Coffee Porter
Meantime Brewing Company Limited

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Porter - English
Ranked #105
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3.81 | pDev: 12.6%
Meantime Brewing Company Limited
England, United Kingdom
Very Good
Coffee PorterCoffee Porter
Notes: Whilst we would not recommend having this at breakfast with your bacon and eggs, our Coffee Beer is made with real coffee and has a caffeine hit to match. The natural flavors of the beans selected and hand roasted by our friends at the Union Coffee Roasters go well with the roast barley in the beer to give a silky-smooth drink with distinct chocolate and vanilla notes.
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Harrison8 from Missouri

3.76/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with brown hues showing around the lighted edges. Head formation is low, hitting just under a finger in height. It's khaki in color and does not retain well. Aroma flies low and slow, hitting notes of coffee, chocolate, and toasted and earthen malts. The earthiness in this beer is a little surprising. Flavor profile is very similar, hitting notes of coffee, chocolate, and toasted and earthen malts with a dry finish. Coffee mingles with milk notes to tone and smooth it out, which is generally the sign of an over bitter roast. Mouth feel is a touch fizzy at the onset and then smooths out on the palate. It has a medium-thin consistency. Overall, an okay coffee porter. It seems to be a British classic due to being around for so long (first added here at the end of 2004), but lacks the coffee cleanness to be top of its class.

Served in a 12oz snifter from a 11.2oz bottle.

Oct 21, 2018
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The_Kriek_Freak from Pennsylvania

4.02/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours black with a very nice bubbly head of good retention. The aroma is of coffee, some saltiness and roasty notes. The flavor is very complex, with coffee, chocolate, and burnt bread but also with some acidity and saltiness.

Aug 15, 2017
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I am really amazed at what is surfacing during the ongoing eradication of The Bottle Backlog here at Chez Woody! I remember buying many/most of them, but they all fell victim to my desire to drink away from home for one reason or another. Now, I want to do nothing more than stay at home & play catch-up.

I Pop!ped the cap & performed a very gentle pour since the bottle's age was indeterminate. The label read "Best Before: See Shoulder", but it was so faint as to be unreadable. Once sufficiently decanted, I gave it a brisk, in-glass swirl to raise a finger of foamy, light-tan head with modest retention. Color was Dark Brown to Very Dark Brown (SRM = > 27, < 34) with NE-quality clarity & deep amber highlights. Nose smelled like fresh coffee, slightly bitter, but just about like what I drink every morning upon arising. Mmmm. Mouthfeel was kind of thin and watery. The taste, while coffee-like, was kind of weak. I was reminded of coffee with cream or milk, which to me, is not coffee but instead a hot milkshake. It really needed a bump-up in terms of the intensity of its taste to really realize its potential. Finish was semi-dry, but it left me wishing that it had more of a coffee flavor. It strikes me as a work in progress.

Mar 26, 2017
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Lucaskowalik from Canada (AB)

2.9/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 330mL bottle into a Spiegelau stout glass.
L- Clear honey brown color when pouring. Surprisingly clear in the glass with a hazelnut color. Good carbonation with an almost non-existent head.
S- Yeasty, dark fruit, espresso, cocoa, fresh herbs, caramel , vanilla. Actually smells quite similar to St. Ambroise Oatmeal Stout.
T- Same as smell except it has a pleasant cherry sweetness.
F- Too light bodied for my liking.
O- A little disappointed with this one. Too light bodied for the style. Very forgettable beer.

Mar 05, 2017
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle into a glass.

Brown liquid; purple when held to the light.

Nice khaki head which dissipates but doesn't disappear; decent lacing.

Roasted oats & coffee in the nose. Not overwhelming but nice.

Medium thin mouthfeel.

Not as flavorful as I hoped; fairly thin for the style, a touch watery with just a hint of coffee. Disappointing but drinkable.

Jan 11, 2017
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Beginner2 from Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Meantime strikes me as an English rendition of the Boston Beer Company. Mostly saving British styles by reinventing them for the 21st Century palate and winning at the mastery of marketing... albeit Meantime more on the premium end.
They also make good beers; having tried at least four.
And Coffee Porter is good. Starts more like chocolate and then espresso comes through in the finish.

This Porter is one of Meantime's six listings in the "1001 Beers." I doubt all six deserve that selection. (Did I mention that the editors and British publishers of the series aspire to cover topics globally, but sometimes slip into a British bias.) Perhaps so with Meantime Coffee Porter.

Feb 27, 2016
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patre_tim from Thailand

3.87/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Dark brown with a ruby tinge, 3 fingers of rich beige head. It leaves a nice lacing.

Coffee, molasses, burnt sugar, clean linen, a hint of smoke.

Coffee, molasses, unrefined sugar, a little toasted note. Little bitterness.

Medium thick body, moderate carbonation, smooth and rounded feel for the style.

Found in Bangkok at Villa Market. Drank in Chiang Mai Nov 22nd, 2015. Nice brew, smooth for the style.

Nov 22, 2015
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biboergosum from Canada (AB)

3.84/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

330ml, inverted tulip shaped bottle, a near relation to its chocolate cousin in arriving in my local liquor distribution zone of late.

