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Joe Coffee Porter - Philadelphia Brewing Company

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114 Reviews
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Reviews: 114
Hads: 270
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 11.81%
Wants: 9
Gots: 29 | FT: 0
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Philadelphia Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: gdfan47 on 01-17-2009

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Photo of PhillyFoodie
4.27/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Really good coffee porter, more complex than most. Lightly roast chocolate malt isn't overpowered by the coffee, rather enhanced by it. Only gets better as it warms to room temperature. Will buy again to keep on hand for sure. (226 characters)

Photo of blackie
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

single from the Beer Shoppe, Ardmore

a: twelve oz bottle into a Hilliard’s can glass, the beer is black in color, initially showing a thin but full coating of mocha carbonation that falls to only a thin ring

s: a very nice aroma of cold-brewed dark roast coffee sits very well forward here, supported further by malty aromas of chocolate roast and nutty toasted sugars and toffee, the malts mostly hidden at first but showing themselves with warmth, mostly benign hops

m: carbonation on the low to moderate end, medium bodied

t: the palate blends smooth, cold-roasted dark coffee with some sweet malt notes of toffee and nuts, dark chocolate hitting midway with a grassy hop cleaning things up and providing a milder bitter end, again the coffee stars here from start to finish, lingers long

o: the coffee flavor is very well executed - fresh and vivid, and the base beer supports it well (896 characters)

Photo of thecheapies
3.47/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Porter brewed with coffee. Served it to myself in a pint glass. Freshest by 02/01/2013 (so, not entirely fresh).

Very dark cola brown with a light sepia head. Crowned at a humble half-inch and stuck as a dense third of an inch. Looks creamy.

Husky grain, dark roastiness, and only a hint of coffee in the nose. Some lax tinniness that I can't really explain. Smells somewhat similar to Yuengling Porter, not that that's a bad thing. Just was expecting a sweeter and more robust aroma.

Mild coffee gets mostly drowned out by dark roasty malts and a burnt nuttiness. Light hints of dark fruits. Backdrop of dry toffee. The whole flavor profile is rather dry. It's still hearty and almost savory with brothy elements surfacing here and there. Could definitely use some more brawn, and a sweetness might bring out the additives more. I can't help but think this letdown is a product of its age.

Drinks with upped carbonation. The body is on the thin side. It's not really satisfying me on this chilly and rainy March evening.

Merely ok. I need to get my mitts on a fresher bottle and do a re-review, proper. Until then, folks... (1,129 characters)

Photo of xnicknj
3.57/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into pint

Opaque blackness with little to no head/lacing. That's about it.

Plenty of roasted beans and iced coffee scents in the nose. Hints of caramel and baker's chocolate with toasted dark malts.

Slightly sweet coffee and cream up front. Chocolate and caramel backbone with roasted malts and a hint of coffee bitterness. Nicely balanced, finishes with a snap of freshly brewed iced coffee.

Lighter medium body, decent carbonation, smooth and crisp on the tongue, although slightly thin. Easily one of PBC's better beers, I'd drink this again on occasion. (583 characters)

Photo of ColdWaffles
4.54/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint. Side note: I've enjoyed this beer for a while now every time it comes around. It seems even better this year, I'm getting more coffee out of this.

Second side note: Best served slightly less than cold.

Appearance: Pitch black with a tanish head that sticks around for a little. Looks the part and keeps its head.

Smell: On point, smells like a pot of coffee.

Taste: This year I'm picking up more coffee than before. This almost tastes straight up like coffee in beer form. Besides that, obviously malts in the background, and ever such a slight amount of hops at the end. Coffee also comes out better if this isn't served ice cold, so if you're drinking it that way, you may "be doin' it wrong." It's great. I don't get why people don't like this. Maybe they're bias towards Yards beers or something. This is a great beer. Was before, seems even better this year.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, kind of goes down... like coffee. Carbonation isn't too bad.

