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style
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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4.3
egajdzis (6730) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 23, 2003
Poured dark brown, reddish hue with a nice creamy tan head, alittle lacing. Aroma of smoke, roasted malt, and coffee. Huge sweet taste of chocolate and caramel with just alittle hop taste here as well. Mouthfeel is very full and creamy. This is an awesome porter!

4.3
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - JAN 2, 2004
there's winston churchill on the label--his hand forming the famous sign which many folks took to mean "v for victory". in fact the august prime minister was simply ordering two more london porters. this is a big bodied porter that might pass for a sweet stout in a blindfolded taste test. a dark pour, like the inside of a deep hole on a moonless night-- but lit from some distant place with a glow of ruby firelight, and snug in a plush scarf of crema foam. gorgeous aroma, bold as a bulldog, fruity brown sugar chutney loaded with roasted nuts, smoke, coffee, chocolate, and a whisp of tia maria-- all with an abundance of charm-school poise and articulation. with the mastery of a great statesman and politician, these embittered sweet malts have the booming projection of flavors to rattle the back row of the palate, yet possess just as artfully the delicate modulations to enunciate in whispers with cunning clarity-- they emote of a sweet, full-bodied and tantalizingly bitter porter. hey winston, order a couple more for me too!

4.3
JK (6280) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - AUG 15, 2005
Arcadia has made an outstanding porter. Good coffee, chocolate, and smoke aromas. Black, with some sediment in the bottle. Flavor of bitter chocolate and coffee, followed by sweet cherries. This beer is almost syrup.

4.3
fordest (2469) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - NOV 1, 2005
12 oz bottle courtesy of SuIIy. Dark Dark brown pour with a tan head that faded to a ring about halfway through. Great aromas of mocha cappachino. Smoked roastiness in addition made flavor. Some hops on the finish, but not a lot. Mostly malt malt malt. Very tasty stuff.

4.3
DocLock (11020) - 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.

4.3
boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - FEB 23, 2007
Dark brown, full bodied pour with a creamy, compact tan head. Retention is on par with the best Belgians, lacing is thin but elegant and plentiful. The aroma consists of chocolate, caramel, lightly roasted malts, a touch of smoke, cabernet grapes, molasses, coffee and dark fruits. Really a tangible and forthright nose, elegant and refined, very impressive. Just a tad short of sublime, mainly due to a limited malt expression. Flavor is even more exciting. Notes of chocolate and caramel are intertwined in an exclusive manner, showing off rather than impeding my enjoyment of a lovely malt profile. The malt is moderately sweet, coffee flavor moderately to heavily acidic. Dark fruits are at a minimum, but this sets the tone for a balanced creature not usually seen from this brewery. Not overly complex, this is just a fine example of a porter that’s ready to be enjoyed. Finishes strong and lengthy, somewhat dry, with a low bitterness level that is present but is just another outlet to showcase the balance. Palate is very rich and full, surprising. This beer deserves more recognition. My session porter of choice, high alcohol or not, it falls just short of brilliant. Well done Arcadia.

4.3
MrBendo (1064) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - APR 5, 2007
Bottle. Deep brown pour with a medium+ head. Rich aroma of chocolate malt with some coffee, smoke and grass hops. Moderately sweet and slightly bitter flavor. Medium-full body. Creamy texture. Outstanding.

4.3
cking (1175) - North Canton, Ohio, USA - MAY 23, 2007
Rated 8/18/06: Deep dark brown with some amber tint, nice pillowy light brown head leaving minimal lacing. Looks great. Aroma is roasty and sweet with a powerful chocolate scent backed by some bitter coffeeness. A very full bodied beer, mouthfeel is thick, smooth, and creamy. Flavor is off the charts with a heavy chocolate and roasted malt prominance. There is a little bit of roasted smokiness as well but not as forward as I was expecting. Incredible beer here will look for it again.

4.3
milewide (2315) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - AUG 2, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 20, 2010 Ton of roasted malt flavor without the stout sweetness or thickness. Finishes with nice hop bitterness. Some sour taste which seems right because early porters had soiled brew from past days mixed in with today’s ale to lower cost, Almost black color. One of best porter I’ve tried.

4.3
ElJefe (553) - Rochester, New York, USA - SEP 23, 2007
Very nearly opaque dark brown with a light tan head. Aroma of roasted coffee, raisins, smoked malt, and tobacco. Moderately sweet, smokey flavor of dark chocolate, prunes, and coffee. Some spicy hops in the dry finish. Creamy body. Very good.


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