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Mill Street Coffee Porter | Mill Street Brew Pub

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Mill Street Coffee PorterMill Street Coffee Porter
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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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Ratings: 277 |  Reviews: 164
Photo of Pete0403
3.6/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

341mL bottle poured into a glass

Appearance: Black, short tan head collapsing fairly quickly and leaving some lacing on the glass that quickly slides down. The bottle is cool.

Smell: Coffee and burnt smells

Taste: More coffee & burnt taste lasting through to aftertaste and leaving a slight bitter. Definitely a niche beer

Mouthfeel: High-medium body, slightly drying

Drinkability: A little too sweet to drink a lot of

This is an interesting beer that nicely combines roasted coffee taste with the body of a good porter. I'll definitely be drinking it again.

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Photo of beckje01
3.55/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Black still and opaque with a thin head.

S- Coffee nose with some bitterness.

T- A dry malty taste with some hints of coffee. From the name I would expect more coffee.

M- Good thickness and nice activity.

D- Very drinkable and nice, just slightly above average tho.

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Photo of cratez
3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

341ml bottle from a 6 pack purchased at the LCBO.
Pour: pitch black with a tanned, half-inch head and sticky lacing.
Smell: brown sugar and coffee.
Taste: chewy black coffee beans, roasted malt, and nuts. Hints of chocolate in the finish.
Mouthfeel: starts off rich and full-bodied, ends with a dry, clean aftertaste.
Overall: a highly drinkable porter, but the beer has one flaw - the Balzac's coffee provides a caffeine kick that I personally don't enjoy, especially when I want to drink one of these before going to bed. Nevertheless, a solid beer.

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Photo of EatsTacos
4.2/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

6 pack from the LCBO poured into a wine glass. A very dark brown almost black, the colour looks like strong black coffee or expresso. Not much head at all and very little lacing.
The aroma is all coffee with some faint dark chocolate and roasted malt.
The taste is the same, very straightforward coffee flavour and everything else is lost in the background. There are some typical porter characteristics, the dark bitter chocolate and a sweet roasted malt. Not much bitterness really and the aftertaste is mostly coffee. Mouthfeel is medium for a porter and the carbonation is low and soft.

Great overall beer I think they nailed what they were going for. Not overy complex just a one dimensional coffee flavour but quite enjoyable. Definately got better as it warmed slightly.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle received from fellow metal bretheren, Viggo. Thanks, Eric! Into my Guinness glass

A: Pours black with dark brown highlights and a 1"thick dark brown head with decent retention. Solid

S: Coffee up front with delicious dark chocolate, cream and a hint of oxidation (I've sat on this for a while). While the nose is more along the lines of a stout than a porter, I'm not complaining as the dark-roasted malts are very pleasing.

T/M: Opens up with a bunch of coffee and some heavily roasted malts that add a slightly burnt, bitter malt flavor with a maltose sweetness. Coffee is balanced with some bitter chocolate with the oxidation adding an interesting note of raisins. Carbonation is moderate and is suitable for the beer. While it feels heavier than it is, it is pleasingly light with a dry and bitter finish.

D: This one is disappearing pretty quick. Well done, Mill Street!

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Photo of GodOfBeer
4.15/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown/black with a thin head that leaves some lacing.

Smells like coffee, no suprise here.

Tastes like ground coffee beans, some chocolate malts and caramel, a bit of a hoppy aftertaste, but the ballzacs coffee is dominant.

Watered down mouthfeel, pretty drinkable if your a fan of coffee and a caffeine rush, very good brew.

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Photo of sholland119
3.23/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-Pours a deep black with a thin tan head with little to no lacing.

S-Strong espresso scent with a tangy background.

T-Lots of roasted, almost burnt coffee, with, again, a tangy background.

M-A little thin as expected for the style and ABV and a little lingering bitter coffee.

D-Not bad. A little one note on the flavor and a little bit unpleasant in the aftertaste.


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Photo of benito
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The bottle boasts "beer brewed with coffee/biere brassee avec du cafe." The French "du"--the partitive article, which is used to show that "some" coffee is used--suggests moderation with the java. Let's see.

A: Very dark for a porter with low carbonation and little head.

S: Lots of coffee and little else, maybe some hints of dark roasted malt

T: Again, there's a lot of coffee flavor up front, then, this links into some burnt and chocolatey flavors toward end-of-tongue. The finish is nicely bittered and dry.

M: Medium-bodied, with good transitions between flavors and a nice, dry finish.

D: A very easy-drinking coffee beer that goes great after a meal.

Overall, this is a very good coffee brew that might benefit from a little more 'porter' flavor and aroma. It's still quite good, a beer that coffee-beer nay-sayers will find acceptable.

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Photo of largadeer
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
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 paulthebeerguru
3.97/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mill St. Coffee Porter
341mL brown bottle

A: snifter. an impenetrable black with a light tan head on top. decent head retention. nice ring lacing that falls back into the beer.

S: it is literally like smelling a cup of joe. nice roasted malts, but the coffee aromas are uncanny, along with some chocolate malts.

T: really nice tasting porter. wonderful roasted malts providing some coffee, chocolate, and toffee tones, in addition to the actual coffee flavor.

M: very smooth and creamy. medium body for a porter. perfect carbonation.

D: very nice flavored porter and very impressive. I recommend this one if you love porters.

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Photo of bloberglawp
4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rich dark brownish black, thin off white head dissipates quicky. Big coffee aroma that loses its presence after a few sniffs. Flavor of fresh coffee and chocolate bitterness. Some notes of charred malts and hops as well.

A good coffee ale, and at 5.5 avb it won't knock you off your seat.

