Coffee Porter | C'est What?

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
C'est What?
Ontario, Canada
cestwhat.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
33
Reviews:
26
Avg:
3.95
pDev:
9.87%
 
 
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Ratings: 33 |  Reviews: 26
Photo of 307x
2.75/5  rDev -30.4%

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 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 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 TerryW
3.65/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

If you're into coffee this definitely one worth trying. Great coffee aromas and tastes. Could fool you rather easily into not thinking it's a beer. Short, dense, creamy head. Great lattice of lace as you work you way through the glass. Very attractive. The only thing that put me off was the thin watery mouthfeel, otherwise A-1. Could become a habit if it's your neighbourhood.

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

A - Very dark. Opaque with a creamy beige head.

S - Unsurprisingly, a strong coffee aroma

T - A touch of tartness up front. Strong coffee flavours and some roasted bitterness with very little hops. Slighly sweet as well.

M - Very nice mouthfeel - soft, silky and creamy. Somewhat heavy in body.

D - Coffee was expected to carry this beer, and it does, but a bit one-dimensionally I think. I would have preferred something more flavours and balance.

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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 cyrenaica
3.76/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

550ml draught
5.9% ABV (as displayed on menu)

I tried this beer on draught on June 8, 2012 at "C'est What" in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The beer poured a solid dark brown colour with a creamy tan coloured head. The aroma was roasted malt, coffee, and dark chocolate. The mouthfeel was medium bodied with mild carbonation. The flavour was chocolate, roast, and coffee and was very smooth. A very enjoyable beer.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 mhaugo
4/5  rDev +1.3%

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 hunterjames
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of sliverX
4/5  rDev +1.3%

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

Photo of tommy78
4.16/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Overall, the best word to describe this beer is "surpising." The appearence was as dark as night, with not much head. The smell really didn't do it for me. The pints I had lacked a certain, strong odor. The taste shocked me though. The porter had a malty-coffee flavor with some chocolate in the aftertaste. After the third or fourth sip of your pint, you tasted the essence of the drink. The porter had a good feel. Not too hoppy, but subtle enough to feel it going down your esophogus. Finally, I was able to enjoy 3 pints during my visit. The porter tasted better and better as I enjoyed a new pint. I recommend this drink if you visit C'est What.

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Photo of EtOHMD
4.21/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pint at the brewpub. Was psyched to find this place on the site while out of town. Pours black with beige creamy head with lots of nice lacing. Smell is mainly sweet chocolate with coffee coming out more as it warms. Taste is great. Milky roasted espresso with tad alcohol on the back end. Feel is thin and creamy at same time. Very light on carbonation. Going down smoothly. Would have at least 1 more if didn't want to sample some other ones. Very nice compliment to the spicy dish for dinner.

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Coffee Porter from C'est What?
3.95 out of 5 based on 33 ratings.
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