full bodied. There is a nice mild sweetness with, grains, malts, and hops. London-Style Porter has a real nice balance it, it is a smooth drinking brew. Arcadia Brewing Company did a nice job with this one. I would buy this brew again. Overall I'm giving London-Style Porter a a solid 5 out 5. I like how this brew has a nice full body with a smooth taste.

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

Poured from an undated 12oz into a pint glass.

Deep, dark brown, almost black with a tiny head of tan that dies a quick death. Only a thin ring surrounding a few bubble clusters is left.

Dark roasted malts, coffee, chocolate milk, and a little bit of english hops make up the nose.

The taste is very roasty with the same choco-coffee flavors. The hops are stronger than the nose and give some bite into a dry finish. Very nice transition from slightly sweet and roasty to bitter and dry.

Full mouthfeel, very stout like. I could have a few more of these.

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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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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 TypsiYpsi
3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

Photo of Long813
3.69/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 RedHaze
4.23/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with a dense two finger head that fades slowly to a thick brown cap. The lacing is completely covers he interior of my glass as the foam settles. I've seen stouts that don't pour as dark as this did.

Smell; lots of dark fruits with figs, prunes and dates. Chocolate and coffee are there, as I expected, but there's also some hints of hops in the aroma. Very nice.

Taste; wow, those dark fruits come through even more strongly in the flavor with prunes, figs, dates and just some touches of vanilla bean. The malts come through with chocolate, coffee and a little caramel, and are offset with a nice bit of hops in the finish. I'm having a hard time putting the glass down, so I can take my time with this one.

Muthfeel/Drinkability; mouthfeel is medium to full, with a very pleasing carbonation that seems to fit this beer perfectly. As i said already, I'm having hard time keeping this from disappearing so you know the drinkabilty is really good.

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Photo of KevBot89
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

I'll be honest and admit outright that I'm going into this review with high expectations from things I've heard. With that said, here we go:

Pours a very dark brown with a medium brown, finely bubbled head that leaves nice lacing. The smell is...WOW...very odd. I don't know if I like it and it's not easy to describe. My After the fifth whiff I began to adjust and noted the following: a LOT of Worthers butterscotch and heaps of vanilla, completely inconsistent with what I expected of a porter, but defining the aroma of this beer nonetheless. Also smells of moist coffee grounds. Most peculiar. I'm gonna give it a 4.5 for a combination of its shock factor and complexity. Same score on the taste: too many flavors to handle all at once: There's a sourness that I've rarely tasted in a beer (particularly a dark one) before. The dark chocolate, expresso, and burnt wood are all expected, but the sourness is really interesting. Medium to full body is well crafted. Definitely one that I will be buying again and again.

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

Pours very deep brown teetering on the edge of black. Nearly opaque. Small cap of a head in an off white color. Some clingy lacing left behind.

Aroma is rich with roasted malt notes. Heavy on the chocolate as well. The is a smokiness under the more dominate smells up front. Very pleasant smell.

Smoky flavor compliments a semi sweet chocolate flavor up front. Coffee flavor with a tad bit of milkiness round out the taste.

Medium to full bodied, light on the carbonation. Very smooth drinker.

Very enjoyable and easy to drink. Slightly warming but still could put away a couple of these in a sitting.

I was impressed with this one. Very enjoyable and recommended.

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Photo of Morakaton
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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

On tap at House of 1000 Beers in New Kensington, PA.

Poured into a Leffe goblet: Black with chestnut highlights, half-finger of tan head that really lasts.

Dark bread in the smell, nutty, clean toasted barley, slightly savory quality like the meatiness of salmon (smoke?), slight roasting cocoa bean.

Tastes of dark fruit skin & alcohol at first, that gives way to deep roast coffee & cocoa, ending with a meaty smokiness with a lingering dryness. Really tasty, great stuff.

Medium-full-bodied, moderately astringent but finishes smooth & slightly sticky, treacly.

Yeah, this is great. Very tasty & a little rough around the edges, but in a way that I enjoy & lends some character. Beautiful smoke character with being a "smoked" beer, a little more subtle.

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Photo of PhineasGage
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

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 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 Rojada1988
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of Skidz
4.43/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a dark reddish brown and sits a very dark brown in the glass, nearly opaque with a large light brown head. Nice lacings all over the glass.

Smells heavily of roasted grains and charred wood. Light malty sweetness beneath with a powdery chocolate aroma.

Tastes lightly sweet up front and picks up a good hunk of roasted flavor. A concrete slab of roasted grains is laid down, blending a good mix of burnt wood, darkened caramel, chocolate and a touch of coffee. Nice bitterness on the finish and smooths out long after swallowing.

Rich, smooth and creamy in the mouth. This beer has a killer body and is only accentuated by its delicate carbonation. This beer practically drinks itself, and I would too if I were it. Would that make me a cannibal? I sure hope so.

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Photo of red94tt
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of falconxman
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of jcdiflorio
4.36/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

served into a pint glass from a 12oz. long neck brown bottle with crimped-on cap.

Opque,black reddish hue, a tan head quickly diminishing to a coating of foam throughout the beer. Could have been served a bit to cold because everthing else about the beer was great.

Nice,complex moderate nose roasty/carmelly/chocolaty/smokey,with hints of vanallia as the beer warms.Pleasing,inviting all the aromas a porter should have.

A very tasty beer,robust and complex,very roasty and chocolalty/nutty/carmelly, a very balanced malt taste. Woody and spicy with a crisp,sharp, slightly tart finish.

Medium mouthfeel,a bit creamy,slightly dry with a good syrupy feel that makes the mouth water for more. An execllent porter,flavorful and well rounded,a must try porter. Wish I had another one!

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Photo of MeisterBurger
3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours black as pitch topped by a thick, creamy tan head that leaves a thick wall of lace.

Aroma is roasty and teeming with dark fruits, figs and coffee.

Taste is the same, deep burnt-roasty--a little ashen--flavors with a punch of raisiny sweetness, vanilla, with a dry, roasty bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is a lot lighter than I'd like. A little thin for a porter.

Overall pretty decent but it's not exactly prose inspiring. The end.

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