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 Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Superior English style porter. This relatively expensive expensive bomber poured a black with lots of lace, some inteesting mocha head. Above average carbobantion, roasted barley quite well done.
Tasty and smooth consistent flavour, a delight with food or even by itself. Medium mouthfeel.

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Photo of jaydoc
4.14/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear dark brown with a dark khaki head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of roasted malt and burnt coffee bean aromas. Taste is much the same with some slight cocoa bean flavors on the finish. There is a mild roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip along with a slightly acidic tartness. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but much different than other porters I have had in the past.

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Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of metter98
4.01/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is very dark amber (practically black) in color and poured with a finger high dense light beige head that has good retention properties and consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are light aromas of chocolate and coffee in the nose along with notes of roasted malts and hints of smoke.
T: THe flavors in the taste are similar ot the aromas in the smell except that the roasted malts and smoke are more prominent and the chocolate is more subdued.
M: It feels light-bodied and smooth on the palate with a moderate to high amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is very easy to drink because it's lighter in body but still quite flavorful. I would have no problem drinking more than one of these in a sitting.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.21/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml caged and corked bottle. Once again, 'In the Meantime' echoes in my 90's retro-focused brain. Nice sextant imagery on the label, though.

This beer pours a clear, very dark reddish amber hue, with three fingers of shiny, puffy, and frothy pale beige head, which leaves some funky, intricate sea-spray lace around the glass as it slowly abates.

It smells of dry, pithy cocoa powder, tanned leather, my wife's weird-ass Scandinavian salt licorice, ashy tobacco, a further smokiness that evokes charred black fruit - namely plump cherries and apple skins - a fresh coffee-tinted caramel malt, and a sour milk acridity. The taste is bittersweet chocolate up front, roasted bready caramel malt, some sultry lactic creaminess, a softened charred smokiness, gritty roasted coffee beans, and some leafy, grassy noble hops.

The carbonation is really quite unobtrusively innocuous, the body a sturdy medium weight, and silky smooth, with strongly creamy tendencies. It finishes on the sweet side, the chocolate and milkiness trumping the smoke and coffee in their communal lingering.

While not the chocolate overdose of some new world offerings, that is the whole point. This traditional incarnation displays the sour milk, and old castle trappings of smoke, coffee, and leather, doing so with a traipsing elan, one more and more easily found these days, thankfully.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A solid and true Porter that shows a lot of balance and flavor without becomming over bearing.

The beer pours a dark bown (nearly black) color with lightly tanned head that has a lot of staying power. Timid on lacing, but high on retention.

Medium strength aromas are cocoa and roasted grain dominant with a follow up of grassy hops, malted milk, coffee, and timid nutty notes.

Flavors of cocoa, coffee and sweetened malts set the stage and become the dominant force of the beer. Malty goodness of toffee and caramel only provide support for the roasty and toasted notes. Herbal hop flavor begins to decorate the edges but never bring attention to themselves. Bitterness weaves in and out of the acrid dry roast for a balanced yet complex counterpart to the malt sweetness.

Quite full and rounded textures never push into heavy or chewy. Quite malty textured with a light dryness (from dark grains and hops) toward the end but the beer remains malt balanced.

Utimately a very good beer that is light on slight on complexity and velvety texture but is also flawless in it's design and exectution. Probably a slight dip in quality compated to Fuller's London Porter.

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Photo of zeff80
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a dark brown color with hints of burgandy. It had a small, creamy, tan head.

S - It smelled nutty and of roasted malt. It also had a smokey presence.

T - It tasted of sweet roasted malt with a nice nutty character. It had a coffee-like flavor, too.

M - It was soft, smooth and creamy. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is an outstanding porter. One of the best that I've ever had.

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Photo of brentk56
4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a tawny port color with a massive Belgian beige head that retains beautifully and leaves thick clumps of foam sticking to the nonic

Smell: Cocoa powder, tobacco and caramel

Taste: Opens with a chocolate flavor that adds a tobacco and caramel element by mid-palate; after the swallow, the tobacco and chocolate flavors combine to provide a charcoal element to the brew; there is a bit of residual sweetness that also commences at mid-palate and builds through the finish that is somewhat fruity as well

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body but creamy with effusive carbonation that makes me think of a Belgian influence

Drinkability: While there is a lot to this beer, I find it is more interesting to describe than enjoyable to taste; I have now had it twice and each time there is something different that is a demerit - the first time, there was too much charcoal and the second time, too much carbonation

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Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, best by 4/19/2012. Pours crystal clear dark reddish brown color with a 2 finger fairly dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Slight spotty lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of chocolate, caramel, biscuit, nuttiness, roasted malt, toffee, coffee, toast, and light herbal hops. Very nice and pleasant aromas with good strength and balance. Taste of chocolate, roast malt, caramel, nuttiness, toast, biscuit, coffee, toffee, earth, and herbal hops. Moderate herbal and roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, roasted malt, caramel, toast, coffee, nuttiness, biscuit, and earth on the finish for a short bit. Great flavor balance and robustness, with good complexity and no cloying flavors. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy and slightly slick mouthfeel that is very nice. Alcohol is well hidden as expected of 6.5%, with pretty much zero warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent porter! Great robust roasted flavors with nice complexity and balance; and very smooth to drink. Highly enjoyable porter, an easy winner in my books.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: Poured a deep black color porter with a large brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of floral coffee notes with some dry and lightly bitter roasted malt and some subtle dark chocolate notes. Taste is also dominated by some floral coffee notes and some subtle black chocolate notes with some dry roasted malt notes also playing a major role. Light residual sugar can also be detected with no astringency and good balance overall. Body is average with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Solid rendition of the style with good balance overall.

