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London Porter - Meantime Brewing Company Limited

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London PorterLondon Porter

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428 Ratings
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Ratings: 428
Reviews: 279
rAvg: 4
pDev: 10.75%
Wants: 32
Gots: 34 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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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Ratings: 428 | Reviews: 279
Photo of Wasatch
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


Not much of a pop, pours a nice clean/clear dark brown color, some carbonation, fizzy little tannish head, not much lacing afterwards. The nose is of sweet malts, and lots of caramel. The taste is malty, sweet, lots of caramel. Slightly dry finish. Light-Medium body, not as thick as a American Porter, but very tasty still. Very drinkable, this is an very nice/tasty English Porter, highly recommended.

Photo of Braudog
4.45/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Caged and corked 750ml bottle; The initial pour produced a nice solid topping of foam (subsequent pours weren’t quite as productive). The beer itself is deeply crimson-brown and light struggles to penetrate it. Although a bit chalky, the aroma is one of a nice bitter chocolate. There’s a bit of the chocolate on the tongue, as well ... with twists of strawberry licorice, espresso, and a tight finish. This is some good stuff. (#2767, 4/1/2007)

Photo of BretSikkink
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown brew pours an off white chunky head, vigorous pour elicits maybe a finger or two. Heavy roasted malt, something a little sweet but closer to yeast-fermented, smoked coffee bean.

The taste is not quite as intense as the nose would allude; roast malt but also some toasted flavors emerge. Not as in your face as a lot of Americans brew this style, very beautiful and drinkable porter. Both complex and very easy to drink. My review was altered upward for drinkability and taste from the start to finish; the brew opens up at warm temps, still maintains great drinkability, no bitter aftertaste. The warmer the brew, the more reminiscent of a German rauch.

Holds its own against titans like Sam Smith's Taddy and Fuller's. Recommended for Irish stout fans, and porter aficionados of all makes. Would make a great accompaniment to any grilled meat, substitute for a rauchbier.

Photo of Will46andbrew
4.92/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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 - It's a dark rich brown, almost black. Looks beautiful.

S - The aroma the porter gives off is so tantalizing. You can smell the toasty, earthy notes. You can't wait to actually taste it.

T - The taste is even better than the smell. It is like I've stated above; toasty, burnt and earthy. It is very smooth tasting, especially as it goes down.

M - Despite it's color, which may look heavy, it's light on the tongue and almost tickles on the way down.

D - I've already had 3, what does that tell you??

I will be completely honost, I'm not a Porter afficionado, but this is the best I've had next to Anchor Porter. To me, a lot of Porters leave me desiring more, they are full enough, flavorful enough. The Meantime Porter is everything I'm looking for in a Porter. I highly recommend it!

Photo of IceAce
4.12/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours chestnut brown with outstanding clarity. Nose is top-heavy with earthy, roasted malt.

Entry is quiet with just-right carbonation. Midtaste leads with smokey almonds and roasted malt. The finish is creamy and toffee filled goodness.

Pass the sausages, this is one of the finest English Porters I've ever had.

Photo of Xadoor
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep, dark brown colour in the glass. Huge frothy tan head which lasted a very long time. Slight aromas of chocolate and roasted barley. Very surprised by the mild smoky taste. Finishes very clean with a slight coffee bitterness. Flavour and aromas are all very subtle and well balanced, making it a very drinkable and enjoyable porter.

Photo of jvdineen
3.63/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml champagane bottle (with cheat) with champagne cork. Under the cage is "An I for DETAL" saying. Pours into a pint glass dark russet brown. Slight haze from the unfiltered bottle condtioning. Up to a light it is much redder. Small copper head. First taste is coffee, after taste is roasted walnutty. 6.8% alcohol is well hidden. Pretty drinkable, just not something anyone should pound.

on an aside: excellent website for this beer and the history of London Porter. This is their true attempt at a real authentic 18th century London Porter.

Photo of BWH3
3.14/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Meantime London Porter 750mL corked bottle
Drinking Vessel: Goblet
Temp: 50 F allowed to warm and breathe

Appearance: Medium brown in color without the red hues common to porters. The head is thin and dissipates quickly.

Scent: Malty sweet aroma with notes of honey. The sweetness is not rich enough to be called molasses, but perhaps is closer to caramel. No discernable hops aroma.

