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

bottled
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Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 891   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46/5   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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 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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nearbeer (4609) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 7, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2008 330 ml, bb 25-01-09. Translucent dark brown with a large, creamy and lasting head. Nice crunchy lace. Cocoa, coffee, charred wood and smoke aroma. Flavor is similar to aroma, with some milk chocolate, earthy, and sourish notes as well toward the finish. Palate is light-medium, smooth and a tad watery. Great session porter.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
3fourths (8962) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 4, 2007
Awesome bottle. Pours fairly light compared to most porter, but I understand that this is more of a brown porter than robust (or normal, these days), so the appearance is that of typical brown ale, which is fine enough. The nose so exceedingly rich with bright coffee notes, some greenish vegetal coffee notes as well as some roasty espresso notes as well. I don’t get much of the porter, honestly, underneath this heap of coffee. Flavor is uncomplicated and light, with some malty, bready notes hidden beneath - again - huge, bright coffee. This is probably one of the most pure coffee beers I’ve had, outside of some massive imperial stout. Pretty good, but I really couldn’t see drinking much of this.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
emacgee (4548) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - OCT 3, 2007
Pours a dark brown with ruby notes. The head is medium light tan and fizzy. Sweet caramel aroma, earthy notes, not too much coffee. The flavor is sweet, a bit smokey, caramel, java, earthy, light alcohol. Nice coffee taste, different from other coffee beers. Smooth and cool palate. I enjoyed this, maybe not 3 dollars enjoyed it though.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
aubreya (676) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - OCT 2, 2007
The color was an amber/dark brown. The head was light beige, and creamy. The aroma was strong coffee malt and roasty. The flavor was dark roast coffee. The palate was lively. The finish was roasty.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TBone (15510) - Pori, FINLAND - OCT 2, 2007
UPDATED: JUN 15, 2008 Bottled@SBWF 2007
Pale nut brown, almost opaque, creamy beige head. Light coffee and milk in the nose. It is roasted but more than coffeish this is tasting like dark chocolate. Not far from their chocolate beer, but not as sweet as it is. (7/4/7/3/14)
Re-rated, bottle (BB 09/2010)
Dark nut brown color, small brown head. Ashy, tobacco and coffee nose. Tobacco, expresso and some dark chocolate in the flavor. (7/4/7/3/14 3.5)

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Schultsc (572) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 1, 2007
Clear mahogany brown with a loose, thin tan head. Lots of coffee in the aroma with subtle chocolate, sweet caramel malt, and touches of vanilla and berry fruit. Strong coffee flavor as well with some roasted malt and malt sweetness. Light, somewhat watery body with considerable effervescence that coes across as a bit thin.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ChazMania (662) - Oceanside, California, USA - SEP 27, 2007
Short bottle. Smells like a Costa Rican coffee that I recently had. It’s a nut brown like color. Flavor is nice, smooth and smokey. Texture is not as chewy as other porters. Not overbearing on the palate, quite smooth actually. Good tasty beer and one I would buy again.

4.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
eaglefan538 (3009) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - SEP 26, 2007
Short bottle, 330ml? Pour was a light brown color, not a lot of cloudiness, lighter looking than I anticipated, head was small, lacing not impressive. Aroma was nice coffee over slight toffee, a touch of bitter astringency suspected. Yet, the flavor bursted through smoothly, gently, nicely, and improved until the very last sip, a wonderfully flavored porter, so inviting for the warmer evening I consumed this on in the Fall, not thick and heavy coffee imperial stout like, just smooth, moderately bodied, lactic coffee flavors, silky mouthfeel with plenty of carbonation to stimulate the taste buds, a light grass hop zip (ever so slight) to keep this thing almost refreshing.... well, as refreshing as a nice cup of coffee could be anyway. Chocolate, very light roast, and toasted nuts support the main coffee flavors. Superb!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Suttree (5844) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 24, 2007
Great coffee aroma, and the flavor is like coffee and cream, or perhaps coffee and ice cream float. Or a mocha milkshake. Something like that. I enjoyed this one. Bottle at The Bier Garden, Asheville.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HogTownHarry (6372) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - SEP 21, 2007
Bottle (330ml). From Waitrose. Deep, clear, ruby-brown with a huge fluffy tan lasting head. Wonderful dry roast malt aroma, coffee beans, cocoa, soft herbal hops - really, really smooth. Taste - wow - tastes like a Coffee Crisp bar, and I’m not saying more - really good. Average body, a little oily and slick, very roasty, slightly dry, crisp and quick-finishing - molasses and coffee/chocolate.


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