Mill Street Coffee Porter | Mill Street Brew Pub

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Mill Street Coffee PorterMill Street Coffee Porter
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Mill Street Brew Pub
Ontario, Canada
millstreetbrewpub.ca

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
276
Reviews:
164
Avg:
3.73
pDev:
12.6%
 
 
Wants:
13
Gots:
27
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 276 |  Reviews: 164
Photo of ThatWineGuy
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've had a few of these this week to be sure what I thought of it. This was poured from a 341 ml. tall bottle, not a stubby. Presented as a black, cola like in colour with a tan head that settled quickly. A thin ring of lace around the glass with moderate carbonation. I can smell coffee with a hint of black licorice. The taste is of strong coffee that has been sitting around for a while. Something here is over the top but I can't figure out exactly what it is. The mouthfeel is like flat coca cola and the taste is a bitter semi-sweet chocolate. I love a good porter and this is okay, but I don't think I'd like to drink too many of these in one sitting.

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

Pours black with a light brown cola like head that slowly fades to a ring. Nice roasted coffee bitterness in the aroma mixes with a hint of chocolate and a good dose of cola, root beer, and vanilla like sweetness. Taste shows a flash of the vanilla and cola sweetness before a dry and slightly bitter roasted coffee flavor kicks in. Mouthfeel is nice and light for the style making it easy to drink. Fairly good level of carbonation keeps it fresh on the palette as well. A nice black coffee like bitterness and dryness lingers in the finish. Very nice coffee aroma and flavors. While i love coffee beers, I often find them a little too sweet and malty, this one is truer to a cup of coffee in its body, very nice beer.

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

A - almost midnight black with a modest dark head.
S - solid coffee and roasted grains
T - similar to the nose with a sweet dark chocolate undertone.
M - medium to light bodied, swims back and forth between sweet and bitter. Nicely carbonated and dry in the finish.
D - Might have been better paired than the dinner I had with this. I was left pleased with one but not longing to have 2 or 3 in an evening.

A solid coffee porter. In my neck of the woods you'd be hard pressed to find Balzac's coffee on any shelfs. That said it was a nice complimentary blend of tastes.

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Photo of Koolbreeze2
3.16/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark with small head.
Nice smell but nothing special. A hint of coffee. I am somewhat suspect of a beer with coffee. What's next. Beertea?
Good taste but somewhat forgettable.
Nice mouthfeel but again somewhat forgettable.
One or two is fine. Will have another if someone treats me to it. Expensive for a six-pac.

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Photo of nafnikufesin
3.99/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Brown-black color with a nice head. Pleasant coffee aroma, echoed in the rich flavor with a somewhat smooth and creamy texture. Good drinkability with a heavy meal or after dinner drink, but less so on a hot summer afternoon. Overall, flavorful and enjoyable.

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Photo of IronDjinn
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nice to see this stuff is available locally now, picked up a 6 of it.

Pours out a deep opaque black, tall spongy tan head with great retention.

Roasted malt and a serious helping of espresso on the nose. Aroma texture is creamy and rounded however, not harsh and sharp.

I'm not much of a coffee drinker, but this is a great tasting coffee porter, let me tell you that much. Smooth roasted malts dance hand in hand with tame coffee notes which provide the bittering aspect to this porter, providing a pretty decent balance in flavour overall.

The mouthfeel is pretty lax however, on the thin watery side, but not swilly.

A very easy-drinking coffee porter in my opinion, and a pleasure to imbibe as well. Not overwhelming in flavour, but could be beefed up a bit in the mouthfeel dep't.

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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 canucklehead
3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

One of those porters that sits the fence between thinness and fullbodied. Luckily as it warms up the beer elongates its finish. The coffee flavour is there but not really that apparent which adds to the drinkability. A pretty nice porter that comes in at a fairly low ABV.

