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Coffeehouse Porter - Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.

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Coffeehouse PorterCoffeehouse Porter

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918 Ratings

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Ratings: 918
Reviews: 466
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 9.83%
Wants: 78
Gots: 81 | 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 russpowell
3.73/5  rDev -8.4%
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
4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
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
4.27/5  rDev +4.9%
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
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
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
4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
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
4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Photo of flexabull
3.74/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received as an extra from warriorsoul, thanks again!

Pours a nice dark brown color with a big fluffy off white head.

Aromas are of burnt coffee and bitter chocolates. Coffee aromas don't seem all that natural for some reason.

Beer has some nice flavors. Very creamy, malty, and a bit sweet. There are some light roasted chocolate and coffee flavors. Finish has a mineral hop like bitterness.

Mouthfeel is pretty good, kind of thin, but very smooth and full feeling in the mouth.

Drinkability is good. A pretty nice coffee beer. Not too overpowering with coffee flavors, which I like in this style. Tasty enough, but not heavy or overpowering... easy and enjoyable to sip.

Photo of mclanem
4.06/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The smell is coffee, and caramel. The beer poured thin for a porter and kind of light in color. I held a nice caramel head about a half an inch thick. This beer has an excellent balance of coffee flavors, a lot of toffee, and no metallic flavor at all. The smell matched flavors with hints of caramel, sort of mild smell overall.

Photo of ph2001
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle in pint glass. minimal head, and a dark deep amber color. this beer is highly carbonated. the bubbles coat the inside of your mouth with a velvety sweetness. a very pleasant coffee flavor. it is nicely balanced, very smooth, and very drinkable. subtle woody tasting hints also come out. this is a favorite of mine since i first tried it. for my tastes, a perfect balance of sweetness, maltiness, and bite.

Photo of currysage1
3.78/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On a slow pour into a stein it produces a khaki head that stays at a quarter inch. Nice deep dark with some darker ruby highlights.

Smells like a mix between Hershey's chocolate milk and a latte. Definately some combo of chocolate coffee and milk.

All coffee, no malt flavor, some black patent, some acidity from the hops, Tastes like cold coffee. Surprisingly I like it, but then again I like coffee.

Nice creamy feel to it, nice and semi-dry. Could have one more but not much more, I don't know if I will be able to sleep. Night-night.

Photo of kmpitz2
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber. The brew pours a solid brown color with a finger of tan head over top that falls to a half finger. Clarity is moderate and there are few bubbles hitting the surface. The aroma is solid coffee with a milder chocolage and a hint of caramel sweetness with a hint of creamyness as well. Pretty solid. Flavor is very nice. It hits first with a mild ground coffee followed by a solid roasted malt that lends notes of bitter chocolate followed with a mild pine hop, that moves into a nice bitter mocha flavor. I enjoy how the coffee bookends the rest of the flavors. Mouthfeel is moderate with a moderate carbonation that works well with the brew. Overall, I am a fan of this one. I really like how the coffee blends with the beer and doesn't dominate it. It has a nice balance throughout. I've enjoyed this one every time I have had it and this is no exception.

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

I've been waiting to try this beer for some time. Pours a nice dark brown with a big clump of bubbles at the bottom of the glass. The head is a very fine dark tan with thick lacing.

Smells of very sweet and rich coffee. Very intriguing. This is one of the best coffee best I have ever smelled. Let's see how it tastes.

Taste is nice and roasty, sweet, and rich. I can't help comparing it the Founder's Breakfast Stout. It suffers by the comparison, much less intense and concentrated. This is still a very good beer. I love coffee beers, and this one is very subtle and pleasant.

Overall: Great controlled use of coffee. Wish I could get it in Indiana.

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

Let one of these warm up a bit then poured it into a pint glass. A nice tan head formed. The beer looks pretty dark, and when held up to a light, it reveals an amazingly deep plum red color with some transparency.

It smells like coffee, and toasted bread. Sipping reveals a medium coffee flavor on a solid well balanced porter background. Lace clings thick as frost to the side of my impeccably clean glass, and the head starts to fade away. More sipping reveals a nice bitterness that is very pleasant to the tongue. I appreciate the lack of astringency. The malt is only lightly roasted, with caramel undertones which helps let the coffee flavor shine though.

A dry finish with moderate carbonation, and a lingering aftertaste of coffee, along with a noticeable alcohol warming, but almost no heavy alcohol flavors make this a great drink for breakfast, or with a hearty dinner of game meat, or beef. I highly recommend this beer to anyone who likes coffee, or beer with mild upfront roasted character.

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

Very dark ruby. No pretensions towards opacity. Very giant brown head that just looks tasty.

Smells of very smooth chocolate and coffee with a solid porter roughness and a terrific hint of hops. It's like a less intense Breakfast Stout, actually.

Tastes nearly as good as it smells. Big, smooth chocolate starts off and fades way into rough rich porter middle in which there coffee takes center stage. This drops slowly off into a dark chocolate/roasted malt aftertaste and a lingering hop finish.

Very nice.

Photo of williamherbert
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Opaque dark brown color with two fingers of off-white head. Decent specky lace. Really formidable looking.

Major burnt coffee smell. Roasted malt. Heavy nutty, toasted malt. Mild bitter hop aroma as well. Typical characteristics, but the good ones.

