Joe Coffee Porter - Philadelphia Brewing Company

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Ratings: 269
Reviews: 116
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 15.95%
Wants: 8
Gots: 26 | 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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Reviews by blackie:
Photo of blackie
4/5  rDev +8.1%
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

More User Reviews:
Photo of Soonami
4.15/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Philadelphia Brewing Company does make many beers that I particularly like, but Joe Coffee Porter is definitely the exception. This is a beer that really enjoy drinking and although it isn't the best example of an American Porter, it is an easy drinking full-flavored beer with a nice jolt of coffee. The roast and caramel flavors from the malt are well developed in the beer and complement the coffee well. If you like coffee porter/stouts, this is a beer to try.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pure coffee smelling porter, creamy dark roasted coffee acents going on, not bad at all. Bitter coffee nose and roasts all the way through with creamy chocolate layers and earthy coffee notes going strong with each sip. What a nice flavor profile going on here, I can get down with this medium bodied texture and extremely drinkable version of a coffee beer.

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Philadelphia Brewing- Joe

A- Deep dark brownish black with a small tan lacing head.
S- Light dry cocoa powder and mild roasted coffee beans.
T- Light creamy milk chocolate cocoa powder mixed into creamy light blend coffee.
M- Very smooth and very creamy. Flavors are never intense.

Overall- a good, solid porter. Easy session beer here.

Photo of prototypic
3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Many thanks to Beerisheaven for the bottle.
Joe Coffee Porter pours a dark mahogany brown color. It's close to opaque, but a few scarlet highlights are noted at the outermost edges. It's capped with a mocha tan head that stands about a finger and a half tall. It recedes to a surface covering fairly quickly, but holds firm there for a bit. I'm sure this Sam Adams glass is sustaining it at this point. Lacing was very light.

Roasted coffee is front and center on the nose. It's fairly strong throughout. Given my love for all things java, that's a-ok by me. There are some roasted and chocolate notes from the malts. The chocolate factor is bittersweet, rather than sweet. That's about all I'm getting here. It's rather straight forward, but smells pretty good.

The flavor doesn't differ from what the nose suggested. It is rather coffee heavy. Personally, I think that's a good thing. The coffee flavor is really tasty and acts a nice springboard for the roasted and chocolate malt flavors. They work well in tandem. Coffee is the strongest, but it's a perfect mix for the Porter elements. The strong coffee presence will likely turn off the coffee averse crowd. It really drives what this beer is all about. But, I like it. The flavor, like the nose, is simple and uncomplicated. But it has a nice flavor overall. I like it a little more with each sip.

Joe Coffee Porter has a light body. It feels a little anemic. Carbonation is light, but there's not enough body to have a great feel. Above average is as good as it gets. Drinkability is good. I'm digging the coffee flavor and it's going down easy. I can't say I'd stay enamored with it all night, but I'd be good for a couple of bottles.

This is my first go with Philadelphia Brewing Company beer. I'm pretty impressed. Joe Coffee Porter is good beer. There's nothing extreme about it, but it has a good flavor that works well all-around. I do think it'd benefit from a bit more body. But, otherwise, it's good stuff. I suspect any coffee fan would appreciate it. Thanks, Brian.

Photo of tempest
3.97/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice, a good sessionable coffee porter. There's a big, deep roasted flavor, like espresso. There are hints of dark toast, cocoa, and bitter black grains around the coffee. The beer has a bit of body to it, but I wouldn't mind having several bottles. The aroma reminds me more of fresh ground beans. While there isn't a ton of beer grain character, they did a great job of presenting the coffee. Check this out.

Photo of hooliganlife
4.04/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

thanks jyoungsbcp!

pours jet black with a light cream head that disappears quickly leaving light retention and little lacing.

big coffee on the roast. dark roasted espresso combining with sweet roasted malts and a hint of charcoal

coffee is lighter in the taste however balanced well against the dark malts. both compliment each other quite well. a bit of bitterness that has both a hoppy and chocolate flavor. light sweetness throughout

fairly full body with micro carbonation. i would like to see a bit more here. not thin by any means

great coffee flavors, low ABV, plenty of flavors make this a GREAT and easy drinker. im glad i have another.