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Photo of seaoflament
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to grub for the opportunity to try this Canadian treat.

Pours a good dark color with a huge head, about 3 inches or so. The head trickles down slowly.

The aroma is pretty good. Some freshly ground, lightly roasted coffee on the nose with hints of hazelnut, vanilla, biscuit cookies, and earthy, noble hops. There's also some toasted bread and hints of chocolate.

First I get some milk chocolate, dark chocolate, and lots of toasted malt, with coffee following near the finish. I'm also getting some malted milk and some coffee bitterness. A decent coffee porter.

A little thin in the palate.

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Photo of BDTyre
4.41/5  rDev +18.5%
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 iceball585
4.29/5  rDev +15.3%
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 BACTAdam
3.48/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this one as part of a mixed Canadien 8-pack from a co-worker. Cool bottle which made me even more interested.

Not bad, not great. Pours an extremely dark brown, almost black with a thin creamy head that disappears quickly. Smells of coffee but not heavy. Taste is not bad, lots of coffee notes, malts and a tinge of bitterness. The mouthfeel is a little thin but although this tastes more like a coffee stout, its body is definitely porter. I liked that the coffee flavor was not so extreme as to not enjoy it. A pretty easy drinking porter for sure.

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Photo of shivtim
3.18/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours out a deep brown/black with a billowy latte head that fades to a thin layer. Looks pretty good. Nose is syrupy roasted malts and coffee grounds. Taste is super roasted malts, coal, and coffee filter after taste. The malt flavors aren't bad, but the coffee is artificial tasting. Like Sanka. Mouthfeel is average.

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Photo of Hornet2003
3.92/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased at Brewery Creek, Vancouver.

Appearance: Pours dark dark brown. Stout-like with a chocolate head that dissipates.

Smell: Very aromatic coffee. Chocolate as well. Musty too.

Taste: Well coffee is dominant. Quite a bit of bitterness both from the espresso and perhaps the subtle hopping. Obviously some chocolate and a bready character I can't put my finger on.

Mouthfeel: Bitterness and carbonation are spot on. Really nice malti character although I was expecting more sweetness. I guess the bitterness from the coffee takes that away a bit.

Drinkability: Pretty high for a porter. Never been a huge porter fan, but I could drink a few of these.

Overall: Great coffee flavours/aromas make this a very interesting beer.

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Photo of kdoc8
4.12/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Natalie for this one! O Canada...It poured out a thinnish-brown with a thin, dark and bubbly head. The smell is strongly of coffee, but also with some hints of roasted chocolate malt. Taste is all coffee, but done well, and the mouthfeel is kind of creamy but a bit thin. It was kind of like a dessert coffee.

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Photo of Shadman
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

New on the shelves here in the land that made Coors lite & clam an institution.

Black, just like coffee and used diesel engine oil with a rich head that reminds me of whipped egg whites, but tan in color. Gobs of sticky lacing all down the sides of the glass make this a visually appealing brew.

Lo and behold, it smells of rich, slightly sweetened coffee. Taste is also heavy on strong, black coffe, but it is balanced with a hop bite and some dark cocoa malt. Maybe a bit thin/watery on the palate, but certainly very drinkable and much better than the last brew I had from these guys. A nice winter brew.

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.92/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass, the liquid is dark brown with good carbonation. The head is a nice 2 fingers tan and leaves little lace.

The smell is good lot of coffee and other toasty aromas.

The taste is goodas well, nice toasty malty goodness and lots of coffee.

The mouthfeel is a bit too thin but the carbonation is good.

The drinkability is good as well, easy drinking if you like the stlye. MK

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.42/5  rDev +18.8%
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 MMansfield
2.51/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Sampled bottle at work 11/09/07.

Appearnce: Pours black with a brown head, decent enough retention in my small sample.

Aroma: Plenty of coffee in the nose. A sweet coffee and brown sugar smell. Roasty a bit nutty, but really hard to get anything passed coffee.

Taste: Sweet coffee. Overwhelming amounts of coffee. Did I mention the coffee was strong and sweet? Sort of like a chicory coffee syrup. Dry finish

Mouthfeel: Thin mouthfeel does not help this beer. Drinkability is between medium and low.

Final Statement: I found this highly touted beer to be overwhelming on the coffee and far too sweet for my liking. But to each his own.

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Photo of Amalak
4.45/5  rDev +19.6%
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 soupyman10
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one while visiting friends in Toronto - one of the few legitimately good Canadian beers I've had so far. A nice dark brown color with lighter highlights and a solid finger of tan head on top. Taste and nose coincided nicely: lots of roasted malt, coffee, and nice bittering at the end. A hint of sweet molasses, but this one's not a sweet beer by any means. Feel is fairly thick, full body, with solid carbonation. I had this one a bunch of times while in town.

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Photo of trevorwideman
3.6/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

341ml bottle poured into a pint glass.

Thick and black and opaque, just like a porter should be. 1 inch cream coloured head recedes fast and leaves just a bit of wet lace that sticks to the glass just a little. Aroma is of roasted malt predominately, then cocoa, coffee, brown sugar, vanilla, smoke, and wet earth.

Taste is a lactic sourness off the top, then a bit of a metallic note. Lightly herbal, a bit earthy and damp. Smoked and roasted malt move into some milk chocolate. Most of the coffee comes in the aftertaste. A little muddy and undefined for my liking, but not awful either. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, a little creamy, fairly wet, mildly carbonated, really nice beer going down. This is a sessionable brew to be sure, but I wish the flavours were a little more defined.

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Mill Street Coffee Porter from Mill Street Brew Pub
Beer rating: 3.72 out of 5 with 277 ratings
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