GKillian (525) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAR 2, 2011
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours black with thick creamy tan head and foamy lacing. Pleasant notes of roasted coffee and chocolate. There’s a bit of an off-taste. It’s not really bitter, but the sweetness of the malt is lost in the coffee, leaving a sort of blandness. It is smooth and creamy on the palate.
Aquilo (556) - Berkeley, California, USA - MAR 1, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Black with red highlights and a reluctant head. Aroma is very earthy, to put it nicely, with a strong hint of used coffee grounds. Flavor is bitter with coffee, but still has too much residual sweetness. Sticky finish. See, this is a common problem with coffee porters. They taste strongly of cheap drip coffee. I implore any brewer who wants to use coffee to please learn more about coffee. Learn about the different methods of brewing, different beans, roasts, etc. Brewing coffee can be almost as complex as brewing beer, and if you want the resulting beer to have any subtlety, you need to use good coffee. This example tastes like something you would get in a cafeteria that has been sitting on the burner for too long.
Sleeper (91) - Washington, USA - FEB 27, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I’m a Bridgeport fan and was eager to try the Cafe Negro. The nose is full of coffee and the taste has a slight coffee bitterness. I found the texture to be a little light for what I was hoping to be a robust porter. Nonetheless, I enjoy this beer and look forward to finishing the rest of my 6 pack.
topherh (1912) - Kearney, Missouri, USA - FEB 24, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours black with a tan head. Aroma is, surprise, coffee. Flavor is big coffee and pretty much all coffee with a good bit of bitterness.
fidel (1302) - Livermore, California, USA - FEB 21, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured dark brown, roasted malts, coffee, dark chocolate, little earthy hops.
kidmartinek (3742) - austin, Texas, USA - FEB 19, 2011
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black beer that has a tan head which will stay around for the drink. Coffee aroma. Strong coffee taste with a splash of bittering hops. The beer is much more flavorful as it warms, as is usually the case with most good beers. The finish is toffee and coffee, mild and lingering. If you like coffee, which i don’t, you’ll love this bee.r
RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 18, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Rich and robust dark brown pour with a very substantial tan head. Aromatic roasted coffee bean nose. Flavors are rich and roasty...coffee, brown sugar, roasted malt goodness. Pretty light body...I would like this to have been creamier. A decent, if uncomplicated brew.
Hophazard (193) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 17, 2011
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Coffee grounds on the nose, expresso like. Deep brown with beige head. Tastes as if the wort was passed through coffe grounds. Astringency is present with surprisingly litle coffee flavor. Fairly light body. Reminds me of coffee brewed the day before and reheated.
Totochtin (73) - Washington, USA - FEB 16, 2011
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Pours almost pitch black with a latte colored sudsy head. Aromas of toffee, plum, coffee, earth. Tastes primarily of coffee, with a touch of bitter chocolate, and mild fruitiness; kind of watery tasting. Medium body, watery texture, average carbonation. The smell is nice but it pretty much just tastes like crappy coffee to me.
NachlamSie (2809) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 16, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
6 pack from PJ’s Market. It is almost impossible to screw up a coffee porter/stout. That is one of my mottoes. It seems that Brideport has decided to test my theory. This is one of the least remarkable coffee beers I’ve had, but it still manages to be drinkable simply because it does taste like coffee and a porter. The coffee character, while prominent in the aroma and flavor, is very thin and is akin to ripping open an instant coffee packet and putting it in a beer. The porter flavors are a little corny tasting, sort of like Yeungling porter. The finish is quick like vending machine coffee. I suppose my point remains validated though, as I can say this may be the most disappointing coffee porter or stout I’ve had, yet I could still easily drink it due to the fact that the general flavors are so pleasing. Let me reiterate this is no Bells Java Stout or Pisgah Valdez.