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London Stout - Meantime Brewing Company Limited

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London StoutLondon Stout

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83
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50 Ratings
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Ratings: 50
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 9.02%
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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3/5  rDev -18%

Dracook, Jan 07, 2013
Photo of pin
3/5  rDev -18%

pin, Jun 03, 2013
Photo of Trizzle
3.05/5  rDev -16.7%

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.

Bummer.

Trizzle, Feb 22, 2010
Photo of jrallen34
3.05/5  rDev -16.7%

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.

jrallen34, Dec 07, 2009
Photo of jlindros
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.

jlindros, Nov 05, 2012
Photo of flyingpig
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..

flyingpig, Nov 15, 2012
Photo of Amalak
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Amalak, Nov 04, 2012
Photo of fullsweep
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

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.

fullsweep, Aug 13, 2009
Photo of rarbring
3.33/5  rDev -9%

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
Photo of beerdrifter
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.

beerdrifter, May 29, 2013
Photo of adamcthomp
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

adamcthomp, Apr 13, 2013
Photo of JohnQVD
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

JohnQVD, Aug 22, 2013
Photo of His_Royal_Hoppiness
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.

His_Royal_Hoppiness, Feb 03, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

spycow, Mar 10, 2013
Photo of hunteraw
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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

hunteraw, May 24, 2008
Photo of Viceroy
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Viceroy, Sep 12, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

hoppecatania, Jun 27, 2014
Photo of diverite
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

diverite, Mar 12, 2013
Photo of BlackHaddock
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%

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
Photo of GBalbin
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%

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
Photo of crowncapcollect
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%

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.

crowncapcollect, Sep 05, 2009
Photo of EmperorBevis
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%

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
Photo of MrKennedy
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%

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
Photo of mike130
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%

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
Photo of Jeffo
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%

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.

Jeffo, Sep 21, 2011
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London Stout from Meantime Brewing Company Limited
83 out of 100 based on 50 ratings.