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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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3.18/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Berkshire Brewing Company Dean's Beans Coffeehouse Porter (what a mouthful) pours as black as morning coffee. It hits the glass and quickly dispenses a medium brown/khaki head with a finger or so of a nice tight head.
S- Overall, I getl ots of smoke, tar and a strong roasted grain bill around. Very black coffee-forward, with something slightly sweet (caramel notes) on the front of the nose. The heavy Porter notes really come around on the back of the nose.
T- Lots of smoke and coffee up front, a nice combination of traditional porter notes mixed with the addition of Dean's Beans. A subtle bitterness on the back of the palate with a very dry non-lingering finish.
M- On the mouthfeel, you definitely get more of the Porter notes than on the nose or in the taste of the beer itself. Heavy while on the palate, but it really doesn't linger like you think it should. Honestly, I don't want to forget the taste this beer as quick as I do. It really should linger a bit more than it does.
O- The flavors are good, maybe not as coffee-forward as it could be. I also don't get the lingering that I want out of a beer like this. I miss it too quickly.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2012 16:30:53 | More by CTbeerboy
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North Carolina

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

Nitro tap served in a tumbler pint, the beer is jet black, with a creamy, dense, thick, biege colored head that looks solid and delicious. Cream and coffee aromas, with a hint of bitter dark chocolate that blends everything together very well. The beer has a good roasting to the palate, with a heavy coffee character, slight mocha highlights, and a very subtle hopping that cleans up the end of the brew. Very smooth body from the nitro, with a light overall feel. Clean on the glass, as well, and very easy to drink. Slightly bitter aftertaste, but very mild, and the beer has a smooth, creamy, and easy finish. Decent brew that is ridiculously easy to drink.

Serving type: nitro-tap

12-28-2011 18:34:51 | More by GarthDanielson
Photo of ahamlin


5/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is currently my favorite beer. Every time I go to the Horseshoe Pub, I am tempted to ignore the other 79 offering and just order this flawless beer. Bold, rich flavor. No bitter aftertaste. Nice roasted notes, without being overpowering. And yes, I like the fact that it will kick you in the butt if you drink it too fast on an empty stomach.

Serving type: nitro-tap

12-23-2011 13:07:54 | More by ahamlin
Photo of Gatch


5/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On nitro-tap @ The Horseshoe Pub in Hudson, MA.

A - Deep, dark brown with shades of red at the edges. No light comes through. Thick, pillowy, frothy, light brown, latte-like head. Just sits there. Love it.

S - Coffee, raisins, cocoa, and roasted, charred malt.

T - Strong coffee and chocolate. Like a milkshake or chocolate cake finished with a shot of espresso.

M - Perfect body for a porter. Chocolaty and roasty goodness. Highly enjoyable to drink.

Such a fantastic beer. It may be due to the nitro-tap, but I gotta give this beer a perfect "5". Everything the style should be.

Serving type: nitro-tap

12-23-2011 03:02:01 | More by Gatch
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3.28/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a very dark brown to black hue, fluffy off white head. Looks a little thin bodied.

Smell - You get some coffee but you have to look for it. The base porter is barely robust and is struggling to be something. Very faint roasted malts and tobacco.

Taste - Again, pretty moderate, nothing too special going on here. Very mellowed coffee, barely there even. The base beer is neither rich or robust but rather smooth, i assume to give way for the coffee. Maybe my bottle is old? I do get hints of vanilla, tobacco, roasted malts though, but very subdued.

Mouthfeel - Nothing special, pretty thin.

Overall - Just a middle of the road porter for me, at 4 bucks for 22oz though i can't complain, definitely worth it if you ask me, but far from world class.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2011 02:50:07 | More by aorloski
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4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed 25 November 2011, reviewed from notes.

Pours deep brown with reddish tones. One finger of medium-tan head, good lacing and retention.

Smell has a wonderful mellow coffee aroma, smooth and clean like cold-press, without any bitterness or sharpness. Dark roasted malts are similarly smooth - no char or sharp edges.

Taste has a great balance of coffee and porter. The coffee is clean, smooth, and delicious, and sitting comfortably on top of the porter base. A nice amount of smooth dark roasted malts. A little less complex than I would like, and not quite as potent as I want. Finish is a slow fade.

Mouthfeel: Medium-heavy body, on the heavy side for a porter. Medium carbonation, enough to give it some bubble, but not enough to detract from the beer's weight.

