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Coffee Porter - Meantime Brewing Company Limited

Coffee PorterCoffee Porter

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very good

516 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 516
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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Photo of billshmeinke


4.38/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a nonic.

Dark brown with amber hues. A huge off white head of three fingers that dies down to a finger. Nice lacing left behind.

Rich nose of coffee and sweet chocolate malt notes.

Taste follows smell, only the coffee is a little more subdued, nice smokey and slightly bitter finish that lingers for awhile.

The mouthfeel is a little lighter than I would like. Still pretty creamy though. Nice carbonation. Wish they'd used some oatmeal to add some body.

Pretty damn good. Best thing I have had from this brewery so far.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2011 00:37:28 | More by billshmeinke
Photo of Jenkster4


3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a dark brown with an almost ruby tent to it. Little to no head, just about a finger.

Nose: I'm getting some coffee believe it or not. Also getting vanilla, a little chocolate, and some roasted notes lingering back there.

Taste: Coffee flavor is really there. There is also a nice sweetness factor, maybe molasses . Also getting the other characters that you pick up from the nose.

Mouth: Rather thin, but it's not "watery". A little bitterness there that lingers for a few seconds that ends up as a dry finish.

Overall: It's really not a bad brew. A little pricey, but I am glad that I at least tried it.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2011 18:43:38 | More by Jenkster4
Photo of JCellars


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

Pours like a cup of coffee at a diner, a stray bubble here and there, but no head to speak of.

It smells like a can of Folgers was just opened.

It does perk up a bit with the slight toast and roast malt flavors. And coffee of course. The beer was fermented in a lager style, which would explain the thinner, more effervescent texture that I wasn't expecting even from a more traditional English porter. All in all drinkable, yet unfortunately forgettable.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2011 09:46:34 | More by JCellars
Photo of ronniebruner


4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Definitely better than most other coffee brews, Meantime has brewed a very worthy contender. When poured into a pint glass, I immediately noticed the rich foamy head with a nice amount of lace. The beer poured a beautiful light amber color and the aroma was of the coffee beans it was brewed with. Leaves a slightly bitter aftertaste, but this is a beer I would definitely try one again.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2011 02:12:50 | More by ronniebruner
Photo of UDbeernut

New York

3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cool little bottle poured into one of my many cheater pint glasses

A: pours a deep mahogany color, almost purple looking. Thin puny little head with almost no retention. Some water watery looking in terms of viscosity.

S: roasted black coffee, slight nut and fruit

T: sweet on the palate for an instant, quickly pushed aside by black coffee. I sense a bit of dark fruit, perhaps plum. The alcohol of this one is warming.

M: light to medium bodied, slightly acidic, not much carbonation to help it along. I would not want to drink more than one, don't think it would pair well with food except for breakfast of dessert.

O: what it lacks in appearance it makes up for in taste.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2011 19:35:46 | More by UDbeernut
Photo of Knapp85


2.58/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This beer really took my breathe away but in a negative way. The porter poured out as a deep brown color but had no head at all. It barely even had a film on top. The smell of the beer is straight coffee, almost like they brewed coffee and bottled it. The taste is just coffee, I wasn't getting anything else from this beer in way of taste. The mouthfeel is watery and flat, very very boring. Overall I won't be drinking this one again. It just seemed like the put fresh brewed coffee in these bottles and shipped it out to everyone. No depth to this beer and nothing exciting either.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2011 16:39:49 | More by Knapp85
Photo of chugalug06


1.75/5  rDev -53.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A - Quite watery. Little to no head. Slight yellow color on head. Brew is nice and clear brown.

S - Just like tequila...BLAH! WOW, never spelt coffee like this... Smells like mexican coffee. BLAH! Where's the kahlua?

T - Where's the kahlua? Nasty!!!! Perhaps the scent ruined it for me... Bad brew.

M - Light, watery, and little carbonation.

O - Drain pour. Disappointment. This could be the last brew I seek from Meantime.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2011 03:16:20 | More by chugalug06
Photo of codfeast


4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

bottle to chalice.

A: a dark brown, lots of bubbles and a thin head, looks like a coke.

S: Coffee and chocolate.

T: Strong dark roasted coffee, with a slight bitter finish.

M: Full mouthfeel, lots of carbination on the tounge.

