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

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of bonk0076
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown color with a moderate tan head that slowly dissapates leaving a sticky lacing behind. Aroma consists of toffee, roasted malt, perhaps chocolate and oatmeal. Taste is a very robust combination of roasted malt bitterness and chocolate/ toffee sweetness. Very flavorable porter

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Photo of GRPunk
3.96/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- It poured with a 1 finger, brown head. The body was a brown-black with red accents at the edges. The head eventually drops to about a quarter finger, but retains itself for the entirety of the glass leaving nice sticky rings. Carbonation was medium.

S- Sweet milk chocolate initially. A little raisin-like tones, with molasses, and bitter chocolate and roasted coffee.

T- It's very flavorful at first sip. Chocolate and coffee with a touch of citrus hops. There was a touch of smoke (roasty coffee perhaps), and the chocolate becomes a little on the bitter side. There was the slightest of sour accent in the background.

M- Soft and foamy, yet full feel. It had light carbonation with a slight bite from the hops and a bit of warmth in the finish. I didn't realize it was so high in ABV until reading its description. Well hidden, outside of the slight warmth.

D- It's an easy drinker. The full flavor keeps everything interesting enough for me to want it again.

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Photo of Bung
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. Very dark brown pour, with a small amount of tan bubbles. Sticks to the glass fairly well though. Roast malt, earthy peat, light coffee and chocolates in the aroma. Taste has more roast coffee and heavy roast malt. Some earthyness, nut and bakers chocolate. Hints of black licorice. Mouthfeel not quite creamy. Very nice drinking porter, no alcohol present really. No sourness, holding it back may only be a bit over zealousness with the bitters. A very good American example of an English Porter.

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Photo of corby112
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark chestnut brown color with deep amber edges and a one finger beige foam head that quickly dissolves into a lasting ring. Minimal lacing in streaks and patches is left behind.

Roasted malt aroma with some hazelnut, caramel, coffee, chocolate and licorice.

Flavor is very similar to the aroma with a nice roasted malt body with hints of oatmeal and a tone of chocolate and caramel maltiness. Very smooth medium bodied beer that has a lot of silky maltiness that makes it very drinkable. There is some subtle licorice buried in there and a slightly dry hop finish.

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Photo of MaineBirdMan
3.65/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Started drinking this beer in a pint glass but then changed to more of a wine glass (very heavy glass with a small mouth). The beer was much better in the wine glass. I could really catch the smoky quality of this porter.

Poured dark with not much of a head.

Nose: Smoke mixed with sweet caramel.

Mouthfeel: good amount of carbonation with a nice silky finish.

Taste:Initial flavor is smoked malt and caramel, nice hoppy finish

Drinkability: Very easy to drink more than one. Some alcohol was present.

My only question about this beer was the sediment I found on the bottom. I know it was a "bottle conditioned beer" but the sediment was like sawdust. i wasn't all that thrilled about this. Overall, I was pretty content with this porter. Not my favorite but drinkable.

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Photo of claminat420
2.83/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- poured into a pint glass. small head that lingered. looks like a average porter.

S- a very light chocolate/roasted malt hint. can smell the alcohol which disappoints me.

T- tastes like a weak porter but with a alcohol kick if that makes sence.

M- tasted alil carbonated. light bodied.

D- can only drink a couple. after that you want something more relaxing. i put average cuz of the high abv. i mean drink two for alil how do ya do kick but after switch to something else.

Overall- i had to try this to give arcadia another shot and to compare to founders porter. well my view on arcadia stands. i haven't tasted anything from them that blew me away.

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Photo of dbmcrorie
3.92/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz brown long-neck bottle poured into an American pint glass. A picture of Winston Churchill is superimposed with a cigar and peace fingers. Some form of bottled/freshness dating on the side, but nothing is marked. (Why can't I ever know how old my beer is??)

Pours thick like oil. Nearly pitch black body with faint red hues peaking through. Thin beige head that leaves quickly; no lacing.

