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Coffeehouse Porter - Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.

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Coffeehouse PorterCoffeehouse Porter

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Ratings: 817
Reviews: 451
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 10.05%
Wants: 75
Gots: 56 | FT: 1
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: purplehops on 05-03-2002)
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Photo of orbitalr0x
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%

Pours from the bomber a deep dark brown, bordering on black with a nice creamy, bubbly one inch head. Only a glimmer of light is allowed to pass through this one. Nice. Aromas of fresh roasted coffee, like that first whif you get as you open the bag of bean, float up into my nose. Roasty, chocolate undertones mingle with a slightly creamy smokiness. Chocolate covered espresso bean goodness in a glass.

First sip is interwoven tapestry of roasted ground coffee and chocolate flavors. Dark malts abound with a slightly smoky undertone. Bitter coffee on the way down with just a slight hint of hops. A tad bit chalky on the finish, overall a well built porter with a lovely coffee tones and a good balance.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, slick with an active carbonation. A notch down on the carbonation would make this smoother. I find myself finishing this bomber quite rapidly...a tasty porter for those who enjoy coffee as well. Definetly one worth looking into. Thanks to MuddyFeet for this one.

orbitalr0x, Jun 10, 2005
Photo of edchicma
4.43/5  rDev +8.6%

Second review...Appearance is dark choclolate brown, small head but great lacing quality. Smell is a beautiful coffee and malt with the taste following with just the right carbonation. A rich flavor, but the mouthfeel enhances it more...dry, almost a tad light...very good for a 6.2 abv. Extremely easy to drink...smooth, but with enough carbonation to fight off any oily quality.

edchicma, Jun 05, 2005
Photo of irrevjim
3.7/5  rDev -9.3%

Pours pretty. A nice tall head that becomes a nice lattice in a couple of minutes. Looks black against a white wall, mahogany when held up to a bare lightbulb. Smells like coffee, a little bitter at first with carmel to follow almost instantly, and hints of a dry red wine. Coffee scent remains bitter and carries into the taste. I like the robustness of the coffee and am not sure how to have that without having the coffee step on the other flavors. Taste is coffee, carmel, more coffee, and finishes with a dry red wine, coffee, and carmel liqoirice(?) taste when sipped or in small mouthfuls. Tastes and feels nice. A good tug looses some of the flavor and you get sort of a stale coffee aftertaste. Sort of... it is a very enjoyable beer.

irrevjim, Apr 18, 2005
Photo of LuckySevens82
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%

22oz Bottle courtesy of ppoitras.
Pours a deep brown, not-quite-black, slightly opaque. A light tan head tops the beer. This one has both good retention and lacing.
Smell is coffee, caramel, chocolate, nutmeg, and a bit of hazelnut. Sweet and toasted malts also factor in as does a mild hop aroma.
Taste is mild coffee, caramel, chocolate, hazelnut, cinnamon, sweet malts.
A nice mouthfeel, this one coats the tongue and warms on the way down. A very good example of a coffee beer. I'm very glad that I had a chance to try this one.

LuckySevens82, Apr 18, 2005
Photo of assurbanipaul
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%

Pours a dark brown-black with a medium creamy head. Aroma includes the typical vinous porter elements with a slight amount of milky coffee.

Taste is a robust coffee first, porter second. Dry, bitter, dark-roast, whole-bean (non-specific) coffee flavor with faint elements of charcoal. Following is the porter with a nice merlot flavor, which adds a nice smoke element to the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium-heavy and creamy, making it very drinkable. One of the better coffee-beer blends that I've tried, I quaffed a whole bomber without much effort. Thanks to ppoitras for this sample.

assurbanipaul, Apr 15, 2005
Photo of ybnorml
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%

A clean dark brown beer with ruby highlights. Has a big bubbly brown head. The aroma is coffee... real coffee. With a hint of malt sweetness in the background. Taste... Have you ever eaten a chocolate covered esspresso bean. Well it's not called coffee house porter for nothing. I have had many beers touting coffee character. This is the real deal. This is as close to a shot glass of esspresso dropped into a glass of porter as you can get in a brewed beer. Yes this is also one of my favorite brews and a top fav from this brewery.

ybnorml, Mar 19, 2005
Photo of blitheringidiot
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%

Label: Porter with natural flavors added. (Let's hope that this doesn't mean that someone dropped a cup of coffee into the batch...arf arf!) Freshness indication is confusing. "Purchase before month notch: Dec. This was a gift. Who knows! Here goes:

Cloudy brown pour with a thin coating to a collar of dark tan head. Second pour yeilds a solid inch cap cratered-surface-of-the-moon pour leaving respectable spotty lace.

