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RATINGS: 507   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71/5   IBU: 22   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
Travel to a time of brewer’s lore, when smoke was spelled "smoake," when dark beers held the collective hearts and mind of the people of merry old England. Believe it or not, back in the 1850s, Porter ruled the beer world, and no one brewed Porter like the brewers of London. Drawing their water from the Thames, blending old and new batches, and experimenting with new types of malt, Porter evolved throughout the years, and probably at one time held some substantial smoakiness. Arcadia’s London Porter draws on this rich historic tradition, but adds a few special twists to make it all our own. The flavor of London Porter is multi-layered, starting with a bold, pleasing sweetened coffee richness, which gives way to round and subtle smoke, much like a delicately smoked ham. Porcine sweetness is capped by a gloss of fig jam or cherry compote, fruity and complex. Faint pear and hay notes barely poke through, reminders that there are some delightful American Glacier hops under all the finery.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MIBRomeo (2570) - Wisconsin, USA - JUL 10, 2005
pours a dark color w/ a nice small tan head decent lacing breaks up a bit quickly. Smells a touch smoky very roasty malts light chocolate and coffee. Palate is well coated good creaminess num. Flavor is a good smoky rich roasted malt hints of chocolates and a nice mild bitter hop in the finish. This is good, possibly the best porter i’ve ever tried.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jcr (2487) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - JUL 10, 2005
Smells of chocolate and tastes of chocolate (and caramel and malt with a hint of smoke). Pleasant consistency and smooth, thick after coating with a bit of lingering bitterness. Just a hint of smokiness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
OlivierMTL (709) - Quebec, CANADA - JUL 10, 2005
Couleur brune, semi opaque, peu de mousse brune pale n’adhérant pas à la paroi du verre. Cacao, caramel grillé, vin et fruits rouges sous une faible présence de souffre et de légumes bouillis. Faible en goût, timides fruits rouges et amertume provenant du malt grillé, étalement court, légère carbonatation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
tennisjoel (1299) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - JUL 8, 2005
Nice mix of chocolate, malt, and coffee flavors. Not too strong of taste which I prefer in the porter style. Good appearance with great lace. Bought this one with a mix and match your own six pack. Would consider buying a six pack in the future.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rastacouere (6166) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 5, 2005
Medium brown appearance, light brown head quickly recedes to a cover. Mellow roasted caramel has a touch of anise to it. The hops are mellow, but give the impression of a lactic component rather than citric. Herbal, chocolatey in a milky fashion. Honest roastiness, earthy, oily, comfortable in mouth. Low carbonation, medium bodied, excellent mouthfeel, slightly oily and smooth, rich for a porter though I’m very surprised it is 7%. Good flavour balance, but as with most porters, I’m left on my appetite, I can’t think of a time when I’ll crave for a porter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 5, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 28, 2005 Rating update, bottle enjoyed circa Thanksgiving 2005.
Picked up some seductive smoke action and am loving this porter even more.

Original review - July 2005, on tap at the brewery.
Creamy, spontaneous tan head on a mostly opaque, mahogany lacquered, deep hue body. Conservative mocha aroma with some accents of semi-sweet Tollhouse morsels and fudge brownies. Creamy as a porter can be. So smooth, with sweet seductive flavors of chocolate and roasted malts, caramelized and roasted pecans, and a dash of freshly brewed espresso. Everything is dead-on. Very, very nice porter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MartinT (8957) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 29, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 17, 2007 The Lure:
Dry roastiness and dark chocolate frown at the grainy, rice-like personas hanging in the back. Raisins and figs try to shift their attention, but fail after a while.

The Festivities:
Roasted malt gives bitterness and flavor to coat the dark chocolate, as smoke slowly rises in the background. Body and flavor intensity are satisfying throughout. Well-done no doubt, but nothing special was in my bottle. After a few bottles now, I’m not sure this ages or travels well. Some have been decent but boring, some have been very good, others unpleasant in the nose, but highly pleasurable once tasted.

A hard-working employee obviously deserves a reputation for reliability.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JUN 28, 2005
In the bottle at the 2005 Bad-burek party. Dark and burned and smokey. I loved it. Rich overtones of chocolate malt and molasses. Limited roasted flavor placing it soundly in my porter taste preference. Great malt body and mouth feel. A tremendous beer to cleanse your palate of over-hopped IPA’s during such a session.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerguy101 (5350) - Newark, California, USA - JUN 25, 2005
Pours from a 12 oz bottle a dark brown color. Medium sized tan/beige foamy head, with mild lacing. Aroma is coffee and chocolate, hint of cherries and fruit. A medium to full bodied porter. Malts are chocolate and coffee, somewhat fruity. Smooth taste. Nice coffee flavored finish. Excellent porter, good flavors without being over the top about it. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and dry. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - JUN 9, 2005
12 oz bottle poured a deep dark brown with a creamy tan head. Aroma is coffee and roasted malts. Flavor is mostly coffee and roasted malts. I didn’t pick up the chocolate in this one that alot of other raters did. Maybe a touch of cocoa and caramel. Carbonation was light in this one it was medium bodied. Pretty much an average porter to me. The words London Porter make me think of Fuller’s which this is definitely not.. Nothing exciting here...

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