Photo of Kegatron
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a deep brown (with some ruby coming through certain parts of the body) with a finger of rich light mocha head. This retains with a thin foaminess and a smooth cascade that settles into some rich spotty swathes of lacing. The aroma is smooth with roasted coffee character, which is flavorful but not overly biting in the nostrils. Notes of cocoa, caramel, and green citrus rounds out the back of the nose.

The taste carries over, with plenty of burnt coffee and additional bitter flavors of roast and green citric bitterness. Some tangier notes of chocolate and caramel balances the bulk of this out but the coffee stands out in the finish, with a dry and acrid feel that lingers on the tongue. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a softer and creamier feel to the carbonation on the edges but eventually lays a steady prickle down on the tongue. There’s a little bit of warmth that lingers on the backend of the feel, which is surprising to me for a 5% beer. Its’ nothing too distracting though.

This was an OK take on a Coffee Porter and while it didn’t quite live up my expectations (or better yet but others have said about it), it still offered up a decent enough quaff. I wouldn’t shy away from trying this on draft though, as I have a feeling that this has the potential to pop much more than what it did here.

Photo of DavidSeanNJ
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. single bottle purchased. Poured into a pint glass.

A- Midnight black with slight hints of brown. Coffee foam colored head yielded some pretty sweet lacing. Someone might mistake this brew for a Coca-Cola!

S- Roasted coffee beans and sweet creamy milk- ice cream like. Very fresh and potent.

T- Espresso, roasted malts, sugars, choclate/caramel ice cream. Sweet baked cookies- but overall a damn bitter beer. This is how i like my porters!

M- Thick, but not heavy and overdone. Consistency of the body was very appropriate. Went down easily and carbonation was just right.

D- This one will fill you up, so watch out. Enjoyable and full flavored. Good stuff- would sample again.

Photo of drcarver
2.79/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

A - near black body that looks very thick. A light brown head sits on top and, true to style, fades quick leaving nice lacing and a little film on top.

S - Coffee... definitely a coffee. Definitely a dark roast coffee. The downside is that there is a burnt smokiness to it that turns me off.

T - Same as the smell. Dark roast coffee, a bit of sweet, but the smokiness reminds me of Rogue's Chipotle Ale. Not a bad flavor just not what I was in the mood for or expecting.

M - Full bodied with a clean finish.

D - it would probably be better after one or two, but I couldn't get there.

Normally I'm down with Philadelphia Brewing's beer but I'll pass this one up.

Photo of tone77
3.2/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a 1 inch head. Smell is dominated by coffee. Taste is also mostly of coffee, a bit of malts. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has average drinkability. Overall this makes for a decent beer.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.33/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark chocolate on the pour appears basic black in the glass. The head is mocha colored, about a finger in height, with a spongey like structure that is rather quick to dissipate. Lacing is a thin ring with some trials, nothing to get excited about.

S: Wasn't to impressed here, Joe coffee is a weak watered down version of folgers in a can affair. No fresh roastiness perhaps with flashes of dark fruit but the overall strength is light and leaves much to be desired, hardly raising an eyebrow with little expectations. A good coffee as well a coffee stout should deliver that fresh sense of roastiness that perks you up even before the first sip in anticipation, this did not do that.

T: Some roastedness comes about to the rescue. Flavor upgrades to Dunkin Donought status. Freshly roasted beans stays behind briefly on the tongue. Dark fruit of prunes, some alcohol and bitterness ensures on the swallow. Moderate coffee presence but starbucks it is not.

M: Decent feel, near medium consistency with a fairly viscose feel when wrestled with the tongue. Nil carbonation, but otherwise rather lackluster, again raising little awareness.

