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


on tap

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RATINGS: 896   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.47/5   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrBayern (1139) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - AUG 27, 2007
33 cl. bottle. Large, persistent light tan head floats on a deep ruby body. Rich coffee aroma smells like you just walked into Starbucks. Notes of vanilla, spice, and dark chocolate add to the complexity, but the coffee is the featured attraction. Mildly astringent, medium body and carbonation result in a pleasing mouthfeel. Fairly dry with a clean bitterness that is supported by a sturdy dark malt base. Pretty heavy on the coffee, but that’s what is intended here, and given that, it’s pretty good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JPDIPSO (5519) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 25, 2007
Light brown color with a hint of garnet when held to the light. Somewhat bubbly taupe head that diminishes over time and just a few bubbles on the side of the glass. Sharp aromas of coffee. For me this does not have the rich robust coffee scent, rather a freeze dried coffee nose. Fruity coffee flavor strike the tongue. Some tropical fruit and ethiopian coffee flavors abound. Vanilla, pineapple, mango... a somewhat odd group of characters adrift in the mouth. Fairly dry and bitter in the finish and linger with a woody/charcoal vanilla flavor somehow sailing about. Interesting is about all I can muster.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
nimbleprop (7161) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 25, 2007
Poured a water black with brown hues with a thin, white lacing head. Smells like roasted malts, coffee and chocolate. Taste is heavy coffee, roasted malts, chocolate and nuts. Finish is light and crisp, but more coffee flavor. It is what you’d expect.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Brix (652) - DENMARK - AUG 13, 2007
Tasted 2007-04-18. Fresh bottle, 33cl. dark red, almost black beer with light brown head. Aroma is dominated by coffee. Taste is also dominated by coffee, but also contains notes of yeast. A very round and accessible beer!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ethereal (2421) - Los Angeles, California, USA - AUG 11, 2007
330ml bottle from Waitrose. Pours dark brown with a small tan foam. Aroma is buttery coffee and malt. Flavour is a smooth mix of the same and the palate is not too heavy. Better than other coffee beers I have tried.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Rastacouere (6174) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 10, 2007
Lasting tan foam of delicate, small bubbles tops the blackish pour. Intensely aromatic, torrefied grains in the nose. You’d better like coffee if you want to venture into this beer. What makes it work for me is the absence of that common grainy acidity that kicks the roastiness apart. Here, there is none of that and unfortunately, there is not much of anything else. The palate is decently rounded, the impression of which is attenuated by the carbonation’s extravagancy. So a gazy, sweeter cup of coffee.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
KimmoS (51) - FINLAND - JUL 31, 2007
Looks like coffee. Quite silky head. My nose picks up some roasted and coffee aromas. Flavor is a bit more orthodox. Sweet. I like sniffing this. No surprises here. I like specialties. Easy to drink, would not mind a couple of these. Very pleasent! Pretty bottle too.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bikesandbeers (547) - san diego, California, USA - JUL 29, 2007
Really cool little bottle from HiTimes, Costa Mesa, CA. poured dark from with a small bubbly head. Roasty aroma with bits of cholcate and cofee. Flavow is heavy on the java, not too sweet but not to bitter. Very light and the mouth and goes down really smooth. good flavor but not a ton of complexity. I could drink this all day.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
marchcow (664) - Coralville, Iowa, USA - JUL 28, 2007
Chocolate malt aromas. Dark copper brown with foamy tan head. Strong coffee and chocolate flavors with a metallic edge. Slightly bitter and astringent finish. Coffee lingers in the duration. Slightly sour. Light on the palate.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
waolsen (1375) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - JUL 28, 2007
11 oz bottle. mahogony pour iwth clarity. foamy off white head. aroma is smoky, roasted nuts, sour malts and bitter smelling coffee. flavor of coffee liquor, nutty, coffee, smoke, candy. a bit artificial tasting. a slow sipper more like a liquor.

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