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 woodychandler
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.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.13/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice looking bottle. Same for the beer. Pours clear, but pretty dark brown with a ruby hue when held to light. Sizeable creme head. Quite a bit of lace as it drops. Definite coffee on the nose, but not really in a hijacking way. Minor roasted tones over a seriously thick malty edge. Flavor is smokey and very nicely robust. Super smooth on the mouth. Very drinkable, though it might be even better to down if I was sitting by a fire with all the lights in the room off.

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Photo of jwc215
4.92/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

11.2 oz. bottle - Best by "25 01 09" printed on bottle:

Pours black with ruby highlights when held to the light. A creamy tan head has nice staying power and leaves lacing on the glass.

The smell is of rich, lightly roasted espresso beans with a chocolate touch. Subtle fruitiness lends depth and complexity in the background.

The taste is mocha coffee/espresso. Chocolate notes complement the rich coffee taste. Neither too sweet nor too bitter this is wonderfully balanced. A superb roastiness is not overdone - just right.

It has a rich fuller side of medium body. Velvety smooth.

This is a great brew. An exceptional accompaniment to breakfast or brunch. It has a great drinkablilty for a coffee flavored English porter! A coffee and beer-lover's delight!

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown body, huge, fizzysoft tanned head, big carbonation.

Big coffee in the nose, bittersweet, then dry, some cocoa and bit of cola.

Cocoa returns in the taste, large and in charge, slick and almost syrupy. Like a mocha-cino. But the body is the lean side in this brew, and the cocoa powder-y feel in the flavor removes any promise I had in anticipating this "coffee porter."
(Btw, the label says 6% abv, not the 4 listed here)
Tasty, but lacking...should be fuller bodied, should be more...when I'm getting less.

Not worth the money spent, since better coffee beers, and better porters and stouts, are readily available at much better value.
Had to try it, though, since I'm a sucker for the style.

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Photo of GClarkage
4.33/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11/30/07- Purchased at Draeger's Market in San Mateo, CA.

Presentation- 11.2oz bottle with no visable freshness information. Poured into my Maudite tulip.

Appearance- Ruby hued deep brown pour. Huge large bubbled foamy head. Settles at a very nice 1/4 inch. Leaves large thick and sticky lace patches.

Smell- All coffee and roasted malt. No chocolate here...basic and straight forward.

Taste- Possibly the most fresh and dead on coffee flavor I have tasted in a beer. Tastes exactly like ground fresh coffee beans. Highly roasted malt with a touch a sweetness combines with the coffee.

Mouthfeel- Higher than expected carbonation level. Nice coffee aftertaste.

Drinkability- Simple and not complex...just good old fashioned coffee. Definitely sessionable, especially for coffee lovers. Would like a touch more sweetness, but then again, it's not supposed to be sweet like a baltic. Quality at any rate.

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Photo of Tone
3.97/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, dark brown color. 1/2 inch head of a tan color. Good retention and decent lacing. Smells of strong bitter coffee, sweet malt, roasted malt, slight hop, and slight nut. fits the style of an English Porter. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp with an average carbonation level. There is also a noticeable tartness. Tastes of coffee, dark citrus, roasted malt, and slight tart malt. Overall, an odd, complex, and interesting beer.

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Photo of drabmuh
2.58/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Poured into a Russian River wine glass. Beer is brown and haze with a decent head of medium and small brown bubbles, some lacing, moderate to low carbonation.

Aroma is all coffee, that's good.

This is where the beer goes all wrong with me. It's thin and oddly lactic with a strong bitterness that has nothing to do with hops or coffee. The coffee only comes up in the late aftertaste, not appealing....kind of gross. I only drank about 2/3 of it and then decided to pour the rest out.

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Photo of liamt07
3.62/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from the LCBO winter release. Cool bottle. Best before date of May 8, 2013. Served in an oversized wine snifter.

