maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - NOV 18, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. A black beer with very little head. The aroma is very smoky burnt. Like a winter fireside. The taste is roasty with deep dark fruits. Plenty of burnt malts. Very nice and a suitable beer with the snow falling outside.
cgarvieuk (21543) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - NOV 18, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: NOV 23, 2007 Bottle at home ... Deep brown ... coffee malt nose little smokey ... deep rich fruity malts ... some cherry... little chocolate... decent balance. Im generally not a fan of Meantime but this was a decent beer.
TBone (16159) - Pori, FINLAND - NOV 17, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled (BB 10/2009)
Dark ruby color, small beige head. Nose has toffee, caramel, whiskey barrel kind of vanilla. Aroma is similar to Highland Park -whiskey (sniffed side by side with this). Medium-bodied. Sweet chocolate, some smokey notes, overall quite soft. Flavors are not attacking or overwhelming. Nice beer to sip and as it is "only" 5,4 %, not alcoholic (as "winter warmers" often are).
davegore (223) - liverpool, Merseyside, ENGLAND - NOV 13, 2007
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Sainsbury’s. Pours a very dark reddish brown with a quick to go head. Strong aroma of dark malts and then coffee and dark chocolate and malts in the mouth. This to me is more of a porter though.
hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 12, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Dark red brown with a white head. Liquorice and coffee aroma. The taste is roasted and ashy with some sourness and a dry finish. Not much of a winter warmer but a fair porter, if not quite up to the standard of their London Porter.
FrankJohansen (3617) - Sabro, DENMARK - NOV 12, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Dark amber colour with a decent whiet creamy head. Aroma and taste of malts, hops and coffee. Nice semi bitter finish.
sm89walt (1942) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - OCT 30, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Having just returned from a moderately cold stroll around campus, I decided it a good time (according to the bottle) to crack this one open. Pours a dark reddy brown colour with a head that quickly dissolves into nothing. Nice amounts of coffee and roasted malt in the aroma with alcohol undertones. Bitter roasted malts and coffee flavours, also partnered with notes of chocolate. Fairly light/thin and lacking in complexity but it does warm my throat and chest.
johninmelb (1127) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - OCT 27, 2007
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Gentle chocolatey nose. Pours dark with a dissapearing head. Flavour is rich and robust but lacking in any of the more traditional winter seasonal qualities (no raisins, spice, figs, etc). Not bad but basically a pretty standard porter.
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 26, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: NOV 25, 2007 A Mes rate: 50cl bottle from Shamansburys
Opaque very dark red brown with a head that vanishes much to quickly to just a rim of off white foam. Decent coffee malt aroma but a slight soapyness lets it down. Flavour is better with lots of coffee and heavy dark chocolate. Slight lick of hops in the otherwise bitter choc finish. Decent overall but seriously lacking complexity.