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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 veinless
2.46/5  rDev -31.3%
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 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 champ103
2.3/5  rDev -35.8%
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 beeragent
3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass from a 12oz bottle.

A - Pours a deep brown with ruby highlights when held to the light. Creamy 2 inch mocha head with medium rings of lace.

S - Strong aroma of roasted coffee before my nose is even close to the glass.

T - The roasted coffee coats and dominates the palate. No noticeable hop presence. The coffee completely covers over any other characteristics that may be present.

M - Very thin bodied with low carbonation. Very smooth and clean with the roasted coffee remaining on the palate.

D - Wonderful aroma and appearance. The taste is great as well however the coffee, as great as it is, hides everything else about this beer. This is more like drinking alcoholic coffee. The mouthfeel is the main weakness. Very watery mouthfeel without any of the body associated with a porter. As far as flavor and aroma are concerned this is very sessionable, but for the whole package, I feel this falls a bit short.

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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 StoneBrewFanatic
3.48/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours dark brown into my pint glass with about two fingers of tan head, retention and lacing are moderate.

S - Fresh ground coffee, roasted malts, caramel sweetness with a mild amount of cocoa and smoke.

T - Fresh coffee and roasted malts are there for sure, then it pretty much just tapers off. Somewhat roasty sweet, dry cocoa, and a little hop bitterness on the finish.

M - Really thin and watery.

D - Very drinkable with an iced coffee like quality to it, just needs more body and depth.

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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 wagenvolks
3.73/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a Sam Adam's perfect pint glass.

The pour is admirable, as its thick, fluffy cap of dark khaki foam builds to a sizable inch in height. Beneath, Cafe Negro is an attractive tawny amber-brown hue with carbonation trails streaking up the sides of the pint. Fantastic head retention. Pleasant aromas of chocolate-covered coffee beans greet the nose. Medium-heavy roast reminds me of freshly-brewed coffee. Toasted toffee and a slickness of herbal hops in the background. Impressive beer thus far.

The flavor is milder than the aroma suggests, as the coffee gets pushed to the background by roasted dark malts. A sweetish dark berry presence lingers in the finish with a nutty note and some hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is light and the carbonation almost unchecked. Big bubbles roll across the palate and detract from the experience. [Edit: 2nd bottle much better--mouthfeel bumbed from 2.5 to 3.0] Still, this is a tasty beer with several redeeming qualities. Definitely worth a try, and I'm in no way regretting my six-pack purchase.

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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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Photo of birdypowder
3.43/5  rDev -4.2%
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 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 ChadQuest
2.54/5  rDev -29.1%
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 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 csiewert
3.45/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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Photo of ocelot2500
3.35/5  rDev -6.4%
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 yeahnatenelson
3.42/5  rDev -4.5%
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 djbreezy
3.58/5  rDev 0%
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

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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 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 snaotheus
3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz picked up tonight at the COOP and poured into my Delirium goblet.. fairly aggressive pour produced a nice brown head .. short lasting and shows okay lacing.. the brew is a slightly hazed deep walnut.

Fresh coffee beans on the nose are pretty dominant... not much else, but really, that isn't a detriment.. the coffee is very nice and pronounced.

Flavor has all the coffee.. but not much else that would identify this as a beer... only lite dark malt character gets lost in the beans.

Body is on the light side.. and the carbonation seems a touch too much but it is still a bit creamy (don't know how that happens?)

Honestly, this is a nice brew.. definitely coffee forward, but I sorta dig it and can't knock it as it seems very fresh right now... almost sessionable in the right circumstance.


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Photo of jdense
3.13/5  rDev -12.6%
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 Scotchboy
3.38/5  rDev -5.6%
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 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 ..no 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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Café Negro Coffee Infused Porter from BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub
Beer rating: 3.58 out of 5 with 134 ratings
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