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Joe Coffee Porter - Philadelphia Brewing Company

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Ratings: 251
Reviews: 113
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 16.22%
Wants: 7
Gots: 20 | FT: 0
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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Photo of Slatetank
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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

12oz bottle poured into a tulip

Pours a deep chestnut brown with a huge, dark tan head that rose beautifully in the tulip. Didn't stick around for long however, and settled to form a bubbly collar.

A deep roasted aroma of coffee beans and cocoa powder. A bold and assertive nose with just a touch of lactic sweetness lying low.

Roasted coffee beans lay the full court press without being too aggressive. Bittersweet chocolate comes up for air in the finish. A nice, simple porter with huge coffee flavor. A winner.

Creamy and smooth, medium bodied. Not quite silky, but good nonetheless.

This is easily sessionable due to the coffee flavor not being too acrid. It's there, don't get me wrong, but it toes that line well enough to keep me coming back for more.

Photo of jwc215
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

Photo of furiousxgeorge
5/5  rDev +35.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is the best coffee beer I have yet tasted. The coffee taste is fresh and authentic, like a nice cup of black. Too often beers in this style have the taste of a pot of joe that has been on the heat too long, but this one is just right.

Can't beat the price for a beer of this caliber too, $24 for the case.

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 woodychandler
4.38/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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 ...

Photo of scottbrew4u
4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased mixed case that had been filled on Nov. 3 2009.

A: From the bottle it poured black but not quite pitch since some light was coming through showing good clarity. A thick foamy two finger, tan head began to settle nicely to a layer of foam on the surface.

S: Smell of coffee beans, and black patent malt with some whiffs of licorice and vanilla. Hops are muted behind the stronger malt aromas.

T: Flavors of black coffee, husky, burnt and caramel malt, some dark chocolate, and chicory flavors come out too. Not too much coffee to take over but generous enough for coffee lovers to rejoice!

M: Medium body with smooth carbonation as a porter should be. Finish is a bit dry but ok.

D: Very solid offering from PBC. I was hungry and a little tired the afternoon I tried this and it did wonders. It was just the pick up I needed since the coffee is in generous quantity but very balanced in this porter. Go try it if you like coffee and beer!!

Photo of Deuane
4.08/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Deep black/brown beer with a medium light tan head that fades to a thin veil and leaves spotty lace

S-Straight up iced coffee with a bit of roasted malt and a hint of chcolate.

T-Fresh brewed iced coffee, a touch of dry cocoa, roasted malt, a touch of sweetness and earthy hops in the finish.

M-Medium bodied with good lingering flavours and a lightly bitter finish.

D-Nothing in this beer screams out or dominates but with it's pleasant coffee flavour and low ABV this is a hard brew not to enjoy for the coffee aficionado. Good thing I consider myself one!

Photo of krisandajt
4.4/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A big thanks to JMurray999 for throwing together the big Philly split that included this bad boy.

Appearance: Pours a very deep dark brown color with a nice half inch of foamy, off-white colored head. Retention isn't bad, and there is some nice thick lacing clinging to the sides of the glass.

Smell: A nice, sweet roasted malt with some mild coffee elements throughout. Very nicely balanced with no one characteristic really standing out.

Taste: A very tasty blend of coffee, hints of chocolate, and roasted malt. I'm actually surprised at the flavor this one has, it's very robust for a porter. This brew is comparable more to a bigger stout. Delicious.

Mouthfeel: Thick, creamy, and full-bodied. Beyond what I expected for a porter.

Drinkability: Top notch, definitely an unexpected treat. Great flavor with an outstanding presence in the glass and on the palate. It's a shame I don't have any more...I'll have to pick some up on my next beer run.

Photo of Risser09
4.38/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a pilsner - fridge - 2009

Appearance: Pours dark brown with faint orange/brown highlights. A tan head rises 2.5" tall and shows good retention. Some blobs of lace remain behind.

Smell: Dark malts are roasted and there is a coffee gound aroma. Graham cracker, faint licorice, with some sweetness.

Taste: Burnt, roasted malt flavors mix with freshly ground coffee. Some licorice and a slight bitterness. Nicely sweet without being cloying.

Mouthfeel: Roasty, toasted flavors and some sugar content. Bitterness could actually be from the coffee. Smooth, medium body with a clean finish.

Drinkability: This is an exceptional porter that doesn't rely on coffee to be a good beer. It drinks really well and would be easy to session. Try it!

Photo of TheFightfan1
3.93/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A left over from the Bolton Mansion beerfest. Does not pour opague black as it does have some ruby highight's.Very thick light brown heading that leaves some creamy lacing throughout the tasting.

Smell is all coffee,roasted malts peak it's head through for some air then is put right back into it's place from the overwhelming coffee bean aroma. Really nothing else.

Taste is more roasted malt then I expected followed by guess what? Coffee beans. Leaves a grittiness of coffee bean. This is a coffee lover's dream.

Mouth is smooth and creamy. Full bodied with excellent carbonation does have a linger of coffee.

Drink is good. I am not a coffee lover but I can try just for this. This is a coffee lover's wet dream.

Photo of yourefragile
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

Photo of rfgetz
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

Photo of Clydesdale
3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a deep, dark brown color. The tan head is medium-sized with a creamy, frothy texture. Retention is solid, with above average lacing.

