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Coffeehouse Porter - Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.

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783 Ratings

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Ratings: 783
Reviews: 450
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 10.07%
Wants: 71
Gots: 44 | FT: 0
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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(Beer added by: purplehops on 05-03-2002)
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Photo of currysage1


3.8/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On a slow pour into a stein it produces a khaki head that stays at a quarter inch. Nice deep dark with some darker ruby highlights.

Smells like a mix between Hershey's chocolate milk and a latte. Definately some combo of chocolate coffee and milk.

All coffee, no malt flavor, some black patent, some acidity from the hops, Tastes like cold coffee. Surprisingly I like it, but then again I like coffee.

Nice creamy feel to it, nice and semi-dry. Could have one more but not much more, I don't know if I will be able to sleep. Night-night.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2008 00:25:58 | More by currysage1
Photo of kmpitz2


4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber. The brew pours a solid brown color with a finger of tan head over top that falls to a half finger. Clarity is moderate and there are few bubbles hitting the surface. The aroma is solid coffee with a milder chocolage and a hint of caramel sweetness with a hint of creamyness as well. Pretty solid. Flavor is very nice. It hits first with a mild ground coffee followed by a solid roasted malt that lends notes of bitter chocolate followed with a mild pine hop, that moves into a nice bitter mocha flavor. I enjoy how the coffee bookends the rest of the flavors. Mouthfeel is moderate with a moderate carbonation that works well with the brew. Overall, I am a fan of this one. I really like how the coffee blends with the beer and doesn't dominate it. It has a nice balance throughout. I've enjoyed this one every time I have had it and this is no exception.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2008 22:14:12 | More by kmpitz2
Photo of bassmantin


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

I've been waiting to try this beer for some time. Pours a nice dark brown with a big clump of bubbles at the bottom of the glass. The head is a very fine dark tan with thick lacing.

Smells of very sweet and rich coffee. Very intriguing. This is one of the best coffee best I have ever smelled. Let's see how it tastes.

Taste is nice and roasty, sweet, and rich. I can't help comparing it the Founder's Breakfast Stout. It suffers by the comparison, much less intense and concentrated. This is still a very good beer. I love coffee beers, and this one is very subtle and pleasant.

Overall: Great controlled use of coffee. Wish I could get it in Indiana.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2008 02:57:07 | More by bassmantin
Photo of JackWeizen

Rhode Island

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

Let one of these warm up a bit then poured it into a pint glass. A nice tan head formed. The beer looks pretty dark, and when held up to a light, it reveals an amazingly deep plum red color with some transparency.

It smells like coffee, and toasted bread. Sipping reveals a medium coffee flavor on a solid well balanced porter background. Lace clings thick as frost to the side of my impeccably clean glass, and the head starts to fade away. More sipping reveals a nice bitterness that is very pleasant to the tongue. I appreciate the lack of astringency. The malt is only lightly roasted, with caramel undertones which helps let the coffee flavor shine though.

A dry finish with moderate carbonation, and a lingering aftertaste of coffee, along with a noticeable alcohol warming, but almost no heavy alcohol flavors make this a great drink for breakfast, or with a hearty dinner of game meat, or beef. I highly recommend this beer to anyone who likes coffee, or beer with mild upfront roasted character.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2008 20:22:07 | More by JackWeizen
Photo of mynie


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

Very dark ruby. No pretensions towards opacity. Very giant brown head that just looks tasty.

Smells of very smooth chocolate and coffee with a solid porter roughness and a terrific hint of hops. It's like a less intense Breakfast Stout, actually.

Tastes nearly as good as it smells. Big, smooth chocolate starts off and fades way into rough rich porter middle in which there coffee takes center stage. This drops slowly off into a dark chocolate/roasted malt aftertaste and a lingering hop finish.

Very nice.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2008 05:56:44 | More by mynie
Photo of williamherbert

New York

3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Opaque dark brown color with two fingers of off-white head. Decent specky lace. Really formidable looking.

Major burnt coffee smell. Roasted malt. Heavy nutty, toasted malt. Mild bitter hop aroma as well. Typical characteristics, but the good ones.

Bitter coffee flavor at first, smooth mild light roasted ending. Smooth and mellow, not harsh or overly bitter. Has some nice dark fruit (plum?) with a mocha finish. The two flavors take turns, and compliment each other well.