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Photo of BigBry
4.04/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tall, slender brown bottle with a painted label (as pictured above - new pic has been added).
This beer is a dark color, basically black, with only a tiny bit of reddish brown hilights when held up to the light. Thin, tan head of creamy foam. Decent, but not excellent retention and thin lace.
Lots of coffee aromas, that became even more pronounced as the sample warmed. More coffee flavor in the taste, smoothand rich taste. Slightly bitter and a bit sour keeps the flavor interesting. It finishes dry with lots of roasted barley. The body and mouthfeel was a bit thin, keeping it more porter-like rather than thick and stout-like. The coffee taste is there with out overpowering, making it enjoyable and flavorful.

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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 BrewSomerville
3.12/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

The aroma is all coffee to me.

Colour is black like onyx.

Flavour is dominated by coffee. I'd have to say that this Beer leans toward a more malty taste than hoppy...I can't taste any hops.

Mouthfeel was light bodied but on the heavier side of light bodied. Carbonation was too much, too damn crisp.

Overall, I like it, but I could not drink much of it. I usually split a bottle (standard size) with someone. It pairs really nicely with strong, dark chocolate. Something that would be good for after dinner.

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Photo of Absumaster
3.45/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to plucier for this beer.

A murky, black, deep brown beer with a thin fine-bubbled head.

Smell of coffee upfront, followed by dark chocolate. There is a burned and light 'oily' like old coffee smells.

Taste has a mild coffeetaste, but also this oily character. There is hardly any other taste, only a minor malt and maltbitter taste. There is very little to none hopbitterness. Body is quite thin and almost watery. Aftertaste is dry and mild maltbitter. Drinkability is OK.

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Photo of sstackho
3.2/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz single bottle purchased direct from brewery. Pours a black that shows up as very dark copper under direct light. Some head but little carbonation visible. Light aroma of malts and coffee. True to its name, the first taste is coffee with a solid hit of malt. Finishes a bit sparkly on the tongue and the aftertaste does not linger long enough. Nice brew though. I'm enjoying this one, and I'm not much of a porter drinker.

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Photo of markaberrant
3.77/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

355ml bottle served in 16oz pint glass.

Pours opaque black, with a hint of red shining through the bottom of the glass. Tan head forms and receeds fairly quickly.

Definitely smells of roast malts, but a creamy sweetness lies beneath.

Taste is more bitter than I was expecting... the coffee character comes through.

I find the mouthfeel somewhat thin, and the carbonation a little too prickly.

This is very easy to drink, but I don't find it all that challenging either.

I'd have to say that find the Mill St beers to be well made, but are lacking that little extra something to make them stand out. But you could definitely do a lot worse!

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

Pours very dark, nearly black in the glass with dark brown through the edge. A finger of fizzy tan head was generated but bubbled away rather quickly.

Ground coffee beans jump up as the dominant aroma. Creamy coffee and a faint herbal hop show as well, but in the background.

Coffee flavour seems to dominate the taste as well. Front to back, ground coffee bean sticks out. Only as the beer warms does some of the porter character start to shine. A bit of nuttiness and roasted taste start to show. As noted by some other reviewers it is a bit astringent.

This beer is a touch thinner than I like my porters, but the carbonation is very reasonable and the overall feel isn't bad.

While I am a porter fan, I haven't found a coffee beer to make me a real fan of the mix. This isn't bad, but isn't a new favorite for me.

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Photo of vanrassel
3.36/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a dark cola colour with only the slightest ruby hue breaking the opaque darkness when it was held to the light. Fittingly, the thin tan head resembled the crema that rests on top of a good cup of espresso.

There was only a slight whiff of ground coffee that really had to fight to be noticed on top of a more traditional porter aroma. A slight yeasty sourness cut through the maltiness.

Coffee was more apparent in the taste, though it was more of a medium roast feel as opposed to a bitter dark roast. A sour old ale taste in the middle gave this a more traditional English porter flavour, though bitterness re-asserted itself in the end. The finish was dry, both from the coffee and roasted barley.

The mouthfeel was slightly oily but the medium body bordered on thin and watery. The coffee taste is subtle enough that you can enjoy more than one in a sitting without it becoming too much.

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Photo of bcollar
3.57/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: This brew poured black and opaque with an attractive tan coloured head, thin lacing and decent head retention. Although black, it was evident there was at least some mild carbonation.

