London Porter - Meantime Brewing Company Limited

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very good

437 Ratings
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Ratings: 437
Reviews: 281
rAvg: 4
pDev: 10.75%
Wants: 32
Gots: 37 | FT: 1
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Meantime Brewing Company Limited visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Porter |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: GCBrewingCo on 08-28-2005

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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.

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 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 Phyl21ca
3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Photo of Chrysostom
4.75/5  rDev +18.8%
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.

Photo of FLima
4.14/5  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.

Photo of patra7
3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Photo of RyanLigeia
4.02/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark mahogany brown with almost ruby highlights. Decent head that leaves a nice film over the top when its gone.

Smell- verrry milk chocolatey, perfect roasty malts, a hint of vanilla. SMELLS DELICIOUS.

Taste- first and foremost I get very bitter almost chocolatey notes (not as strong as the smell prepares you for) but a little more on the bitter dark chocolate side than a milk chocolate (coud be a hop bitterness I am getting too), same nicely roasted malts that were picked up in the nose and a VERY SLIGHT smoky/almost peatiness.

MF- Sharper carbonation and a littttle thinner body than I would have hoped for.

Overall- I graded this as an ENGLISH PORTER so although thats not my favorite branch of stout/porter this one IS awesome at nailing that style. If you like English Porters with their bitter/almost sourness and very roast malts I'd say grab this one for sure.

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

Been sitting on this brew for a little bit.

A - Pours a dark mahogany with a rich ruby red hue, two fingers of big bubbled mocha head with solid retention and some sporadic lacing.

S - Rich milk chocolate and cocoa notes, hints of espresso and coffee grinds, coffee cake and a touch of maraschino cherries.

T - The cocoa continues to dominate but battles against solid espresso and coffee grind notes, bitter cocoa notes linger alongside the coffee, some leafy green hop notes and a hint of metallic flavour.

M - Medium bodied, smooth and wet.

O - A tasty porter that offers up a tasty balance of sweetness and bitterness, solid flavour profile and easy drinking. It's rich, yet easy drinking, making for a great session ale. Will grab another bottle before this disappears from the shelves.

Photo of korguy123
4.12/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Released to the LCBO this fall/winter. Not sure anymore they releases always seem to blend together. Newest batch into tulip.

Totally opaque brown/black pour. Two finger light tan head. Lacing is excellent.

Burnt toast, dark roast coffee, bitter chocolate with some fresh baked bread and black licorice.

Dark coffee, bitter chocolate, burnt toast, black licorice and a little molasses and vanilla.

Light body, high carbonation, slightly sticky on the lips.

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 peensteen
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep brown colour, just over one finger of tan/beige head, some lace. Smell is of roast and black liquorice, coffee beans, cocoa beans, light but present earthy/leafy hop. Taste is roasty with black liqourice/anise, chocolate and coffee, medium bitterness mid palate, finish is nice and roasted and lingers around in the aftertaste. Light-medium carbonation, medium full body, nice solid feel. Quite a good porter, quite drinkable but this didn't blow me away, I could drink another glass of this again though.

Photo of JohnnyP3
4.47/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into standard pint glass. Pours a mahogany brown with some ruby highlights around the edges. Head is a fluffy off-white, about 2 fingers in depth. Good carbonation and lacing on the glass. Head simmers down to a thin cap on the beer.

Smell is an inviting combination of roasted coffee and caramel malts with a hint of dark chocolate.

Taste is lots of roasted malt flavors up front that transitions to some sweeter caramel flavors and finishes with some lingering bitterness. Hints of dark chocolate in the ending bitterness. Not too sweet, not too bitter...just right.

Mouthfeel is on target with some good crispness from the carbonation, yet the beer itself imparts its own smoothness and richness. A medium bodied porter.

Overall, I feel as though I am drinking an authentic English Porter and tasting a piece of brewing history. A very flavorful, enjoyable and easy drinking porter.

Photo of liamt07
3.73/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

75ml bottle from the LCBO, into a tulip.

