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Coffeehouse Porter - Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.

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very good

846 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 846
Reviews: 455
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 10.07%
Wants: 76
Gots: 59 | FT: 2
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 NEhophead
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz brown bomber.

Maple molasses in color. Creamy, coffee-colored head with large pools of bubbles; remains as a whispy, half intact sheet. Thinly connected lacing.

Fragrant mocha and espresso. Dry roasted malts; hazlenut and peanut. A light hint of cream and bitter toffee.

Bitter, roasted coffee beans. Powdered toffee with a nutty flavor profile. Hints of dark chocolate prior to an earthen, hop-filled bite. The finish is dry with a mocha, nutty aftertaste.

Medium bodied; chewy and dry on the palate. Very earthen and gritty.

A hoppily aggressive Porter with a ton of fresh coffee beans and nutty profile. My favorite BBC offering to date. I'd gladly grab a growler of this tasty brew.

NEhophead, Jun 13, 2006
Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.63/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1 Pt 6fl oz. Pours a 3" think frothy brownish tinted head. seems to last forever.(maybe it was) This has a nice full body dark DARK brown almost black in color.

smells of roasty malted nuts, sweet caramel, and a hint of hops over it all. obviously heavy on the coffee bean smell.

Tastes are a heady array of flavors from, cocoa to smokey caramel and bitter hops.

Also heady on the palate, starting off with a bit of a bitterness from the hops and coffee bean flavors, then sweetness from the malty-cocoa effect.

I could drink a few of these!

GratefulBeerGuy, Jun 05, 2006
Photo of Freshie
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a almost black colour with creamy tan head with good retention.

Smells are definite coffee, mocha, and a slight roasted malt.

Tastes strongly of coffee and mocha. A more smokey flavour comes out as you drink. Very nice, smooth, with a good amount of carbonation. Medium body, but strong taste.

Malt flavour stays with as you drink. Again smooth. It was a nice solo drink, but I could see it paired nicely with a dessert. Pie a la mode, or maybe Tiramasu?


Freshie, May 24, 2006
Photo of mcarroll10177
4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

served in an imperial pint glass from a 22 oz bomber bottle

A- black as night with an off white head very nice

S- roasted hops and coffee

T- very nice roasted hop taste with a deep coffee flavor and a clean finish. smoother than I expected

M- balanced perfectly for a porter

D- another highly drinkable offering from the boys in south deerfield

mcarroll10177, May 07, 2006
Photo of sulldaddy
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I am pouring this roome temp brew into a snifter. The beer exhibits a rich brown color with fluffy beige head of 1 cm foaming up and receding to a sturdy surface layer.
Aroma is chocolate malt and some roasted notes mixing with strong espresso scents. Frist sip reveals an average body but a little thin on the finish. The carbonation is fine yet robust.
Flavor is similar to nose with chocolate then roasted malt and some espresso beans, roasty malt finish that lingers only briefly.
A tasty brew that is very drinkable, I just wish it had a little more staying power and was slightly more robust. But I guess that would change the style to a robust porter.

sulldaddy, May 06, 2006
Photo of dbalsock
3.65/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: This poured a standard black with vanilla head... there wasn't anything super special about it, but they didn't screw it up, so i'm still rating it highly.

Smell: I got a big whiff of roasted malts, and some subtle hops which I think contributed to the cardboard smell... but as I've said before, I kinda like cardboard.

Taste: Roasted malt as in the aroma, very regular, but done in a better way than other porters I've had. The alcohol isn't present at all, which I like, especially because I've been picking up on it a lot lately in other brews.

Mouthfeel: Bitter, like any other porter, but better. It's very fulfilling on the palate. I wish it were a little thicker consistancy, though.

Drinkability: Goes down sooo easy for a porter... very impressive.

dbalsock, Apr 26, 2006
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Roasted coffee bean brown with generous highlights of red and gold. I like my porters to be opaque since that tells me that the beer is likely to be full-flavored and full-bodied. Not one photon of the strong sunlight pouring through my front window finds its way through the glass. Fabulous looking head of golden toasted ecru that is mega-creamy and is coating the glass with thick, minutely pocked sheets of lace. Hard to believe that a porter could look much better.

