Meantime Brewing Company Limited

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Meantime Brewing Company Limited
England, United Kingdom
English Stout
3.65 | pDev: 13.97%
Oct 24, 2015
Sep 16, 2003
Notes: Beer re-formulated from 4.9 to 6.5% ABV, and label re-designed
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Rated: 3.37 by SassaDog from Iceland

Oct 24, 2015
Rated: 4.25 by vinicole from England

Jan 24, 2015
Rated: 3 by lmaduells from Spain

Nov 08, 2014
Rated: 4.25 by stephenlee from England

Oct 20, 2014
Rated: 3.75 by gwydno from Spain

Sep 26, 2014
Rated: 3.25 by AndreBileski from Brazil

Jul 02, 2014
Rated: 4 by JavierGC from Spain

Mar 26, 2014
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Reviewed by EmperorBevis from England

3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Bottled and possibly bottle conditioned
pours a jet black body with slight tan head
chocolate syrup aroma, kind of like that used for milkshake
thats present in the flavour
Nov 01, 2013
Rated: 3.5 by Olavi from Estonia

Sep 18, 2013
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Reviewed by janubio from Spain

3.3/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
330 ml. bottle. Pretty cool bottle, pours ana lmost black colour with asamll head that goes away in a minute, levaing some lace. Smell is chocolate, or rather chocolate liquor cream, I can't smell any other thing, even if chocolate is not really that pronounced. I also expected a thicker body. Taste is chocolate liquor cream, with notes of dark fruits, but again is somehow a faint one. It's really pleasant, but it could be stronger in every sense. But I'll try it again if i have the chance.
Aug 14, 2013
Rated: 3.25 by crosenkrantz from Switzerland

Jun 09, 2013
Rated: 3.75 by spycow from Illinois

Mar 10, 2013
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Reviewed by endovelico from Portugal

4.14/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
When it comes to beers that you'll be happy to have on stock, to shock the occasional unsuspecting friend INTO real beer (or at least into admitting that beers are not all created equal) the Meantime is definitely a favorite of mine.

The beer is not only exuberantly unique, but at the same time, very much within style guidelines which is relatively important as one can easily be tempted into deriding the beer as a gimmick. It's not.

One might also be tempted to attribute the laurels of the gourmet chocolate perfume to the chocolate used. I'm going to go out on a limb and state that this is also incorrect. It's actually a little known fact that unless you're using chocolate extract the flavor imparted by the chocolate, is ironically, really not that protuberant.

So, to me the fact they managed to obtain such a delightful and complex character with notes of milk chocolate (the main note), cocoa and even dark fruit and vanilla using mostly grains while still keeping it in good taste, speaks volumes of the level of craftsmanship involved.

On the tongue it's robust yet coating, smooth yet structured with assertive bitterness, low carbonation and soothing alcohol warmth.
Oct 22, 2012
Rated: 4 by Viceroy from England

Sep 12, 2012
Rated: 4.25 by mnixon86 from Ireland

Apr 07, 2012
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Reviewed by flyingpig from Scotland

3.29/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Dark chestnut brown colour with a bubbly, off-white to brown head that stays for a minute or two and leaves good lacing.

Rich smelling with tonnes of cocoa and a strong roasted malt aroma. Not the most pronounced smelling beer with some dark dried fruits but it is the dark chocolate smell that dominates along with the cocoa.

Chocolate taste that is much like the smell with some roasted malts flavour and some milk chocolate. There is the mildest hint of vanilla and subtle coffee notes.

Medium and smooth with very low carbonation levels and a bitter sweet but dry finish.

A strong chocolate taste but not in the same way that I was expecting, pleasant but not a great beer sadly.

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Apr 02, 2012
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Reviewed by jazzyjeff13 from England

3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
A 330ml bottle with a BB of Feb 2014. The label mentions that this is bottle-conditioned.

Poured into a Sam Smith's pint glass. A dark ruby-brown with good carbonation. Produces a large head of creamy light-brown foam that lasts for several minutes before subsiding. Aroma of sweet chocolate underpinned by roasted malt and faint hints of dried fruit. Surprisingly syrupy, but fits the description to a tee.

