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Java Sutra Coffee Porter - Three Heads Brewing

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BA SCORE
84
good

132 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 132
Reviews: 62
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 12.1%
Wants: 11
Gots: 13 | 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:
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 JKIRBY
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of TerrenceOBrien
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of steve8robin
3/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of brewcrew76
3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Photo of Twifiter
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of MEW
2.5/5  rDev -32.8%

Photo of chefduff2
4.5/5  rDev +21%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of nelnutter
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of MysticRuler
3.98/5  rDev +7%
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.

Photo of cbutova
4.33/5  rDev +16.4%
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.

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of match1112
3.3/5  rDev -11.3%
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 WynnO
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of nmann08
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of gaugebozo
4.2/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

Photo of thebouch01
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of AleWatcher
2.43/5  rDev -34.7%
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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4.5/5  rDev +21%

Photo of Jimmys
4/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of billab914
4.08/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

Java Sutra Coffee Porter from Three Heads Brewing
84 out of 100 based on 132 ratings.