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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
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144 Ratings
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Ratings: 144
Reviews: 63
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 11.8%
Wants: 11
Gots: 18 | 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:
Beer added by: John on 12-05-2010

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.
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Ratings: 144 | Reviews: 63
Reviews by nhindian:
Photo of nhindian
4.47/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint.

A - Pours fairly faithful to the style with a dark chocolate body with a touch of black in the middle. A frothy, khaki-colored, two-fingered head appears on top like the creme on a freshly pressed coffee. Retention of the head is a few minutes, before relaxing into a half-finger cap. Lacing is pretty good, with a majority of the head latching onto the glass for good.

S - The smell on this is more like something I would drink in the morning to perk up rather than something I would relax with after a long day! Tons of coffee beans in this one, it just permeates throughout the air. Outside of that, there's lots of cacao and flaked dark chocolate. It is decadent and almost seems like an after dinner dessert. There is also some caramel as well, but not tons; It's all about the coffee and chocolate here. Despite the label, I'm not getting a whole lot of hops in here... perhaps a little in the back-end, but not positive.

T - Thankfully, the taste is faithful to the nose and brings wave after wave of espresso. It reminds me of a cup of coffee with dark chocolate creamer to it, and all the while being exceptionally smooth. While the coffee lasts throughout the whole taste, the chocolate and caramel tease from beneath, sparring to make an appearance. It's not incredibly complex, and again, the hops are almost a non-factor, but what it does it does great. A bare-bones coffee beer in the flesh, with almost no bitterness or acridity.

M - The mouthfeel is suprisingly heavy-bodied for a porter. That's not to say it's chewy or thick, but it does have more body to it than a typical porter, which meshes well with the flavors. If it were too watery, I could definitely see the flavors being too strong for it (which I have had in coffee beers previously). Smooth all the way while delivering a big shot of flavor.

D/O - Drinkability is high. I had no problem drinking the whole bomber of this over a session. The alcohol is nonexistent and it goes down like a morning cup of coffee. I could see people who aren't big on coffee not really digging this beer, but as someone who drinks coffee for the flavor rather than a caffeine fix, I am loving the roast in this. If only it were local to me!

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

Photo of generallee
4.2/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

Photo of dogfishandi
4.12/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

Photo of Sammy
3.57/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

Photo of tdm168
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Photo of SpdKilz
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Photo of akorsak
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Photo of Beejay
3.92/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.73/5  rDev 0%
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/

Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.06/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

Photo of DarthKostrizer
3.18/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Look: Almost black in color with dark brown streaks at the bottom of the glass. 1/2 inch head and good retention some spotty lacing

Smell: Dark roasted coffee beans. The nose is very potent and if you love coffee you will love this one however for me I am not a fan of the beans they used

Taste: It follows the nose almost to a T. However, that is not a good thing the coffee beans used to make this do not have that great of a flavor. It kind of taste like coffee that has been sitting cold in the pot for a few house

Mouthfeel: Is a tad bit and ok amount of carbonation

Overall: Not really all that impressed by this beer

Photo of cbutova
4.3/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My buddy Dan loves this one and has shared it with me several times. I have always been impressed by the taste and finally got around to acquiring a bottle to review.

A- Poured into a tulip with a body not quite as black as the coffee infused into the ale itself but a dark, dark brown. A light tan head forms to about a finger in size with a bubbly texture. Retention is OK and it all ends up being a small, fine bubbled ring around the edge. A few nice webs of lace outline the glass.

S- The tulip bulb helps capture the immense amount of coffee present in this beer. It smells like a nice French press in the morning after a long night of drinking (pretty much the only time I drink coffee). Really not much else, maybe some nutty and caramel hints, dark fruit hint.

T- The flavor reminds me of Peche Mortel, as far as the coffee, but not as rich or immense. Just a blast of fresh coffee and the grounds as well. Along with it comes some cocoa, roast malts, caramel and nutty brown malts. There is a vanilla sort of flavor that I notice in many stouts with adjuncts added. Earthy hops are there but I am surprised I even realized it with the nice java feel.

MF- A slightly creamy but thinner-end Porter body. Carbonation level is right down the middle. It is just personal bias but I prefer the richer body to support beers with heavy coffee and roast flavors. The thinner feel does help it drink very easily and deliver that coffee flavor dangerously. Slight bitter finish.

A very good coffee beer. I guess there are a ton of very good ones but that doesn't take away from the great coffee punch packed in this Porter. I am very happy with this beer.

Photo of jgirotto
4.71/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I love this selection

A: Pours almost black with a thin head that clears quickly. The extreme darkness is compelling

S: Coffee and chocolate here. No surprise.

T: This beer is very smooth and the coffee tastes are not overpowering. Even my wife liked it!

O: Overall, I enjoy this very much. It is a type of porter that I was introduced to last year at a regional tasting, and the 3 Heads offering beat out every other "coffee porter" int eh show.

Not for a summer day at the pool - but simply Outstanding.

Photo of ppoitras
2.86/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz bottle purchased as a single from Savemore Discount Beverage, Clifton Park, NY.

Poured into am imperial pint, formed a 1/2" dark tan head over the clear dark brown brew. Head deflates slowly, with lasting coating lace. Aroma is a combination of coffee, root beer, and tartness.

Taste has underlying tartness from beginning to end, with root beer in the middle, and medium roast coffee through the close. Mouthfeel is rocky, with okay drinkability. Not something I'd look for again.

Photo of mbusster88
3.79/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours black body with some red visible on the very edge. Good head of two fingers is dark kaki in color. No visible carbonation on the glass.

