London Porter - Meantime Brewing Company Limited

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London PorterLondon Porter

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Reviews: 281
Hads: 437
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 8.46%
Wants: 32
Gots: 37 | 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 damndirtyape
4.09/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Caged and corked 750mL bottle with a date stamp of L111651 09:03 on it. Poured into two shaker pint glasses.

Appearance: Careful pour gave a dark brown beer with a persistent 1/16" thick light tan foam. Some tiny strands of lacing here and there. When held up to the light the beer is coppery and ruby red (more ruby red when held up to an incandescent light than a fluorescent) and very clear - I could make out what was on the other side of the glass clearly when held up to the light. Nice looking beer.

Smell: When first poured, just the barest level of toffee and roasted malts. As it warmed up the toffee and malt got a little stronger, but it's still not a very aromatic beer - quite muted in aroma.

Taste: Nice balanced beer between malt and hops, but rich in both sides of flavor. Toffee, caramel, dark fruit with coffee and mild pine bitterness. A very very tasty beer.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation on the tongue, cleanses the palate well. Slick and a tiny bit sticky at the same time.

Overall / Drinkability: A very nice English porter. Overall the beer is quite tasty, very drinkable (I wish I had another 750mL to split with the Mrs.) and went fantastic with a cottage pie for dinner. Definitely better when warmed up, but still pretty good when cold and first poured. My only comment which makes me wonder about this beer is that on the label it says "bottle conditioned" but there is no sediment at all in this beer, and, the beer is too clear when held up to the light - so where did the bottle conditioning yeast go? Or do they mean something else by bottle conditioned here? Regardless of this minor mystery, a very good porter and something I could easily pick up again despite the price. I must find a way to have it directly from a cask should I ever get the chance. (1,792 characters)

Photo of Duff27
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Highly carbonated, huge head. Good head retention, above average lacing.

Sweet chocolate smell, like it a lot.

Awesome chocolate flavor. Low hop profile.

Over carbonated, my only real complaint about this beer. Medium to medium-thick mouthfeel.

A pleasure to try, thanks TATURBO! Chocolaaate. (296 characters)

Photo of newsage
3/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

You know Maybe I am not a big Old english recipe Porter Fan! There is a sh*t load of better domestic porters on the market like Firestone reserve Porter, Deschutes Black butte porter, stone porter, rogue mocha porter, etc. Please try these first, there fresh and better!! (271 characters)

Photo of birchstick
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pours a brownish black with a thin white head

N - nose is chocolaty with some tobacco and cinnamon

T - the taste is similar. Opens with chocolate malts that remain throughout. A little cinnamon and dark fruit comes through on the back end.

M - decent mouthfeel that compliments the beer well

D - pretty solid porter. Lots of good flavor throughout with some subtle complexities. Highly recommended! (406 characters)

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

750 ml bottle, corked and caged.

Poured into a cute, half-pint Meantime tulip glass. Dark cola brown body with three fingers of light, fluffy, resilient, light sandy brown head. Nice lacing too. Nose shows plenty of roasted malts, dark chocolate, singed toffee, carob, and some earthy herbal hops.

Roasted malt flavors greet the tongue. Light coffee bitterness mixes with dark chocolate richness. Some fruity esters percolate through. Earthy, mineral-y notes near the finish. Lingering chocolate and roasted bitterness. Medium-bodied with a lively, bottle-conditioned feel. Delicious and very drinkable. (606 characters)

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

Deep, dark brown and a a thick half finger of chocolate/tan head that was espresso like. Nose is a light mix of roasted barley, dark chocolate/black patent malt and dark roasted coffee. The carbonation level is low and smooth. The roasted malts are at the forefront and then a nutty, coffee and chocolate cream middle comes out. A small amount of sour/bitterness comes through transitioning to the finish which is a dry and full of roasted barley and bakers chocolate. I was expecting the creamy middle to pull through for the finish but it was thin. (550 characters)

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

Split 11.2oz bottle with Phil during marathon tasting session.

Pours clear. Dark blood color. No lacing, but nice head.

Cold coffee on the nose. Yum.

Intrestingly, not as much coffee on the palate. Definitely present, but a balanced mix of coffee, malts, chocolate.

Smooth mouthfeel. Lingers a tad, similar to how coffee lingers.

Overall this is a great porter. (366 characters)

Photo of billshmeinke
3.89/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a nonic.

Pours black with some ruby highlights when held to light. Frothy two finger head that leaves nice lacing behind. Retention is nice as well.

Smell is pretty bland, chocolate and a bit of coffee.

Tastes chocolatey, bit of dark fruit, roasty coffee notes.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, well carbonated, smooth and clean finish.

