Brewed by Meantime (SAB Miller)
Style: Porter
Greenwich, England


on tap

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RATINGS: 872   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46/5   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
Avaialable in 330ml bottles only. Cold fermented and lagered.
May be known as Coffee Porter.
Our first formulation of this beer was the first UK brewed beer to carry the Fairtrade logo, and although we have reformulated it to create an even better blend better the malt and roast coffee flavours and can no longer get enough coffee in each bottle to qualify for Fairtrade status, we are still using the same Faitrade Araba Bourbon beans from Rwanda’s Abuhuzamugambi Co-operative. At the Meantime Brewing Co we love flavour, so it wasn’t exactly difficult for us to see how the scents and aromas of coffee and barley would create a perfect match like just like mint and lamb, toffee and banana, peaches and cream, peanut butter and jam. Serve lightly chilled with as many chocolate truffles as your conscience allows.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DocLock (8798) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 24, 2007
Bottle from State Line. Deep blackish pour with great lacing and 2-finger ecru head. Aroma is huge coffee, chocolate syrup, dry roasty dark malt,. Tastes roasty malty, with a solid coffee flavor, plus dark chocolate, some hops, and some peppery jalapeno oily flavor notes that one will notice in Bell’s Java. The palate is complex, fairly dense, and velvety smooth. The flavor stays semi-sweet, never becoming too sweet or too dry. This one is a great porter.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
TET (2255) - Kaarina, FINLAND - OCT 19, 2007
Very dark brown beer with medium white head. Aroma is weird and almost unpleasant. Flavor is better than aroma. Weird beer not bad but I don’t buy this anymore.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
VikingHammer (506) - Lynnfield, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 16, 2007
Pours dark brown with a thin light brown head. Lots of coffee in the aroma with hints of some chocolate. Nice balance of roasted malts and bitterness. Nice rich Mouth feel. All in all, a very nice porter

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Christian (11982) - Odense, DENMARK - OCT 15, 2007
Very dark brown with a small, but lasting beige to light brown head. The most coffee dominated aroma I have ever met in a beer. Like coffee ice cream, coffee candy, espresso, and fresh ground coffee beans. Some toffee and biscuit behind the coffee aroma. The flavour is much better balanced with a rich porter roastiness, matching the coffee that is absolutely there. Big and creamy mouthfeel. I appreciate the effort and the fairtrade coffee used, but the aroma turns me off. I want my beer to smell of beer, with the special ingredients playing in the background.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 15, 2007
Thanks to slob for this beer. Pours dark brown with a light brown head. Smells of coffee, bitter dark chocolate, dark fruit and brown sugar. Tastes of chocolate, earth and bitter. Palate yields some coffee but otherwise that quality is thankfully subdued. There’s a nice peppery bite to this on the finish. Well done!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - OCT 15, 2007
If you don’t bother reading the rest of this review, let me sum up my thoughts with one word....delicious. You can go on your way now. But if you decided to stick around and read my thoughts on this beer...thanks. The beer pours out a solid black stream from the very unique bottle. First whiff and I’m a bit confused. Confused because frankly, there wasn’t hardly any aroma! No aroma for a coffee porter? What’s going on? I keep hitting the aroma and finally, after a bit of warming up some metallic chocolate character comes out (kinda like sniffing Hersheys baking chocolate out of a metal tin). Really not much coffee in the aroma, so it gets a few points off. Appearance is excellent, a dark brown color, transparent with ruby around the edges and a nice beige head. Flavor is ground coffee beans, a touch sour, a bit chocolatey but aside from those flavors I got nothing else. Still, I did enjoy the beer immensley and would definitely pick it up again. One of the few coffee beers where it doesn’t taste like 2-day old coffee grounds sitting in a rubber waste basket.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jonte (1413) - Gothenburg, SWEDEN - OCT 14, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 24, 2009 Bottle at Haket Pub in Gothenburg. Dark brown color and a creamy beige head. Strong roasted aroma of coffee, chocolate and some caramel. Tastes of coffee, chocolate and some vanila. Light bitterness. Smooth and highly drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Miksu (5030) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - OCT 14, 2007
0.33 l bottle. Black color with thick creamy head. The aroma is very close to a cup of good espresso, some notes of sweet malt, cocoa, dark chocolade and leather in the background. Rich sweetish, coffeish and malty flavor is simpler than the aroma.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ABUSEDGOAT (2419) - California, USA - OCT 14, 2007
Interesting one. Blackish pour, moderate head with decent lacing and retention. Aroma is fun.... very enticing coffee notes with caramel, chocolate, light hops, some vanilla type sweetness notes. (vanilla is similar to the Breckenridge Vanilla Porter). But I gotta give it credit, the aroma is very promising. Flavor delivers, but is fairly one dimensional. Medium to light body, lightly sweet. Easily better than the Breckenridge version, they almost nailed this, but it needs more beer notes. Cool take on a porter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - OCT 12, 2007
I had this at the end of a long night of drinking, which I regret because it was delicous and I couldnt finish the bottle. Pour was dark brown blackish with minimal beige head. Nose was big time delcious coffee with notes of chocolate and malt lingering aroung. Flavor was great coffee/espresso tasting with a perfect mix of chocolate. Went down well then I fell asleep.

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