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Coffeehouse Porter - Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.

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Ratings: 929
Reviews: 468
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 9.83%
Wants: 79
Gots: 87 | 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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Ratings: 929 | Reviews: 468
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.

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

Pours medium brown with a small 1/16 inch caramel colored head. Smells of rich coffee dominate the aromas of roasted malts. First sip is coffee, coffee, coffee, followed by a nice tasty bitterness. That coffee taste balances well with the malt, but the coffee dominates and everything else is just playing a supporting role. The malt backbone is surprisingly lighter than expected. I would love to have an imperial version of this really good coffee porter.

Photo of morebeergood
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had a pint at The Other Side Cafe this past Friday evening. Dark brown color with a thin wispy white head. Roasted barley smell. Taste was very unique, as it has a very distinct coffee (almost cappuccino) characteristic blended into that hearty porter flavor. Very nice. The only knock that I have against this beer is that it has a very thin body. I have had it a few times at Deep Ellum which serve it on nitro tap. That seems to give it much more heartiness. A bit on the watery side for my liking. But on the flip side, I could see myself more easily drinking these than the heavier nitro version. A nice, well made version of a porter with a welcome flavor twist.

Photo of RomanW70
4.17/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with a huge tan head. Awsome huge oroma of coffee and sweet malts. Nice balance of coffee, toffee, and chocolate flavors, sliding very smoothly into a slightly bitter finish. Medium mouthfeel, Hedium high carbonation. Excellent local beer

Photo of mcintits
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Very dark brown, almost black. Huge head tan in color that has a good hold and decent lace.

S - Rich and creamy, lots of coffee, sweet and inviting.

T - Little malt at the start but soon overtaken by a rich coffee taste. Finish is a slightly bitter with a roasted coffee bean taste.

M - Very smooth but slightly heavy.

D - Very tasty but kinda heavy in both taste and feel. Definitely a good night cap.

Served from 22 oz bomber into a pint glass.

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

Thanks very much to TheManiacalOne for this bomber. I decanted it@ 45 degrees into my Dfh shaped pint.

A - A deep potting soil brown w/ ruby highlights and a khaki aead of approximately 2 fingers that has a very fine bead. The lid settles to about 1/2 inch allowing spots of lace to affix themselves on the glass

S - A mild coffee scent w/ a partner of sweet roasted malt. The coffee bean aroma is there, but mild w/ out a boisterous dominance of coffee house roasting smell, just good ole java w/ a very pleasant porter maltiness in tandem

M - The creamy smooth malt and roasted bean textures roll over the tongue w/ a very suitable amount of carbonation and mild sweetness. The finish is relatively clean for the style. Very low bitterness and dry nutty bean notes really give this a full effect in the mouthfeel

T - A blast of caramel malt sweetness and a rich roasted flavor lthat is oily and creamy like rich medium roast coffee that is full in flavor and savory like your morning cuppa

Just excellent in the blend w/out a punch or overly intense coffee flavor. The dean's Beans coffee here just augments the great flavor of the porter which is malty and very well crafted w/ clean flavors that accent on mild roast and smooth malt w/ very low bitter notes and almost no hops in the taste to speak of. Crisp and refreshing w/ just enough cocoa like sweetness to round this porter out . I wish I had some Dean's Beans after tasting this since the coffee flavor is so smooth and flavorful w/out overwhelming the palate or overtaking the flavor of the beer, a very nice marriage of roasted flavors

D - This is one for coffee and porter lovers or those who may wake up with java and finish their day w/ porter. The flavor is a nice juxtoposition and stays drinkable as the sum of the parts don't interrupt or intrude on the others strong points. It is so drinkable to me, I just kept sippin' for about an hour- the flavor stayed smooth the whole time. I love the roastiness or should I say how the roastiness is so well balanced. The craftsmanship is great and the blend of coffee in the beer is the epitome of restraint. Since Dean's Beans don't overthrow the quality porter in this excellent coffee flavored ale. I would love to get my hands on more since I enjoyed every drop. It took me back to Silverback Gorilla coffee ale. Thanks again TheManiacalOne!

