Coffeehouse Porter
Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.

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Porter - American
Ranked #37
Ranked #4,421
4.08 | pDev: 9.56%
Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.
Massachusetts, United States
Coffeehouse PorterCoffeehouse Porter
Notes: This rich, dark ale takes BBC’s popular Drayman’s Porter and adds Dean’s Beans organic coffee to the mix, creating an enticing blend of everyone’s favorite beginning and end of day beverages. Robust and aromatic, Coffeehouse Porter is sure to please, no matter what time of day you choose to enjoy it.
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1009 from Massachusetts

4.09/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Was not expecting to like this but I’m impressed. I feel as though I have strolled into my favorite local coffee shop hidden in the beautiful landscape of the Berkshires. Not too bitter and with a smooth finish. Tastes like a wonderful coffee that even smells like a good ol' cup of joe!

Mar 07, 2019
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Amendm from Rhode Island

4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An easy pour from a 16-oz. can reveals a finger of tan colored creamy and rocky froth with long retention and ridges of lacing. Semi-opaque, deep brown with reddish highlights.
Coffee is 1st in the smell with toasted malt, also some roasted malt and baked chocolate.
The taste is semi-dry with moderate bitterness, baking chocolate, coffee and chocolate candies at first.
Malty-smooth with extra carbonation, the middle is creamy and rich. The finish is dryer with increased bitterness and coffee flavor. A slight astringency and faint alcohol linger during the aftertaste.
Medium bodied, above average carbonation. Warms well, smooth easy drinker.
Big coffee taste yet not overpowering, faint hops with a balanced taste profile.

Feb 27, 2019
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brewnme from Maine

4.19/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark clean brown with a thick tan head. Nice lacing. A good strong coffee aroma with malty background. Taste follows the nose with a strong but pleasant coffee taste. Very very good.

Dec 01, 2018
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LarryV from Massachusetts

3.99/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Based on the excellent Drayman's porter with the addition of coffee from local Deans Beans. Poured from a 16 oz can, roast coffee is prominent in the aroma, Pours a dark brown, not quite opaque color with dark ruby highlights. Creamy mouthfeel, taste is predominantly roasted coffee, very tasty, not heavy at all. Overtones of caramel and chocolate but the coffee is the star here, coffee lingers on the palate. Drayman's porter has always been one of my favorite porters and the addition of coffee is a nice enhancement. Well done guys!

May 21, 2018
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sully00 from Massachusetts

4.24/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Grabbed this at BJ's and like that it wasn't over coffee flavored suttle enough. Nice head from the can pour. I come away thinking porter is a better style for coffee than stout. I will look forward to drinking again.

Apr 19, 2018
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WoodBrew from Ohio

3.73/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I'm trying this at an Outback near my hotel in West Warick, RI. It poured an opaque dark with ercu head that is leaving a spotty lace. The scent had hints of roast. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink with coffee presence. The mouthfeel is lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall it's a decent beer.

Apr 18, 2018
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hoptheology from South Dakota

4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

Got this bomber in a trade from connecticutpoet. Prost!

Dark chocolate brown to black body with a nice foamy beige head of 2 fingers in my nifty snifty. The legs are great on this.

Guns N' Noses - Lots of really nice fresh coffee notes with chocolate and teddy grahams. Only slight pepper, and some nice vanilla creme notes too.

Flava Flav - comes off much like a coffee brown ale, in fact it would be a freaking stellar coffee brown ale, but since it's labeled a porter I was expecting a bit more substance. Still tasty. Anywho...
Beyond the emptiness, I get a lot of nuts - some cashew, hazelnut, roasted peanuts. Nice mocha-coffee notes right behind it, barely bordering on blackberry, with chocolate animal cracker/teddy grahams dipped into coffee. Slight biscotti, slight honey, slight toast.

Feel is, as said earlier, a bit empty, with some solid carbonation going on and a nice roasty albeit slightly chalky finish.

Overall, a very very good coffee ale, I'd say it's a fantastic brown ale as it's not quite hitting the thickness nor the flavor profile of a porter for me. At the end of the day, it's a tasty brew. Would have again.

Apr 11, 2018
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GreesyFizeek from New York

3.7/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

On nitro tap at City Tap in Boston, MA.

This one pours a fairly dark brown, nearly black, with a giant creamy big nitro head, and lots of lacing.

This smells like roasted malt and toasty coffee.

