Chocolate Porter - Meantime Brewing Company Limited

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Chocolate PorterChocolate Porter

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Ratings: 57
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 2
Gots: 12 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Meantime Brewing Company Limited visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
Baltic Porter |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: plaid75 on 11-17-2010

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Ratings: 57 | Reviews: 20
Reviews by Hoppsbabo:
Photo of Hoppsbabo
4.42/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Very, very dark amber, virtually black. Off-white head.

S: Smokey chocolate.

T: Wow! Actually tastes of chocolate. Less smokey and tangy than lots of other English porters. Very well balanced - the flavours work perfectly well together.

O: Can't fault it in any way. The world would be a better place if it replaced Guinness in pubs but chance would be a fine thing.

More User Reviews:
Photo of mick_cooper
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Very chocolately, almost sweet-like. Rich, thick, hot chocolate.

Photo of Grizzly_Dom
3.54/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Dark treacle brown. Slight translucence. Foamy rich light brown head with quite big bubbles.

I thought fruity hoppiness at first and then pure rich, sweet chocolate with perhaps a hint of honey.

Bitter at first with a deep rich chocloatey maltinees and quite a silky mouthfeel.

Slight burnt taste with a final salty, tart bitterness leaving what I thought was quite a powdery feel in the mouth. Almost a bit musty!

Loved the choccy in the aroma but wasn't a big fan of the chocolate left on the finish. Was also a little bit too burn toast end of the scale for my primitive tastes.

Photo of metter98
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is clear but very dark brownish red in color and has ever so slight hints of visible carbonation. It poured with a short off white head that quickly died down, leaving patches of bubbles in the center of the glass and a collar around the edge.
S: Light aromas of chocolate are present in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste is quite chocolately and tastes like a watered down version of Hershey's Chocolate Syrup without the sweetness and some hints of bitterness.
M: It feels a bit shy of medium-bodied and a little thin on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer has nice flavors of chocolate that seem natural and not too heavy and sweet. It tastes more like an English Porter compared to a Baltic Porter.

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.34/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

330ml Bottle: at 6.5% ABV, this is the same beer: poured into a Westvleteren chalice on 5th Nov 2013.

Lovely red hue to the dark body, sadly the tan coloured head soon fell away to a wispy covering.

The nose was surprise, surprise, fairly chocolatey in nature, rich, dark chocolate to be exact.

Taste wise it was also chocolate led in flavour, some coffee notes too: as it warmed a little some sweet vanilla hints began to arrive.

Medium bodied for a Porter and not at all creamy, although it was fairly smooth in the mouth.

Not as powerful or flavoursome as I expected: not bad, but no world beater.

Photo of plaid75
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark brown hue with a half finger foamy white head. There was little retention and lacing.

The smell featured aras of chocolate icing and caramel.

The flavor was likewise chocolately with streaks of sweetness and a touch of smoke.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall an interesting porter.

Photo of beerdrifter
4.47/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at Bert's Bierhuis in Utrect, The Netherlands. Dark mahogany pour with a creamy one and a half finger tan head with decent retention and nice lacing. There's only one way to describe the nose...chocolate! This has to be one of the most intense chocolate beers I've smelled. More of a sweet milk chocolate than the typical dark chocolate in most beers of this style. And it only gets better as it warms, with just a hint of coffee emerging late. The taste is a complex chocolate lovers dream. Dark chocolate, cocoa and milk chocolate all are represented. The sweetness of the milk chocolate and the bitterness of the dark chocolate are perfectly balanced. The mouthfeel is slightly thick for a Porter, but smooth as silk. The drinkability is off the charts. Usually beers like this are sickly sweet and more for dessert, but I could drink this all night. Will definitely be tracking down more of this next time I'm in the UK. Hands down the best chocolate beer I've had!

Photo of UncleBrazzie
4.52/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I like beers with in distinct bottles, and Meantime's bottles are simply cute: little flacons of delicately fluted yumminess.
What's inside is equally fine: a solid, dark-yet-not-black pour with a nice creamy bit of pale head.
And that nose! Oodles of of chocolate-milky goodness, toasted caramel/chocolate malts and a hint of roast. Even if it were only for the nose, this is a beer to try.
Flavour and taste are perfectly congruent, focusing on a delicate yet firm illusion of chocolate, without the beer actually containing any. Slightly thin mouthfeel.
Elegant and tasty, spectacularly skillfully crafted. Ideal dessert brew; I'll pick this over pousse café any time.

Photo of EmperorBevis
4.47/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep brown body with a thick tan head

Rich chocolate on the nose with hints of syrup.

Deep porter tastes that rival the choco with roasts great roasts in great roasts on the great .

Deep tasting full on flavour that balances the heavy heavy monster sound deep and scary.

Photo of BigBry
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Small bottle purchased to enjoy with our hosts while visiting them in Andover.
The beer pours clear, dark brown with orangish red hilights and a tan head. Good retention, left some lacing. Sweet smelling, brown sugar and milk chocolate. Sweet taste to start, more brown sugar and chocolate, hint of vanilla, bitterness to finish.
Low carbonation, minimal bubbles. Smooth, but a bit too thin to call it creamy. Medium body and mouthfeel.
Very nice, especially as an after dinner drink. Cheers

Photo of rarbring
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The brew is clear dark brown with copper nuances, has a tan foamy head that leaves some lacing and has good curtains.

