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Coffeehouse Porter - Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.

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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

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Beer added by: purplehops on 05-03-2002

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

Bottle shared at local BA tasting.

Poured dark brown color with an average brown frothy head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate roasted coffee aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Medium sweet roasted coffee flavor with a medium bittersweet finish of moderate duration.

Good coffee porter.

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

Appearance: Dark brown almost near black in color with a nice 1 finger tan head. Head remains around the edges but dwindles fairly quickly leaving a modest bubble island on the surface.

Smell: Strong smell of coffee, some chocolate.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Tasty. medium bodied, mid-high carbonation. Lots of roasted coffee flavors, some burnt caramel or perhaps milk chocolate to add sweetness and smoothness. low malt flavoring and a very minimal hop presence. This is most definitely a coffee porter.

Drinkability: Pretty good. Nothing about this beer is absolutely amazing, but then again there's nothing bad or even remotely negative about this beer. Good drinkability.

Photo of Buebie
3.59/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to cooperrip for hooking me up with one of his local brews.

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a tulip. Color is a deep brown with a redish mahogony glow while held to light. A semi-rigerous pour produces a very nice 2 finger tan fluffy head. Receeding to a generous retention layer and super frothy sticky webs of lace along the glass.

Aroma is mildly sweet up front, with a nice roasted grainy kick, some coffee and a touch of chocolate, with hints of peanut butter.

Mouthfell is somwhat thin, giving way to a little bit of creamyness from the carbonation.
Starts out with a slighlty husky astringent flavor and still has some nice roasted grains in the mix with hints of cocoa powder.
Carbonation falls back and into the swallow there is a touch of heat and loads of dark roasted coffee and a touch of nuttyness.
Somthing buckwheat like lingering after the swallow with a touch of maple syrup in there as well. Reminded me alot of buckwheat pancakes.

Overall its a solid coffee beer that I will probably never be able to buy in MN. Its not the most amazing, but it isnt terrible either.

Photo of jwc215
3.56/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to wolfsblood for this 22-ouncer!

Pours dark brown with a tan head that cascades a bit before settling to a creamy tan head. Lacing sticks.

The smell is of roasted - coffee, though not quite (something artificial-ish about it). It is roasty, though with a fruity sweetness - towards tart.

The taste is of roasty, iced-coffee (almost) with caramel, a touch of nuts and fruity/citrusy notes. Sweetish with a roasty bitterish finish. The coffee is towards what I think of fruit in most American fruit beers (coffee syrup?)

It is smooth, despite a vague touch of astringency. It has a medium body that is a touch watery at times.

A nice American porter may lie underneath, but though I love good coffee the coffee here just doesn't do anything particularly great for me. It drinks easily enough though the 22 ounces was more than enough for me. A nice porter, in the end, with a nice citric balance, and the coffee part isn't "bad", but not the rich coffee type I prefer in my coffee-flavoured beers.

Photo of younger35
3.46/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Received this gem from mikesgroove in the '09 Black Booty BIF. This will be my second brew from Berkshire and lord knows I loves me a coffee beer. Drank from my Surly clear coffee mug.

Appearance- Pours a fairly dark brown with crimson highlights and a decent sized light tan head. A spotty cap and really thick collar leave a fair amount of speckled lacing.
Smell- Not the huge burst of coffee goodness I was hoping for but more of a tart, twangy citric kick. Fairly roasted with an almost toasted coconut like earthiness. Fairly weak and unimpressive nose, lets hope the taste is better.
Taste- Starts with a subtle coffee flavor that is way too weak and unnatural for this guy. It's not terrible by any means, just needs to be a bit more pungent. Perhaps that's why it tastes sort of unnatural. The beer behind the coffee is nice though with a slightly citric hoppiness and soft toasted caramel. Finishes with a semi roasted char with a bit of coffee bitterness.
Mouthfeel- Medium to heavy body with a hefty sorta chunk and fairly crisp tingly carbonation.
Drinkability- I think I'm a bit spoiled when it comes to these coffee brews. I love coffee. I love coffee beers. BUT I love them both intense. This namby pamby subtle stuff is for other styles, not coffee beers. If you want a subtle coffee flavor, add more roasted malt but don't tease me with the actual use of coffee. Cup O' Joe, Coffee Bender, Péché Mortel, Bells Java Stout - all great coffee beers with BIG coffee flavor. That's what I look for and this falls short. Big thanks for the opportunity Mike!

Photo of Reagan1984
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

One of the very few beers that I've reviewed in different formats.

