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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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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
Borup (5876) - Albertslund, DENMARK - NOV 19, 2006
Bottle. Dark brown colour with a beige/brown head. Aroma and flavour of coffee.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rune (8065) - Tromsø, NORWAY - NOV 12, 2006
330 bottle purchased when leaving the St Albans BF ’06 and enjoyed at home on a Saturday evening after dinner. Very nice bottle design! Pours a rocky brownish foam over a black red-tinged body. The foam vanished to almost nothing after a while. Well rounded aroma of dark chocolate with a noticeable touch of licorice. Taste of roasted coffee beans supported by a few notes of peppermint and a discreet yeasty bitterness in the ending. Crispy and a bit thin mouthful (11.11.2006).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
NosirIwont (1964) - Aalborg Vestby, DENMARK - NOV 3, 2006
Bottle. Pours a slightly hazy, dark brown with a big brownish head. Interesting and quite sweet aroma with roasted notes. I have a hard time picking up the coffee though. Flavour is sweet, again with roasted notes. But unlike the aroma, the coffee is very present here. Also has a sourish touch. Bitter finish with lingering roasted notes. Remote notes of hops. A nice beer, but a bit too sweet in both aroma and flavour. 03-11-06.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Storm (2684) - Amager, DENMARK - SEP 28, 2006
33 cl bottle. Yeast at the bottom. Black colour with a little white head. Great aroma of mild roasted coffee. Very soft flavour of coffee and coffee, if you like coffee you’ll like this one. Hard to think of anything else than coffee.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
reakt (950) - Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 22, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 20, 2008 Bottle from Waitrose. Black coffee in colour with a malty brown head. Looks especially elegant in the appropriate Meantime glass. Nose of espresso and malts with hints of cinnamon and traces of alcohol. Woody taste of rich, roasted black coffee. Bitter finish of organic dark chocolate. Brutal in strength and drinkable only in small doses. Perfect with champagne truffles! Further proof that this is no ordinary brewery. London should be proud.

Bottle, again from Waitrose. Deep, reddish amber in colour with a nice beige froth of head. Nose of sweet malt, chocolate, caramel and roasted coffee. Smells like a candy bar and tastes much like one also, actually, I often have a Twix and a coffee at work and that’s exactly it. Malty and chocolatey with some caramel and a bitter slightly hoppy coffee finish. Wasn’t expecting to like this as much second time around but it’s lovely! A slight jiggle of the numbers sees me up a point but I think i’m slightly biased. The Twix and coffee combo is something my nan instilled in me at an early age, so here’s to you Nan, cheers!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Glouglouburp (6022) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 21, 2006
Black with a medium tan head. Lots of coffee & roasted malt on the nose. Taste is also mainly coffee with some black chocolate. Mouthfeeel was a bit surprising with some astringency as well some ashes. Not unpleasant, just unexpected. An average coffee stout, which is still a good beer. Gotta love those little Meantime bottles, I always feel like rubbing them until a drunk genie comes out.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MesandSim (7119) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 20, 2006
A Mes rate: 33cl bottle from Waitrose. Does exactly what it says on the bottle. Creamy coffee and chocolate all round. Black colour with a good looking tan head. Almost no flavour other than the malt until the finish then a huge (but rather pleasing) dump of coffee hits you. An after dinner beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
elektronikfagtekniker (891) - kbh, DENMARK - SEP 15, 2006
bottle. very dark brown color. medium carpy head. coffee aroma. lots of coffee in taste. very carpy. bitter.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheGrandMaster (2334) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 10, 2006
Poured from the bottle, a dark black with a large pillowy beige head that laced well. A delicious strong coffee (and some) aroma with chocolate notes. A little over-carbonated, but with a very smooth coffee flavour (not too bitter) with some lingering chocolate and vanilla on the palate. Very nice - my favourite Meatime yet.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BeerBiker (1412) - Odense, DENMARK - SEP 9, 2006
[Bottle, at Niels] Cute "fair trade" bottle. GREAT!!! Fine little thing which is wonderful with a lot of After Eight chocolates. It is more soft and medium thin than expected.

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