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London Porter - Meantime Brewing Company Limited

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London PorterLondon Porter

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BA SCORE
89
very good

432 Ratings
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Ratings: 432
Reviews: 279
rAvg: 4
pDev: 10.75%
Wants: 32
Gots: 36 | 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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Photo of oberon
4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep brown with an amber hue with a creamy 1/2" head that sits nicely atop very good staying power.Very nice aromas of semi sweet chocolate,earth,even a touch or iron.A porter on the drier side,coffee and unsweetened chocolate,and quite woody mainly in the finish.There is a herbal (fuggles?) note that comes thru late even more as I drink more,nice creamy mouthfeel holds up to the dryish flavors making it very drinkable.Is it worth $11.99?Well not so sure about that but a very well done porter one of the better I have had in awhile.

Photo of RoyalT
3.97/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – This is a dark but thin brown in color with a modest head worked up from a vigorous pour.

Smell – This incredibly complex nose screams quality all the way. The malts seem both roasty and toasty. The brown sugar provides the limited sweetness to this beer. There’s some super-mild smoke as well.

Taste – This is less intense at the taste. There’s some raw espresso bean coming out now and the sugars are even weaker on the tongue. The toasted malt flavor seems to be bigger here, though. It’s a very complex beer and probably needs several samples to properly taste.

Mouthfeel – This is a little short of medium-bodied with a nice, subtle carbonation and some good coffee-like bitterness.

Drinkability – This is a good drinker and would probably be killer on-tap or especially on-cask. Ah, dare to dream . . .

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.23/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 750ml bottle that I thought was a real bargain at $5.00. Poured into a pint glass the beer was black in color with red highlights. A thick tan head. The aroma was mostly roasted malt. Quite tasteful, with coffee and a little chocolate. A bit on the bubbly side. Very nice beer.

Photo of FatheadBrew
3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours dark, clear brown with a slight reddish hue. Foam was a little out of control. I poured slowly down the side of the glass and it still filled almost half the pint glass with foam! Foam lingered throughout.

S: I get a little chocolate and roast barley, but not much in the way of aroma.

T: Good balanced flavor. Finished was roasty and a little dry.

M: Overall was medium, but way too much carbonation. Very prickly and over-bearing.

D: Would have scored it higher if it weren't for the carbonation, it was just too much for me.

I had higher expectations, but in hindsight, I would stick to Fullers or Sam Smith for porters.

Photo of Billolick
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Large bottle, caged and corked, best before date info etched onto the bottle. Pours very dark honey amber, with a dark tan head, leaves a long lasting thick film and a gentle swirl, creates splotches of lacing. Roasty nose. Notes here of more roasted grains, some smoke, vanilla, nice tasting porter. I'm no expert, but to me this tastes what a British style porter should taste like. Not overpowering, but still sturdy and flavorful. Nice bottle presentation, makes this one well worth seeking out, bring it to a dinner party and show some folks what a classy brew this is.

Photo of Mora2000
3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark brown color with an off-white head. The aroma is roasted malt with some earthy hops and some astringency. The flavor is roasted malt, chocolate, coffee and some nuttyness. I also get some earthy hops. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of magictrokini
3.56/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep auburn pour with a short off-white head. Rich aroma of caramel and malt. Sweeter than I expected, but that seems to be Meantime's calling card. Bittersweet flavors of malt, brown sugar, cocoa, mixed with an astringent bite. Slow-drinking and very enjoyable.

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.65/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 750ml bottle with a BB of July 2013. Acquired ages ago from a supermarket and stored in my garage. The label suggests that this porter was created using a historic recipe from the 18th century.

Poured into a Delirium chalice. Appears black in the glass, however when held to the light it is revealed as a lovely ruby-chestnut hue with good carbonation. Yields a massive head of creamy beige foam with good retention; this slowly subsides to a surface layer. Aroma of dark roasted malt with hints of chocolate, nuttiness, mild coffee, molasses/caramel, faint dried fruit, earthy yeast and stewed hops. Dry, subtle and delicious.

