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Coffeehouse Porter - Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.

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Ratings: 903
Reviews: 463
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 9.83%
Wants: 78
Gots: 79 | 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 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.

Photo of ncvbc
3.6/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep, dark brown with a creamy tan head and great retention. Smell is quite nice. Chocolate and grain with excellent addition of coffee. Taste is the same. Nothing too exciting but a well rounded flavor. Coffee isn't too over the top and a good compliment to a Porter. Good creamy smooth mouthfeel with a slight bitterness in the finish. Very drinkable stuff. I'm a coffee fan so this one does well. Simple but very refined. Not much wrong with this brew.

Photo of dippy
3.84/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Everything looks better on a nitro-tap, hence the high score. Nice think and creamy head crowns the dark lightly carbonated brew.

Smell was slightly coffee but not overly so. Kinda burnt roast smell.

The taste was sweet up front. the coffee was mellow. Lets call it a breakfast blend. more dunkins than 'bucks. But nice. Slightly chocolate.

This beer wasn't crazy, it was smooth and low key. A good beer. I have nothing bad to say about it, but nothing exceptional either. I think that you will enjoy it and I plan on trying it out of a bottle as well if I see it around.

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

Thanks to dschuster03 for hooking me up with a 22oz bottle of this at Darkness Day.

A - Rich dark brown, with a medium tan head that dissipates pretty quickly and leaves quite a bit of lace. No visible carbonation.

S - Roasted coffee, chocolate, roasted malt, with a bit of cream/milk. It smells yummy, but doesn't have the richness and depth of some of my other favorite coffee brews - think Perkulator, not Breakfast Stout.

T - The taste of the coffee is a little more burnt than the smell. Chocolate provides a little bit of sweetness on the front palette and bitterness in the finish.

M - There's a tiny bit of carbonation which gives a nice little tingle. Just right in density - smooth but not watery.

D - Easier to drink than a cup o' joe. I was able to finish a bomber more quickly than the usual coffee porter. Alcohol isn't very present and is consistent with the listed 6.2%

Solid coffee porter - not quite as interesting as Tyranena, but preferable to Mill St.

Photo of TrevorGW
4.21/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Looks amazing in a pint from the nitro tap. Tan head, jet black body. The head stays until the pint is finished and the lacing is quite a sight to see. A fun beer visually.

The taste and aroma are brilliant and exactly what I like in a porter. Creamy, roasty, chocolatey, milky. The coffee flavor is not overpowering, making this a balanced gem. Bitterness is there, but the hops do not give much to the flavor. The smooth roast dominates this pint.

I have had this with breakfast and as dessert. Works either way, making it a highly drinkable and versatile dark beer.

I'll certainly be coming back to this one and would choose it over a Guinness every time.

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

Pours a three finger light tan head that fades quickly to a thin layer leaving a good lace. Deep mahogany color. Roasted coffee nose. Light-medium carbonation and medium-heavy bodied. Flavor is sweet roasted coffee, smooth but finishes as burnt coffee, still very drinkable. $3.94 for a 22oz bottle from Ruggeri & Sons Greenfield, MA.

Photo of everetends
4.01/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle thanks to tprokop7. Served up in a standard shaker pint.

A: Pours a very dark brown. You really can see the brown in the top and bottom of the glass and the center seems to be a very dark black. When held to the light the brown comes through nicely and the center lets in some really dark red light. A somewhat aggresive pour yields a finger of tan head that has some staying power and leaves some thin lines on the glass. Not bad looking.

S: Smell is of some really nice roasted malts. Somewhat sweet in the malt area. Coffee comes through a bit but is not quite the presence I would expect from this beer and its name. The coffee is there but is too subtle, making it mediocre in this area. Ah well, can't win em all.

T: You walk into a Dunkin' Donuts and order a regular with 2 creams and one sugar, this is what you get. Cool off that coffee, wrap that sucker is some nicely roasted malt and that is this beer. The coffee presence is just so pronounced and nicely represented. The cream is subtle and nice. The malt is roasted just enough to mingle nearly perfectly with the coffee. Just damned good.

M: This is a medium to full bodied brew. It have some really nice creaminesss, so CREAMY. Carbonation is a bit high but really doesn't take anything away from this beer. The beer coats the mouth just enough to allow you explore what this beer has to offer. Just a touch of alcohol on the back of the throat. CREAMY, that is the big offering of this brew.

D: This is a good brew and would be much better if it had more to offer in the aroma area. It is great in taste and really represents the style well. I dig this beer and wish I had good access to it. Drink it up. Don't be fooled by the somewhat cheesy packaging and put it in your basket. Serve and enjoy.

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

Pours a deep dark brown with beautiful deep ruby highlights and a fluffy mocha head that sticks around fora little bit. Smells of roasted grains, lots of coffee, some chocolate. Taste is of chocolate and coffee. Smooth creamy mouthfeel medium to thick body. If there ever was a sessionable coffee porter this would be it. One of my favorites from Berkshire, I'm surprised I'm just reviewing it now.

Photo of number1bum
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown color, not quite black or opaque, with a creamy two fingers of tan head. Head settles very slowly and retains a very nice, creamy lace and leaves some stick.

