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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

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

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Photo of dfillius
4.24/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle claims that "Each serving is equal to one cup of coffee" and "Fermented with ground coffee and lactose". 11.2 oz. bottle, 6.0% ABV Served in a pint glass at ~45 degrees F

A: Two fingers of fizzy cream colored head quickly dissipates. After warming and drinking, a thin layer of fine head is retained. Crystal clear despite being bottle conditioned. Dark brown but light in color for a porter, I can see dark red from light transmission through it.

S: Hearty coffee aroma, notes of toffee, chocolate, roasted nuts. Quite a delicious smell.

T: Coffee bitterness quite apparent as is a nutty flavor. Great sweetness later that smoothly transitions from the coffee bitterness. This tastes like BLACK coffee! Once it is warmer, the smooth sweet lactose flavor comes through, further balancing the flavor.

M: Sweetness and bitterness leave no part of my tongue untouched. Carbonation feels fizzy on tongue. Quite smooth when warmer.

D: Black coffee is not my cup of tea, so one of these is good for me, but is a fine example of a coffee beer! Maybe I could have two of these.

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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 rhoadsrage
3.06/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

(Served in a nonic)

A- This beer has a clear but dense reddish-brown body with a strong carbonation of tiny bubbles and a rocky light tan head that last for most of the beer.

S- There is soft notes cold stale coffee and brown malt with a dark nougat note. The finish is a fresh brown malt and plastic smell.

T- The taste of cold stale coffee has some notes of brown malt followed by a finish of coffee grounds.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a watery texture.

D- The coffee is big and stale and the malt taste reminds me of a weak American bock. The flavor is not that impressive but the head last and last. I’m not sure I want to commit to the big bottles of Meantime but I’m glad they only sell this in a small bottle. That is enough.

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Photo of russpowell
4.39/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

BBD of 01/28/08

Pours chestnut with 2+ fingers of fluffy brown head. Above average lacing & below average head retention

S: Slight coffee & cocoa as this warms up

T: Coffee, a little chocolate & iron. Cocoa & roasted malt notes as this warms. Finishes dry with more roasted grains & mocha

MF: Smooth, medium-bodied, moderate carbonation & great balance

Drinks too easy, this is my kind of coffee porter/stout!

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Photo of objectivemonkey
3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Into a chalice, pours an obsidian brown, very dark, a off-tan head of half an inch settling to a thing film, lacing falling in sheets down the glass. The aroma is intensely aromatic coffees, ground, roasted, almost charred, black patent malts have to be in there, a tad nutty. The taste is even more dominated by the bean, almost a mean streak, a bite accompanying a rise in carbonation through the middle, then settling into softer coffee and nutty tones, and the tongue is left prickling from the carbonation. The body is relatively full, particularly after warming. Overall, I'd say this is a pretty decent beer, not my cup of... erm, tea?, but it'll do, a decent coffee porter.

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Photo of BattleRoadBrewer
4.18/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served cool from interesting, trademarked greenish amber bottle into shaker pint.

Excellent pour, brilliant clarity dark cherry-brown color with a lasting head of fine dark tan bubbles, leaving good lacing.

The nose leaves no mistake that this is a coffee porter. Rich and nutty coffee aroma, with chocolate and vanilla notes.

The taste is unmistakably coffee-dominated as well. Gives the sharp bite you get from chewing roasted beans, sharper and fresher than brewed coffee. They obviously used good coffee, not just any coffee in this brew. Slight amount of roastiness that could be barley and not coffee rounds out the finish.

Mouthfeel is excellent, every drink is a treat, sweet and bitter and smooth.

Drinkability is above par. This is a coffee lover's coffee beer. Many coffee beers aren't good coffee or good beer--Meantime Coffee Porter wins awards for both.

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Photo of merlin48
4.12/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cool looking 11.2 oz bottle. Pours a clear mahogany body with a small, but lasting, beige head. Some curtains of lace drape around the glass. Aroma is freshly ground coffee beans and milk chocolate graced by toasted almonds. Medium body is well carbonated. Taste is dark chocolate and coffee grounds accented by notes of cream and almonds. Nicely executed.

