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London Porter - Meantime Brewing Company Limited

London PorterLondon Porter

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379 Ratings
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Ratings: 379
Reviews: 273
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 10.95%

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:
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(Beer added by: GCBrewingCo on 08-28-2005)
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3.94/5  rDev -2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2014 19:13:24 | More by truebluebums
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South Carolina

4.16/5  rDev +3.5%
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

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2014 22:11:25 | More by jpro
Photo of TwelveOunces


4.44/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2014 02:34:30 | More by TwelveOunces
Photo of tmzl


3.86/5  rDev -4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2014 21:53:24 | More by tmzl
Photo of Weli


3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
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

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2013 22:54:26 | More by Weli
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New York

4/5  rDev -0.5%
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

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2013 02:05:18 | More by Greywulfken
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4.11/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2013 23:49:57 | More by BradtheGreat7
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South Carolina

4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
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!

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2013 01:44:53 | More by welldigger888
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New York

3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2013 17:24:07 | More by Huffs
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3.45/5  rDev -14.2%
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...

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2013 18:24:15 | More by beerdrifter
Photo of LiquidAmber


3.9/5  rDev -3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2013 02:55:10 | More by LiquidAmber
Photo of mrfrancis


3.73/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2013 07:46:11 | More by mrfrancis
Photo of BingCrosby7


4.26/5  rDev +6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2013 00:26:03 | More by BingCrosby7
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North Carolina

4.63/5  rDev +15.2%
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!

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2013 01:55:07 | More by napetry
Photo of hosehead83


4.36/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2013 17:27:02 | More by hosehead83
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Alberta (Canada)

4.06/5  rDev +1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2013 05:56:30 | More by wordemupg
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Alberta (Canada)

4.18/5  rDev +4%
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

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2013 02:16:06 | More by joemcgrath27
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4/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2013 19:26:46 | More by Brenden
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3.76/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2013 00:00:49 | More by DrDemento456
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Ontario (Canada)

3.1/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: dark like motor oil, but with a ruby tinge under the light; head the colour of caramel, fine and sticky, good retention

Aroma: acidic, a bit of tang, hinting at the roast; bitter chocolate/espresso; fennel; hint of raspberry, cassis, cherry

Taste & Mouthfeel: chocolate dominates, along with a sharp bitterness in the finish; mouthfeel is more watery than I'd like, feels like it's missing some substance; flavour leaves something to be desired - it's not that rich, full chocolate, but thin like corner store coffee; really just plain, slightly burnt roast and not much else

Overall: not bad, but not interesting, the definition of average

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2013 13:40:42 | More by BGDrock
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Alberta (Canada)

4.19/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml caged and corked bottle. Once again, 'In the Meantime' echoes in my 90's retro-focused brain. Nice sextant imagery on the label, though.

This beer pours a clear, very dark reddish amber hue, with three fingers of shiny, puffy, and frothy pale beige head, which leaves some funky, intricate sea-spray lace around the glass as it slowly abates.

It smells of dry, pithy cocoa powder, tanned leather, my wife's weird-ass Scandinavian salt licorice, ashy tobacco, a further smokiness that evokes charred black fruit - namely plump cherries and apple skins - a fresh coffee-tinted caramel malt, and a sour milk acridity. The taste is bittersweet chocolate up front, roasted bready caramel malt, some sultry lactic creaminess, a softened charred smokiness, gritty roasted coffee beans, and some leafy, grassy noble hops.

The carbonation is really quite unobtrusively innocuous, the body a sturdy medium weight, and silky smooth, with strongly creamy tendencies. It finishes on the sweet side, the chocolate and milkiness trumping the smoke and coffee in their communal lingering.

While not the chocolate overdose of some new world offerings, that is the whole point. This traditional incarnation displays the sour milk, and old castle trappings of smoke, coffee, and leather, doing so with a traipsing elan, one more and more easily found these days, thankfully.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2013 05:58:42 | More by biboergosum
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Quebec (Canada)

3.86/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: Poured a deep black color porter with a large brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of floral coffee notes with some dry and lightly bitter roasted malt and some subtle dark chocolate notes. Taste is also dominated by some floral coffee notes and some subtle black chocolate notes with some dry roasted malt notes also playing a major role. Light residual sugar can also be detected with no astringency and good balance overall. Body is average with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Solid rendition of the style with good balance overall.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2013 20:32:51 | More by Phyl21ca
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4.75/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

I'll lay my cards out before I begin: this is the best porter on the face of the planet. It's probably the best stout or imperial stout, too, being an extremely strong (6.5%) porter, and a somewhat weak imperial stout.

This stuff is $9/75cl. Thank you to Blacklick Wine and Spirits.

A: The new label isn't nearly as cool as the old one. Cork is removed with little pop: mild carbonation. 750mL bottle, corked and caged. Poured in to a Chimay goblet. Pours red, turning to black. Appears black in the glass, or as brown as one of the 1985 Cadillac Sedan DeVilles, but has blood-red (darker than ruby) highlights when held directly up to a 100-watt lightbulb. One finger of small, light-brown-to-camel-coloured head recedes to a patchy coating, something I associate with high-alcohol, low-hop brews. Lacing is minimal, but existent (barely). EDIT: My last bottle of this, when poured vigorously, had extensive lacing. YMMV per bottle.

