Winter Time
Meantime Brewing Company Limited

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English Porter
Ranked #141
Ranked #25,511
3.84 | pDev: 5.73%
Meantime Brewing Company Limited
England, United Kingdom
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Reviews: 12 | Ratings: 15
Photo of shambeano
3.79/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip-style glass.

A- a very murky dark brown, bordering on a blackish colour, can't see any sediment, no real head and only a whisper of carbonation.

S- a little bit of raisiny sweetness, a slight touch of peaty smoke, and a little alcohol in there too. very malty on the nose.

T- again starts off with some raisiny malt sweetness, some dark fruits in there, followed by the same slight smokiness near the finish. tastes very much like the smell, but without that alcohol character, finish has a very slight touch of dark chocolate, and a slight bitterness. pretty good.

M- only a slight carbonation at the front of the mouth, feels mid-bodied but i was expecting a bit more. length is much the same as the body, not too bad, but i was expecting it to go on a bit longer.

D- i could sit down with a couple of these on a colder day and enjoy, drinkable, but in the right circumstance and mood.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500ml Bottle conditioned beer, best before 25 Nov 2010, drank and reviewed on 10 Nov 2010, 15 days before it became old!

Poured carefully into an 'Abbot Ale' tankard.

No sediment appeared to get into the glass, so the dark, dark ruby red body was clear when held up to a strong light source. On top sat a tan coloured foaming head.

Intence malty, rich, peaty smelling aroma hit the nose.

The taste was a mild smokey maltiness, from the smoked malts mentioned on the rear of the label no doubt. The malt flavours stay in the mouth, but a hop bitterness appeared as the beer left the throat and sank into my body.

Well carbonated and not as creamy or rich as some Winter Warming Porters I've had, but very pleasant never-the-less.

Easy to drink and ideal on a cold winters evening.

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Photo of ADZA
3.82/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I def love the label it reminds me of the UK on a nice night anyway the brew pours a dark,deep sherry red with average carbonation that leaves behind a bourbon/cola looking one finger head that quickly sudues to leave a little average ring of lacing but not much at all,for an English porter this brew smells spot on with aromas of smokey malts,roasted barley and a feint mocha background,the mouthfeel is quite light and just above average but very sessionable with tastes of roasted malts,weak coffee and some light milk chocolate bitterness on the tounge at the end,overall its by no means headturning and could have had a fuller mouthfeel for my liking but could easily see this as a session beer on a cold winters night hence my such high rating for drinkability for this brew as ive seen way better interpretations of this style but its very drinkable.

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Photo of ritzkiss
4.07/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle brought over by someone last time I had a tasting - not much I remember from that night in fact....

Pours an almost black dark brown with a thin layer of tan head on top that quickly recedes to a collar so that you can see the placid top disturbed by rising bubbles which pop on the surface. Carbonation is there, just not much retention.

Nose smells spot on for an English porter. Smoke and roast, a touch of biscuit, a hint of coffee.

Yep, it's a porter. No mistaking this one. Not what I would choose for a winter warmer per say but I would gladly choose this one around a fall campfire. Smoky roast, hints of coffee grounds, dark malt, a touch of vanilla. Behind all this is a nice rich fruity sweetness that perhaps deviates a touch from the standard but is a nice layer. Just a hint of bitterness in the finish. Pretty bubbly carb but not so much as to detract. A little thin but it's a low ABV English porter, what do you expect? Makes it all the more drinkable.

Not a bad offering, surprised me a little actually as I wasn't expecting much. A straightforward porter, nothing fancy but well done. Drinkable in spades.

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Photo of bobsy
4.07/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle conditioned winter warmer from Meantime, which resembles a rich porter in character. A deep mahogany pour produces a tan head that dissipates to a film and provides a few spots of lace. I like the colouring and find it very appropriate for the winter warmer style. The nose is an all out malt assault, with chocolate, caramel, dark fruit and nut combining to provide a luscious bouquet. Dark fruit again comes through in the flavour (I'm thinking the kind of dates you'd use to make a Christmas pudding). Here they mix in with coffee, nut, vanilla and anise to create a satisfyingly rich and sweet effect. Moderate bitterness from the roast malt is built upon by the addition of fuggles. Medium body and carbonation.

An excellent offering.

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Photo of brendan13
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured into a pint glass a very dark brown with 2 centimetres of light beige head that falls away fairly quickly leaving sporadic lace.
S - Milk chocolate sweetness at first, followed by some roasty and dark fruit notes.
T - Roasty, almost burnt chocolate and coffee comes through in the taste as well as a dark slight dark fruit & herbal character.
M - Medium bodied, medium to high carbonation.
D - A tasty, somewhat complex yet low ABV% beer.
Something I'd drink again.

