Chocolate Porter | Meantime Brewing Company Limited

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Chocolate PorterChocolate Porter

Brewed by:
Meantime Brewing Company Limited
England, United Kingdom

Style: Baltic Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by plaid75 on 11-17-2010

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Ratings: 75 |  Reviews: 22
Reviews by Hoppsbabo:
Photo of Hoppsbabo
4.42/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Very, very dark amber, virtually black. Off-white head.

S: Smokey chocolate.

T: Wow! Actually tastes of chocolate. Less smokey and tangy than lots of other English porters. Very well balanced - the flavours work perfectly well together.

O: Can't fault it in any way. The world would be a better place if it replaced Guinness in pubs but chance would be a fine thing.

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Photo of Marius
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown, semi-opaque and clear, with a beige head with decent retention. It has a smell fresh, with cocoa, vanilla, milk chocolate, roasted malts. The taste follows the same notes. Bitter-sweet finish, very light body (could have done with a bit more thickness) and medium carbonation.

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Photo of jeschaefer
5/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of biboergosum
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

330ml, baby Champagne-style bottle, and nice to see this London craft brewer's wares re-appear in Alberta.

This beer pours a clear, rather dark red-brick brown colour, with one skinny-ass finger of puffy, densely foamy, and mildly bubbly beige head, which leaves some low-lying melting snowbank lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.

It smells of gritty, semi-sweet milk chocolate, grainy caramel malt, biscuity toffee, slightly spicy anise root, and a plain earthy, leafy noble hop bitterness. The taste is bready, pastry-like caramel malt, bittersweet cocoa powder, a muddled black licorice edginess, ethereal hints of day-old cafe-au-lait, and more understated weedy, earthy hop bitterness.

The carbonation is adequately fizzy and frothy for the task of keeping the guest ingredient honest, I suppose, the body a sturdy medium weight, and generally smooth, the chocolate going a long way in support of that. It finishes off-dry, but not as sweet as one might have imagined at the outset - plenty of counteracting bitterness helping out in that respect.

Overall, a decently restrained chocolate ale (porter, in this case), the milkiness hard to differentiate as being innate to the purported style here, or just a side effect from the cocoa. Whatever, it's good, easy to drink, and worthy of compelling me once again to fire up some Spacehog on YouTube, from the 1990s' one-hit wonder dustbin!

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Photo of azkkr
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Misterefe
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of mick_cooper
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Very chocolately, almost sweet-like. Rich, thick, hot chocolate.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of AleToTheKing
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of Grizzly_Dom
3.54/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Dark treacle brown. Slight translucence. Foamy rich light brown head with quite big bubbles.

I thought fruity hoppiness at first and then pure rich, sweet chocolate with perhaps a hint of honey.

Bitter at first with a deep rich chocloatey maltinees and quite a silky mouthfeel.

Slight burnt taste with a final salty, tart bitterness leaving what I thought was quite a powdery feel in the mouth. Almost a bit musty!

Loved the choccy in the aroma but wasn't a big fan of the chocolate left on the finish. Was also a little bit too burn toast end of the scale for my primitive tastes.

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Photo of joedevivre
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of pierrebeer
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ManforallSaisons
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of Pelicanrocks
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of mtbdonn
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of JohnQVD
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of Liquoric3
3/5  rDev -22.5%

Photo of Dracook
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of metter98
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is clear but very dark brownish red in color and has ever so slight hints of visible carbonation. It poured with a short off white head that quickly died down, leaving patches of bubbles in the center of the glass and a collar around the edge.
S: Light aromas of chocolate are present in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste is quite chocolately and tastes like a watered down version of Hershey's Chocolate Syrup without the sweetness and some hints of bitterness.
M: It feels a bit shy of medium-bodied and a little thin on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer has nice flavors of chocolate that seem natural and not too heavy and sweet. It tastes more like an English Porter compared to a Baltic Porter.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.34/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

330ml Bottle: at 6.5% ABV, this is the same beer: poured into a Westvleteren chalice on 5th Nov 2013.

Lovely red hue to the dark body, sadly the tan coloured head soon fell away to a wispy covering.

The nose was surprise, surprise, fairly chocolatey in nature, rich, dark chocolate to be exact.

Taste wise it was also chocolate led in flavour, some coffee notes too: as it warmed a little some sweet vanilla hints began to arrive.

Medium bodied for a Porter and not at all creamy, although it was fairly smooth in the mouth.

Not as powerful or flavoursome as I expected: not bad, but no world beater.

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Photo of plaid75
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark brown hue with a half finger foamy white head. There was little retention and lacing.

The smell featured aras of chocolate icing and caramel.

The flavor was likewise chocolately with streaks of sweetness and a touch of smoke.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall an interesting porter.

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Photo of vinicole
3.94/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark brown with a thick frothy head.
Unsurprising chocolate malt aroma.
Bitter sweet. Cocoa and milk chocolate. Vanilla to finish.
Smooth and tasty.

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Photo of pin
3/5  rDev -22.5%

Photo of beerdrifter
4.47/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at Bert's Bierhuis in Utrect, The Netherlands. Dark mahogany pour with a creamy one and a half finger tan head with decent retention and nice lacing. There's only one way to describe the nose...chocolate! This has to be one of the most intense chocolate beers I've smelled. More of a sweet milk chocolate than the typical dark chocolate in most beers of this style. And it only gets better as it warms, with just a hint of coffee emerging late. The taste is a complex chocolate lovers dream. Dark chocolate, cocoa and milk chocolate all are represented. The sweetness of the milk chocolate and the bitterness of the dark chocolate are perfectly balanced. The mouthfeel is slightly thick for a Porter, but smooth as silk. The drinkability is off the charts. Usually beers like this are sickly sweet and more for dessert, but I could drink this all night. Will definitely be tracking down more of this next time I'm in the UK. Hands down the best chocolate beer I've had!

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Photo of patre_tim
3.69/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown, filtered and no carbonation. Topped with 3 fingers of light beige head. Nice lacing.

Chocolate, vanilla, banana, clean linen.

Chocolate, linen, a hint of tobacco, light sweetness.

Medium light body, little carbonation.

Quite well done, just not as heavy as other Baltic Porters I've had, and more refined like a porter. Got in Bangkok in July, 2015, drank in Chiang Mai March 9th, 2016. Carried this one on my epic Harbin voyage.

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Chocolate Porter from Meantime Brewing Company Limited
Beer rating: 3.87 out of 5 with 75 ratings