London Stout | Meantime Brewing Company Limited

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London StoutLondon Stout

Brewed by:
Meantime Brewing Company Limited
England, United Kingdom

Style: English Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by hunteraw on 05-24-2008

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Photo of Slatetank
4.07/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at Tj's restaurant and drinkery in Paoli, PA. Served chilled in a pint glass.

A - the color is like black coffee with garnet highlights w/ thin off white head. The head settles to a ring, swirling doesn't revive it - the bead is small, no lace collects

S - The aroma is very plummy with a mild roasted note w/ slight coffee hint and mild tobacco scent

M - the feel is moderately high carbonation w/ subtle sweetness and slight gentle sweetness w/ gentle fruitiness. The body is lighter medium w/ a mild roasted finish

T - A clean dark dried fruit taste w/ slight toased malt flavor w/ mild coffee notes and slightly bitter middle w mild molasses note. A nice woody hop taste w/ smooth caramel finish

D - The drinkability is very good w/ easy sessioning stout qualities, a bit slick feel which has lighter bodied effect but to be expected for a session strength English stout- recommended

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Photo of PartyBear
3.66/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Almost pure black in colour, with a thick creamy tan head.

Aroma: Dark malts, cereal and a slight woody aroma. There is a mild sweetness to it, with a burn sugar. Hints of smoked oak chips.

Taste: Cereal tasting roasted malts, with a darkened woody bitter edge. There is a metallic iron taste, that is balanced with rich coffee flavours. Nutty flavours, cashews, and pine nuts.

Mouthfeel: Heavy and fulled bodied as a good stout should be. Smooth and silky on the palete.

Drinkability: Another good beer from Meantime, heavy and full flavoured even given the low ABV.

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Photo of crowncapcollect
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle into straight pint glass.
Nice head and delicate subtle aroma. Alas, the taste whilst pleasant is nothing special - lacking something in depth and character. I liked it more the first time I tried it, but I have been going off this of late.

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Photo of fullsweep
3.3/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500 mL dark brown/black bottle poured into a pint glass.

Very nice head of 2 fingers, even on the slowest pour. Foam is chocolate brown, black beer underneath. Looks quite similar to a Mackeson stout but slightly lighter head in color.

Smell is very interesting/unusual. The roasted barley definitely dominates, but with an almost smoky scent.

The smoke doesn't come through in the taste. In fact, I was a little disappointed that this tasted like a pretty generic stout.

Mouthfeel was fine, but nothing spectacular.

Drinkability is average as well, but I do think I want to try it again just to get a better feel for it.

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Photo of Jayli
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Novare Res 6/27/09
This beer pours a deep brown, with a one finger chocolate brown head to it. Very nice head retention, leaving spotty sticky lacing on the glass. Nose is of coffee, chocolate, caramel malts, some toffee and toasted malts. Taste is heavy on the roasted/toasted malts up front, then coffee and bitter dark chocolate hit you, the finish lends to caramel and toffee flavoring, with the tiniest touch of hops for bite. This is lighter bodied, with higher carbonation. I was utterly shocked with just how light this beer was. Crisp on the tongue with a creamier finish. This is a highly sessionable beer.

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Photo of Suds
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer is a beautiful blackish-brown color (ruby hues if held to the light). The head is a dense tan with tightly packed bubbles. Great roasted grain aroma. Coffee and cocoa and a little burnt wood-like character. The smell, though, besides the roast, is quite clean. the taste is dry and full of roasted malt and barley flavors. The malt comes first, with a hightly roasted sensation...not quite burnt. Not much hop flavor, and very little bitterness (just for balance). I think that more bitterness comes from the roast than the hops. The mouthfeel is disappointingly light...a bit too watery. If the light body is for drinkability, I think it was overdone. A little more heft would have added a lot to the experience. Still, this is a very flavorful stout.

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Photo of wl0307
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

BB 22/05/09, served cool in a straight imperial pint glass. Note: The back label says this beer "reverts to the original malt only recipe...", "made with barley & wheat".

A: pours a deeply dark brown hue almost close to ebony, the lively carbonation comes in abundance to result in a well-lasting, huge, dark beige frothy head.
S: dark chocolates, sweet cold filtered-coffee, coffee liquor, smoked red beans, a really smooth touch of bitter-sweet roasted walnuts, and lots of semi-lively resinous hops with a touch of earthiness... All's creamy and smooth on the nose, aromatic with plentiful chocolatey notes, well-shaped and... just... delicious!
T: slightly too fizzy upfront, but quickly the palate is overwhelmed with lots of light-bodied, smoked/roasted/tobacco-ish black malts with a belated aroma of real dark-roast coffee beans, lightly-charred walnuts, a delicate touch of sour dark fruits. Aromatic and a tad earthy actually in the end, the finishing touch is only moderately bitter but full of delicious dark malts' licorice-like aroma, and it's chewy dry-ish due to the good-bodied hops and malt's roastiness. What's mild, but impossible-to-miss here, is the trace of syrupy fruity sourness that is typical of a fine, balanced stout or porter.
M&D: the texture proves slightly too fizzy for my palate, while the light body and an evolving black-malt flavour profile have nevertheless rendered a decent drinkability. All's well-balanced, all's delicious for an English Stout. With or without wheat, "only-malt" or 80% malt, this dark ale evinces Meantime's craftsmanship yet one more time. In my opinion, this bottle-conditioned ale (or "pasteurised but non-filtered" - like a hefeweizen?) could well be really irresistible if the carbonation was much milder like a true real ale.

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Photo of mdagnew
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle bought from Sainsburys...

Poured a dark brown almost black colour. Dark mocha head poured big thick and foamy with a pock marked, meringue like topping then faded quickly to thin covering... light patches of lacing...

Aroma - Lots of toasted bready maltiness, weak cold black coffee, some bitter chocolate, light liquorice, dark fruits (blackcurrents, plums, dates), some light sooty notes, faint muscovado sugar sweetness..

Taste - Quite a lot of roasted malt bitterness (maybe a touch harsh ?) mixed with liquorice, strong dark chocolate, definite sooty charcoal notes, some toffee / brown sugar sweetness, cola traces, roasted nuttiness, dried dark fruits (raisins, prunes, dates), peppery, some floral hops...

Feel - Smooth initially then a good sharp bite comes through... medium bodied... a very quaffable stout - i could easily down a few of these...

Overall - A pretty decent stout although maybe a little rough round the edges... recommended though...

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Photo of brendan13
4.18/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured into a pint glass a very dark brown with bright ruby red highlights when held up to light. An inch of dense beige head that slowly falls away.
S - Vanilla, slight chocolate and roasted maltiness. A vauge appley note...
T - Bitter sweet chocolate is the first obvious character, followed by some roasted bitterness and a very slight floral hop hint.
M - Medium bodied, pretty low carbonation, lingering roasty and chocolate taste.
D - Apart from the apple note in the smell this is a top drop. Quite a sessionable stout. Some fresh, plump oysters went down nicely while sipping this.

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Photo of hunteraw
3.52/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Sampled at the Cambridge Beer Festival 2008. Surprised this isn't in the directory yet, as someone commented that it was "great in the bottle" which means it's being served in at least two ways, and has likely been around for a while.

Appearance: not opaque (surprisingly), brown/cola in color, with a small head

Smell: overwhelming toffee/caramel notes, with some roast and vanilla underneath

Taste: heavy diacetyl, this one. my tasting note was "caramel and chocolate covered popcorn with a bit of vanilla"

Mouthfeel: medium body

Drinkability: average, not subtle at all which hurts drinkability when the flavors happen to be so intense

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