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 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 Lemon
4.06/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Starts off with a thick 2 finger head and ended up with a bit less than a finger. Color is a dark amber-red when held up to light with a light tan head.

S- A little smokiness with some spice and sweetness.

T- Definitely picking up the smokiness from the scent. Makes for a nice aftertaste. Enjoyable sweetness with fruit undertones. I'm also getting a little chocolate in the background. Flavors blend together nicely, though a little weaker than expected.

M- A bit more carbonation than other porters I've had. Makes for an interesting texture and light feel.

D- Definitely enjoyable. Comes together as a light, smooth beer with enough flavor. It does feel a bit weak on flavor after the first few sips, but still a good drink.

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

750ml bottle poured into pint glasses.

A = Deep red oak with very good clarity when held up to the light, large billowy light tan head forms and slowly settles back to foamy cover on surface with medium lacing left behind in its wake.

S = Creamy chocolate notes compete with very light smokey tree bark hints.

T = Chocolate, the same light smokiness I detected in the smell is also there in the taste. A constant level of medium bitterness keeps this from being too sweet and helps a medium sweet flavor continue long into the finish without becoming too much of a good thing. A really fine example of a London Porter.

M = Medium body, good mouthcoating, while the carbonation stings a little at first, it does not take long for it to show simple soft carbonation and a creamy feel.

D = This is a very flavorful beer for how drinkable it is. It just flows down and I want to keep drinking. Doesn't get cloying too fast as sometimes happens to me with porters.

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

This porter is almost entirely black with a pinch of red and a thin beige head.

The aroma is quite spicy with tones of smokiness. There are also tones of citrus and dark bread.

The brew tastes of dark bread and is quite smoky, along with a light aftertaste of dried fruit. The bitterness sets itself on the tongue, while you can feel the smokiness on the palate.

This beer is very drinkable and uncomplex for a porter. Unfortunately, this means it does not have the depth of other london porters, such as that of Fuller's.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.73/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Meantime sure uses some of the coolest shaped little bottles around. 330 ml, on to the beer:

It sure doesn't look like the porters I drink here in California. More of an cherry amber color on its way to brown. The head is rocky and thick on top, shows very good retention. little lacing. smells sweet. There is some butterscotch, toffee, vanilla, and a kick of cough syrup flavored alcohol. Not a bad smell, but could be melded a bit better.

Old World porter all the way. Light doses of ground coffee brush across as a cherry/diacetyl combo coat the palate. This is about what I could expect in the style. Watered down toffee and caramel hit. Soft in the mouth, limited carbonation, a smidge "thin". Not hard to drink, though not a beer I'd have many one at a given time.

I've now had the London Porter and the Coffee Porter. Both leave good footprints in my memory, though the Coffee Porter's is a larger imprint (not that this is bad). But if you're looking for a taste of the past, this is for you.

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

Appearance: Dark chestnut brown in colour, with reddish tints. Thick creamy head, tan in colour. Carbonation is quite lively for a porter, with fine bubbles.

Aroma: Dense roasted malts, milk chocolate, and caramel. There are dark fruits, definite grape, which gives it a wine-like aroma.

Taste: A rich maltiness up front providing a subtle sweetness of caramel, and milk chocolate, followed by bitter roasted coffee flavours. There are noticeable fruity undertones, of grapes, and possibly a hint of cherry. The finish is bitter with a slight hoppiness but short lived.

Mouthfeel: Quite light considering it's a porter, creamy, and slightly fizzy. The lightness gives it a water feel at times, which seems to mute the flavours to a degree.

Drinkability: An incredibly aromatic porter, with a bittersweet taste. It is clear to see why Meantime are become such a respected brewery. Very drinkable given the alcohol content, and even though it is sold in a large 750ml bottle it sometimes doesn't feel big enough.

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Photo of spointon
3.96/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured this one from an 11.2oz unique brown bottle into a shaker pint glass.

A= Opened the bottle at fridge temp and had an immediate foam-over of about an ounce! This ale poured a clear cola-brown color with a big fluffy 2.5" tan head. The head was creamy and slowly settled to a solid and sticky cap. lots of sticky foam and sheet lace clung to my glass.

S= I had to really agitate this beer to bring the aromas out, but when I did I found sweet malt, chocolate, toffee, raisins, and plums.

