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Mill Street Coffee Porter - Mill Street Brew Pub

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BA SCORE
84
good

263 Ratings
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Ratings: 263
Reviews: 163
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 12.37%
Wants: 10
Gots: 19 | 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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Photo of markaberrant
3.77/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

355ml bottle served in 16oz pint glass.

Pours opaque black, with a hint of red shining through the bottom of the glass. Tan head forms and receeds fairly quickly.

Definitely smells of roast malts, but a creamy sweetness lies beneath.

Taste is more bitter than I was expecting... the coffee character comes through.

I find the mouthfeel somewhat thin, and the carbonation a little too prickly.

This is very easy to drink, but I don't find it all that challenging either.

I'd have to say that find the Mill St beers to be well made, but are lacking that little extra something to make them stand out. But you could definitely do a lot worse!

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 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 bcollar
3.57/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: This brew poured black and opaque with an attractive tan coloured head, thin lacing and decent head retention. Although black, it was evident there was at least some mild carbonation.

Smell: The first thing that strikes you (as it should) is a strong coffee aroma paired with pronounced toffee maltiness in the nose. There are also hints of milk and cocoa that find their way through the strong coffee essence.

Taste: The initial sip brings big, strong coffee flavours with toffee maltiness following close behind by hints of bittersweet chocolate. Finally it ends with a lingering bitterness of coffee.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with slight carbonation.

Drinkability: Overall, this beer is worth a try. I found the coffee was a little too pronounced for my taste, I didn't feel it balanced as harmoniously with the other flavours as well as it could have. However, with that aside, this is a beer that delivers what the name promises, lots of strong coffee.

Photo of funkengruven
4.3/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 6 pack of this out of curiousity, Among some other Mill Street Brews I've tried.

This poured a deep black with a tan head that subsides to some lacing at the top of the glass. Smell has some coffee aromas, along with some roasted malts. These are more prominently reflected in the flavor. Strong coffee flavors make their way to a barley malt aroma, with a really nice coffee finish. Not bad going down at all, it does have a mild astringency due to the fact that this is made from real coffee. But with that being said, it's still quite an easy brew to down.

If you like Coffee and dark beers, This is an excellent one to try.

Photo of aforbes10
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a coffee porter with yeasty bits floating around and a big fluffy head. nice. smells like iced mochachino with a hint of sweet chocolate. taste is quite good. Well balanced coffee flavor and bitterness with hard-to-find alcohol and malty creaminess. an extremely pleasant coffee porter that forces me to admit that Unibroue might not be the only decent brewery in Canada.

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

This beer was part of a mystery sixer trade with Grub. The beer was served in a pub glass.

Appearance: The beer poured black with a ruby opaqueness to light. The head was one finger thick and colored like lightly creamed coffee.

Smell: The beer has an upfront smell of medium roasted coffee. The coffee smell is backed up by a flash of chocolate, very light smokeyness and sweet roasted malts.

Taste: The beers taste is very much dominated by medium roasted coffee. The beer has good supporting flavors including toasted nuttyness, herbal/earthy hops and semi sweet chocolate. The beer has a slightly astringent aftertaste. I think the astringency is from the coffee.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: This beer is slightly less than full bodied. The beer has a slightly creamy mouthfeel. This was a very easy beer to drink. I enjoyed the beer from begining to end. This is a very nice and sessionable beer. If this was available in Ohio I would drink this often.

Thanks Grub for sending this one my way!

Photo of grub
3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours a deep brown colour with a thick, fluffy light brown head. the head is very slow to receed and leaves plenty of lace behind.

aroma is rich and roasty. chocolate and espresso come through strong, then give way to a light caramel sweetness. a bit of bready malt too. just a hint of hop presence.

taste is a blast of coffee that slowly fades to a nice roasty porter finish. dark chocolate and espresso. nice bitterness at the end, but that could just as easily be from the coffee and roast malts as from hops. no real hop presence. slightly nutty with caramel tones to the sweetness. the bread from the aroma is noticeable too, almost pumpernickel.

mouthfeel is pretty big. it's fairly thick for a porter, really more stout-like.

drinkability is average. it's a bit heavy for a porter, but still good overall.

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

A - Wow. Dark, dark, dark brown. Head is copious, dark tan and super creamy. Seems to drop fairly quickly though and doesn't lace much.

S - Coffee bean aroma.

T - Taste is big coffee bean - not really a coffee taste, but the bean, like if you chew on one (though not as strong). Thick, malty backbone there as well and bitter coffee finish.

M - Not as creamy as expected, but very heavy and chewy.

D - I like my coffee with cream and sugar... :P Still, very tasty and the coffee really comes through. Not a swillin' beer by any means one a day is more than enough for me, but certainly worth trying.

