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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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129 Ratings
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Ratings: 129
Reviews: 87
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 11.8%
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:
OG: 13.4
IBU: 30

(Beer added by: philbertk on 12-21-2010)
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Photo of riored4v
3.83/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 9/14/11

Poured in to a pint glass. Then, 1/2 finger tan head that faded to a light cap on the surface. Some lacing left behind. Pitch black body.

Aroma was strong coffee paired with toffee. Mild caramel notes with some chocolate and mild sweetness. Slight burnt bitterness.

Taste had mild chocolate in the middle with a strong coffee flavor throughout. Quickly fades to a mild sweetness. Light minerally flavor. Earthy bitterness. Some light notes of dark fruit.

Mouthfeel had a medium/light body, medium/high carb and a crisp finish.

Overall a good beer but a bit light on body. Flavors are bold upfront and fade towards the end. No signs of ABV.

riored4v, Nov 06, 2011
Photo of osusullins
4.22/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a nice coffee porter.

Pours black with tan edges.

Aroma is coffee with some dark chocolate notes.

Taste is very coffee forward. The dark chocolate is subtle, but present. Mild hoppy undertones. Dry finish.

This is a good coffee porter. Not as heavy as some of the coffee stouts out there, so it is a nice change of pace. I think this is my favorite Bridgeport beer.

osusullins, Nov 03, 2011
Photo of titosupertramp
3.93/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A big thanks to Handle for the opportunity to try this.

A: Very dark brown, almost cola like. Under a finger of khaki head that quickly fades. There's some lacing on the drinking side of the glass, but it too retreats quickly. Not much of a cap to speak of.

S: Coffee, chocolate, caramel and toffee. Pretty straight forward, nice smelling beer.

T: Solid tasting beer too. Coffee is out in front, but I wouldn't say that it dominates. Semi-sweet chocolate and caramel help to balance the coffee bitterness.

M: Just on the thin side of medium. Decent carbonation.

O: Outside of their IPA, Bridgeport really hasn't made anything that's impressed me, but Cafe Negro isn't bad at all. I'd drink this again.

titosupertramp, Oct 28, 2011
Photo of CBlack85
3.1/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a DFH shaped pint glass

Pours a deep brown (nearly black) with ruby highlights. An aggressive pour produces about three fingers worth of tan head, and leaves a small amount of lacing.

Lots of roasty and coffee aromas, with hints of chocolate and caramel. Not too bold, but not watery either. Slightly tart; a bit like old coffee that has been left on the burner too long.

Taste seems to follow the nose fairly closely. Lots of roast and coffee, with hints of chocoloate and caramel. Some burnt notes, with a little too much bitterness from the coffee. Thin bodied, with just the right amount of carbination.

Overall not a terrible beer, but not one I would seek out again

CBlack85, Oct 23, 2011
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Beerandraiderfan, Sep 28, 2011
Photo of notsoprobeer
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Very dark brown—near black in color with a tan head. Big coffee aroma along with roasted malts. Flavor of roasted malts, coffee (though not as big as aroma), and chocolate. As it warmed up, I tasted a subtle smokey flavor Not a lot of hops in aroma or flavor. Light to medium bodied with light carbonation. I was expecting it to be a bit thicker. In the finish, I tasted coffee along with a touch of something sour.

notsoprobeer, Sep 22, 2011
Photo of bmwats
3.63/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint.

A: Black. Pours about a 1 finger, foamy, brown-white head. Settles fairly slowly, leaving some some stickly residue behind as it does. Lots of spider web lacing.

S: Roasted malt, espresso beans, and dark bittersweet chocolate.

T: Bittersweet grainy flavor. Not as hearty as expected. Only a light hint of the espresso and chocolate come through.

M: Medium body. Not as full as expected. Has light, bittersweet palette that lingers throughout. Something of a cardboard feel in the finish.

D: Not hearty, but easy drinking.

