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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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263 Ratings

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Ratings: 263
Reviews: 163
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 12.37%
Wants: 10
Gots: 19 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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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Ratings: 263 | Reviews: 163
Photo of BACTAdam
3.48/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this one as part of a mixed Canadien 8-pack from a co-worker. Cool bottle which made me even more interested.

Not bad, not great. Pours an extremely dark brown, almost black with a thin creamy head that disappears quickly. Smells of coffee but not heavy. Taste is not bad, lots of coffee notes, malts and a tinge of bitterness. The mouthfeel is a little thin but although this tastes more like a coffee stout, its body is definitely porter. I liked that the coffee flavor was not so extreme as to not enjoy it. A pretty easy drinking porter for sure.

Photo of shivtim
3.18/5  rDev -14.5%
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.

Photo of Hornet2003
3.92/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased at Brewery Creek, Vancouver.

Appearance: Pours dark dark brown. Stout-like with a chocolate head that dissipates.

Smell: Very aromatic coffee. Chocolate as well. Musty too.

Taste: Well coffee is dominant. Quite a bit of bitterness both from the espresso and perhaps the subtle hopping. Obviously some chocolate and a bready character I can't put my finger on.

Mouthfeel: Bitterness and carbonation are spot on. Really nice malti character although I was expecting more sweetness. I guess the bitterness from the coffee takes that away a bit.

Drinkability: Pretty high for a porter. Never been a huge porter fan, but I could drink a few of these.

Overall: Great coffee flavours/aromas make this a very interesting beer.

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 Shadman
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

New on the shelves here in the land that made Coors lite & clam an institution.

Black, just like coffee and used diesel engine oil with a rich head that reminds me of whipped egg whites, but tan in color. Gobs of sticky lacing all down the sides of the glass make this a visually appealing brew.

Lo and behold, it smells of rich, slightly sweetened coffee. Taste is also heavy on strong, black coffe, but it is balanced with a hop bite and some dark cocoa malt. Maybe a bit thin/watery on the palate, but certainly very drinkable and much better than the last brew I had from these guys. A nice winter brew.

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 Bitterbill
4.42/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another brew I got in a trade with autumnaldave. Thanks Dave!

It pours from 341ml bottle a very dark brown with just the slightest reddish hue and a near 2 finger head of tannish foam. It recedes to a fine layer over time and it has some good lacing.

The smell is nice..I get coffee , roasted malt, and a touch of chocolate.

The taste kind of fooled me; The first thing I noticed on my palate was a dark chocolate flavour followed by coffee(yeah, it starts to take over after the first sip) and roasted malt and there's some sweet malt kicking it up in the backgound. There's a bitterness there that I figure comes from both the coffee and the dark chocolate and it's absolutely delicious. The mouthfeel is medium bordering on heavy and the carbonation is light. Very easy drinking, this son of a gun, and so smooth on the tongue. Man, I could kick back a few of these. To tell you the truth, I'm not a huge fan of coffee)I prefer tea) but the few "Coffee" brews I've had have realy impressed me....

Bottom line: Another very nice Porter that I can only recommend. Thanks again, Dave. It was another excellent sample to throw in as an extra!!

Photo of MMansfield
2.51/5  rDev -32.5%
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.

Photo of Amalak
4.45/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Perfectly black, with a brown, foamy head.

S: Nailed that chocolate coffee smell.

T: Really hits the coffee taste.

M: Very thick like chocolate.

D: Very full-bodied and heavy. Extremely good.

This is arguably the best Coffee Porter I have had -- although I haven't had many. Actually, when me and my roommates created a coffee porter in college...this is what we were going for. When you order a CP, this is the flavor I have in mind.

Photo of soupyman10
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one while visiting friends in Toronto - one of the few legitimately good Canadian beers I've had so far. A nice dark brown color with lighter highlights and a solid finger of tan head on top. Taste and nose coincided nicely: lots of roasted malt, coffee, and nice bittering at the end. A hint of sweet molasses, but this one's not a sweet beer by any means. Feel is fairly thick, full body, with solid carbonation. I had this one a bunch of times while in town.

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.

Photo of Antilochus
3.87/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from 341mL tall bottle in London, Ontario after lunch at the Alex P. Keaton.

Deep brown, almost black, with medium brown cola-like bubbly head. I spilled a little on my arm- it looked just like cola. Settled quickly, no lace.

Aromas of of coffee, roasted malt and citrus/sour aroma.

Strong hit of bitter coffee taste, followed by sweeter coffee & caramel flavour. Mouthfeel weaker than it appears, but definitely brought a smile to my face. Wonderful after a meal to sip.

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

I've had a few of these this week to be sure what I thought of it. This was poured from a 341 ml. tall bottle, not a stubby. Presented as a black, cola like in colour with a tan head that settled quickly. A thin ring of lace around the glass with moderate carbonation. I can smell coffee with a hint of black licorice. The taste is of strong coffee that has been sitting around for a while. Something here is over the top but I can't figure out exactly what it is. The mouthfeel is like flat coca cola and the taste is a bitter semi-sweet chocolate. I love a good porter and this is okay, but I don't think I'd like to drink too many of these in one sitting.

