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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

85 Ratings
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Ratings: 85
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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3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

AOShabaz, Dec 15, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -23%

Peter1977, Dec 15, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

scott2269, Dec 08, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

DangerDawg, Dec 08, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

tobelerone, Nov 30, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

2GOOFY, Nov 23, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

freewill35, Nov 09, 2013
Photo of Stevedore
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%

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 +6.6%

GRG1313, Nov 08, 2013
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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.

JohnnyP3, Nov 03, 2013
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4.46/5  rDev +5.7%

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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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Frobot13, Oct 24, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Craigory, Oct 21, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

blackcloud, Sep 09, 2013
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4.2/5  rDev -0.5%

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, best before 5/23/2015. Pours clear very dark brown color with a 2 finger dense khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big milk chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, toast, biscuit, toffee, dark bread, coffee, clove, oak, light nuttiness, peat smoke, raisin, and roasted earthiness. Incredible aromas with big complexity and balance of dark/roasted notes with moderate oak/smoke presence; and good strength. Taste of milk chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, toast, toffee, biscuit, coffee, dark bread, clove, oak, light nuttiness, floral, light smoke, and roasted earthiness. Lingering notes of chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, toast, toffee, dark bread, coffee, oak, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity and balance of roasted/dark malt flavors with moderate barrel presence; with great robustness and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very creamy and lightly slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent oak aged Baltic porter! All around great complexity and robustness of dark/roasted flavors with moderate oak presence; and very smooth to sip on. A highly enjoyable offering.

superspak, Jul 17, 2013
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4.46/5  rDev +5.7%

Drank from a 1pt. 9.4fl.oz. corked and caged bottle purchased at Craft Beer Cellar, Belmont, MA
BBE 23 05 15
Served in a pint glass

Dark brown/black appearance. A super tight, creamy and bubbly, light tan head capped the liquid. The head faded to patchy lacing.

The nose was super smoky. Dry, roasty and peaty. Some powdery yeastiness. Strong espresso and chocolate notes. Woody with hints of oak.

Roasted malts and smoke dominated the flavor profile as well. Hefty dose of espresso. Some bittersweet chocolate notes. Touch of brown sugar. Slightly fruity. Raisins and plums were noticeable. Nutty. The finish was roasty and slightly bitter. Somewhat boozy, but in a good way.

The mouthfeel was super creamy. Smooth and supple. Medium bodied for the style.

Meantime's Naval College Old Porter is fantastically flavorful and amazingly quaffable. The Scotch barrel aging lent this beer an outstanding smoky quality and terrific overall complexity.

Damian, Jul 12, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

Zbeetleman, Jul 08, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

zenithberwyn, Jun 24, 2013
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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.

Brenden, May 06, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

MikeCactusGordon, Apr 22, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

mookihouse, Mar 31, 2013
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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!

themind, Mar 31, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

t0rin0, Mar 30, 2013
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4.38/5  rDev +3.8%

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.

popery, Mar 24, 2013
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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.

brureview, Mar 22, 2013
Naval College Old Porter from Meantime Brewing Company Limited
93 out of 100 based on 85 ratings.