Atmosphere is pretty solid. Dark, foamy head, and plenty of lacing. Nose is a great combination of roasted grains, coffee, and chocolate. Flavor is less robust, but comes across as a little washed out. Overall, this is a good quaff.

bmwats, Sep 11, 2011
Photo of Pegasus
3.95/5  rDev +11%
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.

Pegasus, Sep 03, 2011
Photo of yemenmocha
3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

yemenmocha, Aug 08, 2011
Photo of Mora2000
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

Mora2000, Aug 04, 2011
Photo of BearablePhoto
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It pours a very dark brown, almost black. There is very little of the brown head on top. Smells like a cafe mocha from Starbucks, with creamy chocolate and java juices.

Tastes kind of like coffee you would get late into the evening at a casino. I let my girlfriend, who is a barista (I mean BEARista) try it which described it as burnt black cup of Folgers. It has a nice thin feel which ends with that mocha aftertaste.

I plan on drinking this again soon. Maybe spiked with Bailey’s.

BearablePhoto, Jul 24, 2011
Photo of cbonham
4.75/5  rDev +33.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I'd originally spotted this beer at a local store in my neighborhood about a month and a half ago. After hearing from fellow craft brew fans I know in my area about this particular beer, I went in on a whim and purchased a six pack of it for roughly $9. Oh the things I have to say.

After taking out my first bottle of it, I immediately poured it into my trusty glass mug (an item I'd gotten from the Colorado Grande Casino). The experience of tasting it I must say is good. Upon opening the bottle, I was hit with the aroma of coffee and a slight hint of vanilla. The pour was nice. The body is black, with a java or mocha colored head.

The taste I cannot rave about enough. Again, there was the distinct taste of coffee in it (dark coffee, I've since realized), with a slight taste of vanilla. The aftertaste again is like coffee, with a hint of smokiness I picked up on as my mouth calmed down from the taste. I freely admit this is the first Bridgeport product I've ever purchased, and with several other of their brews on sale - well let's just say this isn't my last experience with their products. Excellent job, Bridgeport.

cbonham, Jul 24, 2011
Photo of busternuggz
3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My advice up front: DO NOT drink this beer cold. Pour it and let it sit for 10 or 15 minutes before you start to drink it, makes a world of difference. I reviewed it at this stage.

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
Tawny brownish-black with a 1/8" mocha/tan head. Retains a thin ring around the glass, leaves some sparse lacing.
Smell is a little faint but there's some nice vanilla and slightly burnt sugar followed by a little roasty coffee. A nice portery char smell is in there too.
On the palate there's some dark chocolate as well as a fudgy/Tootsie Roll chocolatey note, followed by a pronounced roasty coffee taste, slightly bitter and acidic. At times I pick up a little bit of dark fruit, like dried figs. Finishes with classic porter charred taste that lasts a while.
Light-medium bodied but creamy, finishes pretty clean. Kind of thin when it got too warm (don't let it sit too long either, there's that sweet spot right in the middle).
When it was too cold everything was muted and off, but given some time it was a pretty solid porter with a nice texture, good porter character, and some nice taste/smell notes.

busternuggz, Jul 20, 2011
Photo of ommegoose
3.4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Dark porter with a tan head. Receded to a medium cap. Maybe even a little darker than the usual porter.

Nice coffee aroma, roasty. By far the best element of this beer.

Doesn't taste like much of anything on the tip of the tongue. Dry, for sure. Thin, sort of acrid finish and aftertaste. Coffee flavor seems rather stale. I'm giving the score a bit of a boost since I know I've let this sit a bit longer than I should have, and I do remember this being better before. No hops of note, and the malt is sort of bland and lacking in flavor notes besides some earthy coffee.

As stated before, this does feel a bit thin, but it's more good than not. Carbonation level is suitable.

Having had some really impressive porters lately, this one was a pretty big letdown. Might give it another try, since $8.29 for a sixer is a good value around here. Was drinkable when I really wanted to catch a buzz, but not particularly gripping this time.

ommegoose, Jul 16, 2011
Photo of zeff80
3.63/5  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.

zeff80, Jul 09, 2011
Photo of isualum12
4.08/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Yep a large cup of coffee. This is something else.

