Coffee Porter | Meantime Brewing Company Limited

very good
409 Reviews
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 DrDemento456
4.12/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was kind of hard to obtain but I was able to snag one for $5.50 from Halftime beverage.

A - A very nice 1/4 inch of opaque colored head atop of a very dark ruby brown ale. Nice sticky lacing this one looks pretty.

S - Dominated by smooth roasted coffee, bakers chocolate, and a dash of molasses.

T - A nice subtle twang of dark roast that pulls bitterness on your tongue in reminiscent of dank hops sticking to the palate. After which I can taste some sweet dark chocolate rounding to some other sweet malts/vanilla into a coffee induced finish. So worth it.

M - Medium bodied, slightly chewy, a sure fire sipper.

Overall I have been after this one for a while since it was noted for it's strong black coffee taste yet smooth balanced body. I was impressed!

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

On tap at Kickbacks in Jax. Poured into a small snifter. Almost white head, moderate retention on a dark, dark mahogany body, almost black. Sticky lacing with small bubbles. Aroma is very much dominated by coffee and also includes slight chocolate and roasted malts. High carbonation on tasting, taste obviously is dominated by coffee but there are some sweet malt notes in the back with the roasted notes on the front end. Very smooth and quite easy to drink.

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Photo of Keyportnick
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle in a snifter

A- Nice slick looking beer as it pours rounding into a nice tan single finger head.

S- Nice notes of roasted malts followed by coffee and a touch of dark sweetness.

T- astringent roasted malts up front with the combination of cold coffee. Rounded out with what seams to be a lactose sweetness.

M- Low carbonation with a medium full body that carries all the way through. The body also make me feel that there is lactose sugar added.

Great well rounded porter with a bigger than usual body. Coffee stands out nice but isn't overtaking. Would be interested to try more from meantime brewing

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

Pours a dark mahogany brown. Quite clear. Small tan head. Nice colors but the head dissipates fairly quickly. Coffee is very well integrated into the aroma. It's more complex and holds greater subtlety than most coffee porters. The coffee is fruity and fresh with very little roast. The malt flavors are rich and soft. Dough, toffee, caramel, molasses, walnut, chocolate. Lots of flavor in the taste as well. It's sweet without going overboard. Nice coffee twang and light mineral hops in the finish. Toasty malt sweetness throughout. Mouthfeel is creamy and full, though could probably be a bit more in that direction in a perfect world. All in all, this is a very good beer. I think Meantime is oddly underrated by beer geeks. They're still on the pricey side, though many brewers have caught up. Still, they make high quality British beers and actually translate them well to bottles that are pretty easy to find in the US. Coffee porters/stouts aren't really my favorite, but this is a winner and I'd definitely put it in the lineup for any tasting of the substyle.

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Photo of NEhophead
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 fl oz brown bottle served in a tumbler.

Thin maple with shades of light oak. Foamy, lightly tan head that sits up about an inch before fades to an intact, creamy sheet after a few moments.

Sweet, rich aromas: dulce de leche and toffee. The sweetness is well balanced with dry hazelnut and spicy espresso, although the espresso does give off a bit of astringency.

Mildly sweet chocolate, caramel, and dulce de leche flavors up front that are surprisingly watery, yet clean on the palate. The bold, yet bland, espresso erases the sweetness almost as soon as it is introduced. The finish is a touch spicy yet mellow with a balanced sweet and spicy aftertaste.

A full, medium in body. Remarkably smooth and mellow on the palate with the carbonation really kept at bay.

Some flavorful aspects to this Porter with a few flaws in balance, but all in all a pretty unique offering. The highlight has to be the velvety smooth texture on the palate.

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

330ml bottle served in a pint glass.

