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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

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-24-2004

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Photo of GilGarp
4.04/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A very distinctively shaped 11.3 oz. bottle with a wide base and long neck. The cap is awesome too.

Poured into a wine glass, the beer has a dark brown color, good clarity on the pour, with thin white head. It settles quickly leaving no lace behind.

Aroma is packed with great coffee and roasted malts. It's not all roast though - a nice vanilla sweetness balances it out.

The flavor also has good balance with good coffee character, not too much or too little, with a strong malt base. A little caramel and chocolate too but it's not all that sweet, luckily. It's good, what was expected, but not exceptional.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. I would prefer a beer of this style to be more smooth, lower carbonation, fuller body.

Overall it's a good beer but not really worth the high price.

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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 Beerenauslese
3.4/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours very light for a Porter, with a small head that doesn't last.

Smells mainly of coffee.

Tastes very light, mainly of coffee, a wee sourness. Malt flavors seem to be missing.

Mouthfeel is very light.

One of my favorite drinks is Kahlua with soda, and that is pretty much what this tastes like, just a tad more sour. Not what I would expect for a beer.

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Photo of ShadesOfGray
2.96/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into my Allagash chalice/snifter. Pours a brownish-red, yet somewhat clear...with a nice size off-white head. Leaves a creamy lacing that quickly slides down the glass.

Aroma is of burnt coffee. Over-raosted malts...and that's about it. Not much else coming to my mind. It's a rather strange aroma.

Taste is ok...not great. Reminds me of McDonalds burnt/over-roasted coffee. Light mouthfeel, a little nutty...like hazelnut maybe. Kind of earthy...but not in the good way, like sticks and leaves...next to a bonfire.

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Photo of mikereaser
2.76/5  rDev -27%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle on 11/18/09

A - pours a pitch black with 2 inches of tan foam that slowly disappeared

S - roasted coffee, hints of chocolate, sort of weak aroma

T - bitter coffee flavor, gets you in the back of the jaw, like drinking coffee

M - smooth, slightly carbonated

D - not a very tasty beer, not as good as i was hoping for. I will not be purchasing another

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Photo of kegger22
3.44/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The first thing you notice about Meantime Coffee Porter is the ridiculously, enormous tan head. Over half the pint glass is head, even with a gentle pour. The color of the beer is medium brown.

The second thing you notice as you are pouring is the fantastic aroma of coffee and chocolate. This is how a coffee porter should smell. You can almost hear Juan Valdez describing the rrrich Columbian coffee beans!

Ah the taste, there's the rub. Meantime coffee has that English porter sourness to the taste. I sorry, even though I know it is in keeping with the style, it still turns me off when I can taste nothing else. Especially when the aroma was so promising.

The mouth feel is weak bodied with sufficient carbonation.

Drinkability is only fair.

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Photo of matjack85
2.92/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

Found this single, odd, bowling pin shaped 330ml brown bottle at the Binny's in Plainfield, IL for $6.99. It had a little blurb on the label about how to enjoy this beer, but there was no freshness date to be found.

The beer poured a really dark brown color (but not quite black) with ruby red tinting when held to light. It made a nice 3-finger, off-white, foamy head that dissipated rather quickly leaving only a minimal amount of lacing.

The smell had a nice, rich, chocolate and vanilla bean aroma to it, but left me wondering, where's the coffee?

It didn't take long to get my answer to that question. Fron the first sip, this beer oozes with coffee flavor. So much so that now I can't pick up any of the chocolate or vanilla flavors that I got in the smell. The coffee flavor was strong but I didn't like it all that well. It had both a sour and tart flavor to it. It reminded me of cold, leftover, bitter coffee that I decided to finish 3 hours after I made it. Many reviewers liked it though, so make your own judgement as to the taste.

I thought the mouthfeel was the worst part about this beer. It was totally thin and watery - unlike any good porter I ever had. The carbonation was at an OK medium level, but the aftertaste was bitter and sour.

