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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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132 Ratings

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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 jmdrpi
3.13/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle, no date.

color is almost black, but brown at the edges. some off-white head that fades fast. roasty aroma of coffee grounds, with some sweetness.

tastes of coffee with cream and sugar. a bit acidic. thin to medium in body, medium carbonation. It could be smoother.

overall - about what I'd expect. try if you're a coffee fan.

Photo of SLeffler27
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The slight head leaves a coating of lacing over a nearly black elixir.

The aroma is that of deep roasted malt with some chocolate and coffee ice cream.

The B. United tulip presents rich roasted malt with bitterness of black coffee and a short finish. This porter is all about the malt, however, there is some cigarette ash as it warms.

Has a texture of wool with a medium body, light carbonation and light alcohol.

This porter is best enjoyed with dinner.

Photo of doucmehu
3.45/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bomber courtesy of mjtiernan, thanks! Shared with friends after dinner.

A: Pours a ruddy deep brown, with hints of burgundy. Head is moderate and mocha in color, leaves some nice lacing.

S: Burnt espresso beans dominate, though not as robust and rich as they are a bit forced and bitter. Some slight sweetness tried to cut the bitterness. An earthy pine hop aroma makes an appearance here as well, though it subsides as the beer warms.

T: The coffee flavor is intense, though not as robust and smooth as I would like, especially when it is so dominant. This reminds me of eating an espresso bean whole - it tastes like coffee, but it's pretty sharp and in your face, lacking some balance. There is a definite bitterness with the coffee as well as some cocoa. The hops are again present but subdued, lacking much depth.

M: The mouthfeel was just about on par with the rest of the beer, being a bit jagged and thin. Carbonation was strong and fizzy, which is fine but for a porter and a coffee beer it would have done nicer with a smoother, creamier finish.

O: I noticed the review contained a lot of "just missed" aspects, which is a good indication of my overall take. It was a decent example, certainly not unenjoyable, but just a little too harsh to really leave drinkability above average.

Photo of JayMillerWild
4.5/5  rDev +21%

Photo of jsh420
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of GoSabres87
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of GrindFatherBob
2/5  rDev -46.2%

Photo of woodycorn44
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of Suds
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

Photo of IdrinkGas
3/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of biegaman
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Photo of jpd7374
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of ZacharyJ
3/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of duff247
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of cavedave
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

Photo of codon2004
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
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

Photo of jlindros
3.83/5  rDev +3%
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.

Photo of akorsak
3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Photo of metalgdog
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of nh2032
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of rudzud
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Photo of rab53
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of tclapper
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of bobhits
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

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