A: Dark brown to black color. A clear beer. Forms a huge beige bubbled head. Small retention and few lacings left

S: Roasted malts, brown sugar, dark chocolate and coffee. A moka bomb. Lots of coffee

T: As the nose. Roasted malts, dark chocolate and coffee. Nice and intense bitterness

M: Medium body. Medium carbonation. Good roasted bitter aftertaste

O: Good drinkability. Nice beer

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

A: pours a deep brown with ruby around the edges of the glass. nearly black but not quite there and lets just the tiniest amount of light through. Small off white had with little retention
S: smells like a mocha with plenty of chocolate and coffee aromas. a little bit of roasted malt as well
T: roasty toasty malt with coffee and hints of bittersweet chocolate. aftertaste is very porterish with notes of more roast malt and lingering coffee
M: medium to light so it drinks easy like a porter should with plenty of carbonation that is a bit prickly at times
O: Not a bad beer at all and much different than american offerings. nice flavors and pretty enjoyable.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.82/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from the LCBO for around 4$

Appearance - Dark brown colour with a large size fizzy beige head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and there is some fairly good lacing. The head lasted for only a few minutes.

Smell - Malts, chocolate, coffee

Taste & Mouth - There is a high amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, chocolate, and of course - lots of coffee. At times the flavour actually reminded me a bit of a cola or even a vanilla cola. It ends with a chocolatey coffee aftertaste.

Overall - The beer has a nice taste and it is very well balanced. I could drink a few of these in one sitting with no issues. I won't actively search out more, but I'd drink it again anytime.

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

12 oz bottle poured into snifter.

Pours much lighter than I expected. A deep amber color, with a little bit of head. Head fades quickly to a very nice lacing.

Smell is a very sweet roasted coffee. Lots of molasses. A small amount of bitterness, but no hops.

Taste follows the smell. Quite a bit of coffee flavor, enough so that it almost tastes like a sweetened, carbonated coffee drink. There's a roasted character that could be from some roasted malts, but it could just as easily be from the coffee. No detectable alcohol.

Mouthfeel is very thin, almost watery. Light-moderate carbonation. Finishes dry. No heft.

Not as good as I remember, but a decent coffee-forward beer. I'd recommend Kona Pipeline Porter over this, especially at 3.50 a bottle for the Meantime.

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Photo of tasteegood
3.67/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this beer once before, but decided to pick it up again as a refresher.

This bottle was purchased at my South Loop Binnys for around 5 bucks.

Poured into a pint glass. Smells of coffee, no sweetness detected. Very little lacing and head (half inch which rapidly decipates). Very drinkable, defnitely aimed for the coffee lover. I've definitely tastes bettwr porters in general, the coffee oevrtones don't knock me off my feet.

This is a good beer for individuals that are not looking for anything heavy or sweet. I may pick this up again, but probably not for me.

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Photo of TerryW
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark walnut under a good-sized head that settles to a heavy cap. Lots of spotty lace on drinking. Looks appetizing.

Smells of good coffee with a chalky character after initially coming across as a little syrupy. Thin-bodied, slightly metallic on drinking, with a slightly drying chalky finish. Simple coffee flavour, a little roastiness.

Enjoyable, easy drinking, a fairly straight forward coffee porter. One I'd do again.

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Photo of Rizalini
3.33/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 11.2 oz bottle into my Deschutes tulip glass...

A - Pours a very deep, mahogany color with an average 1 finger off-white head. As I sip, the lacing is gripping the sides of my glass.

S - Has a sort of funky nutty, burnt coffee aroma. Maybe burnt toffee and slightly grassy. Different.

T/M - Lighter in flavor than the smell is, but still has that nutty, burnt coffee flavor. At least the flavor profile matches the smell. Light/medium mouthfeel.

O - Not like any other coffee brews I've had before, in the sence that this one has an earthy quality that I have a hard time describing. It's not bad, but not great. Glad I tried it, but wont seek this one out again.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

11.2 fl oz brown glass bottle served into a Guinness goblet in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are pretty high.

A: Pours a one finger head of lovely cream lacing, great foamy thickness, and good retention. Colour is a solid black. Quite appealing.

