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London Porter - Meantime Brewing Company Limited

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London PorterLondon Porter

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Ratings: 420
Reviews: 277
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 10.97%
Wants: 31
Gots: 29 | 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:
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(Beer added by: GCBrewingCo on 08-28-2005)
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Photo of AgentZero
3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Dark, pretty much black with nice ruby highlights on the edges. Tan head that dissipated with a small amount of lacing.

S - Chocolate, coffee, a little syrupy. Roasted malts come through cleanly, smells a bit more like a stout to me than a porter.

T - Sweet and roasted malts on the front, a little bitter on the end, finishes nicely.

M - A little too carbonated and a little too thin.

D - Pretty easy to drink, but think it might get filling quickly.

AgentZero, Feb 24, 2010
Photo of cpone
4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle erupted when I popped the cap. Poured with a 3+ finger head into a duvel tulip. Body is a dark brown with a red tint. Head is a nice foamy tan with some lighter streaks. Some lacing. Smells of coffee, roasted wood and...what the hell, tree bark. Taste is definitely coffee, roasted malts. You know the smell of the tip of a stick after you've roasted a dozen or so marshmallows on it - toasty, sweet? That taste is in there too. Mouthfeel is good - wish there was a bit more to it though. Very drinkable, delicious beer.

cpone, Feb 07, 2010
Photo of bluejacket74
4.43/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml caged and corked bottle. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours dark brown with about an inch tan head. Head retention is good, lacing is decent. Aroma is very sweet and malty, it smells like chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, nuts, and brown sugar. Taste is similar to the aroma, it tastes like smoked and roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, and a bit of caramel and dark fruit. Starts off sweet, then has a bitter and dry finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit coating with good carbonation. Drinkability is pretty good, it's smooth and very easy to drink. If I had another bottle of it, I'd drink it now! I think this is a good overall brew, I'll definitely be buying this again.

bluejacket74, Feb 05, 2010
Photo of Mistofminn
3.68/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Another beer sampled at Roman Market's beer tasting.

The pour is brown, with about a two finger khaki head. Beer is hazy brown, when held into the light I realize it is far from opaque. Leaves nice lacing.

The nose is malty, with very light chocolate and coffee notes. A sweetness comes in near the finish. It's pretty simple.

The taste is just like the nose, but the carbonation is so high it's hard to pick out any distinct flavors. Sweet and bitter malts, with light chocolate notes are about all I can pick up.

Mouthfeel is light to medium, with a very high carbonation. It completely ruins the beer for me, because it's hard to taste anything beyond the frenzy in my mouth. Once the carbonation settles, it's a little better, but it never completely goes away. Drinkability takes a hit because of this.

Overall, not bad. I would really like to try the coffee porter, as I'm a huge sucker for coffee beers.

Mistofminn, Jan 16, 2010
Photo of Bisho
4.28/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a 250ml tulip glass

Pours with a big tan head which settles quickly into the dark brown beer. If you hold it up to the light you can see through the beer too.

Sweet smell of malt, chocolate & coffee with a little nuttiness and dark fruits. Almost stouty (if there was ever such a word!)

Very complex flavour with all of the nose characters in the taste. Chocolate and malt to start followed by the coffee and nuts. A bit of bready yeast and slight bitterness to finish.

Lots of carbonation with a medium body. Semi-sweet yet dry. Awesome mouthfeel which never ever gets too heavy or sweet. The balance is impeccable!

Love this Porter in winter or summer, I for one will be drinking plenty of it!

This beer along with the Meantime IPA are two of the best British ales to ever hit my tastebuds! KUDOS to them!

Bisho, Jan 15, 2010
Photo of jlindros
3.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had their coffee porter and was impressed. Here is the London Porter.

A: Huge frothin head of 3 fingers in my tulip glass. It fades pretty quickly to 2 fingers and lots of big fluffy bubbles, but then slows down. It's a ruby brown with slight copper hue with very faintest light sneaking through.

N: Lots of sweet brown sugar to start. Then adds some roasted malts and the slightest touch of smoked. Some light dark fruits, and sweet malts. A very slight creamy stout aroma.