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Photo of KarlHungus
4.36/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This brew pours a dark brown color with ruby hues around the edges. The head is monsterous, especailly for a coffee beer. It is two inches high, creamy, fluffy, and recedes very slowly into chunky lacing. The aroma is of coffee grounds, nuts, sweet milk chocolate, bitter dark chocolate, and cream. The taste has quite a bit more coffee to it than the aroma. Chocolate and cream rounds out the coffee flavors in the sip, while the finish in pleasantly nutty. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with fine, lively carbonation. Overall, this beer is does not have as much coffee in it as most American coffee beers. However, adding more coffee to this beer would probably mask too many of its other flavors and aromas, and I think that would be a shame. I like this beer a lot. I would drink it if I was in the mood for something with a punch-you-in-the-mouth coffee taste to it. However, if in the mood for a well design, not over the top porter this would certainly do the trick.

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Photo of w1n0
4.07/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pitch dark, dark chocolate

beautiful aromas of coco, figs, dark fruits and of cource coffee.

strong and pronouced coffee flavors, a bit of green tea, dried raisins, and slighty tantic.

lighter then what i expected but it still has great body.

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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 Talisker
4.12/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a beautifully-shaped small 11.2 oz bottle.

Looks a lot like a cola, both in color and consistency of the beer and especially of the head. Lots of fizzy carbonation that dies down quickly. Aroma is wonderful - not of fresh coffee grounds, nor of old wet grounds like too many coffee beers, but freshly-brewed. There's also a very nice malt in there.

The taste is wonderful. Certainly coffee-dominated, but nicely balanaced with sweet malt, some chocolate. Not over the top with any flavor. Texture is thin (in a good way), befitting a porter. Perhaps a bit too prickly in the carbonation at the beginning of a taste, but smooth underneath, and not too portery-powedery. Generally quite drinkable, and fortunately only 6% abv.

Definitely a big winner from Meantime. I wish I could remember what I paid for this bottle, but I fear it was too much to make it a regular drinker. But in the meantime, so to speak, I'll enjoy this one - a great beer.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.35/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I bought his due to the fact that I enjoyed their IPA. This was in an odd, 11.2 oz bottle that was shaped more like the 750ml their other beers are available in. The label notes that one serving is equal to one cup of coffee so this should be interesting. The color was brown but light enough to see through if held to a light. The head is short and light tan in color. The smell is like ground coffee beans and malt. The taste is sweet like maple syrup and a little milky-lactose but oddly not much coffee flavor, just a hint of coffee bitterness in the background. The more this warms up, the more the coffee takes over. This one was just average to me. If porters or coffee beers are your thing then by all means try this one. If you don’t usually seek out porters specifically you can skip this one.

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Photo of kmpitz2
3.92/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle. My glass is filled with deep brown liquid with a finger of ivory to light tan head that falls to a full coat atop the beer. There is very little carbonation after the initial pour and clarity is excellent. The nose on this one screams coffee to me. Lots of iced-coffee tones with a solid roasted backbone behind it. The coffee dominates and obscures any other aromas that might be in there. The flavor is a nice balance. The initial flavor hits coffee..very full coffee. This fades after a long stay on my tongue to chocolate and roasted malt notes, with a mild bitterness that brings coffee back to mind. The flavors are good. There is definitely a dominant coffee but the base beer comes through towards the end. Mouthfeel is thick, with a light to moderate carbonation. The mouthfeel is a little thick for the flavor in my opinion. Overall, this is a little skewed to the coffee, but that means truth in advertising. I would gladly have it again, as the slant in one direction doesn't bug me too much, as I love some nice robust coffee.

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Photo of rallison
4.32/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice dark, dark brown with a 1 finger light tan head that sticks around a bit.

Smell is intense coffee. Smells delicious, can't wait to taste it...

Ohh, nice. Taste delivers a great punch of coffee. Some sweeter dark chocolate is also present, but the main focus is the coffee. For an English Porter, this has quite a bit of flavor.

Mouthfeel is relatively rich for the style, and altogether pretty nice. Drinkability is very good.

Recommended. If you like coffee, I highly recommend you try this. And this brew from Meantime comes in a cool looking 330ml bottle, so you don't even have to commit to their standard 750ml size.

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Photo of session1979
4.17/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33 cl stubby bottle poured into my DFH pint glass.

Appearance: Poured a very dark, warm-brown color with a small beige head which disappeared quickly.

Smell: First waft hit me with a bright coffee nose which was balanced nicely with malt and roasted grain. Some dark chocolate, molasses, and a slight buttery vanilla note.

Taste: Great round flavor full of coffee (well duh), roasted malts and grain. Slightly sweet and acidic with dark chocolate notes. Almost like drinking iced coffee.