O: Was like a cold, carbinated, dark roast black coffee. I would buy it again.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2011 20:24:37 | More by codfeast
Photo of match1112


3.35/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

bought this because of the bottle, just looks cool. pours out looking like soda, too brown for coffee imo. no head or lacing. smells like coffee, not the best, but coffee. tastes like flat soda mixed with a little instant coffee. maybe just a tad sour and no coffee bitterness or bite to it. for the mouthfeel i'm gonna go back to flat soda, not real appealing. overall i'm disappointed, would not recommend, and i'm mad at myself for buying two bottles of this when i saw it.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2011 01:37:14 | More by match1112
Photo of DannyS

New York

3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from its sweet looking bottle into a standard pint glass.

A - Lighter than I expected, a somewhat translucent brown with a scant 1/4 inch of head, dissipating into a foam collar.

S - Lots of fresh coffee on the nose, with some sweet malt backing it up. Nothing noticeable in terms of hops, but the coffee is fragrant and vibrant.

T - Lots of coffee and roasted malt in the upfront hit, but not totally well rounded out, with a slight acidic twinge, most noticeable in the immediate aftertaste. An overall positive on the flavor.

M - A little weightier than average, with some fullness of body and mild carbonation. A very restrained, unobtrusive feel.

Overall - I could easily have this as a breakfast beer. It's got lots of coffee character and the beer itself seems like its made to compliment it. There are still other beers that really ramp up the java and balance it better, but coffee lovers will not be disappointed by this one.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2011 06:37:09 | More by DannyS
Photo of paulozanello


3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown translucent color that is actually kinda red when looked against the light. Head is light brown/beige, very creamy, with nice retention and above average lacing.

Aroma is mildly intense with roasted grains and coffee/espresso. Not much else happening.

Taste starts with dark malts with a moderate burnt level and some roast astringency. Very soon the coffee and espresso notes come through and persist until the end of the sip and aftertaste.

Body is very low for a porter. High carbonation. I feel that the coffee flavors and aromas are a little like coffe-candy and not as real as I expected. Since the body is so low, the drinkability ends up being fairly high.

Reminds me of a german Schwarzbier with coffee-candy infused. Not bad for desert but there are plenty of better coffee porters out there.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2011 00:54:51 | More by paulozanello
Photo of StevenBilodeau


4.43/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great Choice...

Pours a midnight black with hints of dark brown.

Slight cream head, dissipates.

Roast on the nose, coffee, toasted malt grains, and also a subtle caramel flavor.

The flavor is rich and full flavored, almost like a full roast blend of arabica/robusta...very tasty. Love this beer.

This is a damn good brew for those special occasions, and lazy sit downs on a cold winter evening. Cigars any one?

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2011 01:38:14 | More by StevenBilodeau
Photo of codsmith


3.43/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark brown that you can see through. Pours with almost no head and no carbonation sticks around

S: This might be the best part of the beer. Smells like a sweet vanilla flavored coffee. You can almost smell the freshly ground coffee

T: Starts off smooth but has a huge scale up to where to coffee explodes out, but then there is a spicy bitterness right after that to finish it off. The bitterness is similar to a burnt coffee. It does leave a really nice lingering coffee flavor on your palate

M: Very thin. Lacks carbonation.

O: Was expecting a thicker or more full bodied coffee porter. It you like iced vanilla coffees that are a little watered down this would be perfect for you.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2011 20:02:19 | More by codsmith
Photo of seamusmceagan


4.5/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle into room temp pint glass.

Appearance, Deep translucent brownish amber. Lots of carbonation, small tan head, dissipated fairly quickly and was pretty rocky while it was there, nice ring of lace afterward.

Smell, slight nutty, sweetness. Almost date or apricot quality to the nose here, not much though. Nice malty quality too. Can definitely pick up on those roasted qualities. Also getting a little alcohol on the nose.

Taste, Man oh man this is an amazing brew here folks. Right up from you get coffee, it's there the entire time, but it's not a bitter black coffee as one would imagine, theres a sweetness to it. More of a coffee with creme thing going on, there a really nice roasted quality here to go with the aroma, very very slight bitterness on the finish, but is perfectly mated with the coffee flavor, very enjoyable.

Mouthfeel, Surprisingly enough this brew goes down pretty well, it doesn't fill the mouth too much, it's nice and smooth, there isn't as much carbonation as what it looked to be in the initial pour. There is just a bit of dryness on the back end from the coffee and alcohol too but it is subtle, Very nice.

