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Coffeehouse Porter - Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.

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Coffeehouse PorterCoffeehouse Porter

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

791 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 791
Reviews: 450
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 10.07%
Wants: 72
Gots: 46 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: purplehops on 05-03-2002)
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dbalsock

Vermont

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
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

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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neonbrown82

Nebraska

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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MrSeth

Massachusetts

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
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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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weeare138

Pennsylvania

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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beergeek279

Pennsylvania

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
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akahn

Massachusetts

3.3/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a hand-blown tulip glass from Mexico a dark cola black. Some brown head, but lots of trickling lace.

Aroma of old iced coffee mixed with fresh espresso beans -- smells a lot like Dean's Beans Italian Espresso Roast, or how it those particular beans would smell if they were covered in chocolate.

Tastes a lot like an espresso on ice while it's cold, and no other flavors come through as it warms up. Just a slight malt & chocolate bitterness.

Disappointingly thin body -- watery. Disappointingly simple flavor, surprisingly similar to iced coffee, really. I wouldn't recommend this beer. I don't know them, but I know there are better coffee-themed beers out there. That said, my girlfriend's sister, who is completely indifferent to beer quite liked this one. I guess that says something. I don't agree with Jason's 1998 comment that BBC should stay away from porters, though, because I quite enjoyed their Drayman's porter.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2006 03:42:28 | More by akahn
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RyToy

Massachusetts

4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this one agian yesterday, the first time out of a bottle.
Poured black with deep red tones. The aroma is not overpowering but definitely has hints of the coffee implied by the name...very espresso-y. That's not really a word i guess huh?
The taste is great, very smooth....the coffee doesn't come to the fore immediately which is pretty cool. The hop notes are pleasant and not sharp...they accentuate the coffee bitterness which is the way it should be for this style. Good to the last drop of the 22 oz bottle for sure.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2005 20:02:34 | More by RyToy
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twelvsies

Maine

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

Ahh, this is such a quintessential beer for the snowy season. Nice carbonation and a big head tops off the dark brown ale. Not much light squeaking through. Roasted malt is the main attraction here for sure. A super rich beer, creamy and frothy, with lots of roasty, chocolate, nutty undertones. The coffee beans definately play a large part in this beer, but does not steal the show. I like how this beer remains balanced while it includes such a strong ingredient. Hop profile is slightly spicy and adds a nice bitterness, although a good deal of the bitterness comes from the burnt malt tastes. Excellent smooth mouthfeel. A nice, warming, fireside beer for cold weather.

Serving type: on-tap

12-13-2005 00:06:04 | More by twelvsies
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AJPainter

Maine

4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours very nearly black with ruby highlights and a thick tan head and beautiful lacing. Smells like coffee (my sniffer's not so good, so that's all I get), and tastes like coffee, roasted malts, and a little hoppiness in the finish.
Overall an excellent porter. I'd drink it again... soon I hope.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2005 01:15:35 | More by AJPainter
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Jacobob10

New Jersey

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

On-tap @ Bukowski's in Boston, MA.

Pours an opaque dark brown color with a nice medium tan head. Decent lacing on the glass as well. I liked the aroma of this beer. Was the scent of coffee there? Yes. Was it overpowering? Not at all. It blended quite well with the roasted malts. Same goes for the taste. Light-to-medium coffee presence, but it was definitely noticable. The best characteristic of this beer was the mouthfeel. On-tap it provided a great creamy texture. It was the first thing I noticed about the beer when I took a sip. Instead of noticing all the flavors, the first thing that came into my mind was the creaminess...that's why it gets a 5.

I have to admit, I am not a coffee drinker at all. Love the aroma of it, hate the taste. But this beer was very enjoyable. A little lighter in body than you're average porter, but still delicious. Recommended to coffee and non-coffee drinkers alike.

Serving type: on-tap

10-20-2005 12:59:50 | More by Jacobob10
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bjohnson

Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this at Bukowski's, Boston on tap. Pours a black with a caramel/tannish head. Leaves great lace down the glass. Smells like coffee, tastes roasted malty, coffee, chocolatly, but is very drinkable. Mouthfeel is also good. Not much of a bitter end.

