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Coffee Porter - Meantime Brewing Company Limited

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Coffee PorterCoffee Porter

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BA SCORE
85
very good

550 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 550
Reviews: 394
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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smcolw

Massachusetts

3.63/5  rDev -4.2%

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.

02-22-2009 23:22:31 | More by smcolw
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sprucetip

Alaska

3.53/5  rDev -6.9%

From notes. Bottle into goblet.

Medium brown, clear, fizzy head recedes immediately. No lacing. Looks like soda pop.

coffeer, malty sweet, hint of roastiness.

Astringent sensation, coffee, mildly roasty, malty sweet, some bitterness toward finish. Almost smooth, pretty balanced.

Too fizzy, too thin, some warming.

Easy drinker, smooth, but not amazing. After seeking it out, I wouldn't seek it out. Lots of better porters available.

02-17-2009 06:56:27 | More by sprucetip
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MaineBirdMan

Maine

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

When the bottle came out I was excited to try this beer. Skinny, long neck with a round bottom. The bartender poured the beer with not much of a head.
Color: black
Nose: hint of metal with a hint of coffee.
taste: nice coffee taste. The metal taste did get in the way but soon went away.
Easy to drink. Could drink more if the metal was gone.

02-14-2009 12:57:07 | More by MaineBirdMan
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cvfish

Louisiana

3.3/5  rDev -12.9%

A - Poured brown coke-ish color that produced a slightly tan head that did not retain well and left little lacing

S - Not something I was expecting from a coffee beer, but it wa there, along with some burnt malts, coffee and chocolate slight scents

T - Black coffee, bitter dark chocolate, but nothing that would kick your buds in the tail, only tease them

M - Light bodied, with moderate to heavy carbonation

D - Quite a disappointment, seeing as how much I loved the regular porter

02-04-2009 22:28:48 | More by cvfish
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gford217

Georgia

3.15/5  rDev -16.9%

Poured out a very cool looking 11.2oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours dark brown with a bubbly off-white head that hangs around for a little while and leaves no lacing.

The aroma is big on roasted malts and has a very bitter coffee smell to it. Smells of used coffee grinds and a little over-roasted.

The taste is extremely acidic in its coffee bitterness which dominates throughout. There are roasted malts in the background but they fade into an extremely dry and bitter finish.

The mouthfeel is light bodied with lots of carbonation and comes across a little watery.

I was really looking forward to trying this one as I enjoyed the London Porter, but I was a little disappointed. I love coffee beers and this one is just too bitter and acidic for my liking.

02-04-2009 04:30:14 | More by gford217
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Yetiman420

Ohio

2.88/5  rDev -24%

Poured into a Unibroue tulip glass at a too low temp of 40.

Appeared a bit light in color when going from the bottle to the glass. Complete pour had the expected porter darkness with a foam head that dissipated within a couple of minutes.

Sweet coffee aroma. Not overwhelming on the coffee front.

First couple of sips were very lacking. Much too watery for a porter. Lacking complexity. One could argue this is a brown ale with coffee. Really expected a fuller body and malt profile. The coffee is well balanced but in this case, it's not a good thing assume the porter aspect of this beer is so weak.

02-03-2009 02:37:42 | More by Yetiman420
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theghost3

Louisiana

3.08/5  rDev -18.7%

Pours a deep dark brown, almost black. One-finger tan head. This does have a coffee aroma, but not as strong as I expected. The smell is sort of overpowered by a sickeningly burnt brown sugar scent. There's just a hint of malt.

Luckily, the sugars in the smell don't carry over much in the taste. The flavor is mainly black coffee with hints of toasted malts & mocha. The mouthfeel is thick & smooth at first, but then there's a kind of dryness at the end.

Overall, just an OK Porter, that's a little too filling for the style.

