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London Porter - Meantime Brewing Company Limited

London PorterLondon Porter

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Ratings: 378
Reviews: 273
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 10.95%

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:
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(Beer added by: GCBrewingCo on 08-28-2005)
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Photo of Hachiman


4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2011 02:18:44 | More by Hachiman
Photo of jbphoto88


4.1/5  rDev +2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2011 23:36:05 | More by jbphoto88
Photo of EgadBananas


3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
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...

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2011 02:15:53 | More by EgadBananas
Photo of WanderingFool


4.38/5  rDev +9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2011 21:36:33 | More by WanderingFool
Photo of rarbring


4.22/5  rDev +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.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2011 11:07:25 | More by rarbring
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2011 02:15:58 | More by ronniebruner
Photo of eduardolinhalis


4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2011 16:51:06 | More by eduardolinhalis
Photo of capeannbass36


4.1/5  rDev +2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2011 00:20:53 | More by capeannbass36
Photo of metter98

New York

4.03/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2011 11:08:22 | More by metter98
Photo of Libba


4.93/5  rDev +22.6%
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?

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2011 02:44:49 | More by Libba
Photo of Wattsox

United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2011 21:27:01 | More by Wattsox
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2011 22:54:54 | More by cmannes
Photo of hardy008


2.05/5  rDev -49%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2011 19:23:19 | More by hardy008
Photo of Yaz8


4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2011 02:28:19 | More by Yaz8
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

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2011 00:51:30 | More by TheGarvenator
Photo of SHODriver


4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2011 03:16:45 | More by SHODriver
Photo of hophopandaway

United Kingdom (England)

4.8/5  rDev +19.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2011 15:58:19 | More by hophopandaway
Photo of scubapoet


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

From an 11.2 oz bottle in a pint glass. bottle foamed tan poured a tan foam that did not last.

Smell: chocolate lots of chocolate. The smell of the chocolate overwhelmed the smell of other ingredients. If you like chocolate though this beer is for you.

Taste: still the taste of chocolate but of faint fruit, berry I am guessing. the taste was smooth but not creamy. Chocolate or cocoa taste lingered a while after swallowing.

Drinkability: it is very drinkable and I enjoyed it. I was just surprised by the level of chocolate.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2011 08:23:27 | More by scubapoet
Photo of Mancer

New York

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

The bottle poured out a clear dark reddish brown body with a two finger high light brown head. The foam was plentiful and ever so slowly dissipated to a thick foamy lace. The bubbles were well alive as the lace coated the glass. The initial aromas were of chocolate, caramel, coffee bean, roast, slight fruitiness, and hints of yeast. The initial flavors were of chocolate, coffee, light fruits and caramel. There was a sweetness to the beer that was pleasant and mended nicely with the roasty finish. As the beer warmed light tobacco became present and mended well with the other flavors. The beer had a light to medium body with light carbonation.

Overall the flavors and the aromas were complex and well balanced. This was a great pick from the local store and I have to say that I would buy it again. What is different about this porter is that it has a light body for a porter and in no way does this negatively affect the beer. Great offering here from Meantime.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2011 17:21:42 | More by Mancer
Photo of kbutler1


2.9/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottle. Cracked this one open to a very surprising gushing of tan foam shooting out of the bottle, truly was not expecting that! Poured into a tulip glass a dark, murky reddish tinged brown color with a big fluffy tan head that leaves lace as it settles. Dark fruit, roast coffee, sherry, and slight leather in the nose. Med/light mouthfeel that due to the carbonation leans toward the light side for me. Light roast coffee flavors gives way to some dark fruit sweetness and then ends with a slight bitterness. Some alcohol faintly noticeable in the taste. Overall, I'm a little ho-hum on this one, the over carb and light body aren't doing any favors for it and the flavors are pretty subtle.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2011 00:05:59 | More by kbutler1
Photo of superdedooperboy


4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

750-ml corked-and-caged brown glass bottle poured into a tulip glass. Served at around 45-50 degrees F.

Pours a deep ruby-chestnut or mahogany with a spectacular clarity, showing off a thick head of beige, loose-bubbled foam, evidence of the bottle conditioning; the head fades to a thick collar, leaving behind thick, large patches of lace on the walls of the glass as it drains.

