Café Negro Coffee Infused Porter
BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub

Café Negro Coffee Infused PorterCafé Negro Coffee Infused Porter
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Porter - American
3.6 | pDev: 11.39%
BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub
Oregon, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Café Negro Coffee Infused PorterCafé Negro Coffee Infused Porter
Notes: OG: 13.4
IBU: 30
Reviews: 88 | Ratings: 134 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.43/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brown pour, thin tan head 1/5". Didn't really have a lot of coffee aroma, it was there but only a 3 on a 1-10 scale.

Stayed laying low in the taste, tiny bit of chocolate, average roast. Call it a good intro to coffee beers or porters, but not really gonna make big fans of the style go out of their way to score this beer repeatedly.

Feb 06, 2016
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TMoney2591 from Illinois

3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in an Augustijn chalice at Local Option.

What became the last beer of my day in the City turned out to be a gift from a guy I believe to be a Bridgeport distributor's rep. Good on ya, boyo! Anyway, this stuff pours a deep black-brown topped by a finger of off-tan foam. The nose is pretty much a blast of coffee, though there may or may not be some mild roasted malts peeking through on minor occasions. The taste shows it's a coffee porter by including some roasted malts and light dark chocolate with the large amount of coffee. The body is a light-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a damn dry finish. Overall, a pretty nice coffee porter, especially if you like your coffee front and center.

Dec 01, 2012
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StaveHooks from Oklahoma

3.36/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours very dark brown, almost black. 3 fingers of mounded kahki head with impressive staying power. Lacing is thick on the sides of the glass.

S - Chocolate syrup is the first thing that comes to mind. Smoked malts, some vanilla, and hints of coffee.

T - There's the coffee, some roasted malts, slight oxidation, almost has a coffee/sweet&sour mix/tequila flavor, kind of strange. Roasted bitterness and pine on the back end. Aftertaste is a bitter coffee.

M - Firm medium body with sudsy carbonation.

Not bad but not great. It taste like coffee with a splash of tequila which isn't as gross as it sounds. I have a buddy that drinks this stuff almost exclusively and he's not even a coffee drinker. Good to try but not worth seeking out.

Oct 26, 2012
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tronester from Oklahoma

3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pitch black, with a thin mocha colored head. Smells of fresh ground espresso and dark chocolate. Taste begins with a smoky, woody character, followed by some straight coffee flavors. After that a bit of malt sweetness gets through, and finishes with an earthy, very clean finish. Mouthfeel is the only failing point. It's quite watery, especially considering the ABV. Overall a good beer that I would like to have again.

Jun 20, 2012
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dbossman from Nebraska

3.33/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark brown with a hint of red; great sudsy head and lacing is okay

S: Some coffee but also lots of sweet chocolate--like chocolate syrup; a bit of a sour weirdness but mostly coffee and chocolate

T: Some coffee and coffee bitterness followed by sweet chocolate and then finally the coffee comes; I wish it was balanced better with other elements but since the beer is a bit thin it doesn't quite finish like you would like; something a bit sour and weird and metallic in the finish

F: A bit thin--though decent feel in the finish

O: An okay coffee porter but not quite as balanced and full bodied as I would like

Jan 18, 2012
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megahurts4 from Louisiana

3.18/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bridgeport Cafe Negro

Appearance: dark brown, medium-small head, and some lacing.

Smell: malts and coffee.

Taste: roasted malts and coffee grounds.

Mouthfeel: medium-light.

The roasted malts aren't bad, but the used coffee grounds flavor isn't that appealing.

Jan 08, 2012
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K9AleingPiss from Oklahoma

3.97/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The appearance was almost exactly like a cup of Yuban. Nice and dark,unfortunately no head or lace with this bottle. Reminded me of placing a cold cup of Joe to my nose,but the taste is very smooth,not bitter @ all. Just the right amount of sweetness and malty flavors, very drinkable,in fact Ill have more porters if they taste like this.

