Coffee Porter - Meantime Brewing Company Limited

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Coffee PorterCoffee Porter

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BA SCORE
85
very good

572 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 572
Reviews: 396
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 13.23%
Wants: 13
Gots: 17 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Meantime Brewing Company Limited visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Porter |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-24-2004)
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Reviews by CharlieMopps:
Photo of CharlieMopps
4.38/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: From the start of the pour, a noisy off-white head begins to fizz up, culminating to about three fingers worth when all is said and done. Larger bubbles form about halfway down, but tighten up once more, in addition to leaving very tiny colonies of bubbles sticking to the sides of the glass. The beer is a deep, deep mahogany hue that still lets in a bit of light.

S: Smells of robust, fresh coffee grounds, and it seems like this is going to be a good one, as I've been finding more and more and more strong coffee-infused beers that I enjoy. Roasted malt notes are evident, but really lay underneath the coffee aroma. So it may seem a little one-dimensional, but let's see how it flies in the taste category.

T: Up front, the malt character seems fairly light, as I think many porters have a tendency to do, but this almost gives it a soft-drink sort of feel. Nevertheless, this readily overtaken by a wave of straight coffee ground goodness that covers the back of the palate. Hop presence is actually noticeable, very much in the vein of a porter, though, because it's there to provide balance. The two blend well, but are also distinctly separate profiles in this beer, I feel. Aftertaste is nothing but java, which I don't mind at all.

M: Retains that similar porter body, lighter than say, a Russian Imperial, but still carrying some heft in the mouthfeel, which is nice. Carbonation doesn't get in the way by any means, and it helps the beer taste great, I'd say.

D: Not even close to an abv monster, but still enough (6%) to get your attention. From an 11.2oz bottle, this seems fitting. And for all my talk about how strong the coffee notes are in the bouquet and on the palate, this is really a treat, and isn't too over-the-top, but definitely makes its presence known. If you're expecting a run-of-the-mill porter with a faint coffee tinge, then you'd be disappointed, but if you're looking for that fresh grounds fix, this is your porter, my friend.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass a medium to dark brown with a nicely formed almost 1/2 finger off white head head,naturally the coffee aromas hit ya along with some woody tones and unsweetened chocolate.Coffee is domanant on the palate but is not the only thing worth mentioning its quite arthy with some noticeable wood,a bit of sweetness comesthru but to me its unsweetened dark roast coffee that dominates.A very nice coffee infused porter just well rounded and solid.

Photo of byaeger
2.8/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This was my first time buying a bottle of Meantime and I'd heard good things. I picked it up from City Beer along with a mixed pack of various coffee stouts figuring, meh, coffee porter, why not?

Especially at five bucks for 11.2 oz, I wanted this to be phenomenal. I love dark porters and dark-roasted black coffee. This, however, looks too thin and watery to be either porter or coffee. Poured into an Irish Coffee glass, it is completely transparent.

Having purchased the bottle only a week ago, it immediately opened with off scents that not even the coffee overpowered.

The brewed coffee is obvious in the taste, but flavor and mouthfeel-wise, it's just too watery.

While I am able to finish the bottle, I won't be buying this one again and remain optimistic about the rest of the coffee stouts I procured (before attempting to brew that style).

Photo of ricke
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Serving date: 2009-03-23. Served in snifter.

A: Dark brown but paler than expected and certainly paler than a lot of other porters. The liquid is very clear. A small beige head that settled very quickly and leaves a minimal ring of lacings around the edges.

S: Lightly roasted coffee, sweet chocolate, some vanilla. The coffee aromas dominate, as expected, but they are not as deep and powerful as I would have wanted.

T: A pretty sweet taste. Light roasted coffee beans and freshly ground coffee dominate. Pleasant flavors of light chocolate. The taste is very similar to chocolate covered coffee beans. Some vanilla. A decent backbone of roasted malts and a milk-like smooth flavor. Hops are very restrained throughout the experience. The finish has a minimal bitterness and some sweet malts, woody flavors and chocolate syrup.

M: Semi-full body, slightly creamy texture. Plenty of carbonation, but this probably prevents the beer from being too sweet and sickly.

D: Initially, I thought this was a very good beer with great coffee flavors. However, it's somewhat to sweet and the coffee flavors lack some depth. Would have liked a richer, not as, sweet coffee profile. The sweetness and taste of chocolate covered coffee beans become a little overpowering after a while. One bottle of this is almost too much. Would probably be a great dessert beer or a digestif, though.

Photo of StoutHearted
3.13/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer's strength is it's smell. It smells like a fresh, strong-brewed pot of coffee. Makes me want to pair it with a hearty stew or a plate of bacon. But the taste doesn't come through. It's not terrible by any means, but there's a sparkling mouthfeel that's almost reminiscent of champagne. There's a slight sour taste, and I'm missing the bitterness prevalent in most coffee beers. It lacks body, which is disappointing. A shame - this beer had so much promise from that wonderful aroma.