Photo of hoppymeal
4.05/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours black with a light brown cola like head that slowly fades to a ring. Nice roasted coffee bitterness in the aroma mixes with a hint of chocolate and a good dose of cola, root beer, and vanilla like sweetness. Taste shows a flash of the vanilla and cola sweetness before a dry and slightly bitter roasted coffee flavor kicks in. Mouthfeel is nice and light for the style making it easy to drink. Fairly good level of carbonation keeps it fresh on the palette as well. A nice black coffee like bitterness and dryness lingers in the finish. Very nice coffee aroma and flavors. While i love coffee beers, I often find them a little too sweet and malty, this one is truer to a cup of coffee in its body, very nice beer.

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

A - almost midnight black with a modest dark head.
S - solid coffee and roasted grains
T - similar to the nose with a sweet dark chocolate undertone.
M - medium to light bodied, swims back and forth between sweet and bitter. Nicely carbonated and dry in the finish.
D - Might have been better paired than the dinner I had with this. I was left pleased with one but not longing to have 2 or 3 in an evening.

A solid coffee porter. In my neck of the woods you'd be hard pressed to find Balzac's coffee on any shelfs. That said it was a nice complimentary blend of tastes.

Photo of Koolbreeze2
3.16/5  rDev -15.1%
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.

Photo of nafnikufesin
3.99/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Brown-black color with a nice head. Pleasant coffee aroma, echoed in the rich flavor with a somewhat smooth and creamy texture. Good drinkability with a heavy meal or after dinner drink, but less so on a hot summer afternoon. Overall, flavorful and enjoyable.

Photo of IronDjinn
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nice to see this stuff is available locally now, picked up a 6 of it.

Pours out a deep opaque black, tall spongy tan head with great retention.

Roasted malt and a serious helping of espresso on the nose. Aroma texture is creamy and rounded however, not harsh and sharp.

I'm not much of a coffee drinker, but this is a great tasting coffee porter, let me tell you that much. Smooth roasted malts dance hand in hand with tame coffee notes which provide the bittering aspect to this porter, providing a pretty decent balance in flavour overall.

The mouthfeel is pretty lax however, on the thin watery side, but not swilly.

A very easy-drinking coffee porter in my opinion, and a pleasure to imbibe as well. Not overwhelming in flavour, but could be beefed up a bit in the mouthfeel dep't.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.67/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired via trade from biegaman, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color with a large light brown head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma seemed mostly metallic with some coffee and hops in the background.

T: Fortunately, the taste completely looses the metallicness that you get in the smell and is loaded with a creamy roasted coffee flavor. The malt character is very hearty and the hops presence is very mild as you would expect form a Porter. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Very smooth with a little crispness, medium-to-heavy body, light-to-medium carbonation, dry and slightly sticky Porter-like finish.

D: Very tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, nice representation of style, this is a good beer to stick with when you’re in that Porter-mood that I sometimes find myself in.

Photo of canucklehead
3.6/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

One of those porters that sits the fence between thinness and fullbodied. Luckily as it warms up the beer elongates its finish. The coffee flavour is there but not really that apparent which adds to the drinkability. A pretty nice porter that comes in at a fairly low ABV.

Photo of BigBry
4.04/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tall, slender brown bottle with a painted label (as pictured above - new pic has been added).
This beer is a dark color, basically black, with only a tiny bit of reddish brown hilights when held up to the light. Thin, tan head of creamy foam. Decent, but not excellent retention and thin lace.
Lots of coffee aromas, that became even more pronounced as the sample warmed. More coffee flavor in the taste, smoothand rich taste. Slightly bitter and a bit sour keeps the flavor interesting. It finishes dry with lots of roasted barley. The body and mouthfeel was a bit thin, keeping it more porter-like rather than thick and stout-like. The coffee taste is there with out overpowering, making it enjoyable and flavorful.

Photo of Derek
4.2/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the brewpub.

A: Black, off-white head, very little retention, some lace.

S: COFFEE! Slight roasted nuttyness.

T: Great roasted coffee flavour (even more when it's fresh on-tap), dark chocolate, nuts, slight bready malt. Moderate roasted bitterness.

M: Moderate body & carbonation. Only slight hints of roasted acidity.

D: Quite good.

Photo of BrewSomerville
3.12/5  rDev -16.1%
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.

Photo of Absumaster
3.45/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to plucier for this beer.

A murky, black, deep brown beer with a thin fine-bubbled head.

Smell of coffee upfront, followed by dark chocolate. There is a burned and light 'oily' like old coffee smells.

Taste has a mild coffeetaste, but also this oily character. There is hardly any other taste, only a minor malt and maltbitter taste. There is very little to none hopbitterness. Body is quite thin and almost watery. Aftertaste is dry and mild maltbitter. Drinkability is OK.

Photo of sstackho
3.2/5  rDev -14%
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.

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Mill Street Coffee Porter from Mill Street Brew Pub
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