London Porter | Paddock Wood Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Paddock Wood Brewing Co.
Saskatchewan, Canada
paddockwood.com

Style: English Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by markaberrant on 03-15-2007

BEER STATS
Ratings:
48
Reviews:
31
Avg:
3.79
pDev:
8.44%
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
3
For Trade:
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Ratings: 48 |  Reviews: 31
Photo of boyer20d
3/5  rDev -20.8%

Photo of Jeffo
3.12/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle from kjyost in a recent trade. Cheers man!

From a bottle into a snifter

APPEARANCE: Pours a small, looser looking, light tan head with good retention. Clear bistre brown body with lower levels of carbonatin evident. Head fades to a splotchy wisp and ring but leaves no lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Milder nose of roasted and chocolate malts, sweet cream and a hint of gram cracker. Nice stuff, but a touch too mild to be noteworthy.

TASTE: Milder flavors of roasted malts, chocolate malts, and some caramel sweetness. A mild and dry finish of roasted and chocolate bitterness, and notes of sweet cream. Fine, but nothing overly exciting.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. Creamy enough on the palate, goes down fine and finishes relatively dry. A touch light for the style perhaps.

OVERALL: A completely average porter here. A pleasant drink, but nothing remarkable. Worth drinking if you see it out at a pub or something like that. I wouldn't turn it down. Thanks again for the beers kjyost. Cheers!

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Photo of elricorico
3.43/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Dark brown, opaque and near black in a glass. A creamy mocha head forms and leaves plenty of lacing as it recedes. The head maintains a thin cap.

Smokey roasted coffee bean and bitter dark chocolate aromas rise up. Heavy in the roasted scents here.

Roasted flavour is king in the taste department. Charred coffee bean taste, bitter and smokey from start to finish. A faint bitter chocolate teases the tip of the tongue. Lingering smoke and roasted bitterness.

Thick and creamy mouthfeel, but the carbonation is a bit prickly.

Here is a beer that I would like better if it wasn't named "London Porter". I expected a smoother, more subtle taste. Good, but not what I was hoping it would be.

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Photo of Noxious26
3.43/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

355 ml brown bottle with pry off cap poured in a pint glass. Part of a big box o beer variety 12 pack.

Dark borwn, almost black, cola like with a thin beige cap. No lacing to speak of.

Big malty aroma. Chocolate, vanilla, woody maly scents.

Robust roasted malts through and through. Hints if sweetness (chocolate).

Medium bodied and quite drinkable.

This won't knock your socks off but it's very steady and true to style.

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Photo of MAB
3.45/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

An above average porter from an above average brewery.

Nice coffee-like aroma; looks good in a glass with its tan colored head.
Just what I like for the taste. The chocolate malt come through and the sweetness is offset by the roasted grain flavor. A bit of bitterness as well.
The mouthfeel is good but could have used some more carbonation in my opinion. I wouldn't say watery, but it is somewhat "thin", if that makes any sense. The alcohol helps to push some of the flavor forward, I think.

I prefer the "Bete Noire" stout that Paddock Wood also produces- those two beers are similar in a lot of ways. I always think of a porter as being a slightly thinner, slightly sweet stout, and that was the case here.

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Photo of Edgerrin32
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of TheBeermin
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of vanrassel
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was sold in Alberta with London Porter as part of Paddock Wood's "Black and White" mix pack — a sort of home Black-and-Tan kit.

It went into my glass dark brown, almost opaque, with a one-finger tan head. It had a nice resiliency and a creamy thin ring remained present. Malt and roasted coffee aromas predominated, with a slightly grainy smell and some metallic qualities.

The taste was mildly roasty and not overly bitter. A nice black licorice flavour added a bit of complexity, but a metallic taste kept me from rating this one higher. The low carbonation and medium body suited the style.

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Photo of grub
3.57/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Viggo brought this one over. thanks eric!

12oz bottle. sampled feb 1/09.

pours deep brown, crystal clear with garnet highlights when held to the light. a small pale brown head forms, dropping quickly and leaving spotty lace.

aroma is good. very chocolaty. milk chocolate. bit of dark chocolate too. coffee. whole wheat bread and biscuit. bit of alcohol. anise. bit of vanilla. touch of caramel.

taste is nice. fairly low bitterness level, more dark chocolate than hops. bit of milk chocolate. coffee. wheat bread and a bit of biscuit. anise. slightly fruity. bit of earthy character too.

mouthfeel is ok. the medium-high carbonation is a bit much for the style. medium body.

drinkability is nice. the carbonation definitely takes something away from it, and it doesn't seem to fade quickly. thought the aroma was nice, but the taste a bit of a letdown. a decent porter, but nothing too special.

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Photo of IronDjinn
3.6/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up originally in Paddock Wood's "Black and White" mix 6-pack along with the Brambling Bitter, although had initially sampled it at the 2007 Calgary Beerfest.

Pours out pitch black, a deep loose frothy tan head that retains briefly.

However the real party starts in the aroma. I'm immediately greeted by robust roasted malts, coffee grounds, with hints of chicory and smoke.

The mouthfeel is fairly flat in general, so that in turn seems to thin out the overall flavour. The mouthfeel seems to get sticky in places at times, which adds some extra texture. One still gets a decent helping of roasted malt in the process, fading out with a lingering woody and mildly charred aftertaste.

A pretty darn good session porter if one were inclined, and if Paddock Wood continues to release this.

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Photo of nmann08
3.62/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a bottle, pours a cola brown color with a very thin ring of head around the outside.

The smell is roasted malt, chocolate, a little smoke/toasty note, caramel and brown sugar. The flavor falls in line with the smell, mostly dark malt, caramel, vanilla, roasted oats, very toasty ending flavor. It is moderately sweet, less chocolate than I usually get in English porters. The mouthfeel is a bit thin, which would be an improvement area for me.