D: Joe Coffee is for the average joe coffee/porter drinker. It wont wow you over but will give you the quick fix if you in so need of it and like coffee porters middle of the road with a decent sense for repeat.

Photo of akorsak
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to krisandajt for this 12 oz bottle.

A: The porter is a dark cola color, more brown than black when viewed up close. From afar, black rules the day. A two finger off-white head (just barely off-white) is lacing nicely.

S: The nose is full of coffee, bitter and sweet. Under the java, a dose of chocolate adds to the sweetness.

T: Interesting first sip that seems to not want to take a stance. A bit of coffee, a dash of porter but not much cohesion. Roasted malts are plentiful, dosed with chocolate. Coffee hangs around in the background, emerging gradually as the ale warms. Part and parcel with the coffee is an acrid bitterness that grows on me. The porter stands out near the end of each sip.

M: The mouthfeel picks up as time passes but it generally doesn't get me too excited.

D: Not my favorite coffee porter by any stretch (especially when I had a Devil Over A Barrel earlier today).

Photo of Diomede
4.17/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Josh for the extra, my first foray into Philadelphia Brewing Co.

Pours a nice dark brown from the bottle with a thin head that disperses quickly.

Rich coffee aroma, almost reminds me of an iced coffee. Very pleasing to the nose.

Nice dry, coffee flavor treats the palette, started off a bit cold, but the flavor grew as the beer reached room temp. A tiny inkling of bitterness in the beer, but nothing overwhelming.

Nice creamy feel on the tongue, nothing to complain about here.

Overall, a good, sessionable coffee stout. Nice and rich, with strong coffee aromatics. I'd definitely enjoy another given the chance.

Photo of philbe311
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Two fingers of compact perfectly level dark tan head comprised of varying sized bubbles... Head fades slightly but begins to show excellent retention at one fingers worth... This too ultimately gives way to a full creamy lacing... Muted flat black color... Fully opaque... No visible carbonation though some could be seen climbing the sides of the glass during the pour... Some lacing clings to the glass as the session proceeds... Very inviting...

S - No real surprise but coffee is first and foremost, not so much brewed coffee, but rather fresh beans... Artificial sweetner... Hint of chocolate... Roasted malts... Perhaps a very faint hint of vanilla...

T - Strong and realistic coffee flavor... I've had actually cups of coffee that haven't tasted this good... Loads of roasted malt... Simple and straight forward but very effective...

M - On the thin side of medium bodied... An ever so slight carbonated bite on the tongue... Extremely chalky with a dry slightly burnt finish... It's not bad, but it's real shame because a fuller creamier body could propel this to a top tier Porter...

D - An excellent coffee beer and a terrific porter... Loads and loads of flavor for a 5.00% beer... The only real detractor is the mouthfeel which could stand to be richer and creamy... If that were the case, this could be a top tier offering... Even with that minor flaw, this is a wonderful offering from a local brewery that I'll gladly welcome the chance enjoy again (and again)... This is a lot of beer for the $$$...

Photo of n2185
3.93/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

Photo of Philabeerphia
4.37/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. One of the absolute worst labels I've seen on a beer. PBC labels usually appeal to me... I don't know what they were thinking here and I'm tempted to dock points... but I won't. The beer is damn nearly a pitch perfect 'black'... viscous looking, heavy and totally opaque. A mocha colored head sits tight at 1/4 finger. Some low-viscous lacing dissipates back into the glass. We're in stout territory with this visage. Works for me.

Aroma is damn near sublime. Vanilla bean ice cream and [light roast] coffee float, smothered in hot fudge. Exactly that, no more. But it doesn't need anything else. My wife and I can't stop passing this back and forth taking deep whiffs followed by exclamations of pure satisfaction. By the smell of this I'd guess it sits above 7%. One of the most impressive Porters I've smelled.

