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


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RATINGS: 893   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 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - NOV 4, 2007
Pours a dark brown, with a medium off white head. Smells of coffee grounds, dark malts, and roasted chocolate. Has some of that dark chocolate candy bar aroma going on. The flavor is medium bodied, with a big coffee influenece, but unfortunately not much more than that. Has some of that dark chocolate flavor going on, but not as profound as in the smell. I think it could use a little more body, and a little more complexity, otherwise its just an average beer, that I wouldnt want more than one of.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
porterhouse (1580) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - NOV 4, 2007
(330 ml bottle (stamped "BB 25 01 09") from <A HREF=http://www.ratebeer.com/Place/maine/belfast/t target=blank>Belfast Co-op) A little weird...Pours clear dark iced tea brown, lighter than usual for a porter, more like the color of a brown ale. Four fingers of creamy, rocky biege head. Aroma of what seems like cheap Irish, Scotch or rye whiskey plus coffee, chocolate and ashtray. Mouthfeel is smooth but thinnish, not much texture. Lots of droopy rings of lacing. Flavor of old stale coffee, some dark chocolate, caramel, rum and cheap whisky (I think). A bit of ashtray. Actually some alcohol burn, surprising at only 6% ABV. A strange unexpected mix of flavors. Interesting but I didnít enjoy this too much.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thornecb (5318) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 3, 2007
Pours mahogany into an English pint. Tan head with good retention. Espresso and chocolate aromas. Smooth mocha with a lasting espresso finish.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ubamartian (155) - Watertown, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 3, 2007
Bottle with an English pint glass, at 44 degrees F. This just sounded too good, it was described to me as a REAL COFFEE flavored porter. Meaning, you can tell itís coffee and not chocolate that smells somewhat like coffee. So I bought one. Pours a deep dark brown leaning towards red. A beautiful light mocha colored, frothy head which leaves beautiful lacing. The aroma... I am thinking Iím in a really yuppie coffee bar. Unsweetened Chocolate, REAL Coffee (yes you can tell!), and hints of vanilla, mint and malts. This is one of those aromas that says... "DRINK ME NOW! I REALLY TASTE GOOD". The first sip was excellent. Pure Coffee, and Chocolate, with the malts, and a slight alcohol. There were also hints of vanilla and to a lesser degree mint as well. The feeling was not thick, not thin, but just right. The lingering coffee and chocolate along with the warming from the alcohol are perfectly blended. The finish is a bit dry, leaving you wanting another sip. Next time I am craving a Mocha Frappacino, I am stopping at the liquor store instead! DEFINITELY a stock item in my beer cellar!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
piscator34 (2271) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - NOV 2, 2007
Dark brown in colour with moderate carbonation. Aromas of vanilla flavored coffee beans, chocolate, booze, and light red wine. The coffee element becomes somewhat caramelized in the mouth, and the fruit component becomes more citric, as the chocolate continues on unchanged. Although itís aroma and opening flavors are fairly sweet (coffee liqueur-like), it does dry out eventually, and the finish is surprisingly short. This would be an interesting compromise beverage in lieu of coffee, liqueur, or a heavier beer like an imperial stout or barleywine.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ibrew2or3 (7957) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - NOV 1, 2007
Pours a deep clear amber with inch and a half tan head. As I poured it I got a whiff of coffee, mmm. Yep, I then brought my nose to the glass and received a dose of coffee along with burnt malts. It smells like burnt coffee beans. The flavor begins with a brief sweet roasted maltiness that quickly becomes coffee and burnt malts. The taste mellows out for a while with some roasted malts, hints of chocolate and burnt malts. It ends with a pleasing coffee and burnt malt flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ClarkVV (5221) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 1, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 3, 2007 330mL bottle, a few months old, drunk on 10/4/07
Lovely appearance, as usual, from meantime. Unfiltered, bottle conditioned head is ample and well-retained, leaving moderate lacing. The beer is a clear chocolate brown, leaving the sediment behind.
Wow, this smells decadent and like one hell of a dessert! Creamy vanilla-flavored fudge, German chocolate cake and tons of light coffee notes all press in to the nose delightfully. No hop notes that I can find, nor any real yeast character that can be discerned outside of the sweet malts and coffee, but itís clean, and the alcohol is concealed. High strength of aroma. Like the flavor to come, itís not exactly a mystery waiting to be unlocked and is definitely on the sweeter side (this must be intentional), but still very enjoyable.
Very creamy, almost sticky chocolate fudge gooiness oozes from the malts. A mostly tight, but low carbonation, induces notions of a milkshake and on the end, a strong flavor of vanilla-coffee iced cream, heavily sweet and sticky, dominates. Iíll be damned if I didnt forget I was drinking beer for a moment and thought I was drinking a chocolate-vanilla milkshake. The coffee is mostly flavorful essence and creates very little (almost none) bitterness/roastiness. No flaws. Fun for what itís attempting. Could stand to be more dry, I suppose, but the extra sugars give it that milk shake-like texture.
Not my usual score for these types of beers; guess I was in the mood for a sweet beer that night.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ruggedman (647) - Portland, Maine, USA - OCT 30, 2007
Wow this stuff is yummy. Nice thick, almost milky like, must be brewed with lactose. The coffee in it isnt dominant, but itís well blended with the malts used and creates a very unique brew. Iíve recommended this to a few people now as one of my favorite coffee porters.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Miver (609) - Silver Spring, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 27, 2007
Cool bottle. Great aroma of roasted coffee with a hint of minty chocolate. Good body and carbonation. Taste is as pleasant as the aroma. For as low as the ratings are for this beer, Iím surprised. It was very much a good coffee porter and I could drink a lot of these.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tranquillity (1719) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - OCT 26, 2007
Bottled. Strong sour aroma, a bit foul, coffee. Some extremely dark (bitter) chocolate. Would have been a 10 if not for the foulness. (foulicity..?) :) Dark, thick beige head with medium-big bubbles. Very much coffee in the flavour. Perfectly balanced for my taste. Has some sourness and... yum.

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