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Coffeehouse Porter | Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.

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Coffeehouse PorterCoffeehouse Porter

Brewed by:
Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.
Massachusetts, United States | website

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by purplehops on 05-03-2002

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Photo of BoardwalkBock
4.29/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

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Photo of ThisLadyLovesBeer
4.49/5  rDev +10.6%
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?

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Photo of Apellonious
3.99/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

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Photo of Nufced
4.19/5  rDev +3.2%
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

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Photo of mlichens
3.72/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

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Photo of DrinkNewport
4.21/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

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Photo of LeRose
4.1/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Photo of snowmaggedon
4.55/5  rDev +12.1%
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.

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Photo of beergoot
4.34/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

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Photo of Jas45678
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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Photo of BobZ
4.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle poured into a Three Floyds Teku.

Appearance: Dark brown with a very nice 3" creamy head that hangs around, leaves excellent lacing.

Smell: Big roasted malt, coffee and some chocolate aromas.

Taste: A really nice roasted malt and coffee forward porter. The flavors are not as deep as a heavier stout; however, the beer is rich for the style. As the beer warms some chocolate and a bit or vanilla flavor surfaces through the coffee.

Mouthfeel: Clean on the palate and smooth.

Overall: Really an excellent porter and also an extraordinary value.

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Photo of metter98
3.92/5  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.

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Photo of wisrarebeer
3.54/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: deep dark copper color, nice creamy head
S: deep roasted malt, chocolate with a hint of coffee
T: roasted malt and coffee undertones up front, some balanced bitterness in finish with slight bitterness from coffee, a bit thin in taste
M: surprisingly thin considering the robustness of the nose

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.09/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Served on nitro-tap at The Lower Depths in Boston, MA

A: Pours an opaque yet clear very dark brown (almost black) in color with light amounts of gentle visible carbonation along with cola brown, garnet red, and very dark amber highlights. The beer has a two finger tall dense creamy light tan head that slowly reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer and a slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of roasted coffee over the top of slightly lighter roasted malts. Light hints of bittersweet chocolate are present as well.

T: Upfront there are moderate to strong flavors of dark roasted malts and coffee. Underneath there is a lighter presence of bittersweet chocolate and hints of vanilla. Moderate amounts of bitterness which fade after a short amount of time.

M: Slightly heavier than medium bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation. Creamy.

O: I am a big fan of this beer on-nitro - it does not appear to suffer the thinness of the body that others observed when being poured on nitro (it was just downright creamy). Lovely flavors of coffee come through but are not overpowering (even had a buddy that does not really like coffee agree that this one was great).

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Photo of mtnasty116
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

You definitely need to know before you drink this beer that it tastes a lot like coffee. Coffee is the first thing you will taste, a little dry and bitter: that being said, is that why you bought the Coffeehouse Porter in the first place? Lol. Other than that when it pours you get a tan head and its got a great porter/coffee smell. Unfortunately I was drinking it at a colder temperature than I would have liked and I was also STUFFED when I drank it but I will definitely go back for another bottle of this

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Photo of dpianka
4.54/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

date of tasting: 3/24/2013
place of tasting: My living room
beer: Dean’s Beans Coffeehouse Porter
brewery: Berkshire Brewing
brewery location: South Deerfield, MA
type: Ale
style: Porter
abv: 6.2%
ibu: 36
glass: mason jar
temperature of beer: 55F

Appearance: looks like rich roasted dark coffee, head looks like a fine crema on an espresso

Smell: fruity slightly acidic coffee (kenyan), Dove milk chocolate, bourbon vanilla and a slight hint of lilly flowers

Taste: not as complex as i hoped with the amazing nose. plenty of coffee and rich malty sweetness, the hops provide the perfect balance, there is also a cool little sarsaparilla thing going on that plays nicely with the carbonation. the flavor lingers and fades to a glorious malty mocha finish

Mouthfeel: heavy bodied and chewy

Overall Impression: great beer, if it had caffeine I’d consider replacing my mornin’ Joe.

Food Pairings: flourless chocolate cake with some kind of vanilla bourbon cream. really thick hearty stew made with a porter preferably. Fondue.

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Photo of BigCheese
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on nitro tap at dubliner grand opening for free.

A: Small head to start but left crazy lacing, pretty standard for a nitro so hard to judge, for style apporpriate.

S: Tons of fresh grounnd dark roasted coffee, not espresso though, coffee. Some chocolate malts, pungent. Malty goodness.

T: Coffee with cream, brown bread, roasted malts, a little nutty. Some coco beans. A hint of noble/pine hops. So delicous and refreshing, great daytime brew. Very coffee forward.

M: Chewy, no carbonation, super rich and creamy. Standard for a nitro, not really my cup of tea, I prefer mouthfeel on normal draft or bottle, very sessionable.

O: My quintessential coffee beer, the coffee is the star of show. Its an awesome brew, especially on draft, highly reccomended and something every MA resident should try once.

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Photo of Etan
3.69/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sent to me by Valdieu2. Thanks! 22oz.

A: Pours a glassy black with a nice tan head. Minor lacing and some good retention.

S: Lots of dry coffee roast, light cocoa, a bit of charred grain.

T: Taste brings moderate coffee, some light acidity from the beans, a tiny bit of caramel and cocoa sweetness, and dry grain.

M: Medium-bodied with frothy carbonation.