Overall, I am really digging this beer, from start to finish this has been one of my favorite beers that I've tasted, Not to mention this amazing little bottle will be going up on the display shelf lol. The only down fall I can see here is that, being a coffee flavored beer, it has pretty robust and rich flavors, so i don't know if this is a very sessionable beer, but one or two, with a nice savory pastry sounds like a pretty amazing afternoon haha. I definitely recommend this to any one who loves beer. Also I'm going to try sipping this and bailey's cream together, for some reason i think that would complete my life.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2011 05:52:08 | More by seamusmceagan
Photo of mdfb79

New York

3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a cool looking 11.2 oz bottle into my Sierra Nevada tulip. Received in the Birthday BIF from ShogoKawada; thanks Phil!

a - Pours a very deep brown color with one inch of fluffy off white head and moderate carbonation evident. Head is a bit frothy and a tiny bit lasts throughout the drink.

s - Smells of sweet coffee, roasted malts, light chocolate, and light vanilla. The sweet coffe seems a bit odd.

t - Tastes of coffee grinds watered down, roasted malts, vanilla, and chocolate. Not bad at all, but seems a bit watered down.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. Very smooth and creamy body. Great mouthfeel.

d 0- Overall a decent coffee porter. The Smell was very sweet which seemed a bit weird for a coffee porter, and the taste seemed a bit watered down. Wouldn't seek out again but would give another shot.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2011 01:51:58 | More by mdfb79
Photo of SolomonGrundy


2.98/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Well chap my hide, I freaking accidentally erased everything I just wrote!!! ARGGGHHHH!!!

Try again...

I totally mixed my days up, as you more detail oriented followers will notice. I didn't type in day 285 on the 285th day, and then I followed that up with using the day 285 two days in a row. We're all good now at 288...phew...

This beer is so unsurprising...

Pours a dark brown, very clear, with red tints and hues (yes, I know I've almost exactly described the color mahogany, but I tire of that word). It's almost identical to the color of an iced coffee. No real lacing, no real carbonation, no real head...Kind of "mehh" thus far...

Did I mention $3.79/11.2oz. bottle and 6% ABV? Nope, well there you go then...

Smells like...would you believe it: COFFEE!! Actually, it's more like coffee nibs or chocolate covered espresso beans. There are very faint hints of some more ale like qualities deep in there, like roasted malt, but coffee truly quashes it all. There are faint meanderings of vanilla and cinnamon...

The flavor is...wait for it...wait for it...This beer is like an Adam Sandler film: you know what you're going to get from frame 1 all the way to the end....The flavor, as you may have guessed, is like COFFEE!! So much so it's almost not a beer. The initial tangy burst reminds one of a porter, but the coffee notes quickly embalm you so that nothing else gets in. The middle is actually even kind of sweet - like coffee with sugar and a touch of cream. Finish is long and bitter...like cold coffee. There is even the same coffee like aftertaste. The price and ABV put this beer in the "don't bother" category...

What I like most: Sofia Vergara's profile...

What I like least: any movie with Meryl Streep in it...

Verdict: (See what I did there? I used non-sequiturs to highlight the fact that this beer is not really like a beer)...

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2011 02:35:42 | More by SolomonGrundy
Photo of AlexanderSelby

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Brown, amber at edges, looks like an iced coffee. Head is appropriately thin and bubbles spring from the bottom of the glass for a while, not something typical for this style, but I like it. Handsome lacing - not cakey. Smell is nothing exceptional: some obvious coffee and a touch of dark chocolate. In your mouth, this is not a heavy, malty, thick, robust, latte style coffee porter like most out there, but it is lighter in body and specific in taste. The flavors pop instead of muddle around in a sweet overwhelming sludge. The malt base is surprisingly weak in order to showcase the coffee. And forget about hops. Any sort of bitter quality you are getting is from the roasted coffee. Kind of has the flavor is Kahlua, but a way way less sweet and, obviously, carbonated.

This is a coffee beer where it is obvious that coffee comes first, and beer comes second. And in this case, it works because it is laid back enough so to not overwhelm. It is awesomely unique in how well it is able to showcase the coffee and not get in the way of itself. As I mentioned before, the flavor is specific and direct, and Meantime does a great job keeping away any confusing flavors. Absolutely try this.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2011 22:37:34 | More by AlexanderSelby
Photo of tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

3.2/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Deep red/brown colour. Head gone extremely fast but started off tan before it fizzed away. Medium carbonation.

S - Lot's of fresh coffee, roastiness, and a sweet cola element.

T - More fresh coffee but that's mostly pushed away by lot's more cola and a small amount of roastiness. Maybe it's just me but Porters always end up having that cola aspect that turns me off right away, thank goodness it was there with other elements making it drinkable.

M - Really fills the mouth nicely. Really smooth with not too much carbonation.

