Joe Coffee Porter | Philadelphia Brewing Company

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Joe Coffee PorterJoe Coffee Porter

Brewed by:
Philadelphia Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Fall

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Added by gdfan47 on 01-17-2009

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Ratings: 280 |  Reviews: 116
Photo of mdillon86
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of dwaz
5/5  rDev +32.6%

Photo of Amalak
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of jonetone
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of stonelis
5/5  rDev +32.6%

Photo of avalon07
4.17/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a black color and thick consistency. There was a small amount of foamy head that quickly dissipated. Not much lacing.

S: A big aroma of coffee, malt, and a little chocolate. Very enticing.

T: Tasted mostly of coffee, with hints of chocolate, malt, and hops as well. I thought the coffee would dominate the flavor, but it turned out to be a well-balanced flavor.

M: A highly carbonated beer with a silky smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: A wholly enjoyable, easy to drink beer.

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Photo of victory4me
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of justintcoons
3/5  rDev -20.4%

Photo of MrOH
2.45/5  rDev -35%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Deep reddish brown, dark tan head, not so much retention.

Coffee, some earthy hops, a bit of esters, and a little bit of dark caramel.

Stale coffee, green pepper vegetal flavor, slightly acrid.

Feels very lean. Lower carbonation is definitely a plus for it, though.

Not so great.

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Photo of amphion1065
3.84/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16 oz. pour into a pint glass. Reviewed from notes.

Pitch black, with a small light tan head - this is a dead ringer for Guinness. Not particularly noteworthy lacing on this one.

Really nice chocolate notes in the aroma. Though I can pick up some coffee, this is really more reminiscent of a milk stout. Cocoa and vanilla combine in a sweet mixture that's quite pleasant.

Again, coffee plays only a minor role in the taste. In its place is lush, creamy chocolate. This is a pretty sweet bitter that could probably use some coffee bitterness for balance, but as it stands it's quite tasty.

Smooth mouthfeel, with a nice medium level of carbonation. Based on the richness of its body, it drinks far bigger than its listed ABV.

Though not a "coffee porter" in my mind, this is still pretty good. I was happy to see PBC beers on tap throughout Philly, and I hope to try more of their offerings soon.

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Photo of n2185
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: pours a dark brown with three fingers of tan head that vanishes completely with no lacing.

S: lots of sweer chocolate and cocoa on the nose. Creamy coffee aromas bring up the finish. Quite nice.

T: roasted malts at first followed by sweet, creamy chocolate. Roasted coffee flavors follow with some smoke and slight bitterness.

M: medium-thick body with lowish carbonation, I'd like either to be creamier or with more carbonation. It's a bit watery as is.

O: a good porter, and fairly low gravity as well. I'd like some more coffee in the flavor, though.

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Photo of Marty30
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at D's in Monroeville. Served into a pint glass.

A. Kind of dark in the bar,looks pretty black with a small half inch tan head. Spotty lacing.

S. This is served really cold, All I'm getting is a strong coffee notes followed by milk chocolate and some roasted malts.

T. First I get strong ground coffee, and a nice milk chocolate backbone. Like I said before it was served really cold. Seems like a simple but a damn tasty brew.

M. Mouth has A nice thick medium feel,with a semi sweet finish.

Overall I really liked this beer,caught me by suprise for sure. I think I will get a case! Only 5% which is a nice drinker.

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep brown in color, similar to that of coffee.
A hard pour only produced a thin, small head.
The head was tan in color and faded away rather quickly leaving behind little to no lacing.

The aroma was, of course, that of black coffee and sutle roasted malts.

Taste is of black coffee and roasted malts. Leans more to the coffee then malts.

Mouthfeel was thin with some bitter dryness towards the end. The body was smooth.

A good beer with good flavor. Body seems a bit thin for a porter.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.07/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

dark brown, nearly black in color with a nice little puff on tan colored head on top. Nice lacing as it drops down the sides leaving a broken crown along the top. Aroma is solid coffee, with light notes of lactose and touches of something sweet balancing in there as well. Rich coffee notes with light touches of sugar are the way to go here. Smooth, easy sipper as each taste seems to bring more of the coffee flavor up to the forefront. Lighter feel then I would have expected but with the more the adequete carbonation

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Photo of beertunes
3.15/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into 10oz glass. Poured a barely translucent black with an inch of deep tan head that had moderate retention and light lacing.

The aroma was mostly the typical roasted scent you expect, with the coffee adding a moderate balance to the beer. On the tongue however, the coffee took over and masked, rather than compliment, the flavors of the beer.

The body was fairly typical, although perhaps a touch on the light side. Drinkability was decent for a coffee beer (I hate coffee). Overall, a solid, nicely made beer. Your results will depend on how much you like coffee. Worth trying if you see it.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.77/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

First had: on tap at Johnny Brenda's, Philly, PA

A tasty, dry, thick (but not too heavy) porter with nice, rich coffee tones, as the name would imply. Even if you don't like coffee (e.g. me), give this a try.

Pours a dark black-brown with a pinky finger of tan head. Strong coffee in the aroma, and roasty, dark malts. Big coffee taste, with dark chocolate and roasted malts also making an appearance. Bitter/dry coffee finish. Heavy-medium mouthfeel, pretty smooth, and very drinkable.

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Photo of JerseyKirk
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pitch black with a white head. Ok lacing. Expected more from a less abv porter.

S: Dark chocolate and coffee. Roastiness is there.