T= Very similar to the smell. Lots of rich malts up front lending flavors like treacle, toffee, bread pudding, and chocolate. The middle showed a slight astringency (I assume from the roasted malt) and a light earthy hop note. Finished drier than the start with a bit of smoke lingering in the aftertaste.

MF= Lighter side of medium bodied with a fairly crisp carbonation level.

D= A pretty good English porter and easy to drink for sure, but not my favorire example of the style. The mouthfeel is a bit off and the aroma was lacking (but I also don't doubt my bottle had some age on it).

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.32/5  rDev -17%
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 Absumaster
4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very dark brown beer with a small head, that forms a small off-white layer on the side of the glass.

Smell is coffee, strong sweet chocolate and above all black malt, like the grains smell. Some vanilla to smooth the roast.

Taste is mildly roasted with a heavy chocolate taste, which makes a sweet impression. I get hints of cacoa, vanilla, en cappucino. The beer's body is just right for this kind of beer. Some sweetnes, but not too sticky. Bitterness is low and the beer is nicely balanced.

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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 StJamesGate
3.92/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours ruby brown with a thin loose white head that leaves no lace. Nose is cocoa and cola, plus a bit musty. Taste is toasty malts with some bark and red apple, tobacco to finish. Raisin bread aftertaste. Hops come forward as it warms. Light body. ABV is hidden.

Complex, but with the body and color, somehow insubstantial. Not nearly as tasty or as sessionable as Fuller's (the obvious comparison) but maybe at 6.5%, it's not meant to be. Just doesn't drink hearty enough, even for the style.

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Photo of dancinwillie
3.73/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had a real good review going, then my electricity went out, and I lost it. So the cliff notes version follow:

Pours a rich golden amber, but once in my glass, a deep chestnut color. Head is tan, with brown highlights, about a half inch, and recedes quickly leaving minimal lacing.

The nose is dominated by a rich nutty malt aroma, somewhat one dimensional, yet stunning in it's simplicity. Nothing else to get in the way.

Flavor is much like the bouquet, at first. Nutty rich malts, some light buttery notes. A toasted malt flavor that leans into the realm of burnt, but never fully arrives there. I think I'm getting a light pepper flavor, maybe the hops? I don't know, and if it's not the hops, then I don't detect any. I pour a little more from the big bottle into my depleted glass. This time around a sizable 2 inch head forms, big and rocky. Some bitter chocolate is present.

Mouthfeel is medium, with a medium level of carbonation. Good, but almost feels a bit thin after awhile.

I like this beer, although I'm wondering if American styles are ruining my palate. What I mean is that I've come to expect big and bold, rich and chocolatey, even hoppy porters. This ain't that. But what it is, is a drinkable, even mildly sessionable version of a English Porter. Trying to review this beer is a little like trying to write a 5 paragraph history of Porter itself. Not very easy. I like it, maybe you will too. Up for the challenge? Cheers!

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Photo of augustgarage
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750mL bottle into my Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Liquid is a deep seal brown, nearly but not quite opaque, with sepia highlights. No haze. An enormous robust ecru head of foam develops methodically and eventually settles down to a 1/4" raft with delicate yet fairly dense lacing.

Aroma is surprisingly neutral, very lightly toasted malt, but really very little happening in this modality.

...which does not at all prepare you for the cavalcade of flavors to follow. Rich roasted malts seem uniform on the palate, but into the finish begin to differentiate themselves. Meantime claims to use at least 7 malts in this beer, and I swear you can almost differentiate that many. Furthermore these flavors are complimentary and work in concert much like a superior coffee blend or a chocolate truffle with many layers, each with a slightly different ratio of cocoa to sugar.

A light sweetness and bitterness add to the complexity and enjoyability of the experience. Hops seem nearly absent, though I expect they are playing an important supporting role despite their near invisibility.

Finish is very long as the different roast levels (ranging from very dark though not quite burnt to slightly toasted) of malt spread out across an ever-widening plain. A dry flavor (like the crust of brown bread) finally concludes things.

Mouthfeel is on the higher end of what I would still call medium bodied with fairly low carbonation (despite the fantastic head retention). Slightly warming over time with no real astringency despite the roasted grains.

A good brew for contemplation, though the flavors are not aggressive despite their persistence. A highly drinkable porter (sweetness and bitterness are both held in check, especially if the bottle is cellared for a while), with ABV just high enough to force you to savor rather than session it.

