Mill Street Coffee Porter | Mill Street Brew Pub

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Mill Street Coffee PorterMill Street Coffee Porter

Brewed by:
Mill Street Brew Pub
Ontario, Canada

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our porter is rich and robust, dark brown in colour with a dark roasted coffee nose, imparting an intense coffee flavour with notes of chocolate. Made with beans supplied by the Distillery District’s Balzac's Coffee, this porter offers a rich, full and unique flavour. Currently, there are no other coffee-flavoured beers in the Ontario market.

Added by Popsinc on 05-10-2003

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5/5  rDev +34%

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5/5  rDev +34%

top notch great taste smooth

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4.81/5  rDev +29%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of crwills
4.54/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Yes, I'm a hypocrite. I just reviewed Mort Subite Framboise and said it was too simplistic. Now I'm going to give a rave review for a beer that's nearly as simple. What can I say? I'm a sucker for chocolate.

Mill Street Coffee Porter (made with Balzac's Coffee!) pours a dark brown like fine dark chocolate, almost black. Head is the colour of chocolate milk, and again leaves lots of residue on the glass -- however, in this case, I'm pretty sure they don't add any extra sugar.

Smell is excellent. Terrific. A big fat '5'. Chocolate mousse, great quality strong coffee, biscuits and fresh baked bread. Yum!

Taste is, like I said, a bit simplistic. But I don't care. Black coffee, raw cocoa, chocolate milkshake (but not the McD's kind). Not a whole lot of other flavours in there. The mouthfeel moderately thick,but not coating. In fact, it's quite dry and a bit grainy, which is admittedly a bit of a drawback. However, it does make you think of coffee.

Not much more to say. I love this beer, and I grabbed six more today when I picked up my 2005 Barley Wine. Note: Also a great beer for the non-beer drinker -- even my wife likes it!

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4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

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Photo of Amalak
4.45/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Perfectly black, with a brown, foamy head.

S: Nailed that chocolate coffee smell.

T: Really hits the coffee taste.

M: Very thick like chocolate.

D: Very full-bodied and heavy. Extremely good.

This is arguably the best Coffee Porter I have had -- although I haven't had many. Actually, when me and my roommates created a coffee porter in college...this is what we were going for. When you order a CP, this is the flavor I have in mind.

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Photo of ManekiNeko
4.44/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Small stubby bottle served at cellar temp in a water goblet.

Appearance: Inky black topped by a smallish dark brown head that doesn't retain so well, nor does it leave much in the way of lacing.

Smell: Coffee rules the nose here. Nice aromas of dark roasted coffee. Slight whiffs of burnt caramel sugars. Very little hopping.

Taste: Robust taste of dark coffee with maybe a little sugar added, but not enough to make it syrupy sweet.

Mouthfeel: Robustly medium bodied with lingering bitter coffee aftertastes.

Drinkability: Rather drinkable if you make sure that it is had about the same time as you might have your last cup of coffee for the day. There must have been a crapload of caffeine in this as I was up all night with the spilches. Went great with the creme brule with Grand Marinier flavoring.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.42/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another brew I got in a trade with autumnaldave. Thanks Dave!

It pours from 341ml bottle a very dark brown with just the slightest reddish hue and a near 2 finger head of tannish foam. It recedes to a fine layer over time and it has some good lacing.

The smell is nice..I get coffee , roasted malt, and a touch of chocolate.

The taste kind of fooled me; The first thing I noticed on my palate was a dark chocolate flavour followed by coffee(yeah, it starts to take over after the first sip) and roasted malt and there's some sweet malt kicking it up in the backgound. There's a bitterness there that I figure comes from both the coffee and the dark chocolate and it's absolutely delicious. The mouthfeel is medium bordering on heavy and the carbonation is light. Very easy drinking, this son of a gun, and so smooth on the tongue. Man, I could kick back a few of these. To tell you the truth, I'm not a huge fan of coffee)I prefer tea) but the few "Coffee" brews I've had have realy impressed me....

Bottom line: Another very nice Porter that I can only recommend. Thanks again, Dave. It was another excellent sample to throw in as an extra!!

