London Porter | Meantime Brewing Company Limited

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London PorterLondon Porter

Brewed by:
Meantime Brewing Company Limited
England, United Kingdom

Style: English Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by GCBrewingCo on 08-28-2005

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Photo of Will46andbrew
4.92/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I don't know where to begin! The taste is so simple, yet so complicated. It's toasty, burnt, smooth, earthy and delicious!
It's absolutely excellent!!

A - It's a dark rich brown, almost black. Looks beautiful.

S - The aroma the porter gives off is so tantalizing. You can smell the toasty, earthy notes. You can't wait to actually taste it.

T - The taste is even better than the smell. It is like I've stated above; toasty, burnt and earthy. It is very smooth tasting, especially as it goes down.

M - Despite it's color, which may look heavy, it's light on the tongue and almost tickles on the way down.

D - I've already had 3, what does that tell you??

I will be completely honost, I'm not a Porter afficionado, but this is the best I've had next to Anchor Porter. To me, a lot of Porters leave me desiring more, they are full enough, flavorful enough. The Meantime Porter is everything I'm looking for in a Porter. I highly recommend it!

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Photo of Libba
4.92/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I had this marvelous porter for the first time tonight. I was in Blue Danube restaurant in Pantego, Texas and asked the proprietor, Miraslav, to bring me a "big dark beer" (he always brings me something GOOD!).
I so enjoyed the flavor and shared it with those around me.
Great beer, good friends - who could ask for more?

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Photo of diamondc
4.91/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750ml into a red wine glass. Paid 12 bucks. Classy packaging.

A: Not much head retention. No lacing either. Typical porter shade - brown with red tint.

S: Fudge, milk chocolate, coffee. Nirvana.

T: More chocolate goodness, mocha coffee, licorice, subtle smokiness, dark berries, with a mild bitterness to just offset the malts.

M/D: Very effervescent, smooth, velvet-y. I could drink this all day and not get bored. Expensive, but worth the $$$. The best English porter I've tasted yet.

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Photo of Offa
4.85/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is a wonderful porter, rich, zesty, engaing and complex.

Deep brownish red, almost black, it has a huge light tan head that slowly shrinks to a thick ring and wispy top, leaving some lace.

The aroma is chocolate, a little coffee, brown sugar, roasty leaves, hints of bark, fermented raisin, and rum.

The taste is rich, zesty but smooth, caramelized fruit, leaves, bark, chocolate, sweet-sour fruit, a brown-sugar-raisin sweetness and a light, toasty-chocolaty bitter finish. The feel is wonderful, and it's compelx and engaging throughout.

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Photo of hophopandaway
4.79/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought a 750ml bottle from Sainsbury's t'other day. Let it warm up for abou 2 hours after taking out the fridge so that it was still cool but not cold.

After a gentle pour I got a fat creamy head that dissapated to a small head which stayed around fo the whole drink. The nose of this thing is absolutely fantastic: smoked cheese rind and subtle roasted malt. After my first couple of glugs I was really impressed with this beer and every sip seemed to offer up a new flavour. I got the caramel first, then it chaged in to a sweet milk chocolate with an undertone of dark fruits and maybe a little of somehting sharper like cherry.
The smokey flavours are a real treat and every mouthful offers a big hit of dry smokey goodness and an astringent finnish that would make this beer easy to compare with a really nice glass of red.

This is an absolutely cracking beer. I only gave it 3 days to settle and I think it would age fabulously. Wel worth a try and it's given me the taste for porters again after spending 3 weeks in san fran where all the porters are one-dimensional, coffee-packed, water-thin rubbish.

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Photo of Kemmerlin
4.77/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: dark brown color but lighter than typical porters. Unfiltered appearance with a thin creamy head and good lacing.
S: the yeast gives it a dank fruity smell with dark toffee and chocolate.
T: what a great taste. It had sweet milk chocolate on the front with a light fruity flavor in the back mixed with some sweet cream.
M/D: Smooth refreshing fluid feel creamy on the tongue. With this type of review of course the drinkability is awesome.

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Photo of isualum12
4.75/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Head....creamy tan with a butterscotch tone to it.
Black in color with zero clarity.
Smell is bourbon with a little coffee to it.

lots of coffee flavor for me. It tastes smooth with a great aftertaste.

Drinkablity is high.

I do like the cork system with the nice red label around the neck.

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4.75/5  rDev +18.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

I'll lay my cards out before I begin: this is the best porter on the face of the planet. It's probably the best stout or imperial stout, too, being an extremely strong (6.5%) porter, and a somewhat weak imperial stout.

This stuff is $9/75cl. Thank you to Blacklick Wine and Spirits.

A: The new label isn't nearly as cool as the old one. Cork is removed with little pop: mild carbonation. 750mL bottle, corked and caged. Poured in to a Chimay goblet. Pours red, turning to black. Appears black in the glass, or as brown as one of the 1985 Cadillac Sedan DeVilles, but has blood-red (darker than ruby) highlights when held directly up to a 100-watt lightbulb. One finger of small, light-brown-to-camel-coloured head recedes to a patchy coating, something I associate with high-alcohol, low-hop brews. Lacing is minimal, but existent (barely). EDIT: My last bottle of this, when poured vigorously, had extensive lacing. YMMV per bottle.

