GarrettB (1178) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 8, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 3, 2007 As the legend goes, the youthful, amicable brewery masterminds behind Flying Dog and Meantime once attended the same school. These insouciant striplings socialized swimmingly, sauntering slowly through their school days, dreaming of silently sipping sipid suds. When they matured and became masters of the keg they found that while their beerological interest was mutual their brewery locations were not. One had opted for the bourgeoning city of Denver, the other for the bloated, bilgy city of London. Their respective beers were exclusively proliferated near or around their own breweries. These two brew masters then decided to make a pact betwixt friends. They would see to it that Denver would receive the fruits of Meantime’s brewing labors, and in exchange Flying Dog would ship a few bottles of local microbrewery beer to the U.K. With this history lesson in mind, really, I can think of nothing more appropriate to drink on the 4th of July. Once together (in a way that master and servant are bonded), the U.S. and Britain are now clearly separate and enjoying the fruits of each others labor. Brits enjoy U.S. exports like beef, steel and uh… flippancy in international affairs. And the British still won’t step sending us haughty literature. There could be no closer bond. And we can all see who the clear winner is in this Trans-Atlantic trade. When America rallied and called for Independence we inherited a vast (though claimed) territory rich with resources and rife with ethnic tensions in the making. And what did the British get? Humiliation. And that’s exactly how I think it goes down when some poor sot trots down to his local London liquor market and sees the crudely scrawled label of Flying Dog and buys it on a whim. Meanwhile I’m sitting on my porch enjoying the finest Porter I’ve ever had, saluting the overhead fireworks and mumbling a patriotic hymn or two. It’s dark and ominous color, like charred, rare meat smugly sits below a cushion of a beach sand colored head. This admirably comfortable looking beer belches out a flourishing and distinguishing blend of smells including yeast, cinnamon, heavy cream, hops, apple, pears and even asparagus. Its taste skirts relaxedly across the tongue with its rich, meaty feel and the burdensome but savory smoky, soy, raisin and peat flavors. The taste is consistent and smooth, guaranteeing a good seven seconds of unbridled elation, made all the better knowing some totally undeserving British academic is choking down “In Heat Wheat” somewhere on Holloway road. It’s an awful trade, I think, but the WTO hasn’t seen fit to strike it down. Britain hasn’t even filed a complaint! So, let this informal business practice between the good friends at Meantime and Flying Dog persist well into the future. The fruits of their friendship are being well reaped here, and if Meantime continues to produce beers of the same caliber as the Porter than I have a lot to look forward to in the next decade of American-Anglo relations.
johndoughty (4209) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUN 24, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Lovely dark colour with an inviting aroma. Lingering gentle itterness with more hops than is usual in a porter.Some traces of chocolate as well but no taste dominates as this is a well balanced beer.Easily the best I have tried so far from Meantime.
Kinz (3459) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - JUN 22, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep brown, light passes through, good initial head fades almost completely. Aroma clearly of milk chocolate with a hint of a sour tang. Flavor is loads of milk chocolate, some roastiness, a bit of coffee, and a very pleasant hop bitterness. Much better than I had expected, this really was quite nice. Better than the numbers indicate.
beervana (781) - Libertyville, Illinois, USA - JUN 17, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
(05.09.06) Bomber bottle from DiCarlo’s, Mundelein, IL Poured clear dark brown with a small white head. Soft carbonation. Roasted malt aroma. Medium bodied porter that starts dry with slight malt sweetness and expresso coffee and dark chocolate flavors. Finished dry with light lingering bitterness. Though rather thin, this porter is smooth, flavorable, and enjoyable.
Fin (8172) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - JUN 16, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle picked up at Sainsbury’s Kidlington. Aroma is sweet malty, roasted and coffeeish, colour dark brown, Malty in taste touch of sweetness, bit on the dry side but not a bad beer at all.
nick76 (4304) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUN 13, 2006
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
The aroma has candy, coffee, and a little smokey-earthy peat. The appearance is red/brown with a small tan head. The flavor is a little strange for a porter. I know I can taste the cork, with leather, caramel, coffee, and toasted malt. The palate is average for a porter. Overall it’s ok but not the best porter.
Palidor19 (3048) - Brandon, Florida, USA - JUN 13, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma is a wonderful bouquet of candy and cocoa. taste however though a slight leather texture was a slight thin appearance. Tasty beer though
DonMagi (5595) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - JUN 7, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma is roasted sweetish malts with some good smoke and nuts. Taste is similar very drinkable, smokeyness is good.
Mungo (2471) - Southampton, Hampshire, ENGLAND - JUN 2, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
BCA (from Sainsburys). Initially this is fairly malty with earthy hops, caramel and a little nutty roast. Fairly dry and quite drinkable in the mouth with building roastiness and a pleasantly light hoppy finish. Quite a drinkable porter in a slightly different way then many.
GarethYoung (1109) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - MAY 31, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
[bottle from Sainsburys] Dense tan head atop a dark brown body. Aroma is roasted malt, caramel, chocolate, faint dried fruit, hint of coffee. full bodied, dry finish.