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Brewed by Meantime
Style: Baltic Porter
London, England

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RATINGS: 51   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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Meantime Hospital Porter (called Naval College Old Porter in the US) is made in the same fashion. 24 months oak aging in used Bruichladdich Octomore barrels has lent a woody, intensely peaty smokiness to our Ďstockí Porter, which we have blended with a younger beer. This latter adds vitality to the brew. Hospital Porter one beer that is best not over-chilled, and, like the original Porters, will mature with age. This beer has only been available on draught at the Old Brewery at the Old Royal Naval Hospitalóuntil now. We have done our best to ensure that the beer would be recognizable to


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Headbanger (3226) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - OCT 29, 2013
750ml bottle 10/29/13 (Binnyís Naperville)-46į in English Pint-Pours black with ruby tints. Aroma of roasted malt, smoke, spicy peppers, oak, coffee, and chocolate. Taste of oak, malt, coffee, and chocolate. This medium to full bodied brew is well balanced and kicks ass.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jtclockwork (7905) - , New Jersey, USA - OCT 16, 2013
Bottle. Pours dark brown with tan head. Nose and taste of earthy peat smoke, cocoa, dark bread (danish rye?), clove, tobacco, toasted nuts, old coffee and wood. Complex. Medium body.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
superspak (2419) - Michigan, USA - JUL 15, 2013
750 ml bottle into tulip glass, best before 5/23/2015. Pours clear very dark brown color with a 2 finger dense khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big milk chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, toast, biscuit, toffee, dark bread, coffee, clove, oak, light nuttiness, peat smoke, raisin, and roasted earthiness. Incredible aromas with big complexity and balance of dark/roasted notes with moderate oak/smoke presence; and good strength. Taste of milk chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, toast, toffee, biscuit, coffee, dark bread, clove, oak, light nuttiness, floral, light smoke, and roasted earthiness. Lingering notes of chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, toast, toffee, dark bread, coffee, oak, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity and balance of roasted/dark malt flavors with moderate barrel presence; with great robustness and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very creamy and lightly slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent oak aged Baltic porter! All around great complexity and robustness of dark/roasted flavors with moderate oak presence; and very smooth to sip on. A highly enjoyable offering.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Chuckaduck (624) - Highland Heights, Kentucky, USA - MAY 6, 2013
Bottle. 5/6/2013. Pours translucent dark brown with a fluffy, creamy light brown head. Aroma is roast malts, chocolate, creamy, wood, come chalkiness, a touch of peat. Taste is very nice; slightly sweet, dark fruits and berries, dark chocolate, touch of smoke; nice long dark chocolate finish. Light lacing. Creamy, light bodied mouth feel. Medium carbonation; nice aromatics. Overall, pretty great. Nice flavors, color. Really enjoyed this.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wlajwl (3746) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - APR 29, 2013
Aroma is unique smoked malts, coffee and a hint of fruit. The flavor is smoked/oak aged malts, coffee, fruit, notes of earthiness and a mix of tartness and acidity in the finish.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
brian60625 (742) - Illinois, USA - APR 23, 2013
22 ounce bottle divided among five people. Lots of peat-smoked barley and scotch in the aroma, licorice, earth, and toffee too. Appearance is black hue liquid, medium viscosity and beige foam on top, lingering suds and a small amount of lacing. Taste is big on peat, roasted wood, rye, scotch, malt driven, pretty sweet, assertive abv that would probably do well to settle down in the cellar for a couple years. Palate is medium to thick, low carbonation, laid back mouthfeel due in part to the smoky character. Overall I liked the boggy soil and fired-swamp peat, barley with rye liquor mix. Itís a solid and unusual porter.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
popery (1353) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 11, 2013
Pours a fairly dark brown. Looks black from the side view of my full glass, but color is evident when looking down into the beer. I canít see any cloudiness, but itís hard to tell. Smallish light brown head. Good lacing. Aroma is a mix of caramel, cocoa, roast and a complex barrel character. The base beer is rich and full of toasty and roasty malt flavors. Thereís a big coffee note on a sweet background of gooey caramel and treacle. The scotch barrel is strong and carries a punch of wood, smoke, brine and booze. Iíve tried a couple Octomore expressions and enjoy that peaty beast of a whisky, but your mileage may vary on this beer if youíre not a fan of Islay peat. The brine and smoke are just lovely. Itís a shame that more beers donít get to see scotch barrels. The beer tastes similarly. Lots of roast, peat smoke, coffee, brine, molasses, and chocolate. It also adds in some dark malt fruitiness. The barrel comes through clearly and helps to dry out the sweeter side of the beer. Smooth mouthfeel. Low-ish carbonation, though pretty normal for a strong porter, particularly an English one. Lingering aftertaste of coffee, cocoa and peat. Very nice beer. Meantime is an excellent brewer, and itís great to find a both a good strong English porter and a good scotch-barrel aged beer. Over time, I imagine the barrel flavor would recede a bit and more of those fruity dark malt flavors would come out.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Travlr (9999) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 22, 2013
Draft at Colemanís pub in Charleston, South Carolina, holy cow, great surprise. Dark maroon color, small beige head. Nice roasty aroma with coffee grounds and bitter cicia. Taste is plums and figs dipped in espresso. Nice.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BMan1113VR (7822) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JAN 29, 2013
Naval College Porter. On tap. Pours with a clear brown hued body with a small tan head. Aromas are of massive tobacco, brown malt, earthy, roasty, brown sugar, chocolate, nuts, and light esters. Flavors are roasty, sweet, woody, smokey, earthy, nutty, leather, tobacco and damp leaves. Medium carbonation, nutty, roasty and dry. Feels slightly disjointed.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
joshwoodward (560) - - JAN 27, 2013
Very nice. Solid Porter style, with a great balancing hoppiness. Not too heavy. Very nice.


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