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London Porter - Meantime Brewing Company Limited

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London PorterLondon Porter

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Ratings: 394
Reviews: 274
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 10.95%
Wants: 27
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:
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(Beer added by: GCBrewingCo on 08-28-2005)
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Photo of Suds


4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice porter, poured from a corked 750 ml bottle. The beer is a rich black color with a frothy tan head. The aroma is sufficiently malty, with loads of roasted character. There's also a notable caramel quality and a little, distant, herbal hop smell. The taste is very solid. There's lots of roasted, chocolate, coffee, and grain flavors. The beer has a substantial bitterness that runs through the taste. It's a centerpiece to the flavor. Lingering, bitter, and very roasty finish. Full mouthfeel, yet not overpowering. Excellent.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2009 20:27:38 | More by Suds
Photo of washburnkid

New York

4.55/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: 2 pretty solid fingers of dark beige head over a dark cocoa and semi-ruby brew. Head retains wonderfully.
S: Chocolate malts explode on the nose with a coffee backdrop. Toffee aromas pull through as well.
T: Chocolate and coffee malt sweetness provide the crux of the flavor. A slight hop bitterness to round out and balance. A smoky intensity pulls through, and a dark fruit is hiding beneath all the while.
M: Light body but not light on carbonation. This beer is crispy and refreshing, which is something I find quite endearing in a porter!
D: I can drink, and drink, and drink. This is a complex brew with plenty of beautiful subtleties. I look forward to trying the coffee version!

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2009 06:08:37 | More by washburnkid
Photo of arizcards


3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up an 11.2 ounce bottle in late November from Sportsmans for 3.49.

Beer poured a translucent brown with a decent tan head. Nose is roasted malts and coffee. Taste has a lot going on, roasted coffee, sweet caramel, and some light hops balancing the finish. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, fairly smooth, but a bit thinner than expected. Drinkability is good. This is a nice subtle beer that has some complexities going on that make it quite interesting.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2009 21:42:47 | More by arizcards
Photo of Offa


4.88/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is a wonderful porter, rich, zesty, engaing and complex.

Deep brownish red, almost black, it has a huge light tan head that slowly shrinks to a thick ring and wispy top, leaving some lace.

The aroma is chocolate, a little coffee, brown sugar, roasty leaves, hints of bark, fermented raisin, and rum.

The taste is rich, zesty but smooth, caramelized fruit, leaves, bark, chocolate, sweet-sour fruit, a brown-sugar-raisin sweetness and a light, toasty-chocolaty bitter finish. The feel is wonderful, and it's compelx and engaging throughout.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2009 23:20:45 | More by Offa
Photo of jujubeast6000


3.58/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed 9/26/2008 (bottle):

Pours a dark brown colored body, transparent w/Ruby edges. Average tan colored head, somewhat diminishing. Has a malty aroma, with some roastinsss, and coffee. Coffee taste, fizzy palate, dry roastiness & malts. Pretty tasty.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2009 00:18:15 | More by jujubeast6000
Photo of RunDWP


4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Porter is one of my favorite beer styles, and man, this is one really good porter. This isn't one of those roasty, hearty, put-hair-on-your chest porters, but more of a smooth, silky, indulge yourself kind of porters. And that worked pretty well for me, thank you very much.

It poured a nearly jet black into my tulip glass with a thick, stubborn light tan head. Lots of lacing and sheeting on the glass. Light aroma of chocolate in the aroma. The taste was a silky smooth roasted malt, with dark chocolate, a little bitter coffee showed up as this warmed, and just a tad of sweetness. Decent amount of malt gives it a slightly viscous mouth feel, and a very relaxing sipping type of beer.

Has become one of my "go to" beers.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2009 04:10:37 | More by RunDWP
Photo of introvertedone


3.63/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 1/30/09

This London Porter has a deep, dark reddish/burgundy hue with a quickly disappearing head. It had a chocolate, bisquity aroma and a slight burnt chocolate taste. However, it did carry a nice, thick and smooth mouthfeel. This is a very drinkable porter. Very enjoyable and would drink this again.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2009 22:15:13 | More by introvertedone
Photo of sevopie


2.25/5  rDev -44%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - Dark brown that you can see through with a bubbly off-white head that dissipates quickly.

Smell - Light and chocolaty with hints of caramel. It smells of a lager more than anything.

Taste - Semi-sweet chocolate with metallic overtones. I was hoping the taste would begin to overwhelm the first 2 parts, but I'm sadly mistaken.

Mouthfeel - Light and too much carbonation.

