Brewed by Meantime
Style: Schwarzbier
Greenwich, England


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RATINGS: 303   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.26   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
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Keg and bottle. Cold fermented and lagered. Filtered.
"Meantime’s London Stout is very much an old London beer as it would be made today."

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Martin243 (829) - Tyne & Wear, - NOV 15, 2012
500ml bottle at home cellar cool. Black pudding and licquorice aroma, (seriously)! Dark ruby body, tan head. dark chocolate, figs, cold coffee flavours, dry biscuity finish. Slick palate. Enough carbonation to provide a tasty "burp memory". What’s not to like? Is this a "Schwarzbier" because of the lagering? More stouty bitterness evident.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
lobs_ols (275) - LATVIA - MAR 7, 2015
Black, weak white head. Roastiness, some caramel on the nose. Medium body, sweet caramel, cocoa flavour. Finishes bit bitter. Rather nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Stuu666 (5340) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 19, 2015
Bottle at home. Pours black, nose is roast malts, chocolate, taste is similar, dry.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
vidmidia (42) - Vila Velha, BRAZIL - FEB 9, 2015
Opaca, escura. Espuma âmbar, média e de curta duração. Aroma de café, caramelo e defumado. Amarga, levemente ácida, com toques defumados. Retrogosto amargo com toques de chocolate e final adocicado.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Quack-Duck (8341) - Down South, GERMANY - DEC 28, 2014
bottle from Waitrose Sidford. Deep black, with a small beige-brown head. Dry chocolatey nose with coffee. Dry, quite light-bodied with low malty sweetness, lots of dark chocolate, coffee and some nuts.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
GoufCustom (948) - HONG KONG - DEC 6, 2014
UPDATED: DEC 14, 2014

500 ml bottle bought at CitySuper in Harbour City, Tsim Sha Tsui during October’s “Beer Festival” promotion.

Clear Cola blackish brown colour; Three-quarter finger head and beige foam which lasts for 90 seconds; Excellent sticky lacing and small fizzy carbonation; Fragrant and sweet aroma of dark malt, with vanilla, mocha, milk chocolate, toffee, cream, sugar, and light grass; Light sweet taste of dark malt, with very strong roast nuts, metallic, light smoke, wheaty tartness, light caramel, moderate black coffee, dark chocolate, cream crackers, light lemon, moderate bitter hops and sharp strawy grass; Light body. Watery and quite crisp palate; Mouth feel is dark malt with strong roast nuts. Could have been rich but was seriously thinned by wheat malt with distinctive tartness, resulting in only lightweight dark chocolate, black coffee and just hints of caramel. Not as nice as the aroma suggest. Hmmm… Hoppiness is light grass nose, light lemon and sharp grass in taste. Moderate bitterness for a lasting mid-astingent and very roasty finish; Quite dry after taste. Very roasty and quite bitter to mouth.

Comments: I doubt this was a Schwarz at first, but the fairly good head, strong carbo and rather plain malt base indicate this is not much of a Stout or Porter. Its aroma is sweet and nice, but was ruined by too much wheat to thin the otherwise solid, nutty malt base. The result is quite hollow and lacking, even some average macro German Schwarz tastes richer than this. The Meantime guys love to put their own stamps on traditional things, and this make-believe Stout is a step too far. Once is enough.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Garrold (2134) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - NOV 2, 2014
Bottle. Waitrose. Dark red. Tan head that starts off thick, and bubbly, then settles, and firms up nicely. Dark fruit. Light roast. A little tartness. Taste is dry, and a little tart. Medium body. Bit too much fizz. Finishes dry, with the tartness lingering.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
campbega (94) - Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 31, 2014
500ml bottle shared Pours dark brown with chocolate / tan head. Heavy aromas of roasted malts and caramel but with smooth finish. Medium bitterness. Good stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
TheJestersBeer (2188) - SWEDEN - OCT 24, 2014
500ml bottle. Pours really dark brown, with a brown head. Roasted, malty aroma, coffee beans chocoate, licorice, caramel, faint hops, quite spicy. Almost dry, medium body and bitterness, balanced CO2. Roasted, spicy taste, caramel, coffee, chocolate, hops ashes. Well balanced, nicely dry and robust. (2014-10-24)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
eduardovl (998) - SWITZERLAND - OCT 14, 2014
UPDATED: NOV 27, 2014 500ml bottle served in a snifter glass. A: Beautiful bottle art. Nice purple cap and label. Pours a deep black color forming a small beige head that dissipates quite quickly. Not much lacings but a small layer remains for a long time S: Coffee! Delicious. roasted malts, dark chocolate, yeasts and... COFFEE! :) T: Follows the nose. Roasted malts, dark chocolate. A mild sweet upfront and a bitter roasted end, and... COFFEEE! M: Watery medium to low body. Mild sweet upfront and a delicious mild roasted bitter aftertaste O: Very drinkable. Indicated to coffee lovers... [ BA Review @ 7/24/2012 ]

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mecafilo (124) - Perugia, ITALY - SEP 16, 2014
UPDATED: SEP 18, 2014 On tap @ Greenwich Union, London, UK. Pours with a pitch dark colour, medium off-white head. Aroma is medium malty, with notes of coffee, dark chocolate and roasted malts. Medium body, oily texture, average carbonation.

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