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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
457
Reviews:
286
Avg:
4.01
pDev:
10.72%
 
 
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34
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47
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Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.28/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml caged and corked bottle from Wilderness Wines in Rangely. Pours a dark brown body with a couple inches of slowly-dissipating rocky light tan head. Smells roasty, chocolatey, earthy, and slightly fruity. Tastes very roasty, with coffee and chocolate notes, nuttiness, with some caramel molasses, and hints of licorice. Flavors are very well-balanced, complex, and somewhat subtle. Medium bodied with a fair bit of carbonation. This a solid example of the style for sure, very tasty, drinkable, and enjoyable. Having said that, it's unfortunately an occasional treat at the price.

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Photo of zeff80
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
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 BeerManDan
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When poured, it was close to black in color, with a little bit of tan foam and some lace on the side of my glass. The smell of roasted malts along with a hint of chocolate and spice. The taste had a bitter tart finish on the palate of roasted malts, chocolate a just a hint of prunes. Nicely balance, even with the tart bitterness. It did seem to have a more mellow flavor when it got a little warmer.

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Photo of BullCityB
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It's a nice, dark brown with a thinnish tan head, pretty much right on for the style.

The aroma is nice and interesting. There is definitely a little mour sourness than is normal for a porter, along with roasty flavors from the dark malts and some nice middle-roasty smells - toasted bread comes to mind along with the usual chocolate.

The flavor follows the aroma with the addition of a little bit of dried fruit character. Hop flavor is minimal, maybe a smattering of earthy English varieties, but nothing that really grabs your attention. The sourness isn't huge, but it is a little more than usual, and it's a nice addition.

There is a little prickly carbonation, but overall, this is a very smooth ale. A bit too expensive and a bit too alcoholic to be a session beer, though it does drink like one.

Overall, this isn't really a mind blowing experience, but it's a nice change of pace from American-style porters. Quite good, and well worth a try.

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Photo of tpd975
2.73/5  rDev -31.9%
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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Photo of barleywinefiend
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark brown with a huge tan head of large dark tan bubbles. Mild carbonation was apparent, but light enough to let the head subside over the course of a minute or two. Nose was clean with mild dark lightly roasted malts. Nothing overpowering in the nose. Flavor was smooth and dominated by a soft dark roasty malt flavor with a light alcohol taste peeking out from behind in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel was thick without being heavy and left the flavor sitting on the tongue after the swallow.

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Photo of goschool
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this into a 22 ounce wine glass just because.

Appearance: The color is dark ruby with a giant tan head that makes filling the glass a lengthy process.

Smell: The nose is very different from the a-ver-age porter. I detect nutty aromas, a mild smokiness, winy African coffee, baker's chocolate, and a hint of funk da funk.

Taste: The flavor profile has nutty toasted malts and a hint of sourness from the get go, followed by dark chocolate, smoked meat, and a light-bodied African coffee in the mid-palate, and a smoky finish with a kiss of crisp bitterness.

Mouthfeel: It's barely medium-bodied with a decent amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: I hate to say it, but this is one of those beers that is more interesting, than it is delicious. It is good, yet I don't see myself picking up another $10 bottle in the near future.

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Photo of cswhitehorse
3.48/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The London Meantime Porter poured a 2-3 finger foam head black with sudsy lacing.

The aroma that mostly came through was roasted malts and slight chocolate. The taste was sweet with known flavor suspects like chocolate and nuttiness. It was highly carbonated like a soda pop and thin in the mouth. To me it was not overly complex and a good middle of the road porter.

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Photo of Mark
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Light brown color and this beer had a nice tan head, lacing was decent. Smell of chocolate, sweet malt and a bit of coffee. Slight roasted tones with good malt, subtle hops. Kind of light mouthfeel only thing I didn't care for but it made at the same time a real quaffing porter. Like the IPA I thought this beer way overpriced but I liked it more than their IPA.

