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Coffeehouse Porter - Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.

Coffeehouse PorterCoffeehouse Porter

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744 Ratings

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Ratings: 744
Reviews: 449
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 10.07%

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:
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(Beer added by: purplehops on 05-03-2002)
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Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A great representative of this style? Very fresh coffee poured into their porter and then more sweetness. Unpasterized, unfiltered, fresh bottle from this week's Massachusetts trip. Very dark brown, tasty even though I am not a coffee drinker. Big coffee aroma and caffeine kick.

I also had this on nitro at the Amerherst Brewery and it was not as good. Lace, and licorice. I think the nitro definately cuts down the taste.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2007 03:44:15 | More by Sammy
Photo of BuckeyeNation


4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Roasted coffee bean brown with generous highlights of red and gold. I like my porters to be opaque since that tells me that the beer is likely to be full-flavored and full-bodied. Not one photon of the strong sunlight pouring through my front window finds its way through the glass. Fabulous looking head of golden toasted ecru that is mega-creamy and is coating the glass with thick, minutely pocked sheets of lace. Hard to believe that a porter could look much better.

Some coffee beer goes easy on the beans (or in this case, extract), but this one is unshamedly coffee-like. Other aromas haven't been left out in the cold, but they're playing second fiddle with a few busted strings. In addition to the java, black malt and bittersweet chocolate manage to keep things within the realm of beer rather than of iced coffee.

There's no question that this is well-brewed, quality beer. Whether it's good beer or very good beer will likely depend on one's love for coffee (to state the obvious). Since I'm not a fan, I'm going to stick with merely good. Whereas the nose was almost stout-like, it's apparent when beer enters mouth that I'm dealing with a porter. Exceeding the style guidelines is great (in some cases), but not doing so is never a problem.

Also like the nose, coffee is clearly the dominant member of the flavor profile, but stops short of oblitereting everything in its path. There's still a well-roasted maltiness--no char that I could detect--along with a citric fruity hoppiness that I've just noticed. Well, well, well, this isn't such a one trick pony after all. That does it, I've just elevated this beer to 'very good' status. A further deepening and complexification with warming bears me out.

The body is medium for the style, perhaps a trifle more full than that. There's a light creaminess about it, along with a minor degree of mouth-coating that I find agreeable. A soft, under-the-radar amount of carbonation is a bonus.

This is my first Berkshire Brewing Company beer and it's an absolute doozy. Since I'm not a coffee lover/drinker, I sometimes feel as though I'm not giving coffee-added beer a fair shake. No problem here though. I'm able to recognize wonderful beer when I drink it and Coffeehouse Porter is unquestionably wonderful beer. Thanks to MuddyFeet for the bomber.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2006 15:41:13 | More by BuckeyeNation
Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Very nice twenty two ounce bottle that was obtained quite some time ago. I have had this one sitting in the fridge waiting for me and decided to open it up. Poured into two snifters, consumed on 08/17/2008.

The pour was easily the best part. Deep, rich black notes, with a billowing head of tan coming up over two inches over the top. Nice side glass lacing as well as a really slow fade.

The aroma was rich with coffee. Lots of fresh roasted, dark coffee notes, hints of vanilla and some subtle sweetness as well as a touch of a toasted malt. The flavor was much more of the same with a rich roasted coffee and toasted smoked like flavor. Some light sweetness but alot of the bitter from the coffee was still reasily apparent. Only downside here was a lightly thin feel. Should have had a little more weight to it. The drinkablitly though made it easily sessionable with a rich note that was really quite nice indeed.

Overall not a bad one at all, though this needed to be a little fuller to play with the big boys. A solid lighter offering with the coffee brews.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2008 01:32:24 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of brentk56

North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a coffee brown color with a nice head that leaves squiggles of lace here and there

Smell: Coffee and chocolate

Taste: Coffee flavors up front with a rich roasted malt element; after the swallow, the finish has plenty of mocha

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: The chocolate and coffee blend together to create a very nice mocha element

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2007 01:54:36 | More by brentk56
Photo of metter98

New York

3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is nearly jet black in color - traces of brown are visible near the edge of the glass when viewed from above into a light source. It poured with a quarter finger high tan head that died down a bit, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface, a collar around the edge and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light aromas of coffee beans are present in the nose - these become a little stronger as the beer warms up.
T: The taste is similar to the smell, except that the coffee flavors are a bit stronger. There is also a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has nearly a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink and has pleasant, mild flavors of coffee beans.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2013 13:52:36 | More by metter98
Photo of ChainGangGuy


4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours out an effectively opaque black body with a tall, airy, beige head. A nick of lace here or there as the head recedes.

