Java Sutra Coffee Porter | Three Heads Brewing

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Java Sutra Coffee PorterJava Sutra Coffee Porter

Brewed by:
Three Heads Brewing
New York, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
The perfect marriage between hops, malted barley and espresso. Java Sutra exudes a aroma coffee drinkers will love, while the caramel and roasted malts present a flavor everyone can enjoy. This amazing beer is brewed with Tap & Mallet House Roast coffee beans provided by Boulder Coffee. Position yourself for the taste explosion.
6.5% Alc/vol. 55 IBUs.

Added by John on 12-05-2010

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Reviews: 63 | Ratings: 149
Photo of jgirotto
4.71/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I love this selection

A: Pours almost black with a thin head that clears quickly. The extreme darkness is compelling

S: Coffee and chocolate here. No surprise.

T: This beer is very smooth and the coffee tastes are not overpowering. Even my wife liked it!

O: Overall, I enjoy this very much. It is a type of porter that I was introduced to last year at a regional tasting, and the 3 Heads offering beat out every other "coffee porter" int eh show.

Not for a summer day at the pool - but simply Outstanding.

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Photo of nhindian
4.47/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint.

A - Pours fairly faithful to the style with a dark chocolate body with a touch of black in the middle. A frothy, khaki-colored, two-fingered head appears on top like the creme on a freshly pressed coffee. Retention of the head is a few minutes, before relaxing into a half-finger cap. Lacing is pretty good, with a majority of the head latching onto the glass for good.

S - The smell on this is more like something I would drink in the morning to perk up rather than something I would relax with after a long day! Tons of coffee beans in this one, it just permeates throughout the air. Outside of that, there's lots of cacao and flaked dark chocolate. It is decadent and almost seems like an after dinner dessert. There is also some caramel as well, but not tons; It's all about the coffee and chocolate here. Despite the label, I'm not getting a whole lot of hops in here... perhaps a little in the back-end, but not positive.

T - Thankfully, the taste is faithful to the nose and brings wave after wave of espresso. It reminds me of a cup of coffee with dark chocolate creamer to it, and all the while being exceptionally smooth. While the coffee lasts throughout the whole taste, the chocolate and caramel tease from beneath, sparring to make an appearance. It's not incredibly complex, and again, the hops are almost a non-factor, but what it does it does great. A bare-bones coffee beer in the flesh, with almost no bitterness or acridity.

M - The mouthfeel is suprisingly heavy-bodied for a porter. That's not to say it's chewy or thick, but it does have more body to it than a typical porter, which meshes well with the flavors. If it were too watery, I could definitely see the flavors being too strong for it (which I have had in coffee beers previously). Smooth all the way while delivering a big shot of flavor.

D/O - Drinkability is high. I had no problem drinking the whole bomber of this over a session. The alcohol is nonexistent and it goes down like a morning cup of coffee. I could see people who aren't big on coffee not really digging this beer, but as someone who drinks coffee for the flavor rather than a caffeine fix, I am loving the roast in this. If only it were local to me!

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Photo of cbutova
4.3/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My buddy Dan loves this one and has shared it with me several times. I have always been impressed by the taste and finally got around to acquiring a bottle to review.

A- Poured into a tulip with a body not quite as black as the coffee infused into the ale itself but a dark, dark brown. A light tan head forms to about a finger in size with a bubbly texture. Retention is OK and it all ends up being a small, fine bubbled ring around the edge. A few nice webs of lace outline the glass.

S- The tulip bulb helps capture the immense amount of coffee present in this beer. It smells like a nice French press in the morning after a long night of drinking (pretty much the only time I drink coffee). Really not much else, maybe some nutty and caramel hints, dark fruit hint.

T- The flavor reminds me of Peche Mortel, as far as the coffee, but not as rich or immense. Just a blast of fresh coffee and the grounds as well. Along with it comes some cocoa, roast malts, caramel and nutty brown malts. There is a vanilla sort of flavor that I notice in many stouts with adjuncts added. Earthy hops are there but I am surprised I even realized it with the nice java feel.

MF- A slightly creamy but thinner-end Porter body. Carbonation level is right down the middle. It is just personal bias but I prefer the richer body to support beers with heavy coffee and roast flavors. The thinner feel does help it drink very easily and deliver that coffee flavor dangerously. Slight bitter finish.

A very good coffee beer. I guess there are a ton of very good ones but that doesn't take away from the great coffee punch packed in this Porter. I am very happy with this beer.