02-02-2009 03:34:41 | More by theghost3
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StoutHearted

Pennsylvania

3.13/5  rDev -17.4%

This beer's strength is it's smell. It smells like a fresh, strong-brewed pot of coffee. Makes me want to pair it with a hearty stew or a plate of bacon. But the taste doesn't come through. It's not terrible by any means, but there's a sparkling mouthfeel that's almost reminiscent of champagne. There's a slight sour taste, and I'm missing the bitterness prevalent in most coffee beers. It lacks body, which is disappointing. A shame - this beer had so much promise from that wonderful aroma.

01-29-2009 02:31:38 | More by StoutHearted
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Richardberg

New York

3.28/5  rDev -13.5%

A - poured from a 11oz bottle into a pint glass. Quickly filled with a huge head of foam which stuck around for a couple minutes. Opaque brown color with purple fringes.

S: coffee, but not your typical malty or cappuccino aroma. More like the bottom of the coffee pot at a greasy spoon at 4am - well past its prime, cherished anyway by the people who want it.

T: rather bland continuation of the smell, then ends with a bit of sweetness.

M: typical medium-weight ale. Despite all that head, by the time it's in your mouth there's nothing exciting going on.

D: easy to enjoy a glass, but not one I'd pick for extended drinking. Ideally the slightly offbeat smell would provide a nice quick diversion, before I switched back to more enjoyable beers.

Not worth the $5 I paid (at a store where truly excellent dark beers, e.g. Dragonstooth, are only $5.50 for 22oz).

01-29-2009 02:04:47 | More by Richardberg
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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

3.38/5  rDev -10.8%

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.

01-25-2009 06:45:52 | More by BARFLYB
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colts9016

Idaho

4.43/5  rDev +16.9%

Poured into a pint glass at 50 degrees.

Appearance: A very dark coca cola color with a white ring around the glass. There was a one finger head but it just lasted for a moment. The clarity of the beer is opaque.

Nose: A rich coffee aroma followed by a nice malty complex. There are notes of bread and burnt sugar. Not much else.

Taste: A very nice malty complex with the bitterness of good coffee. There are hints of caramel, chocolate and a slight hop bitterness.

Overall: An amazing amount of coffee added to this beer. There is a good malt complex with a hint of hops to the beer. The mouth feel is astringent but soft. The finish linger for a few moment on the palate and it is rather refreshing. The beer is wonderful a great coffee flavor to the beer with the supporting porter characters.

01-24-2009 00:09:01 | More by colts9016
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Jayli

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +5.5%

This beer pours a deep dark brown - some ruby highlights to it when held up to the light. There is a huge, rocky, fluffy head on the pour - even though it was a slow pour. Great head retention and left huge chunky lacing behind. Nose is of - well coffee, some toffee and some vanilla and chocolate notes as well. Taste is a well balance of roasted malts, coffee, chocolate and vanilla. This is a smooth beer! Mouthfeel is a bit light, however - well carbonated and silky smooth on the tongue. This was a great little beer!

01-20-2009 13:47:12 | More by Jayli
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mntlover

Tennessee

3.8/5  rDev +0.3%

Pours a rich deep mahogany when held to the light though it looks black in the shade. Sports a nice thumb sized head that leaves some sparse lace on my snifter.

Aroma is wonderful coffee, mixed with malt and notes of chocolate, mocha. Hazelnut hints no real hops noted in nose just malty goodness.

Taste is like the nose good malty with good coffee flavors and hints of hazelnut. Good except for whats most noticed carbonation, just too much for my tastes if i doesn't bother you this will be exceptional.

Mouthfeel is medium the downfall is the carbonation just too damn fizzy.

Drinkability is ehh flavors are wonderful carbonation makes me not want another, not sure if my bottle is normal or not but mellow it out and it would be wonderful.

01-15-2009 21:19:33 | More by mntlover
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

3.13/5  rDev -17.4%

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.

01-15-2009 00:34:57 | More by weeare138
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pokesbeerdude

Colorado

3.2/5  rDev -15.6%

Picked up a single at Wilburs in Ft. Collins for about $3.

A: Poured a nice chocolate brown color with an off white head, about half an inch thick, very little if any head retention on this one. Fairly opaque, red accents when held to the light.

