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Coffeehouse Porter - Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

886 Ratings
THE BROS
91
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Ratings: 886
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 DoreenAndDave
4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Very dark with a thin, cream-colored head.

Smell: Lots of coffee, but not overpowering.

Taste: Excellent. Rich coffee, but not over the top.

Mouthfeel: Excellent. Well carbonated and not too heavy. Extremely well balanced and smooth. Not out of control the way some other coffee porters can be.

Drinkability: Excellent.

Overall, this is an excellent beer. Very drinkable, rich but not heavy.

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

Very nice twenty two ounce bottle that was obtained quite some time ago. I have had this one sitting in the fridge waiting for me and decided to open it up. Poured into two snifters, consumed on 08/17/2008.

The pour was easily the best part. Deep, rich black notes, with a billowing head of tan coming up over two inches over the top. Nice side glass lacing as well as a really slow fade.

The aroma was rich with coffee. Lots of fresh roasted, dark coffee notes, hints of vanilla and some subtle sweetness as well as a touch of a toasted malt. The flavor was much more of the same with a rich roasted coffee and toasted smoked like flavor. Some light sweetness but alot of the bitter from the coffee was still reasily apparent. Only downside here was a lightly thin feel. Should have had a little more weight to it. The drinkablitly though made it easily sessionable with a rich note that was really quite nice indeed.

Overall not a bad one at all, though this needed to be a little fuller to play with the big boys. A solid lighter offering with the coffee brews.

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

Pours dark brown, and completely opaque with a half inch mocha colored head. Good retention and some fine bubbled lacing.

Smell is pretty good. A good dose of coffee, and a gentle sweetness.

Taste is good. A nice presentation of black coffee dominates. A slight malt sweetness is also present. Not really complex, but just tasty.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and pretty highly carbonated. Feels fine, although I generally prefer thicker body and lower carbonation for a beer of this sort.

Drinkability is fairly high. Easily sessionable and great coffee flavor. Not overwhelming, but just really enjoyable.

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

Thanks go to tprokop7.

22oz. brown bomber poured into a pint. No dating.

A: Pours a dark shoe leather brown with a glowing opaque body. A short creamy mocha head forms and holds to a thick skim. Some lacing.

S: Lots of freshly brewed rich coffee. A bit of bitterness from strong spent coffee grounds. It definitely has some milky, mocha, chocolate sweetness.

T/M: Dry, bitter coffee with plenty of roasted beans. The milky chocolate is still there and has a distinct milk stout character to it. Pleasant sweetness with a large dry side. I'm very glad this is a porter as I think a stout would have been too much. Body is nice and medium with a smooth feel.

D: 6.2% won't hinder this easily quaffable brew.

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

Bottle from a trade w/ ryscott. Thanks Ryan!!! Poured into a Terrapin 22 oz. snifter ('cause I wanted it all at once!).

Appearance: Tan head sits atop a gorgeous, shimmering, oil-like body. Lively, active carbonation bubbles up around the outside of the snifter - head retention is average, but lacing is fairly attractive.

Aroma: Coffee anyone? Deep, raw, roasted coffee notes - ranging from lightly roasted and grassy, all the way to acidic and smoky. One-dimensional, but, damn, if you like coffee, who cares?

Taste: Very dry, and with tons of coffee!! As a huge coffee fan, this is absolutely divine. A rather complex coffee profile, too - there are some lighter, sweet roasty notes - New England and breakfast roasts, some grassy and acidic notes - and a few darker, Viennese notes - spicy, sweet, roasty. A delicate hop bitterness that doesn't overpower but melds well with the roasted bitterness/astringencies. A coffee beer if I've ever tasted one.

Mouthfeel: Thin-to-medium bodied (good for a Porter), with medium-sized bubbles that are very even.

Drinkability: If you're a coffee fan ... this is for you, period. A really great, tasty, complex, coffee-flavored brew with a manageable abv%. If I had ready access to this, I'd drink it in the morning before I went to work ;)

Photo of tpd975
4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark brown hue that when held up to the light turns a brillant deep maroon color. The head is average at best and exhibits good retention. Some thick sheets of lace are left behind.

S: Not roasted malt aromas with a big blast of fresh brewed coffee. Hints of milk chocolate show thru as well.

T: Nice coffee flavors. The taste of fresh brewed espresso comes out nicely. A blast or roast and some creamy chocolate make an appearence. A touch of green hops bitter it up nicely. Nice tasting brew.

M&D: Medium to thin in body, an easy drinking brew which you could pound. Coffee beers are right up my alley and this one is on par, or in very close running with the best.

