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RATINGS: 505   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71   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 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jercraigs (8825) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 24, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 11, 2007 Bottle shared by Blankboy. Black body, with a smallish creamy khaki head (3+). Pleasant aroma with notes of cocoa and chocolate, sweet coffee notes, mild aroma but it is quite nice. Flavour is similarly restrained but still shines with lightly bitter roast, accents of dilute cocoa/chocolate. Avg-Medium palate is pleasantly smooth (3+). This is dangerously drinkable without being bombastic. Thanks for sharing!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DocLock (8707) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 21, 2007
Bottle from Capone’s. Onxy pour with minimal khaki head. Aroma of chocoff, roasty dark malt, molasses, hazelnut, ovaltine. Tastes smoky roasty malty, with chocoff, almond, and some fruit and mild hop notes. Complex and very well balanced, this is a top notch porter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
3fourths (8702) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 26, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 20, 2010 What a rich and sweet smoky aroma full of smoked plums, grapes, tar, licorice and dark roast coffee. Very refreshing and sweet black flavor, coating the mouth with a thick oilfull of roasted fruits, smoked meats and grains and finishing off with a malty-sweet coating. A very fine porter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MartinT (8661) - 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 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
marcus (7838) - Sacramento, California, USA - FEB 9, 2007
12oz bottle from Artusory. This dark brown ale poured with a rich creamy tan head, with a chocolate malt aroma. The chocolate does, indeed, dominate the flavor, but it complements the nice smoky porter base. There is a chalky, slightly bitter finish that lingers pleasantly on the palate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
phaleslu (7831) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 2, 2011
12 oz. bottle from The Royale. Pours a deep, dark brown with a very small khaki head. Looks the part. The aroma smells the part, too- roasted malts, chocolate, wood, earth, and toast. The flavor is just like that, with nice earthy, malty, chocolate, and coffee notes. Medium-bodied, with medium carbonation and a toasty mouthfeel. Very faithful take on a traditional English porter, albeit with just a bit more alcohol. I liked this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mabel (7455) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 10, 2007
[407-20070707] Bottle (c/o DuctTape). Chocolate aroma. Dark brown black body with a long-lasting creamy off-white head. Flavour continues chocolate malt with some coffee. Pretty smooth full body. Very nice chocolatey brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
douglas88 (7454) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 10, 2010
Bottle thanks to Tom. Pours a pure black color with a medium light brown head. The aroma is nice; massive milky chocolate, light fruit, light coffee and smoke. A great flavor; dark fruit, metallic roasted malts, smoke, chocolate, smooth and full. Great! Fruity, smoky and heavily roasted. Yet, very easy to drink.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ughsmash (7408) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 18, 2007
Bottled. Poured deep, murky brown with a short creamy cap of deeper beige head. The aroma picked up deeply-roasted, almost burnt dark chocolate and coffee grounds, paired with a mild and complimentary campfire smoke character.. dusty, charred barley came through as well. The flavor began with lightly sour oak and dark fruity notes, with burnt dark chocolate and coffee not far behind.. nicely roasty with coffee and some dry herbal bitterness.. a bit tacky at the very back, but that didn’t detract much. Medium-bodied and well-balanced on the palate.. I very much enjoyed the smoked malt presence. Very good porter!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
alexsdad06 (7272) - Ohio, USA - OCT 12, 2008
12 oz. bottle. Pours dark brown color with a medium sized beige head. The aroma is dark chocolate, light roasted malts, light darker fruits, and a hint of smoke. The flavor is much of the same: dark chocolate, roasted malt, a hint of smoke, mildly sweet caramel. Medium bodied with good mouthfeel. This is a very solid porter.

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