Java Sutra Coffee Porter | Three Heads Brewing

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Java Sutra Coffee PorterJava Sutra Coffee Porter
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Three Heads Brewing
New York, United States
threeheadsbrewing.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
149
Reviews:
63
Avg:
3.75
pDev:
11.47%
 
 
Wants:
11
Gots:
20
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 149 |  Reviews: 63
Photo of nelnutter
4/5  rDev +6.7%

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 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 WillieThreebiers
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of match1112
3.33/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a: dark cola colored body. two inch head quickly settles leaving decent lacing.

s: coffee, chocolate and caramel. some of my favorite things!

t: burnt coffee and bitter dark chcolate. if theres anything else in there it is hidden behind the coffee.

m: kinda thin body. good carbonation. real bitter finish.

o: if your looking for a big coffee explosion this is for you. that is all i can taste.

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Photo of WynnO
3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of nmann08
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of bluntedboywonder
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of Duff27
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

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 thebouch01
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of AleWatcher
2.46/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Bomber arrived in the Disc Golf BIF #2.
Served in my Founders snifter.

This is a bit overcarbonated... The body feels thin as a result. The 3 finger head is foamy and built of microbubbles. Decent retention and nice chunks of lacing.

Smells of caramel and roasty malts with a little milk chocolate and just a hint of coffee.
The flavor adds a really dry finish, slightly acrid, like scalded coffee, and a little something that reminds me vaguely of chocolate-covered coffee beans. The coffee/espresso is weak-- this is a great example where "more would be more," if you know what I mean.

Overall-- meh. As far as porters go, this is about average. As far as coffee porters go, this is well below mediocre. Way to thin, too dry, and too little coffee flavor-- I feel like this label should be disallowed due to false advertising.

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Photo of rusty3335
4.5/5  rDev +20%

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 server222
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

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 jmdrpi
3.15/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle, no date.

color is almost black, but brown at the edges. some off-white head that fades fast. roasty aroma of coffee grounds, with some sweetness.

tastes of coffee with cream and sugar. a bit acidic. thin to medium in body, medium carbonation. It could be smoother.

overall - about what I'd expect. try if you're a coffee fan.

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Photo of SLeffler27
3.77/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The slight head leaves a coating of lacing over a nearly black elixir.

The aroma is that of deep roasted malt with some chocolate and coffee ice cream.

The B. United tulip presents rich roasted malt with bitterness of black coffee and a short finish. This porter is all about the malt, however, there is some cigarette ash as it warms.

Has a texture of wool with a medium body, light carbonation and light alcohol.

This porter is best enjoyed with dinner.

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Photo of doucmehu
3.45/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bomber courtesy of mjtiernan, thanks! Shared with friends after dinner.

A: Pours a ruddy deep brown, with hints of burgundy. Head is moderate and mocha in color, leaves some nice lacing.

S: Burnt espresso beans dominate, though not as robust and rich as they are a bit forced and bitter. Some slight sweetness tried to cut the bitterness. An earthy pine hop aroma makes an appearance here as well, though it subsides as the beer warms.

T: The coffee flavor is intense, though not as robust and smooth as I would like, especially when it is so dominant. This reminds me of eating an espresso bean whole - it tastes like coffee, but it's pretty sharp and in your face, lacking some balance. There is a definite bitterness with the coffee as well as some cocoa. The hops are again present but subdued, lacking much depth.

M: The mouthfeel was just about on par with the rest of the beer, being a bit jagged and thin. Carbonation was strong and fizzy, which is fine but for a porter and a coffee beer it would have done nicer with a smoother, creamier finish.

O: I noticed the review contained a lot of "just missed" aspects, which is a good indication of my overall take. It was a decent example, certainly not unenjoyable, but just a little too harsh to really leave drinkability above average.

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Photo of JayMillerWild
4.5/5  rDev +20%

Photo of jsh420
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of GoSabres87
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of GrindFatherBob
2/5  rDev -46.7%

Photo of woodycorn44
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Java Sutra Coffee Porter from Three Heads Brewing
3.75 out of 5 based on 149 ratings.
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