Serving type: on-tap

10-18-2005 19:20:05 | More by bjohnson
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mntlover

Tennessee

3.68/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a almost black with brwon highlights showing thru. A thumb sized brown head does leave some lace behind.

Aroma is coffee not strong coffee more like hazelnut because some nuttiness is present. Light chocolate in the background.

Taste is light roasted malts on a bed of good carbonation moves to light coffee flavors and some light nuttiness. Finishes with light hops and decent bitterness. Not a great porter but not bad either.

Mouthfeel is right about medium on a nice zesty carbonated base.

Drinkability is decent not great. Actually was expecting more richer body and stronger coffee flavors. Thank goes to B&G BIF from goodbyeohio.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2005 19:54:28 | More by mntlover
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wedge

North Carolina

3.68/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown with a dense tan head and sticky sheets of lacing. Smells of coffee beans upfront with a solid sweet malt behind. Roasted/burnt coffee flavor, slightly bitter, malty, with a touch of mocha. Smooth and rich.

A coffee lovers porter. It gets better as it warms balancing out the strong coffee with more of a "traditional" porter flavor. Definately worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2005 19:38:26 | More by wedge
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tastybeer

North Carolina

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

Dark chocolate brown with a coffee-milk colored two finger head. Nice looking but I'm having a little trouble getting my lace to stick. Smells tasty of roasted coffee beans mixed with cocoa and malt. There is a hint of underlying earthy hop. Taste is very roasty, with bitter and sweet chocolate and coffee beans. There is some nut and slight earthy-woody hops within the maltiness. Medium body and crisp carbonation. When you swirl it in your mouth it becomes nice and frothy. Finishes strong with coffee backed by dark chocolate and alcohol. Easy to drink.

A good dessert/breakfast beer. Nice and satisfying.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2005 20:54:07 | More by tastybeer
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Dogbrick

Ohio

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

Thanks to goodbyeohio for the trade. For a guy who can’t stand coffee I sure like it in beer. Very dark brown color with a medium thick and foamy dark beige head. Thick lacing that doesn’t move much. Strong roasted coffee aroma with a nice dark malt undertone. Medium-bodied with a tasty bitter coffee flavor. Strong roasty character with some sweet malt and smoke. The finish is pretty soft but retains some coffee bitterness. Overall a pretty enjoyable brew.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2005 21:42:38 | More by Dogbrick
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ODBRIP

Massachusetts

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

poured into a glass, really nice chocolatey head....the smell is really amazing. the taste is great, initially, almost perfect....after-taste quite good, but perhaps just a little bit too sweet. overall: GREAT, the only possible minor criticism I have is the sweetness

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2005 14:41:31 | More by ODBRIP
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goodbyeohio

Oregon

4.58/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber.. 'dean's beans'

pours a very dark amber color with soapy tan head.. leaves a mongoloid sticky lacing everywhere, gluing itself to the glass edge. aroma here is pure coffee, maybe the most intense ive ever inhaled from a beer. smell reminds you of fresh, pre-ground gourmet beans. the oils from the coffee bean are present in spades. makes me want to add half and half to my beer. in the flavor, bbc adds the perfect level of beeriness to this in order to work magic with the coffee. beerwise, this starts out with big malts and fades into a brown sugar smoothness.. and make no mistake, the coffee is there at the beginning, middle, and end. i would be surprised if this beer was not extremely high in caffeine. for the style, though, this beer finds itself extremely drinkable. light and airy overall, with a flavor that doesn't overwhelm (unless you don't normally drink coffee).. er, good coffee. bitterness is half roast and half botanical, with a sweet hazelnut kicker in the end. i can't name a better coffee beer (dark lord, ok, but that's so much more). peche mortel, take a lesson or two from this amazing libation.

borrowed from BA mattcrill:

"Note to all: If you like strong coffee and you like porters, you will enjoy this beer. If your idea of coffee is some sissy mocha with chocolate shavings and whipped cream and your favorite style of beer happens to be a nice golden pilsner, stay away from this beer!"

