Coffee Porter | Meantime Brewing Company Limited

very good
615 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 gordavidson
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- A deep, dark leathery brown with a 1/4" light brown head with pretty good retention.

S- Some coffee, molasses, caramel, some vanilla, and a bit of nuttiness. There is a slight buttery English edge to this as well. Pretty complex smelling.

T- Sweet coffee, molasses, caramel, and vanilla. This is one of the few times that the coffee label has actually held up to the flavor. Slightly nutty and buttery with just a bit of sourness on the tail end. Very enjoyable though- a nice coffee beer that is not beastly.

M- A little on the thin side, but the carbonation level is pleasant.

D- An enjoyable coffee beer. I am not wild about this, but I am glad I tried it. This is my first beer from the brewery and has piqued my interest in their other offerings.

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Photo of originalsin
2.43/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

Picked this "Coffee Porter" up in Mammoth, CA. I picked it up along with the a few bottles of Gonzo...not really sure why. I don't even drink coffee but the hell with it. Let's give this beer a go.

A: The pour is dark brown, very smooth though. A thick 1/2 inch of head takes about 30 seconds to settle. There's little lacing to speak of.

S: There's a powerful dark roast aroma. A little chocolate..but that's about all. Mostly just coffee.

T: There's some chocolate, again...but, as expected, the taste of coffee dominates. I have a hard time keeping this down. Like I said, I'm not a coffee drinker...sorry.

M: The beers a little sweet for my taste, heavily carbonated, and very very smooth.

D: My first reaction to this beer was that it's incredibly smooth. For some reason, though...I couldn't do more than simply sip on it. Maybe it was the flavor...

It claims to be equivalent to a cup of coffee, so that was a plus. Meantime's Coffee Porter was a success in that it gave me enough energy, or the impetus at least, to stay up another 2 hours and wash the taste out of my mouth with some truly tasty beers.


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Photo of MEsquandoles
3.99/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz bottle purchased in New Orleans for 4 bucks. Poured into New Belgium glass.

Very roasty, bot very sweet. In addition to a lot of dark roast coffee, I get a lot of tobacco and wood flavours. Some roasted nut as well. Some cream and tiramisu in there in shallow waves as well.

Nice coffee oils.

I would buy this alot more if I could, but for not much more than what I paid.

Definitely worth trying if you like coffee beers. Meantime makes some damn fine beer, but they're also very proud of themselves.

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Photo of Absumaster
3.79/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A clear, dark copper beer a fading head.

Smell is mocca, chocolate and coffee. Rum beans, light alcohol, maybe some cherry. Full and rich.

Taste like chocolate, cacoa and dark coffee. The dark malt leaves only a trace of chocolate or coffee flavor. Most of the taste comes from the coffee and maybe some additives. It appears a little artificial.

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Photo of Parrotshake
2.17/5  rDev -42.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Picked this up the other night because there was a discount on a mixed six and I already had 2 x 2 good beers. The guy at the store recommended it after I mentioned I was familiar with his first recommendation of Aventinus, and I grabbed it despite already being wary of Meantime on account of their lacklustre IPA (which is very highly rated on this site, so what do I know :P).

I already tried this the other night and disliked it, but I'm always willing to admit I'm wrong...

Poured at cellar temperature + 10 mins in the fridge, an opaque dark brown with almost 2 fingers of head which disappears pretty quick.

Smells of stale filter coffee and not much else. Hint of coffee liquer, but not real promising so far.

Tastes of coffee to the point you can barely tell it's beer, and not real good coffee either. Big metallic aftertaste really rams it home - this isn't beer as we know it.

Flat but creamy mouthfeel, thin body with a dry finish. A bit chalky, but not offensively. Mouthfeel is easily the best thing this beer has going for it.

If you liked the taste, presumably you could drink a ton of it - it's somehow very refreshing. That said, it tastes like a cup of bad black coffee gone cold, with gunpowder and pencil lead in it, so why would you want to? Personally, I'm unlikely to buy another beer from Meantime, and I'll certainly stay the fuck away from this.

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Photo of ricke
3.89/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Serving date: 2009-03-23. Served in snifter.

A: Dark brown but paler than expected and certainly paler than a lot of other porters. The liquid is very clear. A small beige head that settled very quickly and leaves a minimal ring of lacings around the edges.

S: Lightly roasted coffee, sweet chocolate, some vanilla. The coffee aromas dominate, as expected, but they are not as deep and powerful as I would have wanted.

T: A pretty sweet taste. Light roasted coffee beans and freshly ground coffee dominate. Pleasant flavors of light chocolate. The taste is very similar to chocolate covered coffee beans. Some vanilla. A decent backbone of roasted malts and a milk-like smooth flavor. Hops are very restrained throughout the experience. The finish has a minimal bitterness and some sweet malts, woody flavors and chocolate syrup.

M: Semi-full body, slightly creamy texture. Plenty of carbonation, but this probably prevents the beer from being too sweet and sickly.

