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Coffeehouse Porter - Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

887 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 887
Reviews: 457
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 10.07%
Wants: 76
Gots: 70 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: purplehops on 05-03-2002)
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Photo of OCscs
2.5/5  rDev -38.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured into a pilsner glass.

A- Nearly black, Thick but weak Tan head that didn't last.

S- Milk Chocolatey. Cafe americano.

T- Starts with a sweet chocolate, Moves to grainy, finishes bitter coffee.

M- Coats the tongue, but the carbonation quickly wipes it away.

O- Not what I was hoping for in this one. Not a session beer. One and only.

Photo of HopsGirl7
3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours with a pretty caramel colored head. The beer is a clear dark amber color that pours smooth.

At first you get a little hint of the coffee and it finishes with malty and bitter notes.

It pairs remarkably well with oatmeal, brown sugar, banana, blueberry pancakes....Featured on the future Thru-hiker Hostel and Brewpub. Coming to trails near you once we get it together.

Photo of Freethyhops
4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into a pint.

a- pours near black. no light penetrating. produces a 2 finger head with noticeable lacing down the glass. the lacing is thin though.

S- strong roasted character from the malts and coffee. has that porter character in the backround. most likely from the lighter malts. this couldn't be any better in my opinion for a porter

T- coffee really is the main feature of the beer. I don't know if it's just coffee providing the awesome roasted flavors or if it's part of the malt profile but it is great. and sets an awesome tone for the beer. the depth isn't quite there but the coffee/espresso flavors make the beer great as is. could use a little more chocolate. but very good nonetheless.

M- a little bit thin. the carbonation is right one. but I would like to feel a little more thickness.

D- a very sessionable beer. great flavors that aren't too overwhelming, with a nice subtle carbonation make especially drinkable for a porter.

Photo of GrittyMug345
4.6/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22oz brown bomber - no bottled on/best by date, purchased at Leary's Fine Wine (http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/2678) on 10/14/09, drank on 10/15/09. Vigorous pour into a tulip produces a light tan 1 finger head, dissipates to leave a very thin tan head over a black body. Huge coffee, black malt nose. Coffee dominates the taste followed closely by those dark roasted malts, surprisingly sweet with just a hint of espresso like astringency. Very smooth, medium/full body, mild carbonation. A very tasty coffee beer, one of my new favorites, great for breakfast or dessert, I will be buying this again.

Photo of donniecuffs
4.55/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass. Black appearance, with a nice tan/caramel-colored head that laced spottily. Strong coffee aroma, intertwined with caramel, toffee, and woodiness. The taste was sheer bliss, like someone took an iced coffee, dumped some caramel and bittersweet dark chocolate flavoring in it, and spiked it with alcohol. The finish was smooth, with a nice lingering coffee aftertaste. The body was smooth and medium, which when combined with the flavor certainly makes drinking a few of these possible.

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

22-oz bottle poured into tulips. Thanks to thechrislife for this one.

A = Mahogany, deep and rich, small but firm light tan head, slight lacing as it dissipates.

S = Coffee is very apparent on the nose, also some cocoa powder, smells like strong Turkish coffee sweetened with evaporated milk.

T = Very milky, tastes like a coffee-chocolate drink with chocolate syrup, cream, and rich, dark coffee. Primarily sweet but just enough bitterness to keep the sweet flavors but getting cloying. Long finish with more pronounced bitterness than during most of the drink.

M = Medium to medium-heavy body, good mouthcoating, creamy feel.

D = This is a really easy drinking beer for as strong as its flaovrs are.

Photo of DrJay
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very dark brown with a chestnut hue. The pour produced a one inch cap of tan foam that coated the glass. Sticky lace, good head retention. The aroma was malty, caramel and toffee with some roast and coffee, but really seemed one dimensional or flat. Moderate bitterness with plenty of sweet malt. Roast hit mid-palate and it ended with caramel and toffee mixed with light hops. Coffee lingered in the finish. Medium bodied with lowish carbonation, decent texture. A solid porter, but the coffee didn't add a lot of character and the hopping seemed to be on the conservative side.

