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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Photo of Sammy
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is pure coffee, and the new 11.2 ounces is enough even for two of us. As far as the style, as far as a coffee beer, this hits the mark. Not something I am crazy about, coffee in the aroma, the colour. A good amount of head. Creamy mouthfeel, but it does reach a level of astringncy at the end.

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Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Texasfan549
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.71/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours an almost opaque super dark crimson-brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, chocolate syrup, and coffee candy aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa powder and burnt coffee flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that has some nice roasty coffee and cocoa aromas and flavors.

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Photo of Knapp85
2.6/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This beer really took my breathe away but in a negative way. The porter poured out as a deep brown color but had no head at all. It barely even had a film on top. The smell of the beer is straight coffee, almost like they brewed coffee and bottled it. The taste is just coffee, I wasn't getting anything else from this beer in way of taste. The mouthfeel is watery and flat, very very boring. Overall I won't be drinking this one again. It just seemed like the put fresh brewed coffee in these bottles and shipped it out to everyone. No depth to this beer and nothing exciting either.

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Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of metter98
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is very dark amber (near black) in color and poured with a ring of off white bubbles around the edge of the glass and lacy patterns of bubbles floating in the center. A light amount of carbonation is visible from the rising bubbles.
S: There are light aromas of roasted coffee beans in the nose; the smell becomes a little stronger as the beer starts to warm up and also exhibits some hints of roasted malts.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste isn't complex and primarily consists of roasted coffee flavors.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and slightly watery on the palate; a light to moderate amount of carbonation is perceptible.
D: Drinking this beer is a breeze and there's no traces of alcohol whatsoever in the taste. It's a good beer to start the day off with if you're looking for some carbonated coffee with a buzz but don't want anything heavy like a typical coffee porter or stout.

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Photo of biboergosum
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.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.99/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

11.2 fl oz brown glass bottle served into a Guinness goblet in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are pretty high.

A: Pours a one finger head of lovely cream lacing, great foamy thickness, and good retention. Colour is a solid black. Quite appealing.

Sm: Heavy mocha and coffee. Among the best coffee scents I've ever experienced. Cream and chocolate are also abundant. An incredibly appealing aroma. Pretty strong as well.

T: The excellent mocha notes dominate, with a restrained coffee foundation with traces of roast. The cream and chocolate are in there primarily about the climax, suiting the already marvelous balance quiite well. Built very well for what it's after. A lovely coffee porter all around. Bravo.

Mf: Smooth and wet, with a bit of cream, suiting the flavour quite well. Not as tailored to it as it could be, but all around very complementary.

Dr: Extremely drinkable, though in the average ABV range. I'd definitely have it again and I'm sure it'd be marvelous on draught (or better yet nitro-draught). The price could be better, but it's tolerable for an import.

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Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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Photo of brentk56
3.79/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Looks like coffee with a one fingered foamy head atop; not the best lacing I have ever seen, however

Smell: The primary aroma is coffee, but there is a clear lactose scent that is a bit phenolic

Taste: Coffee up front, with developing chocolate and vanilla notes; after the swallow the flavors build but are joined, at the finish, by the lactose

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Although the lactose is a bit of a distraction from the flavor profile, it is so subtle that if you don't think about it too much, all you really taste is the coffee

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.66/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a clear dark amber color ale with a large enough head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of dry coffee is quiet pleasant with light roasted malt notes also noticeable. Taste is also dominated by coffee with a dry aftertaste that is well balance with the light roasted caramel malt. Body is surprisingly quite light with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Interesting beer with great notes of coffee but lacking a solid malt backbone.

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Photo of LXIXME
4.13/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Decent sized light brown head dies to a quarter inch or less of creamy froth above a very dark brown to black colored beer.

The aroma is on the lighter side with heavy coffee and lighter malt notes.

Creamy rich coffee taste with maybe some maltiness coming through as well, but definitely coffee outweighing whatever else is trying to come through.

The coffee taste sticks around with a light dryish aftertaste that leaves an almost creamy film coating my tongue.