Pours a dark chestnut/burgundy-ish colour, filtered with a couple fingers of off-white head. Creamy head, little retention. Nose of a very dark coffee roast, and a hint of underlying bitter dark chocolate. Not much else, but is quite prominent. Taste has less coffee going for it, but that still leads the way. Chocolate here is sweeter, and roastiness is less pronounced. Carbonation is too high I thought, and a body that wasn't big enough for me. Decent drink, but relatively one dimensional.

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Photo of tempest
4.07/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Split a small bottle with a friend. Pours a murky red-brown with a short tan head.

The coffee is all over the aroma and smells like a nice medium roast, nothing too dark. The flavor continues with more big coffee with a slight sweetness, like a touch of cream and sugar was added, in the background. I can tell there's beer in the background, it reminds me more of a smooth brown ale however, and has a small dash of grassy hops. Worth a try if you dig coffee beers.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Cool bottle purchased at AJ's Beer Warehouse in Henrietta, NY.

Pours a very dark brown, with a foamy dark brown head, and good lacing.

Smells like roasty, bitter coffee and roasted malts.

The taste is similar. Burnt, bitter coffee grounds are the dominant flavor, with some roasted malt, and a little bit of chocolate. Pretty straightforward- tasty, but it's been done better many times. Some creamy vanilla, as well.

Medium bodied, but slightly thin/watery for the style. Very drinkable, though. Low carbonation, creamy smooth mouthfeel.

Not too bad, but a little boring.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured in to Duvel tulip.

A - Dark brown. Appears to be very thin. A small amount of off white head.

S - Bitter dark roasted coffee dominates the nose. Not much else comes though.

T - Bitter dark roasted coffee with a nice balancing sweetness. A nice dry coffee finish. Fairly one dimensional but still a very good example of the style.

M - Very carbonated at first (too much) but that settled down after a few minutes in the glass.

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Photo of WesWes
4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a dark brown color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a dry, roasted scent that boasts of crystal, patent, and roasted malts. It's slightly bitter and quite earthy. The taste is great. It has a bold coffee taste up front, but it mellows out in the finish. It has a light chocolate sweetness that rounds out the flavor. It's still dry and earthy, but not over the top. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a damn good porter. The coffee blends in well and adds a bunch of character to the taste; a good drinker.

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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 Mora2000
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to my brother for sending me this beer.

The beer pours a medium brown color with an off-white head. The beer was lighter colored than I expected. The aroma is chocolate, coffee and roasted malt. The flavor is heavy on the milk chocolate with some coffee, roasted malt and cream mixed in. The mouthfeel is very creamy and the carbonation is low.

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Photo of plaid75
3.56/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a deep brown hue with amber streaking with a huge four finger chunky off white head There was very good retention and sticky lacing.

The smell featured a dominating spent coffee ground aroma.

The taste was upfront bitter coffee with a spent coffee grounds staleness.

The mouthfeel was toward the thinner side of the style.

Overall a decent porter. Not the fresh coffee aromas and flavors I was hoping for though.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a dark brown with a decent head. Smells of black coffee with some roastiness in the background. I usually like some creaminess in the smell as well when coffee is involved, but this works. The taste is similar with more black coffee flavors and roasted grain notes, but this time there is a touch of cream at the end. There is also a hint of black fruit under the coffee and roast. Its a bit thinner than I would like and surprisingly light, but quite smooth. I enjoyed this, but perhaps not quite as much as I was expecting. I would have liked a bit more body or intensity- without necessarily raising the abv.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.37/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Oddly shaped 12oz bottle into a Gaffel Kolsch glass. I've been staring at this for a bit and finally bit.

A- Meantime Coffee Porter comes out not as dark as expected with a red to very light brown color. Once in the glass it resembles a maroon color with ability to see through. A modest head arrives leaving a ring around the glass and some and some spotty work towards the center. Dots of lacing.

S- A huge roasty aroma comes on top of some faint old coffee. Some burnt brown sugar also. Malts also play are part.

T- Follows the smell with the coffee maintaining with bitter tones. Reminds me of plain drip coffee. Some chocolate and some roasted barley with some smoke to top it off. Slight vanilla comes through last as it warms.

