Coffeehouse Porter - Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.

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Coffeehouse PorterCoffeehouse Porter

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

959 Ratings
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Ratings: 959
Reviews: 472
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 9.83%
Wants: 78
Gots: 103 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Berkshire Brewing Company Inc. visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: purplehops on 05-03-2002

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Photo of Red34
4.31/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

If you love beer and coffee, look no further. Excellent offering.

Photo of predikit
3.73/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours nearly black, left a very small head that receded almost immediately. Moderate amount of lacing left behind.

Notes of coffee, molasses, hint of chocolate maybe some roasted oats as well.

Rich dark espresso flavor, though the coffee flavor is a bit off. Don't know quite how to explain it, but I'm guessing the culprit here is over-roasted beans. Bitterness arrives in full colors on first taste but is mellowed and nearly gone for the rest.

Medium bodied, maybe a bit high on the carbonation, feels clean otherwise.

A very drinkable coffee porter, but I've had much better.

Photo of CoffeePorter
4.63/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I have heard of this brewery in passing as it is located fairly close by. As a coffee aficionado I had to get my hands on this beer as they use Dean's Beans which is one of my favorite coffee roasters. I figured that it would taste like drinking coffee, but within a beer and in fact they nailed it.

I poured it into a 12 ounce glass. The color is as black as it could possibly be. There is a coffee/tan colored lace around the edges.

It smells like coffee, a lot of coffee. Perhaps more of an espresso type of smell. Very bold with a small hint of chocolate.

It tastes like COFFEE!!! Wow, to my surprise the notes of coffee are incredibly strong. It's a very full bodied beer and has a nice bite to it.

There is a fair amount of carbonation, but it doesn't take away from the creaminess of the beer. It goes down very smooth.

Overall, it's exceptional. If you love coffee, you will love the coffeehouse porter from BBC!!!

Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.82/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Berkshire Brewing Coffeehouse

Served in a snifter from a bomber.

The pour produces a robust, chewy and imposing head, oatmeal and khaki in color. The body is black and opaque. Head holds very well and leaves sticky lacing in it's wake. 5

Roasted coffee is present but light. Ditto dark chocolate. Earthy hop notes are noticeable too. This nose isn't incredibly vibrant. 3

Taste is much more assertive. Deep dark roast coffee finds its place in the brew without becoming dominant. The finish is a delicious blend of coffee, chocolate, vanilla, and caramel and takes on a latte blend flavor as it warms. 4

Having recently had the incredibly rich and full-bodied Founder's Porter recently, I have to compare these two and the body on this is noticeably thinner. Not so much as to detract from the beer, but it certainly could elevate this beer to legendary status to have a bit more thickness. Other than that, it's smooth and finishes with a roasted and slightly bitter coffee-like feel. Very pleasant. 4

Not much to add in summary, other than that this brew is good and an absolute bargain at around $4 a bomber.

Photo of batch19
4.75/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had it on nitro, very smooth and delicious.

Photo of WhiteHillsStore
4.02/5  rDev -1.2%

Pours a dark brown with a coffee colored head. The scent is pure espresso with some sweet creamy scents coming through. The taste is all about the coffee with very heavy bitter flavors of espresso and sweet cream coming through on the end. Very delicious.

Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.74/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- Body is a dark brown nearly black hue. Pours with a 1-2 creme brulee colored head that quickly fades to a thin collar. Some lacing is left behind in the glass.

S- Nose is mild to moderate in strength. Coffee, cream, sweet vanilla, roasted malt. A nice smooth balance.

T- Lots of coffee flavor upfront as well as vanilla sweetness. The finish has a moderate amount of roasted malt bitterness and some vanilla sweetness.

M- Low carbonation, medium to heavy weight body with a slightly thin consistency.

O- Overall this a pretty decent porter. Not much complexity to it and can come across as a hair thin.

Photo of DHarv
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Have had it in bombers and draft, draft seemed to be more consistent because this beer often sits in shops fridge's for a while.

Photo of lambpasty
4.39/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a heavy glass 16oz beer mug.

A - About as dark as brown can get without being black. Slight ruby hues showing through on the edges when held up tot he light, and about an inch of khaki head that dissipated after a few minutes leaving a thin layer of bubbles with marginal lacing. I could have done with a more lasting foam, but otherwise looks exactly how you want a porter to look.

S - Black coffee, of course. Dark wheat toast, roasted oats and malt and hints of chocolate. At the tail end there's a hint of molasses and citrus with the chocolate and coffee lingering throughout.

T - Matches what the nose implies. Heavy toasted malt followed by earthy chocolate tones and dark coffee. Mid-sip introduces toasted breads and molasses back into the mix, with a finish of dark malt, toasted oats, bitter chocolate, coffee and a hint of citrusy acidity.

