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

Bought this one for my daughter's birthday party -- tea party theme for the ladies, beer in the basement for men. I was looking for English beers, but the American micros were more affordable in this horrendous economy, and when I saw Sir Winston chomping that cigar and flashing me the victory, I couldn't turn this one away (though I did end up picking up some stuff from across the pond too). I'll buy anything with Churchill on the packaging. Pours a dark brown with hints of red through the body when held up to the light. Coffee-with-cream colored head that doesn't diminish quickly.

Pleasing, inviting aromas of French roast coffee with a boozy, caramely backbone.

Taste is drier than expected on the early intake -- almost a dry stout -- that gives way quickly to 75-percent cacao dark chocolate, the aforementioned dark-roasted coffee, caramel, toffee, French Silk ice cream and a finish of ripe fruits.

Nice, strong presence in the mouth. Good drinkability in front of a disaster of a football game on a cold day. At 7.20 ABV with a pronounced richness to boot, I'm not drinking this all afternoon if I have somewhere to go, but it's a real pleaser.

And I'm proud that yet another outstanding brewery has emerged from my home state (their English IPA kicks butt too). Now if we can just get Bell's to distribute in Massachusetts...

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

Bottle acquired in trade with TAR (thanks!).

Poured a dark, dark brown color with an averaged sized light brown head. Aromas and tastes of chocolate, roasted malts, coffee and caramel. Nice bitter coffee finish. Solid body. A very good porter.

Notes from 8/4/05

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

A big thanks to crazynelson for the extra!

Pours a dark brown stream through light, but when in a glass it seems black. The head forms a thin sheet of milk chocolate and recedes to a small ring. Smells sweet, kinda like coffee, but a nice smokiness sits behind that. Taste is pretty great. It's kinda thin in the mouth, but a good balanced beer. Tastes of bittersweet chocolate, with a nice roasted malt, and finishes smooth.

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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 gordavidson
4.52/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- A very dark brown, almost black. Pretty murky when held to a light. A small, but creamy off white head sits atop and settles to a center splotch and a ring.

S- Loads of chocolate, a strong roastiness, some coffee, very smoky and sweet. Pretty aromatic and complex.

T- Same as the taste, but the smokiness really comes through here. A lot of chocolate, but not overly sweet. Very complex with a great balance of everything. I am really impressed with this.

M- Very smooth and creamy. You really can't get any better than this.

D- Way better than I remember. This is like a chocolate milkshake. It is a bit rich, but wow, damn tasty.

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

A: Poured a dark chocolate color with a 2 finger foamy dark tan head that displayed great retention and left sticky clumps of lacing behind.

S: a huge fresh coffee aroma with dry chocolate and roasted malt.

T: The flavor was very rich with a nice dry coffee bitterness and roasted malting. The coffee grind flavor truly shines here with some creamer/lactose notes adding just a hint of sweetness. Overall a hearty and robust porter with a huge coffee backing.

M: a medium viscosity and was slightly grainy with a creamy finish while leaving a huge roasted coffee grind flavor behind that just smoothers the tongue.

D: Big, hearty, rich and interesting with a good amount of coffee makes this a dark, rich treat to behold.

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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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Photo of SpecialK088
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle intoa pint glass

A-Dark black good head

S-Very rich malt and chocolate smell with notes of coffee and alcohol.

T-Heavy vinilla one of the more complex porters I have had notes of coffee/esspresso with a rich malt and good alchol burn in the finish.

M-Suprisingly light to medium body but very smooth.

D-Easy to drink I'll have this one again.

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Photo of naterock
3.86/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured deep brownish black, thin head

smells of dark roasted barley, not too overly impressed but typical.

taste is rich and flavorful, chocolate and a coffee undertone. a suprising hop presence for a porter, possibly nugget hops.

mouth is rich and smooth, a tingling in the side of the mouth is nice. easily drinkable a great session no doubt

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a short foamy off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains roasted coffee, dark malts, some chocolate and a touch of hops.

T: The taste is creamy and malty up front with flavors of coffee, dark chocolate and some dark fruit. There's a mild hops presence that comes in and brings a decent balance. The after-taste is bitter-sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry and slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, there are better porters out there but this is still a solid beer that is worth drinking for a while.

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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 johnd513
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a rich black color with a tan head. Smells of roasted malt and chocolate. Taste follows well with chocolate and roasted malts. Nice creamy and nicely carbonated mouthfeel. Drinkability is good, very easy to drink. I could easily have a few but its relatively high abv limits its drinkability. Overall a great beer. I look forward to trying other Arcadia brews in the future.

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Photo of champ103
3.19/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Pours a very nice dark brown almost black color. A large beige head forms and sticks around. Sticky lace is left down the pint glass. An impressive looking porter.
S: Roasted malt with coffee and chocolate notes. An odd mineral aroma though. Almost sulfuric.
T: Again, roasted malt with coffee and chocolate. And again a very odd sulfuric mineral taste.
M/D: A full body that has a crisp carbonation bit. The weird sulfuric character makes this a bit hard for me to drink. Along with the big ABV for the style.

