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Coffee Porter - Meantime Brewing Company Limited

Coffee PorterCoffee Porter

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BA SCORE
85
very good

519 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 519
Reviews: 385
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 12.66%


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.

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jwc215

Wisconsin

4.93/5  rDev +30.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

11.2 oz. bottle - Best by "25 01 09" printed on bottle:

Pours black with ruby highlights when held to the light. A creamy tan head has nice staying power and leaves lacing on the glass.

The smell is of rich, lightly roasted espresso beans with a chocolate touch. Subtle fruitiness lends depth and complexity in the background.

The taste is mocha coffee/espresso. Chocolate notes complement the rich coffee taste. Neither too sweet nor too bitter this is wonderfully balanced. A superb roastiness is not overdone - just right.

It has a rich fuller side of medium body. Velvety smooth.

This is a great brew. An exceptional accompaniment to breakfast or brunch. It has a great drinkablilty for a coffee flavored English porter! A coffee and beer-lover's delight!

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2008 16:20:07 | More by jwc215
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Offa

California

4.8/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is a wonderful coffee porter, rich, tasty, smooth, with clear coffee character that is not overdone.

Deep, deep red brown, basically black but not quite, it has a medium-small darkish tan head that slowly shrinks to a wispy top and a little lace.

The aroma at first is freshly ground coffee but this mellows very quickly, lasting but balanced out with prunes, wine, and general toastiness.

The taste is rich, darkly fruity with coffee, a hint of sweet-sour stewed fruit, and a dryish finish with faint bitterness, characterised by dry leaves with elements of coffee and chocolate. It is wonderfulyl tasty, nicely balanced, and very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2008 19:17:52 | More by Offa
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porter17

New Jersey

4.72/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer impressed me very much. Yes, I know my screenname is Porter17 but I have not espoused my love of that style on all on you. Until now. This beer oozes delightful nodes of chocolate and coffee and really hit all of the points. The bottle itself is an impressive design and is a good omen. The beer pours delighfully and with a mysterious hue and fine head. The smell would impress any afficianado. Weighing in at a perfect 6.0% abv, it doesn't overplay the alcohol yest still packs a nice punch. The taste hits it 100% on the nose. Mouthfeel is smoooth and refreshing. Not sure you can drink many of these at a sitting but you can definitely enjoy them often. Just awesome!

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2010 20:12:23 | More by porter17
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MrHurmateeowish

New Hampshire

4.58/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 fl oz brown bottle from Lighthouse in Manchester. Pours a dark reddish-brown with ruby-red highlights and a half inch of tan head that dissipates rather quickly leaving virtually no lacing. Smells strongly of dark chocolate with heavy chocolate notes. Tastes like dark chocolate overwhelmingly, with coffee playing a strong role too. Chocolate dominates the finish. Slight hop bitterness and astringency are noticeable toward the finish too. Unexpectedly rich full body with just enough carbonation to keep this one drinkable. One sip definitely invites another, and this one goes quickly. Phenomenal. A very solid full flavored full-bodied porter with no noticeable flaws, and well worth the price.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2008 02:28:11 | More by MrHurmateeowish
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watchnerd

California

4.58/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The little 11.2 oz bottle. Poured a medium cola color, with a nice, thick, tan head. Wonderful smell that drifted out of the glass before I even got my nose near it. The taste is absolutely fabulous, well-balanced, enough of a coffee taste to taste rich without being cartoonish, and a smooth. Perhaps a bit pricey, but definitely one of the best English Porters on the market.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2008 21:20:15 | More by watchnerd
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bluemoonswoon

Illinois

4.58/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

11.2oz bottle poured into a Sam Adams pint glass.

A: Pours a little bit lighter than I expected a dark copper brown with a bit of black highlight right beneath the one inch sandy white head which melts into a thin cap and ring while leaving behind thin streaks of lacing down the sides of the glass.

