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Coffeehouse Porter - Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.

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BA SCORE
91
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900 Ratings
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Ratings: 900
Reviews: 461
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 9.83%
Wants: 78
Gots: 77 | 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:
Beer added by: purplehops on 05-03-2002

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Photo of whoneeds8
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to SirSketch for this included in the winnings for the Sunday Night Football Squares Week 4 LIF.

Poured into a New Belgium glass black with a two finger off white head. Minimal lacing and retention. I can't get anything from my nose being allergy season. The taste is of slight dark chocolate and a dark carmel flavor. The coffee comes out in the aftertaste and causes a good amount of dryness. It does feel a little thin in body. But that doesn't take much away from the drinkability.

Photo of Sam21
4.71/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22oz bottle into dogfish signature glass. Best by 1/18/11 inked in yellow on the shoulder of the bottle.

Appearance - As close to black as possible without actually being black. Thick silky tan head on this beer with very sticky lace. This is one beauty of a beer just like its cousin, Drayman's Porter.

Smell - Mixture of dark chocolate, fresh extra bold coffee, bold caramel, and a faint whisper of citrus in the background.

Taste - The coffee and chocolate storm the taste buds first. This slowly fades into the nice caramel backbone. The smokiness of the coffee and the sweetness coming from the caramel-like flavors give this beer one hell of a body. A whisper of hops in the finish that is quickly overrun by the distinctive coffee/caramel/chocolate profile of this beer.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied with light-medium carbonation. Smooth and creamy without being viscous or filling.

Drinkability - Incredibly drinkable. Goes down so smooth and feels fluffy and weightless. I want another.

Photo of ekardz
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received as an extra from Seh410, thanks! Poured from bottle into cognac snifter.

A - dark brown, almost black. 2.5 finger head, slowly receeds, leaves thick lacing on glass; very inviting.

S - mocha, caramel, chocolate, roasted malts, dark fruit notes

T - black coffee, maybe some light cream, mocha, roasted, bittersweet chocolate; tastes sweeter than it looks.

M - light to medium bodied, little carbonation, dry finish

D - very drinkable beer, perfect for the fall/winter months. Nice one to start or end the day with.

Photo of rudzud
4.07/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Really great chocolate dark pour with a decent enough half finger light brown head that faded a bit quicker than I would like but did leave a nice spiderweb of side lacing.

S - Fresh espresso aroma right out of the gate with some delicious chocolate notes. Some really nice roasted malt aromas too.

T - A little toned down from the aromas. The coffee is there but not quite as strong as on the nose. There is, however, some really great bittersweet chocolate aspects that flow along the tongue. Just a little bit of roasted malt tastes on the end with a hint of coffee bitterness.

M - Typical carbonation but a slight wateryness/thin feeling.

D - Really nice coffee porter from within the commonwealth. Always good to support local brewers and its made all the easier when they put out a really good product. This is a classic BBC offering.

Photo of EgadBananas
4.14/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Dark, almost black, but with a fair amount of brown edges. Light mocha head, close to a finger, with loads of spiderweb lacing.

Smell is huge with roasted coffee. Pleasant cocoa and toasted, roasted malts fill the ending of the nose. It was quite amazing.

Nice bitter coffee notes, with more chocolate notes and sweet malts than with the aroma.

Overall feel is good enough, but was a bit thin.

This was smelling great, drinking good and going down easy.

Photo of JAXSON
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle, pours a dark brown with burgundy edges and a creamy tan head. Nose is some fresh coffee beans, cream, a bit of roasted malt. Flavor is roasted malts, just a really nice, smooth coffee bean presence, maybe a touch of vanilla. Moderate carbonation, fairly thin, but comes across as creamy from the head. Extremely easy to drink. Berkshire rules.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
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 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.

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

Enjoyed at lunchtime tasting 9/14/10

Darkest brown topped by 3 finger, lather-like head, and leaves sheets of lace on glass.

Smell is coffee and cream, caramel, tosty bread, roasty malt, chocolate, even some light yeast in this complex, enticing, yet light strength, aroma.

Med./full taste here, though. Coffee, chocolate, roasty malt dominate, with the lighter sweet flavors and juicy herbal notes staying in for the ride to a juicy finish with just a hint of drying char and bitter.

Light bodied for style, med. carb., and the finish could have been better considering the flavors it had to work with.

Drinkability is very good for style, partly due to its shortcomings in mouthfeel. It is delicious and easy drinking, smooth and refreshing.

Impression: Would love to try another of these, this time at leisure in better setting.

