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Coffee Porter - Meantime Brewing Company Limited

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very good

559 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 559
Reviews: 395
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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Photo of Suds
3.88/5  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.

Suds, Mar 21, 2009
Photo of edchicma
3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, dark brown with a nice initial head that remains for a good deal of time. Smell is a blend of dark bitter coffee balanced by a malt presence. Taste folows the nose wutha strong almost espresso quality, balanced with a malt sweetness that finsihes very dry. Mouthfeel is mainly dry an dmedium bodied. Drinkability is fine for those who like a nice dry finish.

edchicma, Mar 15, 2009
Photo of thekevlarkid
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Out of a bottle this beer was a very dark, chestnut color with three fingers of tan head. The retention was ok, the lacing was very good and consistent. The aroma was dry and bitter, clearly a mix of coffee, roasted malt and charcoal. The flavors were slightly sweet at first with some chocolate malt but it then quickly went dry with lots of roasted malt, lots of bitter coffee and a tight, acidic finish. The mouthfeel was average, the carbonation medium and the body medium/full. If you like espresso or black coffee, this is a great beer for you. But I felt it was rather one-dimensional and despite the lighter body for the style it was too acidic to be sessionable.

thekevlarkid, Mar 09, 2009
Photo of Jablonski
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: It pours more of dark mahogany color--almost black. Average sized head on an aggressive pour with no lacing on the glass.

S: Roasted malts dominate the smell, but they smell even more burnt than many other coffee stouts and porters that I've had. There's also light aromas of blueberry and chocolate.

T: The taste is a bit better, with the coffee flavor strongest as an aftertaste. This beer initially tastes like dark chocolate mixed with vanilla beans. A few seconds after each sip, the bitterness sets in.

M: It has a smooth texture, with a minimal carbonation.

D: Decently drinkable, but I wish it was cheaper.

Jablonski, Mar 08, 2009
Photo of byaeger
2.8/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This was my first time buying a bottle of Meantime and I'd heard good things. I picked it up from City Beer along with a mixed pack of various coffee stouts figuring, meh, coffee porter, why not?

Especially at five bucks for 11.2 oz, I wanted this to be phenomenal. I love dark porters and dark-roasted black coffee. This, however, looks too thin and watery to be either porter or coffee. Poured into an Irish Coffee glass, it is completely transparent.

Having purchased the bottle only a week ago, it immediately opened with off scents that not even the coffee overpowered.

The brewed coffee is obvious in the taste, but flavor and mouthfeel-wise, it's just too watery.

While I am able to finish the bottle, I won't be buying this one again and remain optimistic about the rest of the coffee stouts I procured (before attempting to brew that style).

byaeger, Mar 03, 2009
Photo of mapofthedead
3.13/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Dark brown with some ruby hints. Big tan head that lasted well with good lacing.

S: I'm thinking maybe COFFEE! And that's about it...

T: Not quite so much coffee on the taste, but still about the only thing I could taste. Seemed quite sweet though - no bitterness.

M: Seemed very nice, smooth and creamy.

D: Couldn't imagine drinking more than one of these in a session - I very quickly tired of the coffee taste and was glad to finish it to be honest.

Notes: 330 ml bottle poured into an Imperial Pint Glass. BBE 04/11/11.

mapofthedead, Mar 02, 2009
Photo of BretSikkink
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown with a sticky and tall tan head. Great lacing is plastered all over the glass. Nose is closely related to coffee - lots of roast.

The flavor is very similar to a darkly roasted coffee. Chocolate, chicory, and a hint of vanilla are present throughout, with a woody, slightly acidic note towards the end.

Smooth and full mouthfeel with nice viscosity. I'm impressed with this porter, and at a fairly reasonably price I'll probably seek it out again.

BretSikkink, Feb 27, 2009
Photo of RunDWP
3.33/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Is it coffee or is it beer? Well, it's called coffee, smells like coffe, tastes like coffee, and if you concentrate real hard, you might pick up some beer notes here and there. This isn't exactly my cup of tea.

It pours a jet black color into my shaker glass with a wispy head, and minimal lacing on the glass. Slightly pungent coffee smell greats the nose. The taste has an espresso bitterness, with a little roasted malt underneath, and no hops really to speak of. I like that there is no sweetness to this brew, and they let all that coffee bitterness shine through. The problem I had that was all that strong bitter coffee just sat on top of a light roasted malty brew, and the coffee really didn't tie all the ingredients together. The mouth feel was rather thin for a porter, and with all that coffee bitterness, it sure wasn't an easy drinking brew.

RunDWP, Feb 26, 2009
Photo of DarthClayder
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Well, I guess I'll start by saying this is one of the coolest looking bottles around. After opening it, the smell of freshly poured coffee immediately struck me. The bottle mentions that each serving of this brew is equal to a cup of coffee and the smell at least backs that up!

The pour produced a nice head... looks like coffee, smells like coffee...

Tastes better than coffee! I sensed 3 completely different dimensions of coffee in this one. First that hit me is that sour acidic bite that some coffee gives you on the tip of your tongue, secondly a nice, smooth caramel mid-ground followed by a dry, roasty back-end bass section. Good stuff indeed, nice and complex but lacking any hop character or further meandering flavor profiles I love in good stouts. Most bitterness and complexity comes from the coffee. Also, regarding the mouthfeel, I swear I am getting tiny obliterated chunks of coffee bean in every sip!

Last but not least, this beer definitely gave me a caffeine buzz!

DarthClayder, Feb 25, 2009
Photo of smcolw
3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

smcolw, Feb 22, 2009
Photo of sprucetip
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

sprucetip, Feb 17, 2009
Photo of MaineBirdMan
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

MaineBirdMan, Feb 14, 2009
Photo of cvfish
3.3/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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

cvfish, Feb 04, 2009
Photo of gford217
3.15/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

gford217, Feb 04, 2009
Photo of Yetiman420
2.88/5  rDev -24%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

Yetiman420, Feb 03, 2009
Photo of theghost3
3.08/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

theghost3, Feb 02, 2009
Photo of StoutHearted
3.13/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

StoutHearted, Jan 29, 2009
Photo of Richardberg
3.28/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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).

Richardberg, Jan 29, 2009
Photo of BARFLYB
3.38/5  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.

BARFLYB, Jan 25, 2009
Photo of colts9016
4.43/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

colts9016, Jan 24, 2009
Photo of Jayli
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

Jayli, Jan 20, 2009
Photo of mntlover
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 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.

mntlover, Jan 15, 2009
Photo of weeare138
3.13/5  rDev -17.4%
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.

weeare138, Jan 15, 2009
Photo of pokesbeerdude
3.2/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

pokesbeerdude, Dec 28, 2008
Photo of westernseraph
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

westernseraph, Dec 25, 2008
Coffee Porter from Meantime Brewing Company Limited
85 out of 100 based on 559 ratings.