Scotch Ale | Meantime Brewing Company Limited

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Meantime Brewing Company Limited
England, United Kingdom

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by DogFood11 on 03-01-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 105 |  Reviews: 72
Reviews by Schmittymack:
Photo of Schmittymack
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not sure of the vintage of this one as I got it from the Michael Jackson Rare Beer club and I haven't been a member of that four over two years; I'm guessing this one is about four years old or so. Poured from 750 corked and caged bottle into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass. Pourd a dark brown color with a nice foamy tan head that actually lingered longer than I thought it might. Aroma of toasted malt, dark fruits, raisins. Taste was very good: roasted malt, smoke, dark fruits with no bitterness in the end. I'm a bit disapointed that this is my last bottle of this as I would like to have it again.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.28/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is the best Scotch style ale I have had yet hands down.Poured into a 22oz nonic a deep dark brown with a tight formed one finger off white head head that settled into a creamy mass atop,big malt profile somewhat sweet smelling very fruity with notes of caramel and and raisin with a hint of alcohol.Iam a hophead but when a malt gem like this comes you have to love the flavors and complexity a beer like this gives,deeply fruity mainly dark like raisin and prune maybe a hint of candied orange,caramel and brown sugar are both very pronounced along with lingering wood and smoke.Very smooth and rich a great great Scotch style ale here,well done.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.86/5  rDev -3.3%

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #69 (October 2012):

A thinking person’s beer, so much depth it really takes a good while for this one to open up entirely. Originally brewed for the “Rare Beer Club”, now it is brewed on occasion. If you hear of another release it is certainly worth seeking it out, consider grabbing a couple of bottles as well … a bit of age on it, say six months, does it well.

STYLE: Scotch Ale
ABV: 8.0%

LOOK: Glowing garnet, very healthy lacing

SMELL: Chicory, dark bread, blackberry jam, faint caramel, spice, toasted wood, rose water, peppery, dried grass

TASTE: Creamy, smooth, full bodied, treacle, toasty, faint coffee, bread crust, green figs, browned apples, jam, faint leather, ghost-like smoke, musk, peppery backend, slight alcoholic warmth, semi-dry finish

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A really enjoyable beer. I've had this and their porter, and loved both of them. This beer was from a 750ml bottle, served in a snifter. It was a dark brown color with a medium-sized tan head. It had a caramel and fruit aroma. The aroma came through better in the taste. The caramel was first, then some raisin, and a little kick at the end. Very nice beer.

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

Large brown bottle, with the typical yet still unusual for a British import, cage and cork. NO freshness indication/info. Pours dark for the style, looks more like a stout/porter. Creamy, long lasting and tiny bubble head. Nice fine lacing/extensive sheeting left on the glass. Malt, smoke and earthy nose. Full flavor and quite tasty "scotch" ale. More smoke, peat, mild rum/brandy, nutty, dark fruit. Complex, richly textured. Smooth and creamy mouth feel. Scotch ale on steroids. I like it.

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Photo of sm0key
5/5  rDev +25.3%

Photo of goast8127
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a thistle glass)
A- This beer pours a clear dense caramel brown body with a sticky light tan head and a gentle carbonation.

S- The caramel malt aroma has a soft rich sweetness that grows a bit as it opens.

T- The sweet caramel malt takes on a candy quality with some toffee flavors lingering to a surprisingly gentle sweetness in the finish that is not cloying. The malt flavor is very rich.

M- The medium mouthfeel is very creamy with a soft fizz that cuts some of the sweetness but no real alcohol heat noticed.

O- This beer is very rich and full of tasty caramel malt but it is still very drinkable and helps to knock the chill of a balmy day. It does have some candy qualities but it is not really overly sweet. This is a really spot on scotch ale and one of the best I have tasted.

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Photo of ste5venla
3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of Brenden
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I got myself one of these for later after picking one up for a recent tasting (already retired, 2009 vintage). These notes are about a week old.

