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 livingregret
1.42/5  rDev -64.5%
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 -48.5%
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%
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 -31.8%
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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2.75/5  rDev -31.3%

Photo of jampics2
2.86/5  rDev -28.5%
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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2.9/5  rDev -27.5%

Photo of kbutler1
2.9/5  rDev -27.5%
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 -25.5%
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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3/5  rDev -25%

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3/5  rDev -25%

Photo of newsage
3/5  rDev -25%
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 chippo33
3/5  rDev -25%

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3/5  rDev -25%

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3/5  rDev -25%

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3/5  rDev -25%

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3/5  rDev -25%

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3/5  rDev -25%

Photo of BGDrock
3.13/5  rDev -21.8%
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 -21.5%
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 -21.3%
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 -19.3%
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 dandelin
3.25/5  rDev -18.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -18.8%

Photo of DoctorDog
3.26/5  rDev -18.5%
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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