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

22 oz. bottle, unfiltered and unpasteurized. This is essentially Drayman's Porter with "natural flavor added;" the flavor being an extract of Dean's Beans organic coffee made specially for Berkshire Brewing. The beer pours a deep, dark maroon (blood red when held to light), with low carbonation and a two-finger beige cap that recedes after a few minutes, depositing several wisps of lace. Roasted coffee and dark malts first jump to the nose, quickly followed by milk chocolate-covered espresso beans and a touch of nutty yeast. Tastes of iced coffee up front, followed by roasted malts, then come the floral/spicy hops. It has a mild bitterness along with a lightly sour or acidic note from the coffee and a backing of black malts. Fairly light in body, with ample, lightly-tingly carbonation and a dry, coffee-flavored finish. Pretty good porter here - definitely adds another dimension to the Drayman's, but perhaps I was expecting exceptional. Regardless, this is a tasty brew that I would gladly revisit.

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

Pours is a nice fudge-colored body with a slight bit of copper around the sides. A tan-colored head that laced all the way down with very nice retention.
Great smell. A very strong malt smell with nice coffee malts, along with chocolate malts as well. Even a tad bit of hop smell in this beer.
Taste is immediately a shot of coffee with a hint of dark chocolate. Not too much on the coffee, a nice balance with a tinge of caramel malt at the end.
Mouthfeel is a too thin for my liking. There is a smooth creaminess to it though.
Drinkability is nice. A good subtle coffee flavor that is not too overpowering. One of the most balanced and tasty coffee porters I have ever had.

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

Pours medium brown with a small 1/16 inch caramel colored head. Smells of rich coffee dominate the aromas of roasted malts. First sip is coffee, coffee, coffee, followed by a nice tasty bitterness. That coffee taste balances well with the malt, but the coffee dominates and everything else is just playing a supporting role. The malt backbone is surprisingly lighter than expected. I would love to have an imperial version of this really good coffee porter.

Photo of morebeergood
3.78/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had a pint at The Other Side Cafe this past Friday evening. Dark brown color with a thin wispy white head. Roasted barley smell. Taste was very unique, as it has a very distinct coffee (almost cappuccino) characteristic blended into that hearty porter flavor. Very nice. The only knock that I have against this beer is that it has a very thin body. I have had it a few times at Deep Ellum which serve it on nitro tap. That seems to give it much more heartiness. A bit on the watery side for my liking. But on the flip side, I could see myself more easily drinking these than the heavier nitro version. A nice, well made version of a porter with a welcome flavor twist.

Photo of RomanW70
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with a huge tan head. Awsome huge oroma of coffee and sweet malts. Nice balance of coffee, toffee, and chocolate flavors, sliding very smoothly into a slightly bitter finish. Medium mouthfeel, Hedium high carbonation. Excellent local beer

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

A - Very dark brown, almost black. Huge head tan in color that has a good hold and decent lace.

S - Rich and creamy, lots of coffee, sweet and inviting.

T - Little malt at the start but soon overtaken by a rich coffee taste. Finish is a slightly bitter with a roasted coffee bean taste.

M - Very smooth but slightly heavy.

D - Very tasty but kinda heavy in both taste and feel. Definitely a good night cap.

Served from 22 oz bomber into a pint glass.

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

Thanks very much to TheManiacalOne for this bomber. I decanted it@ 45 degrees into my Dfh shaped pint.

A - A deep potting soil brown w/ ruby highlights and a khaki aead of approximately 2 fingers that has a very fine bead. The lid settles to about 1/2 inch allowing spots of lace to affix themselves on the glass

S - A mild coffee scent w/ a partner of sweet roasted malt. The coffee bean aroma is there, but mild w/ out a boisterous dominance of coffee house roasting smell, just good ole java w/ a very pleasant porter maltiness in tandem

M - The creamy smooth malt and roasted bean textures roll over the tongue w/ a very suitable amount of carbonation and mild sweetness. The finish is relatively clean for the style. Very low bitterness and dry nutty bean notes really give this a full effect in the mouthfeel

T - A blast of caramel malt sweetness and a rich roasted flavor lthat is oily and creamy like rich medium roast coffee that is full in flavor and savory like your morning cuppa

