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Java Sutra Coffee Porter - Three Heads Brewing

Java Sutra Coffee PorterJava Sutra Coffee Porter

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very good

119 Ratings

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Ratings: 119
Reviews: 59
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 11.17%

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)
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Photo of StonedTrippin


3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

this beer was great from the label on out. classic artwork with a hop nugget in bed with an espressi bean. genious. the beer pours black as can be with a small mocha colored head on it. smells more like a cup of joe than a beer, totally overpowered by a dark roast coffee. the flavor is very strong coffee as well, high quality coffee from boulder is used apparently, and there is a strong sweet hop characteristic, like a good pale ale. usually these beers dont feature the hops too, but this one does, and its fantastic i think. mouthfeel is pretty average for a big porter, fuller bodied and moderately carbonated. am now curious to try more three heads brews

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2011 16:53:54 | More by StonedTrippin
Photo of jlindros


3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2011 17:09:16 | More by jlindros
Photo of akorsak


3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2011 19:33:50 | More by akorsak
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3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2011 04:09:03 | More by rudzud
Photo of bobhits


3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The pour is dark brown with a bit of head. There's some lacing but nothing special. Seems a bit weak in that department for a porter. Color and density kinda suck.

I hate saying this but I really can't smell this beer. Yeah, there's some malt and a hint of coffee but it is SO subtle I can't make out much at all.

Opens with some crystal malt, then chocolate malt and finally coffee. The finish has some hops the quickly fade to coffee bean bitterness that lingers and lingers.

An easy to sip or drink beer. A really nicely put together porter.

I'm not a huge coffee fan, but darn if coffee beer wasn't just made for me. Coffee adds a nice bittering and the balance is great. I would like more carbonation to smooth this out but darn good coffee porter. Every bit as good as Left Hands weak sauce.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2011 06:12:52 | More by bobhits
Photo of Daktyls


3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark coffee color with a mocha head about a finger high which recedes to a fine lacing around the edge of the glass and a splotch in the middle.

S: Coffee initially, followed by some roasted malts and a hint of cocoa. Sweetness is also present in notes of vanilla.

T: Pretty overwhelmingly coffee here, after the finish, there's a little bit of cocoa and some vanilla laced in there, but the taste is mostly coffee.

M: Somewhat medium bodied brew with a light amount of carbonation.

O: Overall, decent, again, the coffee is pretty overwhelming, it's almost difficult to pick up on anything else. Fairly good

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2011 21:30:23 | More by Daktyls
Photo of SpdKilz


3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2011 01:54:25 | More by SpdKilz
Photo of TheBrewo


3.35/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2011 21:23:16 | More by TheBrewo
Photo of Ungertaker


3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bomber poured into New Belgium Globe

A- black with little light penetration, what little light does come through reveals a deep red. A foamy, tan, one-finger head slowly fades leaving a sticky lacing in its path.

S- coffee, toasted malts, vanilla, dark chocolate and a hint of hazelnuts

T- espresso and dried cherries up front, dark chocolate aftertaste with a malty sweetness throughout.

M-light to medium with a lot of carbonation for a porter. The carbonation leaves a tingle after the sip is gone.

O- I had no clue what to expect from this beer. I can't say I was blown away by it, but I was definitely not left unsatisfied. The body was a little on the thin side for what I like in a porter. However, that made it quite refreshing. I would be willing to try this again, if the price was right.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2011 00:58:27 | More by Ungertaker
Photo of DarthKostrizer


3.15/5  rDev -16.2%
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

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2011 04:33:46 | More by DarthKostrizer
Photo of projectflam86


4/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2011 22:47:33 | More by projectflam86
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2011 21:22:04 | More by oberon
Photo of ottovon


3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: pours out a dark brown, with a huge light brown head. the head lingered.

S: i get roasted malt, dark chocolate, toffee, and coffee. i also get some sweetness in the aroma, with hints of vanilla. there is a very nice coffee and chocolate aroma in this beer.

T: it starts out with a little sweetness, and finishes bitter. the bitterness reminds me of dark chocolate and roasted malt. there is a bit of coffee in the taste, as well as some chocolate and toffee.

M: medium-thin with a bit of carb. it tingles on the tongue.

O: pretty good beer. the aroma is definitely better than the taste. i would drink this again, but the taste didnt come through like i was hoping it would.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2011 02:34:10 | More by ottovon
Photo of johnnnniee

New Hampshire

4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a solid black color with a frothy tan head. Smells of milk chocolate, coffee and roasted grains. Not much in the way od hops in the aroma but lots of coffee. Taste is a rich thick creamy roasted grain and coffee mixed with milk and dark chocolate. Medium to thick body, light to medium level of carbonation. I tasted this first and while its not earth shattering in it's complexity it is very tasty.

Serving type: on-tap

07-31-2011 18:34:28 | More by johnnnniee
Photo of nhindian


4.47/5  rDev +18.9%
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!

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2011 05:10:42 | More by nhindian
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-17-2011 14:35:58 | More by Chickenhawk9932
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2011 13:39:43 | More by BeerAdvocate
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New York

4.75/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2011 23:13:36 | More by jgirotto
Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.55/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-09-2011 04:26:23 | More by Sammy
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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2011 05:03:42 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of generallee

New York

4.18/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2011 17:59:06 | More by generallee
Photo of yesyouam

New York

4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Three Heads Java Sutra is a dim brown, practically black beer, topped with a dense, coffee colored foam that has outstanding retention and lacing. It has an aroma of light roast coffee with a hint of caramel and licorice. It has a smooth medium body with a clean, dry finish. It's pretty lightly flavored. It's mostly coffee flavor with no sweetness and hardly any bitterness. It has a lingering coffee flavor. This is suitable for a session. It's smooth and tasty.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2011 14:04:31 | More by yesyouam
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3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-19-2011 15:46:36 | More by Hojaminbag
Photo of CharlieMurphy

New York

4.18/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: BLACK. You can still see some red through it held up to the light though and brown on the edges. not much head- off white

S: DARK ROAST! huge coffee nose

T: Taste delivers! Huge dark roasted coffee taste, could probably only be better if it were a stout and had a little more hop legs to stand on. 1st taste was the best (per usual), but the drop-off was moderately significant.

M: Coffee, mild in its lingering however, very good

D: More intoxicating than 6.5% should be but I love it. This will be a new go to for sure.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2011 04:40:18 | More by CharlieMurphy
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3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2011 03:32:15 | More by smcolw
Java Sutra Coffee Porter from Three Heads Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 119 ratings.