Coffee Porter | C'est What?

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Coffee PorterCoffee Porter

Brewed by:
C'est What?
Ontario, Canada

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Toronto’s original coffee porter has a balance of mocha and roast.

33 IBU

Added by WVbeergeek on 02-20-2003

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Ratings: 33 |  Reviews: 26
Reviews by steelreign:
Photo of steelreign
4.92/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Holy shit - THIS is craft brewing at its finest! Upon my visit to C'est What? in Toronto this weekend, I fell in love with this brew. It is simply captivating in every way. If you crave coffee like notes from your malts, well this one one-ups the competition by using real roasted coffee beans. The dark toffee color and oh so wonderful coffee aroma - almost espresso-like - combined with nice hopping and other malty goodness launches you into a state of bliss. So incredibly TASTY and addictive in its simplicity (or is that complexity?), it certainly leaves a nice impression. When in Toronto, do yourself a huge favor and stop in C'est What? on Front Street - you will not be the same again. :)

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More User Reviews:
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.27/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First I would like to say that this was my first beer infused with coffee beans, and I must say it has shown me the possiblities of coffee and beer. It pours with a very dark almost opaque body with a full creamy nitrogenated moccha colored head. I must give the brewer some complements, because I have heard it is very difficult to build a beer with coffe beans that has good head retention. This was an amazing beer that smelled of dark roasts, chocolate, and yes full freshly ground coffee beans. The taste has a rich cappucino taswte yet the darker roasts are still present with hints of chocolate. An amazing combination, and the nitrogen gives this beer a very creamy full mouthfeel that rich and full, meant to be enjoyed at most a couple at a time. Very inviting and worth another shot again, and again.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.76/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer appears black, with red edges, and a cap of creamy beige head, which melts away quickly, sprinkling the edge of the glass with spotty lace. It smells of dark chocolate, cream, and a bit of coffee. The taste is cafe au lait, roasted barley, some oily nuttiness, and mild dry chocolate. The carbonation is soft, the body smooth, medium weight, and a tad chalky, and it finishes off-dry, clean, with a bit of nutty chocolate.

A tasty, entry-level dessert (or hell, breakfast) replacement beer.

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Photo of Sammy
3.32/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This was more coffee than beer. We found this difficult to finish. Was like an iced coffee. I personally found it good for what it is. None of us would order this one again but it was OK in a session of sampling seven. Strong coffee smell. Dark color and nice white foam.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

On tap at C'est What. Served in pint glass.

A - Dark brown/black in colour with a small amoutn of off white head

S - Dark roasted coffee. A slight sweetness is present but overall the coffee dominates.

T - Dark roasted coffee and slight hazelnut notes. A nice balance between the bitter coffee and the sweet roasted malts.

M - Medium body. Smooth. Silky. Light carbonation.

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Photo of ritzkiss
3.86/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pint on nitro at C'Est What. Arrives a dark brown, two fingers of creamy khaki nitro head which last on and on. Love the look of nitro.

Nose is cold coffee, chocolate, a little roast, touch of caramel sweetness - a little on the thin side, probably due to nitro as well.

Very drinkable, flavorful stout. Thinnish but to style, probably more along the lines of English stout or even Irish, coffee dominates, dash of milk, roasted malt, pleasant hop dryness in the finish, light caramel sweetness, creamy feel. Nothing fancy but a nice coffee beer.

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Photo of baiser
4.01/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured an opaque brown colour, ruby highlights, with a creamy, finger thick nitro head.

Not much aroma, just some roastedness.

Intense coffee taste. It's got the flavour of a dark, bitter cup of coffee, with hints of chocolate. It's thick, smooth and full bodied. It's got stout like qualities. However, there's a sourness that comes out of the roasted malts, that make it a bit less drinkable. Otherwise a great porter. Best of C'est What IMO.

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Photo of liamt07
4.23/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at C'est What. Poured into a pint glass, almost pitch black body, struggling to see a bit of purple/deep red in the edges. Tan head also, with long lasting head and sheets of lacing; just a beautiful beer. Smells of coffee (duh!), some vanilla and the roasted malt aspect is there too. Taste is initially quite creamy, but the coffee and a bit of milk chocolate come through for me. Again, a real creamy and full bodied mouthfeel. Carbonation is low, making this dangerously drinkable and my favourite coffee porter to date. Highly recommended.

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Photo of mooseisloose
3.92/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 5/8/2010 at C'est What. Imperial pint arrived to me at my barstool, jet black in colour with a nice tan head. Delicious smell like freshly roasted coffee beans. Taste is a nice coffee flavor with some heath bar. The bitterness is interesting as it a coffee-like bitterness rather than a hoppy bitterness. Mouthfeel is not overly thick or overly thin, mostly just right. Kind of sweet in the middle of the taste but definitely tart at the start and finish. Downing the pint leaves foam down the sides of the glass. An easy drinker without a doubt.

