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Joe Coffee Porter - Philadelphia Brewing Company

Joe Coffee PorterJoe Coffee Porter

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227 Ratings
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Ratings: 227
Reviews: 113
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 15.59%


Brewed by:
Philadelphia Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: gdfan47 on 01-17-2009)
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Khazadum

Illinois

2.35/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Vision
Hmmm, it isn't exactly creamy for a cap, but it isn't bubbly. We have this almost creamy, off-white cap sitting on top. It reminds me of fine sandpaper, you can see the tiny individual particles rather than being a clean sheet of paper.

The retention time is fantastic, It always has a minimum one millimeter of cap at all times. My favorite type of lacing, solid curtains all the way down. Carbonation is definitely hidden in the dark body. It is similarly colored to soy sauce, near impenetrable to light except when viewed at the right angle with diminished volumes.

Bouquet
Exciting for me... coffee! It is a common coffee smell that I've noticed more and more beers to contain. It reminds me of day after Folgers brand coffee that went cold because you didn't drink it that morning. Minor hop presence gives it some bitter similarities to what coffee is offering. One problem exists... A sharp nature surrounds the coffee. It reminds me of organic solvents such as acetone or ethanol. More closely related to acetone mixtures than anything else.

Flavor Profile
Something went wrong in this beer. I had the gal take a sip to see if it is just me. The opening is exactly like the nose. Freeze dried coffee that you served over ice. Some sweet nature that reminds me of table sugar more than anything else.

A moment after the coffee there is an explosion of chemical natures. It is acetone, metallic, iron, copper, and hints of ethanol burn. I literally gag. I can only minimize its presence by taking minutes between drinks. I can't drink this too fast for fear of my tongue jumping out of my skull. The finish is bitter coffee notes with make-up remover splashed into it.

Oral Sensations
Thin, very very thin. This is the definition of watery. When people want to know what water tastes like, they offer this up as an example. The flavors rip and slash unwillingly, but never linger for more than a few seconds which is a blessing. It truly has no characteristics that benefit it. This feels like a lager gone soft with coffee. Least its carbonated well.

Conclusions
Perhaps this is a coffee stout or porter that has been mistreated. It has a unbelievably thin body, watery to disappointment, flavors that can't overcome the oxidation, and a vision that offered promise.

The alcohol isn't a problem, can't be more than five percent. I'd definitely not want to try this particular bottle again. I'd like to try this fresh, though. I feel it isn't a good bottle to judge this on, even though I drank about eight ounces of it... what am I judging exactly? Well that is Philadelphia Brewing Joe Coffee Porter!

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2010 06:03:41 | More by Khazadum
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MrOH

Maryland

2.38/5  rDev -36%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2011 16:58:13 | More by MrOH
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biglite351

Pennsylvania

2.53/5  rDev -32%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A - slight red brown around the edges. Large dropping head.

S - semi strong, unpleasant sent. Bityer.

T - sort of tastes like cheap coffers. Oddly not bitter considering the smell.

M - coats nicely, mild tingle on the rear sides of the tongue.

D - I would have to pass as you get a shot of that scent each time that you take a drink.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2010 00:04:22 | More by biglite351
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JWU

Pennsylvania

2.65/5  rDev -28.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2012 01:30:44 | More by JWU
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drcarver

Pennsylvania

2.75/5  rDev -26.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2009 22:38:12 | More by drcarver
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MikeRa

Pennsylvania

2.78/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: This porter beer has a dark color

S: You can smell caramel and coffee from this porter

T and M: You can taste the coffee in this, which overpowers the caramel. This beer is creamy.

D: The only reason why I probally won't drink this again is I am not a coffee drinker. I couldn't even finish drinking it because of the strong coffee taste.

Serving type: on-tap

01-28-2010 03:20:04 | More by MikeRa
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JNM


2.8/5  rDev -24.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2012 23:18:02 | More by JNM
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OWSLEY069

Pennsylvania

2.83/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a deep amber to black in color, with a tan head. In the aroma, small sweet malt and a hint of coffee. In the taste, roasty and sweet, almost creamy, like a milk stout, a hint of coffee and a small hop. A small hop bite and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry coffee roast in the aftertaste. More hops and roasty malt than coffee, ok, but eh! at the same time.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2010 19:00:29 | More by OWSLEY069
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jmdrpi

Pennsylvania

3.13/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

poured into pint glass
A - dark brown-black color, 1/4" inch tan head, but it quickly disapates to no head as drank
S - nothing but roasted coffee
T - coffee up front, coffee middle, coffee finish
M - medium body, medium to high carbnonation
D - the label says "well balanced", but I would not agree. I normally like coffee flavor in porters and stouts, but the flavor is too much in this brew. couldn't have more than one in a sitting

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2010 03:38:13 | More by jmdrpi
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beertunes

Washington

3.15/5  rDev -15.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2011 20:50:27 | More by beertunes
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RonfromJersey

New Jersey

3.15/5  rDev -15.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2012 05:07:39 | More by RonfromJersey
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tone77

Pennsylvania

3.18/5  rDev -14.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2010 16:10:11 | More by tone77
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stakem

Pennsylvania

3.23/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Let me begin this review by giving a full warning/disclosure. I strongly question this beers consistency. I purchased an entire case of joe coffee porter to share with friends and it has been one of the most inconsistent experiences I have ever had from one bottle to the next. Some bottles are a bit tangy with a citrus character that is almost borderline lactic. Yet other bottles seem more like a milk stout with quite a bit of residual sweetness with an addition of coffee. Quite strange how all of this is happening from a case that has been exposed to the same environmental changes. My review is based on a random bottle I choose from the middle of the case.