Photo of jeffthecheff
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark, dark brown, but certainly not black. When held directly to light, the whole beer glows red. I can see the outline of my finger through the glass when held up to the light. Head is tan colored, with tiny bubbles and a rocky texture. The head stays throughout. A good amount of yeast is at the bottom of the bottle, and I poured some of it in.

There is a nice whole bean coffee aroma in the nose, but the beer isn't overpowered by it. You can still tell its a beer. There is some earthiness and nutiness like a brown ale when its cold, but as it warms, the dark porter characteristics come through, with some chocolate and dark grains to blend with the coffee.

The taste is very porter like, with a nice coffee influence. Instead of the roasted, bitter bite of a stout, this is a nice, creamy porter, that would be great on its own, but is improved with coffee. There is a subtle nuttiness to it, just like in the nose, but its standing behind the great flavor of Dean's Beans. The coffee and beer combines to make a black coffee bitterness. There is also a certain creamy flavor in there, kind of imitating the flavor of coffee with cream in it. Overall, this just tastes like very good coffee, only a lot better.

The mouthfeel is very creamy and smooth, and is pretty much all you would ask for in a porter. The body is medium, as I think a porter should be. I think it would be hard to maintain this creamy smoothness with any lighter of a body, so for the beer, it's a bit on the low side. Looking at the ABV, I'm shocked. This seems like your ordinary 5% session porter, with the mouthfeel and drinkability to go with it. Somehow I figured they couldn't cram all that flavor into a beer of any strength. I wouldn't want this beer to be any bigger.

This beer remains in my file of "go to beers." It is multi-dimensional while straight forward, and has a full flavor without being overpowering or too big. This is one of New England's best beers.

Photo of far333
3.45/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours dark brown, nearly black and opaque. An oatmeal colored frothy head rises up to a firm inch-high cap and settles out slowly.

Inviting aroma of roasted malt, espresso, licorice and subtle smokey notes.

Taste is initially rich coffee, not overly dark or bitter but full-flavored and dominant. After several sips some cocoa and tannic smoke try to emerge. There are faint hints of marshmallow and leather, but coffee dominates and keeps moving to the forefront. This could have more balance and complexity, and a more roasted flavor. Very much like iced coffee. Flavor is disappointing after the very inviting aroma.

Even mouthfeel, moderate carbonation, good body for the style. Average drinkability for me, could be more complex.

Photo of Jwale73
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a standard pint. Poured a deep brown with some light penetration around the edges revealing ruby-red highlights. Half inch, dense off-white head (excellent retention) exposed thick, concentric bands of lacing as the brew was consumed - incredible legs. Nose was coffee beans - nuff said. Taste follows nose, with the addition of some chocolate notes in the mix. Mouthfeel was medium-bodied and extremely creamy with a pleasant carbonation in the back to round it all out. Easy drinking and quite flavorful. I thought this brew was decent in the bottle and good on tap, but nitro really brings out the character of this beer. Top notch.

Photo of thespaceman
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a nonic

Appearance: Opaque black in color, a huge, billowing tan head tops off this beer nicely. Lacing is nice down the glass, as well as head retention.

Smell: Loads of ground coffee are here in the nose, smells as if this a cup of joe with a bit of cream in it, not a full blast of coffee but enough to make it stand out. I get bits of cocoa nibs, and a earthy backdrop to really let this stand out.

Taste: Very similar to a Dunkin Donuts Iced Coffee, very rich coffee bean flavor expands upon the first sip, bits of residual grain, nuts, and a wisp of vanilla emerge as well. Very roasty and invigorating. Probably one of the better attempts at a coffee beer, as the Porter style real balanced the hops and malt with such a clean and authentic coffee taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, feels nice and slick on the tongue, a bit chewy as well. Mellow bitterness from the hops.

Drinkability: I've always been a fan of Berkshire's offerings, simply because at a price of $3.49, you get a high quality brew that doesn't break the bank. I haven't been dissapointed in anything these guys have done and this one is no different. A perfect example of how coffee and beer can be combined to make a robust, bold, yet enjoyable session beer. I wish I could wake up everyday to this in my coffee cup. Another great outing by one of the most slept on brewers in the country.

Photo of nanertak
3.33/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured 22oz bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: Dark and rich, 2-3 fingers head.

