Coffee Porter | Meantime Brewing Company Limited

Coffee PorterCoffee Porter
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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 wl0307
3.93/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This bottle-conditioned offering comes in Meantime's classic 330ml curvy brown bottle, BB 23/01/11, served just slightly chilled in Westmalle's broad-rimmed goblet.

A: deeply dark brown with mahogany hues against light, coming with a slowly dissipating dark beige froth that settles to a thin blanket throughout the drink; carbonation is light and sporadic, as far as my eye-sight could manage.
S: ever-so-smooth aromatic sweet coffee-candy, toffee, vanilla-ish chocolate notes all intertwine and approach in a harmony, but on top of these main themes there's very little else to add to the complexity, as the sweetness is quite dominant. That said, the coffee beans, chocolate malts, roasted barley and barley candy seem to be intertwining just seamlessly... As it warms a bit, a particular edge of "dairy-product" or, more precisely, "buttery cheese" gradually appears.
T: smooth, smooth, smooth... the aromatic touch of vanilla skirts a slightly powdery palate of bitterest chocolates, chocolate-coated coffee-beans and nuts, sweetened cold filtered Kona coffee (with a decent level of sourness), and a faintly acidic touch of burned malts as well as black dates, followed by plentiful licorice+cigar-ash bitter-sweetness and earthy bitter hops to linger in the (again) sour-coffee finish.
M&D: very well bottle-conditioned, showing only the softest carbonation throughout the drink, and the body remains moderate until reaching a lightly acidic end. I think the addition of coffee beans has hugely compromised the beer base that presumably is meant to be a Porter(?), as the sweet edge comes a bit overpowering and the coffee aroma too seductive for the more traditional (read "understated") winey/prune-ish sourness of a Porter to come through. If, however, forgetting about the name altogether, this is a successful coffee beer that comes with reasonable complexity, a good body of coffee-malts and a decent depth of roastiness and hop bitterness in the end to satisfy various preferences. A well-made beer definitely worth a try!

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Photo of rtepiak
3.66/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a very deep chestnut to brown amber with quite a small head. smell is wood chips and coffee... well more like coffee grounds. quite strong. sort of the lighter roast with a bit of acidic quality to it. acid comes out in the taste. so does the stale. tastes quite like stale decent coffee... the malt is very weak. sort of disappointed about that. doesn't seem to blend well on the palate. acidic quality seems to take the upper hand. hints of woody stored quality... not much there. hint of smoke. not much compared to that stale coffee acid. meh. at the price probably won't have this one again.

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Photo of bkilpatr
3.94/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 330 ml bottle into a pint glass. 11/10/08. Bottle has a best by date of 11 03 11. Fancy looking little bottle.

Pours a deep ruby-brownish color with about a finger of creamy tan head. The head faded slowly leaving slight lacing, decent retention. Aroma is toasted malt, milk chocolate, dark chocolate, and tons of dark roasted coffee.

Taste is dominated by bitter dark roasted coffee. Along with that is sweet milk chocolate and bitter dark chocolate. Some toasted malt and a hint of vanilla as well. There's an acidic-sour quality similar to drinking black coffee. It has a good coffee flavor to go with the base porter flavor.

Feel is a bit thin yet well-carbonated and very smooth. It is medium-bodied with a clean finish. Drinkability is pretty good. It goes down really smoothly. If it weren't for the caffeine content I could drink a lot of this.

Pretty good coffee porter. The price was a bit high (~$4-5) but it was worth it. Try it if you like coffee and/or porter.

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Photo of bort11
4.24/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle poured into an imperial pint glass. Nice full finger's width of dark mocha colored head. Leaves some rings of lace. Color is a warm chestnut brown highlights around the edges.

Smell is a coffee lover's dream. Rich dark roast beans. A little smoke. Taste has all the flavor qualities of a good cuppa Joe. Slightly acrid and burnt. Definitely porter bitterness rather than a stout. The lactose adds a creaminess.

Mouthfeel is bold and full bodied. Subtle carbonation. Very smooth.

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Photo of SpecialK088
3.44/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a willy

A-Pours a light brown out of the bottle but is a little darker in the glass, no real head on it just a light haze that lingers at the top.

S-smells like weak coffee or strong tea, dark roast smell, with a slight note of sweetness.

T-cold coffee, very dark very roasted, ill give it a decent mark for the style but its way to much coffee and not near enough beer.

M-Not near carbonated enough it comes across near flat. Very light body

D-No thanks i'll finish this one but the fact it was in my fridge this long with alot of buildup was a huge letdown

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Photo of DIM
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a: This was a clear, dark ruby red color with some golden edges. It pours with a massive, sticky, long lasting, light tan colored head.

s: Nothing over powering here. Just an enticing balance between mild coffee and roasty, slightly sour, grains.

t: The coffee notes aren't as noticeable here. This tastes like a very good porter with an above average coffee profile.

m: Above average body for the style plus some long lasting creamy carbonation.

d: Good stuff, I've been loving my coffee brews lately.