I really do adore this beer. This is also from someone who dug that coffee Pepsi from way back when, so take that for what you will. (1,139 characters)

Photo of SeamusDoyle
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a lusterous black body with a thin off-white head. Aroma was of chocolate, a lot of coffee, lactose, caramel, sweet malt, and even some piney hops at the end. Flavor however was somewhat less complex. It tasted of coffee beans, some dark chocolate, slightly licorice, and piney hops at the end. However a nutty wood and coffee feel lingered on the tongue afterwards. It was kind of thin for such a dark beer and not very complex either. Rather like a cold carbonated coffee that was slightly hoppy. (505 characters)

Photo of JNM
2.84/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - poured from a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint glass. Thin head, little to no retention. Not surprisingly, the color of cold coffee. Slight amber/orange hue. No lacing.

S - whole coffee beans, a hint of dark chocolate.

T - a bit sweet, finishes with a coffee/chocolatey note. a little underwhelming frankly.

M - thin, very thin. tiny amount of carbonation.

O - a bit disappointed in this one. had higher expectations based on their Shackamaximum (sp?) offering and was hoping for a bigger beer w/ more apparent coffee notes. appreciate the effort though & am more than happy to support my local brewery.

cheers mate. (627 characters)

Photo of Jimmys
3.32/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into flying dog chalice. freshest by: 12/18/12.

A: dark murky brown hue. head is off white without being very prominent. retention is a rim and lacing is sparse.

S: bittersweet aroma. coffee and chocolate come to mind immediately. a little bit of licorice. i was hoping for more in your face coffee character here.

T: bitter cocoa flavor keeps things dry throughout. however there are undertones of residual unfermentables. dry coco powder.

M: average carb on a medium body.

D: not bad, just not blown away. like i said about the nose, and even on the body, this needs more coffee. a lot more coffee. (623 characters)

Photo of JWU
2.69/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12oz. bottle poured into a curved pint glass.

A- Looks like cola. With a tad of a fizzy dark khaki head that doesn't stick around.

S- Highlight of the beer, and that's not saying much. Smells like coffee, brown sugar, and maybe some roasted malt.

T- Some coffee, maybe some roasted malt and a touch of sugary sweetness. Acrid flavor on the back end kills any enjoyment.

M- Thin, overly carbonation, and has an offputting astringency on the backend that overrides any coffee bitterness.

O- I won't reach for this again. Boring and poorly done. (547 characters)

Photo of RonfromJersey
3.16/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Dark brown body, coca cola highlights, topped by a massive medium tan head. Good stretched lacing.

It's a coffee porter, so it's no surprise that the dominate aroma is coffee, deep roasted. Hints of earthy hops.

Taste is coffee, first coffee with milk and sugar, than a cup of black. After he swallow, a dash of sweetness.

Good medium mouthfeel, with a bit of chewiness.

Overall, it's an acceptable, at the very least, coffee porter. (438 characters)

Photo of jwhancher
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this out of a PBC variety pack. One of my favorite ones out of the case. Poured into a standard pint glass.

A: Pours a very dark brown, almost black. Has a nice dense head on it - almost like a Guinness poured from nitro. Off-white & very frothy looking.

S: Being a coffee drinker, I dig the aromas of mostly chocolate & coffee espresso. I also get hints of vanilla.

T: Sweet chocolate taste throughout that ends with a little roast. No hop flavor noticed. A bit of too much lingering coffee aftertaste.

M: Feels medium bodied with nice even bitterness. Feels somewhat creamy perhaps due to velvety head.

