Coffee Porter - Meantime Brewing Company Limited

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85
very good

403 Reviews
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very good

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Reviews: 403
Hads: 602
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 12.96%
Wants: 16
Gots: 27 | 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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Photo of soulgrowl
4.35/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appropriately coffee-looking, with a deep brown body and a latte-like foam. Smells like dark roast coffee, with some nice dark fruit/berry notes in addition to the more typical molasses, dark chocolate, and toffee aromas you'd hope for in a good porter. Really nice, actually. Like a grown-up Frappuccino.

Bright, fruity, almost acidic coffee leads the way, with chewy licorice, rich cocoa, cherry cola, and a hint of port trailing behind. Spot on, as is the mouthfeel – rich and smooth but also dry. Excellent stuff. Possible food pairings: creme brulee, dulce de leche, burritos, blue cheese, peanut butter brownies. (621 characters)

Photo of Gorilla_Biscuits
4.21/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Very solid. Malts and coffee are the first thing that really come through in this beer. As you drink more the chocolate really comes out. Better than expected may have to revisit this one again. (195 characters)

Photo of Brutaltruth
3.84/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed from the bottle in a snifter glass. This nice brew from the UK pours a dark cola brown with a light off white head that dissipates to a thin ring and light lacing. nose of medium roast coffee, light sweet malts, light smoke, and moderately roasted dark malts. Flavors are a light sweet malt mingling with light coffee to the front and sides, light smoky sweet note to back, and a light coffee and roasted malt character on the aftertaste. Mouth feel is solid and standard for English ales with light carbonation and a light dry finish with roasted malt bitterness. A good brew indeed for across the pond.

Cheers! (626 characters)

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. (229 characters)

Photo of tim007007
2.96/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours like dark water. Smells of coffee at first, but then get some sort of smell that is just off. Taste is not pleasant, not going to be able to finish my portion of the bottle. Feel is what you would expect based off the look. Overall not good. (251 characters)

Photo of RonaldTheriot
2.25/5  rDev -40.5%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Meantime Coffee Porter has a medium, beige head, a dark brown appearance, minimal lacing, and visible tan yeast chunks floating about. The aroma is of lime, turned or semi-rancid ale, and cheap, off-brand coffee. Taste is the same, with a unpleasant acidic bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium and slimy, and Meantime Coffee Porter finishes semi-dry and sour.

RJT (360 characters)

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. (527 characters)

Photo of flyingpig
3.77/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

330ml bottle from Beers of Europe (£1.85):
Great stuff from Meantime here, a very nice coffee porter that was full of flavour from the start with a lots of coffee present throughout, you wouldn't really expect anything else though given the name. The beer proved an easy one to finish with a nice touch of bitterness right at the end to see things out. (353 characters)

Photo of LagerCognoscenti
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%

Dark brown with ruby red hints. Good head and lacing.

Aroma: Coffee, leather, sugar, roasted malts.

Taste: Smoky and very roasted and burnt . Dark chocolate mousse and (instant?) coffee flavours are apparent. This beer is also fairly bitter and therefore well balanced.

Mouthfeel: Carbonated and fizzy and a little watery.

Overall, a good, but not outstanding porter with quite a lot of bitterness and burnt smoky flavours. Not as superbly crafted or delicious as Fullers London porter.

80/100 (499 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.99/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

With the common porter profile already exhibiting a robust coffee flavor from roasted barley, its that coffee character that's expounded upon as Meantime brewers ramp up its earthy and hearty roast with assertive additions of the magical bean.

And like any mere mortal of a porter would, it pours a gentlemanly dark brown topped with a mocha meringue. One whiff gives the nose something slightly more than roasted grain- its coffee spice is evident. The first sips reward the palate with wonderful burnt sugar, toffee and a creamy (almost marshmallowy) taste and texture.

Over the middle, its body wavers considerably, going from creamy and sweet to toasty and dry. With sweetness receding, elements of cocoa, roasted walnut, burnt toast and obvious dark-roast coffee pull forth and gives a sense of drinkability.

