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 dvanhandel
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of RudiNicole
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of danwho
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of hosehead83
4.17/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Dark brown/black in color, with a moderate head of tan foam.
Aroma-Subtle coffee and woodsmoke
Taste-Upfront smokiness, then coffee and dark chocolate notes emerge. Dry, smoky finish. Nice flavor and balance. An excellent match for any BBQ fare.

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Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of deapokid
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of brandoman63
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of rab53
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of FedExPope
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of tclapper
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of jeff1973
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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

A: black with brownish highlights, some light passes through. Looks thin for a dark beer, but it's not a stout. Head is great but thins out, leaving a good sized lacing.

S: smells like malt, malt vinegar, and some bitterness.

T: bitterness, malt vinegar, malt, and the finish is huge. A little bit of apple in there. Impressively complex.

M: it's crisp with the hefty carbonation for such a dark beer, but it's a medium bodied brew.

O: nice all around, this beer could be a go to if it were more available. Solid beer at a decent price if you're in the right area.

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Photo of bluHatter
3.35/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep dark black with a rich thick head.

S: Alcohol, coffee, figs, chocolate

T: Strong espresso, burnt roasted nuts, campfire smoke and dark chocolate

M: Thick, creamy, soft, with good carbonation.

O: A very tasty dark porter, especially if you love espresso and dark chocolate. That said, it is very rich, so drinking a full bottle is a bit like trying to eat a big slice of "death by chocolate" cake.

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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 silentjay
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours an almost black deep brown with a smallish mocha head that quickly settles to a thin film and leaves minimal lacing.

nuts, chocolate and coffee on the aroma with some caramel, browned butter, some smoked malts, blackstrap molasses, cocoa powder.

starts a bit smoky/powdery/charcoal-like, then is sweetened up a bit before some bitterness kicks in. it finishes with cocoa powder. a bit of molasses covered burnt toast, some roasted nuts and dark, dark bakers chocolate.

starts medium bodied, but goes a bit thin on the swallow with prickly carbonation and a lingering charred feeling.

surprisingly enjoyable. one of the better english-style porters I have had.

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

Received in trade from my man ChugginOil. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A – Black with no light peeping through at all. Two fingers of creamy brown head that settles down to a nice half finger coating. Nice lacing left down glass.

S – Mocha, chocolate, molasses and roasty malt.

T – Like the smell you immediately get the chocolate. Tastes like a dark chocolate almost burnt. Roasty malt all over. Has an almost lightly charred smoky taste. Hints of vanilla. You feel the nice warming alcohol effect right at the end.

M – Medium bodied and very well carbonated.

O – A very nice brew from the folks at Arcadia. The carbonation makes it a bit tough to get all the flavor but overall a good brew. Very smoky and that may turn some folks off but I did enjoy this one.

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Photo of ElGordo
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from the 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Body is a deep, dark brown that's pretty near pitch black, topped by a good amount of creamy white head that hangs around for a couple of minutes before receding to a thin ring. Aroma of rich, roasty dark malt and more than a little bit of chocolate. Notes of mocha and light vanilla bean come through as well.
Palate is malt-forward and rich. Dark, chocolatey malt dominates. Some mild sweetness and notes of dark fruit come through mid-palate, followed by a mild bitterness on the finish that seems a little off and keeps this from being a truly exceptional beer.
Body is rich and creamy, with a faint oily character, just perfect for a porter. On the whole, very nice indeed, but the bitterness and a somewhat chalky flavor on the finish detract from what could be nearly perfect.

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Photo of jmvecchio1
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

London Porter pours out a dark brown, nearly black, color. A thick head accompanied the pour, but quickly disappeared and stuck around as very light lacing. The aroma is full of roasted malts and chocolate with fruity notes peaking through. This beer is highly carbonated and unfortunately that makes it difficult to pick out flavors. A somewhat bitter chocolate hits your tongue right away, but give way to a roasted, smokiness. Dark fruits surface when the chocolate flavor fades, and hints of alcohol pop up at the very end.

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

This dark dessert pours a dark amber color and settles black with a cream colored head. Barely any lacing. The nose is buttery and roasted. There is some molasses there too. The taste is pretty sweet. There is a tad bit of hops present with some smoke, molassed, and roasted malt. The mouthfeel is very thick and viscous for the the style but enjoyable for sure. Overall, a great brew that is pushing the boundaries for the style and pretty tastey.

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Photo of MikieV
2.7/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours dark, almost black, with a thick, rich rolling head like a great porter or stout should.

Smells of roasted malts, chocolate and some coffee. Very pleasant.

Roasted smokey flavors plus something else... Paint remover?

This is not what I expected out of a London Porter. Possibly an old bottle?

The more I drank, the less I liked it.

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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 JNewbs
3.11/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Who can't get behind a bottle with Churchill on the label? Apparently me. The ratings out there are looking pretty high for a beer that I thought was pretty average.

A: The look was good - very typical porter with some head and some light lacing.

S: Here was the first knock on the beer. It was a bit heavy on the smoky side for me. Other than that, the smell was ok.

T: The smoke flavor dominated for me. There was some roasted malt flavor in the background, but I couldn't get past the campfire in my mouth.

M: Nothing extraordinary, but slightly above average. It wasn't too thin or anything like that.

Overall, I'm sorry, but this one didn't do it for me.

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