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Coffeehouse Porter - Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.

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Ratings: 929
Reviews: 468
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 9.83%
Wants: 79
Gots: 87 | 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 far333
3.52/5  rDev -13.5%
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
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
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
3.35/5  rDev -17.7%
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
4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
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
3.8/5  rDev -6.6%
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
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
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
3.8/5  rDev -6.6%
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
3.83/5  rDev -5.9%
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
4.15/5  rDev +2%
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
4.65/5  rDev +14.3%
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
3.65/5  rDev -10.3%
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
4.15/5  rDev +2%
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.

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

This bottle was a gift and though coffee stouts/porters are my least favorite styles, I found this rather enjoyable. My review is based on style, trying to ignore my pre-existing opinions of coffee brews.

A - Pours deep dark brown, nearly opaque with just a bit of light getting through the bottom of the glass. Nice tan head with excellent retention.

S - Roasted malts and, what else? Coffee! Smells like a nice Columbian roast--not too dark and not too light. The coffee smell isn't overwhelming though, seems to be about right for the style.

T - The coffee flavor is there, but as with the aroma is not overpowering. Nice and malty with pleasant hints of coffee flavors.

M - The mouthfeel is not what I would expect from a good porter. It's heavy, but not smooth--a bit too dry, seemingly acidic on the tongue.

D - Can't see drinking much of this at once, but can imagine it being quite decent to go along with a chocolate based desert or ice cream. Might pair well with a char-grilled steak too, but I'd stick with desert offerings with this one.

Photo of natasharai
4.04/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Poured with a nice foamy tan head that dissipated slowly leaving little lacing at the top of my glass. The beer is DARK brown and lets a little light through on the edges showing a pretty reddish tint.

Smell: Strong coffee, roasted malt, sweet molasses, and some sweet dark berry aroma at the end. Very small amount of alcohol towards the end.

Taste: Strong roasted malt, coffee, very light metallic flavor, and some sweet chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Thinner body, nice and smooth, some nice small bubble carbonation, leaves mouth with a light roasted dry feel.

Overall: Outstanding drinkability, good basic flavors. The coffee aroma is much stronger than the coffee flavor. Overall lighter than many other porters but that contributes to the great drinkability.

Photo of br3wmeister
3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- medium sized sticky light brown head, good retention. The beer is a very dark red brown color.

S- Coffee. Also some caramel, chocolate roasted malt and a hint of dark fruit. Not much for hops in the aroma.

T/M- Nice silky medium bodied beer with a good roasted malt profile. Dark chocolate, coffee, toast and hint of dark fruit.

This is a good porter, nice mouth feel with a pretty stander yet good flavor.

Photo of jimj21
3.91/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Eli Cannon's in Middletown, CT. From notes taken 5/26/09. Poured into a pint glass. Beer pours a very dark brown with no clarity. Topped by about a finger of creamy tan head. Good retention and amazing lacing. Ended up with a nice sheet all the way down about half the glass.

Aromas of sweet malt and coffee. Floral hops are there too. Hints of chocolate as well. Smells good, but what is there isn't very strong. Smell of coffee stands out from the other aromas, but everything seems muted, even as the beer warms.

Taste follows the nose pretty closely. Great iced black coffee flavor. Malty caramel and a touch of roastiness. Dark chocolate is there too, but to a lesser extent. Hops show themselves on the finish with a floral character. Aftertaste is a little dry and coffee-like.

The is a medium bodied beer. Not quite full bodied. Good job of not venturing into stout territory. Very creamy and not too much carbonation.

Very drinkable. Good balance between the coffee and porter flavors. Hops add a nice edge. My first experience with Berkshire Brewing Company is a good one. As a fan of coffee, I'll be looking for more coffee flavored beers.

Photo of bhalter8
4.02/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Reagan1984 for including this in recent trade. Not sure if I have encountered a coffer porter, so I am excited to try it. Pours a very dark brown (its not quite black, and is almost a deep ruby red around the edges where the light peaks through). A nice thick tan head rests atop, and leaves solid lacing as you sip it. A nice bitter coffee aroma awaits in the nose, its backed up by a faint roasted malt, but coffee is the dominant player here. First sip follows suit to the aroma, a very nice bitter coffee flavor as well. While I have never had a coffee porter, this stands up to the coffee stouts I have had, in terms of a good coffee add. In this case, the coffee flavor is front and center, and almost overtakes the beer. Rather thick for a porter, which made me wonder if you poured this for someone, and didn't tell them it was a porter, if they would assume it is a stout. Had this early on a Saturday, and wished I held it until the end, it would be a nice way to cap off a hearty meal in the winter.

Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.92/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to brothercannon for bringing this back from VT for me. Poured from a 22 ounce bomber bottle into my nonic Imperial pint glass. This porter appears a translucent dark chestnut color with barely half an inch of creamy ecru foam. Nose is of brown sugar, semi-sweet chocolate, and medium roasted coffee beans. Flavor consists of mildly bitter coffee, roasted grains, and a touch of vanilla. I would have liked a fuller body and a bit more carbonation, but this is only a minor gripe. Overall, this porter is quite tasty and drinkable.

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

Received a pint from server.

Appearance: The beer had a deep brown color, that seemed to show light shades of black. The way it was poured, there was a light white head that didn't cover the entire top of the beer. It didn't let much light through, and provided small amounts of lacing.

Smell: Subtle but definite dark black coffee mixed with rinds (end of the pot).

Taste: Black coffee flavor as metioned in the smell reminded me of the end of the pot. Roasted malt provided the backbone.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied brew that both coated the pallate, and wasn't too thick.

Drinkability: A nice flavored porter that wasn't so heavy. Light abv helped this one be one you could have a few of.

Final Thoughts - Nice job by BBC. I think I might prefer this out of the bottle more than on tap. Never the less, good entry in the flavored porter genre, and usual good effort by BBC.

Photo of donkeyrunner
3.16/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Dark brown, almost black in color. Huge, foamy beige head that leaves several lace rings smeared down the glass. Kinda like the glass is wearing a striped shirt. Thick foam retention.

Smells like dirt, light roast coffee, and brown sugar.

Tastes primarily of lightly roasted coffee. Brown sugar sweetness and mild vanilla. Sour nutty twang in back. Mouthfeel is of watered down iced coffee.

Overall an average coffee beer that could be much thicker and much roastier. It seems like a lot more could be done with 6.2% abv.

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Coffeehouse Porter from Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.
91 out of 100 based on 929 ratings.