T: Starts somewhat sweet, with more brown sugar. Then gets a nice wave of smoked malts, very interesting. Then some spicy hops come through in the center, but not very heavy. Some nice roasted malts and slight creamy stout. Pretty light. The sweetness and spicy hops seem to contrast a bit and could have been blended together better. A slight sweet thick syrupy malt flavor with hints of alcohol, a step up for a British beer.

M: Pretty light comparative to the style, decent carbonation.

F: Finishes pretty sweet still, with lingering brown sugar and smoked malts. Some light bitterness comes through well, but still battles that sweet malty flavor. A lingering earthy bitter flavor adds a nice finish but an almost metallic flavor takes that addition away. The smoked malt addition is very nice.

jlindros, Jan 05, 2010
Photo of rtepiak
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pour of coca cola... ruby in the light and a somewhat large head of very light brown. nose light of chocolate and coffee... equally matched with maltose and a nice apple fruit. a bit bready. palate is a bit toasty and a much harsher carbonation than expected. delutes the palate. marginalizes all the wonderful stuff that in the nose. probably wonderful after two years of storage.

rtepiak, Dec 01, 2009
Photo of DerBayer
3.45/5  rDev -14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is a dark nutty brown with aruby tinge but unfortunately minimal head

Smell is of toasted malt but very faint

Taste is chocolate and toasted nuts up front followed by a bitter smokey flavour

Mouthfeel is medium body leaving a bit of coatiung which deducts from its drinkability

DerBayer, Nov 21, 2009
Photo of Brad007
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a reddish-brown color with a one-finger head into my glass. Very nice so far.

Aroma is sweet with a good hint of coffee, cream and mild molasses.

Taste is sweet, creamy and has a bit of a dark fruit to it as well. Just a light hint of coffee as well. Not too dark or bitter. Well-rounded. The flavors all mingle in the mouth to create an interesting palette.

Mouthfeel is just a tad thin but the mixture of flavors makes up for it. Cream lingers in the mouth along with coffee. Well-rounded. Carbonation seems just right.

A very, very nice example of the style. It attempts to provide the drinker with a feel for the older, original British porters using this beer. It's not hard to see why this style can be well-rounded if done right. Excellent.

Brad007, Nov 19, 2009
Photo of RedBrewer83
4.33/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sharing with my good buddy Kip, who is a massive Widmer Hefeweizen fan, so we are challenging his tastedbuds in a large way tonight....should be fun! Poured into a tulip....

A: Kip thinks it looks like Caribbean Coffee....I would say that it is a very dark brown hue, creamy tan head that rises to almost two fingers, leaves nice sticky lacing as it falls slowly....

S: Kip is detecting nuttiness along with a nice cocoa aroma...I smell cocoa as well, caramel malt, and some nice dark fruits, raisin, hints of molasses and brown sugar...

T: Wow, that is fantastic....Kip says "its good!" I agree, this is a delicious porter, very robust, nice roasted malt profile, very well balanced between the chocolate/cocoa and sweet malts, nice bread yeast in the finish as well, overall a very complex flavor that is very pleasing.

M: Kip says the carbonation is more than expected, yet subtle. Mouth feel is medium, with a little excess carbonation, but not overpowering. The flavor still comes through and the bubbles are fine enough that they don't dominate your palate.

D: Kip says, "thats pretty smooth, I can keep drinking it." Agreed, goes down quite smoothly as I would expect from 6.5% and is a very enjoyable porter. Excellent example of the style!

RedBrewer83, Oct 31, 2009
Photo of Rayek
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Nonic.

A: Deep garnet, with nice clarity and mild carbonation. A foamy and dense cream cap has very nice retention, but sadly leaves little lace.

S: Smells heavily of baking chocolate, molasses, tobacco and a hint of oak.

T: Very interesting. The aromas flow fairly well into the beer's flavor. The chocolate and molasses flavors come through first. Bitterness is very mild and adds charred wood and black tea flavors. Things are slightly sour and even a touch salty in the finish, which was a big shift from other porters I've had.

M: The medium body is dry and slightly sticky. Carbonation is spot on.

D: I was pleasantly surprised by this beer. It has a unique mix of flavors that kept me coming back to my glass. The mid-range ABV makes for easy drinking. A very nice pickup.

Rayek, Oct 21, 2009
Photo of BEERchitect
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A solid and true Porter that shows a lot of balance and flavor without becomming over bearing.

