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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Added by purplehops on 05-03-2002

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Reviews by steve99:
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3/5  rDev -26.3%

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Photo of CoffeePorter
4.63/5  rDev +13.8%
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 sully00
4.24/5  rDev +4.2%
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 oberon
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My first Berkshire beer and what a first impression,poured into an imperial pint glass a deep dark brown with a hint of ruby a pillowy slight off white head atop a creamy froth after it settles.The coffee shows thru wich was expected along with some molasses and milk chocolate with a slight earthy presence.Coffee is prevalent on the palate but not overbearing almost like a mochachino coffee blend with a late earthiness wich made me wanna drink more.A big smooth creamy mouthfeel just enhanced the flavors of this beer,a damn fine porter one of the better I have had in quite awhile for sure.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – This one is very dark in color (yes, like coffee) with a nice, even tanned head.

Smell – Oh, does this smell like coffee. This is dark, slightly burnt coffee, more like coffee grounds really, and mixed with softly roasted malts.

Taste – The coffee flavors here are big. Again, it’s more like coffee grounds. The flavor is bitter but very easy on the tongue. The malts come out nicely if understated. There is a rich almost shake-like creaminess here that is very nice.

Mouthfeel – This Porter is medium-bodied and very creamy in the mouth. It has a heavy bitter coffee finish, though.

Drinkability – Well, I love coffee and I love Porter, so this was a match made in heaven. I have seen the combination screwed up a number of times, so it’s finally nice to get one that did it right.

Comments – What to send your Seattle BA Buddy? Why, coffee beer, of course. Thanks to Carmen for this welcome and thoughtful gift.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to Jamie2Dope for the sample.

22 oz bomber.

Appearance: Dark brown body accentuated by ample carbonation but just a thin tan lace.

Aroma: Wonderfully fresh coffee beans. Some more general roasted grain.

Taste: Outstanding. Fairly fresh coffee, nearly espresso like flavor. Finishes mildly sweet but not without a minimal hop presence to balance things out.

Mouthfeel: Light-medium bodied. Not overly astringent or acidic. Smooth.

Drinkability: Very high for a coffee guzzler like myself.

What this beer lacks in complexity it more than makes up for by doing what it does surprisingly well. This is a great coffee beer and though smaller than many I've tasted, it is also more drinkable.

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Photo of Tiernan
3.78/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TimBeaulieu
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of MikeC144
4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.07/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours from the bomber a deep dark brown, bordering on black with a nice creamy, bubbly one inch head. Only a glimmer of light is allowed to pass through this one. Nice. Aromas of fresh roasted coffee, like that first whif you get as you open the bag of bean, float up into my nose. Roasty, chocolate undertones mingle with a slightly creamy smokiness. Chocolate covered espresso bean goodness in a glass.

First sip is interwoven tapestry of roasted ground coffee and chocolate flavors. Dark malts abound with a slightly smoky undertone. Bitter coffee on the way down with just a slight hint of hops. A tad bit chalky on the finish, overall a well built porter with a lovely coffee tones and a good balance.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, slick with an active carbonation. A notch down on the carbonation would make this smoother. I find myself finishing this bomber quite rapidly...a tasty porter for those who enjoy coffee as well. Definetly one worth looking into. Thanks to MuddyFeet for this one.

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Photo of blitz134
3.03/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Received in a trade from bjohnson, I believe. Thanks, man!

Dark brown body, approaching opaque, but has some chesnut highlights. Light tan head of dense foam that reduced to a thin layer. Nice sheets of lace were left behind as well.

Aroma is fairly strong, but one dimensional. Coffee with hazlenuts mostly. Some lactic acid sweetness as well.

Flavor doesn't quite do it for me. Toasted malts and cold coffee. Again the hazlenuts come through. A bit of floral hopping. This is just alright to me really. I think it needs some more toasted malt presence to tone down the coffee a bit. It lacks that toasty, slightly chocolatey porter characteristic I like.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and slightly slick on the tongue. Coats the mouth initially but washes away leaving a sticky hazlenut flavor to me. Low carbonation level too.

This one doesn't do it for me. I think the flavor that I interpret as hazlenut turns me off to this one. Its the same flavor I found in Rogue's beer too and I don't care for that one either. This might be okay for some people, but I think it needs a healthy dose of toasted malts to kick this up and balance it out more.

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Photo of jeffress
4.68/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

fresh creamy head, yummy coffee back, smooth on the tongue.
In general the freshness of all the BBC brews are a huge advantage to other beers that have to travel through huge distribution systems. A fresh smooth thick remainder of lace from a imperial pint glass.

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Photo of irrevjim
3.66/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours pretty. A nice tall head that becomes a nice lattice in a couple of minutes. Looks black against a white wall, mahogany when held up to a bare lightbulb. Smells like coffee, a little bitter at first with carmel to follow almost instantly, and hints of a dry red wine. Coffee scent remains bitter and carries into the taste. I like the robustness of the coffee and am not sure how to have that without having the coffee step on the other flavors. Taste is coffee, carmel, more coffee, and finishes with a dry red wine, coffee, and carmel liqoirice(?) taste when sipped or in small mouthfuls. Tastes and feels nice. A good tug looses some of the flavor and you get sort of a stale coffee aftertaste. Sort of... it is a very enjoyable beer.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.63/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a pint glass. Very dark brown with a medium-sized head that persisted fairly well. Coffee aroma, not anything else. Strong coffee taste, like a dark roast. Pretty smooth. I think it comes across exactly as advertised, although I think it was more coffee than porter.

