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London Porter - Meantime Brewing Company Limited

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London PorterLondon Porter

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Reviews: 281
Hads: 438
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 8.46%
Wants: 35
Gots: 39 | 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 Dukeofearl
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750 ml bottle, caged and capped, that showed up in early August 2006 at LaBodega in Riverside, CA. Purchase price, $8.99.

Before I start, I should admit that I am not a huge fan of the style. So I don't have a lot of experience with it. But here goes:

Pours a dark brown with reddish tints and a very nice tan head that slowly settles to a nice thin cover.

Aroma of sweet malts, roasted nuts, caramel and vanilla.

Flavor is very tasty, with nutty, toffee, and hints of smoke followed up by a subtle hop kick. Quite enjoyable.

Mouthfeel is rich and full, but not filling. Drinkability is something that Meantime seems to have nailed- both their IPA and this one are scary how easily they go down.

OK, this may be an odd approach to thinking of this beer, but I had recently tried a couple of brown ales, and when I had this porter, I all I could think of is that this is what I want when I try a Brown Ale. I am almost always disappointed by Brown Ales- if I was given this and was told it was a Brown Ale, I would proclaim it the king of browns. (FYI, this is not meant to be critical, it's meant to be a huge compliment).

Recommended. (1,156 characters)

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

Corked and caged 750 with a BB date of 1-11-08 jetted on the neck. Purchased at Merchant's in Dearborn and poured into a pint glass.

Dark chestnut with a big head of light tan that has strong retention and leaves thick rings of lace.

Chocolate and fresh roasted coffee aromas paired with nuts, wood, and a suggestion of smoke. Very inviting.

A full mouth with plenty of carbonation. This is a very tasty and complex porter that doesn't go overboard with the roasty aromas and flavors. I like it. (504 characters)

Photo of SilentSabre
3.79/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This ended up being very different from what I was expecting. It poured a hazy brown, nearly as *light* as an English brown ale. It didn't look anything like what I think of when I think of a Porter. Smell is sweet malts and a touch of toffee. The taste is nearly ALL malt with little or no hops up front and only a slight hop bitterness towards the end. Quite lovely. Especially as it warms. Mouthfeel is very, very smooth and creamy. Almost chewy, again, as it warms. This was a good porter. Peculiar look about it, for a porter, but everything else was quite nice. (567 characters)

Photo of sacfly
4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4


Pours a muddy dark brown with a moderate head of brown bubbles. Smells of chocolate and dark roast coffee. Taste is thick and chocolaty. Burnt flavor is prominent throughout, but is dominating in the aftertaste. Very nice. Sweet and malt and chocolate upfront, burnt dark roast coffee in the finish. Takes on a woody character as it warms. Great porter! (362 characters)

Photo of wl0307
4.27/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the second time that I review the bottled-version of this brew; this bottle has the same BB date (23/05/08) as my last one consumed eight months ago. Served cool in a large Burgundy bulb wine glass.

A: pours a beautiful, dark mahogany hue; the tan beer head is thicker than last time, slowly building up to a thin layer of foam sustaining throughout the drink; semi-lively fizziness.
S: a deeply chocolatey and almost raw-ish, chewy and earthy note of chocolate malts (as if roughly-crushed) prevails upfront, joined force by an equally profound edge of ripe/dried dark fruits (dried black dates, raisins, plum-preserve), licorice, and a touch of vanilla; remotely a tinge of Goldings hops is detected. As malty as it's fruity, slightly akin to the Chocolate Beer by the same brewery, yet less sweet and more complex.
T: chewy dark malts, roast nuttiness, and chocolate milk expand on the palate in no time... fast bringing aboard an earthy+leafy+herbal dryish bitter edge of hops to elevate the fore-taste to the next level, and even refresh the palate! A roasty tinge of sweet coffee and icorice, and restrained sour hint of berry-fruit as well as South American single-variety coffee linger well in the finish, reaching a somewhat balance in the lightly-flavoured but long finish.
M&D: softly-carbonated, very smooth on the mouthfeel with a lighter body than its aroma and fore-taste suggest... it seems eight-more-month ageing hasn't changed the already soft palate too much, but the flavour seems to be slightly more mellow than my last bottle and enjoys a longer aftertaste. All in all, I think this is a well-crafted, fruity as well as malty, utterly approachable porter to savour with mates, not over food. (1,728 characters)

