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

134 Ratings
Read the review
Café Negro Coffee Infused PorterCafé Negro Coffee Infused Porter

Brewed by:
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

Added by philbertk on 12-21-2010

For Trade:
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Ratings: 134 |  Reviews: 88
Photo of nsabo
2.23/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Okay, I understand that coffee and hops are both bitter, but here they neither compliment nor tolerate each other.
A suspiciously strong coffee smell, not subtle "notes of coffee" like certain stouts. The taste is aggressively coffee - coffee ice cream at first, a dab of butter and coffee grounds, then followed by old coffee that steeped all day on the burner and had to be watered down to drink the next morning. The bitterness of the hops and the bitterness of the coffee go in different directions, forming an acrid sour aftertaste with each sip.

There was a time when combining coffee and beer seemed revolutionary. Now, with loads of coffee stouts and RIS to choose from, it isn't difficult to look elsewhere for a better coffee beer.

 742 characters

Photo of champ103
2.3/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: Pours a dark brown color. A large tan head rises to over two fingers with good retention. Lots of sticky lace is left behind.
S: Incredibly bitter and acrid coffee is all I get up front. Week old grounds, really bad.
T: Follows the nose, a huge acrid coffee flavor dominates. Though a little more palatable. Which is not saying much. A bit of roasted malt as well. Lots of burnt notes. Lingering bitterness from the coffee.
M/D: A medium body with good carbonation. The coffee is just way to much. This will probably be a drain pour.

Oh man this is bordering on offensive in the nose. Which pretty much ruins the rest of the beer for me. Sorry Bridgeport, I like a lot of the beers you make. This is not one of them.

 721 characters

Photo of veinless
2.46/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours dark brownish black, with hints of ruby red and maroon in the light. Very slightly translucent around the edges, with a small half-finger head that was finely bubbled, retained well for its size, and left average lace.

Nose is nothing but coffee for the first few seconds, but then then leads to a slightly phenolic cough syrup smell accented by some cherry/dark fruit. Coffee smells shallow and a little bit weakened, despite its relative strength compared to the other scents.

Taste makes an effort, but turns out to be sort of a mess. Coffee comes out first of course, and tastes much worse than it smelled - watery, overly sweetened, almost like having the decoction mixed with too much sugar. It isn't entirely unpleasant, just a bit confused and unnecessary. Dark fruit is nowhere to be seen, and phenolic character from earlier has disappeared. This is a one trick pony, and its trick isn't very good. Roasty toasty malt I look for in these beers is 1) weak, or 2) masked by the sub-par coffee.

Mouthfeel is ok, but gets a bit watery at times, adding to the cheap coffee feel. Drinkability is not the best due to coffee sweet/bitterness plus the watery nature of the beer, but the 5.5% abv is low at least. Would not buy this again.

 1,251 characters

Photo of ChadQuest
2.54/5  rDev -28.9%
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.

 1,061 characters

Photo of afsdan
2.75/5  rDev -23%

Photo of dubinsky
2.88/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a C&B Bruges glass.

A - Pours pitch black with a nice creamy one finger khaki color head. Not much retention to speak of, obviously not too much lacing happening here either.

S - Some nice roasted barley, chocolate malt and slight coffee aromas are all that i'm getting from this beer which i was expecting to be more coffee forward. Its smells good, but just not as strong as i was hoping for.

T - Not a whole lot happening with the flavor here. Its a nice, basic porter with a coffee aftertaste. I notice that as the beer sits out longer, the flavors are diminishing. Thats not something i have experienced before.

M - I think this is the least enjoyable part of this beer. Its very light in the mouthfeel with light carbonation as well. Kinda lousy really.

D - I drank it, but i don't think i would buy it again. There are just too many great beers in this category to really waste my time trying to enjoy this.

 951 characters

Photo of twiggamortis420
2.95/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle pours black with some chestnut highlights on the edges. Light brown head is creamy and dense. Excellent retention and lacing. Good looking brewski.

Nose is mostly crushed coffee beans. Malt is only slightly sweet, and some of the darker malts blur lines with the coffee for roastiness. Pretty clean, pretty fresh, not bad at all.

Coffee and roasty astringency hit fist, followed by a hint of dark fruit and bread. Finishes watery with the astringency lingering awhile. I am a firm believer in having some sweetness balance out the roast in a coffee stout/porter along with a nice viscous body. This beer has neither. Not a fan of this one...finishing a sixer of it might prove difficult for me.

