Coffeehouse Porter | Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.

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Coffeehouse PorterCoffeehouse Porter

Brewed by:
Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.
Massachusetts, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 478 | Ratings: 1,053
Photo of Holderness
3.76/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a mildly hazy dark brown with a robust light tan head that leaves patchy lacing on the glass. Classic combination of coffee/baker's chocolate both on the nose and the tongue, with a nice malty smokiness to balance the flavors. The mouthfeel falls a little short on this one: it's almost watery and definitely overly carbonated, but at least it has a smooth finish.

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Photo of tekstr1der
4.21/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Gifted to me luckily, and I've passed this by a hundred times. Dark brown pour with mocha head that fades. Aroma is excellent with both coffee and cocoa amid the roast. Flavor is similar and very well done. Just the right amount of coffee where others tend to overdo. Very smooth, never astringent, with creamy mouthfeel and not too thin for relatively low abv. Finishes fairly clean, leaving just a hint of bitter roast to wash away with the next sip.

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Photo of crotharagain
4.62/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

8 ounces used to make a beer batter for fish tacos, rest imbibed by me and my son
L - Deep dark with a full finger of foam
S - Complex cocoa and coffee
T - Outstanding. The coffee shines without overpowering the overall complex taste
F - Silky smooth
O - My preferred style is not a porter. However, this is an outstanding example that you should try if you ever run across it.

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Photo of BCad
4.74/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: Very nice looking dark (nearly black) beer. Large head that is white-brown and appears to be hanging in there long after the initial poor.

S: Imagine that, it smells like coffee! Coffee with a noticeable malt backbone in the scent.

T: This is fantastic. It tastes as it's described on the bottle, its Berkshires Drayman's Porter with lots and lots of coffee. It also appears to have a smidge more sweetness. I really love this brew, it tastes great. Nose is robust, almost like a dark-roast, coffee with malt; that same tastes rides through the majority of the drink, which ends on a hop-centric bitter note. Well balance, smooth, and delicious.

F: Very creamy, almost milky.

O: This is the best beer that I have had from Berkshire. (And all there beers have been 4+ out of 5 in my opinion) They really did a good job of incorporating the coffee flavor into the porter flavor without taking over. The coffee does not take brew, you get a next mix of both worlds. This is one of my favorite porters and one that I will deffinitely be purchasing again.

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Photo of Gauss
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is the best porter I've ever had. I usually do not like coffee-infused things, but this taste is very subtle and adds a flavor to this Porter that really goes a long way. Nice and heavy with a rich taste. I really don't know how tide active this besides awesome.

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Photo of bigdaddymick
2.12/5  rDev -47.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pitch black engine oil-esque color with moderate head and insistent but not oppressive lacing.

Very surprised to see all these other reviews after having had a chance to review this. The beer lacks any distinguishing character and is a tad high on the carbonation. Decent mouth feel with extremely subtle notes of hops and sweetness. Very bland and overly carbonated IMO. Could barely taste the coffee. Just tastes like a stronger bud light. Completely overrated in my opinion

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Photo of JJKBeerLvr
4.44/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled in March 2016 from 22oz bottle in pint glass. Bottled on date of 10/2/2015 was on the bottle.

Appearance: Pitch black, dark color, with a thick dark tan head. The head lasted a long time, and left a nice lacing on the glass, but not a lot.

Smell: There are roasted malt aromas, along with some strong coffee and sweet caramel aromas. Some bitterness in the aroma. Nice combination and balance between the various flavors.

Taste: Full-bodied with great balance of malt and hops. There is a hint of sweetness and caramel flavors that may be due to the malts, but it is balanced nicely with pronounced coffee flavor, and a little bitterness from hops. Overall it has an excellent taste. The combination of strong hops and roasted malts and strong alcohol give this drink powerful flavors.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied, but very smooth. Very creamy. Medium alcohol which matches with the 6.2% on the label.

Overall: Overall, this is a very good beer and one of the best porters I have tasted. This is the first beer I have tried from Berkshire Brewing Co. The more I drink it, the more I like it. I will definitely look for this and buy it again.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.09/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

From the 650 ml. bottle with a smudged "Best By" date unfortunately. Sampled on January 30, 2016.

Dark brown pour with a decent sized long lasting tan, foamy head.

Excellent ground or roasted coffee aroma on the nose while any hop character is low profile. Modest sweetness in there too.

The body is almost medium but it is definitely smooth and creamy.

The taste brings out a full coffee character with a decent malt sweetness and little to no hop bitterness at the end. It is a decently done Porter.

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Photo of illpass78
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bomber poured into a stemmed glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark brown with ruby highlights around the edges. Lots of sticky, spotty tan lacing behind. Big off-tan head.

Aroma: Coffee, coffee beans, roastiness, cocoa.

Taste: Nice, coffee-forward flavors of espresso, black coffee, espresso beans and dark, roasted coffee beans. Unambiguously a coffee porter. Cocoa and dark toast are there, too. Very tasty.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and pretty full bodied. Good depth. Representative of style.

Overall: Pretty much everything I look for in a coffee porter. Don't know why it took me so long to try this one out. It's really good, and a great price at $3.50 or so for a bomber.