Had this on Nitro tap and just loved it... Had it in the bottle last night.. Enjoyed it again... But there is a special mouth feel that the Nitro imparts that is special..

A very good beer in the bottle an even better beer on Nitro

Nice 2 finger tan head above the deep dark brown brew. Very good lacing

All coffee aroma with some evident sweetness.

The flavor was like drinking a wonderful iced coffee... Deep coffee flavor with just a touch of sweetness. I drink French roast coffee black and this provided some of those dark roasted notes that I love. The sweetness was just right and helped cut some of the roasted tones.

Mouth feel is where this is different vs. the Nitro. This is medium bodied and nice.... But not as much creaminess.

Very, very drinkable... I like it and will be back...

Photo of mbrasi
3.81/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is what you would expect from a good coffee brew. Roasted coffee and smoked/roasted malts. The flavor is surprisingly bold for a beer that isn't "big" Very flavorful for a porter. Definite coffee in the flavor with chocolate up front. A little watery in the body but that is as expected for a porter. Once again Berkshire produces another fine crafted brew.

Photo of srandycarter
3.82/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Murky dark cola, small thin head, lots of thin sheets of lace.

S - Chocolate milk and coffee beans.

T - Taste follow smell. Predominate mild flavor of chocolate milk capped off with coffee flavor.

M - Low carb, thinner than I would have liked.

D - Just not exciting for me.

Photo of roopy40
3.91/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from a nitro tap

A - Very dark brown to black in color. Wonderful bulb of foamy white head after the beer had settled. Head retention was off the charts and it left some sticky webbed lace.

S - Coffee right from the start that drifts off into hazelnut land and you also pick up some chunky chocolate chips and vanilla in the end.

T - Coffee again, picture sitting outside in Seattle and drinking a cup of black, dark roasted coffee in the early morning on a dreary day. Dark chocolate notes this time, now I taste the creaminess of the head as it slides down off my lip and I clear my chops of any with my tongue, wonderful.

M - Smooth and fluid on the tongue, less carbonation than usual tapped beers, but that is expected from a nitro tap. Not too thin, not too thick, medium bodied and wonderful as I would expect from a porter. Coffee drenches the buds and slaps the palate in this great porter.

D - Very drinkable beer. Smooth, creamy and delicious flavor comes from the coffee and slightly bitter chocolate. I'd certainly start the night with one of these again. Especially on a cold, windy winter night, like it was when I slowly sipped this one.

Photo of gford217
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber courtesy of joepais poured into a tulip.

Pours dark chocolate brown, nearly black, with a large creamy off-white head that hangs on as a cap for the duration and leaves some very good lacing.

Aroma is dominated by a slightly roasted coffee smell with some sweet dark malts in the nose as well as hints of chocolate mixed in. Very well balanced aroma with the coffee blending perfectly with the malts.

The taste has a bit more bitterness to the coffee flavor. There are a little less sweet malts than the aroma and not much chocolate that I could detect. The finish is roasty with a slight bitterness.

The mouthfeel is velvety smooth with good carbonation but maybe a tad on the light side.

This is a great coffee porter and though the taste doesn't quite live up to the promise of the aroma, I'm really enjoying this one. Recommended.

Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thank you to DrDogbeer for this bottle.

Served from a 22oz bottle into .5L glass. Pours a very dark ruby red color with beautiful dark cherry colored highlights. Large and creamy light toffee colored head of about two fingers. A decent amount of lacing as the head slowly recedes into a small pocket of foam on top of the beer.

Definitely some fresh coffee in the aroma. Roasted grains as well. The coffee is the story here as the coffee aromas are not super strong but they certainly lead the show in this one.

Coffee on the palate with a touch of fruitiness near the back with a fully toasted bread flavor. The cherry fruitiness finishes off the flavors.

Light to medium bodied with nice carbonation. Finishes quite dry but with a sticky sort of fruitiness as well.

This is a great version of the porter. Havent had a coffee porter (unless you count Founders Porter) but I really enjoyed this one. Easy drinker and glad to have this one. Thanks Doc!

Photo of mkabull
4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is typical nitro look big cascading head with a dark brown almost black color of the beer . The aroma is incredible smells like black coffee with a back of porter chocolate/roasted malts . The taste is the same as the aroma black coffe with bitter chocolate roasted malts and sweet undertones . The mouthfeel is almost stout like in thickness but the taste is definetly porter . This is a great winter beer good for a cold day .

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

Thanks to damianblack for this 650 mL bottle.

A: The porter is a dark cola color, black from afar but dark chocolate brown up close. Not much head and no lacing; both detracting a bit.

