Coffee Porter | Meantime Brewing Company Limited

very good
408 Reviews
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 BlurryVisi0n
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass.

Appearance: A very dark brown with a very thin body, looks almost opaque black once poured in the glass but when placed against the light you see the body pretty well. (Light tan) Head is very thing and honestly poured about 1/10' and settled to almost nothing before a sip.

Smell: Strong aroma of espresso makes you think you are about to drink an iced coffee.

Taste: Smooth coffee taste with a slight mocha feel. A notch sweet but then again chocolately bitter.

Mouth: Medium bodied feels like just sticky enough.

Overall: This beer took me by surprise, it packs a punch of flavor that will easily attract you. I can honestly say a definite must grab. Salud!

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Photo of rangerred
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle into a nonic.

Pours a very dark brown with a half finger thick tan head. Very good head retention with just some stringy lacing.

Aroma has a fairly sharp metallic note, unfortunately, but underneath that, there are some milk chocolate notes along with a touch of light roast coffee. Some dark toffee and caramel as well.

Not metal in the flavor, thankfully, and the chocolate/toffee notes are very nice. Coffee is present but is much more subdued than I was expecting. Caramel is in the background and a very light, delicate, hop character just lending enough bitterness to balance the sweetness. The mouthfeel is probably the best feature of this beer. It is silky smooth with plenty of body.

Overall, a decent English Porter but way overpriced for what it is. I wish the coffee was a little more pronounced.

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.56/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown, looking a bit thin as it comes out. Small to medium light beige head. Aroma of coffee and a bit of roasted malt, but slightly weak. Flavor is coffee and a bit of fruitiness. A bit of very light spice on the finish almost tastes like chile. Strange aftertaste for a porter. Not bad, but something a little strange.

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Photo of tronester
3.86/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 4

Pours a chestnut brown, with a thin tan collar. Aromas of blackstrap molasses and plums. Taste begins with a light woody flavor, followed by some toffee, then oatmeal, and finishing with a light coffee and smoke finish. Mouthfeel is a bit thin, somewhat disappointing. Overall a good porter, though a bit pricy for what you get IMO.

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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 Reappropriated
4.06/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 11.2oz bottle.

This beer says very little on the label, only promising a coffee porter, which is delivers on.

The beer pours lighter than I would expect from a coffee porter, being somewhere between brown and dark brown, with a head that sticks around for a while.

The smell is of coffee, which was my first indication that they got the flavor right. There is also malt present, with other smells lurking, but not coming forward enough for me to clearly identify them.

The taste of of coffee, which is nice because this porter actually delivers what it promises. Too many times you get hints of flavors, or they are almost completely missing, but this beer is built around the coffee flavor. It is also not bitter as some other coffee beers, which gives it a nice smooth coffee taste, not the coffee grounds flavors that are sometimes present. It also finishes off with a nice subtle vanilla, which was also enjoyable. The feel was also good and thick, but not treading into stout land, just on the thick side for porters.

Overall I would definitely drink this again, especially if I was looking for a coffee flavor.

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Photo of Samuel906
4.22/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I don't think I've ever commented on bottle shape or design before, but there's something about the Meantime series that I really like. The half bottle shape, and the reserved label works for m e. On to the porter... one thing I hate is when beers claim to have some flavor (like a "coconut porter" or a "basil honey ipa") and when you go to drink it, the flavor is either hiding or unrecognizable. Some people may be more for subtlety, but screw that. When I read "Coffee Porter", I want it to taste like the inside of a Civet's colon... and does it ever. It starts off with just an aroma, that familiar porter and stout smell that leaves traces of coffee in your nose. But the taste, oh man, the taste. It starts out with some dark roasted malts of your average porter, but then brewing up like a percolator comes delicious, aromatic, intense espresso flavor with just enough creamyness to keep the coffee bitterness under control. The flavor persists long after you swallow allowing you to savor the flavor. This is a really great beer for anyone who loves coffe.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.86/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber to black in color with light tan head. In the aroma, mellow and astringent coffee. In the taste, mellow coffee and a small roasty malt. A small coffee like bite, but mainly smooth and a medium bodied mouthfeel, with dryer coffee notes in the aftertaste. Nice coffee presence and mellow.

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Photo of beergoot
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Crystal clear, deep mahogany red body with a nice and creamy head on top. Sweet caramel, cocoa powder, vanilla in the nose. Very sweet flavors with emphasis on the caramel-side of things; faint coffee bitterness pops up near the finish; slight tea-like astringency. Medium bodied, semi-sweet finish.

A nice looking and fine tasting dark ale, but I wonder where the coffee component is hiding. It's there, barely, in the taste, but really doesn't make much of an impression. Still, this a good, mild and sweet porter and is worth trying just for that.

