Coffee Porter
Meantime Brewing Company Limited

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Meantime Brewing Company Limited
England, United Kingdom
English Porter
Ranked #80
Ranked #21,938
3.78 | pDev: 12.7%
Jun 30, 2022
Nov 24, 2004
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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Reviewed by Sigmund from Norway

3.3/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
330 ml bottle, Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. ABV is 6.0%. Very dark brown colour, nearly black. Moderate beige head. Aroma of cold coffee and woodwork, hints of dark chocolate. The flavour is medium dry, with distinct notes of coffee and wood. Some hops in the finish.
Jun 30, 2022
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Reviewed by Harrison8 from Missouri

3.76/5  rDev -0.5%
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
Rated: 3.32 by TheCrowsEye from California

Dec 10, 2017
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Reviewed by The_Kriek_Freak from Pennsylvania

4.02/5  rDev +6.3%
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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Reviewed by woodychandler from Pennsylvania

3.55/5  rDev -6.1%
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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Reviewed by Lucaskowalik from Canada (AB)

2.9/5  rDev -23.3%
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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Reviewed by GuyFawkes from Illinois

3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
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
Rated: 3.75 by Cuervo_PCB from Florida

Aug 27, 2016
Rated: 3.81 by Hopstout from Minnesota

Apr 03, 2016
Rated: 3.47 by rjp217 from Massachusetts

Mar 22, 2016
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Reviewed by Beginner2 from Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
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
Rated: 3.99 by simonreadmusic from England

Nov 27, 2015
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Reviewed by patre_tim from Thailand

3.87/5  rDev +2.4%
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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Reviewed by biboergosum from Canada (AB)

3.84/5  rDev +1.6%
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
Rated: 3.75 by Poupae from Thailand

Oct 17, 2015
Rated: 3.86 by rw1992 from North Carolina

Aug 12, 2015
Rated: 3.34 by MonkeyBread from Nevada

Aug 01, 2015
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Reviewed by soulgrowl from England

4.35/5  rDev +15.1%
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
Rated: 3.89 by IckyT2012 from Florida

Jul 11, 2015
Rated: 4 by chrismattlin from Ohio

Jun 27, 2015
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Reviewed by Wasted_Youth from Indiana

4.21/5  rDev +11.4%
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
Rated: 4.32 by enelson from Illinois

May 06, 2015
Rated: 3.52 by khargro2 from Tennessee

Apr 30, 2015
Rated: 4.06 by poskok from Croatia (Hrvatska)

Apr 24, 2015
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Reviewed by Brutaltruth from Ohio

3.84/5  rDev +1.6%
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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Rated by BlazinPhoenixLeopardLexy from Ohio

3.99/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4
You better like coffee because this is cold fizzy alcoholic coffee.
Apr 13, 2015
Rated: 4.18 by domnalbrecc from Pennsylvania

Apr 05, 2015
Rated: 4 by sirsteve42 from New York

Mar 26, 2015
Rated: 4.49 by blue-dream from Virgin Islands (U.S.)

Mar 23, 2015
Rated: 3.92 by szmnnl99 from Michigan

Mar 21, 2015
Rated: 3.83 by bcm75 from Illinois

Mar 01, 2015
Rated: 3.53 by Ivanhoes_Backpack from Canada (NB)

Feb 21, 2015
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Reviewed by GOBLIN from Ohio

3.59/5  rDev -5%
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
Rated: 3.48 by dataylor21 from Kentucky

Feb 17, 2015
Rated: 3.94 by hosehead83 from Ohio

Feb 10, 2015
Rated: 3.56 by borgs0

Feb 03, 2015
Rated: 3.39 by Zacemy from New York

Jan 27, 2015
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Reviewed by tim007007 from Illinois

2.96/5  rDev -21.7%
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
Rated: 3.07 by Chris-1911 from Illinois

Jan 26, 2015
Rated: 4.5 by goblue2354 from Michigan

Jan 19, 2015
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