This beer pours out a dark brown with red highlights. A light tan head forms that retains after a bit and leaves some legs as the lacing recedes with ample coverage.
Roasted malts, sweet toffee, light charcoal, a touch of grassy earthiness, notes of dark fruits, and molasses are all in the nose.
The taste follows suit, the malts forming the base and adding light smoked and sweet caramel notes. Alcohol is evident but not overbearing. Underneath it all but quite evident are herbal, coffee, toffee, barley, licorice and dark fruits (fig and raisins) flavors.
The body, on the lighter side of medium, is somewhat lacking. It comes out a bit thin with a bit too much carbonation incompatble with the beer. This is its weak point.
This is a good Scotch ale that's plenty drinkable.

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Photo of MrVonzipper
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale dark brown color with a foamy tan head with low retention and lacing. A little visible carb.

Dark rich malt, raisins, darke fruit, rum soaked plums notes. Sweet rich nose. Smells like it'd be very heavy.

Flavor is almost exactly like the nose but surprisingly lighter than expected. For the style of beer the flavor is decently balanced. Front ended flavor which is good, keeping it from finishing heavy.

Full bodied mouthfeel. Seems at first seems a bit tacky but actually finishes a bit dry. Surprisingly good carbonation after a flat cork pop.

Overall this beer is pretty good. I wouldn't search it out again but it was good.

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Photo of DruC4
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a thick deep brown with good light tan head that retains pretty well. Nose is nice peaty malt, slight smoke with plenty of alcohol. taste starts of as deep malt flavor with some slight thick graininess. Some subtle smoke comes out with an earthy bog taste in the middle. Finish is another deep malt ride with some dark fruit in the finish and aftertaste. Sweetness is nice and balanced throughout. Alcohol is apparent on the end, but defenitely not abrasive, just a tiny bit hot yet. Mouthfeel is quite good, kind of chalky, could be creamier, but overall pretty nice. Drinkability is good, but would get significantly better with some time I'd say. I think this will smooth out and cool down with a year or so in the cellar. A solid brew by Meantime. A great representation of the style. A bit pricey, but a good pickup.

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Photo of emsroth
2.27/5  rDev -43.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

App: great ruby brown with a solid head

Smell: salted caramel which is on par with the style. A bit of Apple cider which is off-putting.

Taste: overdone caramel malt. Just too much of the stuff. Tastes like saranac's caramel porter, but here, I'm not expecting it. Good dry malt finish and slight, perhaps too slight, herbal hop finish. No smoke or any burnt flavor I associate with the style.

Cheap, sugar water, homebrew body

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Photo of Sammy
3.8/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark black with some creamy off-white head. A lot of mollasses and licorice in aroma. Taste is above average, chewy, with tabacco in sediment. Really licorice and mollasses until then though, pinch of tabacco. Light in roasted coffee, and a contribution of chocolate. Smooth, well balanced.

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Photo of augustgarage
4.07/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a caged and corked 750mL bottle into a Luminarc Mekano stackable all purpose glass (a sort of wide mouth, straight sided, stemmed glass - bought for $0.99 on a whim while on vacation as I didn't want to have to drink out of the plastic cups from the motel).

Dull, dark (though not quite opaque) seal brown liquid with a fast building and fast receding head of buff foam which settles into a thin collar. Lacing is a bit lack-luster, but legs are rich and viscous.

Hazlenuts, toffee, roast malt, caramel, and Jeffrey pine aromatics along with a faint grassy note.

Flavors follow the nose, with the addition of vanilla, coffee, and a complex maltiness that seems divided into layers. I'm reminded a bit of espresso-dipped biscotti, along with lightly roasted/melted marshmallows. The roast malt notes begin to dominate in the finish, which is dry, nutty, and somewhat astringent.

Medium-bodied (could be fuller), slightly chewy, carbonation is a bit low...