Mild notes of lightly-roasted coffee, chocolate, and tart berry. A bit restrained, though certainly interesting and inviting.

Medium-bodied with a lightly effervescent, somewhat prickly mouthfeel. Up front, slightly sweet notes of chocolate meld with a hint of nuttiness and a touch of roast, carrying over into a middle that is rich with more chocolate, lightly roasted coffee and some vinous notes, finishing with a hint of chocolate and berry and very, very dry and clean, with a faint lingering hint of coffee.

Extremely drinkable and, if Martyn Cornell's studies on Porter are correct, mostly true to that being brewed during the middle of the 18th century in London. Rather complex yet marvelously easy-going, the 6.5% ABV doesn't really show itself unless drinking it in quantity over a brief period. The price point (this particular bottle came in at $7.99) is a bit high, but the experience is worth it.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2011 05:04:55 | More by superdedooperboy
Photo of AgentMunky


4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a BrewDog cervoise glass. Best before 12 September 2013.

A: Big head forms from an average pour, almost three fingers. It's light and frothy, meringue-like, and fades to a more manageable size before too long. The beer itself is a warm mahogany, only translucent in front of direct light. Looking forward to this one. (Good lacing as well.)

S: The weakest point of the beer. Muddled malts are rather roasted and somewhat sweet. Some coffee, perhaps. Not the best.

T: This more than makes up for the subpar flavour. Light but creamy, with enough carbonation to keep the velvet smoothness from being flat. The flavour is full of smoked chocolate, soft roasted malts, and nutty notes. The aftertaste is simply lovely, leaving behind a wonderful roasted, smoky character with soft chocolate malts as accents. A subtle flavour that grows on me more and more.

M: At times creamy-smooth, at others a bit thin. Drying and delicious over all.

D: Quite drinkable, warming, filling, and satisfying. This porter is recommended. The bottle is lovely as well -- a thick, heavy champagne bottle with the meantime clock emblem on the neck ("Brewed for flavour, brewed with style") and a well-designed label. I'm impressed.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2011 20:31:52 | More by AgentMunky
Photo of madvermin


3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Foamed all over the place when I opened it, and poured a dark maroon/black with tan head taking over the glass. Lacing was average.

Smell was really nondescript - some coffee, some dark fruit, but really I didn't get a whole lot out of this one.

Taste was good though, with dark fruit, coffee, chocolate, and some booze. Wasn't the best blend of flavors, but it was interesting nonetheless.

Body was kind of thin, but the carbonation made it kind of creamy which made up for it a little bit. Pretty easy to drink, although not as cleanly or strongly flavorful as I would have liked. Still, a solid beer, and I wouldn't mind having this again.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2011 08:09:25 | More by madvermin
Photo of bucklemyshoe


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

750 mL bottle at 45 degrees into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint.

A: The pour is interesting because it is black without much light, but in light, it is completely transluscent through its red hues and features a finger and a half of light tan head that dissipates and recedes to the edges, lacing fairly well.

S: Strong chocolatey aromas, light roastiness, tobacco, slightly sour dark fruits, and some biscuit.

T: Chocolate and tobacco are the main flavors; caramel, sweet dark fruits, and a nutty taste take over late.

M: This has a medium body thickness with some oiliness and considerable creaminess.

D: This is definitely uinque compared to the English porters I've had thus far. This is a wonderful brew made great by its subtleties and nuances and features one of the best chocolate flavors I've yet experienced.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2011 03:32:04 | More by bucklemyshoe
Photo of Thorpe429


3.43/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this bottle up in Chicago. Served in a Mikasa chalice.

Bigtime gusher even coming out of the fridge. After it settled, I poured some into the chalice. Near black body with a thick off white head and quite a bit of lacing. The nose is a bit plain with some roasted malt, coffee, and chocolate. A bit tame overall.

The flavor is really quite bland. Really mild with a touch of diacetyl. Really faint chocolate is there as well. Other than that, some roasted malt and that's about it. Body is quite light and carbonation is a bit low. Drinkability is okay, but overall there isn't anythin really impressive about this brew.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2011 00:13:11 | More by Thorpe429
London Porter from Meantime Brewing Company Limited
90 out of 100 based on 378 ratings.