Tastes of chocolate and dark malt, with a mild bitter finish. Notes of chocolate, roasted malt, syrup, caramel, dry yeast and hints of dried fruit. A subtle stewed hop/roasted malt bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth but rather thin and prickly. A little astringent. Aftertaste of chocolate and roasted malt.

Quite nice - the chocolate definitely comes across. The taste is more milk chocolate than cocoa, and rather sweet, but it blends nicely with the roasted malt. The weakest element is the mouthfeel, which ought to be thicker and more substantial. However, it goes down nicely enough. Worth trying.
Mar 24, 2012
Rated: 3.5 by mokumies from Netherlands

Jan 11, 2012
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Reviewed by maxk from Massachusetts

3.64/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5
Poured from a 330mL into a tulip, just below room temperature.

A: Poured dark brown, a tinge of red, with a one and a half finger, off-white head. No lacing on this one.

S: Straight chocolate. It's unbelievable how chocolate-y it smells, like beer chocolate milk. There are also some malts coming through in the nose, which go nicely with the chocolate.

T: Tastes of malts and chocolate. It's a good malt profile, not overly roasted or dark. It seems like mostly caramel malts. There is prominent chocolate, but it's not quite as enticing as it smells.

M: It's not quite as big bodied as I'd like. The carbonation is a little excessive too. There's a very tiny bit of astringency.

A nice beer, it has element of a milk stout, and I wish it had the body of an oatmeal stout. Good, but not great.
Dec 13, 2011
Rated: 4 by Rochefort10nh from New Hampshire

Nov 28, 2011
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Reviewed by BMoldy from New York

3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
A: Very dark brown with reddish hues and a significant light-brown frothy head that sticks around for a little over a minute. Some patchy lacing on the glass.

S: Some light cocoa notes mixed with roasted barley. It might be because I'm a little sick, but the aroma isn't very pronounced. Faint herbal hop notes.

T: Dark baking chocolate mixed with some burnt and lightly roasted barley. Relatively balanced, but lacking in depth. Slightly bitter, albeit weak, finish. Not particularly dry.

M: Feels a little too light in body, which I think contributes to the lackluster finish, though overall it is nice and smooth. Subtle but adequate carbonation.

O: Kind of a disappointment (that's what I get for being a sucker for advertising). The chocolate flavor is there, but is lacking in depth. Overall it's pretty easy drinking, which makes it a little underwhelming.
Nov 25, 2011
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Reviewed by lacqueredmouse from Australia

3.27/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Love the Meantime bottles. Awesome. Now let's get to the beer. Served cold, as recommended on the bottle.

Pours a very faint and light-bodied brown, only an oily amber on the pour, with a frothy and large-bubbled head of light brown.Lacing is pretty solid, although the head dissipates rather quickly. Not bad, but the lack of body is very disappointing.

Nose is certainly chocolatey, with a dusty thin cocoa character coming through quite strongly. Smooth and quite sweet, it's a very pleasant aroma, and nicely done, if one-dimensional.

Taste is light, and indeed chocolatey, but here the chocolate characters seem to come more from the lightly roasted malt characters, which lend a bittersweet astringency to the palate. Feel is very thin, and the clinging bitterness and slight seltzer acidity on the back grate against the smooth chocolate characters. Mouthfeel is too light as well.

Eh. I've had better beers from Meantime. This is a pretty insipid one, with the chocolate adding little more than gimmick, to my mind.
Aug 02, 2011
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Reviewed by AgentMunky from New York

3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5
Poured from a nicely-curved 33cL bottle into a cervoise glass. Best before 4 November 2013. From notes. Reviewed 30 May 2011.

A: Half a finger of light beige head. Fades fast. Darkest brown with reddish glints. Opaque.

S: Dry, roasted malt and strong milk chocolate.

T: Chocolate milk with hops! Finish is dry and bitter, more hoppy than roasted. A bit of carbonation. Super milk-chocolatey. That's the gimmick...but it's good and, more importantly, it works.

M: Creamy, but carbonated and dry. VERY nice.

O: A chocolatey beer...what else is there to say? I'd have another, but I'd really have to be in the mood. Recommended if you want chocolate beer. An honest label.
Jul 30, 2011
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Reviewed by RuudJH from Netherlands

3.79/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
A bit fancy image, this beer.
The drinking experience was very ok, though.

