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London Porter | Meantime Brewing Company Limited

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London PorterLondon Porter
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Meantime Brewing Company Limited
England, United Kingdom
meantimebrewing.com

Style: English Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by GCBrewingCo on 08-28-2005

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Photo of TheGarvenator
4.45/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - poured like a stout, very dark with a frothy head

S - smells like chocolate and caramel

T - tastes very much like coffee because of the caramel and chocolate fusion with malts and hints of fruit

M - medium bodied with a little prick but very drinkable and not overwhelming..

Very delicious...almost like sitting in a cafe sipping on a cup of coffee considering the taste...the smell alone lets the drinker know its going to be tasty and its well balanced where its not bitter nor tasteless but medium bodied with a load of tastes. Very recommended

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Photo of SHODriver
4.23/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours brown from the bottle but after collecting in the glass shows a deep black hue with ruby red toward the edges of the glass. Has a light tan head that accumulates well and slowly recedes to a small mat of foam.
S: Very nice roasty nose with some coffee smells as well. It smells like a damn good beer
T: Follows the nose well with some delightful roast notes with some hints of coffee and a bit of chocolate. A very nice roasty and chocolatey aftertaste the is a bit drying on the finish.
M: A bit light with decent carbonation. Very smooth and silky. It has the flavor of a stout but lacks the heaviness.
Overall: Damn good beer with plenty of flavor that is very well done. I've had this one aging for over a year and it's kept very well. Definitely worthy of its rating.

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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 scubapoet
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From an 11.2 oz bottle in a pint glass. bottle foamed tan poured a tan foam that did not last.

Smell: chocolate lots of chocolate. The smell of the chocolate overwhelmed the smell of other ingredients. If you like chocolate though this beer is for you.

Taste: still the taste of chocolate but of faint fruit, berry I am guessing. the taste was smooth but not creamy. Chocolate or cocoa taste lingered a while after swallowing.

Drinkability: it is very drinkable and I enjoyed it. I was just surprised by the level of chocolate.

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Photo of Mancer
4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The bottle poured out a clear dark reddish brown body with a two finger high light brown head. The foam was plentiful and ever so slowly dissipated to a thick foamy lace. The bubbles were well alive as the lace coated the glass. The initial aromas were of chocolate, caramel, coffee bean, roast, slight fruitiness, and hints of yeast. The initial flavors were of chocolate, coffee, light fruits and caramel. There was a sweetness to the beer that was pleasant and mended nicely with the roasty finish. As the beer warmed light tobacco became present and mended well with the other flavors. The beer had a light to medium body with light carbonation.

Overall the flavors and the aromas were complex and well balanced. This was a great pick from the local store and I have to say that I would buy it again. What is different about this porter is that it has a light body for a porter and in no way does this negatively affect the beer. Great offering here from Meantime.

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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 superdedooperboy
4.28/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

750-ml corked-and-caged brown glass bottle poured into a tulip glass. Served at around 45-50 degrees F.

Pours a deep ruby-chestnut or mahogany with a spectacular clarity, showing off a thick head of beige, loose-bubbled foam, evidence of the bottle conditioning; the head fades to a thick collar, leaving behind thick, large patches of lace on the walls of the glass as it drains.

Mild notes of lightly-roasted coffee, chocolate, and tart berry. A bit restrained, though certainly interesting and inviting.

Medium-bodied with a lightly effervescent, somewhat prickly mouthfeel. Up front, slightly sweet notes of chocolate meld with a hint of nuttiness and a touch of roast, carrying over into a middle that is rich with more chocolate, lightly roasted coffee and some vinous notes, finishing with a hint of chocolate and berry and very, very dry and clean, with a faint lingering hint of coffee.

Extremely drinkable and, if Martyn Cornell's studies on Porter are correct, mostly true to that being brewed during the middle of the 18th century in London. Rather complex yet marvelously easy-going, the 6.5% ABV doesn't really show itself unless drinking it in quantity over a brief period. The price point (this particular bottle came in at $7.99) is a bit high, but the experience is worth it.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.99/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a BrewDog cervoise glass. Best before 12 September 2013.

