London Stout - Meantime Brewing Company Limited
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3.99/5 rDev +9%
The deliverance from Milds and Porters lands them at the foot of the Stout in the 18th century. And there a typical type of flavor remained until the American microbrewery craze caught on and pushed the style into hyper-warp. But Meantime's London Stout seems to ignore all the recent developments and prefers to deliver a Stout as homage to those of the early years. One with finesse, refinement, complexity and balance.
Its pour of very dark brown seems as black as the beer's body impedes much luminescence through it's boisterous body. Surprisingly sprite in its carbonation, a billowing head rises from the beer with a huge mocha-stained head. With retention in stubborn mode and lacing is precise in delivering a ring in remembrance of each sip taken, the beer's appearance is as alluring as Stouts come.
Mid-strong aromas of roasted malts bring about whiffs of dark roast coffee, dry chocolate and light toffee. With a light starchy sweetness of English biscuits, its malty scent is firm and diverse. Fruity with grapes and a mild licorice tone, the ale heads into taste with a sweeter smoky-chocolate tone.
Its taste is far more sweet than dry- even as the beer's tepid roastiness delivers on its promise of coffee and cocoa. Its biscuity-sweet starchiness leads to a fruity middle with te taste of grapes, plumbs and licorice. These flavors are mild and only offer complexity to the roasted taste, the beer delves into a dry malt finish and lingering burnt wood type of hoppiness.
Just past the beer's initial sweetness, its taste quickly trends dry... and so does its texture. Seemingly creamy and sweet to start, the abundance of carbonation quickly does the opposite- it pushes the beer off of the tongue and ushers in an acrid sense of campfire. Its fleeting finish is quick and provides a mineral "snap" to its drinkability. Slight warmth and a fruity-dry finish echoes into the next drink while being effortless on the palate.
Where many want Meantime's London Stout to be a current Stout, I don't mind is simpler elegance and its regal refinement as it would take a more advanced palate to appreciate all the nuances that this beer provides. Its a time capsule into two-hundred years ago. However I do acknowledge that the advancements in brewing have allowed to a superior brand of Stout in today's market.
10-05-2013 07:24:36 | More by BEERchitect
3.49/5 rDev -4.6%
Dark brown, nearly black pour with just a tint of ruby. Two finger caramel-colored head with good retention and decent lacing. The nose has some solid roast with hints of cocoa, coffee, leather, and a touch of smoke. The taste follows suit with hints of coffee, dark chocolate, tobacco, cocoa, and smoke. Medium bodied with light carbonation but a bit thin for a stout. Overall, a solid English Stout, but nothing too special.
05-29-2013 16:43:55 | More by beerdrifter
3.78/5 rDev +3.3%
Dark black color with an off white three finger thick head with good retention and leaving laces.
Strong espresso coffee aroma with hints of malted cereals and a good presence of hops.
Nice flavor, intense on the roasted malts and fairly hoppy, and not sweet which is good news. Hints of caramel, coffee, wood, tobacco, earth and some dark chocolate. Dry aftertaste with a good residual taste of roasted and smoked malts and hop bitterness.
Medium body, a bit oily, with good carbonation.
This is so much fun than Guinness. Liked the more intense flavor, low sweetness and a hop twist you do not see on the mainstream stouts. I have the impression they intensify this brew comparing to older releases.
02-23-2013 00:13:37 | More by FLima
United Kingdom (England)
3.5/5 rDev -4.4%
A: Deep brown with barely any head.
S: Strong smell of roasted malts and coffee.
T: Burnt coffee, malts, some dark fruit - fairly bitter with minimal sweetness.
M: A bit thin/ lacking in body, though the carbonation level is just right.
A fairly typical, unexciting stout - drinkable, but not one I'd particularly want to have again.
02-03-2013 23:02:54 | More by His_Royal_Hoppiness
United Kingdom (Scotland)
3.13/5 rDev -14.5%
A deep mahogany colour with black tinges and a thin, off-white coloured head that has some light brown throughout.
Quite a strong coffee and roasted malts aroma with some barely coming through as well. There is some cocoa and darker malts coming together to give a pleasant, but pretty standard, stout smell to the beer.
Much the samea s the smell with the coffee dominating the taste as well, there is some barely and rich, dark malts in the mix along with a sweet, sugary taste. There is a hint of bitterness and the end and again it is a fairly average tasting beer.
Creamy on the palate with a medium body and a slightly bitter end that is quite dry. Carbonation is medium to low.
Nothing outstanding or particularly great about this one I'm afraid, it's not one of the better Meantime beers by any stretch of the imagination but it is drinkable and not too offensive..
11-15-2012 16:13:11 | More by flyingpig
3.13/5 rDev -14.5%
Tap at BBC in Plymouth, MA.
Big creamy head, lots of lacing, lighter molasses brown lots of light coming through, more brown than black I can hardly call this a stout or even porter, it's more like a brown ale. The head and lacing saves it from being mediocre.
Nose light roasted cocoa powder, light charred biscuit malt, light coffee roast.
Taste light and thin, little coffee and roast, light powdered chocolate water, dry and gritty abrasive, some bitterness, light biscuit. Finish is dry and gritty, t watery and fairly bitter.
Mouth is thin watery, decent carb.
Overall not very good. This is a big step down from their porters IMO, it's more like a watered down version of their porter and yet they call it a stout. I would call it a mild ale almost, which is may be a decent beer in that case, but even then it's very thin and watery, and the flavor profile is muted.
11-05-2012 14:20:29 | More by jlindros
3.9/5 rDev +6.6%
500ml bottle served in a snifter glass.
A: Beautiful bottle art. Nice purple cap and label. Pours a deep black color forming a small beige head that dissipates quite quickly. Not much lacings but a small layer remains for a long time
S: Coffee! Delicious. roasted malts, dark chocolate, yeasts and... COFFEE! :)
T: Follows the nose. Roasted malts, dark chocolate. A mild sweet upfront and a bitter roasted end, and... COFFEEE!
M: Watery medium to low body. Mild sweet upfront and a delicious mild roasted bitter aftertaste
O: Very drinkable. Indicated to coffee lovers...
07-24-2012 21:52:24 | More by eduardolinhalis
United Kingdom (Wales)
4.28/5 rDev +16.9%
Poured from a 500ml bottle into a pint glass.
Pours a dark opaque black colour with a large bu quickly fading off white head.
Smells of dark, burnt malts, slight coffee too, with a hint of lightness about it too, I think that's the hops.
Tastes oh so drinkable, malty and dark but at the same time not heavy in a hard to describe way. Lip smacking though.
Overall a lovely drinkable classic English stout. Love it.
03-20-2012 22:50:43 | More by CwrwAmByth
London Stout from Meantime Brewing Company Limited
83 out of 100 based on 50 ratings.