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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: 89
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 9.29%
Wants: 7
Gots: 5 | 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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Photo of avalon07
2.96/5  rDev -29.5%
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.

avalon07, Tuesday at 02:18 PM
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3.7/5  rDev -11.9%

Bp123, Oct 18, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Maillard, Jun 02, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

Jtrigonis, Jan 30, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

In_Control_Mike, Dec 15, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

Denzo, Dec 15, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

jayhunter357, Dec 15, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

shehateme, Dec 15, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

AOShabaz, Dec 15, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -22.6%

Peter1977, Dec 15, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

scott2269, Dec 08, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

freewill35, Nov 09, 2013
Photo of Stevedore
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Atlas World Grill in Iowa City. Served in a 12oz goblet today, 10/7/2013.

Review #283.

An opaque, dark black body with a beautiful mocha head, served at about 1cm, with good retention. Finally drops into the beer, leaving a mocha collar and nice rings of lacing as it goes down.

Smells great. A bit smoky, rather charred and very roasty. Lots of black coffee flavours and a bit of that espresso bitterness, mixing in with some sweet milk chocolate. Really smells great, and only gets better as it warms up.

Flavour profile is that of a typical English porter, but with some oak on it. Earthy, roasty, nutty profile with a good bit of coffee flavour and bitterness and chocolate, even some dark fruits come out as it warms. Everything melds together quite well in this one.

Medium bodied, a little watery but not terribly so. Very good carbonation, creamy and easy to drink. Gets sticky as it warms up, good dry finish that is refreshing. Drinks like a bigger beer than it actually is.

I like porters a lot and this is what I envision to be a solid representation of the style. The earthiness I assume is coming from the English-style hops (EKG, etc.) used in this, which gives it that flavour profile I enjoy as opposed to the American hops trying to make it more floral and citrusy. This delivers on all counts and isn't difficult to get here. Recommended for anyone who enjoys porters.

Stevedore, Nov 08, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

GRG1313, Nov 08, 2013
Photo of JohnnyP3
4.6/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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.

JohnnyP3, Nov 03, 2013
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4.46/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pint glass.

Appearance: Very dark brown, pours thin with a ridiculous thick tan head maybe two finger's length off the body.

Smell: This is one potent brew. The smell, let's take that back...the aroma this beer pushes out is that f'n good. Strong rum scent with wood barrel type notes with hits of caramel.

Taste: Sweet rum taste like sweet coffee with light milk and hits of brown sugar. There's a vanilla aspect to it that hinders it. It's good at first but feel like it's just a notch too much...still very good.

Mouth: Medium bodied, smooth like dessert. Sticky...no complaints.

Overall: Very good porter, in fact one of the best I've had in recent times. I have one more bottle and guess I'll be waiting till the next day off I get to finish it. I hope you all enjoy this gem. Salud!

BlurryVisi0n, Oct 29, 2013
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Naval College Old Porter from Meantime Brewing Company Limited
93 out of 100 based on 89 ratings.