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

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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]

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of Rayek
3.3/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This offering pours a deep chestnut brown into my favorite Nonic. It has a cream and oak tinted cap that slowly falls to a patchwork film. The beer leaves spotty lace behind.

It's beer with coffee in it. I get that. Espresso and baking chocolate dominate, plus some acidity. The coffee is definitely coming through strong. More chocolate and a burnt bitterness permeate the mouth as I continue my drink. The coffee acidity never subsides quite enough for my tastes. The medium body is a bit too fizzy to boot.

OK, but not great. I'm not a coffee drinker, so perhaps that's what is holding back my enthusiasm.

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Photo of dbossman
3.33/5  rDev -6.7%
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

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Photo of ocelot2500
3.35/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a deep brown color with a tight. off-white head that leaves a decent amount of lacing.

Smells of light coffee notes.

Tastes of mostly coffee notes. Some cocoa and brown sugar as well. Has a lightly sweetened iced coffee character. Not much else going on, but the coffee is nicely done.

Mouthfeel is medium-light with a smooth amount of carbonation.

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Photo of StaveHooks
3.36/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

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Photo of Scotchboy
3.38/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sampled 1/16/11, 12oz bottle split between two pint glasses.

This won't be much of a review, but I'll tell you what I know; if you love coffee, try this beer. I thought I loved coffee, but after trying this I think I just like it.

A: Dark porter-looking beer, some creamy head and lacing.

S: Coffee grounds, not necessarily fresh. Bold, french roast for sure.

T: Cold coffee. Seriously, I've heard other people review beer and say this. Heck, I've said it. But this beer tastes like cold coffee. Period.

MF: Tough to discern with overwhelming coffee on the pallette.

Drinkability: Fairly low for me, but I think hardcore coffee lovers will like this beer.

This beer is true to the style and full of rich coffee flavors. Just not high up on my list.

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Photo of yeahnatenelson
3.42/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance -- Pours a ruddy brown hue with a slim but sturdy khaki head. Not much for lacing.

Smell -- Coffee really dominates the nose with bold, fresh ground beans. Mild coffee sweetness in the nose, perhaps some roast peanuts, but that's about it. One-dimensional, sure, but it's a good dimension.

Taste -- Wow, the taste is a big step down from the nose. Roast malt and cocoa are most prominent, coffee is quite muted. There is a strange tanginess in this beer that doesn't seem to be any kind of infection issue, but it's definitely distracting. Finish is said tanginess muddled with stale coffee.

Mouthfeel -- Medium-bodied with moderate bubbly carbonation. Feels good.

Drinkability -- The flavor is quite lackluster, but otherwise this is a solid beer. Good feel, great nose. I'm starting to think Bridgeport just can't put all of the pieces together.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.43/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

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Photo of Auracom
3.43/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Poor Phil's in Oak Park, IL on March 3rd, 2011. From notes.

A - Mostly opaque black with a frothy, thin mocha-colored head. Lacing is decent, sticks to sides of the pint glass pretty well.

S - Coffee beans and chocolate, the usual suspects.

T - Very obvious porter subtleness with coffee flavor mostly on backend, a little burnt character.

M - Thin body, not much carbonation, overall pretty weak mouthfeel.

D - Not a heavy brew by any means, gotta love coffee to get the most out of this one though.

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Photo of birdypowder
3.43/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Coffee infused all right! Now what else you got?

This deep brown brew has good clarity and is capped by a gorgeous dark tan head. However, the head disappears too quickly!

That first whiff is amazing. Spectacular roasted coffee aroma and some chocolate too. Smells almost like a Starbucks mocha. Once you get past the coffee, some faint hops make their way through which come across as a bit catty. Is there a slight smoke aroma?

The roasted coffee theme continues and dominates the initial flavor profile. Afterwards this beer loses steam and goes into a long stretch of dullness finally relieved by a slight tartness towards the end.

Decent, but a little thin.

A sessionable porter for sure. It needs some more body and personality beyond the coffee though.

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Photo of Briken
3.43/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown with thin tan head and okay retention. Lager and coffee aroma. Big espresso taste with a little chocolate and roasted malt notes. Thin body but not watery and a light fuzz.

Easy drinking porter with a lot of coffee flavor. Roasted malts take over slightly by the end pushing out the real coffee flavor. If you like a strong coffee flavor in your beer, this one’s for you.

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