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Coffeehouse Porter - Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.

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784 Ratings

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Ratings: 784
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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Photo of Jredner


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

Big coffee aroma dominates with hints of roasted malt buttressing the aroma signature. If you like coffee this smells great. Dark brown to flat black with a nicely clinging/lacing thumb thick tan head that is mostly lasting. Fore is coffee galore with some mild sweet cream/malt....matching roasted malt and a smooth roasty finish. Simple, but tasty and fun to drink. Thanks to Jason at Knightly Spirits in Orlando.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2006 21:08:34 | More by Jredner
Photo of OldFrothingSlosh


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

On tap at Bukowski's. Inky dark with a thick tan head. Served too cold...needed to let this set for more than a few minutes before the true flavors came out. Aromas of dark roasted malt and fresh coffee. Maybe a burned caramel sweetness. Flavor was initially dark and roasted sugary sweet. "Oaty" coffee finish. Somewhat over-carbonted. Finish was dry and laden with coffee. Medium body...expected a fuller mouthfeel. Still, it was quite drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

11-08-2006 01:36:08 | More by OldFrothingSlosh
Photo of FtownThrowDown


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

Bottle acquired via a trade with Maniacal One, thanks!
Bottle poured a dark brown, with slight head. Not too thick, could see almost all the way thru the glass.
Smell was of coffee of course, with some alcohol undertones. The taste was again coffee and had a slight bitterness to it. I do have to say that this is one of the most balanced coffee beers I've ever had. It is a "coffee" porter, but it is extremely well done. I drink a lot of coffee stouts and sometimes the coffee is overbearing and takes over the drink. Not in this one. The coffee is blended very well. This is a very good porter. I just wish some stout brewers would take note of this and harmonize the coffee in their stouts with the rest of the ingredients the way Berkshire has accomplished it in this porter. Highly recommend, more than worth the effort of finding.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2006 13:59:24 | More by FtownThrowDown
Photo of shaebs99

New York

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

Bought a 22oz. and poured into a pint glass.

Dark brown color with a thick tan head.
Smelled of coffee of course, as well as chocolate
The taste of chocolate and malts starts the experience and it finishes with a coffee aftertaste that I thought was very enjoyable.
Smooth mouthfell
Had this one again recently and enjoyed it even more than the last time.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2006 00:37:42 | More by shaebs99
Photo of TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

4.7/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22oz. bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a medium-sized tan head that fades slowly and leaves a thick, even lace on the glass.

S: Simply put, if ever a beer smelled like a cup of coffee, this is the beer. I used to work downwind from a company that manufactures coffee syrup and the aroma that comes from that place when they roasted the coffee beans is exactly what this beer smells like.

T: As the name implies, the flavor is all rich coffee with some roasted malt. There's a little bit of hops in there just to make you remember that you're actually drinking a beer. The after-taste is almost the same as the one I get from my Dunkin' Donuts iced coffee every morning.

M: Extremely smooth and a little viscous, medium-to-heavy body, light-to-medium carbonation, finish is a little sticky, but not as much as you would expect from this type of beer.

D: I think I could drink this beer as often as some people drink coffee. This is just a tasty, easy-drinking, enjoyable beer. It's also the type of beer that could be a pounder or a sipper.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2006 06:04:05 | More by TheManiacalOne
Photo of notown


4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz Bottle:
Pours a dark brown with rich, thick and lasting tan head.

Rich malt with slight coffee aroma.

Medium mouthfeel, very smooth on the thin side for a porter.

Finishes dry with a good hop flavor and slight bitterness. There is a subtle coffee flavor that comes through upfront and in the finish.

This is one of my favorite beers and I always try to keep a supply on hand in my fridge.

