Review: Cafe Negro, BridgePort Brewing Co.

Cafe Negro 
BridgePort Brewing Co. — Portland, OR

  • Style: Coffee Infused Porter
  • Bitterness: 30 IBU
  • O.G.: 13.4
  • ABV: 5.5%
  • Malts:  Roasted Barley & Chocolate Malt
  • Hops:  Not provided
  • Sampled: 12 oz. bottle  (Full disclosure: sample provided by BridgePort)

Description:  "Cafe Negro is a rich malty porter accented with the bold flavor of freshly roasted coffee.  Two of the Northwest's most cherished nectars conveniently bottled under one cap."  — BridgePort Brewing Co.

Random thoughts:   Cafe Negro was released by BridgePort in late December along with Kingpin (double red ale).  Here's how the coffee flavor was added.  "BridgePort worked with a number of Portland area coffee roasters to formulate its own blend specific to CAFÉ NEGRO that was then infused with the base beer during cold conditioning. The cold conditioning process helps retain subtle coffee aromas otherwise lost during boil and fermentation."  I'm currently brewing my own coffee infused homebrew

The tasting:  Very dark brown—near black in color with a tan head.  Big coffee aroma along with roasted malts.  Flavor of roasted malts, coffee (though not as big as aroma), and chocolate.  As it warmed up, I tasted a subtle smokey flavor  Not a lot of hops in aroma or flavor.  Light to medium bodied with light carbonation.  I was expecting it to be a bit thicker.  In the finish, I tasted coffee along with a touch of something sour.

Rating:  3 star.  Good.  I'd drink this if someone gave it to me.   If you like coffee in your beer, definitely give this a try.  I tasted Kona's Pipeline Porter a few months ago, and preferred it to Cafe Negro due to its incredible creamy mouth feel.
Have you tried Cafe Negro?  What did you think of it?

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  1. I like your rating system. I agree with you on Kingpin, it's good but I probably won't be seeking it out. Cafe Negro I think I will buy from time to time, well done coffee porter at a nice price.

  2. Thanks Bill! Glad you like it. I tried to make a system that was useful to me. I'm a huge BridgePort fan and I love their beers, but I was not entirely thrilled by either of these new releases.

  3. I actually prefer the Cafe Negro to the Pipeline. It has a nice smooth coffee flavor that wasn't present in the Kona.


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