Just excellent in the blend w/out a punch or overly intense coffee flavor. The dean's Beans coffee here just augments the great flavor of the porter which is malty and very well crafted w/ clean flavors that accent on mild roast and smooth malt w/ very low bitter notes and almost no hops in the taste to speak of. Crisp and refreshing w/ just enough cocoa like sweetness to round this porter out . I wish I had some Dean's Beans after tasting this since the coffee flavor is so smooth and flavorful w/out overwhelming the palate or overtaking the flavor of the beer, a very nice marriage of roasted flavors

D - This is one for coffee and porter lovers or those who may wake up with java and finish their day w/ porter. The flavor is a nice juxtoposition and stays drinkable as the sum of the parts don't interrupt or intrude on the others strong points. It is so drinkable to me, I just kept sippin' for about an hour- the flavor stayed smooth the whole time. I love the roastiness or should I say how the roastiness is so well balanced. The craftsmanship is great and the blend of coffee in the beer is the epitome of restraint. Since Dean's Beans don't overthrow the quality porter in this excellent coffee flavored ale. I would love to get my hands on more since I enjoyed every drop. It took me back to Silverback Gorilla coffee ale. Thanks again TheManiacalOne!

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

Thanks to goodbyeohio for this. . .

Has a body that is black as a good cup of coffee. Two inches of mocha/tan foam retains well.

Smells of good quality roasted coffee first and foremost. The coffee is not super strong over acidic kind that you would pay too much a a small cup and be left with gut rot. It is a damn near perfect coffee taste and aroma that is backed up by some dark roasted malt and clean water. The feel is slightly creamy, but overall light and easy to sip.

I had this in the morning with some breakfast on my back deck on a easy Sunday morning. It was truly a wish you were here moment that was accompanied by an excellent beer. I hope the east coasters here will keep trading for this. It is a very good beer.

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

Pours a dark brown color with mahogany edges, 2 fingers of foamy coffee tan head has good retention and some nice lacing. Smells mainly of coffee, with some roasted malt, and even some citrus, but not much. Tastes of roasted malt, a touch of caramel sweetness and a big coffee finish with a hint of grapefruit or something tangy. Medium in body with lots of carbonation for a porter. Smooth with a strong bitter finish as well as a touch of acidic notes. Lots of coffee flavor but not much else. The higher carbonation and tang in the finish seem a bit off and take away a bit.

Photo of sstackho
3.58/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle purchased from Charles Street Liquors in Boston. I don't have much faith in the freshness of most of their products, but hopefully the BBC gets rotated quickly. At least I got their refrigerated product. Pours black with little head. Nice lacing. Strong coffee aroma. The flavour has a decent tang to it (hops?) with coffee in the aftertaste. Pretty nice.

Photo of ffejherb
3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz. bomber into new Sam Adams glass on 5/13/08. Thanks to Deuane for sharing!

A - Fudge-colored body with hints of amber around the edges and one-finger creamy light tan head that retained quite well, but left sparse lacing. Modest carbonation.

S - Malty nose with a mild coffee aroma. There's also a touch of chocolate. Pretty weak, actually, especially since most coffee-based brews are so aromatic! Scant traces of hops as well.

T - There's the coffee! Not too heavy, but certainly noticeable. Some dark chocolate notes emerge, as well as a sweet caramel maltiness. Not much of a hop presence at all.

M - Medium body with an exceptional creamy texture and sparse carbonation. Very mild bitter finish from the coffee flavor. This has a very pleasant, smooth mouthfeel.

D - Very nice, subtle coffee porter. Even if you are not a fan of coffee (like me), you will most likely enjoy this offering.

Photo of joe1510
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz Bomber

I have to give hoppymeal a big thank you for sending this one down my way, thanks again Derek! Coffeehouse Porter pours like black coffee with rusty highlights around the sides of the glass. A sturdy two finger ecru head formed on the pour and fell to nothing less then a finger, becoming ultimately creamy. The head leaves minimal spotty lacing on the way down.

As soon as I stick my nose in the glass I'm greeted by freshly brewed coffee over the top of a quality made porter. Milk chocolate and a slight roastiness combine to form the maltiness. For some reason, in the background, I can't help but notice barrel characteristics. Mellow vanilla and damp oak are present but stay small and barely peek through.

I'm really enjoying the flavor of this one. The coffee is very well integrated and in no way overdone like on other examples. The coffee is the main component but the porter below delivers a delishousness of its own. Baker's chocolate, mild roasty chocolate, and a slight coffee bitterness flow seamlessly. I still get the vanilla and damp oak way in the background. This is a very good porter.

The body seems to be in the middle of the road with a healthy carbonation. If there's any complaint it could be that the body seems a bit light at times but it doesn't at all detract from the mouthfeel. The coffee leaves behind a slight bitterness.

