MarkSachon (1010) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 24, 2015
12 oz bottle. This unassuming brew is nearly perfect. Just the right taste of coffee and molasses pair perfectly with some smokey malted goodness. Just wish my bottle had WC on it instead of what I got. hunter112 (67) - Nanuet, New York, USA - MAR 14, 2008
Had it at X Restaurant (and Bully Boy Bar) in Congers, NY last night, and the earthiness of the wild mushroom bisque was a perfect complement to this wonderful dark beer. SturmWulf (65) - USA - JUL 31, 2007
Nice strong aroma of malt, chocolate, caramel and coffee.Poured a dark brown/ black with a thick creamy tan head that very slowly receded into a nice creamy cap. Left lots of lacing. Tastes of roated malt, milk chocolate, coffee and burnt malt. The malt was robust, the chocolate sweet, the coffee bitter and the burnt malt was softly smoky.
Body was medium, texture was sticky, carbonation was very soft, a dry very slightly bitter finish. This is a very good Porter!!! I will definitely buy again. The coffee bitterness was bit too much, but the other flavors were excellent and it has a excellent finish. I will definitely buy again! Another fantastic brew by Arcadia! Served in a Pint. JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - SEP 9, 2005
A gem of a brew! Poured real flat and I thought, uh oh. Alas, I was to be rewarded. Deep black pour with crimson edges. Slight caramel head. Huge smokey and roasty malt aroma. Some chocolate in the flavor, with lotsof roastiness, some smoke and big wallop of hop bitterness. Delectable! Thanksto TAR. Indy (87) - Hopkins, Minnesota, USA - NOV 27, 2005
Tastes like the little brother of an Imperial Porter, but at over 7%, it’s no runt. Aromas and flaveors of chocolate, caramel, and coffee on the malt side, with a nice hop-bitter finish. One of the best porters I’ve had in a long time.
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. kenb (1102) - Oregon, USA - FEB 11, 2008
12 oz bottle via Mys Swap 3.0 (Thanks Hellbilly!). Man, i have been wanting to try this top-rated Porter for a couple years. Big thanks to hellbilly for sending me this one. She pours a deep deep brown, almost black with a medium sized beige head. Nose is chocolate, toasted grains and some fruity esters. Wow.........the taste is incredible for a porter. Not a favorite style of mine, but damn it would be if more of them were like this. Ok where to start....Up front there is some caramel, then some roastiness...a wonderful coffee, chocolate, hazelnut, vanilla burst of flavors, some pine, then an excellent coffee finish that lingers for just the right amount of time in the aftertaste. The body is just right. Not to dry and not too sweet, there is a perfect balance of both. Same with the carbonation. Most porters are over-carbonated to my palette, but not this one, it is spot-on. Damn this is a near perfect beer, and that is saying a lot since i do not normally go for porters! dukefan (215) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 19, 2002
Hearty, smoky, flavorful beer that keeps you warm on a cold winter’s night. Take a great, great Porter, and add an acceptable level of smokiness, and this is a classically flavored beer. TAR (2742) - Blue Ridge Mountains, North Carolina, USA - JAN 8, 2003
Tranluscent brown cola color capped by big bottle conditioned foam.
Brakspearesque aroma full of big roasted malt character alongside a hint of charred malt, wood, perfume, light raisin, plum, coffee bean, and phenolic trace. Full bodied palate begins spritzy, but somehow turns creamy, and gently massages the palate. Flavors begin very fruity, showing some sour raisin and plum. Then comes the long, complex finish with bittersweet flavors of cocoa and baker’s chocolate. A trace of leafy hop exerts itself to make this one of the most complex and tastiest porters on the market. Neck and neck with Brakspear and Fuller"s. ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - JAN 6, 2006
Pours cola with a tan head, nice lacing. Aroma has big roasted notes with lots of caramel, molases and chocolate. The flavor is smoke, chocolate, molases, and caramel, very rich. The mouthfeel is smooth, thick and creamy. This is absolutely the best porter I have ever had.