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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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brought this back from Austin with me.

Deep rich mahogany. Creamy espresso head that lingers and lingers. Purty.

Hints of molasses and bakers chocolate with a creamy balance. Yum.

Toucan Sam (it follows the nose... never mind). Burnt malts with a creamy rich chocolate that pokes through as it warms. Strong molasses initially but mellows as it warms

Really tasty. Glad i picked it up. Would love to get it again. Definitely pick it up if you come across it.

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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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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

corked and caged 750ml into a wine glass.

a - pours a deep, dark brown but lets a little light through when held up to a lamp. formed a finger's worth of rocky, tan head that calmed slowly to a thin film. leaves behing big chunks of lacing in the glass.

s - chocolate malt, soy sauce, cola, fig.

t - chocolate and pale malts with lots of other little things going on. has notes of cola, faint dark fruits, a bit of black malt, a faint spiciness and also an 'old' taste which i imagine to be a very controlled level of oxidation. bitterness is mild at best. malt forward without being overly sweet. everything blends together quite well.

m - lighter side of medium with adequate carbonation. medium co2 profile. faint alcohol warming in the finish.

o - oddly, i don't get any of the scotch, barrel, or peat characteristics noted in other reviews. still a very nice beer and very drinkable, but on the expensive side for what you get. to me, this is what a porter should taste like.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a 6 oz. tasting glass from the tap.

A - typical porter, very dark brown. Despite a fairly vigorous pour, it came with minimal head. Looks like a big porter. Nice.

S - notes of oak, smoke, whisky, vanilla, chocolate, with hints of tobacco and leather. This smells terrific.

T - wow. Smoky, peaty scotch permeates throughout, but is not overpowering the way one would expect; this clearly benefitted from such a long time in the barrel. Roasted dark chocolate is also big in this, and the vanilla/oak from the nose are in perfect balance with the scotch flavor. This is without a doubt one of the very best tasting beers I have ever had. Amazing.

M - pretty thick, this one coats and sticks around, leaving a fantastic aftertaste. Low to moderate carb works very well here.

O - this is a phenomenal beer. I've been looking out for beers aged in scotch barrels as a break from the standard bourbon, and this is only the second I've had, from a brewery I've never heard of. Well, they've knocked this one out of the park; balancing a smoky, peaty scotch so perfectly with a beer has to be an incredibly difficult task, but everything here works together in harmony. I'm loathe to give any beer a perfect score, but I'm tempted to with this one. Unbelievably good.

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look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had never heard of it before, a bartender recommended it, couldn't be happier! The beer came in an eight ounce glass and was as dark and rich a color as I have ever seen. The smell was strong on the smokiness with a nice crisp scotch/cardboard smell mixed in as well. The taste, well, it was amazing. Wonderfully rich oak and smoke notes with heavy cocoa, alcohol and paraffin tastes as well. Almost tastes like a good scotch or whiskey mixed expertly with a nice porter. Wonderful beer that I will be seeking out whenever possible!

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look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Listen, I know what you're thinking, "This guy just gave a beer 5.0, a fucking perfect? He's either drunk off his ass, a huge homer, or way too overzealous."

My rebuttal and explanation:

Appearance: What do you look for when reviewing a porter? A liquid that's dark in color? A nice mocha colored head that isn't pathetically pee-wee Herman sized and actually has some actual depth to it? Well, this beer looks great, beautifully dark with some substantial head.

Smell: Wow, the barrel aging is amazing, the peat-type scotch scent is strong and...guess what? Perfect. Combine that with the chocolate and coffee smells, and you've got a perfect smell for a BA porter. Not to belabor here, but lets think about this, its a Porter aged in Scotch barrels, in an ideal circumstance, how should it smell? Exactly. 5.

Taste: The peat-scotch taste is boldly present, with coffee, mocha, vanilla beans perhaps, and some amazing fudge browniesk(just go with it) chocolate.

Mouthfeel: So, this is a Porter, in my experience, Porters are generally less think/creamy than stouts and in THIS ONE INSTANCE, this Porter succumbs to the weight of the stout standards. Wait, whats that? This amazing beer IS a Porter, wow, I was so enamored with it I assumed it was a stout. The mouth feel is a little less than full but is VERY smooth with carbonation that leads you perfectly into the scotch after-taste.

Overall: Whats left to be said? I gave this beer a 5, a MF'n perfect and I stand by it completely. There is NO DOUBT that for a Porter, this beer is the fucking pinnacle, the god-damn summit, the peak, the climax, the meeting of A+S+T+M.

If you enjoy scotch and porter/stouts, then buy one. Actually, don't, don't do it. Don't buy one, buy as many as you can. I spent 9.99 on this beer and I would easily spend twice that on a regular basis and three times that on a special occasion.

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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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