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London Porter - Meantime Brewing Company Limited

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London PorterLondon Porter

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89
very good

430 Ratings
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Ratings: 430
Reviews: 279
rAvg: 4
pDev: 10.75%
Wants: 32
Gots: 35 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Meantime Brewing Company Limited visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Porter |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: GCBrewingCo on 08-28-2005

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Ratings: 430 | Reviews: 279
Photo of Hoppsbabo
3.46/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Black body with a healthy bright beige head.
S: Not a lot going on here. A bit of coffee and black chocolate. Has a bit of that stouty chlorinated flavour.
T: Initially a bit tasteless, but opens up when it warms. Still getting that annoying cholirated flavour. Otherwise, completely dry and a bit sour. Smokey with some nice muddiness. Just a hint of dried fruits.
O: Chlorine!!!!!!! Not a world-class beer but then not a world-class brewery.

Photo of barczar
3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Light roast and dark cocoa malt in aroma. Nice, chocolatey flavor, nutty malt backbone, with a lightly bitter finish. Great example of the style, albeit a touch sweet.

Photo of spinrsx
3.4/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

750ml Bottle from the Ottawa LCBO for $6.50 or so

Appearance - Dark brown colour with an average size frothy/fizzy beige head. I can't make out the amount of carbonation showing and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for over 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, chocolate, coffee, vanilla

Taste & Mouth - There is a below average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, chocolate, and coffee. There is also some vanilla and a bit of an odd musty/fishy type of flavour I can't put my finger on.

Overall - I think my bottle might be a little out of date. Unless the sour milk/oyster type flavour in intentional? A decent beer but the 750ml format is not ideal for me. Worth a try.

Photo of delta490
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

The tasting notes on this one are spot on. It definitely has the big malty flavor and the bit of astringency on the finish. It's color is a very dark brown which can just barely be seen through when light is shown through.

Photo of flagmantho
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Poured from 750mL corked & caged bottle into a dimpled mug. A pretty fancy presentation for a humble porter!

Appearance: rich brown hue with no haze. Head is a nice layer of creamy tan foam.

Smell: very rich aroma of chocolate, toffee, caramel and coffee, roughly in that order of intensity. One of the most rich and complex aromas I've experienced in a porter.

Taste: roasty but smooth flavor, with more subtle hints of chocolate and toffee. Not quite as complex as the aroma, but I actually think it works very well. I'm a big fan of this.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good carbonation and a very nice creaminess.

Overall: I'm a porter fan, and this one really hits the spot. It has good complexity where it needs it, but remains highly drinkable. This is a great beer.

Photo of thierrynantes
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer bottle (75 cl.) purchased from Le Souffleur de Bières, and tasted in 2014.

Appearance : dark brown color, with tan foamy head.
Smell : malty, roasted, caramel, mild coffee aromas.
Taste & mouthfeel : roasted malts and coffee flavors, with dry bitter finish.
Overall : a nice beer in the style Porter (great London beer style of the 18th and 19th centuries).

Photo of truebluebums
3.94/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured in Tulip glass

Good till: Nov 2 '14

App: Pours a dark brown with a nice red hue when held up to the light. Nice 3 finger head which recedes and laces quite well.

Smell: Rich malty aroma, minerally, slight licorice, roastiness, some cocoa, molasses and sweet smells in there.

Taste: Lots of flavor from the mixture of dark malts & barley, cold brewed coffee with milk, some toffee sweetness contrasting a bit of licoriceness. There's a molasses syrupness about the beer along with a milky quality. A modest but noticeable hop ending and a slight metallic bite.

Side note: I've read that this was brewed with 7 different malts and is a blend of different beers, one even fermented with Bretts. I think I read that in 'Amber, Gold and Black' (a book one should definitely check out if interested in the history of English beer) but I'm not sure if the recipe is still the same.
None the less, a very good porter, and a must try for porter fans. Definitely has a strong malt profile which gives quite a character to this porter. It's not the best, but it's not too miss either.

Photo of jpro
4.16/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz balsamic vinaigrette bottle poured into an imperial pint glass...

A: Black; light beige, two-finger head; good retention, but not much lace; pretty standard look for a porter.

