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Coffee Porter - Meantime Brewing Company Limited

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BA SCORE
85
very good

559 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 559
Reviews: 395
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 12.66%
Wants: 12
Gots: 16 | 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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Photo of Sammy
3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is pure coffee, and the new 11.2 ounces is enough even for two of us. As far as the style, as far as a coffee beer, this hits the mark. Not something I am crazy about, coffee in the aroma, the colour. A good amount of head. Creamy mouthfeel, but it does reach a level of astringncy at the end.

Sammy, Dec 13, 2009
Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

t0rin0, Nov 22, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.71/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours an almost opaque super dark crimson-brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, chocolate syrup, and coffee candy aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa powder and burnt coffee flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that has some nice roasty coffee and cocoa aromas and flavors.

UCLABrewN84, Jun 29, 2013
Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev +5.5%

djrn2, Feb 24, 2013
Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

zestar, Sep 13, 2014
Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

acurtis, Jan 12, 2012
Photo of metter98
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is very dark amber (near black) in color and poured with a ring of off white bubbles around the edge of the glass and lacy patterns of bubbles floating in the center. A light amount of carbonation is visible from the rising bubbles.
S: There are light aromas of roasted coffee beans in the nose; the smell becomes a little stronger as the beer starts to warm up and also exhibits some hints of roasted malts.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste isn't complex and primarily consists of roasted coffee flavors.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and slightly watery on the palate; a light to moderate amount of carbonation is perceptible.
D: Drinking this beer is a breeze and there's no traces of alcohol whatsoever in the taste. It's a good beer to start the day off with if you're looking for some carbonated coffee with a buzz but don't want anything heavy like a typical coffee porter or stout.

metter98, Feb 11, 2011
Photo of Texasfan549
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Texasfan549, Dec 08, 2012
Photo of brentk56
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Looks like coffee with a one fingered foamy head atop; not the best lacing I have ever seen, however

Smell: The primary aroma is coffee, but there is a clear lactose scent that is a bit phenolic

Taste: Coffee up front, with developing chocolate and vanilla notes; after the swallow the flavors build but are joined, at the finish, by the lactose

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Although the lactose is a bit of a distraction from the flavor profile, it is so subtle that if you don't think about it too much, all you really taste is the coffee

brentk56, May 10, 2009
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Burnt pecan brown with tangerine highlights on the coaster... dark cherry when backlit with weak morning sunshine. The butter toffee colored crown is the best part of the appearance. It has character to burn and is leaving the glass slathered with an impressive amount of lace when it eventually departs.

I find it odd that I love the smell of coffee-infused porters and stouts when I don't drink coffee (and have never even tasted it). This nose is very well done in that crushed coffee beans are right up front, yet the roasted maltiness of the base porter is easily appreciated. I'm expecting good things from this beer.

Coffee Porter is a good version for sure. A bit of an odd finish keeps it from greatness, but let's see what happens as the ounces pass. Java lovers should be in heaven because their favorite beverage dominates the flavor profile without overpowering everything and making the beer taste like iced coffee. It's a fine line that Meantime has walked with consummate skill.

Bittersweet chocolate and sugared vanilla bean are also present. It might be the addition of lactose (milk sugar) that's giving the odd flavor on the back end. It's fading fast as I enter the bottom of the bottle, so no worries. Bitter and sweet are both abundant, with bitter winning handily at all points along the way.

The body/mouthfeel is right about where it should be for a 6.0% ABV English porter. Since I have nothing else of substance to add here, allow me to note the source of the coffee beans: Rwanda's Abuhuzamugambi Bakawa Co-operative. Beats 'Joe's Coffee Shop' when it comes to the coolness factor.

I've been pleased with all three of the Meantime Brewing Company beers that I've had so far. Coffee Porter is a nice little (caffeinated) treat that will please your palate as it energizes your body and your brain. Not only that, but the bottle is a keeper.

BuckeyeNation, Nov 27, 2007
Photo of BEERchitect
3.99/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

BEERchitect, Aug 14, 2014
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a clear dark amber color ale with a large enough head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of dry coffee is quiet pleasant with light roasted malt notes also noticeable. Taste is also dominated by coffee with a dry aftertaste that is well balance with the light roasted caramel malt. Body is surprisingly quite light with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Interesting beer with great notes of coffee but lacking a solid malt backbone.

Phyl21ca, May 17, 2010
Photo of mikesgroove
4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased this odd shaped 11.2oz bottle on my last trip through Asheville. Being the huge lover of coffee porters and stouts, I knew I had to give this one a try as it seemed to be a classic representation of the style. Poured it into an Oversized wine glass and served it at about 50 degrees.

