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Coffeehouse Porter - Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.

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Coffeehouse PorterCoffeehouse Porter

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835 Ratings

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Ratings: 835
Reviews: 453
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 10.05%
Wants: 76
Gots: 57 | 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 beergeek279
3.73/5  rDev -8.6%
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 -19.1%
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 +1.2%
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 +4.9%
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 +7.4%
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 +6.1%
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 -4.4%
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 -9.8%
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 -9.8%
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 +1.7%
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 +3.4%
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 +8.6%
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 +12.3%
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 -1.2%
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
Photo of battlekow
3.55/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

We're having a porter-off, featuring Rogue Mocha Porter, Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald, Sierra Nevada Porter, Tyranena Chief BlackHawk, Berkshire Coffeehouse Porter, and Watch City Welcome Back Porter.

Pours very black with a nice, persistent tan head and good lacing. Smells and tastes more alcoholic than it should, given its modest ABV. Tastes vaguely like roasted coffee but not nearly as much as a typical porter; in fact, tastes unexpectedly sweet. Mouthfeel is pretty solid, thick and lively. Most similar to the Watch City Welcome Back Porter. A disappointment.

Bottle courtesy of MuddyFeet.

battlekow, Jul 10, 2005
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sweetish mocha java dominates the flavor and aroma of Berkshire's wonderful Coffeehouse Porter.

The clear, dark mahogany body lies beneath a two finger head of creamy khaki-colored foam that holds quite well and leaves some very nice lace about the glass.

The nose offers an enticing combination of caramel and ground coffee beans, as well as a touch of more roasty, brewed coffee.

It's lightly crisp in the mouth with a very fine bubbled, median carbonation and decidedly medium body. As it warms it becomes a touch airy, and slightly creamy, but it's not dextrinous enough to really take it there.

The flavor is of rich mocha java with a sweetish caramel side; and it finishes short and dry with some earthy chicory flavor and a mild roasty note.

The alcohol is never noticeable; and it delivers and impressive balance of coffee flavors, roastiness, and underlying bitterness. Very nice!

NeroFiddled, Jun 27, 2005
Photo of deejaydan
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep ruby almost black color, with a 1/2 inch tan head. Great retention here. Aroma is a bit subdued. I'd expect a bit more out of a "coffee" beer, but it is a primary coffee aroma. Flavor follows suit, slightly sweet like an iced coffee that you sometimes see in grocery stores. Good malty sweetness to balance the coffee bitterness. Mouthfeel and carbonation are both good, however, I found the mouthfeel to be a bit thin for a porter. A very drinkable beer, and interesting enough to look for again.

Thanks Pete!

deejaydan, Jun 21, 2005
Photo of shippos
3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured with a foamy tan head with a dark dark brown black color, transparent. dry roasted grain with some coffee in the aroma. a well brewed and balanced porter, nice combination of flavors. definete coffee aftertaste, just a nice porter and very smooth at that.

shippos, Jun 16, 2005
Photo of orbitalr0x
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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
Coffeehouse Porter from Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.
91 out of 100 based on 835 ratings.