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Chocolate - Meantime Brewing Company Limited

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62 Ratings
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Ratings: 62
Reviews: 51
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 13.97%
Wants: 8
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Meantime Brewing Company Limited visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Stout |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Beer re-formulated from 4.9 to 6.5% ABV, and label re-designed

(Beer added by: Suds on 09-16-2003)
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3.25/5  rDev -11%

AndreBileski, Jul 02, 2014
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

JavierGC, Mar 26, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

EmperorBevis, Nov 01, 2013
Photo of Olavi
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Olavi, Sep 18, 2013
Photo of janubio
3.33/5  rDev -8.8%

330 ml. bottle. Pretty cool bottle, pours ana lmost black colour with asamll head that goes away in a minute, levaing some lace. Smell is chocolate, or rather chocolate liquor cream, I can't smell any other thing, even if chocolate is not really that pronounced. I also expected a thicker body. Taste is chocolate liquor cream, with notes of dark fruits, but again is somehow a faint one. It's really pleasant, but it could be stronger in every sense. But I'll try it again if i have the chance.

janubio, Aug 14, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -11%

crosenkrantz, Jun 08, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

spycow, Mar 10, 2013
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1/5  rDev -72.6%

nico_freespirit, Nov 19, 2012
Photo of endovelico
4.13/5  rDev +13.2%

When it comes to beers that you'll be happy to have on stock, to shock the occasional unsuspecting friend INTO real beer (or at least into admitting that beers are not all created equal) the Meantime is definitely a favorite of mine.

The beer is not only exuberantly unique, but at the same time, very much within style guidelines which is relatively important as one can easily be tempted into deriding the beer as a gimmick. It's not.

One might also be tempted to attribute the laurels of the gourmet chocolate perfume to the chocolate used. I'm going to go out on a limb and state that this is also incorrect. It's actually a little known fact that unless you're using chocolate extract the flavor imparted by the chocolate, is ironically, really not that protuberant.

So, to me the fact they managed to obtain such a delightful and complex character with notes of milk chocolate (the main note), cocoa and even dark fruit and vanilla using mostly grains while still keeping it in good taste, speaks volumes of the level of craftsmanship involved.

On the tongue it's robust yet coating, smooth yet structured with assertive bitterness, low carbonation and soothing alcohol warmth.

endovelico, Oct 22, 2012
Photo of Viceroy
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Viceroy, Sep 12, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

mnixon86, Apr 07, 2012
Photo of flyingpig
3.3/5  rDev -9.6%

Dark chestnut brown colour with a bubbly, off-white to brown head that stays for a minute or two and leaves good lacing.

Rich smelling with tonnes of cocoa and a strong roasted malt aroma. Not the most pronounced smelling beer with some dark dried fruits but it is the dark chocolate smell that dominates along with the cocoa.

Chocolate taste that is much like the smell with some roasted malts flavour and some milk chocolate. There is the mildest hint of vanilla and subtle coffee notes.

Medium and smooth with very low carbonation levels and a bitter sweet but dry finish.

A strong chocolate taste but not in the same way that I was expecting, pleasant but not a great beer sadly.

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flyingpig, Apr 02, 2012
Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%

A 330ml bottle with a BB of Feb 2014. The label mentions that this is bottle-conditioned.

Poured into a Sam Smith's pint glass. A dark ruby-brown with good carbonation. Produces a large head of creamy light-brown foam that lasts for several minutes before subsiding. Aroma of sweet chocolate underpinned by roasted malt and faint hints of dried fruit. Surprisingly syrupy, but fits the description to a tee.

Tastes of chocolate and dark malt, with a mild bitter finish. Notes of chocolate, roasted malt, syrup, caramel, dry yeast and hints of dried fruit. A subtle stewed hop/roasted malt bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth but rather thin and prickly. A little astringent. Aftertaste of chocolate and roasted malt.

Quite nice - the chocolate definitely comes across. The taste is more milk chocolate than cocoa, and rather sweet, but it blends nicely with the roasted malt. The weakest element is the mouthfeel, which ought to be thicker and more substantial. However, it goes down nicely enough. Worth trying.

jazzyjeff13, Mar 24, 2012
Photo of mokumies
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

mokumies, Jan 11, 2012
Photo of maxk
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%

Poured from a 330mL into a tulip, just below room temperature.

A: Poured dark brown, a tinge of red, with a one and a half finger, off-white head. No lacing on this one.

S: Straight chocolate. It's unbelievable how chocolate-y it smells, like beer chocolate milk. There are also some malts coming through in the nose, which go nicely with the chocolate.

T: Tastes of malts and chocolate. It's a good malt profile, not overly roasted or dark. It seems like mostly caramel malts. There is prominent chocolate, but it's not quite as enticing as it smells.

M: It's not quite as big bodied as I'd like. The carbonation is a little excessive too. There's a very tiny bit of astringency.

A nice beer, it has element of a milk stout, and I wish it had the body of an oatmeal stout. Good, but not great.

maxk, Dec 13, 2011
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

Rochefort10nh, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of BMoldy
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%

A: Very dark brown with reddish hues and a significant light-brown frothy head that sticks around for a little over a minute. Some patchy lacing on the glass.

S: Some light cocoa notes mixed with roasted barley. It might be because I'm a little sick, but the aroma isn't very pronounced. Faint herbal hop notes.