Some coffee beer goes easy on the beans (or in this case, extract), but this one is unshamedly coffee-like. Other aromas haven't been left out in the cold, but they're playing second fiddle with a few busted strings. In addition to the java, black malt and bittersweet chocolate manage to keep things within the realm of beer rather than of iced coffee.

There's no question that this is well-brewed, quality beer. Whether it's good beer or very good beer will likely depend on one's love for coffee (to state the obvious). Since I'm not a fan, I'm going to stick with merely good. Whereas the nose was almost stout-like, it's apparent when beer enters mouth that I'm dealing with a porter. Exceeding the style guidelines is great (in some cases), but not doing so is never a problem.

Also like the nose, coffee is clearly the dominant member of the flavor profile, but stops short of oblitereting everything in its path. There's still a well-roasted maltiness--no char that I could detect--along with a citric fruity hoppiness that I've just noticed. Well, well, well, this isn't such a one trick pony after all. That does it, I've just elevated this beer to 'very good' status. A further deepening and complexification with warming bears me out.

The body is medium for the style, perhaps a trifle more full than that. There's a light creaminess about it, along with a minor degree of mouth-coating that I find agreeable. A soft, under-the-radar amount of carbonation is a bonus.

This is my first Berkshire Brewing Company beer and it's an absolute doozy. Since I'm not a coffee lover/drinker, I sometimes feel as though I'm not giving coffee-added beer a fair shake. No problem here though. I'm able to recognize wonderful beer when I drink it and Coffeehouse Porter is unquestionably wonderful beer. Thanks to MuddyFeet for the bomber.

BuckeyeNation, Apr 15, 2006
Photo of neonbrown82
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to ppoitras for sending this beer. I love me a good coffee beer.

The beer pours to a very dark black color with a thick white-ish brown head that settles to a thin film after a few minutes. Lacing could be better. Looks very bold for a porter, and it is.

The smell is nice. A good fresh ground coffee smell over a nutty malty aroma. The taste is just as good. Not a very bold coffee roast, but it is rich and smooth. The porter itself is fairly bold even without the coffee.

Fairly creamy body, though it is still on the thin side of creamy. A very nice porter. I would drink this often if it were available in my area.

neonbrown82, Apr 06, 2006
Photo of MrSeth
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

App: Pours with a coffee/cola color body which is almost completely opaque in the glass. A good size head forms and clings to the inside of the glass.

Sm: Smells, well, coffeeish.. rich wafts of malt, chocolate ice cream, softly of tamari, freshly toasted english muffins and grilled steak.

Ta/Mf: Oooooh, man! A rush of toast, espresso, latte. Mildly bitter at the end. The body is on the thin side, but in an amazingly refreshing way. Great length, clean finish.

Dr: High. This porter is silky smooth, thin bodied and full of flavor.

MrSeth, Apr 02, 2006
Photo of EmoBeerGuy
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

What a unique and wonderful beer. Had this one at the Other Side here in Boston. Good bar if you are younger and into some beer.

Looks: Looks like a really dark stout, served from an oversided 17oz bottle

Taste: Really malty, yet not overbearing porter with very distinct brewed coffee taste. This is the real deal. The coffee taste is strong and if you are not a coffee drinker you will not like this beer. However, for folks like myself its a fun combination of our two favorite beverages.

Drinkability: Couldn't have this one all night long but 20oz or so would be just fine.

EmoBeerGuy, Feb 10, 2006
Photo of weeare138
3.7/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appears black with a light tan head that slowly fades. Scattered lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of light coffee with some lactose sugar standing out with that creamy aroma.
Taste is of the same aromas with a pleasant sweet, sugary, coffee enhanced flavor.
Mouthfeel is slightly thin with the bitterness winning out over the creamy coffee richness.

weeare138, Feb 06, 2006
Photo of beergeek279
3.73/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in the 22 oz. bomber into a pint glass. The color is a very dark brown with a nice lingering head that leaves a nice lacing. The smell is dominated by the coffee roastiness with a bit of crystal malt sweetness in there. The taste really starts with the strong roasted flavor of the java and really covers up a lot of the porter character...the patent is just noticable but the crystal barely exists, and there's just a bit of a Goldings/Fuggles hop bite in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is a touch thin. As for drinkability, could have a few of these.

