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Naval College Old Porter - Meantime Brewing Company Limited

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Naval College Old PorterNaval College Old Porter

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Ratings: 99
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 9.07%
Wants: 10
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Meantime Brewing Company Limited visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Porter |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Brad007 on 07-20-2012

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Ratings: 99 | Reviews: 27
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4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this up at the Cloverleaf for the first time last night, having never tried a beer from Meantime before and not being terribly experience with English Porters. I always had the impression that they were low in alcohol and heavily roasted but this one was quite smooth and a bit stronger than I was accustomed to. The complexity of this was a plus as well as this was just more than a dark, roasted beer!

Nice ruddy brown hue to this that let in a little bit of light around the edges, with a smooth pour and roughness to the hue that would be expected for a beer of this type. I was intrigued by the aging in the Bruichladdich Octomore Barrels and it certainly kicked in once I gave this a whiff. Wood and peat combined with a strong roasted overtone and a fair amount of booze. Once I gave it a taste, the cola-like stickiness took over on top of those flavors, giving this a nice depth that only improved as this warmed up. Lots of dark malt could be found here and there was a good punch to this as well, even though the alcohol meshed in well with everything else.

While not a beer that one could chug down, this was worth savoring for a long session. Like the Innis and Gunn beers, I love how the aging process made the beer stand out from other similar offerings but there was still enough carbonation present to keep everything from becoming too heavy. English in feel through and through, this was a Porter that would be worth seeking out, even for those who aren't into Scotch. A solid brew in every sense of the word!

Photo of NJBeer265
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of KJHB
4.79/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from the bottle into a 1/2 pint tasting glass. Drunk from 45-50 F.

Appearance in the glass is a fairly clear dark chestnut brown with ruby and copper highlights, 2 fingers of almond/tan head which lasts for a moderate amount of time.

Aroma is a combination of malt, sweet toffee and fruity esters (some which are reminiscent of a brown ale) with a mild roasted grain character. No discernible hop character.

Flavor is exactly as it smells, caramel, malt, toast, a mild green apple tinge (brown malt?), mild roasted character, and a very slight raisin aftertaste indicative of an aged dark ale. Sweetness upfront which is followed by a mineral dryness characteristic of English beer.

Mouth-feel is spot on... not watery at all, but light to medium with character. Moderate carbonation which adds to the dry prickle at the end of each taste and makes me take sip after sip.

Overall, a damn good brew! I wanted to see what flavor changes occurred at a warmer temperature, but it just went down too smoothly. My father and I both agreed, we shoulda' grabbed another bottle! If you happen to come across this beer, buy 2 or 3, you'll be happy you did!

Note* I was initially confused by the brown color of the beer (I thought porter was supposed to be dark?) until I looked up the BJCP style guidelines for English porter and found two classes - brown porter and robust porter (dark to black and stronger). I wrote this review as if it was the former since it did not specify on the bottle.

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3.62/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.07/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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Photo of avalon07
2.98/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark brown color and a somewhat cloudy consistency. There was an inch of foamy, off white head that lasted an average amount of time. OK lacing.

S: A muted aroma of malt, coffee, and not much else.

T: Tasted of light notes of coffee, chocolate, malt, and an almost medicinal quality. A very thin, uninteresting flavor. No ingredient ever seems to be assertive enough. Not so great.

M: A decent amount of carbonation with a very dry finish. Medium-bodied.

O: It's kind of hard to figure why this beer has such a high rating. It's bland, watery and not particularly well done. Could have been better.

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Naval College Old Porter from Meantime Brewing Company Limited
92 out of 100 based on 99 ratings.