This has a pretty killer creaminess, but the flavors seem very muted since it’s on nitro. The coffee flavor is nice, but this gives off a feeling of the volume not being quite too high on a stereo- it feels like there’s something good there, but you can barely hear it.

This is very creamy, with the typical nitro feel to it. It’s definitely very drinkable.

Why do breweries even bother doing beer this way? This could have been way better.

Feb 05, 2018
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.71/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Ah here's a beer from yesteryear. I don't remember, did James bring these or was it an extra from a trade? Irrelevant I suppose. Pours a dark brown color with a thin 1/3" lighter brown head and better than average retention, especially given the coffee and oils and shit. Average coffee aroma, not massive, not miniscule, just right down the middle.

Taste is pretty good, standard American porter base here, its got plenty of roasted malt and what seems like a good 50ibu amount of Cascade/C hop hopping going into it. Carbonation appropriate, drinks easy enough if you like roasted malt without excess getting in the way. Viscosity is average to slightly below average. Its pretty good stuff, but I dunno in the bomber format, prolly would not purchase, but I'd give a 6 pack of this another run if it was around $10.

Jan 19, 2018
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beerhunter_3 from Massachusetts

3.78/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark bold black with small amount of head. Smells of coffee but not very robust. Taste is a little disappointing but does hit on the coffee flavor quite nicely. Smooth mouthfeel with very little carbonation. Easy to drink and tasty at that. Will be buying this again in the future. Cheers!

Jan 17, 2018
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Gmann from New York

3.84/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark chocolate color with a pillowy brown head. Good retention.

The aroma is of brown bread, coffee and chocolate. More chocolate than coffee.

The taste is more of a latte than coffee grounds. Chocolate milk and dark chocolate. Brown bread and wet wood earthiness. Doesn't scream coffee.

The feel is well bodied with tingly carbonation. Sweet, almost sticky, on the palate. Has an earthy bitter finish.

A tasty beer but not really coffee forward. More like an earthy brown ale.

Oct 01, 2017
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hopsputin from New Jersey

4.24/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

a: it is a solid matte black color, like the black night. tan head that pours 2 fingers but reduces down to a film pretty rapidly

s: strong fresh roasted coffee flavor upfront, roasted malts, caramel, dark chocolate, and a touch of oak (though i know there was no barrel here)

t: roasted malts, dark chocolate, and bitter coffee beans upfront. there is a light malt sweetness behind that along with some cola. this finish on this is more coffee & dark chocolate. there is a mild lingering bitterness left on the back of the tongue provided by a combination of the coffee & roasted malts

m: low-medium mouthfeel with a strong carbonation presence. mouthfeel works well here

o: this is a really solid beer here. a fine porter as a base, and the addition of coffee really kicks this up a notch. if you like coffee beers you should enjoy this

Jul 07, 2017
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.99/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The appearance is a dark brown/black body with a two finger foamy white head rises and gently subsides leaving some nice lightly foamy clingy lacing that eventually spider webs a bit. The smell has espresso coffee, light chocolate, and some vanilla comes out as the beer warms. The taste is bittersweet through the coffee and chocolate, vanilla is way more subdued with a malty aftertaste. The palate is about a medium to heavy, shows a rich and smooth, sticky sweet finish, not as sessionable - good sipper. Overall, this is probably one of the heavier porters out there. I still liked it, coffee forward - yes, but also has some nice complexities that come out to play.

Jun 21, 2017
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Holderness from Massachusetts

3.76/5  rDev -7.8%
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.


Jan 04, 2017
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tekstr1der from New Hampshire

4.21/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Dec 26, 2016
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crotharagain from Rhode Island

4.62/5  rDev +13.2%
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.

Aug 16, 2016
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BCad from New Hampshire

4.74/5  rDev +16.2%
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.

Jul 11, 2016
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Gauss from Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Jul 01, 2016
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bigdaddymick from Massachusetts

2.12/5  rDev -48%
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

Jun 12, 2016
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JJKBeerLvr from Pennsylvania

4.44/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

Mar 21, 2016
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puboflyons from New Hampshire

4.09/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

Jan 30, 2016
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illpass78 from Maine

4.12/5  rDev +1%
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.

Nov 12, 2015
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JebBeerFish from New Hampshire

3.71/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

Sep 07, 2015
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ManapuaMan from Massachusetts

4.02/5  rDev -1.5%
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 .

Jul 13, 2015
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jlindros from Massachusetts

3.97/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

Jul 12, 2015
Coffeehouse Porter from Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.
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