Taste: Again sweet malt taste, mild chocolate with a hint of roast nuts. The hops produce a mild bitterness and a brisk clean finish. The beer is tasty but it is more like a brown ale than a porter

Mouthfeel: Light. Too watery and runny for style. Carbonation appropriate.

Drinkability: Good session beer. The bottle was split three ways for this tasting. Unfortunately, the price tag is not as session as the beer. All together, I probably won’t buy this again but if I were offered a glass I wouldn’t turn it down.

Photo of Cresant
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this 750mL undated bottle into a Samuel Smith tulip glass. Served at 48-50F. Three fingers of manilla folder colored head--that stayed and stayed. Cola colored body was clear of sediment. Lighter than most porters I have had.

Smell was cocoa powder. Faint metallic hints. Fresh moist grain. Very nice aroma.

Taste was spicy and herbal. A rather bright crisp flavor. Hops and milk chocolate. Very mild brown sugar taste. Refreshing sour/tartness. Despite the lighter color this one is not bland or weak. Very balanced porter, one of my absolute favorites.

Mouthfeel was medium to thin. Understated carbonation, present yet mild. Very well done. Every aspect of this one shines.

Photo of BDTyre
4.62/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Nice rich dark brown colour, but a fairly large head especially considering the lacklustre removal of the cork (most corked beers I have tend to be like artillery pieces).

Stale malty smell with a presence of coffee, chocolate and roasted barley. Taste comes of a slightly sour, and a bit less chocolatey than Fuller's Supposedly, porter was a mix of old and new beers, and this certainly comes across as such.

Nice mouthfeel, but at times can seem undercarbonated. Regardless, very easy to drink and certainly a genuine, truly enjoyable London porter.

Photo of Minkybut
4.6/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from 750 bottle to tumbler at 48 degrees. Beer had a dark not quite opach look. Big frothy head was creamy and lumpy like a ice cream soda. Bready toasted nutty taste with molasses and chocolate mingling together.Slight coffee note but not too overpowering. Never seen lacing this thick on side of tumbler. head was gone after about 8 minutes. This is one of the finest tasting porters I have ever tasted. I would love to have an endless supply.

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

This beer is a clear reddish brown colored beer with a skimpy tan colored head. Very much lighter than the modern idea of the "Porter" beer.

Smell is seriously malty and there is a very strong scent of molasses in this beer. There is a little fruity essence from the British ale yeast and a hell of a lot of butter scent present; wonder if they used Ringwood yeast?

Taste is smoky and malty at the very beginning, very much like a Scottish ale. As I drink this the smoke never goes away in a nice way and even the butter shrinks to the edges and leaves malt and molasses. I think I have been cheated all my life by the modern version of porter being "Stout Lite" this is superior.

Mouthfeel is good and low in carbonation.

This is a very pleasant sipping beer really more in the tradition of what we in the USA think of as Scottish ale. Very mellow smoky and malty, like sipping a smoky Scotch Alexander to relax. Very much superior to the IPA

Photo of tfinn
4.47/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

wire-capped 750mL (1pt 9oz) with only a small release of positive pressure when uncorked.

poured lazily into the glass, with little to no head; almost still. I expect a rough trip and/or being stored too cold for too long would do this. some very small (petillant?) carbonation, I would prefer to see just a little more, if only to get the head up. color is dark brownish-orange, and fairly clear considering it's bottle conditioned and took a ride from the store in my car earlier this evening. (that's a flocculant yeast.)

scent is kind of dark and woody, almost like a damp forest in early fall. I get some roast barley notes, along with some faint sweet brown bread, hint of peaches, and perhaps some slight herbal notes. (coriander and kent goldings come to mind.)

flavors dance around between cocoa, coffee, and roast barley, riding on top of bittersweet treacle brownie. it's quite a pleasant ride, and points towards stouts, but doesn't quite get there. it's definitely a porter. the depth and complexity of the flavors really make this beer. I have never been on this kind of flavor ride with any other porter. I'm not sure how it could get any better, really.

mouthfeel starts with faint carbonation pinpricks which dissolves to creaminess which fights it out with bittering hops leaving a light cocoa/coffee flavor.

I'm honestly surprised this beer doesn't rate higher. it's got a surprising amount of depth that I wasn't expecting to find in the style, and I imagine an actual cask example of this would be absolutely incredible. this beer makes me want to culture their yeast and brew a porter with it.
it's not a one-trick pony beer, and retains its repeated drinkability.

