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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by purplehops on 05-03-2002

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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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Photo of mlichens
3.72/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a frosted glass. Pours more like a brown ale, really, with some carbonation that allows the tan lacing to keep to the top.

The smell is, not unexpectedly, very reminiscent of a fine espresso. And, yes, the coffee is present in the taste of the beer. Despite the carbonation, the beer is rather smooth and has a pleasant feeling as it goes down. A tad too sweet for my palate, sort of like brown sugar.

Overall, I'd say it's a tasty beer, good as an after-dinner drink or a dessert beer. I can't see myself buying this too often, though.

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Photo of DrinkNewport
4.21/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Nice black pour with an an almost white head.

The aroma is nice and rich with a lot of coffee coming through.

This coffeehouse porter tastes like...coffee...and porter...and given that we're a fan of both, that's a great thing.

Overall, surprisingly good.

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Photo of LeRose
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into snifter.

A - poured dark brown with a finger of beige head that subsided quickly to a little ring around the top.

S - coffee, malt, a hint of chocolate, and coffee. Lots of coffee and good quality coffee at that.

T - nothing complicated about this one. It has a superb coffee flavor overlaying a nice, solid stout. Ample coffee flavor yet you know you are drinking a beer - the malt contribution is not overplayed by the java. A little black coffee bitterness and just a very slight hint of a chocolate flavor. Warmed up nicely - took my time and at room temp it was still smooth and delicious.

MF - this is a silky-smooth beer. The mouthfeel was not overly heavy, maybe a tad bit thin for the style, but pleasant and easy drinking. The warmer it got, the more smooth it felt.

Overall - I liked this a lot and will keep it "in stock" when I can find it. What I enjoyed is the coffee flavor not dominating - well-balanced, very smooth flavor profile, tasty warm or on the cool side. Nice beverage.

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Photo of snowmaggedon
4.55/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Coffee-like color, poured a medium-sized head that dissipated slowly.

Smelled like delicious toffee and caramel flavors. I hadn't had many beers from these guys, but I knew from the nose that this one was going to be great.

I really enjoyed this as a nitro beer, full bodied and a nice balanced malt flavor.

Overall, this was excellent and i will readily have this beer again.

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Photo of beergoot
4.34/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown body coupled with a thick, creamy, light tan and persistent head. Roasted coffee and charred grain aroma. Milk chocolate, coffee, some hop bitterness and a smidgeon of alcohol notes with the taste. Very smooth, buttery feel; rich and creamy body.

Highly recommended for fans of thick, chewy, dark ales. This porter packs a huge dose of flavors to tickle your taste buds, all wrapped together in a silky body that really is a sensuous delight.

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Photo of Jas45678
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into tulip courtesy of lucas1801

Pours a deep black with a small tan head that fades quickly. Smell is coffee, roasted malts with a hint of chocolate. Taste is coffee and the roasted malts with a touch of bitterness, not overpowering or heavy. Lighter mouthfeel with average carbonation for the style. Very clean and smooth. Overall a very good porter that I would buy often if I had access to it.

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Photo of BobZ
4.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle poured into a Three Floyds Teku.

Appearance: Dark brown with a very nice 3" creamy head that hangs around, leaves excellent lacing.

Smell: Big roasted malt, coffee and some chocolate aromas.

Taste: A really nice roasted malt and coffee forward porter. The flavors are not as deep as a heavier stout; however, the beer is rich for the style. As the beer warms some chocolate and a bit or vanilla flavor surfaces through the coffee.

Mouthfeel: Clean on the palate and smooth.

Overall: Really an excellent porter and also an extraordinary value.

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Photo of metter98
3.92/5  rDev -3.4%
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 wisrarebeer
3.54/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: deep dark copper color, nice creamy head
S: deep roasted malt, chocolate with a hint of coffee
T: roasted malt and coffee undertones up front, some balanced bitterness in finish with slight bitterness from coffee, a bit thin in taste
M: surprisingly thin considering the robustness of the nose

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.09/5  rDev +0.7%
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 mtnasty116
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

You definitely need to know before you drink this beer that it tastes a lot like coffee. Coffee is the first thing you will taste, a little dry and bitter: that being said, is that why you bought the Coffeehouse Porter in the first place? Lol. Other than that when it pours you get a tan head and its got a great porter/coffee smell. Unfortunately I was drinking it at a colder temperature than I would have liked and I was also STUFFED when I drank it but I will definitely go back for another bottle of this

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Photo of dpianka
4.54/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

date of tasting: 3/24/2013
place of tasting: My living room
beer: Dean’s Beans Coffeehouse Porter
brewery: Berkshire Brewing
brewery location: South Deerfield, MA
type: Ale
style: Porter
abv: 6.2%
ibu: 36
glass: mason jar
temperature of beer: 55F

Appearance: looks like rich roasted dark coffee, head looks like a fine crema on an espresso

Smell: fruity slightly acidic coffee (kenyan), Dove milk chocolate, bourbon vanilla and a slight hint of lilly flowers

Taste: not as complex as i hoped with the amazing nose. plenty of coffee and rich malty sweetness, the hops provide the perfect balance, there is also a cool little sarsaparilla thing going on that plays nicely with the carbonation. the flavor lingers and fades to a glorious malty mocha finish

Mouthfeel: heavy bodied and chewy

Overall Impression: great beer, if it had caffeine I’d consider replacing my mornin’ Joe.

Food Pairings: flourless chocolate cake with some kind of vanilla bourbon cream. really thick hearty stew made with a porter preferably. Fondue.

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Coffeehouse Porter from Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.
4.06 out of 5 based on 1,040 ratings.
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