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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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

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4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle pour at the BevMo Holiday Beerfest held at Golden Road Brewing in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, vanilla, and malted milk. Taste is much the same with a slight smokey and woody flavor on the finish. There is a mild roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with a nice smell and some great flavors.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

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

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, best before 5/23/2015. Pours clear very dark brown color with a 2 finger dense khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big milk chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, toast, biscuit, toffee, dark bread, coffee, clove, oak, light nuttiness, peat smoke, raisin, and roasted earthiness. Incredible aromas with big complexity and balance of dark/roasted notes with moderate oak/smoke presence; and good strength. Taste of milk chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, toast, toffee, biscuit, coffee, dark bread, clove, oak, light nuttiness, floral, light smoke, and roasted earthiness. Lingering notes of chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, toast, toffee, dark bread, coffee, oak, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity and balance of roasted/dark malt flavors with moderate barrel presence; with great robustness and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very creamy and lightly slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent oak aged Baltic porter! All around great complexity and robustness of dark/roasted flavors with moderate oak presence; and very smooth to sip on. A highly enjoyable offering.

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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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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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4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

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3.63/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a goblet at SmallBar - Logan Square.

I almost mistook this one for the M&S Hospital Porter (as it's known as Hospital Porter outside the US due to labeling restrictions), but this one was brewed by Meantime for full release (rather than just for M&S) and was aged for 24 months in Bruichladdich Octomore barrels (as opposed to 4 months in Islay casks from MacLeod's Distilleries). The more you know. It pours a deep black-brown, highlighted in dark garnet, topped by a finger of tan foam. The nose comprises cocoa, roasted malts, light whiskey, and very light vanilla bean. The taste brings in more of the same, along with some light coffee notes and hints of charred oak. The body is a light-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a smooth feel. Overall, a solid porter, but one whose barrel treatment hardly comes through at all, leaving a strong sense of disappointment. As far as porters go, though, this one is still pretty tasty.

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

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

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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

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4.07/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Beachwood I,

A: Pours a super dark brown with a medium heavy off-white head. Some thick lace.

S: Peat, iodine, sea air, very Scotch oriented.

T: Great dark chocolate notes in balance with tremendous Scotch barrel character. Again, lots of peat, leather, smoke. Some dark fruit as well.

M: Medium to full-bodied, creamy, smoky, big finish and aftertaste. Very smooth.

O: A classic right here, very well made, kicks Mikkeller's Scotch barrel Black Hole's butt.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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Naval College Old Porter from Meantime Brewing Company Limited
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