Drinkability - Not the greatest drinkability. Quite honestly, this is one of the biggest letdowns as far as beer goes that I've ever had. The last 10 ounces of this one became a drain pour, my first in a while. I love porters, but this one struck me totally wrong.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2009 08:31:03 | More by sevopie
Photo of beeragent


3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass from a bottle.

A - The beer pours a medium brown, forming a creamy massive tan head, that faded down to a 1/2 inch.

S - Strong aroma of roasted malts and chocolate.

T - Strong taste of chocolate bitterness, followed by a good roasted malt backbone. Finishes with a hint of hops.

M - Medium bodied, but a little thin for a porter. Well carbonated, especially noticeable in the finish.

D - It doesnt beat Fuller's London Porter, but this is a really great English style porter. Very unique and full flavor. A bit lighter in color and thinner in mouthfeel than I would have expected, but still a very sessionable porter. Definitely worth the price to try this!

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2009 23:04:08 | More by beeragent
Photo of MrHungryMonkey


4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nose is richly malty and darkly fruity (raisin) - like a stout. Very dark and roasted. Smells good.

Pours a deep, dark coffee brown color, mild clarity, mild head. ~35 srm. Looks good.

Dark and malty without being too rich, thick, or intense - the essence of a Porter. Softly fruity. Dark and raisin-like, subtle tartness. Also softly sweet. Mild dry bitterness from roast. Some dark chocolate and bold coffee, goes well with the sweetness. Fairly thin bodied. Tastes very good. Feels good.

A very good embodiment of what I consider a (Robust) Porter. One of the best I've had. Totally worth $10, every once and a while. Good show!

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2009 22:11:05 | More by MrHungryMonkey
Photo of morimech


4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark reddish brown with a large tan head that hung around for awhile until it settled to a thick head. Moderate amount of sticky lacing is left on the glass. I was a bit taken aback when I first smelled and tasted this porter. The aroma has a soft fruitiness but the taste is dominated by smoke. A little fruit and chocolate break up the smoke before the finish. Some alcohol warmth is noted. The body is medium with a nice soft, creamy texture. The ABV is on the higher side of English Porters so it is not as drinkable and sessionable. Good all around porter with a nice smokey character.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2009 22:17:05 | More by morimech
Photo of galante27


3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark brown color, almost black with red tint in the light has a good head that remains

S: Smokey scent

T: Smooth first taste with smokey hints and a bit of chocolate. That aftertaste is verygood and not too bitter

M: creamy taste that isn't overwelming like a stout

D: Exceelent beer for a glass or two, not an everyday type of beer but excellent if you want to try someting good and very tasty.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2009 01:35:11 | More by galante27
Photo of froghop


3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pour is a brownish with a ruby tint, large beige head, and some lacing.

smell of roasted malt, cocoa, coffee, some dark fruit, toffee, nuts, and brown sugar.

taste is sweet chocolate, sour malt, prunes, figs, some smoke, weak coffee, and creamy caramel.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2009 01:10:12 | More by froghop
Photo of rbouton

New Jersey

4.18/5  rDev +4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2009 01:29:33 | More by rbouton
Photo of jdhilt

New Hampshire

4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a four finger light tan head that fades slowly to a thin layer leaving a good lace. Deep mahogany color. Roasted coffee nose. Good carbonation and medium-heavy bodied. Flavor is sweet roasted coffee, smooth. Nice porter very similar to their coffee porter. $10.00 for a 750ml bottle from Tully's Beer & Wine Wells, Me.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2009 23:38:36 | More by jdhilt
Photo of cvfish


4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - poured a dark brown color that produced a tan head and retained ok and left a moderate lacing

S - slight roasted malts, some nutiness, perhaps soynuts

T - roasted coffee beans, toasted malts, slight dark chocolate, some bitterness

M - light bodied, moderate carbonation

D - Good porter, though not as full bodied as i like porters

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2008 01:05:59 | More by cvfish
Photo of PatrickJR

North Carolina

3.73/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into pint glass.

A - Dark brown, nearly opaque with 2 fingers of light tan head. Moderate retention, some lacing.

S - Toasted malt with touches of wood and smoke. Indistinct fruity sweetness pulls through also with vague undertones of chocolate.

T - Toasted malt again dominates with an underlying brown sugar/caramel sweetness. Some butteriness as well with hints of fruit. Slight sourness late palate before leading into a quick note of smoke/wood with a slightly oxidized character.

M - Light side of medium bodied with moderate to soft carbonation. A smidge more body would've done this brew well.

D - Not a beer I had any problems drinking. A great, mild English porter that I will definitely have again.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2008 08:57:26 | More by PatrickJR
Photo of DoctorDog


3.28/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presentation: Thanks to beveritt for supplying a sample of this to a recent beer tasting. Poured from a large bottle into a sampling glass.

