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 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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Photo of Bestuurder
3.38/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a Mill St. brown bottle. The brew was dark, very dark, nearly a black with a slight red hue. The head was thin and carbonated bubbly.

Smell was very coffee scented. Mild hops and heavy malt. Chocolate malts are pronounced and honey very mild.

The overall taste is balanced, yet too much coffee for a coffee porter. I feel like I am drinking a coffee. No offense, but if I wanted a coffee, I would have one. Yet the porter characteristics are throughout consumption, not the greatest, but aggressive.

Mouthfeel and drinkability, again, go hand-in-hand; a 'pop-like' carbonation does not go well for this brew. A more cask-carbonation would be far more appropriate for this beer. Due to the high carbonation, I would only recommend a bottle or a pint.

Overall, the brew is consummable and enjoyable if a few characteristics can be overlooked. Yet the aroma is entising and taste is full-bodied.


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Photo of ludachris
4.07/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very deep chestnut brown with ruby red and amber highlights. One and a half fingers of tan head was yeilded after a fairly aggressive pour. The head dsiplays decent retention, leaving some spotty and patchy lacing across the glass.

Fresh roasted coffee, roasted malts, milk chocolate and a hint of bread in the nose. Straightforward but still pleasantly aromatic.

Burnt and dry roasted coffee notes upfront with the roasted malts and milk chocolate making their appearance towards the end. The milk chocolate seemed perfectly sweet, balancing out the dry and bitter notes of the coffee.

Medium bodied, dry in the right places, and a porter that is almost too easy to session.

I'm not a big fan of porters, but this one really hits the spot. It's not overly complex or ridiculously flavourful, but it seems to do everything just right; making the basics very satisfying. I'll be sure to pick this one up again.

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Photo of ckeegan04
3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Near black pour with a brown, foamy head. Head pours about one finger thick and slowly fades to a thin cap. Moderate lacing left behind.

S - Light aroma of fresh roasted coffee beans. Touch of heavily roasted malt comes through but the coffee dominates the aroma.

T - Strong taste of fresh brewed coffee. Not an overwhelming espresso like coffee taste, but certainly coffee centric. Nice backing of roasted malts and just a touch of light sweetness.

M/D - Light to medium bodied and very easy drinking. Clean, slightly bitter finish.

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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 Gosox8787
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz. bottle poured into my Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.

Appearance is dark brown to black in color. Opaque. Pours a two finger mocha head which recedes rather quickly. Aroma is bitter coffee beans first and foremost. There is also a nice hint of some mild milk chocolate. No hop presence here whatsoever. Taste follows nicely behind the aroma. Black coffee dominates the palate. Some sweet chocolte notes float in later and balance out some of the bittereness. Very clean flavor, but again no hop presence. Mouhtfeel is medium bodied and slighty creamy. Drinkability is good for this type of beer. Low ABV and lighter flavor profile make this sessionable for me. The clean finish doesn't hurt either.

Overall, one of the most accurate protrayals of coffee in a beer I have ever had. Its almost uncanny how accurately these flavors mimic coffee. That being said, I could have used a stronger flavor or more layers to add to this. Even with that, I found this to be enjoyable and certainly worthwhile to anyone who enjoys coffee.

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Photo of Luk13
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Bottle by TheJester (Thanks Andy!) Brown black small tan head. Aroma is coffee grinds, meat, grapes and cocoa powder. Flavor is much more sour than expected (grape's like) with coffee bitterness; delicious. Smooth and medium creamy palate. Quite refreshing for a porter. A pleasant surprise.

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

Serving type: 341ml bottle bought at the LCBO

Poured a very dark brown, almost black color with about a 2" light brown foam head.
You can really taste the coffee, also you get hints of dark chocolate. It almost tasted like the alcohol filled chocolates you can buy.

I really enjoyed this beer,

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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 Long813
3.33/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

G: Duvel Tulip

A: Opaque black body with two fingers of light mocha head. Moderate retention and decent lacing. Very basic porter/stout look.

S: Mild coffee and well that about it. Just a full aroma of mild coffee beans

T: Again just mild coffee. It's very pleasant choice of coffee beans, but I cannot pick out of any of the chocolate it says it has.

M: Medium-light body and medium carbonation. Has a nice creamy body and the carbonation gives it a little sparkle. Leaves a nice bitter coffee finish.

D: This is a nice beer, but it needs more flavours. I would love this to have some chocolate in here. Judging as a coffee beer, this is amazing. As a beer I'd buy more, well I don't think I would much.

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

Another testimony to the merits of re-trying beers you didn't like the first time around.

Poured into a Mill St. ale glass. Very deep brown, light tan head, a bit of lacing. Typical for the style.

The smell is most certainly a pronounced ground coffee, which is one of my favourite scents so it's hard to mark low here. A bit of roasted maltiness in the back.

The taste is not nearly as 'coffee' as I remember, certainly not worth applying the moniker. A good plend of coffee, dark chocolate, malt and caramel. A solid porter all around.

Mouthfeel is about right for a porter: thick, creamy, and with a moderate carbonation.

Another winner from Mill St. Don't let the name fool you, as their Coffee Porter merits well enough as a standard porter. Great stuff.

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

Poured from a bottle into my Sam's perfect Pint glass. Nice, dark body that sat benieth an off white head that smelled absolutely wonderful.

S - this is probably one of the best smelling coffee porters i've come across. I absolutely loved the aroma of this one.

taste - definitely goes along with the smell. Very well, coffee is there in the right degree, couldn't be any more matched.

mouthfeel - a bit on the heavy side, but that's how porters are.

drinkability - I definitely would have a few of these without any problems.