Nose: Coffee beans, bitter carob, cloves.

Taste: Mild malt into strong coffee flavor, sweetness quickly fades into a finish of coffee and hops that lingers for quite a while. Bitter finish, possibly too much so. I drink my coffee black and it's not this bitter.

Mouthfeel: Pretty solid. Has enough bulk to make it feel rich and creamy. Coats the mouth with bitter coffee.

Drinkability: If the bitterness didn't kick in at the end, I'd be happier with it. I'd braise meat with this, or baste a roast with it, but wouldn't necessarily sip it. Lots of possible cooking applications. Dare I say chilli?

Overall: Good but not great. Not my cup of tea. Or coffee.

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.03/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a dark brown color with an average brown frothy head. Nose is a bit faint and skuny with moderate roasted coffee aroma. Taste is flat. Where is the coffee? Mouthfeel is roasted malts with really no other flavors at all. The slight skunked flavor tends to creep out a bit in the end. I think I may have had a bad one so i wont kill it on ratings.

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

Pours a dark, opaque brown with a light tan three finger head that dies down rather quickly. Head is pretty thin and fizzy looking. Very light lacing is left on the glass as it is consumed. Smell is of strong coffee beans, as displayed on the bottle. Definitely picking up on some chocolate, maybe citrus and roasted malts too. Taste here is very interesting. Lots of coffee up front with some roasted malts and chocolates in the background. It also has some hoppy bitterness/citrus to it which adds a nice element to the brew. Beer leaves a coat of coffee on the tongue and reminds of the after taste of a nice black coffee, some citrus in the after taste too. Mouthfeel is good, light to medium and smooth, no alcohol taste in this beer at all, good carbonation too. Drinkability is good here, nice and light with a good coffee taste, its like a coffee russian imperial but lighter in feel, more sessionable, coffee taste would get old after a while though. Very good pricing on this one too.

Photo of washburnkid
3.78/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: a little over 2 fingers airy and bubbly beige head that retains as a thin cap over a black beer with ruby edges.
S: roasted coffee beans as promised. A bit of dark chocolate, too.
T/M: dark chocolate with tons of coffee. There's enough of a slight citrus tang to balance out. Light to medium body, medium carbonation and big bitter residuals lingering.
D/Notes: one thing I noted here was how the coffee flavors were really wavering in and out in strength. Sometimes the coffee was strong and overwhelming, and sometimes it was subtle under the citrus hop. Very interesting, and a good pair for a salad with feta soaked in adobo sauce and whiskey.

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

appearance - Dark brown color, nice beige head that left some thick lace on it.

smell - Chocolate, coffee and expresso.

taste - Roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, coco, just a smooth taste.

mouthfeel - medium heavy body.

drinkability - Mmm one of favorite beers and it was intereting to find it on nitro tap.

Photo of bum732
3.78/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark black with red tints, nice head that dissipates quickly. Smells of freshly grounded coffee beans, some chocolate, roastiness, some fruitiness. Tastes of creamy semi-sweet malt cut by some nice coffee bitterness. Lots of coffee, some chocolate and a nice roastiness at the end. Good moderate carbonation and full mouthfeel.

A really good beer, i love how this beer is not very sweet. The dryness and the coffee bitterness lends some harshness that brings down the taste a little, but a great coffee porter overall.

Photo of maximum12
3.5/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to tprokop7 for sending this is a long-ago trade.

Black. Smells like coffee with the mute button on.

Taste is, naturally, coffee, but it doesn't overwhelm the beer. The porter, a borderline stout taste, is lurking underneath & provides a solid base. Still, this is obviously a coffee beer.

Nice drinking coffee beer. It doesn't rise above the pack, with nothing to set it apart, but a very solid, pragmatic example of the style.

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

Pours thick and black, almost stout-thick. Head had nice retention, and some great lacing over the course of the beer. Smells like an iced coffee almost, kind of sweet, kind of coffeeish but not. Tastes like a mellow coffee blend - on the sweeter side but not overbearingly so, but not like one of those harsh jamaican blends. Lingers nicely on the palate, very well carbonated. On the mellower side of porters, not a lot of roasty bite behind it, which in this case works to its advantage. Very drinkable, especially as the night goes on. A high quality coffee beer.