S: Very heavy on the coffee, day old coffee grounds, a few hints of milk chocolate hidden underneath. For the most part this one is dominated by coffee.

T: Absolutely dominated by the coffee flavor, pretty standard dark roast coffee flavors, entirely one sided, very few if any malt flavors, a slight hint of chocolate, but it is hidden very deep in there. leaves a somewhat bitter/skunky coffee aftertaste as well. little if any hop characteristic. Not very balanced, and entirely one dimensional.

M: Thin, relatively nice carbonation, slight alcohol warmth, dry coffee-like finish.

D: A little too much coffee to be drinkable, a little extreme and on the not so much of a beer side of the spectrum. An interesting take on the style, but as I said before, just too much coffee, it really pushes everything around.

12-28-2008 04:46:20 | More by pokesbeerdude
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westernseraph

Michigan

3.73/5  rDev -1.6%

I have had this beer before but this is the first time that I have poured it into a glass.

Pour--It was lighter than I expected and there was a very large amount of head that did not dissapate quick

Aroma is a pretty strong coffee smell

Taste--It tastes very different in a glass to me. I don't know if this maybe an old bottle but it wasnt as enjoyable as ones that I have had in the past. There was a bitterness that I didn't notice before and it was almost overwhelming.

Overall it is pretty good coffee beer I think but I will not go out of my way to get it again.

12-25-2008 03:09:44 | More by westernseraph
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orcasteve

North Carolina

3/5  rDev -20.8%

poured into my duvel tulip glass, poured a thin black with a two finger head that rises to the top and quickley goes down to a thin lacing around the rim of the glass, the smell is coffiee and hops, the taste is a sightly sour malt with coffiee and some baking coco then a huge rush of grassey bitter hops, the beer is wattery at best and thers not enough hops in the mix. just an avrage offering

12-22-2008 14:02:15 | More by orcasteve
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Drew966

Florida

4.1/5  rDev +8.2%

Meantime Coffee Porter pours a dark brown with a huge tan head from a 11.2 ounce brown bottle (a very cool custom shaped bottle). There is a very strong coffee aroma which is very nice. The flavor is strongly coffee flavored as well, there is also a little bit of vanilla present. Really nicely done.

12-22-2008 01:02:56 | More by Drew966
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Walken

Massachusetts

3.95/5  rDev +4.2%

Meantime: Coffee Porter (No freshness date) (Tasted 12/19/08)
11.2 oz. bottle, poured into an imperial pint.

Appearance: Dark brown, more transparent amber near the bottom of the glass. Initial mocha colored foam is massive and rocky, fading down slowly into a frothy cap, leaving spiderweb lace all the way down the glass.
Odor: Smells almost like a double sugar double cream coffee. Burnt brown sugar and full lactose aromas are dominant with a layer of coffee/burnt black malt aroma in the background. Rough coffee ground aromas get more intense as the beer warms.
Consistency: If you handed this to me and told me it was coffee, I would probably believe you. Creamy lactose lends a smooth texture, balanced by acrid black malt and coffee notes. There's thin spots here and there that prevent this beer from being more than average in the feel department.
Taste: I think this beer was made for those who want to fool their co-workers and have a beer with their sausage biscuit in the morning. Initial flavor is of, mocha coffee, bittersweet chocolate and cream. Roasted notes turn more tannic and astringent, most likely from the coffee beans, lending a bit of acidity to the brew. Finish is unexciting, savory roasted coffee bean flavors linger and that's about it.

As a beer, this guy is well brewed and very interesting conceptually. As a porter, it's just barely above average. As an experimental brew, it's a notch above many of the others in it's category. I don't think I'll be seeking this one out again, but that's not to say I didn't enjoy it.

12-19-2008 21:59:11 | More by Walken
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beerguzzlerxyz

New Jersey

2.9/5  rDev -23.5%

I was intrigued by the style when I first spotted it on the shelf and I had a good experience with the IPA but this one leaves alot to be desired. Has a very strong coffee smell upon the initial pour and that translates over your tastebuds on the fist sip. One of the disappointing issues I found is that flavour is lost upon successive drinks unless you allow some time to pass between quaffs. It also contains a strong citrus flavor in the background which I'm attributing to the yeast strain. This brew, without the "coffee flavouring", seems like it would be a formidable beer but definitely NOT a porter.