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

Thanks to goodbyeohio for this. . .

Has a body that is black as a good cup of coffee. Two inches of mocha/tan foam retains well.

Smells of good quality roasted coffee first and foremost. The coffee is not super strong over acidic kind that you would pay too much a a small cup and be left with gut rot. It is a damn near perfect coffee taste and aroma that is backed up by some dark roasted malt and clean water. The feel is slightly creamy, but overall light and easy to sip.

I had this in the morning with some breakfast on my back deck on a easy Sunday morning. It was truly a wish you were here moment that was accompanied by an excellent beer. I hope the east coasters here will keep trading for this. It is a very good beer.

Photo of HopDerek
3.73/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown color with mahogany edges, 2 fingers of foamy coffee tan head has good retention and some nice lacing. Smells mainly of coffee, with some roasted malt, and even some citrus, but not much. Tastes of roasted malt, a touch of caramel sweetness and a big coffee finish with a hint of grapefruit or something tangy. Medium in body with lots of carbonation for a porter. Smooth with a strong bitter finish as well as a touch of acidic notes. Lots of coffee flavor but not much else. The higher carbonation and tang in the finish seem a bit off and take away a bit.

Photo of sstackho
3.6/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle purchased from Charles Street Liquors in Boston. I don't have much faith in the freshness of most of their products, but hopefully the BBC gets rotated quickly. At least I got their refrigerated product. Pours black with little head. Nice lacing. Strong coffee aroma. The flavour has a decent tang to it (hops?) with coffee in the aftertaste. Pretty nice.

Photo of ffejherb
3.81/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz. bomber into new Sam Adams glass on 5/13/08. Thanks to Deuane for sharing!

A - Fudge-colored body with hints of amber around the edges and one-finger creamy light tan head that retained quite well, but left sparse lacing. Modest carbonation.

S - Malty nose with a mild coffee aroma. There's also a touch of chocolate. Pretty weak, actually, especially since most coffee-based brews are so aromatic! Scant traces of hops as well.

T - There's the coffee! Not too heavy, but certainly noticeable. Some dark chocolate notes emerge, as well as a sweet caramel maltiness. Not much of a hop presence at all.

M - Medium body with an exceptional creamy texture and sparse carbonation. Very mild bitter finish from the coffee flavor. This has a very pleasant, smooth mouthfeel.

D - Very nice, subtle coffee porter. Even if you are not a fan of coffee (like me), you will most likely enjoy this offering.

Photo of joe1510
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz Bomber

I have to give hoppymeal a big thank you for sending this one down my way, thanks again Derek! Coffeehouse Porter pours like black coffee with rusty highlights around the sides of the glass. A sturdy two finger ecru head formed on the pour and fell to nothing less then a finger, becoming ultimately creamy. The head leaves minimal spotty lacing on the way down.

As soon as I stick my nose in the glass I'm greeted by freshly brewed coffee over the top of a quality made porter. Milk chocolate and a slight roastiness combine to form the maltiness. For some reason, in the background, I can't help but notice barrel characteristics. Mellow vanilla and damp oak are present but stay small and barely peek through.

I'm really enjoying the flavor of this one. The coffee is very well integrated and in no way overdone like on other examples. The coffee is the main component but the porter below delivers a delishousness of its own. Baker's chocolate, mild roasty chocolate, and a slight coffee bitterness flow seamlessly. I still get the vanilla and damp oak way in the background. This is a very good porter.

The body seems to be in the middle of the road with a healthy carbonation. If there's any complaint it could be that the body seems a bit light at times but it doesn't at all detract from the mouthfeel. The coffee leaves behind a slight bitterness.

Coffeehouse Porter is an easy drinking beer. This bomber is disappearing far too quickly which tells me it's an easy drinker. It's a gulper.

My first taste of Berkshire and I really like what they did with this porter. The coffee is really well integrated and it's obvious there's a solid porter underneath. Can't wait to try some more from Berkshire. Thanks for the treat Derek!

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.

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Coffeehouse Porter from Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.
91 out of 100 based on 929 ratings.