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Coffee Porter - Meantime Brewing Company Limited

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very good

539 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 539
Reviews: 390
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 12.66%
Wants: 13
Gots: 12 | 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:
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Photo of Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle picked up at Whole Foods in Chicago, pretty good find!

Pours a clear dark orange/brown, massively thick tan head forms, big chunks of lace, great retention, this head never wants to leave. Smell is roasty coffee, caramel, iron, floral hops, chocolate, roast, pretty intense coffee. Taste is very intense toffee, chocolate, coffee roast, definitely a porter, sweet cherry like finish, nice roasty bitterness. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with high carbonation. Pretty nice, aroma/flavour is real good, but the body/carbonation is not too appealing.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2007 21:58:36 | More by Viggo
Photo of cypressbob

United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle served slightly chilled in a Dobbelen tulip

Pours with a rich dark brown body, almost black in low light. Tight tan head forms about a centimetre thick, soon settling down to a dense whisp. Small bubbles of light tan lacing adorn the side of the glass

Smell, rich espresso and fresh coffee beans. Lashings of freshly ground coffee, some vanilla notes along with very dark chocolate. Slight hint of turkish delight on the nose too along with some dry smokiness

Taste, crisp and smooth mouthfeel, tonnes of rich coffee flavour, bubbly cappuccino frothiness, sticky rich dark chocolate, sweet vanilla and butterscotch. Some rich malt on the finish along with a lasting coffee dryness

A very tasty beer, full of coffee flavour.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2007 04:22:23 | More by cypressbob
Photo of jbphoto88


4.45/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A darn decent beer! I was lucky enough to try this at a beer festival and I am glad I stumbled across this booth. It is a dark pour with a soft minimal head. Definitely in my book a dessert beer. It has a strong coffee flavor and is a little sweet with a light (british) carbonation. This beer dances on your taste buds and if you are trying to talk your wife into beer, this is the one that will make her want to have a cold one with you. One of my top 10, try it if you can find it.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2007 03:55:28 | More by jbphoto88
Photo of Brad007


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

Pours a dark brown color with a ruby hue when held up to light. Has a thin, brown head. Aroma is strong and coffee-like. Roasty. Taste is very nice and smooth with a strong, roasted aftertaste that has chocolate essence. Mmm. Super smooth here. This beer would make an excellent dessert beer. Much like the beer I reviewed before this, there's a decent balance between coffee and porter. I swear I can even detect a bit of mint in the taste.

I'm glad I picked up this bottle. The price was decent enough and I'd never heard of this brewery.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2007 02:36:10 | More by Brad007
Photo of Badssinblack


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

Different bottle designed caught my eye...

A: poured dark brown ruby-ish w/ 1 finger head which dissipated within a minute, wasn’t much for retention, which to me makes it look flat, less inviting. This is less important because the smell is so intriguing.

S: Really strong delicious coffee smell, chocolate, malt, alcohol.

T: Coffee taste is strong and chocolaty, a little sweet, malty. Cannot discern any hop character. I really like the taste.

M: Good medium mouth feel, lightly carbonated

D: Easy to enjoy, and sip on. Would be good with desert, chocolate, etc. I would buy this again it is one of the better coffee porters I’ve had.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2007 04:22:50 | More by Badssinblack
Photo of jjayjaye

New York

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

Pours a clear mahogany color with a stiff full finger light tan head that resists fading. Big chunks of lacing garner the glass. The smell is a beefy semi-sweet mocha malt. Medium bodied, the mouth feel is adequately carbonated. Full flavored, the taste of choco-java is present without a heavy roasted character so it finishes cleaner. A nice drinker.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2007 23:36:27 | More by jjayjaye
Photo of FightingEntropy


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

Presentation: small bottle that looksl like a brew kettle from Dennis Brothers poured into a pint glass

A: black ale with ruby highlights aournd the edges, fluffy light brown head with very small bubbles that held for a long time.

S: strong clean coffe nose and heavy toasted malt underneath--little else comes through.

T: full roasted coffee taste and a dry bitter finish-heavy malt, chocolate, bisicuit, no dark fruit tastes, no coffe from the malt.

M: strong malty body, chewy and thick, almost strong enough to balance the coffee--almost.

D: easy--not one to sip like coffee.