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Photo of WeedKing4
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pure black colour. Light brown foam appearing during the pour. Decent amount of carbination. Its not a bad beer, but the taste is pretty boring compared to stouts. Very easy to drink though. But again, nothing blows me away with this. Would much rather drink a imperial stout. Pretty average.

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Photo of cfrancis
2.67/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

This beer is lost on me. As I'm not a coffee drinker. But it was in the sampler pack and I hate seeing beer go to waste. Aroma is intense ground coffee. I do enjoy the smell of coffee and I just sat and enjoyed the aroma for a while. Taste is not as much coffee that I was expecting. It is somewhat subdued. There is more chocolate and malt which made drinking it palpable to me.

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Photo of NightINgale
3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Very dark, opaque brown body, with a rich frothy brown head. Head retention is okay. Some small bubbles are visible at first.

S- A very pronounced roasted coffee bean aroma, with some chocolate notes. Very pleasant, but not too intense.

T- The malts cooperate well with the added coffee. From the first sip you get "attacked" with that strong roasted flavour, as well as bitter chocolate notes. The sweetness is rather mild at first. The beer opens up with temperature, bringing some dark fruit notes and more sweetness. The finish is lingering and bitter, with a tobacco-like feeling.

M- Medium bodied or a bit lighter. Quite creamy and smooth

D- Good, but this is not quite a session beer, so enjoy in moderation!

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Photo of ZorPrime
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 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 ecoastman
3.77/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Drinkability - Quite drinkable for a heavy coffee/cocoa flavoured beer but I probably wouldn't go past a second. A decent brew.

Appearance - Dark opague black with a good head to start but is not retained long. Only a little lacing.

Smell - nice clean coffee and cocoa aromas.

Taste - just like it smells. I think I'd give this a higher score if the mouthfeel was better. The coffee and cocoa flavours are quite good and well balanced but the thin watery texture just doesn't bring it out the way that it could. The bitterness is also well balanced in the dry finish.

Mouthfeel - not bad but a bit too thin and watery as it needs a little more creaminess to it. There's a slight soda-like carbonation that needs to be smoothed out.

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

12oz pours not completely black, glints of ruby around the edges. Active carbonation leaves a finger plus of chocolatey head. Pours light and active.

Nose is brewed coffee, hints of chocolate and roasting malts. Not overly bold.

Coffee dominates the body but is met by a milky sweetness, roasting malts, dash of smokiness, faint hop bite in the finish along with some nice coffee bitterness. Light chocolate notes, dash of caramel. Lightish body but a decent finish. Perhaps a touch over carbonated for style.

Nice drinkability, enjoy the bitterness in the finish. Nothing over the top or overly complex here. Coffee notes are a bit of a let down - there but not as rich or luxurious as I'd expect from a quality roast. A good local option worth trying but not really one to seek out.

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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 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 ClockworkOrange
3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Out of a 341ml bottle and into my nonic Imperial pint glass. The porter appears a clear deep chestnut color with about two fingers of creamy ecru colored foam. The nose and taste consist of medium roasted grains, sweet caramelized malt, mild milk chocolates, roasted coffee beans, mocha, sweet, bitter and mildly roasty. Medium bodied with adequate carbonation. A tasty, well made porter.

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Photo of mintjellie
3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep black with thin ruby highlights around the edges when held to the light. 2-3 fingers of tan head. Leaves behind very little lace as it recedes.

Roasted malt aroma. Coffee and a little bit of chocolate.

Subtle coffee flavour, complemented by chocolate and a hint of dark fruit. Mild roasted bitterness.

Somewhat light in body with low carbonation. Very smooth, if a little thin. An easy drinking session porter.

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Photo of aewinte1
3.92/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- pitch black with 1 inch head that dissipates very quickly.
S- smells of chocolatey coffee, nothing very intense though. Coffee and chocolate definitely come through, with the emphasis on coffee, but the smell is not very intense.
T- Very mellow. Chocolate hints come through, but mostly tastes like creamy coffee. Almost tastes like a coffee cream stout (papago elsie cream stout). Alcohol is not even slightly detectable. Coffee adds the only bitterness to be found.
M- very very creamy. carbonation is very high for a dark beer.
D- could drink this until the end of time, would get a little plain after the first two though.
Overall, the beer is good, but not great. Very drinkable, but somewhat plain. everything is somewhat subtle, which makes for a good beer but nothing too memorable.

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Photo of MeisterBurger
4.17/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is the last of my seasonal mixed six pack from Mill Street, another good beer that I probably wouldn't have bought to review otherwise, but one I'm glad to try again after such a long absence.

Pours a deep dark black with a fantastically impressive, lumpy tan head that dies down to a nice film, with some spotty lace forming as time goes on.

Smells bright, with nice dry, black coffee grinds. Some subtle sweet smells in there, but mostly coffee and roasted malt.

Nice porter flavors with, I have to say, just about the perfect about of coffee. Good roasted malt, some juicy raisin sweetness with a soft touch of bitterness for balance.

The mouthfeel is a little thinner than I would prefer but yet it has a nice creaminess if you let it linger in your mouth.

This is a very satisfying porter that goes down easy. Ridiculously drinkable.

This beer is even further proof that Mill Street is a great brewery and Ontario is lucky to have them.

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Mill Street Coffee Porter from Mill Street Brew Pub
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