Chocolate | Meantime Brewing Company Limited

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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 Halcyondays
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours a dark brown/black with a fizzy off-white head.

S: Milk chocolate and dark malt, light pungency.

T: I found it quite similar to Young's DCS, lots of milk chocolate and candy bar. The chocolate in the name is clear. Good flavour.

M: Light-bodied, fairly fizzy and thin. I wanted a tad more heft.

D:A pretty nice beer, but I'm going to their London Porter the next time with Meantime. That beer is phenomenal, this beer is just OK.

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Photo of John_M
3.72/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at TJ's the other day.

The beer pours a cola brown color with at best so-so head retention and lacing. The nose is attractive, showing considerable chocolate, coffee and vanilla. The beer smells as if it will be on the sweet side, which to know great surprise it was. However, while I thought the flavor profile generally replicated the nose, there was also some underlying tobacco and light bitterness. I also got a bit of a dry cola flavor in what was a surprisingly light weight beer. Mouthfeel was medium bodied and fairly smooth, though I also thought it had something of a watery finish. Drinkabilit was pretty good... I could tell the abv. wasn't all that high, and frankly am now a bit surprised to learn it was even as high as 6.5%.

Nothing mind blowing here, just an easy to appreciate and drink light English stout (or porter, as the menu at TJ's stated).

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Photo of juju7
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Why is it the beers that have chocolate written somewhere on the label are the ones that taste the least like chocolate? Putting the chocolate aside, just as a stout this beer is a little lacking. There is a touch of choclate on the nose but it isn't defining. The palate is a little uneven and lacking in direction; bitterness is mild and body is light-medium. Overall, drinkable but not memorable.

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Photo of BDTyre
4/5  rDev +9.3%
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 pootz
4.04/5  rDev +10.4%
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 kwjd
4.22/5  rDev +15.3%
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 cratez
3.92/5  rDev +7.1%
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 Magpie14
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
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 FreshHawk
4.09/5  rDev +11.7%
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 PartyBear
3.2/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Creamy thick black body with a slight tan head and lots of carbonation. The aroma is milk chocolatey, with very sweet caramels, almost sticky sweet, a bit like the Tia Maria liqueur. Initially very sweet flavours up front, lots more chocolate, with a gradual shift towards bitterness at the end. This is a bit too sweet for me, which makes it a bit hard going. It's certainly an interesting beer and is brilliantly crafted like all Meantime beers.

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Photo of Kristing
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%
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 TheSarge
4.06/5  rDev +10.9%
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 dgilks
3.97/5  rDev +8.5%
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 CrazyDavros
3.1/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Absolutely gigantic head. Took forever to pour. Dark copper with ruby tints.
Aroma is of roasted malt and some chocolate/cocoa. Slightly cidery.
Rich flavours or roasted coffee and chocolate. Sharp bitterness from roasted malts. More cidery notes.
Aggressive carbonation.

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Photo of ricke
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark-brown with a minimal head.

S: Chocolate, roasted malts. Some vanilla, coffee and molasses. Not a spectacular smell, and nothing unexpected, but still quite nice.

T: The taste is very sweet and is dominated by chocolate flavors. Unfortunately, the chocolate doesn't have that character of rich dark chocolate that some really good chocolate stouts showcase. Some dried fruit and raisins further accentuate the sweetness. Decent roasted malty backbone. Some vanilla. Faint salty notes. The finish is short and mildly bitter with more chocolate notes.

M: The beer is not as full-bodied as I had expected and wanted. A rather strange combination of quite high levels of carbonation and a sticky texture.

D: A good beer that is decent as a sipping beer. But it's not fantastic and if you are willing to go up a few notches concerning ABV you can find way better chocolate stouts. But of course, this is just an English stout, far from the realm of imperial stouts.

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Photo of Jeffo
3.51/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at De Bierkoning in Amsterdam.

From a bottle into a snifter.

APPEARANCE: Pours a medium 1 finger off-white head that's thick and full looking. Higher carbonation evident. Dark brown in color, almost black, which some ruby hues around the edges. Head slowly recedes and leaves some immediate lacing. A nice film stays and decent lacing down the glass. Pretty nice looking.

SMELL: A nice scent of chocolate up front with some roasted and smoky barley malt as well. Medium strong.