Nice thickness but smooth. Medium, not a choker. Quite good. Nice to drink. Feels good and has mildly bitter flavor. Not obsessed with bitterness. Easily drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2008 04:30:44 | More by williamherbert
Photo of joepais


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

Bomber poured into a tulip glass produced a frothy coco brown head on top of a black coffee body

Aromas of coffee, yes that's it like your morning coffee

The flavor balance is there as well just enough bitter coffee and enough sweetness to balance it out

Palate was smooth and creamy

Great coffee porter will drink it again

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2008 01:38:50 | More by joepais
Photo of DaPeculierDane


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

Many thanks to Jamie2Dope for the sample.

22 oz bomber.

Appearance: Dark brown body accentuated by ample carbonation but just a thin tan lace.

Aroma: Wonderfully fresh coffee beans. Some more general roasted grain.

Taste: Outstanding. Fairly fresh coffee, nearly espresso like flavor. Finishes mildly sweet but not without a minimal hop presence to balance things out.

Mouthfeel: Light-medium bodied. Not overly astringent or acidic. Smooth.

Drinkability: Very high for a coffee guzzler like myself.

What this beer lacks in complexity it more than makes up for by doing what it does surprisingly well. This is a great coffee beer and though smaller than many I've tasted, it is also more drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2008 15:52:57 | More by DaPeculierDane
Photo of Stoneman78


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

22oz bottle obtained in trade with Jwale73, poured into a Stone OG tulip glass

Appearance is the darkest of brown hues with a milky cream brown head, fractal-like cream lacing on the glass, very pretty

Smell is mostly coffee malts a la espresso grounds ("Dean's Beans" on the labels), some bitter chocolate, tones of vanilla and cream

Taste is dominated by bitter coffee malts with a thin backbone of bittersweet chocolate, toffee and nutty flavors come midway, finishes up with some slightly bitter hops

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, watery smooth texture, mild to moderate carbonation

Drinkability is moderate, higher for coffee fans, this ranks close to Founders Breakfast Stout in terms of the bitter coffee grounds essence, alcohol is not perceptible and this porter is well-balanced, solid beer worth trying out

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2008 06:27:32 | More by Stoneman78
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4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap in a 13 oz. tulip at Sunset Tap & Grill in Allston, MA

Poured a deep, dark brown in color with just a finger of fluffy tan head that had decent retention. Aroma was fairly subdued; dark roasted malts, coffee, and dark chocolate with just a bit of hops. Taste was much like the aroma. Dark roasted malts and some chocolate were present at first but quickly joined and then overtaken by coffee. The coffee flavor, which was pretty great, lasted into the finish balancing out what sweetness there is in this brew. Without the coffee flavor I would find this beer too sweet. Mouthfeel is good, medium+ body thats quite creamy. Drinkability is quite good. I would certainly recommend this brew.

Serving type: on-tap

01-25-2008 03:35:58 | More by mnj21655
Photo of Bierguy5


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

22 oz. bottle. Dark brown color, with some ruby edges. Tan, tocky head. Good head retention. Looks nice.

Roasty, fresh brewed coffee right up front. Coffee and cream, along with caramel and milk chocolate. Very nice aroma.

Very smooth coffee and cream flavor. Hints of chocolate and caramel. Very little bitterness.

Seems a bit thin, carbonation is low. Alcohol is well hidden, is there really any in here? Certainly this is all about coffee, but not a bold, roasty, bitter experience. This one is very smooth, and so easy to drink. Very nice.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2008 00:53:46 | More by Bierguy5
Photo of GusESB

New Jersey

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

If you like coffee, you will like this beer.
It had the look of a porter, but the aroma was very similar to a cold cup of coffee.
The flavor had roasty qualities and it was a smoothe mouthfeel to it. The aftertaste was pleasant in that it wasn't an overwhelming coffee flavour, but more subtle.
While I do not drink coffee, I did enjoy this beer and would recommend it to coffee lovers

Serving type: on-tap

01-15-2008 17:44:47 | More by GusESB
Photo of RblWthACoz


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

Pours a very dark ruby brown that is almost opaque. Some head falls pretty fast. Nose is faint with roasted coffee. Not overly strong, but fairly present. Flavor is very, very good. Strong robust roasted coffee flavors. Long lasting aftertaste. Feel is thick on the liquid and pretty damn silky. Extremely drinkable. So glad I dragged this back from Boston to Brooklyn.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2007 02:08:47 | More by RblWthACoz
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New Hampshire

