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Coffee Porter - Meantime Brewing Company Limited

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Coffee PorterCoffee Porter

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very good

536 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 536
Reviews: 389
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 12.66%
Wants: 13
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
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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4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

11-20-2012 23:32:36 | More by jtdolla911
Photo of Jspriest


4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

11-14-2011 16:30:05 | More by Jspriest
Photo of redleaves


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
Photo of francisweizen


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
Photo of beercatbrew


4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

06-04-2013 23:44:46 | More by beercatbrew
Photo of pwoods


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
Photo of jbphoto88


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
Photo of Butch


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
Photo of Rainintheface


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
Photo of Vancer


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
Photo of RicoBrew


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
Photo of StevenBilodeau


4.43/5  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?

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2011 01:38:14 | More by StevenBilodeau
Photo of russpowell


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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New Jersey

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

Fairtrade Araba Burbon beans from Rwanda. Pours a dark opaque red color with a rocky 2 finger reddish-tan head which exhibited a good retention and nice lacing left behind on the glass. The nose brings a rich, fresh roasted coffee aroma with some dark licorice, dried cherries, dry chocolate, and subtle smoky notes. The flavor is a very deep dark roasted nature full or rich black coffee beans. The mouthful is full bodied and slightly oily and leaves a smoky dark roasted malt lacing on the tongue. There is a nice acrid minerality to the palate as well. There is some nice dry earthy hop bittering and campfire charred woodiness. The finish, while short, is full roasted, dark, and gently fades leaving a nice grainy coffee residual coating of black coffee grinds behind. Overall a solid good british style coffee porter with the richness and dark roasted nature you would come to expect from this style. A nice coffee grind fade leaves a gentle reminder of the full roasted heartiness of this drink leaving you wanting more to wash it down.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2008 23:37:14 | More by beerthulhu
Photo of adamdotson


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

Bought at Blanchard's in Allston, MA.

Appearance- looks dark brown. Pours a dark brown with cremy beige head. Good head retention. Some legs .

Smells like fresh ground coffee beans. Amazing. Crisp bitterness.
Smells the way my breath taste afer having a cup of coffee. That sounds gross
The taste is like the freshest cup of coffee. Reminds me a bit of Peche Mortel or Breakfast Stout for obvious reasons. It's pretty heavy on the coffee and i'm having trouble identifying other stuff. But it does so well with soreading the taste that I'm in love with it. Light body. Amazing after taste.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2008 06:17:36 | More by adamdotson
Photo of DoubleJ


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

Prestigous looking 330 ml bottle costing me $3.39. "Each serving is equal to one cup coffee" is in fine green print on the back. Do I really need a stimulant for tonight? On to the beer:

The beer, as you would expect, is black, but you can see a light through the body. A rocky head sits on top of this beer and shows resistence to being dissolved. Coffee, baker's chocolate, chocolate syrup, and grain settle underneath the nose. I'm still picking up different flavors as I continue to inhale. Shall I continue on?

First sip brings to mind a mellow flavor. There's a very beautiful balance between the beer and coffee. It's lighter than I was expecting, but very scrumptious. There's coffee and there's porter! Sweet, chalky, and...what's the term to describe fresh brewed coffee? Seems like someone squirted chocoalte syrup in here too, or my taste buds are lying to me. Goes down with ease.

Who said English-made porters are passé? Not Meantime Brewing, which has been in operation for less than 10 years now. Glad to see a new English brewery spreading its joy to the US.

Other Notes: This beer is also the winner of multiple awards. The most recent coming from the International Beer Challenge (October 2007), where this won World's Best Stout & Porter up to 6.9%.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2008 05:08:46 | More by DoubleJ
Photo of armock

New York

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

A - Poured a brown color with a brown head that leaves some lacing behind

S - Is of roasted malt that gives off strong but sweetened coffee scents with some chocolate

T - This tastes pretty close to how I drink my coffee black and lots of sugar like the nose its roasted coffee with some sweetness

M - This beer has a medium body with medium carbonation to it

D - I'm not a huge fan of coffee beers but this one is awesome in fact I think its going to be in my top five highest reviewed so it goes without saying this is a beer to hunt down and try

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2010 04:43:19 | More by armock
Photo of Nipitato


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

Purchased a very cool looking bottle of this beer at Julio’s in Westborough, MA.

