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Coffeehouse Porter - Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.

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885 Ratings

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Ratings: 885
Reviews: 457
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 10.07%
Wants: 77
Gots: 69 | 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 Westsidethreat
3.2/5  rDev -21.4%
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
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
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
3.58/5  rDev -12%
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
2.3/5  rDev -43.5%
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
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
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
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
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
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
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
4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
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
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

Photo of muffguy4beer
3.78/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled from 22 oz. bottle poured into imperial pint.

Appearance: Low to medium head, light tan in color. Black in color, reddish tint where the light gets in. Very little lacing.

Smell: Hazelnut Coffee. Fairly strong.

Taste: Very robust hazelnut coffee. Reminds me of rich coffee ice cream.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, very creamy and smooth.

Drinkability: A very nice after dinner/dessert beer that I would most likely sip on but would not make a session out of it.

Photo of adowney523
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aggressively poured from a 22 oz bomber to a pint glass. Frothy tan head, very dark brown to almost black color.

Hints of chocolate, coffee, and baked brownies in the aroma.

Tastes of vanilla, mocha, and burnt brown sugar. Slightly bitter in the finish.

A very solid porter. The quite complex tastes play around with the tongue, yet it goes down very smooth.

Photo of panamabchc
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark and rich in color , somewhat lacking in the coffe aroma but when you taste it ...it's in there. Not to much or to little of an expresso taste so as to not overpower the beer. Extremely smooth and rich for a porter. A nice coffee flavor that lingers long after you swallow the beer .

Photo of Kudashov
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle pour in a pint glass . We have Ian Brown on the Hi-Fi .

Being a coffee junkie and never trying a porter in my life I thought I would give this a chance .

A- Black as the Bruins jerseys on the tv . BTW the bums beat the Islanders tonight . Nice head . Very deep dark brown .

S- Coffee . Sweet smelling chocolate . Wonderful .

T- Fantastic . Tons of roasted coffee flavor . A jolly good brew .

M & D - nice body and just enough coffee kick for this java junkie .

One of my favs . Will be buying more of this . Cheers

Photo of bklynbeerbaron
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into an imperial pint glass.

Appearance: A deep brown that only lets light through the bottom of the glass, with a half-finger of foam similar to a Coke. Very nice lacing

Smell: Terrific, powerful aroma of sweet, iced coffee.

Taste: Coffee, coffee and more coffee. Rich, roasted espresso is the dominant flavor here, the sweetness is kept in check but starts to assert itself as the beer warms. Surprisingly clean finish.

Mouthfeel: Smooth as silk, one of the smoothest porters I've ever had.

Drinkability: Goes down pretty easily, thought it might be a little too rich to have more than one.

Notes: If you're a coffee lover, this one is for you. They did a real good job infusing it into this brew.

Photo of Liquids
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nearly black pour with mahogany around the dges and a lively tan colored head that leaves lacing everywhere, points for the lacing. Smells delicious. Taste is much like the draymans porter I had the other day that must be the base for this beer, with some tweeking--the addiction of the cofeee is not as overpowering, and seems to do this brew right. The flavor is present, complex, and adds dimension that balances out the unfermentables, makes it taste more like a porter (the roasting factor) than the drayman's, and an odd milkshake cream kind of flavor is present as well in the mix. As I continue to sip I can taste a bit more of the earthy malts and unfermentables behind the coffee flavor than I'd like to here, and even a tad more hops wouldn't hinder the flavor either, but overall, delicious enough to make even those who might not like porters want more. A hands down delicious brew especially compared to the run-of-the-mill drayman's. Mouthfeel is quite fine here, quite thick and full feeling, but more carbonation burn than the drayman's kept this from a five. Overall, this brew makes it clear why BBC has such a cult following, and will lead me to try more when I'm able.

Photo of Vancer
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Jet black pour, topped by a luscious topping of tan, big sheet of lacing surrounding my tulip glass from the American Revolution.

Coffee, duh, permeates the aroma and taste – although it could use a couple more scoops, IMO. VERY sour ale pop in the quaff, tasty as a porter should be. Thick and sweetish, the semi-low abv (6ish) leads this to the session status. A bomber will be gone in a flash.

Whoops, its gone… ;(

A fine frosty sent by bjohnson
for my BA annv.

Photo of FLAbeergutinMASS
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can't believe I've lived in Deerfield for seven years, and this is probably the 2nd CHP I've ever had. What an idiot I am. As the name suggests, it is a virtual parfait of coffee houseness. What one might expect walking into a coffee house where there were just a bunch of nobodies sitting around doing nothing other tan drinking coffee. Deep caramel and vanilla tones, highlighted by a slightly bitter aftertaste and a faint hop kick. Lends or tends itself more of a midday drink rather than an early evening starter. However, I found it very enjoyable, regardless of the time of consumption.

Photo of warmstorage
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle. Pours a deep, dark opaque brown, nearly black.

