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Coffee Porter - Meantime Brewing Company Limited

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583 Ratings
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Ratings: 583
Reviews: 399
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 12.96%
Wants: 15
Gots: 21 | FT: 1
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 puboflyons
3.11/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

From the 33 ml bottle with a lot number of L8196M20. Sampled on July 20, 2009. It pours a handsome brown-black with a creamy tan head that remains about 3 mm thick on top throughout the sampling. The aroma packs a pungent punch of coffee grinds and hops. The mouthfeel is about medium texture. The taste is difficult to pin down since it is rather unusual. I would call it burnt coffee grinds and sour or overripe fruit. The flavor was not its best attribute and I expect I will never buy this again.

Photo of TheSarge
3.82/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours with good clarity and has a dark copper color. The head produced is two fingers thick of light fluffy tan head that dissipates quickly into fine lacing that lasts forever.

The aroma is coffee dominant with notes of chocolate.

The taste starts off with the coffee flavor, but delves into chocolate and other cocoa flavors. It finishes off with a metallic hops character.

Mouth feel is medium with oily slick and not so much carbonation.

Overall it's a moderately complex concoction, and is interestingly full in coffee flavor.

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown with a good off-white head.
Aroma is a massive coffee hit with chocolate and roasted grains also present. Delicious.
Flavours are lacking in depth, there's lots of sweet malt before the coffee kicks in along with the roasted grains, but the bitterness is incredibly weak. Pleasant enough, just lacking.
Good carbonation.

Photo of mattcrill
3.63/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Aroma: Wet, cold coffee beans. Just a bit of papery oxidation but I can't tell if that's coffee derived or just travel from across the pond. Mild roasty notes that are pleasant and well knit with the coffee flavors.

Appearance: Dark, shoe leather brown with garnet highlights. An off-white sticky, sudsy head that retains well.

Flavor: More roasty, burnt flavors, rich French Roast coffee, and a hint of background bready malt base. No hop flavors. Balance is firmly towards the bitter coffee flavors. Finish is dry and slightly bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with medium-high carbonation. Just a touch slick and no alcohol warmth.

Overall impression: A roasty coffee-forward porter. The coffee flavor is a little too much for my liking (I love coffee but I also love my beer...I'd rather have more beer character) but not bad. Recommended.

Photo of TommyW
4.57/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Dark red, brown with a tannish, off-white head.

S- Coffee aroma with notes of toasted and burnt malt.

T- Roasted malt, coffee and a slight hop bitterness.

M- On the lighter side, silky and watery on the tongue. Crisper than I had imagined.

D- A really nice coffee porter. I would go back to this one again for sure.

Photo of Macca
3.89/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This pours a very dark brown. A reasonable head when poured but only slight retention.

A big whack of dark chocolate on the nose. Definitely more prominent than the coffee, which is there, but hiding a bit.

Again the chocolate dominates the front palate but as the taste lingers the coffee comes through. The length on this is incredible. It just keeps kicking. Love it.

Perhaps a little too fizzy but I often have that complaint with porters.


Photo of juju7
4.22/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours black as with light brown highlights when held up to the light. A light head that laced for about half the beer. The nose is awesome! Roasted coffee beans, espresso, chicory and easter egg chocolate(that specific!). Very enticing. More of the same on the palate, extremely smooth and a little creamy. Light-medium carbonation. Mild bitterness at the back. A very easy drink and quite moreish. Good booze.

Photo of drizzam
4.23/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a cool looking bottle into a clear pint glass. Label says "Each serving is equal to one cup of coffee". This beer and I may just become good friends.

Appearance - One finger fluffy tan head that maintained well and left decent lacing. Opaque dark brown in color.

Smell - Burnt coffee smell, highly astringent, with maybe a hint of bitter chocolate in the background.

Taste - Dark burnt roasted coffee taste, some hoppiness on the swallow. Very interesting example of a coffee porter, Daddy likes.

Mouthfeel & Drinkability - Medium to full bodied mouthfeel. Moderate carbonation. Finishes like you would expect a porter to finish, but with a burnt coffee aftertaste. If not for the price, I could drink a few of these in a setting. Good Brew!

Photo of Kegatron
3.71/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Photo of alcstradamus
3.09/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A--Pours a near black shade of brown that has a faint red hue when held to the light. Less than a finger of head in my snifter, and it recedes pretty quickly and leaves no lacing.

S--Roasted malts, whole coffee beans, citrus, vanilla, hazelnut. Very unique smell, big and roasty.

T--This is weird. I don't know how to describe it really...there is a coffee roastiness that just seems empty. I imagine that if somehow a whole coffee bean was gutted out leaving only the outer shell, this is what it would taste like if you ate it. Not off-putting, but awkward and definitely missing something. The definition of average.

M--Watery, definitely could use a bit more body.