A: Big head forms from an average pour, almost three fingers. It's light and frothy, meringue-like, and fades to a more manageable size before too long. The beer itself is a warm mahogany, only translucent in front of direct light. Looking forward to this one. (Good lacing as well.)

S: The weakest point of the beer. Muddled malts are rather roasted and somewhat sweet. Some coffee, perhaps. Not the best.

T: This more than makes up for the subpar flavour. Light but creamy, with enough carbonation to keep the velvet smoothness from being flat. The flavour is full of smoked chocolate, soft roasted malts, and nutty notes. The aftertaste is simply lovely, leaving behind a wonderful roasted, smoky character with soft chocolate malts as accents. A subtle flavour that grows on me more and more.

M: At times creamy-smooth, at others a bit thin. Drying and delicious over all.

D: Quite drinkable, warming, filling, and satisfying. This porter is recommended. The bottle is lovely as well -- a thick, heavy champagne bottle with the meantime clock emblem on the neck ("Brewed for flavour, brewed with style") and a well-designed label. I'm impressed.

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Photo of veinless
3.61/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Foamed all over the place when I opened it, and poured a dark maroon/black with tan head taking over the glass. Lacing was average.

Smell was really nondescript - some coffee, some dark fruit, but really I didn't get a whole lot out of this one.

Taste was good though, with dark fruit, coffee, chocolate, and some booze. Wasn't the best blend of flavors, but it was interesting nonetheless.

Body was kind of thin, but the carbonation made it kind of creamy which made up for it a little bit. Pretty easy to drink, although not as cleanly or strongly flavorful as I would have liked. Still, a solid beer, and I wouldn't mind having this again.

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Photo of bucklemyshoe
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle at 45 degrees into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint.

A: The pour is interesting because it is black without much light, but in light, it is completely transluscent through its red hues and features a finger and a half of light tan head that dissipates and recedes to the edges, lacing fairly well.

S: Strong chocolatey aromas, light roastiness, tobacco, slightly sour dark fruits, and some biscuit.

T: Chocolate and tobacco are the main flavors; caramel, sweet dark fruits, and a nutty taste take over late.

M: This has a medium body thickness with some oiliness and considerable creaminess.

D: This is definitely uinque compared to the English porters I've had thus far. This is a wonderful brew made great by its subtleties and nuances and features one of the best chocolate flavors I've yet experienced.

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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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Photo of corby112
3.63/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From notes:

Pours a dark chesnut brown color with slight clear mahogany edges when held to a light source and a 1.5 finger frothy tan head that quickly settles into a thin lasting ring. Minimal spots of lacing lef behind.

Roasted malt aroma with hints of chocolate, caramel, toast and hazelnut.

Chewy medium body with soft carbonation up front along with a nice roasty malt flavor. There's a slight lactic cream presence that compliments the chocolate malts as well as hints of caramel, hazelnut, oatmeal and toffee. Slightly smokey with a dry finish.

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Photo of albern
4.32/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a really good porter, well worth seeking out. It is a thick beer, and you can see the viscosity right from the pour. It doesn't have a big head, some lacing, which was a bit of a surprise. The beer is a dark mahogany that does let a bit of light pass through. The nose is really oaky, some cherry chocolate notes, lots of malts, no booziness. The nose is good but just a little too subtle.

The taste is spot on. It's a creamy, fairly full bodied affair, with lots of heavy fruits, chocolate cherry, and oakiness, some roasted notes, some sweeter malts in there too. The taste is very complex. There are the darker malts balanced nicely against the cherry chocolate, the oakiness, the dark berry flavors. This is really good. There is a touch of Old English butterscotch in there too. Really complex stuff, with each sip a slightly different experience, just the way it ought to be. This is well worth seeking out. L'Chaim.

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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 drabmuh
3.83/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer is brown with a mild haze and a huge tan head of small and large bubbles (seriously large) that leaves some lacing on the glass.

Aroma is lightly sweet with caramel with a mild roast like coffee.

Beer is sweet and light in body. Finishes with a subtle bitterness, a relatively clean finish. I really can get over how light this beer is. It is highly drinkable, a nice evening beer.

At the time of this review, this beer was #10 on the Top English Porter list.