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

Pours a four finger light tan head that fades quickly to a thin layer leaving traces of lace. Deep mahogany color. Roasted coffee nose. Good carbonation and medium-heavy bodied. Flavor is sweet roasted coffee, smooth. Nice porter but bottle is too small. $3.50 for a 330ml bottle from Tully's Beer & Wine Wells, Me.

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Photo of tm82
4.32/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Fantastic effort by the Meantime brewery. Strong on the smell - coffee, chocolate, spices, malt. Bare in mind when reviewing how new this beer actually is. The Meantime Brewery people deserve credit for reproducing fantastic beers of their past history.

I'm unsure if, like the IPA, this is exact to the original recipe. However if you want a porter which is resembling a dark trappist beer ala Rochefort then this is the beer for you. It is NOT an easy drinking summer time beer but one for the cold winter nights.

It's an excellent addition to a coffee night cap. I poured it through my ESB glass. The head is thick - be warned POUR VERY SLOWLY - and uneven. It's got a texture colour similar to Rochefort meets Guinness which goes down well in my book.

The smell is intense. Coffee and strong spices hit you. I find this very overwhelming and maybe too powerful for the average drinker which could put people off.

The taste is supurb. Nutty, chocolate, coffee spicey, malty, all the bearings of a good strong English porter. This beer should age well if a little higher in ABV. I'd like them to release a higher ABV beer or have a go at a Trappist beer. I think they can do a good version of a dark Trappist style beer.

I recommend this beer to any discerning porter fan. If you want an alternative to Guinness and ESB most likely seen in London and fancy a porter than give this a try. Of note I don't know how it travels as I picked it up in London.

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Photo of plaid75
3.56/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a deep brown hue with amber streaking with a huge four finger chunky off white head There was very good retention and sticky lacing.

The smell featured a dominating spent coffee ground aroma.

The taste was upfront bitter coffee with a spent coffee grounds staleness.

The mouthfeel was toward the thinner side of the style.

Overall a decent porter. Not the fresh coffee aromas and flavors I was hoping for though.

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

Poured from an 11,2oz bottle purchased at Gomer's in Lee's Summit into a pint glass.
A - Dark mahogany with 1 finger tan head. More translucent than other porters I've tried.
S - Dark roasted malt and dark roasted coffee
T - Tastes of chocolate malt and espresso. Crisp, clean finish with coffee aftertaste. Delicious!
M - Lighter mouthfeel than other porters I've tried.
D - Were it not for the $4.29 pricetag, I could drink this all day. True porter devotees will probably slam this, but it is a very interesting take on the style.

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

A: Dark but clear, easy 2 finger head, creamy in color & look, with pretty lacing.
S: Beautiful - huge fan of coffee's, so this did not disappoint. Espresso, roasted coffee beans, just full-on coffee.
T: Surpringly not as coffeeish as I expected, with some tangy sourness...not too smooth across the palate. Did get mainly coffee but not as much as I thought, also some bubblegum, & left a coffee beans bitterness to finish. The sour sensation threw me a little, & could've been smoother without it.
M: Little too alive on the tongue, especially since it is a porter. Although very tasty across the whole palate, & found this a little too rough in mouthfeel, & not too light, & not too heavy
D: Not too bad, but the citrus sourness might hold me back - I was hoping for more coffee smoothness.

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

Poured a dark brown with a decent head. Smells of black coffee with some roastiness in the background. I usually like some creaminess in the smell as well when coffee is involved, but this works. The taste is similar with more black coffee flavors and roasted grain notes, but this time there is a touch of cream at the end. There is also a hint of black fruit under the coffee and roast. Its a bit thinner than I would like and surprisingly light, but quite smooth. I enjoyed this, but perhaps not quite as much as I was expecting. I would have liked a bit more body or intensity- without necessarily raising the abv.

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Photo of PatrickJR
3.21/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Very dark brown, almost opaque, with light coming in on the edges. A HUGE brown head forms, 4+ fingers and takes a few minutes to die down. Patchy film remains, decent lacing. A very pretty beer.

S - Coffee coffee coffee. There's a slightly sour aroma with just a hint of dark chocolate. An elusive metallic aroma lurks as well.

T - For the most part, this brew tastes of strong, black coffee. Late palate a pleasant hint of roastiness and dark chocolate add some depth to the overwhelming coffee flavor. Finish is full of a lemony-sourness that lingers with bitter coffee/roasted notes. It's so completely overloaded with coffee that nothing else can pull through, and very little, if any, "beer character" remains. Literally like drinking a cold, sparkling coffee. Very, very dry.

