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Coffee Porter - Meantime Brewing Company Limited

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very good

555 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 555
Reviews: 395
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 12.7%
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.

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Photo of jlindros
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
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 Rifugium
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: bottle at Tria, Philly, PA

This could possibly be the best UK beer I've ever had. It's bold, it has flavor and character...unlike so many others from the UK. But anyway.

This beer was served from an elegant bottle into a stem glass, and poured out a dark coffee brown color with a fluff of beige head that receded to a thin layer. Aroma = coffee. Not much more to say. Big and roasty. True to that is the taste, which is predominantly dark, roasted coffee, some sweet roasted malts and sugars (lactose?) for a nice balance. Hints of molasses. Medium body, moderately carbonated, and very drinkable. Coffee.

Rifugium, Sep 25, 2011
Photo of WesWes
4.33/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a dark brown color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a dry, roasted scent that boasts of crystal, patent, and roasted malts. It's slightly bitter and quite earthy. The taste is great. It has a bold coffee taste up front, but it mellows out in the finish. It has a light chocolate sweetness that rounds out the flavor. It's still dry and earthy, but not over the top. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a damn good porter. The coffee blends in well and adds a bunch of character to the taste; a good drinker.

WesWes, Aug 24, 2007
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.

Mora2000, Jul 10, 2010
Photo of mdfb79
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a cool looking 11.2 oz bottle into my Sierra Nevada tulip. Received in the Birthday BIF from ShogoKawada; thanks Phil!

a - Pours a very deep brown color with one inch of fluffy off white head and moderate carbonation evident. Head is a bit frothy and a tiny bit lasts throughout the drink.

s - Smells of sweet coffee, roasted malts, light chocolate, and light vanilla. The sweet coffe seems a bit odd.

t - Tastes of coffee grinds watered down, roasted malts, vanilla, and chocolate. Not bad at all, but seems a bit watered down.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. Very smooth and creamy body. Great mouthfeel.

d 0- Overall a decent coffee porter. The Smell was very sweet which seemed a bit weird for a coffee porter, and the taste seemed a bit watered down. Wouldn't seek out again but would give another shot.

mdfb79, Mar 05, 2011
Photo of jwc215
4.93/5  rDev +30.4%
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!

jwc215, Feb 10, 2008
Photo of Rochefort10nh
5/5  rDev +32.3%

Rochefort10nh, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of smcolw
3.63/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark, dark ruby brown color where only the brightest light shines through. Modest starting head that dies to a single layer of bubbles. No lace on the glass at all.

It has a sweet, brandy like smell. The coffee is pleasant but not the predominant aroma. This reminds me of Frangelica.

Think coffee with light sugar. The bitterness is completely from black patent malt and roasted unmalted grains. This is a little overwhelming--in many ways, it has a darker, more bitter flavor than the driest of stouts. The aftertaste is chewy, like burnt toffee.

If you like iced coffee (without cream), then this is a beer for you. Otherwise, it's too much of a one-trick pony.

smcolw, Feb 22, 2009
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

330ml Bottle, Labeled as Coffee Porter, Best By January 2009, Sampled April 2007
This has quite a pronounced coffee / chocolate aroma to it. The beer pours with only a fat one-finger thick light brown colored head, which sits atop a brilliantly clear, dark chocolate colored beer that shows burnt ruby hues when held up to the light. Strong roast coffee aromatics are certainly the name of the game here. This smells like iced coffee that has had a touch of chocolate to it. Quite one dimensional in its coffee focus, but the particular coffee still gives this a complex nose of burnt berries, charred wood, a touch of charcoal, dark chocolate and blackened toast.

This has quite a light body to it, with just a touch of fullness as it rests on the palate. The beer starts out dry and roasty, but quickly picks up a soft sweetness that really helps with the overall perceived balance. The beer finishes with a chalk-like cocoa powder note, some roast-derived bitterness and a touch of burnt acidity. There was a solid amount of coffee used in this brew, I wonder how much, if any, dark malts were used in this brew, because I could totally see this as getting all of its dark color and character from coffee. I suppose though that the chocolate aromatics and flavor are probably derived from roasted malt. Quite a tasty brew, and with the caffeine punch, it is a good way to start off an evening of drinking.

Gueuzedude, May 02, 2007
Photo of MarkyMOD
4/5  rDev +5.8%

MarkyMOD, Jan 28, 2014
Photo of Halcyondays
4.35/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz. interesting looking English bottle, on chefscott79's recommendation,

A: Pours a dark brown, with a good off-white head, good retention, limited lacing.

S: Coffee city, need to put on a little O'Jays, and sniff this puppy some more.

T: Big roasted coffee notes, this is definitely the main flavour, the lactose adds a good sweetness to counterbalance that, tasted a lot like the Irish Creme concoctions that I used to get at college, very flavourful.

