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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

83 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 83
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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ScottHeidrich119

Maine

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

11-30-2012 21:30:00 | More by ScottHeidrich119
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kdb150

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-23-2012 20:45:25 | More by kdb150
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Dactrius

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

11-21-2012 19:27:49 | More by Dactrius
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sbluerock

Tennessee

4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

11-18-2012 05:20:33 | More by sbluerock
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Millette


4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

11-18-2012 01:31:01 | More by Millette
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VernonKell

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

11-15-2012 22:55:35 | More by VernonKell
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jmgrub

California

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

11-13-2012 22:00:32 | More by jmgrub
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leprechaunandfatman

Ohio

4.95/5  rDev +17.3%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

11-11-2012 21:37:27 | More by leprechaunandfatman
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ste5venla

California

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

11-01-2012 21:12:35 | More by ste5venla
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beerhawk41

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

11-01-2012 18:11:45 | More by beerhawk41
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BeerHunter76

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

10-28-2012 20:57:01 | More by BeerHunter76
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JLebowski

Ohio

5/5  rDev +18.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2012 05:01:45 | More by JLebowski
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M1A2

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

10-24-2012 15:43:23 | More by M1A2
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larbush

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

10-22-2012 21:48:13 | More by larbush
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imperialking

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

10-22-2012 18:26:14 | More by imperialking
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Jwale73

Rhode Island

3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

10-20-2012 23:00:25 | More by Jwale73
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.63/5  rDev -14%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-15-2012 20:14:38 | More by TMoney2591
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kaelingirl

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

09-25-2012 22:36:32 | More by kaelingirl
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Greenplastic615

Pennsylvania

3.96/5  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***

Serving type: on-tap

09-24-2012 15:55:47 | More by Greenplastic615
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socon67

New York

4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-22-2012 14:46:14 | More by socon67
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emaciated

California

3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

09-16-2012 22:24:53 | More by emaciated
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Texasfan549

Texas

4/5  rDev -5.2%

09-12-2012 00:05:01 | More by Texasfan549
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kjkinsey

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

09-12-2012 00:00:29 | More by kjkinsey
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Kinsman

California

4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2012 00:26:58 | More by Kinsman
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Halcyondays

California

4.48/5  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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-08-2012 21:25:20 | More by Halcyondays
Naval College Old Porter from Meantime Brewing Company Limited
93 out of 100 based on 83 ratings.