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Coffee Porter - Meantime Brewing Company Limited

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BA SCORE
85
very good

555 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 555
Reviews: 395
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 12.7%
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 acrawf6
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours out an opaque black, but has some dark tan light coming through the sides with a nice dark tan head.

Smell. A dark malt smell comes out with a small bit of cocoa. I am not getting any coffee in the aroma.

Taste. Has an initial sharp bitterness in my first sip, but after that i definetly get the coffee flavor. There is a sweet and creamy taste to it too, reminds me of a rich cappacino with some expresso in it. I also get a lactic sourness in this. Aftertaste is my favorite. A dark roasted columbian flavor really comes out and lingers nicely with a touch of a smoke taste left in my mouth.

Mouthfeel. Has a nice and medium full body. I think the level of carbonation takes away from the creaminess this beer could have.

Overall, a very nice beer, but not one i would want often, much less 2 in one night.

acrawf6, Dec 21, 2007
Photo of Nipitato
4.43/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased a very cool looking bottle of this beer at Julio’s in Westborough, MA.

A: Good clarity. Pours dark brown into a Sam Adams’ glass. Significant ruby highlights – practically amber when held to light. The beer is topped with a quarter inch tan moussy head with great retention.

S: Strong coffee aroma from roasted malt. Smells fresh. Dark bitter chocolate aroma is also strong. Some sweet toffee scents add character. Overall, aroma profile is sweet and roasty.

T: This is one hell of a tasty beer. Roasted dark chocolate malt flavor dominates. Coffee flavor is also prominent. Dark fruity esters linger in the background – raisins, cherries. A touch of whiskey flavor as well.

MF: Medium body. Low carbonation. Dry finish and mouthfeel. It has a clean finish.

D, notes: An enjoyable beer. Tasted very fresh despite the travel distance. Easily drinkable. Overall very well done.

Nipitato, Dec 11, 2007
Photo of RIBeerSnob
3.2/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Nice color, strong coffee aroma. Tastes a bit bitter, not hop bitter, but coffee bitter. Ok body, not quote full enough for my taste. I thought the coffee flavor overpowered the drink.
I expect a porter to have a bit more maltyness.

Not a bad beer, I'm sure an aquired taste... just like coffee.

PS nice looking bottle.

RIBeerSnob, Dec 02, 2007
Photo of GClarkage
4.35/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11/30/07- Purchased at Draeger's Market in San Mateo, CA.

Presentation- 11.2oz bottle with no visable freshness information. Poured into my Maudite tulip.

Appearance- Ruby hued deep brown pour. Huge large bubbled foamy head. Settles at a very nice 1/4 inch. Leaves large thick and sticky lace patches.

Smell- All coffee and roasted malt. No chocolate here...basic and straight forward.

Taste- Possibly the most fresh and dead on coffee flavor I have tasted in a beer. Tastes exactly like ground fresh coffee beans. Highly roasted malt with a touch a sweetness combines with the coffee.

Mouthfeel- Higher than expected carbonation level. Nice coffee aftertaste.

Drinkability- Simple and not complex...just good old fashioned coffee. Definitely sessionable, especially for coffee lovers. Would like a touch more sweetness, but then again, it's not supposed to be sweet like a baltic. Quality at any rate.

GClarkage, Dec 01, 2007
Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a small but cool looking bottle to a snifter. The liquid is rusty dark brown with ok carbonation. The Head is small tan and leaves some lace.

The smell is very good Coffee as advertised. Sweat chocolate notes as well.

The taste is just a tad of a let down from the aroma, but what coffee isn't. Really the taste is good, light sweet chocolate and a huge coffee taste all over.

The mouthfeel is a bit thin but true to the porter style could use a bit more carbonation.

The drinkability is good I could easy drink a bunch of this.

Prosit, MK

MuenchenerKindl, Nov 30, 2007
Photo of barleywinebrewer
3.63/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked this up on a lark. Seems I was on a porter kick on the last beer run.

A - dark brown, almost black with a thick tan head forms,
S - Dark roast coffee, caramel, floral hops, chocolate,
T - very strong dark roast coffee, caramel, chocolate, and a bitter / harsh undernote.
M - medium bodied, nicely carbonated
D - the harsh undernote made this a one and done for me.

I like the premise and I have a good friend that raves about meantime brews. I'll try them again, just a different brew.

barleywinebrewer, Nov 27, 2007
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Burnt pecan brown with tangerine highlights on the coaster... dark cherry when backlit with weak morning sunshine. The butter toffee colored crown is the best part of the appearance. It has character to burn and is leaving the glass slathered with an impressive amount of lace when it eventually departs.

I find it odd that I love the smell of coffee-infused porters and stouts when I don't drink coffee (and have never even tasted it). This nose is very well done in that crushed coffee beans are right up front, yet the roasted maltiness of the base porter is easily appreciated. I'm expecting good things from this beer.

