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


on tap

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RATINGS: 900   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 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 (1153) - 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 (2901) - 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 (3018) - 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 (5533) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
NicerInPerson (337) - North of Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JUN 13, 2007
The aroma was chocolate and coffee and roast. The beer had a high level of smoke as well. The backbone was malty with a caramel influence and a strong depth of chocolate and coffee. In the glass the dark brown/black beer was missing head and only had a slight presence of any head. The flavor was chocolate and roasted dark espresso coffee. The flavor almost takes one by surprise and is quite enjoyable. The coffee and roasted character are very well done and well balanced. Caramel is present as a background note, but the chocolate and coffee rule over all. The finish was dry with lasting coffee impressions long and pleasantly into the aftertaste and beyond. The body was medium and the carbonation was low yet spritzy. A nice coffee beer, very enjoyable to drink and leaving me wanting more. 11.2 ounce bottle marked Coffee Porter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
FatPhil (13867) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JUN 10, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 6, 2014 500ml Bottle (Gallows Bird, Espoo) (6:5:8:3:13=3.5)
Very nice coffee beer - well combined. Not standing out as a beer, but the coffee is well integrated and it’s a very tasty drink, if perhaps a little cartoony.
Rerate: Tap (Drink Baar, Tallinn) (6:4:6:3+:13+=3.2++)
Coffee beany aroma. Nice black, sticky tan head. Beany taste initially. Smooth palate, gentle prickles from the carbonation. Sweet and a little chocolate cakey finish, perhaps kamatahvel. Later sips are sweeter and less beany, and actually quite nice. A bit gutless though, compared with that first taste (which could well have been an underrate, back in those days).

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