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Java Sutra Coffee Porter - Three Heads Brewing

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Java Sutra Coffee PorterJava Sutra Coffee Porter

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BA SCORE
84
good

131 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 131
Reviews: 62
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 12.1%
Wants: 11
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Three Heads Brewing visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
The perfect marriage between hops, malted barley and espresso. Java Sutra exudes a aroma coffee drinkers will love, while the caramel and roasted malts present a flavor everyone can enjoy. This amazing beer is brewed with Tap & Mallet House Roast coffee beans provided by Boulder Coffee. Position yourself for the taste explosion.
6.5% Alc/vol. 55 IBUs.

(Beer added by: John on 12-05-2010)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Reviews by beerismysavior:
Photo of beerismysavior
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I reviewed this beer while practicing for the BJCP Judging Exam. I likened/graded based on category 21A: Spice/Herb/Vegetable Beer with a consideration for base style(s) 12A & 12B: Brown Porter and Robust Porter, respectively.

Aroma: Rich chocolate profile up front, background character of sweet red fruit (i.e. cherry, berry, etc.) Mild coffee presence adds a layer of complexity upon the second smell. Coffee presence does not overpower classic signs of porter, sweet presence lasts throughout.

Appearance: Mostly opaque, clarity is indeterminate due to black/deep brown opaqueness, slight ruby tinge when held up to the light. Lightly colored tan head w/ medium retention.

Flavor: Slight cherry characteristic matches aromatics, background caramel presence throughout. Coffee is highly subdued and becomes nearly imperceptible among other malt and yeast derived characteristics i.e. chocolate, toffee, fruity esters, etc.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation w/ moderately low and light mouthfeel. Residual sweetness remains on the lips, presenting moderate viscosity. Highly restrained bitterness. Neither coffee nor hops provide enough bitterness to match building sweetness.

Overall: Labeling/initial perception of coffee leads me to believe this would resemble more of a hoppy "Americanized" robust porter than a classic "English" brown porter. Still well within the guidelines for the style, would have enjoyed a twinge more coffee presence and a handful bitterness on the backend. Overall, a mighty fine beer, just wish the labeling/marketing matched the flavor profile a little better.

beerismysavior, Nov 27, 2012
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a deep chocolate brown with a thinner light tan colored head that held well leaving a broken ring lace behind as it settled.Dark roast coffee and molasses-like sweetness overtop of a whiff of leafy hop in the nose,a nice mix.A tad watery in the feel,if a little fuller this beer would be fantastic.French roast coffee with a little bitter chocolate on the palate,again molasses notes give off a little sweetness,its quite dry and leafy in an ubrupt finish.A pretty good coffee infused porter,again add a little to the body and its top notch.

oberon, Oct 03, 2011
Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #50 (March 2011):

Porter appearance, as we suspected, with more brown than black, but the tan head does not shy away. Freshly used coffee grounds, cocoa powder and a fruity, nutty yeast in the back while we sniff away. Smooth, slick and creamy ... a Porter with some body. Highly roasted grain meets spent coffee grounds. The palate almost says astringent, but the freshness is much too forward to really let any kind of bitterness takeover. Modest hopping, hints of burnt raisin and mild nutty yeast hit close to the dry finish. Bold comes to mind, as the coffee comes off forceful to start, but in the end, this Porter lands solid for the most part.

BeerAdvocate, Jun 09, 2011
Photo of generallee
4.18/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 1pt. 6oz bottle into a pint glass. The label lists the abv (6.5%) and the IBUs (55). There is no freshness date however.

Appearance: It pours dark brown and looks nearly black in the glass with some reddish brown highlight. This is topped by and small but long lasting tan foam head. As I drink it slowly settles to a thin film covering and on the way down the glass it makes some nice spotty lace with a few rings of lacing at the top.

Smell: There is a good deep roasted bready maltiness in the nose which is complemented with big coffee and chocolate notes.

Taste/Palate: The body is right on for a big Porter. It brings deep roasted maltiness with loads of coffee notes, as well as dark and milk chocolate notes to the tongue. Hop flavor also adds some decent bitterness. On the plate it feels smooth and little creamy but on heavy at all. It is still well carbonated and very drinkable.

Notes: This is a very well made Porter with good balance all around.

generallee, Apr 16, 2011
Photo of Twifiter
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Twifiter, Oct 15, 2012
Photo of jburchett
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

jburchett, Nov 27, 2013
Photo of mjtiernan
4/5  rDev +7.5%

mjtiernan, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of Funky-Brewster
2.75/5  rDev -26.1%

Funky-Brewster, Jun 22, 2014
Photo of dogfishandi
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber pulled from the fridge poured into a standard pint glass. no freshness date.

pours out a very dark brown color with some rubiness evident in the light. one finger of very creamy light mocha colored head that shows some very nice retention. lots of lace all around.

in the aroma there is a moderate amount of expresso/ deep roasted coffee beans at the forefront. behind that i detect a bit of roasted malt and maybe a hint of bakers chocolate/ dark chocolate. the coffee definatly comes out more as it warms.

a nice deep roasted coffee bean/ expresso flavor mingles nicely with a bit of roasted malt. some light chocolate is there with maybe a hint of dark fruits. coffee is the highlight here and it tastes authentic. some lingering bitterness.

medium bodied and very creamy on the palate. carbonation feels as it should. just a touch watery at times.

drinks very easily, i could definatly go for another bomber no problem. perfect ABV as well.

overall: this is the first beer ive had from 3HB and im pretty impressed, i look forward to the rest of their offerings. i would definatly recommend this, the coffee in this beer is top notch. it is exactly what it claims to be, a coffee porter, nothing more, nothing less.

dogfishandi, Feb 16, 2011
Photo of Sammy
3.55/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A cup of coffee pure and simple.Big coffee taste. If you like coffee, you get the beer. Above average mouthfeel.Very brown with some lace and small head. Somewhat drinkable.Coffee grounds , mild roast aroma.Slightly bitter, tad acidic in the finish. Coffee fans will rate this a lot higher.