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Photo of mdwalsh
3.45/5  rDev -13.8%
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 Suds
4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice porter, poured from a corked 750 ml bottle. The beer is a rich black color with a frothy tan head. The aroma is sufficiently malty, with loads of roasted character. There's also a notable caramel quality and a little, distant, herbal hop smell. The taste is very solid. There's lots of roasted, chocolate, coffee, and grain flavors. The beer has a substantial bitterness that runs through the taste. It's a centerpiece to the flavor. Lingering, bitter, and very roasty finish. Full mouthfeel, yet not overpowering. Excellent.

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Photo of washburnkid
4.53/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: 2 pretty solid fingers of dark beige head over a dark cocoa and semi-ruby brew. Head retains wonderfully.
S: Chocolate malts explode on the nose with a coffee backdrop. Toffee aromas pull through as well.
T: Chocolate and coffee malt sweetness provide the crux of the flavor. A slight hop bitterness to round out and balance. A smoky intensity pulls through, and a dark fruit is hiding beneath all the while.
M: Light body but not light on carbonation. This beer is crispy and refreshing, which is something I find quite endearing in a porter!
D: I can drink, and drink, and drink. This is a complex brew with plenty of beautiful subtleties. I look forward to trying the coffee version!

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Photo of arizcards
3.92/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up an 11.2 ounce bottle in late November from Sportsmans for 3.49.

Beer poured a translucent brown with a decent tan head. Nose is roasted malts and coffee. Taste has a lot going on, roasted coffee, sweet caramel, and some light hops balancing the finish. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, fairly smooth, but a bit thinner than expected. Drinkability is good. This is a nice subtle beer that has some complexities going on that make it quite interesting.

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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 jujubeast6000
3.6/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed 9/26/2008 (bottle):

Pours a dark brown colored body, transparent w/Ruby edges. Average tan colored head, somewhat diminishing. Has a malty aroma, with some roastinsss, and coffee. Coffee taste, fizzy palate, dry roastiness & malts. Pretty tasty.

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Photo of RunDWP
4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Porter is one of my favorite beer styles, and man, this is one really good porter. This isn't one of those roasty, hearty, put-hair-on-your chest porters, but more of a smooth, silky, indulge yourself kind of porters. And that worked pretty well for me, thank you very much.

It poured a nearly jet black into my tulip glass with a thick, stubborn light tan head. Lots of lacing and sheeting on the glass. Light aroma of chocolate in the aroma. The taste was a silky smooth roasted malt, with dark chocolate, a little bitter coffee showed up as this warmed, and just a tad of sweetness. Decent amount of malt gives it a slightly viscous mouth feel, and a very relaxing sipping type of beer.

Has become one of my "go to" beers.

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Photo of introvertedone
3.62/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 1/30/09

This London Porter has a deep, dark reddish/burgundy hue with a quickly disappearing head. It had a chocolate, bisquity aroma and a slight burnt chocolate taste. However, it did carry a nice, thick and smooth mouthfeel. This is a very drinkable porter. Very enjoyable and would drink this again.

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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 beeragent
3.97/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass from a bottle.

A - The beer pours a medium brown, forming a creamy massive tan head, that faded down to a 1/2 inch.

S - Strong aroma of roasted malts and chocolate.

T - Strong taste of chocolate bitterness, followed by a good roasted malt backbone. Finishes with a hint of hops.

M - Medium bodied, but a little thin for a porter. Well carbonated, especially noticeable in the finish.

D - It doesnt beat Fuller's London Porter, but this is a really great English style porter. Very unique and full flavor. A bit lighter in color and thinner in mouthfeel than I would have expected, but still a very sessionable porter. Definitely worth the price to try this!

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

Nose is richly malty and darkly fruity (raisin) - like a stout. Very dark and roasted. Smells good.

Pours a deep, dark coffee brown color, mild clarity, mild head. ~35 srm. Looks good.

Dark and malty without being too rich, thick, or intense - the essence of a Porter. Softly fruity. Dark and raisin-like, subtle tartness. Also softly sweet. Mild dry bitterness from roast. Some dark chocolate and bold coffee, goes well with the sweetness. Fairly thin bodied. Tastes very good. Feels good.

A very good embodiment of what I consider a (Robust) Porter. One of the best I've had. Totally worth $10, every once and a while. Good show!

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