12-18-2008 15:32:46 | More by beerguzzlerxyz
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Jeffo

Netherlands

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Picked this up at De Bierkoning in Amsterdam

From a bottle into a snifter

APPEARANCE: Very dark brown in color and relatively clear. A small but thick off-white head disappears quickly into almost nothing. A bit of wispy film stays around. No lacing or carbonation evident.

SMELL: A very strong coffee smell, almost espresso like. There's no mistake here, this is a coffee beer made with coffee beans, just like it advertises. It's somewhat smoky as well, but the coffee is the main part of the nose.

TASTE: Coffee and more coffee. Some roasted barley malt is there as well, but mostly coffee. The bitter-sweet finish can be a little much after a while, but there's certainly nothing off. Did I mention the coffee?

PALATE: Medium body, medium carbonation, and it goes down nice a smooth with no real bite at all. A slightly sticky finish as well. It's a little light on the palate; could be a little heavier.

OVERALL: If you like coffee, you'll love this. This is definitely a coffee porter and it performs just like it advertises. Would make a great desert beer. The appearance is a little lack luster, and the aftertaste can become overwhelming after a while, but overall this is a great beer for what it is. I don't think I could drink more than one though.

12-16-2008 07:33:30 | More by Jeffo
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drseamus

New York

4.33/5  rDev +14.2%

Still no power. It's been 3 days now. Reviewing on my phone because there's nothing else to do. Served in my DFH sniffer.

A: Like it should be...dark with a decent head.

S: Coffee and a touch of coffee. Roasted grains. Touch of malt sweetness.

T: Tasty indeed. Nice rich dry coffee with background roast. The flavor of the coffee is really clear. Super smooth and perfectly balanced. Great beer.

M: Super smooth with a touch of carbonation. Medium bodied.

D: Great beer. The coffee is clean and delicious.

12-15-2008 01:51:53 | More by drseamus
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aerozeppl

New York

3.28/5  rDev -13.5%

375 ml mini bottle into my brooklyn snifter.

A: Mostly black with with tons of brown around the edges. Looks nice for an english porter. Poured with a finger of brownish white head.

S: Fresh ground coffee beans right up front. Behind that some roasted malt with a hint of burnt paper.

T: Super bitter. Almost like they threw in coffee grinds or something. It is so sharp and just sticks on the finish which does have a pleasant hint of chocolate in between blast of bitterness.

M: Somehow sharp and angular. The bitterness is a little bit much without the alcohol to balance it out.

D: Glad I split this. A nice after dinner treat but the coffee is too over the top.

12-11-2008 23:50:14 | More by aerozeppl
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magictrokini

California

3.48/5  rDev -8.2%

Pours dark brown with a tan head and havy lacing. Aroma is stale coffee, almonds, licorice, and baker's chocolate. Thin mouthfeel. Tastes like coffee and roasted malt, without anything more. Cream? Nuts? Anything? Expected something more, especially for the price tag.

12-10-2008 19:08:29 | More by magictrokini
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Offa

California

4.8/5  rDev +26.6%

This is a wonderful coffee porter, rich, tasty, smooth, with clear coffee character that is not overdone.

Deep, deep red brown, basically black but not quite, it has a medium-small darkish tan head that slowly shrinks to a wispy top and a little lace.

The aroma at first is freshly ground coffee but this mellows very quickly, lasting but balanced out with prunes, wine, and general toastiness.

The taste is rich, darkly fruity with coffee, a hint of sweet-sour stewed fruit, and a dryish finish with faint bitterness, characterised by dry leaves with elements of coffee and chocolate. It is wonderfulyl tasty, nicely balanced, and very drinkable.

12-09-2008 19:17:52 | More by Offa
Coffee Porter from Meantime Brewing Company Limited
85 out of 100 based on 550 ratings.