Sm: Heavy mocha and coffee. Among the best coffee scents I've ever experienced. Cream and chocolate are also abundant. An incredibly appealing aroma. Pretty strong as well.

T: The excellent mocha notes dominate, with a restrained coffee foundation with traces of roast. The cream and chocolate are in there primarily about the climax, suiting the already marvelous balance quiite well. Built very well for what it's after. A lovely coffee porter all around. Bravo.

Mf: Smooth and wet, with a bit of cream, suiting the flavour quite well. Not as tailored to it as it could be, but all around very complementary.

Dr: Extremely drinkable, though in the average ABV range. I'd definitely have it again and I'm sure it'd be marvelous on draught (or better yet nitro-draught). The price could be better, but it's tolerable for an import.

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Photo of BeefyMee
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown, ruby transparency. Absolutely love the bottle.

S: Syrupy sweet coffee aroma. Burnt malt and vanilla.

T: Continues to be sticky sweet. Coffee is not as pronounced here as in the smell. Burnt aftertaste.

M: A little disappointing here. Just kind of thin and watery.

Pleased with this overall. Almost like a coffee milk stout. Would buy it more often if it was more affordable.

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

Meantime Coffee Porter pours a clear dark brown, with a small frothy head on top. The foam fades quickly to a thin ring leaving behind spots of lace on the glass.

The aroma is all coffee. Very pleasant.

Each sip of this light to medium bodied beer is watery with a dry finish. The flavor is loaded with coffee and chocolate with a touch of grassy hops at the end. There's some grainy malt and nuts mixed in too. Once gone the coffee flavor lingers on the palate.

This is an easy drinking coffee stout. Lots of flavor with subtle notes coming through as it warms.

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Photo of mikedrinksbeer2
3.77/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown with reddish highlights, minimal head. The scent is coffee, burnt and toasty, the flavor matches. It's almost like drinking cold coffee that isn't bitter. Very thin mouthfeel though, I wanted a little bit more from that department.

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Photo of MrELovesBeer
3.93/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow, talk about putting the coffee in your porter. HUGE coffee flavor in that first sip, almost a coffee shake. That calms down over the course of the beer and settles into a well-carbonated slightly lighter bodied porter with a great coffee nose and good bitter aftertaste.

---Rated via Beer's Advocate for iPhone

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Photo of redleaves
4.5/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear black, head disappears quick. I admit the bottle is awesome and very elegant. Lots of coffee on the nose, very roasty but not too dry. Tastes like great English porter with coffee. Exactly what it says. I think it's very underrated. Roasty, dark black coffee, hints of vanilla and molasses. Bit more carbonated than typical but that makes it a lot more drinkable. I could drink a few of these, easy. A great English porter.

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Photo of Tilley4
3.23/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I was on the fence with this one several times... At times, I thoroughly enjoyed the aromas while at others I couldn't stand the smell of it... Some sips were rich dark coffee while others were horrid... Ultimately, I fell on the side of not liking it as much as I'd hoped... I went back and forth with this and it just seemed to be missing something... I like well done coffee stouts and porters but this one left a little to be desired... I can't say one-dimensional because it smelled and tasted of coffee most of the time but it just didn't have that wow factor that I was hoping for... Glad I got to try it but I probably will pass this one by in the future...

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Photo of scottfrie
2.67/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

375ml bottle into Portsmouth snifter.

A: Pours an extremely dark, clear, mahogany reddish-brown with a couple finger of thick light tan head that faded into a thick film. A great network of lacing was left down the glass.
S: Extremely strong notes of cheap coffee grounds. The nose is coffee 100%, but it’s a kind of nasty watery used coffee ground type of smell.
T: Tastes just like the nose with a strong yet slightly off-putting coffee taste. The coffee tastes old, burnt, watery and acidic. There is a strange metallic taste as well. Finish is full of caramel and toasted grains, and the aftertaste reminds me of burnt caramel and toasted marshmallows.
M: Super frothy carbonation over a medium-thin body
O: Obviously not my favorite coffee beer but I’ve had worse. The coffee in this just wasn’t that good.