Pretty good overall. (369 characters)

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

Pours a dark, beautifully clear brown-red. A foaming off-white head subsides to one finger. Nice lacing too.

Smells of fresh-brewed coffee, burnt toast, cocoa.

Tasted of the above, with a slight bitterness in back.

Mouth feel is rather watery, despite the generous carbonation. A little drying/warming alcohol at the end. (324 characters)

Photo of jbphoto88
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First of all I want to go on record as saying this is my favorite beer bottle ever! I love the classic label and the tapered, bottom heavy, bottle. The brew is a deep rich ruby red with a light sudsy tan head that I wish lasted longer.

The nose is a magnificent blend of roasted malts that range from sweet fresh baked bread to some coffee. One of the best smelling porters I've ever come across.

The taste doesn't disappoint in the malt department either with bold roasted flavor. However the flavor lessens slightly towards then finish and gives me the impression of fresh melon mixed with coffee. A great start but a slightly flat finish.

Mouthfeel is smooth and silky with a thin carbonation and a body that is approaching full. Not a bad beverage at all. I wish the malt flavor lasted longer but it's still a tasty brew. Well worth checking out. (854 characters)

Photo of EgadBananas
3.79/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cola brown, with a light brown creamy head, with 2 fingers worth. Lace is fantastic. Aroma is very roasted, with a dry cocoa note, a nuttiness, and slight caramel notes. Taste is more chocolaty, light sweetness, roasted malts and a hint of candied sugar. Body is very creamy, medium at best. Feels good and goes down smooth and creamy. Drinkability is great. This is a solid daily drinker...wish it came in a smaller, cheaper bottle though... (450 characters)

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

Meantime London Porter pours black into the glass, but has ruby highlights when held to the light. A creamy light tan head forms on top and slowly dissolves to a sheet on the beer. The foam coats the glass with lace as it fades.

The aroma is earthy with notes of nuts, roasted malt, and hints of smoke. A touch of chocolate is in there too.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is silky smooth, soft, with a mild carbonated fizz. The flavor begins with rich, roasted malt, chocolate, toffee and some smoke. An earthy nuttiness and a touch of ripe fruit appear in the middle. It finishes mildly bitter with some hoppy floral notes. Once gone the roast malt and chocolate linger on the palate.

I had this beer at NERAX cask fest in Boston in the spring ('11) and had to search it out. It's a very tasty beer that's a great example of the style. (844 characters)

Photo of rarbring
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is clear dark, dark, dark red, almost black, has a tan slightly uneven head, some lacing and curtains.

A dry wood smell, some coffee and smoke, sausages and beef jerky.

A small initial sweetness, some dried dark fruits, then burnt bread crust, coffee beans, soy sauce and a "barky" bitterness.

Medium high carbonation, a slightly coarse dryness, a good body.

A dry elegant brew, good with cheese, ham etc. (418 characters)

Photo of ronniebruner
3.45/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Im usually a big fan of Meantime's different brews. This one however is definitely not their best effort. Honestly this is an extremely average porter, however it is not bad. When poured I noticed the light amber brown color, the minimal froth and lace. The aroma was typical of a porter and was not impressive, nor was the taste. A typical run of the mill porter. (364 characters)

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

750ml bottle poured in a chalice.

A: Pours a dark brown to black clean color with a large, around three finger, tan head. Medium retention and some
lacings left

S: Sweet and roasted. Dark chocolate, coffee and roasted malts are evident

T: Follows the smells: Dark chocolate, coffee and roasted malts with notes of caramel. Nice bitterness with a pleasant smoky end

M: Light to medium body. Medium carbonation. Very drinkable. A bit molasses. Mild bitter and smoky end

O: Very good quality beer. Really easy to drink. (523 characters)

Photo of capeannbass36
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a very dark brown, almost black. Large, three finger, tan head that hangs around a bit.
Decent lacing throughout.

S- Sweet, chocolate, coffee, and roasted malt.

T- As good as it smells, plus a hint of caramel.

M- Medium body. Medium carbonation. Very smooth. Fairly creamy.

O- Very easy to drink. Very nice porter. Will definitely seek out another. (361 characters)

Photo of metter98
4.01/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is very dark amber (practically black) in color and poured with a finger high dense light beige head that has good retention properties and consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are light aromas of chocolate and coffee in the nose along with notes of roasted malts and hints of smoke.
T: THe flavors in the taste are similar ot the aromas in the smell except that the roasted malts and smoke are more prominent and the chocolate is more subdued.
M: It feels light-bodied and smooth on the palate with a moderate to high amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is very easy to drink because it's lighter in body but still quite flavorful. I would have no problem drinking more than one of these in a sitting. (749 characters)

Photo of Libba
4.92/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I had this marvelous porter for the first time tonight. I was in Blue Danube restaurant in Pantego, Texas and asked the proprietor, Miraslav, to bring me a "big dark beer" (he always brings me something GOOD!).
I so enjoyed the flavor and shared it with those around me.
Great beer, good friends - who could ask for more? (323 characters)

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

750ml bottle, consumed May 2011.