Photo of Lunic16
3.79/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle. I was pretty disappointed with its lack of a strong head, but the its dark brown, red hue helped make up for this.

Aroma is a plus: very strong of a dark roasted barley and coffee with a hint of vanilla. Its flavor is surprisingly watery but the up-front chocolate and coffee combo provide for a drinkable beer, if for a lack of complexity.

The aroma might be this beer's best attribute; having had an Espresso Yetti several days ago, my rating may be somewhat jaded when it comes to its flavor.

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

pours an opaque dark brown with some nice mocha colored head that retains and laces well.

aroma is of slightly watery yet dark roasted coffee and some roasted malts and bakers chocolate.

taste is of creamed coffee, some bitter chocolate, a bit of dark roasted malt and some more delicious coffee. somewhat one-dimensional, but tasty.

skim milk density with a watery finish. rather light bodied for a porter. ample carbonation

drinks great if you are a fan of coffee, which I am. lacking a bit of body and could be a bit more complex, but a solid beer for novices and geeks alike.

Photo of Kinsman
3.58/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a solid black body, preventing any and all light through. Capped by a solid maple wood colored, moderately thick head.

Aroma is pretty heavy on the coffee as expected, its like being in a good coffee shop.

The flavor has a bit more to show than just coffee. A nice chocolate malt presence and a bit of a roasted flavor before the coffee comes in. Definitely a bit of a dark roast coffee flavor, not something I usually drink when I get a coffee, but I can definitely appreciate it in this brew.

Mouthfeel is pretty average medium body with a nice low carbonation level. Overall a nice enjoyable desert beer and definitely something I'll have again.

Photo of tempest
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.

Photo of OtherShoe2
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown with a tan thick head. Good lacing.

Scents of french roast coffee and deep roast malt. Some cocoa as well. Not overdone.

Light coffee up front. Subtle. Then nice rich dark malty flavor, with a bit of acid. Some sweetness and bitterness play off each other. and then to coffee comes in to close the show. Subtle, balanced. Very good.

Medium body, with some light carbonation to keep this going. I liked this element.

Overall, very decent. The coffee flavor is true to the bean, and carries pretty well throughout the beer. At some point, you'll tire of it. The bomber is the right size -- 12 oz is too little, but a 6 pack is too much. Worthy of a try.

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

22oz bottle left to age for a good bit in my collection, refrigerated. Poured into pint glass, beer appears nearly black, with just a hint of reddish brown color, and a very thin tan head.

Aroma is rich, milky, of coffee, naturally. First impression is bright carbonation, light body, and a penetrating coffee flavor that's actually a little oily on the lips. Coffee flavor is dominant, but natural, not artificial or syrupy. Although the coffee brings bitterness to the porter more than hops, the coffee is in no way over-roasted.

I'll concur with others that this is a great example of coffee porter. The only drawback is that coffee flavor is the only thing this beer really has going for it; there are no other grainy flavors coming into the mix to speak of. Luckily for anyone who enjoys coffee, that's the only thing keeping this beer as merely very good and not exceptional.

Photo of woodychandler
3.94/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Transcribed from undated notes.

The pour resulted in two fingers' worth of mocha-brown head with great retention. Nose was just like fresh-brewed coffee. Dean's Beans, indeed! Color was a deep, dark brown, allowing only a little light to penetrate. Mouthfeel was on the thin side with a chocolaty coffee taste on the tongue. Finish was surprisingly light with a bit of vanilla intermingled with the coffee flavor. Great lacing throughout.

Photo of rsgcwhite
4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Thick, dark coloring, slight ruby tinge.

Aroma: Caramel, Chocolate, and of course Coffee - it has a semblance of being a freshly-made mocha. Alike to the smell of warm coffee grinds on a cold winter's morning.

Taste: Fantastic Porter - coffee taste is strong, but its not overpowering. This is important - it tastes like a porter, and a damn fine porter at that. The strong coffee notes melt into the palate, and the flavor of the burnt roasted malts are becoming.

Very fleeting malt-type bitterness at the end; no hops bitterness.

Overall: Drinkable and not chewy, this beer does not produce an overly dry feeling or the syrupy sweetness found in some similar beers. This is a fine evening porter and a good dessert beer.

Photo of muttyd
3.69/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Deep brown, almost black pour. Thin soapy water like head.

S - Roasted chocolatey malt, some butterscotch/toffee sweetness. Coffee aroma is that of freshly ground dark roast (almost espresso-like).

T - Follows the nose. Cereal grain, cocoa powder and coffee. Very well balanced and well crafted American porter.