Smell: The first thing that strikes you (as it should) is a strong coffee aroma paired with pronounced toffee maltiness in the nose. There are also hints of milk and cocoa that find their way through the strong coffee essence.

Taste: The initial sip brings big, strong coffee flavours with toffee maltiness following close behind by hints of bittersweet chocolate. Finally it ends with a lingering bitterness of coffee.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with slight carbonation.

Drinkability: Overall, this beer is worth a try. I found the coffee was a little too pronounced for my taste, I didn't feel it balanced as harmoniously with the other flavours as well as it could have. However, with that aside, this is a beer that delivers what the name promises, lots of strong coffee.

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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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Photo of aforbes10
3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a coffee porter with yeasty bits floating around and a big fluffy head. nice. smells like iced mochachino with a hint of sweet chocolate. taste is quite good. Well balanced coffee flavor and bitterness with hard-to-find alcohol and malty creaminess. an extremely pleasant coffee porter that forces me to admit that Unibroue might not be the only decent brewery in Canada.

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Photo of nlmartin
3.72/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer was part of a mystery sixer trade with Grub. The beer was served in a pub glass.

Appearance: The beer poured black with a ruby opaqueness to light. The head was one finger thick and colored like lightly creamed coffee.

Smell: The beer has an upfront smell of medium roasted coffee. The coffee smell is backed up by a flash of chocolate, very light smokeyness and sweet roasted malts.

Taste: The beers taste is very much dominated by medium roasted coffee. The beer has good supporting flavors including toasted nuttyness, herbal/earthy hops and semi sweet chocolate. The beer has a slightly astringent aftertaste. I think the astringency is from the coffee.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: This beer is slightly less than full bodied. The beer has a slightly creamy mouthfeel. This was a very easy beer to drink. I enjoyed the beer from begining to end. This is a very nice and sessionable beer. If this was available in Ohio I would drink this often.

Thanks Grub for sending this one my way!

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Photo of grub
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours a deep brown colour with a thick, fluffy light brown head. the head is very slow to receed and leaves plenty of lace behind.

aroma is rich and roasty. chocolate and espresso come through strong, then give way to a light caramel sweetness. a bit of bready malt too. just a hint of hop presence.

taste is a blast of coffee that slowly fades to a nice roasty porter finish. dark chocolate and espresso. nice bitterness at the end, but that could just as easily be from the coffee and roast malts as from hops. no real hop presence. slightly nutty with caramel tones to the sweetness. the bread from the aroma is noticeable too, almost pumpernickel.

mouthfeel is pretty big. it's fairly thick for a porter, really more stout-like.

drinkability is average. it's a bit heavy for a porter, but still good overall.

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Photo of allergictomacros
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Wow. Dark, dark, dark brown. Head is copious, dark tan and super creamy. Seems to drop fairly quickly though and doesn't lace much.

S - Coffee bean aroma.

T - Taste is big coffee bean - not really a coffee taste, but the bean, like if you chew on one (though not as strong). Thick, malty backbone there as well and bitter coffee finish.

M - Not as creamy as expected, but very heavy and chewy.

D - I like my coffee with cream and sugar... :P Still, very tasty and the coffee really comes through. Not a swillin' beer by any means one a day is more than enough for me, but certainly worth trying.

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

Got this one from the LCBO as soon as it became available in Ottawa (July 06). What a treat. I have never had a coffee porter, and I do appreciate a good coffee, so I was intrigued and ready for anything. Here goes:

Appearance: Deep brown-black, like Guiness. The foamy head is not as pale as Guiness, but more tawny. Just as thick and creamy though.

Smell: The coffee smell dominates. Then you can pick up on malts and some smokiness.

Taste: Again, coffee is upfront, with smokiness as an afternote. The finish is dry and lingers for a while.

Mouthfeel: A very smooth brew. Not as thick as it would appear, but does have a good density. Where Guiness is like drinking a loaf of bread, this one is the coffee chaser.

Drinkability: As I said, this is my first coffee porter, and it has encouraged me to try others. This porter is now the standard by which all others will be judged. Highly recommended.

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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 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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Mill Street Coffee Porter from Mill Street Brew Pub
3.73 out of 5 based on 276 ratings.
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