Coffeehouse Porter | Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.

Coffeehouse PorterCoffeehouse Porter
BA SCORE
4.07/5
1,067 Ratings
Coffeehouse PorterCoffeehouse Porter
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.
Massachusetts, United States
berkshire-brewing.com

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by purplehops on 05-03-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,489
Reviews:
481
Ratings:
1,067
pDev:
9.83%
Bros Score:
4.02
 
 
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89
Gots:
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Photo of Sammy
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A great representative of this style? Very fresh coffee poured into their porter and then more sweetness. Unpasterized, unfiltered, fresh bottle from this week's Massachusetts trip. Very dark brown, tasty even though I am not a coffee drinker. Big coffee aroma and caffeine kick.

I also had this on nitro at the Amerherst Brewery and it was not as good. Lace, and licorice. I think the nitro definately cuts down the taste.

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Photo of acurtis
3/5  rDev -26.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
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 spycow
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -14%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of metter98
3.92/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is nearly jet black in color - traces of brown are visible near the edge of the glass when viewed from above into a light source. It poured with a quarter finger high tan head that died down a bit, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface, a collar around the edge and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light aromas of coffee beans are present in the nose - these become a little stronger as the beer warms up.
T: The taste is similar to the smell, except that the coffee flavors are a bit stronger. There is also a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has nearly a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink and has pleasant, mild flavors of coffee beans.

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Photo of emerge077
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A reddish highlight on a body of chestnut. Similar in color to the cup of coffee sitting next to it in a whiskey glass. The Coffeehouse Porter distinguishes itself with spindly threads of lacing around the edges, with a good finger of foam from the initial pour. Head recedes to a skim that still covers the surface.

Malty aroma, banana esters, very mild coffee that isn't especially dominant.

Mild coffee in the flavor, mixed with a caramel toffee element in the middle. Dominated by malt. Not harsh or especially roasty at all. Finish is dry, and there's a mild astringency from the coffee. Fairly mellow feeling and light bodied for a Porter, with a good level of carbonation. Seems to take cues from Sam Smith Taddy Porter. One could finish a bomber pretty easily due to it's mellow nature.

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Photo of brentk56
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a coffee brown color with a nice head that leaves squiggles of lace here and there

Smell: Coffee and chocolate

Taste: Coffee flavors up front with a rich roasted malt element; after the swallow, the finish has plenty of mocha

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: The chocolate and coffee blend together to create a very nice mocha element

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of zeff80
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a dark, dark brown color with a thick, rocky, three-finger head of tan foam. It left patchy rings of lace.

S - It smelled of coffee beans, chocolate and roasted malt.

T - It tasted of coffee, dark chocolate and a bitter hop kick. Great balance of coffee and chocolate.

M - It was soft and smooth. A medium-bodied beer with a somewhat dry finish.

D - This is a very good coffee porter. Well-balanced and delicious.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Kurmaraja
3.74/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mothman
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into chalice.

Pours a light layer of beige bead. Still leaves some nice rings. Color is a dark brown with a caramel hue to it.

Aroma: Rich strong coffee. A massive amount here. Chocolate, caramel, and vanilla. A nice roast to this one.

Taste: Very similar to the nose. Tons of rich roasted coffee with a nice roasted malt flavor. Vanilla and caramel with some chocolate notes. Pretty solid.

Mouthfeel: Roasted and creamy. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends with more coffee.

Overall, a nice coffee porter. Lots of solid flavors and not overly roasted. I dig this one. Pretty drinkable.

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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

Sweetish mocha java dominates the flavor and aroma of Berkshire's wonderful Coffeehouse Porter.

The clear, dark mahogany body lies beneath a two finger head of creamy khaki-colored foam that holds quite well and leaves some very nice lace about the glass.

The nose offers an enticing combination of caramel and ground coffee beans, as well as a touch of more roasty, brewed coffee.

It's lightly crisp in the mouth with a very fine bubbled, median carbonation and decidedly medium body. As it warms it becomes a touch airy, and slightly creamy, but it's not dextrinous enough to really take it there.

The flavor is of rich mocha java with a sweetish caramel side; and it finishes short and dry with some earthy chicory flavor and a mild roasty note.

The alcohol is never noticeable; and it delivers and impressive balance of coffee flavors, roastiness, and underlying bitterness. Very nice!

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.09/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Served on nitro-tap at The Lower Depths in Boston, MA

A: Pours an opaque yet clear very dark brown (almost black) in color with light amounts of gentle visible carbonation along with cola brown, garnet red, and very dark amber highlights. The beer has a two finger tall dense creamy light tan head that slowly reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer and a slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of roasted coffee over the top of slightly lighter roasted malts. Light hints of bittersweet chocolate are present as well.

T: Upfront there are moderate to strong flavors of dark roasted malts and coffee. Underneath there is a lighter presence of bittersweet chocolate and hints of vanilla. Moderate amounts of bitterness which fade after a short amount of time.

M: Slightly heavier than medium bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation. Creamy.

O: I am a big fan of this beer on-nitro - it does not appear to suffer the thinness of the body that others observed when being poured on nitro (it was just downright creamy). Lovely flavors of coffee come through but are not overpowering (even had a buddy that does not really like coffee agree that this one was great).

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Photo of jlindros
3.97/5  rDev -2.5%
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 TheManiacalOne
4.72/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22oz. bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a medium-sized tan head that fades slowly and leaves a thick, even lace on the glass.

S: Simply put, if ever a beer smelled like a cup of coffee, this is the beer. I used to work downwind from a company that manufactures coffee syrup and the aroma that comes from that place when they roasted the coffee beans is exactly what this beer smells like.

T: As the name implies, the flavor is all rich coffee with some roasted malt. There's a little bit of hops in there just to make you remember that you're actually drinking a beer. The after-taste is almost the same as the one I get from my Dunkin' Donuts iced coffee every morning.

M: Extremely smooth and a little viscous, medium-to-heavy body, light-to-medium carbonation, finish is a little sticky, but not as much as you would expect from this type of beer.

D: I think I could drink this beer as often as some people drink coffee. This is just a tasty, easy-drinking, enjoyable beer. It's also the type of beer that could be a pounder or a sipper.

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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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