S: Roasted malt; coffee; chocolate; lightly nutty.

T: A lot of roasted malt flavor; chocolate; lasting coffee bitterness; a hint of smoked malt; some nice sweetness there, too.

M: Lightly acidic; medium-full feel and high carbonation; tangy; maybe a bit too big a feel for a porter, but this one’s a little stronger than average at 6.5%.

O: A really nice porter; I’d definitely have it again; quite drinkable, too.

*from notes 11.18.13

Photo of TwelveOunces
4.43/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle poured into a tulip

A-Pours very darm murky brown, near black in the glass. Not much head/

S- Sweet and coholated on the nose, a subtle roast, with caramel and toffee. Very nice stuff.

T- A subtle roast at first. Very smooth and well rounded. On the sweeter side. A nice chocolate presence and a touch of roasted coffee. A bit of caramel and burnt sugar. A very clean and refreshing aftertaste. A well balanced hop bitterness as well.

M- A nice body, clean and easy drinking.

O- One of the best in its class.

Photo of tmzl
3.86/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Look: Pours with a large thick equal brown head, mostly lasting. Some carbonation visible. Dark brown, black chocolate color, with amber notes. Excellent lacing. Looking like it should.

Smell: Delightfully roasted, sweet, smooth. There is dark and some milk chocolate to be found, caramel, some mild coffee, toffee. Pretty much what is expected to be. Lovely.

Taste: Milk chocolate, lightly roasted, moderate sweet middle caramel malt, light bitterness towards the end. Alcohol not detected. There are some interesting Brie cheese notes to be found too. Light note of earthy and leafy hops bitterness also.

Mouthfeel: Smooth medium body, medium carbonation. Would love to see it a bit creamier.

Overall: Smooth and classy but relatively straightforward. Good representative of the style.

Photo of Weli
3.91/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Deep chocolate color with copper highlights and frothy light tan head

S-Subtle roast malt

T-Strong roast/toast malt flavor, background vanilla flavor and hints of smoke, somewhat dry and mineraly finish, not a lot of sweetness.

M-Full bodied, low to medium carbonation, soft finish.

O-Excellent porter, a bit stout like. Quaffable but with a lot of body, and complexity

Photo of Greywulfken
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: black-brown body with a tan head a couple of fingers high that leaves some lace down the glass

S: roasty malts and dark earth, suggestions of chestnut and smoke

T: rich hearty dark malts and all the associated flavors, some coffee, some nuttiness, some herbal notes

M: light, smooth, mellow, slick, creamy

O: a very nice porter, English-style, naturally - very enjoyable and robust

Photo of BradtheGreat7
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2nd time having this. Bottle was given to me by a close friend who grabbed one for me.

11.2 oz dark brown bottle that is stunning in its own right. No real edges to it but just a unique and consistent curve from a fat like bottom to a skinny neck. This is unique to Meantime and more less a bottle you may think to rub rather than open. Lovely and beautiful with its red and platinum label. Very classy. Poured into an English stemmed Port glass.

A - sits black colored on the pour, but the lighting paints a picture of dark chestnut red with shades of brown. Light tan head pours big but quickly fades to a nice ring of lace with a covering that lasts throughout leaving good stick.

S - good roast up front with slightly roasted English malts. Chocolates and a caramel backbone.

T - coffee bean like up front with a pleasant roasted notes. Semi sweet malt, caramel, with a touch of chocolates and cocoa. A bit of hop presence to the finish paired with a big portion of slightly bitter roasted English malts. Slightly smokey.

M - medium bodied and a good overall feel. Texture isn't great but it does its job. Very flavorful English porter. Easy to drink and enjoyable.

O - my favorite London Porter.. I love meantime and this is a gem from them. Just a grand English porter.

Photo of welldigger888
4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured a nice ruby black with a nice snow white head that receded quickly leaving little lacing.

Big time roasty goodness that had a kiss of noble hops but dominated by the luxuriuos malt aromas.

the flavor follows the aroma and the huge roasty malty grainy flavors with a hint of noble hops.

Wow this brew is due more respect. The full body seems to flow with a classic porter.

