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 morimech
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark reddish brown with a large tan head that hung around for awhile until it settled to a thick head. Moderate amount of sticky lacing is left on the glass. I was a bit taken aback when I first smelled and tasted this porter. The aroma has a soft fruitiness but the taste is dominated by smoke. A little fruit and chocolate break up the smoke before the finish. Some alcohol warmth is noted. The body is medium with a nice soft, creamy texture. The ABV is on the higher side of English Porters so it is not as drinkable and sessionable. Good all around porter with a nice smokey character.

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Photo of galante27
3.78/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark brown color, almost black with red tint in the light has a good head that remains

S: Smokey scent

T: Smooth first taste with smokey hints and a bit of chocolate. That aftertaste is verygood and not too bitter

M: creamy taste that isn't overwelming like a stout

D: Exceelent beer for a glass or two, not an everyday type of beer but excellent if you want to try someting good and very tasty.

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Photo of froghop
3.83/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pour is a brownish with a ruby tint, large beige head, and some lacing.

smell of roasted malt, cocoa, coffee, some dark fruit, toffee, nuts, and brown sugar.

taste is sweet chocolate, sour malt, prunes, figs, some smoke, weak coffee, and creamy caramel.

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Photo of rbouton
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a goblet. Thick bubbly tan head which quickly dissipated. Smells of coffee and roasted malt. Tastes like coffee/bittersweet chocolate/brown sugar. Slightly alcoholic aftertaste.
Surprisingly light tasting for the rich color.
Very enjoyable and drinkable. No ploblem finishing the bottle in one sitting.

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

Pours a four finger light tan head that fades slowly to a thin layer leaving a good lace. Deep mahogany color. Roasted coffee nose. Good carbonation and medium-heavy bodied. Flavor is sweet roasted coffee, smooth. Nice porter very similar to their coffee porter. $10.00 for a 750ml bottle from Tully's Beer & Wine Wells, Me.

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Photo of cvfish
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - poured a dark brown color that produced a tan head and retained ok and left a moderate lacing

S - slight roasted malts, some nutiness, perhaps soynuts

T - roasted coffee beans, toasted malts, slight dark chocolate, some bitterness

M - light bodied, moderate carbonation

D - Good porter, though not as full bodied as i like porters

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

Poured from a 750ml bottle into pint glass.

A - Dark brown, nearly opaque with 2 fingers of light tan head. Moderate retention, some lacing.

S - Toasted malt with touches of wood and smoke. Indistinct fruity sweetness pulls through also with vague undertones of chocolate.

T - Toasted malt again dominates with an underlying brown sugar/caramel sweetness. Some butteriness as well with hints of fruit. Slight sourness late palate before leading into a quick note of smoke/wood with a slightly oxidized character.

M - Light side of medium bodied with moderate to soft carbonation. A smidge more body would've done this brew well.

D - Not a beer I had any problems drinking. A great, mild English porter that I will definitely have again.

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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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Photo of beveritt
3.86/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: Poured from a champagne style wine bottle into a sampling glass. I grabbed this bottle while traveling in CA, having heard about this beer through BA.

Appearance: Pours with a massive, pillowy tan head. This settles slowly and only partially. Beer itself is perfectly clear and a deep ruby/mahogany.

Smell: Roasted barley bitterness.

Taste: Sharp carbonation bite upfront leads into sweet, creamy middle with hints of lactose and marshmallows.

Mouthfeel: Above average carbonation, actually quite high. Body is good.

Drinkability: A nice looking beer with good flavor. Carbonation level is pretty high. If I had this alone, I think I would have liked it a little more, but having it in a flight of porters, I see how many better porters are out there, many of them less expensive and more easily available. All in all though, I am glad I picked this up.

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Photo of magictrokini
3.56/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep auburn pour with a short off-white head. Rich aroma of caramel and malt. Sweeter than I expected, but that seems to be Meantime's calling card. Bittersweet flavors of malt, brown sugar, cocoa, mixed with an astringent bite. Slow-drinking and very enjoyable.

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Photo of mightyjoemoon
4.58/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

meantime's london porter, a smooth, full flavored, moderately strong ale with a robust creamy head. this ale epitomizes the porter for me; in comparison to a stout it has more hop characterstic, slightly more carbonation, and is slightly less dark. theres still ample roasty malt notes here which lean more toward chocolate sweetness and away from coffee bitterness. what makes this ale really stand out is how creamy it is without the cloying sweetness which typifies a milk stout or some brown ales. being a british micro its not an extreme ale but it has a respectable 6.5% abv. this is a porter that i could drink any time and all the time. well balanced between hops and malts, complex in flavor, and rich, smooth, creamy and full bodied.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.97/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark opaque red color with a thin off white/tan head.

