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%
 
 
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Photo of biegaman
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This 'London-style Porter' looks to take place during the Industrial Revolution; coal black in colour, with zero visibility and a sooty head, this not only seems like something 19th century city factory workers would drink but also suits the kind of smoggy imagery they'd be accustomed to seeing.

What distinguishes the aroma are not the relatively conventional, expected notes of roasted grain or even the whiff of dried cherry fruit esters, but rather the tinge of singed wood and cigar smoke. The addition of Bamberg-smoked malt adds a very subtle 'cured meat' dimension as well as slightly more apparent elements of beechwood and hickory.

This being American brewed, however, it can't all be about gruffness - there were bound to be some silky-smooth dark chocolate truffle notes in there somewhere. And to find the gentlest trace of espresso, even in a porter, is not the least bit surprising. These tastes really start flowing on the palate and invite notions of vanilla and caramel (whether they're actually in there or not).

No wonder the flavours step it up a level - this clocks in at 7% alcohol! (Arcadia's website actually lists it at 8.2%.) I had no idea we were talking about a beer of that kind of strength - it's not easy to tell. This is right up there with the best dry porters as far as ease of drinkability goes. The finish replays one final clip of smoke before concluding on a dusting of cocoa.

Using smoked malt requires a delicate hand; too little and it goes unnoticed, too much and it can overwhelm both the beer and the drinker. But this recipe implements it in such a way that it supports the flavours of the other malts rather than hides them. Arcadia's London Porter is a true gem of porter that ranks very near the top of my list. Highly recommended.

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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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3.8/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of metter98
3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer appears black in color but upon closer inspection it is clear but very dark red when held up to a bright light. It poured with a short tan head that died down, leaving wispy lacing on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of dark malts are present in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste has flavors of dark and sweet malts.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This porter is a good representation of the style as it is quite malty but doesn't have much in the way of hoppy flavors.

Serving type: bottle

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

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1.96/5  rDev -50.4%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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1/5  rDev -74.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

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4.24/5  rDev +7.3%

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3.72/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

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3.64/5  rDev -7.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of schoolboy
3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I really don't like this sour version of the style, but it is a well made brew and appropriate for the style.

It's pretty in the glass, with a big light brown head. The aroma gives away the funky door that is to come. The taste is profoundly sour, especially when too cold. This improved to a nice balance when warmer. The aftertaste followed suit, being much better as I let it sit in the sun a couple minutes on this hot day.

Although I warmed up to this brew I think I will avoid it in the future.

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