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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Reviews: 286 | Ratings: 456
Photo of livingregret
1.42/5  rDev -64.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

11.2 fl oz bottle.

Appearance: Lovely 2 finger head but not as dark as I was expecting. Light shines through. Little lacing

Smell: A touch of smoke and chocolate. Slight malt..not much on the nose.

Touch/Mouthfeel: Heavily carbonated with a odd texture. Little in taste beyond coffee and slight burnt chocolate. Some residual smoke...but nothing that good. Almost non existance in terms of taste Really disappointing mouthfeel

Drinkability: I'll try one more bottle but that might be it. Sorely disappointed in this porter

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Photo of hardy008
2.06/5  rDev -48.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Opened the bottle - gusher. Poured it into a glass, all foam. When it finally settled down, it has dark brown with ruby highlight. Large light tan head with very good retention.

The taste and the aroma both have some cocoa, chocolate, caramel, earthiness, and roasted malt. The aroma and flavors are somewhat lighter than expected. Almost bland.

Light bodied, too much carbonation. Not impressed with this beer.

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Photo of sevopie
2.28/5  rDev -43.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - Dark brown that you can see through with a bubbly off-white head that dissipates quickly.

Smell - Light and chocolaty with hints of caramel. It smells of a lager more than anything.

Taste - Semi-sweet chocolate with metallic overtones. I was hoping the taste would begin to overwhelm the first 2 parts, but I'm sadly mistaken.

Mouthfeel - Light and too much carbonation.

Drinkability - Not the greatest drinkability. Quite honestly, this is one of the biggest letdowns as far as beer goes that I've ever had. The last 10 ounces of this one became a drain pour, my first in a while. I love porters, but this one struck me totally wrong.

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Photo of tpd975
2.73/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to ibrew2or3 for this one.

A: Pours a nice light nutty brown hue with a ton of carbonation. Lots and lots of bubbles built a huge head with overthetop carbonation.

S: Very lactic with lots of roasted malt. Hints of coffee and chocolate and a bit of sourness.

T: The sourness really comes thru, too much really. I wonder if this one is infected. Beneath the funk is coffee chocolate, dark fruits, and lots of milk... Yeah now you see, sour and milk just don't get it.

M: Light and bubbly

D: Not really but I will have another to rerate this possibly infected bottle.

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Photo of jampics2
2.86/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

11.2 oz bottle into a pint glass. One of the coolest bottle shapes I've ever seen.

Open it up and GUSHER city. 12 fingers of white head. 1 finger of black body. Yes, I have 13 fingers. Want to fight about it? Whole point being that I expect much more from an English porter from the UK. This does not look good so far.

Smell is chocolate, coffee, and a sweet overall profile. Decent and no signs of infection despite the huge carb.

Taste is OK, nice caramel, molasses, chocolate, dark fruit. Mild tartness but I think it could just be the combo of really sweet malt and the hops. Eh, this could be good, but there's a problem...

Hugely active carb kills any chance this beer had of scoring well. Horrible carb, I expect much more, where's the QC Meantime?

Overall, this kinda sucked. Would never buy another product from this brewery because this was a totally avoidable mistake. The beer isn't infected, it's just carbed like Pop Rocks. Like Old Faithful. Like Alka Seltzer. Decent potential ruined by sloppy carb.

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Photo of kbutler1
2.9/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottle. Cracked this one open to a very surprising gushing of tan foam shooting out of the bottle, truly was not expecting that! Poured into a tulip glass a dark, murky reddish tinged brown color with a big fluffy tan head that leaves lace as it settles. Dark fruit, roast coffee, sherry, and slight leather in the nose. Med/light mouthfeel that due to the carbonation leans toward the light side for me. Light roast coffee flavors gives way to some dark fruit sweetness and then ends with a slight bitterness. Some alcohol faintly noticeable in the taste. Overall, I'm a little ho-hum on this one, the over carb and light body aren't doing any favors for it and the flavors are pretty subtle.