S: Alcohol, raisins, licorice, and some smokiness on nose.

T: Warm chocolate and coffee perfectly balanced together so ones not overpowering the other. Great earthy hop bitterness contributes to the character of this beer with just a touch of woody smokiness on the finish. Upon warming the fresh roasted coffee flavor stands out more, with some warming alcohol sneaking in. Nice dry earthy hop bittering finish compliments the dark malt to round out this beer.

M: Full bodied.

D: a good porter with some wide complexity and dark earthy notes makes this true to style and true to drink.

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Photo of plaid75
3.77/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Atlantic Chip Shop.

Poured a deep brown hue with dark amber edges. There was a one finger creamy off white head. With decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured a sweet milky malt with a touch of cocoa.

The taste consisted of some burnt grain, caramel and cafe au lait. A touch vinous.

The mouthfeel was creamy and a bit fuller than average for the style.

Overall a tasty porter.

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Photo of SRFeldman79
3.51/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured this from one of the 750ml bottles; a nice 1/2 inch tan head bubbled up, which settled relatively quickly into a 1/4 ring of foam. Ruby hints stood out on the edge of the opaque blackness typical of any porter when light passed through the ale.

A light aroma of chocolate and coffee rose from the beer; lighter than I expected. Evoked brown ales I've had that I considered way past "brown" ale territory as far as chocolate and roastedness, and not quite the intense aroma I'm used to from porters. Might be typical of the English porter though (I admit to finding some "English" porters very American-like and vice versa).

Light chocolate notes and a perfect amount of roast and coffee flavor were the first flavors to hit the tongue; also noticeable though, were the high carbonation level (not at all expected). Bubbly. is the first word that came to my mind. The flavors definitely didn't disappoint. Beyond the seemingly overbubbliness, the aftertaste was nice, slightly sweet touch of molasses-like flavor. The alcohol flavor was noticeable as well, but mostly it just presented as a slight warmth and wasn't a detriment to the taste of the beer.

Pretty drinkable, though I prefer more flavor to balance the alcohol against, and more body if the alchol is going to be turned up to 6.5.

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

300th review!!

A- Pours a light tan head, 2 fingers in height. The body is dark brown with ruby highlights. Thin sediment is present . As this thick head recedes, it leaves some lacing.

S- Big smooth and deep chocolate armoas great my nose. It's good. It makes me smile. There is also an underlying vanilla, cream and even cherry notes.

T- Starts out with a nice chocolate, and slight fruits and anise, and an underlying dry chocolate with hints of coffee. The finish is mainly roasty chocolates, cream, and suggestions of coffee.

M- Light to medium carbonation works well.

D- I had no problem putting away this 750. It was a very nice balanced porter, not disappointing in any aspect. Overall, this is a damn fine beer.

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Photo of PhillyStyle
4.68/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 750ml corked bottle. The beer poured a dark, deep cola-black color that was not quite opaque with some hints of red when held up to light. It produced a nice a dark tan 2 finger head that was compact. The head seemed to linger for the right amount of time. It also produced a nice deep roasted malt aroma that had a hint of smokiness to it. Also hints of molasses, some alcohol as it warmed and I think I also got a little coffee or chocolate. Could have been a little more pronounced. The taste was exceptional. Huge deep roasted malt, with very subtle hints of the alcohol, a very lite touch of sweetness and as I neared the end I got some coffee or chocolate. I could not really distinguish (maybe if I had bought more than one be updated). The beer had a medium body, I thought that it would have felt thicker, but it was very smooth, very creamy and solid like a good porter should be. The beer was very drinkable and I could have drank more if I had bought more than one bottle. If you are a fan of beer, you need to try this one. This will become a staple in my house.

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Photo of itcomesnpints
3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Dark brown with flashes of ruby. Large head that takes the early train out. It carries an aroma of toasted nuts and roasted malt, along with a whiff of alcohol. Coffee, molasses, booze in the taste. Taste is a little sour. The mouthfeel is what really takes away from this historic brew recipe when grading it by modern standards. It's thin body decreases the overall flavor and cannot sufficiently conceal the abv. It tastes like a high abv brown ale. Overall, this is a unique porter to drink, certainly enjoyable and fun to picture all the crazy 18th century sailors and pirates guzzling this stuff.

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Photo of Patrick999
3.97/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a wine glass from the 750ml bottle.

A - Pretty black, head present but not terribly large.

S - Aroma is of a good medium roast coffee. Sweet chocolate notes as well.

T - Very nice. Chocolate, coffee, anise, earthy hop.

F - Creamy, but also well-carbonated.

D - Not my most wordy review; Canes football is on. All you need to know is that Meantime has done it again. Like its IPA, an excellent recreation of a classic style.

