Coffeehouse Porter - Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.

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Ratings: 887
Reviews: 457
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 10.07%
Wants: 76
Gots: 70 | 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 madjr80
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice thin layer of creamy head when poured into a glass. The head eventually comes downs to a swirly lace. The smell of it is amazing. It reminds me of a solid porter infused with Starbucks Coffee. Kinda tingly going down with enough carbonation for a porter. The best part about it, has to be sweet coffee taste. Two things in this world that I can't go without. Coffee and Beer! I wish I could get it in a 12pk.

Photo of patelc75
4.88/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A very smooth malt with a coffee taste that lives up to its name. Nice lightish medium body and quite refreshing considering all the heavy smoked porters on the market. The chocolate and coffee work well together with right amount of bitterness. Brilliant beer for a leisurely loaf in the evening

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

22 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours black with a little bit of red tinge around the edges. A medium sized head quickly fizzled down to a small ring but that stuck around throughout and left some rather nice looking lacing on each sip. Aroma is strong, strong coffee with some caramel, chocolate, and perhaps vanilla mixed in the back.

Taste is straight up sweet, flavorful coffee and there's that chocolate and vanilla close behind. Slight bittering hops at the end help accentuate it's roasty nature. The mouthfeel is full and smooth and really helps bring everything together.

Wow, this one took me by surprise! Highly drinkable, the taste and body of this comes through not only for coffee lovers but those fans of good Porters in general. Another very solid brew from Berkshire.

Photo of emerge077
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A reddish highlight on a body of chestnut. Similar in color to the cup of coffee sitting next to it in a whiskey glass. The Coffeehouse Porter distinguishes itself with spindly threads of lacing around the edges, with a good finger of foam from the initial pour. Head recedes to a skim that still covers the surface.

Malty aroma, banana esters, very mild coffee that isn't especially dominant.

Mild coffee in the flavor, mixed with a caramel toffee element in the middle. Dominated by malt. Not harsh or especially roasty at all. Finish is dry, and there's a mild astringency from the coffee. Fairly mellow feeling and light bodied for a Porter, with a good level of carbonation. Seems to take cues from Sam Smith Taddy Porter. One could finish a bomber pretty easily due to it's mellow nature.

Photo of Brad007
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark color with a tan head. Aroma is very strong and rich with a nice, powerful hint of roasted coffee. Also smells very creamy. Taste is very rich and roasty upfront with a decent, astringent coffee finish. A second sip confirms some chocolate upfront that fades to a roasted coffee aftertaste. Yum. It's like someone poured a pot of coffee into a decent porter. This beer would be something good to drink in the morning. Has enough of a caffeine kick. I like it.

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

Thanks goes out to TheManiacalOne for this brew.

Pours a nice clean dark brown color, nice carbonation, nice fizzy tannish head, some nice sticky lacing around the edges. The nose is malty, big dose of coffee/caramel/toffee, and slight vanilla. The taste is malty, lots of coffee/toffee and caramel, slightly sweet at the beginning, the finish is a little bitter. Medium body. Very drinkable, this is my first Berkshire and I must say it is very delicious, highly recommended.

Photo of Rainintheface
2.83/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

22oz bomber into a pint glass.

A: Dark, like black coffee with a one finger tan head which only lingers a short while.

S: robust aroma, roast coffee and malt. somewhat sweet smelling. awesome.

T: slightly bitter coffee, caramel malt and bakers chocolate

M: medium body and carbonation. bitter aftertaste

D: passable but not what I was hoping for. I was hoping for a more creamy coffee flavor with less day old coffee bitterness.

I have in the past put a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream in the glass and found it to my liking

Photo of Murchmac
4.55/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep black with brown highlights. This beer looks like the deep dark night sky.

Smells of powerful coffee notes. What a fantastic smell this beer has!!! Just like the commercials that the son comes home on christmas morning and wakes up the family with a blend of maxwell house, this beers smell will get you out of bed.

I dont drink coffee, but I would drink this if I could order it every morning at my local starbucks. What a fantastic coffee taste. Deep malt grain. sweetness walter payton and this beer are on the same page.

Lingering aftertaste. Get this while you can and drop it like its hot.

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

My first Berkshire beer and what a first impression,poured into an imperial pint glass a deep dark brown with a hint of ruby a pillowy slight off white head atop a creamy froth after it settles.The coffee shows thru wich was expected along with some molasses and milk chocolate with a slight earthy presence.Coffee is prevalent on the palate but not overbearing almost like a mochachino coffee blend with a late earthiness wich made me wanna drink more.A big smooth creamy mouthfeel just enhanced the flavors of this beer,a damn fine porter one of the better I have had in quite awhile for sure.