Thanks to ppoitras for this beer as part of Secret Santa '05. Coffee in porter is something I very much want to play with in my homebrewing (though I haven't yet). This is good, but it seems like it just doesn't compliment the subtle porter character but instead dominates it. Still, fairly enjoyable and I'd give this one a try again.

beergeek279, Feb 04, 2006
Photo of akahn
3.3/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a hand-blown tulip glass from Mexico a dark cola black. Some brown head, but lots of trickling lace.

Aroma of old iced coffee mixed with fresh espresso beans -- smells a lot like Dean's Beans Italian Espresso Roast, or how it those particular beans would smell if they were covered in chocolate.

Tastes a lot like an espresso on ice while it's cold, and no other flavors come through as it warms up. Just a slight malt & chocolate bitterness.

Disappointingly thin body -- watery. Disappointingly simple flavor, surprisingly similar to iced coffee, really. I wouldn't recommend this beer. I don't know them, but I know there are better coffee-themed beers out there. That said, my girlfriend's sister, who is completely indifferent to beer quite liked this one. I guess that says something. I don't agree with Jason's 1998 comment that BBC should stay away from porters, though, because I quite enjoyed their Drayman's porter.

akahn, Jan 07, 2006
Photo of RyToy
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this one agian yesterday, the first time out of a bottle.
Poured black with deep red tones. The aroma is not overpowering but definitely has hints of the coffee implied by the name...very espresso-y. That's not really a word i guess huh?
The taste is great, very smooth....the coffee doesn't come to the fore immediately which is pretty cool. The hop notes are pleasant and not sharp...they accentuate the coffee bitterness which is the way it should be for this style. Good to the last drop of the 22 oz bottle for sure.

RyToy, Dec 30, 2005
Photo of twelvsies
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ahh, this is such a quintessential beer for the snowy season. Nice carbonation and a big head tops off the dark brown ale. Not much light squeaking through. Roasted malt is the main attraction here for sure. A super rich beer, creamy and frothy, with lots of roasty, chocolate, nutty undertones. The coffee beans definately play a large part in this beer, but does not steal the show. I like how this beer remains balanced while it includes such a strong ingredient. Hop profile is slightly spicy and adds a nice bitterness, although a good deal of the bitterness comes from the burnt malt tastes. Excellent smooth mouthfeel. A nice, warming, fireside beer for cold weather.

twelvsies, Dec 13, 2005
Photo of AJPainter
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours very nearly black with ruby highlights and a thick tan head and beautiful lacing. Smells like coffee (my sniffer's not so good, so that's all I get), and tastes like coffee, roasted malts, and a little hoppiness in the finish.
Overall an excellent porter. I'd drink it again... soon I hope.

AJPainter, Nov 09, 2005
Photo of Jacobob10
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

On-tap @ Bukowski's in Boston, MA.

Pours an opaque dark brown color with a nice medium tan head. Decent lacing on the glass as well. I liked the aroma of this beer. Was the scent of coffee there? Yes. Was it overpowering? Not at all. It blended quite well with the roasted malts. Same goes for the taste. Light-to-medium coffee presence, but it was definitely noticable. The best characteristic of this beer was the mouthfeel. On-tap it provided a great creamy texture. It was the first thing I noticed about the beer when I took a sip. Instead of noticing all the flavors, the first thing that came into my mind was the creaminess...that's why it gets a 5.

I have to admit, I am not a coffee drinker at all. Love the aroma of it, hate the taste. But this beer was very enjoyable. A little lighter in body than you're average porter, but still delicious. Recommended to coffee and non-coffee drinkers alike.

Jacobob10, Oct 20, 2005
Photo of bjohnson
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this at Bukowski's, Boston on tap. Pours a black with a caramel/tannish head. Leaves great lace down the glass. Smells like coffee, tastes roasted malty, coffee, chocolatly, but is very drinkable. Mouthfeel is also good. Not much of a bitter end.

bjohnson, Oct 18, 2005
Photo of mntlover
3.68/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a almost black with brwon highlights showing thru. A thumb sized brown head does leave some lace behind.