Sammy, May 09, 2011
Photo of tdm168
3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - dark brown with reddish edges; big, soft brownish head that has good retention

S - big coffee, sweet bittersweet chocolate

T - coffee, chocolate, roasted malts, mild bitter finish

M - medium bodied but thin at times, well carbonated

This is a nice beer but its rather simple. The flavor is dominated by coffee with hints of chocolate and roasted malts. The coffee that was used is a bit more sweet than it is bitter which in my opinion subdues its flavor a bit. Overall, this is a good (if one dimensional) beer that has good drinkability and enjoyable. It's worth a try.

tdm168, Apr 02, 2013
Photo of zillo043068
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

zillo043068, Jul 13, 2013
Photo of SpdKilz
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Given to me as an extra in a trade. I’m sorry but I forgot who sent this to me but thanks and cheers!

Appearance – Pours into a tulip with a dark chocolate color though when held up to the light a reddish hue can be seen. About a finger of light brown head is achieved that dissipates at a moderate pace leaving less lacing than expected.

Smell – Per the name, the initial blast of aromas I get is coffee and chocolate. I was expecting a bit more hop aroma due to the name also, however, I mainly get the aforementioned smells.

Taste – I will say, the taste threw me a bit. The aroma, to be perfectly honest, was much more appealing. The initial flavor is distantly reminiscent of stale, low grade coffee. In addition there is an uncanny flavor of ash (burnt flavor).

Mouthfeel – Medium bodied, carbonation on par with the style.

Overall – A bit harsh. Not my favorite coffee brew, especially seeing as I have a FBS waiting for me later on.

SpdKilz, Oct 19, 2011
Photo of Ajlvt
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Ajlvt, Jun 11, 2013
Photo of akorsak
3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 650 mL bottle from Finger Lakes. In a tumbler.

A: The porter is dark, a brown-red mix that verges on black. Only up close do the ruby and brown notes become more apparent. Lacing circles the glass, the effect of a two finger tan head.

S: I smelled the coffee immediately after opening the bottle, a sweet, lactic java aroma. Closer inspection brings darker malts, well-roasted, and more, much more, coffee sweetness and even a bit of metallic zing.

T: Dark porter, well roasted with chocolate (baker's primarily) driving an acrid bitterness. Coffee adds a bit of flavor, enough to remind you of its presence but not enough to overcome porter side. Citrus hops linger around the periphery, aiding the porter more than the coffee. The burnt porter flavors are all that are strong enough to survive.

M: More porter than coffee, the burnt flavors last. More coffee, please.

akorsak, Nov 26, 2011
Photo of jsh420
4/5  rDev +7.5%

jsh420, Feb 13, 2012
Photo of woodycorn44
4/5  rDev +7.5%

woodycorn44, Jan 24, 2012
Photo of Beejay
3.93/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thanks DmanGTR for this brew!

A: Dark black in body, with a nice full tan head. The head is rich and thick, and starts collapsing into fish eyes as it goes.

S: Chocolate and coffee come together with some slight molasses smells. Slight dark fruit, but cocoa and java dominate.

T: Rich coffee, and cocoa nibs come out with maybe a touch of woodiness. The finish has a touch of earthy bitterness, a touch of licorice, and a nice creamy dark grain and chocolate finish. Very nice.

M: Medium in body, there is a nice creaminess to the feel. Carbonation is on the lighter side, but works with the beer.

O: Overall I really dig this beer. A nice blend of dark grains and coffee.. Just enough coffee to enhance the brew, but it doesn't distract from it.

Beejay, Feb 24, 2013
Photo of spark3148857
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

spark3148857, Feb 15, 2014
Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle purchased at Beers of the World in Rochester, NY.

Pours a dark brown, with a dark brown foamy head, and some good lacing down the glass.

Smells like coffee, chocolate, and some lightly roasted malt.

Similar taste. The coffee flavor gets a bit fatiguing after a while due to how burnt/acrid it sometimes tastes, not always that good. The coffee flavor seems to change s The sweet chocolate flavors play this off pretty nicely. A bit of creamy vanilla taste.

Medium bodied, slightly too thin. Creamy mouthfeel, low carbonation.

A mildly tasty porter that ultimately falls a little short/

GreesyFizeek, Mar 06, 2013
Photo of tclapper
4/5  rDev +7.5%

tclapper, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.08/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

appearance: Medium dark brown. Decent mocha head on the pour that mostly subsides.
smell: Java up front. Some malt. Decent enough nose.
taste: Hops make a showing here. Nice combo with the coffee, leaves an interesting bitter finish.
overall: Interesting brew. Truth in advertising...this is indeed a coffee porter.

cindyjeffsmith, Jul 18, 2014
Photo of Drew88
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Drew88, Jan 07, 2014
Photo of IdrinkGas
3/5  rDev -19.4%

IdrinkGas, Jan 04, 2012
Photo of Chugs13
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Chugs13, Jun 03, 2013
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Java Sutra Coffee Porter from Three Heads Brewing
84 out of 100 based on 131 ratings.