Smell: Inviting, coffee-scented aroma, with additional notes, primarily malty, smelling of dark chocolate, caramel, charred barley, and a few crushed up Whoppers. Also a noticeable trace of dark fruits.

Taste: Dark, roasty malts tasting of 60% cocoa bittersweet chocolate, moderately roasty coffee, caramel, and malted milk. Quite a bit like chilled, sweetened coffee. Hint of vanilla. Slight plum fruitiness. Very mild hop character. Bitterness predominately coming from the roasted malts and coffee. Small bite of acidity. Roasty, drying finish with a close of coffee.

Mouthfeel: Just barely clocks in at medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Fairly soft mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Smooth, easily drinkable, and enjoyable. As a longtime fan of both beer and coffee, I enjoyed this one. Thanks to monsterzero for the opportunity to finally try BBC's CP.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2010 01:27:47 | More by ChainGangGuy
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My first Berkshire beer and what a first impression,poured into an imperial pint glass a deep dark brown with a hint of ruby a pillowy slight off white head atop a creamy froth after it settles.The coffee shows thru wich was expected along with some molasses and milk chocolate with a slight earthy presence.Coffee is prevalent on the palate but not overbearing almost like a mochachino coffee blend with a late earthiness wich made me wanna drink more.A big smooth creamy mouthfeel just enhanced the flavors of this beer,a damn fine porter one of the better I have had in quite awhile for sure.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2007 23:16:31 | More by oberon
Photo of TMoney2591


4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Devil's Backbone willibecher.

Thanks to connecticutpoet for this bottle!

Dean's Beans? Clearly there is no shortage of clever coffee company names. This brew pours a shiny obsidian topped by about a finger of ecru foam. The nose is shockingly dominated by coffee, with added help from chocolate, roasted malt, graham cracker, toffee, and nutmeg notes. The taste is very similar, though the coffee is somewhat toned down a bit, leaving the roasted malts to come further to the fore. The body is a slightly hefty medium, with a light carbonation and a fairly velvety feel. Overall, a solid porter, with a delightfully balanced coffee flavor. This should be the benchmark for future attempts at such a style.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2010 04:51:57 | More by TMoney2591
Photo of NeroFiddled


4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sweetish mocha java dominates the flavor and aroma of Berkshire's wonderful Coffeehouse Porter.

The clear, dark mahogany body lies beneath a two finger head of creamy khaki-colored foam that holds quite well and leaves some very nice lace about the glass.

The nose offers an enticing combination of caramel and ground coffee beans, as well as a touch of more roasty, brewed coffee.

It's lightly crisp in the mouth with a very fine bubbled, median carbonation and decidedly medium body. As it warms it becomes a touch airy, and slightly creamy, but it's not dextrinous enough to really take it there.

The flavor is of rich mocha java with a sweetish caramel side; and it finishes short and dry with some earthy chicory flavor and a mild roasty note.

The alcohol is never noticeable; and it delivers and impressive balance of coffee flavors, roastiness, and underlying bitterness. Very nice!

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2005 21:28:25 | More by NeroFiddled
Photo of MasterSki


4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to dschuster03 for hooking me up with a 22oz bottle of this at Darkness Day.

A - Rich dark brown, with a medium tan head that dissipates pretty quickly and leaves quite a bit of lace. No visible carbonation.

S - Roasted coffee, chocolate, roasted malt, with a bit of cream/milk. It smells yummy, but doesn't have the richness and depth of some of my other favorite coffee brews - think Perkulator, not Breakfast Stout.

T - The taste of the coffee is a little more burnt than the smell. Chocolate provides a little bit of sweetness on the front palette and bitterness in the finish.

M - There's a tiny bit of carbonation which gives a nice little tingle. Just right in density - smooth but not watery.

D - Easier to drink than a cup o' joe. I was able to finish a bomber more quickly than the usual coffee porter. Alcohol isn't very present and is consistent with the listed 6.2%

Solid coffee porter - not quite as interesting as Tyranena, but preferable to Mill St.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2008 02:09:52 | More by MasterSki
Photo of TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

4.7/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22oz. bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a medium-sized tan head that fades slowly and leaves a thick, even lace on the glass.

S: Simply put, if ever a beer smelled like a cup of coffee, this is the beer. I used to work downwind from a company that manufactures coffee syrup and the aroma that comes from that place when they roasted the coffee beans is exactly what this beer smells like.