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Photo of samie85
2.98/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A-Well, this was an exciting from the time I opened the cap: it gushed everywhere... I lost about half the bottle. Anyways, what's left pours a cola color with a one finger tan head.

S-Rich dark fruits with some sweet chocolate and alcohol notes.

T-Rich, dark fruit with some chocolate and a slightly roasted flavor with a slight bit of astringency on the finish.

M-Light to medium bodied with light but pretty present carbonation.

D-Not bad, but I was expecting a little more from this one. Not sure on how old it is either as there isn't any clear dating on this bottle.

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Photo of newsage
3/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

You know Maybe I am not a big Old english recipe Porter Fan! There is a sh*t load of better domestic porters on the market like Firestone reserve Porter, Deschutes Black butte porter, stone porter, rogue mocha porter, etc. Please try these first, there fresh and better!!

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Photo of BGDrock
3.13/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: dark like motor oil, but with a ruby tinge under the light; head the colour of caramel, fine and sticky, good retention

Aroma: acidic, a bit of tang, hinting at the roast; bitter chocolate/espresso; fennel; hint of raspberry, cassis, cherry

Taste & Mouthfeel: chocolate dominates, along with a sharp bitterness in the finish; mouthfeel is more watery than I'd like, feels like it's missing some substance; flavour leaves something to be desired - it's not that rich, full chocolate, but thin like corner store coffee; really just plain, slightly burnt roast and not much else

Overall: not bad, but not interesting, the definition of average

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Photo of BWH3
3.14/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Meantime London Porter 750mL corked bottle
Drinking Vessel: Goblet
Temp: 50 F allowed to warm and breathe

Appearance: Medium brown in color without the red hues common to porters. The head is thin and dissipates quickly.

Scent: Malty sweet aroma with notes of honey. The sweetness is not rich enough to be called molasses, but perhaps is closer to caramel. No discernable hops aroma.

Taste: Again sweet malt taste, mild chocolate with a hint of roast nuts. The hops produce a mild bitterness and a brisk clean finish. The beer is tasty but it is more like a brown ale than a porter

Mouthfeel: Light. Too watery and runny for style. Carbonation appropriate.

Drinkability: Good session beer. The bottle was split three ways for this tasting. Unfortunately, the price tag is not as session as the beer. All together, I probably won’t buy this again but if I were offered a glass I wouldn’t turn it down.

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Photo of Jredner
3.15/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Somewhat sharp coffee aroma, but there is a tinge of some sweet malt as well. Amber brown in color with a quarter sized mocha head. Almost smokey malted fore with some brown sugar, coffee and chocolate notes. British porters tend to be lighter in color and less roasty and this one is no different. The finish is mild and tangy rather than mildy bitter and roasty like many American made porters. I think I have come to favor the American approach because while this is good it isn’t exactly knocking my socks

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.23/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Drank on 30th Sept 2007 to celebrate the lives of John White and Micheal Jackson.

Dark brown 750ml cork and caged bottle, the best before date is smudged and unreadable, it was obtained in Dec 2006, so it aint too old.

Poured into a Duvel glass, the remaining half into a Hoegaarden Grand Cru tulip.

Both glases looked a picture, a very dark ruby red, almost black liquid filled them, a biege foaming head was apon the said fluid. I know it was ruby red, because when I held the glasses up to my chardalier I could see flecks of ruby red colour through the glasses.
The head soon left leaving a wispy scum on top, the bottle had to 'Phutt' to it when I released the cork, so maybe the dying head had something to do with that? No bubbles rising from a duvel glass, not normal at all.

The aroma was an incredible malty burntness, a crispy fried fruit cake smell (if there is such a thing).

The taste was the same as the aroma, someone's burnt the toast and dropped it into a fizzy drink. Far too sooty for my tastebuds, but I suppose that is what the brewer was trying to produce.

Heavy on the palate, the burnty flavours just wouldn't go away.

