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.

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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 Roke87
3.41/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

341 mL bottle poured into a snifter at fridge temperature.

Appearance- Pours a very dark dark brown colour that is completely opaque, no light getting through this one. Has a one finger of tan head that quickly dissipates to a thin lace

Smell- Not a whole lot going on in the smells, just a lot of roasted malts with the majority being dominated by coffee, a tiny bit of chocolate comes through eventually.

Taste- Coffee, coffee, and more coffee, some roasted malt flavours and a very slight hint of chocolate. Again not very complex on the taste either.

Mouthfeel- Feels slightly over carbonated for a porter, Medium bodied but more on the thinner side of that spectrum.

Overall- Definitely not the best porter I have ever tried but also not the worst, this is a coffee lovers dream although there’s not too much going on in this other than the coffee. Smells and taste are both a little muted.

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Photo of marty21
3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours black with ruby highlights. Has about a finger worth of tan head. Settles to a nice cap and leaves quite a bit of lacing.

S: Coffee dominates the nose maybe a hint of chocolate but nothing to compete with the coffee.

T: Coffee and roasted malt which give you a bitter taste but then right at the end you're hit with this sweetness that lingers for awhile.

M: Light carbonation with a light body. Too light for my liking.

D: I'm not a coffee drinker but I imagine drinking this beer is similar to drinking a cold cup of coffee. I've had better beers in this style but it's still worth a try.

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Photo of Mit
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

a-pours a dark dark black colour with very light amber tones shining through.

s-The usual porter smells...roasted is stronger than normal. The chocolate notes are somewhat muted next to the coffee.

t-very much a coffee beer. Nice roasted malts with the coffee providing the overall backbone for the mouthful. Slight dark chocolate flavour on the tongue.

m-average for the abv.

d-solid drinkability on this. I would probably like the on tap version even more I think.

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Photo of beerwolf77
2.23/5  rDev -40.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Thanks to BeerFMAndy for sharing this one. (I guess)

A: Pitch black with a small amount of mocha head. Tiny bit of lace, no cap.

S: Day old coffee grounds, grape soda, traces of smiked malt and chocolate.

T: Very thin coffee flavor. Like using the grounds from yesterday to make a cup. The bitterness is high. Not much else going on here.

M: Very thin and watery body. Almost no carbonation.

D: Pretty much a clunker for me. Glad I only had six ounces to drink.

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Photo of bryehn
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a deep black colour with a light tan head that lingers as a collar. I can see a ruby-brown tone when held up to direct sunlight.

Fairly typical porter aroma consisting of malt and syrupy notes. I can't really note the coffee much at all. Slight smokey or woody tones.

This has a surprisingly bubbly mouthfeel for a porter, imparting an uncommon freshness to the taste. The malty, syrupy taste common to porters is very well balanced by the bitterness of the brewed Balzac's coffee added during the brewing process.

This bitterness kills that "thick" aftertaste usually associated with porters. Instead, I was left with hints of cocoa or baker's chocolate.

I originally tried this as part of a seasonal sampler, then found myself buying six packs regularly.

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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 BeerFMAndy
3.42/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle split and poured into a Bruery tulip. 5.5% ABV, no date.

Thanks to Orbitalr0x for this one!

A - Clear dark brown in color with a lacking tan head. Low retention and not a lot of lace left over at all.

S - Milky dark chocolate coffee aroma that's fairly cold in the small. Chalky cocoa and roasted malts. Awfully plain but decent regardless.

T - Cold black coffee with a roasted black patent malt and a cocoa finish. Not very complex but once again, it's decent.

M - Medium-bodied and somewhat thin with a dry finish.

D - Decent drinakbility with a fair finish. A little bland but not awful. Needs some work though.

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Photo of paxkey
3.84/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours dark and creamy. one finger dark head dissipates right away.

okay strength aroma. roast coffee. gonna let it warm up a few degrees and sniff again.

nose is improving alot. some toffee notes and a bit of alcohol coming through. the warmer this beer gets the better it smells.

interesting sour tang finish. a bit of bret maybe? mid palate a little dissapointing with some smooth coffee flavor definitely coming through. great mouthfeel and carbonation.

finding it hard to keep in the glass. quite tasty. gets a little heavy at the end

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Photo of spointon
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I poured this one from a 12oz brown bottle into a shaker pint glass.

