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Coffeehouse Porter - Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.

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Ratings: 901
Reviews: 462
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 9.83%
Wants: 78
Gots: 78 | 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 iceball585
4.65/5  rDev +14.3%
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
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
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
4.85/5  rDev +19.2%
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
4.24/5  rDev +4.2%
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 please....coffee. 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
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
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
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
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
4.15/5  rDev +2%
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
4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
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
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

Photo of SixpointJMH
4.02/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark but crisp looking brown with a smallish but creamy tan head with a nice slick stickiness to it.

The aroma is coffee all around. There is some earthy malt shining through with hint of sweetness as well, but this one is primarily coffee all around and goood. That said, the coffee aroma is not overpowering by any means.

The flavour is of course more coffee. A touch of sweetness is still here along with earthiness and roasted malt that is somewhat toasted as well. In all, the flavour is very similar to the aroma. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and a bit slick and oily but with a good amount of creaminess as well.

Good stuff overall, but I personally like the smell much more than flavour of coffee, so while I was surprised that I did enjoy this one so much, I would have again but on a limited basis.

Photo of blitz134
3.03/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Received in a trade from bjohnson, I believe. Thanks, man!

Dark brown body, approaching opaque, but has some chesnut highlights. Light tan head of dense foam that reduced to a thin layer. Nice sheets of lace were left behind as well.

Aroma is fairly strong, but one dimensional. Coffee with hazlenuts mostly. Some lactic acid sweetness as well.

Flavor doesn't quite do it for me. Toasted malts and cold coffee. Again the hazlenuts come through. A bit of floral hopping. This is just alright to me really. I think it needs some more toasted malt presence to tone down the coffee a bit. It lacks that toasty, slightly chocolatey porter characteristic I like.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and slightly slick on the tongue. Coats the mouth initially but washes away leaving a sticky hazlenut flavor to me. Low carbonation level too.

This one doesn't do it for me. I think the flavor that I interpret as hazlenut turns me off to this one. Its the same flavor I found in Rogue's beer too and I don't care for that one either. This might be okay for some people, but I think it needs a healthy dose of toasted malts to kick this up and balance it out more.

Photo of Westsidethreat
3.23/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Nase for this beer

A: Very dark chestnut brown with a clean hue to it. Head is a half inch medium sized creamy tan bubbles.

S: Hot cocoa and cold coffee. Simple but good.

T: Tastes exactly like it smells except swap out the hot cocoa for chocolate milk. Coffee hits first with minor cola nips accompanying it, sharp and a bit unsatisfying. Chocolate moves in next, delving into the realm of American opposed to the Belgian side. Finishes somewhat earthy with dry wood shavings, limestone and lingering canned coffee drink.

M: Medium body, a bit hard but good carbonation feel to it.

D: Not one of my favorite coffee brews but not a bad beer. Its hard to get the flavor to be rich opposed to sour in these coffee beers and I’m not sure this one accomplished that.

Photo of Nipitato
3.86/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bomber at Julio's Liquors in Westborough, MA.

A: Dark brown nearly black. Ruby highlights are apparent when held to the light. Dark tan head with good retention. A good looking beer.

S: Great roasted coffee aroma underscored by general sweet malt scents. Hop aromas highlight and add complexity.

T: Taste is, based on the name, rightfully dominated by a roasted malt coffee flavor. Long lingering bittersweet chocolate flavor on the back end. Hop tastes balance out the beer well.

MF: Silky, medium mouthfeel. Moderate carbonation.

D: A very good well made intense coffee tasting porter. The best of the Berkshire beers that I have tried.

Photo of EPICAC
3.56/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had a pint of this at Bukowski's in Boston.

Appearance: Pours a very hazy dark-brown with a moderate beige head that persists as a significant film and leaves heavy lace on the side of the glass.

Smell: Overwhelming coffee aromas mask anything else, except for perhaps a very faint aroma of chocolate.

Taste: Light chocolate sweetness upfront with some dried fruit. The fruitiness becomes more noticeable in the center before it's eclipsed (though not completely) by some roasted coffee flavors.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation, very smooth.

Drinkability: Flavorful and balanced.

Photo of MaltyGoodness
2.36/5  rDev -42%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

22oz. bottle thanks to Ira

Pours a deep, dark mahogany brown with a thin tan head that fades. Decent lacing on the glass.

