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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

138 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 138
Reviews: 62
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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2/5  rDev -46.4%

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2/5  rDev -46.4%

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.

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2.5/5  rDev -33%

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2.75/5  rDev -26.3%

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2.75/5  rDev -26.3%

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 IdrinkGas
3/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of ZacharyJ
3/5  rDev -19.6%

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3/5  rDev -19.6%

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3/5  rDev -19.6%

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3/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of jmdrpi
3.15/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle, no date.

color is almost black, but brown at the edges. some off-white head that fades fast. roasty aroma of coffee grounds, with some sweetness.

tastes of coffee with cream and sugar. a bit acidic. thin to medium in body, medium carbonation. It could be smoother.

overall - about what I'd expect. try if you're a coffee fan.

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 UCLABrewN84
3.23/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to mjtiernan for sending me this one!

Pours an almost opaque dark brown with a 1 inch tan head that fades to a film on the top of the beer. Random spots of lace dot the glass on the drink down. Smells of dark malts, slight cocoa powder, and watered down coffee. Taste is of burnt coffee, roasted malts, bitter chocolate, and some citrus zest hops. There is a bitter burnt taste on the palate after each sip. The mouthfeel is somewhat watery and thin for a porter. Overall, this is a pretty average porter that walks a line between good and bad.

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of Ego
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

eyes...
dark brown with ruby edges, a decent finger of head, moderate amount of bubbles in very organized columns seemingly anchored to various points on the bottom of the glass, lacing is pretty good, all around pretty good in all major departments

nose...
slightly metallic and weak dry cocoa, dry and unground coffee beans (where as many coffee ports have a more "brewed" aroma like sniffing an actual cup of coffee), powdered coffee creamer and a bit of dark caramel, not bad but nothing to make this coffee lover drool like a fool

mouth etc...
medium body with a nice amount of heft, the carbonation floats this boat nicely in the mouth with some prickle-ation which lasts into the after glow, like chewing on some bitter chocolate, there is a strange dryness/yeast-ish tone before it fades into the bitters and milder chocolate tones, after a good 10 seconds you get a slightly burnt coffee taste... but again, it tastes more like burnt beans than burnt coffee ala starbucks as some people say.

verdict?
ok enough, something about the taste does not thrill me. if you put java in the name... slay me with the coffee, just my opinion...

Photo of match1112
3.33/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a: dark cola colored body. two inch head quickly settles leaving decent lacing.

s: coffee, chocolate and caramel. some of my favorite things!

t: burnt coffee and bitter dark chcolate. if theres anything else in there it is hidden behind the coffee.

m: kinda thin body. good carbonation. real bitter finish.

o: if your looking for a big coffee explosion this is for you. that is all i can taste.

Photo of TheBrewo
3.4/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

We pour a brew the deep and dark colors of a cola. It holds a two and a half finger head of mocha colored bubbles, showing glorious retention. These bubbles are foamy and soft, with batter thickness. The lace eventually left is patterned. No sediment or haze is observed, and carbonation is moderate. The aroma explodes with huge coffee bean and a steely baker’s yeast. Behind these are chocolate and roasty malts, which feel sweaty, wet, and salty. There is white sugar sweetness to cut through the darkness and charcoal smoke of the malts. Hops are minimal. As we sip, bitter and metallic espresso bean hit the palate hard. Malts aid this, with furthering flecks of metal and a cool vanilla. The middle shows more wet maltiness, with continue significance of roast. There are also Band-Aid phenols, cooling the palate down a bit. We conclude on notes of sugary sweetness, with more bittering raw coffee bean, roasted grain, and toasty hops, for a darker finish. The aftertaste breathes sourly of more coffee, and thick malts, with the smokiness finally making an appearance. The body is medium and the carbonation is lighter. Each sip is with extreme smoothness, with a thick slurp and froth. The beer is drying, but with steely and oily slickness left to the tongue. The abv is appropriate, and this one drinks on the slow side.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was how it went all out with the coffee. Drinking this brew was like drinking iced coffee, with supreme raw bitterness. Hops took the back seat, despite their strong advertisement by the bottle. This is a nice porter and a great local brew, but this one didn’t taste as nice as it smelled, and was ultimately a little hard to put away with the last few sips.

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3.42/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

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.

Photo of Sludgeman
3.47/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass from a 22oz bomber. Purchased January 2013.

A - Black liquid, not viscous, healthy pour resulted in about two fingers of head, quickly disapated.

S - Coffee and tobacco

T - Coffee, roasted (but not burnt) malt, hint of raisins, some hoppy bitterness at the end, a balanced brew

MF - Thin, a little sharp, slightly fizzy

O - A fine beer but not at the top of my list, almost a session beer if not for the 6.5% ABV

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 jburchett
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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Java Sutra Coffee Porter from Three Heads Brewing
84 out of 100 based on 138 ratings.