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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Photo of Sammy
3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Resembling an OK beer blended with decent coffee. Opaque. Somewhat too bitter and its astringency of the wrong sort for me, Worth a swallow if you like coffee.
Had it on tap at the brewery exactly a year later and was smoother but thin mouthfeel, and tsill way too much on coffee side.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16oz Yankee-style pint, on-tap at Beer Bistro in the suit-heavy district of downtown Toronto, a convenient two block walk in the rain from my prison, uhh...I mean hotel, for the next fortnight.

This beer arrives to the table, appearing a solid black, with subtle basal cola highlights, and one chubby finger of finely foamy, and mostly creamy beige head, which bleeds away at an even pace, leaving a bit of extravagant coral reef lace around the glass.

It smells of bready, lightly roasted caramel malt, semi-sweet, milk-laced espresso, medium-dark chocolate, and a touch of indistinct black fruit. The taste is gritty caramel malt, hard toffee, somewhat understated black coffee, dry raisins, a hint of stringy black licorice, chalky dark cocoa, a weirdly separate lactic sourness, and a very subtle earthy, leafy hoppiness.

The carbonation is fairly light, manifesting in a generally playful frothiness, the body a wavering medium weight, and mostly smooth, with a high palate airiness flitting about. It finishes off-dry, and generally clean, some bittersweet chocolate and disappointingly waning coffee essences lingering about.

A less intense than expected (note to self: adjust expectations), but still nicely balanced coffee porter, the java all hollow threats, and not quite following through on its initial promise of total local domination here. Ergo, the porter characteristics come bubbling to the surface, allowing we coffee-agnostic beer geeks a much more rounded, splayed-out experience than anticipated.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.36/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color porter with a huge foamy head with great retention. Coffee dominate the aroma but I guess that was to be expected. Taste is mix between lots of coffee, some roasted malt and not much hops. Body is a bit thin for the style. Enjoyable but would have been truly outstanding had there been more malt and a fuller body.

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Photo of largadeer
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this one as an extra from autumnaldave. Thanks!

Appearance: Pours nearly black into my sweet 8 oz plastic cup. The head crackles and pops for a bit as it dissipates, almost like cola.

Smell: Black coffee (slightly stale) and a bit of semi-sweet roasted grain.

Taste & mouthfeel: Lots of coffee flavor up front with some charred grain and a dash of milky sweetness beneath it. Not the most impressive coffee flavor I've had in a beer, but not bad. This is plenty drinkable. Mouthfeel is dry and somewhat thin, much like drinking a cup of black coffee.

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Photo of mothman
4.05/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this a few months back in Winnipeg. Found my notes so here is the review.

Poured into a short pint glass, so not really pint sized.

Color is dark brown, basically black. Tan head. Short retention, maybe due to quality of glass. Little lacing.

Aroma is of roasted malt and coffee. Dark chocolate as well.

Taste is very similar to the taste. Dark chocolate, caramel. Very malty. Some slight earthy hops. Tastes kind of like smores.

Moutfeel is rich and creamy. Goes down easy. Clean aftertaste.

Overall, this was a very good beer. I am glad I got a bottle of this. Seems like a good brewery and I would like to try more from them.

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Photo of nickfl
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with three fingers of medium-brown foam, topping off an opaque, black body. The rocky head settles slowly and leaves sticky lace.

S - Toffee and caramel with some molasses in the background.

T - Dark, bready malt up front with notes of caramel and toffee. Some nutty coffee starts to come out in the middle with more caramel and a hint of blackstrap molasses. The beer finishes up with more molasses and roasted malt notes, accompanied by moderate bitterness and coffee notes that linger in the aftertaste.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a fairly dry finish.

D - Nice, it has the appropriate dark malt character, but with an emphasis on caramel and molasses, as opposed to roast malt, that prevents it from being confused with a stout. The coffee is hard to detect in the aroma, but it definitely comes out in the flavor profile, especially in the finish. The finish is dry, but without excessive bitterness that could make it acrid and unpleasant. A decent coffee porter, nothing too complex, but drinkable enough.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.67/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired via trade from biegaman, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color with a large light brown head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma seemed mostly metallic with some coffee and hops in the background.

T: Fortunately, the taste completely looses the metallicness that you get in the smell and is loaded with a creamy roasted coffee flavor. The malt character is very hearty and the hops presence is very mild as you would expect form a Porter. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Very smooth with a little crispness, medium-to-heavy body, light-to-medium carbonation, dry and slightly sticky Porter-like finish.