Its finish is malty-dry and approaching medium-light at times. Aided with coffee-type bitterness, slight acrid cocoa, and the broad and woodish bitterness from hops; the beer concludes with a long earthen and toasted linger. Its a robust taste that's likely well suited for chili and bittersweet chocolate. (1,123 characters)

Photo of gonzo000
3.64/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

a. Dark brown as expiated on the pour, appears watery. One finger head of tiny soda like bubbles, tan. Head quickly flattens, but does no disappear. Poured into a pint glass - can see through the bottom third of the glass, but not the top two-thirds.

s. Coffee, malt, coffee, coffee.

t. Strong coffee - but I believe English Coffee is quite strong. Not a bad taste, get some malt and strong, possibly burt coffee.

m. Very good mouthfeel. The remaining carbonation is well balanced and enjoyable.

o. Good beer, slightly above good once I got used to the strength of the coffee. (580 characters)

Photo of deg
3.21/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured black with a cream head. The head lingered, and there was some nice lacing on my glass. The smell and the flavor were weak. I can taste coffee. I can taste roasted malt. All the flavors I expect are there, they're just weaker than I would like. The beer goes down easily. (287 characters)

Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.44/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a balloon glass.

Look: A dirty motor oil black body under a cream colored head, slight retention. Light lacing.

Aroma: Sweet chocolate comes out the most, roasted malts.

Taste: Roasted malts and chocolate, bitter black coffee.

Mouthfeel: Somewhat crisp, nice weight, not too watery.

Overall: Quite good. More chocolate than coffee, but delicious all the same. (376 characters)

Photo of BeerWithMike
4.4/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Sampling right now on 7/24/14. Single 330ml (11.2 ounce) nice looking bottle that costs $5.29. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured into a specialty beer glass.

Pours a very deep brown with reddish highlights that is close to black. A good1-finger thick foamy off-white head that stays around for a bit. A good amount of spotty lacing is seen also. The aroma is of dark roasted malts with some black coffee/espresso. The taste has much more of the black coffee/espresso flavor coming through for the finish. Perfect carbonation for this type of brew and no bitter aftertaste at all. If you like coffee and/or stout then this is for you. A great brew! (679 characters)

Photo of heygeebee
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From Sydney Wine Merchants

A - black body, full four fingers of head fade to film/ring, clingy lace, good.

S - typical English porter, roast, ash, cigar box, with moderate coffee notes.

T - delightfully creamy, with a milky coffee dominant taste. Add nuts. Roasts malt and moderate earthy hops.

M - smooth, creamy.

O - very well made, surpised I have not had before. Not usually a fan of this style but maybe the higher ABV removes the watery aspect sometimes found in this stlye. (485 characters)

Photo of avalon07
3.18/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a brown color and a slightly cloudy consistency. There was an inch of off white, somewhat long-lasting head. Middling lacing.

S: A lot of coffee in aroma, as you might expect, with a little bit of malt as well. A little top heavy.

T: Like the aroma, the flavor was geared too heavily towards the coffee. There was a bit of malt and a hint of chocolate, but it seemed way off kilter. Also, there was a thinness to the flavor that wasn't attractive.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a thin finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This is really kind of a misfire. There are certainly worse porters out there, but none so out of balance. (673 characters)

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

330 ml bottle into pint glass, bottled on 8/16/2013. Pours fairly crystal clear reddish brown color with a 2 finger dense light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of dark roasted coffee, chocolate, cocoa, caramel, toast, roasted malt, brown bread, light nuttiness, herbal, and roast/toasty earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of coffee, dark/roasted malt, and light earthy hop notes; with good strength. Taste of roasted coffee, chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, caramel, toast, brown bread, light nuttiness, herbal, and roast/toasty earthiness. Fair amount of herbal/roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of coffee, chocolate, cocoa, roast, caramel, toast, brown bread, light nuttiness, and toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice robustness and complexity of coffee and dark/roasted malt flavors; with a good bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, moderately creamy, and slightly chalky/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice coffee porter. Good balance and complexity of coffee and dark/roasted malt flavors; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering. (1,425 characters)

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. (629 characters)

Photo of PPOmaha
3.57/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Aroma: light roast malt character with a hint of coffee. Light diacetyl.

