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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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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

84 Ratings
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Ratings: 84
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 8.77%
Wants: 7
Gots: 4 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Brad007 on 07-20-2012)
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shangwang

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

12-07-2012 13:17:06 | More by shangwang
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VernonKell

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

11-15-2012 22:55:35 | More by VernonKell
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Bizoneill

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

02-27-2013 15:23:53 | More by Bizoneill
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

01-31-2013 00:06:26 | More by acurtis
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ste5venla

California

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

11-01-2012 21:12:35 | More by ste5venla
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Brenden

Ohio

4.41/5  rDev +4.5%

A dark brown like most of its line of porters, this one may have a little more murkiness in its depth but is the same otherwise. The small brown head that develops caps at just over half a finger and drops until it consists of a tighter, creamier, more compact head. It leaves a pretty good amount of patchiness.
Peat comes off on the nose, exceptionally level with the perfect smokiness that's not too heavy but shows its presence. Alcohol is noticeable but gentle, coaxing rather than demanding. Some semi-sweet cocoa and a hint of plum waft out underneath. Dry woodiness, oaky, mingles with toast, caramel & toffee sweetness, and just a touch of brine for an exceedingly complex and deep aroma.
...and it certainly translates on the palate. This is as much like a fine, delicious sipping Scotch as any beer I've ever had. Peat, smoke, roast, cocoa, coffee, caramel, toffee, brine, plum: it's all here. Absolutely delicious, complex, delicate, and balanced by oak that's both taste and texture, I want another bottle to sit with on my porch while I smoke a good cigar.
The alcohol smooths out the carbonation in this medium-bodied brew, and the wood lends a semi-dry character to the finish. Very nice.
Want to know how to barrel age a porter (as opposed to, say, an Imperial Stout)? Pretty much like this.

05-06-2013 20:05:48 | More by Brenden
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MrVonzipper

California

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

01-13-2013 10:54:57 | More by MrVonzipper
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socon67

New York

4.2/5  rDev -0.5%

On tap at The Good Life, Massapequa NY

A - Black pour with a rich brown foam that is lively but dissaptes fast. Rings of lacing on the glass.

S - Scent is of chocolate and dark malts. There is a strong smell of smoky peat malt which is very cool. Gives a subdued bit of smoke in the finish.

T - Rich porter that is heavy with malt and cocoa. Could easily see this as adult Ovaltine. Finish again has a pronounced smoky taste. Hickory BBQ comes to mind.

M - Found this a heavy porter that always greys the line of being a stout. Rich flavors and the smoky bite make this hard to session, but rather savor. Went perfect with my beer short ribs.

O - Love traditional english porters and this was a great find. Would certainly hve this guy again.

09-22-2012 14:46:14 | More by socon67
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sbluerock

Tennessee

4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

11-18-2012 05:20:33 | More by sbluerock
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freewill35

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

11-09-2013 01:20:20 | More by freewill35
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jmgrub

California

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

11-13-2012 22:00:32 | More by jmgrub
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Kinsman

California

4.18/5  rDev -0.9%

A nice pitch black body capped by a large and dense white head. Lots of sticky lasce left behind. Sweet chocolatey porter notes upfront before the Scotch aromas come through. Peat and a bit of smoke pair well with the base beer.

Flavors give you a nice balance between the sweet and malty notes of the porter with the intense peat and phenols of the Scotch. Lacking is the vanilla oaky sweetness that often dominates bourbon barrel aged beers, bringing about the unique advantages of using Islay scotch barrels. Without the barrels, Meantime still brews a mean porter, and the barrels only build on this with just a touch of smokiness and a nice bit of peat without overpowering you. In the background you get a nice variety of chocolate and coffee to make one hell of a complex package.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth with a nice bit of carbonation that often lacks in barrel aged beers. Overall, this only makes me want more scotch barrel aged beers. I love my bourbon barrels but I generally prefer Scotch because it's not as sweet, and that carries over into the beer world as well. Lightly smokey with a delicious porter?... I'll take it.

09-11-2012 00:26:58 | More by Kinsman
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Denzo

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

12-15-2013 00:15:03 | More by Denzo
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GRG1313

California

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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Peter1977

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -23%

12-15-2013 00:08:01 | More by Peter1977
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Chugs13

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

07-24-2012 02:07:38 | More by Chugs13
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DrinkSlurm

Connecticut

4.2/5  rDev -0.5%

Poured from tap into A'chouffe tulip at lazy boy in white plains, ny. Pours a deep black with 2 fingers of creamy off-white head. Nice roasted bitter malted aromas with some barrel and woody notes; some boozey bourbon/scotch. Great roasted peaty scotch flavor...nice and smooth and unique. A very good beer.

02-22-2013 20:35:18 | More by DrinkSlurm
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leprechaunandfatman

Ohio

4.95/5  rDev +17.3%

Had never heard of it before, a bartender recommended it, couldn't be happier! The beer came in an eight ounce glass and was as dark and rich a color as I have ever seen. The smell was strong on the smokiness with a nice crisp scotch/cardboard smell mixed in as well. The taste, well, it was amazing. Wonderfully rich oak and smoke notes with heavy cocoa, alcohol and paraffin tastes as well. Almost tastes like a good scotch or whiskey mixed expertly with a nice porter. Wonderful beer that I will be seeking out whenever possible!

11-11-2012 21:37:27 | More by leprechaunandfatman
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DangerDawg

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

12-08-2013 01:32:22 | More by DangerDawg
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Craigory

South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

10-21-2013 00:04:41 | More by Craigory
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JuanAlberto

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

08-10-2014 17:00:29 | More by JuanAlberto
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Maillard

California

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

06-02-2014 04:59:33 | More by Maillard
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beerhawk41

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

11-01-2012 18:11:45 | More by beerhawk41
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Greenplastic615

Pennsylvania

3.96/5  rDev -6.2%

On tap @ Khyber Pass in Philly - 8oz into a snifter.

Pours a dark-brown (nearly black) with minimal head. Smells (and tastes) smoky and peaty; scotch-like. The barrel treatment on this is quite well executed.

Really enjoyed this one a lot, and will try to seek out a few bottles for the cellar.

***Edit - had this a second time from the bottle and was not nearly as impressed as I was with the draft version***

09-24-2012 15:55:47 | More by Greenplastic615
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themind

New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +2.6%

This may be the best porter I have had to date. Pours a creamy generous head with a woodsy scotch aroma. The abv is hidden well as the beer is not " hot " at all. I very much enjoyed this brew and would buy it again. Porter lovers will embrace this beer. The scotch and smoky flavor will knock your socks off!

Bottom Line: Top notch porter!

03-31-2013 00:15:42 | More by themind
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Naval College Old Porter from Meantime Brewing Company Limited
93 out of 100 based on 84 ratings.