Café Negro Coffee Infused Porter - BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub
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Reviews by monkeylovebeer:
3.98/5 rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4
Inspired by the Ballast Point Brewing Company's take on the holy union of coffee and beer, Victory at Sea, as well as our own homebrewed success along this path, when I saw that Portland's BridgePort Brewing Co. had joined the fray, I couldn't resist.
The difference in the two craft brewery beers, I believe, is right there in the name: Café Negro Coffee Infused Porter. According to BridgePort's website, in order to "retain subtle coffee aromas otherwise lost during boil and fermentation," the coffee is basically added, or infused, after the beer is done. The Victory at Sea, on the other hand, merely added the vanilla post-fermentation--a completely unnecessary step in my opinion, but that's another story.
I'm not sure how I feel about adding the coffee this way, when we made our excellent Luna Blend Imperial Coffee Stout, we added the French-pressed coffee post-boil, but before fermentation. We ended up with just as complex java flavors as BridgePort has. To each his own, I suppose.
In the plus column, like Ballast Point, BridgePort worked with local coffee roasters to develop a blend that would shine through after bottling, shipping, etc. Coffee is the first thing you notice after pouring this dark brown porter. It almost smells like a café au lait, or the way a Coffee Nips candy tastes--either a cartoon version of coffee, or the perfect mid-roast blend, I can't decide. There is a nice hop finish to this that plays off of the bitter notes in the coffee quite well.
The porter throws a small head, receding to a resilient khaki-colored ring riding the meniscus of my pint all the way down. The carbonation is quite alive, disguising the fact that the overall mouthfeel is a bit thin for this style. On the other hand, I could, and have, had a couple of these and not feel overly full.
Serving type: bottle
02-16-2011 23:56:34 | More by monkeylovebeer
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3.85/5 rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Served in an Augustijn chalice at Local Option.
What became the last beer of my day in the City turned out to be a gift from a guy I believe to be a Bridgeport distributor's rep. Good on ya, boyo! Anyway, this stuff pours a deep black-brown topped by a finger of off-tan foam. The nose is pretty much a blast of coffee, though there may or may not be some mild roasted malts peeking through on minor occasions. The taste shows it's a coffee porter by including some roasted malts and light dark chocolate with the large amount of coffee. The body is a light-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a damn dry finish. Overall, a pretty nice coffee porter, especially if you like your coffee front and center.
Serving type: on-tap
12-01-2012 04:17:33 | More by TMoney2591
3.33/5 rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
A - Pours very dark brown, almost black. 3 fingers of mounded kahki head with impressive staying power. Lacing is thick on the sides of the glass.
S - Chocolate syrup is the first thing that comes to mind. Smoked malts, some vanilla, and hints of coffee.
T - There's the coffee, some roasted malts, slight oxidation, almost has a coffee/sweet&sour mix/tequila flavor, kind of strange. Roasted bitterness and pine on the back end. Aftertaste is a bitter coffee.
M - Firm medium body with sudsy carbonation.
Not bad but not great. It taste like coffee with a splash of tequila which isn't as gross as it sounds. I have a buddy that drinks this stuff almost exclusively and he's not even a coffee drinker. Good to try but not worth seeking out.
Serving type: bottle
10-26-2012 17:45:02 | More by StaveHooks
3.63/5 rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4
Pours a pitch black, with a thin mocha colored head. Smells of fresh ground espresso and dark chocolate. Taste begins with a smoky, woody character, followed by some straight coffee flavors. After that a bit of malt sweetness gets through, and finishes with an earthy, very clean finish. Mouthfeel is the only failing point. It's quite watery, especially considering the ABV. Overall a good beer that I would like to have again.
Serving type: bottle
06-20-2012 01:45:11 | More by tronester
Café Negro Coffee Infused Porter from BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub
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