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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 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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Photo of colts9016
4.42/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass at 50 degrees.

Appearance: A very dark coca cola color with a white ring around the glass. There was a one finger head but it just lasted for a moment. The clarity of the beer is opaque.

Nose: A rich coffee aroma followed by a nice malty complex. There are notes of bread and burnt sugar. Not much else.

Taste: A very nice malty complex with the bitterness of good coffee. There are hints of caramel, chocolate and a slight hop bitterness.

Overall: An amazing amount of coffee added to this beer. There is a good malt complex with a hint of hops to the beer. The mouth feel is astringent but soft. The finish linger for a few moment on the palate and it is rather refreshing. The beer is wonderful a great coffee flavor to the beer with the supporting porter characters.

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

This beer pours a deep dark brown - some ruby highlights to it when held up to the light. There is a huge, rocky, fluffy head on the pour - even though it was a slow pour. Great head retention and left huge chunky lacing behind. Nose is of - well coffee, some toffee and some vanilla and chocolate notes as well. Taste is a well balance of roasted malts, coffee, chocolate and vanilla. This is a smooth beer! Mouthfeel is a bit light, however - well carbonated and silky smooth on the tongue. This was a great little beer!

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Photo of mntlover
3.82/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a rich deep mahogany when held to the light though it looks black in the shade. Sports a nice thumb sized head that leaves some sparse lace on my snifter.

Aroma is wonderful coffee, mixed with malt and notes of chocolate, mocha. Hazelnut hints no real hops noted in nose just malty goodness.

Taste is like the nose good malty with good coffee flavors and hints of hazelnut. Good except for whats most noticed carbonation, just too much for my tastes if i doesn't bother you this will be exceptional.

Mouthfeel is medium the downfall is the carbonation just too damn fizzy.

Drinkability is ehh flavors are wonderful carbonation makes me not want another, not sure if my bottle is normal or not but mellow it out and it would be wonderful.

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Photo of weeare138
3.18/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appears black with a dark, crimson hue when held up to the light. A large, light tan head slowly fades into a foamy cap. Tons of lacing is left scattered around the glass.
Smell is of obvious coffee up front. A touch of cocoa, vanilla, caramel, and cream are found behind the heavily coffee laden brew.
Where the aromas leave, the flavors drop off terribly with a near sour (cherries), lactose sweetness that is overbearing. Any remnants of this being a nicely flavored beer just goes awry with a tingling sweetness up front leading to a sour, concord grape like flavor that just isn't what I was looking for.
Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied, tannic, acidic, tart, astringent.

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Photo of pokesbeerdude
3.23/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked up a single at Wilburs in Ft. Collins for about $3.

A: Poured a nice chocolate brown color with an off white head, about half an inch thick, very little if any head retention on this one. Fairly opaque, red accents when held to the light.

S: Very heavy on the coffee, day old coffee grounds, a few hints of milk chocolate hidden underneath. For the most part this one is dominated by coffee.

T: Absolutely dominated by the coffee flavor, pretty standard dark roast coffee flavors, entirely one sided, very few if any malt flavors, a slight hint of chocolate, but it is hidden very deep in there. leaves a somewhat bitter/skunky coffee aftertaste as well. little if any hop characteristic. Not very balanced, and entirely one dimensional.

M: Thin, relatively nice carbonation, slight alcohol warmth, dry coffee-like finish.

D: A little too much coffee to be drinkable, a little extreme and on the not so much of a beer side of the spectrum. An interesting take on the style, but as I said before, just too much coffee, it really pushes everything around.

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

I have had this beer before but this is the first time that I have poured it into a glass.

Pour--It was lighter than I expected and there was a very large amount of head that did not dissapate quick

Aroma is a pretty strong coffee smell

Taste--It tastes very different in a glass to me. I don't know if this maybe an old bottle but it wasnt as enjoyable as ones that I have had in the past. There was a bitterness that I didn't notice before and it was almost overwhelming.

Overall it is pretty good coffee beer I think but I will not go out of my way to get it again.

