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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
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Ratings: 412
Reviews: 276
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 10.95%
Wants: 31
Gots: 28 | 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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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

jaydoc, Dec 14, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

PaulyB83, Dec 13, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

doremite, Dec 06, 2013
Photo of Greywulfken
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: black-brown body with a tan head a couple of fingers high that leaves some lace down the glass

S: roasty malts and dark earth, suggestions of chestnut and smoke

T: rich hearty dark malts and all the associated flavors, some coffee, some nuttiness, some herbal notes

M: light, smooth, mellow, slick, creamy

O: a very nice porter, English-style, naturally - very enjoyable and robust

Greywulfken, Dec 05, 2013
Photo of BradtheGreat7
4.11/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2nd time having this. Bottle was given to me by a close friend who grabbed one for me.

11.2 oz dark brown bottle that is stunning in its own right. No real edges to it but just a unique and consistent curve from a fat like bottom to a skinny neck. This is unique to Meantime and more less a bottle you may think to rub rather than open. Lovely and beautiful with its red and platinum label. Very classy. Poured into an English stemmed Port glass.

A - sits black colored on the pour, but the lighting paints a picture of dark chestnut red with shades of brown. Light tan head pours big but quickly fades to a nice ring of lace with a covering that lasts throughout leaving good stick.

S - good roast up front with slightly roasted English malts. Chocolates and a caramel backbone.

T - coffee bean like up front with a pleasant roasted notes. Semi sweet malt, caramel, with a touch of chocolates and cocoa. A bit of hop presence to the finish paired with a big portion of slightly bitter roasted English malts. Slightly smokey.

M - medium bodied and a good overall feel. Texture isn't great but it does its job. Very flavorful English porter. Easy to drink and enjoyable.

O - my favorite London Porter.. I love meantime and this is a gem from them. Just a grand English porter.

BradtheGreat7, Dec 04, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

fox227, Nov 08, 2013
Photo of welldigger888
4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured a nice ruby black with a nice snow white head that receded quickly leaving little lacing.

Big time roasty goodness that had a kiss of noble hops but dominated by the luxuriuos malt aromas.

the flavor follows the aroma and the huge roasty malty grainy flavors with a hint of noble hops.

Wow this brew is due more respect. The full body seems to flow with a classic porter.

I really enjoyed this brew!

welldigger888, Nov 08, 2013
Photo of EmperorBevis
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

EmperorBevis, Nov 01, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

tommy5, Oct 31, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

jroof1, Oct 20, 2013
Photo of freewill35
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

freewill35, Oct 20, 2013
Photo of Huffs
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass, great full tan had developed that retained and laced well. Appeared a dark cherry / ebony color with a nice chocolate and toffee aroma with hints of wood and smoke. Had a strong roasted nut and chocolate front, dry and a bit sweet, with a dry earthy finish. Mouth feel was full and silky with a dry malty aftertaste.

Huffs, Oct 12, 2013
Photo of DuffDaddy
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

DuffDaddy, Oct 07, 2013
Photo of Screper
3/5  rDev -25.4%

Screper, Oct 05, 2013
Photo of edtri19
4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

edtri19, Sep 15, 2013
Photo of beerdrifter
3.45/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Beautiful dark mahogany pour with a three finger foamy beige head with great retention and nice lacing. Big roasty nose with hints of cocoa, toffee, milk chocolate, leather, caramel, black cherry, and some fairly strong metallic notes. The taste follows suit with lots of roast and chocolate along with hints of tobacco, toffee, subtle smoke, cocoa, and black cherries. Unfortunately, the metallic aftertaste totally takes away from all the pleasant aspects of this beer. The mouthfeel is disappointingly thin and lacking any body. The finish is bitter and metallic. Overall, this beer started off promising, but the metallic aftertaste dominated the experience. I'll stick to the Meantime Chocolate Porter...

beerdrifter, Sep 08, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

GraduatedCashew, Aug 29, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

csfcmitchell, Aug 26, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

harpus, Aug 22, 2013
Photo of LiquidAmber
3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into an Elysian snifter. Pours a very dark brown, appearing black in the glass, with thin, light brown head that dissipates quickly to a thick ring around the glass with nice lacing. Aroma of toasted malt, chocolate, slightly nutty. Flavor is light toasted malt with some hints of milk stout lactose, vanilla, nuts and a hint of coffee; finishing with light charred coffee, hops and toasted malt. Medium bodied. Flavors are slightly subdued, but very nicely melded and complex. A classic English style porter. The aftertaste lingers for quite a while and invites another taste.

LiquidAmber, Aug 19, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

2GOOFY, Aug 18, 2013
Photo of mrfrancis
3.73/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: What initially appears to be an ebony beer on the pour is revealed to actually be a dark, ruddy amber. The beer pours with a thin, creamy tan head that does not make a point of sticking around all that long.

S: Aromas of caramel, roasted nuts, molasses, coffee, dark chocolate, leather, and vanilla bean fill the nose. I'm not picking up any traditional English ale hop scents at all.

T: Notes of earthy, herbal hops quickly come to the fore, but almost immediately give way to traces of roasted nuts, leather, almond nougat, molasses, caramel, minerals, burnt toast, vanilla bean, leather, coffee, woodsmoke, and bitter dark chocolate. The finish is bitter and roasty with herbal hop, dark chocolate, roasted nut, leather, and burnt toast flavors in abundance.

M: Medium bodied, dry, and a bit chalky in the mouth. Carbonation is very intense and forceful. Kind of prickly, gassy, and filling. Not the easiest porter to drink.

O: This is a seriously old school take on an historic ale style, but it may be a bit intense for fans of contemporary porters. Very turbulent and challenging. Somehow not as satisfying as I expected it would be, but still pretty good.

mrfrancis, Aug 17, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

DaveAnderson, Aug 11, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Hopheadjeffery, Aug 04, 2013
Photo of I_heart_beer
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

I_heart_beer, Aug 03, 2013
London Porter from Meantime Brewing Company Limited
90 out of 100 based on 412 ratings.