Naval College Old Porter - Meantime Brewing Company Limited
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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.
05-06-2013 20:05:48 | More by Brenden
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
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.
03-24-2013 05:46:54 | More by popery
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
4.2/5 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
4.23/5 rDev +0.2%
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.
01-08-2013 02:24:52 | More by kemoarps
4.33/5 rDev +2.6%
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.
12-02-2012 05:41:12 | More by UCLABrewN84
4.13/5 rDev -2.1%
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.
12-01-2012 01:45:38 | More by divineaudio
Naval College Old Porter from Meantime Brewing Company Limited
93 out of 100 based on 84 ratings.