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Photo of Hopfenpeter
3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After opening the bottle, the beer was poured into my crystal beer mug. In the light the color is a deep red, with little off whit head building. It won't stick around to long and leaves little lacing.
The smell hints coffee and lots of malt, a lot of sweetness.
The taste confirms the roasted maltiness and a nice balance with a unexpected smokiness. I am surprised how light bodied the beer is. I did not expect this from a porter. A little overpowering sweetness, but a nice and very drinkable beer.

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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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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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Photo of shambeano
4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml Bottle, poured into a tulip.
A- Pours with only a tiny amount of head, which quickly subsides to nothing. color is cola-like very light black, some red hue almost. looks okay. but not great.

S-slightly sweet malt, tiny bit of smokeyness.

T- the slightest bit of smokey malt, followed quickly by some roastiness. finish is long, and again a little smokey. on warming up a little more roastiness comes through at the finish, with some malt sweetness and that slight smokiness, a subtle, but enjoyable, mix of malt flavours.

M- very smooth, coats the mouth well, finish is back on the tongue, and with a pretty long finish. very good.

D- all 750ml goes almost too easily. very drinkable.

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Photo of Brent
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very big beer for the style - blind tasting I probably would have put this in an American porter style, or perhaps even a stout. Loads of roasted caramel malt, with a bit of sweetness and a smokey (but not peat) aspect vying against one another for attention. Perhaps a tad thin at the end, but a very enjoyable beer.

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Photo of scoobybrew
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - deep dark ruby color with a thick tan head that is well retained

S - rich roasted malt aroma characterized mainly by a chocolate-like scent, some yeasty esters, nop hop noticed

T - like aroma, rich roasted malt with chocolate and some tobacco-like taste (black patent malt?), yeast esters are present, slight balancing hop on finish which is low in bitterness, but finishes dry

M - medium-light body, high carbonation

D - This is a very enjoyable porter. It's definitely from across the pond and delivers a great roasted malt character with very restrained hops and the fruity esters present. The carbonation seems a bit high to style, but it is bottle conditioned and may have sat for a while. This is somewhat remarkable because I don't really get much in the way of oxidation.

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

330mL Singleton, poured into a Balloon glass

Couldn't resist a porter that was packaged in a bottle resembling a kikomon soy sauce bottle ... and glad I didn't.

A: Dark and thick, little head. When I opened the bottle, mistiness rolled up over the top of the bottle and down onto the counter. It looked like Tennessee ... "This is a good sign" he thought to himself.

S: Smokey, Rich, Caramel. Seriously smokey.

T: Awesome, it tastes like a bloody, meaty, smoked steak. This thing is aptly named, and smells like it aged in a smokehouse next to half-a-pig and a rack of ribs.

F: Rich, chocolatey. Smooth and thick. Really delightful, this one.

D: Great all around Porter. Really, quite good indeed.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.54/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750 mL bottle with some sort of stamp L 8322421 on the neck, undecipherable to me. Pours a dark brown color with a fluffy brown head. Retention is rather poor until it settles to a quarter-inch coating that stays awhile. No lacing.

Nose is chalky and fruity with a nice semi-sweet chocolate aspect and hint of roast. Right on for the style.

Nutty and roasty with just the right amount of sweetness. Fruitiness ranges from dark to medium with even a bit of strawberry tartness. Chalky minerals round things out and showcase what an English Porter is all about. Full bodied and displays an elusive creaminess that is very much appreciated. One of the more expensive English Porters out there (I paid $12 for a 750), but certainly worth the splurge every now and again. Delicious beer and a prime example of the style done right.

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Photo of aepb1
4.06/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A- Dark brown, with a huge tan head that stays around forever!

S- Coffee, malty caramel

T- More coffee, chocolate, caramel and a little alcohol in there too

M- Medium bodied, a little watery really, decent carbonation

D- A great example of a porter, just the wateriness that draws back from it

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Photo of GBalbin
3.57/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Color: brownish red. Good lacing. It has aroma and flavor of chocolate (heavy), coffee (heavy) and caramel. Light beer and tasty. Nice drinkability. Medium bodied and with alcohol in the right measure. Could be a more potent beer, but it is very good!

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London Porter from Meantime Brewing Company Limited
Beer rating: 4 out of 5 with 459 ratings
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