Nirvana Non Alcoholic London Porter Review.

What type of beer is Nirvana London Porter?

Not a hard exam question is it? This is of course a porter.

A porter is an old English ale made with brown malt and a hoppy taste. Porters are the daddy of stouts.

The main difference between a porter and a stout is a porter will by in large use malted barley and a stout will use unmalted but roasted barley for that characteristic roast coffee type taste.

The Ingredients

Porters like stouts can have various added ingredients. You can often find chocolate, coffee or even hazelnut added to them

Nirvana London Porter includes…

  • Water
  • Barley Malt
  • Wheat
  • Oats
  • Hops
  • Yeast

It would be pretty unusual to have 3 grains in porter and not just malted barley. I am glad to just see grains, hops and yeast tho as the cleaner the ingredients the better the taste.

The Nutrition

Porters can be sweeter than pale beers and have a higher calorie and carb count to give some more body.

Values per 100ml or 100g
Calories 20kcal
Nirvana London Porter Nutrition Stats

These values are the same as the Nirvana Stout and just about average in the entire non alcoholic world so not too bad at all. It has under half the calories of the equivalent alcoholic porter

To read more about what isotonic is and how it affects beers, you can read about that here

The Look

Nirvana have a nicely styled and recognisable bottle label, the dark blues and black certainly make you think of a dark porter or stout.

If their stout looked a bit like a porter, then this porter could pass for a brown ale. There is no head to speak of

The Aroma

It smells a few shades darker than a brown ale too. Of course there is a dark roasted malt smell but a burnt caramel and hints of coffee come wafting up the nose too.

The Taste

I had to take two gulps at the start because I thought my taste buds mustn’t have been working right on the first.

Unfortunately I find this incredibly bland. It is like a poor man’s St Peter’s Without.

There is dark roasted malt but the depth isn’t there and it isn’t a huge flavour. There is not much in terms of caramel, chocolate or coffee and nothing exciting comes to meet your tongue.

It isn’t particularly big in body or mouthfeel either which is strange as it has mostly the same nutrition as their Stout but clearly they are made in different ways.

The Verdict

A forgettable Porter which is more brown ale than porter.

I think to my pleasure drinking Lola Coffee Porter versus this and it makes me sad I wasted the calories

The Score

4.5/10 – A miss from Nirvana Brewery. It just isn’t much of anything and not stand out in any form.

Find out where this beer ranks compared to all the beers i have reviewed on my updated “Best Non Alcoholic Beers” page

Where to buy Nirvana London Porter?

You can buy this at Sober Sauce and get 5% off with code OPENINGTHEBOTTLE

You can try these at Wise Bartender as well, a brilliant non alcoholic retailer

For UK readers, Light Drinks has this and others, if you use code OPENINGTHEBOTTLE you get an additional 5% off

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Is Nirvana London Porter gluten free? 

No, Nirvana London Porter is not gluten free

I have an entire article on non alcoholic beers and gluten if you want more information.

Is Nirvana London Porter vegan?

Yes, Nirvana London Porter is vegan friendly.

For more on vegan beers see my article on the matter. Why beers may or may not be and how to check.

Review Overview

A miss from Nirvana Brewery. It just isn’t much of anything and not stand out in any form.


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