D - OK drinkability but that cola flavour is something I'd have trouble getting past. Half of one was enough and I wouldn't try to get my hands on any more.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2011 15:49:42 | More by tbeckett
Photo of metter98

New York

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

A: The beer is very dark amber (near black) in color and poured with a ring of off white bubbles around the edge of the glass and lacy patterns of bubbles floating in the center. A light amount of carbonation is visible from the rising bubbles.
S: There are light aromas of roasted coffee beans in the nose; the smell becomes a little stronger as the beer starts to warm up and also exhibits some hints of roasted malts.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste isn't complex and primarily consists of roasted coffee flavors.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and slightly watery on the palate; a light to moderate amount of carbonation is perceptible.
D: Drinking this beer is a breeze and there's no traces of alcohol whatsoever in the taste. It's a good beer to start the day off with if you're looking for some carbonated coffee with a buzz but don't want anything heavy like a typical coffee porter or stout.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2011 19:53:58 | More by metter98
Photo of paigertx

New York

4.33/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a maple syrup color which was much lighter than I expected with a coffee porter. Zero head on the pour into a tulip glass concerned me as well. Very surprised with smell of coffee and the amazing black coffee taste with minimal malt off the back to sweeten it just a touch. Mouthfeel is lighter than most porters and thus very drinkable with minimal taste of alcohol at 6%. Highly recommend this, could drink a few of these and could pair with some light desserts, dark chocolate or biscuits.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2011 21:45:17 | More by paigertx
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Ontario (Canada)

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

Pours a dark black with a light cream coloured head into a brandy snifter glass. Tastes of roasted coffee with a smokey like finish to it. Not to bad overall, could be quite sessionable. Nothing really stands out, but thats not totally a bad thing either. Nice porter.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2011 03:48:41 | More by WeedKing4
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Ontario (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle poured into a Goblet.
ABV 6%

A - Poured a clear dark brown with mahogany highlights. 0.5cm tan head quickly reduced to a few bubbles. No lacing.

S - Coffee, smokey, Roasted and toasted.

T - Light toasted and roasted flavour with some smokiness and a good coffee bite in the finish. Unlike many other coffee beers I've tried it did not have a burnt black coffee taste in the finish.

M - Medium-low carbonation, light body, a bit watery, with a dry finish.

D - Decent drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2011 02:54:59 | More by decimator
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Ontario (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours out clear and brown like a cola. Solid, sticky, creamy foam.

S - Nose is caramel and roast. Lots of coffee and burnt grain.

T - Very dry, lots of burnt bitterness and roasted character. Some coffee flavour but doesn't feel like the focus. A little bit of caramel and acid.

M - A bit of an astringent touch. Otherwise, light body and medium carbonation.

D - Easy drinking and feels balanced. Could use more coffee flavour.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2011 23:57:51 | More by allergictomacros
Photo of Kinsman


3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Found this lonely bottle at the store today and decided to give it a try after enjoying a few other Meantime beers while in London in last November.

Pours an almost black body with dark mahogany brown highlights and a pillowy, three finger thick, ivory colored head. Only downside was that the head faded relatively quickly, leaving some sticky lace behind.

Coffee dominates the aroma as one would expect and it has quite a nice roasted bean flavor reminiscent of some lighter roasts. Lacking is the burnt coffee aroma that unfortunately plagues some other coffee infused beer.

Palate is coffee up front and coffee in the finish but that seems to be about it. It's all coffee layered over what seems like a rather weak porter, lacking a strong malt profile. Seems rather one dimensional to me which keeps it from standing up with the best coffee stouts/porters.

Matching up with the weak malt profile, this beer feels a bit thing and watery but does have a better carbonation level than some (unlike the flatness that is Peche Mortel)

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2011 21:09:40 | More by Kinsman
Photo of rudzud


2.6/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Picked this up on a whim at Julio's while trying to fill a "mix-a-six" thanks to the bottle. Wish I hadn't.

A - Unfortunately, no head retention on this porter. Pours a nice typical deep chestnut brown. Initially theres a very fizzy half a finger head but that very quickly disappears leaving no lacing. Halo nonexistant too.

S - Nice smell. Fresh ground coffee beans, the nice bitter and sweet coffee aspects. Thats pretty much all I'm getting though is the coffee.

T - This tastes like an iced coffee without cream and sugar. Tastes kinda watery too. Just, wow. Never thought I would have a beer that tasted like watered down coffee.

M - Like stated earlier, feels very watered down. Very, very little carbonation barely nonexistant. Flat feeling.

D - I guess its average drinkability. Stuff is a pretty poor porter. This tastes, looks, and smells like a watered down iced coffee, just at 6%. Oh well, cant all be great drinks!

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2011 06:16:10 | More by rudzud
Coffee Porter from Meantime Brewing Company Limited
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