Mill Street Coffee Porter - Mill Street Brew Pub

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Reviews: 162
Hads: 263
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 8.02%
Wants: 10
Gots: 23 | FT: 0
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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.
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Photo of DenisKolkin
3.61/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

341 ml bottle picked up out of the singles bin at the LCBO. About $2.25 CDN for the bottle. Served at cellar temperature into a pint glass.

Appearance - dark cola brown coloured beer is poured with a half finger of sticky but quickly receding white head. Opaque and thick looking, with minimal if any lacing left around the edge of the glass.

Smell - plenty of coffee but also a sweet caramel notion and some vanilla. More like a latte then full blown espresso.

Taste - similar to the nose, at first with traces of caramel and vanilla cutting through the coffee base. Finishes with some acidity and with coffee grounds in mind, closer to the espresso bean rather than the latte.

Mouthfeel - smooth and creamy with a tingly sensation left on the tongue. A bit chewy but not too thick. Good feel for a beer of this style.

Overall - I can't say that Mill Street Coffee Porter exceeded my expectations, but it didn't fall short either, delivering a unique coffee flavor that leans a little closer to the dark roast and pungent coffees of Europe rather than a muddled latte. Worth a shot. (1,088 characters)

Photo of Bunman3
4/5  rDev +7%

This is a very solid coffee porter. The coffee flavour is not overpowering and melds together nicely with the chocolate notes. Overall, this is a porter that tastes like beer first. The final product has a rich mouthfeel and a very pleasant after taste. This brew has definite potential as a breakfast beer. (307 characters)

Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.67/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Had a bottle poured into a shaker pint glass at The Libertine in downtown Calgary. A brownish black near-opaque brew with rather minimal tan head and a very roasted aroma, largely fresh ground coffee and roasted barley with a slight hoppy tang. Very smooth on the mouth, with a refined roastiness and little astringency. Not what I was expected based on the aroma. The coffee is discernible but not all encompassing and this still tastes like a legit porter: Caffe latte with some nutty malts, red berry and watermelon fruity notes, a whisper of lemon rind. I think Cascade hops are detectable in the fairly dry finish. Semi-chewy chalky body with moderate carbonation. From the perspective of a guy who likes his beer to taste like beer, this is quite good and much preferred to this brewery's vanilla porter (see that review), in which the special ingredient carries too much of the weight. (892 characters)

Photo of The-Jolly-Imbiber
3.34/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 341mL bottle into a conical pint glass.

Very dark, as expected from a porter. About a 1-finger head.

Smell is predominantly coffee, as advertised, with some sweet aroma. Taste follows nose with strong coffee flavour, transitioning to a nice bitterness from the beer. Neither smell nor taste are particularly complex, though. Fairly significant carbonation felt.

Overall, a nice but simple beer that I'd be happy to drink again in the future. (458 characters)

Photo of LampertLand
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Mill St. 'Coffee Porter' @ 5.5% , served from a 6pack of 341 ml bottles purchased for $14

A-pour is a dark brown with some ruby red highlights along the glass edge ,
with a small off white /tan head leaving a minimal lace film along the pint glass

S-not over powering with coffee but hint's of also some chocolate breaks thru
(coffee smell needs to be stronger)

T-theres more coffe in the taste , smooth crisp porter , easy drinking ,
even with the bitter finish

MF-low/mild carbonation , medium bodied , bitterness lingers on the palate

Ov-ok/good beer , needs to be stronger smelling coffee , yes I'd buy again

sampled alongside Deschutes 'Black Butte' , Paddock Wood 'London Porter'
& Powell St. 'Dive Bomber' Porter

prost LampertLand (750 characters)

Photo of CookstLiquor
3.84/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 355ml bottle. Pours a deep brown/black colour. The nose has roasty notes of dark chocolate and coffee. The flavours are classic porter—chocolate, smoke, coffee—with a nice hit of black coffee bitterness on the finish. The mouthfeel is wonderfully creamy and satisfying. (285 characters)

Photo of TwilightTavern
2.47/5  rDev -34%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

After pouring from a 341 mm bottle into a pint glass, it's appearance was average. A lack of carbonation and small head with little retention and little lacing was the initial impression this beer gave.

The smell seemed promising with a strong sweet malt scent mixed with dark roasted coffee. At least the smell made the beer seem promising.

The taste was way to malty and much too bitter. It left a strange tar like after taste that seemed to stick to the roof of the mouth and back of the throat that wasn't at all reminiscent of coffee. Only a strong discomforting overpowering burnt sweet malt flavour.

Medium bodied and far from smooth that is typical of coffee stouts the porter doesn't go down nicely, and moreover the lack of carbonation bothers the palate.

Overall the coffee beer is not an inspired porter at all and I personally only finished about 6 ounces out of the twelve that was in the bottle. Unsatisfying and a discomforting taste. (954 characters)

Photo of hopsolutely
3.79/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a near-black with auburn highlights at the edges of the glass. Good looking coffee-coloured head disappears quickly, leaving little lacing in its wake.