M - Adequate carbonation and viscosity makes this feel like drinking black silk. Starts off bold and stays that way through the sip, but finishes dry with a touch of alcohol warmth and never feels syrupy. More or less exactly the way drinking a Porter is supposed to feel.

O - Definitely one of the better coffee porters I've had, and an excellent representation of the style (which, if you've tried anything else Berkshire makes, shouldn't come as any surprise.) Something I will recommend and pick up again.

Photo of Flounder57
4.06/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass at Woody's.

Appearance: A one finger mocha head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a pitch black color with no vision of anything. Nice lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Roasted coffee, earthy, bittersweet chocolate, and slight toasted, bready, caramel, toffee, and smokey notes in the rear.

Taste: Coffee and chocolate up front with everything else in the rear.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, silky, smooth, mild bitterness, medium bodied, and medium carbonation.

Overall: Pretty solid porter. One of my local favorites for this style.

Photo of Beric
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Serving: In a sampler at Supreme Liquors in Central Square
Served: 19 September 2014

Appearance: Pours a nice dark brown with a dirty brown head. The head didn't stick around long but it could have been from the size of the sampler glass. 4/5

Smell: Strong notes of coffee with some mild sweetness there too. Almost smells like coffee ice cream. 4/5

Taste: Wow, really awesome flavor on this one. While the coffee in the beer is obviously one of the primary draws, it isn't dominating. Instead, I got a nice balance between coffee and maltiness, and even a nice assertion of smokiness on the back end, from the roasted malt. Really superbly done. 4.25/5

Feel: Nice and full on the tongue without being thick. Good carbonation gives it just enough liveliness to carry the beer on the palate without being too effervescent for the style.

Overall: A really great beer that I would highly recommend. A easy drinking coffee flavored beer that doesn't beat you over the head with anything. Outstanding. 4/5

Photo of Roguer
4/5  rDev -1.7%

On nitro, this brew is jet black topped with a full, creamy tan head with excellent retention.

Not much aroma pops through; fairly classic stout porter notes, mostly roasted barley, dark, overripe fruit, and some coffee.

I didn't get much coffee flavor in the first sip, but it definitely built throughout the sitting. The dominant character is simply roasted barley, but it's very well balanced in this beer, with virtually no sour fruit presence.

Creamy, full mouthfeel. Very drinkable porter.

This is an excellent porter, right up my alley. I wouldn't exactly grab it looking for a coffee stout; rather, the coffee flavor lends itself to the overall character of the beer.

Photo of buschbeer
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.

Photo of KarlosT
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I really like this beer. Very dark and robust, with a creamy coffee like flavor (as though I had added cream to my coffee). Flavors are really well balanced. Very nice mouthfeel. Great aromas. And I found that it is very reasonably priced.

Had it for the first time on tap at the Grill Next Door (Haverhill MA), and have since had it in bottles several times. Both quite good.

Highly recommended

Photo of TheBeerDrinker
3.55/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Not sure how old the bottle is as I got it as an extra.

Pours out dark as night with a huge three-finger light brown head with really good retention with a good amount of lacing..

Smell is quite subdued with faint dark grains and even more faint smell of coffee. I can tell there is coffee because I was looking for it given the name but it is hard to get in the nose.

Taste is burnt malts with a little more coffee than in the nose. Definitely not a coffee forward type of beer but it is in there and it adds a little to what seems to be a pretty noncomplex beer and what I would say is pretty two-dimemtional.

Mouthfeel is is nice and I would say a 6 of a 10 scale which I think is about right or the style.

Overall this beer is really drinkable but nothing extraordinary as it seems pretty two-dimentional. I do really like the beer though. For being so simple it tastes pretty good. I wonder if this is an older bottle as it may have be better fresh as we all know lots of flavor fade with time especially coffee. I still am glad to try this but it isn't anything I would seek out again.

Photo of BoardwalkBock
4.29/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Love this beer. I felt like changing it up from my usual run since it is so damn cold outside. And for $3.99, what a steal.

A: Black. Very, very dark. Looks like, well, coffee. Licorice comes to mind. So does a black hole. Lacing left at the top reminds me of the lacing at the top of a root beer float left from the ice cream.

S: Coffee. Straight in your face coffee. There is no going around it. As the beer warms, hints of chocolate, fig and vanilla appear.

T: This baby tastes like the finest coffee money can buy. Jamaican, peruvian? Wish I knew what types of beans were used for the "coffee extract" made for BBC. Slight chocolate and vanilla as the beer warms.

M: Heavy. Lingers around the edges of your mouth as it drips down. Amazing. Good bitterness too.