T: Coffee and roastiness.

M: Thick, palate coater.

O: It's ok. I've had a lot better coffee stouts/porters. I would have liked a better coffee flavor with a tad bit of sweetness coming through.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a deep brown (with some ruby coming through certain parts of the body) with a finger of rich light mocha head. This retains with a thin foaminess and a smooth cascade that settles into some rich spotty swathes of lacing. The aroma is smooth with roasted coffee character, which is flavorful but not overly biting in the nostrils. Notes of cocoa, caramel, and green citrus rounds out the back of the nose.

The taste carries over, with plenty of burnt coffee and additional bitter flavors of roast and green citric bitterness. Some tangier notes of chocolate and caramel balances the bulk of this out but the coffee stands out in the finish, with a dry and acrid feel that lingers on the tongue. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a softer and creamier feel to the carbonation on the edges but eventually lays a steady prickle down on the tongue. There’s a little bit of warmth that lingers on the backend of the feel, which is surprising to me for a 5% beer. Its’ nothing too distracting though.

This was an OK take on a Coffee Porter and while it didn’t quite live up my expectations (or better yet but others have said about it), it still offered up a decent enough quaff. I wouldn’t shy away from trying this on draft though, as I have a feeling that this has the potential to pop much more than what it did here.

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Photo of bgildea
4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark opaque brown color with a fairly thick tan head that leaves some nice lacing.

S: As advertised, smells strongly of coffee with slight hints of chocolate in the background.

T: Nice strong taste of coffee comes across at the beginning. The flavor then moves into some sweet notes with a hint of semisweet chocolate in the background. The flavor ends with a nice lingering flavor of coffee.

M: Pretty thin beer, but has a little bit of chew towards the end.

Overall: Overall the beer was pretty good. If you are a coffee drinker, you'll like this beer. If you hate coffee, I'd advise you to probably stay away because the coffee flavor is very strong. Overall though, I found the coffee flavor to be very satisfying.

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Photo of sholland119
3.82/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a cedary brown with some ruby, little to no head.

S-Roasted coffee and sweet malt, in a nice balance.

T-Nice roasted coffee and good sweet caramel malt. A bit of bitterness in the finish, perhaps even a bit of lactose that I have never noticed before. Or maybe not... Nice regardless.

M-Light to medium bodied, light carbonation.

O-A nice beer. Pleasant to drink, sessionable.


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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pure coffee smelling porter, creamy dark roasted coffee acents going on, not bad at all. Bitter coffee nose and roasts all the way through with creamy chocolate layers and earthy coffee notes going strong with each sip. What a nice flavor profile going on here, I can get down with this medium bodied texture and extremely drinkable version of a coffee beer.

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Photo of sitarist
3.92/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed blind via the blind bif round 4...thanks to sholland119.

This beer pours a near opaque, deep brown with ruby highlights. A half inch of dirty tan head falls quickly to a ring, and island that leaves a few spots of lacing.

The aroma is mellow, with faint hints of vanilla, coffee with cream, and dry cured meats. Reminds me of a weak iced latte.

Like the nose the flavor is subdued. Faint hints of coffee, coco, and vanilla.

Light to medium body, with very little carbonation. Its almost like drinking water.

When I first poured this beer, and saw the deep color I was expecting a heavy sipper. Quite the contrary though. This beer is light and easy to quaff.

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Photo of thain709
3.62/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - The beer poured a darker shade of brown with nice ruby highlights both at the top and bottom of the beer...the head was a tan color, foamy, small, and short lived...just a few spots of lacing

S - At first the coffee porter smells like a cup of iced coffee with a lot of it warms more of the roasted malts and coffee aromas come out

T - As with the aromas, the taste profile changes as the beer first the coffee profile is pretty subdued and the cream or vanilla stands it's sweet to start off...but as the beer warms again the roasted flavors come becomes more evident but still never comes out full force...the roasted malts add a nice depth and finish the beer

M - Medium comes across thin at times and other times it's nice and creamy

D - The idea of a coffee porter is great but I don't think this one works too well for me...the coffee was never overpowering but at times it was underwhelming...I like coffee so I would have liked more coffee flavor

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Photo of CHADMC3
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep black body with rich ruby hues beneath a dark tan head, creamy and densely packed with carbonation that leaves behind a sticky layer of lacing.

The rich roasted malt wafts from the glass as well as the roasted coffee and chocolate malt.

The flavor is subdued at first, but then a very nice roasted malt & coffee flavor hits the palate followed by the sweet milk chocolate. There also seems to be just of hint of earthy hops lying beneath the big roasted malt.

The mouthfeel is creamy and smooth with medium carbonation and just a soft bite with the roasted finish.

This is a pretty tasty beer. It is just what the bottle states it to be, with a nice coffee/malt balance, and is very easy to drink.

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Photo of donniecuffs
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

At the Porter House in New Hope, PA. Poured a nice mahogany brown, with a finger of tan head, good retention, and great lacing. Smelled of cappuccino coffee, with a hint of bittersweet chocolate. The flavor was intensely cappuccino flavored, with a dry coffee bean/bittersweet finish. Smooth, and on the medium to thick side. This is a great sipping beer; tasted very similar to Berkshire Brewing Co's CoffeeHouse Porter, if you are familiar with that beer. Definitely the best of the three PBC beers I tried that day.

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Joe Coffee Porter from Philadelphia Brewing Company
3.77 out of 5 based on 280 ratings.
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