T: As the name implies, the flavor is all rich coffee with some roasted malt. There's a little bit of hops in there just to make you remember that you're actually drinking a beer. The after-taste is almost the same as the one I get from my Dunkin' Donuts iced coffee every morning.

M: Extremely smooth and a little viscous, medium-to-heavy body, light-to-medium carbonation, finish is a little sticky, but not as much as you would expect from this type of beer.

D: I think I could drink this beer as often as some people drink coffee. This is just a tasty, easy-drinking, enjoyable beer. It's also the type of beer that could be a pounder or a sipper.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2006 06:04:05 | More by TheManiacalOne
Photo of emerge077


3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A reddish highlight on a body of chestnut. Similar in color to the cup of coffee sitting next to it in a whiskey glass. The Coffeehouse Porter distinguishes itself with spindly threads of lacing around the edges, with a good finger of foam from the initial pour. Head recedes to a skim that still covers the surface.

Malty aroma, banana esters, very mild coffee that isn't especially dominant.

Mild coffee in the flavor, mixed with a caramel toffee element in the middle. Dominated by malt. Not harsh or especially roasty at all. Finish is dry, and there's a mild astringency from the coffee. Fairly mellow feeling and light bodied for a Porter, with a good level of carbonation. Seems to take cues from Sam Smith Taddy Porter. One could finish a bomber pretty easily due to it's mellow nature.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2007 22:54:07 | More by emerge077
Photo of russpowell


3.68/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

Got this one from pportias, cheers Pete!

Pours a brown tinged chestnut with 3+ fingers of tan head. Superior head retention & lacing

S: Coffee & vanilla

T: Coffee, roasted malt, dryness & a touch of vanilla up front. Cocoa, coffee, & dryness as this warms. Finishes dry with more coffee & roasted malt

MF: Medium bodied with low carbonation, pretty smooth

Drinks good, coffee porters are hit & miss to me, this one isn't great, but pretty good, a bit too dry for me

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2008 04:14:29 | More by russpowell
Photo of WesWes

New York

4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a deep, dark black color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a rich and bitter black malt scent along with a mild coffee presence. It's quite dry and earthy. The taste is good also. It has a smooth black malt and coffee flavor that goes down easy and finishes dry and earthy with a fine coffee residue. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good drinking beer. There seems to be a split opinion on the coffee flavored beers. Personally, I like them. This is a damn good porter. The coffee only enhances the malt profile.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2007 01:33:51 | More by WesWes
Photo of drabmuh


3.68/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a tulip. Beer is dark brown to black and mostly clear with a decent head of medium bubbles that leaves some lacing on the glass but the head doesn't stick around to see how the tasting turns out.

The aroma is weak but sweet with a hint of coffee, some pungent coffee note on the end.

Beer is medium to light in body, lighter than expected, and has a mild sweetness on the front end. Its nice and drinks easy. The coffee flavors are OK, not great. Its a little bitter from malts, overall its an OK porter.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2010 05:44:23 | More by drabmuh
Photo of Mora2000


4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to mar for sharing this bottle.

This is my first beer from Berkshire Brewing Company. I look forward to trying some of their other offerings. The beer pours a dark brown color with a tan head. The aroma is strong coffee. The flavor is roasted malt with some coffee. The beer has a mouthfeel that is a little thinner than expected and it has medium carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2010 18:23:48 | More by Mora2000
Photo of zeff80


4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a dark, dark brown color with a thick, rocky, three-finger head of tan foam. It left patchy rings of lace.

S - It smelled of coffee beans, chocolate and roasted malt.

T - It tasted of coffee, dark chocolate and a bitter hop kick. Great balance of coffee and chocolate.

M - It was soft and smooth. A medium-bodied beer with a somewhat dry finish.

D - This is a very good coffee porter. Well-balanced and delicious.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2009 17:48:11 | More by zeff80
Photo of jwc215


3.55/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to wolfsblood for this 22-ouncer!

Pours dark brown with a tan head that cascades a bit before settling to a creamy tan head. Lacing sticks.

The smell is of roasted - coffee, though not quite (something artificial-ish about it). It is roasty, though with a fruity sweetness - towards tart.

The taste is of roasty, iced-coffee (almost) with caramel, a touch of nuts and fruity/citrusy notes. Sweetish with a roasty bitterish finish. The coffee is towards what I think of fruit in most American fruit beers (coffee syrup?)