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Photo of josefnewsong
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Another great beer from 3 Heads...I might have rated it higher had I not already had 3 amazing porters in the past few days, Taddy, Ithaca Gorges, and Edmund Fitz...I will say this one stood with the best of them. A great and drinkable porter with it's own take on the style. Nice and unique. Bitter, roasty coffee notes abound with a decent hop presence to boot.

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Photo of gaugebozo
4.23/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Very black opaque, with lacy white foam.

S - Coffee, roasted malts.

T - Strong roasted espresso flavor, with balanced hops/malt finish. Coffee tastes like it was brewed a little hot/slightly acrid, but might be appealing to coffee people. To be honest, it tastes great and full of coffee, but gets a little bit of a dock because the coffee flavors overwhelm the beer. I personally love it, but is not quite true to style.

M - good, not overly sticky/sweet, but maybe would benefit from a little less carbonation.

O - Good coffee porter, especially for people who like the coffee flavors over the beer flavors. Still appealing for both types of people.

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Photo of cavedave
4.22/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Live review. Hung with these guys at TAP last year, cool cats. Gonna review this as if there was a cat. for Coffee Porter, as I believe this category is too broad.

A finger of light brown foam quickly disappears and leaves not much more than floating amoebae and a thin ring to top this reddish brown brew.

Coffee and caramel the main aromas, with some spicy alcohol hints and light tart yeasty going on as well. Not a strong smell, but pleasant.

Blessedly, the taste is much stronger and livelier. Coffee and a little bit of chocolate start things, with a touch of tart and some righteous dark caramel joining the party. Herbal bitter hop and roasty goodness are the supporting cast, wonderfully. The sip ends with the sweet hanging in but the more bitter notes keeping things interesting. Delicious.

Well attenuated, easy drinking, very low carb., a clean flavor profile, with an excellent finish. Some might say this is a bit thin, but for these flavors the lightness of this is perfect.

Quite a wonderful beer from three quite wonderful guys who brew some fantastic stuff right here in NYState. It's been my pleasure sending their beers all over this country. Try this, you'll love it.

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Photo of generallee
4.2/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 1pt. 6oz bottle into a pint glass. The label lists the abv (6.5%) and the IBUs (55). There is no freshness date however.

Appearance: It pours dark brown and looks nearly black in the glass with some reddish brown highlight. This is topped by and small but long lasting tan foam head. As I drink it slowly settles to a thin film covering and on the way down the glass it makes some nice spotty lace with a few rings of lacing at the top.

Smell: There is a good deep roasted bready maltiness in the nose which is complemented with big coffee and chocolate notes.

Taste/Palate: The body is right on for a big Porter. It brings deep roasted maltiness with loads of coffee notes, as well as dark and milk chocolate notes to the tongue. Hop flavor also adds some decent bitterness. On the plate it feels smooth and little creamy but on heavy at all. It is still well carbonated and very drinkable.

Notes: This is a very well made Porter with good balance all around.

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Photo of CharlieMurphy
4.2/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: BLACK. You can still see some red through it held up to the light though and brown on the edges. not much head- off white

S: DARK ROAST! huge coffee nose

T: Taste delivers! Huge dark roasted coffee taste, could probably only be better if it were a stout and had a little more hop legs to stand on. 1st taste was the best (per usual), but the drop-off was moderately significant.

M: Coffee, mild in its lingering however, very good

D: More intoxicating than 6.5% should be but I love it. This will be a new go to for sure.

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Photo of lovindahops
4.17/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

ready to enjoy my third brew from 3HB. These guys are literally taking upstate by storm with their brews....

A- pours an expected opaque appearance with a great looking mocha head that fades away. There is definitely lacing on the sides and a good firm base of foam that lingers

S- sweet! A slap of bitter coffee, good roasted malt, and even a lil bit of vanilla like milk (reminds me of creamer). Good smokiness on the brew only contributes to big time coffee scent. One of the stronger coffee bean themed brews I can remember in some time

T- right on point with the same bitter coffee flavor and roasty malt flavor combined. The flavor is very bitter at the end

M- big time coating on the mouth. The flavors are all over

D- Java Sutra is a coffee lover's dream for a brew. The flavor is extremely consistant to drinking some flavored coffee. This could go as far as being on of these gateway brews. The alcohol is really not overwhelming so you can really enjoy it. This is one of those brews that can be classified as the perfect breakfast brew. Great job 3HB

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Photo of russwbeck
4.17/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Completely black pour with a one finger tannish head. Not a lot sticks around, but what does laces nicely.

