Chocolate by Meantime Brewing Company
Meantime Brewing Company's Chocolate is a Porter style brew that has added Chocolate at the maturation period to give it's distinctive flavour.
Brewery: Meantime Brewing Company
The first thing that strikes you is the packaging. The glass design and artwork is outstanding. Meantime Brewing Company know how to make their beer’s stand out. However, it’s all about the taste. So lets go!
Chocolate when poured, has a nice, medium sized head with some carbonation going on. On the nose, there’s some mellow chocolate like flavours. The picture below shows the Meantime Chocolate in my Chimay glass along with the Cigar I was smoking at the time, the Rocky Patel Vintage 1990 Robusto.
Tasting, the first thing that hits your tongue is a mellow, cocoa, chocolate like flavour, and then all of a sudden - BOOM! There’s this bitter hop onslaught that I was never expecting. The alcohol content, 6.5% ABV is a contributory factor in this. The high alcohol level seems to give that bite on the finish.
Although Chocolate is styled as a Porter, other than the colour, there aren’t any other similarities. In the mouth, the body is thin and oily, whereas I would have expected a more silky, thicker feel.
Ultimately I was highly disappointed with Meantime’s Chocolate. I would not recommend you drink this on it’s own, this is suited towards as an accompaniment with a meal of some sort. It does not hold it’s own when drank in isolation.
Unbalanced. I don’t know what else to day. It just doesn’t work.