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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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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Photo of Flounder57
4.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass at Woody's.

Appearance: A one finger mocha head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a pitch black color with no vision of anything. Nice lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Roasted coffee, earthy, bittersweet chocolate, and slight toasted, bready, caramel, toffee, and smokey notes in the rear.

Taste: Coffee and chocolate up front with everything else in the rear.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, silky, smooth, mild bitterness, medium bodied, and medium carbonation.

Overall: Pretty solid porter. One of my local favorites for this style.

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Photo of Beric
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Serving: In a sampler at Supreme Liquors in Central Square
Served: 19 September 2014

Appearance: Pours a nice dark brown with a dirty brown head. The head didn't stick around long but it could have been from the size of the sampler glass. 4/5

Smell: Strong notes of coffee with some mild sweetness there too. Almost smells like coffee ice cream. 4/5

Taste: Wow, really awesome flavor on this one. While the coffee in the beer is obviously one of the primary draws, it isn't dominating. Instead, I got a nice balance between coffee and maltiness, and even a nice assertion of smokiness on the back end, from the roasted malt. Really superbly done. 4.25/5

Feel: Nice and full on the tongue without being thick. Good carbonation gives it just enough liveliness to carry the beer on the palate without being too effervescent for the style.

Overall: A really great beer that I would highly recommend. A easy drinking coffee flavored beer that doesn't beat you over the head with anything. Outstanding. 4/5

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Photo of Roguer
4/5  rDev -1.5%

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 buschbeer
3.78/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

1 PT. 6 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a snifter

A - This beer is very dark. When held to the light only a faint ruby glow is perceptible. It is topped with a couple inches of tan head. There is a little lacing.

S - I smell some coffee, but it is not strong at all. There really isn't much else.

T - I get a some coffee and roasted malt. There is a mildly bitter finish.

M - Medium with low carbonation.

O - Full disclosure: this beer has two things working against it. This is my second beer of the evening. The first was a Peruvian Morning with huge coffee smell and taste. This beer lacks compared but still has its own merits. Second, this bottle was purchased in Massachusetts about ten months ago. I may have held on to it for too long. It is decent but not as good as the score indicates. i will revisit given the opportunity for a fresher bottle and a cleaner palate.

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Photo of KarlosT
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I really like this beer. Very dark and robust, with a creamy coffee like flavor (as though I had added cream to my coffee). Flavors are really well balanced. Very nice mouthfeel. Great aromas. And I found that it is very reasonably priced.

Had it for the first time on tap at the Grill Next Door (Haverhill MA), and have since had it in bottles several times. Both quite good.

Highly recommended

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Photo of TheBeerDrinker
3.55/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Not sure how old the bottle is as I got it as an extra.

Pours out dark as night with a huge three-finger light brown head with really good retention with a good amount of lacing..

Smell is quite subdued with faint dark grains and even more faint smell of coffee. I can tell there is coffee because I was looking for it given the name but it is hard to get in the nose.

Taste is burnt malts with a little more coffee than in the nose. Definitely not a coffee forward type of beer but it is in there and it adds a little to what seems to be a pretty noncomplex beer and what I would say is pretty two-dimemtional.

Mouthfeel is is nice and I would say a 6 of a 10 scale which I think is about right or the style.

Overall this beer is really drinkable but nothing extraordinary as it seems pretty two-dimentional. I do really like the beer though. For being so simple it tastes pretty good. I wonder if this is an older bottle as it may have be better fresh as we all know lots of flavor fade with time especially coffee. I still am glad to try this but it isn't anything I would seek out again.

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Photo of BoardwalkBock
4.29/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Love this beer. I felt like changing it up from my usual run since it is so damn cold outside. And for $3.99, what a steal.

A: Black. Very, very dark. Looks like, well, coffee. Licorice comes to mind. So does a black hole. Lacing left at the top reminds me of the lacing at the top of a root beer float left from the ice cream.

S: Coffee. Straight in your face coffee. There is no going around it. As the beer warms, hints of chocolate, fig and vanilla appear.

T: This baby tastes like the finest coffee money can buy. Jamaican, peruvian? Wish I knew what types of beans were used for the "coffee extract" made for BBC. Slight chocolate and vanilla as the beer warms.

M: Heavy. Lingers around the edges of your mouth as it drips down. Amazing. Good bitterness too.

O: You wanted a coffee porter? You got a coffee porter. I plan on bringing a few of these bad boys back with me to NY and then to NC to enjoy with a few of my friends.

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Photo of ThisLadyLovesBeer
4.49/5  rDev +10.6%
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 Apellonious
3.99/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber.

A - dark as night. Small cream colored head. Second pour a two finger fluffy head.

S - coffee, smoke, vanilla.

T - tastes as it smells. Heavy in the coffee.

M - near perfect. Solid, but not overly thick or syrupy.

O - good stuff. Recommended for porter heads.

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Photo of Nufced
4.19/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Berkshire Coffeehouse Porter on-tap was recommended to me by a bartender at a favorite restaurant on lower Cape Cod.

A: dark brownish black body with a good head.

S: definite coffee smell

T: subtly bitter with obvious coffee and some chocolate aftertaste but very smooth

M: hearty and smooth

O: fantastic on tap, have been buying it by the bottle for an after dinner desert, not much lost from tap to bottle

Serving type: on-tap and bottle

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Coffeehouse Porter from Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.
4.06 out of 5 based on 1,051 ratings.
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