S: Leather, tobacco, dark salty liquorice (like a mild salmiakki). Perique pipe tobacco, namely, and the smell of freshly-worked leather, including the shavings - as if in a workshop making sword scabbards and horse saddles and razor strops, while the leathermaster was smoking a pipe of the finest tobacco available, with an aroma of bitter to semi-sweet baker's chocolate emanating from parts unknown, and blending perfectly with the other components, for a truly excellent odor that begs one to smell it again. This stuff takes you back to the Middle Ages or to Middle Earth (or some other sword and sorcery book), whichever is thy preference.

The smell is unique: there is a definite leather, but smells of several types of tobacco, with Perique dominant, and Latakia obvious, but including cavendish and possibly burley undertones. With the drink cold, the salty liquorice and leather smells become predominant.

There are no liquor or alcohol smells present, but the mix of leather and tobacco aroma lends it a mild similarity to Macallan 25 year old scotch whisky, which is a testament in greatness.

T: Much as the bouquet, but with additional tastes of semi-sweet baker's cocoa and of burned caramel, along with a sumptuous raw, freshly-worked leather, some extremely mild floral character, and extraordinarily fine pipe-tobacco. Some salty liquorice, almost like Finnish salmiakki, although not as strong as the salmiakki-smell in the nose.. Mild-to-moderate hop bitterness, which is not present (as hop-smell) in the aroma. The bitterness seems more to be not from hops, but to be from roasted and burnt malts; however, this beer is moderately more bitter and hoppy than the average Porter, whether American (the signal example of which is Great Lakes' Edmund Fitzgerald), or English (Samuel Smith's). This is a "dry" porter.

M: Not very carbonated, but the lack of carbonation blends well with everything else. A little thin and sharp for the style, and for the rest of the beer. 3.75 to 4, subject to revision.

D: Moderate. This is a heavy, complex beer. Even with the low ABV, the taste is too rich to drink more than 1 750mL bottle of this at a time, IMO.

O: 92/100 for style. Maybe 95. Somewhere between 90 and 95. Out of all beers (my personal taste leans towards porters, stouts, and Belgians), probably an 82-85, being pushed down a bit by heavenly nectar such as St Bernardus Abbot 12 and Chimay Blue.

This beer varies significantly from batch to batch in incidentals such as mouthfeel and appearance. The nose and taste remain somewhat consistent, although with nothing near the consistency of larger brewers. My rating is based on the bottle(s) that I've had: YMMV.

This is a signal English Porter, a better exemplar of the style than even Samuel Smith's Old Taddy. This is the Porter, by which all English Porters shall be judged.

Pairings: "Dark goes with dark" is borne out here: recommended for caramelized, carbonized, and very spicy foods.

Specifically, tobacco comes to mind (a good cigar, or even a cigarette, enhances the flavours of both), as does tiramisu or other chocolaty desserts, highly-spiced meats, such as spicy Mexican burrito meat or Jamaican goat curry, and some examples of Indian curries. Greek gyros without the tzatziki would also pair well. Would be excellent with burnt steaks, such as the Pittsburgh-style, or anything that has undergone carbonization or heavy Maillard reactions. Would likely go well with roast or grilled fajitas of pork or beef (not shrimp), and some game, especially duck, frog, squirrel, and to a lesser degree, venison.

I strongly recommend against pairing this with Italian of any sort, anything that is sweet or overly acidic, contains tomato or citrus, is a "light"-tasting food, or seafood. It may possibly be paired with raw oysters, mussels, and clams, at your own risk (for symphony and synergy in taste), but it is not a pairing that screams at me, as do the pairings with spicy meat dishes and carbonized steaks.

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4.75/5  rDev +18.8%

Photo of Sephiroth
4.7/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I sure hope the cork on my last Unibroue 10 pops more than this cork. Pours with two inches of foam, however. Smells of chocolate, burnt malt, and smoke.

I never knew a porter could be so good. Smoky, burnt malt, dark chocolate, and piney hops are fused into layers. This should pair well with filet mignon. Tastes and smells more vinous as it warms. Thick smooth mouthfeel. As this is the best porter I've ever had, it is insanely drinkable. I just want to fnow why it is $13 for 750ml.

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Photo of PhillyStyle
4.68/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 750ml corked bottle. The beer poured a dark, deep cola-black color that was not quite opaque with some hints of red when held up to light. It produced a nice a dark tan 2 finger head that was compact. The head seemed to linger for the right amount of time. It also produced a nice deep roasted malt aroma that had a hint of smokiness to it. Also hints of molasses, some alcohol as it warmed and I think I also got a little coffee or chocolate. Could have been a little more pronounced. The taste was exceptional. Huge deep roasted malt, with very subtle hints of the alcohol, a very lite touch of sweetness and as I neared the end I got some coffee or chocolate. I could not really distinguish (maybe if I had bought more than one be updated). The beer had a medium body, I thought that it would have felt thicker, but it was very smooth, very creamy and solid like a good porter should be. The beer was very drinkable and I could have drank more if I had bought more than one bottle. If you are a fan of beer, you need to try this one. This will become a staple in my house.