Coffeehouse Porter is an easy drinking beer. This bomber is disappearing far too quickly which tells me it's an easy drinker. It's a gulper.

My first taste of Berkshire and I really like what they did with this porter. The coffee is really well integrated and it's obvious there's a solid porter underneath. Can't wait to try some more from Berkshire. Thanks for the treat Derek!

Photo of russpowell
3.68/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

Got this one from pportias, cheers Pete!

Pours a brown tinged chestnut with 3+ fingers of tan head. Superior head retention & lacing

S: Coffee & vanilla

T: Coffee, roasted malt, dryness & a touch of vanilla up front. Cocoa, coffee, & dryness as this warms. Finishes dry with more coffee & roasted malt

MF: Medium bodied with low carbonation, pretty smooth

Drinks good, coffee porters are hit & miss to me, this one isn't great, but pretty good, a bit too dry for me

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

Poured a very dark brown/black color with a nice tan head that had some lacing down the glass. The head stuck around for a while before finally settling to basically nothing. The aroma was of sweet yet bitter roasted malts and a strong coffee smell with hints of chocolate and caramel. The taste delivered exactly what the nose indicated. Very deep roasted malts with a strong coffee flavoring followed by hints of caramel and chocolate. The mouthfeel was very thick and velvety which made for a really drinkable porter. This is definately worth a try.

Photo of DIM
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: This was a very dark brown color. It poured with a smallish light tan head.

s: Smelled of dark smokey malts, cocoa, and of course, coffee.

t: They achieved a great balance between a nice mild chocolate flavor and the coffee. Neither one overpowered the other. Some roasty, moderately sour malts came through as well.

m: Thick enough for the style and gently carbonated.

d: Big thanks to DrDogbeer for this extra. Yeah thats right, a growler for an extra! Who does that?!? Thanks Tom! We all enjoyed this one very much. This is certainly a stellar porter.

Photo of smurphy77
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Came with a thick creamy inch-thick head atop a dark brown beer. Aroma of roasted coffee was mild but the roasted coffee flavor was dominant and delicious. Real full-bodied, creamy texture with bold espresso and coffee flavors. Bit of a smoky aftertaste - paired perfectly with smoked beef tongue canapes. Would highly recommend to go with any dark, smoked meat.

Photo of IBUnit63
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Traditional serving - bomber into cab glass...

Pours like strong coffee with lattee/coffee ice cream soapy 2-finger foam. Aside from foam/head not huge on visible carbonation.

Coffee aroma is mild but present and pleasant. Do I smell CUMIN?! Are you kiddin' me?! Nice but not a lot else going on.

First taste is a little clammy with strong coffee and mild malt presence. Nutty with slate-like pellet-ish hops.

Clean mouthfeel - little bitter roasted aftertaste. Although it's a little shallow there's a nice, pleasant, tangy finish

Borderline sessionable - satisfying yet not filling. Solid.

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

This beers pours a deep dark, bordering black color with mahogany hues to it. About a 2-3 finger tannish pillowy head. Head retention is mild, with wispy lacing throughout. Nose is of espresso, chocolate, and malts. Taste is definitely of chocolate and espresso, slight bitter coffee aftertaste - but not unpleasing. Taste is strong at first and then slightly muted, followed by the aftertaste. I actually found this to be rather light bodied for a porter, however the taste is fantastic - light body and fantastic taste=GREAT session beer!
I will definitely be picking this up again in the near future!

Edited - my original post said:
Each new porter I try taps in to the versatility you have in creating porters. This is great beer that pours a darker brown with an off white head. The scent of coffee is apparent at first pour (or right after the bartender pours it for you). I was skeptical in mixing the flavors of a porter and coffee, but Berkshire did a phenomenal job making these two bold tastes mesh together.

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

poured from 22 oz bottle into Sam perfect pint glass. Pours a dark brown with off white 1/2 " head. Settle quickly. Not a ton of aroma at firs, but as I get the glass half empty, WOW!~I get a ton of espresso w/ chocolate aromas. Strong. First few sips taste like coffee! I have had many coffee flavored stouts and porters, and this may be the one where I get the most coffee flavor. As the beer warms, I get more chocolate and coffee flavor. It gets richer as I drink. I must remember to serve this one at cellar temp! Tons of flavor and it gets better with time. Semi slick mouthfeel, with medium body. Another great beer from the guys at BBC. Gotta pick up a couple more of these.

Coffeehouse Porter from Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.
91 out of 100 based on 886 ratings.