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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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63 Reviews

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Reviews: 63
Hads: 148
Avg: 3.75
pDev: 11.47%
Wants: 11
Gots: 22 | 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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Reviews: 63 | Hads: 148
Photo of AleWatcher
2.46/5  rDev -34.4%
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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Photo of ppoitras
2.86/5  rDev -23.7%
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.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.15/5  rDev -16%
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.

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Photo of DarthKostrizer
3.18/5  rDev -15.2%
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

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.23/5  rDev -13.9%
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.

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Photo of Ego
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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

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.

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...

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Photo of match1112
3.33/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

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Photo of TheBrewo
3.4/5  rDev -9.3%
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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Photo of doucmehu
3.45/5  rDev -8%
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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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.45/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Undated bomber at 45 degrees into shaker
Aroma coffee, light roasted malt, chocolate
Head average (3.5 cm, aggressive pour), light brown, creamy with rocks, diminishing to a ring of mountain silhouettes and rocky layer
Lacing good – partial rings of tiny bubbles
Body dark brown, opaque
Flavor weak and muddled – no coffee coming through; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl. Update: a couple of minutes after finishing a drink, the coffee finally comes through.
Palate light to medium, watery, lively carbonation

Appearance 4, Aroma 4, Flavor 3, Palate 3.5, Overall 3.5

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Photo of Sludgeman
3.47/5  rDev -7.5%
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

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

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Photo of Chickenhawk9932
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

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Photo of Brad007
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark brown with a one-finger head into my glass. Very nice colors for the style. You cant really tell that much.

A mild touch of roasted coffee greets the nose. There's a touch of cocoa and cream but otherwise, it comes off as a mild coffee porter.

Lightly roasted coffee dominates as expected with a very nice touch of cream and roastiness at the back. It really compliments the front end flavor.

Coffee, cocoa and cream are all I have to say regarding the mouthfeel. Very well balanced. Enjoyable.

I like this coffee porter. It gets the job done in an exceptional manner.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Java Sutra has a dark brown body that is not quite opaque. The tan head is about a finger tall, but pretty thick looking. Retention and lacing are both good.

A little bit of sweet malts, but mostly coffee.

A good amount of caramel sweetness pairs with equally strong flavors of roasted malt. The coffee flavor is pretty strong throughout, but it really shines in the finish and the aftertaste. Not a whole lot to this one, but solid and well-done.

Medium bodied with fairly low carbonation.

Another nice offering from Three heads Brewing. I still like the Kind IPA more, and it made an interesting black and tan when mixed with this one.

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Photo of kbnooshay
3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a super black body with an inch high beige head that shrunk to nothing in a minute and a half. Aroma is of milk, dark chocolate, must and a hint of coffee. This tastes like chocolate milk with a hint of coffee! The coffee ads a nice bitterness. Coffee flavor come through more in the after taste and builds though out the sampling. Quite roasty. I don't pick up much in the hops department. If they are there they are masked by the insane roastiness. Feel is smooth but not thick, moderate to light overall.

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Photo of Sammy
3.57/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

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Photo of rudzud
3.6/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at Julio's.

A - Poured into a Duvel tulip a deep dark roast brownish black. Atop as a nice mocha creamy head that hung around for a good long while.

S - Smell is of nice roasted malts, light chocolate and some nice coffee notes. Coffee bitterness too.

T - Kinda average here. Nothing super special. A bit too heavy on the coffee flavours, its roast with the malts, but alot of coffee. Rather one dimensional. Too light hint of vanilla and chocolate.

M - A bit on the thin side for a porter. Would like it to be thicker. Still nice in the mouth, but, a bit too thin.

O - Overall this was a nice offering of a porter. A bit too strong on the coffee to let other aspects shine though. Have yet to be blown away by this brewery.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.64/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This poured out as a dark brown color with a tan head on top that fades quickly. The retention just leaves a ring around the glass. And there is a very light lacing. The smell of the beer is big with coffee and hops. The taste is roasted, with a big bitter finish. There is a bit of chocolate in there also. The mouthfeel is kind of watery and dry. Overall it's a decent beer but it doesn't really doesn't set the bar too high.

