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Coffee Porter | Meantime Brewing Company Limited

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Coffee PorterCoffee Porter

Brewed by:
Meantime Brewing Company Limited
England, United Kingdom

Style: English Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-24-2004

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4.5/5  rDev +19%

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4.5/5  rDev +19%

Photo of redleaves
4.5/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear black, head disappears quick. I admit the bottle is awesome and very elegant. Lots of coffee on the nose, very roasty but not too dry. Tastes like great English porter with coffee. Exactly what it says. I think it's very underrated. Roasty, dark black coffee, hints of vanilla and molasses. Bit more carbonated than typical but that makes it a lot more drinkable. I could drink a few of these, easy. A great English porter.

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Photo of francisweizen
4.5/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark cola brown with a nice tan head of foam that makes a nice cap for this fantabulous brew. Aromas of COFFEE, seriously, fresh brewed extreme coffee. The roasted malt, hop and other aromas are drowned out by the espresso nose and flavor of this brew. This is probably the purest expression of coffee that I have ever had in an Enlgish beer. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, drinkability is great. COFFEE!

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4.5/5  rDev +19%

Photo of goblue2354
4.5/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of blue-dream
4.49/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of RicoBrew
4.47/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Very nice dark brown pour. Head is a light tan, fluffy and lingering.

S- A mocha aspect comes through first, then fades away to a nice dark chocolate smell. Extremely nice.

T- The coffee bitterness comes into play first. Then it tapers off into a nice mocha flavor, then finishes with a good dark chocolate note. There is a lingering finish of black patent malt that comes through nicely.

M- A little stinging carbonation on the front. Not oily at all.

D- A very nice beer overall. The coffee flavor is not overdone at all and gives a wonderful mocha/chocolate flavor to a very well done porter.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.44/5  rDev +17.5%
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.

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Photo of Rainintheface
4.44/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle poured into SA glass.

A: dark brown with ruby highlights. one finger tan bubbly head that diminishes to just a thin lace

S: coffee is the name of the game here. Reminds me of making a coffee frappe. lightly roasted malt is also there.

T: nice coffee flavor, rich and not bitter tasting.

M: medium body, a little sweet and a little creamy

D: awesome. great all around. Glad I picked up a couple of these.

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Photo of jbphoto88
4.43/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A darn decent beer! I was lucky enough to try this at a beer festival and I am glad I stumbled across this booth. It is a dark pour with a soft minimal head. Definitely in my book a dessert beer. It has a strong coffee flavor and is a little sweet with a light (british) carbonation. This beer dances on your taste buds and if you are trying to talk your wife into beer, this is the one that will make her want to have a cold one with you. One of my top 10, try it if you can find it.

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Photo of seamusmceagan
4.43/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle into room temp pint glass.

Appearance, Deep translucent brownish amber. Lots of carbonation, small tan head, dissipated fairly quickly and was pretty rocky while it was there, nice ring of lace afterward.

Smell, slight nutty, sweetness. Almost date or apricot quality to the nose here, not much though. Nice malty quality too. Can definitely pick up on those roasted qualities. Also getting a little alcohol on the nose.

Taste, Man oh man this is an amazing brew here folks. Right up from you get coffee, it's there the entire time, but it's not a bitter black coffee as one would imagine, theres a sweetness to it. More of a coffee with creme thing going on, there a really nice roasted quality here to go with the aroma, very very slight bitterness on the finish, but is perfectly mated with the coffee flavor, very enjoyable.

Mouthfeel, Surprisingly enough this brew goes down pretty well, it doesn't fill the mouth too much, it's nice and smooth, there isn't as much carbonation as what it looked to be in the initial pour. There is just a bit of dryness on the back end from the coffee and alcohol too but it is subtle, Very nice.

Overall, I am really digging this beer, from start to finish this has been one of my favorite beers that I've tasted, Not to mention this amazing little bottle will be going up on the display shelf lol. The only down fall I can see here is that, being a coffee flavored beer, it has pretty robust and rich flavors, so i don't know if this is a very sessionable beer, but one or two, with a nice savory pastry sounds like a pretty amazing afternoon haha. I definitely recommend this to any one who loves beer. Also I'm going to try sipping this and bailey's cream together, for some reason i think that would complete my life.