A really solid, well-balanced coffee porter - perhaps the best coffee porter I've had. Has a mellow coffee flavor that complements the rest of the beer quite well, without taking over. It's like adding coffee to a smooth, mellow porter. Impressive.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2011 06:05:05 | More by zeledonia
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3.23/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle as an extra from Aberration. Thank you, Nick. Best by 09May 2012, which probably means this is pretty fresh. Thank you, Nick.

Pouring a dark brown with a dense, light brown head with excellent retention and gorgeous lacing, this is a particularly attractive porter. The nose is solid.Plenty of fresh medium roast coffee with a mild acidic tinge is present, along with a nice roastiness, a touch of cream, caramel and finishing with a mild hop note. The hop character is mostly leafy and mildly minty, complementing the roast and coffee quite well. Moderately fruity as well, I get a little peachy note - is that from the coffee or the (I'm guessing) American ale yeast used. Strangely, there's a touch of sulfur as well.

The palate opens with the coffee front and center with a medium-light roast, moderately fresh with a moderate fruity character. There's something distracting going on, with something that tastes like a blend between a faint sulfur and faintly metallic character. The roast is actually on the lighter end of moderate, allowing the creamy and mildly caramel-like flavors to come through. However, that doesn't entirely work either. Mildly sweet on the finish with a blend of caramel, light coffee . Light in body with moderate, creamy carbonation, this beer is solid.

I'd drink it again, but I think this beer has a bit of an identity crisis - the base porter is neither a rich and roasty robust porter, nor is it on the sweeter, more caramel-heavy end of the spectrum. And while I think it has some flaws, part of me wonders how much of that is due to the base recipe not particularly aging well in this day of double coffee this and triple imperial that.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2011 05:30:53 | More by DefenCorps
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3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours jet black with light tan head. Smell is light, with a hint of coffee and some dark malt. Taste is very nice. Coffee is obviously present though not as forward as some coffee beers. Slight roastiness to the flavor. Light mouthfeel.

This is a solid porter. I don't get a lot of coffee flavored ones so this is a nice change of pace.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2011 03:15:08 | More by Blanco
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New Hampshire

3.53/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my Duvel 20 oz giant tulip. Poured this almost pitch black beer aggressively into the glass and got huge dark tan four inch head, that hung on around 5 minutes, then settled into a bubbly film, lots of webby lacing. Smell is roasted coffee, dark malts, little whiff of raisins, and some dark chocolate. Taste is mainly the roasted coffee, kind of one dimensional in a pleasant way. Body is thinner than expected, with plenty of carbonation, on the dry side, and very easy drinking. This is a nice tasting porter.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2011 13:55:18 | More by SawDog505
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New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber picked up at Anconas, poured into a pint glass.

Pours jet black with dabs of brown foam. Some lacing. Very strong coffee smell. Roasting. Smooth creamy taste, coffee finish. Subtle carbonation. Hard to tell between being a beer and being an iced coffee. Gets heartier as it warms.

Actually didn't like this as much as other Berksire's I've had.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2011 10:47:53 | More by KTCamm
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Rhode Island

5/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I love coffee, and I love beer. Naturally, I love coffee beers. This beer is easily one of my favorites, if not my favorite. It is simply perfection in a bottle.

It's smooth, creamy, rich but not heavy, and tastes like the most perfect coffee married the most perfect porter. This is one of those beers I could drink all night if I didn't need to sleep at some point.

I originally had it in a bottle, but when I had it on nitro tap, I was blown away. The nitrogen gives the beer just a little added crispness that turns it from a 9 all the way up to 11.

I could go on about how perfectly the malt and the coffee work together, or the way it's perfectly balanced, or how I really want another one right the hell now. However, if there is one flaw in this beer, it's that I can only have one, or maybe two before I'll be up all night. I already drink a lot of coffee as it is.

Still, this may be the perfect coffee beer.

Serving type: nitro-tap

11-11-2011 13:17:49 | More by DrunkPagan
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Rhode Island

4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle to a Glass (A Boston lager pint glass)

A: Dark. Almost black. Very small cap.

S: Coffee (obviously) and dark chocolate

T: Dark chocolate hints. Coffee grinds more so than a brew. Has a good amount of bitterness but not overwhelming at all.

M: Smooth. Nothing too impressive here. The taste doesn't really linger.

O: Great porter. I think it could have benefited from a bit more alcohol to round out the flavor and add more of the warmth I tend to expect from porters, but still a well done beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2011 21:29:35 | More by bristei
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2.48/5  rDev -39.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

22oz. bottle poured into a tulip. Thanks for sharing Chris!