S: Nice roasted malt character but coffee obviously dominates here, smells a bit like just used coffee grounds with a bit of chocolate interspliced, given more time to breathe this beer really opens up, cookieish malts begin to come through and work wonders when paired up with the coffee.

T/MF: Dry roasted malt, rich coffee and mild chocolate flavors mix together and taste quite good, mild floral and fruity hoppiness works its way nicely into the beer as well, but the more sips you take the more this tastes like an iced coffee, very nice. Good amount of hop bitterness felt in streaks across the tongue, nicely balanced mouthfeel strikes a nice balance between smooth and gritty to create and all around wonderful texture.

D: Insanely drinkable, I haven't even given it a chance to warm up enough yet and I just want to keep drinking it, its just so good, well balanced and sort of fruity (tangerine comes to mind in the aftertaste). After so many times of passing this funny looking bottle up I finally grabbed it and am more than happy that I did.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2008 03:17:38 | More by bluemoonswoon
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TommyW

Massachusetts

4.58/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Dark red, brown with a tannish, off-white head.

S- Coffee aroma with notes of toasted and burnt malt.

T- Roasted malt, coffee and a slight hop bitterness.

M- On the lighter side, silky and watery on the tongue. Crisper than I had imagined.

D- A really nice coffee porter. I would go back to this one again for sure.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2009 17:27:31 | More by TommyW
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jucifer1818

Florida

4.55/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

on tap, served in a 1/2 pint tulip glass, at Fermentation lounge, Tallahassee

a: Rich dark amber/brown, coming just shy of dark in appearance, with a heavy head (about 2 fingers worth)
4/5

s: Fresh coffee beans, coco pods, and chocolate malt dominate this beer. It smells stronger than a dark cup of iced coffee
5/5

t: When tasting this one you find yourself sneaking as many sips as possible. Right, dark inky expresso dominates this brew, offset by a nice sweet character. It tastes like a glass of alcoholic, strong chilled coffee
4.5/5

m: Dark and grainy, with a excellent smooth and creamy finish
4.25/5

O: This is a very fine brew. It may not be the finest porter I've ever had, but by god, it comes close to being the finest coffee porter I've ever had, tieing with the Cask conditioned Thunderstruck porter. As close to coffee and beer fusion as you can possibly get, this brews creamyness, sweetness, bitterness, and coffee flavors mesh perfectly

I highly recommend it, well worth the price, and everything a coffee beer should be
4.5/5

Serving type: on-tap

02-20-2013 14:05:23 | More by jucifer1818
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gonzo46and2

Florida

4.53/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep dark but not all opaque black with glints of red when struck by light. Has a nicely sized off-white head that lasted.

Fantastic aroma of whole coffee beans (not brewed coffee), nuts, and hops.

Taste is very balanced with sweet malt and coffee bitterness accented by the hops.

Great carbonation and aftertaste.

Probably the best coffee beer I've had.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2008 04:16:38 | More by gonzo46and2
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JanM

Sweden

4.5/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Meantime Coffee really smells like coffee with some sweet aromas in the background. The bottle looks like a mini champagne. The beer is black like a murky Guiness and doesn't pour with much foam. Luckily, it doesn't taste as much coffee as the smell leads you to expect although it creeps up on your palate in the aftertaste. Reading about this beer you may think it's a broiler freak but it is actually an excellent brew.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2005 19:24:56 | More by JanM
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Brad007

Vermont

4.5/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown color with a ruby hue when held up to light. Has a thin, brown head. Aroma is strong and coffee-like. Roasty. Taste is very nice and smooth with a strong, roasted aftertaste that has chocolate essence. Mmm. Super smooth here. This beer would make an excellent dessert beer. Much like the beer I reviewed before this, there's a decent balance between coffee and porter. I swear I can even detect a bit of mint in the taste.

