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London Stout - Meantime Brewing Company Limited

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BA SCORE
83
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51 Ratings
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Ratings: 51
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 9.04%
Wants: 3
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Meantime Brewing Company Limited visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Stout |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: hunteraw on 05-24-2008)
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Reviews by jazzyjeff13:
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3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I like the clock motif that Meantime use for their branding - it attaches the brewery to a particular place.

A 500ml bottle with a BB date of Oct 2011. The label mentions that this is an all-malt ale crafted according to an original recipe for London stout.

Poured into a Sam Smith's pint glass. A black colour that is revealed to be a deep reddish hue when held up to the light. Rather big head; light brown and creamy - remains for a few minutes before subsiding. A rich, bitter aroma with lots of roasted malt and coffee notes - strong and inviting.

The flavour is forceful - burnt malt with distinct coffee notes and rather bitter. No overt hoppy notes. Mouthfeel is slighty thinner than expected and gives the impression of moderate carbonation. Slightly astringent on the palate. Lacks the creamy character that you would associate with Guinness and other stouts/porters, but the taste makes up for it.

Overall, a rather nice stout with a big flavour. Not sure how true it is to an original London stout, but worth seeking out to try.

jazzyjeff13, Jan 22, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Griffith, Jul 14, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

adamcthomp, Apr 14, 2013
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3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

310ml glass at The Local Taphouse.

Pours a black that seems semi porous with the view and a reddish tinge around the edges. Has a quickly receding head of light mocha coloured foam.

Smell is of tobacco, brandy soaked dark fruits, some chocolate and coffee. A lot there, but it does seem a touch thin, as though there is a vacuum inside and.more should be there.

Taste is of dark chocolate, milk chocolate and a touch of dark fruit in the finish.

Mouthfeel has some solid English stickiness to it at the end. Doesn't have the thin feel that the nose leads you to believe is coming.

Overall a nice stout that has more to it than the ABV of 4.5% would have you believe. Prefer the tap version to the bottled version which was tasted about a year ago.

MrKennedy, Aug 10, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

cfrobrew, Aug 20, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

JohnQVD, Aug 22, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

BrazilianAussie, Feb 25, 2012
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3/5  rDev -17.8%

Dracook, Jan 07, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -11%

Amalak, Nov 04, 2012
Photo of BlackHaddock
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

In 2010 I had a bottle of this and was underwhelmed by the whole thing and scored it fairly low: on 25 Oct 2011 I had a half pint at the Greenwich Union, Meantime Breweries tap house, it’s a different animal on tap.

Deep dark brown, almost black; ruby red hints if held up to sun through the pubs sky light. A rich deep foam head the colour of tanned leather sat proudly on top.

Roasted, singed malts hit the nose, dark chocolate and coffee granules on brown toast followed the initial smells.

The taste was also of almost burnt malts and those coffee, chocolate smells mentioned earlier in the aromas. No sweetness to it at all, is it a hop bitterness, or from the malts? I don’t know.

Certainly better than I remember the bottled version and scored accordingly.

BlackHaddock, Oct 31, 2011
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3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drank from my Duvel Tulip.

A - Pours a dark ebony colour with a tight off white head that stays the distance.

S - The aroma is very plummy with a mild roasted note w/ slight coffee hint and mild tobacco scent

T - Plenty of coffee and Molassis here with a noice boozy kick at the finish

M - Smooth, low carbonation and full body.

D - A very good exampole of the style.

eric5bellies, Jun 18, 2010
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3/5  rDev -17.8%

pin, Jun 03, 2013
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3.49/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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.

beerdrifter, May 29, 2013
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3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Dark brown color. Light and watery beer. Flavor and aroma: Smoky and Porto (wine). The formation of foam is low with a short duration. Smooth. It has good drinkability compared to its competitors in this style. I expected more.

GBalbin, Aug 20, 2010
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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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.

His_Royal_Hoppiness, Feb 03, 2013
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3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into tulip Guinness brand glass

and funnily enough now you mention it, before they sucked the life out Guinness Original... no I can't say that? Can I?