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Photo of DavidSeanNJ
3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

750 ml. bottle- corked and caged-

First off, I must say that I was somewhat dissapointed by this brew. I had very high expectations prior to my purchase due to the high rating here on BA.

Poured into a tulip....

A- Dark brown color with ruby hues and a nice 2 finger off white head. No lace here at all.

S- Smell was nutty and roasty with a slight sweetness to the nose.

T- Taste was of chocolate and coffee- some brown sugar, vanilla, and malt. Nicely balanced and refreshing for a porter.

M- This is where the beer suffered for me. The body was light and there was not enough carbonation. The beer at times seemed watery and bland.

D- Cool beer, but didnt live up to the hype. Maybe my bottle was bad? I will try this again though.

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Photo of brendan13
3.83/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured from a 750ml corked and caged bottle into a Meantime snifter style glass a very dark brown with an inch of fluffy tan head that slowly falls away.
S - Some roasty chocolate & coffee notes & touch of dark fruit.
T - Quite like the smell but everything seems a bit stronger yet still quite well balanced.
M - Fairly light bodied for a porter with this much taste. Low to medium carbonation.
D - I would drink this fairly often if it were available in smaller bottles. At $19AUS per 750ml bottle it's a bit too much for regular consumption.

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Photo of turbine2475
3.6/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Jet black with slight ruby hints and a dense head that disipates slowly into a light lace.
S - Cocoa chocolate and expresso that had a subtle sweet hint.
T - Milk chocolate and mocha...nice and lighter then the smell indicated, but not bad.
M - Silky smooth that that left a little bit of a dark chocolate after taste.
D - Not bad good ABV makes it easy to drink and the flavor backs that up.

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Photo of dsa7783
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ML black bottle purcahsed caged and corked from Super Saver in Somerville...
Heard a lot of good things about this particular brew, so I was eager to give it a shot...
Pours a deep, dark, jet-black, ebony hue with a minimal frothy head that left hardly any lacing around the glass...
Sweet, cocoa-powder, dark lattee nuances in the aroma, which was subtle, and not too powerful, yet pleasing and enticing...
Equally subtle, slightly watery taste dominated by mocha, cocoa, chocolate, and a syrup and molasses quality... Good stuff - easily drinkable with a modest 6.5% ABV which was not noticeable... Nice coffee aftertaste with a subtle hint of dark chocolate...
Smooth, velvet mouthfeel and good drinkability make this an easily drinkable, tasty English Porter...
Recommended...

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Photo of ruckzuck
3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bought this a bit ago due to my gf liking it at BSP a while back

A - nice dark brown with a tan head

S - sweet malt, a bit of roasted malt and hop aroma as well

T - very malty and sweet, finishes sweet as well with hints of chocolate

M - medium body, some carbonation present

D - not bad; pretty sweet coming from the Guinness I just had (I know, I know, but c'mon I imagine many of us have fallen victim to St. Patrick's Day), but not overpowering. Enjoyable, but I'm glad I'm splitting half the bottle with my gf.

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Photo of KarlHungus
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a dark brown color with a one inch tan head. The aroma is of caramel, vanilla, cream, and burnt malt. The taste is of burnt caramel, with a moderate bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with lively carbonation. Overall, this is a good porter, that I could drink again.

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Photo of careforapint
3.45/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a good example of a good English Porter, however I felt that the packaging made it seem like it should have been more than it was. It got better as it warmed up closer to room temp. (served around 55-60 deg. initially) but didn't get any other reaction than, "oh...that's a good porter."

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Photo of francisweizen
3.78/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark ruby red brown, with tan edges and a nice head of foam that whisps down slowly. Aromas of roasted malts, chocolate, slight coffee, and medicinal hop alphas. Taste is smooth and together with no one component stealing the show. Bready malts and green hop back palate kicks round it out nicely. Mouthfeel is smooth and drinkability is good, but this one is just kinda boring and gets old after a while. Not bad, but nothing new.

