Coffeehouse Porter - Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.

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887 Ratings
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Ratings: 887
Reviews: 457
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 10.07%
Wants: 76
Gots: 70 | FT: 2
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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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(Beer added by: purplehops on 05-03-2002)
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Photo of ShadesOfGray
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Shared with a friend, thanks Dan! Poured from a 22oz bottle into a small tasting glass. Pours a dark color...almost black, just not quite solid black. There's a little bit of light that simmers through the pout. Fills the glass solid black though. Results in a frothy finger size tan head that has decent retention. As it dissapates, it remains on the surface as a creamy top...not much lacing to speak of...couple legs here and there.

Aroma is full of coffee and roasted malts. Other than that, not much else. Just a nice fregrance of coffee! Who can complain with that?

Flavor is just as expected. A very nice porter with lots of coffee flavor. There's a slight sweet sugary aftertaste...vanilla maybe? Theres a mild bitter bite in the mid range of this taste, but definitely not overkill...infact it compliments the flavor very nicely! Medium body, mild carbonation, very good coffee flavor. Very good porter from Bershire!

Photo of klink40
3.65/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

$4 for a bomber makes this beer a solid choice for any beerdrinker that enjoys the heavy, strong, complex, robust, tastes in their beer.

BBC has a delicious distinct taste in their ales but it get lost in this overwhelming coffee flavored porter.

And coffee flavors?? More like cold espresso! It does provide a bit of a "pick-me-up" for a beer. Even the after taste leaves your mouth thinking you might have just had a sip of leftover morning coffee.

Appearance is black (motor oil).
Smell coffee, cocoa, nutty, smokey
Taste COFFEE
Mouthfeel is full and laces the entire palate
Drinkability Only a glass or 2 at most. Good dessert beer. If you have this early in the night it'll take a lot out of you tastebuds.

BBC is favorite brewery of mine. I'd opt for their more balanced (harder to find) Drayman's Porter. -Cheers!

Photo of nelnutter
3.38/5  rDev -17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured bomber into SA pint glass.

A: Pours a midnight black with ample 3-finger tan head that hung around for a bit, and left lacing everywhere.

S: Dark roast coffee with cream, and definite strong sweet notes of chocolate. Reminiscent of an iced mocha or a sweet coffee drink of some sort.

T: Definitely a nice coffee taste to it, in addition to semi-sweet chocolate; meltied Tootsie Rolls is all I could think of. The sweetness of the chocolate seemed to be a bit much early on and overpowered the coffee. Nice late hint of earthy hops tried to step in, but didn't really stand a chance. Not a bad taste, but just a bit too chocolatey sweet.

M: Medium-bodied and creamy.

D: A good porter overall, and well-served as a dessert drink. However, I found the final third of my bomber to be a bit more than I wanted. A pint would've sufficed because of the chocolatey sweetness.

Photo of DmanGTR
3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from notes on 10/27/09. Thanks to Eric (erosier) for this extra!

A - Dark plum brown with crimson hues in the light. Light tan head with good retention. No lace. 4.0

S - Caramel, burnt toast, expresso beans. Quite robust, maybe a touch of cream as well. 3.5

T - A wave of roasted malt mingles with a hint of dark chocolate and coffee. The coffee masks any subtleties to this beer. Otherwise, it's decently balanced. 4.0

M - Rich, velvety, creamy, and moderate carbonation. Medium bodied. 3.5

D - Quite. Yes indeed. 4.0

Photo of Thia417
4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is one of my fallback beers. Anytime I don't know what to drink I get the BBC Coffeehouse Porter. It's very drinkable and helps put a little pep in your step too!

It's got a very nice dark dark brown color with a creamy head.

It has a strong uniform smell of coffee and chocolate.

The taste is so smooth and wonderful. It's not too sweet and overpowering like a lot of beers with chocolaty tastes. The coffee is perfect (Deans Beans baby!). I could drink this all day. I enjoy it a little bit on the warmer side because the coffee taste becomes more prevalent.

Photo of rpstevens
3.55/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a perfect pint. The beer is dark brown, almost black in the center with hazy edges. The pour yields a one finger off-white head that quickly fades to a tight cap, leaving a decent amount of bubbly, oily lacing.

The smell is sweet chocolate, roasted malt and a nice roasted coffee aroma. The sweet chocolate kind of dominates the coffee, but as the beer warms the coffee becomes more prominent.