Nice porter, a very drinkable beer, I highly reccomend this beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2006 19:40:36 | More by notown
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Rhode Island

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

Poured very dark, almost black, with a creamy tan head that lingered well, leaving behind nice lacing as I enjoyed this brew from BBC. Aroma is of, surprise, coffee! As well as chocolate, roasty malts...very raosty. The initial taste was a big coffee flavor, then comes the very roasty maltiness, dark chocolate (somehwat bitter) but then ends slightly dry. Not much of a finish to speak of, at all. Mouthfeel is mildly oily, slippery, medium bodied, and not too carbonated at all. I would chalk this one up as very drinkable. Excellent offering from BBC.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2006 02:47:33 | More by Doomcifer
Photo of SteveO1231


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

22oz. bomber with no freshness date. Pours an opaque dark brown with an awesome, chunky, tan head. Laces nicely on the glass. Aroma of espresso, roasted malt, chocolate, and an underlying fruitiness. Velvet smooth texture, full bodied. Very smooth initially, it has a great taste of chocolate. The roasted malts come in halfway and the finish is a bitter espresso dryness. The fresh coffee bean aftertaste lingers for a while. Tastes like fresh brewed coffee. Nicely balanced. An excellent porter.


Serving type: bottle

08-26-2006 19:11:11 | More by SteveO1231
Photo of sloejams


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

Coffee and beer, pretty much the only things I ever drink (and H2O, but obviously both have plenty in them). This pours dark and thick. The aroma is very expresso, a hint of caramel and smokiness. Not much indicated this is a beer. The flavor delivers that nicely. A hop kick bursts through the coffee and sweetness. It rounds out the intense flavors. The creamy goodness went down extremely quick. I wish I could get more of this on my coast.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2006 21:42:23 | More by sloejams
Photo of bwyker

New York

4.97/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance is a very dark brown, with about a quarter inch of foam at the top. Lasting head with a burgundy tint. The most evident aroma is of chocolate covered espresso beans. Tastes are roasted coffee and a mix of sweet dark chocolate and bitter baking chocolate. Smooth, yet heavy mouth feel -- like sipping a high-quality espresso drink. So drinkable, I think it could replace my morning cup of Dean’s Beans! It’s definitely more enjoyable than an iced coffee would be on this hot summer day, which is saying a lot for a heavy porter. I love this beer!

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2006 18:42:15 | More by bwyker
Photo of Damian


4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a deep brown/black. Head was tan and creamy.

Smelled of rich coffee beans and chocolate.

Taste was similar to smell, yet more intense. (This is the only "flavored" beer I have had to date in which the taste was more pronounced than the smell.) "Coffee" hardly described the intensity of this beer's taste. More like deep, rich, powerful espresso. Terrific sweet coffee aftertaste lingered on the palate.

Body was medium for a porter. Smooth and somewhat creamy.

A terrific dessert beer.

Serving type: on-tap

07-08-2006 17:42:34 | More by Damian
Photo of Franchise


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

Poured a dark brown with yeast floating throughout that leaves a thin tan head that disappears quickly. The smell is chocolate, bittersweet cocoa, espresso, and some vanilla bean. The taste is surprisingly like a milk stout, it mirrors the nose with a vanilla wafer crisp taste complimented by a bitter espresso hop bite upfront that is fantasticly smooth. This is another top notch brew from the BBC.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2006 18:00:38 | More by Franchise
Photo of sinstaineddemon


3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - this is a dark porter that wells up a half finger thick tan caramel colored head, too dark to notice any carbonation

S - the coffee bean aroma is evident and powerful, with subtle alcohol hints in the background

T - my expectations are low as my fellow crafter and I have not had good experience with them, but this is pretty darn good, a sharp and tart coffee flavor is expected and present, rich and tasty, with citrus hints (maybe im crazy), very tasty, best Berkshire i've ever had

M - thinner than i surmised, but not weak, a sharp taste but otherwise quite smooth

D - high for those who like the coffee taste in their porters/stouts, otherwise it may be a bit sharp

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2006 00:29:15 | More by sinstaineddemon
Photo of NEhophead


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

22 oz brown bomber.

Maple molasses in color. Creamy, coffee-colored head with large pools of bubbles; remains as a whispy, half intact sheet. Thinly connected lacing.

Fragrant mocha and espresso. Dry roasted malts; hazlenut and peanut. A light hint of cream and bitter toffee.

Bitter, roasted coffee beans. Powdered toffee with a nutty flavor profile. Hints of dark chocolate prior to an earthen, hop-filled bite. The finish is dry with a mocha, nutty aftertaste.

