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 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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Photo of Trueant1
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a medium brown, sits in the glass dark like root beer. thin head that leave a good coat on the sides of the glass.

I just looked up the style..there is no mention of addition of coffee.

Smells like really good coffee. Some hints of chocolate, cola, and spice.

Taste is coffee. The coffie is strong flavored. The coffie flavor is clean but maybe just a little stale. Some bittering , alcohol, asperin present.

Thin wattery beer...maybe even a little dry.

I would buy this one again when I need a coffee beer fix or would want beer with breakfast.

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

11.2oz bottle.

Poured a nice slightly dark brown color with a thin colored head. Lingered a bit but went away quickly only to hang out around the rim.

Whoa! The aroma is chock full of coffee! Some chocolate, a very sweet, near Kahlua like scent! There's a small lingering scent of hops but it's buried beneath this coffee mound.

It literally tastes like a cup of coffee. A little hop bite comes through in the end and matches well with a bitterness similar to that of black coffee. The malts are very much decimated by the sheer amount of coffee aroma/flavor in this brew. Though the malts that are present are chocolately & nutty.

Feels very smooth and medium bodied on the palate. Nice carbonation in it.

I've tried many coffee flavored beers but this one takes the cake (in terms of coffee aroma/flavor). It's very similar to having a cup of iced coffee with a dash of sugar and cream. Being that there is such a strong coffee presence in this porter it's drinkability suffers a bit (of course, if you love coffee then it wont suffer)

Worth it to check out. May not be the best out there but it offers a great drinking experience.

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

330ml bottle with batch# "80235 1054". the printed label/sticker says "best before: see shoulder", and that's all i could find. dunno what it means.

poured into small snifter.

deep amber brown, but lighter than i expect from a porter - there is a clear, gemstone transparency. the decent head gradually fades to a thin layer. lacing is a bit splotchy and sparse.

aroma is a bit simple. just roasted coffee. maybe some earthy grassiness?

flavor has some more complexity, with additional malty, caramel sweetness. hops do seem grassy/hay-like. moderately aggressive bitterness with bits of coffee-like acidity, going into a coffee-like finish.

initially a bit thin, but smooth. some texture and astringency into the finish.

decent and interesting, but not something i'd likely seek out again.

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Photo of Jerzdevil1116
3.87/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

11.2 oz bottle. Purchased somewhere n Chicago. Drank from a pint glass.

A: Mediumn brown body with reddish highlights. Can almost see through the glass, but not quite. Appears to be quite a bit of carbonation rising in the glass. Tall, foamy, cream colored head fell slowly leaving some nice lacing clinging to the glass.

S: Dominated by the smell of roasted coffe beans. Maybe a faint hint of dark choclate and hops hidden in there.

T: Dry coffe taste dominates this beer. Some acidity similar to a strong cup of coffee. Slight hops in the finish.

M: Light to medium bodied. Fairly smoothe with a light carbonation bite.

D: You'd better like coffe. Tastes more like a cup of black coffe than beer. I would like to try this with desert or a donut.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.93/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle. Pours brown with red highlights and has a large fizzy, rocky off white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is sweet chocolate, grains, lactose and lots of coffee.

The flavor is sweet chocolate malts with lots of roasted, slightly acidic (more so as it warms), coffee. It has a dry, slightly bitter finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with sharp carbonation.

Overall, a pleasant surprise. This is a nice coffee beer. Initially it's a nice blend of sweet chocolate and coffee. As it warms, it becomes a little too acidic.

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Photo of BrewerB
4.21/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma hints at chocolate and brewed coffee with mild floral hoppiness. A small amount of malty sweetness and a touch of smokiness is also present.

Appearance is a dark brown with some amber highlights, a thick, light tan head which retains itself well.

Flavors include brewed coffee, some spice, dark chocolate, and roastiness. Light floral hop character pairs nicely with the roasted grains. Not overly sweet, this is a well-balanced porter.

Medium/medium-full bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Very smooth.

Easy-drinking. Bottle notes that it's equivalent to a cup of coffee. Minus the caffeine content, I could easily drink 3 or more pints. Balanced roasty malt and floral hops.

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Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.84/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

A - Very dark brown brew with a large frothy head and no lacing.

S - A very fuggly aroma. Underneath there is some solid freshly brewed high quality coffee balanced with coffee bean and a lighter note of chocolate.