M: Light for a porter, could use some more body IMO, but at only 6%, it's not that bad, medium-bodied and creamy overall.

D: A really good beer, I'm glad I finally tried it, any coffee drinker would dig this stuff.

Halcyondays, Feb 19, 2008
Photo of kojevergas
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

11.2 fl oz brown glass bottle served into a Guinness goblet in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are pretty high.

A: Pours a one finger head of lovely cream lacing, great foamy thickness, and good retention. Colour is a solid black. Quite appealing.

Sm: Heavy mocha and coffee. Among the best coffee scents I've ever experienced. Cream and chocolate are also abundant. An incredibly appealing aroma. Pretty strong as well.

T: The excellent mocha notes dominate, with a restrained coffee foundation with traces of roast. The cream and chocolate are in there primarily about the climax, suiting the already marvelous balance quiite well. Built very well for what it's after. A lovely coffee porter all around. Bravo.

Mf: Smooth and wet, with a bit of cream, suiting the flavour quite well. Not as tailored to it as it could be, but all around very complementary.

Dr: Extremely drinkable, though in the average ABV range. I'd definitely have it again and I'm sure it'd be marvelous on draught (or better yet nitro-draught). The price could be better, but it's tolerable for an import.

kojevergas, Dec 02, 2011
Photo of GClarkage
4.35/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11/30/07- Purchased at Draeger's Market in San Mateo, CA.

Presentation- 11.2oz bottle with no visable freshness information. Poured into my Maudite tulip.

Appearance- Ruby hued deep brown pour. Huge large bubbled foamy head. Settles at a very nice 1/4 inch. Leaves large thick and sticky lace patches.

Smell- All coffee and roasted malt. No chocolate here...basic and straight forward.

Taste- Possibly the most fresh and dead on coffee flavor I have tasted in a beer. Tastes exactly like ground fresh coffee beans. Highly roasted malt with a touch a sweetness combines with the coffee.

Mouthfeel- Higher than expected carbonation level. Nice coffee aftertaste.

Drinkability- Simple and not complex...just good old fashioned coffee. Definitely sessionable, especially for coffee lovers. Would like a touch more sweetness, but then again, it's not supposed to be sweet like a baltic. Quality at any rate.

GClarkage, Dec 01, 2007
Photo of corby112
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by kubrick215.

Pours a dark brown color with amber/burgundy edges when held to a light source and a 1.5 finger frothy dark beige head that slowly fades into a lasting ring. Minimal spots of lacing are left behind.

Slightly roasted malt aroma with lots of silky chocolate, caramel, hazelnut, caramel, toffee and coffee. I was very pleasantly surprised by the aroma of this beer. Very complex and not overly roasted coffee mess like a lot of beers in the style.

Unfortunately, the flavor and mouthfeel don't fully deliver on what the aroma suggested. This is still a tasty beer but it's a bit thinner than I hoped for and has a much stronger roast presence than I prefer. hankfully it's not oe dimensional with hints of chocolate, toffee, and nut to balance the strong roasted profile. Sweet finish.

corby112, Apr 30, 2010
Photo of weeare138
3.13/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appears black with a dark, crimson hue when held up to the light. A large, light tan head slowly fades into a foamy cap. Tons of lacing is left scattered around the glass.
Smell is of obvious coffee up front. A touch of cocoa, vanilla, caramel, and cream are found behind the heavily coffee laden brew.
Where the aromas leave, the flavors drop off terribly with a near sour (cherries), lactose sweetness that is overbearing. Any remnants of this being a nicely flavored beer just goes awry with a tingling sweetness up front leading to a sour, concord grape like flavor that just isn't what I was looking for.
Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied, tannic, acidic, tart, astringent.

weeare138, Jan 15, 2009
Photo of tempest
4.08/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Split a small bottle with a friend. Pours a murky red-brown with a short tan head.

The coffee is all over the aroma and smells like a nice medium roast, nothing too dark. The flavor continues with more big coffee with a slight sweetness, like a touch of cream and sugar was added, in the background. I can tell there's beer in the background, it reminds me more of a smooth brown ale however, and has a small dash of grassy hops. Worth a try if you dig coffee beers.

tempest, Sep 25, 2008
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.

dbrauneis, Sep 21, 2013
Photo of wl0307
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This bottle-conditioned offering comes in Meantime's classic 330ml curvy brown bottle, BB 23/01/11, served just slightly chilled in Westmalle's broad-rimmed goblet.