Aroma is of (dare say?) roasted malts. Defining the coffee moniker. Props for style.

First swigs: Slightly roasted malt, porter-esque flavors of toasted malt coffee middle. Stuck on the one track flavor train. Some toffee notes. Edges to the brink of stout but doesn't cross the barrier.

Feel is medium body with a zippy zesty carbonation. 22 oz bottle is a bit much for one Joe, but its tasty.

Last swigs: Roasty porter with (duh!) coffee. $3.99 a 22 oz.'er. Thanks to my friend JBDubbs from Millis, MA for the bottle. Smack dab in the middle coffe porter. Nothing wrong with that. Reminds me of Drew Carey Buzz Beer.

Beer is good. Happy coffee beering.

blitheringidiot, Mar 16, 2005
Photo of CRJMellor
4/5  rDev -2%

Thanks to PPoitras for basically the full line of BBC brews over the last couple of months.
Pours dark brown with a red and orange swirl. Thin layer of off-white head.
Aroma of chocolate, whole bean coffeewith cream and a sharply resined bittering.
Flavor of chocolate ice cream and roasted coffe with coffee creamer. Some roasted barley and residual bittering also present.
Mouthfeel is thick, almost stout-like. Full-bodied, rich sweetness couple with a long coffee bitterness.
Drinkability is good. Coffee notes overpower to some extent but a very solid drinking brew. Had to fight my wife off to get my far share of this bomber.

CRJMellor, Mar 12, 2005
Photo of gentlebubbles
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%

on tap at Redbone's

Deep mahogany brown with a ruby glint at the bottom. Barely a suggestion of white foam on top.

Faint, sweet scent.

Butterscotch caramel swirls around rich dark maltiness, with roast coffee notes as the flavors trail off.

Mellow, fullbodied mouthfeel.

Very nice. Another lovely selection by the Beer Wheel.

gentlebubbles, Mar 06, 2005
Photo of Hibernator
3.88/5  rDev -4.9%

I picked up a 22 oz brown bomber of the Berkshire Brewing Co. Coffeehouse Porter and served it in an imperial pint glass. The label stated that this is a porter with natural flavor added. There is a freshness date on the side of the label, but nothing was notched off. Guess I am rolling the dice here as far as freshness goes.

The beers pours an awesome color...dark brown with a fluffy, tan head on top. Some ruby colored highlights on the bottom. Excellent sticky lacings all over this glass. All over.

The aroma screams coffee grinds and dark roasted malts.

Mouthfeel has a smokey or coffee brewed flavor with a dark roasted malt bite. The bitter finish is worth mentioning as well. Similiar bite to an espresso or a strong Starbucks coffee.

Overall, this beer is pretty smooth with that creamy BBC touch that I really like. This is a nice porter.

Hibernator, Mar 05, 2005
Photo of bigbeerdrinka
4.58/5  rDev +12.3%

Pours a deep brown color with a fluffy head that leaves a nice lace. Aromas are a mix of expressos and coffees with hints of chocolate, dark fruits and a slight tone of smoke. Flavors start off initially smokey with bits of coffee and expresso. There is an underlining flavor of chocolate with a nice sweetness and almost vanilla like tone that lingers throughout the brew. The finish has a nice molasses flavor following with some more powerful coffee tones and a slight bitter finish that rounds things out but keeps it very drinkable. The mouthfeel to this brew was nicely creamy and medium bodied which led to this being very very drinkable. A fine example of a porter.

bigbeerdrinka, Feb 27, 2005
Photo of smcolw
3.68/5  rDev -9.8%

Spotty lace, which is surprising given the impressive head. The head is tan and foamy. The color is deep brown.

I'm not a big coffee fan, but I won't mark off any points for the fresh ground pre-brewed coffee aromas. After this inital whiff, a touch of malt and fresh hop mildly appear.

Mocha flavor, the bitterness on the swallow is strictly from coffee flavor. The malt is mild and the hop is present but subdued. Nice body to this beer with an appropriate amount of carbonation.

