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London Stout - Meantime Brewing Company Limited

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London StoutLondon Stout

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BA SCORE
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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Photo of atis
3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
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
Photo of JohnQVD
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

JohnQVD, Aug 22, 2013
Photo of hunteraw
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
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

hunteraw, May 24, 2008
Photo of BrazilianAussie
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

BrazilianAussie, Feb 25, 2012
Photo of His_Royal_Hoppiness
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
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
Photo of cfrobrew
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

cfrobrew, Aug 20, 2014
Photo of MrKennedy
3.63/5  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.

MrKennedy, Aug 10, 2011
Photo of PartyBear
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

PartyBear, Sep 22, 2009
Photo of fullsweep
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

fullsweep, Aug 13, 2009
Photo of diverite
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

diverite, Mar 12, 2013
Photo of KingSlayer
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

KingSlayer, Apr 06, 2014
Photo of adamcthomp
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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

hoppecatania, Jun 27, 2014
Photo of Beerstorian
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Beerstorian, Feb 17, 2013
Photo of steverx8
3.86/5  rDev +5.5%

steverx8, Sep 08, 2013
Photo of Trizzle
3.05/5  rDev -16.7%
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.

Bummer.

Trizzle, Feb 22, 2010
Photo of Dracook
3/5  rDev -18%

Dracook, Jan 07, 2013
Photo of Viceroy
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Viceroy, Sep 12, 2012
Photo of BlackDogs
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

BlackDogs, Jul 22, 2012
Photo of crowncapcollect
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

crowncapcollect, Sep 05, 2009
Photo of mike130
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
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
Photo of GBalbin
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
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
Photo of edtri19
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

edtri19, Sep 15, 2013
Photo of ilSavio
4/5  rDev +9.3%

ilSavio, Mar 12, 2012
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London Stout from Meantime Brewing Company Limited
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