Joe Coffee Porter - Philadelphia Brewing Company
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4.05/5 rDev +9.2%
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
08-01-2011 21:26:39 | More by mikesgroove
3.95/5 rDev +6.5%
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.
03-12-2011 22:59:37 | More by WVbeergeek
3.5/5 rDev -5.7%
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.
04-22-2011 19:01:12 | More by Kegatron
3.88/5 rDev +4.6%
I purchased this at Capones but found out later I could have had it for 1/3 of the price from John Murray with the Pa case split club - such is life. Poured chilled from the twelve oz into 2 half pints shared with tenderbranson69.
A - A cola brown color w/ garnet hues and small pale tan cap comprised of very tiny bubbles. sporadic lace clings and retention is ok, but head revives when swirled
S - A sweet vegetal nose w/ mild sulfur smell (reminded me of deviled eggs actually) w/ sweet pepper smell and not of dark brown sugar with modest coffee nose
M- Moderate carbonation w/ medium body and moderately high roastiness w/ subtle spice from beans and hops. The feel is smooth but finishes relatively dry & clean
T - The taste is creamy w/ slick bean flavor which is sweet and has a light fruity and vegetal tinge w/ moderate bean notes. The taste is both sweet and spicy w/ a hint of citrus from the hops and has gentle nuttiness as it finishes
D - A dry porter w/ good drinkability, a real easy quaffer.
11-29-2009 20:31:25 | More by Slatetank
4/5 rDev +7.8%
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.
05-27-2011 17:52:13 | More by Rifugium
3.53/5 rDev -4.9%
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.
11-26-2009 22:20:18 | More by jwc215
4.05/5 rDev +9.2%
Apearance: clear dark brown in color with a short 1/4" tan colored head that falls quickly to a surface foam.
Smell: roasted malts and big coffee aroma is very pleasant on the nose.
Taste: roasted malts and big coffee flavors are most dominant while some softer chocolate and moderate bitterness round it out.
Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lightly crisp to start, smooth at the finish with a long lasting aftertaste.
Drinkability: this is a solid coffee based beer that hits the spot when you are in the mood for one.
12-09-2009 12:56:44 | More by Gavage
3.63/5 rDev -2.2%
Pours a dark chestnut/hazelnut brown color out if the bottle but appears almost black in the glass and completely opaque with dark ruby/mahogany edges and a frothy one finger light beige head that slowly fades into a lasting ring.
Slightly roasted coffee bean aroma with a lot of silky chocolate maltiness balancing things out. Bittersweet dark and milk chocolate, lactic creaminess, subtle hops, caramel, slight burnt toast and nut.
The flavor is similar to the aroma in that it is we balanced and not overly roasty, letting the silky chocolate malts to shine through. Unfortunately, the body is too thin and watered down with a bit too much carbonation and roasted character up front. Lots of burnt old coffee flavor. Decent balance by the above mentioned bittersweet dark and silky milk chocolate. Hints of toffee, caramel, burnt toast and slight hops. Nice balance but too thin with a weird astringent stale coffee flavor.
01-15-2010 05:03:01 | More by corby112
District of Columbia
3.8/5 rDev +2.4%
12 oz Fall 09 bottle poured into a nonic.
Dark brown color with a quickly dissipating, bubbly tan head with little lacing. Aroma is milky and roast coffee grounds, mild chocolate, overall smells fresh and real, nice for a coffee beer, if not a little one dimensional. Slightly watery and thin mouthfeel, especially in the finish, though sharp, fine carbonation adds to the body. Strong malt body, slightly sweet, milk chocolate-y with a strong coffee ground finish, mildly bitter. Not an over the top coffee beer and the mouthfeel is kind of substandard, but a nice easy drinking option.
10-23-2009 18:57:01 | More by yourefragile
4.38/5 rDev +18.1%
I really should visit Bill and Nancy Barton more often! I used to be a fixture at the old Weisbrod & Hess bulding until I started hitting the road during my summers. Today, my beer scribe colleague, Rich Wagner, is giving a lecture and since I was looking for a reason to visit, this is me.
It was presented to me with a big two fingers' worth of light-tan head with decent retention. Nose left no doubt that this was coffee-infused. I have been drinking a lot of coffee beers lately and in my mind, that is not a bad thing. As a US Navy retiree, I slurped down my fair share of coffee over the years. The term "Joe" actually comes from a Navy Chaplain who would take coffee to watchstanders on cold nights. This Joe had a deep-brown color when held up to the natural light with some light penetration, but it was still pretty murky. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full, approaching creaminess off of a standard CO2 tap. The taste was bitter coffee, the way I brew and drink it. Hot and back, like some of my women. If you want to drink a hot milkshake, don't look to me for cream and sugar. I was really enjoying the way it really reminded me of my morning cuppa, especially on the finish. I need to figure out some way of spiking my coffee at school ...
11-21-2009 17:32:35 | More by woodychandler
3.98/5 rDev +7.3%
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.
10-08-2010 17:52:03 | More by tempest
3.23/5 rDev -12.9%
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.
10-15-2010 23:14:51 | More by stakem
3.53/5 rDev -4.9%
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).
05-08-2010 21:28:52 | More by akorsak
4.13/5 rDev +11.3%
On tap at Capone's in a small serving. excited to try this from PBC.
A- Joe was a dark black beer with a nice full frothy tan head that looked quite dense. It actually stayed a bit leaving some streaks of lace.
S- Joe smelled like coffee. This coffee had a nice fresh roasty musk to it. Some bready malts as well show up. Some hops in the horizon also. A bit of cocco in hindsite.
T- Joe tasted like coffee. Behind that i'm getting a nice malt base giving off some caramel. Not getting any chocolate but i'm getting more coffee. This one was nicely supplied with coffee beans as indicated in taste.
M- Joe was a bit above medium bodied and I can see why they classified this as a porter as the feel matches the style. Some carbonation was felt on the tounge.
D- At 5%, let me get another. I love coffee beers so this one was a no brainer for me. I'm very impressed at this offering from PBC and maybe down the line they can make some varieties off of this base beer, although it's great now.
03-09-2009 02:42:51 | More by BARFLYB
3.5/5 rDev -5.7%
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.
11-02-2010 22:38:01 | More by ppoitras
3.35/5 rDev -9.7%
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.
11-22-2010 23:55:35 | More by beerthulhu
3.15/5 rDev -15.1%
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.
06-07-2011 20:50:27 | More by beertunes
3.93/5 rDev +5.9%
I had this on tap at Monk's in Philadelphia. The beer was presented in a pint glass, dark brown-black with a 2-finger tan foam. The smell of coffee and malt, strong coffee bean flavor but slightly weak body befitting a porter I guess. OK in a pinch but not the most outstanding coffee beer.
03-04-2009 13:50:34 | More by TurdFurgison
3.59/5 rDev -3.2%
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.
01-24-2013 14:00:50 | More by xnicknj
4.15/5 rDev +11.9%
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.
11-20-2011 13:10:55 | More by avalon07
3.75/5 rDev +1.1%
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.
05-02-2010 07:37:44 | More by DrDemento456
Joe Coffee Porter from Philadelphia Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 236 ratings.