12oz bottle into a pint glass. Joe coffee appears a dark brown color with a finger of tan head that slowly receeds leaving legs of lace about the glass. The edges of this brew show fairly decent lighter brown colored clarity.

The aroma of this brew is mostly dominated by the scent of coffee with a slight musty touch and some roasty grain playing in the background. The hops come across with a bit of a citrus twang. There is a sugary sweetness about this brew that is borderline vinous and quite out of place for the style. As it warms there is a light touch of licorice noted.

The taste of this brew is dark roasty malt, lightly bitter with a fresh incorporation of coffee flavoring. There is a citrus hop character here that comes off as being a bit tangy. It has a dry roasted character that lingers in the mouth. As it warms, there is a bit of a vinous quality about it that tastes like fruity alcohol.

This is a medium bodied brew with a moderate level of carbonation. At times this brew comes across as being a bit chalky with the grain residing in the mouth. For 5% abv it is hidden quite well.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2010 23:14:51 | More by stakem
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rpstevens

New Hampshire

3.3/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from a recent trade with jyoungsbcp, thanks for the extra. Poured into a standard pint glass. The beer has a black center, with mahogany/deep brown edges. There is a thin off-white head that quickly fades to a tight ring, leaving some foamy lacing.

The smell is dark chocolate, some caramel and a nice roasted coffee. As the beer warms the coffee scent comes out a bit more.

The flavor matches the smell, with the coffee taking center stage a bit more. The coffee flavors are a bit over-roasted, almost acrid. The dark chocolate helps to smooth it out, but it needs more sweetness.

The beer is well carbonated, the alcohol is not present as it should be, and the beer has a nice medium body. The flavors are decent for a coffee porter, something I would buy occasionally if it were around, but nothing I will go out of my way for in the future.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2010 20:32:35 | More by rpstevens
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errantnight

California

3.33/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2010 05:58:59 | More by errantnight
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fishacura

Pennsylvania

3.33/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

OK but I have had better. Thought the carbonation was way too high, particularly for a porter. Head didn't hold well. Taste was not bad but I thought the blend was not there (seemed like two distinct flavors...coffee & beer versus a well blended flavor of the two)

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2010 19:50:15 | More by fishacura
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Jimmys

Pennsylvania

3.33/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2012 01:18:21 | More by Jimmys
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.35/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2010 23:55:35 | More by beerthulhu
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curlykate

Pennsylvania

3.43/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I received this beer as a sample at work from a rep from PBC, he also gave me samples of four of PBC's other standards, but pointed out that the porter in particular is much better on tap. I will have to take his word for now because i have not seen this brew on tap locally.
The porter poured dark, the color of black coffee, into a pint glass at room temperature, with very little head. The aroma was pleasant, but lacked any scent of coffee.
The flavor is balanced, very little coffee. It's almost like a porter with training wheels, i mean that in the nicest way possible, it's a great first porter, because the flavor is so subtle that i could see almost anyone liking this brew, but not necessarily loving it.
The mouthfeel was a little watery, but not overly so. It also wasn't heavy, which was pleasant. This is a dark beer that could easily be a session beer.
Overall I liked the Joe Coffee Porter, but i did not love it, and for only two years separated from yard's i expect good things to come from PBC

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2010 23:11:01 | More by curlykate
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thecheapies

Pennsylvania

3.48/5  rDev -6.5%
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...

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2013 02:51:19 | More by thecheapies
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rfgetz

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep dark brown, minimal khaki colored head with poor retention and lacing. Smell is of dark roasted coffee beans. Taste takes the scent up a notch with deep dark roasted and almost burnt coffee beans. A hint of chocolate taste gives is a chocolate covered esspresso bean taste. Very thin and watery profile, takes away from the enjoyment of the beer. Nice beer, but the burnt taste and thin, watery feel keeps it from acheiving more.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2009 13:37:53 | More by rfgetz
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle obtained via Growling at the Moon from dashirey. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/4" tan head over the barely translucent dark brown brew. Head fizzles (loudly) down to a skim, with average lacing. Aroma is coffee, but somewhat thinly.

Taste starts chocolate sweet, goes coffee in the middle, and fades into some lightly acrid bitterness to close. Bit of a sour note in there too. Mouthfeel is a bit slickery, and drinkability is okay as well. Not bad, but nothing real stand-out for me.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2010 22:38:01 | More by ppoitras
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2011 19:01:12 | More by Kegatron
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jwc215

Wisconsin

3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with a tan head that leaves broken rings of trailing lace.

The smell is of roasted coffee with toffee/caramel and dark malts. Coffee doesn't dominate porter character, but is certainly there.

The taste is of heavily roasted coffee - goes towards burnt, especially as it progresses. Sweet maltiness gives some balanc to deep roastiness. Slightly astringent.

The feel is a bit swishy, but hangs in there, and certainly hits minimal body for a porter.

A solid American coffee porter, despite a burnt/bitter character to it.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2009 22:20:18 | More by jwc215
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
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).

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2010 21:28:52 | More by akorsak
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Joe Coffee Porter from Philadelphia Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 227 ratings.