The taste is similar to the smell, but the coffee takes even more of a backseat to the chocolate and sweet malt flavors. There are hints of vanilla, caramel and brown sugar. The flavors aren't very complex, and it would benefit from a stronger coffee presence.

The beer is well carbonated, and the alcohol is well hidden. The beer has a medium body, just right for a porter and it won't be difficult to drink the entire bomber.

Photo of John_M
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap (nitro) at the Armsby Arms.

The beer pours a very dark brown color withan impressive looking creamy head. Retention is excellent, and there is considerable sticky lacing all around. To no great surprise, I get a considerable amount of coffee on the nose, with a hint of tobacco. On the palate this beer is flat out delicious, with a flavor profile of coffee grounds, vanilla and a hint of chocolate. The mouthfeel is very soft and creamy in this moderately sweet porter, and has a soft "lightness" to the mouthfeel that I appreciate. At 6.2% abv., this beer is amazingly drinkable.

Exceptional, and one of the best porters I can recall having in some time.

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

Normally I would not have bought a Porter, I'm a Stout guy.
But my brother would, and the man in the store said it was a great beer. He was right! It is now one of favorite beers, second only to Bar Harbor's Cadillac Mountain Stout and ahead of Hoppin' Frog's Boris the Crusher. This beer has everything you look for in a beer.
The fact that I can buy it just up the road, for $4 bucks a bottle makes it a "No Brainer."

Photo of tommy78
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark, malty colour with some head when poured out of the bottle.

S - Sweet, coffee aroma with hint of malt mixed in.

T - Best part of the beer: extremely smooth taste, with a good combination of coffee and chocolate.

M - Light carbonation feel to the beer. Very good for a porter, which isn't one of my faves.

D - It is definitely a beer to bring to a gather for others to try. Not necessarily one to have three or four pints of in an evening but as someone who has been turned on to coffee porters, this would be a start. Read many reviews on how it would be paired up well with a dessert...I might wing it and try it for myself.

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

A: Pitch black with big rocky tan head that dissipates very slowly. Leaves nice lacing down the glass.

S: Fresh brewed coffee dominates, with hints of toasted malt and molasses.

T: Big coffee flavor upfront. Followed by toasted malt, some carmel and molasses. The malt adds a nice sweetness to balance out the bitterness of the coffee.

M: A little on the light side. A little more body and this beer would be spot on.

D: Another great offering from BBC. If you're looking for big coffee flavor, this beer is for you.

Photo of Chico1985
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown with a nice foamy off-white head. Smell is faint of coffee and slight chocolate. Nitro-tap is excellent for this beer, the head tastes like espresso foam. The tastes are simple but great, coffee, dark malts, dark chocolate. Coffee is excellent in the aftertaste. Nice hop addition, maybe citrus and grassy? Nothing over the top about it but it's just great and easy to drink. I've had this in the bottle too but it's definitely worth trying again on nitro-tap (which I think Dive Bar permanently has), great in either version. Great price for this too. I've had lots of Berkshire's beers and I'd say this is easily the highlight of their lineup.

Photo of billab914
3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Stone RIS glass. Pours dark brown in color with a thin off-white head. The head settled out some but still kept a little frothiness on the sides and left very good lacing on the glass.

Aroma is not surprisingly strong with coffee. The bitter coffee is slightly balanced out with the sweet maltiness that I'm getting in the smell. The taste is predominately bitter coffee but it also has a little roasted grains and sweet malt. Mostly coffee flavor though in the taste.

Mouthfeel is a little on the thinner side then I usually like in a porter, but it makes it a little more of a sessionable beer. Overall I liked this beer but it wouldn't be my first choice of a coffee flavored beer. The coffee was pretty strong, but good if you like coffee flavored beers.

Photo of deereless
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Lots of sticky espresso-like foam that is clinging to the sides of the glass, the beer is dark brown to black in color - 3.50, S: Powerful aromas of coffee as one might expect given the name of the beer, lots of speciality malts involved including what I perceive as black patent and chocolate malts, a little bit of charring to the beer - 4.25, T: Following the lead of the nose there are tons of coffee and espresso flavors as well as some roastiness and a little baker's chocolate, subtle dark fruit sweetness such as dates or plums, a little citrus bite comes through all the malts - 4.25, M: Medium bodied and slightly silky - 4.50, D: All around a very enjoyable beer and one I'd gladly drink again - 4.50

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

Had this on nitro-tap at the Mews, Wakefield, RI.

