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London Porter - Meantime Brewing Company Limited

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London PorterLondon Porter

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BA SCORE
90
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392 Ratings
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Ratings: 392
Reviews: 274
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 10.95%
Wants: 28
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: GCBrewingCo on 08-28-2005)
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careforapint

Virginia

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."

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2008 06:15:50 | More by careforapint
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francisweizen

Alaska

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2008 03:58:13 | More by francisweizen
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kkipple

South Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2008 19:34:22 | More by kkipple
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hwwty4

Missouri

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2008 00:46:00 | More by hwwty4
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saintwarrick

South Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2008 09:08:02 | More by saintwarrick
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aerozeppl

New York

3.6/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle caged and corked. Split in 2.

A: Super deep brown color with 1 finger of tan head that quickly retreated to the edge of the glass.

S: Sweet malt. Slight hop smell. Very slight roasted smell

T: Sweet malt. Some roasted barley and chocolate. Finishes a weird combination of sweet and musty. Tastes like 1750!

M: Unremarkable medium body. Thin for the style.

D: I like their historical recreations of old-timey beers. Definitely creative. I am fine splitting one of these. I enjoyed the IPA slightly more.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2008 23:13:54 | More by aerozeppl
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap 1/7/08 at Pitcher's Pub in Cumberland, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a large light brown head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of dark roasted malts, coffee, chocolate and a little hops.

T: The taste is decently malty and smoky with flavors of coffee, dark chocolate up front and then a strong flavor of dark fruit comes in. The after-taste is bitter-sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, slightly filling, good kick, very good representation of style, this good beer to sip for a long while.

Serving type: on-tap

01-08-2008 18:14:05 | More by TheManiacalOne
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AKBelgianBeast

Alaska

4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This has been in my cellar for six months, and the BB date has been rubbed off of the neck.

Pours a dark black with ruby highlights. Good white head but dissipates fast. The nose is thin but smells a bit of malt and the tiniest grainy cherry smell. Taste is a wonderful plethora of flavor. Some mocha type choco coffee action with nice malt and grain background. Finish has the slight bitterness of hop kick. This is a tasty porter that I recommend. And Im pretty sure this is the official brew of the london silly nannies.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2008 07:15:23 | More by AKBelgianBeast
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

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

Pours a clear dark brown with a tan head. Nose is thick malts. Caramel is there too. Flavor is rich with malted caramel like flavors. Mild roasted tones. Smooth sweet edge to it. I think that defines this one: smooth. Smooth carbonation and a good liquid feel make this a nice one to try. Definitely worth it.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2008 04:52:59 | More by RblWthACoz
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

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

Had on tap at the Brick Store Pub. Appropriate glassware as usual. Pours black with a head that quickly fades but that leaves some very good lacing. Smells fruity with prunes,black licorice, and stewed apples. Tastes winey and fruity with similar fruit as are in the aromas. Cocoa and a bit of coffee as well. Mouthfeelis smooth and creamy and it is very drinkable. I really like this company's beers. English styles done very well with just a bit of an American edge. This one is no exception, one of my favorite English porters.

Serving type: on-tap

12-31-2007 22:05:03 | More by Georgiabeer
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

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

Superior English style porter. This relatively expensive expensive bomber poured a black with lots of lace, some inteesting mocha head. Above average carbobantion, roasted barley quite well done.
Tasty and smooth consistent flavour, a delight with food or even by itself. Medium mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2007 00:43:05 | More by Sammy
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FatheadBrew

Wisconsin

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

A: Pours dark, clear brown with a slight reddish hue. Foam was a little out of control. I poured slowly down the side of the glass and it still filled almost half the pint glass with foam! Foam lingered throughout.

S: I get a little chocolate and roast barley, but not much in the way of aroma.

T: Good balanced flavor. Finished was roasty and a little dry.

M: Overall was medium, but way too much carbonation. Very prickly and over-bearing.

D: Would have scored it higher if it weren't for the carbonation, it was just too much for me.

I had higher expectations, but in hindsight, I would stick to Fullers or Sam Smith for porters.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2007 23:28:19 | More by FatheadBrew
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blakesell

Ohio

4.68/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from 750ml bottle caged and corked into a standard pint glass.

Appearance- A dark brown, not near as dark as expected with a tanned head that sticks to the sides of the glass and lingers thru the beverage.

Smell- Burbon notes with a roasty toasty following came too close and got my nose in the porter. Some chocolate, and a hint of creamy toffee.

Taste- Light and dark malts interwoven with a near perfect balance of hop. No bitterness at all but no overt sweetness. A cream/toffee/nut/chocolate that melts in the mouth and leaves me needing more almost immediately.

Mouthfeel- Lightly carbonated although it rose pretty high on the inital pour, creamy, and medium bodied. This is exactly what an english porter is supposed to be.

Drinkability- A solid 5 on the drinkability here. Creamy, smooth and ultra drinkable. I have bought the rest of the supply that the store had and I will hoard the last bottle for many days to come although the urge is here already with 1/4 of the bottle still remaining.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2007 00:38:59 | More by blakesell
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meechum

Georgia

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

Had this on tap at the Brick Store Pub in Decatur in a Meantime snifter at perfect temp of course.

