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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

394 Ratings
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Ratings: 394
Reviews: 274
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 10.95%
Wants: 27
Gots: 24 | 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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harpus

Alabama

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

08-22-2013 20:01:36 | More by harpus
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LiquidAmber

Washington

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2013 02:55:10 | More by LiquidAmber
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2GOOFY

California

4/5  rDev -0.5%

08-18-2013 20:36:14 | More by 2GOOFY
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mrfrancis

Kentucky

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2013 07:46:11 | More by mrfrancis
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DaveAnderson

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

08-11-2013 07:42:17 | More by DaveAnderson
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Hopheadjeffery

Illinois

4/5  rDev -0.5%

08-04-2013 18:43:28 | More by Hopheadjeffery
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I_heart_beer

California

4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

08-03-2013 01:56:13 | More by I_heart_beer
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derkfromwi

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -0.5%

07-28-2013 11:09:12 | More by derkfromwi
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crobinso

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

07-14-2013 20:46:05 | More by crobinso
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pathman

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

07-13-2013 21:07:58 | More by pathman
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Zbeetleman

California

3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

07-08-2013 05:54:49 | More by Zbeetleman
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kristougher

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -0.5%

07-07-2013 20:51:54 | More by kristougher
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nh2032

New York

3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

06-22-2013 21:21:12 | More by nh2032
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ste5venla

California

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

06-20-2013 18:57:56 | More by ste5venla
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BingCrosby7

California

4.26/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2013 00:26:03 | More by BingCrosby7
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napetry

North Carolina

4.63/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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!

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2013 01:55:07 | More by napetry
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yanosh

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -0.5%

05-31-2013 15:19:42 | More by yanosh
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -0.5%

05-25-2013 23:08:35 | More by Slatetank
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zenithberwyn

California

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

05-20-2013 05:07:55 | More by zenithberwyn
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hosehead83

Ohio

4.36/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an 11.2 oz elegant, bowling-pin bottle into a standard pint glass.
Dark brown with ruby highlights, and a nice, thick cap of tan foam. Inviting.
Aroma-Dark toasted malt,toffee note.
Taste-Coffee and cream, caramel,toffee, faint charred bitterness in the finish. Nice depth of flavor and character. A classic English porter and a fine match for a steak or burger.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2013 17:27:02 | More by hosehead83
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Stevie_Janowski

Illinois

5/5  rDev +24.4%

05-11-2013 23:55:54 | More by Stevie_Janowski
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wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

4.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

750ml corked and caged bottle poured into tulip 7/5/13

A doesn't look that dark out of the bottle but sits nearly black in the glass, large loose head hangs around for ages leaving a single thick ring followed by random patches

S coco and cola, slightly nutty, sponge toffee with a little smoke and some earthy notes, faint licorice and milky chocolate as it warms with just a little cherry

T everything I smell but just slightly toned down, more dark roast and faint coffee, tastes solid but I preferred the nose

M thin liquid for how dark it is but the bubbles give it some life, nutty coco lingers faintly on the finish

O drinks like a session brew and that counts for something at 6.5%, pretty solid example of the style

worth a try for sure, what one would expect from and English Porter, I picked this up for 7$ and I have a feeling it was priced wrong by just looking at the big corked bottle.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2013 05:56:30 | More by wordemupg
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joemcgrath27

Alberta (Canada)

4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

props to andrenaline for including this in our lass cross country trade
A - dark but just clear cola black, two fingers of head retained extremely well and left plenty of consistent lacing
S - big chocolate and roasty aromas, touch of earth and leather
T - chocolate, cola syrup, light smoky flavour rounds out the malts, mild touch of leafy hops in the background
M - medium to light with a bubbly smoothness, finishes sweet and lightly coats the tounge
O - this is a proper porter, malty and rich but light and very drinkable, looking forward to trying more from this brewer as I just saw them on Calgary shelves

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2013 02:16:06 | More by joemcgrath27
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Brenden

Ohio

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

A nice dark brown with a touch of lighter brown and ghost of a reddish hue at the edges and in the highlights, the original London porter certainly plays the part. It grows a tight, creamy brown head that peaks at almost exactly a finger, maybe a hair over. A good quantity of l acing is left in patches.
The aroma is approriately malt-forward, slightly roasty but not excessively, and a bit toasty as well. A touch of char is kept well in check. A faint touch of chalk reminds me it's an English through and through, and it finishes with a bit of cocoa.
The flavor very much follows. With Meantime, what you smell is what you taste. This beer is real, and it's something American drinkers who are on the verge of blowing their palates should get into to learn a lesson in balance and brewing full-flavored beers that don't need to blow your face off. A very light note of earthy and leafy hops bitterness lends an herbal note in the finish.
The medium body is perfectly sized to the style. My main issue is that the carbonation is really lively; it's not spritzy or big-bubbled, by any means, but it's really foamy. Otherwise, it's a lesson in how to make a porter just as robust as it needs to be without being too strong.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2013 19:26:46 | More by Brenden
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

3.76/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - A very deep amber brown almost pitch except for a slight ruby hue at the base. Head is a tan colored 1/4 inch that reduces to a mild lace ring.
S - Rich roasted coffee and some bitter sweet chocolate. Little skunk yet it does have a nice bit of hops in the nose. Hope it tastes as good as it smells.
T - A very dry porter which I expected from the higher ABV, being closer to an imperial. Has a acidic tone to it but never gets too undesirable or hoppy. Has a sort of Folgers coffee taste to it never really being too distinct along with some chocolate malt tones.
M - Fairly creamy it does a great job hiding the ABV. Drinks with a medium body.

Overall this is a real step down from drinking their fine coffee porter. The whole time drinking this I felt like something was missing and it was that of a stronger roasty coffee tone.

Skip this and have the coffee version instead.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2013 00:00:49 | More by DrDemento456
London Porter from Meantime Brewing Company Limited
90 out of 100 based on 394 ratings.