It is smooth, despite a vague touch of astringency. It has a medium body that is a touch watery at times.

A nice American porter may lie underneath, but though I love good coffee the coffee here just doesn't do anything particularly great for me. It drinks easily enough though the 22 ounces was more than enough for me. A nice porter, in the end, with a nice citric balance, and the coffee part isn't "bad", but not the rich coffee type I prefer in my coffee-flavoured beers.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2009 00:50:24 | More by jwc215
Photo of RblWthACoz


4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark ruby brown that is almost opaque. Some head falls pretty fast. Nose is faint with roasted coffee. Not overly strong, but fairly present. Flavor is very, very good. Strong robust roasted coffee flavors. Long lasting aftertaste. Feel is thick on the liquid and pretty damn silky. Extremely drinkable. So glad I dragged this back from Boston to Brooklyn.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2007 02:08:47 | More by RblWthACoz
Photo of Gavage

New Jersey

4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: clear dark brown in color. Short one finger head lingers around a while.

Smell: loads of strong coffee and chocolate tones are easily picked up.

Taste: big flavored beer here. Huge roasted malt profile with coffee, dark chocoaltes, and a mild bitterness. Not overly complex, but a straight forward coffee flavored beer.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy in body. Smooth from start to finish. Roasted coffee and dark chocolate aftertaste.

Drinkability: very enjoyable porter. Easy to drink and worth seeking out on draft.

Serving type: on-tap

03-20-2007 14:55:22 | More by Gavage
Photo of smcolw


3.68/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Spotty lace, which is surprising given the impressive head. The head is tan and foamy. The color is deep brown.

I'm not a big coffee fan, but I won't mark off any points for the fresh ground pre-brewed coffee aromas. After this inital whiff, a touch of malt and fresh hop mildly appear.

Mocha flavor, the bitterness on the swallow is strictly from coffee flavor. The malt is mild and the hop is present but subdued. Nice body to this beer with an appropriate amount of carbonation.

Okay, coffee is not my thing, but this beer isn't flawed in any way. I'd predict that if you enjoy fresh ground coffee, you'll enjoy this beer very much.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2005 01:20:50 | More by smcolw
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3.03/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a dark brown color with an average brown frothy head. Nose is a bit faint and skuny with moderate roasted coffee aroma. Taste is flat. Where is the coffee? Mouthfeel is roasted malts with really no other flavors at all. The slight skunked flavor tends to creep out a bit in the end. I think I may have had a bad one so i wont kill it on ratings.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2009 03:30:00 | More by barleywinefiend
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3.68/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a pint on nitro at the Wild Colonial in Providence, RI. I dont know if the nitro was the best option for this beer. I was certainly smooth, but it didn't have a character that I'd rate as an A-. Yes, there was a tasty mix of dark-roasted coffee and chocolate, but at times it just seemed dull on my palate for such a highly-rated beer. Still a fine beer, but I've had better coffee porters. There just isn't enough porter flavor.

Serving type: nitro-tap

08-21-2010 21:39:21 | More by tempest
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4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to damianblack for this 650 mL bottle.

A: The porter is a dark cola color, black from afar but dark chocolate brown up close. Not much head and no lacing; both detracting a bit.

S: The coffee aroma is strong here, completely overwhelming any porter aspects. The strength of the coffee leads me to think that a cold toddy method was used.

T: The taste is not as robust as the nose indicates. Porter flavors are more evident, roasted chocolate and caramel with a smoothness that reminds me of oatmeal. The coffee flavors improve as the porter warms, releasing a full roasted taste. The back end of the porter is a little thin, dropping off quickly when the coffee flavor fades.

M: The mouthfeel is very smooth, I'd swear some oatmeal made its way into the malt bill. And the coffee? Oh how the coffee smacks the tastebuds.

D: A pleasant sipping beer, the coffee really stands out with a robust finish. I'd like a little more porter to step in behind the coffee but that's just my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2009 20:34:55 | More by akorsak
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New Hampshire

3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a three finger light tan head that fades quickly to a thin layer leaving a good lace. Deep mahogany color. Roasted coffee nose. Light-medium carbonation and medium-heavy bodied. Flavor is sweet roasted coffee, smooth but finishes as burnt coffee, still very drinkable. $3.94 for a 22oz bottle from Ruggeri & Sons Greenfield, MA.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2008 22:40:04 | More by jdhilt
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Coffeehouse Porter from Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.
91 out of 100 based on 744 ratings.