S: Smell is of distinct coffee beans, roasted malts, and other dark flavors including some chocolate.

T: Big coffee flavor up front. Roasted malts and some chocolate. Mirrors the smell nicely. It all finishes dry with a nice amount of hops.

MF: Heavy bodied, but silky. Flavor coats the mouth.

D: Decently high. This was a nice surprise.

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Photo of yesyouam
4.16/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Three Heads Java Sutra is a dim brown, practically black beer, topped with a dense, coffee colored foam that has outstanding retention and lacing. It has an aroma of light roast coffee with a hint of caramel and licorice. It has a smooth medium body with a clean, dry finish. It's pretty lightly flavored. It's mostly coffee flavor with no sweetness and hardly any bitterness. It has a lingering coffee flavor. This is suitable for a session. It's smooth and tasty.

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Photo of dogfishandi
4.12/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber pulled from the fridge poured into a standard pint glass. no freshness date.

pours out a very dark brown color with some rubiness evident in the light. one finger of very creamy light mocha colored head that shows some very nice retention. lots of lace all around.

in the aroma there is a moderate amount of expresso/ deep roasted coffee beans at the forefront. behind that i detect a bit of roasted malt and maybe a hint of bakers chocolate/ dark chocolate. the coffee definatly comes out more as it warms.

a nice deep roasted coffee bean/ expresso flavor mingles nicely with a bit of roasted malt. some light chocolate is there with maybe a hint of dark fruits. coffee is the highlight here and it tastes authentic. some lingering bitterness.

medium bodied and very creamy on the palate. carbonation feels as it should. just a touch watery at times.

drinks very easily, i could definatly go for another bomber no problem. perfect ABV as well.

overall: this is the first beer ive had from 3HB and im pretty impressed, i look forward to the rest of their offerings. i would definatly recommend this, the coffee in this beer is top notch. it is exactly what it claims to be, a coffee porter, nothing more, nothing less.

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Photo of Suds
4.12/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Strong, dark, coffee beers seem to be a fad recently. This one stands out as one of the better variants. It's a very dark, nearly black beer with reddish highlights and a firm tan head. The aroma is really smells like the combination of a strong espresso and a robust porter. It's a strong, bitter, roasty, intense, smokey, enjoyable smell. The taste is not as astringent as expected, based on the smell. Malt flavor, some sweetness, coffee and grain, with some hop bitterness. The beer is flavorful, robust, and enjoyable. Full in body and lots of genuine coffee flavor.

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Photo of billab914
4.08/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into my Surly nonic pint glass. It poured pretty close to black in color with a foamy, frothy, tan colored head covering the beer. Great head retention and lacing on the glass as I drank it.

The aroma has a pretty big coffee presence to it. I get a lot of roasted, coffee flavors mixing with a little sweeter, creamy, slightly malty component. The coffee is very good, it gives it some great roasty qualities to it.

The taste also shows a lot of the coffee throughout. It has a lot of roasted qualities to it up front with some complimenting creamy sweet, maltiness in the finish. The coffee is very well done in it.

The mouthfeel is somewhat creamy and slick with carbonation being a little below average. Very good mouthfeel for the style. Overall I thought it was a very good beer. I really liked the coffee flavors and the sweet, creamy, malitness really complimented well. Very enjoyable beer overall, I'd rank this one right up there with some of my favorite readily available coffee beers.

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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.06/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

appearance: Medium dark brown. Decent mocha head on the pour that mostly subsides.
smell: Java up front. Some malt. Decent enough nose.
taste: Hops make a showing here. Nice combo with the coffee, leaves an interesting bitter finish.
overall: Interesting brew. Truth in advertising...this is indeed a coffee porter.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4.05/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a solid black color with a frothy tan head. Smells of milk chocolate, coffee and roasted grains. Not much in the way od hops in the aroma but lots of coffee. Taste is a rich thick creamy roasted grain and coffee mixed with milk and dark chocolate. Medium to thick body, light to medium level of carbonation. I tasted this first and while its not earth shattering in it's complexity it is very tasty.

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Photo of projectflam86
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber.

A- Pours a medium brown color with a thick foam head that leaves some good lace.

S- Very sweet malty nose with some light coffee and chocolate aromas.

T- Much more coffee bitterness in the favor than the nose. Bittersweet dark chocolate, coffee, and smoke initially with a sweet caramel malt flavor in the finish.

M- Medium bodied with medium low carbonation that feels right for the style. Smooth.

O- A very nice brew that I'd gladly drink again.

