Coffee Porter | Meantime Brewing Company Limited

very good
616 Ratings
Coffee PorterCoffee Porter

Brewed by:
Meantime Brewing Company Limited
England, United Kingdom

Style: English Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-24-2004

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Photo of smcolw
3.62/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark, dark ruby brown color where only the brightest light shines through. Modest starting head that dies to a single layer of bubbles. No lace on the glass at all.

It has a sweet, brandy like smell. The coffee is pleasant but not the predominant aroma. This reminds me of Frangelica.

Think coffee with light sugar. The bitterness is completely from black patent malt and roasted unmalted grains. This is a little overwhelming--in many ways, it has a darker, more bitter flavor than the driest of stouts. The aftertaste is chewy, like burnt toffee.

If you like iced coffee (without cream), then this is a beer for you. Otherwise, it's too much of a one-trick pony.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.31/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a dark brown body with ruby-hued edges and a capped by a thin, beige head.

Smell: The ashen aroma of heavily stale, dried-out coffee grounds. Say, how old is this bottle anyhow?

Taste: A pleasant brown sugar and toffee sweetness upfront. There's a faint blip of hops midway. Thankfully, only a small measure of that stale, forgotten coffee on the roasty, sweet finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Tastes far better than it smells. Also, the bottle sure is a beaut! Getting only 330ml never looked so good.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.12/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Burnt pecan brown with tangerine highlights on the coaster... dark cherry when backlit with weak morning sunshine. The butter toffee colored crown is the best part of the appearance. It has character to burn and is leaving the glass slathered with an impressive amount of lace when it eventually departs.

I find it odd that I love the smell of coffee-infused porters and stouts when I don't drink coffee (and have never even tasted it). This nose is very well done in that crushed coffee beans are right up front, yet the roasted maltiness of the base porter is easily appreciated. I'm expecting good things from this beer.

Coffee Porter is a good version for sure. A bit of an odd finish keeps it from greatness, but let's see what happens as the ounces pass. Java lovers should be in heaven because their favorite beverage dominates the flavor profile without overpowering everything and making the beer taste like iced coffee. It's a fine line that Meantime has walked with consummate skill.

Bittersweet chocolate and sugared vanilla bean are also present. It might be the addition of lactose (milk sugar) that's giving the odd flavor on the back end. It's fading fast as I enter the bottom of the bottle, so no worries. Bitter and sweet are both abundant, with bitter winning handily at all points along the way.

The body/mouthfeel is right about where it should be for a 6.0% ABV English porter. Since I have nothing else of substance to add here, allow me to note the source of the coffee beans: Rwanda's Abuhuzamugambi Bakawa Co-operative. Beats 'Joe's Coffee Shop' when it comes to the coolness factor.

I've been pleased with all three of the Meantime Brewing Company beers that I've had so far. Coffee Porter is a nice little (caffeinated) treat that will please your palate as it energizes your body and your brain. Not only that, but the bottle is a keeper.

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Photo of millerbuffoon
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of mikesgroove
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased this odd shaped 11.2oz bottle on my last trip through Asheville. Being the huge lover of coffee porters and stouts, I knew I had to give this one a try as it seemed to be a classic representation of the style. Poured it into an Oversized wine glass and served it at about 50 degrees.

A - Poured a dark brownish black. Almost completely opaque except for a few tints of reddish brown along the bottom and the sides of the glass. Really a dark overall color. A very nice one and a half inch high head of tan colored lace then rose up over the top of the glass and settled down nicely revealing copious amounts of side lace.

S - The aroma was a full on coffee lovers dream. Lots of bittersweet coffee notes, roasted grinds, everything. Nice touch of earthiness to it as well started to come through on it now, with a touch of a grain like nature to it. Some really dark notes in here, very nice indeed.

T - The flavor was very nice. Rich notes of coffee of course dominated it, but I found it to be a little more complex then that. Some nice light grain notes and a light earthen grass presence even, but washed away quickly by a coffee grind like bitterness. Very nicely done.

M - This was a touch thin as compared to what I was expecting but it was still very nice. Good carbonation never left it feeling dull or flat, and in fact, it had a really nice little bit of fizz on the first few sips. Bit of a creaminess, especially in the finish, but could have used a little more depth for me.

D - Outstanding session ale I would have to say. The alcohol in it was virtually non-existent and that combined with the rich coffee flavors and the nice bit of follow through made this something that could easily be sessioned over the course of the night.

Overall, this was a very solid coffee porter. Not the best, but I have had some good ones, but still very solid and a classic representation of the style. There is no doubt I would try this one again anytime, it was very good.

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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 ZEB89
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of Slatetank
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Decanted cool from the brown 11.2oz bottle into my Corsendonk Christmas goblet. Purshased this at Well's in Baltimore.

A - Deep Brown w/ Garnet shade when held to the light w/ a creamy tan head of 3 fingers that settles to about 1/4 inch that has a fine bead.

S - The smell of dry roasted coffee beans w/ a light caramel note. Slightly nutty w/ a hint of vanilla and roasted grain notes.

M - A smooth light feel w/ a sweet, creamy and gently roasted quality and full carbonation w/ a subtle coffee roastiness ans light metallic note

T - Dry and roasty w/ slightly vanilla caramel flavors w/ a mocha-like chocolate covered coffee bean flavor. Dry bean shell full roastiness as hinted at in the aroma.The full coffee taste is there, just on the dry side.

D - A nice ale w/ coffee focus. More of an English Porter w/ a more subdued malt taste. One was enough for me, yet has a great aroma - definitely worth a try. Possibly more drinkability if less effervessence were there, it falt like some of the malt flavor was diverted. I very tasty coffee beer overall.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.51/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a cool looking 11.2 oz bottle into my Sierra Nevada tulip. Received in the Birthday BIF from ShogoKawada; thanks Phil!

a - Pours a very deep brown color with one inch of fluffy off white head and moderate carbonation evident. Head is a bit frothy and a tiny bit lasts throughout the drink.

s - Smells of sweet coffee, roasted malts, light chocolate, and light vanilla. The sweet coffe seems a bit odd.

t - Tastes of coffee grinds watered down, roasted malts, vanilla, and chocolate. Not bad at all, but seems a bit watered down.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. Very smooth and creamy body. Great mouthfeel.

d 0- Overall a decent coffee porter. The Smell was very sweet which seemed a bit weird for a coffee porter, and the taste seemed a bit watered down. Wouldn't seek out again but would give another shot.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.93/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The pour is a dark brown color with some red highlights, but perhaps a bit on the light side for a porter. The head is initially fluffy and tan, but dies down quickly.

S: The name of the beer is certainly a good indicator here. The aroma is almost solely coffee with a touch of chocolate and roasted malt.

T: Like the nose, the flavor is coffee pretty much all the way, but at a much higher intensity. There's a nice roasted malt background with a bitter coffee finish.

M: The body of this is a bit on the light side of medium with a moderate level of carbonation. A bit more carbonation could help out with the perception of a lack of body.

D: Despite a few flaws, this is a very tasty and drinkable beer. The coffee flavor is quite intense, which is something I appreciate.

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Photo of MarkyMOD
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of rab53
5/5  rDev +32.3%

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 dvmin98
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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 Lare453
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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 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 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 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 a77cj7
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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 Rochefort10nh
5/5  rDev +32.3%

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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Coffee Porter from Meantime Brewing Company Limited
3.78 out of 5 based on 616 ratings.
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