Bitter coffee flavor at first, smooth mild light roasted ending. Smooth and mellow, not harsh or overly bitter. Has some nice dark fruit (plum?) with a mocha finish. The two flavors take turns, and compliment each other well.

Nice thickness but smooth. Medium, not a choker. Quite good. Nice to drink. Feels good and has mildly bitter flavor. Not obsessed with bitterness. Easily drinkable.

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

Bomber poured into a tulip glass produced a frothy coco brown head on top of a black coffee body

Aromas of coffee, yes that's it like your morning coffee

The flavor balance is there as well just enough bitter coffee and enough sweetness to balance it out

Palate was smooth and creamy

Great coffee porter will drink it again

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

Many thanks to Jamie2Dope for the sample.

22 oz bomber.

Appearance: Dark brown body accentuated by ample carbonation but just a thin tan lace.

Aroma: Wonderfully fresh coffee beans. Some more general roasted grain.

Taste: Outstanding. Fairly fresh coffee, nearly espresso like flavor. Finishes mildly sweet but not without a minimal hop presence to balance things out.

Mouthfeel: Light-medium bodied. Not overly astringent or acidic. Smooth.

Drinkability: Very high for a coffee guzzler like myself.

What this beer lacks in complexity it more than makes up for by doing what it does surprisingly well. This is a great coffee beer and though smaller than many I've tasted, it is also more drinkable.

Photo of Stoneman78
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle obtained in trade with Jwale73, poured into a Stone OG tulip glass

Appearance is the darkest of brown hues with a milky cream brown head, fractal-like cream lacing on the glass, very pretty

Smell is mostly coffee malts a la espresso grounds ("Dean's Beans" on the labels), some bitter chocolate, tones of vanilla and cream

Taste is dominated by bitter coffee malts with a thin backbone of bittersweet chocolate, toffee and nutty flavors come midway, finishes up with some slightly bitter hops

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, watery smooth texture, mild to moderate carbonation

Drinkability is moderate, higher for coffee fans, this ranks close to Founders Breakfast Stout in terms of the bitter coffee grounds essence, alcohol is not perceptible and this porter is well-balanced, solid beer worth trying out

Photo of mnj21655
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap in a 13 oz. tulip at Sunset Tap & Grill in Allston, MA

Poured a deep, dark brown in color with just a finger of fluffy tan head that had decent retention. Aroma was fairly subdued; dark roasted malts, coffee, and dark chocolate with just a bit of hops. Taste was much like the aroma. Dark roasted malts and some chocolate were present at first but quickly joined and then overtaken by coffee. The coffee flavor, which was pretty great, lasted into the finish balancing out what sweetness there is in this brew. Without the coffee flavor I would find this beer too sweet. Mouthfeel is good, medium+ body thats quite creamy. Drinkability is quite good. I would certainly recommend this brew.

Photo of Bierguy5
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle. Dark brown color, with some ruby edges. Tan, tocky head. Good head retention. Looks nice.

Roasty, fresh brewed coffee right up front. Coffee and cream, along with caramel and milk chocolate. Very nice aroma.

Very smooth coffee and cream flavor. Hints of chocolate and caramel. Very little bitterness.

Seems a bit thin, carbonation is low. Alcohol is well hidden, is there really any in here? Certainly this is all about coffee, but not a bold, roasty, bitter experience. This one is very smooth, and so easy to drink. Very nice.

Photo of GusESB
4.17/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

If you like coffee, you will like this beer.
It had the look of a porter, but the aroma was very similar to a cold cup of coffee.
The flavor had roasty qualities and it was a smoothe mouthfeel to it. The aftertaste was pleasant in that it wasn't an overwhelming coffee flavour, but more subtle.
While I do not drink coffee, I did enjoy this beer and would recommend it to coffee lovers

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

Pours a very dark ruby brown that is almost opaque. Some head falls pretty fast. Nose is faint with roasted coffee. Not overly strong, but fairly present. Flavor is very, very good. Strong robust roasted coffee flavors. Long lasting aftertaste. Feel is thick on the liquid and pretty damn silky. Extremely drinkable. So glad I dragged this back from Boston to Brooklyn.

Photo of altgeeky1
3.79/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours deep chestnut black with reddish-black highlights. Decent tan head that settles quickly, thinning to a lace around the rim. Smells very malty with cooked nuts, chocolate and black coffee. Starts sweet and finishes drier, if that makes any sense. Has a thick taste, starting with mouth rolling malty sweetness followed by coffee and chocolate malts. These flavors dominate the hops, which come forward after swallowing. Serve this one at cellar temps or slightly warmer, as these flavors get lost at fridge temps. Carbonation does it's job, delivering aroma and amplifying the body, and doesn't make itself a vehicle for belching. Very drinkable on a Christmas Eve.

Photo of jim102864
3.31/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap @ E this week. Served as usual in my porcelin mug. Poured with a thick, creamy head. Chocolate brown appearance.

Dedected absolutely zero aroma. I even had Leslie pour it in a shot glass for me and let it warm up. Maybe the cold New England air is affecting my olfactory system.

Taste was mild, mild, mild, however, coffee grind bite in the finish and a hint of coffee up front.

Mouthfeel was smooth and modest with a creamy, malty body and a modest hop bite.

Very drinkable, but a tad too modest in all categories. They could stand to ratchet up the malt so you can detect something in the nose. A mild brew that is enjoyable nonetheless just not overly exciting.

Coffeehouse Porter from Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.
91 out of 100 based on 918 ratings.