M- Pretty decent for such a thin looking porter. Medium bodied with a clean and smooth finish. Slight bitter/sour feel from the coffee with some malts leveling it out. A bit flat and thin for my type of porter.

D- I'm glad i got the small version as I really don't see myself drinking more than that. MCP came off a bit thin and not complex enough for my liking but it is a foreign style porter and I need more experience with. Perhaps on a cask this would be better but i don't see myself having that chance soon. This is a respectable porter though.

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

I reckon this is the first coffee-infused beer I've tried that *doesn't* have an opaque, ink-like, pitch-black complexion. Quite to the contrary, my finger is plainly visible beyond the floodlight of its strikingly pretty chestnut colour. Its sepia-tinted head is fuzzy and produces a plethora of amoeba-looking lacing. Wow, this is one seriously handsome beer!

All this gawking allowed it considerable time to warm; still, an aroma like this is usually only ever encountered at much, much hotter temperatures. Wake up and smell the coffee! Few coffee beers - even those that are one-dimensional and dragooned by coffee - highlight this level of complex, variegated character from the beans. This is seriously depleted of malt, true, but it's exceedingly eloquent with regards to coffee.

Usually I prefer the opposite - beers that are more porter than coffee - but it's worth stating again: this is one deletable, intricate and high-quality coffee they've used (Faitrade Araba Bourbon beans from Rwanda's Abuhuzamugambi Bakawa Co-operative, if that explains anything, apart from explaining that hefty price tag).

Coffee is like anything else: you get what you pay for. Meantime (and me) spent a few extra bucks for more loved and looked after, discriminately grown and selected beans and they (we) have been rewarded with a more abounding taste, one notably rich in vanilla, macadamia nut, tiramisu and chocolate truffle flavours, and with a roastiness virtually identical to that of dark barley. The coffee is balanced by a luscious bittersweetness.

Meantime Coffee is among (if not the) most exquisite and enjoyable coffee-infused beers I've tried to date. It lacks all the acrid, crude roast and astringent acidity that dissuades me from becoming a coffee drinker but contains all the character, caffeine and gratifying flavour that makes me wish I was. Whether you're a coffee drinker or just a coffee-drinking wannabe like me, either way, this should be considered worthy of a purchase.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.74/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

330ml Bottle, Labeled as Coffee Porter, Best By January 2009, Sampled April 2007
This has quite a pronounced coffee / chocolate aroma to it. The beer pours with only a fat one-finger thick light brown colored head, which sits atop a brilliantly clear, dark chocolate colored beer that shows burnt ruby hues when held up to the light. Strong roast coffee aromatics are certainly the name of the game here. This smells like iced coffee that has had a touch of chocolate to it. Quite one dimensional in its coffee focus, but the particular coffee still gives this a complex nose of burnt berries, charred wood, a touch of charcoal, dark chocolate and blackened toast.

This has quite a light body to it, with just a touch of fullness as it rests on the palate. The beer starts out dry and roasty, but quickly picks up a soft sweetness that really helps with the overall perceived balance. The beer finishes with a chalk-like cocoa powder note, some roast-derived bitterness and a touch of burnt acidity. There was a solid amount of coffee used in this brew, I wonder how much, if any, dark malts were used in this brew, because I could totally see this as getting all of its dark color and character from coffee. I suppose though that the chocolate aromatics and flavor are probably derived from roasted malt. Quite a tasty brew, and with the caffeine punch, it is a good way to start off an evening of drinking.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.94/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Purchased at New Vintage Wine shop in Eagle, Idaho. Don't remember the price but think it was in the $4 range. Very cool (probably the coolest looking I've ever seen) tear drop shaped 11.2 oz bottle. Numbering on the bottle would lead me to believe "best by 1/25/9". Very much enjoyed from an oversized red wine glass while listening to "One Track Mind" from Rythmic Cartel.

Dark brown with a just a touch of yeast haze.. half inch head quickly goes away and leaves minimal lacing.