Medium bodied; chewy and dry on the palate. Very earthen and gritty.

A hoppily aggressive Porter with a ton of fresh coffee beans and nutty profile. My favorite BBC offering to date. I'd gladly grab a growler of this tasty brew.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2006 00:34:11 | More by NEhophead
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New Hampshire

3.63/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1 Pt 6fl oz. Pours a 3" think frothy brownish tinted head. seems to last forever.(maybe it was) This has a nice full body dark DARK brown almost black in color.

smells of roasty malted nuts, sweet caramel, and a hint of hops over it all. obviously heavy on the coffee bean smell.

Tastes are a heady array of flavors from, cocoa to smokey caramel and bitter hops.

Also heady on the palate, starting off with a bit of a bitterness from the hops and coffee bean flavors, then sweetness from the malty-cocoa effect.

I could drink a few of these!

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2006 20:35:54 | More by GratefulBeerGuy
Photo of Freshie


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

Pours a almost black colour with creamy tan head with good retention.

Smells are definite coffee, mocha, and a slight roasted malt.

Tastes strongly of coffee and mocha. A more smokey flavour comes out as you drink. Very nice, smooth, with a good amount of carbonation. Medium body, but strong taste.

Malt flavour stays with as you drink. Again smooth. It was a nice solo drink, but I could see it paired nicely with a dessert. Pie a la mode, or maybe Tiramasu?


Serving type: on-tap

05-24-2006 20:54:51 | More by Freshie
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4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

served in an imperial pint glass from a 22 oz bomber bottle

A- black as night with an off white head very nice

S- roasted hops and coffee

T- very nice roasted hop taste with a deep coffee flavor and a clean finish. smoother than I expected

M- balanced perfectly for a porter

D- another highly drinkable offering from the boys in south deerfield

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2006 01:08:46 | More by mcarroll10177
Photo of sulldaddy


3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I am pouring this roome temp brew into a snifter. The beer exhibits a rich brown color with fluffy beige head of 1 cm foaming up and receding to a sturdy surface layer.
Aroma is chocolate malt and some roasted notes mixing with strong espresso scents. Frist sip reveals an average body but a little thin on the finish. The carbonation is fine yet robust.
Flavor is similar to nose with chocolate then roasted malt and some espresso beans, roasty malt finish that lingers only briefly.
A tasty brew that is very drinkable, I just wish it had a little more staying power and was slightly more robust. But I guess that would change the style to a robust porter.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2006 00:40:03 | More by sulldaddy
Photo of dbalsock


3.65/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: This poured a standard black with vanilla head... there wasn't anything super special about it, but they didn't screw it up, so i'm still rating it highly.

Smell: I got a big whiff of roasted malts, and some subtle hops which I think contributed to the cardboard smell... but as I've said before, I kinda like cardboard.

Taste: Roasted malt as in the aroma, very regular, but done in a better way than other porters I've had. The alcohol isn't present at all, which I like, especially because I've been picking up on it a lot lately in other brews.

Mouthfeel: Bitter, like any other porter, but better. It's very fulfilling on the palate. I wish it were a little thicker consistancy, though.

Drinkability: Goes down sooo easy for a porter... very impressive.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2006 17:34:19 | More by dbalsock
Photo of BuckeyeNation


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

Roasted coffee bean brown with generous highlights of red and gold. I like my porters to be opaque since that tells me that the beer is likely to be full-flavored and full-bodied. Not one photon of the strong sunlight pouring through my front window finds its way through the glass. Fabulous looking head of golden toasted ecru that is mega-creamy and is coating the glass with thick, minutely pocked sheets of lace. Hard to believe that a porter could look much better.

Some coffee beer goes easy on the beans (or in this case, extract), but this one is unshamedly coffee-like. Other aromas haven't been left out in the cold, but they're playing second fiddle with a few busted strings. In addition to the java, black malt and bittersweet chocolate manage to keep things within the realm of beer rather than of iced coffee.