The beer pours a dark bown (nearly black) color with lightly tanned head that has a lot of staying power. Timid on lacing, but high on retention.

Medium strength aromas are cocoa and roasted grain dominant with a follow up of grassy hops, malted milk, coffee, and timid nutty notes.

Flavors of cocoa, coffee and sweetened malts set the stage and become the dominant force of the beer. Malty goodness of toffee and caramel only provide support for the roasty and toasted notes. Herbal hop flavor begins to decorate the edges but never bring attention to themselves. Bitterness weaves in and out of the acrid dry roast for a balanced yet complex counterpart to the malt sweetness.

Quite full and rounded textures never push into heavy or chewy. Quite malty textured with a light dryness (from dark grains and hops) toward the end but the beer remains malt balanced.

Utimately a very good beer that is light on slight on complexity and velvety texture but is also flawless in it's design and exectution. Probably a slight dip in quality compated to Fuller's London Porter.

BEERchitect, Oct 11, 2009
Photo of Lemon
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Starts off with a thick 2 finger head and ended up with a bit less than a finger. Color is a dark amber-red when held up to light with a light tan head.

S- A little smokiness with some spice and sweetness.

T- Definitely picking up the smokiness from the scent. Makes for a nice aftertaste. Enjoyable sweetness with fruit undertones. I'm also getting a little chocolate in the background. Flavors blend together nicely, though a little weaker than expected.

M- A bit more carbonation than other porters I've had. Makes for an interesting texture and light feel.

D- Definitely enjoyable. Comes together as a light, smooth beer with enough flavor. It does feel a bit weak on flavor after the first few sips, but still a good drink.

Lemon, Oct 11, 2009
Photo of livingregret
1.35/5  rDev -66.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

11.2 fl oz bottle.

Appearance: Lovely 2 finger head but not as dark as I was expecting. Light shines through. Little lacing

Smell: A touch of smoke and chocolate. Slight malt..not much on the nose.

Touch/Mouthfeel: Heavily carbonated with a odd texture. Little in taste beyond coffee and slight burnt chocolate. Some residual smoke...but nothing that good. Almost non existance in terms of taste Really disappointing mouthfeel

Drinkability: I'll try one more bottle but that might be it. Sorely disappointed in this porter

livingregret, Oct 05, 2009
Photo of Traquairlover
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into pint glasses.

A = Deep red oak with very good clarity when held up to the light, large billowy light tan head forms and slowly settles back to foamy cover on surface with medium lacing left behind in its wake.

S = Creamy chocolate notes compete with very light smokey tree bark hints.

T = Chocolate, the same light smokiness I detected in the smell is also there in the taste. A constant level of medium bitterness keeps this from being too sweet and helps a medium sweet flavor continue long into the finish without becoming too much of a good thing. A really fine example of a London Porter.

M = Medium body, good mouthcoating, while the carbonation stings a little at first, it does not take long for it to show simple soft carbonation and a creamy feel.

D = This is a very flavorful beer for how drinkable it is. It just flows down and I want to keep drinking. Doesn't get cloying too fast as sometimes happens to me with porters.

Traquairlover, Oct 02, 2009
Photo of Kristing
3.63/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This porter is almost entirely black with a pinch of red and a thin beige head.

The aroma is quite spicy with tones of smokiness. There are also tones of citrus and dark bread.

The brew tastes of dark bread and is quite smoky, along with a light aftertaste of dried fruit. The bitterness sets itself on the tongue, while you can feel the smokiness on the palate.

This beer is very drinkable and uncomplex for a porter. Unfortunately, this means it does not have the depth of other london porters, such as that of Fuller's.

Kristing, Sep 27, 2009
Photo of DoubleJ
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Meantime sure uses some of the coolest shaped little bottles around. 330 ml, on to the beer:

It sure doesn't look like the porters I drink here in California. More of an cherry amber color on its way to brown. The head is rocky and thick on top, shows very good retention. little lacing. Sweet....it smells sweet. There is some butterscotch, toffee, vanilla, and a kick of cough syrup flavored alcohol. Not a bad smell, but could be melded a bit better.

Old World porter all the way. Light doses of ground coffee brush across as a cherry/diacetyl combo coat the palate. This is about what I could expect in the style. Watered down toffee and caramel hit. Soft in the mouth, limited carbonation, a smidge "thin". Not hard to drink, though not a beer I'd have many one at a given time.