Photo of tbryan5
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.86/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #61 (Feb 2012):

LOOK: Dark mahogany brown

SMELL: Cowboy coffee, charcoal, burnt currants, bready, earthy, yeast, tree bark, herbal

TASTE: Creamy, smooth, roasted grain, coffee, milky, warming alcohol, burnt toast, herbal, chicory, black tea; semisweet, roasty finish

Obviously brewed with coffee, Meantime states that one bottle is equal to one cup of coffee. They also add lactose, which drops in nice layer of depth; creamy and more inviting with each sip. Coffee flavor could be dialed up a smidgen more, but it works.

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pretty beer: dark brown with red highlights, thick tan head. Coffee/roasted malt aroma, with a hint of sweet chocolate. Taste was more coffee/espresso, little bit of chocolate, some bitterness. I enjoyed the bitterness, thought it rounded things out quite well.

Photo of Beaver13
3.93/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle. Pours brown with red highlights and has a large fizzy, rocky off white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is sweet chocolate, grains, lactose and lots of coffee.

The flavor is sweet chocolate malts with lots of roasted, slightly acidic (more so as it warms), coffee. It has a dry, slightly bitter finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with sharp carbonation.

Overall, a pleasant surprise. This is a nice coffee beer. Initially it's a nice blend of sweet chocolate and coffee. As it warms, it becomes a little too acidic.

Photo of VernonKell
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of Doomcifer
4.4/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Pours a very dark brown with burgundy hues poking through when held to light. Great, frothy, tan head that lingers awhile, leaving lacing behind in it's wake. Smells of coffee of course, sweet malts, milk chocolate. Taste is also of sweet coffee. Like an extra/extra at Dunkin Donuts. This stuff is dangerously smooth. A little light on the body but the addictiveness more than makes up for it. So damn tasty. I could drink these all evening. Before I know it, my pint is empty every time. Sweet bottle to boot.

Photo of ralovecraft
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up as I am a huge fan or Porters. Carbonation heavy on the pour, but quickly dissapated and left just a light ring around the edge of the glass. Not as dark as many of the American style coffee porters. A nice dark amber hue when held up to the light. Strong coffee notes on the nose and the palate. A clean aroma -- no noticeable hops coming through. Maybe just a hint of hot cocao powder-like chocolate. Very smooth in flavor and drinkability. Good bitterness that balances the acrid black patent flavors. A kiss of sweetness in line with the English Porter style. Overall, a really nice porter.

Photo of JakerLou
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of merlin48
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cool looking 11.2 oz bottle. Pours a clear mahogany body with a small, but lasting, beige head. Some curtains of lace drape around the glass. Aroma is freshly ground coffee beans and milk chocolate graced by toasted almonds. Medium body is well carbonated. Taste is dark chocolate and coffee grounds accented by notes of cream and almonds. Nicely executed.

Photo of tigg924
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: light brown in color, 1/4 inch head, high carbonation, clear

Smell: roasted coffee and toasted malt

Taste: big dose of pure black coffee. At the end there is a chocolate and cream taste

Mouthfeel: slightly sweet, medium body, moderate carbonation

Drinkability: An average coffee beer that is really rich. A sipper that I could have again or pass by.

Photo of Hoops4life511
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from cool 11.2 oz bottle into standard glass.

Appearance - Pours thin dark brown, the little bit of tan head quickly fizzles out. Slight ring is left over, but nothing too impressive.

Smell - Roasty, malty, coffee and chocolate. Sweet smelling, but not very forward.

Taste - Easily the high point of this beer with no shortness of coffee right up front. Malt and roasted flavors follow. After the weak nose I was very pleased with this.

Mouthfeel - A little thin but overall not terrible. A good bit of carbonation add some character to compensate. Overall, just above average.

Drinkability - With such a bold flavor in a thin body this is very drinkable. Dry finish leaves you wanting that next sip, and it is very easy to take.

Overall, I will buy this beer again. I think it will be one worth enjoying after dinner, and one I'd introduce to a coffee lover who is not completely sold on the craft beer scene.

Photo of Mora2000
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to my brother for sending me this beer.

The beer pours a medium brown color with an off-white head. The beer was lighter colored than I expected. The aroma is chocolate, coffee and roasted malt. The flavor is heavy on the milk chocolate with some coffee, roasted malt and cream mixed in. The mouthfeel is very creamy and the carbonation is low.

Photo of sm0key
3/5  rDev -20.6%

Photo of magictrokini
3.48/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown with a tan head and havy lacing. Aroma is stale coffee, almonds, licorice, and baker's chocolate. Thin mouthfeel. Tastes like coffee and roasted malt, without anything more. Cream? Nuts? Anything? Expected something more, especially for the price tag.

Photo of JeffNev
4.5/5  rDev +19%

Photo of StevenBilodeau
4.43/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great Choice...

Pours a midnight black with hints of dark brown.

Slight cream head, dissipates.

Roast on the nose, coffee, toasted malt grains, and also a subtle caramel flavor.

The flavor is rich and full flavored, almost like a full roast blend of arabica/robusta...very tasty. Love this beer.

This is a damn good brew for those special occasions, and lazy sit downs on a cold winter evening. Cigars any one?

Photo of gtrevisa
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of kwkdmk
2.75/5  rDev -27.2%

Photo of goast8127
2.5/5  rDev -33.9%

Photo of Beer21
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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Coffee Porter from Meantime Brewing Company Limited
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