There's no question that this is well-brewed, quality beer. Whether it's good beer or very good beer will likely depend on one's love for coffee (to state the obvious). Since I'm not a fan, I'm going to stick with merely good. Whereas the nose was almost stout-like, it's apparent when beer enters mouth that I'm dealing with a porter. Exceeding the style guidelines is great (in some cases), but not doing so is never a problem.

Also like the nose, coffee is clearly the dominant member of the flavor profile, but stops short of oblitereting everything in its path. There's still a well-roasted maltiness--no char that I could detect--along with a citric fruity hoppiness that I've just noticed. Well, well, well, this isn't such a one trick pony after all. That does it, I've just elevated this beer to 'very good' status. A further deepening and complexification with warming bears me out.

The body is medium for the style, perhaps a trifle more full than that. There's a light creaminess about it, along with a minor degree of mouth-coating that I find agreeable. A soft, under-the-radar amount of carbonation is a bonus.

This is my first Berkshire Brewing Company beer and it's an absolute doozy. Since I'm not a coffee lover/drinker, I sometimes feel as though I'm not giving coffee-added beer a fair shake. No problem here though. I'm able to recognize wonderful beer when I drink it and Coffeehouse Porter is unquestionably wonderful beer. Thanks to MuddyFeet for the bomber.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2006 15:41:13 | More by BuckeyeNation
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4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to ppoitras for sending this beer. I love me a good coffee beer.

The beer pours to a very dark black color with a thick white-ish brown head that settles to a thin film after a few minutes. Lacing could be better. Looks very bold for a porter, and it is.

The smell is nice. A good fresh ground coffee smell over a nutty malty aroma. The taste is just as good. Not a very bold coffee roast, but it is rich and smooth. The porter itself is fairly bold even without the coffee.

Fairly creamy body, though it is still on the thin side of creamy. A very nice porter. I would drink this often if it were available in my area.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2006 01:40:59 | More by neonbrown82
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4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

App: Pours with a coffee/cola color body which is almost completely opaque in the glass. A good size head forms and clings to the inside of the glass.

Sm: Smells, well, coffeeish.. rich wafts of malt, chocolate ice cream, softly of tamari, freshly toasted english muffins and grilled steak.

Ta/Mf: Oooooh, man! A rush of toast, espresso, latte. Mildly bitter at the end. The body is on the thin side, but in an amazingly refreshing way. Great length, clean finish.

Dr: High. This porter is silky smooth, thin bodied and full of flavor.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2006 03:21:39 | More by MrSeth
Photo of EmoBeerGuy

New Hampshire

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

What a unique and wonderful beer. Had this one at the Other Side here in Boston. Good bar if you are younger and into some beer.

Looks: Looks like a really dark stout, served from an oversided 17oz bottle

Taste: Really malty, yet not overbearing porter with very distinct brewed coffee taste. This is the real deal. The coffee taste is strong and if you are not a coffee drinker you will not like this beer. However, for folks like myself its a fun combination of our two favorite beverages.

Drinkability: Couldn't have this one all night long but 20oz or so would be just fine.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2006 03:12:52 | More by EmoBeerGuy
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3.7/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appears black with a light tan head that slowly fades. Scattered lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of light coffee with some lactose sugar standing out with that creamy aroma.
Taste is of the same aromas with a pleasant sweet, sugary, coffee enhanced flavor.
Mouthfeel is slightly thin with the bitterness winning out over the creamy coffee richness.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2006 18:59:15 | More by weeare138
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3.73/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in the 22 oz. bomber into a pint glass. The color is a very dark brown with a nice lingering head that leaves a nice lacing. The smell is dominated by the coffee roastiness with a bit of crystal malt sweetness in there. The taste really starts with the strong roasted flavor of the java and really covers up a lot of the porter character...the patent is just noticable but the crystal barely exists, and there's just a bit of a Goldings/Fuggles hop bite in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is a touch thin. As for drinkability, could have a few of these.

Thanks to ppoitras for this beer as part of Secret Santa '05. Coffee in porter is something I very much want to play with in my homebrewing (though I haven't yet). This is good, but it seems like it just doesn't compliment the subtle porter character but instead dominates it. Still, fairly enjoyable and I'd give this one a try again.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2006 03:36:40 | More by beergeek279
Coffeehouse Porter from Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.
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