A - Presented a dark black with a few red highlights when held to the light. Nice tan head that fell slowly and left impressive lacing down the glass

S - Has a nice mocha nose and a hint of roasted malt characteristics coming out as burnt toast

T - An excellent porter for sure, opens up with a heavy coffee flavor and a dash of liquorish (sp?) and then moves to a dry hop finish that is excellent

M - Not overly carbonated..has a bit of an oily mouthfeel

D - Extremely drinkable and enjoyable if you like porters. This is a must for a porter fan

Serving type: on-tap

11-11-2007 15:43:25 | More by meechum
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Jmamay22

New York

4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This bottle conditioned porter is meant to recreate the porters created in England around 1750. I'm not intimately familiar with brewing history, but I'm up for turning back the clocks. Hopefully it is a worthwhile vacation.

This porter pours from an impressive 750mL bottle. The beer is a hazy and somewhat opaque tawny ruby brown. Nice creamy tan colored head that leaves some occasional sticky lacing.

Smells somewhat yeasty and fruity. There's a heavy dose of malts and chocolate richness. Reminiscent of the Belgian take on stouts, but without the spices.

Taste is very complex, well balanced, but clearly in favor of the sweeter variety. Taste moves from sour fruits (not in a rotten sense, but in a pleasant Belgian image) to chocolate and coffee sweetness. Incredible depth of taste and I find it surprising that it is not higher in abv due to such an amazing flavor.

Mouthfeel is fairly creamy and on the heavier side of medium bodied. Consistent with the flavor and style. Highly drinkable with only 6.50% abv, but the single 750mL bottle served as a good cut off point.

Fit for a king or George Washington. I have no idea how accurate the replication is, but this is an amazing brew. A porter of this stature would serve well as a staple in any bar.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2007 21:51:24 | More by Jmamay22
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TexIndy

Texas

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

Poured from a 750ml corked and caged bottle with a freshness date into a pint glass. It was a dark brown with ruby highlights. It had an average sized beige head that settled into a thin collar. A little lacing and carb. The aroma was roasted malts, some chocolate and smoke. The taste was good with a nice smoky feel with coffee and chocolate tones. Good mouthfeel. Overall, this is a really good porter. I enjoyed the smoky twist and could see a bottle going down every few months. Highly recommend. (4, RR, T, Y)

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2007 02:48:25 | More by TexIndy
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brentk56

North Carolina

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

Appearance: Pours a tawny port color with a massive Belgian beige head that retains beautifully and leaves thick clumps of foam sticking to the nonic

Smell: Cocoa powder, tobacco and caramel

Taste: Opens with a chocolate flavor that adds a tobacco and caramel element by mid-palate; after the swallow, the tobacco and chocolate flavors combine to provide a charcoal element to the brew; there is a bit of residual sweetness that also commences at mid-palate and builds through the finish that is somewhat fruity as well

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body but creamy with effusive carbonation that makes me think of a Belgian influence; just a tad too much carbonation, I find

Drinkability: While there is a lot to this beer, I find it is more interesting to describe than enjoyable to taste; I have now had it twice and each time there is something different that is a demerit - the first time, there was too much charcoal and the second time, too much carbonation

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2007 01:12:45 | More by brentk56
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jwc215

Wisconsin

3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cage-corked 750 ml bottle:

There is a small freshness date, but it is unclear. It does end with "08", so it is good to sometime next year.

Interesting tidbit of Washington on the label...

On the cage-top it says "Remove cork, hold glass open side up, pour, taste, swallow". Ahh...good thing it comes with directions...

Pours dark brown with a thick, towering head that descends to a lasting cover leaving some lacing on the glass.

The smell is earthy, aniseedy, molasses with a touch of chocolate. Roasty smoke, in a Rauchbier way rounds it out and gives it a unique spin.

The taste follows the nose - earthy, slightly woody, molasses, anise, chocolate and hints of caramel/toffee. The Rauchbier-like smokiness gives it an interesting twist. Sweet finish but with a balancing bitter earthiness. Alcohol presence fairly well-covered.

Lighter side of medium. Fairly creamy, but could be more so.

I'll put this in the "interesting" category. Something "unique" and "different" out of England. As with all historic replica brews, I wonder how true to history it is - something we will never know. No matter - overall, I liked it well enough.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2007 19:10:57 | More by jwc215
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Gusler

Arizona

4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The pour from the 750ml cork and caged bottle is a deep clear brown to almost black with significant ruby highlights, head is light chocolate in color, the texture creamy and the size exceptional, as it fades to nothingness, the lacing provides a firm sheet to surround the glass. Nose has a nice toasted grain aroma, sweet with hints of toffee and bittersweet chocolate, quite pleasing to the nose and eyes. Start is pleasantly malty, sweet with just a hint of hops, top is light to moderate on the palate. Finish is benevolent in its acidity, the hops amiable in their spiciness, sweet to the end with a dry aftertaste, quite a nice Porter, having sampled a few of their beers, they seem to be an excellent brewery

