Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 1, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very dark brown with a persistent tan head. The aroma has a great cocoa powder start with a bitter coffee, smoke, caramel, bitter coffee and hop finish. Thick and full, with a silky smooth mouthfeel. The flavor really brings out the nose and adds to it some nice plum/raisin fruitiness. The alcohol, while not incredibly high, is very well hidden. I had skeptical for some reason, and that was a damn shame. This is a great beer and one I plan to drink on a regular basis.
loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - SEP 21, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Incredible! Dark brown color with a nice beige head. The aroma was near perfect for a real porter...roasty, dark fruits...plums, raisins, and a gentle sourness to round things out. The flavor was full, big...roasted coffee, plums, raisins, smoked wood, and some sour milk. Medium thick consistency made this brew extremely enjoyable. I say this is the best American version of a traditional English porter.
Rockinout (966) - Kent, Ohio, USA - AUG 6, 2003
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma of an expensive chocolate truffle. Smokey chocolate and espresso notes. Smooth.
BBB63 (5406) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - AUG 1, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very dark brown with just a bit of light coming through, short lived tan head that does produce good lacing. Very strong malty aroma of chocolate, espresso, molasses, and nuts. Undertone of ripe grapes, smoke, and spice. Taste comes out as sweet/sour and dry, then a smoky and spicy tones announces their arrival. Left with a lingering hoppy bitterness and woody dry feel. Medium to full-bodied with a oily and soft mouthfeel. The finish did have a bit of an alcohol taste has the beer warmed up. One stylish porter, right up there with the best American versions. Recommended.
redlem (1264) - Ohio, USA - AUG 1, 2003
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark brown color with a medium non-lasting tan head. A port like aroma and taste, even with the high ABV( for a porter) this lacked complexity and depth. The roasted malts were there but off-set by the port-like attributes. I became tired of this after half a glass.
Silphium (2969) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - APR 11, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
An excellent porter. Extremely dark, with a tan, lasting head and plenty of lacing. Arcadia London Porter is on the malty side, with sweet malts dominating the palate. London Porter actually has much more in common with their Imperial Stout than does the Starboard Stout. However, the London Porter lacks the "off" flavors I found the Imperial Stout contained (maybe I just drank a bad bottle or two). An excellent porter. A new favorite, along with Anchor Porter.
JCW (1273) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 14, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very dark in color for a porter, looks like a stout. Large head for a big beer. Full bodied. Smokey, roasted flavor. Complex flavor I can taste some chocolate and coffee. Slight bitterness on the finish.
fraternie (777) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 2, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Slightest hint of alcohol in the aroma, strong sweet chocolate notes. Hints of bourbon in the malt, overall surprisingly sweet for the style. Not as chocolatey as most porters. Alcohol comes through a little too much in the finish. A little more roasted malt flavor might have balanced that out better...
bender (293) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - FEB 1, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 14, 2004 Poured an almost opaque, black body. Nice tan head that diminishes to a thin line sticking to the glass. No lacing.
Smelled like roasted malts. Lots of roastiness in the aroma.
Perfectly balanced roasted malt/hop character. Smokiness was more complex in the flavor than aroma. Picked up both the roasted malt and coffee.
Nice, slight carbonation that picked the hops ever so slightly.
This is one of the best porters I've had in quite some time!
edden (927) - cow- lumbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 1, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
1/31/03: bottle. beautiful black opaque color. heavy malt and coffee smell. sweet, heavily smoked malt taste. good example of a porter.