Coffee Porter - Meantime Brewing Company Limited

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Coffee PorterCoffee Porter

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very good

600 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 600
Reviews: 403
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 12.96%
Wants: 17
Gots: 26 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Meantime Brewing Company Limited visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Porter |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-24-2004

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Reviews by neonbrown82:
Photo of neonbrown82
4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was a very good porter. I've had good results with the Meantime Brewery so far. This is the first one I've seen in a small bottle as well, making it one of the most unique looking bottles in my collection.

The beer itself pours to a dark brown, almost opaque except for a light ruby hue that shines through. The head is fairly thin and wispy, but it retains very well at about a centimeter. Lacing is almost non-existent.

The smell is good. At first it smelled quite metallic with hints of caramel, brown, and black patent malts. As it warmed, the coffee really began to shine. Very nice coffee utilization. The coffee roast smells earthy with hints of chocolate, smoke and nuts.

The taste is great. As just a porter, this beer would be very good, but with the coffee, it is quite a treat. The malt palate is fairly soft. Just a light caramel sweetness up front followed by a very nice brown and black patent flavor. Just a tinge of metallic, usually something I pick up from black patent. The coffee flavor is described in the nose, and it works quite well with the malts.

The body is fairly thin, and the carbonation is light and smooth, providing a fairly thin yet creamy mouthfeel. Very easy to drink.

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
2.76/5  rDev -27%
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
3.89/5  rDev +2.9%
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
3.22/5  rDev -14.8%
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 BeerAdvocate
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
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
4.23/5  rDev +11.9%
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 Doomcifer
4.38/5  rDev +15.9%
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
4.22/5  rDev +11.6%
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 merlin48
4.12/5  rDev +9%
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
3.55/5  rDev -6.1%
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
3.97/5  rDev +5%
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 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 gibgink
4.55/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a highly underrated beer in my opinion. Pours a dark brown, with some brownish red hues coming through the glass when held up to the light. I do notpickup a lot of coffee in the smell, more of the roasted malt. The taste however is where I was blown away. The coffee was present, but did not dominate. At first, I tasted a nice burnt caramel that blended into a malty seetness. Towards the end of the glass, I noticed a nice biscuity/toasty flavor. I was very impressed with this beer, and will pick it up again.

Photo of GOBLIN
3.59/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It's ok as far as coffee infused porters go. We definitely do things bigger and bolder on this side of the pond. Not saying that's a good or bad thing. Just saying our coffee beers are a lot more in your face with coffee flavors.

Photo of StevenBilodeau
4.42/5  rDev +16.9%
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 rhoadsrage
3.06/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

(Served in a nonic)

A- This beer has a clear but dense reddish-brown body with a strong carbonation of tiny bubbles and a rocky light tan head that last for most of the beer.

S- There is soft notes cold stale coffee and brown malt with a dark nougat note. The finish is a fresh brown malt and plastic smell.

T- The taste of cold stale coffee has some notes of brown malt followed by a finish of coffee grounds.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a watery texture.

D- The coffee is big and stale and the malt taste reminds me of a weak American bock. The flavor is not that impressive but the head last and last. I’m not sure I want to commit to the big bottles of Meantime but I’m glad they only sell this in a small bottle. That is enough.

Photo of pwoods
4.42/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Awesome looking bottle, poured into a Chimay chalice, enjoyed at the legendary Maproom.

A: Deep brown and chocolately. 1 finger of head, dies fast. Some lacing.

S: Coffee is massive. Not overly roasted or bitter but just right. Nice sweetness, light chocolate and cola.

T/M: Coffee is so great with the natural porter flavor. Nice, clean, smooth, and 'lighter' porter body is so great in this beer. A soft dry/chalkiness adds depth. Light cola and even lighter chocolate add a pleasant sweetness.

D: Drinkability is disgustingly high. So easy to drink.

Photo of LXIXME
4.13/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Decent sized light brown head dies to a quarter inch or less of creamy froth above a very dark brown to black colored beer.

The aroma is on the lighter side with heavy coffee and lighter malt notes.

Creamy rich coffee taste with maybe some maltiness coming through as well, but definitely coffee outweighing whatever else is trying to come through.

The coffee taste sticks around with a light dryish aftertaste that leaves an almost creamy film coating my tongue.

I need to search out a chocolate porter/stout from these guys, I think if they make one of those that compares to this with chocolate, damn, I can dream can't I.

Photo of jbphoto88
4.43/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A darn decent beer! I was lucky enough to try this at a beer festival and I am glad I stumbled across this booth. It is a dark pour with a soft minimal head. Definitely in my book a dessert beer. It has a strong coffee flavor and is a little sweet with a light (british) carbonation. This beer dances on your taste buds and if you are trying to talk your wife into beer, this is the one that will make her want to have a cold one with you. One of my top 10, try it if you can find it.

Photo of Brenden
3.82/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This coffee porter is a dark brown, pretty much identical in look to the original London porter with slightly more darkness against the light. It grows a brown head to half a finger tall, both tightly and sparsely bubbly, so that it falls off a bit more quickly than the original but not too quickly. A moderate amount of lacing is left in patches.
The roasted coffee is there in the nose without overpowering this porter. There's a touch of cocoa, a bit of toast, and a mildly herbal quality (hops, I would think). Roasty malt still underlies this beer.
The taste is essentially the same, but the coffee backs off ever so slightly and needs to come forward. There's also a ghost of astringency as if from a slightly acidic edge to the coffee.
There's a nice creaminess to the medium body, though it goes a bit too foamy (as with the original). It does have a good smoothness to it.
Overall, I think it loses just a little something, or maybe that it gains just that very slight acidity to it, but it's a good beer.

Photo of Reappropriated
4.06/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 11.2oz bottle.

This beer says very little on the label, only promising a coffee porter, which is delivers on.

The beer pours lighter than I would expect from a coffee porter, being somewhere between brown and dark brown, with a head that sticks around for a while.

The smell is of coffee, which was my first indication that they got the flavor right. There is also malt present, with other smells lurking, but not coming forward enough for me to clearly identify them.

The taste of of coffee, which is nice because this porter actually delivers what it promises. Too many times you get hints of flavors, or they are almost completely missing, but this beer is built around the coffee flavor. It is also not bitter as some other coffee beers, which gives it a nice smooth coffee taste, not the coffee grounds flavors that are sometimes present. It also finishes off with a nice subtle vanilla, which was also enjoyable. The feel was also good and thick, but not treading into stout land, just on the thick side for porters.

Overall I would definitely drink this again, especially if I was looking for a coffee flavor.

Photo of NJpadreFan
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Meantime- Coffee Porter

A- Ruby reddish brown with a thick frothy head. Nice lacing down the glass.
S- A heavily creamed and sugared coffee and milk chocolate.
T- Sweet milk chocolate (like a hershey bar) melted into a sweet and creamy cup of coffee.
M- Sugary sweet with a touch of coffee bitterness. Mild dry chocolate powder finish.

Overall- A tasty desert beer without a doubt. Why only 11.2 oz?! I would like this in a 22oz.

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Coffee Porter from Meantime Brewing Company Limited
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