Poured out of a dark bottle into a chilled mug. Poured black into a mug with a tan head floating on top.

The smell was malt with the smell of a dark fresh ground coffee bean. I really enjoyed the smell.

Taste- At first I was taken back but by drink number 2 I was in really enjoying this beer. Coffee is the number one thing you will think of as you have a drink.

Overall I really enjoyed this beer. It took a couple drinks but I enjoyed it to the end.

isualum12, Jun 27, 2011
Photo of Bfarr
3.45/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown with thin tan head and okay retention. Lager and coffee aroma. Big espresso taste with a little chocolate and roasted malt notes. Thin body but not watery and a light fuzz.

Easy drinking porter with a lot of coffee flavor. Roasted malts take over slightly by the end pushing out the real coffee flavor. If you like a strong coffee flavor in your beer, this one’s for you.

Bfarr, Jun 25, 2011
Photo of tapman
3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Body is black, and not that dark brown shit either. With a chestnut colored 3 finger foam head, this brew looks like an imperial stout, though the head is a little big for that style.

Stale coffee (cold infusion?), dark and roasted barley and subtle, earthy hops.

Taste is like a watery coffee, though the carbonation helps break it up a little. Some residual malt sweetness comes through and helps to support the coffee, but the coffee tastes a little thin. I was hoping for something richer.

At first I was going to say overcarbonated, but since the taste isn't that big or rich then without this much CO2 the beer would be flat, not smooth and creamy.

I know this is porter and not stout, but I would like some support for the coffee, not a lot of flavors that seem to simply float around the dominant coffee notes.

tapman, Jun 22, 2011
Photo of Duffman929
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours as a deep black color with a small tan froth on top. Smells of coffee in a heavy nature.

Taste is bitter at first, then a coffee blast. Leaves a lingering combo taste of both that has a cheaper coffee flavor. The feel is not smooth, not alcohol like...doesn't really mesh well.

Overall, I wanted to like this, but wasn't a fan.

Duffman929, Jun 17, 2011
Photo of Bung
3.63/5  rDev +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.

Bung, Jun 15, 2011
Photo of TexIndy
3.03/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. No dating info that I could find. Was black in color with mahogany edges if right against the light. Good sized head that dissipated into a thin collar. Slight lacing but none sticking.

The aroma was heavy on dark roasted coffee and some chocolate malt with not much else getting though. No discernible hop aroma. The taste was bitter and slightly burnt coffee. I like coffee beers but this one was too far into the coffee with not enough of the base porter still around for my taste. More coffee than beer. Mouthfeel was medium with good carb levels and very coffee bitter aftertaste.

Overall, it was too unbalanced for my tastes to really enjoy. Not a drain pour by any stretch but didn't get any beer enjoyment out of it. Avail here in TX. Rotation - one was enough for me [N;N]

TexIndy, Jun 08, 2011
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.93/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

rhoadsrage, Jun 07, 2011
Photo of emerge077
3.83/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

emerge077, May 25, 2011
Photo of scruffwhor
3.55/5  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.

scruffwhor, May 18, 2011
Photo of woemad
3.18/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle purchased at Bottles in Millwood, WA, for $1.39. No freshness date.

Poured an impenetrable dark brown that was almost black, that didn’t give an inch when held up to direct light. Good-sized tan head that receded rockily. Lots of lace.

More toffee than coffee in the nose, though there’s also a bitter, roasty scent.

There’s a bitter coffee flavor, and there’s a sweet toffeeish flavor. The problem is they don’t meld together well at all. It’s almost like two different porters were mixed together.

Dry, prickly mouthfeel, and a somewhat weak body.

Not impressed by this. The best I can say about it is that it looked good in a glass. It doesn’t appeal to me as a fan of coffee or as a fan of porters.

woemad, May 02, 2011
Café Negro Coffee Infused Porter from BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub
79 out of 100 based on 129 ratings.