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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Reviews: 88 | Ratings: 134
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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Photo of tapman
3.48/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Body is black, and not that dark brown shit either. With a chestnut colored 3 finger foam head, this brew looks like an imperial stout, though the head is a little big for that style.

Stale coffee (cold infusion?), dark and roasted barley and subtle, earthy hops.

Taste is like a watery coffee, though the carbonation helps break it up a little. Some residual malt sweetness comes through and helps to support the coffee, but the coffee tastes a little thin. I was hoping for something richer.

At first I was going to say overcarbonated, but since the taste isn't that big or rich then without this much CO2 the beer would be flat, not smooth and creamy.

I know this is porter and not stout, but I would like some support for the coffee, not a lot of flavors that seem to simply float around the dominant coffee notes.

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Photo of Duffman929
3.51/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours as a deep black color with a small tan froth on top. Smells of coffee in a heavy nature.

Taste is bitter at first, then a coffee blast. Leaves a lingering combo taste of both that has a cheaper coffee flavor. The feel is not smooth, not alcohol like...doesn't really mesh well.

Overall, I wanted to like this, but wasn't a fan.

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Photo of Bung
3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. Standard blackish pour, a light tan head. Diminishes to a thin layer fairly quickly.

Aroma has the coffee, cocoa, peat, toasted malt. Not bad at all.

Taste is a bit dry. Some earthy roast and chocolates, then more coffee. The coffee takes over and dries it out quite a bit. Not an unpleasant coffee finish, but not outstanding either.

Lighter mid bodied, good for a session porter. Mouthfeel has maybe a tad much carbonation, combined with the slightly acrid coffee hold it back a bit. Still a fine session type porter, if you like a cheaper coffee.

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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 rhoadsrage
3.93/5  rDev +10.1%
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 emerge077
3.83/5  rDev +7.3%
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 scruffwhor
3.56/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep dark cola brown color with a light brown head of three fingers and a thick head that retains well. Very hard to see any bubbling.

The aroma is coffee, maybe some roasted mlats imbuing chocolate. The coffee aroma makes me think of coffee that has been sitting on the hot plate a little too long. Smells a little tart.

Light to medium palated body up front and thickens to a medium mouthfeel from middle to finish. The taste starts roasted and full of coffee grounds. The middle to finish gets a little creamy and tart.

Pretty good coffee porter, dry and tart from mostly the coffee it seems.

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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 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 canucklehead
4/5  rDev +12%
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 Haybeerman
3.48/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep, dark mahogany color. Poured a 1 finger tan head with good retention to a broken skim. Laced in spots.

S: Rich roasted coffee and burnt toast. Very earthy with some of the bitter coming through in the nose.

T: Big roasted coffee and burnt toast; very consistent with the nose. Bitter build throughout but the coffee and toasted malt linger through the finish.

M: Light body. Moderate carbonation. Smooth and rich though carbonation crisps the finish in which the coffee and malt linger (not all that good).

O: Had a lot of potential, but a few balancing misses. Still worth the try.

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Photo of BretSikkink
3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown, quite opaque even to the light. Head is firm and fairly tall. Aromatics of espresso, brown sugar, and a hint of dark fruit, although it's medicinally dry.

The flavor is fairly "wet" actually, full and somewhat viscous. Touch of coffee, not as much as advertised, with an espresso finish. Tea flavored hopping, with a backdrop of dark macerated fruit and molasses. Finishes drier, good carbonation. This could have been a sticky mess and it's quite drinkable. Not bad.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #49 (Feb 2011):

Coffee beer spared by the FDA, thankfully. This Porter throws down an opaque darkness, and a two-finger head rises above. Hints of dark roasted coffee, burnt sugar and faint burnt raisins entice the senses. Wet roasted palate, it's light on the roasted coffee flavor, though it does have a faint burnt side to it. Hops are modest, with a kiss of bitterness and herbal flavor. Suggestions of faint blackstrap molasses and figs in the mostly dry finish. While this one did not shake the ground beneath our feet, it did gain extra points for being very drinkable.

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Photo of trevorjn06
3.43/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a very dark brown, almost black. Two fingers of tan head slowly reced and leave heavy lacing on the glass.

Aroma is roasted malts and coffee, you get the impression that the coffee is complex, earthy and mildly spicy but at the same time it seems a bit "green" like it's TOO freshly roasted. There are hints of chocolate.

Taste is roasty, lots of coffee and darkly roasted malts. The coffee still has a bit of a green, vegetal taste to it. I roast my own coffee beans and the taste reminds me of beans that are not allowed to rest after roasting.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and medium carbonation.

Overall this porter is just OK, the off flavors from the coffee kinda screw it up for me.

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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 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 JamnesCameron
3.72/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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Photo of UMNbeerhunter
3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Russian River globe on 2/21/11.

Pours black with a 2+ finger mocha colored head that dissipates leaving thin light brown lacing all over the glass.

Smells of toasty chocolate malts with a slight tang on the back side.

Taste is all coffee and little chocolate. Even that tangy phenol taste is present.

Mouthfeel is surprise lie a cold cup of coffee. Resin leaves a little after taste on the roof of the mouth but leaves very quickly.

Drinkability is moderate. This drinks smooth and easy and has a low enough ABV to kick back a few but the taste just doesn't make me want to keep sipping.

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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 GreenCard
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: dark brown to black, opaque, little head formation

Aroma: dark roasted coffee (OK, espresso), burnt sugar, chocolate

Flavor: dryish malt profile with crisp bitterness from the roasted grains and the espresso; hint of chicory and dandelion root; finishes dry with a lingering coffee aftertaste

Mouthfeel: medium body, crisp but smooth, pert carbonation

Other comments: There's definitely a fair amount of coffee in this as evidenced by the almost overpowering roastiness of the beer and the fact that I had trouble falling asleep after I drank one in the early evening. If you're sensitive to caffeine like I am, maybe reserve this beer for a lunch or early afternoon pick-me-up!

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Photo of russpowell
3.67/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a chestnut-tinged mahogany with 2+ fingers of tan head. Above average head retention & lacing

S: Lots of coffee, some dark chocolate

Follows the nose, some charred grain & iron as well up front. Charred grain & coffee dominate as this warms, some herbal hops lingering in the background, along with some Baker's chocolate. Finishes dry with some dark chocolate, a touch chicory & woody hops

MF: Medium bodied, fairly firm to prickly carbonation. Body thins out as this warms

Drinks easy, but sort of loses steam in the finish

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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 Beaver13
3.64/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle. Pours dark brown/black with a smallish light tan head that quickly goes to a thin film that leaves some lacing.

The aroma is roasted dark chocolate malts and lots of coffee with a little vanilla.

The flavor is bitter roasted malts with a little chocolate and some coffee. The finish is a bit tarry and medicinal. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth, slightly sharp carbonation.

Overall, so close to a great coffee beer. If it tasted like it smelled, it would be fantastic. As it is, it's a bit to roasted and charred for me with some off-notes in the finish. I would have liked to see more chocolate and coffee.

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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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Café Negro Coffee Infused Porter from BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub
3.57 out of 5 based on 134 ratings.
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