Overall: a very excellent beer that is well done, especially if you like coffee, which I don't for the most part but still like this beer a lot and would order it in a heartbeat. Coffee lovers should really love.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2007 03:55:16 | More by FightingEntropy
Photo of TurdFurgison


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

I picked up a bottle of this at Kahn's Fine Wines in Indianapolis for about $4.50. The bottle was 11.2oz, not the big Meantime bottle, and had an interesting shape (kind of like a boiling vat).

The beer was dark burgandy brown colored, just barely clear, thin whitish head. The aroma was coffee and malty beer, I would have sworn it was Breakfast Stout except the appearance wasn't as nice. The taste was mostly coffee with some sweet malt, and the beer had enough physical presence that I suspected it had lots more malt in the bill than the 6% alcohol content reveals it to have. Very nice, too bad it's not so easily available.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2007 19:07:16 | More by TurdFurgison
Photo of dfillius


4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle claims that "Each serving is equal to one cup of coffee" and "Fermented with ground coffee and lactose". 11.2 oz. bottle, 6.0% ABV Served in a pint glass at ~45 degrees F

A: Two fingers of fizzy cream colored head quickly dissipates. After warming and drinking, a thin layer of fine head is retained. Crystal clear despite being bottle conditioned. Dark brown but light in color for a porter, I can see dark red from light transmission through it.

S: Hearty coffee aroma, notes of toffee, chocolate, roasted nuts. Quite a delicious smell.

T: Coffee bitterness quite apparent as is a nutty flavor. Great sweetness later that smoothly transitions from the coffee bitterness. This tastes like BLACK coffee! Once it is warmer, the smooth sweet lactose flavor comes through, further balancing the flavor.

M: Sweetness and bitterness leave no part of my tongue untouched. Carbonation feels fizzy on tongue. Quite smooth when warmer.

D: Black coffee is not my cup of tea, so one of these is good for me, but is a fine example of a coffee beer! Maybe I could have two of these.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2007 01:28:13 | More by dfillius
Photo of ChainGangGuy


3.38/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a dark brown body with ruby-hued edges and a capped by a thin, beige head.

Smell: The ashen aroma of heavily stale, dried-out coffee grounds. Say, how old is this bottle anyhow?

Taste: A pleasant brown sugar and toffee sweetness upfront. There's a faint blip of hops midway. Thankfully, only a small measure of that stale, forgotten coffee on the roasty, sweet finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Tastes far better than it smells. Also, the bottle sure is a beaut! Getting only 330ml never looked so good.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2007 18:12:49 | More by ChainGangGuy
Photo of rhoadsrage


3.05/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

(Served in a nonic)

A- This beer has a clear but dense reddish-brown body with a strong carbonation of tiny bubbles and a rocky light tan head that last for most of the beer.

S- There is soft notes cold stale coffee and brown malt with a dark nougat note. The finish is a fresh brown malt and plastic smell.

T- The taste of cold stale coffee has some notes of brown malt followed by a finish of coffee grounds.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a watery texture.

D- The coffee is big and stale and the malt taste reminds me of a weak American bock. The flavor is not that impressive but the head last and last. I’m not sure I want to commit to the big bottles of Meantime but I’m glad they only sell this in a small bottle. That is enough.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2007 03:16:55 | More by rhoadsrage
Photo of russpowell


4.43/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

BBD of 01/28/08

Pours chestnut with 2+ fingers of fluffy brown head. Above average lacing & below average head retention

S: Slight coffee & cocoa as this warms up

T: Coffee, a little chocolate & iron. Cocoa & roasted malt notes as this warms. Finishes dry with more roasted grains & mocha

MF: Smooth, medium-bodied, moderate carbonation & great balance

Drinks too easy, this is my kind of coffee porter/stout!

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2007 02:02:25 | More by russpowell
Photo of objectivemonkey


3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Into a chalice, pours an obsidian brown, very dark, a off-tan head of half an inch settling to a thing film, lacing falling in sheets down the glass. The aroma is intensely aromatic coffees, ground, roasted, almost charred, black patent malts have to be in there, a tad nutty. The taste is even more dominated by the bean, almost a mean streak, a bite accompanying a rise in carbonation through the middle, then settling into softer coffee and nutty tones, and the tongue is left prickling from the carbonation. The body is relatively full, particularly after warming. Overall, I'd say this is a pretty decent beer, not my cup of... erm, tea?, but it'll do, a decent coffee porter.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2007 03:14:18 | More by objectivemonkey
Photo of BattleRoadBrewer


4.18/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served cool from interesting, trademarked greenish amber bottle into shaker pint.

