Coffeehouse Porter
Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.

Coffeehouse PorterCoffeehouse Porter
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Style:
American Porter
Ranked #40
ABV:
6.2%
Score:
91
Ranked #3,562
Avg:
4.08 | pDev: 9.56%
Reviews:
490
Ratings:
1,102
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Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.
 
Massachusetts, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
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Gots
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SCORE
91
Outstanding
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Reviews: 490 | Ratings: 1,102
Reviews by msolar:
Photo of msolar
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance – Very dark, almost black with a smooth mocha head.

Smell – Malt & Espresso

Taste – Delicious. Not too bitter or carbonated and without too much coffee flavoring. Just right, in my opinion.

Mouthfeel – Lighter than you’d expect, and slight carbonation.

Drinkability – I could easily drink this all evening, especially when my buddy has it on tap.

One of my favorite brews from one of my favorite brewers. I’m not a coffee drinker, but I find the coffee flavoring in this beer delicious. Well worth a try.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of sully00
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.

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Photo of CoffeePorter
4.63/5  rDev +13.5%
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 AllThingsNinja
3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This gorgeous beer was a deep, translucent brown with a tan head. The aroma was dominated by coffee notes, as was the flavor. This was a nice full-bodied porter, but it sacrificed the complexity for the rich coffee flavor. It was good, but I was hoping for something along the lines of Bell's Java Stout, which has a strong coffee component but also has some other flavors to maintain interest.

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Photo of whoneeds8
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to SirSketch for this included in the winnings for the Sunday Night Football Squares Week 4 LIF.

Poured into a New Belgium glass black with a two finger off white head. Minimal lacing and retention. I can't get anything from my nose being allergy season. The taste is of slight dark chocolate and a dark carmel flavor. The coffee comes out in the aftertaste and causes a good amount of dryness. It does feel a little thin in body. But that doesn't take much away from the drinkability.

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Photo of Brendog9
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Roguer
4/5  rDev -2%

On nitro, this brew is jet black topped with a full, creamy tan head with excellent retention.

Not much aroma pops through; fairly classic stout porter notes, mostly roasted barley, dark, overripe fruit, and some coffee.

I didn't get much coffee flavor in the first sip, but it definitely built throughout the sitting. The dominant character is simply roasted barley, but it's very well balanced in this beer, with virtually no sour fruit presence.

Creamy, full mouthfeel. Very drinkable porter.

This is an excellent porter, right up my alley. I wouldn't exactly grab it looking for a coffee stout; rather, the coffee flavor lends itself to the overall character of the beer.

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Photo of Yeagerds
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of MuddyFeet
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Tastes like carbonated, alcoholic coffee; all with a smooth, malty finish. It pours a very heavy, pitch black color. A nice thick, creamy head formed on the beer, and lace coated the entire inside of the glass. The aroma is of chocolate covered coffee beans (hmmm, a favorite). The flavor is heavy Colombian coffee, thick and rich. The alcohol is present, but is hidden way behind the coffee. Matls and chocolate also come through. I want to say hops are present, but they are hiding out of fear of the coffee. The mouthfeel is heavy. Also, kind of like real coffee, I am not sure my stomach can handle more than a couple of bottle of this stuff, just way to rich and acidic from the coffee.

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Photo of DrinkingDrake
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brown bordering black. Almost no head with a small tan lace clinging to the sides.

Coffee and chocolate with a slight roast. Nothing overwhelming.

Well balanced coffee which gets followed by a soft chocolate. Some sweet subtle caramel malt flavors carry throughout the whole feel. Tastes very natural and not too bitter as with some coffee beers. Nothing artificial here.

Descent amount of carbonation with a faint bite. Just the right consistency, medium body.

Drinks smooth and quicker than most porters but nothing really to worry about with an ABV just over 6%.

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Photo of h4ger
4.09/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of REVZEB
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of Amendm
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.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.68/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a tulip. Beer is dark brown to black and mostly clear with a decent head of medium bubbles that leaves some lacing on the glass but the head doesn't stick around to see how the tasting turns out.

The aroma is weak but sweet with a hint of coffee, some pungent coffee note on the end.

Beer is medium to light in body, lighter than expected, and has a mild sweetness on the front end. Its nice and drinks easy. The coffee flavors are OK, not great. Its a little bitter from malts, overall its an OK porter.