I am not going to slam this beer, but in my opinion it is very over rated and expensive for what it is. The marketing and packaging is top notch, the product however, doesn't live up to hype.

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Photo of DoctorDog
3.26/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presentation: Thanks to beveritt for supplying a sample of this to a recent beer tasting. Poured from a large bottle into a sampling glass.

A- Mahogany with ruby highlights.Thick, light brown head. Head dwindles slowly to a thin, incomplete cap.

S- Slightly metallic, slightly nutty hints. Some roastiness emerges as the head falls and the beer warms.

T- Slightly wet cardboard on the first sip. Black licorice/anise notes emerge as it warms. Finishes with a nice, acidic coffee.

M- Medium/high carbonation.

D- Ok as a sipper, but simply didn't stack up very well against the other porters sampled on this occasion alone.

Future outlook: Too many better, easier to get choices out there to be bothered with this one.

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Photo of hwwty4
3.28/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured a 750 into a Chimay chalice. Poured a dark mahogany with ruby tones and a nice beige head that melded into a thin layer on the beer. Aroma is of chocolate, raisins and a bit of coffee. Taste, well, that's where the marks start to drop. This beer has what I consider the worst flavor that can be added to a beer. Liquid smoke. Why, just explain to me why, its a needed flavor. It tastes like salt, salt and over cooked beef with bad BBQ sauce. I hate that taste. Everything else is lost in the liquid smoke. Mouthfeel is good for a porter. A bit fuller. I think that people that like that flavor would really enjoy this beer, but I will never be buying this beer again.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.32/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

(Served in a Nonic)

A- The top opened with a strong "pssst" then about 5 seconds later a volcano erupted with most of it getting into my glass. Once the glass of solid antique white head melted down into a jet black body it left only a cobweb like head on top. I couldn't see any bubbles but I suspect it had a strong carbonation.

S- This beer had a soft roasted black malt hint with a strong cream aroma to it. There was a dark coffee roasted malt aroma that increased as the beer warmed but it was otherwise pretty clean smell.

T- This beer has a slight watery taste that blended into a flat roasted black malt flavor then finished with a slight smokey tart hint with no aftertaste in a clean finish.

M- This beer had a light mouthfeel with a airy texture and no alcohol heat or astringency.

D. This beer tasted a bit thin and watery with not much malt flavor or depth and was supported by a tart hing but no hop notes at all. I found the over-carbonation a bit frustrating and I don't think I will try it again just because there are better porters and lower price points. There were no off flavors just no real flavors at all

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Photo of spinrsx
3.4/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

750ml Bottle from the Ottawa LCBO for $6.50 or so

Appearance - Dark brown colour with an average size frothy/fizzy beige head. I can't make out the amount of carbonation showing and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for over 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, chocolate, coffee, vanilla

Taste & Mouth - There is a below average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, chocolate, and coffee. There is also some vanilla and a bit of an odd musty/fishy type of flavour I can't put my finger on.

Overall - I think my bottle might be a little out of date. Unless the sour milk/oyster type flavour in intentional? A decent beer but the 750ml format is not ideal for me. Worth a try.

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Photo of Lerxst
3.4/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

750ml bottle into Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass. The cork blew the second I took the cage off.

A-An average poured produced about 1" of beer and head spilling out of the glass. A very, very, very gentle pour produced a 50/50 glass of beer vs. head. Pours cola colored and left a bit of lacing. I thought it would leave more lacing.

S-Smells very good. Roasted malt, coffee and chocolate.

T-Once I get past the distraction of the carbonation, I really like the flavor. Dark roasted malt, a bit of coffee and chocolate, some raisins. Its a very pleasant taste, but the carbonation, I mean c'mon already!

M-The overcarbonation of this beer completely ruins the mouthfeel. The only mouthfeel I can get is prickly carbonation. It truly is carbonation overkill. I had to take small sips and even then, the beer would expand into a harsh, foamy mess in my mouth. Much like the pour, a very small amount of beer in my mouth turned into a mess of 20% beer, 80% foam in my mouth. I had to be very careful drinking this beer, and thats no fun.

