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London Porter - Meantime Brewing Company Limited

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London PorterLondon Porter

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

412 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 412
Reviews: 276
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 10.95%
Wants: 31
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 champ103
4.78/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a dark reddish/brown color. A large beige head forms and tons of sticky spiderweb lace is left behind. A very nice looking porter.
S: A musky and malty aroma. Not much depth. Some buttery and nutty notes. Coffee and chocolate. Pretty much what a porter should be.
T: This is amazing. Rich roasted and toasted malt. Nuts, toffee, chocolate, and coffee with a touch of hop bitterness as the taste lingers. A huge flavor that just explodes on the tongue.
M/D: Incredibly rich and creamy. Very smooth and soft on the tongue. This beer is so inviting and easy to drink. I want to keep coming back for more sips. I can drink this all day.

Holly crap this is a great porter. I don't think I can ever give out a perfect score, but this came close. If you don't pick this stuff up, you are a fool. It went great with the grilled pork chops I had for lunch as well.

champ103, Jul 25, 2008
Photo of edskirk3
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A birthday gift, in a 750 mL corked bottle. Stamped on the neck: 15 09 09.

From reading the label , this is supposedly a recreation of the English Porter of the 1750s, of which one George Washington was an advocate. Interesting.

I allowed the beer to warm up a bit before opening it. Pours not quite opaque brown/black with a loose, fluffy mocha froth. Instantly I see a difference from modern porters which tend to be darker than this. No hops in the nose whatsoever, simply roasted malt with a kiss of smoke.

Right off the bat it's dry and husky before giving way to smoke, bitter chocolate, I believe cherry or plum, caramel and some dark bread. What strikes me the most is how light in body this is for (what I've become to recognize as) a porter.

It must have been tough for Washington to boycott his beloved porter if it indeed tasted like this.

edskirk3, Jul 22, 2008
Photo of wagenvolks
3.65/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1 pt. 9.4 oz. bottle into a Meantime snifter.

A gentle pour builds a tall, rocky tan head that sparkles as it slowly recedes and stays at a finger's width cap of foam; intense carbonation makes the head uniform in bubble size within a few minutes. The body is a deep plum color that takes on a mahogany hue when held up to the light. The aroma is pleasingly on-par for the style, as toffee & chocolate malts are backed by notes of fig, prune, cinnamon, and a dash of earthy hops. Some roasted nuttiness in there as well.

The flavor is what I would expect for a recreation of an English Porter: husky, organic malt notes blend with some dark fruit, biscuit, and sourness. Bitter baker's chocolate lingers on the finish. Mouthfeel is unnecessarily over-carbonated for my palate. Other than that, the medium-thin body is quite smooth and refreshing. All in all, this was a decent porter, fairly drinkable, but not worth the asking price.

wagenvolks, Jul 12, 2008
Photo of gonzo46and2
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance is dark brown to almost black. Had a nice rocky head of an off-white color.

Smell is full of malted barley. Not a big nose. Little bits of sugar a dry roasted nuts.

Taste is also not that complex and reflects what I got in the nose.

Mouth-feel is great. Bubbly and full bodied. Not stout-like thickness but just right for a porter. A little bitter aftertaste.

gonzo46and2, Jul 07, 2008
Photo of BeerSox
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml green botte into nonic.

Deep dark brown hue, almost black, with some ruby highlights at the bottom. The head is about two fingers thick, light tan, frothy, and slowly settles to a thin cap. Solid lacing along the glass.

Light roasted malts with little hint of hops. A bit of creaminess along with some chocolate hints.

Slightly bitter and roasty malts make up the most of the beer. A touch of creaminess is there as well. Full bodied with low carbonation. Lingering malts after each sip.

What an enjoyable porter. I love the English style with the low amount of hops, all malt. It's fantastic. Recommended.

BeerSox, Jul 05, 2008
Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml caged and corked bottle from Wilderness Wines in Rangely. Pours a dark brown body with a couple inches of slowly-dissipating rocky light tan head. Smells roasty, chocolatey, earthy, and slightly fruity. Tastes very roasty, with coffee and chocolate notes, nuttiness, with some caramel molasses, and hints of licorice. Flavors are very well-balanced, complex, and somewhat subtle. Medium bodied with a fair bit of carbonation. This a solid example of the style for sure, very tasty, drinkable, and enjoyable. Having said that, it's unfortunately an occasional treat at the price.

MrHurmateeowish, Jul 04, 2008
Photo of zeff80
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a dark brown color with hints of burgandy. It had a small, creamy, tan head.

S - It smelled nutty and of roasted malt. It also had a smokey presence.

T - It tasted of sweet roasted malt with a nice nutty character. It had a coffee-like flavor, too.

M - It was soft, smooth and creamy. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is an outstanding porter. One of the best that I've ever had.

zeff80, Jun 18, 2008
Photo of BeerManDan
4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When poured, it was close to black in color, with a little bit of tan foam and some lace on the side of my glass. The smell of roasted malts along with a hint of chocolate and spice. The taste had a bitter tart finish on the palate of roasted malts, chocolate a just a hint of prunes. Nicely balance, even with the tart bitterness. It did seem to have a more mellow flavor when it got a little warmer.

