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RATINGS: 498   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71   IBU: 22   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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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.


4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
barleyPops (1141) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - APR 5, 2005
bottle from TAR. a wonderful creamy dark porter. great flavors of chocolate, roasted malts and a bit of coffee. there’s a complexity to this brew but yet nothing is overpowering. just a very smooth, enjoyable porter! Thanks Jeff.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Darkover (1524) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 29, 2005
Dark brown color witha small tan head. Aroma of malt and roast. Thick body. Flavor is very malty and roasted. Long smokey finsih.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - MAR 21, 2005
Looks like bayou water but doesn’t smell like rotten Flora.Has a rich roasted malty aroma with a complex blend of fruit and toffee.This is one of my favorite Porters.Almost tastes like a coffee and chocolate flourless cake.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - MAR 21, 2005
Tap. Deep brown, hearing black in color. Decent brown head fades out and leaves mild lacing. Rich malty aroma with brown sugar and chocolate predominating. Full bodied. Sweet and malty tasting, lots of chocolate. I didn’t pick up any smoke in this one. Pretty good.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - MAR 15, 2005
Dark brown with a decent head. Aroma is chocolate and molasses. Flavor very much the same with a strange sweetness in the finish. Very nice brew overall.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
green (186) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 6, 2005
Cellar Temp. Aroma is plumb and chocolate. Brown head totally diminishes. Deep dark chocolate flavor profile. A bit bitter on the finish. Had a second at fridge temp which was seemed much better tasting, more rounded and balanced. Good at either temp but very quaffable when cold.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
muzzlehatch (4422) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - MAR 4, 2005
12 oz bottle. Huge thick pudding-like head with opaque lacing coating the glass filled with this thick, decadent molasses liquid...roasty coffee, milk chocolate and touches of ripe cherry in the nose invite further exploration...milky-smooth body with thick baker’s chocolate flavors and and undercurrent of bitter coffee grounds...in the final analysis, it could be a bit more complex, but I don’t really care, it’s a top-notch porter.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerhandy (195) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - MAR 3, 2005
deep mahagony bottled conditioned lots of yeast packed firmly at the bottom of the bottle...Poured carefully into a pint pub glass ...smallish off white head Aroma is dark roasted coffee brewed with a leather filter.Taste is chocolate malt with some smokiness .Dry no sweetness and some slight astingency in the finish.A decent porter

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Terminus (3319) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - FEB 25, 2005
bottle-thanks to jtw for this highly rated porter. pours a deep brown hue with some floaties from bottle conditioning. a small beige head toped the rim of the glass. chocolate, butterscotch, char, carmel and some earthy hop notes. flavors of chocolate and carmel mostly-didn’t detect smoke. the carmel finish goes on for eterninty and becomes even more robust as the beer warmed. a medium body that mimics the great fullers London Porter. the finish gets to be somewhat cloying in the sweet carmel note. a solid porter and im glad to have sampled it. I bet this is a real treat on tap!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Pailhead (5398) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - FEB 24, 2005
UPDATED: APR 20, 2007 Bottle: Cask conditioned at a tasting at the Oak Cafe. Smokey malty aroma with light coffee. Very dark brown with almost no head. Malty with a nice chocolate presence. Finish is coffee, smoke, some sweetness, and a slight sourness. No carbonation. Tim Suprise seemed just a tad excited about this one.


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