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Mill Street Coffee Porter - Mill Street Brew Pub

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Mill Street Coffee PorterMill Street Coffee Porter

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BA SCORE
84
good

251 Ratings
THE BROS
83
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Ratings: 251
Reviews: 161
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 12.43%
Wants: 10
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Mill Street Brew Pub visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
American Porter |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Our porter is rich and robust, dark brown in colour with a dark roasted coffee nose, imparting an intense coffee flavour with notes of chocolate. Made with beans supplied by the Distillery District’s Balzac's Coffee, this porter offers a rich, full and unique flavour. Currently, there are no other coffee-flavoured beers in the Ontario market.

(Beer added by: Popsinc on 05-10-2003)
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Reviews by cratez:
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3.9/5  rDev +5.4%

341ml bottle from a 6 pack purchased at the LCBO.
Pour: pitch black with a tanned, half-inch head and sticky lacing.
Smell: brown sugar and coffee.
Taste: chewy black coffee beans, roasted malt, and nuts. Hints of chocolate in the finish.
Mouthfeel: starts off rich and full-bodied, ends with a dry, clean aftertaste.
Overall: a highly drinkable porter, but the beer has one flaw - the Balzac's coffee provides a caffeine kick that I personally don't enjoy, especially when I want to drink one of these before going to bed. Nevertheless, a solid beer.

cratez, Nov 24, 2008
More User Reviews:
Photo of Popsinc
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%

This beer was sampled on tap at Smokeless Joe in Toronto. I did have a few beers before this Coffee Porter so hopefully my memory serves me correct here.

Black pour with a nice thick head. The nose was big on coffee & espresso bean. Nice maltiness and the intense flavors of espresso bean and light chocolate make this brew extremely rich and flavorful. An ideal after dinner drink.

Popsinc, May 10, 2003
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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

cam477, Jun 20, 2013
Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.35/5  rDev +17.6%

I’m going out on a limb and stating that this is the bastard porter brother of Founder’s Breakfast Stout.

Appearance is just so-so. The color is great at ink black but the head is thin with poor retention. The beer resembles a pint of espresso more than a pint of porter.

Aroma: The lack of head doesn’t seem to cause much trouble for the aroma. The smell is big roasted malts, espresso, chocolate, caramelized sugars, and twangy Mexican highly acidic coffee.

Taste: Big coffee flavors, cereal, nice hints of bourbon and molasses, and more coffee. The coffee flavors are fresh and balance robust espresso with acidic Mexican beans. It’s remarkable to have these two distinct coffee flavors resting so easily together. I love it.

Mouthfeel: Perfect carbonation level. Wonderful acidic, almost sour twang hits the side of the tongue at the same time the sugary coffee hits the middle of the palate. Balanced and well crafted. Light bodied but robust and almost meaty, tenderloin meaty that melts in your mouth.

Drinkability: Supreme. I love coffee and this tastes like great coffee. More importantly, the body is perfectly conducive to heavy drinking.

Many thanks to AutumnalDave for the sample.

DaPeculierDane, Jun 27, 2006
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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

FadetoBock, Aug 18, 2013
Photo of Jason
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%

341ml brown bottle with no freshness date. Thanks to Oakes for the sample.

Appearance: Solid froth from the pour, ample stickage shows that it is a quality brew.

Smell: Lightly sweetened ice coffee aroma, freshly ground coffee at that. No other aromas lift over the coffee smell other than a faint charcoal smell.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Lots of coffee flavour on the palate, it tastes like you are chewing on highly roasted coffee beans. Some roasted malt flavours come alive middle to end with a modest hop bitterness within. Touch of malt sweetness and a vague fruitiness show a bit of ale-like qualities.

Notes: Quite flavourful, perhaps a bit too much coffee character IMO … but that is not a bad thing. It’s just great to see an other brewery put my two favorite beverages together.

Jason, Dec 01, 2003
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4/5  rDev +8.1%

Another testimony to the merits of re-trying beers you didn't like the first time around.

Poured into a Mill St. ale glass. Very deep brown, light tan head, a bit of lacing. Typical for the style.

The smell is most certainly a pronounced ground coffee, which is one of my favourite scents so it's hard to mark low here. A bit of roasted maltiness in the back.

The taste is not nearly as 'coffee' as I remember, certainly not worth applying the moniker. A good plend of coffee, dark chocolate, malt and caramel. A solid porter all around.

Mouthfeel is about right for a porter: thick, creamy, and with a moderate carbonation.