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Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark brown/black color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice, dry roasted scent that boasts of coffee and and crystal malts. The taste is good. It has a smooth caramel and coffee flavor; dry and roasted with a bit of sweetness. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good drinking porter. It's nothing too bold, yet it has a good amount of flavor.

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Photo of tdm168
3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - dark brown with reddish edges; big, soft brownish head that has good retention

S - big coffee, sweet bittersweet chocolate

T - coffee, chocolate, roasted malts, mild bitter finish

M - medium bodied but thin at times, well carbonated

This is a nice beer but its rather simple. The flavor is dominated by coffee with hints of chocolate and roasted malts. The coffee that was used is a bit more sweet than it is bitter which in my opinion subdues its flavor a bit. Overall, this is a good (if one dimensional) beer that has good drinkability and enjoyable. It's worth a try.

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Photo of Jimmys
3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

bomber into tulip. no bottled on date.

A: opaque black body with a frothy dark tan head. retention is reasonable with some solid lacing left behind.

S: dark chocolate and bits of roasted malt off the bat. brown sugar. the coffee is definitely there. rich espresso aromas for sure.

T: there is a touch of hop bitterness, but really not much. the meat of this brew is short lived, sort of surprising considering the 6.5%abv nametag. a lingering dark chocolate ganache/espresso flavors remains long into the finish. however, not heavy on the palate. certainly "porter-like".

M: silky and smooth. very enjoyable carbonation level. medium bodied porter.

D: my first sample from three heads. certainly a brew that delivers coffee flavor to a porter backbone. worth checking out if you can find it.

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Photo of JAramini
3.97/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass. Thin head that dissipates quickly and is surprisingly light given the style.

The smell is subtle but coffee and roast come through.

Taste is quite nice. Bitter coffee, roasty malts, and not much of a discernible hop presence, despite the hop cone and coffee bean depicted post-coitus in bed in the label art.

The mouthfeel is sturdy. This could be called a coffee stout and nobody would bat an eye. As a porter it definitely feels big and heavy. There is no discernible alcohol taste in the beer, but I'd peg it at closer to 8% rather than 6.5% just on the basis of the body alone. Quite rich and full.

Pleasant, rich, great coffee presence, very very drinkable. I might prefer a touch more sweetness, but as a coffee beer this really delivers nicely.

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Photo of MysticRuler
3.97/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a brown rather than black with nice lacing. Smells of strong black coffee (perhaps Italian Roast) with some chocolate notes. Mouthfeel is creamy and fuller bodied than many Porters. Evincing cocoa powder and even some coconut notes. Definitely a unique and enjoyable example of the style.

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Photo of oberon
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a deep chocolate brown with a thinner light tan colored head that held well leaving a broken ring lace behind as it settled.Dark roast coffee and molasses-like sweetness overtop of a whiff of leafy hop in the nose,a nice mix.A tad watery in the feel,if a little fuller this beer would be fantastic.French roast coffee with a little bitter chocolate on the palate,again molasses notes give off a little sweetness,its quite dry and leafy in an ubrupt finish.A pretty good coffee infused porter,again add a little to the body and its top notch.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

this beer was great from the label on out. classic artwork with a hop nugget in bed with an espressi bean. genious. the beer pours black as can be with a small mocha colored head on it. smells more like a cup of joe than a beer, totally overpowered by a dark roast coffee. the flavor is very strong coffee as well, high quality coffee from boulder is used apparently, and there is a strong sweet hop characteristic, like a good pale ale. usually these beers dont feature the hops too, but this one does, and its fantastic i think. mouthfeel is pretty average for a big porter, fuller bodied and moderately carbonated. am now curious to try more three heads brews

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Photo of Beejay
3.92/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thanks DmanGTR for this brew!

A: Dark black in body, with a nice full tan head. The head is rich and thick, and starts collapsing into fish eyes as it goes.

S: Chocolate and coffee come together with some slight molasses smells. Slight dark fruit, but cocoa and java dominate.

T: Rich coffee, and cocoa nibs come out with maybe a touch of woodiness. The finish has a touch of earthy bitterness, a touch of licorice, and a nice creamy dark grain and chocolate finish. Very nice.

M: Medium in body, there is a nice creaminess to the feel. Carbonation is on the lighter side, but works with the beer.

O: Overall I really dig this beer. A nice blend of dark grains and coffee.. Just enough coffee to enhance the brew, but it doesn't distract from it.

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Java Sutra Coffee Porter from Three Heads Brewing
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