I really enjoyed this brew!

Photo of Huffs
3.89/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass, great full tan had developed that retained and laced well. Appeared a dark cherry / ebony color with a nice chocolate and toffee aroma with hints of wood and smoke. Had a strong roasted nut and chocolate front, dry and a bit sweet, with a dry earthy finish. Mouth feel was full and silky with a dry malty aftertaste.

Photo of beerdrifter
3.48/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Beautiful dark mahogany pour with a three finger foamy beige head with great retention and nice lacing. Big roasty nose with hints of cocoa, toffee, milk chocolate, leather, caramel, black cherry, and some fairly strong metallic notes. The taste follows suit with lots of roast and chocolate along with hints of tobacco, toffee, subtle smoke, cocoa, and black cherries. Unfortunately, the metallic aftertaste totally takes away from all the pleasant aspects of this beer. The mouthfeel is disappointingly thin and lacking any body. The finish is bitter and metallic. Overall, this beer started off promising, but the metallic aftertaste dominated the experience. I'll stick to the Meantime Chocolate Porter...

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.89/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into an Elysian snifter. Pours a very dark brown, appearing black in the glass, with thin, light brown head that dissipates quickly to a thick ring around the glass with nice lacing. Aroma of toasted malt, chocolate, slightly nutty. Flavor is light toasted malt with some hints of milk stout lactose, vanilla, nuts and a hint of coffee; finishing with light charred coffee, hops and toasted malt. Medium bodied. Flavors are slightly subdued, but very nicely melded and complex. A classic English style porter. The aftertaste lingers for quite a while and invites another taste.

Photo of mrfrancis
3.73/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: What initially appears to be an ebony beer on the pour is revealed to actually be a dark, ruddy amber. The beer pours with a thin, creamy tan head that does not make a point of sticking around all that long.

S: Aromas of caramel, roasted nuts, molasses, coffee, dark chocolate, leather, and vanilla bean fill the nose. I'm not picking up any traditional English ale hop scents at all.

T: Notes of earthy, herbal hops quickly come to the fore, but almost immediately give way to traces of roasted nuts, leather, almond nougat, molasses, caramel, minerals, burnt toast, vanilla bean, leather, coffee, woodsmoke, and bitter dark chocolate. The finish is bitter and roasty with herbal hop, dark chocolate, roasted nut, leather, and burnt toast flavors in abundance.

M: Medium bodied, dry, and a bit chalky in the mouth. Carbonation is very intense and forceful. Kind of prickly, gassy, and filling. Not the easiest porter to drink.

O: This is a seriously old school take on an historic ale style, but it may be a bit intense for fans of contemporary porters. Very turbulent and challenging. Somehow not as satisfying as I expected it would be, but still pretty good.

Photo of BingCrosby7
4.27/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: A dark brown to almost black, with ruby notes throughout the body. Appears most auburn in the light. Good translucence. A thick, creamy tan head. A very pretty beer.

S: STRONG chocolate notes upon first smell. A little bit of coffee beneath the chocolate. Rich malt. The booze is definitely masked in the smell, which I prefer.

T: Very rich caramel and toffee notes upon first sip, with a dark cocoa and coffee aftertaste. The lingering aftertaste is charred, leaving a faint burnt coffee/chocolate taste on the middle section of the tongue. Wonderful taste.

M: This is a very well carbonated beer. I think it has a hair too much, but it is still quite nice. This is an outstanding beer regarding the mouthfeel. Silky and smooth, and just a bit bubbly going down.

O: This is an incredible brew. Balanced yet strong notes with a wonderful down-the-hatch feel. Porters often attempt to be this good, but so few really are.

Photo of napetry
4.64/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I have tasted porters often and would like to like them but seldom do. This porter however is one of the absolute best I've ever tasted hands down. Had it fairly recently for the first time at the Meantime pub / brewery in Greenwich, London, UK on draft and I was totally blown away. More recently found a 750 ml bottle at a local favorite supplier in Durham, NC. Today, I cracked the cork and noted a little bit of a pop but not much. Aroma was outstanding and definitely reminded me of my original draft tasting at the brewery. I poured it into my Meantime pint glass from the original tasting, it was wonderful. On a full steady pour, color was dark brown chocolate with lighter brown 1" head. Foam was very tasty and subsided over a reasonable time. Overall taste and experience in drinking this porter as a draft and bottled product is awesome. When the mood strikes for a porter, I'm looking for this fine offering from Meantime on draft in London or in the 750 ml bottle here in the USA. Happy to finally have a go to porter!