This beer pours a clear, dark red-brick amber colour, with three fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and somewhat silken beige head, which leaves some spooky craggy cloud lace around the glass as things quickly sink out of sight.

It smells of dry roast coffee beans, gritty, grainy caramel malt, bittersweet chocolate, a twinge of sour milk, soft black licorice root notes, and a weak spicy, leafy, and weedy hop bitterness. The taste is more grainy, crackery caramel malt, a lessened, but still heady ground artisanal coffee been astringency, muddled cocoa powder, still sort of off-seeming milk solids, some toasted nuttiness, and a plain earthy, weedy hoppiness.

The carbonation is adequate in its genial and easy to get past frothiness, the body a sturdy medium weight, and mostly smooth, with a fine airy creaminess milling about, ready to debut once things warm up a tad. It finishes well off-dry, the base caramel and cocoa essences easily parrying the lingering coffee character in the end.

Not a bad quaff, the guest coffee promising much up front, playing well with others, and then not overstaying its welcome - my favourite version of the sort. Anyways, a well-made offering, and approachable enough for those who may not be all that keen on mixing the two brewing worlds.

Oct 30, 2015
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soulgrowl from England

4.35/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appropriately coffee-looking, with a deep brown body and a latte-like foam. Smells like dark roast coffee, with some nice dark fruit/berry notes in addition to the more typical molasses, dark chocolate, and toffee aromas you'd hope for in a good porter. Really nice, actually. Like a grown-up Frappuccino.

Bright, fruity, almost acidic coffee leads the way, with chewy licorice, rich cocoa, cherry cola, and a hint of port trailing behind. Spot on, as is the mouthfeel – rich and smooth but also dry. Excellent stuff. Possible food pairings: creme brulee, dulce de leche, burritos, blue cheese, peanut butter brownies.

Jul 26, 2015
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Wasted_Youth from Indiana

4.21/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Very solid. Malts and coffee are the first thing that really come through in this beer. As you drink more the chocolate really comes out. Better than expected may have to revisit this one again.

May 29, 2015
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Brutaltruth from Ohio

3.84/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed from the bottle in a snifter glass. This nice brew from the UK pours a dark cola brown with a light off white head that dissipates to a thin ring and light lacing. nose of medium roast coffee, light sweet malts, light smoke, and moderately roasted dark malts. Flavors are a light sweet malt mingling with light coffee to the front and sides, light smoky sweet note to back, and a light coffee and roasted malt character on the aftertaste. Mouth feel is solid and standard for English ales with light carbonation and a light dry finish with roasted malt bitterness. A good brew indeed for across the pond.


Apr 17, 2015
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GOBLIN from Ohio

3.59/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It's ok as far as coffee infused porters go. We definitely do things bigger and bolder on this side of the pond. Not saying that's a good or bad thing. Just saying our coffee beers are a lot more in your face with coffee flavors.

Feb 21, 2015
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tim007007 from Illinois

2.96/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours like dark water. Smells of coffee at first, but then get some sort of smell that is just off. Taste is not pleasant, not going to be able to finish my portion of the bottle. Feel is what you would expect based off the look. Overall not good.

Jan 26, 2015
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RonaldTheriot from Louisiana

2.25/5  rDev -40.9%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Meantime Coffee Porter has a medium, beige head, a dark brown appearance, minimal lacing, and visible tan yeast chunks floating about. The aroma is of lime, turned or semi-rancid ale, and cheap, off-brand coffee. Taste is the same, with a unpleasant acidic bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium and slimy, and Meantime Coffee Porter finishes semi-dry and sour.


Jan 03, 2015
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gibgink from Missouri

4.55/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a highly underrated beer in my opinion. Pours a dark brown, with some brownish red hues coming through the glass when held up to the light. I do notpickup a lot of coffee in the smell, more of the roasted malt. The taste however is where I was blown away. The coffee was present, but did not dominate. At first, I tasted a nice burnt caramel that blended into a malty seetness. Towards the end of the glass, I noticed a nice biscuity/toasty flavor. I was very impressed with this beer, and will pick it up again.

Dec 29, 2014
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flyingpig from Scotland

3.77/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

330ml bottle from Beers of Europe (£1.85):
Great stuff from Meantime here, a very nice coffee porter that was full of flavour from the start with a lots of coffee present throughout, you wouldn't really expect anything else though given the name. The beer proved an easy one to finish with a nice touch of bitterness right at the end to see things out.

Dec 27, 2014
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LagerCognoscenti from England

3.8/5  rDev -0.3%

Dark brown with ruby red hints. Good head and lacing.

Aroma: Coffee, leather, sugar, roasted malts.

Taste: Smoky and very roasted and burnt . Dark chocolate mousse and (instant?) coffee flavours are apparent. This beer is also fairly bitter and therefore well balanced.

Mouthfeel: Carbonated and fizzy and a little watery.

Overall, a good, but not outstanding porter with quite a lot of bitterness and burnt smoky flavours. Not as superbly crafted or delicious as Fullers London porter.