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Photo of roadhouse
4.42/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a pint glass.

Appears a dark brown with a reddish hue that is more apparent in front of the light. Two finger tall tan creamy head that sinks down to a skim after a few minutes. Minimal lacing.

Aromas of raisins, figs, chocolate, toffee, and a very faint smokiness. Almost smells like a slightly toned down Baltic Porter.

Taste starts out with some dark fruit flavors, then I'm getting some strong chocolate along with that slight smokiness from the aroma. Finishes with more of the dark fruit, some spicy hops, and a light coffee-like roasty bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium-light. Perhaps a tad thinner than I would prefer. Probably the weakest aspect of this beer.

This stuff is great. It was a bit pricey at $10 a 750ml but it was worth it. I wish it was sold in six packs because I could drink this stuff all night.

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Photo of DrJay
4.07/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear, dark brown, not quite opaque, with a reddish tint. It poured with a two finger cap of light tan foam, quite chunky. The aroma was roasty and burnt, with some toffee and molasses, lactose and chocolate, plus a hint of smoke. Bitterness was restrained, but became a little more forceful in the finish. It started off biscuity and malty, becoming fruity and roasted in the middle. Finished with some chocolate. Pretty good. Decent texture, medium bodied, but carbonation was a little coarse, some dryness from the dark malts. Quite drinkable. Overall, a solid English porter.

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

A 750ml bottle that I thought was a real bargain at $5.00. Poured into a pint glass the beer was black in color with red highlights. A thick tan head. The aroma was mostly roasted malt. Quite tasteful, with coffee and a little chocolate. A bit on the bubbly side. Very nice beer.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.91/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Corked and caged 750ml bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- I have always been a big fan of the Meantime bottles and labels, they look very classy. Pours a dark brown color that is almost black, with a large light tan head.

S- The aroma is sweet malt and chocolate, with hints of roastiness as well.

T- The taste like the aroma shows off sweet roasted malt as the main flavor along with just a touch of bitterness in the finish.

M- The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, very nice.

D- This one is a very drinkable English Porter, would love to see it in smaller bottles though.

Overall, Meantime London Porter is a really good English Porter that is worth another purchase. Recommended.

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Photo of champ103
4.38/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark reddish/brown color. A large beige head forms and tons of sticky spiderweb lace is left behind. A very nice looking porter.
S: A musky and malty aroma. Not much depth. Some buttery and nutty notes. Coffee and chocolate. Pretty much what a porter should be.
T: This is amazing. Rich roasted and toasted malt. Nuts, toffee, chocolate, and coffee with a touch of hop bitterness as the taste lingers. A huge flavor that just explodes on the tongue.
M/D: Incredibly rich and creamy. Very smooth and soft on the tongue. This beer is so inviting and easy to drink. I want to keep coming back for more sips. I can drink this all day.

Holly crap this is a great porter. I don't think I can ever give out a perfect score, but this came close. If you don't pick this stuff up, you are a fool. It went great with the grilled pork chops I had for lunch as well.

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Photo of edskirk3
3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A birthday gift, in a 750 mL corked bottle. Stamped on the neck: 15 09 09.

From reading the label , this is supposedly a recreation of the English Porter of the 1750s, of which one George Washington was an advocate. Interesting.

I allowed the beer to warm up a bit before opening it. Pours not quite opaque brown/black with a loose, fluffy mocha froth. Instantly I see a difference from modern porters which tend to be darker than this. No hops in the nose whatsoever, simply roasted malt with a kiss of smoke.

Right off the bat it's dry and husky before giving way to smoke, bitter chocolate, I believe cherry or plum, caramel and some dark bread. What strikes me the most is how light in body this is for (what I've become to recognize as) a porter.

It must have been tough for Washington to boycott his beloved porter if it indeed tasted like this.

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Photo of wagenvolks
3.68/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1 pt. 9.4 oz. bottle into a Meantime snifter.

A gentle pour builds a tall, rocky tan head that sparkles as it slowly recedes and stays at a finger's width cap of foam; intense carbonation makes the head uniform in bubble size within a few minutes. The body is a deep plum color that takes on a mahogany hue when held up to the light. The aroma is pleasingly on-par for the style, as toffee & chocolate malts are backed by notes of fig, prune, cinnamon, and a dash of earthy hops. Some roasted nuttiness in there as well.

The flavor is what I would expect for a recreation of an English Porter: husky, organic malt notes blend with some dark fruit, biscuit, and sourness. Bitter baker's chocolate lingers on the finish. Mouthfeel is unnecessarily over-carbonated for my palate. Other than that, the medium-thin body is quite smooth and refreshing. All in all, this was a decent porter, fairly drinkable, but not worth the asking price.

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