A: Good clarity. Pours dark brown into a Sam Adams’ glass. Significant ruby highlights – practically amber when held to light. The beer is topped with a quarter inch tan moussy head with great retention.

S: Strong coffee aroma from roasted malt. Smells fresh. Dark bitter chocolate aroma is also strong. Some sweet toffee scents add character. Overall, aroma profile is sweet and roasty.

T: This is one hell of a tasty beer. Roasted dark chocolate malt flavor dominates. Coffee flavor is also prominent. Dark fruity esters linger in the background – raisins, cherries. A touch of whiskey flavor as well.

MF: Medium body. Low carbonation. Dry finish and mouthfeel. It has a clean finish.

D, notes: An enjoyable beer. Tasted very fresh despite the travel distance. Easily drinkable. Overall very well done.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2007 18:01:33 | More by Nipitato
Photo of SacoDeToro


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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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
Photo of colts9016


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

Poured into a pint glass at 50 degrees.

Appearance: A very dark coca cola color with a white ring around the glass. There was a one finger head but it just lasted for a moment. The clarity of the beer is opaque.

Nose: A rich coffee aroma followed by a nice malty complex. There are notes of bread and burnt sugar. Not much else.

Taste: A very nice malty complex with the bitterness of good coffee. There are hints of caramel, chocolate and a slight hop bitterness.

Overall: An amazing amount of coffee added to this beer. There is a good malt complex with a hint of hops to the beer. The mouth feel is astringent but soft. The finish linger for a few moment on the palate and it is rather refreshing. The beer is wonderful a great coffee flavor to the beer with the supporting porter characters.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2009 00:09:01 | More by colts9016
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North Carolina

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

Lately I have had my share of Coffee infused brews so this one should be another great experience. I am curious to see the difference from the usual American style versions to this English style company.

Poured into a beer glass.
Alot of head in the beginning, it does have a nice shingling layer pattern.

Coming off of a cold so the smell isn't that strong to me right. But it smell decent from what can make out.

Dark reddish color

Smooth in taste with mild carbonation added

The coffee taste is really hard to make out. It doesn't hit you like most of the ones I have tried that are label as a coffee beer. It seem that this one was professionally mix and blended well. I can make out a subtle coffee grind texture right at the end of the drink. Interesting.

Highly, recommended to try again.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2008 19:24:35 | More by mortarit
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Rhode Island

4.4/5  rDev +16.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2008 21:57:03 | More by Doomcifer
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4.38/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This brew pours a dark brown color with ruby hues around the edges. The head is monsterous, especailly for a coffee beer. It is two inches high, creamy, fluffy, and recedes very slowly into chunky lacing. The aroma is of coffee grounds, nuts, sweet milk chocolate, bitter dark chocolate, and cream. The taste has quite a bit more coffee to it than the aroma. Chocolate and cream rounds out the coffee flavors in the sip, while the finish in pleasantly nutty. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with fine, lively carbonation. Overall, this beer is does not have as much coffee in it as most American coffee beers. However, adding more coffee to this beer would probably mask too many of its other flavors and aromas, and I think that would be a shame. I like this beer a lot. I would drink it if I was in the mood for something with a punch-you-in-the-mouth coffee taste to it. However, if in the mood for a well design, not over the top porter this would certainly do the trick.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2007 23:17:49 | More by KarlHungus
Photo of CharlieMopps


4.38/5  rDev +15.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2007 15:00:57 | More by CharlieMopps
Coffee Porter from Meantime Brewing Company Limited
85 out of 100 based on 536 ratings.