Smells like coffee and espresso beans, with some roasted malt and a bit of chocolate, too. The nose could be maybe a bit more robust, but it is nice.

Taste also starts off with coffee but has some prominent additional flavors, as well, like some bittersweet chocolate and roasted malt. I didn't get much in the way of hops from the nose, but there is more here, including some bitterness that goes along with the roasted malt, and a bit of citrus flavor. This has the robustness of flavor that the nose lacked in aroma. I had a Founders Breakfast Stout on tap earlier this evening, and this is comparable in terms of coffee flavor (although it wouldn't quite be if it were the bottled FBS), so that should tell you how robust it is.

Mouthfeel is a medium body, maybe not quite as creamy as I'd like, but pretty smooth.

This is a very good porter. Definitely recommended.

Photo of yossarian14
3.84/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - A dark brown, almost opaque, and a tan head that didn't linger

S - Roasted coffee and cocoa

T - Coffee flavor dominates and is very tasty but leaves me wanting the creamy coffee mouthfeel which you don't really get

M - A little thin - needs less carbonation and a smoothere creamier mouthfeel

D - The thin mouthfeel actually makes it feel less heavy and more drinkable but overall not exactly what i'm looking for in a coffee porter

Photo of ckeegan04
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark dark brown color with just the fianitest light coming through when held up to a light. Thic brown head with excellent lacing.

S - Coffee. And then a little more coffee thrown in. If you are into coffee beers this is the nose for you. My only gripe is that it does not allow for anything else to come through.

T - A light bitter sweetness up front before the cofee takes over. Large roasted coffee flavor dominates. Finishes a little on the bitter side.

M/D - Full flavored and medium bodied. Very crisp beer. If you love coffee drinkability would be a five. I knoceked it down 1/2 a point because the coffee is just too dominating for my liking.

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

22oz bottle, extra in a trade from damian - consumed during nfl week 1

appearance: poured into an imperial pint glass, dark mahogany body, big creamy tan head with very minimal retention that leaves a pretty flat appearance behind

smell: big roasty aromas - coffee beans, char, roasted malt

taste: I was hoping for something a little thicker and creamier (no jokes, plz) - the flavor profile is that of moderate roasted traits...the coffee extract flavoring is really not that overpowering and a dry malt and cocoa powder flavor seems to match the coffee notes evenly. There are light notes of vanilla and oak but nothing substantial. This is a nice drinkable porter but nothing really stands out and i think it fell short of its potential

mouthfeel: a little on the thin side

drinkability: good

Photo of errantnight
3.83/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to great new trader TenderMorsel for this one.

Pours a nice rich, deep brown, almost black with a finger of head.

Aroma is pure coffee... really smells like cold-brewed coffee, there's roast, but it seems more coffee than malt.

Taste is a bit thin at first, when cold. Again, almost like a cold-brewed cup of joe. As it warms, though, the body fills out just enough, and a bit of an undercurrent of caramel and roasted malt slides underneath. It's never too thin, even at the start, and it's kinda insanely easy to quaff. It doesn't taste metallic or astringent, and when it warms it has a nice round smoothness to it. Maybe a bit light-bodied for a porter, but not by much.

Drinkability gets docked only because I'm not sure how often I'd want to go this route with my porter... but it's a great coffee forward beer. Fans of the huge Imperial/Double stouts with coffee should give this one a try when they want something that's an easier drinking experience.

Photo of guzzle211
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received in a trade from RixBeer, a great score for a porter lover such as myself.

A: Light tan ¼ inch head from a medium pour that takes its time to settle down, but eventually disappears into a light lace. Deep dark brown with hues of black, perfect color for an American Porter, very inviting.

S: Coffee dominates, with a slight bitterness that is balanced by a hint of chocolate.

T/M: Coffee is the strongest influence obviously, backed by dark malts. The subtleties become present as it warms, with a slight chocolate creaminess emerging. The bitterness of the coffee is backed by the carbonation, which remains present throughout. This brew has a lot going in the mouth, from the creamy smoothness to the slight bitterness and carbonation.

D: Very drinkable for a coffee brew. There are a lot of coffeebombs out there that could learn a good lesson from the balance and smoothness of Coffeehouse Porter. It leans towards the sipper end of the scale, but an easy beer to drink.

Photo of bbeerman
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beautiful beer pours a dark, rich brown, much like coffee or chocolate. I would have scored the appearance even higher if there was any head to speak of, but the minute head that did form quickly receded into nothingness.

Smells terrific. I hate coffee, to the point I cannot be around the smell of it, but this beer smells wonderful. A somewhat roasted scent is in there.

Great taste. This beer has a strong, "dark" flavor to it without being overpowering (as I imagine coffee would be). A beer you immediately want to have again after the first few sips. I wished I had more than one bottle last night.

Average mouthfeel. While the taste was/is superb, I felt the texture was too light. I enjoyed drinking it for the taste, but I would prefer a heavier porter.

The drinkability was impacted for me because of the mouthfeel. However, overall, this is a beer I would like to have again because of the scent and taste. I'm willing to look past the consistency for this one.

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
4.19/5  rDev +2.9%
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
4.03/5  rDev -1%
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
4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
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
4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
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
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Coffeehouse Porter from Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.
91 out of 100 based on 903 ratings.