Excellent pour, brilliant clarity dark cherry-brown color with a lasting head of fine dark tan bubbles, leaving good lacing.

The nose leaves no mistake that this is a coffee porter. Rich and nutty coffee aroma, with chocolate and vanilla notes.

The taste is unmistakably coffee-dominated as well. Gives the sharp bite you get from chewing roasted beans, sharper and fresher than brewed coffee. They obviously used good coffee, not just any coffee in this brew. Slight amount of roastiness that could be barley and not coffee rounds out the finish.

Mouthfeel is excellent, every drink is a treat, sweet and bitter and smooth.

Drinkability is above par. This is a coffee lover's coffee beer. Many coffee beers aren't good coffee or good beer--Meantime Coffee Porter wins awards for both.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2007 02:50:06 | More by BattleRoadBrewer
Photo of merlin48


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

Cool looking 11.2 oz bottle. Pours a clear mahogany body with a small, but lasting, beige head. Some curtains of lace drape around the glass. Aroma is freshly ground coffee beans and milk chocolate graced by toasted almonds. Medium body is well carbonated. Taste is dark chocolate and coffee grounds accented by notes of cream and almonds. Nicely executed.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2007 22:37:23 | More by merlin48
Photo of KarlHungus


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

This brew pours a dark brown color with ruby hues around the edges. The head is monsterous, especailly for a coffee beer. It is two inches high, creamy, fluffy, and recedes very slowly into chunky lacing. The aroma is of coffee grounds, nuts, sweet milk chocolate, bitter dark chocolate, and cream. The taste has quite a bit more coffee to it than the aroma. Chocolate and cream rounds out the coffee flavors in the sip, while the finish in pleasantly nutty. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with fine, lively carbonation. Overall, this beer is does not have as much coffee in it as most American coffee beers. However, adding more coffee to this beer would probably mask too many of its other flavors and aromas, and I think that would be a shame. I like this beer a lot. I would drink it if I was in the mood for something with a punch-you-in-the-mouth coffee taste to it. However, if in the mood for a well design, not over the top porter this would certainly do the trick.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2007 23:17:49 | More by KarlHungus
Photo of w1n0


4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pitch dark, dark chocolate

beautiful aromas of coco, figs, dark fruits and of cource coffee.

strong and pronouced coffee flavors, a bit of green tea, dried raisins, and slighty tantic.

lighter then what i expected but it still has great body.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2007 11:22:29 | More by w1n0
Photo of WesWes

New York

4.33/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a dark brown color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a dry, roasted scent that boasts of crystal, patent, and roasted malts. It's slightly bitter and quite earthy. The taste is great. It has a bold coffee taste up front, but it mellows out in the finish. It has a light chocolate sweetness that rounds out the flavor. It's still dry and earthy, but not over the top. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a damn good porter. The coffee blends in well and adds a bunch of character to the taste; a good drinker.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2007 01:16:00 | More by WesWes
Photo of Talisker


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

Poured from a beautifully-shaped small 11.2 oz bottle.

Looks a lot like a cola, both in color and consistency of the beer and especially of the head. Lots of fizzy carbonation that dies down quickly. Aroma is wonderful - not of fresh coffee grounds, nor of old wet grounds like too many coffee beers, but freshly-brewed. There's also a very nice malt in there.

The taste is wonderful. Certainly coffee-dominated, but nicely balanaced with sweet malt, some chocolate. Not over the top with any flavor. Texture is thin (in a good way), befitting a porter. Perhaps a bit too prickly in the carbonation at the beginning of a taste, but smooth underneath, and not too portery-powedery. Generally quite drinkable, and fortunately only 6% abv.