Pours a lovely pint dark and fairly rich just not quite there .
Better head than Linda lovelace, not touching the side of the glass till half way down and then clinging to the side in a lovely lace effect.

A real coffee taste, burnt aftertaste.

Just lacking a little body, I reckon I could down a pint in one and that just isn't a London stout now is it?

EmperorBevis, Oct 02, 2011
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3.33/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer is red-brown-black, clear with a rather small tan head that leaves little lacing.

The smell is burnt bread crust, some roasted cocoa bean as well.

The taste is rather sweet, brown candid sugar, raisins, some dark roasted coffee and bread crust.

Rather high carbonation, a bit watery, a dry finish.

Meantime has better beers (their coffee stout), this is a rather ordinary porter, a bit on the sweet side.

rarbring, Sep 09, 2010
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3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle bought from Sainsburys...

Poured a dark brown almost black colour. Dark mocha head poured big thick and foamy with a pock marked, meringue like topping then faded quickly to thin covering... light patches of lacing...

Aroma - Lots of toasted bready maltiness, weak cold black coffee, some bitter chocolate, light liquorice, dark fruits (blackcurrents, plums, dates), some light sooty notes, faint muscovado sugar sweetness..

Taste - Quite a lot of roasted malt bitterness (maybe a touch harsh ?) mixed with liquorice, strong dark chocolate, definite sooty charcoal notes, some toffee / brown sugar sweetness, cola traces, roasted nuttiness, dried dark fruits (raisins, prunes, dates), peppery, some floral hops...

Feel - Smooth initially then a good sharp bite comes through... medium bodied... a very quaffable stout - i could easily down a few of these...

Overall - A pretty decent stout although maybe a little rough round the edges... recommended though...

mdagnew, Nov 13, 2008
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3.13/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

jlindros, Nov 05, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

edtri19, Sep 15, 2013
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3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Tiny head, dissipates very quickly. Dark brown-black, but very disappointing looks to be honest. No lacing.

Smells quite weakly of coffee, maybe a bit of chocolate. A touch of smokiness as well, a tiny bit of hops. Not great.

Taste is an improvement over the smell. Still quite watery, but the smokiness really gets boosted. Tastes a lot like smoked meat or something, a bit of chocolate, coffee and a dry sort of finishing.

Very watery mouthfeel. Does not feel thick at all, and the carbonation is quite fizzy, soda-like almost.

Quite drinkable since it's watery and not overly flavorful. Not a great brew to be honest, but could settle for worse. The smokiness makes it sort of interesting.

mike130, Feb 28, 2010
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3.98/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours very dark brown, almost black with lovely off-white head that slowly fades to a thin layer, no lacing. Aroma is dominated by roasted grain, some coffee.

Taste is roasted bitterness, charcoal, bits or dried plums, very dry finish and long lasting light roasted and bitter chocolate aftertaste. Mouthfeel feels thin, low carbonation.

Overall, although the beer seemed thin and boring in the beginning, it slowly grew and developed its unique flavour, but sadly there was only one bottle. Excellent session beer.

atis, May 14, 2011
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3.99/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

BEERchitect, Oct 05, 2013
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3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer is a beautiful blackish-brown color (ruby hues if held to the light). The head is a dense tan with tightly packed bubbles. Great roasted grain aroma. Coffee and cocoa and a little burnt wood-like character. The smell, though, besides the roast, is quite clean. the taste is dry and full of roasted malt and barley flavors. The malt comes first, with a hightly roasted sensation...not quite burnt. Not much hop flavor, and very little bitterness (just for balance). I think that more bitterness comes from the roast than the hops. The mouthfeel is disappointingly light...a bit too watery. If the light body is for drinkability, I think it was overdone. A little more heft would have added a lot to the experience. Still, this is a very flavorful stout.

Suds, May 13, 2009
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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

KingSlayer, Apr 07, 2014
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London Stout from Meantime Brewing Company Limited
83 out of 100 based on 51 ratings.