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Café Negro Coffee Infused Porter - BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub

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Café Negro Coffee Infused PorterCafé Negro Coffee Infused Porter

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87 Reviews

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Reviews: 87
Hads: 132
Avg: 3.57
pDev: 14.01%
Wants: 8
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: philbertk on 12-21-2010

OG: 13.4
IBU: 30
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Reviews: 87 | Hads: 132
Photo of emerge077
3.83/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Billowing souffle cap of tan foam, sticky and frothy. Black body with woody brown edges. The foam maintains a thin unbroken skim across the surface. A crown of lacing sticks to the edges of the glass.

Aroma of mellow roast coffee with cream, dry with a rounded mellow toasted malt presence too.

Soft coffee flavors, mellow and not acrid or harsh at all. Mild tobacco and woody roast. Dry with little to no sweetness, hints of coffee bitterness in the aftertaste. Thin bodied, slightly watery, but it carries the flavors well. Easy drinking, could have a couple at a time, no problem. A lighter coffee porter worth trying.

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Photo of zeff80
3.64/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a dark brown color with a small, light brown head of bubbly foam. It left almost no lacing.

S - It smelled strongly of coffee with a touch of chocolate.

T - Mostly roasty coffee, roasted malt and chocolate flavors. It didn't deliver as much tastiness as I expected from the aroma.

M - It was crisp and smooth with a slightly soft touch. A light to medium bodied ale with a clean finish.

O - Not a bad coffee brew. Another solid offering from BridgePort.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.83/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

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Photo of russpowell
3.67/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a chestnut-tinged mahogany with 2+ fingers of tan head. Above average head retention & lacing

S: Lots of coffee, some dark chocolate

Follows the nose, some charred grain & iron as well up front. Charred grain & coffee dominate as this warms, some herbal hops lingering in the background, along with some Baker's chocolate. Finishes dry with some dark chocolate, a touch chicory & woody hops

MF: Medium bodied, fairly firm to prickly carbonation. Body thins out as this warms

Drinks easy, but sort of loses steam in the finish

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Photo of Mora2000
3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I love coffee beers so I am looking forward to this one.

The beer pours a very dark brown to black color with a tan head. The aroma is heavy on the coffee with some roasted malt. One of the heavier coffee smelling beers that I have tried. The flavor is more of the same. I get a lot of coffee, but I also get some bitter, roasted malt and a little bit of chocolate mixed in. Medium to thick mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

A very nice coffee beer but not one of the better ones I have tried.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.55/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz picked up tonight at the COOP and poured into my Delirium goblet.. fairly aggressive pour produced a nice brown head .. short lasting and shows okay lacing.. the brew is a slightly hazed deep walnut.

Fresh coffee beans on the nose are pretty dominant... not much else, but really, that isn't a detriment.. the coffee is very nice and pronounced.

Flavor has all the coffee.. but not much else that would identify this as a beer... only lite dark malt character gets lost in the beans.

Body is on the light side.. and the carbonation seems a touch too much but it is still a bit creamy (don't know how that happens?)

Honestly, this is a nice brew.. definitely coffee forward, but I sorta dig it and can't knock it as it seems very fresh right now... almost sessionable in the right circumstance.


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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.93/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a tulip glass)

A- This beer pours a jet black body with a creamy tan head that sticks to the glass in sheets.

S- The roasted coffee aroma is rich and starts to take on a fresh coffee grounds aroma in the finish. It turns a bit watery as it warms up.

T- The rich roasted dark coffee bean leads to a very soft tartness with some chocolate malt notes and a finish of coffee grounds. The finish has a nice green woody hop hint that lingers with the coffee for a moment. As the beer opens up the finish takes on an oxidized coffee quality.

M- The medium-full mouthfeel has a creamy texture in the finish.

O- The coffee flavor is full and rich, and although it is not really like stale coffee it does have some coffee grounds flavor that is a bit off and that mixed with the green woody hops clash a bit as the beer warms.

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Photo of Tone
3.47/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a black color. 1/3 inch head of an off-tan color. Good retention and slight lacing. Smells of coffee, roasted malt, sweet malt, and a hint of alcohol. Fits the style of an American Porter. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of strong coffee, roasted malt, slight sweet malt, and a hint of hop. Overall, good appearance and blend, but lacking in body. The coffee dominates and there is little else to help make this a good complex brew.

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Photo of flagmantho
4.05/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: murky black-brown body which lets no light through. Head is a finger of frothy tan foam. A good looking porter!

Smell: well-integrated coffee and chocolate aromas. Sweet, smooth and enjoyable smell; this feels like it could be a dessert beer almost.

Taste: not as smooth as the aroma, but the nice bite it has is welcome. Coffee is much more present in the flavor than in the smell, and there's a bit of a tartness that comes with the porter acidity. Quite nice, overall.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good carbonation, this beer is exceptionally creamy and smooth for a porter. I'm well-impressed by the texture of this beer!

Drinkability: quite drinkable, if you like coffee porters. I think it goes down smooth and would have no problem sessioning this drink.

