Coffeehouse Porter - Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.
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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
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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
Coffeehouse Porter from Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.
91 out of 100 based on 791 ratings.