Photo of msolar
4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance – Very dark, almost black with a smooth mocha head.

Smell – Malt & Espresso

Taste – Delicious. Not too bitter or carbonated and without too much coffee flavoring. Just right, in my opinion.

Mouthfeel – Lighter than you’d expect, and slight carbonation.

Drinkability – I could easily drink this all evening, especially when my buddy has it on tap.

One of my favorite brews from one of my favorite brewers. I’m not a coffee drinker, but I find the coffee flavoring in this beer delicious. Well worth a try.

Photo of fitzy84
4.75/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

As a coffee lover, this beer was spectacular. The coffee aroma and taste was sharp and explicit. I am not sure how much that would attract one to this porter however. But, seeing that it is porter, I am certain many will be drawn to this drink. It had a great, thick flavor. It's appearance resembled a dark, roasty coffee. And the coffee flavor was very well developed. It was not so strong, though, as to make one feel you were drinking something from your local cafe. Like I said, it might not be for everyone but I feel many porter lovers will want to try this unique drink.

Photo of iceball585
4.68/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Very dark brown/black, a thin light brown head

S- Robust roasted malt smell, coffee, chocolate

T- Roasted malt, cocoa, nice bitter coffee bite at the end

M- Medium weight, medium carbonation, very smooth

D- Very drinkable for any porter lover

All around great beer. Great smell... full of taste and complexity. Definatly one of the best beers I've had in a long time.

Photo of brentk56
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a coffee brown color with a nice head that leaves squiggles of lace here and there

Smell: Coffee and chocolate

Taste: Coffee flavors up front with a rich roasted malt element; after the swallow, the finish has plenty of mocha

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: The chocolate and coffee blend together to create a very nice mocha element

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

Picked up a bomber while visiting some in-laws in western massachusetts (my second home). Great price too at $3.97- excellent!

Poured into a standard pint glass...

A- Poured a smooth, slick, black-brown, tan head, some lacing on the top of my glass.

S- Straight up coffee beans. I'm not talking about Folgers either- these are some serious beans! Caramel, malt, espresso. Chocolate cake too.

T- This is exactly what is advertised. A huge robust coffee taste followed up by the malts and sweet flavors of the porter.

M- Carbonation tingles on my tongue- slick coffee feel- iced coffee like,

D- Couldn't drink this all day long, but enjoyed the bottle while enjoying a relaxing Saturday afternoon. Would be great with dessert.

Excellent stuff here. A lovely beer for a coffee lover like me.

Should have picked up more. Doh!

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.63/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a pint glass. Very dark brown with a medium-sized head that persisted fairly well. Coffee aroma, not anything else. Strong coffee taste, like a dark roast. Pretty smooth. I think it comes across exactly as advertised, although I think it was more coffee than porter.

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

A great representative of this style? Very fresh coffee poured into their porter and then more sweetness. Unpasterized, unfiltered, fresh bottle from this week's Massachusetts trip. Very dark brown, tasty even though I am not a coffee drinker. Big coffee aroma and caffeine kick.

I also had this on nitro at the Amerherst Brewery and it was not as good. Lace, and licorice. I think the nitro definately cuts down the taste.

Photo of WesWes
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a deep, dark black color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a rich and bitter black malt scent along with a mild coffee presence. It's quite dry and earthy. The taste is good also. It has a smooth black malt and coffee flavor that goes down easy and finishes dry and earthy with a fine coffee residue. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good drinking beer. There seems to be a split opinion on the coffee flavored beers. Personally, I like them. This is a damn good porter. The coffee only enhances the malt profile.

Photo of blackheartbilly
4.88/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22 OZ bottle, into a pint glass, served relatively cold.

I love most of the beers these guys produce, and since I love coffee this one was sure to be a hit.

It poured like with a small creamy head, and was colored like cola, but not dark like a stout.

It smelled good, heavy roasted coffee/chocolate smell (obviously)

Taste was excellent, with a wonderful coffee/malty after taste. Did not have a heavy alcohol presence, with a medium carbonation level.

Bottom line is that if you like porters and coffee you would not be dissapointed with this brew. I wouldn't call it a session beer because it very rich and I could only find 22 OZ bottles, and at $5-7 a bottle it is a great special occasion beer!

Photo of wcudwight
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to swedejay53 for the bomber.
Pours a dark brown with a thin frothy head that leaves way to soon. Luckily there is lot's of tan colored lacing in it's wake.
Smell is....drum roll Better yet, it's that morning time smell of a fresh pot waiting for you as you rise out of the bed.
This is one of, if not the most, coffee flavored beers I've had. Taste like fresh coffee beans with a hint of nuttiness and oatmeal. If you are a coffee lover and I am, then this is a beer you'll love.
Good porter mouthfeel. Thinner and more refreshing than the coffee stouts out there.
I could start my day with this and drink it all morning.
All of you coffee lovers out there need to seek this beer out.

