Naval College Old Porter | Meantime Brewing Company Limited

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

Style: English Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
The London brewers were at the forefront of applying new scientific and technological advances to beer making. Consequently the manufacture of Porter changed considerably during its life. By the time the Old Brewery was built in 1836 Porter was a blend of 'stock' or 'stale' beer, matured in giant wooden tuns for up to two years, with young or 'mild' beer.

Meantime Hospital Porter (called Naval College Old Porter in the US) is made in the same fashion. 24 months oak aging in used Bruichladdich Octomore barrels has lent a woody, intensely peaty smokiness to our 'stock' Porter, which we have blended with a younger beer. This latter adds vitality to the brew. Hospital Porter one beer that is best not over-chilled, and, like the original Porters, will mature with age.

This beer has only been available on draught at the Old Brewery at the Old Royal Naval Hospital—until now. We have done our best to ensure that the beer would be recognizable to the retired sailors whom the original Royal Naval Hospital brewery was set up to supply.

Added by Brad007 on 07-20-2012

BEER STATS
Ratings:
119
Reviews:
31
Avg:
4.18
pDev:
9.09%
 
 
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4.43/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of metter98
3.98/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is dark brown and is opaque in color. It poured with a short light tan head that died down, leaving some lacing on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of smoked peat from the Bruichladdich Octomore barrel aging are present in the nose; these become a bit stronger as the beer warms up.
T: The taste has flavors of cola and dark malts along with notes of smoked peat, the latter of which linger in to the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I liked how this beer had lots of flavors of smoked peat, but these weren't overpowering. I'm assuming that this was because it was also blended with some young beer.

Serving type: bottle

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4.02/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of cryptichead
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Zazzi82
3.4/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of chinchill
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
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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3.61/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of travelguy
3.97/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of AdamSteve
4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of steverx8
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.13/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

330ml bottle - $5.75 at Tasty Beverage Company in Asheville, North Carolina.

Appearance: Pours a medium-dark brown body with a smallish, light ecru head.

Smell: A strong scent of booze-soaked raisins and toasted dark-minded breads with some light spice and muted, blended notes of cocoa and wood shavings.

Taste: As with the nose, a predominance of raisiny dark fruitiness and toasted pumpernickel with a stray sprinkling of sugar. Some lighter hints of chocolate powder, tobacco ashes and minerals. Relatively light bitterness. A little mild throughout and approaching the drying finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-low carbonation.

Overall: Had much higher hopes, but, ultimately, found it a bit bland.

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Photo of Vylo
4.81/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of rolltide8425
3.69/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kodt
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of oberon
3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
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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Photo of InspectorBob
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of stephenlee
4.44/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of tommy5
4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Tdenham
3.86/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Beastcpa
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dayman766
3.98/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of JerzDevl2000
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this up at the Cloverleaf for the first time last night, having never tried a beer from Meantime before and not being terribly experience with English Porters. I always had the impression that they were low in alcohol and heavily roasted but this one was quite smooth and a bit stronger than I was accustomed to. The complexity of this was a plus as well as this was just more than a dark, roasted beer!

Nice ruddy brown hue to this that let in a little bit of light around the edges, with a smooth pour and roughness to the hue that would be expected for a beer of this type. I was intrigued by the aging in the Bruichladdich Octomore Barrels and it certainly kicked in once I gave this a whiff. Wood and peat combined with a strong roasted overtone and a fair amount of booze. Once I gave it a taste, the cola-like stickiness took over on top of those flavors, giving this a nice depth that only improved as this warmed up. Lots of dark malt could be found here and there was a good punch to this as well, even though the alcohol meshed in well with everything else.

While not a beer that one could chug down, this was worth savoring for a long session. Like the Innis and Gunn beers, I love how the aging process made the beer stand out from other similar offerings but there was still enough carbonation present to keep everything from becoming too heavy. English in feel through and through, this was a Porter that would be worth seeking out, even for those who aren't into Scotch. A solid brew in every sense of the word!

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4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of KJHB
4.79/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from the bottle into a 1/2 pint tasting glass. Drunk from 45-50 F.

Appearance in the glass is a fairly clear dark chestnut brown with ruby and copper highlights, 2 fingers of almond/tan head which lasts for a moderate amount of time.

Aroma is a combination of malt, sweet toffee and fruity esters (some which are reminiscent of a brown ale) with a mild roasted grain character. No discernible hop character.

Flavor is exactly as it smells, caramel, malt, toast, a mild green apple tinge (brown malt?), mild roasted character, and a very slight raisin aftertaste indicative of an aged dark ale. Sweetness upfront which is followed by a mineral dryness characteristic of English beer.

Mouth-feel is spot on... not watery at all, but light to medium with character. Moderate carbonation which adds to the dry prickle at the end of each taste and makes me take sip after sip.

Overall, a damn good brew! I wanted to see what flavor changes occurred at a warmer temperature, but it just went down too smoothly. My father and I both agreed, we shoulda' grabbed another bottle! If you happen to come across this beer, buy 2 or 3, you'll be happy you did!

Note* I was initially confused by the brown color of the beer (I thought porter was supposed to be dark?) until I looked up the BJCP style guidelines for English porter and found two classes - brown porter and robust porter (dark to black and stronger). I wrote this review as if it was the former since it did not specify on the bottle.

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Photo of Hayes86
3.62/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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Naval College Old Porter from Meantime Brewing Company Limited
4.18 out of 5 based on 119 ratings.
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