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Chocolate - Meantime Brewing Company Limited

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64 Ratings
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Ratings: 64
Reviews: 51
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 13.93%
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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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.

Sammy, Jul 18, 2010
Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

spycow, Mar 10, 2013
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.

Phyl21ca, Jul 16, 2010
Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Rochefort10nh, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of Halcyondays
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Halcyondays, Jul 16, 2010
Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.23/5  rDev -11.7%
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.

lacqueredmouse, Aug 02, 2011
Photo of tempest
3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
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 wl0307
4.2/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Transcribed from Notes, January 2006)
Tasted by half-pint, on tap, at the Meantime's brewery tap, the Greenwich Union in Greenwich. According to barstaff during my later visit, the version I tasted on tap this time was in fact the unfiltered form, which was altered later to be filtered, the reasons for which I couldn't quite grasp (nor could he, btw)~~ The abv. is 6.5%, stronger than the bottled version as reported on this site. Served lightly-chilled in a slim, oversize lined goblet.

A: very deep mahogany to dark brown in colour, coming with a dark-beige beer head dissipating slowly and leaving tight and fine lacing along the way.
S: vanilla-flavouring, slightly sourly-sweet dark chocolatey note, with a tinge of leather and soft flow of sweet black-plum juice as well as sweet ripe cherries... More chocolatey and licorice note sustains at the back, joined by aromatic hints of hops. Really nice and more lively, 3D structured than the bottled version~~
T&M: on the palate, simply put, it's like the liquid form of dark-chocolate flavoured ice-cream... a smooth flow of slightly tart, bitter-sweet chocolate-malts comes with vanilla hints and a slightly coffeeish roasty edge, underlined by a refreshing but understated hoppyness in the lingering, bittersweet malty finish. Very lively mouthfeel throughout, while a soft texture and aftertaste is retained intact.
D: a medium-bodied and very flavoursome chocolate-porter, more delicious than the bottled version, yet so rounded and easy to quaff that it's actually 6.5% alc. strength is simply beyond belief...

wl0307, Jun 26, 2006
Photo of John_M
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
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 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.

stcules, Mar 31, 2007
Photo of dgilks
3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours pitch black with a creamy tan head. Head holds for a few minutes before dissipating to a film over the beer. No visible lacing.

Aromas are quite big with semisweet chocolate, a touch of roast, a hint of hazelnut and a large dose of generic fruity character.

Chocolate is quite sweet with good cocoa flavour. I get a hint of a maraschino cherry type flavour which plays nicely with the chocolate. Hints of vanilla, roast and nuts. This is a good solid flavour. It could do with having a bit more impact as it comes across as slightly watery but the flavours themselves work well.

Mouthfeel is a little thin but carbonation levels are average and work well. I just feel that the beer needs something a bit thicker to hold the flavours up a bit better.

Chocolate is a good beer with good flavours. It is a nice beer to drink and holds up quite well. Unfortunately, it could do with a bit more flavour but it does a better job at the being a Chocolate Stout than Young's Double Chocolate Stout.

dgilks, Jul 16, 2009
Photo of CrazyDavros
3.13/5  rDev -14.5%
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 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.

ADZA, Jun 15, 2011
Photo of Suds
4.22/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 300 ml bullet-shaped champagne-like bottle, this beer is utterly black with a thick tan head. The head is wonderfully stable and long-lived. Despite the warnings on the bottle to serve very chilled, I had the beer at slightly above cellar temperature. The aroma is enticing...immediately noticeable chocolate, accompanied by black roasted grain. There's a little malt, vanilla, and butter aromas as well. The butter isn't a diacetyl smell, but seems to go hand-in-hand with the chocolate - It also becomes more pronounced through the glass. The taste is surprisingly semi-dry and nicely bitter (I guess that I expected more sweetness). Fairly complex taste that centers on the chocolate malts and roasted/burnt grain. The mouthfeel is creamy, with a moderate carbonation and a medium fullness. It's not as thick as it could be. All in all, there's not much to dislike in this beer. It seems well put-together and is an interesting brew.

Suds, Feb 07, 2009
Photo of AgentMunky
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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 kwjd
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown with white head. Very little lacing. Smells of chocolate and vanilla. The taste has some roasted malt, chocolate and vanilla. It almost tastes like a chocolate chip cookie, very sweet and delicious. Smooth mouthfeel. I would drink this anytime as a dessert beer, but I wouldn't want multiple of them in a row.

kwjd, Apr 09, 2010
Photo of Jeffo
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

Jeffo, Feb 14, 2009
Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
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 philbe311
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
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 mdagnew
3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
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 FreshHawk
4.08/5  rDev +11.5%
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 pootz
4.08/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle
Pours a clear very dark brown ale with ruby highlights in the tulip. 2 finger frothy cap lasts and laces. Soft carbonation... looks like a typical London porter.

Aroma of roasty grains cocoa tones are pronounced, demure sweeness, bit of earthyness and wet hay - well proportioned and pleasant nose, like a cold chocolate tart.

Flavor profile puts roastiness and cocoa up front where a beautifully light sweetness joins it to give a chocolate toffee-roasty malt effect then the long finish goes pleasantly bitter with cocoa and hops joining forces to pucker up the finish. A nice warm satisfying after glow from the well hidden alcohol content.

One of the best chocolate porters I've sampled. Very well made and judicious use and combining of flavors puts this over the top. The experience was made all the more pleasant as I was cleaning my palate with pecan pie in between sips...a match made in valhalla.

pootz, Apr 27, 2010
Photo of BDTyre
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Decent English stout with a good dose of chocolate in it.

Black-ruby, thin creamy white head that never really disappears.

Powerful whiff of dark/bakers chocolate and a background of roasted barley. Ghostly scents of milk chocolate. Really not much else, but considering the name of this beer how can you complain?

Bittersweet chocolate taste with strong suggestions of toffee, black coffee and brown sugar. This is like drinking and exotic, single origin chocolate bar. No hops that I can pick-up - though perhaps they lend a bit of bitterness to the dark chocolate flavours.

Typical stout body and very, very easy to drink. One of the best chocolate stouts I've had in a long time.

BDTyre, May 13, 2010
Photo of EmperorBevis
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

EmperorBevis, Nov 01, 2013
Photo of flyingpig
3.3/5  rDev -9.8%
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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Chocolate from Meantime Brewing Company Limited
83 out of 100 based on 64 ratings.