xav33 (313) - Midland, MI, Michigan, USA - NOV 7, 2006
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
Arcadia London Porter
12 oz bottle
Cryptic encoding A3, delected 11/06
Medium pour in an English pint.
Poured black, with mahogony highlights, with a huuuuuuuge light brown somewhat lasting frothy head with good lacing.
Smelt of moderate molasses, smokiness, dark chocolate and coffee.
Taste was upfront moderate bittersweet, more on the sweetness side, mild coffee, fruity esters, almost raisiny or sheery like, and molasses followed by a harsh smokiness accompanied by a moderate spicy earthy feel, sweet caramelized sugar,, on a long sweet and spicy raisins, cloves and licorice finish. Mouthfeel was medium bodied, creamy, somewhat lively carbonation, and moderate astringency and slight alcohol.
Overall, the carbonation just blew out of the bottle, begging to be drank. The smell was enticing although a bit light. The flavor perfect, bold, complex, balanced and mellow enough on the palate. Has legs for a few years of cellaring too. A good winter warmer, and certainly would make Old Winnie proud.
dutch23mp (313) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - MAY 9, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A wonderful porter an aroma that reminds me of molasses and bread, excellent lacing with a spare creamy head. Taste slightly of citrus.
gwpom (297) - Akron, New York, USA - JAN 26, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz bottle. Got 2 Arcadias to try tonight, the stout and the porter. Deep color, tan head that didn’t stick around long, and a very smooth palate. Also tried a Peg Leg Imperial that was nowhere near as smooth as this. Right up there with Sierra Nevada. I will be picking this one up again.
georgekappus (296) - Brookfield, Connecticut, USA - APR 18, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draught. Pours black with no head. Roasted, slight coffee aroma. Coffee. chocolate, mocha taste. Creamy palate.
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!
steve23mj (273) - Essexville, Michigan, USA - OCT 10, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours deep brown with mild head. Nose is of coffee and chocolate. No noticable hops. Flavor is winelike with sweet/salty character. Roasted, coffee finish.
cewldre (268) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 18, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Pours a nice black color with a pretty nice, brown head. I smell a bit of a roasted malt in this one, with some coffee notes. There seems to be something sweet hiding behind the roasted smell, but I cannot place it. Taste is very smooth. Nothing hits me right as the beer hits my tongue, but I swish it around a bit a notice a slight roastiness to it, with a touch of coffee. The sweetness seems to be some sort of dark fruit, but I am still unsure what I am tasting.
franksnbeans (265) - Columbus, Maryland, USA - DEC 23, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours an almost black ruby with a decent offwhite head. Smells medicinal with a very subtle roast. Taste is of sour coffee, and a little roasty. Medium in the mouth with a little carbonation sting. Had to take my time on this one and wasnt reaching for another when it was done.
dankman (257) - Somewhere in, Ohio, USA - AUG 5, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice beer, a good gateway for people who are not in to porters and stouts. Very smokey and malty but not too heavy.
darkerdabetter (255) - Michigan, USA - MAY 8, 2004
3.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 6, 2006 Great chocolate flavor, with some smokiness and excellent after taste. Came in a winter brew pack and what a perfect place for it. A good porter.