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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Papsoe (25069) - 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. There’s an underlying tartness in there - probably from the malt. The bitterness in the finish is surprisingly discreet. Not completely pleasant. 280607

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
SDalkoholic (2274) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - JUL 4, 2007
The labels on the bottles being sold around here read Meantime Coffee Porter, so I’m somewhat confused by this being listed as a Stout. (The website merely names it Meantime Coffee.) It sure doesn’t 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 that’s 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, I’d list this as a Porter. Whatever it is, Meantime continues to impress.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jtw (1148) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 30, 2007
330 ml bottle labeled Coffee Porter, but it seems to match the label and other details of this beer. Pours dark brown mostly clear, brick highlights with a small beige head that diminishes to a ring. In your face coffee aroma, but malt sweetened, dark chocolate notes, hints of brown fruit and flowers. Roasty malts and bitter coffee in the flavor, a little brown sugar, carob and herbs, nicely balanced. Medium body and very gentle carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DoubleBubble (107) - Mescal Lakes (wherever that is), Arizona, USA - JUN 27, 2007
Pours a very dark brown with a pretty decent tan head. Nice lacing. Very strong coffee and chocolate smells. Tastes like a fresh brewed cup with a twist. Leaves a lingering coffee flavor on your tongue. Lighter body than your typical stout/porter. Very good after dinner beer. Or for me anytime beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - JUN 24, 2007
11.2 oz. bottle - Pours a dark brown color with a small light tan head. Light lacing. Aroma is light roasted malt and coffee. Flavor is chocolate and coffee. A smooth, medium body beer. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mjg74 (2910) - La Mesa, California, USA - JUN 20, 2007
Bottle from Keg & Bottle 2. Pours a very dark amber color with ruby hints. Aroma is big on the coffee. Some sweet creaminess as well. Strong roasted coffee up front. Some sweet sugary qualities. Roasted bitter coffee beans as well. Pretty good little beer. The finish does leave a little to be desired. I won’t complain though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - JUN 19, 2007
Bottle. BB 25 01 09. Mine says Coffee Porter but I believe this is the right beer. Deep brown color with reddish hues. Creamy ivory head. Burnt sugar, coffee and chocolate malt aromas. Wildly lively flavor. Cocoa, coffee, fruits, spices, nuts. Aggressively carbonated.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
badlizard (5535) - Berkeley, California, USA - JUN 14, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 2, 2007 330 mL bottle. black with creamy tan head. Aroma of coffee, chocolate, and roasted malt. Creamy palate. Intense coffee taste transitioning to a semi-sweet chocolate flavor and finish with a long dry roastiness. Quite good.

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