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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
85
very good

63 Reviews
THE BROS
80
good

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Reviews: 63
Hads: 148
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 6.61%
Wants: 12
Gots: 21 | 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 Ozzylizard
3.45/5  rDev -8.7%
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 (575 characters)

Photo of GallowsThief
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%

Poured into a tulip out of a bottle.

A – Black as night. Half finger of tan head that settles down quickly. Tiny bit of lacing.
S – This smells awesome. Coffee, milk, molasses, chocolate. Nice.
T – Nice roasted malts to start. Sublime amount of coffee flavor. Not overwhelming. Touch of bitterness. Milk chocolate and cream flavors. Molasses and toffee. Bit of sweet vanilla at the end.
M – Light to medium bodied. A bit thinner than expected. Lively carbonation.
O – This is a very nice beer. Great aroma and very nice flavors. Well done. (562 characters)

Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.06/5  rDev +7.4%
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. (317 characters)

Photo of brentk56
3.74/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a coffee brown color capped by a whipped foam tan head; decent retention and splashy lace

Smell: Coffee and chocolate tones, with roasty, almost burnt tones underneath

Taste: Chocolate, up front, with building mocha and coffee tones in the middle, along with some sugary sweetness and a hint of vanilla; after the swallow, there is a roasty, almost burnt character that lingers into the finish, though the sweetness persists, as well

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a bit too much fizz, though there is a creamy aspect that reveals itself as the beer warms

Overall: A decent coffee porter; while not in the top echelon, it is still enjoyable (659 characters)

Photo of ryan1788a5
3.69/5  rDev -2.4%
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. (1,227 characters)

Photo of Ego
3.25/5  rDev -14%
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... (1,144 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
3.64/5  rDev -3.7%
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. (427 characters)

Photo of tdm168
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
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. (579 characters)

Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
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/ (597 characters)

Photo of Beejay
3.92/5  rDev +3.7%
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. (755 characters)

Photo of Brad007
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
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. (585 characters)

Photo of Sludgeman
3.47/5  rDev -8.2%
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 (442 characters)

Photo of thecheapies
3.67/5  rDev -2.9%
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. (2,141 characters)

Photo of ppoitras
2.86/5  rDev -24.3%
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. (490 characters)

Photo of beerismysavior
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
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. (1,594 characters)

Photo of brewcrew76
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Deep brown, black with ruby highlights and a big tan foamy head.

S - Coffee, caramel, hazelnut, vanilla, baker's chocolate and light roasted malts.

T - Baker's chocolate, fresh coffee along with some coffee grinds, light roasted malts playing alongside some burnt notes with a strong herbal hoppy finish.

M - Light side of medium with decent carbonation. A little thin.

D - Fairly easy drinking. One of those beers where nothing really stands out but I would also easily have another one. (497 characters)

Photo of MysticRuler
3.97/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a brown rather than black with nice lacing. Smells of strong black coffee (perhaps Italian Roast) with some chocolate notes. Mouthfeel is creamy and fuller bodied than many Porters. Evincing cocoa powder and even some coconut notes. Definitely a unique and enjoyable example of the style. (294 characters)

Photo of cbutova
4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
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. (1,659 characters)

Photo of match1112
3.33/5  rDev -11.9%
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. (398 characters)

Photo of gaugebozo
4.23/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Very black opaque, with lacy white foam.

S - Coffee, roasted malts.

T - Strong roasted espresso flavor, with balanced hops/malt finish. Coffee tastes like it was brewed a little hot/slightly acrid, but might be appealing to coffee people. To be honest, it tastes great and full of coffee, but gets a little bit of a dock because the coffee flavors overwhelm the beer. I personally love it, but is not quite true to style.

M - good, not overly sticky/sweet, but maybe would benefit from a little less carbonation.

O - Good coffee porter, especially for people who like the coffee flavors over the beer flavors. Still appealing for both types of people. (660 characters)

Photo of AleWatcher
2.46/5  rDev -34.9%
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. (836 characters)

Photo of Jimmys
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

bomber into tulip. no bottled on date.

A: opaque black body with a frothy dark tan head. retention is reasonable with some solid lacing left behind.

S: dark chocolate and bits of roasted malt off the bat. brown sugar. the coffee is definitely there. rich espresso aromas for sure.

T: there is a touch of hop bitterness, but really not much. the meat of this brew is short lived, sort of surprising considering the 6.5%abv nametag. a lingering dark chocolate ganache/espresso flavors remains long into the finish. however, not heavy on the palate. certainly "porter-like".

M: silky and smooth. very enjoyable carbonation level. medium bodied porter.

D: my first sample from three heads. certainly a brew that delivers coffee flavor to a porter backbone. worth checking out if you can find it. (800 characters)

Photo of billab914
4.08/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into my Surly nonic pint glass. It poured pretty close to black in color with a foamy, frothy, tan colored head covering the beer. Great head retention and lacing on the glass as I drank it.

The aroma has a pretty big coffee presence to it. I get a lot of roasted, coffee flavors mixing with a little sweeter, creamy, slightly malty component. The coffee is very good, it gives it some great roasty qualities to it.

The taste also shows a lot of the coffee throughout. It has a lot of roasted qualities to it up front with some complimenting creamy sweet, maltiness in the finish. The coffee is very well done in it.

The mouthfeel is somewhat creamy and slick with carbonation being a little below average. Very good mouthfeel for the style. Overall I thought it was a very good beer. I really liked the coffee flavors and the sweet, creamy, malitness really complimented well. Very enjoyable beer overall, I'd rank this one right up there with some of my favorite readily available coffee beers. (1,021 characters)

Photo of jmdrpi
3.15/5  rDev -16.7%
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. (345 characters)

Photo of SLeffler27
3.77/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The slight head leaves a coating of lacing over a nearly black elixir.

The aroma is that of deep roasted malt with some chocolate and coffee ice cream.

The B. United tulip presents rich roasted malt with bitterness of black coffee and a short finish. This porter is all about the malt, however, there is some cigarette ash as it warms.

Has a texture of wool with a medium body, light carbonation and light alcohol.

This porter is best enjoyed with dinner. (459 characters)

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Java Sutra Coffee Porter from Three Heads Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 63 ratings.