Dark brown, almost blackish, with deep red hues. Tan head with good density, webbed lace and pretty heavy retention. Nose has some dry chocikate notes, some mild fruity makt sweetness and a bit of caramel. Taste has more chocolate, light roasty sourness, and drying dark malt flavours. Light coffee bitterness in the finish. Medium body, and lower medium carbonation. Decent porter, unspectacular however.

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

Beer is dark brown in colour, with a moderately-sized off-white head. Retention is decent, good lacing.

Smell contains coffee, roast malt and earthy notes. Some caramel.

Taste contains caramel, smoky roasted malt, cocoa and some dark fruit. Grassy, English hops. Nice and rich, quite flavourful. A sweetness runs through the beer, though is well balanced against a slight hoppy bitterness.

Medium bodied, moderately carbonated. Somewhat sticky. Goes down easy.

Overall, a tasty porter. Quite nice.

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

Meantime London Porter has the colour of a Medjool date and a head so thick and fluffy it could be used as furniture, feel free to rest just about anything on it. Highlighting abounds despite that it relents no transparency; the beer is "dark-ish" but far from intimidating. The lacing it leaves looks like it belongs in a lotion commercial.

The beer has a smoky black malt bouquet and a strong musk of coffee grinds. Milk chocolate can also be extracted but it's not exactly the most exquisite, enticing flavour (I'd liken it more to a poorly made homemade vegan chocolate than an artisan one that spares no fat or sugar). Hoppy undertones give the chocolaty malt a more perfumed character. There's also a hint of wood.

There was no bacon fat in the nose but this is a meaty porter. It has a round, fleshy middle and surprising mineral finish. Notes of coffee are cited not spotlighted, while grainy, smoky maltiness dominates and deposits hints of licorice and a sweetness that falls just short of dried fruit. The impression of charred wood is again noted and compliments the flavour's subtle nuttiness.

This porter has a texture like that of dried out, burnt-on-the-bottom brownies. It finishes fairly hard and dry but curiously clean (without much lingering roast or bitterness). On the palate, however, the mouthfeel conjures hints of smoky hickory, bitter black tea, dry cocoa nibs, and astringent coffee grinds. It's a twisting plot worthy of Hitchcock.

If you're looking for a classic English porter look no further than Meantime London Porter. This offering has all the quintessential characteristics of the style and can compete with Fullers, Sam Smith, St. Peters or any other brand you care to name. And best of all: it comes in a 750ml bottle!

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

A fairly nice, robust London porter.

Jet black until light shines through, illuminating its deep garnet hue. Little-to-no head on the pour - not much presence of carbonation throughout.

A clean, lightly chocolate and vaguely fruity aroma. Each sip will reveal, in addition to the (now more) mocha-cocoa nuance, a bold dark-roast coffee flavor and bitterness which stands out above all else. Not much (base) malt sweetness or foundation (in body). It drinks surprisingly light, crisp, and clean. The roasty bitter begins and ends each sampling. A wee bit more viscosity/substance in the mouthfeel would boost the beer's enjoyability.

Not in the same ballpark as the Fullers London Porter. Most will find this a nice, easy-drinking porter, but nothing to savor.

(I'm secretly wondering if this was a mislabeled keg of their discontinued(?) Coffee porter)

Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, best by 4/19/2012. Pours crystal clear dark reddish brown color with a 2 finger fairly dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Slight spotty lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of chocolate, caramel, biscuit, nuttiness, roasted malt, toffee, coffee, toast, and light herbal hops. Very nice and pleasant aromas with good strength and balance. Taste of chocolate, roast malt, caramel, nuttiness, toast, biscuit, coffee, toffee, earth, and herbal hops. Moderate herbal and roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, roasted malt, caramel, toast, coffee, nuttiness, biscuit, and earth on the finish for a short bit. Great flavor balance and robustness, with good complexity and no cloying flavors. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy and slightly slick mouthfeel that is very nice. Alcohol is well hidden as expected of 6.5%, with pretty much zero warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent porter! Great robust roasted flavors with nice complexity and balance; and very smooth to drink. Highly enjoyable porter, an easy winner in my books.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear dark brown with a dark khaki head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of roasted malt and burnt coffee bean aromas. Taste is much the same with some slight cocoa bean flavors on the finish. There is a mild roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip along with a slightly acidic tartness. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but much different than other porters I have had in the past.