Aroma is roasty with some caramel tones and a rather potent bitter coffee aroma.

Initial taste is roasty but is immediately washed over with a very bitter coffee taste that dominates right through the finish and lingers afterwards.

Thin body, mild carbonation.

This bottle is supposed to be pretty fresh, but from the other reviews I've read - there is something wrong with this. I could drink it if I had to - but I don't. What a shame as I was looking forward to this one very much....

Photo of EPseja
3.97/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a 22oz bomber in a Duvel tulip at cellar temperature.

A - Coppery mahogany color with a mocha colored head that rises proudly to a full inch plus. Lacing is modest and forms in wide arcs. Head retention is mediocre, leaving not much more than a wisp on top.

S - Reminds me a bit of the Bourbon balls that my mom makes at Christmas time... Big on the cocoa and chocolate, with some mocha and coffee notes, and an alcoholic undertone that lets you know you're in for some fun. Also some sweet notes like chocolate covered cherries.

T - Interesting slightly candied-fruity sweetness up front, coupled with a cafe au lait with sugar basement and deep roasted malts. Dries out in the middle with the essence of espresso beans and baker's chocolate. The finish brings back that desserty sweetness, but leaves you with a fairly dry palette and unfortunately a touch of cloying.

M - Medium body, just above watery. Decent, unobtrusive tingle. Gets creamy, but slightly larger bubbled than I would have liked. Finish is substantial and satisfying.

D - The bastard love child of a straight American Porter and roasted Guatemalan Coffee beans. Extra points for balance and originality. Very drinkable, if not a smidge cloying after getting through half a bomber. Still, a quality product.

Photo of Gavage
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: clear dark brown in color. Short one finger head lingers around a while.

Smell: loads of strong coffee and chocolate tones are easily picked up.

Taste: big flavored beer here. Huge roasted malt profile with coffee, dark chocoaltes, and a mild bitterness. Not overly complex, but a straight forward coffee flavored beer.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy in body. Smooth from start to finish. Roasted coffee and dark chocolate aftertaste.

Drinkability: very enjoyable porter. Easy to drink and worth seeking out on draft.

Photo of jcdiflorio
4.04/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured into a nonic glass froma 22oz brown bomber with a crimped on cap.

Looks black,a reddish hue in the light, 1" light tan head dissapated fairly quick leaving a solid 1/4" coating of foam with some spotty lacing.

French roast coffee,nice burnt aroma,chocolaty,good complex malt nose with bits of woodyness

Clean,chocolate,roasty,lots of coffee with burnt toffee.Very good malty tastes. Fruity,woody/grassy, finishes with a crisp,clean,slow puckering bitterness. Good taste with a very nice balance.

Smooth,velvety with a light to medium body with a good slight grainyness.
Very easy drinking drank this 22 very easily coud drink another. Very enjoyable porter. Give this one a try!

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

22oz into pint glass just below room temperature.

Very dark brown with voluminous creamy tan head that, poured vigorously, wells up and threatens to escape the glass. Head actually reminds me of a draught guinness the way it roils up. Generous lacing decorates the glass all the way to 1/4" beneath the rim.

Aroma is cold hazelnut coffee. My mouth is watering.

Taste is sweet mocha iced coffee with hints of chocolate, caramel and vanila. Chocolate in the brief finish; little aftertaste. The sweetness is neither excessive nor cloying and the coffee flavor, though prominent, does not strike me as overstated.

Mouthfeel is very smooth, rich and creamy with little carbonation. There's an intriguing ice cream or milkshake-like sensation.

Drinkability is astonishingly high. I could have several of these. In fact I'm already looking at my half empty glass with concern, since I only have one bomber of this.

I'm really starting to love this brewery.

Photo of jjmunro
4.09/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Split a bomber with muffguy4beer, poured into a pint glass.

A: Dark pour, though a touch lighter than many porters. A cream-colored wispy, lacy head remained throughout the pint.

S: A very pleasing creamy coffee aroma, not dissimilar to many coffee-flavored ice creams.

T: Malty, with the coffee taste apparent throughout. A nice, smooth porter for myself, who finds porters hit or miss. Very, very pleasing.

M: No complaints here, quite balanced and smooth.

D: I find this to be quite drinkable, though probably tough to drink more than a couple pints in a night.

One of my favorite BBC offerings, highly recommended.

Coffeehouse Porter from Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.
91 out of 100 based on 901 ratings.