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Photo of Samp01
3.77/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A dark espresso with a bit of a red tinge on the pour with a large lasting tan head, very good head retention and lacing. Aroma is of dark roasted caramel and espresso malt. Taste same as aroma with some mild espresso bean bitter notes. A medium body with a slightly sticky and oily texture, smooth drinking with , mild carbonation. Sweet caramel and cacao espresso malt flavors on the tongue and a lingering mild espresso bitterness on the end for balance. A well made, flavorful and enjoyable after dinner drink.

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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 bluesbrewsguys
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Great little coffee porter here with a good balance of coffee and dark beer, but without all the bells and whistles of a thick and rich porter that makes you feel like you ate some chocolate cake with a side of coffee like some others I have tried. Really close to the taste of an iced coffee with this one and is an easy drinker that is light and refreshing and pretty much good for any occasion.

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

Meantime Coffee Porter has a nice deep oily hue to it, but only a very small ring as a head. Some carbonation is present with little to no lacing. The aroma is nice, reminding me of dark roast coffee beans and semisweet chocolate. After a few sips at various temperatures, I am finding that the the coffee aspect is much more prominent than any perceived chocolate. This is literally like a cup of coffee with a little cream and sweetener... it's amazing how they pulled that off. This is pretty straight forward, light, and very easy to drink. I would definitely buy it again!

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Photo of tittymcj
3.17/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

A: Beautiful black poor. Very dark and thick looking. No light, no haze. Good, lasting head that sticks around for a bit but is gone after 5-10 minutes.

S: Smells like it should. Lots of coffee and dark malt. Chocolate, some hazelnut maybe? Very deep and thick smelling.

T: A bit of a letdown here. The coffee and chocolate comes through, but not as strongly or smoothly as one might expect or enjoy.

M: The real letdown is here. What appeared to be a thick, hearty drink throughout turns out very thin and watery. A bit like the homebrews I've made myself. This may be personal preference, but I like my porters thick.

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Photo of FLima
3.92/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Dark brown color with a thin off-white head with low retention.
Nice aroma of roasted coffee, and some chocolate notes.
Predominant taste of light coffee (not espresso, but felt as true coffee), dark chocolate, roasted malts and herbal hops. I felt a bit acidity which was actually welcome.
Dry and mildly bitter aftertaste with a residual coffee note.
Medium body with a very low carbonation.
Coffee porter was a perfect name, I felt like drinking an iced coffee which I really like. This can be drink even at the morning, not such as a full English breakfast like a Beer Geek breakfast would be, but as a hit and run one. They achieved a perfect marriage between beer and coffee.

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Photo of Brenden
3.82/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This coffee porter is a dark brown, pretty much identical in look to the original London porter with slightly more darkness against the light. It grows a brown head to half a finger tall, both tightly and sparsely bubbly, so that it falls off a bit more quickly than the original but not too quickly. A moderate amount of lacing is left in patches.
The roasted coffee is there in the nose without overpowering this porter. There's a touch of cocoa, a bit of toast, and a mildly herbal quality (hops, I would think). Roasty malt still underlies this beer.
The taste is essentially the same, but the coffee backs off ever so slightly and needs to come forward. There's also a ghost of astringency as if from a slightly acidic edge to the coffee.
There's a nice creaminess to the medium body, though it goes a bit too foamy (as with the original). It does have a good smoothness to it.
Overall, I think it loses just a little something, or maybe that it gains just that very slight acidity to it, but it's a good beer.

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Photo of Flounder57
3.96/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger mocha head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a pitch black/brown color with a little clarity and bubbles can be seen coming up the glass. Nice lacing on the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Roasted coffee, smoke, and mocha.

Taste: Roasted espresso, chocolate, sweet malts, and some smokiness.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, full bodied, mild bitterness, and low to medium carbonation.

Overall: A nice coffee porter here folks. Can't wait to try their other beers out.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.99/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 ounce bottle. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a dark copper/brown color with about a half inch light tan head that went away quickly. However, there's a good amount of lacing. Aroma is nice, the brew smells mostly like coffee, along with some roasted malt and bittersweet chocolate. I think the taste is pretty much like the aroma, but there's also some grainy malt and some nutty flavor, too. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit slick and goes down easy. It's good and worth a try, but pricey at $4.99 a bottle.

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Photo of bmwats
3.84/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 300 ml bottle into a footed tulip.

A: Dark brown. Pours a half finger, bubbly, brown-white head. Disintegrates quickly leaving only a ring of bubbles around the rim, and some visible effervescence clinging to the sides of the glass. Some slight beer ring lacing, mostly retreats back into the body of the brew.

