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


on tap

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RATINGS: 895   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mjg74 (2951) - 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 (13040) - 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).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Enniskillen (2045) - Salinas, California, USA - JUN 8, 2007
Very dark brown, with a nice tan head. Aroma is heavy coffee, cream and caramel. Taste is heavy coffee, some chocolate malt, cream is still there, just light. Not too complex, but a very solid beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
KAME (160) - California, USA - JUN 6, 2007
Bottle. Pours a dark brown with a thin tan head. Aroma is very roasty, and mainly composed of dry bitter coffee and baker’s chocolate. Flavour is much the same with much more chocolate and a bitter burn as it goes down. Texture is a little flat, and a bit oily, but I couldn’t imagine this with any more carbonation. Overall it’s actually not a bad brew, and would be a perfect companion to some vanilla ice cream.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 3, 2007
Bottle Coffee Porter: Dark brown pour with a tan head. Aroma, lots of coffee, some chocolate notes, smells like coffee chip ice cream. Flavor, lighter coffee than aroma would indicate, dry roasty notes, not much going on past that, but it’s pretty good.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
toncatcher (228) - Santee - SAN DIEGO, California, USA - MAY 31, 2007
Nice dark brown with a orangish tint, pours with a thin tan head that disapates quickly. Aroma of malt and coffee. Not as substantial as I would like, thin mouthful with muted coffee flavors.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
ekstedt (6382) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAY 25, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 1, 2007 Bottle. Dark opaque brown, medium beige head. Roasted malts with (too) strong notes of roasted coffee and some vanilla. Medium bodied and smooth. The finish is bitter. It is always interesting to experiment with ingredients, but the result is not allways so impressive. I will continue to drink (unflavoured) coffee when I feel for coffee and (probably unflavoured) beer when I feel for beer.

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