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London Porter - Meantime Brewing Company Limited

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London PorterLondon Porter

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400 Ratings
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Ratings: 400
Reviews: 274
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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Photo of Absumaster


4.2/5  rDev +4.7%

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.

06-27-2009 20:16:05 | More by Absumaster
Photo of Kemmerlin


4.8/5  rDev +19.7%

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.

06-13-2009 00:32:44 | More by Kemmerlin
Photo of StJamesGate

New York

3.93/5  rDev -2%

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.

06-09-2009 19:43:54 | More by StJamesGate
Photo of dancinwillie


3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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!

06-09-2009 00:10:43 | More by dancinwillie
Photo of augustgarage


4.13/5  rDev +3%

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.

06-05-2009 19:43:08 | More by augustgarage
Photo of mdwalsh


3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

Well, my bottle was a gusher, which turned me off a little right away. It had been cooled, never was warm at all, and wasn't shaken at all. Still, once I poured it, the head was gone right away. In general, there was nothing impressive about this beer at all, but nothing offensive either. I couldn't even really find much to write about it. Just not impressive and a little too bland.

05-20-2009 19:15:02 | More by mdwalsh
Photo of Suds


4.22/5  rDev +5.2%

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.

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

New York

4.55/5  rDev +13.5%

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!

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


3.93/5  rDev -2%

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.

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


4.88/5  rDev +21.7%

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.

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


3.58/5  rDev -10.7%

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.

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


4.35/5  rDev +8.5%

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.

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


3.63/5  rDev -9.5%

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.

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


2.25/5  rDev -43.9%

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.

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


3.98/5  rDev -0.7%

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!

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


4.33/5  rDev +8%

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!

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


4.28/5  rDev +6.7%

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.

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


3.8/5  rDev -5.2%

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.

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


3.85/5  rDev -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.

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

New Jersey

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.

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

New Hampshire

4.33/5  rDev +8%

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.

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


4.08/5  rDev +1.7%

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

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

North Carolina

3.73/5  rDev -7%

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.

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


3.28/5  rDev -18.2%

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.

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


3.88/5  rDev -3.2%

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.

12-14-2008 17:40:35 | More by beveritt
London Porter from Meantime Brewing Company Limited
90 out of 100 based on 400 ratings.