 709 characters

Photo of olmatty
2.95/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance-Pours a black liquid with a creamy tan head that produces a touch of lacing

Smell-Creamy with a distinct black coffee aroma. Even a hint of roasty sweetness.

Taste-Strong Coffee flavor with a spic, bittery hop finish. Coffee aftertaste lingers for some time. Two distinctly bitter flavors which are not counterbalanced with the nice creaminess expected from the aroma. Unfortunately, not much else happening.

Mouthfeel-A bit thin and watery for porter

Drinkability-Not very tasty and generally unpleasant. It looked and smelled very nice, yet disappointed where it counts, on the palate.

 603 characters

Photo of acurtis
3/5  rDev -16%

Photo of Beertracker
3/5  rDev -16%

Photo of hannaho
3/5  rDev -16%

Photo of RTrain12
3/5  rDev -16%

Photo of mhaugo
3/5  rDev -16%

Photo of shelby415
3/5  rDev -16%

Photo of HaysAmerica
3/5  rDev -16%

Photo of TexIndy
3.05/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. No dating info that I could find. Was black in color with mahogany edges if right against the light. Good sized head that dissipated into a thin collar. Slight lacing but none sticking.

The aroma was heavy on dark roasted coffee and some chocolate malt with not much else getting though. No discernible hop aroma. The taste was bitter and slightly burnt coffee. I like coffee beers but this one was too far into the coffee with not enough of the base porter still around for my taste. More coffee than beer. Mouthfeel was medium with good carb levels and very coffee bitter aftertaste.

Overall, it was too unbalanced for my tastes to really enjoy. Not a drain pour by any stretch but didn't get any beer enjoyment out of it. Avail here in TX. Rotation - one was enough for me [N;N]

 828 characters

Photo of bfields4
3.1/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very deep mahogany brown. Small mochaish head.

Roasted chocolate aroma.

Roasted malt followed by a light espresso hit. Very mute flavors would have been nice if they were a little bolder.

Very light almost a little watery mouthfeel.

Not a bad beer just nothing special. A nice breakfast brew that's not too intense, but I was really hoping for some more coffee.

 375 characters

Photo of CBlack85
3.13/5  rDev -12.3%
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

 707 characters

Photo of jdense
3.13/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle from local grocery store, shared at buddy's house 1.25.11..

Dark brown almost black body, nearly opaque, no visible carbonation, minimal head with little if any lacing. Not picking up much in the way of aroma, faint coffee a bit of floral hops. Taste mirrors nose, not much in the way of coffee or roasted malts, a wee bit of chocolate as it warmed, IMO pretty non-descript. Mouthfeel on the light side of medium, not much effervescence. Drinkability is ok, but I won't be drinking this again. Pass.

 514 characters

Photo of Fatehunter
3.18/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

 653 characters

Photo of megahurts4
3.18/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

 277 characters

Photo of woemad
3.21/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle purchased at Bottles in Millwood, WA, for $1.39. No freshness date.

Poured an impenetrable dark brown that was almost black, that didn’t give an inch when held up to direct light. Good-sized tan head that receded rockily. Lots of lace.

More toffee than coffee in the nose, though there’s also a bitter, roasty scent.

There’s a bitter coffee flavor, and there’s a sweet toffeeish flavor. The problem is they don’t meld together well at all. It’s almost like two different porters were mixed together.

Dry, prickly mouthfeel, and a somewhat weak body.

Not impressed by this. The best I can say about it is that it looked good in a glass. It doesn’t appeal to me as a fan of coffee or as a fan of porters.

 735 characters

Photo of RJLarse
3.22/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I bought a six-pack of Café Negro in a grocery store. Poured into a pint glass.

Pours an opaque black walnut color. Rich foamy beige head with a lot of resiliency.

The smell is decidedly coffee. It smells like fresh ground coffee not fresh brewed.

Taste is also all about coffee. Charcoal and coffee, not much grain and not much chocolate.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and slightly cloying.

Not the most drinkable brew. The coffee flavor is over whelming and I guess unless you are a coffee fiend it's not real sessionable. It's a nice novelty beer, but lacks the sweetness I look for in a porter. Probably won't have this again.

 635 characters

Photo of QuamLaetus
3.25/5  rDev -9%

Photo of hurdjg
3.25/5  rDev -9%

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Café Negro Coffee Infused Porter from BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub
3.57 out of 5 based on 134 ratings.
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.