S: The coffee aroma is strong here, completely overwhelming any porter aspects. The strength of the coffee leads me to think that a cold toddy method was used.

T: The taste is not as robust as the nose indicates. Porter flavors are more evident, roasted chocolate and caramel with a smoothness that reminds me of oatmeal. The coffee flavors improve as the porter warms, releasing a full roasted taste. The back end of the porter is a little thin, dropping off quickly when the coffee flavor fades.

M: The mouthfeel is very smooth, I'd swear some oatmeal made its way into the malt bill. And the coffee? Oh how the coffee smacks the tastebuds.

D: A pleasant sipping beer, the coffee really stands out with a robust finish. I'd like a little more porter to step in behind the coffee but that's just my opinion.

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

Poured this from a 22 oz. bomber into a tulip pint glass. Near black with a super-dark brown around the edges. A small, tan head quickly dissipates to a sticky lacing.

Smell of coffee, nuts, heavy cream, roasted malts and vanilla.

Taste is of coffee ice cream. Not just coffee, but coffee ice cream in particular. Creamy vanilla flavor with a lovely, harmonious blend of coffee. Toasted malts and just a tinge of hops finish off the taste.

Medium bodied mouthfeel. Not as full as I would want, but pleasantly bubbly and a bit creamy. These are not two traits I normally like competing on my palate, but for some reason it works here.

This is a fairly drinkable beer. Goes down easy and tastes great. Definitely a desert beer or one to have while sitting in front of a roaring fire. I don't think this is one I'll keep coming back to, but I really enjoyed it.

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

thanks for DrDogbeer for this one. poured from a bomber into a tulip.

pours a rich brown, nearing black, with only hints of caramel coffee color at the edges. A light and thick head of a surprisingly light coffee cream color had impressive retention before slowly flattening out, leaving a skim of froth and some beautifully sticky lacing down the glass.

aroma of roasted malt with a definite and powerful coffee aroma. Freshly roasted coffee aroma rises from the glass. A bit of almost salted cracker like malt aroma is hiding in there... confusing it a touch. I'm expecting sweet, but it's almost savory.

taste is definitely heavy on the coffee notes. Not far from a light cup of coffee. A touch of cream, a touch of spice - almost like chicory? and some robust malting bring it together nicely, with just a hint of hop bitterness to match with the coffee bitterness. Not overly bitter coffee as many coffee porters tend to be. Nothing overpowering or outstanding, but a strong and delicious coffee porter, on the savory side rather than sweet, although there are a few sweet malt notes hiding in there as well. Nice all in all.

Mouthfeel is good for the flavors. A little light and thin with a good bit of carbonation, but it works alright for the flavor profiles. If it were thicker with the same flavors, it would just be off. Not necessarily my mouthfeel of choice for a coffee porter, but it works well and keeps it highly drinkable.

All in all, one of the better iterations of a coffee porter. A bit on the light side, and it strays away from the sweet side of the spectrum, but does so delciously. Savory, espresso-y, and deliciously drinkable. If this were readily available out this way, it would most likely be a fairly regular purchase.

Photo of drumrboy22
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received from Yamar18 through the Phish BIF. Poured from 22oz. bottle into a DFH snifter. Beer was a dark brown color, with a one-finger, sandy head. Moderate lacing and soft carbonation.

Aroma was heavy, roasted coffee beans and lightly burnt grains. Notes of chocolate.

Taste was like a mild cup of coffee. A little thin, but still very good. Coffee notes, grains, chocolate, light bitter finish.

Goes down smooth and easy. Good drinkability.

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

On nitro-tap at Roadhouse in Brookline, MA. Imperial pint arrives at the table with beautiful bubbles rising forming a beautiful pillowy tan head. A really good looking beer.

I have had this several times from the bomber, and on tap was a nice experience for sure. Became much more flavorful as it warmed- it was served slightly too cold for my taste. Nice clean coffee flavor with some chocolate folded in were present in both the aroma and taste. Nice substance to the mouthfeel, but still incredibly drinkable. Its not too high ABV- and seems like it should be higher for the amount of flavor and body it packs. A real treat to have this one on nitro and I will definitely seek it out again in the future.

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

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a 20oz imperial pint. Thanks to Ineedabeerhere for the trade!

A: Pours a deep cola-brown with some faint ruby highlights that sits underneath a thick and creamy plop of foam with decent retention. Lots of lace left behind to thoroughly soil the glass. Pours with a typical porter thinness.