D--I don't even want to finish this bottle because I feel like I'm wasting my time. Take out the wonderful smell and this beer isn't even worth trying really. Mediocrity defined.

Photo of Onenote81
2.93/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This is one of the coolest looking bottles I've picked up. I dig it.

Pours a dark watery black with a good 2-finger tan head on top. Retention is good, and it leaves some nice sticky lacing. Smells of faint malty breads, roasted coffee, and some chocolate tones.

Mouthfeel is thin and weak. Flavor is some bitter cocoa right away but this gives way to a weird sour finish. The roasted nutty characteristics I expected are absent, instead there's a thin, watery, weak mess. Not that great. I'll most likely not get this one again. Too bad. I like coffee and I like porters...

Photo of stumac
4.23/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Got this brew in a baby bottle! I dig it....

it pours up dark brown in color with crimson edges. nice bubbly tan head. the nose is rich coffee (not as intense of a coffee flavor as some American Coffee beers though), bittersweet malts, mint, cocoa beans. the taste is super bitter, coffee beans, nice hop burn on thy tongue, smooth malts, medium bodied, low carbo. Nice...

Photo of tavernjef
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Burnt berry brown pour that settles fairly black and opaque. Nice fluffy topping of lighty tanned foam dallops the top with a decent staying power. Keeps a solid skim and thick collar once it sinks. Some specks of lace are flung about.

Dry, and very much so, with dry cocoa husks on the nose with burnt coffee and stale oyster crackers. Very dry impression on the nose.

Flavor has a peculier twist of dry cocoa twang with hints to charred wood, again quite dry as what the nose hinted to. Bittered in with big burnt and dry coffee scrappings/espresso bottom and heavily burnt crusty cream.

Milky texture within a lighter medium body all the while keeping a twisting balance of burnt bittered milk and dusty dry coffee and cocoa.

This totally fits what an English Porter would be when ya think of one, but it doesn't quite do enough for me however as its a bit unappetizing with its twisted dry and bitter burnt flavor and tone.

Photo of brentk56
3.79/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of gregc
3.92/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4


Pours a deep brown with a small tan head.

Aroma was filled with cocoa, coffee, malt and some nuts.
Flavor was ok lots of coffee, some vanilla and a strange nuttiness.
I was disappointed with this beer. Not sure if i was looking for more coffee or what, but it was very 1 dimensional. Mouthfeel was a bit slick and oily and it went down ok.

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

The foam to this extra ordinary beer was wheat in color, foamy, thick, lacey. It was almost the same as coffee foam when is dissapated. It was very opaque and apple red in the light. The smell was deep, rich, malty, hoppy and a dominate coffee aroma. The taste had a heavy coffee bean overtone with subtle fruity undertones and a hint of carmel. Mouthfeel - rich and smooth. Drinkability - a very good session if you are a fan of coffee as well.

This was a very interesting beer for me. I'm a fan of coffee with deep complex tastes and I've never encountered a beer quite like this one.

Photo of fitzy84
3.89/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured with a slick black appearance and huge head that left small retention. Lots of patchy lacing. Aromas have a crisp cocoa/nutty texture. Slightly burnt. An acidic taste in general, with a bitter-nutty tone. Carbonation was quite crisp but made the beer almost soda-like instead of beer-like. Overall, a decent coffee porter.

Photo of jburns4
2.75/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I was disappointed by this beer. I had high hopes for it. Unfortunately, it didn't seem at all like a beer to me. It tasted like bad, cold coffee. Coffee flavor is definitely present, but didn't satisfy in the way some other coffee/mocha porters do. Felt thin in the mouth and didn't have any of the body I was expecting. Not something I would try again.

Photo of david131
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- A deep, dark leathery brown with a 1/4" light brown head with pretty good retention.

S- Some coffee, molasses, caramel, some vanilla, and a bit of nuttiness. There is a slight buttery English edge to this as well. Pretty complex smelling.

T- Sweet coffee, molasses, caramel, and vanilla. This is one of the few times that the coffee label has actually held up to the flavor. Slightly nutty and buttery with just a bit of sourness on the tail end. Very enjoyable though- a nice coffee beer that is not beastly.

M- A little on the thin side, but the carbonation level is pleasant.

D- An enjoyable coffee beer. I am not wild about this, but I am glad I tried it. This is my first beer from the brewery and has piqued my interest in their other offerings.

Photo of originalsin
2.43/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

Picked this "Coffee Porter" up in Mammoth, CA. I picked it up along with the a few bottles of Gonzo...not really sure why. I don't even drink coffee but the hell with it. Let's give this beer a go.

A: The pour is dark brown, very smooth though. A thick 1/2 inch of head takes about 30 seconds to settle. There's little lacing to speak of.

S: There's a powerful dark roast aroma. A little chocolate..but that's about all. Mostly just coffee.