well said and worth repeating. agreed.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2005 14:51:07 | More by goodbyeohio
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IrishRedRock

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Mmmmm...coffee beer. Deep mahogany with amber hues, thin ivory tan lace lingering atop. Obviously some coffee in the nose, with hints of caramel and burnt wood. I drink my coffee black, so I enjoy the flavor on this one. Has some lingering dark fruit flavors as well, notably cherry, to balance the bitter black coffee and the astringent hops in the finish. Black, burnt, and malty. Has an odd plasticy thing going on too, which is off. But otherwise quite good. Smooth and rather creamy. Niiice.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2005 02:58:28 | More by IrishRedRock
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battlekow

Wisconsin

3.55/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

We're having a porter-off, featuring Rogue Mocha Porter, Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald, Sierra Nevada Porter, Tyranena Chief BlackHawk, Berkshire Coffeehouse Porter, and Watch City Welcome Back Porter.

Pours very black with a nice, persistent tan head and good lacing. Smells and tastes more alcoholic than it should, given its modest ABV. Tastes vaguely like roasted coffee but not nearly as much as a typical porter; in fact, tastes unexpectedly sweet. Mouthfeel is pretty solid, thick and lively. Most similar to the Watch City Welcome Back Porter. A disappointment.

Bottle courtesy of MuddyFeet.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2005 04:05:39 | More by battlekow
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

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

Sweetish mocha java dominates the flavor and aroma of Berkshire's wonderful Coffeehouse Porter.

The clear, dark mahogany body lies beneath a two finger head of creamy khaki-colored foam that holds quite well and leaves some very nice lace about the glass.

The nose offers an enticing combination of caramel and ground coffee beans, as well as a touch of more roasty, brewed coffee.

It's lightly crisp in the mouth with a very fine bubbled, median carbonation and decidedly medium body. As it warms it becomes a touch airy, and slightly creamy, but it's not dextrinous enough to really take it there.

The flavor is of rich mocha java with a sweetish caramel side; and it finishes short and dry with some earthy chicory flavor and a mild roasty note.

The alcohol is never noticeable; and it delivers and impressive balance of coffee flavors, roastiness, and underlying bitterness. Very nice!

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2005 21:28:25 | More by NeroFiddled
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deejaydan

Michigan

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

Pours a deep ruby almost black color, with a 1/2 inch tan head. Great retention here. Aroma is a bit subdued. I'd expect a bit more out of a "coffee" beer, but it is a primary coffee aroma. Flavor follows suit, slightly sweet like an iced coffee that you sometimes see in grocery stores. Good malty sweetness to balance the coffee bitterness. Mouthfeel and carbonation are both good, however, I found the mouthfeel to be a bit thin for a porter. A very drinkable beer, and interesting enough to look for again.

Thanks Pete!

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2005 00:14:24 | More by deejaydan
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shippos

New York

3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured with a foamy tan head with a dark dark brown black color, transparent. dry roasted grain with some coffee in the aroma. a well brewed and balanced porter, nice combination of flavors. definete coffee aftertaste, just a nice porter and very smooth at that.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2005 21:55:43 | More by shippos
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orbitalr0x

Illinois

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

Pours from the bomber a deep dark brown, bordering on black with a nice creamy, bubbly one inch head. Only a glimmer of light is allowed to pass through this one. Nice. Aromas of fresh roasted coffee, like that first whif you get as you open the bag of bean, float up into my nose. Roasty, chocolate undertones mingle with a slightly creamy smokiness. Chocolate covered espresso bean goodness in a glass.

First sip is interwoven tapestry of roasted ground coffee and chocolate flavors. Dark malts abound with a slightly smoky undertone. Bitter coffee on the way down with just a slight hint of hops. A tad bit chalky on the finish, overall a well built porter with a lovely coffee tones and a good balance.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, slick with an active carbonation. A notch down on the carbonation would make this smoother. I find myself finishing this bomber quite rapidly...a tasty porter for those who enjoy coffee as well. Definetly one worth looking into. Thanks to MuddyFeet for this one.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2005 01:31:52 | More by orbitalr0x
Coffeehouse Porter from Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.
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