Mouthfeel: It looks like a light to medium bodied pour but on the mouth it feels like you are drinking a creamy coffee concoction whipped up from your favorite java house. There is moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: Quite easy to drink and surprisingly refreshing. When you hear “Coffee Porter” you think of a big, heavy pour but this beer is so well put together it is very drinkable.

Final Comments: I have to agree with the first reviewer and say that this is one of the best coffee infused beers I have ever had. It was very well put together with all of the ingredients working in harmony to deliver a wonderful product. Well done Meantime!

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Photo of SacoDeToro
4.41/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a bright clear brown color with a decent off-white head. Based on the color I was skeptical, but...

The aroma of the beer was bursting with fresh dark espresso and chocolate. Some subtle malty and caramel notes came through as well.

The flavor of the beer was rich with coffee, chocolate, and malty goodness. The hops were there to balance things out. The flavors of this beer came together in wonderful accord. For a coffee beer, it totally hit the mark.

The carbonation was just right and the mouthfeel was perfectly creamy.

This beer is dialed in a wonderful. It's one of the best coffee-infused beers I've had.

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

For the past couple of years, the only things we got from Meantime out here on the west coast were 750s of IPA and Porter. I've had those and been impressed, so I went for the Coffee Porter as soon as I found it. Besides, they have cool labels with a Victorian mechanical feel...über-hip. I'm not usually terribly thrilled with odd ingredients in beer, beyond the traditional four, but the porter-stout range of the style spectrum is fairly easily doctored to drinkable effect. There have been others out there to use coffee in the dark ale, (Speedway Stout from Alesmith leaps to mind -- excellent stuff) some more successful than others. Meantime's coffee beer is pretty well-paired with the coffee, but I find I prefer a more substantial body with richer malt character to offset the bitterness of the coffee. On the other hand, comparing this to Speedway for drinkability, I could go through a few of these and still function. Consumption of an equivalent quantity of Speedway may provide you with sufficient caffeine alertness for you to put your arms up before your face hits the floor. In the meantime, I'm going to keep an eye out for more Meantime products as they filter out to this coast.

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

This is a very unique style of a beer. I am rating this beer compared to a cop of coffee instead to other stouts since it is

A: Looks almost completely black except for under direct light. Has a one finger head that slowly fades to a thin layer and sustains.
S: Very rich malty, chocolaty, and coffee aroma. Overall the smell is very sweet, but as it is to smell like a coffee it does its job well.
T: I must say that it tastes like a cold cup of coffee. Very interesting blend of a beer and coffee; it is well balanced in this sense.
M: Medium bodied beer with slight carbonation.
D: If you can drink several cups of coffee you can drink several bottles of this beer.

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Photo of tastybeer
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Looks a murky, olive brown color, deep and chestnut with a creamy tan head. The head yields about an 1/8" retention and no lace. Aroma is creamy, nutty (almonds), coffee of course, and lightly roasted with a soft toasty caramel quality. Certainly sniffable but I smell almost more coffee than beer. Taste shares similar nutty, creamy, toffee/caramel flavors with a large coffee impact. The coffee seems to mesh with the beer flavors better than it does with the aromas. A fruity coffee-like bitterness is present along with a lactose sweetness. Not bad. Its more interesting than extravagant. Body is medium and mouthfeel has a partially watery/mild coffee kind of feel. The nice prickly carbonation stirs it up along with a hop bitter dryness. Enjoyable. I may actually be feeling the caffeine unless that's just subliminal.

Very drinkable and has its fair share of interesting interrelationships. All in all this is probably best on a weekend morning.

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Photo of wedge
3.87/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Labeled "Coffee Porter"
Best Before: 25 01 09

Pours a dark, but perfectly clear mahogany color. Small foamy off-white head has decent retention. Smells of coffee beans, sort of like sweetened iced coffee. Thats about it, if you're not into coffee, I can't imagine you'd be into this particular beer based on the smell alone. I like coffee though, so its all good. More coffee upon the first sip, a little dryer this time. Bitter with hints of cocoa. Very much on the light side, which results in a very easy-to-drink, caffeinated, alcoholic beverage.

Seems like a good way to wake up and drink at the same time in preparation for more beers to come. Hooray for the mix of stimulants and depressants! Pretty much its a light bodied, low-alcohol beer thats good if you (really) like coffee. I enjoyed it.

