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Mill Street Coffee Porter - Mill Street Brew Pub

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BA SCORE
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162 Reviews
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Reviews: 162
Hads: 265
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 10.16%
Wants: 10
Gots: 25 | 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.
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Reviews: 162 | Hads: 265
Photo of beerwolf77
2.23/5  rDev -40.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Thanks to BeerFMAndy for sharing this one. (I guess)

A: Pitch black with a small amount of mocha head. Tiny bit of lace, no cap.

S: Day old coffee grounds, grape soda, traces of smiked malt and chocolate.

T: Very thin coffee flavor. Like using the grounds from yesterday to make a cup. The bitterness is high. Not much else going on here.

M: Very thin and watery body. Almost no carbonation.

D: Pretty much a clunker for me. Glad I only had six ounces to drink. (466 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 Tim2000
2.47/5  rDev -34%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

355 mL brown silk-screened bottle.

This is a very dark brown brew with a light tan head that clings to the sides of the glass.

Roasted coffee aroma with some smokey and bitter chocolate notes, but there is something unpleasant as well, like burnt plastic.

The name doesn't lie. This is pretty much as close to cold, carbonated coffee as a beer can get. Some chocolate malt notes, a bit of burnt toast with a roasted bitter finish that disappears very quickly. Body is very thin and watery, with average carbonation.

Overall kind of a disappointment, as the brew seems unbalanced and watered down. I was sick of it about half-way through the bottle. (660 characters)

Photo of MMansfield
2.51/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Sampled bottle at work 11/09/07.

Appearnce: Pours black with a brown head, decent enough retention in my small sample.

Aroma: Plenty of coffee in the nose. A sweet coffee and brown sugar smell. Roasty a bit nutty, but really hard to get anything passed coffee.

Taste: Sweet coffee. Overwhelming amounts of coffee. Did I mention the coffee was strong and sweet? Sort of like a chicory coffee syrup. Dry finish

Mouthfeel: Thin mouthfeel does not help this beer. Drinkability is between medium and low.

Final Statement: I found this highly touted beer to be overwhelming on the coffee and far too sweet for my liking. But to each his own. (640 characters)

Photo of cfrancis
2.67/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

This beer is lost on me. As I'm not a coffee drinker. But it was in the sampler pack and I hate seeing beer go to waste. Aroma is intense ground coffee. I do enjoy the smell of coffee and I just sat and enjoyed the aroma for a while. Taste is not as much coffee that I was expecting. It is somewhat subdued. There is more chocolate and malt which made drinking it palpable to me. (379 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 tbeckett
3.05/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Black, let's light in at the very bottom so not opaque but not bright. Nice frothy tan head leaving really nice lacing.

S - Roasted malt with tons of roasted coffee. Nice smooth aroma.

T - Coffee, roasted malt, mild cola aspect. Something doesn't jive with me properly. Either this lacks body or one of the flavours is off.

M - Frothy, light-medium body.

D - Could have a few. Needs more coffee flavour and less of that wacky cola taste. (445 characters)

Photo of BrewSomerville
3.12/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

The aroma is all coffee to me.

Colour is black like onyx.

Flavour is dominated by coffee. I'd have to say that this Beer leans toward a more malty taste than hoppy...I can't taste any hops.

Mouthfeel was light bodied but on the heavier side of light bodied. Carbonation was too much, too damn crisp.

Overall, I like it, but I could not drink much of it. I usually split a bottle (standard size) with someone. It pairs really nicely with strong, dark chocolate. Something that would be good for after dinner. (519 characters)

Photo of Koolbreeze2
3.16/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark with small head.
Nice smell but nothing special. A hint of coffee. I am somewhat suspect of a beer with coffee. What's next. Beertea?
Good taste but somewhat forgettable.
Nice mouthfeel but again somewhat forgettable.
One or two is fine. Will have another if someone treats me to it. Expensive for a six-pac. (317 characters)

Photo of TerryW
3.16/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Good looking dark beer that pours up a moderate tan head that gives up spotty lace all the way down.

While there surely is coffee in the nose, there is some sort of slightly unpleasant rubbery or medicinal smell lurking in the background that took away some of the enjoyment of inhaling this beer. It's off just a bit somehow.

Dry, almost dusty, coffee character, but really rather one dimensional. No lead up or follow through to the coffee flavour that comes right up the middle. Really rather thin bodied as well.

Decent enough as a lunchtime beer, I suppose, but not real interesting.

I love a good cup of coffee, but this beer isn't quite there. (662 characters)

Photo of shivtim
3.18/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours out a deep brown/black with a billowy latte head that fades to a thin layer. Looks pretty good. Nose is syrupy roasted malts and coffee grounds. Taste is super roasted malts, coal, and coffee filter after taste. The malt flavors aren't bad, but the coffee is artificial tasting. Like Sanka. Mouthfeel is average. (318 characters)

Photo of sstackho
3.2/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz single bottle purchased direct from brewery. Pours a black that shows up as very dark copper under direct light. Some head but little carbonation visible. Light aroma of malts and coffee. True to its name, the first taste is coffee with a solid hit of malt. Finishes a bit sparkly on the tongue and the aftertaste does not linger long enough. Nice brew though. I'm enjoying this one, and I'm not much of a porter drinker. (426 characters)

Photo of sholland119
3.23/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-Pours a deep black with a thin tan head with little to no lacing.