The 6.0% abv isn't that noticable so it's easy to drink if you like the flavor, but since I didn't much care for the flavor it wasn't all that drinkable for me. I'll pass on this one.

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

Picked this up as I am a huge fan or Porters. Carbonation heavy on the pour, but quickly dissapated and left just a light ring around the edge of the glass. Not as dark as many of the American style coffee porters. A nice dark amber hue when held up to the light. Strong coffee notes on the nose and the palate. A clean aroma -- no noticeable hops coming through. Maybe just a hint of hot cocao powder-like chocolate. Very smooth in flavor and drinkability. Good bitterness that balances the acrid black patent flavors. A kiss of sweetness in line with the English Porter style. Overall, a really nice porter.

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Photo of theboozecruise
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from an odd little champagne-bottle-esque 11.2 oz. bottle into a pint glass... I've never been a huge coffee-beer guy, but here goes.

The beer poured a dark red color, with a two-finger or so creamy off-white head. It didn't dissipate quick, some lacing there... looks inviting.

Smells like coffee. No doubt about that. It dominates the nose, the only other thing I pick up is hints of chocolate, not surprising at all for a porter.

The taste is strong bitter coffee at first, and that dominates the palate. Even get some rough coffee bean aftertaste at the end, all with a chocolate feel to it. Like drinking chocolate covered coffee beans is the best way to describe it.

Very nice, good mouthfeel, a little bitter aftertaste, but the medium body goes down pretty smooth. Not for a light beer drinker, but for one of my first experiences with coffee beers, I enjoyed it a good bit.

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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 jminsc76
4.19/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a crazy espresso-looking head atop a dark brown, almost impenetrable body. The latter gives off tinges of red as I hold it up to the light. Decent lacing but the head does not reemerge much upon agitation.

Aromas include espresso, coffee, a slight amount of oak, and woodchips. The bouquet is fairly strong, and it tingles the nose upon a strong intake.

Bitter flavors of the aforementioned coffee and espresso, slight hops, and a little raspberry on the front and mid-end of the palate, and some bitterness on the back.

A medium-bodied mouthfeel, with some espresso bite as an aftertaste.

Overall, this is yummy. The best comparisons I can think of are not fellow porters, but stouts from Sierra Nevada and Hitachino, and without the hoppier bitterness of Sierra Nevada's. The more medium-bodied mouthfeel, however, would limit the entry of this one into the stout family.

Also, either the label or someone informed me this beer has a caffeine equivalent of one cup of coffee, so I expect to a get a slight buzz upon finishing it (and I do, but not enough to bounce off the walls in drunken debauchery). Good job Meantime. Keep the good English Porters coming.

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Photo of coldmeat23
3.72/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

GLASS: Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 50 degrees

Pours a dark, translucent, brown color with nice ruby tinting. A little on the pale side, stylistically speaking, but still looks nice. Almost three-fingers of creamy, light tan foam sits on top. Retention is quite good. Lacing is in small clumps and fairly sticky.

This has the coffee smell going on strong. It's not an over powering smell, but it's filled with different levels of coffee. Dark-roasted beans, fresh ground beans and even 'spent' coffee beans all show up in this nose, at various points. A subtle hint of malts is about the only other thing I get from it. It's all about the coffee.

Taste follows the nose. Lots of coffee flavors here. From deep and earthy, all the way to bitter and twangy. I find it to be slightly too broad-spectrumed, for my taste. I like just a little bit for focus.

It has a medium body, with a mild-to-medium level of carbonation. This does help it have a mild creaminess to it, which is nice. The body, overall, is a touch to the thin side, as far as my expectations for a porter go, though.

It lacks a certain focal point, which I think takes away from it's drinkability and enjoyment level. It's a low enough abv to enjoy several of, but I'd like to have some other bottle when I want a coffee beer.

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Photo of Mayhem976
3.76/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Pretty light colored for a porter, when I hold it up to light you can see right through it, the color is more of a reddish ultra dark brown. Ok head with descent lacing.