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Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of MenardMa
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of BAsbill
3.91/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 1009
3.72/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Another solid BBC product. Really smooth and not as bitter as some past porter experiences. Was not expecting to like this but I’m impressed.

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Photo of Jacobier10
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

On-tap @ Bukowski's in Boston, MA.

Pours an opaque dark brown color with a nice medium tan head. Decent lacing on the glass as well. I liked the aroma of this beer. Was the scent of coffee there? Yes. Was it overpowering? Not at all. It blended quite well with the roasted malts. Same goes for the taste. Light-to-medium coffee presence, but it was definitely noticable. The best characteristic of this beer was the mouthfeel. On-tap it provided a great creamy texture. It was the first thing I noticed about the beer when I took a sip. Instead of noticing all the flavors, the first thing that came into my mind was the creaminess...that's why it gets a 5.

I have to admit, I am not a coffee drinker at all. Love the aroma of it, hate the taste. But this beer was very enjoyable. A little lighter in body than you're average porter, but still delicious. Recommended to coffee and non-coffee drinkers alike.

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Photo of Jayli
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beers pours a deep dark, bordering black color with mahogany hues to it. About a 2-3 finger tannish pillowy head. Head retention is mild, with wispy lacing throughout. Nose is of espresso, chocolate, and malts. Taste is definitely of chocolate and espresso, slight bitter coffee aftertaste - but not unpleasing. Taste is strong at first and then slightly muted, followed by the aftertaste. I actually found this to be rather light bodied for a porter, however the taste is fantastic - light body and fantastic taste=GREAT session beer!
I will definitely be picking this up again in the near future!

Edited - my original post said:
Each new porter I try taps in to the versatility you have in creating porters. This is great beer that pours a darker brown with an off white head. The scent of coffee is apparent at first pour (or right after the bartender pours it for you). I was skeptical in mixing the flavors of a porter and coffee, but Berkshire did a phenomenal job making these two bold tastes mesh together.

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Photo of grahuba
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of JSBILK
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of mattcrill
4.8/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Note to all: If you like strong coffee and you like porters, you will enjoy this beer. If your idea of coffee is some sissy mocha with chocolate shavings and whipped cream and your favorite style of beer happens to be a nice golden pilsner, stay away from this beer!

Appearance: pours a beautiful chocolate brown with a thin tan head. Leaves minimal lacings down the glass.

Smell: Coffee is up front! Dark french roast or espresso immediately comes to mind. A hint of malt but coffee is the boss for this brew.

Taste: A beautiful marriage of dark coffee, chocolate, and roasted malts. This is my type of beer. A virtual wet dream come true for a coffee and beer lover!

Mouthfeel: Strong, bold, wonderfully big and complex with all the characteristics that make a great cup of coffee and the perfect porter.

Drinkability and overall: Couldn't get enough of this beer! If all other beers in the world were taken away from me, my only request would be to keep this one (maybe a little dramatic but you get the idea). Find it and drink it!

Can't thank ppoitras and BIF 11 enough for this one!!!!

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Photo of JMScowcroft
4.04/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of CTbeerboy
3.21/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Berkshire Brewing Company Dean's Beans Coffeehouse Porter (what a mouthful) pours as black as morning coffee. It hits the glass and quickly dispenses a medium brown/khaki head with a finger or so of a nice tight head.
S- Overall, I getl ots of smoke, tar and a strong roasted grain bill around. Very black coffee-forward, with something slightly sweet (caramel notes) on the front of the nose. The heavy Porter notes really come around on the back of the nose.
T- Lots of smoke and coffee up front, a nice combination of traditional porter notes mixed with the addition of Dean's Beans. A subtle bitterness on the back of the palate with a very dry non-lingering finish.
M- On the mouthfeel, you definitely get more of the Porter notes than on the nose or in the taste of the beer itself. Heavy while on the palate, but it really doesn't linger like you think it should. Honestly, I don't want to forget the taste this beer as quick as I do. It really should linger a bit more than it does.
O- The flavors are good, maybe not as coffee-forward as it could be. I also don't get the lingering that I want out of a beer like this. I miss it too quickly.

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Coffeehouse Porter from Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 1102 ratings