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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

86 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

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Ratings: 86
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 8.53%
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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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

UCLABrewN84, Dec 02, 2012
Photo of divineaudio
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

divineaudio, Dec 01, 2012
Photo of FrankShirley
4/5  rDev -5.2%

FrankShirley, Nov 30, 2012
Photo of ScottHeidrich119
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

ScottHeidrich119, Nov 30, 2012
Photo of kdb150
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.

kdb150, Nov 23, 2012
Photo of Dactrius
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Dactrius, Nov 21, 2012
Photo of sbluerock
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

sbluerock, Nov 18, 2012
Photo of Millette
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Millette, Nov 18, 2012
Photo of VernonKell
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

VernonKell, Nov 15, 2012
Photo of jmgrub
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

jmgrub, Nov 13, 2012
Photo of leprechaunandfatman
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!

leprechaunandfatman, Nov 11, 2012
Photo of ste5venla
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

ste5venla, Nov 01, 2012
Photo of beerhawk41
3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

beerhawk41, Nov 01, 2012
Photo of BeerHunter76
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

BeerHunter76, Oct 28, 2012
Photo of JLebowski
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.

JLebowski, Oct 25, 2012
Photo of M1A2
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

M1A2, Oct 24, 2012
Photo of larbush
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

larbush, Oct 22, 2012
Photo of imperialking
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

imperialking, Oct 22, 2012
Photo of Jwale73
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

Jwale73, Oct 21, 2012
Photo of TMoney2591
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.

TMoney2591, Oct 15, 2012
Photo of kaelingirl
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

kaelingirl, Sep 25, 2012
Photo of Greenplastic615
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***

Greenplastic615, Sep 24, 2012
Photo of socon67
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.

socon67, Sep 22, 2012
Photo of emaciated
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

emaciated, Sep 16, 2012
Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Texasfan549, Sep 12, 2012
Naval College Old Porter from Meantime Brewing Company Limited
93 out of 100 based on 86 ratings.