Smelling of dark syrup, honey and milk chocolate.

The taste starts sweet, brown sugar, dark syrup bread, chocolate and vanilla, some bitter cacao finish.

Little carbonation, very small bubbles. Soft and somoth, a medium body.

A good replacement for a chocolate mousse.

Photo of PancakeMcWaffles
3.96/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Dark nut-brown colour, lets little light through, creamy tanned head, little lacing, decent head retention;

S: Strong and sweet chocolate together with a strong malt aroma, hints of caramel, very nice smell;

T: Starts similar to the smell, strong chocolate, but less maltyness and caramel than expected. The finish doesn't last very long, some hop and roasted malt bitterness kick in after the finish, a roasty, slightly bitter aftertaste lingers for a long time;

M: Carbonation level fits the brew perfectly, creates a slightly creamy mouthfeel although the beer feels rather light bodied, lacks some body in my opinion!

O: Amazing smell, pronounced dark chocolate, very appealing. Taste is good, mouthfeel and body lack something in my opinion though

Photo of CStrife187
3.91/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 33cl Bottle into a tasting glass.

A - mostly opaque brown with a slightly reddish hue on the edges. 1 finger head fades somewhat quickly and leaves behind moderate lacing

S - Strong scent of roasted malt with smoke and dark chocolate. The combination of the smoke and dark chocolate smells like baker's chocolate.

T - Dry smoke/malt in the beginning followed by mild chocolate. Chocolate bitterness with just a hint of hop on the finish. Leaves behind a very coffee-like aftertaste that lingers for a good bit. Pretty well balanced but very smoky.

*edit* As the beer reaches room temperature, the chocolate really comes out. A notable improvement on already good taste.

M - Not to thick, mildly carbonated. Very smooth from start to finish.

O - Well balanced between the malts up front and the chocolate/coffee bitterness in the back. I would say it's a little too smoky, but that may just be because the smoke taste reminds me of the voodoo bacon maple ale. I'll definitely pick up another Meantime brew on my next trip to the bottle shop.

Photo of headphonick
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

@SantaBirra . Torrent de les Flors 61 Barcelona

Photo of MrIce
4.42/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark, brown colour - with cream white head. Notes of chocolate, coffee, dried fruits as primary notes.

Toasted malts, some bitter chocolate. Creamy, with chocolate flavour filling out back of the palate.

Some bitterness in the finish, not to prominent at all

A very nice porter with a good drinkability

Photo of svanet01
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked up at De Bierkoning in Amsterdam.

Poured into a tulip glass - dark, almost black color, but with a low enough viscosity that light can peak through the glass. As such, much less creamy, or full, as a stout. Nice hints of chocolate, and the light carbonation perks it up so you chocolate notes pop back up in the aftertaste.

On the label, it recommends to have as a desert beer or digestif, but I would defer to something a tad stronger, fuller-bodied.

Photo of DispyDnb
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottiglia a Wetherspoon ad Angel, Londra.
Choccolate stout che va decisamente più sul cioccolato al latte e si distanzia dalle sue simili in quanto a gusto. Ottima se gradite io genere.

Photo of FLima
4.23/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown color with a nice thick caramel head with good retention and leaving laces.
Aroma of dark chocolate, initially less than I would expect given its addition on maturation, though significantly increased with the temperature. Hints of toasted, smoked and crude malts.
Flavor was more intense right at the beginning, starting with a refreshing and spicy sensation from its hops and carbonation, and followed by dark chocolates from toasted and smoked malts and then to a dry and slightly chocolate oily aftertaste.
Light to medium body with medium carbonation with small bubbles.
I should have just sipped while it was cold, this was so much nicer when got warmer. This is also an indication of its high drinkability, bitter, hoppy and flavorful and not really sweet.

Photo of thierrynantes
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer bottle (33 cl.) purchased form Bières & Chopes, and tasted in 2011.

Appearance : darj brown color, with tan foamy head.
Smell : roasted, chocolate and coffee aromas.
Taste and mouthfeel : dark chocolate with coffee and cocoa notes, dry and bitter finish.
Drinkability : a good beer in the style English porter.

Photo of SkunkWorks
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at TJ Finleys in Bay Shore, NY. Served in a Palm Tulip.

Before I begin this review, I will say I have a hard time believing this is a baltic porter.

Look: dark brown body with a thin, foamy white head that has a good deal of retention but no lacing.

Smell: chocolate really stands out here but there's nothing else. If you've ever had Southern Tier Choklat, that's more or less what this smells like in terms of chocolate strength, minus some of the roasted malt aromas present in Choklat.

Taste: follows the nose with a serious overdose of chocolate. It took awhile for me to find any other nuances in the flavor but there wasn't much else except a bit of a bitter hop finish. Luckily for Meantime, I happen to like intense chocolate flavor in beer so this is still quite good though perhaps not as nuanced as I'd like.

Feel: medium bodied, a bit creamy, moderately carbonated, tends towards sweet rather than bitter and no alcohol warmth.

Drink: could have several of these without an issue. Definitely a sessionable brew.

Overall, I liked this one so long as I don't review it against the style. Nothing about this says "baltic porter" to me, not in the strength or the typical baltic porter flavors, which are all completely absent. I would drink this one if chocolate infused beer is your thing because you will love it, otherwise I wouldn't bother. Cheers.

Chocolate Porter from Meantime Brewing Company Limited
87 out of 100 based on 57 ratings.