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Photo of orcasteve
3/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

poured into my duvel tulip glass, poured a thin black with a two finger head that rises to the top and quickley goes down to a thin lacing around the rim of the glass, the smell is coffiee and hops, the taste is a sightly sour malt with coffiee and some baking coco then a huge rush of grassey bitter hops, the beer is wattery at best and thers not enough hops in the mix. just an avrage offering

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Photo of Drew966
4.12/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Meantime Coffee Porter pours a dark brown with a huge tan head from a 11.2 ounce brown bottle (a very cool custom shaped bottle). There is a very strong coffee aroma which is very nice. The flavor is strongly coffee flavored as well, there is also a little bit of vanilla present. Really nicely done.

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Photo of Walken
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Meantime: Coffee Porter (No freshness date) (Tasted 12/19/08)
11.2 oz. bottle, poured into an imperial pint.

Appearance: Dark brown, more transparent amber near the bottom of the glass. Initial mocha colored foam is massive and rocky, fading down slowly into a frothy cap, leaving spiderweb lace all the way down the glass.
Odor: Smells almost like a double sugar double cream coffee. Burnt brown sugar and full lactose aromas are dominant with a layer of coffee/burnt black malt aroma in the background. Rough coffee ground aromas get more intense as the beer warms.
Consistency: If you handed this to me and told me it was coffee, I would probably believe you. Creamy lactose lends a smooth texture, balanced by acrid black malt and coffee notes. There's thin spots here and there that prevent this beer from being more than average in the feel department.
Taste: I think this beer was made for those who want to fool their co-workers and have a beer with their sausage biscuit in the morning. Initial flavor is of, mocha coffee, bittersweet chocolate and cream. Roasted notes turn more tannic and astringent, most likely from the coffee beans, lending a bit of acidity to the brew. Finish is unexciting, savory roasted coffee bean flavors linger and that's about it.

As a beer, this guy is well brewed and very interesting conceptually. As a porter, it's just barely above average. As an experimental brew, it's a notch above many of the others in it's category. I don't think I'll be seeking this one out again, but that's not to say I didn't enjoy it.

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Photo of beerguzzlerxyz
3/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I was intrigued by the style when I first spotted it on the shelf and I had a good experience with the IPA but this one leaves alot to be desired. Has a very strong coffee smell upon the initial pour and that translates over your tastebuds on the fist sip. One of the disappointing issues I found is that flavour is lost upon successive drinks unless you allow some time to pass between quaffs. It also contains a strong citrus flavor in the background which I'm attributing to the yeast strain. This brew, without the "coffee flavouring", seems like it would be a formidable beer but definitely NOT a porter.

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Photo of Jeffo
3.74/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at De Bierkoning in Amsterdam

From a bottle into a snifter

APPEARANCE: Very dark brown in color and relatively clear. A small but thick off-white head disappears quickly into almost nothing. A bit of wispy film stays around. No lacing or carbonation evident.

SMELL: A very strong coffee smell, almost espresso like. There's no mistake here, this is a coffee beer made with coffee beans, just like it advertises. It's somewhat smoky as well, but the coffee is the main part of the nose.

TASTE: Coffee and more coffee. Some roasted barley malt is there as well, but mostly coffee. The bitter-sweet finish can be a little much after a while, but there's certainly nothing off. Did I mention the coffee?

PALATE: Medium body, medium carbonation, and it goes down nice a smooth with no real bite at all. A slightly sticky finish as well. It's a little light on the palate; could be a little heavier.

OVERALL: If you like coffee, you'll love this. This is definitely a coffee porter and it performs just like it advertises. Would make a great desert beer. The appearance is a little lack luster, and the aftertaste can become overwhelming after a while, but overall this is a great beer for what it is. I don't think I could drink more than one though.

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Photo of drseamus
4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Still no power. It's been 3 days now. Reviewing on my phone because there's nothing else to do. Served in my DFH sniffer.

A: Like it should be...dark with a decent head.

S: Coffee and a touch of coffee. Roasted grains. Touch of malt sweetness.

T: Tasty indeed. Nice rich dry coffee with background roast. The flavor of the coffee is really clear. Super smooth and perfectly balanced. Great beer.

M: Super smooth with a touch of carbonation. Medium bodied.

D: Great beer. The coffee is clean and delicious.

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Photo of aerozeppl
3.33/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

375 ml mini bottle into my brooklyn snifter.

A: Mostly black with with tons of brown around the edges. Looks nice for an english porter. Poured with a finger of brownish white head.

S: Fresh ground coffee beans right up front. Behind that some roasted malt with a hint of burnt paper.