I need to search out a chocolate porter/stout from these guys, I think if they make one of those that compares to this with chocolate, damn, I can dream can't I.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear reddish brown in color with light to moderate amounts of gentle visible carbonation along the edges of the glass and some crimson red highlights. The beer has a finger tall foamy (made up of very tiny bubbles) that reduces to a mottled surface of thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Very light to light aromas of roasted malts with light to moderate aromas of freshly brewed coffee. The overall aroma intensifies as the beer warms up.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of freshly brewed coffee with lighter flavors of roasted malts. Pretty simple in flavor without a lot of complexity, the primary flavor being that of coffee. Light amounts of bitterness which fades pretty quickly.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly thin/watery.

O: Extremely easy to drink and goes great with brunch - it tastes like a coffee soda without any additional sweetness. The alcohol is very well hidden and it goes down quite smoothly. I could easily have a couple of these in a single session.

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Photo of jlindros
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thing (bottle) looks pretty cool almost like a rocket ship, and should taste decent, so might as well review it on a snowy cold Sunday afternoon.

A: Pours with a pretty thick but small head that pops down pretty quickly. The dark burnt brown color is pretty appeasing, but it is surprisingly brilliantly clear. The head has already disappeared completely.

N: Holy shit coffee! And I just drank a pot of coffee, and this puts that pot to shame. Lots of roasted malts as well, but the coffee really just dominates everything. After nosing this for half an hour, the coffee finally starts to dim and I can get some light fruity or aged malt quality, touch of sour. BUt still, the coffee just smacks you in the face like the guy did to that chick in that nasty porno I watched.

T: Yep, there's some coffee in there. I feel like I'm drinking coffee, with a touch of beer poured into it. Lots of roasted malt quality, and touch of bitter sweet chocolate malt. A very slight sweet dark fruit like taste buries itself in the background, but can barely be tasted. Its very rounded and full mouthed.

M: Very creamy and pretty thick, touch of spicey from the high acidity from the coffee. Big body.

F: Finishes very dry and pretty bitter from all the roasted charred earthy malts and coffee beans. The longing stout bitterness is nice, but it's not overbearing either. An almost chalky quality sticks around for a bit on the mouth to remind you of the drink you are drinking and the huge coffeeness. Actually a really good drinkability.

Final thoughts: A very nice coffee beer. This is great for the on-the-go drinker as you can wake up in the morning and get your coffee and beer at the same time and get going. Nice malty taste and feel, lots of roasted malts, nice chocolate malts, creamy, thick, acidic, stouty, and overall well rounded and balanced, but is a little too much coffee and less beer, but a good beer especially for a beer that comes in a rocket ship.

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Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of oberon
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass a medium to dark brown with a nicely formed almost 1/2 finger off white head head,naturally the coffee aromas hit ya along with some woody tones and unsweetened chocolate.Coffee is domanant on the palate but is not the only thing worth mentioning its quite arthy with some noticeable wood,a bit of sweetness comesthru but to me its unsweetened dark roast coffee that dominates.A very nice coffee infused porter just well rounded and solid.

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Photo of nickfl
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours with one finger of off-white foam on top of a clear, dark brown body. The head settles fairly quickly and leaves light lace on the glass.

S - An earthy aroma of brown malt and nutty coffee. A hint of chocolate and molasses in the background.

T - Dark caramel and molasses up front. Black bread notes in the middle with some nutty, smoky coffee flavor. The beer finishes with toffee, molasses, and more coffee.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - Not as dark or strongly coffee flavored as I though it might be. The coffee is definitely there, but it is more of a smoky, medium roast than the bold, espresso like flavors that I have seen in most coffee flavored beer. Not bad, but it was a bit too expensive for a mild, relatively low alcohol beer.

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Photo of Rifugium
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: bottle at Tria, Philly, PA

This could possibly be the best UK beer I've ever had. It's bold, it has flavor and character...unlike so many others from the UK. But anyway.

This beer was served from an elegant bottle into a stem glass, and poured out a dark coffee brown color with a fluff of beige head that receded to a thin layer. Aroma = coffee. Not much more to say. Big and roasty. True to that is the taste, which is predominantly dark, roasted coffee, some sweet roasted malts and sugars (lactose?) for a nice balance. Hints of molasses. Medium body, moderately carbonated, and very drinkable. Coffee.

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Photo of REVZEB
4/5  rDev +5.8%

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