S: Roasted malt and fresh coffee beans. Not overwhelming, but authentic and lively. A slight lactic creaminess, which I enjoy. Perhaps a bit of chocolate.

T: A one-two punch of roasted dark malt and freshly-brewed coffee. It's not a bourbon-barrel vanilla bean aged coffee flavor, but it's got an appealing straightforwardness. Faintly chocolaty and leafy.

M: Medium-full body. Could stand a bit more chewiness, but it has a pleasant lactic creaminess for the most part.

D: A straightforward coffee porter. Highly drinkable, and for the style, quite sessionable. It doesn't do anything especially fancy, but it gets the job done and is a satisfying porter. Check it out if you can find it.

Photo of tpd975
3.93/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a nice rich dark brownish black hue with a very small tan head. No real retention but it still manages some spotty lace.

S: Nice coffee aromas, more wet grounds than fresh roast. Light creamy lactic quality with nice notes of sweet malt.

T: Coffee forward for sure, without being punch you in the mouth and knock your teeth out coffee forward. More gas station blend than fine fresh roast, but hey I like gas station coffee. Nice dark malt backs this one with a touch of sweetness. Simple porter with the addition of coffee. No real chocolate noted.

M: On the lighter side of medium, smooth, easy drinking. Nice carbonation to carry the flavor.

D: Really good. It is a tasty little coffee porter. It has a nice bitterness without being too acrid which many coffee beers as of late tend to be. It is coffee forward which is just the way I like them. I say it is a winner and one that I could actually sit down and session with.

Nice suprise in a package of coffee goodness. Big thanks to beerisheaven!

Photo of drcarver
2.75/5  rDev -25.7%
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 ffejherb
4.18/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Philadelphia Brewing Company's 1st Anniversary Party on 3/7/09 during Philly Beer Week. Served at the brewery in a plastic cup.

A - Poured a dark coffee brown body with minimal carbonation and a thin ring of head that fully receded and left a bit of lace.

S - Freshly ground coffee beans with an apparent roasted malt character. Pure and simple, straight-up coffee nose.

T - Again, Joe tastes like iced or chilled coffee. It's all about roasted malt goodness. Slight toasted nutty astringency and a hint of chocolate appear in the backend.

M - Medium body with a slick, kind of oily texture with just enough carbonation to enhance the bitterness on the tastebuds.

D - Very good coffee beer overall. PBC pretty much hit the nail on the head with this one, capturing the essence of fresh ground coffee.

Photo of BARFLYB
4.13/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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

On tap at Capone's.

Poured a deeper brown color with red edges and an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of chocolate, roast, coffee, and some earthiness. Tastes of chocolate, coffee with cream, chocolate, and some caramel. Lacing left on the glass.

Photo of TurdFurgison
3.93/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Seanibus
3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I haven't been overly impressed with the PBC lineup so far, but this one is pretty good.

Pours black with a fluffy off color head. Aroma is malty and coffelike, reminiscent of sweet espresso. The flavor is strong and assertively bitter and coffeeish. The mouthfeel is the highlight, creamy and milky. The whole thing is a little sweet for my tastes, but it is flavorful and enjoyable.

Photo of HopDerek
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed on tap at Capones

Poured a very dark brown almost black color with thin tan head, OK retention and some nice lacing. Smells of coffee, roasted malts, cocoa powder, and a hint of caramel. Tastes of roasted malt, a touch of caramel and chocolate, and a solid coffee finish. Medium in body with good carbonation, smooth and creamy. A very coffee oriented beer, but it could use a little more variety to mix the components better; seemed like 1/8th cup of porter 7/8 cup of coffee. Still good stuff and easy to drink, especially for the coffee lover.

Photo of WilliamPhilaPa
3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a few sample glasses on tap at the brewery prior to doing a tour.
Pours black and clear; decent lace; whiffs of coffee and chocolate. More coffee in the taste (it is "Brewed with 50 pounds of locally roasted fair trade Peruvian coffee") and slight hint of chocolate...maybe; chewy and smooth mouth-feel.
Not very complex (mainly the flavor of coffee) but I like coffee and I like beer...sort of a match made in heaven.
Simple and done right!
I wish I could get a case to bring home.
Recommendation for PBC...
Please bottle your "Select" brews & add 4 bottles to the variety case...that would be kick-ass!
I'll send A email.
Also wondering if you will have a Fest beer in Sept. and Oct. :)
When is the last time a Philly Brewer brewed a Fest beer...Franklin Fest?

I enjoyed the glass of "Joe"

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 marcpal
3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewery, went through a good 16oz worth and took mental notes and wanted to spend time to review here because I did catch it as unique.

A: Black with brown rimmed thin film. The lacing was patchy and super sticky.

S: This smells like a cup of coffee, more so than any beer that I can remember. There is some chocolate undertone too that give you the hint of porter even though it looked more like a stout.

T: Yup, more sweet coffee. The smoked flavors of a porter would have balanced it out some but again, this is a strong brewed cup o joe.

M: Silky and puffy like a marshmallow I had been chewing on or placed in a cup of coffee to let soften.

D: I love coffee but in my beer, this is just a bit too much. Surely a unique take on a porter though, glad I got the opportunity.

Not really my style, a little much on the coffee but distinctive mind you. I would have liked to have gotten a chance at the wheatwine one off.

Joe Coffee Porter from Philadelphia Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 251 ratings.