T: Super bitter. Almost like they threw in coffee grinds or something. It is so sharp and just sticks on the finish which does have a pleasant hint of chocolate in between blast of bitterness.

M: Somehow sharp and angular. The bitterness is a little bit much without the alcohol to balance it out.

D: Glad I split this. A nice after dinner treat but the coffee is too over the top.

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

Pours dark brown with a tan head and havy lacing. Aroma is stale coffee, almonds, licorice, and baker's chocolate. Thin mouthfeel. Tastes like coffee and roasted malt, without anything more. Cream? Nuts? Anything? Expected something more, especially for the price tag.

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Photo of Offa
4.77/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is a wonderful coffee porter, rich, tasty, smooth, with clear coffee character that is not overdone.

Deep, deep red brown, basically black but not quite, it has a medium-small darkish tan head that slowly shrinks to a wispy top and a little lace.

The aroma at first is freshly ground coffee but this mellows very quickly, lasting but balanced out with prunes, wine, and general toastiness.

The taste is rich, darkly fruity with coffee, a hint of sweet-sour stewed fruit, and a dryish finish with faint bitterness, characterised by dry leaves with elements of coffee and chocolate. It is wonderfulyl tasty, nicely balanced, and very drinkable.

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Photo of meatyard
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Foamed up & over upon opening but still captured it all and with a controlled pour kept the head down a bit.

A-Is a very dark, cola color with a tan head that falls to a cover with very light lacing.
S-Huge coffee aroma overpowers anything else.Maybe a little malt.
T-Is acidic, tangy coffee
M-Is medium/thin and more so than I would like or expect. Carbonation hangs around
D-If you like this beer then it's very drinkable.

A bit more unusual than I expected but the sourness works fine for me. I like it, wish it was less expensive. Not your normal porter.

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Photo of Drewcifer
4.29/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Interesting bottle. Pours out very heady, difficult to get a smooth pour (due to the shape of the bottle, maybe?), huge, frothy tan head. Dark brown with a reddish hue.

Aroma is huge coffee and roasted malts. Unlike a lot of beers, you can actually get good whiffs of it from a foot or two away.

Pretty much all coffee on the taste buds. Slight hint of chocolate, and not as bitter as black coffee, but pretty close to it. Very tasty, though.

Mouthfeel is pretty average, fairly smooth drinker, decently carbonated.

Overall, a well drinkable porter. Very appropriate for curling up in front of a fire or for an early morning drinker. Probably not something I would drink on a daily basis, mainly because of the price. Good, quality coffee porter.

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Photo of CrellMoset
3.03/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle from Kingdom Liquors, Brandon, FL. And what a bottle it is - very shiny and uniquely shaped. I'd be lying if I said the bottle wasn't the main reason I bought this beer. Anyway, poured into a 14 oz. tulip.

Appearance: My god, where's the beer. This beer is all head, all the time - it takes about 7 or 8 mini pours with up to 2 minutes of downtime in between before I can get most of the bottle out. The head is fluffy, soft-looking, almost cloud-like, and has great staying power. The carbonation that you can see climbing up the sides of the glass to join the head is - you guessed it - incredibly active and fast. Let's hope this isn't a bad bottle. I'll give it a 4.0, 'cause even though it's sort of annoying, it's nice looking.

Aroma: Incredibly earthy and smoky. Bitter coffee grounds are evident, but so are the distinct, pungent odors of leather and tobacco, like a really old cigar. Very strange.

Taste: Hmmm. Methinks this one may be infected. Tart green apple and other funky sour notes mingle with a mild roast of earthy, citrusy coffee, other largely dry toasted malts, a few leafy hop flourishes. Whew.

Mouthfeel: Huge, bubbly, way too carbonated, and incredibly uneven as a result.

Drinkability: Well that's what I get for being attracted to neat-looking bottles. It seems like there's a really good coffee porter in here somewhere, buried under some funk. Alas, this one was capped tight, and bad a best before date of March 11th, 2011. The pricetag - $4.69 for a 12 oz. bottle - is steep enough such that I may have trouble trying this one again too. A shame.

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Photo of RicoBrew
4.47/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Very nice dark brown pour. Head is a light tan, fluffy and lingering.

S- A mocha aspect comes through first, then fades away to a nice dark chocolate smell. Extremely nice.