I'm glad I picked up this bottle. The price was decent enough and I'd never heard of this brewery.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2007 02:36:10 | More by Brad007
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francisweizen

Arizona

4.5/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark cola brown with a nice tan head of foam that makes a nice cap for this fantabulous brew. Aromas of COFFEE, seriously, fresh brewed extreme coffee. The roasted malt, hop and other aromas are drowned out by the espresso nose and flavor of this brew. This is probably the purest expression of coffee that I have ever had in an Enlgish beer. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, drinkability is great. COFFEE!

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2008 03:59:41 | More by francisweizen
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dsa7783

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Odd shaped 11.2 oz bottle purchased from Gary's in Madison for $3.99...
Impressive pour resulted in a slight, dark purple, ebony hue with a giant-sized foamy head that left incredible amounts of lacing...
Strong, rich, coffee-porter aroma with cocoa powder and espresso nuances...
Rich, roasted malt taste, with a very strong suggestion of dark coffee... The coffee and latte essence is enormous on this one... This really does taste just like a strong cappuccino or dark coffee... As far a style and flavor is concerned, this one is certainly on-point, and a true replica of a rich, creamy coffee... Never before have I ever sampled a brew that so closely resembles an actual coffee... Roasted malts and cocoa dominate the nose and mouth with a rich, creamy, chocolate mouthfeel with a very good level of drinkability due to the modest ABV and rich flavors...
Top-notch stuff...
Definitely recommended as a true and authentic depiction of the style...

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2008 02:21:03 | More by dsa7783
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OldGrowler

Ontario (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the best of the coffee-styles I've tried. The only points I'd take away is for the sour aftertaste after a while. Otherwise roasty and pure, with unique smokiness in aroma as well as taste. Uniquely also, not malty, but dry and bright finish. Very pleasant, very satisfying.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2011 22:30:12 | More by OldGrowler
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seamusmceagan

Louisiana

4.5/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle into room temp pint glass.

Appearance, Deep translucent brownish amber. Lots of carbonation, small tan head, dissipated fairly quickly and was pretty rocky while it was there, nice ring of lace afterward.

Smell, slight nutty, sweetness. Almost date or apricot quality to the nose here, not much though. Nice malty quality too. Can definitely pick up on those roasted qualities. Also getting a little alcohol on the nose.

Taste, Man oh man this is an amazing brew here folks. Right up from you get coffee, it's there the entire time, but it's not a bitter black coffee as one would imagine, theres a sweetness to it. More of a coffee with creme thing going on, there a really nice roasted quality here to go with the aroma, very very slight bitterness on the finish, but is perfectly mated with the coffee flavor, very enjoyable.

Mouthfeel, Surprisingly enough this brew goes down pretty well, it doesn't fill the mouth too much, it's nice and smooth, there isn't as much carbonation as what it looked to be in the initial pour. There is just a bit of dryness on the back end from the coffee and alcohol too but it is subtle, Very nice.

Overall, I am really digging this beer, from start to finish this has been one of my favorite beers that I've tasted, Not to mention this amazing little bottle will be going up on the display shelf lol. The only down fall I can see here is that, being a coffee flavored beer, it has pretty robust and rich flavors, so i don't know if this is a very sessionable beer, but one or two, with a nice savory pastry sounds like a pretty amazing afternoon haha. I definitely recommend this to any one who loves beer. Also I'm going to try sipping this and bailey's cream together, for some reason i think that would complete my life.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2011 05:52:08 | More by seamusmceagan
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redleaves

Maine

4.5/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear black, head disappears quick. I admit the bottle is awesome and very elegant. Lots of coffee on the nose, very roasty but not too dry. Tastes like great English porter with coffee. Exactly what it says. I think it's very underrated. Roasty, dark black coffee, hints of vanilla and molasses. Bit more carbonated than typical but that makes it a lot more drinkable. I could drink a few of these, easy. A great English porter.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2011 03:41:25 | More by redleaves
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jbphoto88

Texas

4.45/5  rDev +17.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2007 03:55:28 | More by jbphoto88
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Vancer

Illinois

4.45/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A great beer sent my way from limesmut via trade – a beauty!

