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
Reviews by poppyjohn:
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poppyjohn from Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Feb 20, 2012
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imperialking from Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Mar 07, 2012
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hannaho from Washington

3/5  rDev -16.7%

Feb 14, 2012
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TATURBO from Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Dec 23, 2013
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monkeylovebeer from California

3.99/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Inspired by the Ballast Point Brewing Company's take on the holy union of coffee and beer, Victory at Sea, as well as our own homebrewed success along this path, when I saw that Portland's BridgePort Brewing Co. had joined the fray, I couldn't resist.

The difference in the two craft brewery beers, I believe, is right there in the name: Café Negro Coffee Infused Porter. According to BridgePort's website, in order to "retain subtle coffee aromas otherwise lost during boil and fermentation," the coffee is basically added, or infused, after the beer is done. The Victory at Sea, on the other hand, merely added the vanilla post-fermentation--a completely unnecessary step in my opinion, but that's another story.

I'm not sure how I feel about adding the coffee this way, when we made our excellent Luna Blend Imperial Coffee Stout, we added the French-pressed coffee post-boil, but before fermentation. We ended up with just as complex java flavors as BridgePort has. To each his own, I suppose.

In the plus column, like Ballast Point, BridgePort worked with local coffee roasters to develop a blend that would shine through after bottling, shipping, etc. Coffee is the first thing you notice after pouring this dark brown porter. It almost smells like a café au lait, or the way a Coffee Nips candy tastes--either a cartoon version of coffee, or the perfect mid-roast blend, I can't decide. There is a nice hop finish to this that plays off of the bitter notes in the coffee quite well.

The porter throws a small head, receding to a resilient khaki-colored ring riding the meniscus of my pint all the way down. The carbonation is quite alive, disguising the fact that the overall mouthfeel is a bit thin for this style. On the other hand, I could, and have, had a couple of these and not feel overly full.

Feb 16, 2011
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snaotheus from Washington

3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a weizen glass (it's the only 12oz glass I have, OK?)

Pours portery. It's dark, not much head, no visible carbonation. Not quite opaque, but very nearly so. Smell is dominated by coffee with a fair amount of roasty malt.

Coffee presence is really nice, but there's a strange sour downturn that detracts a little bit. Otherwise, slightly sweet but fairly bland. Not bad, maybe it'll open up as it warms a little. Right now it's at fridge temperature.

Mouthfeel is light and dry, maybe a little bit chalky. A little too sweet for me to consider it super drinkable.

Jan 29, 2011
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jaydoc from Kansas

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Oct 31, 2013
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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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Docer from Washington

3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just got a 6-pack of this to try..

- Pours a nice super dark ruby black and brown.. about a finger of light mocha head quickly down to a thin creamy dusting on top and a medium ring...

- Zesty and spicy porter.. chocolate and bitter coffees.. grassy and citrus hop character.. grainy and bright.

- Smooth and light porter.. grassy notes, some light coffee which is even bigger than the malt profile which seems to lack a little... not very robust. Zesty and spicy hop, bitterness.. overall some bandaid flavors.. phenols..

- Light bodied.. more thin than I expected.. but not too bad.. lightly drying..

- Overall kind of a let down.. some off phenol flavors, bandaid.. and kind of thin. Perhaps things will get more consistent and better over time with this brand new release.

** Edit - I don't get it, but letting these bottles sit just for a minute in the fridge seems to make all the difference... this is a great breakfast brew... something I think all can enjoy... especially those that don't partake in craftbeer. Heavy pour this time... huge lace and better turn out.

- Cask or Nitro I bet would be killer... would much rather see it on Cask...

Jan 01, 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
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djbreezy from Washington

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

on-tap at the Bridgeport brewery

appearance - dark and roasty, medium head, seldom lacing

smell - roasty malts and coffee grounds/beans

taste - coffee forward, other basic porter qualities, some bittering qualities

mouthfeel - quite light, good carbonation, could use a bit more body

drinkability - more or less a watery coffee feel, not spectacular, not bad either, a session coffee beer if you wanna call it that

Jan 31, 2011
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JamnesCameron from Illinois

3.72/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Le Cheval Blanc pint glass.

Pours a deep dark brown with ruby highlights, and a thin light tan head. Head did not last at all. Some hint of lacing.

Aromas of dark roasted coffee, cocoa, dark roasted malts. Kinda like a jamoca shake. No hops to speak of.

Flavors of dark roasted malts, cocoa, lightly sweet iced coffee. Finish is short, with dark coffee and cocoa lingering for a little bit before the fade.

Mouthfeel is medium/light, not quite watery. Creamy. Decent level of carbonation.

Overall a good beer. Nothing too remarkable to make it stand out from other coffee infused dark beers. Could sit and drink a few of these over the course of a few hours.

