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Chocolate | Meantime Brewing Company Limited

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Brewed by:
Meantime Brewing Company Limited
England, United Kingdom

Style: English Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Beer re-formulated from 4.9 to 6.5% ABV, and label re-designed

Added by Suds on 09-16-2003

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Photo of catrone
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.

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Photo of stephenlee
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

Photo of vinicole
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Kristing
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very dark brown colour with a tone of amber. The head is thin and tan.

The aroma of the beer is characterised by that of dark chocolate, as well as a hint of coffee. All in all the smell is wonderfully inviting and really arouses the senses.

The dark chocolate is not as profound in the taste as in the aroma, but nonetheless present. Instead the malty flavour is more dominant. This is supplemented by the chocolate taste, as well as a hint of coffee.

In conclusion, this dark beer is a wonderful complement to the dessert, as an after dinner drink or merely for those self-indulgent momments by the fireplace.

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Photo of mnixon86
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

Photo of kwjd
4.22/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown with white head. Very little lacing. Smells of chocolate and vanilla. The taste has some roasted malt, chocolate and vanilla. It almost tastes like a chocolate chip cookie, very sweet and delicious. Smooth mouthfeel. I would drink this anytime as a dessert beer, but I wouldn't want multiple of them in a row.

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Photo of wl0307
4.22/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Transcribed from Notes, January 2006)
Tasted by half-pint, on tap, at the Meantime's brewery tap, the Greenwich Union in Greenwich. According to barstaff during my later visit, the version I tasted on tap this time was in fact the unfiltered form, which was altered later to be filtered, the reasons for which I couldn't quite grasp (nor could he, btw)~~ The abv. is 6.5%, stronger than the bottled version as reported on this site. Served lightly-chilled in a slim, oversize lined goblet.

A: very deep mahogany to dark brown in colour, coming with a dark-beige beer head dissipating slowly and leaving tight and fine lacing along the way.
S: vanilla-flavouring, slightly sourly-sweet dark chocolatey note, with a tinge of leather and soft flow of sweet black-plum juice as well as sweet ripe cherries... More chocolatey and licorice note sustains at the back, joined by aromatic hints of hops. Really nice and more lively, 3D structured than the bottled version~~
T&M: on the palate, simply put, it's like the liquid form of dark-chocolate flavoured ice-cream... a smooth flow of slightly tart, bitter-sweet chocolate-malts comes with vanilla hints and a slightly coffeeish roasty edge, underlined by a refreshing but understated hoppyness in the lingering, bittersweet malty finish. Very lively mouthfeel throughout, while a soft texture and aftertaste is retained intact.
D: a medium-bodied and very flavoursome chocolate-porter, more delicious than the bottled version, yet so rounded and easy to quaff that it's actually 6.5% alc. strength is simply beyond belief...

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Photo of Suds
4.2/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 300 ml bullet-shaped champagne-like bottle, this beer is utterly black with a thick tan head. The head is wonderfully stable and long-lived. Despite the warnings on the bottle to serve very chilled, I had the beer at slightly above cellar temperature. The aroma is enticing...immediately noticeable chocolate, accompanied by black roasted grain. There's a little malt, vanilla, and butter aromas as well. The butter isn't a diacetyl smell, but seems to go hand-in-hand with the chocolate - It also becomes more pronounced through the glass. The taste is surprisingly semi-dry and nicely bitter (I guess that I expected more sweetness). Fairly complex taste that centers on the chocolate malts and roasted/burnt grain. The mouthfeel is creamy, with a moderate carbonation and a medium fullness. It's not as thick as it could be. All in all, there's not much to dislike in this beer. It seems well put-together and is an interesting brew.

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Photo of endovelico
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.

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Photo of FreshHawk
4.09/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Deep cola brown, not quite black, with light ruby and brown hues at the edges. Adequate sized, foamy beige head. A little below average retention, but a fair amount of lacing left.

S - A lot of smooth chocolate smell. Also strong hints of vanilla and a touch of coffee. Some other sweet dark smells are in the background. Very nice enjoyable smell that vaguely reminds me of a chocolate milkshake or chocolate syrup.

T - Roasted malt taste and bitterness. A good amount of coffee and chocolate, but not as much chocolate as the nose/name would suggest, but still a good amount of chocolate. Also hints of vanilla. In the middle to the finish of the sip some tang and more bitterness comes out. Dark cherry and some earthy and floral hops come in with that finish.

M - Medium body with decent carbonation. Fairly creamy and smooth.

D - Pretty good, the mouthfeel is smooth and easy to drink. The flavors balance the rich, slight sweetness at the beginning with the bitter and slightly tart finish.

Notes: Not as chocolaty as the nose/name, but still a decent amount of chocolate flavor. Nice porter that is easy to drink and fairly balanced.

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Photo of TheSarge
4.06/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pretty with two finger thick tan head that sticks together great, and has great lacing. The body is cleanly filtered, black in color with reddish hues on the edge of the glass.

Aroma characteristics are of coffee, chocolate, and maple syrup.