A - Poured a dark brownish black. Almost completely opaque except for a few tints of reddish brown along the bottom and the sides of the glass. Really a dark overall color. A very nice one and a half inch high head of tan colored lace then rose up over the top of the glass and settled down nicely revealing copious amounts of side lace.

S - The aroma was a full on coffee lovers dream. Lots of bittersweet coffee notes, roasted grinds, everything. Nice touch of earthiness to it as well started to come through on it now, with a touch of a grain like nature to it. Some really dark notes in here, very nice indeed.

T - The flavor was very nice. Rich notes of coffee of course dominated it, but I found it to be a little more complex then that. Some nice light grain notes and a light earthen grass presence even, but washed away quickly by a coffee grind like bitterness. Very nicely done.

M - This was a touch thin as compared to what I was expecting but it was still very nice. Good carbonation never left it feeling dull or flat, and in fact, it had a really nice little bit of fizz on the first few sips. Bit of a creaminess, especially in the finish, but could have used a little more depth for me.

D - Outstanding session ale I would have to say. The alcohol in it was virtually non-existent and that combined with the rich coffee flavors and the nice bit of follow through made this something that could easily be sessioned over the course of the night.

Overall, this was a very solid coffee porter. Not the best, but I have had some good ones, but still very solid and a classic representation of the style. There is no doubt I would try this one again anytime, it was very good.

mikesgroove, Mar 14, 2008
Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

jaydoc, Dec 14, 2013
Photo of womencantsail
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The pour is a dark brown color with some red highlights, but perhaps a bit on the light side for a porter. The head is initially fluffy and tan, but dies down quickly.

S: The name of the beer is certainly a good indicator here. The aroma is almost solely coffee with a touch of chocolate and roasted malt.

T: Like the nose, the flavor is coffee pretty much all the way, but at a much higher intensity. There's a nice roasted malt background with a bitter coffee finish.

M: The body of this is a bit on the light side of medium with a moderate level of carbonation. A bit more carbonation could help out with the perception of a lack of body.

D: Despite a few flaws, this is a very tasty and drinkable beer. The coffee flavor is quite intense, which is something I appreciate.

womencantsail, Jan 30, 2010
Photo of Knapp85
2.58/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This beer really took my breathe away but in a negative way. The porter poured out as a deep brown color but had no head at all. It barely even had a film on top. The smell of the beer is straight coffee, almost like they brewed coffee and bottled it. The taste is just coffee, I wasn't getting anything else from this beer in way of taste. The mouthfeel is watery and flat, very very boring. Overall I won't be drinking this one again. It just seemed like the put fresh brewed coffee in these bottles and shipped it out to everyone. No depth to this beer and nothing exciting either.

Knapp85, Jun 25, 2011
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.38/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a dark brown body with ruby-hued edges and a capped by a thin, beige head.

Smell: The ashen aroma of heavily stale, dried-out coffee grounds. Say, how old is this bottle anyhow?

Taste: A pleasant brown sugar and toffee sweetness upfront. There's a faint blip of hops midway. Thankfully, only a small measure of that stale, forgotten coffee on the roasty, sweet finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Tastes far better than it smells. Also, the bottle sure is a beaut! Getting only 330ml never looked so good.

ChainGangGuy, Sep 14, 2007
Photo of oberon
4/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

oberon, Apr 18, 2008
Photo of nickfl
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours with one finger of off-white foam on top of a clear, dark brown body. The head settles fairly quickly and leaves light lace on the glass.

S - An earthy aroma of brown malt and nutty coffee. A hint of chocolate and molasses in the background.

T - Dark caramel and molasses up front. Black bread notes in the middle with some nutty, smoky coffee flavor. The beer finishes with toffee, molasses, and more coffee.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - Not as dark or strongly coffee flavored as I though it might be. The coffee is definitely there, but it is more of a smoky, medium roast than the bold, espresso like flavors that I have seen in most coffee flavored beer. Not bad, but it was a bit too expensive for a mild, relatively low alcohol beer.

nickfl, Sep 21, 2011
Photo of Kegatron
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle into a snifter.

Pours a dark brown/black with 2+ fingers of foamy off-white head. Finger of frothy retention leaves a huge cascade of lacing down the sides of the glass. Very handsome look to this. The aroma is quite roasty smelling with coffee and espresso, that's got a bit of astrigency going on with it. Lighter notes of cocoa and caramel emerge towards the back as well.

The taste is similar but this time the coffee is a little more subdued, with the sweet maltiness of the chocolate and caramel coming out more. Moderate hops in the back leave this finishing with lingering notes of dry roast and bitter astringency. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a mellower and creamy feel in the mouth that goes down very easily. That 6% ABV is well hid.