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Photo of napetry
4.64/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I have tasted porters often and would like to like them but seldom do. This porter however is one of the absolute best I've ever tasted hands down. Had it fairly recently for the first time at the Meantime pub / brewery in Greenwich, London, UK on draft and I was totally blown away. More recently found a 750 ml bottle at a local favorite supplier in Durham, NC. Today, I cracked the cork and noted a little bit of a pop but not much. Aroma was outstanding and definitely reminded me of my original draft tasting at the brewery. I poured it into my Meantime pint glass from the original tasting, it was wonderful. On a full steady pour, color was dark brown chocolate with lighter brown 1" head. Foam was very tasty and subsided over a reasonable time. Overall taste and experience in drinking this porter as a draft and bottled product is awesome. When the mood strikes for a porter, I'm looking for this fine offering from Meantime on draft in London or in the 750 ml bottle here in the USA. Happy to finally have a go to porter!

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Photo of russpowell
4.62/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Beautiful champainge (sp??) like bottle. Not much off the cork pop

Pours deep red to mahogany with a 2" tan that drops off fast. No lacing, average head retention

Smell: Malty, smokey, fruitty

Taste: Toasty deep malt, peat smokiness, caramel. Finshes, malty, seet, slightly smoky & dry. yum

MF: Perfect, malt offset by all the othe flavors in play. great carbonation

Very drinkable & so out of type of what i expected...Worth the$9.00 a bottle IMHO. This is probably what porters tasted like in Dicken's day IMO

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Photo of BDTyre
4.62/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Nice rich dark brown colour, but a fairly large head especially considering the lacklustre removal of the cork (most corked beers I have tend to be like artillery pieces).

Stale malty smell with a presence of coffee, chocolate and roasted barley. Taste comes of a slightly sour, and a bit less chocolatey than Fuller's Supposedly, porter was a mix of old and new beers, and this certainly comes across as such.

Nice mouthfeel, but at times can seem undercarbonated. Regardless, very easy to drink and certainly a genuine, truly enjoyable London porter.

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Photo of blakesell
4.62/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from 750ml bottle caged and corked into a standard pint glass.

Appearance- A dark brown, not near as dark as expected with a tanned head that sticks to the sides of the glass and lingers thru the beverage.

Smell- Burbon notes with a roasty toasty following came too close and got my nose in the porter. Some chocolate, and a hint of creamy toffee.

Taste- Light and dark malts interwoven with a near perfect balance of hop. No bitterness at all but no overt sweetness. A cream/toffee/nut/chocolate that melts in the mouth and leaves me needing more almost immediately.

Mouthfeel- Lightly carbonated although it rose pretty high on the inital pour, creamy, and medium bodied. This is exactly what an english porter is supposed to be.

Drinkability- A solid 5 on the drinkability here. Creamy, smooth and ultra drinkable. I have bought the rest of the supply that the store had and I will hoard the last bottle for many days to come although the urge is here already with 1/4 of the bottle still remaining.

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Photo of Minkybut
4.6/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from 750 bottle to tumbler at 48 degrees. Beer had a dark not quite opach look. Big frothy head was creamy and lumpy like a ice cream soda. Bready toasted nutty taste with molasses and chocolate mingling together.Slight coffee note but not too overpowering. Never seen lacing this thick on side of tumbler. head was gone after about 8 minutes. This is one of the finest tasting porters I have ever tasted. I would love to have an endless supply.

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Photo of mightyjoemoon
4.58/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

meantime's london porter, a smooth, full flavored, moderately strong ale with a robust creamy head. this ale epitomizes the porter for me; in comparison to a stout it has more hop characterstic, slightly more carbonation, and is slightly less dark. theres still ample roasty malt notes here which lean more toward chocolate sweetness and away from coffee bitterness. what makes this ale really stand out is how creamy it is without the cloying sweetness which typifies a milk stout or some brown ales. being a british micro its not an extreme ale but it has a respectable 6.5% abv. this is a porter that i could drink any time and all the time. well balanced between hops and malts, complex in flavor, and rich, smooth, creamy and full bodied.

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Photo of Skidz
4.57/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours out amber brown and sits a murky chocolate brown with a tan creamy head, fading to a thick skim, no certain lacings.

Rich cocoa-filled aroma with deep, dark raisins with oaken borders. Roasted grains fill the gaps. Brilliantly dramatic nose.

Roasty up front, mild charred character. Baker's chocolate come through, peaking with muddy apples bundles in leafy hops. Finish is mildly bitter and every bit as refreshing as the last.

Silky cream-filled body with moderate carbonation in a medium-full body.

Peaceful, calm and focused. Absolutely nothing in the way.

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4.56/5  rDev +14%

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