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London Porter - Meantime Brewing Company Limited

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London PorterLondon Porter

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

403 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 403
Reviews: 275
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 10.97%
Wants: 27
Gots: 27 | 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 gleemonger:
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5/5  rDev +24.7%

gleemonger, Sep 07, 2012
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Photo of oberon
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%

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.

oberon, Dec 24, 2005
Photo of RoyalT
3.98/5  rDev -0.7%

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 . . .

RoyalT, Nov 27, 2006
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

beerhunter13, Apr 09, 2013
Photo of lordofthewiens
4.25/5  rDev +6%

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.

lordofthewiens, Aug 06, 2008
Photo of FatheadBrew
3.98/5  rDev -0.7%

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.

FatheadBrew, Dec 15, 2007
Photo of Billolick
4.33/5  rDev +8%

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.

Billolick, Apr 15, 2007
Photo of Mora2000
3.9/5  rDev -2.7%

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.

Mora2000, Jul 10, 2010
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5/5  rDev +24.7%

sm0key, Nov 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

BrianParsons, May 16, 2012
Photo of magictrokini
3.58/5  rDev -10.7%

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.

magictrokini, Dec 10, 2008
Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.63/5  rDev -9.5%

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.

jazzyjeff13, Nov 26, 2012
Photo of BGDrock
3.1/5  rDev -22.7%

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

BGDrock, Apr 06, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

doremite, Dec 06, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

kwkdmk, Jul 20, 2014
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3.33/5  rDev -17%

(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

rhoadsrage, Jul 24, 2009
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4.1/5  rDev +2.2%

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.

jbphoto88, Sep 03, 2011
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4.18/5  rDev +4.2%

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.

rbouton, Jan 10, 2009
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3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

acurtis, Jan 12, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

ste5venla, Jun 20, 2013
Photo of Brenden
4/5  rDev -0.2%

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.

Brenden, May 06, 2013
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4.19/5  rDev +4.5%

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.

biboergosum, Apr 06, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

MrVonzipper, Feb 16, 2012
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4.28/5  rDev +6.7%

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.

AKBelgianBeast, Jan 07, 2008
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4.53/5  rDev +13%

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.

cokes, Oct 05, 2005
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London Porter from Meantime Brewing Company Limited
90 out of 100 based on 403 ratings.