Tastes of roasted malt with a delicate, earthy character and a dry finish. Notes of roasted grain, mild chocolate, faint coffee, hints of caramel/molasses, dried fruit, musty yeast and stewed hops. The overall flavour is balanced but understated, with a dry maltiness upon swallowing. Little bitterness to speak of, though there is a subtle sour quality in the background. Mouthfeel is smooth, dry and tingly, with pleasant carbonation. Body is decent but errs on the thin side. Somewhat astringent, with an aftertaste of chocolate malt, old tea and earthy yeast.

Rather nice, though falls short of perfection. Perhaps it's a little too old (despite being in date). Nicely presented in a corked/caged champagne bottle, and looks appealing in the glass. The aroma has a satisfying depth to it; the flavour slightly less so. The mouthfeel could be a tad more viscous. A tasty brew that goes down nicely, but could perhaps have a more defined roasted malt character. Nonetheless, a quality porter that is well worth trying.

Photo of BGDrock
3.13/5  rDev -21.8%
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

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.32/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

(Served in a Nonic)

A- The top opened with a strong "pssst" then about 5 seconds later a volcano erupted with most of it getting into my glass. Once the glass of solid antique white head melted down into a jet black body it left only a cobweb like head on top. I couldn't see any bubbles but I suspect it had a strong carbonation.

S- This beer had a soft roasted black malt hint with a strong cream aroma to it. There was a dark coffee roasted malt aroma that increased as the beer warmed but it was otherwise pretty clean smell.

T- This beer has a slight watery taste that blended into a flat roasted black malt flavor then finished with a slight smokey tart hint with no aftertaste in a clean finish.

M- This beer had a light mouthfeel with a airy texture and no alcohol heat or astringency.

D. This beer tasted a bit thin and watery with not much malt flavor or depth and was supported by a tart hing but no hop notes at all. I found the over-carbonation a bit frustrating and I don't think I will try it again just because there are better porters and lower price points. There were no off flavors just no real flavors at all

Photo of jbphoto88
4.12/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First of all I want to go on record as saying this is my favorite beer bottle ever! I love the classic label and the tapered, bottom heavy, bottle. The brew is a deep rich ruby red with a light sudsy tan head that I wish lasted longer.

The nose is a magnificent blend of roasted malts that range from sweet fresh baked bread to some coffee. One of the best smelling porters I've ever come across.

The taste doesn't disappoint in the malt department either with bold roasted flavor. However the flavor lessens slightly towards then finish and gives me the impression of fresh melon mixed with coffee. A great start but a slightly flat finish.

Mouthfeel is smooth and silky with a thin carbonation and a body that is approaching full. Not a bad beverage at all. I wish the malt flavor lasted longer but it's still a tasty brew. Well worth checking out.

Photo of rbouton
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a goblet. Thick bubbly tan head which quickly dissipated. Smells of coffee and roasted malt. Tastes like coffee/bittersweet chocolate/brown sugar. Slightly alcoholic aftertaste.
Surprisingly light tasting for the rich color.
Very enjoyable and drinkable. No ploblem finishing the bottle in one sitting.

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 biboergosum
4.21/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This has been in my cellar for six months, and the BB date has been rubbed off of the neck.

Pours a dark black with ruby highlights. Good white head but dissipates fast. The nose is thin but smells a bit of malt and the tiniest grainy cherry smell. Taste is a wonderful plethora of flavor. Some mocha type choco coffee action with nice malt and grain background. Finish has the slight bitterness of hop kick. This is a tasty porter that I recommend. And Im pretty sure this is the official brew of the london silly nannies.

Photo of cokes
4.52/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Quoth the label: "Best Before: See Shoulder". Quoth the shoulder: "51659". I think it is still good, probably just a hair shy of 5,000 year prior to the expiration.
Or, more conservatively, if you break it up, May 16th of 2059, therefore, I ducked in with a mere 42.5 years to spare.
Yeah, um, I don't think that is right either.

