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Joe Coffee Porter - Philadelphia Brewing Company

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Joe Coffee PorterJoe Coffee Porter

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very good

114 Reviews
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Reviews: 114
Hads: 271
Avg: 3.77
pDev: 24.14%
Wants: 9
Gots: 33 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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 jwhancher
4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

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Photo of stansylvania
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

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Photo of HopHeadRyan
4.17/5  rDev +10.6%
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!


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Photo of JunkYardJake
3.92/5  rDev +4%
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.

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Photo of VoiceOfTheSoul
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of avalon07
4.17/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

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Photo of MrOH
2.45/5  rDev -35%
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.

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Photo of amphion1065
3.84/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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Photo of n2185
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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Photo of Marty30
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.07/5  rDev +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

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Photo of beertunes
3.15/5  rDev -16.4%
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.

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Photo of Rifugium
4/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

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Photo of JerseyKirk
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pitch black with a white head. Ok lacing. Expected more from a less abv porter.

S: Dark chocolate and coffee. Roastiness is there.

T: Coffee and roastiness.

M: Thick, palate coater.

O: It's ok. I've had a lot better coffee stouts/porters. I would have liked a better coffee flavor with a tad bit of sweetness coming through.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

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Photo of bgildea
4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark opaque brown color with a fairly thick tan head that leaves some nice lacing.

S: As advertised, smells strongly of coffee with slight hints of chocolate in the background.

T: Nice strong taste of coffee comes across at the beginning. The flavor then moves into some sweet notes with a hint of semisweet chocolate in the background. The flavor ends with a nice lingering flavor of coffee.

M: Pretty thin beer, but has a little bit of chew towards the end.

Overall: Overall the beer was pretty good. If you are a coffee drinker, you'll like this beer. If you hate coffee, I'd advise you to probably stay away because the coffee flavor is very strong. Overall though, I found the coffee flavor to be very satisfying.

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Photo of sholland119
3.82/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a cedary brown with some ruby, little to no head.

S-Roasted coffee and sweet malt, in a nice balance.

T-Nice roasted coffee and good sweet caramel malt. A bit of bitterness in the finish, perhaps even a bit of lactose that I have never noticed before. Or maybe not... Nice regardless.

M-Light to medium bodied, light carbonation.

O-A nice beer. Pleasant to drink, sessionable.


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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

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

Reviewed blind via the blind bif round 4...thanks to sholland119.

This beer pours a near opaque, deep brown with ruby highlights. A half inch of dirty tan head falls quickly to a ring, and island that leaves a few spots of lacing.

The aroma is mellow, with faint hints of vanilla, coffee with cream, and dry cured meats. Reminds me of a weak iced latte.

Like the nose the flavor is subdued. Faint hints of coffee, coco, and vanilla.

Light to medium body, with very little carbonation. Its almost like drinking water.

When I first poured this beer, and saw the deep color I was expecting a heavy sipper. Quite the contrary though. This beer is light and easy to quaff.

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Photo of thain709
3.62/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - The beer poured a darker shade of brown with nice ruby highlights both at the top and bottom of the beer...the head was a tan color, foamy, small, and short lived...just a few spots of lacing

S - At first the coffee porter smells like a cup of iced coffee with a lot of cream...as it warms more of the roasted malts and coffee aromas come out

T - As with the aromas, the taste profile changes as the beer warms...at first the coffee profile is pretty subdued and the cream or vanilla stands out...so it's sweet to start off...but as the beer warms again the roasted flavors come out...coffee becomes more evident but still never comes out full force...the roasted malts add a nice depth and finish the beer

M - Medium bodied...it comes across thin at times and other times it's nice and creamy

D - The idea of a coffee porter is great but I don't think this one works too well for me...the coffee was never overpowering but at times it was underwhelming...I like coffee so I would have liked more coffee flavor

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Photo of CHADMC3
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep black body with rich ruby hues beneath a dark tan head, creamy and densely packed with carbonation that leaves behind a sticky layer of lacing.

The rich roasted malt wafts from the glass as well as the roasted coffee and chocolate malt.

The flavor is subdued at first, but then a very nice roasted malt & coffee flavor hits the palate followed by the sweet milk chocolate. There also seems to be just of hint of earthy hops lying beneath the big roasted malt.

The mouthfeel is creamy and smooth with medium carbonation and just a soft bite with the roasted finish.

This is a pretty tasty beer. It is just what the bottle states it to be, with a nice coffee/malt balance, and is very easy to drink.

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Photo of donniecuffs
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

At the Porter House in New Hope, PA. Poured a nice mahogany brown, with a finger of tan head, good retention, and great lacing. Smelled of cappuccino coffee, with a hint of bittersweet chocolate. The flavor was intensely cappuccino flavored, with a dry coffee bean/bittersweet finish. Smooth, and on the medium to thick side. This is a great sipping beer; tasted very similar to Berkshire Brewing Co's CoffeeHouse Porter, if you are familiar with that beer. Definitely the best of the three PBC beers I tried that day.

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Photo of Khazadum
2.41/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

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.

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.

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!

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