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Photo of Vancer
4.43/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A great beer sent my way from limesmut via trade – a beauty!

Almost black, but with ruby edges as I pour this bad boy into the Russian crystal snifter. Of course, massive aroma of roasted coffee, and the quaff is to kill for – a chocolate shake espresso with sour ale undertones. Man, this one is just a smooth and absoulty delicious brew – of course, I luv coffee.

Really, get one thru trade or put on your wants, top notch drinker.

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Photo of StevenBilodeau
4.42/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great Choice...

Pours a midnight black with hints of dark brown.

Slight cream head, dissipates.

Roast on the nose, coffee, toasted malt grains, and also a subtle caramel flavor.

The flavor is rich and full flavored, almost like a full roast blend of arabica/robusta...very tasty. Love this beer.

This is a damn good brew for those special occasions, and lazy sit downs on a cold winter evening. Cigars any one?

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Photo of pwoods
4.42/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Awesome looking bottle, poured into a Chimay chalice, enjoyed at the legendary Maproom.

A: Deep brown and chocolately. 1 finger of head, dies fast. Some lacing.

S: Coffee is massive. Not overly roasted or bitter but just right. Nice sweetness, light chocolate and cola.

T/M: Coffee is so great with the natural porter flavor. Nice, clean, smooth, and 'lighter' porter body is so great in this beer. A soft dry/chalkiness adds depth. Light cola and even lighter chocolate add a pleasant sweetness.

D: Drinkability is disgustingly high. So easy to drink.

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Photo of beerthulhu
4.42/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fairtrade Araba Burbon beans from Rwanda. Pours a dark opaque red color with a rocky 2 finger reddish-tan head which exhibited a good retention and nice lacing left behind on the glass. The nose brings a rich, fresh roasted coffee aroma with some dark licorice, dried cherries, dry chocolate, and subtle smoky notes. The flavor is a very deep dark roasted nature full or rich black coffee beans. The mouthful is full bodied and slightly oily and leaves a smoky dark roasted malt lacing on the tongue. There is a nice acrid minerality to the palate as well. There is some nice dry earthy hop bittering and campfire charred woodiness. The finish, while short, is full roasted, dark, and gently fades leaving a nice grainy coffee residual coating of black coffee grinds behind. Overall a solid good british style coffee porter with the richness and dark roasted nature you would come to expect from this style. A nice coffee grind fade leaves a gentle reminder of the full roasted heartiness of this drink leaving you wanting more to wash it down.

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Photo of adamdotson
4.42/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought at Blanchard's in Allston, MA.

Appearance- looks dark brown. Pours a dark brown with cremy beige head. Good head retention. Some legs .

Smells like fresh ground coffee beans. Amazing. Crisp bitterness.
Smells the way my breath taste afer having a cup of coffee. That sounds gross
The taste is like the freshest cup of coffee. Reminds me a bit of Peche Mortel or Breakfast Stout for obvious reasons. It's pretty heavy on the coffee and i'm having trouble identifying other stuff. But it does so well with soreading the taste that I'm in love with it. Light body. Amazing after taste.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.42/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Prestigous looking 330 ml bottle costing me $3.39. "Each serving is equal to one cup coffee" is in fine green print on the back. Do I really need a stimulant for tonight? On to the beer:

The beer, as you would expect, is black, but you can see a light through the body. A rocky head sits on top of this beer and shows resistence to being dissolved. Coffee, baker's chocolate, chocolate syrup, and grain settle underneath the nose. I'm still picking up different flavors as I continue to inhale. Shall I continue on?

First sip brings to mind a mellow flavor. There's a very beautiful balance between the beer and coffee. It's lighter than I was expecting, but very scrumptious. There's coffee and there's porter! Sweet, chalky, and...what's the term to describe fresh brewed coffee? Seems like someone squirted chocoalte syrup in here too, or my taste buds are lying to me. Goes down with ease.