A - Dark brown body with a lot of tightly-bubbled head that dissipates fairly slowly, leaving good lacing.

S - Chocolate and caramel aromas dominate with roasty malt following up.

T - Caramel, chocolate and some coffee notes lead in the taste, with a lightly bitter finish that compliments but doesn't dominate.

M - Medium body, medium carbonation, very smooth and drinkable.

O - This is an extremely drinkable Porter, with a complimentary bitterness and balanced smooth taste profile. Definitely drinkable on its own or as a session. (573 characters)

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

11.2 oz bottle poured into a Guinness Pint Glass.

Appearance: Deep reddish brown. Off white head. Slow to fade, little bit of lace.

Aroma: Chocolate, hint of toffee, even subtler hint of coffee.

Taste: Caramel, chocolate, nice bit of coffee in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Fairly fizzy, while still retaining a nice bit of creamyness.

Overall: Nice, very classic traditional Porter. (382 characters)

Photo of hardy008
2.06/5  rDev -48.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Opened the bottle - gusher. Poured it into a glass, all foam. When it finally settled down, it has dark brown with ruby highlight. Large light tan head with very good retention.

The taste and the aroma both have some cocoa, chocolate, caramel, earthiness, and roasted malt. The aroma and flavors are somewhat lighter than expected. Almost bland.

Light bodied, too much carbonation. Not impressed with this beer. (414 characters)

Photo of Yaz8
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured deep, deep red/mahogany with a nice two-finger off-white head that retained well and left very nice lace. Strong roasted coffee aromas with plenty of semi-sweet chocolate to back it up. Toss in some dark cherries. raisins and toast to create a complex, well-balanced profile. Flavors follow, with the coffee taking enter stage, the chocolate more subdued and the dark fruit coming forward. Medium body, more carbonation than expected, and a smooth, slightly watery mouthfeel. Not sure when a porter becomes a stout, but this has to be close. (548 characters)

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

A - poured like a stout, very dark with a frothy head

S - smells like chocolate and caramel

T - tastes very much like coffee because of the caramel and chocolate fusion with malts and hints of fruit

M - medium bodied with a little prick but very drinkable and not overwhelming..

Very delicious...almost like sitting in a cafe sipping on a cup of coffee considering the taste...the smell alone lets the drinker know its going to be tasty and its well balanced where its not bitter nor tasteless but medium bodied with a load of tastes. Very recommended (555 characters)

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

A: Pours brown from the bottle but after collecting in the glass shows a deep black hue with ruby red toward the edges of the glass. Has a light tan head that accumulates well and slowly recedes to a small mat of foam.
S: Very nice roasty nose with some coffee smells as well. It smells like a damn good beer
T: Follows the nose well with some delightful roast notes with some hints of coffee and a bit of chocolate. A very nice roasty and chocolatey aftertaste the is a bit drying on the finish.
M: A bit light with decent carbonation. Very smooth and silky. It has the flavor of a stout but lacks the heaviness.
Overall: Damn good beer with plenty of flavor that is very well done. I've had this one aging for over a year and it's kept very well. Definitely worthy of its rating. (781 characters)

Photo of hophopandaway
4.79/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought a 750ml bottle from Sainsbury's t'other day. Let it warm up for abou 2 hours after taking out the fridge so that it was still cool but not cold.

After a gentle pour I got a fat creamy head that dissapated to a small head which stayed around fo the whole drink. The nose of this thing is absolutely fantastic: smoked cheese rind and subtle roasted malt. After my first couple of glugs I was really impressed with this beer and every sip seemed to offer up a new flavour. I got the caramel first, then it chaged in to a sweet milk chocolate with an undertone of dark fruits and maybe a little of somehting sharper like cherry.
The smokey flavours are a real treat and every mouthful offers a big hit of dry smokey goodness and an astringent finnish that would make this beer easy to compare with a really nice glass of red.

This is an absolutely cracking beer. I only gave it 3 days to settle and I think it would age fabulously. Wel worth a try and it's given me the taste for porters again after spending 3 weeks in san fran where all the porters are one-dimensional, coffee-packed, water-thin rubbish. (1,113 characters)

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