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RATINGS: 506   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72/5   IBU: 22   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.

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3.4
pforei (338) - USA - SEP 30, 2007
Deep dark brown almost black color. Rich head that dissipates but keeps a thin layer on top. Roasted malt, coffee, licorice, dark berry, and chocolate aroma. Flavor has an additional smear of peat moss. Full bodied.

3.7
SB (334) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 25, 2006
From bottle. Bottle Conditioned

Dark cola like port. Thin, fast dissipating cola colored head. Aroma of chocolate, flowers, candy, and malts. Flavor of roasted coffee, chocolate and malts. Caramel aftertaste. Smokey flavors present as it warmed. Carbonation was good as I felt it on my tounge. Thin bodied, but chewy mouthfeel with a dry finish.

3.9
antzman (325) - Clarksville, Indiana, USA - NOV 4, 2006
Bottle, aged 1 year. Pours a dark black with an thick tan head that clings well to the glass. The aroma is strong in coffee, caramel, and a touch of smoke. The flavor on this was great. The coffee comes through strongly on this aged beer, much more so than when I tried one of these fresh last year. A very even mouthfeel. This might be the best beer that Arcadia makes, IMHO.

4
dutch23mp (320) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - MAY 9, 2009
A wonderful porter an aroma that reminds me of molasses and bread, excellent lacing with a spare creamy head. Taste slightly of citrus.

3.1
timc100 (320) - Park Ridge, Illinois, USA - SEP 6, 2012
S: Coffee beans, light presence of dark chocolate - pretty toasty A: Pours thin for the color, black. Foamy washed out mocha head - 1.5 finger. T: Roasted coffee beens and less of bitter chocolate, caramel malts in the background P: Medium with active carbonation - gets better when it warms O: Pretty average stout, but very drinkable

4.6
xav33 (313) - Midland, MI, Michigan, USA - NOV 7, 2006
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.

4.2
gwpom (298) - Akron, New York, USA - JAN 26, 2007
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.

3.4
georgekappus (296) - Brookfield, Connecticut, USA - APR 18, 2008
Draught. Pours black with no head. Roasted, slight coffee aroma. Coffee. chocolate, mocha taste. Creamy palate.

4.4
bender (293) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - FEB 1, 2003
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!


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