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

London Porter
Meantime Brewing Company Limited
Style: English Porter
ABV: 6.50 %

Pours a rich deep brown color bordering black. Off-white khaki colored form forms and leaves plenty of lace on the pint. Aroma of coffee, roasted malts, dark bread, and floral notes. In the flavor, roasted malts, dark chocolate, mild coffee and a mild bitterness. Even and roasty profile like a good porter should be. Medium bodied, medium carbonation for a loose easy drinking feel. Overall, a pretty nice robust export porter. Was nice with smoked pork and deviled eggs.

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.7/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter.

3.5 A: Dark brown/black color. Two and a half fingers of frothy tan head. Retention is average and a small ring of lacing is left.

3.5 S: Dry, dusty roastiness. Caramel and mineral combine to give an earthy, yet sweet undertone. Not much hops, maybe a touch of earthiness from them.

4.0 T: Like the nose. Dry roastiness. Some toastiness as well. Caramel, earthiness, light mineral. Not overly complex, but quite tasty.

3.5 M: Medium body. A bit more carbonation than I'd like, but it's in the right range. Lightly creamy.

3.5 D: Tasty, easy drinking beer. It's a little pricey, but I'm glad I bought a bottle.

Photo of BellsFan
4.38/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance. Poured into a pint glass from a 750mL bottle with about one finger of head. Sparse lacing dissipated from the glass as I enjoyed it. Dark brown to black color.

Smell. The nose is of freshly roasted coffee. Definable a French roast.

Taste. Matches the nose of coffee with a chocolate bitter finish.

Mouthfeel. Thick and crisp all at the same time.

Overall. It's great. I'll be looking for this one again.

Photo of Dope
3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A dark brown pour with just a tinge of red in it. Good sized frothy tan head. Retention is pretty good and so is the lacing.

S: Mild creamy roasted malt. Hint of toffee perhaps?

T: Some creamy roasted malt with some toffee. Touch of chocolate and bitter coffee resides in the aftertaste. A little bit of piney hops are present. Taste is surprisingly subtle, even for a 6.5% beer.

M: Light and effervescent. Thin finish and a little dry.

O: Not a bad porter but oddly subtle and very thin mouthfeel with high carbonation. Feels and tastes more like a 4-5% porter than a 6.5%. Certainly drinkable at least!

Photo of biglite351
3.51/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Re-reviewing, 2 years later...

A - Dark clear amber with a tight, short off-white head. Bubbles on side and bottom of glass like pop.

S - Strong dried fruit scent with dark chocolate and roasted malts underneath. Almost an alcohol scent in there too. Deep.

T - Roasted malts, dark dried fruit, with a hint of dark cocoa. Light but complex.

M - Thin but coats. Mild tingle on front of tongue and back of throat.

O - A bit too think and mild in the flavor for me to drink too often. Even though light, the complex flavors and scent mean that I would have one once in a while.

Original 2/25/10 review:

A - 3.5 - very carbonated. Look very pop-like. Large bubbles on foam like a rootbeer. While it id a dark beer, you can see light through the middle of the glass.

S - 4.0 - nice full smell. No hops or bitterness. Inviting.

T - 3.0 - extremely mild flavor. Not bad at all, but far too mild. No poor after taste or anything bad. Just light.

M - 3.5 - somewhat bubbly. No tingles from the alcohol nor bitterness.

D - 3.5 - the pleasant flavor combined with the lightness or mildness make it very drinkable, but one would possibly want something with a deeper flavor.

London Porter from Meantime Brewing Company Limited
89 out of 100 based on 437 ratings.