Surprisingly limited, a mild aroma of roasted dark malts with a hint of smokiness and roasted coffee beans. However the taste is impressive, with the full roasted spectrum of chocolate and dark malts plus brewed coffee flavours. Finishes with a nice bitterness, that lingers for longer than I expected.

Not a beer that I see often on tap, but probably one I should pick up at the LCBO more often. (557 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
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. (743 characters)

Photo of leaddog
3.62/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Pours a dark cola brown with a finger width of frothy beige head.

Smell- Roasted coffee beans, grains/oats, toasted malts

Taste- Bitter roasted coffee notes balance well with flavours of sweet malts. Toasted grains and oats linger in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel- Light to medium bodied with light carbonation. Just a tad thin for the style.

Overall- A good offering by Mill Street. The aromas translate well into the taste. Body could use a little work, but a nice easy drinking porter to have once in a while. (524 characters)

Photo of rarbring
3.76/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A black beer, a tan head. Good lacing and good curtains.

Smelling burned bread, sausages and raisins.

The taste is from the black malts, burned bread crust, dark coffee, smoked sausages and acidity from red berries.

Little carbonation, small bubbles, soft texture, good body and dry finish.

A really decent stout I'd say. (325 characters)

Photo of BGDrock
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
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 (538 characters)

Photo of h20mbh
3/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

appearance
black with minimal carbonation

smell
smells like guinness with a little more spice

taste
tastes like it smells, coffee never came through much in either smell or taste

mouthfeel
standard stout/porter thickness

overall
average stout/porter, was expecting more from the reviews, would not buy again, not saying it is a bad brew by any means, just there are more interesting brews out there, if you are a stout fanatic or guinness fan you may like more than me (I'm an IPA "hop head") (496 characters)

Photo of Digimaika2
3.45/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a pitch black with a creamy and bubbly mocha coloured foam head that transforms to a healthy ring. Decent lacing that clings to glass.

S: Dark roasted coffee, caramel, licorice, dark fruits, and a lingering herbal spice component (anise-like).

T: Bitter bold roasted coffee, herbal-hop taste (more dominant in taste than aroma indicated), caramel-like malts, and hints of dark chocolate. Crisp and biting with a herbal bitterness throughout.

M: Lighter body with a moderate carbonation. Would prefer more of an oily texture, although the lack of this provides that dry and bitter mouthfeel.

D: Quite a nice porter that's very crisp, refreshing, and has some bite. Not quite up there with the better coffee porters (Wolavers) but certainly worth a try, and a good option at the LCBO. (797 characters)

Photo of CanuckRover
3.43/5  rDev -8.3%
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. (563 characters)

Photo of SebD
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: It has a nice almost pitch black color to it. It has a nice dark tan head that dies down moderately and leaves some lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitly give out hints of roasty malts, dark chocolate and coffee.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a dominant coffee flavor with some roasty characteristics, bitter chocolate and coffee notes and maybe a bit of molasses.

Mouthfeel: It has a low carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavors and aromas. (545 characters)

Photo of spinrsx
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Draft

Appearance - The beer pours a dark brown/black colour with a small size frothy light brown coloured head. I can't see much carbonation due to the darkness of the beer and there is a fair amount of lacing on the sides of the glass. The head lasted for 2-3 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Coffee, chocolate, malts

Taste & Mouth - The beer has a low amount of carbonation and comes across as slightly thin and watery. I can taste roasted coffee and some slightly bitter chocolate. There is also some malts and a bit of a smokiness. It ends with a slightly bitter coffee aftertaste.

Overall - Wasn't a huge fan of the bottle I had previously, but it seemed to be better on tap. Nothing that will blow you away, but a decent tasting beer that coffee drinkers will enjoy. (779 characters)

Photo of fostachild
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours very dark brown with about an inch of dark tan head that leaves nice lacing.

smell has coffee/mocha, roasted malt, chocolate.

taste is similar, roasted malt up front with chocolate and coffee notes - also a nice bitter finish. good carbonation and decent drinkability. overall a pretty standard porter - it's pretty good but probably won't amaze you. (358 characters)

Photo of peensteen
3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Near jet black, one finger of mocha coloured head, lightly sticky, some lace. Smell is roasted malt and coffee, burnt notes, dark chocolate, bittersweet, light hop present is there but muted. Taste is full on coffee, deeply roasted malt, long bitterness, more hops are revealed in the taste despite the nose, bakers chocolate, more coffee in aftertaste and finish. Carbonation is a little high and quite prickly, lightish body, the feel may be the weak point of this beer. With lower carbonation and a more pronounced nose this would be better, but still a damm tasty porter that captures the coffee really well. (612 characters)

Photo of dgilks
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear dark brown colour with a small light tan head. Poor head retention.

Mild, rounded coffee aroma with some light roasty notes. Slightly fruity.