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

pour it out of a 1 pint 6fl. oz bottle into a pint glass .

the look is dark brown almost black with a 2 inch dark tan froth head that holds out for the whole duration .

the smell is dark roasted grains, malt ,coffee and a bit of dark bitter chocolate.i don't smell hops or the malt over powers it .

the flavor follows the nose ,with a medium body ,coffee , dark malt ,lite roasted grains .it's like coffee that went cold but still fresh and you dump it into a porter.

lighter on the palate then you would expect it,well balanced with a dry malt after taste .

it's an easy favorite for some late night breakfast people ,pancakes at midnight ??,you bet. cheers..

Photo of zeff80
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a dark, dark brown color with a thick, rocky, three-finger head of tan foam. It left patchy rings of lace.

S - It smelled of coffee beans, chocolate and roasted malt.

T - It tasted of coffee, dark chocolate and a bitter hop kick. Great balance of coffee and chocolate.

M - It was soft and smooth. A medium-bodied beer with a somewhat dry finish.

D - This is a very good coffee porter. Well-balanced and delicious.

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

Poured from a 22oz brown bomber into a clear pint glass. No freshness date. Purchased at Ancona's (Ridgefield, CT) for $4.49.

A: Super-brown, opaque, with 1-2 finger French vanilla head with good retention and excellent lacing.

S: Black coffee, bittersweet chocolate, roaste dark malts without much acridness, light floral hops

T: A dreamy coffee-dominated porter that does a great job of treading the line between porter and stout by maintaining good maltiness with black coffee flavors taking front stage followed by substantial malting with plenty of base and toasted dark malt with a great touch so as to let the coffee be in charge but present other great porter flavors as well. Hops are mild earthy and floral.

M: Medium-bodied and good but not great for the style. Low carbonation helps the mouhtfeel somewhat.

D: A very good porter than is a half-step below BBC's Draymans Porter but still very good and with a solid coffee presence that provides a dominant, but not overwhelming note.

Photo of Tolann
4.63/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was obtained thru a trade I believe with jleblanc. Does this ever look delish! I love coffee beers!!

Poured into my NB globe glass. haahaa

A - Very dark as a porter should be. Off white dirty looking head, some big bubbles at first then a nice layer of little bubbles.

S - Nice easy coffee. Not too sweet. It's coffee just as I'd want to drink it; not too fancy. This is coffee...in a beer. Does it get any better?

T - At first I thought the nose had it here, but then BAM coffee lands on your taste buds. Again, not too sweet and not trying to do anything fancy. Big can't miss coffee presence here.

M - The coffee hangs on your breath. It's a wonderful aftertaste. Light/medium mouth feel which I think is quite appropriate for this beer.

D - Coffee. Plain and simple. If you love coffee, you'll love this beer. Could I drink this all day? Yes!

Photo of Redrover
3.63/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was excited to see this on tap during my latest visit to Boston. I decided to have this beer for desert.

On nitro, the beer was poured into a standard pint glass. It was dark brown with a few red highlights. Nice creamy beige head.

Nose of roasted malts, coffee, brown sugar and a bit of earth.

The taste is sweet with molasses and a touch of charred malts and a hint of smoke. Coffee is present but not overpowering. This beer starts well but fades a bit at the finish as a chalky and dry taste emerges.

The mouth as expected from a nitro beer is creamy but it thins in the end.

I like this beer but it would be a once in a while beer for me.

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

ahhh yes, one of my favorites from BBC!

Pours an almost opaque dark, dark brown to black with a very cream, rich, thick tan colored head.

Smell is beautiful dark roasted coffee notes combined with rich chocolatey malts and some sweet brown sugar.

Taste is a great combination of those dark roasted malts and their inherited sweetness along with a really rich coffee flavor. Its such a well done combo in my opinion, the coffee flavor is not over the top but not watered down and goes just perfect with this porter.

Mouthfeel is almost creamy at times, a very rich tasting and feeling beer. Delicious.

I love this beer and definitely buy it more than the other BBC releases at least 3 to 1. No complaints, just an all around great coffee beer.

Coffeehouse Porter from Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.
91 out of 100 based on 887 ratings.