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Coffee Porter - Meantime Brewing Company Limited

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Coffee PorterCoffee Porter

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very good

592 Ratings
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 Coutastic
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured 11.2oz (really cool looking bottle) into pint glass

A- Dark brown, coffee color with a small golden/tan head with some retention - very little lacing

S- Roasted coffee with some nice malt aroma.

T- No real surprise here, tastes like coffee. great flavor of roasted coffee and malt

M- A dry porter feel

D- Pretty intense flavor and heavy, could enjoy one, not more at one sitting

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

Poured from a 330mL bottle into my Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Pours a very dark auburn with sangria highlights, good clarity despite not allowing much light to intrude. A buff colored head fizzes down to a thin creamy layer.

Aroma brings to mind a brown porter with dulce de leche, coffee ice cream, carefully roasted malt, with low levels of citrus as well.

The taste is very much like a well made sweet café au lait, though brewed with a mass produced bean due to some sourness. A malty coffee backbone alternates between a dry toastiness and a puckering bitterness. Good flavors, but a bit one-note, and I would almost rather have an Irish Coffee.

Fairly warming and nicely carbonated, though the head retention could be better, and the astringency is a little heavy for me. Someting to sip rather than session...

Not bad, but nowhere near as complex or as tasty as their London Porter.

Photo of Vengeance526
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown color with ruby and mahogany highlights, producing a 1 finger beige head that quickly dies down to a small ring and leaves a little bit of lacing.

Aroma yields a distinct presence of roasted coffee beans and some vanilla.

Taste isn't very strong, maybe even a little watered down compared to what was felt in the initial aroma. Most notable again are light notes of roasted coffee along with even lighter touches of chocolate, cinnamon and vanilla. An overall smokiness also lingers.

Light to medium bodied with light carbonation. Interesting to try because the coffee aspect is definitely there, but not as full bodied or full flavored as it could be. Also seems a little acidic in the finish. Overall, a decent attempt, good but not great.

Photo of Cylinsier
3.42/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From a bottle.

Appearance is dark and chocolatey with a slight coffee reddish tint when held up to light. The head is never more than a thin film of lacing.

Smells like chocolate, fresh roasted coffee and a bit of malts.

The taste is of strong smokey coffee. A bit of sour in the after taste.

Mouthfeel is thin and a little sharp from carbonation.

An interesting beer. Not what I was expecting. I feel like I would have liked it more if the feeling had been fuller. The taste is also dulled if its too cold.

Photo of BeerSox
2.8/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

330ml bell shaped bottle into pint glass.

The first pour yielded about a millimeter of beer and the rest of the glass was foam. Not sure how that happened. With the second pour, very gentle, I was able to get all of the beer in with about a three finger head. Specks of sediment sit on top of the rocky head that takes forever to settle.

Lots of coffee and a little bit of cocoa.

After one sip I understood why this beer foamed up so much - it's probably infected or very poorly bottle conditioned. This isn't a one-in-a-million occurrence with Meantime, you have to get lucky to have a beer from them in good condition. Some roasted dark malts make their way through, but the feel is so acidic it's like it was brewed with vinegar. Please, get or improve the QC.

Hopefully the next time I can actually enjoy this one. I hate to review a beer that ended up like this but this brewery may be skipping a step before shipping.

Photo of washburnkid
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: 2 fingers of creamy beige head looking graceful over dark ruby, mahogany and caramel. Great retention but not a ton of lacing to speak of.
S: big roasted coffee aromas border on burnt. Good berry esters in there, too.
T: acidic, bitter espresso. Roasted notes linger throughout. Citrus hops do not have a strong presence, but they're in there. The bitterness of this beer is not something I'm enjoying. It's almost like vinegar, and there's a bit of astringency to contend with.
M: medium body, lower carbonation and tons of thick residuals.
D and notes: I wanted a bit more out of this brew, even if it just meant kicking up the roasted barley and espresso a bit more. Maybe more hops to balance would have done the trick. I just needed something to take my mind off of the fact that I felt like I was drinking vinegar in moments. At $5 a bottle, I'd just want an all around better combo of flavors. I respect the price since co-op coffee beans are used!

Photo of philipquarles
3.59/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

33cl bottle. Pours clear brown-red with a small, light beige head that shrinks quickly. Heavy coffee on the nose with roasty malt. Light chocolate and some buttery notes. The coffee dies a bit in the taste, thought it's still present, to leave weak dark roasty malt. Slight bittersweet chocolate, some butterscotch, and some metallic notes. Sweeter finish. Light-medium body. Not terrible, but leagues away from some of the more characterful examples.

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

Appearance - 4.5
A big, blossoming moussy beige head forms over a very dark brown body. Nice sticky lace, with a ring for every sip taken.

Smell - 4.0
Intrigued, my first sniff was down the neck of the bottle, upon which my nostrils were filled (almost assaulted) by a strong whiff of black coffee. In the glass things are a bit more mellow; black coffee is the strongest smell, but there is also cocoa and a little vanilla.

Taste - 3.5
The combination of chocolate and roasted malt with roasted coffee beans is an interesting, if not harmonious one. Bitterness is lower than expected seeing as there are three bittering ingredients. Black coffee, dark chocolate and leafy hop flavours are all there, followed by a sharp, acidic tanginess in the finish.

Mouthfeel - 4.0
Carbonation is highish for a porter, medium bodied and quite crisp.

Drinkability - 3.0
Not the most drinkable beer, but possibly one I will come back to. Best not to have too many though - alcohol and caffeine are not a good combination.

Very interesting, and a more natural flavour than that of Youngs Chocolate Stout. One could argue that this is a hybrid beer rather than a porter. A real treat for those who love coffee (and caffeine!), and for everyone else, a good beer worth trying.

Photo of JRed
4.07/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Black, almost opaque in body topped by fluffy off-white head. Amazing aroma of coffee, dark roast, woodchips, and dark chocolate. Flavors of roast, woodchips, coffee, cola, and slight dark chocolate. Light in body with light-medium carb. I'd prefer a thicker mouthfeel but this is still a pleasant drink. Easily drinkable with just the right amount of roast vs. sweets.

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.

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Coffee Porter from Meantime Brewing Company Limited
85 out of 100 based on 592 ratings.