Mar 25, 2011
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DucksFan16 from Alaska

3.4/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Oct 31, 2015
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flagmantho from Washington

4.05/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: murky black-brown body which lets no light through. Head is a finger of frothy tan foam. A good looking porter!

Smell: well-integrated coffee and chocolate aromas. Sweet, smooth and enjoyable smell; this feels like it could be a dessert beer almost.

Taste: not as smooth as the aroma, but the nice bite it has is welcome. Coffee is much more present in the flavor than in the smell, and there's a bit of a tartness that comes with the porter acidity. Quite nice, overall.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good carbonation, this beer is exceptionally creamy and smooth for a porter. I'm well-impressed by the texture of this beer!

Drinkability: quite drinkable, if you like coffee porters. I think it goes down smooth and would have no problem sessioning this drink.

Jan 08, 2011
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mhaugo from California

3/5  rDev -16.7%

Dec 05, 2011
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ChadQuest from Illinois

2.54/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

>>>First off, i'm a massive coffee geek, and generally am harsh on coffee beers as they are generally really bad. On to the Review.

Man this Beer looks awesome. super huge chunky head with alot of carbinaton bubble along the outside of the body. The body looks like a Coke-a-Cola there is so much carbination. Ever present cap, just stays.
At first i was getting more roasty malts in the aroma then coffee, now the coffee is coming through in a cream added fashion. There is that slight oxidized note, not actually oxidized, but the same cardboard-ish note, and over-extracted tinge some coffee beers have that is slightly off putting, but it is pretty hidden in this one. I think it made it through the aroma cat alright.
The flavor didn't make it as well and those off notes are more apparent. There are alot of just straight up roasted malt flavors but the stale cardboard flavors got alot more prominent. Rather thin bodied overall and leaves a clean finish.
A good single to try, glad i picked it up for the experience, 6 would be a no go for me.

Feb 09, 2011
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bradleyp from Illinois

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

Got a bottle of this at the Market of Choice in Eugene, OR

A: A very dark brown color, almost as dark as a cup of coffee. Minimal to no head. Very good lacing around the glass.

S: Deep coffee aroma with some roastiness to it. Could also pick up some chocolate notes, and a smoky flavor as well. A very nice smell to this beer.

T: It's like drinking a cup of coffee. Very nice and malty backbone. I can hardly taste any of the hops at all. Has a somewhat sweet aftertaste.

M: Medium body, not too thick. Nice and creamy, and goes down very easy.

D: I really enjoyed this beer. It had everything I was looking for in a coffee porter. I would love to try this one again if given the opportunity.

Jan 30, 2011
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csiewert from Oregon

3.45/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a black color with a bit of tan head that doesn't really stick around. The aroma is strong of coffee notes, but this slightly overwhelms everythig else. The taste starts with the coffee, which is very strong, and then moves to malty sweetness right before becoming very empty. The ending is fairly disappointing actually, but the coffee taste definitely sticks around in your mouth for a while. The mouthfeel is slightly overcarbonated and the aftertaste of coffee almost requires that you have a water on hand.

Feb 07, 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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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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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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Fatehunter from Oregon

3.18/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Poured into a pint glass. Black, black and blacker. A nice inch of tan head that is still holding minutes after the pour.

S - Ummm, roasted coffee and more coffee. Smells like my breakfast drink. There is some underlying burnt and roasted malt too.

T - Tastes like coffee. Bitter comes in halfway through and then a slight watered down taste. The hops do not balance with the coffee and malt very well. It results in a bit of a battle that ends with an off bitter taste towards the end.

M - Soft body at first, most crisp towards the end. Moderate carbonation.

O - Not the best "coffee" beer, but not horrible. The taste was the only let down.

Mar 30, 2011
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Elimination from Oregon

3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A very rich dark black, a small white but mocha head.

Smell is dark malts, slight roasted coffee beans, smells like a starbucks honestly, a bit of tart, almost fruit like.

Taste is cheaper ground coffee up front, fades quick to leave a apple like sweetness, subtle roast malts, a bit of a grassy hop, a little more earthy than I thought it would be. There is a funk to it, a bit of a breadyness, almost pizza dough like, possible yeast connection.

Mouthfeel is great, chewy, surprisngly thick, velvet, leaves this very nice film to it, that makes the tongue crave more.

This is a pretty good cheap porter (6 bucks a 6 pack when i bought it) a very well rounded beer that could be one to give to those who are afraid of 'dark' beers.

Jan 11, 2011
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hurdjg from Iowa

3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Apr 21, 2013
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deadliest from Texas

3.94/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Mar 09, 2015
Café Negro Coffee Infused Porter from BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub
Beer rating: 82 out of 100 with 134 ratings