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Photo of beertunes
3.52/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Right upfront, I hate coffee. keep that in mind while reading this review. Poured into 10oz glass. Poured a slightly translucent black, darker than a lot of porters, with about 1/2 inch of light brown head that had good retention and OK lacing.

The aroma was very coffee forward, in a good way. One of my big issues with coffee is how it can smell so good and taste so terrible. This had a very nice coffee scent, not burnt, not overpowering and some of the grains and malt showed through in the background. On the tongue the coffee was still the dominant flavor, but it was subdued compared to the scent, and the grains and malt were a bit bolder.

The body was far thinner than typical for the style, almost watery. Drinkability was still good, in spite of the coffee dominance.

Overall, a decent beer that's worth trying if you see it. If you love coffee beers, you might want to seek this one out.

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.48/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep, dark mahogany color. Poured a 1 finger tan head with good retention to a broken skim. Laced in spots.

S: Rich roasted coffee and burnt toast. Very earthy with some of the bitter coming through in the nose.

T: Big roasted coffee and burnt toast; very consistent with the nose. Bitter build throughout but the coffee and toasted malt linger through the finish.

M: Light body. Moderate carbonation. Smooth and rich though carbonation crisps the finish in which the coffee and malt linger (not all that good).

O: Had a lot of potential, but a few balancing misses. Still worth the try.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.47/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown pour, minimal head to the thing. Mild coffee notes. Not the most 'coffee infused' beer out there, but a mild enjoyable amount nonetheless.

Taste, smooth, mild coffee still there, not really much else to speak of, a dallop of chocolate. Roasty chocolate malt. Easy enough to drink unless you're intimidated by the color.

Pretty solid stuff, nothing going to blow you away, but you know, worth it at 8$ a 6pack.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.56/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep dark cola brown color with a light brown head of three fingers and a thick head that retains well. Very hard to see any bubbling.

The aroma is coffee, maybe some roasted mlats imbuing chocolate. The coffee aroma makes me think of coffee that has been sitting on the hot plate a little too long. Smells a little tart.

Light to medium palated body up front and thickens to a medium mouthfeel from middle to finish. The taste starts roasted and full of coffee grounds. The middle to finish gets a little creamy and tart.

Pretty good coffee porter, dry and tart from mostly the coffee it seems.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
2.95/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle pours black with some chestnut highlights on the edges. Light brown head is creamy and dense. Excellent retention and lacing. Good looking brewski.

Nose is mostly crushed coffee beans. Malt is only slightly sweet, and some of the darker malts blur lines with the coffee for roastiness. Pretty clean, pretty fresh, not bad at all.

Coffee and roasty astringency hit fist, followed by a hint of dark fruit and bread. Finishes watery with the astringency lingering awhile. I am a firm believer in having some sweetness balance out the roast in a coffee stout/porter along with a nice viscous body. This beer has neither. Not a fan of this one...finishing a sixer of it might prove difficult for me.

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Photo of champ103
2.3/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: Pours a dark brown color. A large tan head rises to over two fingers with good retention. Lots of sticky lace is left behind.
S: Incredibly bitter and acrid coffee is all I get up front. Week old grounds, really bad.
T: Follows the nose, a huge acrid coffee flavor dominates. Though a little more palatable. Which is not saying much. A bit of roasted malt as well. Lots of burnt notes. Lingering bitterness from the coffee.
M/D: A medium body with good carbonation. The coffee is just way to much. This will probably be a drain pour.

Oh man this is bordering on offensive in the nose. Which pretty much ruins the rest of the beer for me. Sorry Bridgeport, I like a lot of the beers you make. This is not one of them.

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Photo of Bung
3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. Standard blackish pour, a light tan head. Diminishes to a thin layer fairly quickly.

Aroma has the coffee, cocoa, peat, toasted malt. Not bad at all.

Taste is a bit dry. Some earthy roast and chocolates, then more coffee. The coffee takes over and dries it out quite a bit. Not an unpleasant coffee finish, but not outstanding either.

Lighter mid bodied, good for a session porter. Mouthfeel has maybe a tad much carbonation, combined with the slightly acrid coffee hold it back a bit. Still a fine session type porter, if you like a cheaper coffee.

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Photo of gtermi
3.57/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: This is a very nice looking beer. It pours a very dark, almost black, brown with a thin tan head. The head quickly fades and leaves a nicea mount of lace on the glass. Just is a very nice looking beer.

S: I am a sucker for coffee and chocolate smells and this beer has a good amount of both. There is also a strong amount of roasted malt and a lot more coffee.

T: I am very let down by this taste. It is very watery and doesnt have the tastes I was hoping for. There is a decent amount of coffee and chocolate, but it takes a while for this taste to develop. A chocolate taste does linger on the palate for a long time, but I want the instant burst of flavor.

M: The beer sort of burns going down. Its not a terrible mouthfeel, but its not very smooth. I prefer my porters to be very smooth and this just doesnt hit the spot.

