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

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RATINGS: 70   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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


4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
MacBoost (1518) - Pouring Bus, New York, USA - DEC 27, 2012
Pours a viscous dark brown/black with an enormous tan head. Aromas of some dark fruit, some roast, slight hazelnut, oak. Taste is similar - stone fruits, peaty smokiness, wood. Slightly roasty but more mellow that an impy stout. Alcohol is completely hidden. Jesus, this beer is truly a world class Baltic porter. Very nicely done.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jbruner (2939) - Athens, Georgia, USA - AUG 4, 2012
Naval College Old Porter in the bomber. Pours a thick, opaque, brownish black from the bottle with a frothy tan head and great lacing. Aroma of roasted malts, coffee, oak, and slight dark chocolate sweetness. Taste all of that with a bitter mouth and alcoholic burn on the way down. Superb.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beese (2560) - Watford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 1, 2014
75cl bottle from M&S. Poured a very dark brown, with a large, beige head. Aroma of rich, dark malt, oak, molasses and spice. Good mouth feel. Big roast malt flavour, with dates, spice and cocoa. Dark chocolate in the finish, with coffee and burnt malt.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
jmagnus87 (2912) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - MAY 3, 2015
Draft. From notes. Navel college version. Roasty coffee, woody bourbon notes. Caramel and smokey. Good.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheCrowsNest (76) - Redondo Beach, California, USA - NOV 20, 2012
Very dark brown with a beige head. Smells like chocolate, scotch, and toffee. Peat is very apparent along with dark, roasted cocoa and vanilla. Finishes dry, complementing the roasted flavors and peat. The peat from the Bruichladdich barrels is almost overpowering on the first couple sips, but as your palate adjusts you notice how well it melds with the rest of the beer. Cellerable.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
joshwoodward (572) - - JAN 27, 2013
Very nice. Solid Porter style, with a great balancing hoppiness. Not too heavy. Very nice.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
superspak (3400) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jesterdeal (1985) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - JUL 13, 2012
Aroma of coffee, malt, notes of the oak in nut form. Pours black with a fluffy biege head. Taste is good and roasty with strong coffee notes and burnt oak. Mouthfeel is not too thick but nice and warm. Delicious porter.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PorterPounder (6209) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUL 14, 2012
Tallahassee, Fl - New Leaf Market - 750 ml cage corked bottle - labeled as "Naval College Old Porter". Dark brown pour leaning to black with a thick khaki colored head that leaves spots of lacing. Enticing aroma with some strong earthy black potting soil, a hint of coffee and just a touch of chocolate. Flavor is full bodied and rich. Plenty of dark bittersweet chocolate, day old black coffee, a touch of licorice. Mouthfeel is dry and chalky....but in a good way. Very solid porter.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
wchesser (1467) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 25, 2012
Dark mahogany brown with a pillowy fading head. Smoking peaty whiskey nose and dark roasted malts and coffee. Noticeable iodine and sea air. Very reminiscent of the Ola Dubh line from Harvieston. Porter body isn’t watered down at all by the barrel treatment. Dark roast and caramel malt with very pleasant scotch characteristics. Gonna go get more while I can and try to cellar it if I can resist. Hope this makes it over here regularly. Good value.


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