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Coffee Porter - C'est What?

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Ratings: 32
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 10.15%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
American Porter |  5.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: WVbeergeek on 02-20-2003

Toronto’s original coffee porter has a balance of mocha and roast.

33 IBU
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Ratings: 32 | Reviews: 26
Photo of steelreign
4.92/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Holy shit - THIS is craft brewing at its finest! Upon my visit to C'est What? in Toronto this weekend, I fell in love with this brew. It is simply captivating in every way. If you crave coffee like notes from your malts, well this one one-ups the competition by using real roasted coffee beans. The dark toffee color and oh so wonderful coffee aroma - almost espresso-like - combined with nice hopping and other malty goodness launches you into a state of bliss. So incredibly TASTY and addictive in its simplicity (or is that complexity?), it certainly leaves a nice impression. When in Toronto, do yourself a huge favor and stop in C'est What? on Front Street - you will not be the same again. :)

Photo of francisweizen
4.8/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Coffee Porter. This is one hell of on amazing Porter! This beer was presented to me with an Opaque, dark, black colour with a nice nitro-induced bit of head. The aromas were of COFFEE, dark roasted malts, barley, and faint hops. The taste was more of the same. A seemless crossing of an excellent cup of espresso and a wonderfully robust porter. The mouthfeel was very smooth and creamy, which one can expect from a nitro beer and the drinkability was one of the best I have ever encountered with a porter. A modern day classic!
Drink it, Now!

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.27/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First I would like to say that this was my first beer infused with coffee beans, and I must say it has shown me the possiblities of coffee and beer. It pours with a very dark almost opaque body with a full creamy nitrogenated moccha colored head. I must give the brewer some complements, because I have heard it is very difficult to build a beer with coffe beans that has good head retention. This was an amazing beer that smelled of dark roasts, chocolate, and yes full freshly ground coffee beans. The taste has a rich cappucino taswte yet the darker roasts are still present with hints of chocolate. An amazing combination, and the nitrogen gives this beer a very creamy full mouthfeel that rich and full, meant to be enjoyed at most a couple at a time. Very inviting and worth another shot again, and again.

Photo of ChappyCubsFan
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

C'est What's Coffee Porter was the one of the highlights of my trip to Toronto. There were not many Canadian beers I enjoyed on my trip (except for the Kingston Brewing Company in Kingston, Ontario where everything was good). The taste was like no other porter I've tried. Not too filling with a lot of coffee fragrance that blended well with the hops and malt, and yet very smooth and drinkable.

Photo of MattPS
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of waiting4lunch
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of bobsy
4.24/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pint at C'est What. Lovely looking beer, and very similar in appearance to the classic Guinness look, with a large creamy tan head on top of a dark body. The aroma is of mild coffee, which is present in the flavour in a wonderfully smooth, creamy way. Dangerously easy to drink.

Photo of liamt07
4.23/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at C'est What. Poured into a pint glass, almost pitch black body, struggling to see a bit of purple/deep red in the edges. Tan head also, with long lasting head and sheets of lacing; just a beautiful beer. Smells of coffee (duh!), some vanilla and the roasted malt aspect is there too. Taste is initially quite creamy, but the coffee and a bit of milk chocolate come through for me. Again, a real creamy and full bodied mouthfeel. Carbonation is low, making this dangerously drinkable and my favourite coffee porter to date. Highly recommended.

Photo of EtOHMD
4.21/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pint at the brewpub. Was psyched to find this place on the site while out of town. Pours black with beige creamy head with lots of nice lacing. Smell is mainly sweet chocolate with coffee coming out more as it warms. Taste is great. Milky roasted espresso with tad alcohol on the back end. Feel is thin and creamy at same time. Very light on carbonation. Going down smoothly. Would have at least 1 more if didn't want to sample some other ones. Very nice compliment to the spicy dish for dinner.

Photo of tommy78
4.16/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Overall, the best word to describe this beer is "surpising." The appearence was as dark as night, with not much head. The smell really didn't do it for me. The pints I had lacked a certain, strong odor. The taste shocked me though. The porter had a malty-coffee flavor with some chocolate in the aftertaste. After the third or fourth sip of your pint, you tasted the essence of the drink. The porter had a good feel. Not too hoppy, but subtle enough to feel it going down your esophogus. Finally, I was able to enjoy 3 pints during my visit. The porter tasted better and better as I enjoyed a new pint. I recommend this drink if you visit C'est What.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

On tap at C'est What. Served in pint glass.

A - Dark brown/black in colour with a small amoutn of off white head

S - Dark roasted coffee. A slight sweetness is present but overall the coffee dominates.

T - Dark roasted coffee and slight hazelnut notes. A nice balance between the bitter coffee and the sweet roasted malts.

M - Medium body. Smooth. Silky. Light carbonation.

Photo of baiser
4.01/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured an opaque brown colour, ruby highlights, with a creamy, finger thick nitro head.

Not much aroma, just some roastedness.

Intense coffee taste. It's got the flavour of a dark, bitter cup of coffee, with hints of chocolate. It's thick, smooth and full bodied. It's got stout like qualities. However, there's a sourness that comes out of the roasted malts, that make it a bit less drinkable. Otherwise a great porter. Best of C'est What IMO.