BeerManDan, Jun 12, 2008
Photo of BullCityB
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It's a nice, dark brown with a thinnish tan head, pretty much right on for the style.

The aroma is nice and interesting. There is definitely a little mour sourness than is normal for a porter, along with roasty flavors from the dark malts and some nice middle-roasty smells - toasted bread comes to mind along with the usual chocolate.

The flavor follows the aroma with the addition of a little bit of dried fruit character. Hop flavor is minimal, maybe a smattering of earthy English varieties, but nothing that really grabs your attention. The sourness isn't huge, but it is a little more than usual, and it's a nice addition.

There is a little prickly carbonation, but overall, this is a very smooth ale. A bit too expensive and a bit too alcoholic to be a session beer, though it does drink like one.

Overall, this isn't really a mind blowing experience, but it's a nice change of pace from American-style porters. Quite good, and well worth a try.

BullCityB, Jun 11, 2008
Photo of tpd975
2.7/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to ibrew2or3 for this one.

A: Pours a nice light nutty brown hue with a ton of carbonation. Lots and lots of bubbles built a huge head with overthetop carbonation.

S: Very lactic with lots of roasted malt. Hints of coffee and chocolate and a bit of sourness.

T: The sourness really comes thru, too much really. I wonder if this one is infected. Beneath the funk is coffee chocolate, dark fruits, and lots of milk... Yeah now you see, sour and milk just don't get it.

M: Light and bubbly

D: Not really but I will have another to rerate this possibly infected bottle.

tpd975, Jun 06, 2008
Photo of barleywinefiend
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark brown with a huge tan 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. Nose was clean with mild dark lightly roasted 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.

barleywinefiend, Apr 30, 2008
Photo of goschool
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this into a 22 ounce wine glass just because.

Appearance: The color is dark ruby with a giant tan head that makes filling the glass a lengthy process.

Smell: The nose is very different from the a-ver-age porter. I detect nutty aromas, a mild smokiness, winy African coffee, baker's chocolate, and a hint of funk da funk.

Taste: The flavor profile has nutty toasted malts and a hint of sourness from the get go, followed by dark chocolate, smoked meat, and a light-bodied African coffee in the mid-palate, and a smoky finish with a kiss of crisp bitterness.

Mouthfeel: It's barely medium-bodied with a decent amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: I hate to say it, but this is one of those beers that is more interesting, than it is delicious. It is good, yet I don't see myself picking up another $10 bottle in the near future.

goschool, Apr 26, 2008
Photo of cswhitehorse
3.48/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The London Meantime Porter poured a 2-3 finger foam head black with sudsy lacing.

The aroma that mostly came through was roasted malts and slight chocolate. The taste was sweet with known flavor suspects like chocolate and nuttiness. It was highly carbonated like a soda pop and thin in the mouth. To me it was not overly complex and a good middle of the road porter.

cswhitehorse, Apr 11, 2008
Photo of Mark
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Light brown color and this beer had a nice tan head, lacing was decent. Smell of chocolate, sweet malt and a bit of coffee. Slight roasted tones with good malt, subtle hops. Kind of light mouthfeel only thing I didn't care for but it made at the same time a real quaffing porter. Like the IPA I thought this beer way overpriced but I liked it more than their IPA.

Mark, Apr 05, 2008
Photo of DavidSeanNJ
3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

750 ml. bottle- corked and caged-

First off, I must say that I was somewhat dissapointed by this brew. I had very high expectations prior to my purchase due to the high rating here on BA.

Poured into a tulip....

A- Dark brown color with ruby hues and a nice 2 finger off white head. No lace here at all.

S- Smell was nutty and roasty with a slight sweetness to the nose.

T- Taste was of chocolate and coffee- some brown sugar, vanilla, and malt. Nicely balanced and refreshing for a porter.

M- This is where the beer suffered for me. The body was light and there was not enough carbonation. The beer at times seemed watery and bland.

D- Cool beer, but didnt live up to the hype. Maybe my bottle was bad? I will try this again though.

DavidSeanNJ, Apr 05, 2008
Photo of brendan13
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured from a 750ml corked and caged bottle into a Meantime snifter style glass a very dark brown with an inch of fluffy tan head that slowly falls away.
S - Some roasty chocolate & coffee notes & touch of dark fruit.
T - Quite like the smell but everything seems a bit stronger yet still quite well balanced.
M - Fairly light bodied for a porter with this much taste. Low to medium carbonation.
D - I would drink this fairly often if it were available in smaller bottles. At $19AUS per 750ml bottle it's a bit too much for regular consumption.

brendan13, Mar 27, 2008
Photo of turbine2475
3.6/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Jet black with slight ruby hints and a dense head that disipates slowly into a light lace.
S - Cocoa chocolate and expresso that had a subtle sweet hint.
T - Milk chocolate and mocha...nice and lighter then the smell indicated, but not bad.
M - Silky smooth that that left a little bit of a dark chocolate after taste.
D - Not bad good ABV makes it easy to drink and the flavor backs that up.

