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Coffee Porter - Meantime Brewing Company Limited

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403 Reviews
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Reviews: 403
Hads: 604
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 10.58%
Wants: 19
Gots: 28 | 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 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! (764 characters)

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. (486 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)

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. (620 characters)

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. (352 characters)

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. (909 characters)

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. (1,412 characters)

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. (1,291 characters)

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. (678 characters)

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%. (1,276 characters)

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. (468 characters)

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. (618 characters)

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. (814 characters)

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. (676 characters)

Photo of biegaman
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I reckon this is the first coffee-infused beer I've tried that *doesn't* have an opaque, ink-like, pitch-black complexion. Quite to the contrary, my finger is plainly visible beyond the floodlight of its strikingly pretty chestnut colour. Its sepia-tinted head is fuzzy and produces a plethora of amoeba-looking lacing. Wow, this is one seriously handsome beer!

All this gawking allowed it considerable time to warm; still, an aroma like this is usually only ever encountered at much, much hotter temperatures. Wake up and smell the coffee! Few coffee beers - even those that are one-dimensional and dragooned by coffee - highlight this level of complex, variegated character from the beans. This is seriously depleted of malt, true, but it's exceedingly eloquent with regards to coffee.

Usually I prefer the opposite - beers that are more porter than coffee - but it's worth stating again: this is one deletable, intricate and high-quality coffee they've used (Faitrade Araba Bourbon beans from Rwanda's Abuhuzamugambi Bakawa Co-operative, if that explains anything, apart from explaining that hefty price tag).

Coffee is like anything else: you get what you pay for. Meantime (and me) spent a few extra bucks for more loved and looked after, discriminately grown and selected beans and they (we) have been rewarded with a more abounding taste, one notably rich in vanilla, macadamia nut, tiramisu and chocolate truffle flavours, and with a roastiness virtually identical to that of dark barley. The coffee is balanced by a luscious bittersweetness.

Meantime Coffee is among (if not the) most exquisite and enjoyable coffee-infused beers I've tried to date. It lacks all the acrid, crude roast and astringent acidity that dissuades me from becoming a coffee drinker but contains all the character, caffeine and gratifying flavour that makes me wish I was. Whether you're a coffee drinker or just a coffee-drinking wannabe like me, either way, this should be considered worthy of a purchase. (1,998 characters)

Photo of liamt07
3.62/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from the LCBO winter release. Cool bottle. Best before date of May 8, 2013. Served in an oversized wine snifter.

Pours a dark chestnut/burgundy-ish colour, filtered with a couple fingers of off-white head. Creamy head, little retention. Nose of a very dark coffee roast, and a hint of underlying bitter dark chocolate. Not much else, but is quite prominent. Taste has less coffee going for it, but that still leads the way. Chocolate here is sweeter, and roastiness is less pronounced. Carbonation is too high I thought, and a body that wasn't big enough for me. Decent drink, but relatively one dimensional. (616 characters)

Photo of wl0307
3.93/5  rDev +4%
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! (2,038 characters)

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.06/5  rDev -19%
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. (765 characters)

Photo of jdhilt
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. (315 characters)

Photo of plaid75
3.56/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a deep brown hue with amber streaking with a huge four finger chunky off white head There was very good retention and sticky lacing.

The smell featured a dominating spent coffee ground aroma.

The taste was upfront bitter coffee with a spent coffee grounds staleness.

The mouthfeel was toward the thinner side of the style.

Overall a decent porter. Not the fresh coffee aromas and flavors I was hoping for though. (423 characters)

Photo of akorsak
4.17/5  rDev +10.3%
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. (785 characters)

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured in to Duvel tulip.

A - Dark brown. Appears to be very thin. A small amount of off white head.

S - Bitter dark roasted coffee dominates the nose. Not much else comes though.

T - Bitter dark roasted coffee with a nice balancing sweetness. A nice dry coffee finish. Fairly one dimensional but still a very good example of the style.

M - Very carbonated at first (too much) but that settled down after a few minutes in the glass. (439 characters)

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.94/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Purchased at New Vintage Wine shop in Eagle, Idaho. Don't remember the price but think it was in the $4 range. Very cool (probably the coolest looking I've ever seen) tear drop shaped 11.2 oz bottle. Numbering on the bottle would lead me to believe "best by 1/25/9". Very much enjoyed from an oversized red wine glass while listening to "One Track Mind" from Rythmic Cartel.

Dark brown with a just a touch of yeast haze.. half inch head quickly goes away and leaves minimal lacing.

Smell is big time coffee .... this could very much be mistaken for a cool cup of java off of smell alone ... no hops just a lot of roastiness and coffee.

Taste is like a lightly carbonated coffee drink (a little creamy too) ... I like it alot ...Odd but not offensive lingering finish of cappucino AND a little diacetyl ... Grows on you after a while. Again, no real hop flavor or bitterness to discern, but the bitterness of the coffee could be masking it.

This is my first Meantime brew and it definately did not dissappoint ... I no doubt will be getting a couple more of these; I have no idea how they will cellar at 6%, but I think it would be interesting in a coffee beer tasting.

I don't know what is up in Boise, but there are way more cool and new beers available than years past. I know most are imported by Shelton Bros, but I hope it keeps up. I also know Ericksons Fine Wine in Eagle has this fine brew available .... Erickson's also has the Meantime IPA ... New Vintage did not at purchase time. (1,501 characters)

Photo of Tone
3.97/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, dark brown color. 1/2 inch head of a tan color. Good retention and decent lacing. Smells of strong bitter coffee, sweet malt, roasted malt, slight hop, and slight nut. fits the style of an English Porter. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp with an average carbonation level. There is also a noticeable tartness. Tastes of coffee, dark citrus, roasted malt, and slight tart malt. Overall, an odd, complex, and interesting beer. (436 characters)

Photo of ppoitras
3.71/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz bottle purchased as a single from Julio's, Marlboro, MA.

Poured into a Rapscallion glass, formed a 1 1/4" tan head over the clear burgundy brew. Head fades sedately, with heavy sticking froth lace. Aroma is sweetness and coffee. Taste is muted lightly bitter dark maltiness, with not nearly as much coffee character as I expected. Mouthfeel is a tad on the prickly carbonated side, with a bit above average drinkability. Sort of went downhill from the great start, but still a pretty good brew overall. (511 characters)

Coffee Porter from Meantime Brewing Company Limited
85 out of 100 based on 403 ratings.