S- I love coffee stouts and porters, when you smell this porter you will be overwhelmed by coffee. I also pick up malts, and a tad bit of lactose. Smells amazing.

T- Your palette will pick up strong bitter coffee notes and small amounts of hops, not too much going on with this porter.

M- Medium body (thin for a porter) and pretty creamy.

D- I could slam a few of these down for sure, I love the fact that it's not too shabby on the ABV. I would say this is more of a coffee dark ale if anything, just trying to figure out how this is a porter. Coffee and brown ale lovers ought to be all over this one. Would purchase again.

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Photo of angelmonster
3.3/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a huge 4 finger beige head. Body is black in color. Head retention and lacing are good

Smell is of bitter coffee and chocolate. Copper and roasted malts are also there. No hops are present

First taste is abit bitter and sour. Reminds me of cheap ground coffee. Not getting any rich bold flavors I love from coffee beers. Not much hops coming through but there is enough bitterness from the coffee grounds.Vinegar/sour taste really takes away from flavor.

Mouth feel is decent. Good balance of carbonation, body is very light almost watery. Head doesnt really contribute to the mouth feel

Drink ability is decent. Beer is session able but the off flavor gets to me. Dont know if this beer is infected but looking at other reviews other people have had this problem. Wish I would have had a normal bottle, I love coffee beers but dont know if I would buy other for fear of contamination.

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

This is one of my very first favorite craft beers. It pretty much got my mind thinking what beer really could be as I tried to start to wean myself off of Budweiser. Tonight seemed the perfect night for this beer, as I have a paper to write. It's got actual caffeine in it, which should keep me alert and sharp, and it is pretty tasty if I remember correctly.
The bottle is one of my favorite beer bottles out there. This porter pours a lot thinner than I remember with a nice, clear coca-cola brown and creates a pretty minimal beige head that dissipates and just leaves a small layer of foam atop the beer. The smell is, you guessed it, roasted coffee and burnt dark chocolate with some hint of root beer.
The taste to this beer is very good, but less pronounced than I thought it would be. It has a nice malt backbone with swirls of chocolate and coffee present throughout and a nice dry, bubbly finish that lingers with some sweet and roasted flavors. It isn't a very complex beer but I have found that English beers are pretty straight forward, which isn't a bad thing. They are always a tasty beer that accomplishes what it set out to do. There is almost zero bitterness, which I am a bit surprised as that is that one thing I hate about coffee.
This beer has a nice light mouthfeel with a nice helping of carbonation. I have had this with breakfast as the label suggests and to me it beats out Guinness as a great companion to bacon, eggs and toast. I will always have fond memories of Meantime Coffee Porter, as it was one of the ones that gave me that beer epiphany that I hope everyone has in their lifetime.

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Photo of steve8robin
2.54/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This beer had a very strong coffee taste. When poured, the carbonation fizzes like a cola. Very watery mouthfeel. Taste is like coffee bean flavored tonic water. It had a very dark color with what looked like a small layer of water on top. Went down like water, too easy. Definitely not impressed with this one.

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Photo of SLeffler27
3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The head builds to a huge rocky beige cloud with cascading action below, ultimately dropping big chunks of "lace" as it settles to a big puffy pillow. The beer is a velvet dark brown walnut with a chestnut halo. Also, the bottle is a bit sexy.

An initial whiff fills the olfactory with comforting roasted coffee. Chocolate and kahlua take over briefly, ultimately strong roasted aromas take over as the head settles. The finale is more subdued coffee beans.

Yikes! What happened between the aroma and the first sip? This one seems to have fallen off a cliff. There are some notes of mint, and the interaction of the malt bitterness and toast is interesting. The finish is moderately bitter and more crisp than anticipated.

The light body, watery texture of this beer fits nicely in a pint glass, with soft almost flat carbonation. A bit metallic and hint of alcohol hold it back.

Coffee is more suitable as a before dinner beer than with dessert, and is worth a try, even though it lacks the complexity I had anticipated.