O: This is a decent beer, but I just dont care for the flavor as much as I had hoped. Its still not a bad beer, but needs a little bit stronger taste.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #49 (Feb 2011):

Coffee beer spared by the FDA, thankfully. This Porter throws down an opaque darkness, and a two-finger head rises above. Hints of dark roasted coffee, burnt sugar and faint burnt raisins entice the senses. Wet roasted palate, it's light on the roasted coffee flavor, though it does have a faint burnt side to it. Hops are modest, with a kiss of bitterness and herbal flavor. Suggestions of faint blackstrap molasses and figs in the mostly dry finish. While this one did not shake the ground beneath our feet, it did gain extra points for being very drinkable.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.18/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Poured into a pint glass. Black, black and blacker. A nice inch of tan head that is still holding minutes after the pour.

S - Ummm, roasted coffee and more coffee. Smells like my breakfast drink. There is some underlying burnt and roasted malt too.

T - Tastes like coffee. Bitter comes in halfway through and then a slight watered down taste. The hops do not balance with the coffee and malt very well. It results in a bit of a battle that ends with an off bitter taste towards the end.

M - Soft body at first, most crisp towards the end. Moderate carbonation.

O - Not the best "coffee" beer, but not horrible. The taste was the only let down.

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Photo of canucklehead
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ok, this is worth drinking for a couple reasons, available in 12 oz bottles with a lowish ABV, very drinkable for the style ( ie. lots of coffee flavour but not too bitter or rough on the finish)and priced like all Bridgeport beers. I ended up just sipping this in the evening and liked the mouthfeel which just right. The coffee is a bit part of the flavour which is fine with me. The hops are there but play second fiddle to the coffee/burnt malt flavours

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Photo of Reidrover
4.12/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz ,part of a 6 pack from West salem,Safeway.$5.99 LOvelly dark looking porter....dark almost black beer with a luscious, frothy,thick tan head. A thing of beauty. WOAH..aroma is great wafts of fresh ground French maybe Italian roast coffee..some chocolate malt rounds it out. Outstanding for a coffee lover like me! Taste is the same..very coffee like..really does do a great job..some thick toasted malts ..no real hops. Marvelous smooth latte like palate..wonderful stuff. I really love this ..its a REAL coffee porter. Great for us bean fiends..maybe not so much for others.

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Photo of yemenmocha
3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours beautiful opaque black with light tan head. Nice appearance. Nose is clearly, clearly coffee focused... I'm thinking more of a robusta roasted coffee, perhaps with a bit of wet post-brewed paper filter in there too. Palate is again more of the coffee, bitterness, light body and easy drinking. One of the clearest examples of finding coffee in a beer.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.64/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle. Pours dark brown/black with a smallish light tan head that quickly goes to a thin film that leaves some lacing.

The aroma is roasted dark chocolate malts and lots of coffee with a little vanilla.

The flavor is bitter roasted malts with a little chocolate and some coffee. The finish is a bit tarry and medicinal. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth, slightly sharp carbonation.

Overall, so close to a great coffee beer. If it tasted like it smelled, it would be fantastic. As it is, it's a bit to roasted and charred for me with some off-notes in the finish. I would have liked to see more chocolate and coffee.

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Photo of Pegasus
3.95/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Opaque mahogany brown in color, with a small, dense tan head, which retains very well. Patchy lacing adorns the glass walls.

Aroma: Deep cold coffee notes, bitter cocoa, and earth comprise the aroma.

Taste: Solid Roasted coffee flavor throughout. Additionally, there are notes of bitter cocoa, and an ephemeral wave of sweetness. Towards the close of the taste, some slightly earthy hops appear. There is a mild, lingering coffee note at the close of the taste.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, and pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: A very pleasant, well-balanced and drinkable example. Recommended.

Presentation: PAckaged in a custom twelve-ounce brown glass longneck bottle with a pop-off crown, served in a Sam Adams Boston Lager glass.

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Photo of wagenvolks
3.73/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a Sam Adam's perfect pint glass.

The pour is admirable, as its thick, fluffy cap of dark khaki foam builds to a sizable inch in height. Beneath, Cafe Negro is an attractive tawny amber-brown hue with carbonation trails streaking up the sides of the pint. Fantastic head retention. Pleasant aromas of chocolate-covered coffee beans greet the nose. Medium-heavy roast reminds me of freshly-brewed coffee. Toasted toffee and a slickness of herbal hops in the background. Impressive beer thus far.

The flavor is milder than the aroma suggests, as the coffee gets pushed to the background by roasted dark malts. A sweetish dark berry presence lingers in the finish with a nutty note and some hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is light and the carbonation almost unchecked. Big bubbles roll across the palate and detract from the experience. [Edit: 2nd bottle much better--mouthfeel bumbed from 2.5 to 3.0] Still, this is a tasty beer with several redeeming qualities. Definitely worth a try, and I'm in no way regretting my six-pack purchase.

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Café Negro Coffee Infused Porter from BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub
81 out of 100 based on 87 ratings.