Photo of maxpower
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

750 ml corked and caged bottle pours a deep ruby-black color, nice thick head that clings to my glass. Fresh roasted coffee chocolate aromas, chocolate-caramel, smoky and roasty coffee flavors. Medium body with a somewhat watery mouthfeel, a decent porter. (256 characters)

Photo of grub
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a deep red-brown colour with a half inch of tan head. colour seems a little light, even for an english porter. the head slowly drops to a thin layer on top of the beer and a wide ring around the glass.

aroma is nice. malty, rich and roasty. some chocolate.

taste is roasty and has a biscuity maltyness, with just a little bitterness in the finish. bittersweet chocolate. a hint of espresso. a bit of fruitiness. very tasty.

mouthfeel is good. nice body, and a nice low carbonation.

drinkability on this one is pretty good. it's a 750ml bottle, but at 6.5% it's not going to knock you over.

overall a very nice beer, with a cool corked bottle. thanks to Viggo for sending this one my way. (708 characters)

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

This is a surprisingly good bottle-conditioned porter. Served 50f, pours reasonable head into a pint glass. I have had a number of these and find this an excellent porter option.

Nose is sour and slightly roasted. The taste is very pleasant, typical roasted malt notes with a strong underlying sourness throughout. the beer finishes with a mildly sour but not lactic with hints of roast.

This is really a very nice drink. In other bottles/cases I have found the sourness level varies.

The bottle clearly states that this is a blended beer, but I have been unable to find information on exactly what types of beers are blended for this product. The meantime website leaves something to be desired.

2 out of the three meantime beers I have tried I enjoyed a lot, so clearly this brewery is doing something right. (822 characters)

Photo of carln26
4.32/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Inky black beer. I could not detect any light through the glass at all. It’s topped by a thick tan head. The head receded quickly, but left a delicate lace on the side of the glass. The nose is all roast malt. It has a lot of espresso, light chocolate, and a mild smoky character. The flavor really brings the roasted malt forward. Surprisingly smoky, with more of the espresso, bitter chocolate. A good bitterness attacks midway through the flavor and lasts into the finish which is composed of more coffee flavors. Smooth, and rich mouth feel, this is a wonderfully drinkable London porter. (593 characters)

Photo of mdagnew
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice corked 750ml bottle bought from Sainsbury's...

Poured a deep dark burgundy red / brown... Creamy tan head poured very big and foamy then faded to thin layer... some sticky lacing...

Aroma - Dark chocolate, coffee, light smokiness, nutmeg notes, peppery hops, some light vanilla notes...

Taste – Strong coffee, light chocolate malts, peppery, bready / yeasty notes, nice spicy hop bitterness, some smokey notes...

Feel - Quite sharp and dry... Medium bodied. Pretty drinkable..

Overall - An excellent porter.... Recommended !! (546 characters)

Photo of cypressbob
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle, very classy looking

Pours with a dark brown body, almost ruby red in the light. Nice tan head, not huge but respectable

Smell, some burnt barbeque aromas, some sweet turkish delight and sweet honey on the nose.

Taste, smooth and crisp chocolate, some thick dried fruit also. Light espresso, some deep thick bitter chocolate

A great beer, very interesting porter (388 characters)

Photo of Crosling
3.7/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark copper color, untypicallly light considering the style. Jammy fruits in the nose, with hints of plums and berries, not your typical chocolate, coffee porter aromas. Caramel flavors abound, with a variety of fruits. Nice flavor, with a mild body. (250 characters)

Photo of meathookjones
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Corked and caged 750ml. Almost brown with a tall tan head that left some webbings of lace around the glass. Aroma was full of sweet caramel and chocolate notes. Some light fruit was there as well. The flavor started off with more sweet caramel and light roasted malt notes. Mild fruit and chocolate followed. Finished sweet and dry. A good solid flavor for the style. Good body that was very smooth going down and quite drinkable as well. A good solid English style porter that is subtle yet still has plenty of flavor. (519 characters)

