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Coffee Porter - Meantime Brewing Company Limited

Coffee PorterCoffee Porter

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very good

519 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 519
Reviews: 385
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 12.66%

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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-24-2004)
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Photo of Beerbuddha


4.13/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at Martin Wine Cellar Metairie, Louisiana for $ 3.99.

Labeled as Meantime Coffe Porter 6.0% ABV

Appearance- Dark, reddish mocha color; light brown head

Smell- fresh medium roast coffee, hint of nuttiness(hazelnut)

Taste- Coffee, dark chocolate, roasted nut taste

Mouthfeel- light body not thick at all; a bit unexpected. I expected a fuller body.

Drinkability- I really enjoyed this beer. I'm not a big coffee fan but this beer was good.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2007 00:14:03 | More by Beerbuddha
Photo of HimerMan

New Jersey

3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to sirhc for this bottle as a very unnecessary bonus for some truly ridiculous beers from California! Awesome trader.

Poured into a tulip glass.

Nice pour, very dark brown with a 2-3 finger head that immediately smells like nice coffee. The only drawback on the coffee is that the smell goes away slightly, and lacks a full-bodied aroma.

Taste - this was much better when it was at its coldest point, very nice coffee flavor and a great blend with a traditional porter. I am not sure why this is listed as a stout, but, tastes great. It does lack the overall qualities of a coffee beer with a bit more body - but very nice nonetheless.

This beer has a nice and balanced mouthfeel, but, overall is a bit lacking towards the finish – which it a bit too thin for my tastes.

Overall, I would definitely try this beer, best fresh by my guess – and better at a colder temperature. However, don’t go crazy seeking this out – depending on where you live you may have access to some better coffee-style beers, be it stout or porter.


Serving type: bottle

06-08-2007 02:33:48 | More by HimerMan
Photo of khiasmus

South Carolina

3.35/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A- Dark brown with beige head that lasts fairly well.

S- Coffee. Doesn't smell like beer. Smells like coffee. A hint of porter-like malt, and a bit of chocolate and toffee.

T- Fairly one-dimensional. Not unenjoyable, but only if you like coffee. A hint of anise, chocolate, and malt. But mostly coffee.

M- Watery. Far too thin for a porter. Low carbonation, smooth and clean. But mostly has the mouthfeel of skim milk.

D- If you like coffee. Don't touch it if you don't. Of the five here that tried it, I appear to like it the least, so you may like it more... but to me, it's like fake, starbucks watered-down cold coffee. Not great.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2007 01:20:33 | More by khiasmus
Photo of kkipple

South Carolina

3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Got this in Asheville on the recommendation of Julie at Brusin' Ales.

Pours red-brown with a thin, weak white head that falters and hangs in patches on the surface of the beer. Rather red for a porter, but I'm not complaining.

I put my nose to the glass and get…. Dark roasted coffee beans! If you like coffee, you'll probably love this. It smells very good, but is quite one-note. I don't get much else besides the coffee smack, but there is a distinct earthiness. Perhaps also some cocoa and a hint of cream.

I hate to be repetitive here, but this is quite like drinking a carbonated, watered down coffee with a touch of sugar. Finishes dry, with a delightful lingering roasty bitterness. Supposedly there is the caffeine equivalent of a cup of joe in each bottle, and I can certainly believe it....

Mouthfeel is crisp and sharply carbonated (think mineral water) but thin and dry.

Ultimately, the sole factor in liking this beer comes down to how much you like coffee. This is well worth a try; I just can't see myself plunking down $4 for a bottle on a regular basis.

Recommend especially for the java lover. Thanks to Khiasmus for the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2007 01:19:35 | More by kkipple
Photo of feloniousmonk


3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2007 05:53:42 | More by feloniousmonk
Photo of Dukeofearl


3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

$3.99 for a 33 cl bottle at LaBodega in Riverside, CA. in May 2007. Labelled as "Coffee Porter" and 6% ABV, unlike as listed in this beer's data.

I have to admit I have mixed feelings about this beer. I guess it's really the perfect coffee beer. But do I like coffee beer? The jury is still out. I like coffee. I like beer. This is both. Is that a good thing?

Pours a deep dark coffee color, with about as much head as coffee (and I'm not talking espresso crema here). In other words, none. Rich roasted coffee notes, bitterness and all.

Flavor when cold is harsh, overcooked coffee and roasted toasted malts. When it warms up a bit (OK, a lot, a lot, almost to room temp), it gets a lot better. It actually reminds me of coffee flavored taffee (but not so sweet). I can acutally enjoy a "cold cup of coffee" that way.

I am a big fan of Meantime- their IPA is one of my regulars when I can get it. And this is an interesting side note, glad I tried it. Try it again? Maybe. Not sure.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2007 01:56:31 | More by Dukeofearl
Photo of Gueuzedude


3.75/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2007 21:36:39 | More by Gueuzedude
Photo of Lagaffe74


4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this one in a small bottle. I poured it in a snifter. The color was dark brown, with nice reddish hues when put in the light. The nose was all about the name: coffee. Ground coffee beans. True to its name. On the palate, same flavors of coffee throughout the whole drinking experience, backed by a nice bitterness in the finish. The body was low in carbonation. Nicely done!

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2007 18:47:11 | More by Lagaffe74
Photo of bark


3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The label says the strength is 6.0% ABV. The beer is bottle conditioned.

The colour is Coca Cola-brown; the firm two finger head is pale brown and quite compact. Some lacing occurs.

The smell is sweet and dominated by an almost aggressive roasted coffee-flavour. The flavour reminds me more of a coffee liqueur than a beer. Not bad at all.

The taste is very coffee-y. There is a fine sweetness that makes the beer more drinkable than the other drier ”espresso stout” -type beers that I have drunk. Apart from the coffee, there is a discreet bitterness and a lightly roasted note. The long aftertaste is creamy with more coffee and a slowly growing bitterness.

The carbonation is pretty strong with lots of small, almost sharp bubbles.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2006 21:21:44 | More by bark
Photo of JanM


4.5/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Meantime Coffee really smells like coffee with some sweet aromas in the background. The bottle looks like a mini champagne. The beer is black like a murky Guiness and doesn't pour with much foam. Luckily, it doesn't taste as much coffee as the smell leads you to expect although it creeps up on your palate in the aftertaste. Reading about this beer you may think it's a broiler freak but it is actually an excellent brew.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2005 19:24:56 | More by JanM
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Coffee Porter from Meantime Brewing Company Limited
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