JK (6162) - 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. fordest (2470) - 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. DocLock (10702) - 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. 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. 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.
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. milewide (2250) - 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. 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. JackT (71) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - DEC 15, 2009
Pours dark redish brown with a thin tan head. Rich aroma; candy, dark fruit, alcohol. Nice smoked flavor with a strong hint of BACON! What more do you need to say? Excellent beer. trumpetskid (106) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 16, 2012
On tap at the brew pub. Dark brown/ black. Smells of roasted coffee and chocolate. Rich mocha flavor. This is a delicious beer.