Pours with little head, dissipates rapidly, leaves behind light to moderate lacing.

Aroma is primarily roast and chocolate.

Taste is roast, creosote, a hint of smoke, and some coffee in the finish (though this might be because I'm looking for it.) No noticeable hops or alcohol detected.

Light to moderate carbonation, leaves behind little in terms of body, coffee is present in the finish.

An excellent porter, and something I'll definitely keep buying, though somewhat understated for coffee flavor.

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

poured from a 22oz. bottle almost black with a tan two finger head that stayed fairly well and a good lacing to the finish. smell is like coffee ice cream. taste is slightly bitter coffee. mouthfeel malty smooth, good carbonation. nice to have for a change of pace, nice coffee taste thats not to weak or to strong.

Photo of CharlieMopps
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours over two fingers of light brown head and a body of deep mahogany with garnet hues when held to light. Good retention to it as well.

S: Roasted malt and big coffee notes, appealing with slightly sweet and spicy backing aromas.

T: A very smooth yet somewhat flat porter. Still, the coffee bean flavor in the middle adds an excellent apex of taste, transitioning well from a rather mundane introduction. It could be considered a nice light porter with a good twist.

M: Carbonation just right and a mildly syrupy texture that clings to the palate delicately. An overall good texture here, with the right flavors hanging around.

D: I'd say this beer is quite drinkable, as its subtle flavors and large roasted coffee taste make it one to experience again.

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

Berkshire Brewing's Coffeehouse Porter is a taste treat. It pours inot the bottle a nice dark color, with a very nice tan foamy head. The smell is coffee and sweetness. The taste is coffee through and through. The mouthfeel has a rather bitter tang which sticks to the tongue for some time. An enjoyable brew. But only if you like coffe with a bitter kick.

Photo of jmz62565
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark mahogony with a medium sized tan head. The head leaves almost no lacing and the only light I could see thru this was when put up directly against a lamp. The smell is coffee,chocolate, and roasted malt. Not as pungent as I would have thought. The taste is very creamy with coffee,chocolate, roasted malt,and some hop bitterness. This is a very good tasting beer. The m/f is medium with all the flavors mixing OK, just a tad too hoppy from my tastes,but still good. A damn good beer that will keep those winter nights warm.

Photo of BeerSox
4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bomber into pint glass.

Dark almost opaque with a light tan head that holds well. It eventually settles to a frothy cap. Solid lacing throughout.

Timid grain smell along with a little bit of mocha coffee. Maybe a little bit of dark fruit and a touch of alcohol.

Roasty malts and an honest coffee flavor with a bit of creaminess. Maybe a little bit of sweet chocolate. The hops aren't obvious, but they balance the malts nicely. Full bodied without too much carbonation. It has a very smooth feel that perfectly leads to and slightly roasty finish. Here and there the flavor can be a little acidic, but it's not overpowering nor unpleasant. Some of the dark grain lingers after each sip.

I really enjoyed this one. Flavorful malts with a little bit of a creamy coffee flavor to it. It also has a very smooth aspect to it, making it very drinkable. Best enjoyed slowly... if you can help yourself. Recommended.

Photo of screws
4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours black (or a very dark brown) with a tan head. The head was a good size (~1/2") and only started to disperse after a few minutes (there was a light head through out the drink however).

The initial smell was of coffee slightly burnt. I was then able to pick-up a hint of chocolate smell, but it was slight.

The taste was just what one would expect from the smell... a slightly burnt coffee taste. The burnt aspect was a certain smokiness in the flavor, which was not overpowering and helped add to the complexity of the drink. The drink's taste finished with a slight chocolate bitterness (the same bitterness one would get eating high cocoa percentage chocolate).

The mouthfeel was medium to heavy (I was expecting something a little heavier due to the dark color).

I found this beer quite drinkable, and would definitely consider getting it again, or picking up a six of it. Though the beer is predominantly coffee in taste, I did not find it over powering, and there is the subtle chocolate that keeps things interesting. After a bitter winter day this would be a nice drink to have around the fire with a few friends.

Photo of jamie2dope
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've tried this one a few time and it seems to get better every time i revisit it. Pours a nice black with nearly no light getting through at all. There is also a nice half inch white head with exceptional retention. Aroma is very reminiscent of beers such as Founders Breakfast Stout or Peche Mortel in the dark burnt coffee. Youn can really smell those coffee beans in there. Taste was very similar to the smell, but not nearly as harsh on coffee flavors like the beers mentioned above. To be honest, I did not pick up on many other flavors, maybe a bit of chocolate, but either way it works quite well. Mouthfeel is lighter then I had expected, but it does make it all the more drinkable. If it were any heavier, it might border on being in the stout family. I would let this one warm up a bit as the flavors and aromas pull through even more. I've been sort of tired of porters for a while now, but this one really hits the mark with me. Once again, Berkshire Brewing achieves a winner. Cheers

Coffeehouse Porter from Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.
91 out of 100 based on 885 ratings.