Wow, lots of layers here. Rich toasty malt provides the nose with roasted coffee, dark cocoa, caramel, toffee, roasted nuts, and a hidden but distinct note of hickory wood smoke. The hops quietly peak through with light crispness, earthy/peaty notes, and a fruity body, followed by plenty of spices that blend smoothly with the heavy malts.

Full bodied with a thick oily mouthfeel; loose carbonation accents the rich feel of this brew. Similar to the nose: espresso, toasted nuts, caramel/toffee, chocolate, plenty of roasted grains, maple syrup and brown sugar. There is a lovely soft peaty profile that blends with the smoky nose and spicy body.
The hops provide a grassy sourness and faint bitterness that is hidden beneath the heavy spices and smoked malts. There is some soft resin/fruitiness in the back. A slow and sticky finish leaves a nutty buttered-toast aftertaste.

Very tasty. Reminds me a lot of a holiday porter with the smoky/spicy profile. Very rich and complex. Much heavier and thicker than the average porter; definitely not as sessionable as a West Coast style porter.
Would pair greatly with heavier dishes such as BBQ, smoked meats, heavy game, smoked gouda or sharp cheddar, and probably even oysters. Because of it's rich chocolate/espresso profile, it would even go greatly with chocolate cheesecake and/or tiramisu.


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Photo of Riverwarrior
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

S = Roasted coffee beans with hints of toffee in the background.

T = Roasted coffee flavor upfront with slight hints of chocolate malts in the background. No alcohol detected. There was only a slight malt sweetness in the taste and the finish was mostly a mild coffee bitterness.

MF = The body was between thin and medium while the carbonation was low. Creamy and smooth.

Overall, this was a solid English style porter that is easy to drink even with the higher ABV.

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Photo of cdViking
4.09/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had in bottle via Alan in BIF. Poured on 4/10/09.

Pours a satisfactory dark with good carbonation and head. Smell is fantastic, with roasted coffee and toffee clearly present. Taste is solid with the coffee tones and a little toffee essence coming out on the backend. A little bit light-bodied, though not to its detriment. Decently drinkable, though the higher ABV would prevent consumption of too many in an evening.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle served in a standard pint. Poured one shade shy of black with deep, ruby highlights around the base of the glass. One inch foamy, off-white head sizzled and popped as it slowly receded. Some slashes of lacing appear as the brew is consumed. Mild nose, perhaps some chocolate malt. Chocolate malt as well as some caramel character comes out in the flavor profile. Mouthfeel falls between light- and medium-bodied. Some light carbonation, but really smooth and silky. Incredibly easy drinking porter; alcohol is well-hidden. If it wasn't for the 7.2% abv, this would make a great session porter.

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Photo of Richardberg
3.4/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Very dark liquid, brown head quickly recedes. Only the slightest ruby translucence; darker overall than many porters.

S: heavily burnt grains, syrupy malts. Right on target based on the appearance (which is to say, darker than the average porter)

T: unexpectedly complex: big dose of bitter hops accompanies the caramel malt and general toastiness. However, I think the generous hopping overpowers the more standard porter flavors. Also, the taste of alcohol is quite forward, which I don't consider true to the intended style of drinkable English pub ales.

M: smooth, coats well, albeit with an oily sensation rather than the creaminess found in other styles of dark beer

D: between the unexpected bitterness and the easily detected ABV, this isn't the most accessible English porter. Still pretty tasty overall.

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

Special thanks to Blatherbeard for this!

Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a Sam Adams Sensory Glass

Pour: Pours black with faint mohoganny highlights. A caramel colored head adorns the top of the pour, but recedes almost as quickly as it came. The only evidence of the foam is an generous lacing along the sides of the glass.

Smell: A very notable scent of roasted coffee, and malts fills the nostrils. The syrupy roasted scent gives why to a much drier cocoa scent.

Taste: A thick roasted flavour of malt & caramel introduces this porter to the mouth, and this gives way to a warm taste of coffee, and some sweet almost fruity tones that keep the edges deburred and the taste smooth.

