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Naval College Old Porter - Meantime Brewing Company Limited

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92 Ratings
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Ratings: 92
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 9.07%
Wants: 9
Gots: 6 | 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 TMoney2591
3.63/5  rDev -13.4%
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.

Photo of kaelingirl
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of Greenplastic615
3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
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***

Photo of socon67
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Photo of emaciated
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of kjkinsey
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of Kinsman
4.15/5  rDev -1%
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.

Photo of Halcyondays
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Photo of sliverX
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of VelvetExtract
4.15/5  rDev -1%
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.

Photo of rab53
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of homebrew311
3.83/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

Photo of spamages
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of durrrr
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of Chugs13
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of Brad007
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
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
92 out of 100 based on 92 ratings.