3.8/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours deep chestnut black with reddish-black highlights. Decent tan head that settles quickly, thinning to a lace around the rim. Smells very malty with cooked nuts, chocolate and black coffee. Starts sweet and finishes drier, if that makes any sense. Has a thick taste, starting with mouth rolling malty sweetness followed by coffee and chocolate malts. These flavors dominate the hops, which come forward after swallowing. Serve this one at cellar temps or slightly warmer, as these flavors get lost at fridge temps. Carbonation does it's job, delivering aroma and amplifying the body, and doesn't make itself a vehicle for belching. Very drinkable on a Christmas Eve.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2007 22:24:30 | More by altgeeky1
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3.35/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap @ E this week. Served as usual in my porcelin mug. Poured with a thick, creamy head. Chocolate brown appearance.

Dedected absolutely zero aroma. I even had Leslie pour it in a shot glass for me and let it warm up. Maybe the cold New England air is affecting my olfactory system.

Taste was mild, mild, mild, however, coffee grind bite in the finish and a hint of coffee up front.

Mouthfeel was smooth and modest with a creamy, malty body and a modest hop bite.

Very drinkable, but a tad too modest in all categories. They could stand to ratchet up the malt so you can detect something in the nose. A mild brew that is enjoyable nonetheless just not overly exciting.

Serving type: on-tap

12-24-2007 09:44:25 | More by jim102864
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4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A very dark porter served on tap at Eli Cannon's in CT. The aroma was strong with coffee, not unlike Founder's Breakfast Stout. Honestly this is very similar to Breakfast Stout, except with slightly less body and less malt richness. Even so, this was very good, and I'd get it again.

Serving type: on-tap

12-22-2007 16:27:21 | More by TurdFurgison
Photo of brewcrew76


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

A - Pours a blackish chestnut with crimson highlights and thin tan head.

S - Fresh roasted black coffee, bittersweet chocolate and roasted malt.

T - Fresh roasted coffee, milk chocolate, oatmeal and roasted malt. There is a slight astringency from the coffee.

M - I was originally going to give a score of 3.5 since it seemed fairly thin in the beginning but it seemed to come around a bit as I drank. Dry lingering finish.

D - Glad I was able to try this one. A nice coffee twist on a porter.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2007 02:39:46 | More by brewcrew76
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4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 22 oz. bottle, sent by AdamB84. Emblazoned across the label is "Dean's Beans"; I guess they are the "Natural Flavor Added" in this beer. Poured to a Widmer pint.

A: Didn't seem that thick pouring, but this is certainly an impermeable ebony in the glass. Faint traces of garnet at the edges. Love the frothy denseness of the head, starting at a full-finger and slowly settling to about 1/4", but never fading away. Creamy and light tan, a mocha-like topping? Lovely bands of lacy cobwebs.

S: Pleasant aroma of coffee grounds, bittersweet chocolate and a little vanilla. Sweet/sour lactose aroma melds with the malts.

T: Roasted malts and a round 'coffee' flavor. As much as the semi-sweet coffee taste permeates, I'm reminded more of cocoa with roasted nuts in the finish - a fudge walnut brownie? This one's flavors seem to evolve, from bitterness to sweetness. One moment it's a bit sharp and has a zippy espresso-roast tang, the next it's mellow, sweetened by cocoa and softened by toasted nuts.

M: Creamy and smooth, slides across the tongue leaving a little acrid/burnt bittering towards the back and on the sides. Body seems about medium, carbonation is ample but soft.

D: A very likable porter with a well-managed 'coffee' character. I've tried some other coffee porters and found them to be either so dominated by the dark roastedness of the beans or, worse, not having any more than a fading hint of coffee. This is right in the middle: a coffee porter with other flavors and aromas intertwined. I like it, I recommend it and I'd have it again...maybe for dessert.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2007 22:07:38 | More by msubulldog25
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4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served nitro-tap into a 22 oz. glass at Deep Ellum, Allston MA

Poured a very dark, clear brown-amber capped off by a thick and creamy caramel coloured head. Left large lacing clinging to the glass. Even the appearance is tasty and rich. The nose is dominated by strong, dark, roasty coffee malts. Light hints of caramel comes through as well, sweet, rich and full nose. No hoppy florals or fruity esters are noticeable. The taste is very proper to what I expected from a coffee porter. Coffee flavor is strong, roasty, sweet and quite like black coffee. No hops flavors. I lost the caramel from the nose, but picked up a bit of cocoa. The bitterness is mild in the mid/after taste. Dry finish. Very light warming. Very full and heavy in the mouth, low carbonation adds both to the heaviness and the coffee-esque qualities. Not entirely complex for a porter, but it's really quite tasty and richly flavored and well done as a 'coffeehouse.' It's too rich and dry to drink many of, but really tasty and smooth, inviting to drink a few.