D: Very tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, nice representation of style, this is a good beer to stick with when you’re in that Porter-mood that I sometimes find myself in.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reddish mahogany that's as close to opaque as it's physically possible to be without being opaque (the rising sun is visible on the opposite side of the glass as a tiny cherry orb). A pretty good looking crown of golden sandstone colored foam is in the process of leaving better than respectable lace.

Yessirree, this is pretty much what a coffee-added porter ought to smell like. The nose is a good one because it balances beer and beans exceptionally well. There's plenty of power too.

For someone who doesn't drink coffee (never had it), I find it strange that I like so many coffee-infused porters and stouts. As in the nose, Mill Street Coffee Porter has the two sides of its personality working in perfect harmony. The end result, not surprisingly, is good beer.

Black coffee (with a slight splash of cream?) leads the way, and is followed by bittersweet chocolate and a little dark caramel. That's pretty much it with respect to the flavor profile, but then that's enough. Bitter stays ahead of sweet throughout each mouthful, which is just as it should be.

The mouthfeel is teetering on the precipice that separates too light from just full enough. Being forced to make a call, I'll have to go with the former, but it's a very close call. The carbonation is calm, cool and collected.

Coffee Porter is my first Mill Street beer. If I ever get the chance to drink another, I hope it's at least this good. If you like coffee and beer, this one is a no-brainer. Thanks to biegaman for the bottle.

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Photo of duceswild
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Jason
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

341ml brown bottle with no freshness date. Thanks to Oakes for the sample.

Appearance: Solid froth from the pour, ample stickage shows that it is a quality brew.

Smell: Lightly sweetened ice coffee aroma, freshly ground coffee at that. No other aromas lift over the coffee smell other than a faint charcoal smell.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Lots of coffee flavour on the palate, it tastes like you are chewing on highly roasted coffee beans. Some roasted malt flavours come alive middle to end with a modest hop bitterness within. Touch of malt sweetness and a vague fruitiness show a bit of ale-like qualities.

Notes: Quite flavourful, perhaps a bit too much coffee character IMO … but that is not a bad thing. It’s just great to see an other brewery put my two favorite beverages together.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with ruby highlights when held to light and a creamy beige/tan head that leaves us way to soon. Smells roasty, chocolaty, caramel. Taste is roast and milk chocolate, some toffee and caramel. Sweet malty unassuming porter. Leaves a roasted grain/coffee in the finish. Body is medium to thin, mouthfeel is creamy, carbonation is medium to high. Great Porter.

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Photo of imbibehour
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a sam adams pint glass.

A real nice dark walnut body, with a light tan three finger head with some retention. Minimal lacing, but leaves a good collar and thin puck whike drinking.

Great simple porter nose on this. Roast dark malts and tasty chocolate and cream. Not so much sense of coffee, but quite tasty smelling.

Palate is a little behind on the nose, with a somewhat wet body carrying it. Light even for porter body, but some tight carbonation behind it. Light simple drip coffee behind thison the finish, with a little bit of mild acidic palate. Mild chocolate and a sort of dry whoppers like candy and malt.

Overall, doesn't remind me so much of coffee, but its a solid classic chocolate feeling porter.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown color, roasty tan head, bearing the mark of the ring 'round a shot of espresso.

Aroma is rich and roasty, bitter and grainy, just what you'd want in a "coffee porter."

Taste is rather light and sweet, at first, ultimately smooth and medium-bodied. Very tasty, with a grainy, bitter finish.

This pulls off a delicate balance, for it encompasses both smooth drinkability with still an appropriate amount of bold coffee flavor. Not too much, not too little, just a taste, and ever-so-mellow that you can throw them back without trouble.

I liked it!

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

this is a dark pour. hints of dark ruby keep it away from 'black'. Off tan head builds well to about 2 fingers, then settles to a more-white head. quick swirl can bring it about again.

Dark chocolate and coffee in the nose. Nothing deep or rich. Solid, but not overwhelming. Raisin and prune. Coffee in the end.

taste has a balance of bitter chocolate and lightly roasted coffee. A bit 'green' in the coffee. Young. Prune gives it a juiciness to it. Slightly chewy. Semi-dry in the end.

A good porter with just enough coffee influence to make this a 'coffee porter' but not too much to exclude the porter side of it.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally got around to reviewing one of my favourite local beers.
Poured in to Duvel tulip.