D: Initially, I thought this was a very good beer with great coffee flavors. However, it's somewhat to sweet and the coffee flavors lack some depth. Would have liked a richer, not as, sweet coffee profile. The sweetness and taste of chocolate covered coffee beans become a little overpowering after a while. One bottle of this is almost too much. Would probably be a great dessert beer or a digestif, though.

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

Nice dark brown color with a thin tan head. The aroma is remarkably (for sure, but not overly done), lots of roasted malts, highly roasted/burnt grains. A bit of dark bread and some coffee grinds are in the smell as well, but virtually no hop aroma. The flavor is intense...huge roasted malt flavor, tannins, cold coffee, and low hop bitterness. This is a dry beer. There is a little oiliness in the taste and mouthfeel that are at once both distracting and engaging. Full, satisfying, and interesting. This one is certainly worth a try. In my opinion, the coffee is well done, not espresso-like at all, it isn't overpowering and plays well with the malt character of the brew.

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Photo of edchicma
3.63/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, dark brown with a nice initial head that remains for a good deal of time. Smell is a blend of dark bitter coffee balanced by a malt presence. Taste folows the nose wutha strong almost espresso quality, balanced with a malt sweetness that finsihes very dry. Mouthfeel is mainly dry an dmedium bodied. Drinkability is fine for those who like a nice dry finish.

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Photo of thekevlarkid
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Out of a bottle this beer was a very dark, chestnut color with three fingers of tan head. The retention was ok, the lacing was very good and consistent. The aroma was dry and bitter, clearly a mix of coffee, roasted malt and charcoal. The flavors were slightly sweet at first with some chocolate malt but it then quickly went dry with lots of roasted malt, lots of bitter coffee and a tight, acidic finish. The mouthfeel was average, the carbonation medium and the body medium/full. If you like espresso or black coffee, this is a great beer for you. But I felt it was rather one-dimensional and despite the lighter body for the style it was too acidic to be sessionable.

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Photo of Jablonski
3.87/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: It pours more of dark mahogany color--almost black. Average sized head on an aggressive pour with no lacing on the glass.

S: Roasted malts dominate the smell, but they smell even more burnt than many other coffee stouts and porters that I've had. There's also light aromas of blueberry and chocolate.

T: The taste is a bit better, with the coffee flavor strongest as an aftertaste. This beer initially tastes like dark chocolate mixed with vanilla beans. A few seconds after each sip, the bitterness sets in.

M: It has a smooth texture, with a minimal carbonation.

D: Decently drinkable, but I wish it was cheaper.

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Photo of byaeger
2.76/5  rDev -27%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This was my first time buying a bottle of Meantime and I'd heard good things. I picked it up from City Beer along with a mixed pack of various coffee stouts figuring, meh, coffee porter, why not?

Especially at five bucks for 11.2 oz, I wanted this to be phenomenal. I love dark porters and dark-roasted black coffee. This, however, looks too thin and watery to be either porter or coffee. Poured into an Irish Coffee glass, it is completely transparent.

Having purchased the bottle only a week ago, it immediately opened with off scents that not even the coffee overpowered.

The brewed coffee is obvious in the taste, but flavor and mouthfeel-wise, it's just too watery.

While I am able to finish the bottle, I won't be buying this one again and remain optimistic about the rest of the coffee stouts I procured (before attempting to brew that style).

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Photo of mapofthedead
3.13/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Dark brown with some ruby hints. Big tan head that lasted well with good lacing.

S: I'm thinking maybe COFFEE! And that's about it...

T: Not quite so much coffee on the taste, but still about the only thing I could taste. Seemed quite sweet though - no bitterness.

M: Seemed very nice, smooth and creamy.

D: Couldn't imagine drinking more than one of these in a session - I very quickly tired of the coffee taste and was glad to finish it to be honest.

Notes: 330 ml bottle poured into an Imperial Pint Glass. BBE 04/11/11.

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

Dark brown with a sticky and tall tan head. Great lacing is plastered all over the glass. Nose is closely related to coffee - lots of roast.

The flavor is very similar to a darkly roasted coffee. Chocolate, chicory, and a hint of vanilla are present throughout, with a woody, slightly acidic note towards the end.

Smooth and full mouthfeel with nice viscosity. I'm impressed with this porter, and at a fairly reasonably price I'll probably seek it out again.

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Photo of RunDWP
3.32/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Is it coffee or is it beer? Well, it's called coffee, smells like coffe, tastes like coffee, and if you concentrate real hard, you might pick up some beer notes here and there. This isn't exactly my cup of tea.

It pours a jet black color into my shaker glass with a wispy head, and minimal lacing on the glass. Slightly pungent coffee smell greats the nose. The taste has an espresso bitterness, with a little roasted malt underneath, and no hops really to speak of. I like that there is no sweetness to this brew, and they let all that coffee bitterness shine through. The problem I had that was all that strong bitter coffee just sat on top of a light roasted malty brew, and the coffee really didn't tie all the ingredients together. The mouth feel was rather thin for a porter, and with all that coffee bitterness, it sure wasn't an easy drinking brew.

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Photo of DarthClayder
3.72/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Well, I guess I'll start by saying this is one of the coolest looking bottles around. After opening it, the smell of freshly poured coffee immediately struck me. The bottle mentions that each serving of this brew is equal to a cup of coffee and the smell at least backs that up!