M - Medium bodied. Carbonation starts out small but by the swallow has grown to a moderate to high level really accentuating the sourness and blocking out any trace of sweetness.

D - I'm having a difficult time drinking this. The in-your-face coffee is too much and there's nothing to balance out or compliment this flavor.

This was a very interesting experience. Overall I didn't really like this beer, though I can appreciate what it's trying to be. Still, it's very intense, largely one dimensional, devoid of standard malt character, and more sour than it needs to be.

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

Split a small bottle with a friend. Pours a murky red-brown with a short tan head.

The coffee is all over the aroma and smells like a nice medium roast, nothing too dark. The flavor continues with more big coffee with a slight sweetness, like a touch of cream and sugar was added, in the background. I can tell there's beer in the background, it reminds me more of a smooth brown ale however, and has a small dash of grassy hops. Worth a try if you dig coffee beers.

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Photo of Newkie
4.19/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours very dark, almost black. Thicker head with a good amount of lacing.

S: It's like smelling pure coffee beans. Absolutely the best coffee smell I've had from a brew. Some hints of vanilla and charred malts, too.

T: Killer beer. Not overly bitter due to the use of the lactose. That gives this beer more of a milk/sweet stout taste. Taste is just straight coffee and charred notes.

M: Thick and smooth. Quite creamy.

D: Very drinkable. Couldn't have more than two probably, but they would go down easy. I agree with others in saying this is the best coffee beer I've ever had.

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Photo of gonzo46and2
4.53/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep dark but not all opaque black with glints of red when struck by light. Has a nicely sized off-white head that lasted.

Fantastic aroma of whole coffee beans (not brewed coffee), nuts, and hops.

Taste is very balanced with sweet malt and coffee bitterness accented by the hops.

Great carbonation and aftertaste.

Probably the best coffee beer I've had.

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

Dark brown and clear with mahogany highlights. An inch thick cap appeared after the pour, but this receded quickly to a solid collar of beige bubbles and a fine skim sitting on top of the beer. Plenty of bubbles clung to the glass between sips, leaving a smattering of lace behind. The aroma -- coffee. Nutty and roasty with a hint of bittersweet chocolate. There just wasn't room for much else. Coffee and roast were prominent in the flavour, but caramel sweetness cut through from start to finish. Bitterness was moderate and lasted through the end and the coffee flavour rounded out the finish. The body was a little on the thin side, but still worked. Carbonation was average, texture a little dry from the dark grains. Quite a good coffee porter, quite drinkable even for someone who doesn't drink coffee.

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

A 330 mL bottle served at TJ's Everyday.

A: The porter is a dark coffee brown color that looks deceptively black from an arm's length. A coffee and cream colored head, touched with just a bit of tan, hung around for most of the snifter.

S: The aroma is all cold coffee grounds, smooth with an undertone of acrid bitterness. Some chocolate malts and hops do manage to sneak past the coffee though.

T: The coffee again takes control early, steering the porter away from the restrained English roots. The combination of the coffee and dark malts creates a very creamy taste, sweet with a nice finish.

M: If you like java, this one will please you. The flavors aren't intense or over-the-top, just solid.

D: I should have taken a bottle for the road. A stunning porter from Meantime.

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

Poured from a rather unique 11.2-ounce bottle with freshness info printed on the neck into a pint willi glass, the beer is clear and a wonderful shade of dark, dark garnet and is capped with a thick sheet of mocha foam that retains well and leaves drippy rings of lacing on the glass.

The smell of the drink is black, dry, truckstop-style bitter-ass coffee. A hint of spicy hops breaks up the pervasive java-juice aroma.

Carbonated coffee flavored with all the requisite lightly-acidy French roast one can enjoy. A bit of malty sweetness keeps the drink tasting like a beer. Simple, clean, and elegant.

Medium-bodied, plenty of carbonation that fits the drink well, and nicely drinkable. Great breakfast beer.

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

A: Pours a dark reddish brown color with a one finger tan head. No lacing noticeable.

S: Nice coffee aromas and some roasted malts and chocolates.

T: A nice coffee taste but not too bitter. I tasted a slight chocolate taste but i kind of wanted a sweeter taste. It had a little roasted malt taste. Maybe a little dark fruit taste as well.

M: Medium carbonation and smooth taste.

D: This one is very drinkable. i could see this beer being nice at a late breakfast. Very tasty overall.

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Photo of AltBock
3.29/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Cool looking 12 oz. bell shaped bottle. At the bottom of the bottle is a small label that has "MeanTime" in big white letters and a small silver pocket watch. If you can see it, behind the the white "MeanTime" is a log description about the beer. The back label has all the mandatory US information and a paragraph on where you can find the brewery. On the neck of the bottle is a clearly inked best before date of 25/01/09.