S: Roasted espresso, a little sweet dark chocolate, a little almond, and a hint of tea leaf.

T: Hearty malt, roasted coffee, and bittersweet dark chocolate.

M: Full body, thick and earthy.

D: Sip and enjoy.

Atmosphere is pretty nice. Dark hue, not much of a head, and slight lacing. Nose is full-on roasted espresso and dark chocolate with some nutty characteristics. Tastes like it smells. Roasted coffee is prominent with a little unsweetened dark chocolate. Overall, this is a good quaff.

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Photo of jucifer1818
4.57/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

on tap, served in a 1/2 pint tulip glass, at Fermentation lounge, Tallahassee

a: Rich dark amber/brown, coming just shy of dark in appearance, with a heavy head (about 2 fingers worth)

s: Fresh coffee beans, coco pods, and chocolate malt dominate this beer. It smells stronger than a dark cup of iced coffee

t: When tasting this one you find yourself sneaking as many sips as possible. Right, dark inky expresso dominates this brew, offset by a nice sweet character. It tastes like a glass of alcoholic, strong chilled coffee

m: Dark and grainy, with a excellent smooth and creamy finish

O: This is a very fine brew. It may not be the finest porter I've ever had, but by god, it comes close to being the finest coffee porter I've ever had, tieing with the Cask conditioned Thunderstruck porter. As close to coffee and beer fusion as you can possibly get, this brews creamyness, sweetness, bitterness, and coffee flavors mesh perfectly

I highly recommend it, well worth the price, and everything a coffee beer should be

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Photo of shand
4.23/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Meantime Coffee Porter pours brown with a small head. The aroma is a solid coffee porter aroma - about what you'd expect from the style. Coffee, chocolate, and roasted malts. The taste is outstanding, there's a really big, fresh brewed coffee note that dominates the whole show. When your coffee note is this good though, you can be one-note. The mouthfeel is on the light side, but that works with how actual coffee feels too. The drinkability is great. Overall, if you love coffee, this is your beer. It's got a huge black coffee taste, without very much else.

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Photo of JK4Stout
3.82/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

First, may be my favorite bottle of all time...I even have a few others this just is so neat and simplistic.

A: This is one rich looking, dark porter. I'm used to my porter being a bit lighter and thinner than this. (not as thin as Guinness though) Very pleased as I watched it pour.

S: Good heavy aroma with a bit of coffee mixed in. Reminds me a lot of GUiness Foriegn Extra with a little mocha mixed in. Beautiful.

T: Eh...not quite living up to the smell, but still a pretty dang good brew. A bit light on the malt flavor for my taste, but still a very quality beer.

M: Good carbonation...better than many British beer I run into. Medium to heavy feel.

O: I'd do it again, but really want to see if they can make anything just a tiny bit stronger in the flavor department.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #61 (Feb 2012):

LOOK: Dark mahogany brown

SMELL: Cowboy coffee, charcoal, burnt currants, bready, earthy, yeast, tree bark, herbal

TASTE: Creamy, smooth, roasted grain, coffee, milky, warming alcohol, burnt toast, herbal, chicory, black tea; semisweet, roasty finish

Obviously brewed with coffee, Meantime states that one bottle is equal to one cup of coffee. They also add lactose, which drops in nice layer of depth; creamy and more inviting with each sip. Coffee flavor could be dialed up a smidgen more, but it works.

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

Poured into the center of a stocky flute glass...

A: translucent brown pour resulted in a black-bodied beer with an off-white head about a finger-thick

S: faint espresso and dark malts

T: dominant black cold espresso flavors, but light, and melded into the softer dark malt background

M: thin, drying bitterness, crisp; lively bitter notes

O: a good coffee porter, I'd say - it has very traditional porter qualities and an assertive coffee character, a good exemplar of the style, but it lacked anything special that would draw me back to it

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.12/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was kind of hard to obtain but I was able to snag one for $5.50 from Halftime beverage.

A - A very nice 1/4 inch of opaque colored head atop of a very dark ruby brown ale. Nice sticky lacing this one looks pretty.

S - Dominated by smooth roasted coffee, bakers chocolate, and a dash of molasses.

T - A nice subtle twang of dark roast that pulls bitterness on your tongue in reminiscent of dank hops sticking to the palate. After which I can taste some sweet dark chocolate rounding to some other sweet malts/vanilla into a coffee induced finish. So worth it.

M - Medium bodied, slightly chewy, a sure fire sipper.

Overall I have been after this one for a while since it was noted for it's strong black coffee taste yet smooth balanced body. I was impressed!

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Coffee Porter from Meantime Brewing Company Limited
3.78 out of 5 based on 614 ratings.
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