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Photo of Chaz
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Meantime Coffee Porter 6.0%- 330 mL bottle
Pours a dark crimson-amber in color, with a tan head of short duration and average lacing. Light espresso and roasted dark malts on the nose, seems a bit thin somehow. Big, roasted malt and mildly bitter cold press coffee on the first sip, with a very slight astringency and more sweetness than I was expecting. Chocolate is all over this one, both bitter and milk chocolate, along with lighter notes of vanilla. A dessert beer alright, and paired with some ‘artisan’ chocolate it works quite nicely, but otherwise it’s striking me as an alcoholic rendition of an Asian canned coffee drink, which at their worst are all sweetness and milky-chocolate with the barest hint of coffee. Thinner than I’d like, and definitely more of a porter than a stout. Not bad by any means, but a bit less sweetness and this would really be a winner. As is it conjures up fair memories of a few coffee porters I’ve had over at Minneapolis Town Hall (which is in and of itself a small victory.) I might buy this again if I had sweets (and in particular chocolate) in mind, but that's rare!
Served chilled, in a chalice.

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Photo of Beerbuddha
4.12/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at Martin Wine Cellar Metairie, Louisiana for $ 3.99.

Labeled as Meantime Coffe Porter 6.0% ABV

Appearance- Dark, reddish mocha color; light brown head

Smell- fresh medium roast coffee, hint of nuttiness(hazelnut)

Taste- Coffee, dark chocolate, roasted nut taste

Mouthfeel- light body not thick at all; a bit unexpected. I expected a fuller body.

Drinkability- I really enjoyed this beer. I'm not a big coffee fan but this beer was good.

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Photo of HimerMan
3.77/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to sirhc for this bottle as a very unnecessary bonus for some truly ridiculous beers from California! Awesome trader.

Poured into a tulip glass.

Nice pour, very dark brown with a 2-3 finger head that immediately smells like nice coffee. The only drawback on the coffee is that the smell goes away slightly, and lacks a full-bodied aroma.

Taste - this was much better when it was at its coldest point, very nice coffee flavor and a great blend with a traditional porter. I am not sure why this is listed as a stout, but, tastes great. It does lack the overall qualities of a coffee beer with a bit more body - but very nice nonetheless.

This beer has a nice and balanced mouthfeel, but, overall is a bit lacking towards the finish – which it a bit too thin for my tastes.

Overall, I would definitely try this beer, best fresh by my guess – and better at a colder temperature. However, don’t go crazy seeking this out – depending on where you live you may have access to some better coffee-style beers, be it stout or porter.


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Photo of khiasmus
3.38/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A- Dark brown with beige head that lasts fairly well.

S- Coffee. Doesn't smell like beer. Smells like coffee. A hint of porter-like malt, and a bit of chocolate and toffee.

T- Fairly one-dimensional. Not unenjoyable, but only if you like coffee. A hint of anise, chocolate, and malt. But mostly coffee.

M- Watery. Far too thin for a porter. Low carbonation, smooth and clean. But mostly has the mouthfeel of skim milk.

D- If you like coffee. Don't touch it if you don't. Of the five here that tried it, I appear to like it the least, so you may like it more... but to me, it's like fake, starbucks watered-down cold coffee. Not great.

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Photo of kkipple
3.84/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Got this in Asheville on the recommendation of Julie at Brusin' Ales.

Pours red-brown with a thin, weak white head that falters and hangs in patches on the surface of the beer. Rather red for a porter, but I'm not complaining.

I put my nose to the glass and get…. Dark roasted coffee beans! If you like coffee, you'll probably love this. It smells very good, but is quite one-note. I don't get much else besides the coffee smack, but there is a distinct earthiness. Perhaps also some cocoa and a hint of cream.

I hate to be repetitive here, but this is quite like drinking a carbonated, watered down coffee with a touch of sugar. Finishes dry, with a delightful lingering roasty bitterness. Supposedly there is the caffeine equivalent of a cup of joe in each bottle, and I can certainly believe it....

Mouthfeel is crisp and sharply carbonated (think mineral water) but thin and dry.

Ultimately, the sole factor in liking this beer comes down to how much you like coffee. This is well worth a try; I just can't see myself plunking down $4 for a bottle on a regular basis.

Recommend especially for the java lover. Thanks to Khiasmus for the bottle.

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Coffee Porter from Meantime Brewing Company Limited
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