Coffee Porter is a good version for sure. A bit of an odd finish keeps it from greatness, but let's see what happens as the ounces pass. Java lovers should be in heaven because their favorite beverage dominates the flavor profile without overpowering everything and making the beer taste like iced coffee. It's a fine line that Meantime has walked with consummate skill.

Bittersweet chocolate and sugared vanilla bean are also present. It might be the addition of lactose (milk sugar) that's giving the odd flavor on the back end. It's fading fast as I enter the bottom of the bottle, so no worries. Bitter and sweet are both abundant, with bitter winning handily at all points along the way.

The body/mouthfeel is right about where it should be for a 6.0% ABV English porter. Since I have nothing else of substance to add here, allow me to note the source of the coffee beans: Rwanda's Abuhuzamugambi Bakawa Co-operative. Beats 'Joe's Coffee Shop' when it comes to the coolness factor.

I've been pleased with all three of the Meantime Brewing Company beers that I've had so far. Coffee Porter is a nice little (caffeinated) treat that will please your palate as it energizes your body and your brain. Not only that, but the bottle is a keeper.

BuckeyeNation, Nov 27, 2007
Photo of JohnGalt1
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at New Vintage Wine shop in Eagle, Idaho. Don't remember the price but think it was in the $4 range. Very cool (probably the coolest looking I've ever seen) tear drop shaped 11.2 oz bottle. Numbering on the bottle would lead me to believe "best by 1/25/9". Very much enjoyed from an oversized red wine glass while listening to "One Track Mind" from Rythmic Cartel.

Dark brown with a just a touch of yeast haze.. half inch head quickly goes away and leaves minimal lacing.

Smell is big time coffee .... this could very much be mistaken for a cool cup of java off of smell alone ... no hops just a lot of roastiness and coffee.

Taste is like a lightly carbonated coffee drink (a little creamy too) ... I like it alot ...Odd but not offensive lingering finish of cappucino AND a little diacetyl ... Grows on you after a while. Again, no real hop flavor or bitterness to discern, but the bitterness of the coffee could be masking it.

This is my first Meantime brew and it definately did not dissappoint ... I no doubt will be getting a couple more of these; I have no idea how they will cellar at 6%, but I think it would be interesting in a coffee beer tasting.

I don't know what is up in Boise, but there are way more cool and new beers available than years past. I know most are imported by Shelton Bros, but I hope it keeps up. I also know Ericksons Fine Wine in Eagle has this fine brew available .... Erickson's also has the Meantime IPA ... New Vintage did not at purchase time.

JohnGalt1, Nov 25, 2007
Photo of Winter
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark brown, giving the illusion of black, with a creamy tan head. The aroma consists of roasted coffee, chocolate, burnt malt, spice and caramel. The mouthfeel is medium with airy carbonation. Flavors of dark roasted coffee and burnt malt. Some cocoa toward the middle. Hops are mild and provide a small amount of bitterness. Surprisingly the finish isn't as dry as I expected.

A little pricey for a single bottle, when there are some domestic examples that are just as good. Regardless if you're a coffee beer fan, this is worth a try.

Winter, Nov 21, 2007
Photo of gmcfarre
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle poured into traditional pint glass
Very interesting, almost-kettle shaped bottle. Bottle says "malt beverage fermented with ground coffee and lactose" as well as "each serving is equal to one cup of coffee" - interesting, i would have thought the coffee flavors came from a certain barley or yeast choice

A - Pours a dark, dense onyx color with a latte colored, foamy head that rises to nearly 2 inches. Lacing is nice, head bubbles are incredibly huge causing it to fade quickly.

S - Dry, slightly roasted malt scent with strong coffee overtones. Lightly bitter and did I say dry?

T - Starts with a dry, roasted coffee flavor with very little hop activity. A touch of sweetness. Leaves behind a chocolate dryness that is surprisingly smooth with little dryness. Reminds slightly of a chocolate mocha flavor. The evidence of the coffee grounds is strong, but very pleasing.

M - Light to medium bodied that flows smoothly over the palate and ends dry with some residual sweetness on the tongue.

D - An interesting take on the English Porter, what with the addition of actual coffee grinds in the brewing process. Alcohol is not a factor and the flavors never wavers or offends as this beer warms. Another solid and tasty brew from Meantime.

gmcfarre, Nov 20, 2007
Photo of CharlieMopps
4.38/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: From the start of the pour, a noisy off-white head begins to fizz up, culminating to about three fingers worth when all is said and done. Larger bubbles form about halfway down, but tighten up once more, in addition to leaving very tiny colonies of bubbles sticking to the sides of the glass. The beer is a deep, deep mahogany hue that still lets in a bit of light.

