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

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RATINGS: 79   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61/5   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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

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4.4
MacBoost (1914) - Victor, 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.

4.4
chinchill (5069) - South Carolina, USA - JUN 23, 2016
On tap in Greenville, SC. Excellent in all respects. Rich, complex aroma and flavor. There’s a multitude of dark fruit and subtle spice notes over a dark, bready malt base. There were 68 other beers and ciders on tap here yet I was dearly tempted to have a 2nd glass of this.

4.3
jbruner (4791) - Marietta, 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
Beese (2930) - 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
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
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
joshwoodward (575) - - JAN 27, 2013
Very nice. Solid Porter style, with a great balancing hoppiness. Not too heavy. Very nice.

4.2
superspak (5672) - 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.

4.2
Capa (3322) - Kitsap, Washington, USA - SEP 18, 2015
I picked this bottle up more than two years ago but didn’t get a chance to drink it before moving overseas. Forgotten and lonely in my father-in-law’s cool, dark basement, it sat patently for me to return. I returned, found the bottle, and rejoiced. Then I promptly forgot about it again until I unpacked my beer box after moving into a new home. Very dark brown with a beige head. Full, syrupy body. This one is full of molasses, chocolate, dark malts, ripe fruit, medium wood, and a slight bitter chocolate finish. Very smooth with well a well balanced aroma and flavor profile. Highly enjoyable brew. (8% Naval College Old Porter)

4.2
MetalNHopHead (2014) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - OCT 3, 2016
As a yankee, I drank this beer under the Naval College Old Porter designation. There aren’t many Baltic Porters around here so I need to get one whenever I can. It was totally worthwhile in this case. Meantime’s brew pours lighter than the usual porter. More of a mahogany color with a dark red outline when held to the light. Roasted barley and light smoke aromas. Flavors of toasted malt, mild dark fruit, cocoa, woodsy smoke, and tobacco. Creamy feel. It’s extremely smooth from the aging but I like that it’s retained a level of bright, fruity, and bittersweet roasted character. This one gets better with some heat. It would be perfect to nurse with a cigar.


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