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Photo of kkipple
3.67/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Mike Brawley flat-out gave me this. Thanks, Mike! 750ml corked bottle. I'm pretty sure this is the first corked porter I've come across.

Gurgles into my pint glass a clear nearly Newcastle-esque brown. Sure is light for a porter... no head after two minutes. Hm.

Nose is all sweet roast grain and light coffee with a smattering of charcoal and a very slight cocoa armoa. Pretty basic.

Hmm... this is quite watery, but not awful. Coffee, burnt grain mostly, all around light and sweet, a little nutty... drinks more like a brown ale... pretty easy take on the style. Meantime sure is drinkable but doesn't hold up all that well to scrutiny. This is the kind of thing you'd down in a noisy waterfront pub in Olde England while resting your feet on the dog on the floor. Very working-class. Which is probably the point.

Mouthfeel is thin, watery, and the finish is roasty mild.

Meantime won't win any awards for complexity, but it's actually not bad and would make a good intro to the style for people who "hate dark beer". Interesting historical brew.

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Photo of hwwty4
3.28/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured a 750 into a Chimay chalice. Poured a dark mahogany with ruby tones and a nice beige head that melded into a thin layer on the beer. Aroma is of chocolate, raisins and a bit of coffee. Taste, well, that's where the marks start to drop. This beer has what I consider the worst flavor that can be added to a beer. Liquid smoke. Why, just explain to me why, its a needed flavor. It tastes like salt, salt and over cooked beef with bad BBQ sauce. I hate that taste. Everything else is lost in the liquid smoke. Mouthfeel is good for a porter. A bit fuller. I think that people that like that flavor would really enjoy this beer, but I will never be buying this beer again.

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Photo of saintwarrick
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An old-style English Porter is what this beer promises. This brew pours a dark brown with a nice creamy tan head. Aroma is of cocoa powder and molasses and a bit of burnt coffee. Taste is at first sweet like chocolate before an almost sour but pleasant bitterness takes over. Very smooth as it goes down, would make an excellent session beer.

Reminds me of the Fuller's Porter a bit, though this seems a bit sweeter and more sour. Wish I had more, this drinks far too quick.

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Photo of aerozeppl
3.56/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle caged and corked. Split in 2.

A: Super deep brown color with 1 finger of tan head that quickly retreated to the edge of the glass.

S: Sweet malt. Slight hop smell. Very slight roasted smell

T: Sweet malt. Some roasted barley and chocolate. Finishes a weird combination of sweet and musty. Tastes like 1750!

M: Unremarkable medium body. Thin for the style.

D: I like their historical recreations of old-timey beers. Definitely creative. I am fine splitting one of these. I enjoyed the IPA slightly more.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
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 AKBelgianBeast
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This has been in my cellar for six months, and the BB date has been rubbed off of the neck.

Pours a dark black with ruby highlights. Good white head but dissipates fast. The nose is thin but smells a bit of malt and the tiniest grainy cherry smell. Taste is a wonderful plethora of flavor. Some mocha type choco coffee action with nice malt and grain background. Finish has the slight bitterness of hop kick. This is a tasty porter that I recommend. And Im pretty sure this is the official brew of the london silly nannies.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.33/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear dark brown with a tan head. Nose is thick malts. Caramel is there too. Flavor is rich with malted caramel like flavors. Mild roasted tones. Smooth sweet edge to it. I think that defines this one: smooth. Smooth carbonation and a good liquid feel make this a nice one to try. Definitely worth it.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.32/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the Brick Store Pub. Appropriate glassware as usual. Pours black with a head that quickly fades but that leaves some very good lacing. Smells fruity with prunes,black licorice, and stewed apples. Tastes winey and fruity with similar fruit as are in the aromas. Cocoa and a bit of coffee as well. Mouthfeelis smooth and creamy and it is very drinkable. I really like this company's beers. English styles done very well with just a bit of an American edge. This one is no exception, one of my favorite English porters.

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London Porter from Meantime Brewing Company Limited
4.01 out of 5 based on 457 ratings.
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