Mouthfeel: I rich full bodied beverage. It starts with an almost oily introduction and seems to dry a bit as it progresses. Finishes well.

Drinkability: I had no problem finishing this porter, and only wished there was another bottle.

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

This is a very typical, complex British porter with lots going on. It pours a deep brown color with a tannish head that sticks around for awhile. There is a modest amount of carbonation, not much lacing.

The nose on the beer toffee and butterscotch, roasted coffee, some chocolate, and some charred notes in there as well. I can get a good whiff of ABV in the nose as well with some boozy soaked fruitiness, such as raisin. There are some definite sweet malts and roasted grains.

The taste is complex. The beer is quite smooth, rather creamy, with a nice bittering hop bite, but with plenty of ABV to pack a punch. There is some sweet nuttiness and roasted coffee and chocolate flavors. The hop bite, the ABV soaked fruitiness, the combination of charred and roasted malts and coffee flavors pretty much define this beer. It is a beer with lots of character and it doesn't get watery towards the finish. A very nice beer, especially in cold weather, with a nice warming ABV glow to it. L'Chaim.

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Photo of Lexluthor33
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Near jet black in color,but probably a very deep dark brown.
Medium sized head and lace.

The aroma of roasted malts and some caramel.
The taste started off with some chocolate,malts and coffee notes. It was sweet then had some mild fruit hints/citrus.
I tastes some alcohol,but it was subtle.
The feel was creamy,full bodied and had medium carbonation.

Notes: I will get this again because it was easy to drink and well balanced. Perhaps not an exceptional beer yet damn good.

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Photo of LoRezDave
3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

- appearance: thick and black, brown 1 finger head of tight brown bubbles. Dissipates to a thin layer of head and a struggle of lace. Looks somewhat ominous.

- smell: toasty carmel, nutty, volatiles dissipate fast

- taste: definite bitter burnt toast on start, rich toasty caramel on finish.

- mfeel medium to full mouthfeel, slightly sharp from carbonation, little alch warmth, but creamy roundness overall. Mfeel is highlight.

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Photo of MasonBeerMan
3/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

drank on 1-10-07 from pint glass

app-black with brown/red edges in light, very little head, held collar though

smell-roasted coffee, bread

taste-burnt coffee flavor, little hop bitterness, dlight sweetness with some salty notes

mouth-well carbonated, medium body

Drink-ave porter, cheap though and no sign of alcohol

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Photo of thekevlarkid
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Out of a bottle this beer was a nearly-opaque black. The one-finger head showed good retention especially as a collar and the lacing was in curtains. The aroma started with a some sweetness before the darker elements, I detected roasted malt, light chocolate and light coffee notes. The flavors were more bitter and coffee-like than the aroma suggested, but they 'moved' like the aroma. At first I got the sweet elements of chocolate then the darker roasted malt, smoked meat, tobacco, wood, leather and coffee notes. The Fuggles hops added their distinct bitterness. Very dry and robust, like the British sense of humor! The mouthfeel was smooth and rich, the body medium/full and the carbonation light. A well organized, easily drinkable version of this British style.

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

A - served black with a one-finger head that stayed around for a while

S - smelled of sweet chocolate and burnt malts

T - this was a good porter. There was a nice blend of chocolate and burnt malts. Definitely more chocolate than burnt malts.

M - a little thin but smooth. I was surprised to see its ABV was over 7% when I logged on to review this.

D - this was a very good porter. I enjoyed it throughout and really liked the chocolate tones that seemed to dominate the palate.

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Photo of Tbn2
4.75/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Tasted this creation in my third favorite pint glass. Poured from a bottle with a picture of Winston Churhill on the bottle; one my favorite historical personalities.

Body is used motor oil black with nothing showing through. On top rest a one finger tan head that quickly retreats to a thin layer, leaving some laces all the way down.

