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Brewed by Meantime
Style: Porter
London, England

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RATINGS: 818   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.47   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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 Rwandaís Abuhuzamugambi Co-operative. At the Meantime Brewing Co we love flavour, so it wasnít 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.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
saxo (14044) - HÝjbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - JUL 16, 2007
Bottle. Nice tan head with good duration. Color ias black/brown. Aroma and taste are clearly dominated by coffee.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
zathrus13 (1716) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - JUL 15, 2007
Pours dark brown, about the color of Coke. Aroma is coffee, and some malt. Flavor is coffee, sugar, and some roasted malt. Thinish body.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 15, 2007
11.2 oz bottle. Beer is very dark, warm-brown colored with a small, frothy, beige, mostly lasting and quickly diminishing head. Slight lacing.<P>First impression is a recognition of the bright acidity of the African coffee. Coffee supported on moderately weighty malt notes of heavily roasted grain (so charred-smelling it totters a little toward rubbery at times), unsweetened chocolate, light notes of burned sugar, molasses; Hoppy with a moderate note of resin/pine; Yeasty with a trace of sweaty dishrag; Moderate notes of brewed coffee, light vanilla note.<P>The flavor is lightly/moderately sweet, moderately acidic, lightly bitter with a long, moderately bitter, light/moderately sweet, light/moderately acidic finish. Added coffee strongly present in the flavor and in the retronasal notes.<P>The body is medium, the texture is watery and the carbonation is lively.<P>Kudos for picking a good coffee to partner with. The bright terroir of the beans foil the deep roast notes and maintain a decent balance of interest. Found the near-burned notes in the malt off-putting enough to prompt me to end the date early.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ernest (6218) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 15, 2007
33cL Bottle (mini caffeine beer tasting). Head is initially small, frothy, off-white, mostly diminishing. Body is dark brown. Aroma is moderately malty (roasted grain, coffee, chocolate/cocoa, husks). Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately bitter, slightly husky. Medium body, watery/creamy texture, lively carbonation. Aroma and flavor seem a little husky/grainy to me, but if thatís not the culprit thereís something not quite clean here. Otherwise, itís a pleasant brew...the chocolate character is nice.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 9, 2007
Dark brown body, huge, fizzysoft tanned head, big carbonation. Big coffee in the nose, bittersweet, then dry, some cocoa and bit of cola. Cocoa returns in the taste, large and in charge, slick and almost syrupy. Like a mocha-cino. But the body is the lean side in this brew, and the cocoa powder-y feel in the flavor removes any promise I had in anticipating this "coffee porter." (Btw, the label says 6% abv, not the 4 listed here) Tasty, but lacking...should be fuller bodied, should be more...when Iím getting less. Not worth the money spent, since better coffee beers, and better porters and stouts, are readily available at much better value. Had to try it, though, since Iím a sucker for the style.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nuffield (3671) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JUL 8, 2007
Rich roasted aroma, smoke, very distinctly with coffee. Lovely first flavors, coffee very strong, though Iím let down by the roughness of the finish--too much in the range of "grounds" rather than "brew". Good chocolate notes, too. Very dark brown, good head. Nice mouthfeel, silky. Good beer overall.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Papsoe (25085) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUL 7, 2007
(Bottle 33 cl) Clear, dark brown - close to black - with a vague tint of orange. Has a small, creamy, beige head. Distinct aroma of coffee and ashes - or perhaps rather ashtray. Medium body with very, very burned malt accents, but again closer to ashes than to coffee. Thereís an underlying tartness in there - probably from the malt. The bitterness in the finish is surprisingly discreet. Not completely pleasant. 280607

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
SDalkoholic (2146) - Linda Vista, California, USA - JUL 5, 2007
Small 330mL bottle. Aroma was a mild smell of coffee and dark roast malt. Appeared as a black/dark brown porter with small development of head. The flavor, however, was almost nothing like the aroma had lead me to assume. Pretty boring and bland with very little coffee for me to enjoy with a name and description like this bottle advertised. I was dissappointed and would not suggest this to those friends i know who love porters and stouts.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cornfield (5482) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - JUL 4, 2007
The labels on the bottles being sold around here read Meantime Coffee Porter, so Iím somewhat confused by this being listed as a Stout. (The website merely names it Meantime Coffee.) It sure doesnít look like a Stout, the body (viewed in bright natural light) being clear with the coloring of a medium strength coffee. The creamy light tan head tells you thatís not what it is. The aroma is that of an iced coffee of modest strength and has the addition of milk chocolate. That pretty much describes the flavor as well. Not bad. With its coloration and light-to-medium body, Iíd list this as a Porter. Whatever it is, Meantime continues to impress.

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3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jtw (1098) - farmington, Michigan, USA - JUL 2, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 1, 2007 Mocha chocolate aroma, some roast but little hops. Deep garnet, almost black with a slightly tannic flavor and finish. Decent beer but hardly memorable.


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