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Photo of BDTyre
4.41/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is only my second beer from Mill St (and the first one I've reviewed) and I'm very happy.

Great look: very deep brown, bordering on a ruby black with a creamy khaki head. Black coffee/fresh roasted coffee bean smell with subtle hints of chocolate and toffee. "Coffee Porter" is a very suiting name...never have I tried a "coffee" beer that actually tastes so much like coffee. Other than the raw bean taste, there are strong roasted malt flavours combined with chocolate, toffee, slight hints of brown sugar.

Low carbonation and great to drink. Turns about sour as it warms, so best served a drunk while a bit on the cold side.

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Photo of Benny_Efkola
4.39/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Great tasting Porter. Coffee taste is sublime and just right . Good old mill street

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Photo of papat444
4.34/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of many beers i brought back from a recent day trip to Ottawa.

Enjoyed this while watching the last minutes of Game 2 between the Bruins & the Sabres this afternoon.

Poured from a 341ml. bottle.

Appearance: Pours a pitch black (or dark brown?) body with a massive light tan head, at least 4 fingers. A little too much for my liking but had a nice cascading effect. Near perfect appearance.

Smell: Big let down for me. Grinded coffee with come bitter chocolate but it comes off as too muted for my liking.

Taste: All coffee here. I taste it in the very first sip. Like freshly brewed coffee with a nice lingering bitterness. It tastes like a good cup of joe, cream and sugar included. The touch of sweetness is barely noticeable but plays its part well. Nothing in your face but very tasty nonetheless. Couldn't ask for anything better.

Mouthfeel:A good balance between smooth & bitter is struck. A good solid body through and through.

Drinkability: Yeah, i like this one a lot. Wish i had grabbed a six-pack of it.

Overall: I was very pleasantly surprised by this one as porters are one of my least favorite styles. I would have it again in a heartbeat. A well crafted Ontario gem.

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4.33/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks for Bobsy for this beer. Tasted on August 26, 2009.

A: Dark black with a brown head. The head has a creamy texture. Sticks well to the glass. Awesome.
S: Coffee and malts... roasted malts.
T: On the taste, it is coffee with some bits of dark chocolate. Still taste the roasted malts too. Probably the roasted malts provide all these tasting... however the coffee is stronger which suggest coffee was added to the brewing process. A very good taste.
M: Medium body and the taste stays longs in the mouth with is very good... feels good too!
D: Easy to drink...

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.32/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I’m going out on a limb and stating that this is the bastard porter brother of Founder’s Breakfast Stout.

Appearance is just so-so. The color is great at ink black but the head is thin with poor retention. The beer resembles a pint of espresso more than a pint of porter.

Aroma: The lack of head doesn’t seem to cause much trouble for the aroma. The smell is big roasted malts, espresso, chocolate, caramelized sugars, and twangy Mexican highly acidic coffee.

Taste: Big coffee flavors, cereal, nice hints of bourbon and molasses, and more coffee. The coffee flavors are fresh and balance robust espresso with acidic Mexican beans. It’s remarkable to have these two distinct coffee flavors resting so easily together. I love it.

Mouthfeel: Perfect carbonation level. Wonderful acidic, almost sour twang hits the side of the tongue at the same time the sugary coffee hits the middle of the palate. Balanced and well crafted. Light bodied but robust and almost meaty, tenderloin meaty that melts in your mouth.

Drinkability: Supreme. I love coffee and this tastes like great coffee. More importantly, the body is perfectly conducive to heavy drinking.

Many thanks to AutumnalDave for the sample.

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Photo of StephenRich
4.32/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

In Toronto there is a preeminent brewery which since opening in 2002 has brought in awards for their craft beers and their brewery year after year. The Mill St. Brewery has won the Best Microbrewery in the Greater Toronto Area award from 2003 to 2008, and the Canadian Brewery of the Year award from 2007 to 2009. Beyond that their beers have raked in awards at local and international beer competitions around the world, including their Coffee Porter which was won four gold medals in the past five years in Canadian Competitions.

