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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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28 Reviews
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Reviews: 28
Hads: 108
Avg: 4.21
pDev: 17.34%
Wants: 13
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Meantime Brewing Company Limited visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Porter |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Brad007 on 07-20-2012

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Photo of themind
4.31/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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!

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Photo of popery
4.37/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a fairly dark brown. Looks black from the side view of my full glass, but color is evident when looking down into the beer. I can't see any cloudiness, but it's hard to tell. Smallish light brown head. Good lacing. Aroma is a mix of caramel, cocoa, roast and a complex barrel character. The base beer is rich and full of toasty and roasty malt flavors. There's a big coffee note on a sweet background of gooey caramel and treacle. The scotch barrel is strong and carries a punch of wood, smoke, brine and booze. I've tried a couple Octomore expressions and enjoy that peaty beast of a whisky, but your mileage may vary on this beer if you're not a fan of Islay peat. The brine and smoke are just lovely. It's a shame that more beers don't get to see scotch barrels. The beer tastes similarly. Lots of roast, peat smoke, coffee, brine, molasses, and chocolate. It also adds in some dark malt fruitiness. The barrel comes through clearly and helps to dry out the sweeter side of the beer. Smooth mouthfeel. Low-ish carbonation, though pretty normal for a strong porter, particularly an English one. Lingering aftertaste of coffee, cocoa and peat. Very nice beer. Meantime is an excellent brewer, and it's great to find a both a good strong English porter and a good scotch-barrel aged beer. Over time, I imagine the barrel flavor would recede a bit and more of those fruity dark malt flavors would come out.

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Photo of brureview
4.6/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.19/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of kemoarps
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brought this back from Austin with me.

Deep rich mahogany. Creamy espresso head that lingers and lingers. Purty.

Hints of molasses and bakers chocolate with a creamy balance. Yum.

Toucan Sam (it follows the nose... never mind). Burnt malts with a creamy rich chocolate that pokes through as it warms. Strong molasses initially but mellows as it warms

Really tasty. Glad i picked it up. Would love to get it again. Definitely pick it up if you come across it.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle pour at the BevMo Holiday Beerfest held at Golden Road Brewing in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, vanilla, and malted milk. Taste is much the same with a slight smokey and woody flavor on the finish. There is a mild roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with a nice smell and some great flavors.

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Photo of divineaudio
4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

corked and caged 750ml into a wine glass.

a - pours a deep, dark brown but lets a little light through when held up to a lamp. formed a finger's worth of rocky, tan head that calmed slowly to a thin film. leaves behing big chunks of lacing in the glass.

s - chocolate malt, soy sauce, cola, fig.

t - chocolate and pale malts with lots of other little things going on. has notes of cola, faint dark fruits, a bit of black malt, a faint spiciness and also an 'old' taste which i imagine to be a very controlled level of oxidation. bitterness is mild at best. malt forward without being overly sweet. everything blends together quite well.

m - lighter side of medium with adequate carbonation. medium co2 profile. faint alcohol warming in the finish.

o - oddly, i don't get any of the scotch, barrel, or peat characteristics noted in other reviews. still a very nice beer and very drinkable, but on the expensive side for what you get. to me, this is what a porter should taste like.

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Photo of kdb150
4.72/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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.

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Photo of leprechaunandfatman
4.95/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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!

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Photo of JLebowski
5/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 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.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.63/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a goblet at SmallBar - Logan Square.

I almost mistook this one for the M&S Hospital Porter (as it's known as Hospital Porter outside the US due to labeling restrictions), but this one was brewed by Meantime for full release (rather than just for M&S) and was aged for 24 months in Bruichladdich Octomore barrels (as opposed to 4 months in Islay casks from MacLeod's Distilleries). The more you know. It pours a deep black-brown, highlighted in dark garnet, topped by a finger of tan foam. The nose comprises cocoa, roasted malts, light whiskey, and very light vanilla bean. The taste brings in more of the same, along with some light coffee notes and hints of charred oak. The body is a light-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a smooth feel. Overall, a solid porter, but one whose barrel treatment hardly comes through at all, leaving a strong sense of disappointment. As far as porters go, though, this one is still pretty tasty.

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Photo of Greenplastic615
3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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***

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Photo of socon67
4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of Kinsman
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Beachwood I,

A: Pours a super dark brown with a medium heavy off-white head. Some thick lace.

S: Peat, iodine, sea air, very Scotch oriented.

T: Great dark chocolate notes in balance with tremendous Scotch barrel character. Again, lots of peat, leather, smoke. Some dark fruit as well.

M: Medium to full-bodied, creamy, smoky, big finish and aftertaste. Very smooth.

O: A classic right here, very well made, kicks Mikkeller's Scotch barrel Black Hole's butt.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours near black. Almost headless. Leaves very slight lacing. Body looks quite bulky. Moderate light penetration.

S-Big Porter. Smoky and charred. Over-roasted coffee, salty and rich. Very deep. Scotch barrel notes too. A bit boozy. Very complex.

T-This is a brash Porter. What an ass kicker. Scotch notes drop a dowry of vanilla and wood with that smooth Single Malt character. The Scotchy notes are underlying. This beer really showcased unique flavors of bacon, charred coffee, burnt bonfire wood, a bunch of leather and a strong flick of tobacco. Never tasted such a noticeable leather flavor before. Very distinguished.

M-Big and full. Essentially a Stout. Nice bubbles. Crazy beer.

O/D-The flavors were just so uncommon and cool. I found myself having a bit of trouble drinking it due to the zany flavors. But I was so glad to try this. Just a wacky English Porter on steroids. Tastes as if you were to aggressively lick a fine leather couch.

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Photo of homebrew311
3.83/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on tap at Bad Apple. Pours opaque black with generous head forming. Tons of Laing left behind. The nose starts with roasty malts and takes on quite the peat/smoke profile. Scotch is prevalent in the form of barrel character, but not so much in terms of boozieness. Taste starts with chocolate and roast and gives way to delicate essence of Scotch. Heavy on the peat and oak, and like the nose, you don't get the boozy quality you'd expect from a barrel aged brew. Finish is clean and the alcohol content is kept well under wraps. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. Overall, a nice brew with loads of scotch quality.

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Photo of Brad007
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a strong porter but obviously not a baltic due to its' Anglo roots (much like my own).

Pours a chestnut brown with a two-finger brown-ish head into my glass. Aww, the classical, stoic English porter?

Plum and cocoa entice the nose. Perhaps some cream?

Lots of old school porter essence here. Chewy, lightly roasted with plum, cocoa and cream flavours. Diverse but not by much.

Nutty with lots of cocoa/cream factors at work. You could hardly tell that it's 8%.

Worth a try. This is what porters were and can still be. An English Porter and English Stout? Very different animals indeed!

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Naval College Old Porter from Meantime Brewing Company Limited
91 out of 100 based on 28 ratings.