Definitely a big winner from Meantime. I wish I could remember what I paid for this bottle, but I fear it was too much to make it a regular drinker. But in the meantime, so to speak, I'll enjoy this one - a great beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2007 23:43:33 | More by Talisker
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3.3/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I bought his due to the fact that I enjoyed their IPA. This was in an odd, 11.2 oz bottle that was shaped more like the 750ml their other beers are available in. The label notes that one serving is equal to one cup of coffee so this should be interesting. The color was brown but light enough to see through if held to a light. The head is short and light tan in color. The smell is like ground coffee beans and malt. The taste is sweet like maple syrup and a little milky-lactose but oddly not much coffee flavor, just a hint of coffee bitterness in the background. The more this warms up, the more the coffee takes over. This one was just average to me. If porters or coffee beers are your thing then by all means try this one. If you don’t usually seek out porters specifically you can skip this one.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2007 14:37:46 | More by ArrogantB
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3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle. My glass is filled with deep brown liquid with a finger of ivory to light tan head that falls to a full coat atop the beer. There is very little carbonation after the initial pour and clarity is excellent. The nose on this one screams coffee to me. Lots of iced-coffee tones with a solid roasted backbone behind it. The coffee dominates and obscures any other aromas that might be in there. The flavor is a nice balance. The initial flavor hits coffee..very full coffee. This fades after a long stay on my tongue to chocolate and roasted malt notes, with a mild bitterness that brings coffee back to mind. The flavors are good. There is definitely a dominant coffee but the base beer comes through towards the end. Mouthfeel is thick, with a light to moderate carbonation. The mouthfeel is a little thick for the flavor in my opinion. Overall, this is a little skewed to the coffee, but that means truth in advertising. I would gladly have it again, as the slant in one direction doesn't bug me too much, as I love some nice robust coffee.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2007 23:26:55 | More by kmpitz2
Photo of rallison


4.33/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice dark, dark brown with a 1 finger light tan head that sticks around a bit.

Smell is intense coffee. Smells delicious, can't wait to taste it...

Ohh, nice. Taste delivers a great punch of coffee. Some sweeter dark chocolate is also present, but the main focus is the coffee. For an English Porter, this has quite a bit of flavor.

Mouthfeel is relatively rich for the style, and altogether pretty nice. Drinkability is very good.

Recommended. If you like coffee, I highly recommend you try this. And this brew from Meantime comes in a cool looking 330ml bottle, so you don't even have to commit to their standard 750ml size.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2007 05:08:26 | More by rallison
Photo of session1979


4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33 cl stubby bottle poured into my DFH pint glass.

Appearance: Poured a very dark, warm-brown color with a small beige head which disappeared quickly.

Smell: First waft hit me with a bright coffee nose which was balanced nicely with malt and roasted grain. Some dark chocolate, molasses, and a slight buttery vanilla note.

Taste: Great round flavor full of coffee (well duh), roasted malts and grain. Slightly sweet and acidic with dark chocolate notes. Almost like drinking iced coffee.

Mouthfeel: It looks like a light to medium bodied pour but on the mouth it feels like you are drinking a creamy coffee concoction whipped up from your favorite java house. There is moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: Quite easy to drink and surprisingly refreshing. When you hear “Coffee Porter” you think of a big, heavy pour but this beer is so well put together it is very drinkable.

Final Comments: I have to agree with the first reviewer and say that this is one of the best coffee infused beers I have ever had. It was very well put together with all of the ingredients working in harmony to deliver a wonderful product. Well done Meantime!

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2007 20:29:02 | More by session1979
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4.43/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a bright clear brown color with a decent off-white head. Based on the color I was skeptical, but...

The aroma of the beer was bursting with fresh dark espresso and chocolate. Some subtle malty and caramel notes came through as well.

The flavor of the beer was rich with coffee, chocolate, and malty goodness. The hops were there to balance things out. The flavors of this beer came together in wonderful accord. For a coffee beer, it totally hit the mark.

The carbonation was just right and the mouthfeel was perfectly creamy.

This beer is dialed in a wonderful. It's one of the best coffee-infused beers I've had.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2007 05:41:18 | More by SacoDeToro
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3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

For the past couple of years, the only things we got from Meantime out here on the west coast were 750s of IPA and Porter. I've had those and been impressed, so I went for the Coffee Porter as soon as I found it. Besides, they have cool labels with a Victorian mechanical feel...über-hip. I'm not usually terribly thrilled with odd ingredients in beer, beyond the traditional four, but the porter-stout range of the style spectrum is fairly easily doctored to drinkable effect. There have been others out there to use coffee in the dark ale, (Speedway Stout from Alesmith leaps to mind -- excellent stuff) some more successful than others. Meantime's coffee beer is pretty well-paired with the coffee, but I find I prefer a more substantial body with richer malt character to offset the bitterness of the coffee. On the other hand, comparing this to Speedway for drinkability, I could go through a few of these and still function. Consumption of an equivalent quantity of Speedway may provide you with sufficient caffeine alertness for you to put your arms up before your face hits the floor. In the meantime, I'm going to keep an eye out for more Meantime products as they filter out to this coast.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2007 00:01:26 | More by ctdfalconer
Coffee Porter from Meantime Brewing Company Limited
85 out of 100 based on 539 ratings.