T - Fortunately the fuggles hops (at least I think they are fuggles) aren't screaming as loud in flavor as they do in aroma. Initially there is a coffee and then a bit of a fainter cocoa - all the while a dry woodsy/mossy hop lingers in the background. The flavor has a light sweetness. The aftertaste is a lingering coffee bitterness.

M - Pretty smooth, thin, a bit astringent in the finish.

D - Good. A solid coffee porter - I would have no quarrel with savoring this fine brew another time.

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

Pours out a dark brown ruby in the light leaving a thick tan head creamy and strong. The aroma is coffee suttle throughout espresso, vanilla, caramel, marshmellow fluff, herbs, and nuts.

The taste has a strong coffee presence, delicious roasted flavors followed by a soft gentle carbonation a bit watery with a nice bitterness to back up the roasted coffee, nut, flavor quality porter session quality...more please!

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Photo of TroyS
4.16/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I got this Meantime Coffee Porter from the Grapevine in Pocatello, Idaho. It's a very nice brew, but not perfect for this style if you ask me. It was a bit thin and light in color. Lots of carbonation, but the smell was kickin' some serious coffee with hints of nut and chocolate. I enjoyed drinking this brew, but did hope for something more. It drinks lighter than my preferred porters like Flag and Black Butte; frankly it drank more like a doppelbock plus the bionic coffee. I just can't get over the smells from this nice beer. It's sooo very nice and deep. The pour was decent, but not much head to it. It poured with about 1 finger which died off within a few minutes and didn't leave much lace at all. This beer would have been better for me if it was just thicker and if it had a bit richer mouth feel to it. It drank with a bit more alcohol on the toungue than I expected from a 6% porter. Anyhow...a very good drink. It's an especially good one that you can sit back and sniff for a bit. Nice sipper!

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Photo of champ103
4.19/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Dark brown/ruby red color. A massive rocky beige head forms and does not recede. I need to pour this very slowly to get more into the glass. A thick coat of sticky lace.
S: Malty, kind of funky. Not all that impressed here.
T: As the name suggests, tons of coffee. Very malty with some caramel and nutty notes. Excellent.
M/D: Creamy and a bit chewy with a medium body. An extremely smooth and sessionable beer.

A great English Porter. Try some.

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Photo of tayner
4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

nice shaped bottle with a BB 25 01 09 date on it, had it in my DBF for about 4 months.

Poured a thin dark shoeleather brown color with a pillow-y yet rocky off-white head that remained a large fat ring and skim coat on top for the entire glass, moderate lacing.

Smell is like a cup of coffee with sugar, no cream. literally.

Taste is like a cup of coffee. It doesnt have the common flavor like you are sucking on roasted, ground coffee beans.. this is more like a cup of fresh brewed coffee. It sorta tastes like i had a half a glass of leftover beer and poured my morning coffee into the cup and drank it. It is actually quite good. there is only slight bitterness on the finish with a slightly dry, chalky finish which helps to dry the palate and screams to be drank again.

Mouthfeel is pretty thin, I have probably had regular coffee thicker than this before, and there is a fair amount of carbonation as well, but these only serve to make it lighter and easier to drink quickly.

As for drinkability, i am happy to report it is only 6% because i could easily suck down several of these in no time flat without question... a VERY easily consumed beverage. I will definitely try to keep one or two of these in the DBF for those times where a cup of coffee just wont do and i need the added bonus of alcohol ;)

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Photo of pwoods
4.42/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Awesome looking bottle, poured into a Chimay chalice, enjoyed at the legendary Maproom.

A: Deep brown and chocolately. 1 finger of head, dies fast. Some lacing.

S: Coffee is massive. Not overly roasted or bitter but just right. Nice sweetness, light chocolate and cola.

T/M: Coffee is so great with the natural porter flavor. Nice, clean, smooth, and 'lighter' porter body is so great in this beer. A soft dry/chalkiness adds depth. Light cola and even lighter chocolate add a pleasant sweetness.

D: Drinkability is disgustingly high. So easy to drink.

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Photo of mortarit
4.34/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lately I have had my share of Coffee infused brews so this one should be another great experience. I am curious to see the difference from the usual American style versions to this English style company.

Poured into a beer glass.
Alot of head in the beginning, it does have a nice shingling layer pattern.

Coming off of a cold so the smell isn't that strong to me right. But it smell decent from what can make out.

Dark reddish color

Smooth in taste with mild carbonation added

The coffee taste is really hard to make out. It doesn't hit you like most of the ones I have tried that are label as a coffee beer. It seem that this one was professionally mix and blended well. I can make out a subtle coffee grind texture right at the end of the drink. Interesting.