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Photo of mrmanning
3.63/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Half pint at the brewpub- Deep dark brown, almost black letting some light in around the edges. Head is a medium creamy cap that lasts and laces. Nose is of black coffee, dark chocolate, grainy malts, some vanilla. The flavour profile is roasty malts and black coffee and hints at nice bitterness. Dark chocolate and a woody vanilla essence also holds its own. Very creamy and drinkable. Up there in quality with its Mill Street competition. Very tasty.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This arrived with a creamy, mocha-tan head. The color was pitch back and the nose reminded me of iced coffee from Dunkin’ Donuts, which was not bad, having had a couple while in Boston, where D. D. seems to be omnipresent, but I digress. The mouthfeel was surprisingly thin, almost watery. It had an interesting bitterness in the mouth, born more from the coffee than of hops. The finish had that same bitterness, coupled with a mild smokiness. The lacing from the head looked like the remnants of a milkshake. Not bad, but probably one was enough.

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Photo of ChappyCubsFan
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

C'est What's Coffee Porter was the one of the highlights of my trip to Toronto. There were not many Canadian beers I enjoyed on my trip (except for the Kingston Brewing Company in Kingston, Ontario where everything was good). The taste was like no other porter I've tried. Not too filling with a lot of coffee fragrance that blended well with the hops and malt, and yet very smooth and drinkable.

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Photo of Derek
3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Very dark, with a nice tan/off-white creamy head.

S: Plenty of coffee and roasted malt.

T: Plenty of coffee and roasted malt. Balanced to the bitter side by the roastyness. No hop flavour. There's a lot of coffee here!

M: Moderately full body is smooth and creamy. Light to moderate carbonation (the beauty of the nitro pour).

D: There's a lot of coffee here! (I'm not a fan of the heavily roasted, Starbuck-like flavour).

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Photo of bartle
3.28/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

An off white bubbly head sitting on a chestnut brown that was hard to see through.
A rich sent of espresso and milk chocolate roasted and perfumed with a little alcohol.
The taste was very on par with the sent. Espresso with a dollop of cream and vanilla. Roasty, a little bready, and just bold coffee flavour just bursting through.
The mouthfeel was thin. Milky, still thin.
I would consider this a great coffee porter.
If the body was a little thicker I would give it a higher rating.
When it warmed the flavors really became very robust.

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Photo of MattPS
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of Viggo
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown/red, some light in the edges, thick tan head forms, great retention, nice lacing. Smell is sweet and malty, some chocolate, coffee, toffee, grains, smells like a porter. Taste is very sweet, some caramel, chocolate notes, coffee in the finish. Mouthfeel is light bodied with low carbonation, creamy and smooth. Not sure if this was a strange batch but there seemed to be a whole lot of residual sugar. Very sweet, kind of threw me off a bit.

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Photo of waiting4lunch
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of mhaugo
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.86/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is one of Cest What's regular house beers, Id say its more of a stout than a porter.

pours ink black with a creamy dark tan head. Head retention is superb (its nitro) and lacing is a draping layer, very nice. The aroma is dominated by coffee beans with some roasted barley notes. The taste is like a heavily roasted dry stout with lots of coffee flavor. The coffee has a very natural flavor. Its not overwhelming either. The mouthfeel is a little watery and sparse. Coffee consumes the finish, with hop bitterness being barely perceptable.

This is a very good beer, though it could use some more body and malt complexity. Theres not much other that coffee and roasted barley in the flavor. Its also very dark for a Porter.

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Photo of kevinlater
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of DrJay
3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very dark brown with a dense tan head from the nitro. Excellent head retention with thick lacing. The coffee aroma is very pronounced, but there's a malty sweetness that peeks through as well. Malty sweet with some chocolate to start, hop bitterness starts after that followed by dry, roasted coffee bitterness at the end. Of course, the coffee flavour is way out in front. Medium/light body and low carbonation keep it quite drinkable. The drying astringency from dark malt and coffee was a little much for me, but still an enjoyable beer.

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Photo of 307x
2.75/5  rDev -30.4%

Photo of kwjd
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown, almost black, colour with a thin ring of tan head that doesn't dissipate. Some lacing around the glass. Smells of strong coffee and some roasted malt. Some bitterness in the flavour with a bit of sweetness. Creamy mouthfeel. A very nice coffee porter.

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Photo of biegaman
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm not at all a coffee drinker, in all honesty I can't stand it, which made it so surprising that I enjoyed this porter so much. It's heavy body and rich flavour was carried very well. A shaded chestnut hue gave the otherwise black beer an attractive appearence. Coffee beans were very much predominant in the scent, though it did carry some complexity. Texture was fairly smooth as was the taste. I find many porters come across as stouts, but this had all the characteristics of a nice porter. I only had half a glass, my friend who finished off a pint said the beer became tedious and dull by the end. Guess that means you'll have to try it for yourself!

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Photo of hunterjames
4/5  rDev +1.3%

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