O: This is pretty good, although a bit more sweetness might help balance out the dry coffee flavors.

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Photo of Beerandboards
4.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a large wine glass

A - dark brown with tan foam. Poured from cellar temp, produces about an inch of head.

S - smells awesome. Rich coffee, some vanilla back there somewhere. Probably the high point here, top notch.

T - one dementional, but the one demention is pretty damn good. Tastes like cold black coffe, with just the right amount of sweetness and some cinnamon and vanilla on the outskirts. Petty damn tasty.

M - thin, low carb. I tend to hate in thin beers, but, for whatever reason, this one works. Nice presentation.

O - tasty beverage. I got this as an extra in a trade, but if it were available locally, I would graba couple regularly. If you want a beer that's almost more coffee than beer, this is a tasty choice.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Best By: 07/11/13

A: Pours a very dark mahogany color nearing black with a fingers worth of tan head

S: Lots of coffee and roasted malts, along with a hint of earthy hops

T: Follows the nose. Leads off with the roasted malts and quickly dives into the coffee. The coffee is lightly bitter, sweet, and slightly astringent (not in a bad way). Also get some earthy hops and chocolate towards the end

M: Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth

O: A nice, roasty porter with plenty of coffee flavor. Fairly straight-forward which is a good thing in coffee beers. Very good price point at $3.99 a bomber, as well. Recommended for the coffee beer lovers out there

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Photo of papat444
3.68/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle, best before 05/21/13.

Appearance: A very dark body, fairly huge head that leaves some good lacing. What's left is a fat ring with a tuft of foam on top.

Smell: Rich, chocolaty coffee, creamy. The finish is more on the roasted grains side.

Taste: The base porter is smooth and the layer of coffee on top is pretty good, milky. Aftertaste is a bit more robust coffee-wise.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, average carbonation. The flavors make it mellow with no bitterness.

Overall: Good but not the best coffee flavored beer i've had. It did go well with the pancakes i had for supper.

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Photo of RichD
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber poured into a Samuel Adams perfect pint glass.

A: This pours a very dark brown, tan 2 finger head. There's also some reddish amber that pokes through when I hold it up to the light. Quite the amount of lacing as I get through this glass.

S: There is a predominant coffee aroma and not much of anything else. Mighty tasty in my nose. Maybe a little chocolate but that may be a stretch.

T: Coffee. A pretty straightforward coffee taste. Definitely delicious. The coffee flavor has the feel of an ice coffee flavor, as opposed to a regular coffee flavor that comes with most coffee offerings (FBS). Overall this is a refreshing taste.

M: A light feel, almost like a thick water. Doesn't stick to the palate and kind of subsides after a little bit of time. Not bad though; better than some other brews I've had.

Overall: This is a pretty good brew. I'd definitely prefer Founders Porter to this one, as founders has more than just a coffee flavor. With that being said, I do like this and I may pick up a bottle in the future. 4.49 for a bomber isn't such a bad price nowadays. Berkshire Brewing has a winner on their hands with this one.

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Photo of Scotchboy
3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle, generously traded by dope (thanks man), split 3 ways with the ladies, my portion into a Stone 10oz tulip...

A: Dark brown pour with clear tawny and amber edges...tan, foamy head with good lacing.

S: Big 'coffeehouse' aromas is the best descriptor here...freshly brewed light-to-medium roast black coffee...dark caramel, moderate suggestions of a lighter roasted malt character.

T: Sweet(er) roasted notes, coffee and toasted grains, roasted malts, not burnt or acrid...hops dance in and out of the picture and aren't distracting...balanced and fairly drinkable.

MF: Thinner mouthfeel, medium-to-lighter bodied for a porter, goes down real easy...

O: Straight up coffee porter without the tendencies of others...no smoke or burnt notes really, lighter roast character. I prefer a 'darker' tasting coffee porter but this was decent stuff.

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Photo of Triglycerides
4.09/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

20 oz bomber poured into a mug.

A: Pours a near-jet black with a thick, frothy 1" mocha head. Head retains pretty well, leaving some lacing along the sides.

S: Smells absolutely fabulous. Strong coffee and roasted malt aroma with a little bit of dark chocolate in the background. Sort of like a strong coffee milk. (For those familiar with that)

T: Tastes like a nice cup of coffee in the morning. There's also some dark chocolate in the background and roasted malts, which I would have liked to see a bit more of. Regardless, quite tasty. Leaves a mild bitter finish.

M: Smooth and creamy, on the medium-thick side. Good bit of carbonation which helps it along.

O: Overall, it's a fantastic beer for a cold night. It is pretty much exactly what it sets out to be which is, after all, a coffeehouse porter. Super-drinkable and a great after dinner type of drink (In lieu of coffee)

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Photo of gueuzeonhigh
3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a nice frothy head and laced the glass too!

Mild nose of coffee beans.

It's a very satisfying porter blanketed by the flavor of coffee-- but in some way I wouldn't call it coffee. It's more like-- a flavor that reminded me of coffee.

Under the penumbra of coffee is a porter. It's got all the essence of a Porter.

A very nice libation indeed!

Cordial mouthfeel-- not too up front and center, but a nice long finish. And I tanked my bomber bottle way too fast-- it's the only one I've got in stock! This is an enjoyable beer!

Overall-- a very satisfying porter. I'll be seeking this one again.

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Coffeehouse Porter from Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.
91 out of 100 based on 472 ratings.