Photo of hosehead83
4.34/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an 11.2 oz elegant, bowling-pin bottle into a standard pint glass.
Dark brown with ruby highlights, and a nice, thick cap of tan foam. Inviting.
Aroma-Dark toasted malt,toffee note.
Taste-Coffee and cream, caramel,toffee, faint charred bitterness in the finish. Nice depth of flavor and character. A classic English porter and a fine match for a steak or burger.

Photo of wordemupg
4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

750ml corked and caged bottle poured into tulip 7/5/13

A doesn't look that dark out of the bottle but sits nearly black in the glass, large loose head hangs around for ages leaving a single thick ring followed by random patches

S coco and cola, slightly nutty, sponge toffee with a little smoke and some earthy notes, faint licorice and milky chocolate as it warms with just a little cherry

T everything I smell but just slightly toned down, more dark roast and faint coffee, tastes solid but I preferred the nose

M thin liquid for how dark it is but the bubbles give it some life, nutty coco lingers faintly on the finish

O drinks like a session brew and that counts for something at 6.5%, pretty solid example of the style

worth a try for sure, what one would expect from and English Porter, I picked this up for 7$ and I have a feeling it was priced wrong by just looking at the big corked bottle.

Photo of joemcgrath27
4.17/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

props to andrenaline for including this in our lass cross country trade
A - dark but just clear cola black, two fingers of head retained extremely well and left plenty of consistent lacing
S - big chocolate and roasty aromas, touch of earth and leather
T - chocolate, cola syrup, light smoky flavour rounds out the malts, mild touch of leafy hops in the background
M - medium to light with a bubbly smoothness, finishes sweet and lightly coats the tounge
O - this is a proper porter, malty and rich but light and very drinkable, looking forward to trying more from this brewer as I just saw them on Calgary shelves

Photo of Brenden
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice dark brown with a touch of lighter brown and ghost of a reddish hue at the edges and in the highlights, the original London porter certainly plays the part. It grows a tight, creamy brown head that peaks at almost exactly a finger, maybe a hair over. A good quantity of l acing is left in patches.
The aroma is approriately malt-forward, slightly roasty but not excessively, and a bit toasty as well. A touch of char is kept well in check. A faint touch of chalk reminds me it's an English through and through, and it finishes with a bit of cocoa.
The flavor very much follows. With Meantime, what you smell is what you taste. This beer is real, and it's something American drinkers who are on the verge of blowing their palates should get into to learn a lesson in balance and brewing full-flavored beers that don't need to blow your face off. A very light note of earthy and leafy hops bitterness lends an herbal note in the finish.
The medium body is perfectly sized to the style. My main issue is that the carbonation is really lively; it's not spritzy or big-bubbled, by any means, but it's really foamy. Otherwise, it's a lesson in how to make a porter just as robust as it needs to be without being too strong.

Photo of DrDemento456
3.78/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - A very deep amber brown almost pitch except for a slight ruby hue at the base. Head is a tan colored 1/4 inch that reduces to a mild lace ring.
S - Rich roasted coffee and some bitter sweet chocolate. Little skunk yet it does have a nice bit of hops in the nose. Hope it tastes as good as it smells.
T - A very dry porter which I expected from the higher ABV, being closer to an imperial. Has a acidic tone to it but never gets too undesirable or hoppy. Has a sort of Folgers coffee taste to it never really being too distinct along with some chocolate malt tones.
M - Fairly creamy it does a great job hiding the ABV. Drinks with a medium body.

Overall this is a real step down from drinking their fine coffee porter. The whole time drinking this I felt like something was missing and it was that of a stronger roasty coffee tone.

Skip this and have the coffee version instead.

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London Porter from Meantime Brewing Company Limited
89 out of 100 based on 430 ratings.