T: There's some chocolate, again...but, as expected, the taste of coffee dominates. I have a hard time keeping this down. Like I said, I'm not a coffee drinker...sorry.

M: The beers a little sweet for my taste, heavily carbonated, and very very smooth.

D: My first reaction to this beer was that it's incredibly smooth. For some reason, though...I couldn't do more than simply sip on it. Maybe it was the flavor...

It claims to be equivalent to a cup of coffee, so that was a plus. Meantime's Coffee Porter was a success in that it gave me enough energy, or the impetus at least, to stay up another 2 hours and wash the taste out of my mouth with some truly tasty beers.


Photo of MEsquandoles
3.99/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz bottle purchased in New Orleans for 4 bucks. Poured into New Belgium glass.

Very roasty, bot very sweet. In addition to a lot of dark roast coffee, I get a lot of tobacco and wood flavours. Some roasted nut as well. Some cream and tiramisu in there in shallow waves as well.

Nice coffee oils.

I would buy this alot more if I could, but for not much more than what I paid.

Definitely worth trying if you like coffee beers. Meantime makes some damn fine beer, but they're also very proud of themselves.

Photo of Absumaster
3.79/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A clear, dark copper beer a fading head.

Smell is mocca, chocolate and coffee. Rum beans, light alcohol, maybe some cherry. Full and rich.

Taste like chocolate, cacoa and dark coffee. The dark malt leaves only a trace of chocolate or coffee flavor. Most of the taste comes from the coffee and maybe some additives. It appears a little artificial.

Photo of Parrotshake
2.17/5  rDev -42.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Picked this up the other night because there was a discount on a mixed six and I already had 2 x 2 good beers. The guy at the store recommended it after I mentioned I was familiar with his first recommendation of Aventinus, and I grabbed it despite already being wary of Meantime on account of their lacklustre IPA (which is very highly rated on this site, so what do I know :P).

I already tried this the other night and disliked it, but I'm always willing to admit I'm wrong...

Poured at cellar temperature + 10 mins in the fridge, an opaque dark brown with almost 2 fingers of head which disappears pretty quick.

Smells of stale filter coffee and not much else. Hint of coffee liquer, but not real promising so far.

Tastes of coffee to the point you can barely tell it's beer, and not real good coffee either. Big metallic aftertaste really rams it home - this isn't beer as we know it.

Flat but creamy mouthfeel, thin body with a dry finish. A bit chalky, but not offensively. Mouthfeel is easily the best thing this beer has going for it.

If you liked the taste, presumably you could drink a ton of it - it's somehow very refreshing. That said, it tastes like a cup of bad black coffee gone cold, with gunpowder and pencil lead in it, so why would you want to? Personally, I'm unlikely to buy another beer from Meantime, and I'll certainly stay the fuck away from this.

Photo of ricke
3.89/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Serving date: 2009-03-23. Served in snifter.

A: Dark brown but paler than expected and certainly paler than a lot of other porters. The liquid is very clear. A small beige head that settled very quickly and leaves a minimal ring of lacings around the edges.

S: Lightly roasted coffee, sweet chocolate, some vanilla. The coffee aromas dominate, as expected, but they are not as deep and powerful as I would have wanted.

T: A pretty sweet taste. Light roasted coffee beans and freshly ground coffee dominate. Pleasant flavors of light chocolate. The taste is very similar to chocolate covered coffee beans. Some vanilla. A decent backbone of roasted malts and a milk-like smooth flavor. Hops are very restrained throughout the experience. The finish has a minimal bitterness and some sweet malts, woody flavors and chocolate syrup.

M: Semi-full body, slightly creamy texture. Plenty of carbonation, but this probably prevents the beer from being too sweet and sickly.

D: Initially, I thought this was a very good beer with great coffee flavors. However, it's somewhat to sweet and the coffee flavors lack some depth. Would have liked a richer, not as, sweet coffee profile. The sweetness and taste of chocolate covered coffee beans become a little overpowering after a while. One bottle of this is almost too much. Would probably be a great dessert beer or a digestif, though.

Photo of Suds
3.87/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice dark brown color with a thin tan head. The aroma is remarkably nice...coffee (for sure, but not overly done), lots of roasted malts, highly roasted/burnt grains. A bit of dark bread and some coffee grinds are in the smell as well, but virtually no hop aroma. The flavor is intense...huge roasted malt flavor, tannins, cold coffee, and low hop bitterness. This is a dry beer. There is a little oiliness in the taste and mouthfeel that are at once both distracting and engaging. Full, satisfying, and interesting. This one is certainly worth a try. In my opinion, the coffee is well done, not espresso-like at all, it isn't overpowering and plays well with the malt character of the brew.

Coffee Porter from Meantime Brewing Company Limited
85 out of 100 based on 583 ratings.