1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Coffeehouse Porter - Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.

Not Rated.
Coffeehouse PorterCoffeehouse Porter

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
91
outstanding

791 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

(view ratings)
Ratings: 791
Reviews: 450
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 10.07%
Wants: 72
Gots: 46 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Berkshire Brewing Company Inc. visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: purplehops on 05-03-2002)
View: Beers (43) |  Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 791 | Reviews: 450 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by jondeelee:
Photo of jondeelee
jondeelee

Massachusetts

3.65/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pouring an almost entirely opaque jet-black, Coffeehouse Porter opens with a lovely nose, full of coffee-laden malts. But unlike many of its peers, the aromas here are delicately, skillfully blended so that no one aroma dominates. In other words, this smells not like a coffee-bombed porter, but an intricately crafted brew that brings about the best fusion of both ingredients. Specifically, on the malt side the beer brings brown sugars, molasses, vanilla, caramel, and touches of tobacco and ash, while the coffee beans add fresh-ground espresso and French roast aromas, heady with coffee bean oils. Ever-so-slight fig and raisin fruit esters add complexity, and the faintest pine resin and grapefruit rind edges balance with bitterness. As a whole, the nose is excellent, my only qualm being that the aromas did fade faster than I was expecting, wearing off to half-strength within thirty seconds.

On the tongue, the beer opens with a got shot of coffee, coming at the taste buds in medium-strength blackness. This is joined by a larger-than-expected addition of hops, adding a grapefruit flavor to the coffee which, while strange, largely mingles well, though it does remind me of a Merlot wine, which is not something I would normally drink with coffee. Malts add the aforementioned caramel, vanilla, brown sugar, and molasses notes, but on the tongue these flavors are diminished and more watery than expected. Touches of ash and tobacco linger far below. The beer does lose a bit of potency from mouthful to mouthful, especially noticeable in the diminution of sugars, with later mouthfuls being largely coffee, ash, and grapefruit/Merlot. The aftertaste is a continuation of the main mouthful's flavors, and lingers for a good time. Mouthfeel is medium-light, and carbonation is medium.

Overall, while the initial aromas were very promising, the actual flavors didn't quite live up to promise. The coffee and ash flavors did remain potent during the transition, but much was lost in the sugars, and the grapefruit-y hops didn't mesh well with the coffee. The beer is by no means unpalatable, but could use a bit of tweaking to emphasize the proper flavors.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2012 20:31:51 | More by jondeelee
More User Reviews:
Photo of Sellen
Sellen

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

07-29-2014 01:47:01 | More by Sellen
Photo of ShanePB
ShanePB

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

07-26-2014 14:44:45 | More by ShanePB
Photo of Stagga_Lee
Stagga_Lee

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

07-22-2014 03:51:45 | More by Stagga_Lee
Photo of Ropowers3
Ropowers3

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -1.7%

07-21-2014 15:39:29 | More by Ropowers3
Photo of brinnavirginia
brinnavirginia


5/5  rDev +22.9%

07-19-2014 14:15:41 | More by brinnavirginia
Photo of Duesler
Duesler

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -1.7%

07-15-2014 12:39:30 | More by Duesler
Photo of DrBier
DrBier

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -1.7%

07-14-2014 19:23:32 | More by DrBier
Photo of A-Sox
A-Sox

Rhode Island

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

07-13-2014 12:21:09 | More by A-Sox
Photo of MasterPenguins
MasterPenguins

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

07-10-2014 20:23:06 | More by MasterPenguins
Photo of ScotNH
ScotNH

New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

07-04-2014 21:15:34 | More by ScotNH
Photo of buschbeer
buschbeer

Ohio

3.78/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

1 PT. 6 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a snifter

A - This beer is very dark. When held to the light only a faint ruby glow is perceptible. It is topped with a couple inches of tan head. There is a little lacing.

S - I smell some coffee, but it is not strong at all. There really isn't much else.

T - I get a some coffee and roasted malt. There is a mildly bitter finish.

M - Medium with low carbonation.

O - Full disclosure: this beer has two things working against it. This is my second beer of the evening. The first was a Peruvian Morning with huge coffee smell and taste. This beer lacks compared but still has its own merits. Second, this bottle was purchased in Massachusetts about ten months ago. I may have held on to it for too long. It is decent but not as good as the score indicates. i will revisit given the opportunity for a fresher bottle and a cleaner palate.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2014 23:32:46 | More by buschbeer
Photo of Petegrieco
Petegrieco

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

07-01-2014 23:53:21 | More by Petegrieco
Photo of pisano
pisano

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -14%

06-30-2014 16:19:50 | More by pisano
Photo of markdrinksbeer
markdrinksbeer

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -1.7%

06-30-2014 03:12:48 | More by markdrinksbeer
Photo of J-Bonestradamus
J-Bonestradamus

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -1.7%

06-29-2014 07:21:36 | More by J-Bonestradamus
Photo of Abe_Froman
Abe_Froman

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

06-29-2014 04:38:32 | More by Abe_Froman
Photo of bourassa23
bourassa23

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

06-29-2014 01:58:00 | More by bourassa23
Photo of Zombill
Zombill

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

06-28-2014 16:51:07 | More by Zombill
Photo of dustinjkline
dustinjkline

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

06-26-2014 00:07:44 | More by dustinjkline
Photo of jarrodddd
jarrodddd

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +22.9%

06-23-2014 19:22:35 | More by jarrodddd
Photo of Knapp85
Knapp85

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -1.7%

06-18-2014 02:57:54 | More by Knapp85
Photo of Buddha688
Buddha688

New York

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

06-16-2014 17:14:53 | More by Buddha688
Photo of dmachado
dmachado

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

06-14-2014 13:06:19 | More by dmachado
Photo of wrightst
wrightst

Maryland

4/5  rDev -1.7%

06-13-2014 21:37:36 | More by wrightst
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Coffeehouse Porter from Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.
91 out of 100 based on 791 ratings.