Jan 01, 2012
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gtermi from Texas

3.57/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: This is a very nice looking beer. It pours a very dark, almost black, brown with a thin tan head. The head quickly fades and leaves a nicea mount of lace on the glass. Just is a very nice looking beer.

S: I am a sucker for coffee and chocolate smells and this beer has a good amount of both. There is also a strong amount of roasted malt and a lot more coffee.

T: I am very let down by this taste. It is very watery and doesnt have the tastes I was hoping for. There is a decent amount of coffee and chocolate, but it takes a while for this taste to develop. A chocolate taste does linger on the palate for a long time, but I want the instant burst of flavor.

M: The beer sort of burns going down. Its not a terrible mouthfeel, but its not very smooth. I prefer my porters to be very smooth and this just doesnt hit the spot.

O: This is a decent beer, but I just dont care for the flavor as much as I had hoped. Its still not a bad beer, but needs a little bit stronger taste.

Dec 30, 2011
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Tone from Missouri

3.47/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a black color. 1/3 inch head of an off-tan color. Good retention and slight lacing. Smells of coffee, roasted malt, sweet malt, and a hint of alcohol. Fits the style of an American Porter. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of strong coffee, roasted malt, slight sweet malt, and a hint of hop. Overall, good appearance and blend, but lacking in body. The coffee dominates and there is little else to help make this a good complex brew.

Dec 09, 2011
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riored4v from Colorado

3.82/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 9/14/11

Poured in to a pint glass. Then, 1/2 finger tan head that faded to a light cap on the surface. Some lacing left behind. Pitch black body.

Aroma was strong coffee paired with toffee. Mild caramel notes with some chocolate and mild sweetness. Slight burnt bitterness.

Taste had mild chocolate in the middle with a strong coffee flavor throughout. Quickly fades to a mild sweetness. Light minerally flavor. Earthy bitterness. Some light notes of dark fruit.

Mouthfeel had a medium/light body, medium/high carb and a crisp finish.

Overall a good beer but a bit light on body. Flavors are bold upfront and fade towards the end. No signs of ABV.

Nov 06, 2011
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osusullins from Illinois

4.2/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a nice coffee porter.

Pours black with tan edges.

Aroma is coffee with some dark chocolate notes.

Taste is very coffee forward. The dark chocolate is subtle, but present. Mild hoppy undertones. Dry finish.

This is a good coffee porter. Not as heavy as some of the coffee stouts out there, so it is a nice change of pace. I think this is my favorite Bridgeport beer.

Nov 03, 2011
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titosupertramp from Tennessee

3.92/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A big thanks to Handle for the opportunity to try this.

A: Very dark brown, almost cola like. Under a finger of khaki head that quickly fades. There's some lacing on the drinking side of the glass, but it too retreats quickly. Not much of a cap to speak of.

S: Coffee, chocolate, caramel and toffee. Pretty straight forward, nice smelling beer.

T: Solid tasting beer too. Coffee is out in front, but I wouldn't say that it dominates. Semi-sweet chocolate and caramel help to balance the coffee bitterness.

M: Just on the thin side of medium. Decent carbonation.

O: Outside of their IPA, Bridgeport really hasn't made anything that's impressed me, but Cafe Negro isn't bad at all. I'd drink this again.

Oct 28, 2011
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CBlack85 from South Carolina

3.13/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a DFH shaped pint glass

Pours a deep brown (nearly black) with ruby highlights. An aggressive pour produces about three fingers worth of tan head, and leaves a small amount of lacing.

Lots of roasty and coffee aromas, with hints of chocolate and caramel. Not too bold, but not watery either. Slightly tart; a bit like old coffee that has been left on the burner too long.

Taste seems to follow the nose fairly closely. Lots of roast and coffee, with hints of chocoloate and caramel. Some burnt notes, with a little too much bitterness from the coffee. Thin bodied, with just the right amount of carbination.

