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London Porter - Meantime Brewing Company Limited

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London PorterLondon Porter

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Ratings: 392
Reviews: 274
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 10.95%
Wants: 28
Gots: 24 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: GCBrewingCo on 08-28-2005)
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Reviews by damndirtyape:
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4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Caged and corked 750mL bottle with a date stamp of L111651 09:03 on it. Poured into two shaker pint glasses.

Appearance: Careful pour gave a dark brown beer with a persistent 1/16" thick light tan foam. Some tiny strands of lacing here and there. When held up to the light the beer is coppery and ruby red (more ruby red when held up to an incandescent light than a fluorescent) and very clear - I could make out what was on the other side of the glass clearly when held up to the light. Nice looking beer.

Smell: When first poured, just the barest level of toffee and roasted malts. As it warmed up the toffee and malt got a little stronger, but it's still not a very aromatic beer - quite muted in aroma.

Taste: Nice balanced beer between malt and hops, but rich in both sides of flavor. Toffee, caramel, dark fruit with coffee and mild pine bitterness. A very very tasty beer.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation on the tongue, cleanses the palate well. Slick and a tiny bit sticky at the same time.

Overall / Drinkability: A very nice English porter. Overall the beer is quite tasty, very drinkable (I wish I had another 750mL to split with the Mrs.) and went fantastic with a cottage pie for dinner. Definitely better when warmed up, but still pretty good when cold and first poured. My only comment which makes me wonder about this beer is that on the label it says "bottle conditioned" but there is no sediment at all in this beer, and, the beer is too clear when held up to the light - so where did the bottle conditioning yeast go? Or do they mean something else by bottle conditioned here? Regardless of this minor mystery, a very good porter and something I could easily pick up again despite the price. I must find a way to have it directly from a cask should I ever get the chance.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2012 23:56:25 | More by damndirtyape
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Smell : malty, roasted, caramel, mild coffee aromas.
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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.

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London Porter from Meantime Brewing Company Limited
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