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Meantime Coffee Porter (280 of 1001)

Rating: 3.9

Another Meantime beer here, this one being my eleventh in total from them and my first new one for 2014. This is a beer that features in the 1001 beers list and as a result I’ve been on the lookout for it since I started the book really, I thought I would have been able to find it easily enough in London on one of my trips to the city but as it turns out that was easier said than done. The beer is one of six from the brewery that features in the 1001 book and will be the fifth that I will have reviewed, only Meantime London Porter to go after this one now. I eventually managed to track a bottle down via the internet, BeersOfEurope recently started stocking some bottles and I knew I had to order one since I’m not confident it will be any easier to find when I’m next in London this coming summer. Anyway, as for the beer itself, this one is brewed using Arabica coffee beans grown by the Maraba Cooperative in Rwanda that are then hand-roasted by Union Coffee Roasters, a very artisan process indeed and one that I can’t wait to try after waiting so long to find a bottle.

Meantime Coffee Porter

Appearance (4/5): Sits in the glass as a nutty brown colour with a two centimetre tall, foamy tan head that leaves some nice lacing on the sides of the glass and seems to hold well initially, still sitting about about a centimetre tall after the first minute.
Aroma (7/10): Nutty upfront with quite a lot of dark malts and roasted notes, there is naturally some strong coffee notes as well with a hint of chocolate. This one has a really nice stout/porter aroma to it with some sweetness coming through plus a few burnt notes rounding this off nicely.
Taste (8/10): Nutty, roasted malts and coffee flavours initially, there is a nice chocolate base as well with some burnt flavours and some hints of earth hops but as expected it is the coffee and roasted malts that dominate. I did get a hint of some fruit flavours right at the very end but they weren’t all that pronounced and proved quite difficult to detect.
Palate (4/5): Smooth bodied and well balanced, carbonation levels were about moderate with some sweetness coming through on top of the roasted malt bitterness. The 6% abv. was well hidden and the beer was a very easy on to drink with some lingering bitterness right at the end.

Overall (16/20): Great stuff from Meantime here, a very nice coffee porter that was full of flavour from the start with a lots of coffee present throughout, you wouldn’t really expect anything else though given the name. The beer proved an easy one to finish with a nice touch of bitterness right at the end to see things out.

Brewed In: Greenwich, London, England
Brewery: Meantime Brewing Company
First Brewed: 2005
Type: English Porter
Abv: 6.0%
Serving: Bottle (330ml)
Purchased: BeersOfEurope.co.uk
Price: £1.85

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