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Coffeehouse Porter - Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

886 Ratings
THE BROS
91
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Ratings: 886
Reviews: 457
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 10.07%
Wants: 76
Gots: 70 | FT: 2
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)
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Photo of Sammy
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.

Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev -14%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of acurtis
3/5  rDev -26.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of Texasfan549
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of metter98
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.

Photo of brentk56
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

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.

Photo of mikesgroove
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.

Photo of Knapp85
4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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.

Photo of oberon
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.

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.

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.

Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev -1.7%

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.

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!

Photo of Jason
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 22 oz brown bomber with a marked freshness date on the side of the label, “Porter With Natural Flavour” stated on the label.

Appearance: Thin cropped tan lace that struggles to stay but due to the active carbonation it does stay for the duration. A shade away from jet black, some dregs on the bottom of the bottle stay intact during the pouring.

Smell: Iced coffee comes to mind and cocoa also with a laid back roasted grain smell.

Taste: Very smooth with a crisp recoil, solid medium body. Lots of coffee flavour bouncing around, roasted grain enhances that flavour and brings in to a highly roasted coffee flavour. Vague astringencies don’t bother the palate at all. Good balance between hops, roasted flavours and sweetness. Hops are there but are quite mild with a slight earthiness that doubles with the yeast which is nutty in a way. Finishes lightly sweet with a big linger coffee flavour.

Notes: Certainly better from the last time I had it, not a brew I could sit back and drink all day but it would definitely make an excellent dessert beer.

This is what BeerAdvocate thought of the brew back on 06-10-1998

750ml brown bottle with two brewers clanking pint glasses and the "Dean's Beans" logo smack in the middle. Clear freshness date. Very dark, nearly all black with a beige smooth head. Black malt and "cold coffee ground" aromas. Extremely creamy and smooth. Slight taste of earth and some definite coffee flavours that leave a "day old coffee" aftertaste -- not very pleasant at all. The malt tries to come through but is murdered by the Dean's Beans. Their cries unheard in the blackness of it all. Reminds us of waking up late and not having time to make fresh coffee so you microwave what's in the pot from the previous day and are surprised by a pretty harsh cup of joe. Perhaps Berkshire should stay away from Porters, especially coffee ones.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
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.

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

22 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours black with a little bit of red tinge around the edges. A medium sized head quickly fizzled down to a small ring but that stuck around throughout and left some rather nice looking lacing on each sip. Aroma is strong, strong coffee with some caramel, chocolate, and perhaps vanilla mixed in the back.

Taste is straight up sweet, flavorful coffee and there's that chocolate and vanilla close behind. Slight bittering hops at the end help accentuate it's roasty nature. The mouthfeel is full and smooth and really helps bring everything together.

Wow, this one took me by surprise! Highly drinkable, the taste and body of this comes through not only for coffee lovers but those fans of good Porters in general. Another very solid brew from Berkshire.

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.

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

Thanks very much to TheManiacalOne for this bomber. I decanted it@ 45 degrees into my Dfh shaped pint.

A - A deep potting soil brown w/ ruby highlights and a khaki aead of approximately 2 fingers that has a very fine bead. The lid settles to about 1/2 inch allowing spots of lace to affix themselves on the glass

S - A mild coffee scent w/ a partner of sweet roasted malt. The coffee bean aroma is there, but mild w/ out a boisterous dominance of coffee house roasting smell, just good ole java w/ a very pleasant porter maltiness in tandem

M - The creamy smooth malt and roasted bean textures roll over the tongue w/ a very suitable amount of carbonation and mild sweetness. The finish is relatively clean for the style. Very low bitterness and dry nutty bean notes really give this a full effect in the mouthfeel

T - A blast of caramel malt sweetness and a rich roasted flavor lthat is oily and creamy like rich medium roast coffee that is full in flavor and savory like your morning cuppa

Just excellent in the blend w/out a punch or overly intense coffee flavor. The dean's Beans coffee here just augments the great flavor of the porter which is malty and very well crafted w/ clean flavors that accent on mild roast and smooth malt w/ very low bitter notes and almost no hops in the taste to speak of. Crisp and refreshing w/ just enough cocoa like sweetness to round this porter out . I wish I had some Dean's Beans after tasting this since the coffee flavor is so smooth and flavorful w/out overwhelming the palate or overtaking the flavor of the beer, a very nice marriage of roasted flavors

D - This is one for coffee and porter lovers or those who may wake up with java and finish their day w/ porter. The flavor is a nice juxtoposition and stays drinkable as the sum of the parts don't interrupt or intrude on the others strong points. It is so drinkable to me, I just kept sippin' for about an hour- the flavor stayed smooth the whole time. I love the roastiness or should I say how the roastiness is so well balanced. The craftsmanship is great and the blend of coffee in the beer is the epitome of restraint. Since Dean's Beans don't overthrow the quality porter in this excellent coffee flavored ale. I would love to get my hands on more since I enjoyed every drop. It took me back to Silverback Gorilla coffee ale. Thanks again TheManiacalOne!

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Coffeehouse Porter from Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.
91 out of 100 based on 886 ratings.