The pour produced a nice head... looks like coffee, smells like coffee...

Tastes better than coffee! I sensed 3 completely different dimensions of coffee in this one. First that hit me is that sour acidic bite that some coffee gives you on the tip of your tongue, secondly a nice, smooth caramel mid-ground followed by a dry, roasty back-end bass section. Good stuff indeed, nice and complex but lacking any hop character or further meandering flavor profiles I love in good stouts. Most bitterness and complexity comes from the coffee. Also, regarding the mouthfeel, I swear I am getting tiny obliterated chunks of coffee bean in every sip!

Last but not least, this beer definitely gave me a caffeine buzz!

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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 sprucetip
3.52/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

From notes. Bottle into goblet.

Medium brown, clear, fizzy head recedes immediately. No lacing. Looks like soda pop.

coffeer, malty sweet, hint of roastiness.

Astringent sensation, coffee, mildly roasty, malty sweet, some bitterness toward finish. Almost smooth, pretty balanced.

Too fizzy, too thin, some warming.

Easy drinker, smooth, but not amazing. After seeking it out, I wouldn't seek it out. Lots of better porters available.

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Photo of MaineBirdMan
3.48/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

When the bottle came out I was excited to try this beer. Skinny, long neck with a round bottom. The bartender poured the beer with not much of a head.
Color: black
Nose: hint of metal with a hint of coffee.
taste: nice coffee taste. The metal taste did get in the way but soon went away.
Easy to drink. Could drink more if the metal was gone.

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Photo of cvfish
3.28/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured brown coke-ish color that produced a slightly tan head that did not retain well and left little lacing

S - Not something I was expecting from a coffee beer, but it wa there, along with some burnt malts, coffee and chocolate slight scents

T - Black coffee, bitter dark chocolate, but nothing that would kick your buds in the tail, only tease them

M - Light bodied, with moderate to heavy carbonation

D - Quite a disappointment, seeing as how much I loved the regular porter

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Photo of gford217
3.17/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured out a very cool looking 11.2oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours dark brown with a bubbly off-white head that hangs around for a little while and leaves no lacing.

The aroma is big on roasted malts and has a very bitter coffee smell to it. Smells of used coffee grinds and a little over-roasted.

The taste is extremely acidic in its coffee bitterness which dominates throughout. There are roasted malts in the background but they fade into an extremely dry and bitter finish.

The mouthfeel is light bodied with lots of carbonation and comes across a little watery.

I was really looking forward to trying this one as I enjoyed the London Porter, but I was a little disappointed. I love coffee beers and this one is just too bitter and acidic for my liking.

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Photo of Yetiman420
2.93/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a Unibroue tulip glass at a too low temp of 40.

Appeared a bit light in color when going from the bottle to the glass. Complete pour had the expected porter darkness with a foam head that dissipated within a couple of minutes.

Sweet coffee aroma. Not overwhelming on the coffee front.

First couple of sips were very lacking. Much too watery for a porter. Lacking complexity. One could argue this is a brown ale with coffee. Really expected a fuller body and malt profile. The coffee is well balanced but in this case, it's not a good thing assume the porter aspect of this beer is so weak.

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Photo of theghost3
3.02/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a deep dark brown, almost black. One-finger tan head. This does have a coffee aroma, but not as strong as I expected. The smell is sort of overpowered by a sickeningly burnt brown sugar scent. There's just a hint of malt.

Luckily, the sugars in the smell don't carry over much in the taste. The flavor is mainly black coffee with hints of toasted malts & mocha. The mouthfeel is thick & smooth at first, but then there's a kind of dryness at the end.

Overall, just an OK Porter, that's a little too filling for the style.

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Photo of StoutHearted
3.22/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer's strength is it's smell. It smells like a fresh, strong-brewed pot of coffee. Makes me want to pair it with a hearty stew or a plate of bacon. But the taste doesn't come through. It's not terrible by any means, but there's a sparkling mouthfeel that's almost reminiscent of champagne. There's a slight sour taste, and I'm missing the bitterness prevalent in most coffee beers. It lacks body, which is disappointing. A shame - this beer had so much promise from that wonderful aroma.

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Photo of Richardberg
3.31/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - poured from a 11oz bottle into a pint glass. Quickly filled with a huge head of foam which stuck around for a couple minutes. Opaque brown color with purple fringes.

S: coffee, but not your typical malty or cappuccino aroma. More like the bottom of the coffee pot at a greasy spoon at 4am - well past its prime, cherished anyway by the people who want it.

T: rather bland continuation of the smell, then ends with a bit of sweetness.

M: typical medium-weight ale. Despite all that head, by the time it's in your mouth there's nothing exciting going on.

D: easy to enjoy a glass, but not one I'd pick for extended drinking. Ideally the slightly offbeat smell would provide a nice quick diversion, before I switched back to more enjoyable beers.

Not worth the $5 I paid (at a store where truly excellent dark beers, e.g. Dragonstooth, are only $5.50 for 22oz).

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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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Coffee Porter from Meantime Brewing Company Limited
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