Smells great! Lots of roasted aromas; burnt sugar, coffee, black patent malt. Hints of chocolate, yeast, earthy hops & alcohol

Taste like heaven in a bottle. Hits you with a big coffee flavor with a touch of toffee & chocolate at first. As you swallow, the taste fades to just coffee & an earthy & somewhat spicy hop flavor take the stage giving it a good crisp & clean finish. The mouthfeel is prefect & a slight warm feeling is felt from the alcohol it makes its way down to your belly.

God must have brewed this one. This is easily one of my top five beers.


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Photo of glid02
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this at Brickskeller in Washington DC along with their fish and chips.

Pours turbid black with a one-finger tan head. The head recedes fairly quickly into a wispy layer on top leaving not a whole lot of lacing.

Smells of roasted malts, coffee, and unsweetened chocolate, and lots of them.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Roasted malts seque seamlessly into roasted coffee flavors with unsweetened chocolate joining in near the end of the sip. There's also a very faint amount of licorice right before the solidly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a good thickness and the carbonation is good, but it didn't go down as smoothly as I'd hoped.

Drinkability is good. I had no problem finishing one and could have a few more - these go down easily.

Overall this was a really good porter, if it had just a little more body it'd be great. Still, it's worth a shot.

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Photo of Minkybut
3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ipoured this not very exciting looking beer into my tumbler at 50 degrees. The beer was very black to be sure. It had a tan head with nice fine bubbles. The smell was high hops and a metallic smell. The head was dead fast which was dissapointing. The taste however was great. A bit of coffee, not too hoppy and not metallic. I will buy again.

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Photo of Bubba83
4.32/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a McMenamins tumbler at around 50 degrees. Poured it quick to get the 1 finger width head. Dark tan head much like I'd see on a shot of espresso. Settles down quickly into a thin rim with light lacing all the way down. Can't see through the body, very very dark brown, not quite black.

Smells very roasty and complex, lots of coffee back there along with some smoke and vanilla. Great depth of character here.

I love porters and stouts that taste like this. It's incredibly roasty much like a Irish Stout but the flavor is more pronounced. Lots of coffee up front here as well. As it warms a little more the roastyness gives a little ground to the bitter cocoa, caramel and vanilla undertones. Even a little bit of cherry here too. Hops are apparent, creeping up on the swallow, a little bit earthy/fruity/slightly citrusy. Everything contributes just the right amount and I'm loving every second of it, if I could give it a 4.7/5 on taste I would.

Smooth and chewy, yet bubbly enough to feel lively. Finishes decently wet and leaves my mouth feeling like it does after a sip of coffee.

Drinkability is pretty good for a strong porter of 7.2% ABV. I wouldn't drink it all that quick. The feel is pretty thick for the style but that can be a good thing. A really great amplified version of an English Porter to appease American Porter drinkers. What a treat!

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Photo of argock
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a clear pint glass.

A: Brown-black with 1-1.5 finger tan sticky head with a nice row of lace at the top of the glass.

S: Roasted dark malt, cocoa, coffee grounds, and leafy hops notes are all present

T: A robust but not harsh porter with tons of roasted but not acrid malt flavor coupled smoothly with light chocolate and coffee flavors. A dash of leafy Goldings type of hops flavor in the finish really caps this fine brew.

M: Exceedingly smooth and quite creamy with low carbonation and a measured roasted aftertaste.

D: An excellent porter and a great value too. Arcadia is a bit hit or miss overall, but this one is a great brew.

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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 sprucetip
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into snifter. Some of my mom's comments will be included. She is a craft beer drinker, but not a beer geek and doesn't experiment much when I'm not around.

Pours medium brown, decent tan head with patchy lacing.
mom: "That looks absolutely perfect with that thin head" after it settled down.

Smoky, roasty, malty, and coffee. Subtle sweetness and bitterness in good proportion and balance.

Smokey, roasted malt, coffee. Some minor sweetness through the middle and a clean bitter roasty finish. Fairly complex and very smooth.
mom: "I really like the finish"

Fizzy, slightly warming, oily texture. Clean, dryish bitter finish.

Too rich and tasty and bitter to chug, but I'd be happy to have more than one or two.

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