Photo of geexploitation
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours very dark, with only the merest of nut brown highlights when held to direct light. Dusting of a head that leaves pretty Brussels lace. Aromas are dark and rich -- they're simplistic coffee and chocolate notes, but they're pleasing. Thick tastes crowd the palate -- roasted coffee beans, a bit of dark chocolate, and a sweet cream note that leaves an overall impression somewhat similar to coffee yogurt, but in a good way. Mouthfeel is creamy, with medium carbonation and a bit of acidic sourness, and it all works very well. Overall, this is excellent stuff. One of the better attempts at mixing coffee with beer that I've had.

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

Pours dark black with a quarter inch of tan head that melts quickly to a faint ring of lacing...then nothing.

Aromas are pure coffee and chocolate.

Taste is overwhelmingly fresh dark coffee....lots and lots of coffee...then soft dark chocolate settling to some sweet chocolate (not quite milk) Very true to the style there is nothing bitter in the taste...neither from the rich coffee nor the hops at the end. Just clean, fresh and refreshing.

Moutfeel is as it should be for a porter...seems thin at first until you realize this is a porter and not a stout and then it is perfect.

Aftertaste is wonderfully clean and fresh.

Unusual to have a 'coffee porter' but this works perfectly. I find porters much more clean and refreshing than the heavier stouts and this is no exception. Very enjoyable.

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

Black in color with no head and very little cascade. Rich, dark aromas of coffee and roasted nuts waft up from the glass. The first sip says it all: bold. intense and deep flavors of coffee, chocolate and mild hops. The mouthfeel is good, not overbearing, but pleasant. I couldn't imagine having more than a couple of these as the flavors were pretty intense.

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

Poured a very dark brown with about a finger of creamy tan head with very good chunky lacing all the way down my glass. This would have been a 5 for appearance but for kind of large bubbles, which made the head a little lumpy. Smelled really good -- coffee, obviously -- I mentioned to a friend that it smelled like a really dark roast, almost espresso, which you'd expect to overpower the chocolatey malts, but, looking at the label, he remarked that Dean's Beans make very chocolatey coffee, so I guess it makes sense. A little burnt, which kept it from scoring a little higher, but there's some vanilla, rootbeer, and milk chocolate going on in there too, all of which I like, though I got a little hung up on the root beer.

Tasted good. Coffee very present, but not the best cuppa. Again, some chocolate, roast malts, and some sweet candied fruit going on. Not the greatest mouthfeel, but creamy. I wish the finish were less sweet, more dry. Certainly goes down easy, though. Probably the best porter I've had from BBC, and if I could find these bottles locally, I'd be on this fairly regularly, especially for dessert!

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

poured from a 22oz. bomber into a wide-mouthed ale glass, gifted to me for my 34th birthday back in February :-)

A: Looks rather "standard" for a robust porter, 1-finger head that quickly reduces to a thin, cream-colored head that sticks with the beer throughout.

S: This is a wonderful smelling ale, with very strong sweet coffee being the predominant scent. Some solid dark fruit notes work their way into the mix, as does a light floral aroma as you get into the beer.

T/M: The initial flavor is sweet, and quickly moves into a delicious roasted body featuring ample notes of cocoa & baker's chocolate, as well as raspberry. A strong coffee finish is nice & bitter, yet lingers for only a short amount of time. Zesty carbonation on the nose, beer becomes creamier as it flows over the tongue.

D: I could easily drink several of these in a sitting (if they were in 12oz and not 22oz bottles, very smooth, drinkable beer.

Photo of mcallister
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice looker. Deep brown and opaque. Tightly wound head of light tan has very good retention and leaves a great amount of sticky chunky lace behind. Head seperates into large fluffy clusters after minutes and still leaves a nice layer on top.

Wow! Awesome nose. Rich coffee aromas with full thick milk chocolate and french vanilla. Coffee is laid back and sweetened. Malts are very sweet and caramelized. Bing cherry and red and black currants as well. A beer you can smell and smell and be content with.

This is just a very nice easy drinking coffee beer. Not overly huge and complex and hard to take down like many coffee brews are. This one has alot of RS which I think really helps out and is something I enjoy in a coffee brew as you don't see it much.

Sweet milk chocolate covered coffee beans. Mocha, and vanilla with a cream induced middle. Red currant and cherry, with a bit of raisin hiding under it all. And caramel to boot. Not overly complex
and I like it.

Coffeehouse Porter from Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.
91 out of 100 based on 887 ratings.