A= At near fridge temp this ale poured a deep dark blackish brown with a short lived 3/4" tan head. Lots of foamy lace as the head receded down my glass.

S= Smelled like grainy rich malt, coffee, and a slight sulfur note that was sort of elusive.

T= Started off with a bit of chocolatey malt and dark fruit sweetness before the coffee took over. Roasted grain and coffee bitterness conspired to dry this one out in a hurry, but in a good way. Finished a bit thin but still full of coffee flavor.

MF= Lighter side of medium bodied with a fairly spritzy carbonation level.

D= Certainly a treat for coffee lovers. Pretty drinkable if you like a lot of big bold coffee notes in your beer. I would buy this again if I had the chance.

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Photo of uno99
3.49/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

One of the first Micro Brews I can remember drinking many years ago. Bottle from a Holiday sampler pack at the LCBO

A: head is huge off white, and lacing everywhere. retention is very good. body is black. pretty much stout like.

S: not a huge nose on this. some chocolate and espresso. if you really push it maybe some dark fruits. overall quite boring.

T: Quite malty. slight metallic off flavor. coffee is not big. This is not a big beer by any means. hops come very late. about a second or two after your swallow.

M: thin body, slightly acidic but juicy wet finish.

D: Quite drinkable but not outstanding.

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

A - Pours almost opaquer black with a slight red hue along the edges, finger of mocha head with decent retention and no real lacing.

S - I was surprised to find the sweet chocolate dominate over the espresso malts. Also noticing some burnt almonds and sour cherries.

T - Coffee shines through on this one, nicely complemented by dark chocolate cocoa and a nutty flavour that lingers on the finish. Very tasty indeed and I was pleased that it didn't have that bitter finish that is common among many coffee porters.

M - Medium bodied ale, goes down smooth with a touch of dryness on the finish.

D - Overall this is a top notch coffee porter and would be worthy to any porter fan and one of the better offerings from Mill Street. Very drinkable, and easily sessionable.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - thick pitch black, tall mocha head that left sticky lacing as is slowly receded
S - dark coffee beans with a burnt quality, light vanilla and licorice
T - the coffee is strong like a fresh pot, burnt barley malt, with a subtle sugary sweetness
M - heavy bodied chewy with a nice carbonation kick, moves to a balanced hop bitter finish
D - dominant in coffee, almost on the cusp of more coffee than beer, but I do love both so cheers to Mill Street

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Photo of bylerteck
3.05/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Black, let's light in at the very bottom so not opaque but not bright. Nice frothy tan head leaving really nice lacing.

S - Roasted malt with tons of roasted coffee. Nice smooth aroma.

T - Coffee, roasted malt, mild cola aspect. Something doesn't jive with me properly. Either this lacks body or one of the flavours is off.

M - Frothy, light-medium body.

D - Could have a few. Needs more coffee flavour and less of that wacky cola taste.

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

Pours a dark chocolate colour with just the faintest ruby highlights around the edges when held up to the light. Creamy beige head doesn't show great retention, but laces well.

Aroma is big on coffee and well-roasted grain, and dark chocolate.

Taste is of coffee, which seems to there in the right amount-- noticeable but not overpowering. The coffee flavour works quite well with the dark chocolate and roasted malt notes as well. Dry, slightly bitter finish with a touch of sourness is reminiscent of the black cup of coffee I had this morning.

The moderate carbonation seems to lighten the body, which comes off feeling slightly thin. Would make a decent session brew, although I would likely tire of the flavours after 1-2. Still, one of my favourite Mill St. beers.

