Café Negro Coffee Infused Porter | BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub

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Café Negro Coffee Infused PorterCafé Negro Coffee Infused Porter

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BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub
Oregon, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
OG: 13.4
IBU: 30

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 88 | Ratings: 134
Photo of cbonham
4.72/5  rDev +31.8%
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.

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Photo of jkdrummer
4.48/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pour it right and you get a firm tan colored foam to die for. The aroma is right in your face smokey/chocolates/toffee and or course, fresh brewed coffee. With a face full of foamy goodness, the coffee attacks and is smokey like a fresh pot of joe. Well balanced with little bitterness -- sweet and smokey dominate. Kinda dry too, no chemically aftertaste like some other coffee flavored ales. HIGHLY recommended.

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Photo of amcmaho1
4.37/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up on a whim at my local bottle shop...

Appearance: Nice dark body, very opaque dark brown/black. Pours a very small head with very little retention, and has a bit of sticky lacing, though minimal.

Smell: Immediately, there is the coffee which is accented nicely. Some nice roasted malt accompaniment, but predominantly, the coffee is the main aspect here.

Taste: An easy drinker on the coffee beer spectrum; i feel it to be a pretty balanced porter first, with a tinge of coffee infusion; as opposed to a simply coffee dominated beer.

Mouthfeel: Pretty thin as far as porters go, though the more mild carbonation is welcoming. Not overly sweet, nor agressive with the coffee leaves this beer finishing rather nicely

Drinkability: Compared to more coffee-centric beers, this is very drinkable. I was glad to try one, and will likely get more in the future...

Mouthfeel: Kind

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Photo of osusullins
4.2/5  rDev +17.3%
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.

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Photo of Reidrover
4.12/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz ,part of a 6 pack from West salem,Safeway.$5.99 LOvelly dark looking porter....dark almost black beer with a luscious, frothy,thick tan head. A thing of beauty. WOAH..aroma is great wafts of fresh ground French maybe Italian roast coffee..some chocolate malt rounds it out. Outstanding for a coffee lover like me! Taste is the same..very coffee like..really does do a great job..some thick toasted malts real hops. Marvelous smooth latte like palate..wonderful stuff. I really love this ..its a REAL coffee porter. Great for us bean fiends..maybe not so much for others.

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Photo of isualum12
4.1/5  rDev +14.5%
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.

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Photo of bradleyp
4.1/5  rDev +14.5%
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.

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Photo of JEdmund
4.08/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Fully black body with a tan head that is rich and creamy (and leaves thick lacing).

Smells fabulous with freshly roasted coffee present; one of the best coffee aromas I've had in a beer before.

Taste follows nose well and presents a fairly light, easy drinking porter with a great coffee kick to it. Flavor starts off with a bit of dry malt sweetness, then the coffee kicks in and rides it out to a slightly fruity and bitter finish.

I could go for a bit more body and substance, but then again, it's awfully drinkable as is now. Any stronger and it might just be a stout. But it does teeter on the thin side for body.

I hope Bridgeport keeps this as a year-rounder as I think it's a great option for a porter. They really nailed capturing the aroma and flavor of freshly ground coffee.

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Photo of flagmantho
4.05/5  rDev +13.1%
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.

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Photo of midwestbrewers
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours black with a think bubbly tan head. Very pretty beer. Head dissipates rather quickly. Lacing is really good!

S: Roasted and coffee as soon as the cap is popped. Very strong aroma. Maybe some sweetness to the coffee like chocolate but coffee is dominate.

T: Straight coffee. All the way through the taste and it's excellent. Very malty and balanced as well. Not really sweet, as the smell somewhat eluded to. Smooth and crisp with a really fair amount of body for a porter.

COFFEE COFFEE COFFEE!!! AMAZING!! I'm not sure if I'd want to drink this beer everyday though. I would definitely buy it again but it falls into a category of beers that I don't buy constantly. I have my go-to brews that stock my fridge daily, while this one is in the realm of buying a 6-pack to have a beer session with one of my fellow craft drinkers. Great Beer BridgePort Brewing Co!!!!

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Photo of canucklehead
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ok, this is worth drinking for a couple reasons, available in 12 oz bottles with a lowish ABV, very drinkable for the style ( ie. lots of coffee flavour but not too bitter or rough on the finish)and priced like all Bridgeport beers. I ended up just sipping this in the evening and liked the mouthfeel which just right. The coffee is a bit part of the flavour which is fine with me. The hops are there but play second fiddle to the coffee/burnt malt flavours

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Photo of monkeylovebeer
3.99/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

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Photo of K9AleingPiss
3.97/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

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Photo of Pegasus
3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.93/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a tulip glass)

A- This beer pours a jet black body with a creamy tan head that sticks to the glass in sheets.

