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Coffee Porter - Meantime Brewing Company Limited

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BA SCORE
85
very good

592 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 592
Reviews: 400
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 12.96%
Wants: 16
Gots: 24 | FT: 1
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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-24-2004

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Ratings: 592 | Reviews: 400
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.

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

Photo of drabmuh
2.58/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Poured into a Russian River wine glass. Beer is brown and haze with a decent head of medium and small brown bubbles, some lacing, moderate to low carbonation.

Aroma is all coffee, that's good.

This is where the beer goes all wrong with me. It's thin and oddly lactic with a strong bitterness that has nothing to do with hops or coffee. The coffee only comes up in the late aftertaste, not appealing....kind of gross. I only drank about 2/3 of it and then decided to pour the rest out.

Photo of mdfb79
3.51/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

Photo of kojevergas
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

Photo of jwc215
4.92/5  rDev +30.2%
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!

Photo of smcolw
3.62/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

Photo of WesWes
4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
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.

Photo of Rochefort10nh
5/5  rDev +32.3%

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.

Photo of GClarkage
4.33/5  rDev +14.6%
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.

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.

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.74/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

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.

Photo of Halcyondays
4.34/5  rDev +14.8%
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.

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.

Photo of dmorgan310
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of tempest
4.07/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

Photo of BARFLYB
3.37/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

Photo of corby112
4.02/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

Photo of afsdan
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of DoubleJ
4.42/5  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%.

Photo of weeare138
3.18/5  rDev -15.9%
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.

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.

Photo of rab53
5/5  rDev +32.3%

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Coffee Porter from Meantime Brewing Company Limited
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