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Chocolate - Meantime Brewing Company Limited

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51 Reviews
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Reviews: 51
Hads: 67
Avg: 3.66
pDev: 16.12%
Wants: 8
Gots: 5 | 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 added by: Suds on 09-16-2003

Beer re-formulated from 4.9 to 6.5% ABV, and label re-designed
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Photo of doopiedoopiedoo
2.41/5  rDev -34.2%
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.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
2.95/5  rDev -19.4%
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.

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Photo of GreenCard
2.97/5  rDev -18.9%
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.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.1/5  rDev -15.3%
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.

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Photo of gator0877
3.12/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A Dark brown with a tan head that disappeared after 15-20 seconds.

S Roasted malt and a very faint hint of chocolate.

T Roasted malt dominates the first sip. There is chocolate coming through but it is more of an aftertaste. The chocolate comes out a little more as it warms up but not as much as the name implies.

M This is kinda thin for a stout, almost reminds me of a porter. There really wasn't much carbonation after initial pour.

D I liked, not loved this beer. I will drink it again if it is on tap but I am not going to seek it out.

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Photo of PartyBear
3.2/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Creamy thick black body with a slight tan head and lots of carbonation. The aroma is milk chocolatey, with very sweet caramels, almost sticky sweet, a bit like the Tia Maria liqueur. Initially very sweet flavours up front, lots more chocolate, with a gradual shift towards bitterness at the end. This is a bit too sweet for me, which makes it a bit hard going. It's certainly an interesting beer and is brilliantly crafted like all Meantime beers.

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Photo of SShelly
3.23/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours black with almost no head.

Aroma is pale chocolate and. Little roast.

Flavor is pale chocolate and roast as well but with an unfortunate chaulky haracter as well, finishing with a predominant sweetness.

Way carbonated, to the point of being overcarbonated, kinda thin in the mouth as well, blech.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.27/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of flyingpig
3.29/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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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Photo of janubio
3.3/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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.

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Photo of seanyfo
3.32/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: served in a 300ml stuttgarter hofbrau lager glass, it leaves next to no head with even an aggressive pour. Lively carbonation in the head allows it to dissappate quickly leaving a small crown. Body is jet black with a ruby quality when held up to the light.

S: the chocolate, oh the chocolate! smacks you right in the nose. Very dark and bitter. But unfortunately for me, this smell decided to turn to burning rubber covered in chocolate, obviously the roasted malts, but this wasnt too pleasant at all.

T: much more chocolate on the tongue than Youngs double chocolate stout. Glad the rubber doesnt come into the taste, just roasted malt qualities that balance well with the sweetness of the chocolate. Roasted malts last well into the aftertaste like a drier stout.

M: medium body, with lively carbonation on the tongue

D: Much more chocolate than Youngs to me, smell makes this beer suffer, but the taste does come through thoroughly and balanced. A nice beer to drink while watching the sun set as it says on the bottle.

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Photo of GBalbin
3.35/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

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Photo of Naerhu
3.42/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to RobBeer for bringing this bottle all the way to Japan!

Both my bottle and the Meantime website have this beer at 6.5%, not 4.9%.

A - Pitch black with next to no head.
S - Nice rich chocolate nose.
T - Nice long bitterness, very mild sweetness. chocolate is almost cloying.
M - Mild carbonation, very nicely integrated alcohol.
D - Tastey but limited enjoyment by the intensity of the chocolate flavoring.

My 700th review!!!

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Photo of ADZA
3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of juju7
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

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Photo of cypressbob
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

330ml modern styled bottle

Pours with a deep brown body with a whispy tan head

Smell is amazing, rich chocolate scent, very pleasant. Like a mixture of cadburys milk chocolate and green and blacks dark, slight hint of fruit in there too

Taste is a bit odd, slightly chilled it has a fizzy drinking chocolate like experience, dry with a crisp malt background

Pretty good stuff

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Photo of Jeffo
3.51/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at De Bierkoning in Amsterdam.

From a bottle into a snifter.

APPEARANCE: Pours a medium 1 finger off-white head that's thick and full looking. Higher carbonation evident. Dark brown in color, almost black, which some ruby hues around the edges. Head slowly recedes and leaves some immediate lacing. A nice film stays and decent lacing down the glass. Pretty nice looking.

SMELL: A nice scent of chocolate up front with some roasted and smoky barley malt as well. Medium strong.

TASTE: Roasted barley malt, a smoky bit and some bitter pure chocolate as well. Not quite as chocolaty as the nose suggested. A very mild aftertaste of bitter chocolate and some coffee, with a slight alcohol bite at the very end. Nice and enjoyable.

PALATE: Thinner and lighter body than expected. Creamy smooth on the palate and higher end carbonation. Goes down smooth and finishes rather dry. Nice feel, but needs a little weight.

OVERALL: Pretty solid stout for sure, but the taste profile doesn't quite deliver the chocolate like the nose advertises. It could also be a bit darker in color and heavier on the palate as well. To be sure, I quite enjoyed this overall. It drank away very quickly.

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Photo of Sigmund
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours a dark brown/black with a fizzy off-white head.

S: Milk chocolate and dark malt, light pungency.

T: I found it quite similar to Young's DCS, lots of milk chocolate and candy bar. The chocolate in the name is clear. Good flavour.

M: Light-bodied, fairly fizzy and thin. I wanted a tad more heft.

D:A pretty nice beer, but I'm going to their London Porter the next time with Meantime. That beer is phenomenal, this beer is just OK.

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Photo of BMoldy
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

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Photo of stcules
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark, almost black in color, with beautiful mahogany reflexes. Beautiful head too, even if not really compact.
At the smell a light cocoa, and a light chocolote. After a while, the smell become more strong, and well amalgamated.
In the taste the (bitter) chocolate is stronger, and pleasant. Good chocolate, on a dark malt background.
Quite bitter, too, with notes from the dark malts. Not bad at all.
In the end, quite elegant, with a good bitter chocolate.
Good aftertaste.

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Photo of London1985
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

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Photo of Sammy
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of maxk
3.64/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Chocolate from Meantime Brewing Company Limited
83 out of 100 based on 51 ratings.