Appearance: dark brown with golden hues in the light. Off white head that lingers.

Taste: roast and toast are prominent. Slight noble hop bitterness in the finish. Coffee flavor presents as the beer warms, but not overly coffee.

Mouthfeel: light body with medium carbonation. Slightly tannic in the finish.

Overall: easy drinking coffee porter. Coffee blends in well with the roasted malt. (469 characters)

Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Cool bottle purchased at AJ's Beer Warehouse in Henrietta, NY.

Pours a very dark brown, with a foamy dark brown head, and good lacing.

Smells like roasty, bitter coffee and roasted malts.

The taste is similar. Burnt, bitter coffee grounds are the dominant flavor, with some roasted malt, and a little bit of chocolate. Pretty straightforward- tasty, but it's been done better many times. Some creamy vanilla, as well.

Medium bodied, but slightly thin/watery for the style. Very drinkable, though. Low carbonation, creamy smooth mouthfeel.

Not too bad, but a little boring. (577 characters)

Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass.

Appearance: A very dark brown with a very thin body, looks almost opaque black once poured in the glass but when placed against the light you see the body pretty well. (Light tan) Head is very thing and honestly poured about 1/10' and settled to almost nothing before a sip.

Smell: Strong aroma of espresso makes you think you are about to drink an iced coffee.

Taste: Smooth coffee taste with a slight mocha feel. A notch sweet but then again chocolately bitter.

Mouth: Medium bodied feels like just sticky enough.

Overall: This beer took me by surprise, it packs a punch of flavor that will easily attract you. I can honestly say a definite must grab. Salud! (694 characters)

Photo of rangerred
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle into a nonic.

Pours a very dark brown with a half finger thick tan head. Very good head retention with just some stringy lacing.

Aroma has a fairly sharp metallic note, unfortunately, but underneath that, there are some milk chocolate notes along with a touch of light roast coffee. Some dark toffee and caramel as well.

Not metal in the flavor, thankfully, and the chocolate/toffee notes are very nice. Coffee is present but is much more subdued than I was expecting. Caramel is in the background and a very light, delicate, hop character just lending enough bitterness to balance the sweetness. The mouthfeel is probably the best feature of this beer. It is silky smooth with plenty of body.

Overall, a decent English Porter but way overpriced for what it is. I wish the coffee was a little more pronounced. (826 characters)

Photo of BMMillsy
3.56/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown, looking a bit thin as it comes out. Small to medium light beige head. Aroma of coffee and a bit of roasted malt, but slightly weak. Flavor is coffee and a bit of fruitiness. A bit of very light spice on the finish almost tastes like chile. Strange aftertaste for a porter. Not bad, but something a little strange. (331 characters)

Photo of tronester
3.86/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 4

Pours a chestnut brown, with a thin tan collar. Aromas of blackstrap molasses and plums. Taste begins with a light woody flavor, followed by some toffee, then oatmeal, and finishing with a light coffee and smoke finish. Mouthfeel is a bit thin, somewhat disappointing. Overall a good porter, though a bit pricy for what you get IMO. (332 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear reddish brown in color with light to moderate amounts of gentle visible carbonation along the edges of the glass and some crimson red highlights. The beer has a finger tall foamy (made up of very tiny bubbles) that reduces to a mottled surface of thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Very light to light aromas of roasted malts with light to moderate aromas of freshly brewed coffee. The overall aroma intensifies as the beer warms up.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of freshly brewed coffee with lighter flavors of roasted malts. Pretty simple in flavor without a lot of complexity, the primary flavor being that of coffee. Light amounts of bitterness which fades pretty quickly.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly thin/watery.

O: Extremely easy to drink and goes great with brunch - it tastes like a coffee soda without any additional sweetness. The alcohol is very well hidden and it goes down quite smoothly. I could easily have a couple of these in a single session. (1,120 characters)

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Coffee Porter from Meantime Brewing Company Limited
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