Photo of russpowell
4.62/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Beautiful champainge (sp??) like bottle. Not much off the cork pop

Pours deep red to mahogany with a 2" tan that drops off fast. No lacing, average head retention

Smell: Malty, smokey, fruitty

Taste: Toasty deep malt, peat smokiness, caramel. Finshes, malty, seet, slightly smoky & dry. yum

MF: Perfect, malt offset by all the othe flavors in play. great carbonation

Very drinkable & so out of type of what i expected...Worth the$9.00 a bottle IMHO. This is probably what porters tasted like in Dicken's day IMO (527 characters)

Photo of CRJMellor
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours maroon and moderate brown shade withe some decently layered and puffy medum tan head and lace.
Aroma of baked bread, some brown sugar, chocolate and a hint of some dark citrus fruits.
Flavors doiminated by grainy, dark bread tones and some sweet chocolate and carmael notes. Bittering comes on slowly but procedes to gather momentum until a surprising sort of smoked or roasted notes comes in again.
Mouthfeel is lighter bodied than I would expect given the aroma and flavor but is veery much to style.
Drinkability is really quite good. Had limited expectations for this brew and it really surpassed my expectations. Highly drinkable, well made and enjoyable porter. Not quite up to the standards of a Fuller's but still enjoyable and worth the relatively steep pricetag. (782 characters)

Photo of gdogalishus
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from the bottle into a mug style glass. It poured a dark translucent brown with a huge robust head of large dark tan bubbles. Mild carbonation was apparent, but light enough to let the head subside over the course of a minute or two.
The aroma was clean with mild dark malts. Nothing overpowering in the nose. Flavor was smooth and dominated by a soft dark roasty malt flavor with a light alcohol taste peeking out from behind in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel was thick without being heavy and left the flavor sitting on the tongue after the swallow. Good looking, mild aroma and great smooth flavor are what makes this beer so easy to drink. (646 characters)

Photo of Jredner
3.15/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Somewhat sharp coffee aroma, but there is a tinge of some sweet malt as well. Amber brown in color with a quarter sized mocha head. Almost smokey malted fore with some brown sugar, coffee and chocolate notes. British porters tend to be lighter in color and less roasty and this one is no different. The finish is mild and tangy rather than mildy bitter and roasty like many American made porters. I think I have come to favor the American approach because while this is good it isn’t exactly knocking my socks (510 characters)

Photo of Sephiroth
4.7/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I sure hope the cork on my last Unibroue 10 pops more than this cork. Pours with two inches of foam, however. Smells of chocolate, burnt malt, and smoke.

I never knew a porter could be so good. Smoky, burnt malt, dark chocolate, and piney hops are fused into layers. This should pair well with filet mignon. Tastes and smells more vinous as it warms. Thick smooth mouthfeel. As this is the best porter I've ever had, it is insanely drinkable. I just want to fnow why it is $13 for 750ml. (491 characters)

Photo of scruffwhor
4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml bottle.Never seen a porter of any kind in a Belgian looking 750 ml bottle.

Appearance- Poured a one finger head into a pint glass. A slightly cloudy brown garvy color. A light lace could be seen when held to the light. A nice very fany brown head reamins throughout while also leaving foam along the glass.

Smell- Stars with hops and malt balance which lkeads to just malt then a light coffee.

Taste- Begins with malty sweet lead immediatley into some hops to even the maltiness out "some." Ends with a bittersweet chocoate and coffee taste.

Mouthfeel- A great malty palated porter which went very well with some sausage and mustard with a oil and vingegar and sugar salad.

A very pleasing beer that I haven't seen at my local liqour store and picked up on a sort of whim. Very pleased with results. (840 characters)

Photo of TastyTaste
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Corked and caged 750 mL bottle, recieved as part of ss '05 from LuckySevens82. Dark maroon, slightly hazed color, nice full off-white head, about 1/2", good retention.