Aroma is coffee not strong coffee more like hazelnut because some nuttiness is present. Light chocolate in the background.

Taste is light roasted malts on a bed of good carbonation moves to light coffee flavors and some light nuttiness. Finishes with light hops and decent bitterness. Not a great porter but not bad either.

Mouthfeel is right about medium on a nice zesty carbonated base.

Drinkability is decent not great. Actually was expecting more richer body and stronger coffee flavors. Thank goes to B&G BIF from goodbyeohio.

mntlover, Oct 16, 2005
Photo of wedge
3.68/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown with a dense tan head and sticky sheets of lacing. Smells of coffee beans upfront with a solid sweet malt behind. Roasted/burnt coffee flavor, slightly bitter, malty, with a touch of mocha. Smooth and rich.

A coffee lovers porter. It gets better as it warms balancing out the strong coffee with more of a "traditional" porter flavor. Definately worth a try.

wedge, Sep 19, 2005
Photo of tastybeer
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark chocolate brown with a coffee-milk colored two finger head. Nice looking but I'm having a little trouble getting my lace to stick. Smells tasty of roasted coffee beans mixed with cocoa and malt. There is a hint of underlying earthy hop. Taste is very roasty, with bitter and sweet chocolate and coffee beans. There is some nut and slight earthy-woody hops within the maltiness. Medium body and crisp carbonation. When you swirl it in your mouth it becomes nice and frothy. Finishes strong with coffee backed by dark chocolate and alcohol. Easy to drink.

A good dessert/breakfast beer. Nice and satisfying.

tastybeer, Sep 18, 2005
Photo of Dogbrick
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to goodbyeohio for the trade. For a guy who can’t stand coffee I sure like it in beer. Very dark brown color with a medium thick and foamy dark beige head. Thick lacing that doesn’t move much. Strong roasted coffee aroma with a nice dark malt undertone. Medium-bodied with a tasty bitter coffee flavor. Strong roasty character with some sweet malt and smoke. The finish is pretty soft but retains some coffee bitterness. Overall a pretty enjoyable brew.

Dogbrick, Sep 15, 2005
Photo of ODBRIP
4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured into a glass, really nice chocolatey head....the smell is really amazing. the taste is great, initially, almost perfect....after-taste quite good, but perhaps just a little bit too sweet. overall: GREAT, the only possible minor criticism I have is the sweetness

ODBRIP, Sep 04, 2005
Photo of goodbyeohio
4.58/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber.. 'dean's beans'

pours a very dark amber color with soapy tan head.. leaves a mongoloid sticky lacing everywhere, gluing itself to the glass edge. aroma here is pure coffee, maybe the most intense ive ever inhaled from a beer. smell reminds you of fresh, pre-ground gourmet beans. the oils from the coffee bean are present in spades. makes me want to add half and half to my beer. in the flavor, bbc adds the perfect level of beeriness to this in order to work magic with the coffee. beerwise, this starts out with big malts and fades into a brown sugar smoothness.. and make no mistake, the coffee is there at the beginning, middle, and end. i would be surprised if this beer was not extremely high in caffeine. for the style, though, this beer finds itself extremely drinkable. light and airy overall, with a flavor that doesn't overwhelm (unless you don't normally drink coffee).. er, good coffee. bitterness is half roast and half botanical, with a sweet hazelnut kicker in the end. i can't name a better coffee beer (dark lord, ok, but that's so much more). peche mortel, take a lesson or two from this amazing libation.

borrowed from BA mattcrill:

"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!"

well said and worth repeating. agreed.

goodbyeohio, Aug 30, 2005
Photo of IrishRedRock
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Mmmmm...coffee beer. Deep mahogany with amber hues, thin ivory tan lace lingering atop. Obviously some coffee in the nose, with hints of caramel and burnt wood. I drink my coffee black, so I enjoy the flavor on this one. Has some lingering dark fruit flavors as well, notably cherry, to balance the bitter black coffee and the astringent hops in the finish. Black, burnt, and malty. Has an odd plasticy thing going on too, which is off. But otherwise quite good. Smooth and rather creamy. Niiice.

IrishRedRock, Jul 14, 2005
Coffeehouse Porter from Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.
89 out of 100 based on 846 ratings.