Fizzy , thin, beige head on chestnut brown beer.
Smell nice dark chocolate.
Taste similar. Hardly any sweetness, just dark chocolate malts, with a hint of dark fruits.
Bitter dry finish, medium bodied.

Interesting overall. Chocolate, but no sweetness. That's a leap for the senses.
Jun 23, 2011
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Reviewed by ADZA from Australia

3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
This brew pours a dark cherry cola hue with decent carbonation that leaves behind a creamy two finger head and lacing everywhere,the smell is straight out dutch chocolate,coccoa nibs and not much else,it has a light-medium bodied well carbonated mouthfeel and has tastes of rich dutch chocolate,light fruity hops,dark coccoa nibs,ovaltine and milky chocolate and overall this is definately a dessert brew the only clear taste i get is chocolate and even though im a chocolate fan there is a fine line between choc and beer cheers.
Jun 15, 2011
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Reviewed by atis from Finland

3.79/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pours clear dark brown with fizzy head that dissipates fast, leaving cola like looks, no lacing. Aroma is light roasted malt, vanilla.

Taste is bitter dark chocolate, hints of roasted, as well as dark dried fruit. Mouthfeel is more on the thin side with moderate carbonation with gentle alcohol warming slowly developing.

Overall, nice and very drinkable chocolate porter.
Jun 06, 2011
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Reviewed by Wattsox from Northern Ireland

4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
330ml bottle, consumed May 2011, BBE 2013.

A - Dark brown body with a relatively small head that dissipates fairly quickly, leaving slight lacing.

S - Bittersweet dark chocolate aromas definitely take the lead, with some coffee coming behind.

T - The taste follows the aromas, with bittersweet dark chocolate leading, balanced by a coffee-like bitterness from the roasted malts coming behind for a gently lingering bittersweet aftertaste.

M - Medium body, light carbonation, smooth and lingering.

O - Overall a very nice beer to sit and enjoy on its own. Probably not one for a session, but very pleasant.
Jun 04, 2011
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Reviewed by London1985 from England

3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
First of all, it looks okay. I like my stouts to be quiet viscous but this seems a little watery for me. Kind of like Meantime Porter, which is not as thick and smooth as I prefer.

Anyway, it has quiet a pleasent aroma, very chocolaty which i like in chocolate stouts and also sweet tangs of vanilla and honey.

As i tasted it, i was expecting it to be kind of watery from its appearance, and it was. It had a very nice flavor when it first hits your palatte but then that is washed away by the (in my own opinion) over-carbonation and fluidness of this beer.

Good effort, but could be better. Just like Meantimes London Porter.
Mar 26, 2011
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Reviewed by stmod from Italy

4.05/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A- dark, with a thin head that quickly disapeears.

S- Light chocolate

T- Chocolate and Vanilla

M- Not much body.

D- It's almost like a liquor, but not too thick. The taste is just rich enough that you can sip it slower, while it's still light enough to have a few glasses.
Mar 24, 2011
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Reviewed by doopiedoopiedoo from Netherlands

2.41/5  rDev -34%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5
Picked up this great looking bottle from Bert's Bierhuis.

Poured into a Westvleteren chalice.

Looks kind of light for a stout. It looks more like Coca Cola without all the bubbles. A half finger of tan foam dissapeared rather quickly.

Smells of chocolate. Not strange considering the name of the beer.

Tastes of chocolate in an artificial way and not much more.

Light body and a surpising amount of carbonation for an English style stout.

I bought this beer for my wife to have because the bottle looked so neat I decided to try one myself. Mistake. Not the best stout I have ever had and one I will not volunteer to drink again.
Mar 18, 2011
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Reviewed by treque from Mexico

3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
A: 2 finger creamy brownish head, wide bubble with moderate dissipation, waste is left behind. A deep brown hue with deep ambar in small areas, opaque.

