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Coffeehouse Porter - Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.

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920 Ratings

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Ratings: 920
Reviews: 467
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 9.83%
Wants: 78
Gots: 82 | 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 altgeeky1
3.79/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours deep chestnut black with reddish-black highlights. Decent tan head that settles quickly, thinning to a lace around the rim. Smells very malty with cooked nuts, chocolate and black coffee. Starts sweet and finishes drier, if that makes any sense. Has a thick taste, starting with mouth rolling malty sweetness followed by coffee and chocolate malts. These flavors dominate the hops, which come forward after swallowing. Serve this one at cellar temps or slightly warmer, as these flavors get lost at fridge temps. Carbonation does it's job, delivering aroma and amplifying the body, and doesn't make itself a vehicle for belching. Very drinkable on a Christmas Eve.

Photo of jim102864
3.31/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap @ E this week. Served as usual in my porcelin mug. Poured with a thick, creamy head. Chocolate brown appearance.

Dedected absolutely zero aroma. I even had Leslie pour it in a shot glass for me and let it warm up. Maybe the cold New England air is affecting my olfactory system.

Taste was mild, mild, mild, however, coffee grind bite in the finish and a hint of coffee up front.

Mouthfeel was smooth and modest with a creamy, malty body and a modest hop bite.

Very drinkable, but a tad too modest in all categories. They could stand to ratchet up the malt so you can detect something in the nose. A mild brew that is enjoyable nonetheless just not overly exciting.

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.07/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A very dark porter served on tap at Eli Cannon's in CT. The aroma was strong with coffee, not unlike Founder's Breakfast Stout. Honestly this is very similar to Breakfast Stout, except with slightly less body and less malt richness. Even so, this was very good, and I'd get it again.

Photo of brewcrew76
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a blackish chestnut with crimson highlights and thin tan head.

S - Fresh roasted black coffee, bittersweet chocolate and roasted malt.

T - Fresh roasted coffee, milk chocolate, oatmeal and roasted malt. There is a slight astringency from the coffee.

M - I was originally going to give a score of 3.5 since it seemed fairly thin in the beginning but it seemed to come around a bit as I drank. Dry lingering finish.

D - Glad I was able to try this one. A nice coffee twist on a porter.

Photo of msubulldog25
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 22 oz. bottle, sent by AdamB84. Emblazoned across the label is "Dean's Beans"; I guess they are the "Natural Flavor Added" in this beer. Poured to a Widmer pint.

A: Didn't seem that thick pouring, but this is certainly an impermeable ebony in the glass. Faint traces of garnet at the edges. Love the frothy denseness of the head, starting at a full-finger and slowly settling to about 1/4", but never fading away. Creamy and light tan, a mocha-like topping? Lovely bands of lacy cobwebs.

S: Pleasant aroma of coffee grounds, bittersweet chocolate and a little vanilla. Sweet/sour lactose aroma melds with the malts.

T: Roasted malts and a round 'coffee' flavor. As much as the semi-sweet coffee taste permeates, I'm reminded more of cocoa with roasted nuts in the finish - a fudge walnut brownie? This one's flavors seem to evolve, from bitterness to sweetness. One moment it's a bit sharp and has a zippy espresso-roast tang, the next it's mellow, sweetened by cocoa and softened by toasted nuts.

M: Creamy and smooth, slides across the tongue leaving a little acrid/burnt bittering towards the back and on the sides. Body seems about medium, carbonation is ample but soft.

D: A very likable porter with a well-managed 'coffee' character. I've tried some other coffee porters and found them to be either so dominated by the dark roastedness of the beans or, worse, not having any more than a fading hint of coffee. This is right in the middle: a coffee porter with other flavors and aromas intertwined. I like it, I recommend it and I'd have it again...maybe for dessert.

Photo of BiereBlanche
4.11/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served nitro-tap into a 22 oz. glass at Deep Ellum, Allston MA

Poured a very dark, clear brown-amber capped off by a thick and creamy caramel coloured head. Left large lacing clinging to the glass. Even the appearance is tasty and rich. The nose is dominated by strong, dark, roasty coffee malts. Light hints of caramel comes through as well, sweet, rich and full nose. No hoppy florals or fruity esters are noticeable. The taste is very proper to what I expected from a coffee porter. Coffee flavor is strong, roasty, sweet and quite like black coffee. No hops flavors. I lost the caramel from the nose, but picked up a bit of cocoa. The bitterness is mild in the mid/after taste. Dry finish. Very light warming. Very full and heavy in the mouth, low carbonation adds both to the heaviness and the coffee-esque qualities. Not entirely complex for a porter, but it's really quite tasty and richly flavored and well done as a 'coffeehouse.' It's too rich and dry to drink many of, but really tasty and smooth, inviting to drink a few.

Photo of bboven
3.71/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep dark brown body with ruby highlights at the edge. Not much head but what's there leaves a pretty nice lacing.

Lots of lactose in the smell but a good amount of roast that almost balances it out. Almost.

Taste is very sweet and hugely coffee, the alcohol cuts though and actually serves to cut through what might be too much sweetness with a little bite.

Thick, creamy and sticky mouthfeel. Stays on your tongue for a good while.

A little too sweet to drink a whole lot of, but a nice treat. I'd definitely split a bomber of this between two or three people, though.

Photo of Foxman
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It pours a deep, dark mahogany with twitches of ruby. Two fingers of fluffy yellow-tan head settle to a frothy throw. Lacing twists and plasters the inside of the glass.

The aroma is darkly sweet roasted malt donning dried fruit, molasses, baker's chocolate, cocoa, and of course coffee. Light hop spice and roast char wind along with a mellow waft of alcohol.

Upon sipping, the malt is mildly charred and earthily sweet with dark chocolate, burnt sugar, and a buttress of rich black java. The hops are mildly peppery and also a touch grassy, but in a green way, not raw. The alcohol is nicely melded with the overall presence. Malt and coffee join to come across fetchingly as nicely baked and iced flourless chocolate cake. The finish is a smooth bittersweet lingering treat. This is a happy, rich, earthy flavor.

Medium bodied, it's creamy and frothy and slick and aptly present.

I was hoping for a pleasing, pleasurable porter. What I got was a deep-dish dessert with a mighty fine cup of coffee chaser. It is as advertised. The ABV is actually downsized but more present than expected, yet it drinks like a tasty daydream. And it got better and fuller as we got closer to the end. It's most certainly a do-over, should I ever get the opportunity.

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
4.85/5  rDev +19.2%
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
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
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
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
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
2.89/5  rDev -29%
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
4.57/5  rDev +12.3%
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
4.74/5  rDev +16.5%
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
4.65/5  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.

Coffeehouse Porter from Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.
91 out of 100 based on 920 ratings.