S- The roasted coffee aroma is rich and starts to take on a fresh coffee grounds aroma in the finish. It turns a bit watery as it warms up.

T- The rich roasted dark coffee bean leads to a very soft tartness with some chocolate malt notes and a finish of coffee grounds. The finish has a nice green woody hop hint that lingers with the coffee for a moment. As the beer opens up the finish takes on an oxidized coffee quality.

M- The medium-full mouthfeel has a creamy texture in the finish.

O- The coffee flavor is full and rich, and although it is not really like stale coffee it does have some coffee grounds flavor that is a bit off and that mixed with the green woody hops clash a bit as the beer warms.

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Photo of titosupertramp
3.92/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

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Photo of SirChugsAlot
3.92/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a 6 pack of this tonight since i've never seen it before...

A. Pours black with hints of brown when held up to the light. 1-2 fingers of tan head that settled pretty quickly with no real lacing to be seen

S. Coffee with caramel malts

T. Coffee with caramel malts and a slight hint of smoke with some mild hop flavor.. a little bit of bitterness that i feel kinda throws the balance off

M. Not bad. maybe a little on the thin side, but i wasn't expecting thick as mud for a porter

D. I like it. I'd probably drink this again.

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Photo of codsmith
3.87/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Completely black with a nice half inch tan head when poured into a glass.

Smell - The rich roasted coffee really comes through and dominates the smell of the beer

Taste - It starts off as a very smooth coffee flavor, almost like drinking a sweet iced coffee. However it ends with a moderate bitterness at the end. Very light in the body compared to the color

Mouthfeel - Very light and somewhat thin in the body. Not overly stated in any one particular flavor. Very well balanced with good carbonation.

Drinkability - Its a very palatable beer for people who don't like too much coffee in there beer. Light and refreshing compared to other coffee beers with higher ABVs that typically have a heavier mouthfeel and more flavor. I would buy another 6 pack in the future.

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Photo of Chyren
3.87/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful dark tan mammoth head and very dark liquid. Smells strongly of roastedness and coffee, a great smell like the inside of a quality cafe. Tastes very much of coffee with some lighter sweeter notes coming through towards the end. The texture is a bit too thin for the power of the flavor and scent, a bit too bubbly. This beer goes down easily tough, it's perhaps a bit dangerous in that respect.

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Photo of Elimination
3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.83/5  rDev +7%
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.

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Photo of ronniebruner
3.83/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer has a beautiful presentation. You will immediately notice the nice chocolaty/ coffee grounds aroma, which I surprisingly found amazing! The taste is of coffee infused beer and is done better than most other coffee beers. The beer pours a beautiful ebony, with minimal, but perfect head. Highly drinkable and enjoyable. A very pleasant surprise indeed!

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Photo of emerge077
3.83/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Billowing souffle cap of tan foam, sticky and frothy. Black body with woody brown edges. The foam maintains a thin unbroken skim across the surface. A crown of lacing sticks to the edges of the glass.

Aroma of mellow roast coffee with cream, dry with a rounded mellow toasted malt presence too.

Soft coffee flavors, mellow and not acrid or harsh at all. Mild tobacco and woody roast. Dry with little to no sweetness, hints of coffee bitterness in the aftertaste. Thin bodied, slightly watery, but it carries the flavors well. Easy drinking, could have a couple at a time, no problem. A lighter coffee porter worth trying.

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Photo of riored4v
3.82/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

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Photo of bump8628
3.82/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A coffee-forward beer from the Old Guard up in Portland. Coffee dominates rather than just being a sidekick to the rest of the flavor profile. It helps that they are using A1 coffee, but if you aren't a coffee person I might pass this beer up.

It pours a clear brown with an inch or so of head from the mild carbonation.

Again, coffee is center stage with only backing notes of roasted barley, light caramel, and a hint of grain.

Almost like an iced coffee in flavor profile with only a little beeriness. I actually really like the one I'm sampling right now, but I don't think I'd go for sixer of the stuff. It would be a nice, mellow dessert beer.

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Café Negro Coffee Infused Porter from BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub
Beer rating: 3.58 out of 5 with 134 ratings