A - Dark black with half a finger of light brown head.

S - Dark roasted malts with otter coffee.

T - Dark roasted malts, bitter dark roasted espresso and some slight brown sugar sweetness.

M - Light to medium body. Slight chew. Moderate carnation.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of Derek
4.2/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the brewpub.

A: Black, off-white head, very little retention, some lace.

S: COFFEE! Slight roasted nuttyness.

T: Great roasted coffee flavour (even more when it's fresh on-tap), dark chocolate, nuts, slight bready malt. Moderate roasted bitterness.

M: Moderate body & carbonation. Only slight hints of roasted acidity.

D: Quite good.

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Photo of biegaman
3.97/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mill Street's Coffee Porter certainly looks the part - it is black, it is opaque and it has a most oily complexion (isn't it convenient that coffee and porter should share those same characteristics?). I can't help but feel, however, that its grayish tinted head would be considerably more attractive if it had a more rusty coloring to it. Lacing would be good too.

In the nose, Coffee Porter is mostly porter. Sure, there is a generous dosage of coffee but that isn't unusual for a porter, even one brewed without it. Swirling will invoke more of the smokey, roasty character of the beans but sitting flat the smell just resembles cold, black coffee. Most of its allure comes from the malts and their aura of cocoa and fudge.

In the taste, Coffee Porter is mostly coffee. There is some malty sweetness, a faint impression of toffee, brown sugar or caramel, but it can scarcely survive the heavy-handed roast and bitter astringent of the coffee beans. Although I find the coffee to be a tad too prominent, I absolutely love this combination of flavours; it tastes like a delicious tiramisu.

The finish is rather abrupt with the sensation of bitterness coming not from hops, but just from astringently roasted coffee beans. Their drying smokiness is most palatable but I still would have liked more texture and flavour to come from the malts. Ample carbonation helps lighten the full-bodied texture of this considerably rich and robust concoction.

Honestly, this is one taste I don't mind lingering in my mouth all day long. Mmm, do I now taste hazelnut? Could anything be more obvious than saying that if you like dark beer and you like coffee you will likely enjoy Coffee Porter? Probably not, eh? Putting two and two together is not hard. Mill Street did it: good beer + good coffee = one damn good drink.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours with an immense three finger thick light brown head that sits atop an opaque deep brown (ok really black) colored beer. The aroma is all coffee or at least dominated by a deep French roast type aroma. With a bit of sweet malt aromatics mixed in the aroma is a bit like Kalua, plus a bit of chocolate, and an astringent burnt grain note. The beer is lightly sweet through to almost the end, but then the roast character takes over and it picks up a burnt acidity roast character that linger throughout the long finish. This beer makes no bones about it's coffee character, the mix of coffee and roast malt all adds to this character, but it may best be described as a coffee with a bit of cream added because the malt adds a certain creamy character which really comes out with the added malt sweetness. Definitely notes of espresso, chocolate, and an authentic old fashioned Brown Malt (perhaps only slightly blown). What a really tasty Porter, I really like the interplay of sweet malt notes, coffee and dark chocolate; makes this beer quite the quaffer to finish the evening off with, like a nice mocha.

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Photo of wrightst
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

Photo of spinrsx
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5


Appearance - The beer pours a dark brown/black colour with a small size frothy light brown coloured head. I can't see much carbonation due to the darkness of the beer and there is a fair amount of lacing on the sides of the glass. The head lasted for 2-3 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Coffee, chocolate, malts

Taste & Mouth - The beer has a low amount of carbonation and comes across as slightly thin and watery. I can taste roasted coffee and some slightly bitter chocolate. There is also some malts and a bit of a smokiness. It ends with a slightly bitter coffee aftertaste.

Overall - Wasn't a huge fan of the bottle I had previously, but it seemed to be better on tap. Nothing that will blow you away, but a decent tasting beer that coffee drinkers will enjoy.

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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 Stinger80OH
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of wordemupg
3.29/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

341ml bottle poured into pint glass aug 12 2009

A black as night, half a glass of thick tan head, good retention, with nice lace with every sip. this is one good looking beer

S coffee, dark malts and some chocolate, not as strong as i expected

T as it smelled, chocolate is more noticeable then the coffee, once again not as strong as i thought it would be

M/D not as thick as the color would make you think, still not bad overall

not bad not great, looked better then it drank, but still a pretty good beer

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Photo of mattmarka1
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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