I <3 you meantime. please send cask. thx.

Photo of stouty1
3.96/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750mL corked bottle a deep dark brown with ruby highlights. Thick foamy head which seemed to last an eternity. Sticky lace surround the glass I drink it down. Smells of bitter chocolate, definitely not the eating kind. Roasted coffee beans, malt, and hop finish. Tastes of coffee and chocolate with nice bittery finish. Creamy mouthfeel that the tongue just endures well after the swallow. Joyful beer which is not too over powering or indulgent but a nice tribute to this style.

Photo of stephendr
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ml. bottle- dark brown / black color with light tan head - nose of chocolate (sweet and baking ), iodine , coffee , oat , dark fruit , mocha , and malts – taste of milk chocolate , vanilla , prunes, and coco – thick creamy body with some acidity - aftertaste bitter chocolate, malt aftertaste

Photo of RoyalT
3.97/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – This is a dark but thin brown in color with a modest head worked up from a vigorous pour.

Smell – This incredibly complex nose screams quality all the way. The malts seem both roasty and toasty. The brown sugar provides the limited sweetness to this beer. There’s some super-mild smoke as well.

Taste – This is less intense at the taste. There’s some raw espresso bean coming out now and the sugars are even weaker on the tongue. The toasted malt flavor seems to be bigger here, though. It’s a very complex beer and probably needs several samples to properly taste.

Mouthfeel – This is a little short of medium-bodied with a nice, subtle carbonation and some good coffee-like bitterness.

Drinkability – This is a good drinker and would probably be killer on-tap or especially on-cask. Ah, dare to dream . . .

Photo of neonbrown82
4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is an exceptional porter, and I've been in the porter mood lately. Pours to a nice nutty brown color with a light amber hue. Fairly clear. Brialliant off-white head. Very fluffly, creamy, and tall. Recedes to a cm film after a few minutes, but it sticks around through the duration of the drink. Lacing has some nice staying power as well.

The smell is nice. Fairly roasty and chocolatey with a hint of smoke. Has a bit of a sour malt aroma as well, typical of the style. The flavor follows suit quite nicely. Not very robust, but very rich and full of flavor. Perfect for a porter, as it dabbles into the fine line between stouts and porters without crossing, which seems difficult to do for many brewers of the style.

The body is fairly thin, the carbonation fairly mild. The rich and robust flavors work well with the sour porter flavor. Thin, clean finish. This is one of the most true to style, delicious, and drinkable porters I've encountered.

Photo of bark
4.16/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The liquid is clear; the colour black with a hint of wine-red. The thick brown head leaves some lacing.

The smell is bitter with some roasted notes and a hint of smoke and a touch of strong wine.

The taste is complex with sourish matured flavours. I found some fruits and coffee. The aftertaste is quite mild with dry notes of tobacco.

The carbonation is mild; there are almost no bubbles at all.

An interesting historic brew.

Photo of doppelmeup
4.07/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured this from a caged 750ml bottle into pint glass.

Very pretty pour with a whtie, creamy inch thick head that slowly resolved to a thin film. This porter was much lighter than other porters I've had, which tended to be almost black. This beer was a lighter brown with hints of ruby red. It looked to me more like a brown ale. Of course, the bottle labeling states that this is the desired color, so who am I to argue!

The smell was unmistakeably porter. Roasted malt, light coffee, light chocolate, lactic acid, a bit chalky, even some faint crushed graham crackers.

The flavor was lighter than other porters I've tried. Slightly malty, a bit sour, a bit of lactic acid as a milk stout might have. Not really coffee or chocolate flavored, but definite roasted malts.

Mouthfeel was moderately thick with a decent amount of carbonation, but the bubbles were very tiny so rather than tingle the mouth the beer was quite light in body. Crisp aftertaste.

Overall, a very interesting interpretation of the style. Quite a bit different than other porters I've had, but not in a bad way. I think this is a good beer, but on the pricey side. I paid $7.00 for the bottle but got it marked down from $9.