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Photo of 40451
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of muffguy4beer
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled from 22 oz. bottle poured into imperial pint.

Appearance: Low to medium head, light tan in color. Black in color, reddish tint where the light gets in. Very little lacing.

Smell: Hazelnut Coffee. Fairly strong.

Taste: Very robust hazelnut coffee. Reminds me of rich coffee ice cream.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, very creamy and smooth.

Drinkability: A very nice after dinner/dessert beer that I would most likely sip on but would not make a session out of it.

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Photo of Doomcifer
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured very dark, almost black, with a creamy tan head that lingered well, leaving behind nice lacing as I enjoyed this brew from BBC. Aroma is of, surprise, coffee! As well as chocolate, roasty malts...very raosty. The initial taste was a big coffee flavor, then comes the very roasty maltiness, dark chocolate (somehwat bitter) but then ends slightly dry. Not much of a finish to speak of, at all. Mouthfeel is mildly oily, slippery, medium bodied, and not too carbonated at all. I would chalk this one up as very drinkable. Excellent offering from BBC.

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Photo of ThisLadyLovesBeer
4.49/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A = The darkest, most beautiful black coffee you can imagine, with a luscious creamy head and ample lacing on the glass.

S = Coffee upfront and the malty porter second. Exquisite.

T = Wow!! For a coffee and porter lover like me, this is heavenly. Coffee, light vanilla, and then smooth maltiness on the palate.

M = True to the Porter style, with just a bit of extra-creaminess.

O = This is a favorite that I hope to revisit over and over again. Would it be wrong to pour this in a coffee cup in the morning and enjoy it at 7 a.m.?!? As far as food pairings, I'm not quite sure what would stand up to its richness, but maybe a slice of pecan pie or a sweet/spicy barbeque sauce on top of baby back ribs?

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Photo of JakerLou
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Jason
4.02/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 22 oz brown bomber with a marked freshness date on the side of the label, “Porter With Natural Flavour” stated on the label.

Appearance: Thin cropped tan lace that struggles to stay but due to the active carbonation it does stay for the duration. A shade away from jet black, some dregs on the bottom of the bottle stay intact during the pouring.

Smell: Iced coffee comes to mind and cocoa also with a laid back roasted grain smell.

Taste: Very smooth with a crisp recoil, solid medium body. Lots of coffee flavour bouncing around, roasted grain enhances that flavour and brings in to a highly roasted coffee flavour. Vague astringencies don’t bother the palate at all. Good balance between hops, roasted flavours and sweetness. Hops are there but are quite mild with a slight earthiness that doubles with the yeast which is nutty in a way. Finishes lightly sweet with a big linger coffee flavour.

Notes: Certainly better from the last time I had it, not a brew I could sit back and drink all day but it would definitely make an excellent dessert beer.

This is what BeerAdvocate thought of the brew back on 06-10-1998

750ml brown bottle with two brewers clanking pint glasses and the "Dean's Beans" logo smack in the middle. Clear freshness date. Very dark, nearly all black with a beige smooth head. Black malt and "cold coffee ground" aromas. Extremely creamy and smooth. Slight taste of earth and some definite coffee flavours that leave a "day old coffee" aftertaste -- not very pleasant at all. The malt tries to come through but is murdered by the Dean's Beans. Their cries unheard in the blackness of it all. Reminds us of waking up late and not having time to make fresh coffee so you microwave what's in the pot from the previous day and are surprised by a pretty harsh cup of joe. Perhaps Berkshire should stay away from Porters, especially coffee ones.

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Photo of fdrich29
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Bukowski's in Boston.

Pours a wonderful deep chocolate brown with a light brown head. Just a little lacing in the glass.

Smells of strong coffee, and lightly of chocolate. Very nice smelling brew.

Tastes like coffee, no surprise here. Surprisingly easy to drink and very smooth. I'll order this one again in the near future. Nice Fall beer, well worth a try.

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Photo of Homebrew35
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have to say this is not the same beer as I remember it from last year. Maybe my taste buds changed but one of our tasting buddies though so too. Not in disastrous way but interesting.
Pours with some frothy dark tan head. Deep brown cloudy body. Smells of sweet carmel, roasty coffee, some roasted malts, a touch of burnt malts. Tastes sweet at first, then carmel, some black coffee and a slight bitterness on the finish. Medium carbing, medium full bodied. I try this again later this year to see if this changes again.

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Photo of mctizzz
4.4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of tigg924
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Jayli for convincing me to order this.

Appearance: dark brownish/amber in color, 1/4 inch head, moderate carbonation, clear

Smell: light coffee and toasted malt

Taste: starts off toasted malt, then a big dose of rich black coffee in the middle, followed by milk chocolate and a vanilla cream

Mouthfeel: low carbonation, smooth, medium bodied. Starts off sweet, then bitters a bit for the body, followed by a really sweet end.

Drinkability: I was burned out of coffee beers but this one is outstanding. I love how the flavors unravel as they cross my pallate. This a complex and enjoyable beer to sit with. I will look for this in the future.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to mar for sharing this bottle.

This is my first beer from Berkshire Brewing Company. I look forward to trying some of their other offerings. The beer pours a dark brown color with a tan head. The aroma is strong coffee. The flavor is roasted malt with some coffee. The beer has a mouthfeel that is a little thinner than expected and it has medium carbonation.

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Coffeehouse Porter from Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.
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