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Chocolate - Meantime Brewing Company Limited

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83
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65 Ratings
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Ratings: 65
Reviews: 51
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 13.97%
Wants: 8
Gots: 3 | 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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Ratings: 65 | Reviews: 51 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by IllNate:
Photo of IllNate
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours like cola with a good amount of tan/brown head. Color is way off for a stout however. It's dark, but I can see clear through it when held up to the light. I'm not even sure this is in the color range of a porter, more like a brown ale. Should really change the classification and then I could score it higher here.

S - Mainly medium chocolate and coffee.

T - Again mostly chocolate and coffee. Very light will little hop bitterness.

M - Smooth. Not much body.

D - Highly drinkable which is what I expect they were going for.

IllNate, Dec 25, 2010
More User Reviews:
Photo of ricke
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark-brown with a minimal head.

S: Chocolate, roasted malts. Some vanilla, coffee and molasses. Not a spectacular smell, and nothing unexpected, but still quite nice.

T: The taste is very sweet and is dominated by chocolate flavors. Unfortunately, the chocolate doesn't have that character of rich dark chocolate that some really good chocolate stouts showcase. Some dried fruit and raisins further accentuate the sweetness. Decent roasted malty backbone. Some vanilla. Faint salty notes. The finish is short and mildly bitter with more chocolate notes.

M: The beer is not as full-bodied as I had expected and wanted. A rather strange combination of quite high levels of carbonation and a sticky texture.

D: A good beer that is decent as a sipping beer. But it's not fantastic and if you are willing to go up a few notches concerning ABV you can find way better chocolate stouts. But of course, this is just an English stout, far from the realm of imperial stouts.

ricke, May 08, 2009
Photo of stephenlee
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

stephenlee, Oct 20, 2014
Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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 Magpie14
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: mostly deep brown tones with some crimson. The luscious fluffy mocha colored head left some remnants trickling down. Pretty tight looking stout overall. Nothing fancy just plain good looking

S: relatively mild in the nose with the prominent whiff being medium to dark bittersweet chocolate, rather dusty and powdery. Light vanilla, earth, and grain smells make head way as well

T: ridiculous chocolate flavors. This beer is very scrumptious and full chocolate with a hint of vanilla, coffee, and sherry. Maltiness is rock solid and remains at the way side. Things are pretty sweet and would complement some warm bread pudding nicely. In fact, I am finding a light buttery toast character moving around

M: this is massively smooth and rich. The body is full and moves easy. It is starting to gather some bitterness towards the back-end

D: this is an appreciable stout. Very good stuff. As the name implies "chocolate" this is a real chocolate beer. A bit to sweet to drink a bunch

Magpie14, Apr 05, 2010
Photo of Sammy
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330 ml. private order share. Pours Black, thickish, with a little dark head. Aromas is a little roasty and chcoolate. The flavour is even more (undertstated) chocolate, a little roasty, and on the dry side. Not bad at all, and is good as a dry stout, a little less than what it culd be as a porter.

Sammy, Jul 18, 2010
Photo of tempest
3.98/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Farmhouse in Emmaus. $8 for a snifter (not oversized). The beer is defined by a clean and clear dry chocolate flavor. There are hint of berries and caramel, but for the most part, this beer smells and taste like a high-end dark chocolate, though it's not terribly dark, maybe 40% cocoa. 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.

tempest, Oct 10, 2010
Photo of crosenkrantz
3.25/5  rDev -11%

crosenkrantz, Jun 09, 2013
Photo of CrazyDavros
3.13/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Absolutely gigantic head. Took forever to pour. Dark copper with ruby tints.
Aroma is of roasted malt and some chocolate/cocoa. Slightly cidery.
Rich flavours or roasted coffee and chocolate. Sharp bitterness from roasted malts. More cidery notes.
Aggressive carbonation.

CrazyDavros, May 29, 2009
Photo of philbe311
4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - The color is a mix of dark brown and black... Loads of light leak in around the edges of this brew... A thin head quickly receds leaving a splotchy off-whtie lacing... Some very minor carbonation...

S - Dark bittersweet chocolate... Some faint roasted malts... Some faint mild coffee... Then even more dark bittersweet choclate...

T - The palette is again dominated by the dark bittersweet chocolate... However, there is better than expected balance with the mild coffee and roasted malt...

M - A sturdy medium bodied offering... A tad on the thin side of the equation... Moderate carboantion... Dense, but not heavy... A tad chalky...

D - A very drinkable English Stout... There's nothing especially memorable about this one, but there is something that makes it quaffable and slightly more than the sum of its parts... I would gladly drink again...

philbe311, Sep 16, 2010
Photo of Phyl21ca
2.95/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a clear light brown color porter with a large foamy head with OK retention and some light lacing. Aroma of dry coffee notes with light chocolate ester is pleasant. Taste is also a mix between some nutty malt with light notes of dry coffee and very subtle notes of chocolate. Body is too thin for style with good carbonation. A bit disappointed as I was expecting a lot more chocolate and a fuller body.

Phyl21ca, Jul 16, 2010
Photo of RuudJH
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 doopiedoopiedoo
2.38/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Picked up this great looking bottle from Bert's Bierhuis.

Poured into a Westvleteren chalice.

Looks kind of light for a stout. It looks more like Coca Cola without all the bubbles. A half finger of tan foam dissapeared rather quickly.

Smells of chocolate. Not strange considering the name of the beer.

Tastes of chocolate in an artificial way and not much more.

Light body and a surpising amount of carbonation for an English style stout.

