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


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RATINGS: 75   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59/5   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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 ‘stock’ 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 Hospital—until now. We have done our best to ensure that the beer would be recognizable to

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - DEC 28, 2013
Bottled 25/12/13. A black beer with a whitish head and lace. Islay smokiness in the nose but it’s quite thin. Good smoke and burnt roasty malts in the mouth. Doesn’t drink its strength. The Islay works nicely for me. Wouldn’t have thought this was in the barrel for two years.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ABUSEDGOAT (2487) - California, USA - DEC 7, 2013
Black pour, moderate head, decent lace/retention. Aroma is roast, coffee, chocolate, caramel, light light barrel. Seriously I wouldn’t have guessed this was barrel aged. Medium to full body, somewhat bitter roasted finish. Pretty nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
koleminer20 (1850) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - NOV 25, 2013
750 mL bottle. Part of a tasting 11/24/2013 at Fraser’s Pub in Ann Arbor. The pour is a nice dark brown/black with a thin filmy head and no lace. The aroma is very heavy on the vanilla and a bit of bourbon with a nice smokey characteristic to it. The flavor is immediately bourbon heavy with coffee and chocolate taking the back seat. The flavor fizzles out quickly to a soft chocolatey finish

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Cantabrian (971) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - NOV 1, 2013
Bottle, from some US online outlet. This is sold in the US as “Naval College Old Porter”, as American regulation will not allow the name “hospital” to be associated with a beer. Certainly an aggravating aspect would be the strong flavour of Dexamethasone (Decadron) that could convey the impression of anti-inflammatory properties. The beer looks lovely dark brown with a decent beige head. Aromas are fruity, with red currants and tart cherries, but the music gets out of tune with the strong Dexamethasone flavour, among chocolates, Ovaltine and filberts. The Islay malt only comes out much later, as it warms in the glass, adding the alcohol and the peat to the melange. There’s more carbonation than I’d want to see in such a beer. Not bad, but not even among my favourites for this broad style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Headbanger (3748) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - OCT 29, 2013
750ml bottle 10/29/13 (Binny’s Naperville)-46° 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jtclockwork (13246) - , 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
superspak (4303) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Chuckaduck (674) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wlajwl (5431) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
brian60625 (746) - 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. It’s a solid and unusual porter.

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