Overall not a terrible beer, but not one I would seek out again

Oct 23, 2011
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Beerandraiderfan from Nevada

3.47/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown pour, minimal head to the thing. Mild coffee notes. Not the most 'coffee infused' beer out there, but a mild enjoyable amount nonetheless.

Taste, smooth, mild coffee still there, not really much else to speak of, a dallop of chocolate. Roasty chocolate malt. Easy enough to drink unless you're intimidated by the color.

Pretty solid stuff, nothing going to blow you away, but you know, worth it at 8$ a 6pack.

Sep 28, 2011
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notsoprobeer from Oregon

3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Very dark brown—near black in color with a tan head. Big coffee aroma along with roasted malts. Flavor of roasted malts, coffee (though not as big as aroma), and chocolate. As it warmed up, I tasted a subtle smokey flavor Not a lot of hops in aroma or flavor. Light to medium bodied with light carbonation. I was expecting it to be a bit thicker. In the finish, I tasted coffee along with a touch of something sour.

Sep 22, 2011
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bmwats from Louisiana

3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint.

A: Black. Pours about a 1 finger, foamy, brown-white head. Settles fairly slowly, leaving some some stickly residue behind as it does. Lots of spider web lacing.

S: Roasted malt, espresso beans, and dark bittersweet chocolate.

T: Bittersweet grainy flavor. Not as hearty as expected. Only a light hint of the espresso and chocolate come through.

M: Medium body. Not as full as expected. Has light, bittersweet palette that lingers throughout. Something of a cardboard feel in the finish.

D: Not hearty, but easy drinking.

Atmosphere is pretty solid. Dark, foamy head, and plenty of lacing. Nose is a great combination of roasted grains, coffee, and chocolate. Flavor is less robust, but comes across as a little washed out. Overall, this is a good quaff.

Sep 11, 2011
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Pegasus from Texas

3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Opaque mahogany brown in color, with a small, dense tan head, which retains very well. Patchy lacing adorns the glass walls.

Aroma: Deep cold coffee notes, bitter cocoa, and earth comprise the aroma.

Taste: Solid Roasted coffee flavor throughout. Additionally, there are notes of bitter cocoa, and an ephemeral wave of sweetness. Towards the close of the taste, some slightly earthy hops appear. There is a mild, lingering coffee note at the close of the taste.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, and pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: A very pleasant, well-balanced and drinkable example. Recommended.

Presentation: PAckaged in a custom twelve-ounce brown glass longneck bottle with a pop-off crown, served in a Sam Adams Boston Lager glass.

Sep 03, 2011
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yemenmocha from Arizona

3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours beautiful opaque black with light tan head. Nice appearance. Nose is clearly, clearly coffee focused... I'm thinking more of a robusta roasted coffee, perhaps with a bit of wet post-brewed paper filter in there too. Palate is again more of the coffee, bitterness, light body and easy drinking. One of the clearest examples of finding coffee in a beer.

Aug 08, 2011
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Mora2000 from Texas

3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I love coffee beers so I am looking forward to this one.

The beer pours a very dark brown to black color with a tan head. The aroma is heavy on the coffee with some roasted malt. One of the heavier coffee smelling beers that I have tried. The flavor is more of the same. I get a lot of coffee, but I also get some bitter, roasted malt and a little bit of chocolate mixed in. Medium to thick mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

A very nice coffee beer but not one of the better ones I have tried.

Aug 04, 2011
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BearablePhoto from Missouri

3.54/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It pours a very dark brown, almost black. There is very little of the brown head on top. Smells like a cafe mocha from Starbucks, with creamy chocolate and java juices.

Tastes kind of like coffee you would get late into the evening at a casino. I let my girlfriend, who is a barista (I mean BEARista) try it which described it as burnt black cup of Folgers. It has a nice thin feel which ends with that mocha aftertaste.

I plan on drinking this again soon. Maybe spiked with Bailey’s.

Jul 24, 2011
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cbonham from Colorado

4.72/5  rDev +31.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I'd originally spotted this beer at a local store in my neighborhood about a month and a half ago. After hearing from fellow craft brew fans I know in my area about this particular beer, I went in on a whim and purchased a six pack of it for roughly $9. Oh the things I have to say.