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Photo of Suds
3.82/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Meantime is a deep, woody brown color with a frothy light-tan head. The beer is extraordinarily dark, with crimson highlights. The aroma is fantastic. It's got a great smoky, malty, fruit character. The smoke is not overpowering, but compliments the malt very well. The fruit is like a very ripe fig. This beer has a very sweet taste, lots of sugary malt flavors. Roast and a char-like character are present in the taste, along with the tongue numbing smokiness. Full mouthfeel...this beer has lots of body but also has a lot more carbonation than expected (or necessary...a consequence of the bottle-conditioning?).

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Photo of baggio
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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A: Dark brown with a creamy head that vanishes rather quickly. A thin layer of the head seems to be there for the duration tho.

S: Roasted malts, Coffee, Dark caramel, Hint of fruit.

T: Milk Chocolate, Grain, Coffee, Dark bread, Caramel.

M: Quite low on the carbonation and a heavy roasted-malt profile up at first. Ends with some light bitterness with a touch of metal and some acidic notes. Very drinkable!

A very drinkable porter indeed. I think i am starting to like low abv-beers more and more. Give it a try!

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Photo of stcules
3.57/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A lot of foam. Quite dark, with dark mahogany edges.
In the smell, under the foam, the first impression is chocolate, coffee, and a light smoked hint.
Roast at the taste, ligh smoked again, coffee, stronger in the end.
Even good notes of cocoa and vanilla.
In the aftertaste you can easily find the hop, too. A good hop background that makes this beer harmonious and pleasant.
Again smoked notes, and cocoa, and coffee.

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Photo of Asgeirr
4.06/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Meantime Winter Time pours a opaque dark brown along with a dirt brown/grey small crown.

Smell: Burnt toffee, a touch of orange and other citrus fruit far off in the back.

Taste: A pretty noticeable caramel flavour followed by a sharp bitterness along with traces of roasted malt and finished of with a certain seville orange-ish aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Light body, rather low in carbonation and with a rough feel to the palate.

Drinkability: Pretty enjoyable, and mostly so thanks to the pleasant and refreshing acidity.

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Photo of foles
3.27/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Given the title "winter time", i expected a winter warmer ale. However i was pleasantly surprised to find it was clasified as a porter. However it seems more like a brown ale.

It poured a jet black / slightly ruby colour with a weak head (seems to be characteristic of Meantime beers). It reduced to a thin whisp very quickly. The flavour was partially reminiscent of a london porter, with a slight bitter ale aftertaste with a bit of an alcohol bite. There is also a nutty, kind of skunky brown ale element present.

Overall, interesting, but not fully to my taste.

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Photo of wl0307
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle-conditioned in a 500ml brown bottle, bought at the Sainsbury's; as the label specifies, this ale purports to be a Winter Warmer, in which Fuggles hops, dark malts and smoked malts are used. BB 30/10/09, served cool in a straight imperial pint glass.

A: pours a dark mahogany hue, coming with a thin layer of beige froth that slowly dissipates and an unknown carbonation status.
S: the richly aromatic-malty nose is mixed of Fuggles, chocolatey malts, caramel, sticky dates, a light roasted and smokey tinge as of roast walnuts, and a rather deep, almost rotten-banana like estery note that lots of strong malty ales would show. The overall aroma is actually more reminiscent of an English porter, a full-bodied and rather sweet one.
T: sticky-sweet dates and mildly sour-sweet autumny dark fruits upfront are backed by a dense mixture of burned malts and nuts, Chinese grass jelly, and a rather light, smokey tinge of sweet coffee; the aftertaste turns supremely light, suggesting licorice and similar Chinese root-herbs (with their typically dryish bitter-sweet edge), while Fuggles contribute a good depth of moderate bitterness to underline an almost Dark-Mild-like, burned/dryish finish.
M&D: despite the alc. content, the texure is incredibly light against a refreshing and soft carbonation; however, the flavour profile is more in line with a full-bodied Dark Mild (as in the 19th-century, robust fashion) or a sweet but well-hopped Porter, than with a Winter Warmer that is often spiced, heavily sweet-malty, and contains more dark-fruity elements. This is by all means still a delicious, well bottle-conditioned dark ale, albeit not at the same level of complexity as Meantime's sensational London Porter, IMO.

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Winter Time from Meantime Brewing Company Limited
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 15 ratings