Another winner from Mill St. Don't let the name fool you, as their Coffee Porter merits well enough as a standard porter. Great stuff.

JohnnyBarman, Dec 02, 2009
Photo of BGDrock
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%

From notes:

Appearance: very dark brown, bordering on black; opaque nice, lasting head

Aroma: big hit of dark chocolate; hint of cherries; faintly of darkly roasted coffee

Taste & Mouthfeel: dark and richly flavoured coffee with chocolate, especially in the aftertaste; medium body; finish is reminiscent of espresso bitterness (not that you really want that bitterness in an espresso, but it works here)

Overall: leans more towards chocolate than coffee, but a great flavour and very drinkable, not overwhelming - perfect for dessert

BGDrock, Feb 27, 2012
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3.73/5  rDev +0.8%

Poured into my glass from a slender-necked 355 mL silk-screened bottle. Mill Street seems to have moved away from the stubbies. Pours black with a reddish brown hue with a nice light tan head with good retention. Strong coffee aroma dominates the nose. Some unsweetened chocolate notes as well, but coffee dominates. Similar situation in the taste. The chocolate notes in the initial taste but then the coffee seems to overpower much of the beer. I would like a little more hops in the finish. I would cut down a bit on the coffee but other than that, a solid beer. The mouthfeel is a bit thin from the carbonation. All in all, one of the more interesting beers in the Ontario scene. Quite a decent brew, and with a little tweaking, the possibility of being quite good is there.

foamer, Jun 22, 2005
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3/5  rDev -18.9%

downtownbrown, May 21, 2012
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5/5  rDev +35.1%

Atramentous, Nov 23, 2011
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3.85/5  rDev +4.1%

16oz Yankee-style pint, on-tap at Beer Bistro in the suit-heavy district of downtown Toronto, a convenient two block walk in the rain from my prison, uhh...I mean hotel, for the next fortnight.

This beer arrives to the table, appearing a solid black, with subtle basal cola highlights, and one chubby finger of finely foamy, and mostly creamy beige head, which bleeds away at an even pace, leaving a bit of extravagant coral reef lace around the glass.

It smells of bready, lightly roasted caramel malt, semi-sweet, milk-laced espresso, medium-dark chocolate, and a touch of indistinct black fruit. The taste is gritty caramel malt, hard toffee, somewhat understated black coffee, dry raisins, a hint of stringy black licorice, chalky dark cocoa, a weirdly separate lactic sourness, and a very subtle earthy, leafy hoppiness.

The carbonation is fairly light, manifesting in a generally playful frothiness, the body a wavering medium weight, and mostly smooth, with a high palate airiness flitting about. It finishes off-dry, and generally clean, some bittersweet chocolate and disappointingly waning coffee essences lingering about.

A less intense than expected (note to self: adjust expectations), but still nicely balanced coffee porter, the java all hollow threats, and not quite following through on its initial promise of total local domination here. Ergo, the porter characteristics come bubbling to the surface, allowing we coffee-agnostic beer geeks a much more rounded, splayed-out experience than anticipated.

biboergosum, Jan 25, 2010
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3.85/5  rDev +4.1%

Deep black with thin ruby highlights around the edges when held to the light. 2-3 fingers of tan head. Leaves behind very little lace as it recedes.

Roasted malt aroma. Coffee and a little bit of chocolate.

Subtle coffee flavour, complemented by chocolate and a hint of dark fruit. Mild roasted bitterness.

Somewhat light in body with low carbonation. Very smooth, if a little thin. An easy drinking session porter.

mintjellie, Aug 08, 2009
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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Resembling an OK beer blended with decent coffee. Opaque. Somewhat too bitter and its astringency of the wrong sort for me, Worth a swallow if you like coffee.
Had it on tap at the brewery exactly a year later and was smoother but thin mouthfeel, and tsill way too much on coffee side.

Sammy, Jun 25, 2004
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3.45/5  rDev -6.8%

Near-black. Thin mocha head. Spotty lacings.

Very light nose. Only thing I really pick up is alcohol and it's not even a strong beer.

Roasted malt hits the tongue first. Nice flavour, but quite restrained. Coffee comes in mid-palate. Not particularly strong, tips more to the bitter chocolate side of things.

Mouthfeel is nice on this one. Very smooth drinker.

That smoothness is the only thing that really recommends this beer. Nothing particularly wrong with the brew, but in a world of hard-hitting coffee porters and stouts it may be a bit of a let-down.