After taking out my first bottle of it, I immediately poured it into my trusty glass mug (an item I'd gotten from the Colorado Grande Casino). The experience of tasting it I must say is good. Upon opening the bottle, I was hit with the aroma of coffee and a slight hint of vanilla. The pour was nice. The body is black, with a java or mocha colored head.

The taste I cannot rave about enough. Again, there was the distinct taste of coffee in it (dark coffee, I've since realized), with a slight taste of vanilla. The aftertaste again is like coffee, with a hint of smokiness I picked up on as my mouth calmed down from the taste. I freely admit this is the first Bridgeport product I've ever purchased, and with several other of their brews on sale - well let's just say this isn't my last experience with their products. Excellent job, Bridgeport.

Jul 24, 2011
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busternuggz from California

3.82/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My advice up front: DO NOT drink this beer cold. Pour it and let it sit for 10 or 15 minutes before you start to drink it, makes a world of difference. I reviewed it at this stage.

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
Tawny brownish-black with a 1/8" mocha/tan head. Retains a thin ring around the glass, leaves some sparse lacing.
Smell is a little faint but there's some nice vanilla and slightly burnt sugar followed by a little roasty coffee. A nice portery char smell is in there too.
On the palate there's some dark chocolate as well as a fudgy/Tootsie Roll chocolatey note, followed by a pronounced roasty coffee taste, slightly bitter and acidic. At times I pick up a little bit of dark fruit, like dried figs. Finishes with classic porter charred taste that lasts a while.
Light-medium bodied but creamy, finishes pretty clean. Kind of thin when it got too warm (don't let it sit too long either, there's that sweet spot right in the middle).
When it was too cold everything was muted and off, but given some time it was a pretty solid porter with a nice texture, good porter character, and some nice taste/smell notes.

Jul 20, 2011
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ommegoose from Illinois

3.47/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Dark porter with a tan head. Receded to a medium cap. Maybe even a little darker than the usual porter.

Nice coffee aroma, roasty. By far the best element of this beer.

Doesn't taste like much of anything on the tip of the tongue. Dry, for sure. Thin, sort of acrid finish and aftertaste. Coffee flavor seems rather stale. I'm giving the score a bit of a boost since I know I've let this sit a bit longer than I should have, and I do remember this being better before. No hops of note, and the malt is sort of bland and lacking in flavor notes besides some earthy coffee.

As stated before, this does feel a bit thin, but it's more good than not. Carbonation level is suitable.

Having had some really impressive porters lately, this one was a pretty big letdown. Might give it another try, since $8.29 for a sixer is a good value around here. Was drinkable when I really wanted to catch a buzz, but not particularly gripping this time.

Jul 16, 2011
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zeff80 from Missouri

3.64/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a dark brown color with a small, light brown head of bubbly foam. It left almost no lacing.

S - It smelled strongly of coffee with a touch of chocolate.

T - Mostly roasty coffee, roasted malt and chocolate flavors. It didn't deliver as much tastiness as I expected from the aroma.

M - It was crisp and smooth with a slightly soft touch. A light to medium bodied ale with a clean finish.

O - Not a bad coffee brew. Another solid offering from BridgePort.

Jul 09, 2011
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isualum12 from Idaho

4.1/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Yep a large cup of coffee. This is something else.

Poured out of a dark bottle into a chilled mug. Poured black into a mug with a tan head floating on top.

The smell was malt with the smell of a dark fresh ground coffee bean. I really enjoyed the smell.

Taste- At first I was taken back but by drink number 2 I was in really enjoying this beer. Coffee is the number one thing you will think of as you have a drink.

Overall I really enjoyed this beer. It took a couple drinks but I enjoyed it to the end.

Jun 27, 2011
Café Negro Coffee Infused Porter from BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub
Beer rating: 82 out of 100 with 134 ratings