Appearance: Instead of a pint glass, I decided to pour this Porter into a Unibroue Tulip. I thought this beer was going to pour a black coffee color, but it instead poured a deep dark mahogany brown with a few crimson red highlights. What a head of foam this beer had! Sitting on top of this brown brew was a 1 1/2 inch head of tan colored foam. This head of foam had excellent retention that left behind a small tan film and streak after streak of tan lace. In the end, it's a great beer to set your eyes upon.

Smell: There wasn't much to the aroma at all. The aroma was just roasted espresso beans with a tiny hint of dark roasted malts in the background. I know it's a Coffee Porter, but there should be a little bit more of a variety in the aroma than just roasted espresso beans. If that wasn't enough, the espresso beans weren't all that big. It smelled like it was holding back on me for some reason. I couldn't see what was holding back the coffee.

Taste: The taste had a little bit more of a variety than what the aroma had, but there still wasn't that much going on. The taste was dry and roasted with roasted espresso beans, a hint of dark roasted malts, and a tiny splash of bitter dark chocolate at the finish line. There wasn't any hops in the taste because the bitter dark chocolate took over in the bitter department. Not the most complexing tasting Coffee Porter on the market today, but at least it tasted a little like coffee (espresso).

Mouthfeel: This is a medium bodied Porter with a roasted aftertaste of roasted espresso beans, and a tiny touch of bitter dark chocolate. This roasted aftertaste will linger on in the back of your throat for a minute or two.

Drinkability: Like I stated before, it's not the most complex coffee porter out there, but at least it's decent. It had a nice level of roasted espresso beans to it, but there wasn't much after that. A little bit more of a variety is what this beer needs. Alone, it's just a decent espresso beer.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.27/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a nonic. Pourd a dark brown; not quite opaque as there was some light penetration that revealed ruby red highlights. Half inch off-white head quickly settled into a consistent skim of foam. Some watery sheets of lacing present during the tasting. Scent of roasted coffee, but without a sweet character as is often found in some "coffee" beers. Coffee flavor is also pronounced in the mouth, but not as big as the nose, followed by a citrus quality with a spent coffee ground aftertaste. Mouthfeel is a little too light and effervescent for the style in my opinion. Drinkability is average; it went down easy and alcohol is well-hidden, but not a high scorer for me.

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

11.2oz bottle poured into a Sam Adams pint glass.

A: Pours a little bit lighter than I expected a dark copper brown with a bit of black highlight right beneath the one inch sandy white head which melts into a thin cap and ring while leaving behind thin streaks of lacing down the sides of the glass.

S: Nice roasted malt character but coffee obviously dominates here, smells a bit like just used coffee grounds with a bit of chocolate interspliced, given more time to breathe this beer really opens up, cookieish malts begin to come through and work wonders when paired up with the coffee.

T/MF: Dry roasted malt, rich coffee and mild chocolate flavors mix together and taste quite good, mild floral and fruity hoppiness works its way nicely into the beer as well, but the more sips you take the more this tastes like an iced coffee, very nice. Good amount of hop bitterness felt in streaks across the tongue, nicely balanced mouthfeel strikes a nice balance between smooth and gritty to create and all around wonderful texture.

D: Insanely drinkable, I haven't even given it a chance to warm up enough yet and I just want to keep drinking it, its just so good, well balanced and sort of fruity (tangerine comes to mind in the aftertaste). After so many times of passing this funny looking bottle up I finally grabbed it and am more than happy that I did.

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

bottle enjoyed at the map room in Chicago - i had no idea what it was when i ordered it but recognized the meantime bottle upon arrival

appearance: pours a moderate mahogany tone, light creamy tan head with some spiderweb lacing

smell: lots of coffee on the nose and a dark robust roast at that, some light cocoa and roasted malt

taste: as many of said, this is a pretty straight-up beer - there is a boat load of roasted coffee beans and roasted malt, some light bitterness, a touch of cocoa, and some faint dark fruit traces. I was a little tired, and this was like a nice smooth iced coffee

mouthfeel: light bitterness, overall smooth and straight forward

drinkability: pretty good

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Photo of tpd975
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Love the cool little tear drop bottle. It pours a deep dark brown hue with tinges of red showing thru. The head was 1 finger in heigt and did not exhibit very good retention. No lace was noted.

S: Really nice bold fresh roasted coffee aromas with hints of charred malt and chocolate.

T: This is a coffee brew no doubt. Nice bold coffee taste with just a hint of chocolate. A touch of toffee sweetness round things out. Pretty good.

M: Medium in body with light carbonation.

D: The small size makes it rather drinkable. Would be good morning, noon, or night.

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Coffee Porter from Meantime Brewing Company Limited
Beer rating: 63.8% out of 100 with 616 ratings
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