Okay, coffee is not my thing, but this beer isn't flawed in any way. I'd predict that if you enjoy fresh ground coffee, you'll enjoy this beer very much.

smcolw, Feb 25, 2005
Photo of alexgash
3.9/5  rDev -4.4%

On tap at Bukowski's. Pours a very dark brown with a heavy, dirty tan head. Served a little too cold, so I let it warm for a bit. Smells of light roasted coffee, semi-sweetish malt aromas, with a little homebrew twang. I wish it had a stronger coffee aroma. Tastes of roasted bitter coffee throughout. Meaty, semi-sweet chocolatey malt underneath. Finish is bittersweet. Medium-bodied, with a creamy feel. Nice beer, but I'm not sure how clean the tap was!

alexgash, Feb 22, 2005
Photo of MuddyFeet
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%

Tastes like carbonated, alcoholic coffee; all with a smooth, malty finish. It pours a very heavy, pitch black color. A nice thick, creamy head formed on the beer, and lace coated the entire inside of the glass. The aroma is of chocolate covered coffee beans (hmmm, a favorite). The flavor is heavy Colombian coffee, thick and rich. The alcohol is present, but is hidden way behind the coffee. Matls and chocolate also come through. I want to say hops are present, but they are hiding out of fear of the coffee. The mouthfeel is heavy. Also, kind of like real coffee, I am not sure my stomach can handle more than a couple of bottle of this stuff, just way to rich and acidic from the coffee.

MuddyFeet, Feb 02, 2005
Photo of RoyalT
4.47/5  rDev +9.6%

Appearance – This one is very dark in color (yes, like coffee) with a nice, even tanned head.

Smell – Oh, does this smell like coffee. This is dark, slightly burnt coffee, more like coffee grounds really, and mixed with softly roasted malts.

Taste – The coffee flavors here are big. Again, it’s more like coffee grounds. The flavor is bitter but very easy on the tongue. The malts come out nicely if understated. There is a rich almost shake-like creaminess here that is very nice.

Mouthfeel – This Porter is medium-bodied and very creamy in the mouth. It has a heavy bitter coffee finish, though.

Drinkability – Well, I love coffee and I love Porter, so this was a match made in heaven. I have seen the combination screwed up a number of times, so it’s finally nice to get one that did it right.

Comments – What to send your Seattle BA Buddy? Why, coffee beer, of course. Thanks to Carmen for this welcome and thoughtful gift.

RoyalT, Jan 17, 2005
Photo of Citadel82
4.6/5  rDev +12.7%

22 Ounce Bomber Bottle bought at the brewery.

I love a good strong cup of coffee and a nice malty beer. What a delight an absolute joy to be able to enjoy these two indulgences together.

A beautiful pour. Deep chocolate opaque with a creamy, thick , tan head. Abundant lace on the way down. This may result from my greedily consuming my glass before it could even warm up. I am certain it would have been a bigger treat if allowed to warm.

The smell is exquisite coffee and malt that assaults the nose as the pour commences. Their is little room for the hops but you can sense them asserting themselves somwhere in the background.

The taste is like the smell only more so...powerful coffee taste with some sweet malts and hop bitterness in there. I rare treat that capped off a fine meal of Pasta Bolognese.

Mouth feel is silky with abundant carbonation. Treeat to be savored as it winds it way across the taste buds.

Need you ask this is one drinkable brew. Divine.

Citadel82, Jan 16, 2005
Photo of Truh
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%

Made sure it was a cone filter grind with this one on 1/8/2005. 16-oz pour in a shaker at the Boston location, pre-volunteer meeting.

Godly pillow of full-on root beer float goodness calls for me to lay my head on it, an eternal sleep awaits. Pitch black “hue,” can’t see a thing. Coffee/toffee roast on nose immediately with a resonating huskiness of flaked oat. Big mocha and coffee blast is excellent, savory on the mouth, with chocolate and roasted malts in a meaty background. Trailing roasted characters, combined with a medium body and the coffee undertone lead to a highly drinkable brew.

Truh, Jan 12, 2005
Photo of cooter
4.43/5  rDev +8.6%

Deep, dark red with patchy, thin but resilient head. Smells of coffee and roast malt, some dark chocolate, and, I'll be damned, blueberries.

Tastes fun. More coffee and malt, very strong on the front but muted towards the end, which is a refreshing change from the general porter tendency to overload the finishing taste with cloying, sticky malt. Instead it's a very smooth transition of flavors. Garlic, yeast, and pepperoni join the smell/taste pantheon. A tangy, pungently fruity taste towards the middle. Is this mulled? Bottle says "Porter with natural flavor added" but is that chemical-natural or real-natural? Syrup? Sounds dubious, but tastes great. Strong phenol smells now, and I just noticed that it's not one, but a myriad of coffee flavors in there.