Smell: Light cocoa and grain, bready, and slightly acidic.

Taste: Definitely an easy drinker, flavors are smooth and malty, slightly chocolate and musty. Hop bitterness transitions well to aftertaste, but is none too strong.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation, full mouthfeel, very good.

Drinkability: A very solid and above average beer, thanks to LuckSevens82 for the opportunity. (568 characters)

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

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. (545 characters)

Photo of ppoitras
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle purchased from Randazzo's, Stafford Springs, CT. Corked and caged, with the informative directions on the cage topper: "Remove cork, hold glass open end up, pour, taste, swallow."

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed 3/4" tan head over the brown brew with burgundy highlights. Head lasts well, and lacing is good. Aroma is dark malts, with tinges of coffee and chocolate. Taste follows the nose, with some hoppy bitterness in the middle and close. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both excellent, with the somewhat light body reminding me that the style was originally that way so that Porters could drink this style and still get their work done. Although the abv is a bit high in this example to meet that usage. Anyways, enjoyable brew for sure, and worth searching out. (793 characters)

Photo of Ego
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

aggresive pour (we arent all perfect), 2 fingers of off white head, black but not pitch black hue, some amber fading through in parts of the glass, very fluffy lace and head, lacing is very lingering, the head dies down into a ring of froth on the edges...

astringent smell, sweet mocha, "light" dark fruit... the alcohol is distracting in the nose, there is a lot there but I smell the alcohol. compare this to the old rasputin... no contest.. but not bad.... too sweet for my personal taste...

taste etc..
the nose lies... a smooth full porter with a nice bitter brit choc/coffee finish. not much to add, great experience, the alcohol rounds out the flavor here, kicking up the cocoa notes. This is very much a livelier version of the original flag porter imo. True to the original style this could probably sit in a barrel on a ship for 50 years... the aftertaste is goddamn excellent, coffee/choc rock...

at first I was ho hum on this.. after 2 glasses? really dig it. over all damn enjoyable, maybe not the all around that the old raspy is.. but what is ? I will be buying this again. (1,128 characters)

Photo of Fish113d
3.77/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served at room temp into a tulip glass

Pours a chestnut to ruby color with 2" of slightly tan head with some red hues emanating from it. Very foamy but dissipating fairly fast. Not very dark for a porter (not what I expected). Oily surface layer with nice edge layer around the glass.

Chocolate malt aroma right from the pour, but as I smell it closer, I can still tell there's sweet chocolate there, but it is overrun by some earthen hops...lots of hops. A very interesting porter. Maybe a slight roasted almond aroma as well.

Sweeter up front than expected with lots of chocolate on my palate. Some bitter hops tasted but the sweet chocolate keeps this one nice before the finish in which the swallow becomes a bit more bitter from the hops. Strange aftertaste though...almost metallic i think...weird.

Tingly carbonation up front with a medium body overall. Finish is a bit drying for a 6.5% abv. The bitterness makes you pucker a bit also on the finish. Pretty solid.

Fairly drinkable. I am going to chill the rest of teh bottle and try at a colder temp to see what changes I see in taste and feel. However, solid porter. I like! (1,148 characters)

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.7/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a brilliantly clear deep brown color that shows a deep ruby color when held up to the light. The head is frothy and is a light brown color. The aroma is malty with notes of chocolate, fresh toasted bread, lightly roasted coffee, and a hint of astringent burn grain; the aroma is quite nice and enjoyable, though it is a bit on the subtle side of things.

The taste is lightly sweet up front with a palate that has a certain fullness to it, despite being quite light. The beer finishes with a dry burnt grain character and a solid dark chocolate note. Up front this tastes of sweetened black coffee, it also has note of biscuit malt and brown malt. The finish is quite nice, with a complex malt profile. Up front it is not quite so complex though, even a bit simplistic. The mouthfeel is too thin and the beer is a bit too sweet; both of these clash and downplay the nice malt profile, which is in the finish. (916 characters)

London Porter from Meantime Brewing Company Limited
90 out of 100 based on 281 ratings.