S: Smells of robust, fresh coffee grounds, and it seems like this is going to be a good one, as I've been finding more and more and more strong coffee-infused beers that I enjoy. Roasted malt notes are evident, but really lay underneath the coffee aroma. So it may seem a little one-dimensional, but let's see how it flies in the taste category.

T: Up front, the malt character seems fairly light, as I think many porters have a tendency to do, but this almost gives it a soft-drink sort of feel. Nevertheless, this readily overtaken by a wave of straight coffee ground goodness that covers the back of the palate. Hop presence is actually noticeable, very much in the vein of a porter, though, because it's there to provide balance. The two blend well, but are also distinctly separate profiles in this beer, I feel. Aftertaste is nothing but java, which I don't mind at all.

M: Retains that similar porter body, lighter than say, a Russian Imperial, but still carrying some heft in the mouthfeel, which is nice. Carbonation doesn't get in the way by any means, and it helps the beer taste great, I'd say.

D: Not even close to an abv monster, but still enough (6%) to get your attention. From an 11.2oz bottle, this seems fitting. And for all my talk about how strong the coffee notes are in the bouquet and on the palate, this is really a treat, and isn't too over-the-top, but definitely makes its presence known. If you're expecting a run-of-the-mill porter with a faint coffee tinge, then you'd be disappointed, but if you're looking for that fresh grounds fix, this is your porter, my friend.

CharlieMopps, Nov 19, 2007
Photo of NJpadreFan
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Meantime- Coffee Porter

A- Ruby reddish brown with a thick frothy head. Nice lacing down the glass.
S- A heavily creamed and sugared coffee and milk chocolate.
T- Sweet milk chocolate (like a hershey bar) melted into a sweet and creamy cup of coffee.
M- Sugary sweet with a touch of coffee bitterness. Mild dry chocolate powder finish.

Overall- A tasty desert beer without a doubt. Why only 11.2 oz?! I would like this in a 22oz.

NJpadreFan, Nov 15, 2007
Photo of grub
4.08/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Viggo hooked me up with this one as part of the BC2. thanks eric!

11.2oz bottle. BB 25/01/09.

pours deep ruby red, almost brown. a small dense tan head forms, falling slowly and leaving lots of lace.

aroma is nice. coffee. hint of baltic sourness. touch of smoke. dark chocolate. roast. bit of alcohol. biscuit malt.

taste is good. dark chocolate. bit of milk chocolate too. light roast. toasted biscuits. date. light caramel sweetness. nice mellow coffee flavour without much bitterness.

mouthfeel is great. medium-large body. medium-low carbonation level. nice and smooth.

drinkability is good. well balanced and very enjoyable. i liked the nice mellow coffee character, allowing it to accent rather than dominate.

grub, Nov 12, 2007
Photo of Vancer
4.45/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A great beer sent my way from limesmut via trade – a beauty!

Almost black, but with ruby edges as I pour this bad boy into the Russian crystal snifter. Of course, massive aroma of roasted coffee, and the quaff is to kill for – a chocolate shake espresso with sour ale undertones. Man, this one is just a smooth and absoulty delicious brew – of course, I luv coffee.

Really, get one thru trade or put on your wants, top notch drinker.

Vancer, Nov 10, 2007
Photo of atsprings
4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a very deep brown almost black that shows some ruby highlights when held to light. There is a decent sized head that diminishes to a thin layer. Aroma is dark malts and freshly ground coffee. The taste is a great balance of dark malts and coffee. The beer is light to medium bodied with low carbonation. This is certainly a very enjoyable brew!

atsprings, Nov 10, 2007
Photo of getch
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a-sweet looking bottle, meantime coffee, I asked the store owner what his favorite coffee porter was, and he rec. this $3+ single bottle of beer

s-i smell coffee, what a surprise

t-I taste coffee, not a cold coffee taste, but a coffee/light beer taste, very good when started drinking, but when i was nearing the end, i wanted it to end. It says on the bottle that 1 bottle is a serving of coffee, so i got alittle hyper on this one.

-tastes like a thick cold coffee,

-this would be a starter drink, i could only have one, i will have this beer again.

getch, Nov 06, 2007
Photo of Viggo
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Viggo, Nov 03, 2007
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4/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

cypressbob, Oct 31, 2007
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4.45/5  rDev +17.7%
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.

jbphoto88, Oct 24, 2007
Photo of Brad007
4.5/5  rDev +19%
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.

Brad007, Oct 23, 2007
Photo of Badssinblack
3.93/5  rDev +4%
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.

Badssinblack, Oct 19, 2007
Photo of jjayjaye
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

jjayjaye, Oct 06, 2007
Photo of FightingEntropy
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

FightingEntropy, Sep 26, 2007
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4.43/5  rDev +17.2%
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.

TurdFurgison, Sep 24, 2007
Photo of dfillius
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

dfillius, Sep 24, 2007
Coffee Porter from Meantime Brewing Company Limited
85 out of 100 based on 555 ratings.