I need to take a minute and nitpick the mouthfeel - it is light, quick and well carbonated. I enjoy the carbonation keeping things crisp, but otherwise this could use some work. More body would add some needed heft... presence. Still this beer is impressive on the mouth. Joe tells a good story - if he's not deeply complex. Plenty of roasted malt up front... opens into balanced mix of coffee, cocoa, vanilla and milk. At its peak it seems to alternate between slightly bitter coffee notes and loong, sweet vanilla milk. condensed milk almost. Sweet tobacco shows up towards the finish - now I'm getting a hint of the 'complex' profile I seek out in a top notch porter. Hops enter into the equation as the beer leaves the mouth - needed and welcomed at this point. Warm and earthy, coating just slightly in the throat. This is not an example of a coffee porter that is all COFFEE. That element plays an ensemble role and that is greatly appreciated. A few tweaks - namely a thicker mouthfeel, some darker and dryer notes - and this beer is one for the record books. As it stands now, it is an impressive example

Photo of mikesgroove
4.07/5  rDev +10%
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

Photo of JNM
2.84/5  rDev -23.2%
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.

Photo of NittanyBeerFan
4.05/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to victory4me for hooking me up with a bottle on my way out of his house on Sunday. Poured it into my tulip glass...

Dark brown in color, the pour doesn't produce much head, but it does give a hand-pump-like cascading bubbling on a much smaller scale. No lacing at all.

The aroma is great for a coffee porter. I was struck immediately by the very natural coffee aromas that coupled in with a good roasty character. There is also an undertone of bittersweet dark chocolate. The taste follows suit closely, accentuating the roastiness of the coffee. The coffee also gives some signature coffee bitterness that goes nicely with the dark chocolate.

The mouthfeel is a bit thin, but that is really my only gripe with this beer. The carbonation is a touch low, but the texture seems to lend itself to lower levels of carbonation. Insanely drinkable due to the taste and texture, not to mention the low ABV. This could be a go-to this winter.

Photo of errantnight
3.33/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A beautiful deep brown to black with a thick creamy head, excellent lacing and retention.

Aroma is a subdued but still relatively fresh smelling coffee backed by light roast malt.

On the palate it's just a tad plain, it's medium to thin in body, and there's little malt complexity, a tad of cracker sweetness in the back half and a dull coffee note, but mostly this just tastes faintly acrid (nothing assaultive).

It was super easy to consume, and nothing unpleasant, but the good was mild, subdued, and easy to pass on. Would drink again, but wouldn't seek out or purchase.

Photo of Axic10
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark black with absolutely no head.

Smell: Cold coffee, roasted malt, chocolate

Taste: Bold roast coffee grinds, dark chocolate

Mouthfeel: Very smooth and robust porter.

Drinkability: One of my favorite beers from this local brewery. Very sessionable and tasty.

Photo of tturaiders
3.97/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks for this extra, gibby. Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Dark brown with a slight reddish tint around the edges. About a finger worth of head with some decent lacing. The head seemed to dissipate pretty quickly.

Smell: Roasted coffee, chocolate, and some molasses. It's got a strong coffee smell but has a hint of sweetness to it.

Taste: Heavy coffee flavor. It tastes a bit more bitter than the smell would suggest but it balances well. I am a big coffee drinker so I like the coffee flavor but it does round out with some chocolate malt.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Low carbonation that seems fitting and a smooth feel to it. It's medium bodied and quite drinkable. The lower abv makes it a pretty good beer to drink all night...that is, if you are a coffee lover.

Photo of VoiceOfTheSoul
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Photo of DrDemento456
3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pitch black with a decent coco head. Looks impressive.
S - Not as bitter coffee smell as expected hope the flavor delivers.
T - Not too bad! Granted it's not the best (or worst) but it defiantly tastes like cheap coffee and the flavor lasts and lasts...
M - This is where it falls apart as the porter part kicks in an leaves me with a bitter unsatisfying finish. Sad I wanted to love this.
D - Well it was a good trial for a coffee beer but I will stick with my Cappuccino Stout.

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Joe Coffee Porter from Philadelphia Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 269 ratings.