T: Dark baking chocolate mixed with some burnt and lightly roasted barley. Relatively balanced, but lacking in depth. Slightly bitter, albeit weak, finish. Not particularly dry.

M: Feels a little too light in body, which I think contributes to the lackluster finish, though overall it is nice and smooth. Subtle but adequate carbonation.

O: Kind of a disappointment (that's what I get for being a sucker for advertising). The chocolate flavor is there, but is lacking in depth. Overall it's pretty easy drinking, which makes it a little underwhelming.

BMoldy, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.23/5  rDev -11.5%

Love the Meantime bottles. Awesome. Now let's get to the beer. Served cold, as recommended on the bottle.

Pours a very faint and light-bodied brown, only an oily amber on the pour, with a frothy and large-bubbled head of light brown.Lacing is pretty solid, although the head dissipates rather quickly. Not bad, but the lack of body is very disappointing.

Nose is certainly chocolatey, with a dusty thin cocoa character coming through quite strongly. Smooth and quite sweet, it's a very pleasant aroma, and nicely done, if one-dimensional.

Taste is light, and indeed chocolatey, but here the chocolate characters seem to come more from the lightly roasted malt characters, which lend a bittersweet astringency to the palate. Feel is very thin, and the clinging bitterness and slight seltzer acidity on the back grate against the smooth chocolate characters. Mouthfeel is too light as well.

Eh. I've had better beers from Meantime. This is a pretty insipid one, with the chocolate adding little more than gimmick, to my mind.

lacqueredmouse, Aug 02, 2011
Photo of AgentMunky
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%

Poured from a nicely-curved 33cL bottle into a cervoise glass. Best before 4 November 2013. From notes. Reviewed 30 May 2011.

A: Half a finger of light beige head. Fades fast. Darkest brown with reddish glints. Opaque.

S: Dry, roasted malt and strong milk chocolate.

T: Chocolate milk with hops! Finish is dry and bitter, more hoppy than roasted. A bit of carbonation. Super milk-chocolatey. That's the gimmick...but it's good and, more importantly, it works.

M: Creamy, but carbonated and dry. VERY nice.

O: A chocolatey beer...what else is there to say? I'd have another, but I'd really have to be in the mood. Recommended if you want chocolate beer. An honest label.

AgentMunky, Jul 30, 2011
Photo of RuudJH
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%

A bit fancy image, this beer.
The drinking experience was very ok, though.

Fizzy , thin, beige head on chestnut brown beer.
Smell nice dark chocolate.
Taste similar. Hardly any sweetness, just dark chocolate malts, with a hint of dark fruits.
Bitter dry finish, medium bodied.

Interesting overall. Chocolate, but no sweetness. That's a leap for the senses.

RuudJH, Jun 23, 2011
Photo of ADZA
3.48/5  rDev -4.7%

This brew pours a dark cherry cola hue with decent carbonation that leaves behind a creamy two finger head and lacing everywhere,the smell is straight out dutch chocolate,coccoa nibs and not much else,it has a light-medium bodied well carbonated mouthfeel and has tastes of rich dutch chocolate,light fruity hops,dark coccoa nibs,ovaltine and milky chocolate and overall this is definately a dessert brew the only clear taste i get is chocolate and even though im a chocolate fan there is a fine line between choc and beer cheers.

ADZA, Jun 15, 2011
Photo of atis
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%

Pours clear dark brown with fizzy head that dissipates fast, leaving cola like looks, no lacing. Aroma is light roasted malt, vanilla.

Taste is bitter dark chocolate, hints of roasted, as well as dark dried fruit. Mouthfeel is more on the thin side with moderate carbonation with gentle alcohol warming slowly developing.

Overall, nice and very drinkable chocolate porter.

atis, Jun 06, 2011
Photo of Wattsox
4/5  rDev +9.6%

330ml bottle, consumed May 2011, BBE 2013.

A - Dark brown body with a relatively small head that dissipates fairly quickly, leaving slight lacing.

S - Bittersweet dark chocolate aromas definitely take the lead, with some coffee coming behind.

T - The taste follows the aromas, with bittersweet dark chocolate leading, balanced by a coffee-like bitterness from the roasted malts coming behind for a gently lingering bittersweet aftertaste.

M - Medium body, light carbonation, smooth and lingering.

O - Overall a very nice beer to sit and enjoy on its own. Probably not one for a session, but very pleasant.

Wattsox, Jun 04, 2011
Photo of London1985
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%

First of all, it looks okay. I like my stouts to be quiet viscous but this seems a little watery for me. Kind of like Meantime Porter, which is not as thick and smooth as I prefer.

Anyway, it has quiet a pleasent aroma, very chocolaty which i like in chocolate stouts and also sweet tangs of vanilla and honey.

As i tasted it, i was expecting it to be kind of watery from its appearance, and it was. It had a very nice flavor when it first hits your palatte but then that is washed away by the (in my own opinion) over-carbonation and fluidness of this beer.

Good effort, but could be better. Just like Meantimes London Porter.

London1985, Mar 26, 2011
Photo of stmod
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%

A- dark, with a thin head that quickly disapeears.

S- Light chocolate

T- Chocolate and Vanilla

M- Not much body.

D- It's almost like a liquor, but not too thick. The taste is just rich enough that you can sip it slower, while it's still light enough to have a few glasses.

stmod, Mar 24, 2011
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Chocolate from Meantime Brewing Company Limited
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