Highly, recommended to try again.

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Photo of seaoflament
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a caramel color with almost a two inch thick crown of foam.

This beer has a good fresh coffee aroma, lightly roasted and nutty aromas too. There are hints of hazelnut, vanilla and dry toast in the background. As the beer rests the coffee becomes more integrated with the toasted malt and some milk chocolate blends in as well. I'm detecting a slightly ashen aroma far in the back of the bouquet. As it warms up the beer develops a dry grain characteristic and it picks up some notes of toffee or butterscotch.

On the first sip I get some mocha flavors but they don't seem well tied together. A rush of coffee comes first and almost instantly it changes to bitter chocolate and finishes with a lighter coffee flavor. Nutty and toasted malt is picked up near the finish and lingers in the aftertaste. A little buttery in the aftertaste as well.

This one feels a little on the thin side but that makes it really easy to drink, especially since the flavors are not harsh or aggressive. This one is too easy to drink!

Overall I think this is a good coffee porter. I like the little info it says on the back label "Each serving is equal to one cup of coffee."

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

Poured into a standard pint glass a medium to dark brown with a nicely formed almost 1/2 finger off white head head,naturally the coffee aromas hit ya along with some woody tones and unsweetened chocolate.Coffee is domanant on the palate but is not the only thing worth mentioning its quite arthy with some noticeable wood,a bit of sweetness comesthru but to me its unsweetened dark roast coffee that dominates.A very nice coffee infused porter just well rounded and solid.

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Photo of woemad
4.27/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Intriguing-shaped 11.2oz bottle purchased at Enoteca in Post Falls, Idaho for $5.99.

Poured a medium brown color with 1 1/2 inches of tan foam. Moderate amount of lace rivulets coursing in all directions on my glass. Once the head dropped, it was easily re-agitated back to life.

Roasty smelling in a coffee-ish sort of way, but not nearly as bitter as I thought it would be (then again, I brew my coffee stronger than most). A bit more sweet than I would have expected, though not to a cloying degree.

I agree with the reviewer who noted that this reminded him of coffee ice cream. Coffee is present with a matching sweetness. The balance is pretty good, with the sweetness primarily keeping the bitterness in check, though enough of it stands out to be tasted in it's own right. Hops are present primarily in a crisp, dry note at the swallow. This is not a bad thing, as I've always felt that hops should be dimly sensed rather than a major flavor component when it comes to porters.

The body is a little thin for the style, but not to a crippling degree. Somewhat coating, sticky mouthfeel.

A very tasty example of the style, but not a truly earthshattering one. While I find it goes down very easily, I'm not sure it warrants $6 for an 11.2oz bottle. If someone in my area carried it for less (and Enoteca seems just about the most expensive beer store in the area), I'd probably buy it semi-regularly.

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Photo of Butch
4.4/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The flavor virtually explodes in your mouth. Much more aggressive and vigorous in flavor than most porters. The coffee is more than noticeable and if not in perfect balance with the dark malts, it asserts itself in a slightly over the top, but all the better for it, way. I wouldn't want them to pull back at all. This is definitely one that I'll be looking for in the future, especially after The Wife's lustful reaction to it. She loved it.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.32/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

the 11.2 oz. bottle is very elagant and reminds me of mini-wine bottle.

A rather gentle pour provides a full three inches of foamy, clumpy mocha colored head that is retained amazingly well with a surprisingly thin and clear dark amber color. It's got huge carboantion which allows the head to be retained forever. I's sticky with at least a 1/4" of foam at all times. This is not exactly the color or thickness I was expecting, it looks really thin for the style...except the head.

The aroma is huge with big caramel-sweet maltiness, coffee ice crem with oats and grains sprinkled on top. Very robusr nose.

The flavor is very roastie but with a nice chocolate current, an authentic coffee and cream flavor is in perfect balance with the rest. Later on, there's a mild fruitiness with wild blackberries and blueberries. The finish is that of smooth chocolate and a nice bitter coffe current. Very, very nice.

The body feels a bit thin for the style, I would say medium bodied but the head remains full and smooth which adds extra heft. Honestly it feels thicker than I had imagined going by the clearity and color.

a word: Quality. A very well-rounded brew.

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Photo of Jmamay22
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Meantime Coffee Porter displays a near black mahogany colored beer with a full creamy tan colored head. The head leaves full thick gobs of lacing.