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

Got this one from the LCBO as soon as it became available in Ottawa (July 06). What a treat. I have never had a coffee porter, and I do appreciate a good coffee, so I was intrigued and ready for anything. Here goes:

Appearance: Deep brown-black, like Guiness. The foamy head is not as pale as Guiness, but more tawny. Just as thick and creamy though.

Smell: The coffee smell dominates. Then you can pick up on malts and some smokiness.

Taste: Again, coffee is upfront, with smokiness as an afternote. The finish is dry and lingers for a while.

Mouthfeel: A very smooth brew. Not as thick as it would appear, but does have a good density. Where Guiness is like drinking a loaf of bread, this one is the coffee chaser.

Drinkability: As I said, this is my first coffee porter, and it has encouraged me to try others. This porter is now the standard by which all others will be judged. Highly recommended.

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 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 Noxious26
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

355ml bottle poured in a pint glass. Thanks to Viggo for the brew.

Opaque and ebony in colour. Light brown head is over an inch high on the pour, looking billowy soft like a cloud. Head retention is good as it eventually recedes down to a 1/8 thick cap but sticks to that throughout the glass. Nice clumps of lacing stick here and there adorning the glass.

Aroma is dominated by dark roast coffee, as you'd expect, but there's also hints of roasted and burnt malt.

Taste follows the aroma quite closely. Strong dark coffee through the start and middle. Light herbal/earthy hops in the middle and a light bitterness at the finish. Aftertaste is coffee and burnt.

Mouthfeel is a little thin. Minimal carbonation.

A nice, pleasant sipping beer that I almost feel I should be drinking in a local coffee shop. If you aren't careful, you'd almost swear you were drinking coffee. Be forewarned that if you are not a coffee drinker, then you probably won't like this beer.

Photo of PlowKing
3.71/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Glass: Served cold in a pint glass at the Boiler House (Distillery District, Toronto) with dinner.

Appearence: A dark brown colour, beige-light brown head with fine beading.

Smell: Subtle aromas of roasted barley and coffee

Taste: Initial sip had the bitterness of strongly brewed coffee finishing with hints of dark chocolate. As the porter warmed up, the coffee flavours gradually disappeared and were replaced with a slight nuttiness. Of course, the flavours of the roasted barley remained throughout. Light carbonation resulted a fairly smooth drink for the duration of the meal. Next time, I will try the porter as an after-dinner/dessert beverage.

Photo of fretlessman71
4.2/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pertinent Preliminary Comments: Thanks to Chris St. Mary for providing this for me.

Always nice to see what our north-of-the-border brethren are doing in the way of good beer, and a coffee porter is very intriguing.

BOTTLE: 12 oz. painted label ala Rogue or Stone. Nice to see. This bottle is more of a standard longneck as opposed to the “fatboy” bottle pictured on the BA site.

APPEARANCE: Dark chocolate brown, somewhat translucent, thick, stiff, darker head almost like a stout, lots of staying power. Good lacing.

AROMA: Coffee (surprise!) and semi-sweet chocolate, some roastiness (coffee or malt? No idea yet) present. Almost no hop aroma.

FLAVOR: Wow – it’s just like pouring a cold cup of good coffee into your beer. There’s all the smoothness of a good Arabica bean brew, as well as the bitterness from it, which negates the need for a large amount of hops (although they’re there to a small degree). Not much in the way of malty sweetness, but it’s not entirely gone, either – it’s just not the feature of this beer. I can feel the aroma coming up to my nostrils from inside, it’s so strong. (This is quite a feat for someone with a deviated septum to notice!) Roasted black malt blends well with the coffee flavors. Dry finish as per expectations. This is one of those rare beers that you taste and say, “Well, of COURSE it’s going to taste like this – why should I be surprised?”

MOUTHFEEL: Medium weight – not un-coffee like – good carbonation.

DRINKABILITY: At 5.5% ABV, alcohol wouldn’t be a problem – but as good as this is, it’s definitely an “I gotta be in the mood for it” type of brew.

OVERALL COMMENTS: I hereby vote this suitable for having a beer with breakfast while camping – it’d be perfect with scrambled eggs and toast. If you’re a coffee fan, I can’t imagine that you wouldn’t like this terrific brew from the boys from The Great White North. Bravo!

Photo of stoutman
4.02/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

VERY coffee-like. A deep brown-black pour, with no lacing. Aroma has a soothing, clear espresso shot. Clean and quite strong, without an intense hop bitterness note. Light vanilla touches with light chocolate lingering. A sweet, creamy malt and coffee aroma with a flavor that is mostly coffee up front, dark and flavorful, but not bitter and overly roasty. A finish where an old-coffee flavor takes hold. Not bad. But you must like coffee to like this porter.

Photo of headlessparrot
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a bottle from those cool mis-shapen Mill Street bottles; this was the Mill St. beer that I was most interested in trying. I don't generally care for beers being mixed with other products (aside from a few choice exceptions), but when I think porter, coffee somehow seems like a natural fit.

