Java Sutra Coffee Porter - Three Heads Brewing

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Ratings: 148
Reviews: 65
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 11.56%
Wants: 12
Gots: 19 | 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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Ratings: 148 | Reviews: 65
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.23/5  rDev -13.2%
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.

Photo of generallee
4.2/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

Photo of yesyouam
4.16/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

Photo of Hojaminbag
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

Photo of CharlieMurphy
4.2/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

Photo of smcolw
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Photo of russwbeck
4.17/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Completely black pour with a one finger tannish head. Not a lot sticks around, but what does laces nicely.

S: Smell is of distinct coffee beans, roasted malts, and other dark flavors including some chocolate.

T: Big coffee flavor up front. Roasted malts and some chocolate. Mirrors the smell nicely. It all finishes dry with a nice amount of hops.

MF: Heavy bodied, but silky. Flavor coats the mouth.

D: Decently high. This was a nice surprise.

Photo of mbusster88
3.79/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours black body with some red visible on the very edge. Good head of two fingers is dark kaki in color. No visible carbonation on the glass.

S: Smells just like it sounds, coffee, coffee coffee. Great overall porter smells of dark roasted malts and a really nice fresh coffee aroma.

T/M: Very nice body here with good amounts of coffee flavor. Not to overwhelming in the taste, but still very nice distinct coffee notes. Also get some of the chocolate type tastes that go with coffee. Very nice flavors, but just needed a bit more to it.

D: Very good drinking beer, easy to drink and very flavorful. However, I was hoping to get just a bit more out of this one.

Photo of dogfishandi
4.12/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber pulled from the fridge poured into a standard pint glass. no freshness date.

pours out a very dark brown color with some rubiness evident in the light. one finger of very creamy light mocha colored head that shows some very nice retention. lots of lace all around.

in the aroma there is a moderate amount of expresso/ deep roasted coffee beans at the forefront. behind that i detect a bit of roasted malt and maybe a hint of bakers chocolate/ dark chocolate. the coffee definatly comes out more as it warms.

a nice deep roasted coffee bean/ expresso flavor mingles nicely with a bit of roasted malt. some light chocolate is there with maybe a hint of dark fruits. coffee is the highlight here and it tastes authentic. some lingering bitterness.

medium bodied and very creamy on the palate. carbonation feels as it should. just a touch watery at times.

drinks very easily, i could definatly go for another bomber no problem. perfect ABV as well.

overall: this is the first beer ive had from 3HB and im pretty impressed, i look forward to the rest of their offerings. i would definatly recommend this, the coffee in this beer is top notch. it is exactly what it claims to be, a coffee porter, nothing more, nothing less.

Photo of mjforres
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark brown/black color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice, dry roasted scent that boasts of coffee and and crystal malts. The taste is good. It has a smooth caramel and coffee flavor; dry and roasted with a bit of sweetness. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good drinking porter. It's nothing too bold, yet it has a good amount of flavor.

Photo of kbnooshay
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

Photo of lovindahops
4.17/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

ready to enjoy my third brew from 3HB. These guys are literally taking upstate by storm with their brews....

A- pours an expected opaque appearance with a great looking mocha head that fades away. There is definitely lacing on the sides and a good firm base of foam that lingers

S- sweet! A slap of bitter coffee, good roasted malt, and even a lil bit of vanilla like milk (reminds me of creamer). Good smokiness on the brew only contributes to big time coffee scent. One of the stronger coffee bean themed brews I can remember in some time

T- right on point with the same bitter coffee flavor and roasty malt flavor combined. The flavor is very bitter at the end

M- big time coating on the mouth. The flavors are all over

D- Java Sutra is a coffee lover's dream for a brew. The flavor is extremely consistant to drinking some flavored coffee. This could go as far as being on of these gateway brews. The alcohol is really not overwhelming so you can really enjoy it. This is one of those brews that can be classified as the perfect breakfast brew. Great job 3HB

Photo of JAramini
3.97/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass. Thin head that dissipates quickly and is surprisingly light given the style.

The smell is subtle but coffee and roast come through.

Taste is quite nice. Bitter coffee, roasty malts, and not much of a discernible hop presence, despite the hop cone and coffee bean depicted post-coitus in bed in the label art.

The mouthfeel is sturdy. This could be called a coffee stout and nobody would bat an eye. As a porter it definitely feels big and heavy. There is no discernible alcohol taste in the beer, but I'd peg it at closer to 8% rather than 6.5% just on the basis of the body alone. Quite rich and full.

Pleasant, rich, great coffee presence, very very drinkable. I might prefer a touch more sweetness, but as a coffee beer this really delivers nicely.

Photo of josefnewsong
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Another great beer from 3 Heads...I might have rated it higher had I not already had 3 amazing porters in the past few days, Taddy, Ithaca Gorges, and Edmund Fitz...I will say this one stood with the best of them. A great and drinkable porter with it's own take on the style. Nice and unique. Bitter, roasty coffee notes abound with a decent hop presence to boot.

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Java Sutra Coffee Porter from Three Heads Brewing
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