London Porter | Paddock Wood Brewing Co.

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London PorterLondon Porter

Brewed by:
Paddock Wood Brewing Co.
Saskatchewan, Canada

Style: English Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by markaberrant on 03-15-2007

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Ratings: 48 |  Reviews: 31
Photo of IllNate
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a nice dark brown, almost black. Amber highlights. Good color for a porter. Small amount of head, decent retention.

S - Smells of roasted malts, mostly coffee and caramel. Bit of peat smoke I think.

T - Taste follows with roasty coffee and caramel dominating. A bit nutty as well.

M - Mouthfeel is good, a bit on the thin side, but good. Nice and smooth.

D - Good here as well, could drink quite a few.

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Photo of CrazyMike
3.87/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Blackish brown appearance with minimal head. Smell is malty with toffee and chocolate.

Taste similar to the smell, very malty. Picked up roasted nuts, coffee, caramel and toffee as well. Light bodied, which threw me off after it's apperance, with medium-high carbonation. Aftertaste is sweet and bitter.

Not a bad porter, it is smooth and drinkable. A little generic for a porter, but good nonetheless.

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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 pootz
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from trade:

Pours deep dark brown with an ample mocha cap.

Aromas of dark toffee and fudge, roasty malts woody hops. Decent body,

Toasty roasty malt flavor with a lightly sweet cocoa-mocha character, lightly bitter dry finish.

excellent Canadian version of a London porter

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Photo of EsoxLucius
3.87/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: pours black with a cream tan head. the head vanishes too fast, though lacing sticks throughout.

S: mildly pleasant coffee and chocolate smell. very natural smelling, nothing offensive.

T: light roasted chocolate malt with a hint of bite and a slight wild berry taste in the finish.

M: a bit thin, but not bad... it's smooth and doesnt stick.

D: pleasing taste and smell + lighter mouth feel = goes down easy, really easy for a LP.

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Photo of sammytag
4.13/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

a- Pours black. Yes!

s- chocolate and dark malts on the nose. Earthy & woody.

t- just stellar. layers of velvety smoothness with marshmallow, licorice root, coffee, cocoa and smoke. Rewarding bitter finish lingers for a very, very long time. Beautiful.

m- medium to full bodied. a bit more carbonation then I'd like in a porter, but, doesn't detract from the brew.

If there's one cririque I could make, it would be that this porter could be more diverse with the malts to give it a fuller flavour, though I guess for a porter it's just where it needs to be.

d- a dangerously drinkable brew. intense chocolate malt concentration, yet, I can't help thinking that this brew would KILL if it had more mid-range malts thrown in the mix (in my humble opinion). But still, an incredibly good beer.

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Photo of bobsy
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown pour with ruby highlights and an off-white head. Light roasty aroma - some coffee and chocolate. Quite strong coffee notes, along with dark chocolate and toasted notes. A light bitterness and warmth in the finish. All in all its a very pleasant roasted character and a solid take on a porter. Medium body and fairly low carbonation. The Paddock Wood brews I've had so far have impressed me... I think this is a decent brewery.

I think Alex sent me this one? Thanks Alex!

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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 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 demcorhip
4.28/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

An absolutely stunning looking porter. Somewhat active, fine and persistent level of carbonation gave a huge, tightly whipped pale tan head with excellent rentention on a gentle pour. Black opaque body only allows some light through the edges of the glass that barely makes its way through the brown murky brew. Some big and sticky gobs of lace cling to the glass as i enjoy imbibing this tasty treat.

Creamy hazelnut and a touch of cocoa greet the nose. A hint of roasted malt, vanilla, and a mild yet pleasant decaying leafy hop aroma takes up the rear.

This is a wonderful example of a porter and somewhat underrated in my (not so?) humble opinion. Hazelnut and cocoa meet some roasted malts that offer up hints of char and anise. A light touch of esters, which hint at cherries and plums appear in the middle. Then the touch of roast appears then gives way to the bittering hops that make an appearance and balance out the rich and tasty malts.

A very nice porter. Almost medium in body with a nice, rich, smooth and creamy mouthfeel which is interrupted yet wonderfully complimented by the finely bubbling carbonation. Rich and tasty malts which range from hazelnut to a faint hint of char, as well as a nice touch of hops.

A very drinkable brew. The contrasting flavours work very well together and provide an enjoyable depth to this brew. Then again its also easy to just turn the brain off and live in the moment, the experience. This is something i would recommend highly to those interested in traditional versus robust porters, and will gladly drink again and again, i just have to drive 1000 miles to get some more one of these days.

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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 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 BigBry
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Was first available only as part of the 'Black and White' package, but now I see some singles floating around. Basic black label with yellow writing, as pictured. Enjoyed with a barbeque dinner.
Appearance is basically black, with only a thin ring of dark red around the glass when held to the light. Thick tan colored head sits on top of the liquid. Not alot of carbonation.
Aroma has lots of cocoa and coffee with some chocolate malt. Taste is roasted malt, slightly bitter like a strong coffee. Full flavored with slight bitter hop finish. Mouthfeel is not really too heavy, the low carbonation is well suited for the style. I like the drinkability, especially with a good meal.

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Photo of trevorwideman
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle given to me by demcorhip, poured into a pint glass.

Vigorous pour yields about 2 inches of head on top of a tasty-looking black brew. Good head retention and nice sticky lace as well. Aroma is heavily of roasted malt with some burnt chocolate undertones. A light brown sugar sweetness balances. Simple but effective, and in keeping with the style.

Taste is full of roasted malt and cocoa with a light molasses sweetness. There's a hefty dose of lactic acidity to help balance things out. Great flavour, simple and straightforward and right on. Very light body but just enough carbonation. This is a session beer forsure and another great effort by Paddock Wood.

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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 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 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 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 Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a deep black color ale with a small foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of cacaco, some subtle dry coffee and some roasted malt. Taste is dominated by some semi-dry black chocolate with some subtle notes of coffee with some bitterness form roasted malt. Body is full with some medium to low carbonation and a creamy texture. Very well done with some similarities to Fuller porter.

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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 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 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 markaberrant
4.04/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Paddock Wood brewed a series of Porters in 2005/early 2006, and this appears to be the only one still available for sale. Description is "similar to our 1830 Porter, but without the brett finish."

Appearance is black, with only a hint of red flash at the bottom of the glass when held to a light. Thin tan head forms and quickly recedes to a ring. Carbonation appears to be minimal.

Aroma is creamy chocolate with a background of coffee. Reminds me of a luscious mocha creme truffle. Wow!

Taste is bitter roasted malts up front, definitely more balanced towards coffee than chocolate. Some bitter hops show up in the finish. So yeah, it's bitter through and through, but in a good way (reminds me of Bushwakker Palliser Porter in this regard, but doesn't have quite the charcoal flavour).

Mouthfeel is medium. I wish it was a little creamier. The low carbonation is well suited for the style.

Nice drinkability on this one. An enjoyable medium strength roasty brew.

Yet another winning porter from Paddock Wood, I wish they would revisit some of these, especially the bigger ones (ie their original Xocolatl Porter).

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