Naval College Old Porter - Meantime Brewing Company Limited
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Ratings: 85 | Reviews: 24 | Display Reviews Only:
5/5 rDev +18.5%
Listen, I know what you're thinking, "This guy just gave a beer 5.0, a fucking perfect? He's either drunk off his ass, a huge homer, or way too overzealous."
My rebuttal and explanation:
Appearance: What do you look for when reviewing a porter? A liquid that's dark in color? A nice mocha colored head that isn't pathetically pee-wee Herman sized and actually has some actual depth to it? Well, this beer looks great, beautifully dark with some substantial head.
Smell: Wow, the barrel aging is amazing, the peat-type scotch scent is strong and...guess what? Perfect. Combine that with the chocolate and coffee smells, and you've got a perfect smell for a BA porter. Not to belabor here, but lets think about this, its a Porter aged in Scotch barrels, in an ideal circumstance, how should it smell? Exactly. 5.
Taste: The peat-scotch taste is boldly present, with coffee, mocha, vanilla beans perhaps, and some amazing fudge browniesk(just go with it) chocolate.
Mouthfeel: So, this is a Porter, in my experience, Porters are generally less think/creamy than stouts and in THIS ONE INSTANCE, this Porter succumbs to the weight of the stout standards. Wait, whats that? This amazing beer IS a Porter, wow, I was so enamored with it I assumed it was a stout. The mouth feel is a little less than full but is VERY smooth with carbonation that leads you perfectly into the scotch after-taste.
Overall: Whats left to be said? I gave this beer a 5, a MF'n perfect and I stand by it completely. There is NO DOUBT that for a Porter, this beer is the fucking pinnacle, the god-damn summit, the peak, the climax, the meeting of A+S+T+M.
If you enjoy scotch and porter/stouts, then buy one. Actually, don't, don't do it. Don't buy one, buy as many as you can. I spent 9.99 on this beer and I would easily spend twice that on a regular basis and three times that on a special occasion.
10-25-2012 05:01:45 | More by JLebowski
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
4.75/5 rDev +12.6%
Poured into a 6 oz. tasting glass from the tap.
A - typical porter, very dark brown. Despite a fairly vigorous pour, it came with minimal head. Looks like a big porter. Nice.
S - notes of oak, smoke, whisky, vanilla, chocolate, with hints of tobacco and leather. This smells terrific.
T - wow. Smoky, peaty scotch permeates throughout, but is not overpowering the way one would expect; this clearly benefitted from such a long time in the barrel. Roasted dark chocolate is also big in this, and the vanilla/oak from the nose are in perfect balance with the scotch flavor. This is without a doubt one of the very best tasting beers I have ever had. Amazing.
M - pretty thick, this one coats and sticks around, leaving a fantastic aftertaste. Low to moderate carb works very well here.
O - this is a phenomenal beer. I've been looking out for beers aged in scotch barrels as a break from the standard bourbon, and this is only the second I've had, from a brewery I've never heard of. Well, they've knocked this one out of the park; balancing a smoky, peaty scotch so perfectly with a beer has to be an incredibly difficult task, but everything here works together in harmony. I'm loathe to give any beer a perfect score, but I'm tempted to with this one. Unbelievably good.
11-23-2012 20:45:25 | More by kdb150
4.6/5 rDev +9%
Poured a rich dark coffee color in a pint glass. 1 Finger head.
Very strong vanilla wafting from the head.
The mouth feel is lightly carbonated.
Highly complex taste: coffee, vanilla, plum. As the beer warms, the coffee wanes, and a peet flavor becomes apparent. The beer is aged 24 months oak aging in used Bruichladdich Octomore( Islay single malt) barrels.
There is mild bitterness. The complexity on the back of the tongue is excellent. This is a sign of an excellent beer.
Overall, a first rate English porter. Serve warmer 50-55.
03-22-2013 02:14:21 | More by brureview
4.6/5 rDev +9%
1 pint 9.4 fl oz bottle with a best by date of 23.05.15.
Poured a dark cola brown with a sand colored head that started out rather voluminous and then settled down to a nice collar on the beer. Nicely carbonated after being cellared for a year or two. Respectable lacing on the sides of the glass.
Nose consists of loads of dark and milk chocolate, earthiness, peat, and hints of whisky.
Taste consists of roasted dark malt, bitter dark chocolate, and caramel. Also picking up the whisky--slight hint of the 8% abv. An overall earthiness.
Mouthfeel is substantial and incredibly smooth--like velvet.
This is a special porter.
11-03-2013 04:05:20 | More by JohnnyP3
Naval College Old Porter from Meantime Brewing Company Limited
93 out of 100 based on 85 ratings.