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Coffee Porter - Meantime Brewing Company Limited

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Ratings: 592
Reviews: 400
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 12.96%
Wants: 16
Gots: 24 | FT: 1
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Meantime Brewing Company Limited visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Porter |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-24-2004

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.13/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice looking bottle. Same for the beer. Pours clear, but pretty dark brown with a ruby hue when held to light. Sizeable creme head. Quite a bit of lace as it drops. Definite coffee on the nose, but not really in a hijacking way. Minor roasted tones over a seriously thick malty edge. Flavor is smokey and very nicely robust. Super smooth on the mouth. Very drinkable, though it might be even better to down if I was sitting by a fire with all the lights in the room off.

Photo of joepais
4.12/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured a wonderful dark brown with a nice tan head

Aromas of roasted malts and tons of coffee fill your nose

Rich full palate with a light carbonation on the tongue

This has great coffee flavor nice roasted malts a pleasant mix in the mouth

Very drinkable desert beer had it with some chocolate ice cream and enjoyed every bit of it will defiantly do it again

Photo of beerthulhu
4.42/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fairtrade Araba Burbon beans from Rwanda. Pours a dark opaque red color with a rocky 2 finger reddish-tan head which exhibited a good retention and nice lacing left behind on the glass. The nose brings a rich, fresh roasted coffee aroma with some dark licorice, dried cherries, dry chocolate, and subtle smoky notes. The flavor is a very deep dark roasted nature full or rich black coffee beans. The mouthful is full bodied and slightly oily and leaves a smoky dark roasted malt lacing on the tongue. There is a nice acrid minerality to the palate as well. There is some nice dry earthy hop bittering and campfire charred woodiness. The finish, while short, is full roasted, dark, and gently fades leaving a nice grainy coffee residual coating of black coffee grinds behind. Overall a solid good british style coffee porter with the richness and dark roasted nature you would come to expect from this style. A nice coffee grind fade leaves a gentle reminder of the full roasted heartiness of this drink leaving you wanting more to wash it down.

Photo of NCSUdo
4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle, courtesy of LittleBreeze

A: Pours a deep brown, with some lighter shades around the side of the glass, under about a fingers worth of off-white head. Moderate retention, no lace.

S: Smells of a light coffee, some nuttiness and a sweet malt character.

T: Again, a light coffee taste, some creamy sweetness, finish is of bitter coffee and some slight hints of roasted malt. Coffee finish has a slight chocolate character as well.

M/D: Carbonation is pretty high on this one, but I feel it is kind of appropriate, body is full and has a slight creaminess to it. Drinkability is good on this one.

I'm really surprised how well the coffee went with this. Having had coffee stouts and not porters, I thought that the coffee may be too intense for a porter. But the coffeee character in this one is very balanced. As someone who is very hit or miss with porters, I feel like the coffee flavor helped to make up for many of the shortcomings I usually have regarding porters.

Photo of DogFood11
4.22/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cool bottle. Poured this into a small tulip and the head is easily managed. Tan head leaves sporadic lace and retention is minimal. Light brown body.

Coffee porter is the name and coffee is definitely the game. I would compare this to a black coffee at the local diner while eating a jack daniels chocolate. Very subtle burboun influence. Smooth. Milky mouthfeel. Carbonation is tentative.

Notes: A worthy brew. Reccomended with bacon and eggs.

Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.54/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 fl oz brown bottle from Lighthouse in Manchester. Pours a dark reddish-brown with ruby-red highlights and a half inch of tan head that dissipates rather quickly leaving virtually no lacing. Smells strongly of dark chocolate with heavy chocolate notes. Tastes like dark chocolate overwhelmingly, with coffee playing a strong role too. Chocolate dominates the finish. Slight hop bitterness and astringency are noticeable toward the finish too. Unexpectedly rich full body with just enough carbonation to keep this one drinkable. One sip definitely invites another, and this one goes quickly. Phenomenal. A very solid full flavored full-bodied porter with no noticeable flaws, and well worth the price.

Photo of Slatetank
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Decanted cool from the brown 11.2oz bottle into my Corsendonk Christmas goblet. Purshased this at Well's in Baltimore.

A - Deep Brown w/ Garnet shade when held to the light w/ a creamy tan head of 3 fingers that settles to about 1/4 inch that has a fine bead.

S - The smell of dry roasted coffee beans w/ a light caramel note. Slightly nutty w/ a hint of vanilla and roasted grain notes.