M - Low to moderate carbonation give this a rather silky mouth feel. Finishes rather dry.

D - $3.99 for a bomber. This is a solid go-to for me and my buddies who went to UMass.

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.68/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared with hobbie100. Thanks Richard!

A: Dark brown with a big, thick beige head that leaves a huge amount of lacing on the glass.

S: coffee, malt

T: A decent tasting coffee porter. The coffee is very bitter. I would really prefer a fresh coffee aroma and taste. Also, I think that perhaps more malt leading to a fuller body would enhance the base beer and make a better foundation for the coffee.

M: The body is a little too thin.

D: An ok beer, but I don't feel the need to have it again.

Photo of grub
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle. sampled aug 1/2010.

pours deep dark brown, nearly black and mostly opaque. a big dense dark tan head forms, dropping slowly and leaving plenty of lace behind.

aroma is great. coffee. dark and milk chocolate. hint of alcohol. bit of lactic character. caramel. hint of toffee. toasted mulit-grain bread and biscuit. bit of cracker. lightly earthy.

taste is great. coffee. dark and bittersweet chocolate. bit of milk chocolate. dark toasted whole wheat bread and biscuit. bit of cracker. light alcohol. just under medium bitterness level. earthy.

mouthfeel is good. medium body. just over medium carbonation level.

drinkability is great. nice balance. good complexity. a little extra depth and character from the coffee. good stuff!

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

22 oz bottle, thanks again to grub for sharing.

Pours almost black, some dark brown and orange highlights around the edges, very thick and rocky tan head forms and settles down to a thick layer and ring around the glass, tons of chunky lace sticks.

Smell is nice, a touch buttery, some caramel sweetness, light bit of roast and some chocolate milk, a bit of biscuit, light coffee, some raisin and a bit of light fruitiness, a touch of woodiness, sherry, not too bad.

Taste is nice too, very roasty, pretty intense coffee/espresso, caramel sweetness, very biscuity, chocolate milk, a light touch of floral/citrus, sweet orange peel, more roast, a bit of vanilla wafer in the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation, pretty tasty and drinkable stuff. Thanks Russ!

Photo of david18
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on draft at the Sunset Grill on a recent visit to Boston. A 95 degree day was probably not the best day to have a coffee porter but given that it was very good. Very dark color with a dark head. Good coffee and malt flavor with a very thick mouthfeel. I think I hope I see this again during the colder weather sometime.

Photo of twiggamortis420
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Cuzco for this in a local BIF. 22 oz bomber pours a near-black color with a creamy tan foam. Small-bubbled foam does not provide as much retention as I would like and leaves only a smattering of lacing here and there.

Has a nice French-press roasty coffee aroma that works well. Crushed beans slathered in some Hershey's chocolate syrup. Simple, but nice and right where it should be for a coffee porter.

Light body, but chock full of roasty and sweet coffee flavors. Crushed grain flavors are there, and seem to play a main role in all three of the BBC beers I have had so far. Reminds me of Honey-Nut Cheerios with a fresh cup of coffee. Fairly sweet, but that is offset nicely by the heavy roast. Good brew, simplistic but tasty and very drinkable.

Photo of Ryan011235
4.11/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip on 6/23/10

Thanks to Pabs311

Coffeehouse Porter is near black in the glass, though held directly to the light is has a deep ruby display. Three fingers of tan foam has thinned over time leaving impressive lacing of varying degrees of density - in places a thick coating, in others drippy & others still, it's akin to spiderwebs.

Though not the most potent of aromas, the smell is heavy enough to be more attributable to a stout, possibly, than a porter. Perhaps this is just further blurring the line between the two. In any case, coffee is present, as are notes of earthy grit, roasted malts & hints of chocolate & caramel.

The taste is smoothed over for the most part. Roasted coffee is of course present throughout. Come to think of it, roasted malts pretty much dominate in one form or another. To that extent there's a faint dollop of sweetness, but when all is said & done, this is a dry beer. Restrained swaths of earthy hops work their way in around the middle.

Coffeehouse Porter is a rather hefty critter. Carbonation is leaning well toward the lower end of the spectrum; smooth & creamy. Finishes with, of course, roasted residuals. They linger, but not too long. There's actually a slight touch of dry bitterness on the finish.

While I maintain this drinks more like a stout (especially given the mouthfeel), it's an enjoyable beer nonetheless. The coffee is assertive yet never oversteps its bounds. Worth a shot.

Coffeehouse Porter from Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.
91 out of 100 based on 900 ratings.