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2007 21:37:53 | More by Gusler
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goochpunch

Texas

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

Pours out a ruby tinged cherry finished wood with a creamy, khaki head which leaves little bits of lace. Smell has notes of dried, dark fruits, fresh berries, chocolate, cane syrup, and coffee. I can pick up a touch of smokiness. Flavor is very full and rich with more fresh fruitiness coming out over the dried ones, but I still surely pick up some raisin and dried fig. Nice mix of breadiness with the sweetness reminds me of biscuits and cane syrup. A touch of cherry presses on through the middle along with some big chocolate. Finishes with roastiness of coffee. Aftertaste lingers on and on with big emphasis on cane syrup, preserved figs, and coffee (all this reminiscent of breakfast). Light twang in the finish as well, to mention. Mouthfeel is moderate in weight, has a gentle carbonation, but can be just a bit sticky. Drinkability is fine, but the sweetness could hold me back. Delicious beer, but I don't know if I'd pay this much for it again.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2007 03:18:13 | More by goochpunch
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dnichols

Washington

4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured two six ounce samples into a cocktail glass (not optimal but necessary give I was distant from glasses more suited to this brew).

I don't know where to begin! The taste is so simple, yet so complicated. It's toasty, burnt, smooth, earthy and delicious!
It's absolutely excellent!!

A: I poured a dark rich brown with a tint of amber when back lit. The chocolate brown head was marginal and short lived. There was little to no lacing.

S: There was a powerful aroma of burn chocolate. There were toasty earthy notes and a burst of sweet plums.

T: The flavor was distinct and welcoming. There was a toasted, almost burnt chocolate flavor complemented by an earthy grit that gave the brew substance. It was hard finding the alcohol it was so well hidden (plus there just wasn't much there to find at 6.5% ABV).

M: Medium to full body with a semi sweetness on the front end and a dry dark plum finish.

D: I enjoyed about a half pint and would have gladly gone for a couple more if they had been available. I'll have this porter again.

Comment: I like the trend in craft beers to find historic recipes. This porter was rich and complex. Hat tip to the brewery.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2007 17:00:22 | More by dnichols
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CharlieMopps

Virginia

3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A moderate pour yielded a solid three fingers of thick head. Retention was above average, with some dense lacing. Color was a near-impenetrable black with mahogany highlights.

S: Roasted malt and scaled-back espresso and chocolate notes are evident.

T: The initial base is light in body with a roasted malt character, but eases off for a crisp, hoppy bitterness that cuts through in the middle. Finish leaves lingering hops with the syrupy malt residue on the back of the mouth.

M: Light to medium body, generous carbonation that bubbles up on the tongue. As mentioned above, there is a crispness that comes from the carbonation.

D: While perhaps not my absolute favorite interpretation, this is definitely what I think of when I hear the world "porter." Seems like all the ducks are in a row on this one, with the taste and mouthfeel matching the historical porter flavor profile.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2007 22:42:23 | More by CharlieMopps
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Murchmac

California

4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black as the african night, smells good to the last drop maxwell house. The taste calgon takes away to a land of deep malty, chocolatey, roasty toasty, goodyness. The triangulation of belgian sensiblities, english personality, and a german attitude gives this beer its unique 32 pieces of flair to keep you coming back.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2007 02:21:09 | More by Murchmac
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BucBasil

South Carolina

4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pretasting notes: Broke this one open to commemorate 2 special events: firstly my 50th review on this site, and also to celebrate the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' first victory of the season.

Appearance: Poured into a pint glass from the extremely classy 750ml bottle. Pours a great looking, amazingly deep ruby color with a good 2 finger tan head. No lacing.

Smell: Aroma is of rich molasses at first glance that turns into a sort of caramelly smell. Malt profile is ridiculously deep, revealing dark and rich aromas. There's a light chocolate note towards the end. Not overpowering, yet satisfyingly complex.

Taste: Medium body starting with a fabulously chewy malty note that reminds of caramel and dark chocolates. There's also a pleasant cola note in the middle. Sweet, milky coffee on the midpalate with a satisfying and slightly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Slightly carbonated but finishing extremely smooth. Strikes a great balance.

Drinkability: Tore through this 750ml bottle easily, but best taken pretty slow to savor the complex malt profile here. I'll definitely be buying this again to punctuate special occasions.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2007 20:36:36 | More by BucBasil
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

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

Appearance: Pours a dark, dark reddish-brown body with a fizzy, small off-white head.

Smell: Chalky, chocolatey aroma with plenty of roasted malt, some dark caramel, and a hint of licorice.

Taste: Roasted malt flavor with a more subtle bitter chocolate taste. Licorice and even hints of dried fruits. Only the very lightest of hop bitterness. Grows watery near the faintly sour finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Soft carbonation.

Drinkability: Tasty AND traditional.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2007 04:28:50 | More by ChainGangGuy
London Porter from Meantime Brewing Company Limited
90 out of 100 based on 392 ratings.