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97
77
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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Pailhead (6543) - Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA - FEB 24, 2005
UPDATED: APR 20, 2007 Bottle: Cask conditioned at a tasting at the Oak Cafe. Smokey malty aroma with light coffee. Very dark brown with almost no head. Malty with a nice chocolate presence. Finish is coffee, smoke, some sweetness, and a slight sourness. No carbonation. Tim Suprise seemed just a tad excited about this one.

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detroiter (958) - Euphoria, Minnesota, USA - JAN 13, 2007
Pours nearly black, topped by a good two inches of rocky brown foam, full of craters. The head rapidly condenses, collapsing in on itself, to a thick quarter inch. Solid webby lacing throughout the glass. Strong sweet chocolate in the aroma with some plum and coffee as well.

Strong coffee, chocolate-covered cherry, and roasted grain flavors are fairly potent. In the finish, there’s yesterday’s coffee and some alcohol. Full bodied and excellent carbonation.

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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.

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Beer5000 (6772) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUN 26, 2008
355ml bottle. Dark brown body with a nice beige head. Aroma is bitter malty with a pleasant hint of acidity (cellarnote). Flavor is a very pleasant mix of bitter chocolate malt and wild yeast. Full body and long finish.

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imadeadguy (378) - back in NJ!, New Jersey, USA - FEB 22, 2009
12oz.er poured into Duvel tulip. Pour is deep black with minimal dark brown head. Aromas of roasted malts, licorice, dark fruits, and slight coffee. Flavor is strong coffee, roasted malt, chocolate, slight vanilla, a tinge of alcohol and finishing with a little hop hit. Overall a great representation of the style. Easy drinking and enjoyable!

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Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - MAY 28, 2009
THOUGHTS: I knew nothing about this beer before buying it. I just saw "porter" and picked it up. I either really rally liked or was disappointed by other Arcadia Ales. This was one I really liked. It might be my favorite Arcadia so far. It was very complex and ever changing. It had nice use of smoke, that wasn’t overwhelming, but was definitely a major presence. This one didn’t need too much chilling. The smoke became more prominent as it warmed.
TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a dark brown that was black in the glass with red highlights and was bottle conditioned. It had an average to large, tan head that mostly diminished, but left good lacing. The aroma was light to moderate roasted malt and cocoa powder, with lighter coffee notes, light to moderate yeast, soy sauce at first and then smoke later. There was also a little sour fruit, BBQ sauce, a little alcohol, and slight liquor. The initial flavor was lightly sweet and lightly bitter; while the finish was slightly sour, sweet and lightly bitter with an average duration. There was smoke, cocoa powder, dark chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, BBQ sauce, slight soy sauce and sour fruit. The medium body was oily with lightly fizzy carbonation and a light astringent, light alcoholic, slightly metallic and smokey, dry finish.

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nearbeer (5636) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 1, 2009
12 oz. Opaque black with a lasting disc of cream tan foam. Coffee, chocolate and light char on the nose. Tastes of coffee, bitter chocolate, charred mesquite and light caramel. Medium-heavy body is smoothly carbonated, chalky and roasty dry, and very drinkable. This is a nice strong porter.

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philbertk (1873) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 31, 2010
Arcadia Brewing Company--Arcadia London Porter--Bottle Conditioned Ale--2009 Release--12 oz. Bottle--7.20% ABV--42 IBU’s. (4.25 / 5.0) Porter--Mild espresso head lace hint head. Clear dark ruby black color. No sediment. Toasted mild chocolate coffee floral hop front. Creamy mellow sweet soft chocolate bisquit doughy malty body. Soft earthy balanced mild crusty roasted hop malt spice smooth dry end. Sampled 5/10/2009. 6-Pack--$10.29.

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Mibeersnob (50) - Howell, Michigan, USA - FEB 18, 2013
Notes from 3-12-2010 beer rating: The aroma was rich, strong smell of alcohol and hint of smoke. Dark color, with clean appearance. Poured well with good head. Clean, crisp taste with nothing lingering. Very good drinking beer.

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jkbachman (181) - - MAR 5, 2013
Dry roasted/coffee malt aroma with slight pit fruit esters. Cocoa, dry/burnt coffee, and slight tart finish. A very good porter. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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