Beerenberger (1563) - Fischer, Texas, USA - DEC 18, 2012
3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 5/20
(Meantime Navel Collage Old Porter) Aroma of roasted malts, sweet meats, and a hint of smoke. Pours a deep blackish brown with no head or lacing. The taste is roasty with a strong peat smoke finish and aftertaste. Medium-full mouthfeel with medium carbonation. Overall, a very smokey scotch-like porter.
minutemat (2252) - Shrewsbury, Shropshire, ENGLAND - MAY 19, 2015
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
330ml bottle from Beers of Europe. Pours dark with medium tan head. Aroma is dark malts. No discernible peat presence. Smooth porter with very light chocolate and the faintest hint of coffee. Not amazing.
mintzmeet (314) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 10, 2015
3.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Some strong toffee flavors. Actually real real smooth. Fire. Smells syrupy. Dark. Malty. Wahhabi.
jmagnus87 (2888) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - MAY 3, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Draft. From notes. Navel college version. Roasty coffee, woody bourbon notes. Caramel and smokey. Good.
crossovert (8792) - Illinois, USA - FEB 28, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft. Dakr brown pour. It doesn’t surprisingly hit you over the head with any type of peat, it is there but subtle, I kind of like that, has some dark fruits and obvious chocolatey bread overtones, not bad.
trapped (1189) - New York City, TURKEY - FEB 11, 2015
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draught @ Taproom no307. Dark brown with small foamy beige head, faint coffee aroma, thin body, little coffee beans taste, low carbonation, disappointing sweetish finish. This is the third Meantime beer i’ve tried in a row and they are all sweet and sticky! What’s wrong with the Brits?
madmitch76 (17446) - , Essex, ENGLAND - FEB 8, 2015
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
7th February 2015
7.0% version, clearly intended for the US market. Thanks so much Meantime for allowing us a look in on the action, you are too kind! Clear deep amber - brown beer, tidy cream - tan colour head. Palate is smooth and a little crisp. Dry malts, trace of dark chocolate and very mild coffee. Light lactose. Little paper. Mild fruits before a light dry finish. Very bland, not even getting any peat. Poor show all round from Meantime.
allmyvinyl (5668) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 2, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
330ml bottle from Beers of Europe, under its US name. 7.0%. Pours dark ruby brown, thick cream head. Aromas of iodine, liquorice, coffee and dark chocolate. Taste is more chocolate, light whisky, woody finish, and a little thin.
DrSilverworm (8143) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 16, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Taster at Jungle Jim’s Barrel-Aged Beer Bash 2015. From a bottle. Mostly clear brown slight red color. Thin ring of off-white head. Few bits of lace. Dark fruit, some chocolate in the nose. A lot of earthiness in the flavor, as well as a bit of an interesting scotch character. Some good cocoa nib. Moderate-plus bitter taste, light to moderate sweet, light dry finish. Medium to bigger body. Kind of crisp, lighter carbonation, mild chewiness. A very solid english barrel-aged porter. Good complexity. I prefer the American way of doing it though, as I usually do...
wedgie9 (2504) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 15, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Naval College version. From notes. Tasted in December 2012 from a capped 750mL bottle. Pours dark cola brown with an average tan head that leaves average lace. The nose is roasted, nutty dark coffee, some smoke, and dry molasses. The flavor is very dry and roasted with the same nutty coffee, touch of smoke, and molasses. The body is medium with light carbonation and a long roasted bitter finish.
TheJestersBeer (2200) - SWEDEN - DEC 30, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
330ml bottle, as Naval College Old Porter.
Pours a dark mahogany, with a thin brown head.
Roasted, oaky, quite smoky aroma, caramel, iodine, chocolate, coffee, licorice.
Off-dry, medium body and bitterness, balanced CO2.
Roasted, woody taste, smoke, peat, licorice, iodine, coffee beans, vanilla.
Surprisingly lean for an 8% porter. A bit more body would indeed have supported the wood flavours better. Not bad, but no Hallelujah moment. (2014-12-30)