A: deeply dark brown with mahogany hues against light, coming with a slowly dissipating dark beige froth that settles to a thin blanket throughout the drink; carbonation is light and sporadic, as far as my eye-sight could manage.
S: ever-so-smooth aromatic sweet coffee-candy, toffee, vanilla-ish chocolate notes all intertwine and approach in a harmony, but on top of these main themes there's very little else to add to the complexity, as the sweetness is quite dominant. That said, the coffee beans, chocolate malts, roasted barley and barley candy seem to be intertwining just seamlessly... As it warms a bit, a particular edge of "dairy-product" or, more precisely, "buttery cheese" gradually appears.
T: smooth, smooth, smooth... the aromatic touch of vanilla skirts a slightly powdery palate of bitterest chocolates, chocolate-coated coffee-beans and nuts, sweetened cold filtered Kona coffee (with a decent level of sourness), and a faintly acidic touch of burned malts as well as black dates, followed by plentiful licorice+cigar-ash bitter-sweetness and earthy bitter hops to linger in the (again) sour-coffee finish.
M&D: very well bottle-conditioned, showing only the softest carbonation throughout the drink, and the body remains moderate until reaching a lightly acidic end. I think the addition of coffee beans has hugely compromised the beer base that presumably is meant to be a Porter(?), as the sweet edge comes a bit overpowering and the coffee aroma too seductive for the more traditional (read "understated") winey/prune-ish sourness of a Porter to come through. If, however, forgetting about the name altogether, this is a successful coffee beer that comes with reasonable complexity, a good body of coffee-malts and a decent depth of roastiness and hop bitterness in the end to satisfy various preferences. A well-made beer definitely worth a try!

wl0307, Nov 11, 2008
Photo of Georgiabeer
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a dark brown with a decent head. Smells of black coffee with some roastiness in the background. I usually like some creaminess in the smell as well when coffee is involved, but this works. The taste is similar with more black coffee flavors and roasted grain notes, but this time there is a touch of cream at the end. There is also a hint of black fruit under the coffee and roast. Its a bit thinner than I would like and surprisingly light, but quite smooth. I enjoyed this, but perhaps not quite as much as I was expecting. I would have liked a bit more body or intensity- without necessarily raising the abv.

Georgiabeer, Oct 13, 2008
Photo of akorsak
4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A 330 mL bottle served at TJ's Everyday.

A: The porter is a dark coffee brown color that looks deceptively black from an arm's length. A coffee and cream colored head, touched with just a bit of tan, hung around for most of the snifter.

S: The aroma is all cold coffee grounds, smooth with an undertone of acrid bitterness. Some chocolate malts and hops do manage to sneak past the coffee though.

T: The coffee again takes control early, steering the porter away from the restrained English roots. The combination of the coffee and dark malts creates a very creamy taste, sweet with a nice finish.

M: If you like java, this one will please you. The flavors aren't intense or over-the-top, just solid.

D: I should have taken a bottle for the road. A stunning porter from Meantime.

akorsak, Aug 27, 2008
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.05/5  rDev -19.3%
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.

rhoadsrage, Sep 14, 2007
Photo of DoubleJ
4.43/5  rDev +17.2%
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%.

DoubleJ, Feb 24, 2008
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4.22/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a four finger light tan head that fades quickly to a thin layer leaving traces of lace. Deep mahogany color. Roasted coffee nose. Good carbonation and medium-heavy bodied. Flavor is sweet roasted coffee, smooth. Nice porter but bottle is too small. $3.50 for a 330ml bottle from Tully's Beer & Wine Wells, Me.

jdhilt, Oct 30, 2008
Photo of afsdan
4/5  rDev +5.8%

afsdan, Mar 23, 2014
Photo of BARFLYB
3.38/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Oddly shaped 12oz bottle into a Gaffel Kolsch glass. I've been staring at this for a bit and finally bit.

A- Meantime Coffee Porter comes out not as dark as expected with a red to very light brown color. Once in the glass it resembles a maroon color with ability to see through. A modest head arrives leaving a ring around the glass and some and some spotty work towards the center. Dots of lacing.

S- A huge roasty aroma comes on top of some faint old coffee. Some burnt brown sugar also. Malts also play are part.

T- Follows the smell with the coffee maintaining with bitter tones. Reminds me of plain drip coffee. Some chocolate and some roasted barley with some smoke to top it off. Slight vanilla comes through last as it warms.

M- Pretty decent for such a thin looking porter. Medium bodied with a clean and smooth finish. Slight bitter/sour feel from the coffee with some malts leveling it out. A bit flat and thin for my type of porter.

D- I'm glad i got the small version as I really don't see myself drinking more than that. MCP came off a bit thin and not complex enough for my liking but it is a foreign style porter and I need more experience with. Perhaps on a cask this would be better but i don't see myself having that chance soon. This is a respectable porter though.

BARFLYB, Jan 25, 2009
Coffee Porter from Meantime Brewing Company Limited
85 out of 100 based on 555 ratings.