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Chocolate - Meantime Brewing Company Limited

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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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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.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2011 19:32:00 | More by doopiedoopiedoo
Photo of treque


3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: 2 finger creamy brownish head, wide bubble with moderate dissipation, waste is left behind. A deep brown hue with deep ambar in small areas, opaque.

S: incredible milk dark chocolate some dark fruits i would say raisins. there are vainilla over there and a light roast

T: an obvious chocolate flavor, but lighter than expected, there are not sweet notes at all during the sip just at the very beggining wich leads to a deep roasted taste wiht a deep and long end

M: medium-full body, a nice balance, you dont get the alcohol at all

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2011 01:49:11 | More by treque
Photo of IllNate

British Columbia (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2010 22:42:56 | More by IllNate
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-10-2010 03:20:13 | More by tempest
Photo of catrone


4.47/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A dark brown beer with a thin head that quickly disapeears after pouring.

Carbonation is very low, nearly absent.

The smell is mainly chocolate (bitter) but the taste is mainly malt, with a strong (and good) coffee aftertaste.

Even if it's a dark beer it has a medium body and it's very drinkable.

I suggest drinking it in small sips to fully appreciate its taste and smell.

I think it's a "meditation" beer and I couldn't figure out which food it can pair with, maybe it's better to taste it by itself.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2010 06:11:39 | More by catrone
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...

Serving type: on-tap

09-16-2010 02:16:52 | More by philbe311
Photo of gator0877


3.15/5  rDev -13.7%
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.

Serving type: growler

09-11-2010 15:45:08 | More by gator0877
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2010 17:49:42 | More by GBalbin
Photo of SShelly


3.2/5  rDev -12.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-24-2010 05:25:21 | More by SShelly
Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2010 03:06:46 | More by Sammy
Photo of Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2010 19:44:22 | More by Phyl21ca
Photo of Halcyondays


3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-16-2010 00:58:09 | More by Halcyondays
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).

Serving type: on-tap

06-27-2010 17:17:43 | More by John_M
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2010 11:35:01 | More by juju7
Photo of BDTyre

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2010 06:22:03 | More by BDTyre
Photo of pootz

Ontario (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2010 00:40:20 | More by pootz
Photo of kwjd

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +16.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2010 03:26:50 | More by kwjd
Photo of cratez

Ontario (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle courtesy of Adil. Thanks friend! Deep murky brown in colour with bronze hues and a sliver of bubbly white head. Not much lace. Smell and taste are vanilla, milk chocolate waffers, toasted nuts, cookie dough, cream, and a smoky, charred roast to end. Pretty straightforward, but I like it. Leans more toward a porter than a stout. Medium, spicy mouthfeel, a bit light, though not watery, excellent coffee/oat chalkiness in the finish. Another BA said that you can't go wrong with chocolate beers, and this is case in point: it's unspectacular, yet so damn drinkable. There's a strong and enticing cocoa essence and the beer is remarkably balanced. A tasty, quaffable concoction. I'm now intrigued by what Meantime has to offer...

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2010 04:49:21 | More by cratez
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

Serving type: on-tap

04-05-2010 03:07:31 | More by Magpie14
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2010 22:47:57 | More by FreshHawk
Photo of PartyBear

United Kingdom (England)

3.18/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2010 12:23:25 | More by PartyBear
Photo of Kristing


4.22/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very dark brown colour with a tone of amber. The head is thin and tan.

The aroma of the beer is characterised by that of dark chocolate, as well as a hint of coffee. All in all the smell is wonderfully inviting and really arouses the senses.

The dark chocolate is not as profound in the taste as in the aroma, but nonetheless present. Instead the malty flavour is more dominant. This is supplemented by the chocolate taste, as well as a hint of coffee.

In conclusion, this dark beer is a wonderful complement to the dessert, as an after dinner drink or merely for those self-indulgent momments by the fireplace.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2009 16:49:06 | More by Kristing
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2009 15:21:39 | More by TheSarge
Photo of dgilks


3.98/5  rDev +9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2009 11:15:39 | More by dgilks
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2009 11:03:53 | More by CrazyDavros
Chocolate from Meantime Brewing Company Limited
83 out of 100 based on 62 ratings.