Smell is big time coffee .... this could very much be mistaken for a cool cup of java off of smell alone ... no hops just a lot of roastiness and coffee.

Taste is like a lightly carbonated coffee drink (a little creamy too) ... I like it alot ...Odd but not offensive lingering finish of cappucino AND a little diacetyl ... Grows on you after a while. Again, no real hop flavor or bitterness to discern, but the bitterness of the coffee could be masking it.

This is my first Meantime brew and it definately did not dissappoint ... I no doubt will be getting a couple more of these; I have no idea how they will cellar at 6%, but I think it would be interesting in a coffee beer tasting.

I don't know what is up in Boise, but there are way more cool and new beers available than years past. I know most are imported by Shelton Bros, but I hope it keeps up. I also know Ericksons Fine Wine in Eagle has this fine brew available .... Erickson's also has the Meantime IPA ... New Vintage did not at purchase time.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.11/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

From the 33 ml bottle with a lot number of L8196M20. Sampled on July 20, 2009. It pours a handsome brown-black with a creamy tan head that remains about 3 mm thick on top throughout the sampling. The aroma packs a pungent punch of coffee grinds and hops. The mouthfeel is about medium texture. The taste is difficult to pin down since it is rather unusual. I would call it burnt coffee grinds and sour or overripe fruit. The flavor was not its best attribute and I expect I will never buy this again.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.34/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz. interesting looking English bottle, on chefscott79's recommendation,

A: Pours a dark brown, with a good off-white head, good retention, limited lacing.

S: Coffee city, need to put on a little O'Jays, and sniff this puppy some more.

T: Big roasted coffee notes, this is definitely the main flavour, the lactose adds a good sweetness to counterbalance that, tasted a lot like the Irish Creme concoctions that I used to get at college, very flavourful.

M: Light for a porter, could use some more body IMO, but at only 6%, it's not that bad, medium-bodied and creamy overall.

D: A really good beer, I'm glad I finally tried it, any coffee drinker would dig this stuff.

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Photo of rudzud
2.68/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Picked this up on a whim at Julio's while trying to fill a "mix-a-six" thanks to the bottle. Wish I hadn't.

A - Unfortunately, no head retention on this porter. Pours a nice typical deep chestnut brown. Initially theres a very fizzy half a finger head but that very quickly disappears leaving no lacing. Halo nonexistant too.

S - Nice smell. Fresh ground coffee beans, the nice bitter and sweet coffee aspects. Thats pretty much all I'm getting though is the coffee.

T - This tastes like an iced coffee without cream and sugar. Tastes kinda watery too. Just, wow. Never thought I would have a beer that tasted like watered down coffee.

M - Like stated earlier, feels very watered down. Very, very little carbonation barely nonexistant. Flat feeling.

D - I guess its average drinkability. Stuff is a pretty poor porter. This tastes, looks, and smells like a watered down iced coffee, just at 6%. Oh well, cant all be great drinks!

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Photo of jdhilt
4.22/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a four finger light tan head that fades quickly to a thin layer leaving traces of lace. Deep mahogany color. Roasted coffee nose. Good carbonation and medium-heavy bodied. Flavor is sweet roasted coffee, smooth. Nice porter but bottle is too small. $3.50 for a 330ml bottle from Tully's Beer & Wine Wells, Me.

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Photo of weeare138
3.18/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appears black with a dark, crimson hue when held up to the light. A large, light tan head slowly fades into a foamy cap. Tons of lacing is left scattered around the glass.
Smell is of obvious coffee up front. A touch of cocoa, vanilla, caramel, and cream are found behind the heavily coffee laden brew.
Where the aromas leave, the flavors drop off terribly with a near sour (cherries), lactose sweetness that is overbearing. Any remnants of this being a nicely flavored beer just goes awry with a tingling sweetness up front leading to a sour, concord grape like flavor that just isn't what I was looking for.
Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied, tannic, acidic, tart, astringent.

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Coffee Porter from Meantime Brewing Company Limited
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