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London Stout - Meantime Brewing Company Limited

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Reviews: 32
Hads: 59
Avg: 3.67
pDev: 11.99%
Wants: 4
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Meantime Brewing Company Limited visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Stout |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: hunteraw on 05-24-2008

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Photo of Trizzle
3.06/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Dark, dark brown, but not black, slightly see through, minimal head fades quickly, no lace. Looks like a glass of flat coke.

Smells of sweet malts and some dry yeasty notes, not disimilar to a belgian dark ale.

Pretty bland, subtle coffee roast/toast, slight sweet malts, not getting any hops whatsoever. A hint of the yeast that was in the nose may be the most interesting thing here.. The thin and slightly over carbonated mouthfeel seems to somehow emphasise the bland nature of this stout.

Easy to session, watery, not all that interesting. Probably wouldnt want a session on it.


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Photo of jrallen34
3.06/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

I drank this from the tap into a snifter.

The beer is really a light brown, very ruby red in the light. The head is light tan about a finger high with ok retention but poor watery lacing.

The aroma doesn't exist, can't smell anything.The taste is the same with hardly any flavor and its way to watery. All you can taste is a little hops.

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Photo of jlindros
3.15/5  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.

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Photo of flyingpig
3.15/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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..

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Photo of fullsweep
3.3/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500 mL dark brown/black bottle poured into a pint glass.

Very nice head of 2 fingers, even on the slowest pour. Foam is chocolate brown, black beer underneath. Looks quite similar to a Mackeson stout but slightly lighter head in color.

Smell is very interesting/unusual. The roasted barley definitely dominates, but with an almost smoky scent.

The smoke doesn't come through in the taste. In fact, I was a little disappointed that this tasted like a pretty generic stout.

Mouthfeel was fine, but nothing spectacular.

Drinkability is average as well, but I do think I want to try it again just to get a better feel for it.

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Photo of rarbring
3.32/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

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Photo of beerdrifter
3.49/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

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Photo of GBalbin
3.52/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

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Photo of hunteraw
3.52/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Sampled at the Cambridge Beer Festival 2008. Surprised this isn't in the directory yet, as someone commented that it was "great in the bottle" which means it's being served in at least two ways, and has likely been around for a while.

Appearance: not opaque (surprisingly), brown/cola in color, with a small head

Smell: overwhelming toffee/caramel notes, with some roast and vanilla underneath

Taste: heavy diacetyl, this one. my tasting note was "caramel and chocolate covered popcorn with a bit of vanilla"

Mouthfeel: medium body

Drinkability: average, not subtle at all which hurts drinkability when the flavors happen to be so intense

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

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Photo of His_Royal_Hoppiness
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

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Photo of crowncapcollect
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle into straight pint glass.
Nice head and delicate subtle aroma. Alas, the taste whilst pleasant is nothing special - lacking something in depth and character. I liked it more the first time I tried it, but I have been going off this of late.

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Photo of mike130
3.57/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

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Photo of EmperorBevis
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
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?

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Photo of MrKennedy
3.64/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of PartyBear
3.66/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Almost pure black in colour, with a thick creamy tan head.

Aroma: Dark malts, cereal and a slight woody aroma. There is a mild sweetness to it, with a burn sugar. Hints of smoked oak chips.

Taste: Cereal tasting roasted malts, with a darkened woody bitter edge. There is a metallic iron taste, that is balanced with rich coffee flavours. Nutty flavours, cashews, and pine nuts.

Mouthfeel: Heavy and fulled bodied as a good stout should be. Smooth and silky on the palete.

Drinkability: Another good beer from Meantime, heavy and full flavoured even given the low ABV.

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Photo of Jeffo
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got this bottle at De Bierkoning in Amsterdam.

From a 500ml bottle into a nonic pint glass.

APPEARANCE: Pour yields a two finger, loose, thin, fizzy, pot holed, light brown head with half-decent retention. Pretty lousy head really. Dark brown body, clear, with some carbonation penetrating the wisp on top. Head fizzes down to a thin wisp. A bubbly wisp remains until the end leaves no lacing on the glass. Looks quite flat by the end. Poor look.

SMELL: Big nose on this one. Roasted malts, smoky malts, caramel, and a nice dose of cocoa powder. Quite a bit of cocoa and dark chocolate on the nose actually. Enticing.

TASTE: Also pretty solid here. Roasted and smoky malts, then moves into a good dose of sweet caramel and nice cocoa powder flavors. Aftertaste is medium strength yet lingers nicely, and features mostly sweet caramel, toffee and roasted flavors, though a touch of bitter chocolate and cocoa offers some nice balance.

PALATE: Medium body and medium-higher levels of carbonation. Not quite creamy enough, slightly prickly perhaps, yet goes down fine and finishes somewhat dry on the palate. Average at best.

OVERALL: While the look was unappealing, especially the lousy head, and the feel nothing to write home about, the nose and flavor were quite enjoyable. This one shows that you can have lots of nice aroma and flavor while holding to a lower abv. An enjoyable brew I’d definitely pick up again. Recommended.

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Photo of
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Old Brewery Restaurant in Greenwich.

Dark black with a creamy white head. Carbonation is moderate and the texture is creamy, but medium bodied. Flavours include chocolate, coffe, dark fruits and roasted grain with a curious bitter mineral finish.

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Photo of mdagnew
3.75/5  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...

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Photo of FLima
3.77/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of eric5bellies
3.81/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

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Photo of eduardolinhalis
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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...

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Photo of Suds
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

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Photo of atis
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

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London Stout from Meantime Brewing Company Limited
83 out of 100 based on 32 ratings.