S: When first poured, at fridge temp, I found it hard to detect much coffee. Mostly chocolate cake and cocoa powder. As it came up to temp, a distinct aroma of french press coffee began to throw its' weight around as well as cocoa, dark chocolate, roasted malt, and a touch of tart cherry and/or lemon.

T: Pretty much the same thing that happened with the smell happened with the taste. Allow this to warm to enjoy all of its' coffee goodness. Along with the coffee is flourless chocolate cake, cocoa powder, milk chocolate covered cherry, toasted oats, and dark roasted malt.

M: Thick mouthfeel doesn't jibe with the relatively thin pour...which is a good thing. Alternates between thick & creamy and prickly and bitter. Finishes with a nice bit of peppery dryness.

D: Goes down easy. Too easy! I was done with this before I'd finished typing the review. Loved the interplay between the coffee and chocolate. Would love to try this on draft!

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

22oz bottle poured into a tulip.

A - Black, with two fingers of sticky light brown head that gently falls to about a quarter inch.

S - Espresso, bitter chocolate, toast.

T - Wow! I've had this before, on tap, but I guess I've always finished before the beer really had a chance to come to temperature. After pulling this bomber out of the refrigerator I waited about an hour to open it. Beautifully done, with dark, toasty malts complemented by fresh coffee. Undertones of dark chocolate follow - I'm not sure whether this is from the malt, the coffee, or both. A gentle, bitter coffee finish rounds out the palate.

M - Rich and full, somewhere between a standard porter and coffee with cream.

D - A well-rounded beer, that is neither boring nor overwhelming, with no hint of alcohol. This is dangerously quaffable.

This is a great local alternative to Founders Breakfast Stout. While I don't think it's quite at the same level as its distant cousin from Michigan, Coffeehouse Porter is a great value.

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

Out of a 22 oz. bomber this beer was a dark color that was nearly black and can only be seen as a brown up to sunlight. The head was tan, two fingers thick, retained itself well and laced well to. The aroma was very appealing, roasted malt and roasted coffee with hints of bittersweet chocolate. The flavors were similarly dark, rich coffee like a mocha with dry, roasted malt and some earthiness. The finish was crisp too. The body was medium and the mouthfeel smooth making it very drinkable and sessionable. Impressive as Porters go and one of the best coffee hybrids I have tried to date.

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

thanks to dogfish120love for the trade...

pours a garnet shade of brown which turns hazy after the yeast is added. it's capped by a fluffy tan head that leaves a bunch of lacy spots and webbing.

aromas of stale coffee beans, a sharp acidity (from cheap coffee or grains?), cooked cream/mild cream cheese, toasty malty grain, caramel and chocolate.

there's a defined acidity on the front palate which is initially unpleasant. that's followed by the aroma only a touch milder... sourness, astringency and a dry spicy finish are all noted. ashiness shows up in the aftertaste. the body is somewhat thin but the texture is slick and creamy. astringency is slight in the back of the mouth.

if i had to guess... i'd say this was an old bottle or possibly off.

Photo of brdc
3.45/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks cookin420 for this large capped bottle, poured into a snifter.

Dark brown, near black, thin brown head that does not hold long, and lacing is just minimal.
Aroma is roasted malts, lots of coffee but not overwhelming, but still leaving very little space for anything else. Some bittersweet chocolate, and that's all.
Rather thin on the palate, and although coffee dominates the flavor, it is not exactly robust; the whole thing feels watered down. Chocolate, bittersweet, roasted malts, but all lacking significant depth.
Decent, but the lack of body and flavor depth compromises an otherwise pleasant brew.

Photo of hopdog
3.62/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle shared courtesy of weeare138.

Poured a medium and clear brownish color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of coffee grounds, lactose, and some chocolate. Tastes of lighter coffee, chocolate and roasted malts.

Notes from 2/3/06

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

1 Pint, 6 oz bottle

A- Opaque dark brown

S- Roasty coffee scent. Not as strong as I'd like it to be but still very nice

T- Coffee is much more apparent here than in the smell. Its pretty bitter too, but doesn't taste very hoppy

M- Smooth with a little tingle

D- It's my favorite porter and my favorite BBC brew. It's tasty and smooth. I highly recommend it. From my experience it is best from a nitro-tap

Photo of bonbini26
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap @ Track 84, Warwick, RI 11-18-09

I never drink coffee but i really like it went its incorporated with beer. Pours a dark down, with a off white foamy head, thick lacing follows the beer down. A pleasant roasted coffee aroma, with some chocolate and caramel hints. Has a medium body with a bittersweet coffee flavor and goes down very smooth. Overall a very good use of coffee flavor in this porter.

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