A: A nice dark brown, near black. Tan head that sits on top of the beer for a while, very nice lacing.

S: Nice malt and coffee smell.

T: Coffee right off the bat, combined with roasted malts. Pretty sweet, very impressive. Just a solid coffee flavor that isn't overwhelming with just the right amount of porter goodness.

M: Incredibly creamy and smooth, got to love nitro in this aspect.

D: Just great, I always get this when it's available.

Photo of sisuspeed
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass. Berkshire's Coffeehouse porter reveals a black, void of light, body with a thick tan head. Lots of sudsy lacing down the sides of the glass. Looks great.

The aroma hits your nose with roasted coffee beans and rich chocolate notes. Some darker, toasted malt lingers beneath. Smells comforting like a good cup of coffee or a chocolate bar.

Coffee is still present in the flavor, but takes a bit of a back seat to the sweet chocolate and roasted malts. Faint hops appear in the background, making the flavor profile a bit more interesting. This is definitely a tasty brew, but I wouldn't mind having the coffee flavor come out a bit more.

Body is velvety and smooth. Not as thick as some, but with more and more imperial porters coming out, normal porters always appear to be on the watery side. So for a regular porter the body is quite good.

Drinkability is also very good. I'm really enjoying the glass I have in front of me, and finishing the bomber will be no problem.

In short, this is an excellent brew from Berkshire. Smooth, flavorful, a little lacking in the coffee department, but oh so drinkable. I also think this would be a great beer for introducing friends to the craft beer scene. Very approachable. I'm also glad this beer is stocked near my house. Definitely pick some up if you see it.

Photo of abuliarose
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter, revealing rich brown body and a very thick, very tall tan head. Pretty lacing. Smells like medium-roast coffee beans with a fair amount of light raw chocolate and a little hickory flavor. Something savory in there as well as it warms. Wish the smells were more potent.

Taste is very acidic with creamy, tingly carbonation at first followed by a gentle sweetness and nice porter malt profile. There is a good coffee presence, but I would wish for more balance at the beginning where it all just sort of hits you. That said, I would drink this over a cuppa any day. Mouthfeel is pointillated at first (made up a new word) like an organic ginger ale, but liquid smooth on the out. Medium body. Entirely drinkable.

Overall it's a nice coffee beer. I've had ones with better coffee balance, but this one I can still drink as a porter and be pleased about!

Photo of tigg924
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Jayli for convincing me to order this.

Appearance: dark brownish/amber in color, 1/4 inch head, moderate carbonation, clear

Smell: light coffee and toasted malt

Taste: starts off toasted malt, then a big dose of rich black coffee in the middle, followed by milk chocolate and a vanilla cream

Mouthfeel: low carbonation, smooth, medium bodied. Starts off sweet, then bitters a bit for the body, followed by a really sweet end.

Drinkability: I was burned out of coffee beers but this one is outstanding. I love how the flavors unravel as they cross my pallate. This a complex and enjoyable beer to sit with. I will look for this in the future.

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

Big thanks to mikey711 for this one in our trade. 22oz bottle into my DFH snifter.

A: Nice deep brown in color, not quite black with a sand colored head right at an inch thick, pretty decent retention, head is very dense. A few sticky spots of lacing. Nice looking beer.

S: Milk chocolate, roasted malts, coffee, burnt malts and vanilla. Some notes of brown sugar as well. Pretty nice, nice aroma.

T: Coffee and roasted malts are really the first thing, flows into chocolate, vanilla, and a hint of clean hoppy bitterness to round it out. Long on the coffee flavors. Nice here, maybe a touch on the sweet side, but I like it.

M: A little more body would be nice, seems to lack a little here, decent carbonation, not bad at all. Slightly acidic from the coffee.

D: Pretty decent, I'd rather pair this with dessert than a cup of coffee. Nice flavors and good balance, I'd prefer a little more body to it is all. Nice beer.

Thanks Mikey.

Photo of Gambrinus1184
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22-ounce bomber into a Samuel Smith's pint glass.

A: Poured a rich, dark brown color with a frothy head of tan foam which left some nice lace and good retention.

S: Smells like a cup of coffee with roasted caramel malt and charcoal added.

T: A bit of bittersweet cocoa and deep roasted malts up front before ushering in the big-time coffee flavor. Like fresh brewed espresso with a slightly spicy and herbal bitter hop finish. Nice sweetness to balance the bitterness of the malt and hop content. A great sipping porter.