Not bad. The coffee profile in this is a little hit or miss, showing up strong in some spots and not enough in others but it generally works well with the malts that are present. Nice look, body, and drinkibility help bring this up though.

Kegatron, Jun 08, 2009
Photo of RblWthACoz
4.13/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice looking bottle. Same for the beer. Pours clear, but pretty dark brown with a ruby hue when held to light. Sizeable creme head. Quite a bit of lace as it drops. Definite coffee on the nose, but not really in a hijacking way. Minor roasted tones over a seriously thick malty edge. Flavor is smokey and very nicely robust. Super smooth on the mouth. Very drinkable, though it might be even better to down if I was sitting by a fire with all the lights in the room off.

RblWthACoz, Jan 23, 2008
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!

russpowell, Sep 10, 2007
Photo of Slatetank
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Decanted cool from the brown 11.2oz bottle into my Corsendonk Christmas goblet. Purshased this at Well's in Baltimore.

A - Deep Brown w/ Garnet shade when held to the light w/ a creamy tan head of 3 fingers that settles to about 1/4 inch that has a fine bead.

S - The smell of dry roasted coffee beans w/ a light caramel note. Slightly nutty w/ a hint of vanilla and roasted grain notes.

M - A smooth light feel w/ a sweet, creamy and gently roasted quality and full carbonation w/ a subtle coffee roastiness ans light metallic note

T - Dry and roasty w/ slightly vanilla caramel flavors w/ a mocha-like chocolate covered coffee bean flavor. Dry bean shell full roastiness as hinted at in the aroma.The full coffee taste is there, just on the dry side.

D - A nice ale w/ coffee focus. More of an English Porter w/ a more subdued malt taste. One was enough for me, yet has a great aroma - definitely worth a try. Possibly more drinkability if less effervessence were there, it falt like some of the malt flavor was diverted. I very tasty coffee beer overall.

Slatetank, Jan 05, 2008
Photo of jlindros
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thing (bottle) looks pretty cool almost like a rocket ship, and should taste decent, so might as well review it on a snowy cold Sunday afternoon.

A: Pours with a pretty thick but small head that pops down pretty quickly. The dark burnt brown color is pretty appeasing, but it is surprisingly brilliantly clear. The head has already disappeared completely.

N: Holy shit coffee! And I just drank a pot of coffee, and this puts that pot to shame. Lots of roasted malts as well, but the coffee really just dominates everything. After nosing this for half an hour, the coffee finally starts to dim and I can get some light fruity or aged malt quality, touch of sour. BUt still, the coffee just smacks you in the face like the guy did to that chick in that nasty porno I watched.

T: Yep, there's some coffee in there. I feel like I'm drinking coffee, with a touch of beer poured into it. Lots of roasted malt quality, and touch of bitter sweet chocolate malt. A very slight sweet dark fruit like taste buries itself in the background, but can barely be tasted. Its very rounded and full mouthed.

M: Very creamy and pretty thick, touch of spicey from the high acidity from the coffee. Big body.

F: Finishes very dry and pretty bitter from all the roasted charred earthy malts and coffee beans. The longing stout bitterness is nice, but it's not overbearing either. An almost chalky quality sticks around for a bit on the mouth to remind you of the drink you are drinking and the huge coffeeness. Actually a really good drinkability.

Final thoughts: A very nice coffee beer. This is great for the on-the-go drinker as you can wake up in the morning and get your coffee and beer at the same time and get going. Nice malty taste and feel, lots of roasted malts, nice chocolate malts, creamy, thick, acidic, stouty, and overall well rounded and balanced, but is a little too much coffee and less beer, but a good beer especially for a beer that comes in a rocket ship.

jlindros, Oct 18, 2009
Photo of feloniousmonk
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown body, huge, fizzysoft tanned head, big carbonation.

Big coffee in the nose, bittersweet, then dry, some cocoa and bit of cola.

Cocoa returns in the taste, large and in charge, slick and almost syrupy. Like a mocha-cino. But the body is the lean side in this brew, and the cocoa powder-y feel in the flavor removes any promise I had in anticipating this "coffee porter."
(Btw, the label says 6% abv, not the 4 listed here)
Tasty, but lacking...should be fuller bodied, should be more...when I'm getting less.

Not worth the money spent, since better coffee beers, and better porters and stouts, are readily available at much better value.
Had to try it, though, since I'm a sucker for the style.

feloniousmonk, May 28, 2007
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Coffee Porter from Meantime Brewing Company Limited
85 out of 100 based on 559 ratings.