Sep 20, 2014
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

3.99/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

With the common porter profile already exhibiting a robust coffee flavor from roasted barley, its that coffee character that's expounded upon as Meantime brewers ramp up its earthy and hearty roast with assertive additions of the magical bean.

And like any mere mortal of a porter would, it pours a gentlemanly dark brown topped with a mocha meringue. One whiff gives the nose something slightly more than roasted grain- its coffee spice is evident. The first sips reward the palate with wonderful burnt sugar, toffee and a creamy (almost marshmallowy) taste and texture.

Over the middle, its body wavers considerably, going from creamy and sweet to toasty and dry. With sweetness receding, elements of cocoa, roasted walnut, burnt toast and obvious dark-roast coffee pull forth and gives a sense of drinkability.

Its finish is malty-dry and approaching medium-light at times. Aided with coffee-type bitterness, slight acrid cocoa, and the broad and woodish bitterness from hops; the beer concludes with a long earthen and toasted linger. Its a robust taste that's likely well suited for chili and bittersweet chocolate.

Aug 14, 2014
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gonzo000 from Massachusetts

3.64/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

a. Dark brown as expiated on the pour, appears watery. One finger head of tiny soda like bubbles, tan. Head quickly flattens, but does no disappear. Poured into a pint glass - can see through the bottom third of the glass, but not the top two-thirds.

s. Coffee, malt, coffee, coffee.

t. Strong coffee - but I believe English Coffee is quite strong. Not a bad taste, get some malt and strong, possibly burt coffee.

m. Very good mouthfeel. The remaining carbonation is well balanced and enjoyable.

o. Good beer, slightly above good once I got used to the strength of the coffee.

Aug 09, 2014
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deg from New Hampshire

3.21/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured black with a cream head. The head lingered, and there was some nice lacing on my glass. The smell and the flavor were weak. I can taste coffee. I can taste roasted malt. All the flavors I expect are there, they're just weaker than I would like. The beer goes down easily.

Aug 03, 2014
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JuicesFlowing from Kansas

4.44/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a balloon glass.

Look: A dirty motor oil black body under a cream colored head, slight retention. Light lacing.

Aroma: Sweet chocolate comes out the most, roasted malts.

Taste: Roasted malts and chocolate, bitter black coffee.

Mouthfeel: Somewhat crisp, nice weight, not too watery.

Overall: Quite good. More chocolate than coffee, but delicious all the same.

Aug 02, 2014
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BeerWithMike from Nebraska

4.4/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Sampling right now on 7/24/14. Single 330ml (11.2 ounce) nice looking bottle that costs $5.29. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured into a specialty beer glass.

Pours a very deep brown with reddish highlights that is close to black. A good1-finger thick foamy off-white head that stays around for a bit. A good amount of spotty lacing is seen also. The aroma is of dark roasted malts with some black coffee/espresso. The taste has much more of the black coffee/espresso flavor coming through for the finish. Perfect carbonation for this type of brew and no bitter aftertaste at all. If you like coffee and/or stout then this is for you. A great brew!

Jul 24, 2014
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heygeebee from Australia

4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From Sydney Wine Merchants

A - black body, full four fingers of head fade to film/ring, clingy lace, good.

S - typical English porter, roast, ash, cigar box, with moderate coffee notes.

T - delightfully creamy, with a milky coffee dominant taste. Add nuts. Roasts malt and moderate earthy hops.

M - smooth, creamy.

O - very well made, surpised I have not had before. Not usually a fan of this style but maybe the higher ABV removes the watery aspect sometimes found in this stlye.

Jun 19, 2014
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avalon07 from South Carolina

3.18/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a brown color and a slightly cloudy consistency. There was an inch of off white, somewhat long-lasting head. Middling lacing.

S: A lot of coffee in aroma, as you might expect, with a little bit of malt as well. A little top heavy.

T: Like the aroma, the flavor was geared too heavily towards the coffee. There was a bit of malt and a hint of chocolate, but it seemed way off kilter. Also, there was a thinness to the flavor that wasn't attractive.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a thin finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This is really kind of a misfire. There are certainly worse porters out there, but none so out of balance.

Jun 12, 2014
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superspak from North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330 ml bottle into pint glass, bottled on 8/16/2013. Pours fairly crystal clear reddish brown color with a 2 finger dense light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of dark roasted coffee, chocolate, cocoa, caramel, toast, roasted malt, brown bread, light nuttiness, herbal, and roast/toasty earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of coffee, dark/roasted malt, and light earthy hop notes; with good strength. Taste of roasted coffee, chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, caramel, toast, brown bread, light nuttiness, herbal, and roast/toasty earthiness. Fair amount of herbal/roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of coffee, chocolate, cocoa, roast, caramel, toast, brown bread, light nuttiness, and toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice robustness and complexity of coffee and dark/roasted malt flavors; with a good bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, moderately creamy, and slightly chalky/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice coffee porter. Good balance and complexity of coffee and dark/roasted malt flavors; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

Apr 29, 2014
Coffee Porter from Meantime Brewing Company Limited
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 618 ratings