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Coffee Porter - Meantime Brewing Company Limited

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Coffee PorterCoffee Porter

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very good

570 Ratings
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Ratings: 570
Reviews: 395
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 13.23%
Wants: 13
Gots: 18 | FT: 1
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 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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

Photo of cypressbob
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.

Photo of jbphoto88
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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Photo of TurdFurgison
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.

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.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.38/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.05/5  rDev -19.3%
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.

Photo of russpowell
4.43/5  rDev +17.2%
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!

Photo of objectivemonkey
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of BattleRoadBrewer
4.18/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

Photo of merlin48
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

Photo of KarlHungus
4.38/5  rDev +15.9%
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.

Photo of w1n0
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

Photo of WesWes
4.33/5  rDev +14.6%
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.

Photo of Talisker
4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

Coffee Porter from Meantime Brewing Company Limited
86 out of 100 based on 570 ratings.