I've now had the London Porter and the Coffee Porter. Both leave good footprints in my memory, though the Coffee Porter's is a larger imprint (not that this is bad). But if you're looking for a taste of the past, this is for you.

DoubleJ, Sep 23, 2009
Photo of PartyBear
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark chestnut brown in colour, with reddish tints. Thick creamy head, tan in colour. Carbonation is quite lively for a porter, with fine bubbles.

Aroma: Dense roasted malts, milk chocolate, and caramel. There are dark fruits, definite grape, which gives it a wine-like aroma.

Taste: A rich maltiness up front providing a subtle sweetness of caramel, and milk chocolate, followed by bitter roasted coffee flavours. There are noticeable fruity undertones, of grapes, and possibly a hint of cherry. The finish is bitter with a slight hoppiness but short lived.

Mouthfeel: Quite light considering it's a porter, creamy, and slightly fizzy. The lightness gives it a water feel at times, which seems to mute the flavours to a degree.

Drinkability: An incredibly aromatic porter, with a bittersweet taste. It is clear to see why Meantime are become such a respected brewery. Very drinkable given the alcohol content, and even though it is sold in a large 750ml bottle it sometimes doesn't feel big enough.

PartyBear, Sep 06, 2009
Photo of spointon
3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured this one from an 11.2oz unique brown bottle into a shaker pint glass.

A= Opened the bottle at fridge temp and had an immediate foam-over of about an ounce! This ale poured a clear cola-brown color with a big fluffy 2.5" tan head. The head was creamy and slowly settled to a solid and sticky cap. lots of sticky foam and sheet lace clung to my glass.

S= I had to really agitate this beer to bring the aromas out, but when I did I found sweet malt, chocolate, toffee, raisins, and plums.

T= Very similar to the smell. Lots of rich malts up front lending flavors like treacle, toffee, bread pudding, and chocolate. The middle showed a slight astringency (I assume from the roasted malt) and a light earthy hop note. Finished drier than the start with a bit of smoke lingering in the aftertaste.

MF= Lighter side of medium bodied with a fairly crisp carbonation level.

D= A pretty good English porter and easy to drink for sure, but not my favorire example of the style. The mouthfeel is a bit off and the aroma was lacking (but I also don't doubt my bottle had some age on it).

spointon, Aug 14, 2009
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.33/5  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

rhoadsrage, Jul 24, 2009
Photo of Absumaster
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very dark brown beer with a small head, that forms a small off-white layer on the side of the glass.

Smell is coffee, strong sweet chocolate and above all black malt, like the grains smell. Some vanilla to smooth the roast.

Taste is mildly roasted with a heavy chocolate taste, which makes a sweet impression. I get hints of cacoa, vanilla, en cappucino. The beer's body is just right for this kind of beer. Some sweetnes, but not too sticky. Bitterness is low and the beer is nicely balanced.

Absumaster, Jun 27, 2009
Photo of Kemmerlin
4.8/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: dark brown color but lighter than typical porters. Unfiltered appearance with a thin creamy head and good lacing.
S: the yeast gives it a dank fruity smell with dark toffee and chocolate.
T: what a great taste. It had sweet milk chocolate on the front with a light fruity flavor in the back mixed with some sweet cream.
M/D: Smooth refreshing fluid feel creamy on the tongue. With this type of review of course the drinkability is awesome.

Kemmerlin, Jun 13, 2009
Photo of StJamesGate
3.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours ruby brown with a thin loose white head that leaves no lace. Nose is cocoa and cola, plus a bit musty. Taste is toasty malts with some bark and red apple, tobacco to finish. Raisin bread aftertaste. Hops come forward as it warms. Light body. ABV is hidden.

Complex, but with the body and color, somehow insubstantial. Not nearly as tasty or as sessionable as Fuller's (the obvious comparison) but maybe at 6.5%, it's not meant to be. Just doesn't drink hearty enough, even for the style.

StJamesGate, Jun 09, 2009
Photo of dancinwillie
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
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!

dancinwillie, Jun 09, 2009
Photo of augustgarage
4.13/5  rDev +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.

augustgarage, Jun 05, 2009
London Porter from Meantime Brewing Company Limited
90 out of 100 based on 420 ratings.