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Naval College Old Porter | Meantime Brewing Company Limited

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Brewed by:
Meantime Brewing Company Limited
United Kingdom (England) | website

Style: English Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Brad007 on 07-20-2012

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Reviews:
30
Ratings:
115
Avg:
4.19
pDev:
17.9%
 
 
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Photo of Brenden
4.41/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A dark brown like most of its line of porters, this one may have a little more murkiness in its depth but is the same otherwise. The small brown head that develops caps at just over half a finger and drops until it consists of a tighter, creamier, more compact head. It leaves a pretty good amount of patchiness.
Peat comes off on the nose, exceptionally level with the perfect smokiness that's not too heavy but shows its presence. Alcohol is noticeable but gentle, coaxing rather than demanding. Some semi-sweet cocoa and a hint of plum waft out underneath. Dry woodiness, oaky, mingles with toast, caramel & toffee sweetness, and just a touch of brine for an exceedingly complex and deep aroma.
...and it certainly translates on the palate. This is as much like a fine, delicious sipping Scotch as any beer I've ever had. Peat, smoke, roast, cocoa, coffee, caramel, toffee, brine, plum: it's all here. Absolutely delicious, complex, delicate, and balanced by oak that's both taste and texture, I want another bottle to sit with on my porch while I smoke a good cigar.
The alcohol smooths out the carbonation in this medium-bodied brew, and the wood lends a semi-dry character to the finish. Very nice.
Want to know how to barrel age a porter (as opposed to, say, an Imperial Stout)? Pretty much like this.

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Photo of oberon
3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a walnut brown with a thinner tannish colored head atop,a lighter porter in color.Deep brown sugar and caramel in the nose,the brown sugar element really sticks out,somehow it doesn't coming off cloying though.the feel is a little thinner than i was hoping for for a porter this size.Caramel and treacle flavors with a some raisin,the roast is there but subdued compared to American versions in my opinion,it doesn't seem as "big" as it is.I like it but maybe not as much as most,again I do like it.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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4.44/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap in Greenville, SC.
Excellent in all respects. Rich, complex aroma and flavor. There's a multitude of dark fruit and subtle spice notes over a dark, bready malt base. There were 68 other beers and ciders on tap here yet I was dearly tempted to have a 2nd glass of this.

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3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of socon67
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at The Good Life, Massapequa NY

A - Black pour with a rich brown foam that is lively but dissaptes fast. Rings of lacing on the glass.

S - Scent is of chocolate and dark malts. There is a strong smell of smoky peat malt which is very cool. Gives a subdued bit of smoke in the finish.

T - Rich porter that is heavy with malt and cocoa. Could easily see this as adult Ovaltine. Finish again has a pronounced smoky taste. Hickory BBQ comes to mind.

M - Found this a heavy porter that always greys the line of being a stout. Rich flavors and the smoky bite make this hard to session, but rather savor. Went perfect with my beer short ribs.

O - Love traditional english porters and this was a great find. Would certainly hve this guy again.

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4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of Kinsman
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A nice pitch black body capped by a large and dense white head. Lots of sticky lasce left behind. Sweet chocolatey porter notes upfront before the Scotch aromas come through. Peat and a bit of smoke pair well with the base beer.

Flavors give you a nice balance between the sweet and malty notes of the porter with the intense peat and phenols of the Scotch. Lacking is the vanilla oaky sweetness that often dominates bourbon barrel aged beers, bringing about the unique advantages of using Islay scotch barrels. Without the barrels, Meantime still brews a mean porter, and the barrels only build on this with just a touch of smokiness and a nice bit of peat without overpowering you. In the background you get a nice variety of chocolate and coffee to make one hell of a complex package.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth with a nice bit of carbonation that often lacks in barrel aged beers. Overall, this only makes me want more scotch barrel aged beers. I love my bourbon barrels but I generally prefer Scotch because it's not as sweet, and that carries over into the beer world as well. Lightly smokey with a delicious porter?... I'll take it.

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3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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3.98/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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3.25/5  rDev -22.4%

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4.07/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.19/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from tap into A'chouffe tulip at lazy boy in white plains, ny. Pours a deep black with 2 fingers of creamy off-white head. Nice roasted bitter malted aromas with some barrel and woody notes; some boozey bourbon/scotch. Great roasted peaty scotch flavor...nice and smooth and unique. A very good beer.

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Naval College Old Porter from Meantime Brewing Company Limited
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