Not a bad porter, just odd with the mineral taste. Just not for me I guess.

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Photo of AlexJ
4.7/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deepest walnut brown with an impressive head of creamy beige froth. Excellent head retention and the lacing is thick.

Aroma of artfully roasted dark grain, coffee, dark cocoa, smoky wood ash, leather, and tingly pine.

Flavor is simply incredible for a Porter. Wonderful dark malt, chocolate, espresso, campfire, and scorched brown sugar notes meet with plentiful hop bitterness in the way of pine and earthy green herbs. Definately defines itself firmly as a porter, no mistaking this for a stout! Very complex.

Body is medium, creamy, and very smooth. Light but persistant carbonation lend to a lush velvety mouthfeel. Intense flavor in a very sessionable body make this a dangerously drinkable brew. One of the best examples of this style that I've tried.

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

12oz. bottle

Pours a rich, black color with a small creamy tan head. Head maintains, decent lacing on the glass.

Aroma is very roasty with a slight woody/smoky smell. Plenty of herbal hops, and a bit of cocoa.

Deep roasted malt flavor upfront with a nice smokiness and a bit of a woody flavor. Aggressive bitterness and plenty of herbal hop flavor hits midway and lasts well beyond the finish.

Medium-full body, creamy texture.

Nice porter, and enjoyable to drink. A little too aggressive with the hops for an English porter, much more of an American vibe.

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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 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 Seanibus
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is an outstanding porter - plenty of dark malt flavor in a smother and lighter package than a stout. Drinkable and flavorful.

It pours almost black, with a small, late-developing head and nice lacing. The smell is sweetish and woody, with lots of dark malty aroma. The flavor is woody and chocolaty with a little sweetness and smoke. The mouthfeel is satisfying - rich, creamy, and dark, yet with that thinness and smoothness that distinguished porter from stout. The texture and flavor carry down your throat without ever being overpowering.

An excellent example of the style.

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Photo of mountdew1
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Color was a very dark, almost black, brown. One finger head was chocolate brown in color, and lasted about 5 mins, leaving a ring around the top. Aroma was sweet and fruity, at times reminded me of bananas, and other times of cherry chocolate. Taste was equally sweet, with a touch of bitterness. Kind of like a piece of semi sweet, and 70% dark chocolate at once type of sweetness. Slight bit of acidness in the mouth which detracted from the mouthfeel, but coated fairly well. Mostly easy to drink, but the slight bitterness and acidity hurt.

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

A- Very dark brown with 3 finger mocha-colored head on the pour. head recedes leaving lots of thick lacing

S- Heavy on the chocolate and toffee with hints of spices such as cinnamon & nutmeg. Odd. Characteristic hoppy tang

T- Bittersweet chocolate and coffee up front. There is a not-quite-sour cherry juice flavor lingering in the body that lingers to the end with a nice bitter finish.

M- Medium bodied and creamy. Coats the tongue nicely.

D- The heaviness of the flavors keeps this one in check as it should for a relatively high ABV (for the style) beer. This is a nice beer for a chilly evening.

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Photo of smcolw
4.58/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Awesome four-finger beige head. Very slow to recede. Lumpy lace. The liquor color is dark, dark brown (nearly black). No light shines through.

Relatively mild aroma of dark chocolate and toffee. Not sweet.

Wow, lots of different flavors. The obvious ones of mocha, dark chocolate, light hop and cocoa are present. There are also some unexpected ones: banana bread, dark cherry, and cream. The finish is delicious hop and cocoa. The body coats the palate, yet it is not thick.

This is an exceptional porter. The flavor is so complex and the combination of elements so rich that it is hard to envision a better example of this style. Wow.

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Photo of bkilpatr
2.3/5  rDev -41.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. 04/15/08.

Upon opening the bottle I was greeted by a loud hiss. A modest pour resulted in about four fingers of tan head on top of dark brown ale. Carbonation might be a bit high in this one. Aroma is maple, vanilla, caramel, with minimal notes of coffee.

Taste is rather sour and bitter. Some dark fruits, raisin, date, and fig. But mostly sour. I'd normally be suspicious at this point, but the only other Arcadia brew I've had was also kinda sour, so maybe that's how they are?

Mouthfeel and drinkability are alright. Carbonation is a bit high. The sourness kinda kills it though.

I'm wondering if maybe I got a bad bottle. The freshness info on the bottle is rather cryptic - one notch for the letters A-G and one for the numbers 0-6. Why can't more breweries just stick to actual dates? Anyway, my bottle is notched F5.

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Photo of edchicma
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark brown with a somewhat small head. Smell is mostly malt with a smoky quality and some hops undertones. Taste is roasted malt, coffee and hops...quite good. Mouthfeel is dry, with a nice, slightly tart finish. Because of this nice dryness, drinkability is very good.

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Photo of JDV
3.56/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours almost black with some transluscency to it and some ruby edges. Smell is roasy and an almost cinnamony spiced scent too. Some cardboard like aroma too. Taste is dark, rich and roast coffee-like without the spiced characteristic so much. Somewhat rich body for the style and pretty drinkable. Nice porter.

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