(A)- Pours a pitch black color. Some tan froth and lace.

(S)- A little funky. A chalky/dry coffee bean and spice thing.

(T)- Dry, with that chalky coffee ground flavor. Does have some cocoa in there, but otherwise very dry and funky somehow.

(M)- A good carbonation level and a decent balance for whats in this, though that very dry funk taste/feel is a little weird and off-putting a bit.

(D)- Not bad, but i feel this definitely has some off flavors.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2011 17:36:43 | More by sweemzander
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4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(A) Pours dark maroon, almost brown. Totally opaque. Has a very thin head on it.

(S) There is something different going on in the aroma, I still can't quite put my finger on what it is. Smells of coffee, but almost with a bit of chai in it. A bit like old coffee grounds and toasted grains. Some biscuit.

(T) The flavor has a lot of the java and coffee flavors in it. A decent blend of mocha, coffee, roasted malts, cereal, bread, and a bit of caramel.

(M) It's on the lighter side of full body. Ends really dry, almost chalky.

(O) It's good, but it's got a weird smell and flavor (amongst all of the notable and good flavors) that I can't figure out. Almost like a bit of funk in there. It's weird, but a pretty good brew.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2011 13:44:49 | More by cjacobsen
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4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Obtained in the Partners BIF...thanks Urban Chaos!

Split two ways with my partner, Stigs. Poured into a Piraat tulip. 3 fingers of fluffy foam formed (say that 3 times fast) quickly, almost spilling out of the glass. The head dissipated quickly into a thin layer on top of the dark, chestnut brown body. Very little lacing.

Wow...the nose on this is excellent! Tons of roasted malts, coffee beans and dark chocolate.

Very nice...the taste isn't quite as profound as the nose, but it holds up well. The bitterness of black coffee starts things off. The center turns to a milky sweetness that quickly fades into a smooth, roasted malt finish.

The mouthfeel is the weak link in this offering...light bodied, a tad watery with moderate carbonation. If this was a little heavier, it would be world-class!

This is a very solid beer. I am really glad I had the chance to try it...after all, it has been on my wants list for some time. Well worth the wait!

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2011 02:35:55 | More by mgbickel
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4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wish I could have this more often. I believe it is unpasteurized. So must be kept cold. Haven't seen it south of the Massachusetts border.

Taste like Chocolate Coffee Chocolate. A nice brownish head. Smells like Chocolate Coffee Chocolate. Enough said.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2011 23:31:41 | More by eonbluekarma
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New Jersey

3.48/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at a store in White River Jct, VT.

A - Poured into a big chalice. This sucker's real dark - just short of black. I'll guess 25 SRM. Big head dissipated after a sip or two, but a thin head remains. Some lacing.

S - Notes of coffee, metal and dust. Strange, I know, but that's what I'm getting.

T - With a color this dark and an initial big head, my expectation was for a big chewy beer. That's my fault for creating expectation. Medium bodied with flavors of coffee and malt. I'm not getting the bitterness that other dark coffee beers can impart.

M - The body does have a good mouthfeel and the carbonation is fairly tight. The carbonation hangs around on the finish with the coffee.

O - Like Jim Carrey, I've had better, but I'm not going to complain about the money spent on this one. I don't know if I get the A- average that this beer seems to get from the rest of the community, but maybe we can chalk this up to a bottle that's slightly off. I also bought a bottle of their RIS and I'm looking forward to cracking that soon.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2011 23:58:14 | More by JohnHoyos
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3.53/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Alex I believe, for this bottle share.

A - Black beer with a tan head that consisted of some fairly nice looking, fine bubbles. Pretty imposing looking for something with this low ABV.

S - A lot of coffee. I originally reviewed this thinking it's a coffee stout, but apparently it's a higher ABV coffee porter than I was realizing. It's a coffee beer, so this is fitting. There is some chocolate and roast in there.

T - Pretty full taste for something with this low ABV, even if it is almost all coffee. It's not a bad thing as this has some solid flavor with good roast and a bit of cocoa.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

O - Not bad, decent flavor for a coffee porter. Got through it easily enough.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2011 14:53:46 | More by AgentZero
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Rhode Island

4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Tan thick sticky head, dark brown chocolate.

S: Coffee, Malt, yeast

T: As it smells, coffee, malt, some chocolate. Delicious.

M: carbonation is average, full body

O: Outstanding porter. Maybe a bit better on tap, glad I finnally reviewed my favorite porter.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2011 21:26:28 | More by crzyc
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3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Prime 16 into an Allagash goblet. I can't believe it's taken me so long to review this beer.