T- The coffee bitterness comes into play first. Then it tapers off into a nice mocha flavor, then finishes with a good dark chocolate note. There is a lingering finish of black patent malt that comes through nicely.

M- A little stinging carbonation on the front. Not oily at all.

D- A very nice beer overall. The coffee flavor is not overdone at all and gives a wonderful mocha/chocolate flavor to a very well done porter.

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

11.2 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pretty beer: dark brown with red highlights, thick tan head. Coffee/roasted malt aroma, with a hint of sweet chocolate. Taste was more coffee/espresso, little bit of chocolate, some bitterness. I enjoyed the bitterness, thought it rounded things out quite well.

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Photo of Reagan1984
4.35/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had enjoyed a Meantime IPA some time back and was looking forward to trying this Coffee Porter. It delivered. Nice beer.

Poured with a rich and creamy tan head that showed some nice retention before fading back into the brew. Deep brown with some slight reddish tints. Some splotchy lacing remains.

Aroma was very nice and of an espresso with sugar added. Some roasty and grain like notes

Flavor was smooth, creamy and inviting. Some initial sweetness that is quickly taken over by a creamy coffee flavor. Almost tastes like you are drinking a very high quality Iced Coffee with cream in it. Very well balanced front to back.

Mouth feel is fantastic. Medium bodied and very smooth and creamy. It's one to savor and enjoy but it goes quick as it's very drinkable. I'll get back to this one again.

Very, very nice.

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Photo of scottoale
3.43/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

11.2 oz. brown champagne split styled bottle with a Best Before: L8196M20 code stamped on the neck. It pours a dark rootbeer brown with a creamy 1/2" of tan foam head. Fair head retention settles to a thin cover and some random dabs of lace.

Mildly sweet smell of super strong coffee grounds. Almost burnt and roasty, with a big black coffee bitterness plowing through. Some notes of bitter baking chocolate burried within.

Semi-sweet bitter cocoa infused with an ultra bitter black coffee from start to finish with a blunt bitter end. Ultra roasty coffee ground flavor that is on the edge of tasting burnt and extremely bitter throughout. Medium body that fluffs in the mouth, then leaves with a bitter, slightly acidic tingle on the tongue, aided by the carbonation. The alcohol is undetectable and burried in the bitterness. Not an easy drinker due too the extreme overall bitterness of this brew. A wake-up and smell the coffee Porter it is.

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Photo of daliandragon
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one has been on my radar for a while; I was attracted to the cool, magnum type bottle and while you see a lot of coffee stouts, you don't see a many coffee porters. A careful pour produces a dark cola color with red highlights and plenty of tan head that retreats amid copious sticky lace. The nose features the obvious java but also roasted and chocolate malted tones.

The taste is cloaked in coffee malt throughout but is also surprisingly balanced, with solid hopping throughout and a smooth, bitter finish. I'd like to see a little more density in the mouthfeel but it is silky smooth and goes down real easy. Overall, this is clean, flavorful, and very easy to drink.

This won't overpower your senses but if you like porter and coffee, this should be on your list.

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Photo of Metalmonk
3.35/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Cool bottle. Poured into the snifter with a hugely thick head, despite a slow careful pour. Rocky and fluffy, it takes a long time to die down, color is a dull black that flashes some bloody ruby highlights if put up to light.

Aroma is exactly what I'd expect from the name: coffee. Grainy, gritty dark roast, nothing too exotic. A little one-dimensional, though. I like, because I like coffee, but there's a lack of depth. Still, it seems to live up to its name so far.

Flavor is big fresh pot-o-coffee nutty/bitter. Not overkill, but not mindblowing. Just...a coffee porter. Leaves a bitter coffee aftertaste that's nearly indistinguishable from having just had a cup of coffee, except for the temperature and texture.

Way, way, way too carbonated. If judged as an English porter, it's way too carbonated. I'm not holding this up to the standards of the more popular coffee stouts...it's just simply too darn tingly and prickly on the tongue. Kind of ruined it for me.

I like this, and am glad to have tried it, but I don't know that I'd reach for it again. I'd opt for a Baltic porter when wanting something like a porter, and would rather go for Southern Tier's Jahva or Founder's Breakfast Stout when needing that certain something only a coffee-flavored beer can deliver.

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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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