Taste wise this is great. Up front it's coffee, but bows to the semisweet, and then creamy chocolate qualities.

This has prickly carbonation upfront, but delves into a very oily feel that lasts from the middle to the end.

Overall, I'm impressed with this beer. I didn't really like their coffee porter, but this chocolate porter kicks booty.

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Photo of stmod
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.

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Photo of pootz
4.04/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle
Pours a clear very dark brown ale with ruby highlights in the tulip. 2 finger frothy cap lasts and laces. Soft carbonation... looks like a typical London porter.

Aroma of roasty grains cocoa tones are pronounced, demure sweeness, bit of earthyness and wet hay - well proportioned and pleasant nose, like a cold chocolate tart.

Flavor profile puts roastiness and cocoa up front where a beautifully light sweetness joins it to give a chocolate toffee-roasty malt effect then the long finish goes pleasantly bitter with cocoa and hops joining forces to pucker up the finish. A nice warm satisfying after glow from the well hidden alcohol content.

One of the best chocolate porters I've sampled. Very well made and judicious use and combining of flavors puts this over the top. The experience was made all the more pleasant as I was cleaning my palate with pecan pie in between sips...a match made in valhalla.

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Photo of philbe311
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...

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Photo of BDTyre
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Decent English stout with a good dose of chocolate in it.

Black-ruby, thin creamy white head that never really disappears.

Powerful whiff of dark/bakers chocolate and a background of roasted barley. Ghostly scents of milk chocolate. Really not much else, but considering the name of this beer how can you complain?

Bittersweet chocolate taste with strong suggestions of toffee, black coffee and brown sugar. This is like drinking and exotic, single origin chocolate bar. No hops that I can pick-up - though perhaps they lend a bit of bitterness to the dark chocolate flavours.

Typical stout body and very, very easy to drink. One of the best chocolate stouts I've had in a long time.

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Photo of Wattsox
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.

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of tempest
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.

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Photo of dgilks
3.97/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours pitch black with a creamy tan head. Head holds for a few minutes before dissipating to a film over the beer. No visible lacing.

Aromas are quite big with semisweet chocolate, a touch of roast, a hint of hazelnut and a large dose of generic fruity character.

Chocolate is quite sweet with good cocoa flavour. I get a hint of a maraschino cherry type flavour which plays nicely with the chocolate. Hints of vanilla, roast and nuts. This is a good solid flavour. It could do with having a bit more impact as it comes across as slightly watery but the flavours themselves work well.

Mouthfeel is a little thin but carbonation levels are average and work well. I just feel that the beer needs something a bit thicker to hold the flavours up a bit better.

Chocolate is a good beer with good flavours. It is a nice beer to drink and holds up quite well. Unfortunately, it could do with a bit more flavour but it does a better job at the being a Chocolate Stout than Young's Double Chocolate Stout.

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Photo of Magpie14
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: mostly deep brown tones with some crimson. The luscious fluffy mocha colored head left some remnants trickling down. Pretty tight looking stout overall. Nothing fancy just plain good looking

S: relatively mild in the nose with the prominent whiff being medium to dark bittersweet chocolate, rather dusty and powdery. Light vanilla, earth, and grain smells make head way as well

T: ridiculous chocolate flavors. This beer is very scrumptious and full chocolate with a hint of vanilla, coffee, and sherry. Maltiness is rock solid and remains at the way side. Things are pretty sweet and would complement some warm bread pudding nicely. In fact, I am finding a light buttery toast character moving around

M: this is massively smooth and rich. The body is full and moves easy. It is starting to gather some bitterness towards the back-end

D: this is an appreciable stout. Very good stuff. As the name implies "chocolate" this is a real chocolate beer. A bit to sweet to drink a bunch

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Photo of mdagnew
3.92/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle bought from the Vineyard, Belfast

Poured a dark red / brown colour... Creamy tan head fades to a nice layer....

Aroma - Roast malts, coffee, dark chocolate, slight dustiness, hints of banana ??, some vanilla also...

Taste – Bitter chocolate, strong dark coffee, very malty, hints of fudge, prunes, toffee notes...

Feel - Quite sharp with a fair amount of carbonation....

Overall - An excellent chocolate stout... well worth a try...

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Photo of cratez
3.92/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle courtesy of Adil. Thanks friend! Deep murky brown in colour with bronze hues and a sliver of bubbly white head. Not much lace. Smell and taste are vanilla, milk chocolate waffers, toasted nuts, cookie dough, cream, and a smoky, charred roast to end. Pretty straightforward, but I like it. Leans more toward a porter than a stout. Medium, spicy mouthfeel, a bit light, though not watery, excellent coffee/oat chalkiness in the finish. Another BA said that you can't go wrong with chocolate beers, and this is case in point: it's unspectacular, yet so damn drinkable. There's a strong and enticing cocoa essence and the beer is remarkably balanced. A tasty, quaffable concoction. I'm now intrigued by what Meantime has to offer...

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Photo of IllNate
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.

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Chocolate from Meantime Brewing Company Limited
Beer rating: 3.65 out of 5 with 67 ratings
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