Who said English-made porters are passé? Not Meantime Brewing, which has been in operation for less than 10 years now. Glad to see a new English brewery spreading its joy to the US.

Other Notes: This beer is also the winner of multiple awards. The most recent coming from the International Beer Challenge (October 2007), where this won World's Best Stout & Porter up to 6.9%.

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Photo of armock
4.42/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured a brown color with a brown head that leaves some lacing behind

S - Is of roasted malt that gives off strong but sweetened coffee scents with some chocolate

T - This tastes pretty close to how I drink my coffee black and lots of sugar like the nose its roasted coffee with some sweetness

M - This beer has a medium body with medium carbonation to it

D - I'm not a huge fan of coffee beers but this one is awesome in fact I think its going to be in my top five highest reviewed so it goes without saying this is a beer to hunt down and try

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Photo of Nipitato
4.42/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased a very cool looking bottle of this beer at Julio’s in Westborough, MA.

A: Good clarity. Pours dark brown into a Sam Adams’ glass. Significant ruby highlights – practically amber when held to light. The beer is topped with a quarter inch tan moussy head with great retention.

S: Strong coffee aroma from roasted malt. Smells fresh. Dark bitter chocolate aroma is also strong. Some sweet toffee scents add character. Overall, aroma profile is sweet and roasty.

T: This is one hell of a tasty beer. Roasted dark chocolate malt flavor dominates. Coffee flavor is also prominent. Dark fruity esters linger in the background – raisins, cherries. A touch of whiskey flavor as well.

MF: Medium body. Low carbonation. Dry finish and mouthfeel. It has a clean finish.

D, notes: An enjoyable beer. Tasted very fresh despite the travel distance. Easily drinkable. Overall very well done.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.42/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I picked up a bottle of this at Kahn's Fine Wines in Indianapolis for about $4.50. The bottle was 11.2oz, not the big Meantime bottle, and had an interesting shape (kind of like a boiling vat).

The beer was dark burgandy brown colored, just barely clear, thin whitish head. The aroma was coffee and malty beer, I would have sworn it was Breakfast Stout except the appearance wasn't as nice. The taste was mostly coffee with some sweet malt, and the beer had enough physical presence that I suspected it had lots more malt in the bill than the 6% alcohol content reveals it to have. Very nice, too bad it's not so easily available.

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Photo of colts9016
4.42/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass at 50 degrees.

Appearance: A very dark coca cola color with a white ring around the glass. There was a one finger head but it just lasted for a moment. The clarity of the beer is opaque.

Nose: A rich coffee aroma followed by a nice malty complex. There are notes of bread and burnt sugar. Not much else.

Taste: A very nice malty complex with the bitterness of good coffee. There are hints of caramel, chocolate and a slight hop bitterness.

Overall: An amazing amount of coffee added to this beer. There is a good malt complex with a hint of hops to the beer. The mouth feel is astringent but soft. The finish linger for a few moment on the palate and it is rather refreshing. The beer is wonderful a great coffee flavor to the beer with the supporting porter characters.

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Photo of SacoDeToro
4.41/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a bright clear brown color with a decent off-white head. Based on the color I was skeptical, but...

The aroma of the beer was bursting with fresh dark espresso and chocolate. Some subtle malty and caramel notes came through as well.

The flavor of the beer was rich with coffee, chocolate, and malty goodness. The hops were there to balance things out. The flavors of this beer came together in wonderful accord. For a coffee beer, it totally hit the mark.

The carbonation was just right and the mouthfeel was perfectly creamy.

This beer is dialed in a wonderful. It's one of the best coffee-infused beers I've had.

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Photo of Butch
4.4/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The flavor virtually explodes in your mouth. Much more aggressive and vigorous in flavor than most porters. The coffee is more than noticeable and if not in perfect balance with the dark malts, it asserts itself in a slightly over the top, but all the better for it, way. I wouldn't want them to pull back at all. This is definitely one that I'll be looking for in the future, especially after The Wife's lustful reaction to it. She loved it.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
4.4/5  rDev +16.4%
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!

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Coffee Porter from Meantime Brewing Company Limited
Beer rating: 3.78 out of 5 with 617 ratings
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