M - A smooth light feel w/ a sweet, creamy and gently roasted quality and full carbonation w/ a subtle coffee roastiness ans light metallic note

T - Dry and roasty w/ slightly vanilla caramel flavors w/ a mocha-like chocolate covered coffee bean flavor. Dry bean shell full roastiness as hinted at in the aroma.The full coffee taste is there, just on the dry side.

D - A nice ale w/ coffee focus. More of an English Porter w/ a more subdued malt taste. One was enough for me, yet has a great aroma - definitely worth a try. Possibly more drinkability if less effervessence were there, it falt like some of the malt flavor was diverted. I very tasty coffee beer overall.

Photo of neonbrown82
4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was a very good porter. I've had good results with the Meantime Brewery so far. This is the first one I've seen in a small bottle as well, making it one of the most unique looking bottles in my collection.

The beer itself pours to a dark brown, almost opaque except for a light ruby hue that shines through. The head is fairly thin and wispy, but it retains very well at about a centimeter. Lacing is almost non-existent.

The smell is good. At first it smelled quite metallic with hints of caramel, brown, and black patent malts. As it warmed, the coffee really began to shine. Very nice coffee utilization. The coffee roast smells earthy with hints of chocolate, smoke and nuts.

The taste is great. As just a porter, this beer would be very good, but with the coffee, it is quite a treat. The malt palate is fairly soft. Just a light caramel sweetness up front followed by a very nice brown and black patent flavor. Just a tinge of metallic, usually something I pick up from black patent. The coffee flavor is described in the nose, and it works quite well with the malts.

The body is fairly thin, and the carbonation is light and smooth, providing a fairly thin yet creamy mouthfeel. Very easy to drink.

Photo of adamdotson
4.42/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought at Blanchard's in Allston, MA.

Appearance- looks dark brown. Pours a dark brown with cremy beige head. Good head retention. Some legs .

Smells like fresh ground coffee beans. Amazing. Crisp bitterness.
Smells the way my breath taste afer having a cup of coffee. That sounds gross
The taste is like the freshest cup of coffee. Reminds me a bit of Peche Mortel or Breakfast Stout for obvious reasons. It's pretty heavy on the coffee and i'm having trouble identifying other stuff. But it does so well with soreading the taste that I'm in love with it. Light body. Amazing after taste.

Photo of slyke
4.13/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Meantime Coffee Porter pours a lovely brown color with a generous tan head that laces and lasts very well.

The smell and taste are dominated by the flavor of coffee. The subtle sweetness of the roasted malt sneaks in as well.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and slightly coating.

Drinkability is excellent. I found sipping this while watching an old movie to be a pleasure.

Photo of ppoitras
3.71/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz bottle purchased as a single from Julio's, Marlboro, MA.

Poured into a Rapscallion glass, formed a 1 1/4" tan head over the clear burgundy brew. Head fades sedately, with heavy sticking froth lace. Aroma is sweetness and coffee. Taste is muted lightly bitter dark maltiness, with not nearly as much coffee character as I expected. Mouthfeel is a tad on the prickly carbonated side, with a bit above average drinkability. Sort of went downhill from the great start, but still a pretty good brew overall.

Photo of ericj551
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Meantime Coffee Porter pours a clear red brown with a thin off white head. The aroma is roasted and chocolate malts, with some caramel and an earthy smell I identify with coffee but I'm not sure I would have made that leap if it was not on the bottle. I also smell a hint of Ringwood like yeast but that may be just be seeping out of my pores. The flavor is dry and roasty, with any sweetness from the malt is covered by an astringent coffee flavor. The coffee is more prevelent in the aftertaste, but overall I'm not sure it adds too much to the beer. It's kind of a stale coffee flavor.

Photo of acrawf6
3.63/5  rDev -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.

Photo of Nipitato
4.42/5  rDev +16.9%
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.

Photo of RIBeerSnob
3.25/5  rDev -14%
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.

Photo of GClarkage
4.33/5  rDev +14.6%
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.

Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.07/5  rDev +7.7%
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

Photo of barleywinebrewer
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.12/5  rDev +9%
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.

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.94/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Photo of Winter
4.12/5  rDev +9%
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.

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.

Photo of CharlieMopps
4.35/5  rDev +15.1%
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.

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.

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.

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Coffee Porter from Meantime Brewing Company Limited
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