And now, under the cage cap: "AN I FOR DENAL". Obviously there is some cryptography at work here, but I got nothing at the moment.

The beer itself pours a ruddy, and clay-based, rosy shade of cola brown, stacked with a modest ecru lace.
Scented of chocolate cookies, black grapes, blueberries, dead herbs, and smoked meats.
Enter into the oral with a chocolate chip cookie dough notion, cut at the end with a quivering anise astringency, which proceeds toward calcified seashells and grains of salt. A congruent notion of smoked pork arises, slashed with a clove-leaning hop spiciness, and shards of vanillin. Tiny squeals of grape tartness, black currant jam, and burnt butter echo throughout, though never specifically at any given moment. The diacetyl levels are low on the whole. Leaves the mouth with candy bar/baked cookie residue, tendrils of smoke, and a parting slap of bittered herbs. Fans of Taddy or Fuller's London have another to add to the stable.
Lightish bodied, but taut of structure and detail. This is a phenom. So drinkable that one begins to understand why George Washington and his peers wore those ridiculous wigs. But not so drinkable or stimulating as to make any sense of AN I FOR DENAL. And there is not enough of this in the world to make 51659 appear as anything other than an American zipcode.

Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Superior English style porter. This relatively expensive expensive bomber poured a black with lots of lace, some inteesting mocha head. Above average carbobantion, roasted barley quite well done.
Tasty and smooth consistent flavour, a delight with food or even by itself. Medium mouthfeel.

Photo of augustgarage
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750mL bottle into my Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Liquid is a deep seal brown, nearly but not quite opaque, with sepia highlights. No haze. An enormous robust ecru head of foam develops methodically and eventually settles down to a 1/4" raft with delicate yet fairly dense lacing.

Aroma is surprisingly neutral, very lightly toasted malt, but really very little happening in this modality.

...which does not at all prepare you for the cavalcade of flavors to follow. Rich roasted malts seem uniform on the palate, but into the finish begin to differentiate themselves. Meantime claims to use at least 7 malts in this beer, and I swear you can almost differentiate that many. Furthermore these flavors are complimentary and work in concert much like a superior coffee blend or a chocolate truffle with many layers, each with a slightly different ratio of cocoa to sugar.

A light sweetness and bitterness add to the complexity and enjoyability of the experience. Hops seem nearly absent, though I expect they are playing an important supporting role despite their near invisibility.

Finish is very long as the different roast levels (ranging from very dark though not quite burnt to slightly toasted) of malt spread out across an ever-widening plain. A dry flavor (like the crust of brown bread) finally concludes things.

Mouthfeel is on the higher end of what I would still call medium bodied with fairly low carbonation (despite the fantastic head retention). Slightly warming over time with no real astringency despite the roasted grains.

A good brew for contemplation, though the flavors are not aggressive despite their persistence. A highly drinkable porter (sweetness and bitterness are both held in check, especially if the bottle is cellared for a while), with ABV just high enough to force you to savor rather than session it.

Photo of dancinwillie
3.73/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had a real good review going, then my electricity went out, and I lost it. So the cliff notes version follow:

Pours a rich golden amber, but once in my glass, a deep chestnut color. Head is tan, with brown highlights, about a half inch, and recedes quickly leaving minimal lacing.

The nose is dominated by a rich nutty malt aroma, somewhat one dimensional, yet stunning in it's simplicity. Nothing else to get in the way.

Flavor is much like the bouquet, at first. Nutty rich malts, some light buttery notes. A toasted malt flavor that leans into the realm of burnt, but never fully arrives there. I think I'm getting a light pepper flavor, maybe the hops? I don't know, and if it's not the hops, then I don't detect any. I pour a little more from the big bottle into my depleted glass. This time around a sizable 2 inch head forms, big and rocky. Some bitter chocolate is present.

Mouthfeel is medium, with a medium level of carbonation. Good, but almost feels a bit thin after awhile.