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Photo of heebes
3.72/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a dark black, very minimal head with no lacing.
Scent is very strong malt with a toasty coffee core.
Taste's very much like it smells, less of a lingering aftertaste than i thought it would have. Coffee bitterness is upfront.
Medium thickness to the mouthfeel, goes down smoothly. Kind of a heavy taste to it halfway through.
Overall this is a great take of the coffe style porter. Blended well, could have a few once in a while. No hint of an alcohol presence.

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

with a very dark chocolate hue, completely opaque, it generates a richy beige creamy foam, with good retention and some waste is stick on the glass.

nice coffe aroma and some yeast and wood hints

With a nice tasting, some sweet-bitterness is shown at the beggining, at the end you only get the coffe and rosted flavour with the natural bitterness, i would expect a longer end, but not bad

Nice porter to drink on a cloudy weekday afternoon, think would be nice to drink it with a dessert

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Photo of kwjd
4.17/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark opaque brown with tan head. Good lacing and retention. Smell is of sweet coffee grounds with a bit of the roasted malt. Flavour has lots of the coffee in it, with the typical porter flavours present, but taking a back seat. This beer comes down to whether you like coffee or not. If you like coffee (and porters I guess), then this is quite good. Since I like coffee, I really enjoy this beer.

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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 karait95
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark brown almost black color, a body that doesn't let light pass through, a respectable head really cream style with a lot of body and excellent retention to the glass.

S: Real coffee aroma, not just toasted but coffee can be felt, good balanced smell really intense.

T: Again coffee is present all the time, a little bitter sensation can be tasted winch is not bad.

M: Really nice feeling in the mouth, not a disgusting bitter or acid coffee sensation, maybe a little short ending and some body complexity missing for a porter.

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Photo of OskarL
3.48/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown color with a dense brownish head that has some retention and leaves a lot of lacing.

Smells of cacao and sweet coffee.

Tastes of cacao, sweet coffee with some red berries and some hop bite in the finish.

Quite light body with a lot of carbonation.

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Photo of Clutch28
3.86/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Deep Brown with hints of ruby in colour, mocha coloured head that retains well.

S: Rich Cocoa up front, bit of espresso near the back end, late hop presence.

T: Velvety dark chocolate that has been sweetened by condensed milk give way to a wonderful cafe au lait mid palate. Finish is more espresso goodness.

M: Fairly light for a porter brewed with coffee.

D: If you love Guinness or any other porter/stout as a session beer then this will work well.

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Photo of kjyost
3.69/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a surprisingly dark beer, which upon closer inspection is a clear beer and brown, but is opaque through my glass (which is not overly thick... An application of Beer's Law here would indicate that it is darker that average. A fluffy head sits atop the beer which laces beautifully.

The aromas of the beer initially are subdued with a sweetness, and surprisingly no coffee. The nose should have been stronger.

The beer itself though is quite nice. A brown ale body with a slight nutty character with notes of coffee and roasted barley. I do though find it a bit odd, as the coffee character is not more than I would expect in a normal porter. As you drink it, a mild coffee backbone emerges. Others complain 'All Coffee' in their reviews, so Ihave to wonder if I got an odd batch...

A thick body with a creamy mouthfeel. A nice beer, though not what I was expecting.

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Photo of ericj551
3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Mill Street Coffee Porter pours a deep black with hints of dark red. The light brown head lingers beautifully. The aroma is fresh creamy coffee with some chocolate, caramel and toffee. A bit of coffee and dark roasted flavor comes through first with just a bit of sweet caramel and raisin sweetness. Bitterness from a mix of coffee and earthy hops dominates the finish, with an almost damp coffee flavor lingering not entirely pleasantly. Overall this is an enjoyable coffee porter, just a bit heavy on the coffee.

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Photo of Ralphus
3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours near black, opaque with some highlights around the edges. The head is large, latte colored, carbonated and recedes quickly to nothing. It does leave some lacing behind though.

The smell is fairly singular.. light coffee.

Taste is good. Coffee like but there is some milk chocolate richness there as well. It suffers a bit from the simplicity noted in the smell.

Mouthfeel is average but drinkability is good. It's simple, but it works. The coffee level is right on for my tastes. Nice work Mill St.

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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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