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4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of jlindros
3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had their coffee porter and was impressed. Here is the London Porter.

A: Huge frothin head of 3 fingers in my tulip glass. It fades pretty quickly to 2 fingers and lots of big fluffy bubbles, but then slows down. It's a ruby brown with slight copper hue with very faintest light sneaking through.

N: Lots of sweet brown sugar to start. Then adds some roasted malts and the slightest touch of smoked. Some light dark fruits, and sweet malts. A very slight creamy stout aroma.

T: Starts somewhat sweet, with more brown sugar. Then gets a nice wave of smoked malts, very interesting. Then some spicy hops come through in the center, but not very heavy. Some nice roasted malts and slight creamy stout. Pretty light. The sweetness and spicy hops seem to contrast a bit and could have been blended together better. A slight sweet thick syrupy malt flavor with hints of alcohol, a step up for a British beer.

M: Pretty light comparative to the style, decent carbonation.

F: Finishes pretty sweet still, with lingering brown sugar and smoked malts. Some light bitterness comes through well, but still battles that sweet malty flavor. A lingering earthy bitter flavor adds a nice finish but an almost metallic flavor takes that addition away. The smoked malt addition is very nice.

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Photo of oberon
4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep brown with an amber hue with a creamy 1/2" head that sits nicely atop very good staying power.Very nice aromas of semi sweet chocolate,earth,even a touch or iron.A porter on the drier side,coffee and unsweetened chocolate,and quite woody mainly in the finish.There is a herbal (fuggles?) note that comes thru late even more as I drink more,nice creamy mouthfeel holds up to the dryish flavors making it very drinkable.Is it worth $11.99?Well not so sure about that but a very well done porter one of the better I have had in awhile.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap 1/7/08 at Pitcher's Pub in Cumberland, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a large light brown head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of dark roasted malts, coffee, chocolate and a little hops.

T: The taste is decently malty and smoky with flavors of coffee, dark chocolate up front and then a strong flavor of dark fruit comes in. The after-taste is bitter-sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, slightly filling, good kick, very good representation of style, this good beer to sip for a long while.

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Photo of olradetbalder
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.48/5  rDev -13%
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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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

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 ChainGangGuy
3.77/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a dark, dark reddish-brown body with a fizzy, small off-white head.

Smell: Chalky, chocolatey aroma with plenty of roasted malt, some dark caramel, and a hint of licorice.

Taste: Roasted malt flavor with a more subtle bitter chocolate taste. Licorice and even hints of dried fruits. Only the very lightest of hop bitterness. Grows watery near the faintly sour finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Soft carbonation.

Drinkability: Tasty AND traditional.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Darkest tawny that becomes glazed brick red when backlit with late morning sunshine. The head is the exact color of buttered wheat toast and is a clear indication that this is a quality ale. The cap develops an even more gorgeous texture as it deflates and is definitely no slouch in the lace department.

Maybe I'm used to American porters, but so far this beer strikes me as a brown ale more than a porter. The nose is further evidence. It's wonderfully toasted and brown malty and nutty and fruity and all the things that I like in my English browns. I won't mark it down, though, since I'm sure it's authentic. More importantly, I like it.

Meantime London Brown Ale is delicious, incredibly drinkable beer. Seriously, I had no idea that this is what porters used to taste like. Enough about style, on to substance. The flavor profile consists of brown bread slathered with tangy fruit jam and sprinkled with toasted English walnuts. As it warms, I pick up sweetened tobacco, caramelized sugar and cocoa. It's pretty evenly balanced, favoring sweet and sour over bitter at all points along the flavor arc, except, perhaps, the finish.

Now that I think about it, I seem to remember that the old porters were on the sour side. If so, then this one is right on the money. I'd like more of a roasted barley vibe, but then I'm probably asking for a more modern version when this one was so carefully modeled on a recipe from 1750. Points for authenticity must be awarded.

Although the mouthfeel is on the light side of medium, it compliments the rest of the beer's attributes very well. Since I'm trying to refrain from mentioning ways in which I'd improve what is supposedly a historically accurate beer, I won't say that I'd add more malt to fill out the body and to give the mouthfeel more creaminess.

Meantime London Porter is an excellent example of an old style porter that looks and drinks like a modern day brown ale. I'm not sure that I'll pick up another bottle, but I'm glad that I gave this endlessly fascinating ale a whirl in my pint glass.

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4/5  rDev 0%

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London Porter from Meantime Brewing Company Limited
Beer rating: 4 out of 5 with 460 ratings