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%
 
 
Wants:
24
Gots:
29
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 446 |  Reviews: 279
Photo of Blueribbon666
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of Cramshawbar
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am not one for porters/stouts although I keep reaching for one every once in a while. This is certainly one of the best I've had. Highly recommended!

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Photo of divineaudio
3.49/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

pint glass. bottled 11/03/11.

a - pours a translucent dark brown and gave me a tin cap of tan head that dissipated quick. no lacing.

s - a nice malt cornucopia. chocolate, roast, pale. faint fig or date, faint grass.

t - chocolatey and smokey with a cola like sweetness. some peppery notes and enough herbal bitterness to balance things out. slight alcohol taste comes out as the beer warms.

m - medium in body with lighter carbonation.

o - pretty good but doesn't taste like a typical porter. if the label didn't say otherwise i'd think scotch ale or even a rauchbier. worth a try if you come across it.

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Photo of wingman14
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Very Dark, not much head, you cannot see through this beer. Black with tan head.
S: Great smell, some hits of coffee, sweet aromas mostly
T: Similar taste to the smell, except a bitter bite to the beer followed by a long great aftertaste. An excellent balance of flavors.
M: Thin for a porter, but works well considering the dark color and great mix of flavors.
D: A strong beer, definitely one I will get again. You cannot tell that it is higher in ABV at first, but you find out as you sip. A strong porter, excellent beer!

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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 Pillowburn
1.5/5  rDev -62%

Photo of a_beckman25
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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

Photo of Doublicious
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

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 zerk
4.32/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with some amber highlights and a 2 finger tan head. Good head retention and lacing. Aroma is full of coffee and some chocolate, with light notes of malt and some herbal hop notes. Flavor begins like a sweet espresso with notes of chocolate and toffee. Some herbal notes make their way though, and the roasted malt and hops combine to make for a nice bitter finish. Very smooth, with low to medium carbonation and a medium to full body. A very good beer that I could drink all night!

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Photo of Nipitato
3.65/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased a bottle at Premier Gourmet in Tonawanda, NY.

A: About as dark brown as it can get without being black. Opaque. Thin, though creamy, tan head.

S: Nice aroma characteristics that fit the style. Big sweet malt aroma with toffee character. Fruity raisin like esters also in play. Some coffee aromas as well.

T: Sweet malty taste up front. Kind of like toffee. Fruity esters are also noticeable. Beer bitterness towards end but not particularly roasty in flavor. I wouldn't describe the taste as coffee like either. Roasted flavor is very mellow.

MF: Nice smooth, velvety, and mouth filling. Some alcohol warmth. Low carbonation - too low for a porter.

D: Very approachable and sessionable porter. Would have liked some more roastiness.

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Photo of jpmclaug
3.36/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into my COAST brewing pint glass

A - dark dark brown almost black body with a circle of off white head. Umm. where did the head go?

S - Chocolate, roasted malts and booze. Smells a bit hot for the style.

T - A chocolatey type flavor with a bit of an astringent burnt taste at the end. A bit of a smoked flavor is in there as well. Maybe a bit of the booziness I picked up in the nose is there as well.

M - light to medium body with a fair amount of carbonation. A bit thinner than I'd like

D - Meh. This beer isn't awful but it isn't great either. The chocolate flavor is pretty good but this beer just isn't quite there for me yet. I would drink this again but wouldn't buy it unless the other options were extremely limited.

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Photo of kinger
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep dark brown with some amber tint, nice pillowey light brown head leaving minimal lacing. Looks great. Aroma is roasty and sweet with a powerful chocolate scent backed by some bitter coffee. A very full bodied beer, mouthfeel is thick, smooth, and creamy. Flavor is off the charts with a heavy chocolate and roasted malt prominence. There is a little bit of roasted smokiness as well but not as forward as I was expecting. Incredible beer here will look for it again.

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

Very deep ruby, almost balck, color with a large beige head. The head slowly recedes to a thin collar and leaves wispy rings of lace. Roasted aroma with, odd as it may sound, peanut butter cups. Also has a faint scent of smoke. Big and malty. Dark chocolate, coffee, and roasted malt. A hint of smokiness is present along with some hops to balance things out. Alcohol does not show up in the flavor. Full bodied, smooth and very creamy. Goes down ultra smooth. Be warned, this is very easy to drink - especially for something at 7%. Very good.

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Photo of cynical1027
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of biglite351
2.58/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A - considerable red around the edges. Tall tight head with a little bit of lacing.

S - strong scent of malts, caramel and a bit of bitter lager like scent.

T - Bitter. A bit of malt.

M - tingle on front of tongue and in the back of the throat.

D - no thanks.

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Photo of dlello2
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of mpolewan
3.32/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of cameraman
3.66/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A dark brown color with hints of red along the sides of the glass. An inch thick, caramel color head forms, lacing down the glass slowly. The smell of chocolate and coffee are dominating the aroma, but there is slight twinge of an alchol scent at the end. The taste starts with the sweet flavor of the malt from the lips to the palate, then a the strong flavors choclate and coffee comes in to finish it off. A richness coats the palate at the start and then it begins to few a tad chewy at the end. The alchol from the aroma makes its presence felt at the end in the back of the throat. Easy to drink beer, more so probably in the cold, not so much on a hot day.

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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 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 CortexBomb
3.17/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pour is perfect porter: jet black, huge off-tan head on top of it. Smell is softer than I was hoping for though, lightly malty tones are evident with the vaguest hints of light fruit and chocolate, but I think the smell is quite subdued for the style, sub par.

Taste, big on the chocolate up front, this gives way to a sugary, roasted malt tone. Citrus shows up on the back of the tongue about mid-way through, along with some wood tones. Finish seems decent, good roasted tones sitting on the tongue. The taste on this is not bad, but it doesn't really hit my sweet spot for porters.

Mouth: good stuff. Plenty of bitters and this is a very full beer in the mouth, digging that. Drinkability, ok but not remarkable. Perhaps a shade above average.

Overall: Arcadia has some hits and misses with me. This one is more of a miss. I think the flavours on this one are more subdued than I would like for the style, and it strikes me as one of the weaker locally brewed porters, hence, it's unlikely that I'll buy it again.

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Photo of HungarianCount
4/5  rDev +1.3%

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