S: Smells just like it sounds, coffee, coffee coffee. Great overall porter smells of dark roasted malts and a really nice fresh coffee aroma.

T/M: Very nice body here with good amounts of coffee flavor. Not to overwhelming in the taste, but still very nice distinct coffee notes. Also get some of the chocolate type tastes that go with coffee. Very nice flavors, but just needed a bit more to it.

D: Very good drinking beer, easy to drink and very flavorful. However, I was hoping to get just a bit more out of this one.

Photo of josefnewsong
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Another great beer from 3 Heads...I might have rated it higher had I not already had 3 amazing porters in the past few days, Taddy, Ithaca Gorges, and Edmund Fitz...I will say this one stood with the best of them. A great and drinkable porter with it's own take on the style. Nice and unique. Bitter, roasty coffee notes abound with a decent hop presence to boot.

Photo of jlindros
3.82/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light fizzy bubbly head that reaches about 1 finger before it quickly subdues to a light head covering, over dark cola brown color with hints of ruby light coming through the edges.

Nose brings some nice fresh espresso aroma, freshly ground coffee beans, brewed coffee. Also some roasted malt aroma but not a lot, and some darker malts, caramel, light toffee, hint of burnt malt, and just a touch of baker's chocolate.

Taste comes on with more of the same but not as strong, coffee is there but more subdued, some fresh brewed coffee and hints of coffee grinds, a little bit of acrid burnt coffee but not much. Bitterness kicks in quickly with an earthy hop, little spicy hop as well, with oils from both hops and coffee, and bitterness from roasted malts and hops. The malts bring a light roasty flavor, then some caramel, hint of chocolate and black patent malt I think. A bit of an earthy grainy like malt flavor, and lots of earthiness from the coffee. A light charred salty briny flavor comes out a bit more on the finish thanks mostly to the coffee and roasted malts, but a bit from the hops I think. As it finishes it dries but gets a bit sticky, long bitter but salty finish with some more coffee beans and light roast, light earthy hops as well.

mouth is med bodied, lighter than I expected, decent carb.

Overall not bad, nice coffee addition that gets a bit too burnt/salty/earthy towards the finish, but not too much burnt or acrid flavors, the hops seem to accentuate the briny earthy flavors and don't seem to play well with the coffee IMO, but otherwise a tasty beer.

Photo of AleWatcher
2.46/5  rDev -34%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Bomber arrived in the Disc Golf BIF #2.
Served in my Founders snifter.

This is a bit overcarbonated... The body feels thin as a result. The 3 finger head is foamy and built of microbubbles. Decent retention and nice chunks of lacing.

Smells of caramel and roasty malts with a little milk chocolate and just a hint of coffee.
The flavor adds a really dry finish, slightly acrid, like scalded coffee, and a little something that reminds me vaguely of chocolate-covered coffee beans. The coffee/espresso is weak-- this is a great example where "more would be more," if you know what I mean.

Overall-- meh. As far as porters go, this is about average. As far as coffee porters go, this is well below mediocre. Way to thin, too dry, and too little coffee flavor-- I feel like this label should be disallowed due to false advertising.

Photo of Vylo
4.54/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great taste to this coffee porter. well balanced.

Photo of smcolw
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Two-fingered pale beige head; leaves excellent ring lace. Near black where no light shines through.

Smells of burnt toast and cigarettes--lots of ash.

Near espresso flavor, particularly in the swallow. Starts off creamy, but the body is moderate with a low carbonation. Lots of black patent malt--strong burnt flavor. Kinda harsh.

Photo of Chickenhawk9932
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown bordering on black with tan head.

Smells of coffee and dark fruit with some nut aromas.

Taste is definitely coffee up front giving way to dark fruit - raisin, then coats the mouth with a creamy, caramel, chocolate dryness on the finishes. This is a very good porter, but was a little low on carbonation for me (a litlle astringent as well) - solid not great.

Photo of projectflam86
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber.

A- Pours a medium brown color with a thick foam head that leaves some good lace.

S- Very sweet malty nose with some light coffee and chocolate aromas.

T- Much more coffee bitterness in the favor than the nose. Bittersweet dark chocolate, coffee, and smoke initially with a sweet caramel malt flavor in the finish.

M- Medium bodied with medium low carbonation that feels right for the style. Smooth.

O- A very nice brew that I'd gladly drink again.

Photo of doucmehu
3.45/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bomber courtesy of mjtiernan, thanks! Shared with friends after dinner.

A: Pours a ruddy deep brown, with hints of burgundy. Head is moderate and mocha in color, leaves some nice lacing.

S: Burnt espresso beans dominate, though not as robust and rich as they are a bit forced and bitter. Some slight sweetness tried to cut the bitterness. An earthy pine hop aroma makes an appearance here as well, though it subsides as the beer warms.

T: The coffee flavor is intense, though not as robust and smooth as I would like, especially when it is so dominant. This reminds me of eating an espresso bean whole - it tastes like coffee, but it's pretty sharp and in your face, lacking some balance. There is a definite bitterness with the coffee as well as some cocoa. The hops are again present but subdued, lacking much depth.

M: The mouthfeel was just about on par with the rest of the beer, being a bit jagged and thin. Carbonation was strong and fizzy, which is fine but for a porter and a coffee beer it would have done nicer with a smoother, creamier finish.

O: I noticed the review contained a lot of "just missed" aspects, which is a good indication of my overall take. It was a decent example, certainly not unenjoyable, but just a little too harsh to really leave drinkability above average.

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Java Sutra Coffee Porter from Three Heads Brewing
84 out of 100 based on 144 ratings.