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

First had: bottle at Tria, Philly, PA

This could possibly be the best UK beer I've ever had. It's bold, it has flavor and character...unlike so many others from the UK. But anyway.

This beer was served from an elegant bottle into a stem glass, and poured out a dark coffee brown color with a fluff of beige head that receded to a thin layer. Aroma = coffee. Not much more to say. Big and roasty. True to that is the taste, which is predominantly dark, roasted coffee, some sweet roasted malts and sugars (lactose?) for a nice balance. Hints of molasses. Medium body, moderately carbonated, and very drinkable. Coffee.

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Photo of nassaubeercop
2.65/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Upon opening beer "exploded" foamy head rose quickly out of bottle neck on onto the floor and counter. I don't think I shook this bottle up so be prepared and open it over the sink. What did not end up on the floor and counter I poured into a small St.Sebastiaan tulip glass.

A- Huge head, again I don't know if the bottle got shaken, filling half the glass with a tan foamy head. Head dissipated leaving a reddish brown beer with loose bubbly tan surface. No lacing.

S- Very sweet, molasses, caramel, butterscotch, not at much coffee as I had expected on the nose. A fair amount of liquor smell, like an Irish or Mexican coffee at desert.

T- Not at all what I was expecting. Very carbonated like a coke, very fruity/winey, reminds me of a Kriek or Frambroise lambic though not as cloying. Where is the coffee?

M- Too much carbonation maybe? Sticks to the roof of the mouth and tongue, leaving an oily slightly bitter butterscotch aftertaste.

O- Not sure what to make of this beer. Scratching my head really, don't know how this can be labeled a coffee porter. Wondering if I got a bad or old batch batch. I don't detect any oxidation and the best buy date is 110311, so I assume that is 11/03/2011 or 3/11/2011 and not 11/11/2003. Its not a bad beer but the style seems to be "off". Weird?

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

A - Pours with one finger of off-white foam on top of a clear, dark brown body. The head settles fairly quickly and leaves light lace on the glass.

S - An earthy aroma of brown malt and nutty coffee. A hint of chocolate and molasses in the background.

T - Dark caramel and molasses up front. Black bread notes in the middle with some nutty, smoky coffee flavor. The beer finishes with toffee, molasses, and more coffee.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - Not as dark or strongly coffee flavored as I though it might be. The coffee is definitely there, but it is more of a smoky, medium roast than the bold, espresso like flavors that I have seen in most coffee flavored beer. Not bad, but it was a bit too expensive for a mild, relatively low alcohol beer.

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Photo of DaveHS
3.45/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours clear iced coffee brown with a thin, clingy khaki head. Leaves sheets of thin lacing down the glass.

S-Smells like high quality light roast coffee beans, with mildly sweet maltiness.

T/M-Thin, with a body not unlike reheated black coffee.Malt profile is unobtrusive. Doesn't add much, just supports the coffee flavor. Light carbonation.

O-A solid coffee beer. Not as intense on the coffee roastiness as some similar beers. A little more body would help this beer get to the next level.

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Photo of billshmeinke
4.37/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a nonic.

Dark brown with amber hues. A huge off white head of three fingers that dies down to a finger. Nice lacing left behind.

Rich nose of coffee and sweet chocolate malt notes.

Taste follows smell, only the coffee is a little more subdued, nice smokey and slightly bitter finish that lingers for awhile.

The mouthfeel is a little lighter than I would like. Still pretty creamy though. Nice carbonation. Wish they'd used some oatmeal to add some body.

Pretty damn good. Best thing I have had from this brewery so far.

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Coffee Porter from Meantime Brewing Company Limited
3.78 out of 5 based on 615 ratings.
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