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Photo of JebBeerFish
3.71/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the Black Cow. I've had this before on draft, and when served promptly, have seen some cascading. No cascading when served, was a busy night at the Black Cow, so I think it sat a while prior to arriving at my table. Nice coffee taste, somewhat creamy body. Nice but not great. There are a lot of good coffee porters out there, and while good, there are better.

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Photo of ManapuaMan
4.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with a lingering one-inch head out of a 22 oz bottle. Consumed within a month of brewing. Aroma of coffee, chocolate and barley. Nothing
overpowering, very balanced. Taste improves as the porter warms and the carbonation loses its bite. Solid beer .

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Photo of jlindros
3.97/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I guess this is their flagship beer, and somehow either my attempt at a review has just never come to fruition, or it got deleted in one of the server crashes back in the day (I think the latter). Best by 12/15/15 so should be quite fresh.

Pours a nice darker colored foamy fluffy 2 finger head that fades semi quickly, sticky lacing, very dark beer pretty much pitch black but not thick.

Nose brings lots of fresh roasted coffee, not really brewed coffee like the roasted coffee beans, a little nutty coffee, even a bit fruity as well, hint of char and roasted notes, with a mild fudgey cocoa in the background, varying levels of caramel but mostly very dark caramel almost burnt.

Taste continues, with more fresh coffee this time brewed coffee and some roasted beans, a touch of a roasty charred flavor but not much, nice fresh coffee, again a mildly fruity coffee with hint of nutty notes, and maybe even a faint faint hint of a smoke character. then into creamy milk chocolate, it seems like there might be oats in this, creamy mildly fudgey cocoa and fluffy nougaty feel but not the nougat taste. Into caramel again, also like a dark burnt caramel without much sugar flavor though. Mild bitterness, mostly smooth, and some porter like dark roasty toasty malts. Finish is dry, a little creamy feel lingering and getting slightly sticky, little roasted malt and roasted coffee bean lingering, touch more brewed coffee, and little bitterness.

Mouth is med bod but a little thin feeling but decent creamy feel, nice carb.

Overall not bad, glad to see this staple beer is still pumping out the same quality it did years ago as many of their others seem to have gotten sweeter or slightly lower quality lately. This is still a nice enjoyable coffee beer, without too much burnt or any acrid flavors, nice caramel and fudgey cocoa added in to balance the coffee nicely, without being sweet, and a nice mild creamy note.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Was lucky enough to have this beer on nitro at a very cool beer bar called bukowski in Boston. It looks almost like a Guinness, equally creamy and just as dark if not darker. Nitro head is rich and tall and lasting with fine ring lacing. It smells like a ton of coffee and roasted almost burnt barley, with just light hints of dark cocoa too. The coffee leads the charge in the flavor, and it's great coffee, rich espresso, bold and bitter but with enough caramel malt in here to help it be balanced rather than super bitter. No acidity from the java at all do the mouthfeel is awesome. I love that it's not overly complex, just a really well made coffee beer. Has some real density to the feel which makes it great in cooler weather or as a night cap or even a morning beer. Have not had very much other beer from these guys, but this outstanding example of the style makes me want to seek some out. As good as any basic coffee beer out there anywhere!

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Photo of Stubbie1
4.19/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dark body with a slight red tint, nice tightly packed off white head fades to a thin lace and is present all the time. Coffee off the nose right away, maybe a lttle malt mixed in. Taste is coffee up front with a mild bitter finsh.
Overall a nice beer. The 6.3% is well hidden.

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Photo of gonzo000
4.31/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

My new favorite porter. Excellent in all areas. More carbonation than most, which is a nice feature. Great flavor, just the right amount of coffee - not overpowering.

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Photo of Oldejoe
4.31/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look. Dark brown coffee with a frothy light brown head.
Smell. Toasted coffee, maybe a mote of caramel in there, fresh, nose clearing with a mild whiff of yeast.
Taste. Definitely to the malty side, starts with malt sweetness and ends with a palette smacking dryness of very slight hoppy bitterness.
Mouthfeel. Medium light body, not a lot of grains or alcohol, good carbonated sparkle.
Overall. I like best heartier richer malts, but as a lighter milder porter this is really tasty.

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Photo of TBonez477
3.82/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into snifter

A: Pours nearly jet black. Thin khaki head, dissipates quickly to a ring of lace.

S: Floral forward, especially for the genre. Sweet with background faint roasted aroma.

T: sweet malt forward, still faint roast with lighter coffee flavor than expected. Finishes with dark fruit and floral hops, aftertaste of bitter roasted coffee.

M: Appropriately thin, moderate carbonation. Smooth for the style.

O: A bit of a let down for the style. Checked bottle and is almost ten months old, should have checked at the store. I am told that coffee is much more prevalent fresh.

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Photo of scotorum
4.21/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the 22 oz. bomber into a Victory nonick.

a: Opaque black with clear ruby highlights near the bottom. Two inch thick tan head receded to thick even surface foam and dense lacing.

s: Milk chocolate.

t: Chocolate and cold black coffee up front over a mild hop balance. Sweet to dry finish.

m: Medium, good body, some carbonation tingle.

o: An excellent coffee porter, highly drinkable and flavorful. Warms well too.