Medium coffee flavours with some darker fruit notes and bitter chocolate. Not really roasty. A touch sweet.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. Okay.

A decent porter but it’s nothing special. The flavours are all okay too but it comes across as a little confused. (420 characters)

Photo of Kartoffeln
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours an opaque, nearly black coffee brown with a dense head of tan foam that gradually dissipates to a patchy cap and leaves scant lacing.

S: Roasted and brown malts with a butter character; aromas of black coffee, cocoa, and a hint of icing sugar and black molasses.

T: Brown and roasted malts, robust but kept smooth by that butteriness, followed by cocoa, molasses, and bittersweet black coffee.

M: Medium-bodied at best but somewhat chewy, with mild pin-prick carbonation and a clean finish. Quite drinkable and satisfying.

D: A solid porter, but not really outstanding. The coffee flavour isn't as dominant as the name would suggest and it lacks complexity, but it's still plenty tasty. (699 characters)

Photo of Converge
3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

341ml bottle poured into a 16oz pint glass.

A - Just over a finger of mocha-brown head. Color is totally black, even when held up to the light. No real lacing on the glass, but the head has some nice retention, leaving a nice mocha cap sitting on top of the jet-black beer.

S - Smell upfront comprises of coffee and roasted malt, with a nice touch of cocoa and bitterness.

T - Tons of roasted malt and coffee flavor, with the expected bitterness as well. Cocoa is still there, but faint. Not much else going on, but it's simple and enjoyable.

M - A bit more carbonation than I had expected, but it's still a reasonable amount. Medium-to-thick mouth-feel, and definitely leaves some spice on the tongue.

D - Simple and enjoyable. The roasted malt and respective spiciness is a little strong for my liking, but nonetheless I enjoyed this one a lot. (852 characters)

Photo of thehyperduck
3.66/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque black-brown colour with a rich tan two-finger head. Decent retention as it settles to a creamy cap after a few minutes; ridiculous amount of lacing. Nose is dominated by coffee with some roasted malts and toffee as well. These are good smells, but not really anything special for a porter.

This beer tastes like coffee. It's so overpowering that it's hard to make out much else - dark chocolate/fruit and roasted malts underlie it, but coffee is what they were going for and I'd have to say mission accomplished. Unsurprisingly, bitter coffee notes linger on the tongue well after my mouth is empty. Carbonation is on the low side; medium-bodied but a little light for a porter. Very smooth and creamy because of the head.

This beer is definitely one-dimensional, but since all the care and attention went toward that one trait, it's still satisfying, if simple. If you like coffee in your beer, this is probably worth a try. I like it, and may pick some up again.

[Updated Dec. 17 2013]

I picked up a six-pack of this stuff a few days ago to give it another shot, as I believe this to be one of Mill Street's higher-quality beers. The coffee is not as strong in the aroma or flavour as I recall from last time, which could either be due to age (this pack was from a low volume Beer Store) or just the fact that my palate has adjusted after 2+ years of craft abuse. Still, this is a pretty good, well-balanced session porter that I will more than likely return to at some point.

Final Grade: 3.66, a B grade. (1,530 characters)

Photo of nickfl
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with three fingers of medium-brown foam, topping off an opaque, black body. The rocky head settles slowly and leaves sticky lace.

S - Toffee and caramel with some molasses in the background.

T - Dark, bready malt up front with notes of caramel and toffee. Some nutty coffee starts to come out in the middle with more caramel and a hint of blackstrap molasses. The beer finishes up with more molasses and roasted malt notes, accompanied by moderate bitterness and coffee notes that linger in the aftertaste.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a fairly dry finish.

D - Nice, it has the appropriate dark malt character, but with an emphasis on caramel and molasses, as opposed to roast malt, that prevents it from being confused with a stout. The coffee is hard to detect in the aroma, but it definitely comes out in the flavor profile, especially in the finish. The finish is dry, but without excessive bitterness that could make it acrid and unpleasant. A decent coffee porter, nothing too complex, but drinkable enough. (1,041 characters)

Photo of Roke87
3.41/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

341 mL bottle poured into a snifter at fridge temperature.

Appearance- Pours a very dark dark brown colour that is completely opaque, no light getting through this one. Has a one finger of tan head that quickly dissipates to a thin lace

Smell- Not a whole lot going on in the smells, just a lot of roasted malts with the majority being dominated by coffee, a tiny bit of chocolate comes through eventually.

Taste- Coffee, coffee, and more coffee, some roasted malt flavours and a very slight hint of chocolate. Again not very complex on the taste either.

Mouthfeel- Feels slightly over carbonated for a porter, Medium bodied but more on the thinner side of that spectrum.

Overall- Definitely not the best porter I have ever tried but also not the worst, this is a coffee lovers dream although there’s not too much going on in this other than the coffee. Smells and taste are both a little muted. (903 characters)

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Mill Street Coffee Porter from Mill Street Brew Pub
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