Overall, I liked this.

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Photo of bloberglawp
3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to lipschitz for sending this on CanBIF3.

Rich roasty aroma with a hint of molasses. Pitch black nice foamy lightly browned head, good lace. Roasty malt flavors. Dry finish, nice, makes you want more.

Good brew, good homebrew supplier as well, wish these guys could sell nationwide.

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Photo of Viggo
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, received from Voonder in a trade.

Pours a dark reddish brown, very clear in the light, thin off white head forms, drops to a thin ring around the glass, no real lacing, thin layer, decent retention, looks okay. Smell is sweet and caramelized, light bit of chocolate and roast, quite fruity, some berries, floral, brown sugar, biscuity, lightly malty, not bad. Taste is similar, some caramel and chocolate, light roast, strawberries and brown sugar, kind of milky - some lacto sweetness, smooth finish. Mouthfeel is light bodied with medium carbonation. Pretty light but easy to drink, not too bad of a porter. Thanks Alex!

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Photo of Sammy
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very smooth drinking porter, like a cross between an English porter and a doppleback. Chocolate malt, moderate and acceptable drinking bitterness. Black with generous white foaming head. Bit of roast in the nose. Medium mouthfeel.In a word, balance.

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Photo of Proteus93
3.71/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Cola coloured with blood red highlights. Head diminished quickly, a light brown, not much left behind.

S: A nice roast malt with chocolate aromas. Pretty much exactly as the bottle describes of the brew.

T: Like the aroma, a moderately roasted malt - chocolate flavours, a slightly bitter finish.

M + D: Lightly carbonated, medium to heavier body. A little sticky, but alright. Not too bad, but about average. Worth a try.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.72/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a very dark brown colour, with slight ruby highlights, and a ton of billowy, thin, light beige head, which settles agonizingly slow, eventually leaving some amoebic lace around the glass. Like many a woman, this takes forever to get ready, but looks just fine when done. It smells of bitter coffee and chocolate, a fairly strong sour fruitiness, and earthy, leafy hops. The taste is lightly roasted malt, dry chocolate, mild nut butter, softened trail berries, and more earthy hops. The carbonation is damn near maniacal for the majority of this experience - providing way too much foam up front, and a fizziness to the first few sips, until it finally settles down to a dull hiss. By that time, the medium weight, creamy smooth body becomes apparent. It finishes mostly dry - nutty, coffee grounds, and noble hops.

I feel like there was a bit of a practical joke being played on me, like I needed a special passcode just to drink this beer. One CO2-saturated bottle of beer, I'll tell ya... Beyond that, this is a textbook old-school porter - dark, sour, malty, subtly fruity. When it finally deigns to come down the staircase, that is...

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Photo of WillAndSarah
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of Mlkluther
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of papat444
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to presario for this one, part of his CanBIF package to me.

It's a bleak rainy day so why not go for a nice, comforting porter.

Poured from a 341ml. bottle.

Appearance: Pours a nice black body with a thick, persistant 3 finger head.

Smell: Burnt malt notes, roastedness, hints of chocolate.

Taste: Smooth & creamy, a bit on the light side. More subdued than the aroma.

Mouthfeel: Active carbonation (fresh tasting) with roasted malt and a dark chocolate finish. Very slight bitterness (coffee?).

Drinkability: Very well, alcohol is subdued & taste is on the light side.

Overall: A decent, well-balanced porter that is subdued but it works. A good pick.

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Photo of KeeganRohovich
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of Howlader
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ablaze
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Solid black with a mocha tan head and good lacing.

Coffee, berries, and some chocolate in the nose.

Medium body, creamy-smooth with little carbonation. Sweet malt, mild roast profile and balanced hops. Light coffee, moist chocolate cake, slightly dry but meaty.

Not bad. Solid, easy drinking porter. Not extraordinary, but would pick it up again.

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Photo of dalehihn
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of kjyost
3.77/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle acquired at the MLCC (Osborne) from a returned private order. Served at ~4-5C into a beer mug.

Pours a deep, dark brown with hints of brown around the edges. A nice tan head leaves minimal lacing. The nose has great notes of cocoa and coffee from the roasted malts, yet the body evidences little of that giving way more to molasses, yet lighter... Nice body that coast the mouth well. Enjoyable, especially as I am not one who really knows what makes a porter different than a stout nor is it a beer I normally reach for. This seemed thicker and had more character in the beer than a dry stout.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.81/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured a single bottle purchased from Zyn into an English pub glass. I should have bought a six pack because this brew is drinkable in quantity. A dark reddish brown porter, a bit on the light side, with around half an inch or so of tan foam. Smells like lightly roasted chocolate malt, with sweet, nutty, and earthy elements, maybe a hint of floral hops. Actually smells like the legit English examples albeit more subtle. Taste mirrors the aroma, with lightly roasted (almost green) coffee beans, caramel, milk chocolate, cola, tobacco, leather, and sweet molasses all blending together without obvious clashes. The cola taste does stand out to me, which is interesting. The malts got nuttier about half-way through the bottle and some bitter earthy hops emerge in the finish. The body is on the thin side and almost makes me feel a tad empty ... But the mouthfeel is smooth and does provide some chew. A very tastefully executed porter with considerable old world flavor. This is my last review of a Paddock Wood mainstay although I still have a few seasonals to track down. This brewery deserves more accolades than it receives. They really can brew to style and consistently produce flavorful offerings. It could be the Saskie bias talking but probably not. Skill is skill.

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London Porter from Paddock Wood Brewing Co.
3.79 out of 5 based on 48 ratings.
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