Photo of GreenCard
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: dark brown with ruby highlights, almost opaque, thick layer of spongey tan foam, great head retention, lace

Aroma: dark chocolate, coffee, black malt, hint of licorice, iron, and a hint of band-aid-y phenolics

Flavor: mildly sweet malt backbone enveloped by a lush roastiness; licorice, coffee, brown sugar, unsweetened chocolate; chicory bitterness; finishes dryish with a lingering roastiness in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: medium-full body, prickly carbonation, slightly astringent and minerally

Other comments: The bottle-conditioning makes this one of the liveliest porters I've had. The cork came off with a tremendous pop. Very tasty beer. It gets a bit sweeter and much more complex as it warms up in the glass.

Photo of jettjon
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from an attractive 750 ml caged cork bottle, there is no carbonated “pop” when the cork is removed. Pours a dark coppery brown color with a few bubbles along the bottom. Head is thick, rich, brownish-tan that fades away slowly leaving moderate lacing. Very attractive pour. Nose of rich, sweet malt and a definite chocolate presence. Taste is initially dominated by chocolate and roasted malt. Initially sweet, there’s a solid, moderate bitterness toward the middle, a kind of milky flavor, and then a mildly bitter, smooth finish. In the mouth, this is a very smooth beer. Consistency of 2% milk; milky is a great way to describe the feel—not syrupy, but milky. Drinkability is excellent due to great taste, smell, and body.

Overall: A great porter, strongly recommended.

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.27/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 750ml brown glass flask shaped bottle with a dimpled base. Sealed with a cork, cage and steel cap. The cork is branded with the Greenwich Brewery logo on the top and bottom and the sides are branded ‘Meantime share to be different’. The steel cap is equally ornate, silvered background has a white letter ‘G’ set against a dark blue background into the design of a Pocket Watch, signifying the historic importance and contribution of Greenwich to World time. Listed at 6.5% ABV. No freshness date but a ‘51659’ code is inkjet printed on the bottles neck.

The uniquely shaped black, red and silver front label has the words:
“George Washington was a big fan of imported English Porter. By 1769 he'd lost his taste for British beers. After all, it was keeping the Redcoats fighting. Our Porter is based on a recipe from 1750. We bring you the original aromas and flavours of the beer that made London the world's brewing capital, flavours we know Washington would have loved.”

The reverse label continues….
“The huge historic nature importance of one beer, London Porter, inspired us to recreate this great beer style. Time, care & attention have enabled us to produce a blend of beers bringing you the flavour of the 1750's. Share this beer with friends and enjoy with barbeques, fish or shellfish. The ruby colour & bottle conditioning are proof of its heritage and authenticity.”

Appearance: Dark ruby brown body with mahogany hints and lovely looking tan colored head. Excellent lacing with some well defined lacing. Thick creamy cap seems to want to hang around but thins a little words the end. Conditioning is great, despite the fact that the cork was removed with little in the way of any noise.

Nose: Nutty malts, smoked peat and a soil laden rich warming finish. Distinct coffee laden caramel and dark chocolate with some low end herbs and spices.

Taste: Gorgeous entrance screams what I get in the nose, but it is accentuated to a higher degree. The middle builds on the earlier malts but the finish is dry and smoky. Oak tendencies and hints if BBQ meat seeps slowly into the back whilst a low bitterness balances the malts. Nicely balanced with a fine nutty lingering malt scope.

Mouthfeel: The conditioning is super smooth and whilst malt laden, it has a very attractive balance nonetheless. Almost perfect.

Drinkability: Cost $9.07 at Hi-Times in Costa Mesa, a little on the high side price-wise but damned good. I am almost ashamed to admit that I slurped this one down all too quickly, it really didn’t take much effort to quaff this beauty, I tried to savor it, but it drinks like a Session-Porter. Despite the price I *need* more of this libation to satisfy my needs.

Overall: I was lucky enough to visit the Greenwich Union (i.e. the Brewery Tap) whilst on a recent trip to London with my old mate and fellow BA RichLightWeight back in June - what a great trip that was! Well I only tried the IPA whilst there, but had heard great things about the Porter. I’m glad to report that all the stories and rumors are true.

Aylesbury Duck!! This is Robin Hood. Well me old China, a word in your Shell-Like, this is no Gypsy’s Kiss or Sexton Blake….but Top Sherbet! Lovely Jubbly.

A Mean London Porter alright. Fabulous stuff.

Photo of Dukeofearl
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
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).


Photo of ypsifly
4.45/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

Photo of SilentSabre
3.79/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

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London Porter from Meantime Brewing Company Limited
89 out of 100 based on 428 ratings.