O: Overall, I like this of offering very much. It's easy for me as I like dark beers and coffee; however, it does seem somewhat two dimensional. Either way, PBC did a nice job with this one. (806 characters)

Photo of stansylvania
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: poured into my engraved "stan" mug, a dark, translucent porter. not a lot of head left, but that's what i get for letting it sit to warm up a little in the mug.

smell: complicated roasted smell. reminiscent of a starbucks coffee with cream and sugar, mixed with roasted barley. not a lot of hops, but a hint of cream.

taste: tastes like a star bucks cappuccino mixed with a nice balanced porter. mostly coffee flavor (since i live on coffee, this is a big plus), but has a hint of roasted barley in the after taste.

mouthfeel: nice, smooth. not harsh like a coffee is (or should be). makes me want to keep sipping.

overall: this is not a beer for the faint of heart. since coffee is included in the recipe there IS caffeine in this beer. i had one before at 9pm and didn't fall asleep until 2, much to my dismay. this is probably not a bad beer to start your night off with if you have it available. that is unless you're a college student (not unlike myself) who will be downgrading to much less enjoyable beer...
stansylvania approved. (1,054 characters)

Photo of mvanaskie13
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a fluted pint glass, color is deep dark brown to black, with a nice tan head 1/2 thick that lightly clings and hangs around.

Smell is more malt sweetness and hints of chocolate and roast than coffee.

Taste is very pleasant, excellent balanace of sweetness, roast, chocolate and great coffee flavor.

Mouthfeel is very well balanced for coffee beer, not too astringent or too sweet to hide the coffee roasted ness. Nice carbonation to keep the flavors hopping.

Overall, excellent coffee beer that still tastes great as its own porter. (548 characters)

Photo of HopHeadRyan
4.17/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Black with brown edges...1 inch thick head...quickly disappears...the edges are creamy white the whole way through...no real lacing...lots of carbonation...

S - Dark roasted malts, sweet creamy dark roast coffee, a bit of dark chocolate-cocoa, and just a hint of smoke...

T - All of the above with some sweet malt character...only a kiss of bitterness if any...most of the bitterness probably comes from the dark and roasted malts...possibly a hint of lactose and/or vanilla character...a bit of burnt coffee flavor (in the best possible way)...imagine a burnt chocolate chip cookie...overall a delicious flavor!

M - carbonation fades a bit from the pour...creamy...medium-heavy body...

O - A very tasty porter...I really like it! A great Philly seasonal for sure! If you see it try it! You will enjoy!

Cheers! (819 characters)

Photo of JunkYardJake
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle to pint glass.
Looks the part of a porter. Dark in color, small tan head with good retention. Smell is of roasted barley, dark chocolate and of course, coffee. The coffee flavor really stands out in the palate too. The roast reaches a near charred level but the brew is still balanced and drinkable. Mouthfeel is fluid with decent carbonation. This is an easy drinking coffee brew with alot of flavor. (414 characters)

Photo of VoiceOfTheSoul
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with a tan head. Smells lightly of dark chocolate and pumpernickle, some hints of coffee, very light fruity smell hidden, sort of apples. Tastes of light coffee, cocoa, somewhat of a cola taste, nutty, pretzelly, slightly salty and bitter in the finish, even an odd hint of apples and pickles. Smooth, little carbonation so it flows so nice. Overall a really great brew, smooth and well made, great coffee beer. I could drink a bunch of these. (455 characters)

Photo of avalon07
4.17/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a black color and thick consistency. There was a small amount of foamy head that quickly dissipated. Not much lacing.

S: A big aroma of coffee, malt, and a little chocolate. Very enticing.

T: Tasted mostly of coffee, with hints of chocolate, malt, and hops as well. I thought the coffee would dominate the flavor, but it turned out to be a well-balanced flavor.

M: A highly carbonated beer with a silky smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: A wholly enjoyable, easy to drink beer. (524 characters)

Photo of MrOH
2.45/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Deep reddish brown, dark tan head, not so much retention.

Coffee, some earthy hops, a bit of esters, and a little bit of dark caramel.

Stale coffee, green pepper vegetal flavor, slightly acrid.

Feels very lean. Lower carbonation is definitely a plus for it, though.

Not so great. (283 characters)

Photo of amphion1065
3.84/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16 oz. pour into a pint glass. Reviewed from notes.

Pitch black, with a small light tan head - this is a dead ringer for Guinness. Not particularly noteworthy lacing on this one.