It is available at practically every LCBO in six packs of 341ml bottles for $12.55. It is 5.5% and is really among the best examples of a coffee porter I have had, and maybe the best available in Ontario. It is nice to have such a perfect Coffee Porter regularly available in bottles, but this beer shines smooth and creamiest when served on draught at the Mill St. Brew Pub located in Toronto's historic Distillery District.

The Brew Pub is without a doubt worth the trip, but but grab a six pack, sit back, and prepare to be soothed into a creamy world of coffee, roasted malts and chocolate.

Because this isn't a huge porter, I would serve it cool around 10C (50F) which will provide for a smooth and also refreshing experience, while still benefiting from the aromas and more roasted flavors that will begin to pour out of it as it warms in the glass. Mill Street's serving glass is a standard shaker glass, what you will find at many pubs and bars, but really is not the best container for this beer. This beer will do much better in a round bottom glass with a slight tulip; a snifter or even red wine glass will do perfectly if you do not have a prefered beer tasting glass.

Pour it slowly and almost straight down into the glass. This porter shows great smoothness and builds a creamy airy head rich in mocha browns and dark khaki tan colors. It will not raise more than an inch above the beer, regardless of what this picture depicts, and it will fade to a short film with some time. The beer is deep black with amber browns and a glimmer and ruby as the light hits it.

The nose is soft but full with fresh roasted coffee beans, toasted malts, bitter chocolate, some creamy nuts, mild hops and some warm dough. A good sip of it reveals the strength of the coffee in full force but it is supremely balanced with roasted dark and caramel malts, bitter chocolate, fresh hops, and slight ripe fruit sweetness.

The coffee beans come in first with sweetness guided from the malts, and swoosh into your cheeks with more roast and light smoke. The chocolate and caramel malts become easily apparent then as a generic amount of carbonation helps lift bitter off your tongue and bring savory and sweet in. The beer has an overall nutty creamy flavor which helps ad further balance and great texture to the Coffee Porter.

It finishes dry with more coffee, slight earthy hops, and another wisp of roasted malts. The mouthfeel is nice, but somewhat generic. I do wish it was either much creamier, or that the existing carbonation was more delicate. Everything being said, it is extremely enjoyable, especially on tap. In fact, when served from the cask it eliminates my only criticisms of the beer's artificial carbonation.

No matter where you find it, try it with sausage, stews, roasted meats, pub fare, oysters, and mushroom risotto; it will promise an enjoyable ride.

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Photo of funkengruven
4.3/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 6 pack of this out of curiousity, Among some other Mill Street Brews I've tried.

This poured a deep black with a tan head that subsides to some lacing at the top of the glass. Smell has some coffee aromas, along with some roasted malts. These are more prominently reflected in the flavor. Strong coffee flavors make their way to a barley malt aroma, with a really nice coffee finish. Not bad going down at all, it does have a mild astringency due to the fact that this is made from real coffee. But with that being said, it's still quite an easy brew to down.

If you like Coffee and dark beers, This is an excellent one to try.

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4.29/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pitch black color, non-transparent, thin tan layer that faded quickly to a ring around the glass

S- Dark chocolate, roasted coffee beans, light smokey smell

T- Iced coffee, milk chocolate, roasted malts, creamy, hint of dark fruit

M- Medium/heavy body, medium carbonation, very smooth, chewy, bitterness near the end

D- Good session beer for porter lovers

I would definatly get this beer again. Not the best porter I've ever had but it still has good auroma and flavors.

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Photo of ZachT
4.27/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Mandrake
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very deep and slightly cloudy brown with a huge and billowing medium tan head that is thick and lasting. Smell is as close to a cup of coffee that I can possibly imagine a beer being. Rich and deep, I could have sworn that my pint glass was holding something that had just come out of the pot. Taste is bitter as all get out, I can practically chew the grounds, just like a really good espresso. Also a minor note of roasted malts, just to remind you that this is a beer, and slight hoppiness in the finish. Mouthfeel is nice and thick, very suitable for a good porter, and drinkability is great. Cheers to pootz for what is, so far, the class of the CANBIF2 package that he sent me.

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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

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Mill Street Coffee Porter from Mill Street Brew Pub
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