Almost black, but with ruby edges as I pour this bad boy into the Russian crystal snifter. Of course, massive aroma of roasted coffee, and the quaff is to kill for – a chocolate shake espresso with sour ale undertones. Man, this one is just a smooth and absoulty delicious brew – of course, I luv coffee.

Really, get one thru trade or put on your wants, top notch drinker.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2007 21:26:32 | More by Vancer
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Rainintheface

Massachusetts

4.45/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle poured into SA glass.

A: dark brown with ruby highlights. one finger tan bubbly head that diminishes to just a thin lace

S: coffee is the name of the game here. Reminds me of making a coffee frappe. lightly roasted malt is also there.

T: nice coffee flavor, rich and not bitter tasting.

M: medium body, a little sweet and a little creamy

D: awesome. great all around. Glad I picked up a couple of these.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2008 23:48:35 | More by Rainintheface
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Butch

Mississippi

4.45/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The flavor virtually explodes in your mouth. Much more aggressive and vigorous in flavor than most porters. The coffee is more than noticeable and if not in perfect balance with the dark malts, it asserts itself in a slightly over the top, but all the better for it, way. I wouldn't want them to pull back at all. This is definitely one that I'll be looking for in the future, especially after The Wife's lustful reaction to it. She loved it.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2008 16:38:23 | More by Butch
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pwoods

Ohio

4.45/5  rDev +17.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2008 01:57:45 | More by pwoods
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RicoBrew

California

4.45/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Very nice dark brown pour. Head is a light tan, fluffy and lingering.

S- A mocha aspect comes through first, then fades away to a nice dark chocolate smell. Extremely nice.

T- The coffee bitterness comes into play first. Then it tapers off into a nice mocha flavor, then finishes with a good dark chocolate note. There is a lingering finish of black patent malt that comes through nicely.

M- A little stinging carbonation on the front. Not oily at all.

D- A very nice beer overall. The coffee flavor is not overdone at all and gives a wonderful mocha/chocolate flavor to a very well done porter.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2008 00:57:44 | More by RicoBrew
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SacoDeToro

California

4.43/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a bright clear brown color with a decent off-white head. Based on the color I was skeptical, but...

The aroma of the beer was bursting with fresh dark espresso and chocolate. Some subtle malty and caramel notes came through as well.

The flavor of the beer was rich with coffee, chocolate, and malty goodness. The hops were there to balance things out. The flavors of this beer came together in wonderful accord. For a coffee beer, it totally hit the mark.

The carbonation was just right and the mouthfeel was perfectly creamy.

This beer is dialed in a wonderful. It's one of the best coffee-infused beers I've had.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2007 05:41:18 | More by SacoDeToro
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russpowell

Oklahoma

4.43/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

BBD of 01/28/08

Pours chestnut with 2+ fingers of fluffy brown head. Above average lacing & below average head retention

S: Slight coffee & cocoa as this warms up

T: Coffee, a little chocolate & iron. Cocoa & roasted malt notes as this warms. Finishes dry with more roasted grains & mocha

MF: Smooth, medium-bodied, moderate carbonation & great balance

Drinks too easy, this is my kind of coffee porter/stout!

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2007 02:02:25 | More by russpowell
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

4.43/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I picked up a bottle of this at Kahn's Fine Wines in Indianapolis for about $4.50. The bottle was 11.2oz, not the big Meantime bottle, and had an interesting shape (kind of like a boiling vat).

The beer was dark burgandy brown colored, just barely clear, thin whitish head. The aroma was coffee and malty beer, I would have sworn it was Breakfast Stout except the appearance wasn't as nice. The taste was mostly coffee with some sweet malt, and the beer had enough physical presence that I suspected it had lots more malt in the bill than the 6% alcohol content reveals it to have. Very nice, too bad it's not so easily available.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2007 19:07:16 | More by TurdFurgison
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Coffee Porter from Meantime Brewing Company Limited
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