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Photo of KrisPaulk77
3.72/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I poured this into a Lazy Magnolia pint glass pretty aggressively, and coaxed a moderate khaki foam head to billow up onto the deep garnet colored beer below. The head faded pretty fast, but left lots of lace as I progressed through this pint.
The aroma was roasted coffee leading, with a little malt sweetness. The coffee is the star of the show. It was a clean and very natural smelling coffee aroma.
Taste-wise, the coffee again leads, followed by a mineral tang, malt sweetness, and a very pleasant coffee finish and aftertaste. The body is fairly thin.
One or two of these in an evening is probably the most I'd want to do. Also, the price of the bottle ($4) keeps this beer a fairly rare indulgence.

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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 donkeyrunner
3.84/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Neat bottle, I was hoping for a genie inside. Rats. Clear, dark brown twith a thin head that skims way too soon.

Aroma and taste is similiarly iced coffee after some of the ice has melted. Some roast malt backup would be nice.

Coffee Porter may not be impressive in and of itself but I really like it regardless. Wish it came in 6 packs.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
2.23/5  rDev -41%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1

Poured a dark brown with a huge foamy tan head. Looked like a glass of rootbeer.

Lots of coffee scents dominating here. Tough to get much through the three finger head, though.

I actually had to do some digging on reviews here, as my first sip, and all subsequent ones, started out with a very very sour taste (vinegar? maybe, but more like buttermilk). Once I fought through this, I got to some deep roasted malt and a very very pleasant (the only pleasant part, for that matter) coffee finish. Drank about a quarter of the beer, drain poured the rest.

Thinner and quite carbonated in mouthfeel.

Horrid experience for $4.80 single. I feel guilty reviewing what could have been an infected bottle, but as I read more (on BA and outside sources), I found this to be quite common with Meantime. So, am I reviewing the true elements of the beer? Absolutely. If it was one in a million to get a bad bottle, then I'd be wrong, but this hopefully stands as a warning to others to beware of quality control issues with this brewer.

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

Poured into glass from 11.2oz bottle.
A: Poured dark brown red similar to Guinness in color. one finger head that fell quick.
S: Strong black coffee smell, coffee covers up other smells
T: Coffee very light malt, coffee covers up other flavors but it is coffee porter so it kind of explains why. kinda like a fizzy cold cup a joe. i was hopeing for more of a hint of coffee
M: smooth but not as creamy as i was expecting
D: only one, too much like coffee

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - pours a dark iced tea color. Much activity to the head, three maybe four fingers, great resilience.

Aroma - light roasted grain, a bit powdery, a bit ashy, a touch peppery even.

Taste - roasty, peppery grain, the coffee comes along at the swallow. It is intense but not necessarily all that flavorful. Better expression of the beans with some warming, and while good, it is not as good as I'd hoped.

Mouthfeel - very bubbly, the head reforms at the slightest provocation. reasonable consistency for a porter.

Drinkability - a good coffee porter, needs a little wait time - it does improve as the tasting progresses.

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Photo of drpimento
2.17/5  rDev -42.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Got this bottle at Sam's in Chicago a few months ago. Poured with a nice tan head that mostly subsided and a little lace. Color is an opaque brown. Aroma is very coffee and a little chocolate malt. Flavor was really off: very dry, and mineraly. Bitter coffee was there, of course. Also some tartness. Shoulda kept the bottle in the fridge. Can't finish it.

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Photo of Coutastic
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured 11.2oz (really cool looking bottle) into pint glass

A- Dark brown, coffee color with a small golden/tan head with some retention - very little lacing

S- Roasted coffee with some nice malt aroma.

T- No real surprise here, tastes like coffee. great flavor of roasted coffee and malt

M- A dry porter feel

D- Pretty intense flavor and heavy, could enjoy one, not more at one sitting

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Coffee Porter from Meantime Brewing Company Limited
Beer rating: 3.78 out of 5 with 616 ratings
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