Mill Street Coffee Porter - Mill Street Brew Pub

Not Rated.
Mill Street Coffee PorterMill Street Coffee Porter

Educational use only; do not reuse.

264 Ratings

(view ratings)
Ratings: 264
Reviews: 164
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 12.37%
Wants: 10
Gots: 22 | 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:
Beer added by: Popsinc on 05-10-2003

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: Ratings & Reviews
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 264 | Reviews: 164
Reviews by trevorwideman:
Photo of trevorwideman
3.6/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

341ml bottle poured into a pint glass.

Thick and black and opaque, just like a porter should be. 1 inch cream coloured head recedes fast and leaves just a bit of wet lace that sticks to the glass just a little. Aroma is of roasted malt predominately, then cocoa, coffee, brown sugar, vanilla, smoke, and wet earth.

Taste is a lactic sourness off the top, then a bit of a metallic note. Lightly herbal, a bit earthy and damp. Smoked and roasted malt move into some milk chocolate. Most of the coffee comes in the aftertaste. A little muddy and undefined for my liking, but not awful either. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, a little creamy, fairly wet, mildly carbonated, really nice beer going down. This is a sessionable brew to be sure, but I wish the flavours were a little more defined.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Popsinc
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.32/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Jason
3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of JohnnyBarman
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of BGDrock
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

Photo of foamer
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of biboergosum
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of mintjellie
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Sammy
3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of CanuckRover
3.43/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of kdoc8
4.12/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of joemcgrath27
4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of heebes
3.72/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 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.

Photo of Mandrake
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of vanrassel
3.36/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of elricorico
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.92/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

Photo of philipquarles
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

341ml bottle. Pours a completely opaque dark brown with a puffy, light beige head. Decent retention and mediocre lacing. Smells strongly of coffee with a few metallic notes. Very light cacao. Taste of light coffee and roasty malt, along with a hint of milk chocolate. Sweet finish. Nice medium-full body with lowish carbonation. Pleasantly surprising low ABV coffee beer. Good after-dinner drink.

Photo of Clutch28
3.86/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Deep Brown with hints of ruby in colour, mocha coloured head that retains well.

S: Rich Cocoa up front, bit of espresso near the back end, late hop presence.

T: Velvety dark chocolate that has been sweetened by condensed milk give way to a wonderful cafe au lait mid palate. Finish is more espresso goodness.

M: Fairly light for a porter brewed with coffee.

D: If you love Guinness or any other porter/stout as a session beer then this will work well.

Photo of paxkey
3.84/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours dark and creamy. one finger dark head dissipates right away.

okay strength aroma. roast coffee. gonna let it warm up a few degrees and sniff again.

nose is improving alot. some toffee notes and a bit of alcohol coming through. the warmer this beer gets the better it smells.

interesting sour tang finish. a bit of bret maybe? mid palate a little dissapointing with some smooth coffee flavor definitely coming through. great mouthfeel and carbonation.

finding it hard to keep in the glass. quite tasty. gets a little heavy at the end

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.36/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color porter with a huge foamy head with great retention. Coffee dominate the aroma but I guess that was to be expected. Taste is mix between lots of coffee, some roasted malt and not much hops. Body is a bit thin for the style. Enjoyable but would have been truly outstanding had there been more malt and a fuller body.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.42/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle split and poured into a Bruery tulip. 5.5% ABV, no date.

Thanks to Orbitalr0x for this one!

A - Clear dark brown in color with a lacking tan head. Low retention and not a lot of lace left over at all.

S - Milky dark chocolate coffee aroma that's fairly cold in the small. Chalky cocoa and roasted malts. Awfully plain but decent regardless.

T - Cold black coffee with a roasted black patent malt and a cocoa finish. Not very complex but once again, it's decent.

M - Medium-bodied and somewhat thin with a dry finish.

D - Decent drinakbility with a fair finish. A little bland but not awful. Needs some work though.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally got around to reviewing one of my favourite local beers.
Poured in to Duvel tulip.

A - Dark black with half a finger of light brown head.

S - Dark roasted malts with otter coffee.

T - Dark roasted malts, bitter dark roasted espresso and some slight brown sugar sweetness.

M - Light to medium body. Slight chew. Moderate carnation.

Photo of smakawhat
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a sam adams pint glass.

A real nice dark walnut body, with a light tan three finger head with some retention. Minimal lacing, but leaves a good collar and thin puck whike drinking.

Great simple porter nose on this. Roast dark malts and tasty chocolate and cream. Not so much sense of coffee, but quite tasty smelling.

Palate is a little behind on the nose, with a somewhat wet body carrying it. Light even for porter body, but some tight carbonation behind it. Light simple drip coffee behind thison the finish, with a little bit of mild acidic palate. Mild chocolate and a sort of dry whoppers like candy and malt.

Overall, doesn't remind me so much of coffee, but its a solid classic chocolate feeling porter.

« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Mill Street Coffee Porter from Mill Street Brew Pub
84 out of 100 based on 264 ratings.