A- Mahogany with ruby highlights.Thick, light brown head. Head dwindles slowly to a thin, incomplete cap.

S- Slightly metallic, slightly nutty hints. Some roastiness emerges as the head falls and the beer warms.

T- Slightly wet cardboard on the first sip. Black licorice/anise notes emerge as it warms. Finishes with a nice, acidic coffee.

M- Medium/high carbonation.

D- Ok as a sipper, but simply didn't stack up very well against the other porters sampled on this occasion alone.

Future outlook: Too many better, easier to get choices out there to be bothered with this one.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2008 05:23:28 | More by DoctorDog
Photo of beveritt


3.88/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2008 17:40:35 | More by beveritt
Photo of magictrokini


3.58/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2008 19:10:27 | More by magictrokini
Photo of mightyjoemoon


4.63/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

meantime's london porter, a smooth, full flavored, moderately strong ale with a robust creamy head. this ale epitomizes the porter for me; in comparison to a stout it has more hop characterstic, slightly more carbonation, and is slightly less dark. theres still ample roasty malt notes here which lean more toward chocolate sweetness and away from coffee bitterness. what makes this ale really stand out is how creamy it is without the cloying sweetness which typifies a milk stout or some brown ales. being a british micro its not an extreme ale but it has a respectable 6.5% abv. this is a porter that i could drink any time and all the time. well balanced between hops and malts, complex in flavor, and rich, smooth, creamy and full bodied.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2008 17:19:02 | More by mightyjoemoon
Photo of beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark opaque red color with a thin off white/tan head.

S: Alcohol, raisins, licorice, and some smokiness on nose.

T: Warm chocolate and coffee perfectly balanced together so ones not overpowering the other. Great earthy hop bitterness contributes to the character of this beer with just a touch of woody smokiness on the finish. Upon warming the fresh roasted coffee flavor stands out more, with some warming alcohol sneaking in. Nice dry earthy hop bittering finish compliments the dark malt to round out this beer.

M: Full bodied.

D: a good porter with some wide complexity and dark earthy notes makes this true to style and true to drink.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2008 17:30:28 | More by beerthulhu
Photo of plaid75

New York

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Atlantic Chip Shop.

Poured a deep brown hue with dark amber edges. There was a one finger creamy off white head. With decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured a sweet milky malt with a touch of cocoa.

The taste consisted of some burnt grain, caramel and cafe au lait. A touch vinous.

The mouthfeel was creamy and a bit fuller than average for the style.

Overall a tasty porter.

Serving type: on-tap

11-25-2008 20:17:59 | More by plaid75
Photo of SRFeldman79


3.53/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured this from one of the 750ml bottles; a nice 1/2 inch tan head bubbled up, which settled relatively quickly into a 1/4 ring of foam. Ruby hints stood out on the edge of the opaque blackness typical of any porter when light passed through the ale.

A light aroma of chocolate and coffee rose from the beer; lighter than I expected. Evoked brown ales I've had that I considered way past "brown" ale territory as far as chocolate and roastedness, and not quite the intense aroma I'm used to from porters. Might be typical of the English porter though (I admit to finding some "English" porters very American-like and vice versa).

Light chocolate notes and a perfect amount of roast and coffee flavor were the first flavors to hit the tongue; also noticeable though, were the high carbonation level (not at all expected). Bubbly. is the first word that came to my mind. The flavors definitely didn't disappoint. Beyond the seemingly overbubbliness, the aftertaste was nice, slightly sweet touch of molasses-like flavor. The alcohol flavor was noticeable as well, but mostly it just presented as a slight warmth and wasn't a detriment to the taste of the beer.

Pretty drinkable, though I prefer more flavor to balance the alcohol against, and more body if the alchol is going to be turned up to 6.5.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2008 01:57:42 | More by SRFeldman79
Photo of Greggy


4.45/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

300th review!!

A- Pours a light tan head, 2 fingers in height. The body is dark brown with ruby highlights. Thin sediment is present . As this thick head recedes, it leaves some lacing.

S- Big smooth and deep chocolate armoas great my nose. It's good. It makes me smile. There is also an underlying vanilla, cream and even cherry notes.

T- Starts out with a nice chocolate, and slight fruits and anise, and an underlying dry chocolate with hints of coffee. The finish is mainly roasty chocolates, cream, and suggestions of coffee.

M- Light to medium carbonation works well.

D- I had no problem putting away this 750. It was a very nice balanced porter, not disappointing in any aspect. Overall, this is a damn fine beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2008 03:39:36 | More by Greggy
London Porter from Meantime Brewing Company Limited
90 out of 100 based on 394 ratings.