M: Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with a strong flavor and slightly chewy feel to it.

D: At 6.2% ABV and with such a deep roasted malt and coffee flavor, you likely wouldn't session this porter or start moving to other beer shortly after. However, as a dessert beer or accompaniment to a chocolate and/or vanilla dish, something with berries or dare I say, with breakfast, this would be a great brew to have on hand.

Photo of phattysbox
2.73/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On tap at the squealing pig in Boston.

Poured into a pint glass. Not quite jet black but a very dark brown in color. Thin head struggles to maintain itself but the carbonation holds the head. Thin lace eventually forms that slowly disappears.

Smell: Cold iced coffee mixed in with roasted malts. Very slight hop aroma but it is quite surpressed. The nose makes me think: "you are about to drink cold coffee"

Taste: Initial front end taste screams out with harsh astringent notes of bitter roasted malts and coarse coffee grinds. The coffee is very apparent and off-putting, however, the brew redeems itself in the backend by following with chocolate and cocoa blending nicely with a toasted malt profile. Just when that first bite off the coffee aspect hits - really does not meld well for me. I often think this part is the hardest to nail when integrating coffee in beer. The body is a bit thin for my tatses as well but the carbonation is lively.

Overall: Good to try once but thats about it.

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

Found this on tap at The Riverview in Brattleboro, VT. It's a solid dark brown color with a big fluffy oatmeal head and gobs of lacing. The aroma is a nice tart molasses coffee and the flavor follow suit with an obvious sharp but somewhat floral hop overtone over a chewy sweet malt molasses base. A pretty velvetty feel with modest but fair carbonation. Some raisin and caramel notes. Very nice and reasonably drinkable for the style.

Photo of LeftyBWS
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22 oz. brown bomber bottle into a pint glass.
A: Lovely dark brown-colored brew with some amber and jet black tinges, topped with a bubbly light brown head that recedes to the sides of the glass rather quickly.
S: Smells like a medium roast coffee with strong overtones of chocolate and butter. Tiny hints of leafy hops. Later, deep whiffs reveal some stronger coffee scents with a hint of bread and grains.
T: The smooth chocolatey flavors of the malts really dominate, and it's quite pleasant. At first it's rather plain, with a generic "malt" flavor to it, but right as I'm about to swallow it gets a sweet (but not sugary at all) chocolate taste. The finish brings in a roasted coffee flavor that lingers for a second and then fades away with the malts. Overall, a nice (albeit subtle, almost too much so) reflection of the scent.
M: A little watery and bland for this kind of beer and the flavors it exudes. Not much to complain about, though.
D: Quite good, one of the selling points of this beer. Never overpowering in any sense, and rather yummy overall.

Photo of oddfire
4.68/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- This beer just looks awesome. Two finger head with moderate head retention. Lacing present. Dark brown to almost pitch black.
S - I love coffee so this beer smells great. Some roasted malt and very slight vanilla hints are present.
T - Very balanced coffee flavour with a smoked yet not overpowering flavour. Roasted malt is present. Not much hop flavour if any.
M - One word....Smooth. This porter is very smooth and feels good while drinking.
D - Very drinkable for a coffee porter. You could drink more than one.

Photo of tehchunk
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - This beer pours a dark brown, almost black, with a nice, creamy, beige head that stays with the beer throughout. Minimal lacing but just enough.

S - Very upfront scent of coffee & other roasty goodness. Not very much hop presence. Held together with a subtle malt presence in the background.

T - Just like the scent, very upfront taste of coffee followed by a sweet aftertaste. There is almost a bitterness similar to that of espresso towards the end of the taste. Quite enjoyable.

M - The overall mouthfeel of this beer isn't too heavy or thick, medium-bodied. Just enough carbonation for a porter that mellows out towards the end.

D - This is the perfect beer for a 22 oz. bottle. Not sure if I'd be able to drink more than that in a night.

Overall, this is one of my favorite coffee brews, mainly because it's tasty & affordable! Highly recommended for all you coffee & beer lovers out there.

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

I got this brew from GoOSU, Thanks Steve!

Dark brown with a beige head that thinned to a ring/cloud, spotty lacing left behind.
Coffee beans, rich, roasted coffe beans.
Taste is roasted coffee upfront with malty sweetness hanging around midway and espresso-like bitterness on the finish.
Medium bodied with a creamy feel.
Goes down nice and easy.

Coffeehouse Porter from Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.
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