S: incredible milk dark chocolate some dark fruits i would say raisins. there are vainilla over there and a light roast

T: an obvious chocolate flavor, but lighter than expected, there are not sweet notes at all during the sip just at the very beggining wich leads to a deep roasted taste wiht a deep and long end

M: medium-full body, a nice balance, you dont get the alcohol at all
Mar 07, 2011
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Reviewed by IllNate from Canada (BC)

3.87/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5
A - Pours like cola with a good amount of tan/brown head. Color is way off for a stout however. It's dark, but I can see clear through it when held up to the light. I'm not even sure this is in the color range of a porter, more like a brown ale. Should really change the classification and then I could score it higher here.

S - Mainly medium chocolate and coffee.

T - Again mostly chocolate and coffee. Very light will little hop bitterness.

M - Smooth. Not much body.

D - Highly drinkable which is what I expect they were going for.
Dec 25, 2010
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Reviewed by tempest from New York

3.97/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
On-tap at the Farmhouse in Emmaus. $8 for a snifter (not oversized). The beer is defined by a clean and clear dry chocolate flavor. There are hint of berries and caramel, but for the most part, this beer smells and taste like a high-end dark chocolate, though it's not terribly dark, maybe 40% cocoa. It's almost like a liquor, but not too thick. The taste is just rich enough that you can sip it slower, while it's still light enough to have a few glasses.
Oct 10, 2010
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Reviewed by catrone from Italy

4.49/5  rDev +23%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
A dark brown beer with a thin head that quickly disapeears after pouring.

Carbonation is very low, nearly absent.

The smell is mainly chocolate (bitter) but the taste is mainly malt, with a strong (and good) coffee aftertaste.

Even if it's a dark beer it has a medium body and it's very drinkable.

I suggest drinking it in small sips to fully appreciate its taste and smell.

I think it's a "meditation" beer and I couldn't figure out which food it can pair with, maybe it's better to taste it by itself.
Sep 25, 2010
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Reviewed by philbe311 from Pennsylvania

4.02/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5
A - The color is a mix of dark brown and black... Loads of light leak in around the edges of this brew... A thin head quickly receds leaving a splotchy off-whtie lacing... Some very minor carbonation...

S - Dark bittersweet chocolate... Some faint roasted malts... Some faint mild coffee... Then even more dark bittersweet choclate...

T - The palette is again dominated by the dark bittersweet chocolate... However, there is better than expected balance with the mild coffee and roasted malt...

M - A sturdy medium bodied offering... A tad on the thin side of the equation... Moderate carboantion... Dense, but not heavy... A tad chalky...

D - A very drinkable English Stout... There's nothing especially memorable about this one, but there is something that makes it quaffable and slightly more than the sum of its parts... I would gladly drink again...
Sep 16, 2010
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Reviewed by gator0877 from Pennsylvania

3.12/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3
A Dark brown with a tan head that disappeared after 15-20 seconds.

S Roasted malt and a very faint hint of chocolate.

T Roasted malt dominates the first sip. There is chocolate coming through but it is more of an aftertaste. The chocolate comes out a little more as it warms up but not as much as the name implies.

M This is kinda thin for a stout, almost reminds me of a porter. There really wasn't much carbonation after initial pour.

D I liked, not loved this beer. I will drink it again if it is on tap but I am not going to seek it out.
Sep 11, 2010
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Reviewed by GBalbin from Brazil

3.35/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Dark/brwon beer. Fizzy off-white head. Aroma and flavor of roasted malt, remembering milk chocolate (good flavour). Light-bodied. It's a good beer, but only one cup is enough. Regular beer. Beer fot the chocolate lovers. Anyway, it´s not my kind of beer.
Aug 20, 2010
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Reviewed by SShelly from Oregon

3.23/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3
Pours black with almost no head.

Aroma is pale chocolate and. Little roast.

Flavor is pale chocolate and roast as well but with an unfortunate chaulky haracter as well, finishing with a predominant sweetness.

Way carbonated, to the point of being overcarbonated, kinda thin in the mouth as well, blech.
Jul 24, 2010
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Reviewed by Sammy from Canada (ON)

3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
330 ml. private order share. Pours Black, thickish, with a little dark head. Aromas is a little roasty and chcoolate. The flavour is even more (undertstated) chocolate, a little roasty, and on the dry side. Not bad at all, and is good as a dry stout, a little less than what it culd be as a porter.
Jul 18, 2010
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