S-Strong espresso scent with a tangy background.

T-Lots of roasted, almost burnt coffee, with, again, a tangy background.

M-A little thin as expected for the style and ABV and a little lingering bitter coffee.

D-Not bad. A little one note on the flavor and a little bit unpleasant in the aftertaste.

HV (375 characters)

Photo of DrJay
3.28/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This is a very dark brown beer with amber highlights topped by a dense, tan head of small bubbles that leaves appreciable lace on the sides of the glass. The aroma is primarily roasted coffee, with a little sweetness present. The coffee also dominates the flavour, with a faint hop bitterness combining with some bitterness from the grain/coffee. Sweet malt is also present, but it not very strong. Noticeable dry astringency, especially at the finish. Medium bodied and medium/low carbonation with a moderately smooth and creamy texture.

Brown 341 mL stubby bottle with no freshness date. (592 characters)

Photo of wordemupg
3.29/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

341ml bottle poured into pint glass aug 12 2009

A black as night, half a glass of thick tan head, good retention, with nice lace with every sip. this is one good looking beer

S coffee, dark malts and some chocolate, not as strong as i expected

T as it smelled, chocolate is more noticeable then the coffee, once again not as strong as i thought it would be

M/D not as thick as the color would make you think, still not bad overall

not bad not great, looked better then it drank, but still a pretty good beer (514 characters)

Photo of Long813
3.33/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

G: Duvel Tulip

A: Opaque black body with two fingers of light mocha head. Moderate retention and decent lacing. Very basic porter/stout look.

S: Mild coffee and well that about it. Just a full aroma of mild coffee beans

T: Again just mild coffee. It's very pleasant choice of coffee beans, but I cannot pick out of any of the chocolate it says it has.

M: Medium-light body and medium carbonation. Has a nice creamy body and the carbonation gives it a little sparkle. Leaves a nice bitter coffee finish.

D: This is a nice beer, but it needs more flavours. I would love this to have some chocolate in here. Judging as a coffee beer, this is amazing. As a beer I'd buy more, well I don't think I would much. (712 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 vanrassel
3.36/5  rDev -10.2%
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. (917 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.36/5  rDev -10.2%
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. (349 characters)

Photo of Bestuurder
3.38/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a Mill St. brown bottle. The brew was dark, very dark, nearly a black with a slight red hue. The head was thin and carbonated bubbly.

Smell was very coffee scented. Mild hops and heavy malt. Chocolate malts are pronounced and honey very mild.

The overall taste is balanced, yet too much coffee for a coffee porter. I feel like I am drinking a coffee. No offense, but if I wanted a coffee, I would have one. Yet the porter characteristics are throughout consumption, not the greatest, but aggressive.

Mouthfeel and drinkability, again, go hand-in-hand; a 'pop-like' carbonation does not go well for this brew. A more cask-carbonation would be far more appropriate for this beer. Due to the high carbonation, I would only recommend a bottle or a pint.

Overall, the brew is consummable and enjoyable if a few characteristics can be overlooked. Yet the aroma is entising and taste is full-bodied.

Cheers. (917 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)

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.41/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

First off, this beer is overcarbonated. 2 of the 6 bottles I had exploding and more than half the beer shot out of the bottles. This near black beer has a big rocky head with ridges of thick foam left behing. The aroma is of espresso coffee beans, chocolate and some roasted barley. The taste is chocolatey with a strong coffe flavor. The coffee feels gritty and thin. The middle shows more sweet chocolate. The finish has some coffe astringency and a little bit of hop bitterness. The mouthfeel is thin and grainy. T

his beer is to plain. Its got too much coffee flavor. It doesnt taste much like a porter. Still its not terrible. (634 characters)

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.42/5  rDev -8.6%
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. (635 characters)

Photo of Beersignal
3.42/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Presented in a dark amber stubby (perhaps purchased from Unibroue after they stopped bottling their Bolduc in stubbies) adorned with a handsome and retro label.

Poured dark brown with amber and crimson highlights when held to the light. The seemingly clear liquid was coiffed with minimalistic foam which didn't really lace and only left a ring of foam in the glass.

Aromas were pleasant and dominated by notes of roasted barley cocoa and malt up front. Generous waves of coffee appeared in the middle and came to dominate the malt and chocolate without cancelling them out.

This beer is densely carbonated which somewhat seemed to affect the perception of body and texture. I found this brew rather thin but not watery. The texture was helped out by a mild alcoholic warmth which added some firmness to the mouthfeel.

Flavours are in line with the aromas but see the cocoa and roastiness monopolize the real estate up front, leaving only a small patch in which the maltiness can express itself mildly.

Not an unpleasant beer but certainly not a standard bearer for the style. It is a coffee porter but none is detectable in the flavour profile. This, although interesting and respectable, will not dethrone London Porter from its coveted place as standard bearer in the style IMHO (1,296 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)

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