S: Leather, tobacco, dark salty liquorice (like a mild salmiakki). Perique pipe tobacco, namely, and the smell of freshly-worked leather, including the shavings - as if in a workshop making sword scabbards and horse saddles and razor strops, while the leathermaster was smoking a pipe of the finest tobacco available, with an aroma of bitter to semi-sweet baker's chocolate emanating from parts unknown, and blending perfectly with the other components, for a truly excellent odor that begs one to smell it again. This stuff takes you back to the Middle Ages or to Middle Earth (or some other sword and sorcery book), whichever is thy preference.

The smell is unique: there is a definite leather, but smells of several types of tobacco, with Perique dominant, and Latakia obvious, but including cavendish and possibly burley undertones. With the drink cold, the salty liquorice and leather smells become predominant.

There are no liquor or alcohol smells present, but the mix of leather and tobacco aroma lends it a mild similarity to Macallan 25 year old scotch whisky, which is a testament in greatness.

T: Much as the bouquet, but with additional tastes of semi-sweet baker's cocoa and of burned caramel, along with a sumptuous raw, freshly-worked leather, some extremely mild floral character, and extraordinarily fine pipe-tobacco. Some salty liquorice, almost like Finnish salmiakki, although not as strong as the salmiakki-smell in the nose.. Mild-to-moderate hop bitterness, which is not present (as hop-smell) in the aroma. The bitterness seems more to be not from hops, but to be from roasted and burnt malts; however, this beer is moderately more bitter and hoppy than the average Porter, whether American (the signal example of which is Great Lakes' Edmund Fitzgerald), or English (Samuel Smith's). This is a "dry" porter.

M: Not very carbonated, but the lack of carbonation blends well with everything else. A little thin and sharp for the style, and for the rest of the beer. 3.75 to 4, subject to revision.

D: Moderate. This is a heavy, complex beer. Even with the low ABV, the taste is too rich to drink more than 1 750mL bottle of this at a time, IMO.

O: 92/100 for style. Maybe 95. Somewhere between 90 and 95. Out of all beers (my personal taste leans towards porters, stouts, and Belgians), probably an 82-85, being pushed down a bit by heavenly nectar such as St Bernardus Abbot 12 and Chimay Blue.

This beer varies significantly from batch to batch in incidentals such as mouthfeel and appearance. The nose and taste remain somewhat consistent, although with nothing near the consistency of larger brewers. My rating is based on the bottle(s) that I've had: YMMV.

This is a signal English Porter, a better exemplar of the style than even Samuel Smith's Old Taddy. This is the Porter, by which all English Porters shall be judged.

Pairings: "Dark goes with dark" is borne out here: recommended for caramelized, carbonized, and very spicy foods.

Specifically, tobacco comes to mind (a good cigar, or even a cigarette, enhances the flavours of both), as does tiramisu or other chocolaty desserts, highly-spiced meats, such as spicy Mexican burrito meat or Jamaican goat curry, and some examples of Indian curries. Greek gyros without the tzatziki would also pair well. Would be excellent with burnt steaks, such as the Pittsburgh-style, or anything that has undergone carbonization or heavy Maillard reactions. Would likely go well with roast or grilled fajitas of pork or beef (not shrimp), and some game, especially duck, frog, squirrel, and to a lesser degree, venison.

I strongly recommend against pairing this with Italian of any sort, anything that is sweet or overly acidic, contains tomato or citrus, is a "light"-tasting food, or seafood. It may possibly be paired with raw oysters, mussels, and clams, at your own risk (for symphony and synergy in taste), but it is not a pairing that screams at me, as do the pairings with spicy meat dishes and carbonized steaks.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2013 10:11:24 | More by Chrysostom
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4.16/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I bought it straight from the brewery but still waited around 6 months to taste it. It came under a nice corked bottle with 750ml. Dark brown with a ruby color when put against the light. Lots of caramel thick head with a long, long retention, and leaving traces all over the glass.
Aroma of toasted and smoked malts with hints of coffee and dark chocolate, and clear hoppy notes.
Taste was also quite hoppy but well balanced with the strong flavors of its toasted and smoked malts. Notes of unsweetened espresso coffee and cocoa, and a touch of licorice. Perfect sweetness level. Again, hoppy aftertaste with its residual malt taste. Loved the hoppy twist.
Medium body with medium carbonation with tiny bubbles. Interesting effervescent sensation. Spicy and refreshing at the same time. Alcohol is imperceptible.
Original porter with its own character. Excellent beer and definitely far from boring, I drank the whole 750ml and it was pure pleasure until the last drop.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2013 23:55:01 | More by FLima
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3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served in a pint glass, at home.
Appearance: black color with beige head, 2 fingers tall, medium retention leaving a small beige film on top.
Smell: Coffee / roasted coffee smell.
Taste: Main smell is that of the bitterness of coffee / roasted beans, accompanied with notes of blue cheese and camembert / buttery cheese. Hints of sourness.
Mouthfeel: Low carbonation; oily texture; medium body.
Drinkability/Overall: A fairly complex beer that I enjoyed; Somewhat "one-sided" though.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2013 00:15:30 | More by patra7
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London Porter from Meantime Brewing Company Limited
90 out of 100 based on 379 ratings.