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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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very good

128 Ratings

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Ratings: 128
Reviews: 62
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 11.2%
Wants: 10
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 jsh420
4/5  rDev +6.7%

jsh420, Feb 13, 2012
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

GoSabres87, Jan 30, 2012
Photo of GrindFatherBob
2/5  rDev -46.7%

GrindFatherBob, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of woodycorn44
4/5  rDev +6.7%

woodycorn44, Jan 24, 2012
Photo of Suds
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Strong, dark, coffee beers seem to be a fad recently. This one stands out as one of the better variants. It's a very dark, nearly black beer with reddish highlights and a firm tan head. The aroma is remarkable...it really smells like the combination of a strong espresso and a robust porter. It's a strong, bitter, roasty, intense, smokey, enjoyable smell. The taste is not as astringent as expected, based on the smell. Malt flavor, some sweetness, coffee and grain, with some hop bitterness. The beer is flavorful, robust, and enjoyable. Full in body and lots of genuine coffee flavor.

Suds, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of IdrinkGas
3/5  rDev -20%

IdrinkGas, Jan 04, 2012
Photo of biegaman
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Despite the addition of espresso, Java Sutra remains what I like to call a “beefstake porter”: brown with black streaks on the outside, but still a little red in the middle. Transparency is a far cry although I believe you could technically still consider the beer clear. Head is patchy but for the most part stays in good overall condition.

The aroma smells less of roasty, rich espresso than it does a simple, smooth arabica blend. While it's far from sweet it does contain a fragrant nuttiness that replicates vanilla and toasted hazelnut in a remarkable way; it smells like a hazelnut latte. Swirling, however, does bring about more smoky roast character from both the coffee and the malts.

Funny how some things can taste much differently than they smell; coffee carries onto the palate without as much nuttiness and instead cranks up the astringency and smokiness of roasted espresso beans. Gone is the flavour shot of vanilla-hazelnut but introduced is the taste of biscuity wafer covered in dark baker's chocolate.

If this were supposed to be a stout I'd knock it for not having enough malt, but as a porter the medium mouthfeel will make do. While we're making comparisons, this has about the same level of drying, lightly-astringent roast found in most stouts. A spattering of hoppiness finds its way into the finish, where it compliments the coffee.

Coffee porters tend to go either one of two ways: either the coffee obliterates the porter flavours, or the coffee plays nice and blends graciously into the beer. This is the latter, which I much prefer. Three Heads Brewing make a mean 'Caffè Americano', but it's definitely one to be enjoyed by the pint glass and not those dinky little cups.

biegaman, Jan 02, 2012
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

jpd7374, Dec 28, 2011
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3/5  rDev -20%

ZacharyJ, Dec 24, 2011
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

duff247, Dec 19, 2011
Photo of cavedave
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Live review. Hung with these guys at TAP last year, cool cats. Gonna review this as if there was a cat. for Coffee Porter, as I believe this category is too broad.

A finger of light brown foam quickly disappears and leaves not much more than floating amoebae and a thin ring to top this reddish brown brew.

Coffee and caramel the main aromas, with some spicy alcohol hints and light tart yeasty going on as well. Not a strong smell, but pleasant.

Blessedly, the taste is much stronger and livelier. Coffee and a little bit of chocolate start things, with a touch of tart and some righteous dark caramel joining the party. Herbal bitter hop and roasty goodness are the supporting cast, wonderfully. The sip ends with the sweet hanging in but the more bitter notes keeping things interesting. Delicious.

Well attenuated, easy drinking, very low carb., a clean flavor profile, with an excellent finish. Some might say this is a bit thin, but for these flavors the lightness of this is perfect.

Quite a wonderful beer from three quite wonderful guys who brew some fantastic stuff right here in NYState. It's been my pleasure sending their beers all over this country. Try this, you'll love it.

cavedave, Dec 13, 2011
Photo of codon2004
4/5  rDev +6.7%

codon2004, Dec 11, 2011
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
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

StonedTrippin, Dec 11, 2011
Photo of jlindros
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

jlindros, Dec 06, 2011
Photo of akorsak
3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

akorsak, Nov 26, 2011
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

metalgdog, Nov 25, 2011
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

nh2032, Nov 24, 2011
Photo of rudzud
3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

rudzud, Nov 23, 2011
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

rab53, Nov 20, 2011
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

tclapper, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of bobhits
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

bobhits, Nov 16, 2011
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3/5  rDev -20%

nlabruyere, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of mjtiernan
4/5  rDev +6.7%

mjtiernan, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of JRod1969
4/5  rDev +6.7%

JRod1969, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of Daktyls
3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
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

Daktyls, Oct 23, 2011
Java Sutra Coffee Porter from Three Heads Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 128 ratings.