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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
Zach Diesel (905) - Sisters, Oregon, USA - MAR 28, 2001
Aroma is stellar but flavor is weak. Easily forgettable....................

3.4
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - JUN 9, 2005
12 oz bottle poured a deep dark brown with a creamy tan head. Aroma is coffee and roasted malts. Flavor is mostly coffee and roasted malts. I didn’t pick up the chocolate in this one that alot of other raters did. Maybe a touch of cocoa and caramel. Carbonation was light in this one it was medium bodied. Pretty much an average porter to me. The words London Porter make me think of Fuller’s which this is definitely not.. Nothing exciting here...

3.4
MartinT (10036) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 29, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 17, 2007 The Lure:
Dry roastiness and dark chocolate frown at the grainy, rice-like personas hanging in the back. Raisins and figs try to shift their attention, but fail after a while.

The Festivities:
Roasted malt gives bitterness and flavor to coat the dark chocolate, as smoke slowly rises in the background. Body and flavor intensity are satisfying throughout. Well-done no doubt, but nothing special was in my bottle. After a few bottles now, I’m not sure this ages or travels well. Some have been decent but boring, some have been very good, others unpleasant in the nose, but highly pleasurable once tasted.

Transcendence:
A hard-working employee obviously deserves a reputation for reliability.

3.4
tiggmtl (4543) - East York, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 12, 2005
Roasty, mildly vegetal, salty aroma. Opaque back body with fair tan head that recedes to cover with ight sudsy lacing. Chocolate sweetness and roasty bitterness are well balanced. Medium-full body with moderate carbonation. Bottle enjoyed with MartinT, Olivier_MTL and Rastacouere.

3.4
BeerAteHer (384) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - JUL 19, 2005
Though a bit sweet and malty for the style like a sweet stout, this is a very good beer. Opaque black color. Very peaty aroma -- what one would expect from a London porter. Flavor is very much dominated by sweet milk chocolate and has underlayings of smoke, hops & caramel. Finish is tangy and somewhat hoppy. Could use more hops to make it more representative of the style overall, but this is a good, filling beer nonetheless.

3.4
MrBunn (2848) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 16, 2006
Aromas are sweet and a little bit fruity... prune? Tast is sweet and burnt. A little syrupy. Not my cup of tea.

3.4
roder60 (1289) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 23, 2006
Poured a jet black with almost no head to speak of, just a tad bit of wispy white bubbles. Aroma is full of roasty goodness, sweet rumfilled candies, and a slightly berryish finish. Flavor is bitter coffee, dark chocolate, and rummy alcohol finish. Overall, a good warmer upper for a cool spring night.

3.3
P-tor44 (886) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - MAR 28, 2001
lots of sediment in the bottle and the aroma got me excited. but really week, no lingering memories of any taste

3.3
KSS (102) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - MAY 3, 2006
Very much as advertised. Smoked malt flavor with a balanced hops finish. The aroma from this bottle was at first slightly sour, but otherwise pleasantly complex with hints of fruit, coffee and chocolate. Very nice porter.

3.3
LilKem (1213) - Marietta, Ohio, USA - JUN 9, 2006
aroma of milk chocolate, carmel, coffee, toffee, whipped cream and marshmallow. Flavor is Strong Carmel, milk chocolate, dark chocolate, and some of that creamy whipped cream or marshmallow. interesting. some peanut flavor as well. a touch of acidity and some of that weird sour cherry vibe i dislike... gives this a mediocre review, but must admit for an english porter, better than i expected.


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