CanuckRover, Jan 15, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -25.7%

traumaqueen, Apr 03, 2012
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4/5  rDev +8.1%

jcubz, Jul 17, 2013
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4.1/5  rDev +10.8%

Thanks to Natalie for this one! O Canada...It poured out a thinnish-brown with a thin, dark and bubbly head. The smell is strongly of coffee, but also with some hints of roasted chocolate malt. Taste is all coffee, but done well, and the mouthfeel is kind of creamy but a bit thin. It was kind of like a dessert coffee.

kdoc8, Jan 01, 2008
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4.03/5  rDev +8.9%

A - thick pitch black, tall mocha head that left sticky lacing as is slowly receded
S - dark coffee beans with a burnt quality, light vanilla and licorice
T - the coffee is strong like a fresh pot, burnt barley malt, with a subtle sugary sweetness
M - heavy bodied chewy with a nice carbonation kick, moves to a balanced hop bitter finish
D - dominant in coffee, almost on the cusp of more coffee than beer, but I do love both so cheers to Mill Street

joemcgrath27, Nov 06, 2010
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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Pours a dark black, very minimal head with no lacing.
Scent is very strong malt with a toasty coffee core.
Taste's very much like it smells, less of a lingering aftertaste than i thought it would have. Coffee bitterness is upfront.
Medium thickness to the mouthfeel, goes down smoothly. Kind of a heavy taste to it halfway through.
Overall this is a great take of the coffe style porter. Blended well, could have a few once in a while. No hint of an alcohol presence.

heebes, Sep 22, 2010
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4.22/5  rDev +14.1%

Pours a very deep and slightly cloudy brown with a huge and billowing medium tan head that is thick and lasting. Smell is as close to a cup of coffee that I can possibly imagine a beer being. Rich and deep, I could have sworn that my pint glass was holding something that had just come out of the pot. Taste is bitter as all get out, I can practically chew the grounds, just like a really good espresso. Also a minor note of roasted malts, just to remind you that this is a beer, and slight hoppiness in the finish. Mouthfeel is nice and thick, very suitable for a good porter, and drinkability is great. Cheers to pootz for what is, so far, the class of the CANBIF2 package that he sent me.

Mandrake, Jun 21, 2006
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3.38/5  rDev -8.6%

This beer poured a dark cola colour with only the slightest ruby hue breaking the opaque darkness when it was held to the light. Fittingly, the thin tan head resembled the crema that rests on top of a good cup of espresso.

There was only a slight whiff of ground coffee that really had to fight to be noticed on top of a more traditional porter aroma. A slight yeasty sourness cut through the maltiness.

Coffee was more apparent in the taste, though it was more of a medium roast feel as opposed to a bitter dark roast. A sour old ale taste in the middle gave this a more traditional English porter flavour, though bitterness re-asserted itself in the end. The finish was dry, both from the coffee and roasted barley.

The mouthfeel was slightly oily but the medium body bordered on thin and watery. The coffee taste is subtle enough that you can enjoy more than one in a sitting without it becoming too much.

vanrassel, Mar 05, 2007
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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Pours very dark, nearly black in the glass with dark brown through the edge. A finger of fizzy tan head was generated but bubbled away rather quickly.

Ground coffee beans jump up as the dominant aroma. Creamy coffee and a faint herbal hop show as well, but in the background.

Coffee flavour seems to dominate the taste as well. Front to back, ground coffee bean sticks out. Only as the beer warms does some of the porter character start to shine. A bit of nuttiness and roasted taste start to show. As noted by some other reviewers it is a bit astringent.

This beer is a touch thinner than I like my porters, but the carbonation is very reasonable and the overall feel isn't bad.

While I am a porter fan, I haven't found a coffee beer to make me a real fan of the mix. This isn't bad, but isn't a new favorite for me.

elricorico, Mar 07, 2007
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3.93/5  rDev +6.2%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass, the liquid is dark brown with good carbonation. The head is a nice 2 fingers tan and leaves little lace.

The smell is good lot of coffee and other toasty aromas.

The taste is goodas well, nice toasty malty goodness and lots of coffee.

The mouthfeel is a bit too thin but the carbonation is good.

The drinkability is good as well, easy drinking if you like the stlye. MK

MuenchenerKindl, Dec 10, 2007
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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Skwisgaar, Aug 05, 2013
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Mill Street Coffee Porter from Mill Street Brew Pub
84 out of 100 based on 251 ratings.