All in all, the range and strength of flavor, combined with the smoothness, makes for a winner in my book of warm winter brews.

cooter, Jan 11, 2005
Photo of Sycodrummer
4.53/5  rDev +11%

Recently tried some of a friend's at the Sunset Grill and Tap and enjoyed it enough to go back a few days later and try a pint of it all my own to review.

It was a good as i remembered...

Appearance was dark as night and no light got thru at all, it had a nice 2 finger off-white head that stayed the length of the sample and left a nice, but not great lacing.

Smell was of burnt coffee, a little strong but the coffee house was very detectable.

Taste was much the same, almost an alcoholic iced coffee. Immediate taste of iced coffee up front with the finish of a porter/stout to finish the sample

A very good bew but couldnt not have more than one in a sitting...great with a chocolate desert or perhaps a dark flavored ice cream...all in all a very nice brew...especially to sip on after dinner

Sycodrummer, Dec 14, 2004
Photo of francisweizen
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

On-Tap at Redbone in Somerville (Boston). This is a dark brown/near black brew with a nice head of espresso-coloured foam that lasts. The aromas are of COFFEE, as well as roasted malts, chocolate, and a bit of hops. The taste is very espresso-like up front with some nice roasted malt notes in the middle anda very coffee/chocolate like finish. The mouthfeel was creamy and smooth as all hell and the drinkability was damn good as well. One of the best coffee beers I have had. Excellent stuff.

francisweizen, Nov 12, 2004
Photo of fdrich29
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%

On tap at Bukowski's in Boston.

Pours a wonderful deep chocolate brown with a light brown head. Just a little lacing in the glass.

Smells of strong coffee, and lightly of chocolate. Very nice smelling brew.

Tastes like coffee, no surprise here. Surprisingly easy to drink and very smooth. I'll order this one again in the near future. Nice Fall beer, well worth a try.

fdrich29, Sep 28, 2004
Photo of mattcrill
4.83/5  rDev +18.4%

Note to all: If you like strong coffee and you like porters, you will enjoy this beer. If your idea of coffee is some sissy mocha with chocolate shavings and whipped cream and your favorite style of beer happens to be a nice golden pilsner, stay away from this beer!

Appearance: pours a beautiful chocolate brown with a thin tan head. Leaves minimal lacings down the glass.

Smell: Coffee is up front! Dark french roast or espresso immediately comes to mind. A hint of malt but coffee is the boss for this brew.

Taste: A beautiful marriage of dark coffee, chocolate, and roasted malts. This is my type of beer. A virtual wet dream come true for a coffee and beer lover!

Mouthfeel: Strong, bold, wonderfully big and complex with all the characteristics that make a great cup of coffee and the perfect porter.

Drinkability and overall: Couldn't get enough of this beer! If all other beers in the world were taken away from me, my only request would be to keep this one (maybe a little dramatic but you get the idea). Find it and drink it!

Can't thank ppoitras and BIF 11 enough for this one!!!!

mattcrill, Aug 10, 2004
Photo of bigone4
4/5  rDev -2%

NIce tasting porter very unique with the strong coffee flavor. They actually put coffee extract into this brew. Strong espresso smell followed by nice roasted malt scent. Very smooth and tasty. Very dark brown almost black color had a nice head tanish cream left a nice lacing in the glass. I enjoy a strong flavored beer and this was a great choice. Almost reminded me of a stout but much lighter. Really easy to drink and very enjoyable. I would have this beer any day of the week.

bigone4, Jul 24, 2004
Photo of connecticutpoet
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%

A lovely dark brown beer that poured well and had a good, creamy, well-colored head. The aroma was mildly roasted, and coffee was noticeable, but not overpoweringly so. A very good balance.

The taste was slightly bitter, the roasted flavor was not overpowering as it can be with many porters and stouts, and it faded to a nice coffee finish.

This was a very drinkable beer, and although porters and stouts are not my favorite style, this one certainly stands out.

EDIT - 4-13-09

It's amazing how one's tastes can change over time. Only a few years later, and although Imperial IPA is still my favorite style, Dark Lord has won me over to stouts. It no longer surprises me that there are so many stouts in the top 100.

connecticutpoet, Jun 18, 2004
Photo of porter17
4.72/5  rDev +15.7%

Wow. Great beer. Very dark in appearance with a great aroma to boot. If you like coffee and beer, this is a marriage made in heaven. The taste is perfect and the mouthfeel is well above average. It might be difficult to drink many of these, though I have never tried more than 2 at a sitting. If you have the chance to try it, don't miss the opportunity.

porter17, Jun 13, 2004
Coffeehouse Porter from Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.
91 out of 100 based on 817 ratings.