Really nice chocolate notes in the aroma. Though I can pick up some coffee, this is really more reminiscent of a milk stout. Cocoa and vanilla combine in a sweet mixture that's quite pleasant.

Again, coffee plays only a minor role in the taste. In its place is lush, creamy chocolate. This is a pretty sweet bitter that could probably use some coffee bitterness for balance, but as it stands it's quite tasty.

Smooth mouthfeel, with a nice medium level of carbonation. Based on the richness of its body, it drinks far bigger than its listed ABV.

Though not a "coffee porter" in my mind, this is still pretty good. I was happy to see PBC beers on tap throughout Philly, and I hope to try more of their offerings soon. (901 characters)

Photo of n2185
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: pours a dark brown with three fingers of tan head that vanishes completely with no lacing.

S: lots of sweer chocolate and cocoa on the nose. Creamy coffee aromas bring up the finish. Quite nice.

T: roasted malts at first followed by sweet, creamy chocolate. Roasted coffee flavors follow with some smoke and slight bitterness.

M: medium-thick body with lowish carbonation, I'd like this.beer either to be creamier or with more carbonation. It's a bit watery as is.

O: a good porter, and fairly low gravity as well. I'd like some more coffee in the flavor, though. (570 characters)

Photo of Marty30
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at D's in Monroeville. Served into a pint glass.

A. Kind of dark in the bar,looks pretty black with a small half inch tan head. Spotty lacing.

S. This is served really cold, All I'm getting is a strong coffee notes followed by milk chocolate and some roasted malts.

T. First I get strong ground coffee, and a nice milk chocolate backbone. Like I said before it was served really cold. Seems like a simple but a damn tasty brew.

M. Mouth has A nice thick medium feel,with a semi sweet finish.

Overall I really liked this beer,caught me by suprise for sure. I think I will get a case! Only 5% which is a nice drinker. (628 characters)

Photo of micromaniac129
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep brown in color, similar to that of coffee.
A hard pour only produced a thin, small head.
The head was tan in color and faded away rather quickly leaving behind little to no lacing.

The aroma was, of course, that of black coffee and sutle roasted malts.

Taste is of black coffee and roasted malts. Leans more to the coffee then malts.

Mouthfeel was thin with some bitter dryness towards the end. The body was smooth.

A good beer with good flavor. Body seems a bit thin for a porter. (490 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
4.07/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

dark brown, nearly black in color with a nice little puff on tan colored head on top. Nice lacing as it drops down the sides leaving a broken crown along the top. Aroma is solid coffee, with light notes of lactose and touches of something sweet balancing in there as well. Rich coffee notes with light touches of sugar are the way to go here. Smooth, easy sipper as each taste seems to bring more of the coffee flavor up to the forefront. Lighter feel then I would have expected but with the more the adequete carbonation (521 characters)

Photo of beertunes
3.15/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into 10oz glass. Poured a barely translucent black with an inch of deep tan head that had moderate retention and light lacing.

The aroma was mostly the typical roasted scent you expect, with the coffee adding a moderate balance to the beer. On the tongue however, the coffee took over and masked, rather than compliment, the flavors of the beer.

The body was fairly typical, although perhaps a touch on the light side. Drinkability was decent for a coffee beer (I hate coffee). Overall, a solid, nicely made beer. Your results will depend on how much you like coffee. Worth trying if you see it. (604 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Johnny Brenda's, Philly, PA

A tasty, dry, thick (but not too heavy) porter with nice, rich coffee tones, as the name would imply. Even if you don't like coffee (e.g. me), give this a try.

Pours a dark black-brown with a pinky finger of tan head. Strong coffee in the aroma, and roasty, dark malts. Big coffee taste, with dark chocolate and roasted malts also making an appearance. Bitter/dry coffee finish. Heavy-medium mouthfeel, pretty smooth, and very drinkable. (488 characters)

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Joe Coffee Porter from Philadelphia Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 114 ratings.