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Joe Coffee Porter - Philadelphia Brewing Company

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Ratings: 260
Reviews: 115
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 15.95%
Wants: 8
Gots: 23 | 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 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 dmamiano
4.2/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

deep brown pour with a big tan head and lacing.
roasty nose is dominant, coffee as expected coming through strong. Hints of nuts even...a little toasty bread as well noticed.
Taste was in a word, wow. Strong coffee influence highlighted by the roasted grains and malts. Bitter as coffee would be. Bitterness from the coffee or the hops?
I think coffee.

Photo of joepais
3.76/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Dim the first beer I tried that has my name on it.

Bottle poured into a big beer snifter produced a finger worth of coco head that trailed off to a thin lace. The body was a deep black in color.

There was a good coffee aroma in the brew. I did however pick up a note of vinegar toward the end. The flavor was a great espresso filled brew big roasted bitters filling out this brew in the end. It had a medium to full feel in my mouth with light carbonation.

I don't think this brew could be sessioned it was just to rich in the coffee flavor. I did like it though and would like to try another to check out the nose.

Photo of dude
3.87/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Dark brown pour with some light shining through. Aroma is of coffee, burnt toast and molasses. Hops aren't prevalent in the flavor as its all coffee and roasted malt character. Good balance of bitter vs sweet with bitter winning out. Its a good porter and reminds me of Stegmaier's version. Mouthfeel is thinner than I want it to be (as is the abv) and I think a bit more malt is called for here. Drinkability is good but not great. I will say that the caffeine-alcohol combo is very pleasant and much more subdued than red bull and vodka.

Photo of DIM
4.57/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

a: This was a dark brown color, almost black. It poured with a medium sized, fizzy head.

s: Gentle coffee aromas and a little bit of malty chocolate.

t: Nothing big or overpowering, but also nothing off. The coffee that takes center stage is spot-on. Roasty, mildly bitter and not at all sour or acidic. There is also some chocolate hiding in the backround as well as a little vanilla.

m: Gentle carbonation and a long lasting coffee aftertaste.

d: I tend to lump all coffee beers together, which isn't fair. This isn't meant to be a Breakfast Stout. In a beer world full mocha lattes and the like, this stands out as just a really good cup of Joe. This beer is exactly what it was intended to be, a sessionable coffee beer. I need to look for a case.

Photo of BigMike
4.32/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with no light coming through and a one finger head thats thin and disappears quickly.

This has the greatest coffee smell of any beer i've ever had. it literally smells like i just ground up some fresh coffee beans and put them in this pint glass. Its a beautiful thing. A slight touch of chocolate but over all its all coffee.

Great coffee flavor. Theres not much else but coffee going on here and i'm ok with that.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin. Somewhat watery but smooth and light moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is pretty good if you're a coffee lover like myself. This one could use just a bit more substance. I thought it was a little thin. Smell is right on and flavor is pretty good but it could use a bit more body. I have it say it's a lot better then the java head stout i had last week.

Photo of mgbickel
4.3/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass. Formed a single finger dark sandy head. Moderate lacing after a slow dissipation. Blackish brown body that traps almost all light.

Black coffee, malts and canned peas are the dominant aromas. Undertones of chocolate later.

The taste is coffee, coffee and more coffee. Some roasted malts and chocolate underneath. Finishes with a bitter black coffee kick.

Medium-thin mouth feel; decently creamy and carbonated...close to what you would want in a porter.

Truth in advertising here! If you are a coffee fan, this brew's for you! Very drinkable, but may keep you up at night!!

Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.52/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This one poured a dark cola brown with a little purple sneaking in around the edges. The head is an irregular film and thick collar of light tan. A little stuck around the sides of my glass.

Smells of sweet, sweet, cold brewed coffee. I think this smell could make anything better. I'm loving it! Beneath is a dry toasty grain that just reminds me of a more astringent coffee. Mmmm, cold brewed coffee... I'm having trouble being objective here.

Tastes of thin coffee backed by a touch of toasty grains. In the midst of things a light, woody tree bark shows up, bringing with it a touch of leafy greens. Wow, where the porter ends and the coffee picks up is beyond me.

Feels a bit viscous, but the way it traps in the bubbles is worth it. This is really a lively beer to drink. Finishes with a not unpleasant film in my mouth.

One of the best uses of coffee I've ever had. On top of that, it's local and inexpensive. I'll be looking for a case the next time this is out.

Photo of Gavage
4.07/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Slatetank
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
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
4.07/5  rDev +10%
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
4.37/5  rDev +18.1%
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
4.07/5  rDev +10%
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
4.38/5  rDev +18.4%
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
4.35/5  rDev +17.6%
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
3.91/5  rDev +5.7%
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
3.84/5  rDev +3.8%
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
3.52/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

Photo of Clydesdale
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
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
3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
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
2.79/5  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.

Joe Coffee Porter from Philadelphia Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 260 ratings.