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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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Photo of j0hnc2468
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of Drew88
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of jburchett
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of BodiesLexus
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of brentk56
3.74/5  rDev +0.3%
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

Photo of RWLawman
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Chugs13
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of ryan1788a5
3.69/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Photo of Ego
3.23/5  rDev -13.4%
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...

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of rolltide8425
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of Knapp85
3.64/5  rDev -2.4%
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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3/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of jd18
4/5  rDev +7.2%

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.

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
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 Beejay
3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
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 Brad007
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

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