Smells of chocolate and coffee. There is some roasted character, but comes short of being burnt. Sweeter smelling with a creamy chocolate character. As it warms the coffee really comes through smelling very rich.

Tastes completely unlike the scent. Bittersweet and a little to sour for my tastes, but it is English so that should be expected. Coffee, hints of hop and milk sugars come together to create a lighter and thinner old ale.

Mouthfeel is a little to thin for my tastes. Very soft and subtle carbonation that I do enjoy. I won't be reaching for this again soon, but it is interesting. If the English style suits your taste you may enjoy this more than I have.

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Photo of brendan13
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured into a tulip glass a very dark brown with ruby red tints when held up to light. An inch of fluffy off white head that hangs around for a while.
S - A nice strong roasty coffee note. A bit of earthy nuttiness.
T - Very strong coffee in the taste as well.
M - Medium bodied, fairly low carbonation.
D - Wouldn't want 2 in a row but it is a very nice sipper every now and then.

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Photo of DaveUK
3.31/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - Dark reddish off black. Cream bubbles give a small head that fades slowly.

Aroma - Bitter chocolate and coffee, burnt malt quickly becomes evident as well.

Taste - Roasted coffee, burnt and heavily roasted malts. The coffee is so strong that anything else can't be noted.

Mouthfeel - Medium with a good level of carbonation and minimum stickiness.

Overall - Well I cant really say much about this porter, its fine, does exactly what it says on the tin. It didnt blow my mind or disappoint.

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Photo of drumrboy22
3.11/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 11.2 oz bottle into a Delirium Tremens snifter. Beer was dark brown in color with a light brown, creamy head. Moderate carbonation and heavy lacing around the glass.

Aroma was fresh coffee beans, slightly bitter and earthy.

Taste was rich, moderately bitter coffee. Not as complex or balanced as I had hoped for. Still, not bad either.

There are certainly better coffee beers out there. This one was a little too unbalanced and one dimensional for me.

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Photo of mdagnew
3.33/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle bought from Deveneys, Dublin

Poured a deep dark brown / almost black colour. Nice tan head poured reasonably thick and foamy then faded quite quicky to wispy coating... some light patchy lacing hangs around throughout...

Aroma - Lots of strong roasted coffee notes - espresso and dried beans... dark chocolate notes, also some cocoa, dusty / leathery hints, faint hint of dark fruits (light blackcurrent, dates)... quite hard to make anything else out over the coffee...

Taste - Pretty strong roasted coffee bitterness - almost too strong and harsh for me and i'm someone who likes their coffee as strong as possible... dark chocolate again mixed with some light smokiness, quite earthy, toasted biscuity malts coming through, some fresh vanilla and light liquorice...

Feel - Quite sharp and dry with some smoothness just coming through... medium bodied... a little harsh for me to be very drinkable...

Overall - An average stout... glad i tried it but i doubt i would try it again...

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased this odd shaped 11.2oz bottle on my last trip through Asheville. Being the huge lover of coffee porters and stouts, I knew I had to give this one a try as it seemed to be a classic representation of the style. Poured it into an Oversized wine glass and served it at about 50 degrees.

A - Poured a dark brownish black. Almost completely opaque except for a few tints of reddish brown along the bottom and the sides of the glass. Really a dark overall color. A very nice one and a half inch high head of tan colored lace then rose up over the top of the glass and settled down nicely revealing copious amounts of side lace.

S - The aroma was a full on coffee lovers dream. Lots of bittersweet coffee notes, roasted grinds, everything. Nice touch of earthiness to it as well started to come through on it now, with a touch of a grain like nature to it. Some really dark notes in here, very nice indeed.

T - The flavor was very nice. Rich notes of coffee of course dominated it, but I found it to be a little more complex then that. Some nice light grain notes and a light earthen grass presence even, but washed away quickly by a coffee grind like bitterness. Very nicely done.

M - This was a touch thin as compared to what I was expecting but it was still very nice. Good carbonation never left it feeling dull or flat, and in fact, it had a really nice little bit of fizz on the first few sips. Bit of a creaminess, especially in the finish, but could have used a little more depth for me.

D - Outstanding session ale I would have to say. The alcohol in it was virtually non-existent and that combined with the rich coffee flavors and the nice bit of follow through made this something that could easily be sessioned over the course of the night.

Overall, this was a very solid coffee porter. Not the best, but I have had some good ones, but still very solid and a classic representation of the style. There is no doubt I would try this one again anytime, it was very good.

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