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Coffeehouse Porter - Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.

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817 Ratings

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Ratings: 817
Reviews: 451
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 10.05%
Wants: 76
Gots: 56 | 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:
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(Beer added by: purplehops on 05-03-2002)
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Photo of billybob
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from a 22oz. bottle almost black with a tan two finger head that stayed fairly well and a good lacing to the finish. smell is like coffee ice cream. taste is slightly bitter coffee. mouthfeel malty smooth, good carbonation. nice to have for a change of pace, nice coffee taste thats not to weak or to strong.

billybob, Jan 19, 2007
Photo of CharlieMopps
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours over two fingers of light brown head and a body of deep mahogany with garnet hues when held to light. Good retention to it as well.

S: Roasted malt and big coffee notes, appealing with slightly sweet and spicy backing aromas.

T: A very smooth yet somewhat flat porter. Still, the coffee bean flavor in the middle adds an excellent apex of taste, transitioning well from a rather mundane introduction. It could be considered a nice light porter with a good twist.

M: Carbonation just right and a mildly syrupy texture that clings to the palate delicately. An overall good texture here, with the right flavors hanging around.

D: I'd say this beer is quite drinkable, as its subtle flavors and large roasted coffee taste make it one to experience again.

CharlieMopps, Jan 12, 2007
Photo of BadBadger
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Berkshire Brewing's Coffeehouse Porter is a taste treat. It pours inot the bottle a nice dark color, with a very nice tan foamy head. The smell is coffee and sweetness. The taste is coffee through and through. The mouthfeel has a rather bitter tang which sticks to the tongue for some time. An enjoyable brew. But only if you like coffe with a bitter kick.

BadBadger, Jan 07, 2007
Photo of jmz62565
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark mahogony with a medium sized tan head. The head leaves almost no lacing and the only light I could see thru this was when put up directly against a lamp. The smell is coffee,chocolate, and roasted malt. Not as pungent as I would have thought. The taste is very creamy with coffee,chocolate, roasted malt,and some hop bitterness. This is a very good tasting beer. The m/f is medium with all the flavors mixing OK, just a tad too hoppy from my tastes,but still good. A damn good beer that will keep those winter nights warm.

jmz62565, Dec 31, 2006
Photo of BeerSox
4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bomber into pint glass.

Dark almost opaque with a light tan head that holds well. It eventually settles to a frothy cap. Solid lacing throughout.

Timid grain smell along with a little bit of mocha coffee. Maybe a little bit of dark fruit and a touch of alcohol.

Roasty malts and an honest coffee flavor with a bit of creaminess. Maybe a little bit of sweet chocolate. The hops aren't obvious, but they balance the malts nicely. Full bodied without too much carbonation. It has a very smooth feel that perfectly leads to and slightly roasty finish. Here and there the flavor can be a little acidic, but it's not overpowering nor unpleasant. Some of the dark grain lingers after each sip.

I really enjoyed this one. Flavorful malts with a little bit of a creamy coffee flavor to it. It also has a very smooth aspect to it, making it very drinkable. Best enjoyed slowly... if you can help yourself. Recommended.

BeerSox, Dec 23, 2006
Photo of screws
4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours black (or a very dark brown) with a tan head. The head was a good size (~1/2") and only started to disperse after a few minutes (there was a light head through out the drink however).

The initial smell was of coffee slightly burnt. I was then able to pick-up a hint of chocolate smell, but it was slight.

The taste was just what one would expect from the smell... a slightly burnt coffee taste. The burnt aspect was a certain smokiness in the flavor, which was not overpowering and helped add to the complexity of the drink. The drink's taste finished with a slight chocolate bitterness (the same bitterness one would get eating high cocoa percentage chocolate).

The mouthfeel was medium to heavy (I was expecting something a little heavier due to the dark color).

I found this beer quite drinkable, and would definitely consider getting it again, or picking up a six of it. Though the beer is predominantly coffee in taste, I did not find it over powering, and there is the subtle chocolate that keeps things interesting. After a bitter winter day this would be a nice drink to have around the fire with a few friends.

screws, Dec 09, 2006
Photo of jamie2dope
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've tried this one a few time and it seems to get better every time i revisit it. Pours a nice black with nearly no light getting through at all. There is also a nice half inch white head with exceptional retention. Aroma is very reminiscent of beers such as Founders Breakfast Stout or Peche Mortel in the dark burnt coffee. Youn can really smell those coffee beans in there. Taste was very similar to the smell, but not nearly as harsh on coffee flavors like the beers mentioned above. To be honest, I did not pick up on many other flavors, maybe a bit of chocolate, but either way it works quite well. Mouthfeel is lighter then I had expected, but it does make it all the more drinkable. If it were any heavier, it might border on being in the stout family. I would let this one warm up a bit as the flavors and aromas pull through even more. I've been sort of tired of porters for a while now, but this one really hits the mark with me. Once again, Berkshire Brewing achieves a winner. Cheers

jamie2dope, Nov 26, 2006
Photo of WanderingFool
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Berkshire Brewing Coffeehouse Porter pours a very, very dark brown (looks black) into the glass forming a frothy tan head on top. The foam dissolves quickly to a thick ring and thin sheet on the surface, leaving a thick, clumpy ring of lace on the glass as it dissolves. A strong aroma of coffee, chocolate, and roasted malt greets you before each sip. It reminds me of the breakfast blend at Starbucks.

This medium bodied beer offers a mild carbonated fizz on the back of the palate. The flavor is dominated by coffee, with some stout like flavors of roasted malt and chocolate mixed in. There's a touch of hoppy bitterness at the end that helps balance out the malt. Once gone, a burnt coffee flavor lingers on the palate.

If you like coffee, you'll like this beer. I think it needs a bit more body but otherwise it's a very tasty, easy to drink brew.

WanderingFool, Nov 18, 2006
Photo of Jredner
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

Jredner, Nov 14, 2006
Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
3.63/5  rDev -11%
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.

OldFrothingSlosh, Nov 08, 2006
Photo of FtownThrowDown
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

FtownThrowDown, Nov 03, 2006
Photo of shaebs99
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

shaebs99, Oct 10, 2006
Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.7/5  rDev +15.2%
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.

TheManiacalOne, Oct 08, 2006
Photo of notown
4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

notown, Sep 22, 2006
Photo of Doomcifer
4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Doomcifer, Sep 02, 2006
Photo of SteveO1231
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
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.


SteveO1231, Aug 26, 2006
Photo of sloejams
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

sloejams, Aug 16, 2006
Photo of bwyker
4.97/5  rDev +21.8%
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!

bwyker, Jul 26, 2006
Photo of Damian
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

Damian, Jul 08, 2006
Photo of Franchise
4/5  rDev -2%
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.

Franchise, Jul 07, 2006
Photo of sinstaineddemon
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
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

sinstaineddemon, Jun 28, 2006
Photo of NEhophead
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

NEhophead, Jun 13, 2006
Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.63/5  rDev -11%
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!

GratefulBeerGuy, Jun 05, 2006
Photo of Freshie
4/5  rDev -2%
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?


Freshie, May 24, 2006
Photo of mcarroll10177
4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
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

mcarroll10177, May 07, 2006
Coffeehouse Porter from Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.
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