turbine2475, Mar 22, 2008
Photo of dsa7783
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ML black bottle purcahsed caged and corked from Super Saver in Somerville...
Heard a lot of good things about this particular brew, so I was eager to give it a shot...
Pours a deep, dark, jet-black, ebony hue with a minimal frothy head that left hardly any lacing around the glass...
Sweet, cocoa-powder, dark lattee nuances in the aroma, which was subtle, and not too powerful, yet pleasing and enticing...
Equally subtle, slightly watery taste dominated by mocha, cocoa, chocolate, and a syrup and molasses quality... Good stuff - easily drinkable with a modest 6.5% ABV which was not noticeable... Nice coffee aftertaste with a subtle hint of dark chocolate...
Smooth, velvet mouthfeel and good drinkability make this an easily drinkable, tasty English Porter...
Recommended...

dsa7783, Mar 21, 2008
Photo of ruckzuck
3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bought this a bit ago due to my gf liking it at BSP a while back

A - nice dark brown with a tan head

S - sweet malt, a bit of roasted malt and hop aroma as well

T - very malty and sweet, finishes sweet as well with hints of chocolate

M - medium body, some carbonation present

D - not bad; pretty sweet coming from the Guinness I just had (I know, I know, but c'mon I imagine many of us have fallen victim to St. Patrick's Day), but not overpowering. Enjoyable, but I'm glad I'm splitting half the bottle with my gf.

ruckzuck, Mar 18, 2008
Photo of KarlHungus
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a dark brown color with a one inch tan head. The aroma is of caramel, vanilla, cream, and burnt malt. The taste is of burnt caramel, with a moderate bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with lively carbonation. Overall, this is a good porter, that I could drink again.

KarlHungus, Mar 16, 2008
Photo of careforapint
3.4/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a good example of a good English Porter, however I felt that the packaging made it seem like it should have been more than it was. It got better as it warmed up closer to room temp. (served around 55-60 deg. initially) but didn't get any other reaction than, "oh...that's a good porter."

careforapint, Feb 17, 2008
Photo of francisweizen
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark ruby red brown, with tan edges and a nice head of foam that whisps down slowly. Aromas of roasted malts, chocolate, slight coffee, and medicinal hop alphas. Taste is smooth and together with no one component stealing the show. Bready malts and green hop back palate kicks round it out nicely. Mouthfeel is smooth and drinkability is good, but this one is just kinda boring and gets old after a while. Not bad, but nothing new.

francisweizen, Feb 09, 2008
Photo of kkipple
3.73/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Mike Brawley flat-out gave me this. Thanks, Mike! 750ml corked bottle. I'm pretty sure this is the first corked porter I've come across.

Gurgles into my pint glass a clear nearly Newcastle-esque brown. Sure is light for a porter... no head after two minutes. Hm.

Nose is all sweet roast grain and light coffee with a smattering of charcoal and a very slight cocoa armoa. Pretty basic.

Hmm... this is quite watery, but not awful. Coffee, burnt grain mostly, all around light and sweet, a little nutty... drinks more like a brown ale... pretty easy take on the style. Meantime sure is drinkable but doesn't hold up all that well to scrutiny. This is the kind of thing you'd down in a noisy waterfront pub in Olde England while resting your feet on the dog on the floor. Very working-class. Which is probably the point.

Mouthfeel is thin, watery, and the finish is roasty mild.

Meantime won't win any awards for complexity, but it's actually not bad and would make a good intro to the style for people who "hate dark beer". Interesting historical brew.

kkipple, Feb 04, 2008
Photo of hwwty4
3.25/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured a 750 into a Chimay chalice. Poured a dark mahogany with ruby tones and a nice beige head that melded into a thin layer on the beer. Aroma is of chocolate, raisins and a bit of coffee. Taste, well, that's where the marks start to drop. This beer has what I consider the worst flavor that can be added to a beer. Liquid smoke. Why, just explain to me why, its a needed flavor. It tastes like salt, salt and over cooked beef with bad BBQ sauce. I hate that taste. Everything else is lost in the liquid smoke. Mouthfeel is good for a porter. A bit fuller. I think that people that like that flavor would really enjoy this beer, but I will never be buying this beer again.

hwwty4, Feb 04, 2008
Photo of saintwarrick
4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An old-style English Porter is what this beer promises. This brew pours a dark brown with a nice creamy tan head. Aroma is of cocoa powder and molasses and a bit of burnt coffee. Taste is at first sweet like chocolate before an almost sour but pleasant bitterness takes over. Very smooth as it goes down, would make an excellent session beer.

Reminds me of the Fuller's Porter a bit, though this seems a bit sweeter and more sour. Wish I had more, this drinks far too quick.

saintwarrick, Jan 31, 2008
London Porter from Meantime Brewing Company Limited
90 out of 100 based on 412 ratings.