TASTE: Roasted barley malt, a smoky bit and some bitter pure chocolate as well. Not quite as chocolaty as the nose suggested. A very mild aftertaste of bitter chocolate and some coffee, with a slight alcohol bite at the very end. Nice and enjoyable.

PALATE: Thinner and lighter body than expected. Creamy smooth on the palate and higher end carbonation. Goes down smooth and finishes rather dry. Nice feel, but needs a little weight.

OVERALL: Pretty solid stout for sure, but the taste profile doesn't quite deliver the chocolate like the nose advertises. It could also be a bit darker in color and heavier on the palate as well. To be sure, I quite enjoyed this overall. It drank away very quickly.

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Photo of Suds
4.2/5  rDev +14.8%
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 brendan13
3.82/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured into a tulip glass a very dark brown, verging on black with a centimetre of beige head that falls away fairly quickly.
S - Roasted & chocolate malts dominate, a underlaying dark fruit touch with some vauge vanilla notes.
T - Very much like the smell.
M - Fairly full bodied with a medium carbonation.
D - A nice, interesting beer. Like the coffee porter it's something I'd drink on a semi-regular basis but 2 back to back would be too full on.

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Photo of Sigmund
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330 ml bottle, bought at Peckham’s, Glasgow (£1.99). ABV is 6.5%. Nearly black opaque colour, dark brown / ruby in the highlights. Large tan head, does not last forever. Distinct aroma of chocolate / cocoa, also notes of roasted malts and vanilla. The flavour is quite smooth and sweet with a very moderate roasty bitterness, again with distinct notes of chocolate / cocoa and vanilla - a bit too much for me. Still a nice "change of pace" beer.

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Photo of stcules
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark, almost black in color, with beautiful mahogany reflexes. Beautiful head too, even if not really compact.
At the smell a light cocoa, and a light chocolote. After a while, the smell become more strong, and well amalgamated.
In the taste the (bitter) chocolate is stronger, and pleasant. Good chocolate, on a dark malt background.
Quite bitter, too, with notes from the dark malts. Not bad at all.
In the end, quite elegant, with a good bitter chocolate.
Good aftertaste.

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Photo of seanyfo
3.32/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: served in a 300ml stuttgarter hofbrau lager glass, it leaves next to no head with even an aggressive pour. Lively carbonation in the head allows it to dissappate quickly leaving a small crown. Body is jet black with a ruby quality when held up to the light.

S: the chocolate, oh the chocolate! smacks you right in the nose. Very dark and bitter. But unfortunately for me, this smell decided to turn to burning rubber covered in chocolate, obviously the roasted malts, but this wasnt too pleasant at all.

T: much more chocolate on the tongue than Youngs double chocolate stout. Glad the rubber doesnt come into the taste, just roasted malt qualities that balance well with the sweetness of the chocolate. Roasted malts last well into the aftertaste like a drier stout.

M: medium body, with lively carbonation on the tongue

D: Much more chocolate than Youngs to me, smell makes this beer suffer, but the taste does come through thoroughly and balanced. A nice beer to drink while watching the sun set as it says on the bottle.

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Photo of wl0307
4.22/5  rDev +15.3%
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 Naerhu
3.42/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to RobBeer for bringing this bottle all the way to Japan!

Both my bottle and the Meantime website have this beer at 6.5%, not 4.9%.

A - Pitch black with next to no head.
S - Nice rich chocolate nose.
T - Nice long bitterness, very mild sweetness. chocolate is almost cloying.
M - Mild carbonation, very nicely integrated alcohol.
D - Tastey but limited enjoyment by the intensity of the chocolate flavoring.

My 700th review!!!

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Photo of mdagnew
3.92/5  rDev +7.1%
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 GreenCard
2.97/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: dark brown, almost opaque, poor head formation (just some sparse suds)

Aroma: cocoa powder, vanilla extract, iron, malt sweetness, root beer

Flavor: like a porter... balance of roast and malt, slightly acidic, some licorice; hints of vanilla and coffee, not a whole lot of chocolate, finishes dryish with a slightly metallic aftertaste and a residual hop bitterness however fleeting

Mouthfeel: medium body, light carbonation, a bit minerally

Other comments: Smells like a "craft soda" and tastes like a vanilla-spiked porter. The vanilla and root beer notes are a bit heavy in the nose. Worth a try, I guess... if you happen to stumble upon it.

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