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Photo of akorsak
3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

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Photo of mjforres
3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bomber poured into two Perfect Pint glasses

A - pours black with a thick head that dissipated quickly. Looks as I expect a porter to look.

S - this beer has a big coffee aroma with some chocolate and malt notes.

T - there is a big coffee taste up front followed by some hop bitterness.

M - this coats the tongue nicely and the flavors linger.

D - this is a nice drinking beer but not one I'd have more than one of in a session. Although the alcohol content isn't especially high, the coffee flavor becomes fatiguing. It's a nice after dinner beer.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.67/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Three Heads Java Sutra Coffee Porter in a trusty ol' pint glass.

Pours as close to black as possible, but with some dark brown tones. Nice girthy, beige head eventually fell, and laced while doing so. Looks decent.

Vanilla and dark roast coffee, but without much intensity. Still shows restraint with the added ingredient of coffee and conveys a lot of your basic and expected roasty porter aromas of dark chocolate and kilned grain. Not as bitter in the nose as I would have hoped (rather sweet), but I still like it.

Yep, she's a coffee porter (I read some reviews that claim the coffee was near-absent; not the case). The coffee is quality, and it's not over-the-top (maybe that's what one might expect as a lot of coffee porters and coffee stouts are super-saturated with the coffee element). I'm questioning the quality and effectiveness of the rest of the beer in the taste portion of this review. Nice malty flavors of bitter cocoa and char, but there's some light sulfur in the backdrop that throws me. Nuances of spices that I don't think they used in the brewing process are interpreted as cinnamon. This appartion of flavor is probably aided by a hop spiciness that has earthy tones. I like the nature of the coffee, like a Mexican Custapec, only seemingly darker roasted as nudged bold by the malts. The finish on this beer has a great burnt quality that lingers, and as you can read between the lines, I have no problem with it.

The mouthfeel suffers from a thin body. Not saying it's thin, but relatively thin to what comes with the idea of a coffee porter. Carbonation is nice; very soft, so as not to accent the lack of viscosity and creaminess. Feels a little empty, but there's balance that saves it. We'll just call it average.

It was hard not to give the taste one more notch in rating, as I thought it was an overall delicious beer. It came together well, but it seemed attenuated. Didn't really jump off the table in flavor, in retrospect. Letting it warm up made it more drinkable and the quality of the ingredients used was a big plus. I'd recommended it and it makes me want to try more beers from this brewery.

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Photo of smcolw
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.69/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass. No freshness date indicated.

A: Pours a deep ruby/brown color. Good clarity. Thick, creamy tan head is very persistent. Thick globs of lacing stick to the glass in a loose ring.

S: Nice freshly roasted coffee aroma. Lots of caramel, toasted grain, toffee, and some milk chocolate. Floral and lightly citric hop scent, Grape skin/raspberry esters.

T: Freshly roasted coffee is all over the palate in a good way. This intermingles beautifully with notes of caramel, toast, roast, and milk chocolate. Oily, citrusy, and bitter hops do more than just make their presence known. Fairly acidic. Doubly bitter finish as oily hops, coffee, and heavily roasted malts all do a number on the palate.

M: Medium bodied. Full and creamy. Little in the way of carbonation. A bit more astringent than I'd like. Smooth.

O: The bottle warns to "Position yourself for the taste explosion." A taste explosion is exactly what you'll get. This beer is more about brute force and extreme taste, and it doesn't let up in the spots where a more subtle hand might be better appreciated. A bit more polish might suit it, but something tells me this isn't the direction the brewers want to go with their beers.

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Photo of SpdKilz
3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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Java Sutra Coffee Porter from Three Heads Brewing
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