A: Black body with clear brown highlights; one finger of creamy, persistent brown foam that leaves some nice lace. Lovely.

S: Rich coffee, bitter chocolate, and even more roasty coffee. Simple, and good.

T: Coffee is up front (rather piquant, fruity coffee to be exact), followed by plenty of chocolate and come faint herbal hops on the cleanly bitter finish. Very tasty, but a little weak on the tail end - I wish the coffee carried through a touch more.

M: Hugely frothy, and therefore a little thin. Not as rich as it could be.

O: This beer is almost always on tap at the better bars in my area, and it always makes a great option. It's robust enough for the winter, bitter enough for the summer, and tasty enough for every day. I'm bumping it up a half-point here for being so affordable and available. Terrific porter.


Serving type: on-tap

09-20-2011 00:52:13 | More by woosterbill
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4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: pours a near black with about one inch of tan head, leaves a thin lace, especially immediately directly above the beer itself.

S: smells like a typical coffee porter, both sweetness, roasted malts and coffee making their marks.

T: Surprisingly impressed here, a wonderful roasted sweetness up front, very crisp. Lots of coffee flavor throughout, some hops, a great balance. A finish of light sweetness and roasted coffee.

M: medium to heavy body, solid.

O: a great porter, definitely one to have again. Berkshire really hit the marks in term of flavors with the malts, hops and the coffee.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2011 03:50:57 | More by abgba121
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4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice extra from Satchboogie. Cheers!

Appearance -- Pours a dark coffee brown with a finger of stiff mocha head. Smatterings of lace, not much.

Smell -- Coffee beans, licorice, mild cocoa sweetness, and a low earth hop bitter element.

Taste -- Lots of big coffee flavor, cocoa powder, hint of raw sugar sweetness, and a faint licorice/anise fermentation character. The coffee is unmistakably present, but it also doesn't overwhelm the porter base flavors; everything is very well-integrated. The finish is coffee, cocoa, and earthy hops.

Mouthfeel -- Medium to medium-light in body with moderate prickly carbonation that foams in the back of the mouth. It works well.

Overall -- This one has some sentimental value to me, being the first beer I drank at my first Dark Lord Day (out of a spent McDonald's cup - O how naive!) Really quite nice. One of the better year-round American Porters, and the coffee flavor is added quite nicely. If you like coffee-infused beers, this is a must try. The end.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2011 02:19:12 | More by yeahnatenelson
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4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber pours a deep dark brown into my chalace with amber hues on the edges. Moderate amount of khaki head atop sinking down with minimal lacing.

Big chocolate & espresso notes here - sweet malts and chocolate bitterness all over.

Carbonation bite up front pushes the sweet chocolate malts forward. The coffee/java/espresso doesnt hit the palate until the endtaste. Some bitterness goes well with the coffee flavors.

Moderately heavy body (7/10) & well carbonated. Crisp bite with the carbonation makes it an easier heavier brew.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2011 00:13:44 | More by hoptualBrew
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4.53/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From notes.

A: Pours black with a 2 finger tan head

S: Amazing aroma of dark roast, milk chocolate, rich coffee, cinnamon, which all blends to make a fantastic cinnamon cappuccino smell

T: Huge dark, roasted coffee flavor up front, hints of bittersweet chocolate, and a dry, hop and espresso like finish

O: Excellent, robust, flavorful porter whose taste profile is exactly as advertised. Best berkshire brew yet. Will definitely buy again.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2011 06:23:47 | More by Krakistophales
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New Jersey

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

Ruby highlights to the brown porter. Beige head with decent thickness (1") and admirable retention.

Smells like those faux chocolate-covered espresso beans...you know, the ones without a real nib in the center. But just at first until you separate the coffee from the chocolate. When you do you get a whiff of premium coffee beans with chocolate flavoring, like the kind used in Italian ices. A dollop of cream with a sprinkling of calcium and we're all set here.

Taste follows the nose closely. No nasty surprises here. There's a little bitterness, which is perfect for this style. The coffee is in nice harmony with the malts and doesn't send the bitterness through the roof.

I was disappointed with the mouthfeel at first until I remembered I was drinking a porter, not a stout. The taste is similar to other coffee stouts I've had. So the body here is very nice. The label says "rich" and if by that they mean "silky smooth" then yeah, spot on. I usually define it as "full-bodied" so this is a bit less than that. Again, it's not a stout so no issue here.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2011 00:34:12 | More by Naugros
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