Surprisingly porter-like, though this is still more or less true to style. Very well crafted, and has a signature malt bill (albeit more subdued in this case) similar to their London Porter.

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Photo of MarvinTheMarzen
3.87/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the Bavarian Lodge. The beer was dark ruby in color, only slightly lighter than Guinness. The aroma was clean but deep, which could easily describe the taste as well. The taste was also not overly complex but what was there was good. Glad I tried it but probably won't have it again.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served from bottle into a Bruery tulip. Poured reddish brown with a one finger light tan head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, caramel, dark fruit, bread, and plum. The flavor was of sweet malt, bread, dark fruit, plum, and earth. It had a medium feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty decent brew. The aroma on this one was more on the sweet and dark fruit aspect rather than the usual peat aspect. This I really enjoyed as peat and I have a bitter love/hate relationship with each other. The flavor was more of the same. Tons of dark fruit going on. A fairly well done brew for the style.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.82/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ml corked and caged bottle, #457 of 2050. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a dark brown/ruby red color with an inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both decent enough. Aroma is caramel, smoke, toffee, nuts and dark fruit. The taste is pretty much just like the aroma, but there's also some chocolate and bready malt flavors in there too. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it seems a bit thin with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is OK, it's certainly not hard to drink at all. I think this is a good Scotch Ale, but there are other beers of the style I like better. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of Dukeofearl
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle at LaBodega in Riverside Ca, February-March 2008, for a whopping $14.99. I would not have paid this much if I didn't have a lot of love for Meantime's IPA and Coffee Porter.

Pours a beautiful deep dark chocolate that is completely opaque, with a nice creamy tan head.

Aroma is very nice- toffee and chocolate (what's that candy bar?), chicory and a hint of tobacco. Drier and more peat/smoky than the slight sweetness of the aroma. High marks.

Flavor follows, although more into the chicory and tobacco, less on the toffee and chocolate. A moderate hop bitterness at the finish. Nice and tasty.

Overall, a very nice beer, but I can get some very tasty beers for a much better price, and so that brings down the drinkability score.

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Photo of DearthVader
3.45/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml Poured to a snifter

This is an intro into the style so I'll definitely give this one another shot down the road.

Pours a very dark brown with a nice 2 finger tan head. Head falls to about a 1/4" that lasts throughout. No lacing left behind at all.

Smells very sweet. Pick up sweet white wine, berries, and strong caramel malt. Hues of apple juice as well.

Taste follows the smell. Mostly of sweet berries and caramel malt, but with a roasted finish. Maybe it's typical of a wee heavy, but it just doesn't impress me.

Mouthfeel is somewhat thick and creamy. Slight carb but not much.

Again, it was an intro into scotch ales for me so I will definitely revisit this one down the road after trying a few others.

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Photo of jaydoc
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of Erish
3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I poured this 750 ml bottle into a wheat glass (all I had).

A: reddish brown, nice billowing caramel-colored head.

S: sweet.bread, toasted walnut, cocoa, a bit of soy sauce.

T: all of the nosed flavors, plus caramel, a hint of peat, and candied cherries, the middle flashes soy sauce, a mild hop bitterness, and coffee, the finish is off-dry and of moderate duration.

M: medium to full-bodied, lightly carbonated, somewhat oily.

D: tasty stuff. I might have to grab another bottle. Very porter-like.

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Photo of Bierguy5
3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle, 8% abv. Bottle number 260 of 2050. Pours a fairly clear brown color. Off white head holds for a minute, then disappears to a thin ring. A few spots of lace.

Malty. A bit of smoke. Some earthiness at the end. A hint of peat.

A nice robust malt flavor, with a smooth toffee edge. A hint of smoke. A slight earthy finish.

Maybe a bit thin, carbonation is low. Alcohol is well hidden. Pretty nice beer, maybe a bit tame for the style.

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Photo of Chugs13
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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