O: You wanted a coffee porter? You got a coffee porter. I plan on bringing a few of these bad boys back with me to NY and then to NC to enjoy with a few of my friends.

Photo of ThisLadyLovesBeer
4.49/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A = The darkest, most beautiful black coffee you can imagine, with a luscious creamy head and ample lacing on the glass.

S = Coffee upfront and the malty porter second. Exquisite.

T = Wow!! For a coffee and porter lover like me, this is heavenly. Coffee, light vanilla, and then smooth maltiness on the palate.

M = True to the Porter style, with just a bit of extra-creaminess.

O = This is a favorite that I hope to revisit over and over again. Would it be wrong to pour this in a coffee cup in the morning and enjoy it at 7 a.m.?!? As far as food pairings, I'm not quite sure what would stand up to its richness, but maybe a slice of pecan pie or a sweet/spicy barbeque sauce on top of baby back ribs?

Photo of Apellonious
3.99/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber.

A - dark as night. Small cream colored head. Second pour a two finger fluffy head.

S - coffee, smoke, vanilla.

T - tastes as it smells. Heavy in the coffee.

M - near perfect. Solid, but not overly thick or syrupy.

O - good stuff. Recommended for porter heads.

Photo of Nufced
4.19/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Berkshire Coffeehouse Porter on-tap was recommended to me by a bartender at a favorite restaurant on lower Cape Cod.

A: dark brownish black body with a good head.

S: definite coffee smell

T: subtly bitter with obvious coffee and some chocolate aftertaste but very smooth

M: hearty and smooth

O: fantastic on tap, have been buying it by the bottle for an after dinner desert, not much lost from tap to bottle

Serving type: on-tap and bottle

Photo of mlichens
3.72/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a frosted glass. Pours more like a brown ale, really, with some carbonation that allows the tan lacing to keep to the top.

The smell is, not unexpectedly, very reminiscent of a fine espresso. And, yes, the coffee is present in the taste of the beer. Despite the carbonation, the beer is rather smooth and has a pleasant feeling as it goes down. A tad too sweet for my palate, sort of like brown sugar.

Overall, I'd say it's a tasty beer, good as an after-dinner drink or a dessert beer. I can't see myself buying this too often, though.

Photo of DrinkNewport
4.21/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Nice black pour with an an almost white head.

The aroma is nice and rich with a lot of coffee coming through.

This coffeehouse porter tastes like...coffee...and porter...and given that we're a fan of both, that's a great thing.

Overall, surprisingly good.

Photo of LeRose
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into snifter.

A - poured dark brown with a finger of beige head that subsided quickly to a little ring around the top.

S - coffee, malt, a hint of chocolate, and coffee. Lots of coffee and good quality coffee at that.

T - nothing complicated about this one. It has a superb coffee flavor overlaying a nice, solid stout. Ample coffee flavor yet you know you are drinking a beer - the malt contribution is not overplayed by the java. A little black coffee bitterness and just a very slight hint of a chocolate flavor. Warmed up nicely - took my time and at room temp it was still smooth and delicious.

MF - this is a silky-smooth beer. The mouthfeel was not overly heavy, maybe a tad bit thin for the style, but pleasant and easy drinking. The warmer it got, the more smooth it felt.

Overall - I liked this a lot and will keep it "in stock" when I can find it. What I enjoyed is the coffee flavor not dominating - well-balanced, very smooth flavor profile, tasty warm or on the cool side. Nice beverage.

Photo of snowmaggedon
4.55/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Coffee-like color, poured a medium-sized head that dissipated slowly.

Smelled like delicious toffee and caramel flavors. I hadn't had many beers from these guys, but I knew from the nose that this one was going to be great.

I really enjoyed this as a nitro beer, full bodied and a nice balanced malt flavor.

Overall, this was excellent and i will readily have this beer again.

Photo of beergoot
4.34/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown body coupled with a thick, creamy, light tan and persistent head. Roasted coffee and charred grain aroma. Milk chocolate, coffee, some hop bitterness and a smidgeon of alcohol notes with the taste. Very smooth, buttery feel; rich and creamy body.

Highly recommended for fans of thick, chewy, dark ales. This porter packs a huge dose of flavors to tickle your taste buds, all wrapped together in a silky body that really is a sensuous delight.

Photo of Jas45678
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into tulip courtesy of lucas1801

Pours a deep black with a small tan head that fades quickly. Smell is coffee, roasted malts with a hint of chocolate. Taste is coffee and the roasted malts with a touch of bitterness, not overpowering or heavy. Lighter mouthfeel with average carbonation for the style. Very clean and smooth. Overall a very good porter that I would buy often if I had access to it.

Coffeehouse Porter from Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.
91 out of 100 based on 959 ratings.