London Stout | Meantime Brewing Company Limited

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London StoutLondon Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Meantime Brewing Company Limited
England, United Kingdom
meantimebrewing.com

Style: English Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by hunteraw on 05-24-2008

BEER STATS
Ratings:
67
Reviews:
35
Avg:
3.66
pDev:
8.74%
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
5
For Trade:
0
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Photo of Euroglot
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Spike
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From a 330ml bottle.

Look is very dark brown with a reddish tint when held to the light. Visible carbonation builds a two finger, off-white, fizzy head (audible pops & crackles) that recedes quickly.

Smells of coffee, cocoa, wood, and some spices.

Tastes of toasted malts, coffee, and a little bitter chocolate . Not too sweet.

Light to medium body with above average carbonation. Drying aftertaste. The level of bitterness is to my taste.

A traditional English stout. A little light bodied and a touch gassy. Not outstanding but not at all bad.

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Photo of BigGold
3.71/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

First had on draft into pint tulip, at Meantime, The Old Brewery, Greenwich, London. None of Meantime's highly-regarded porters were available at the brewery. This superb "session stout" was a satisfactory stand-in.

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Photo of mick_cooper
4.02/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sweet and gentle, molasses on the aftertaste and a little bitter

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Photo of jkhara12
3.52/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of hopley
3.69/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of risenz
3.21/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of charlatan
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reddish hue for a stout with minimal beige head. Nose is chocolate with a touch of fig. Quite spicy and somewhat fruity for a stout with relatively little bitterness. Not far off a scotch ale, but maybe slightly less sweet than that. Very pleasant.

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Photo of jroof1
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TGS
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of nathanmiller
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of deac83
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of PorterThwarter
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

Photo of Jerseyislandbeer
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of Skin7777
4.32/5  rDev +18%

Photo of Schmoog
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of atpca
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of cfrobrew
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of Griffith
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of hoppecatania
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of KingSlayer
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of BEERchitect
3.99/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The deliverance from Milds and Porters lands them at the foot of the Stout in the 18th century. And there a typical type of flavor remained until the American microbrewery craze caught on and pushed the style into hyper-warp. But Meantime's London Stout seems to ignore all the recent developments and prefers to deliver a Stout as homage to those of the early years. One with finesse, refinement, complexity and balance.

Its pour of very dark brown seems as black as the beer's body impedes much luminescence through it's boisterous body. Surprisingly sprite in its carbonation, a billowing head rises from the beer with a huge mocha-stained head. With retention in stubborn mode and lacing is precise in delivering a ring in remembrance of each sip taken, the beer's appearance is as alluring as Stouts come.

Mid-strong aromas of roasted malts bring about whiffs of dark roast coffee, dry chocolate and light toffee. With a light starchy sweetness of English biscuits, its malty scent is firm and diverse. Fruity with grapes and a mild licorice tone, the ale heads into taste with a sweeter smoky-chocolate tone.

Its taste is far more sweet than dry- even as the beer's tepid roastiness delivers on its promise of coffee and cocoa. Its biscuity-sweet starchiness leads to a fruity middle with te taste of grapes, plumbs and licorice. These flavors are mild and only offer complexity to the roasted taste, the beer delves into a dry malt finish and lingering burnt wood type of hoppiness.

Just past the beer's initial sweetness, its taste quickly trends dry... and so does its texture. Seemingly creamy and sweet to start, the abundance of carbonation quickly does the opposite- it pushes the beer off of the tongue and ushers in an acrid sense of campfire. Its fleeting finish is quick and provides a mineral "snap" to its drinkability. Slight warmth and a fruity-dry finish echoes into the next drink while being effortless on the palate.

Where many want Meantime's London Stout to be a current Stout, I don't mind is simpler elegance and its regal refinement as it would take a more advanced palate to appreciate all the nuances that this beer provides. Its a time capsule into two-hundred years ago. However I do acknowledge that the advancements in brewing have allowed to a superior brand of Stout in today's market.

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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

Photo of steverx8
3.86/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of JohnQVD
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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London Stout from Meantime Brewing Company Limited
3.66 out of 5 based on 67 ratings.
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