I bought this beer for my wife to have because the bottle looked so neat I decided to try one myself. Mistake. Not the best stout I have ever had and one I will not volunteer to drink again.

doopiedoopiedoo, Mar 18, 2011
Photo of FreshHawk
4.08/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Deep cola brown, not quite black, with light ruby and brown hues at the edges. Adequate sized, foamy beige head. A little below average retention, but a fair amount of lacing left.

S - A lot of smooth chocolate smell. Also strong hints of vanilla and a touch of coffee. Some other sweet dark smells are in the background. Very nice enjoyable smell that vaguely reminds me of a chocolate milkshake or chocolate syrup.

T - Roasted malt taste and bitterness. A good amount of coffee and chocolate, but not as much chocolate as the nose/name would suggest, but still a good amount of chocolate. Also hints of vanilla. In the middle to the finish of the sip some tang and more bitterness comes out. Dark cherry and some earthy and floral hops come in with that finish.

M - Medium body with decent carbonation. Fairly creamy and smooth.

D - Pretty good, the mouthfeel is smooth and easy to drink. The flavors balance the rich, slight sweetness at the beginning with the bitter and slightly tart finish.

Notes: Not as chocolaty as the nose/name, but still a decent amount of chocolate flavor. Nice porter that is easy to drink and fairly balanced.

FreshHawk, Mar 07, 2010
Photo of GBalbin
3.35/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark/brwon beer. Fizzy off-white head. Aroma and flavor of roasted malt, remembering milk chocolate (good flavour). Light-bodied. It's a good beer, but only one cup is enough. Regular beer. Beer fot the chocolate lovers. Anyway, it´s not my kind of beer.

GBalbin, Aug 20, 2010
Photo of EmperorBevis
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

EmperorBevis, Nov 01, 2013
Photo of Sigmund
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330 ml bottle, bought at Peckham’s, Glasgow (£1.99). ABV is 6.5%. Nearly black opaque colour, dark brown / ruby in the highlights. Large tan head, does not last forever. Distinct aroma of chocolate / cocoa, also notes of roasted malts and vanilla. The flavour is quite smooth and sweet with a very moderate roasty bitterness, again with distinct notes of chocolate / cocoa and vanilla - a bit too much for me. Still a nice "change of pace" beer.

Sigmund, Sep 15, 2007
Photo of TheSarge
4.05/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pretty with two finger thick tan head that sticks together great, and has great lacing. The body is cleanly filtered, black in color with reddish hues on the edge of the glass.

Aroma characteristics are of coffee, chocolate, and maple syrup.

Taste wise this is great. Up front it's coffee, but bows to the semisweet, and then creamy chocolate qualities.

This has prickly carbonation upfront, but delves into a very oily feel that lasts from the middle to the end.

Overall, I'm impressed with this beer. I didn't really like their coffee porter, but this chocolate porter kicks booty.

TheSarge, Aug 09, 2009
Photo of mdagnew
3.93/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle bought from the Vineyard, Belfast

Poured a dark red / brown colour... Creamy tan head fades to a nice layer....

Aroma - Roast malts, coffee, dark chocolate, slight dustiness, hints of banana ??, some vanilla also...

Taste – Bitter chocolate, strong dark coffee, very malty, hints of fudge, prunes, toffee notes...

Feel - Quite sharp with a fair amount of carbonation....

Overall - An excellent chocolate stout... well worth a try...

mdagnew, Nov 21, 2005
Photo of juju7
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Why is it the beers that have chocolate written somewhere on the label are the ones that taste the least like chocolate? Putting the chocolate aside, just as a stout this beer is a little lacking. There is a touch of choclate on the nose but it isn't defining. The palate is a little uneven and lacking in direction; bitterness is mild and body is light-medium. Overall, drinkable but not memorable.

juju7, May 25, 2010
Photo of GreenCard
2.98/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: dark brown, almost opaque, poor head formation (just some sparse suds)

Aroma: cocoa powder, vanilla extract, iron, malt sweetness, root beer

Flavor: like a porter... balance of roast and malt, slightly acidic, some licorice; hints of vanilla and coffee, not a whole lot of chocolate, finishes dryish with a slightly metallic aftertaste and a residual hop bitterness however fleeting

Mouthfeel: medium body, light carbonation, a bit minerally

Other comments: Smells like a "craft soda" and tastes like a vanilla-spiked porter. The vanilla and root beer notes are a bit heavy in the nose. Worth a try, I guess... if you happen to stumble upon it.

GreenCard, Sep 21, 2004
Photo of John_M
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at TJ's the other day.

The beer pours a cola brown color with at best so-so head retention and lacing. The nose is attractive, showing considerable chocolate, coffee and vanilla. The beer smells as if it will be on the sweet side, which to know great surprise it was. However, while I thought the flavor profile generally replicated the nose, there was also some underlying tobacco and light bitterness. I also got a bit of a dry cola flavor in what was a surprisingly light weight beer. Mouthfeel was medium bodied and fairly smooth, though I also thought it had something of a watery finish. Drinkabilit was pretty good... I could tell the abv. wasn't all that high, and frankly am now a bit surprised to learn it was even as high as 6.5%.

Nothing mind blowing here, just an easy to appreciate and drink light English stout (or porter, as the menu at TJ's stated).

John_M, Jun 27, 2010
Photo of nico_freespirit
1/5  rDev -72.6%

nico_freespirit, Nov 19, 2012
Photo of atis
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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
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Chocolate from Meantime Brewing Company Limited
83 out of 100 based on 65 ratings.