Photo of mhaugo
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of kwjd
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown, almost black, colour with a thin ring of tan head that doesn't dissipate. Some lacing around the glass. Smells of strong coffee and some roasted malt. Some bitterness in the flavour with a bit of sweetness. Creamy mouthfeel. A very nice coffee porter.

Photo of hunterjames
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of sliverX
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of mooseisloose
3.92/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 5/8/2010 at C'est What. Imperial pint arrived to me at my barstool, jet black in colour with a nice tan head. Delicious smell like freshly roasted coffee beans. Taste is a nice coffee flavor with some heath bar. The bitterness is interesting as it a coffee-like bitterness rather than a hoppy bitterness. Mouthfeel is not overly thick or overly thin, mostly just right. Kind of sweet in the middle of the taste but definitely tart at the start and finish. Downing the pint leaves foam down the sides of the glass. An easy drinker without a doubt.

Photo of ritzkiss
3.86/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pint on nitro at C'Est What. Arrives a dark brown, two fingers of creamy khaki nitro head which last on and on. Love the look of nitro.

Nose is cold coffee, chocolate, a little roast, touch of caramel sweetness - a little on the thin side, probably due to nitro as well.

Very drinkable, flavorful stout. Thinnish but to style, probably more along the lines of English stout or even Irish, coffee dominates, dash of milk, roasted malt, pleasant hop dryness in the finish, light caramel sweetness, creamy feel. Nothing fancy but a nice coffee beer.

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.86/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is one of Cest What's regular house beers, Id say its more of a stout than a porter.

pours ink black with a creamy dark tan head. Head retention is superb (its nitro) and lacing is a draping layer, very nice. The aroma is dominated by coffee beans with some roasted barley notes. The taste is like a heavily roasted dry stout with lots of coffee flavor. The coffee has a very natural flavor. Its not overwhelming either. The mouthfeel is a little watery and sparse. Coffee consumes the finish, with hop bitterness being barely perceptable.

This is a very good beer, though it could use some more body and malt complexity. Theres not much other that coffee and roasted barley in the flavor. Its also very dark for a Porter.

Photo of Viggo
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown/red, some light in the edges, thick tan head forms, great retention, nice lacing. Smell is sweet and malty, some chocolate, coffee, toffee, grains, smells like a porter. Taste is very sweet, some caramel, chocolate notes, coffee in the finish. Mouthfeel is light bodied with low carbonation, creamy and smooth. Not sure if this was a strange batch but there seemed to be a whole lot of residual sugar. Very sweet, kind of threw me off a bit.

Photo of biegaman
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm not at all a coffee drinker, in all honesty I can't stand it, which made it so surprising that I enjoyed this porter so much. It's heavy body and rich flavour was carried very well. A shaded chestnut hue gave the otherwise black beer an attractive appearence. Coffee beans were very much predominant in the scent, though it did carry some complexity. Texture was fairly smooth as was the taste. I find many porters come across as stouts, but this had all the characteristics of a nice porter. I only had half a glass, my friend who finished off a pint said the beer became tedious and dull by the end. Guess that means you'll have to try it for yourself!

Photo of woodychandler
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This arrived with a creamy, mocha-tan head. The color was pitch back and the nose reminded me of iced coffee from Dunkin’ Donuts, which was not bad, having had a couple while in Boston, where D. D. seems to be omnipresent, but I digress. The mouthfeel was surprisingly thin, almost watery. It had an interesting bitterness in the mouth, born more from the coffee than of hops. The finish had that same bitterness, coupled with a mild smokiness. The lacing from the head looked like the remnants of a milkshake. Not bad, but probably one was enough.

Photo of biboergosum
3.76/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer appears black, with red edges, and a cap of creamy beige head, which melts away quickly, sprinkling the edge of the glass with spotty lace. It smells of dark chocolate, cream, and a bit of coffee. The taste is cafe au lait, roasted barley, some oily nuttiness, and mild dry chocolate. The carbonation is soft, the body smooth, medium weight, and a tad chalky, and it finishes off-dry, clean, with a bit of nutty chocolate.

A tasty, entry-level dessert (or hell, breakfast) replacement beer.

Photo of cyrenaica
3.76/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

550ml draught
5.9% ABV (as displayed on menu)

I tried this beer on draught on June 8, 2012 at "C'est What" in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The beer poured a solid dark brown colour with a creamy tan coloured head. The aroma was roasted malt, coffee, and dark chocolate. The mouthfeel was medium bodied with mild carbonation. The flavour was chocolate, roast, and coffee and was very smooth. A very enjoyable beer.

Photo of Derek
3.73/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Very dark, with a nice tan/off-white creamy head.

S: Plenty of coffee and roasted malt.

T: Plenty of coffee and roasted malt. Balanced to the bitter side by the roastyness. No hop flavour. There's a lot of coffee here!

M: Moderately full body is smooth and creamy. Light to moderate carbonation (the beauty of the nitro pour).

D: There's a lot of coffee here! (I'm not a fan of the heavily roasted, Starbuck-like flavour).

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Coffee Porter from C'est What?
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