D-Extremely harsh carbonation ruins the drinkability. Its hard to enjoy the beer when the excessive carbonation fills your belly like helium in a baloon and you are constantly burping.

Good nose and taste, but the carbonation just simply wrecked this beer. I think I may buy another bottle, open it and let it sit out for a day or so and give it another try (seriously!)

I really liked the nose and flavor of this beer, but the carbonation was just over the top and ruined it for me.

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Photo of DerBayer
3.44/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is a dark nutty brown with aruby tinge but unfortunately minimal head

Smell is of toasted malt but very faint

Taste is chocolate and toasted nuts up front followed by a bitter smokey flavour

Mouthfeel is medium body leaving a bit of coatiung which deducts from its drinkability

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Photo of mdwalsh
3.45/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Well, my bottle was a gusher, which turned me off a little right away. It had been cooled, never was warm at all, and wasn't shaken at all. Still, once I poured it, the head was gone right away. In general, there was nothing impressive about this beer at all, but nothing offensive either. I couldn't even really find much to write about it. Just not impressive and a little too bland.

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Photo of ronniebruner
3.45/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Im usually a big fan of Meantime's different brews. This one however is definitely not their best effort. Honestly this is an extremely average porter, however it is not bad. When poured I noticed the light amber brown color, the minimal froth and lace. The aroma was typical of a porter and was not impressive, nor was the taste. A typical run of the mill porter.

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Photo of careforapint
3.45/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a good example of a good English Porter, however I felt that the packaging made it seem like it should have been more than it was. It got better as it warmed up closer to room temp. (served around 55-60 deg. initially) but didn't get any other reaction than, "oh...that's a good porter."

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Photo of Hoppsbabo
3.46/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Black body with a healthy bright beige head.
S: Not a lot going on here. A bit of coffee and black chocolate. Has a bit of that stouty chlorinated flavour.
T: Initially a bit tasteless, but opens up when it warms. Still getting that annoying cholirated flavour. Otherwise, completely dry and a bit sour. Smokey with some nice muddiness. Just a hint of dried fruits.
O: Chlorine!!!!!!! Not a world-class beer but then not a world-class brewery.

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Photo of beerdrifter
3.48/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Beautiful dark mahogany pour with a three finger foamy beige head with great retention and nice lacing. Big roasty nose with hints of cocoa, toffee, milk chocolate, leather, caramel, black cherry, and some fairly strong metallic notes. The taste follows suit with lots of roast and chocolate along with hints of tobacco, toffee, subtle smoke, cocoa, and black cherries. Unfortunately, the metallic aftertaste totally takes away from all the pleasant aspects of this beer. The mouthfeel is disappointingly thin and lacking any body. The finish is bitter and metallic. Overall, this beer started off promising, but the metallic aftertaste dominated the experience. I'll stick to the Meantime Chocolate Porter...

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.48/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this bottle up in Chicago. Served in a Mikasa chalice.

Bigtime gusher even coming out of the fridge. After it settled, I poured some into the chalice. Near black body with a thick off white head and quite a bit of lacing. The nose is a bit plain with some roasted malt, coffee, and chocolate. A bit tame overall.

The flavor is really quite bland. Really mild with a touch of diacetyl. Really faint chocolate is there as well. Other than that, some roasted malt and that's about it. Body is quite light and carbonation is a bit low. Drinkability is okay, but overall there isn't anythin really impressive about this brew.

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Photo of cswhitehorse
3.48/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The London Meantime Porter poured a 2-3 finger foam head black with sudsy lacing.

The aroma that mostly came through was roasted malts and slight chocolate. The taste was sweet with known flavor suspects like chocolate and nuttiness. It was highly carbonated like a soda pop and thin in the mouth. To me it was not overly complex and a good middle of the road porter.

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