Serving type: nitro-tap

12-02-2007 22:53:07 | More by BiereBlanche
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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep dark brown body with ruby highlights at the edge. Not much head but what's there leaves a pretty nice lacing.

Lots of lactose in the smell but a good amount of roast that almost balances it out. Almost.

Taste is very sweet and hugely coffee, the alcohol cuts though and actually serves to cut through what might be too much sweetness with a little bite.

Thick, creamy and sticky mouthfeel. Stays on your tongue for a good while.

A little too sweet to drink a whole lot of, but a nice treat. I'd definitely split a bomber of this between two or three people, though.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2007 00:02:39 | More by bboven
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New Jersey

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

It pours a deep, dark mahogany with twitches of ruby. Two fingers of fluffy yellow-tan head settle to a frothy throw. Lacing twists and plasters the inside of the glass.

The aroma is darkly sweet roasted malt donning dried fruit, molasses, baker's chocolate, cocoa, and of course coffee. Light hop spice and roast char wind along with a mellow waft of alcohol.

Upon sipping, the malt is mildly charred and earthily sweet with dark chocolate, burnt sugar, and a buttress of rich black java. The hops are mildly peppery and also a touch grassy, but in a green way, not raw. The alcohol is nicely melded with the overall presence. Malt and coffee join to come across fetchingly as nicely baked and iced flourless chocolate cake. The finish is a smooth bittersweet lingering treat. This is a happy, rich, earthy flavor.

Medium bodied, it's creamy and frothy and slick and aptly present.

I was hoping for a pleasing, pleasurable porter. What I got was a deep-dish dessert with a mighty fine cup of coffee chaser. It is as advertised. The ABV is actually downsized but more present than expected, yet it drinks like a tasty daydream. And it got better and fuller as we got closer to the end. It's most certainly a do-over, should I ever get the opportunity.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2007 16:10:22 | More by Foxman
Photo of madjr80


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

Nice thin layer of creamy head when poured into a glass. The head eventually comes downs to a swirly lace. The smell of it is amazing. It reminds me of a solid porter infused with Starbucks Coffee. Kinda tingly going down with enough carbonation for a porter. The best part about it, has to be sweet coffee taste. Two things in this world that I can't go without. Coffee and Beer! I wish I could get it in a 12pk.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2007 00:26:18 | More by madjr80
Photo of patelc75


4.88/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A very smooth malt with a coffee taste that lives up to its name. Nice lightish medium body and quite refreshing considering all the heavy smoked porters on the market. The chocolate and coffee work well together with right amount of bitterness. Brilliant beer for a leisurely loaf in the evening

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2007 03:21:40 | More by patelc75
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4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours black with a little bit of red tinge around the edges. A medium sized head quickly fizzled down to a small ring but that stuck around throughout and left some rather nice looking lacing on each sip. Aroma is strong, strong coffee with some caramel, chocolate, and perhaps vanilla mixed in the back.

Taste is straight up sweet, flavorful coffee and there's that chocolate and vanilla close behind. Slight bittering hops at the end help accentuate it's roasty nature. The mouthfeel is full and smooth and really helps bring everything together.

Wow, this one took me by surprise! Highly drinkable, the taste and body of this comes through not only for coffee lovers but those fans of good Porters in general. Another very solid brew from Berkshire.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2007 23:12:22 | More by Kegatron
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3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A reddish highlight on a body of chestnut. Similar in color to the cup of coffee sitting next to it in a whiskey glass. The Coffeehouse Porter distinguishes itself with spindly threads of lacing around the edges, with a good finger of foam from the initial pour. Head recedes to a skim that still covers the surface.

Malty aroma, banana esters, very mild coffee that isn't especially dominant.

Mild coffee in the flavor, mixed with a caramel toffee element in the middle. Dominated by malt. Not harsh or especially roasty at all. Finish is dry, and there's a mild astringency from the coffee. Fairly mellow feeling and light bodied for a Porter, with a good level of carbonation. Seems to take cues from Sam Smith Taddy Porter. One could finish a bomber pretty easily due to it's mellow nature.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2007 22:54:07 | More by emerge077
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