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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

403 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 403
Reviews: 275
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 10.97%
Wants: 27
Gots: 27 | 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  rDev -0.2%

jroof1, Oct 20, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +6%

freewill35, Oct 20, 2013
Photo of Huffs
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%

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
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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

DuffDaddy, Oct 07, 2013
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3/5  rDev -25.2%

Screper, Oct 05, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +18.5%

edtri19, Sep 15, 2013
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3.45/5  rDev -14%

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 -6.5%

GraduatedCashew, Aug 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

csfcmitchell, Aug 26, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

harpus, Aug 22, 2013
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3.9/5  rDev -2.7%

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 -0.2%

2GOOFY, Aug 18, 2013
Photo of mrfrancis
3.73/5  rDev -7%

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 -6.5%

DaveAnderson, Aug 11, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

Hopheadjeffery, Aug 04, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

I_heart_beer, Aug 03, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

derkfromwi, Jul 28, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

crobinso, Jul 14, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

pathman, Jul 13, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

Zbeetleman, Jul 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

kristougher, Jul 07, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

nh2032, Jun 22, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

ste5venla, Jun 20, 2013
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4.26/5  rDev +6.2%

A: A dark brown to almost black, with ruby notes throughout the body. Appears most auburn in the light. Good translucence. A thick, creamy tan head. A very pretty beer.

S: STRONG chocolate notes upon first smell. A little bit of coffee beneath the chocolate. Rich malt. The booze is definitely masked in the smell, which I prefer.

T: Very rich caramel and toffee notes upon first sip, with a dark cocoa and coffee aftertaste. The lingering aftertaste is charred, leaving a faint burnt coffee/chocolate taste on the middle section of the tongue. Wonderful taste.

M: This is a very well carbonated beer. I think it has a hair too much, but it is still quite nice. This is an outstanding beer regarding the mouthfeel. Silky and smooth, and just a bit bubbly going down.

O: This is an incredible brew. Balanced yet strong notes with a wonderful down-the-hatch feel. Porters often attempt to be this good, but so few really are.

BingCrosby7, Jun 13, 2013
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4.63/5  rDev +15.5%

I have tasted porters often and would like to like them but seldom do. This porter however is one of the absolute best I've ever tasted hands down. Had it fairly recently for the first time at the Meantime pub / brewery in Greenwich, London, UK on draft and I was totally blown away. More recently found a 750 ml bottle at a local favorite supplier in Durham, NC. Today, I cracked the cork and noted a little bit of a pop but not much. Aroma was outstanding and definitely reminded me of my original draft tasting at the brewery. I poured it into my Meantime pint glass from the original tasting, it was wonderful. On a full steady pour, color was dark brown chocolate with lighter brown 1" head. Foam was very tasty and subsided over a reasonable time. Overall taste and experience in drinking this porter as a draft and bottled product is awesome. When the mood strikes for a porter, I'm looking for this fine offering from Meantime on draft in London or in the 750 ml bottle here in the USA. Happy to finally have a go to porter!

napetry, Jun 01, 2013
London Porter from Meantime Brewing Company Limited
90 out of 100 based on 403 ratings.