paco (576) - Regina, Saskatchewan, CANADA - APR 18, 2006
Bottle. Pours black with a nice tan head. Chocolate, malt, and coffee aromas. Very nice flavors. Lots of coffee and oatmeal overtones. A little nutty i found too. Finishes warm and smooth. Very good beer. kreepindeth (404) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - APR 18, 2006
Excellent porter. Caramely malts with a very faint hint of hop bitterness. Mouthfeel was a bit watery though. henrikb (1263) - Aarhus, DENMARK - APR 16, 2006
Black body, fast away creamy head leaving laces; Huge nose with character and depth: milk chocolate, smoked malt, dark roasted coffee beans and walnuts; A very full body again with loads of bitterness, great amount of carbonation; Very bitter finish with great length, loads of bitterness that grows with the length of the finish: Coffee, burnt chocolate, licorice, burnt nuts. Strange balance between nose and body. oh6gdx (26488) - Vasa, FINLAND - APR 16, 2006
Bottled. Dark ruby red colour, mediumsized brown head. Soapy, roasted caramellish malts in aroma, with dark chocolate and toffee in it also. Flavour is roasted malts, dark chocolate, while the aftertaste is like espresso coffee with hints of chocolate and caramel. WISEGUY572 (1377) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 15, 2006
Had this at a beer tasting in Philadelphia and at least some of the tasters liked this best ... better than the 1845 or the 2005 Vintage. Big chocolate and coffee nose, dark almost black with a firm head that vanishes, leaving good lacing. Big taste for a porter ... chocolate, coffee, dark malt, and enough hops to provide a good bitter balance and a good bitter finish. Good mouth feel as well. Porter by far not my favorite style of British ale, but this one works very well.
DarkElf (3062) - La Jolla, California, USA - APR 10, 2006
10-Apr-06 (18.6 oz bottle: $2.89 at Holiday Wine Cellar in Escondido, CA) Best before 03-Apr-05. Having just sampled an aged Arcadia London Porter, I just had to put it up against a similarly-aged Fuller’s London Porter, even if it isn’t bottle conditioned. It’s still sweet and wonderfully malty, but I noted a significant amount of chocolate when I tried this previously, and while still quite chocolaty, this is more raisiny and more earthy here, a plus in my book. Roast isn’t dominating and bitterness is fairly mild actually, so this just really allows other flavors to shine. I really love that the smokiness emerges in the finish rather than just staying consistent right from the sip; adds complexity and more intrigue to the flavor this way. Sweet, fruity, malty, chocolaty, smoky aroma is excellent. Medium-full bodied and gently carbonated for an incredibly smooth and luxurious mouthfeel. Medium ruddy-brown with some transparency through the center of the glass. A full inch of creamy, light-tan head shows solid retention, taking several minutes to settle to a filmy layer. Considerable patchy and ringed lacing decorates the glass. This has to be one of the best porters available in the USA, and pasteurized or not, it’s permanently in my top ten for the style.Hollywoodt (240) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - APR 9, 2006
06-Oct-04 (18.6 oz bottle) Very hearty and robust porter that boasts a strong chocolate flavor, lightly sweet, moderately roasted with a fair amount of bitterness and some smokiness in the finish. Big, chocolate nose makes for a grand introduction for this beer. Full bodied, with a creamy and smooth palate. Dark ruddy brown in color. Light tan head has good size after the pour and demonstrates excellent head retention with some modest lacing. (8, 4, 8, 5, 16 = 4.1)
Poured dark brown with minimal head. Aroma was roasted malt with a touch of coffee. Flavor was coffee, and a touch of chocolate, and slightly bitter in the finish. A pretty good brew. rdawson321 (145) - USA - APR 9, 2006
Excellent porter. Very complex, dominated by chocolate, coffee, and roasted bitterness. Continues to develop in the finish. Great brew. anders37 (26641) - Malmö, SWEDEN - APR 9, 2006
Bottle. Pours a black colour with a mediumthick tan head. Dry roasted aroma. Nice dry roasted flavor with hints of chocolate and coffee. Long dry roasted aftertaste. jdjuice (500) - Kumamoto, JAPAN - APR 7, 2006
Pours black with tan, light uneven head. Aroma is coffee, chocolate and a bit of creaminess, although points are deducted for my personal gag reflex against somewhat bitter coffee aromas (its a long story, and an irrational one, lets leave it at that). First taste is kind of unimpressive - roastiness, coffee, chocolate. The finish is where it develops its quality. The finish sneaks up and has a very well developed roastiness and smokeyness to it that lasts quite a while. Would be absolutely delicious with a steak. All in all, pretty good, easy to drink, hearty, unimpressive to begin with but wins me over on the finish.