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Photo of MCImes
4.24/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

lots of coffee, great body, it's fairly dry which I like in a Porter but it's not too thin. there is just enough residual sweetness to give it enough body. the coffee comes through nicely but you can never put enough coffee in my beer so I might ask them to just put just a tad more in.

overall it's my second favorite coffee beer behind coffee bender. I'll buy this again

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Photo of predikit
3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours nearly black, left a very small head that receded almost immediately. Moderate amount of lacing left behind.

Notes of coffee, molasses, hint of chocolate maybe some roasted oats as well.

Rich dark espresso flavor, though the coffee flavor is a bit off. Don't know quite how to explain it, but I'm guessing the culprit here is over-roasted beans. Bitterness arrives in full colors on first taste but is mellowed and nearly gone for the rest.

Medium bodied, maybe a bit high on the carbonation, feels clean otherwise.

A very drinkable coffee porter, but I've had much better.

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Photo of CoffeePorter
4.63/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I have heard of this brewery in passing as it is located fairly close by. As a coffee aficionado I had to get my hands on this beer as they use Dean's Beans which is one of my favorite coffee roasters. I figured that it would taste like drinking coffee, but within a beer and in fact they nailed it.

I poured it into a 12 ounce glass. The color is as black as it could possibly be. There is a coffee/tan colored lace around the edges.

It smells like coffee, a lot of coffee. Perhaps more of an espresso type of smell. Very bold with a small hint of chocolate.

It tastes like COFFEE!!! Wow, to my surprise the notes of coffee are incredibly strong. It's a very full bodied beer and has a nice bite to it.

There is a fair amount of carbonation, but it doesn't take away from the creaminess of the beer. It goes down very smooth.

Overall, it's exceptional. If you love coffee, you will love the coffeehouse porter from BBC!!!

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.82/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Berkshire Brewing Coffeehouse

Served in a snifter from a bomber.

The pour produces a robust, chewy and imposing head, oatmeal and khaki in color. The body is black and opaque. Head holds very well and leaves sticky lacing in it's wake. 5

Roasted coffee is present but light. Ditto dark chocolate. Earthy hop notes are noticeable too. This nose isn't incredibly vibrant. 3

Taste is much more assertive. Deep dark roast coffee finds its place in the brew without becoming dominant. The finish is a delicious blend of coffee, chocolate, vanilla, and caramel and takes on a latte blend flavor as it warms. 4

Having recently had the incredibly rich and full-bodied Founder's Porter recently, I have to compare these two and the body on this is noticeably thinner. Not so much as to detract from the beer, but it certainly could elevate this beer to legendary status to have a bit more thickness. Other than that, it's smooth and finishes with a roasted and slightly bitter coffee-like feel. Very pleasant. 4

Not much to add in summary, other than that this brew is good and an absolute bargain at around $4 a bomber.

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Photo of WhiteHillsStore
4.02/5  rDev -1%

Pours a dark brown with a coffee colored head. The scent is pure espresso with some sweet creamy scents coming through. The taste is all about the coffee with very heavy bitter flavors of espresso and sweet cream coming through on the end. Very delicious.

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Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.74/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- Body is a dark brown nearly black hue. Pours with a 1-2 creme brulee colored head that quickly fades to a thin collar. Some lacing is left behind in the glass.

S- Nose is mild to moderate in strength. Coffee, cream, sweet vanilla, roasted malt. A nice smooth balance.

T- Lots of coffee flavor upfront as well as vanilla sweetness. The finish has a moderate amount of roasted malt bitterness and some vanilla sweetness.

M- Low carbonation, medium to heavy weight body with a slightly thin consistency.

O- Overall this a pretty decent porter. Not much complexity to it and can come across as a hair thin.

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Photo of lambpasty
4.39/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a heavy glass 16oz beer mug.

A - About as dark as brown can get without being black. Slight ruby hues showing through on the edges when held up tot he light, and about an inch of khaki head that dissipated after a few minutes leaving a thin layer of bubbles with marginal lacing. I could have done with a more lasting foam, but otherwise looks exactly how you want a porter to look.

S - Black coffee, of course. Dark wheat toast, roasted oats and malt and hints of chocolate. At the tail end there's a hint of molasses and citrus with the chocolate and coffee lingering throughout.

T - Matches what the nose implies. Heavy toasted malt followed by earthy chocolate tones and dark coffee. Mid-sip introduces toasted breads and molasses back into the mix, with a finish of dark malt, toasted oats, bitter chocolate, coffee and a hint of citrusy acidity.

M - Adequate carbonation and viscosity makes this feel like drinking black silk. Starts off bold and stays that way through the sip, but finishes dry with a touch of alcohol warmth and never feels syrupy. More or less exactly the way drinking a Porter is supposed to feel.

O - Definitely one of the better coffee porters I've had, and an excellent representation of the style (which, if you've tried anything else Berkshire makes, shouldn't come as any surprise.) Something I will recommend and pick up again.

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Coffeehouse Porter from Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.
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