I like this beer, although I'm wondering if American styles are ruining my palate. What I mean is that I've come to expect big and bold, rich and chocolatey, even hoppy porters. This ain't that. But what it is, is a drinkable, even mildly sessionable version of a English Porter. Trying to review this beer is a little like trying to write a 5 paragraph history of Porter itself. Not very easy. I like it, maybe you will too. Up for the challenge? Cheers!

Photo of hophopandaway
4.79/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought a 750ml bottle from Sainsbury's t'other day. Let it warm up for abou 2 hours after taking out the fridge so that it was still cool but not cold.

After a gentle pour I got a fat creamy head that dissapated to a small head which stayed around fo the whole drink. The nose of this thing is absolutely fantastic: smoked cheese rind and subtle roasted malt. After my first couple of glugs I was really impressed with this beer and every sip seemed to offer up a new flavour. I got the caramel first, then it chaged in to a sweet milk chocolate with an undertone of dark fruits and maybe a little of somehting sharper like cherry.
The smokey flavours are a real treat and every mouthful offers a big hit of dry smokey goodness and an astringent finnish that would make this beer easy to compare with a really nice glass of red.

This is an absolutely cracking beer. I only gave it 3 days to settle and I think it would age fabulously. Wel worth a try and it's given me the taste for porters again after spending 3 weeks in san fran where all the porters are one-dimensional, coffee-packed, water-thin rubbish.

Photo of cjgator3
3.91/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Corked and caged 750ml bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- I have always been a big fan of the Meantime bottles and labels, they look very classy. Pours a dark brown color that is almost black, with a large light tan head.

S- The aroma is sweet malt and chocolate, with hints of roastiness as well.

T- The taste like the aroma shows off sweet roasted malt as the main flavor along with just a touch of bitterness in the finish.

M- The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, very nice.

D- This one is a very drinkable English Porter, would love to see it in smaller bottles though.

Overall, Meantime London Porter is a really good English Porter that is worth another purchase. Recommended.

Photo of russpowell
4.62/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Beautiful champainge (sp??) like bottle. Not much off the cork pop

Pours deep red to mahogany with a 2" tan that drops off fast. No lacing, average head retention

Smell: Malty, smokey, fruitty

Taste: Toasty deep malt, peat smokiness, caramel. Finshes, malty, seet, slightly smoky & dry. yum

MF: Perfect, malt offset by all the othe flavors in play. great carbonation

Very drinkable & so out of type of what i expected...Worth the$9.00 a bottle IMHO. This is probably what porters tasted like in Dicken's day IMO

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 beveritt
3.86/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: Poured from a champagne style wine bottle into a sampling glass. I grabbed this bottle while traveling in CA, having heard about this beer through BA.

Appearance: Pours with a massive, pillowy tan head. This settles slowly and only partially. Beer itself is perfectly clear and a deep ruby/mahogany.

Smell: Roasted barley bitterness.

Taste: Sharp carbonation bite upfront leads into sweet, creamy middle with hints of lactose and marshmallows.

Mouthfeel: Above average carbonation, actually quite high. Body is good.

Drinkability: A nice looking beer with good flavor. Carbonation level is pretty high. If I had this alone, I think I would have liked it a little more, but having it in a flight of porters, I see how many better porters are out there, many of them less expensive and more easily available. All in all though, I am glad I picked this up.

Photo of DavidSeanNJ
3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

750 ml. bottle- corked and caged-

First off, I must say that I was somewhat dissapointed by this brew. I had very high expectations prior to my purchase due to the high rating here on BA.

Poured into a tulip....

A- Dark brown color with ruby hues and a nice 2 finger off white head. No lace here at all.

S- Smell was nutty and roasty with a slight sweetness to the nose.

T- Taste was of chocolate and coffee- some brown sugar, vanilla, and malt. Nicely balanced and refreshing for a porter.

M- This is where the beer suffered for me. The body was light and there was not enough carbonation. The beer at times seemed watery and bland.

D- Cool beer, but didnt live up to the hype. Maybe my bottle was bad? I will try this again though.

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London Porter from Meantime Brewing Company Limited
89 out of 100 based on 432 ratings.