Anyway, the brew poured a dark, dark brown - almost black, with hints of ruby if you held it close to the light. It sports a healthy two-finger head that's an almost caramel color... The head persists throughout the drink, though it does diminish greatly in the first few moments. And it leaves a quite a bit of lacing on the glass.

Smell, as you might well imagine, is mostly of roasted coffee beans, perhaps with just a hint of chocolate and some smokiness lingering. Very earthy. Like a freshly percolating coffee maker in the morning.

Taste is dominated by the coffee flavour; like others have noted, this is indeed very close to a cold, carbonated coffee (I had an overpowering urge to make mine a double-double), though not in a bad way at all. It's not nearly as heavy or thick as you might think it would be, and possesses very little bitterness (much to my surprise it's quite smooth in spite of the boldness of the coffee flavours), though it does go down slightly dry and grainy. Malty, but not much in the way of hops to speak of. Relatively simplistic, but very tasty nonetheless.

Mouthfeel is good. Almost perfect carbonation levels, and a real creaminess that makes it feel as though someone did add the milk to the brew, though the longer it sits on your tongue the thinner the body feels.

Drinkability is also good. Not something I would more than one or two of at a time, and certainly not something I would drink every day, but it is nonetheless a very drinkable beer that would go great with dessert or as a snack. I would never turn this guy down - probably my favourite of the Mill Street bunch; though, needless to say, you're best avoiding it if you don't care for coffee.

Photo of Tim2000
2.47/5  rDev -33.6%
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.

Photo of crwills
4.54/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Yes, I'm a hypocrite. I just reviewed Mort Subite Framboise and said it was too simplistic. Now I'm going to give a rave review for a beer that's nearly as simple. What can I say? I'm a sucker for chocolate.

Mill Street Coffee Porter (made with Balzac's Coffee!) pours a dark brown like fine dark chocolate, almost black. Head is the colour of chocolate milk, and again leaves lots of residue on the glass -- however, in this case, I'm pretty sure they don't add any extra sugar.

Smell is excellent. Terrific. A big fat '5'. Chocolate mousse, great quality strong coffee, biscuits and fresh baked bread. Yum!

Taste is, like I said, a bit simplistic. But I don't care. Black coffee, raw cocoa, chocolate milkshake (but not the McD's kind). Not a whole lot of other flavours in there. The mouthfeel moderately thick,but not coating. In fact, it's quite dry and a bit grainy, which is admittedly a bit of a drawback. However, it does make you think of coffee.

Not much more to say. I love this beer, and I grabbed six more today when I picked up my 2005 Barley Wine. Note: Also a great beer for the non-beer drinker -- even my wife likes it!

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 Gueuzedude
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours with an immense three finger thick light brown head that sits atop an opaque deep brown (ok really black) colored beer. The aroma is all coffee or at least dominated by a deep French roast type aroma. With a bit of sweet malt aromatics mixed in the aroma is a bit like Kalua, plus a bit of chocolate, and an astringent burnt grain note. The beer is lightly sweet through to almost the end, but then the roast character takes over and it picks up a burnt acidity roast character that linger throughout the long finish. This beer makes no bones about it's coffee character, the mix of coffee and roast malt all adds to this character, but it may best be described as a coffee with a bit of cream added because the malt adds a certain creamy character which really comes out with the added malt sweetness. Definitely notes of espresso, chocolate, and an authentic old fashioned Brown Malt (perhaps only slightly blown). What a really tasty Porter, I really like the interplay of sweet malt notes, coffee and dark chocolate; makes this beer quite the quaffer to finish the evening off with, like a nice mocha.

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

My first experience with this porter was at the Toronto Beer Festival in the summer of 2004 and I wasn't particulary struck on it, however first impressions are not necessarily the most lasting. I found that perfect temperature makes a huge difference for this beer. Poured to a very rich (not quite jet black colour). Smell was inspiring. Very rich coffee tones (not your run on the mill Folgers type), but good Columbia/Brazilian coffee beans. Taste was a tad earthy for my liking as my palate was doing the hip/hops dance due to its slight imbalance. Very smooth going down. The Mill St Brewery should be very proud of this product; as it is likely the best porter the province of Ontario produces.

Photo of slitherySOB
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Not a stubby bottle. Sort of an elegant long neck. Pours a black colour with a red/brown hue when light is shown through. Decent tan head, about three fingers worth that disipates to about half a finger. Smells of coffee, malts and dark chocolate. Taste is similar as well, with a bit of a hop bite in the aftertaste. A bit too overcarbonated, and thin mouthfeel. However, it's a good beer I'm going to be sharing with friends. A good beer, and a decent convert beer.

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.41/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

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.

Mill Street Coffee Porter from Mill Street Brew Pub
84 out of 100 based on 263 ratings.