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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Photo of ODBRIP
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured into a glass, really nice chocolatey head....the smell is really amazing. the taste is great, initially, almost perfect....after-taste quite good, but perhaps just a little bit too sweet. overall: GREAT, the only possible minor criticism I have is the sweetness

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Photo of goodbyeohio
4.59/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber.. 'dean's beans'

pours a very dark amber color with soapy tan head.. leaves a mongoloid sticky lacing everywhere, gluing itself to the glass edge. aroma here is pure coffee, maybe the most intense ive ever inhaled from a beer. smell reminds you of fresh, pre-ground gourmet beans. the oils from the coffee bean are present in spades. makes me want to add half and half to my beer. in the flavor, bbc adds the perfect level of beeriness to this in order to work magic with the coffee. beerwise, this starts out with big malts and fades into a brown sugar smoothness.. and make no mistake, the coffee is there at the beginning, middle, and end. i would be surprised if this beer was not extremely high in caffeine. for the style, though, this beer finds itself extremely drinkable. light and airy overall, with a flavor that doesn't overwhelm (unless you don't normally drink coffee).. er, good coffee. bitterness is half roast and half botanical, with a sweet hazelnut kicker in the end. i can't name a better coffee beer (dark lord, ok, but that's so much more). peche mortel, take a lesson or two from this amazing libation.

borrowed from BA mattcrill:

"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!"

well said and worth repeating. agreed.

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Photo of IrishRedRock
4.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4 beer. Deep mahogany with amber hues, thin ivory tan lace lingering atop. Obviously some coffee in the nose, with hints of caramel and burnt wood. I drink my coffee black, so I enjoy the flavor on this one. Has some lingering dark fruit flavors as well, notably cherry, to balance the bitter black coffee and the astringent hops in the finish. Black, burnt, and malty. Has an odd plasticy thing going on too, which is off. But otherwise quite good. Smooth and rather creamy. Niiice.

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

We're having a porter-off, featuring Rogue Mocha Porter, Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald, Sierra Nevada Porter, Tyranena Chief BlackHawk, Berkshire Coffeehouse Porter, and Watch City Welcome Back Porter.

Pours very black with a nice, persistent tan head and good lacing. Smells and tastes more alcoholic than it should, given its modest ABV. Tastes vaguely like roasted coffee but not nearly as much as a typical porter; in fact, tastes unexpectedly sweet. Mouthfeel is pretty solid, thick and lively. Most similar to the Watch City Welcome Back Porter. A disappointment.

Bottle courtesy of MuddyFeet.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
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 deejaydan
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep ruby almost black color, with a 1/2 inch tan head. Great retention here. Aroma is a bit subdued. I'd expect a bit more out of a "coffee" beer, but it is a primary coffee aroma. Flavor follows suit, slightly sweet like an iced coffee that you sometimes see in grocery stores. Good malty sweetness to balance the coffee bitterness. Mouthfeel and carbonation are both good, however, I found the mouthfeel to be a bit thin for a porter. A very drinkable beer, and interesting enough to look for again.

Thanks Pete!

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Photo of shippos
3.82/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured with a foamy tan head with a dark dark brown black color, transparent. dry roasted grain with some coffee in the aroma. a well brewed and balanced porter, nice combination of flavors. definete coffee aftertaste, just a nice porter and very smooth at that.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
4.07/5  rDev +0.2%
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 edchicma
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Second review...Appearance is dark choclolate brown, small head but great lacing quality. Smell is a beautiful coffee and malt with the taste following with just the right carbonation. A rich flavor, but the mouthfeel enhances it more...dry, almost a tad light...very good for a 6.2 abv. Extremely easy to drink...smooth, but with enough carbonation to fight off any oily quality.

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Photo of irrevjim
3.66/5  rDev -9.9%
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 LuckySevens82
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz Bottle courtesy of ppoitras.
Pours a deep brown, not-quite-black, slightly opaque. A light tan head tops the beer. This one has both good retention and lacing.
Smell is coffee, caramel, chocolate, nutmeg, and a bit of hazelnut. Sweet and toasted malts also factor in as does a mild hop aroma.
Taste is mild coffee, caramel, chocolate, hazelnut, cinnamon, sweet malts.
A nice mouthfeel, this one coats the tongue and warms on the way down. A very good example of a coffee beer. I'm very glad that I had a chance to try this one.

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Photo of assurbanipaul
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown-black with a medium creamy head. Aroma includes the typical vinous porter elements with a slight amount of milky coffee.

Taste is a robust coffee first, porter second. Dry, bitter, dark-roast, whole-bean (non-specific) coffee flavor with faint elements of charcoal. Following is the porter with a nice merlot flavor, which adds a nice smoke element to the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium-heavy and creamy, making it very drinkable. One of the better coffee-beer blends that I've tried, I quaffed a whole bomber without much effort. Thanks to ppoitras for this sample.

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Photo of ybnorml
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A clean dark brown beer with ruby highlights. Has a big bubbly brown head. The aroma is coffee... real coffee. With a hint of malt sweetness in the background. Taste... Have you ever eaten a chocolate covered esspresso bean. Well it's not called coffee house porter for nothing. I have had many beers touting coffee character. This is the real deal. This is as close to a shot glass of esspresso dropped into a glass of porter as you can get in a brewed beer. Yes this is also one of my favorite brews and a top fav from this brewery.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Label: Porter with natural flavors added. (Let's hope that this doesn't mean that someone dropped a cup of coffee into the batch...arf arf!) Freshness indication is confusing. "Purchase before month notch: Dec. This was a gift. Who knows! Here goes:

Cloudy brown pour with a thin coating to a collar of dark tan head. Second pour yeilds a solid inch cap cratered-surface-of-the-moon pour leaving respectable spotty lace.

Aroma is of (dare say?) roasted malts. Defining the coffee moniker. Props for style.

First swigs: Slightly roasted malt, porter-esque flavors of toasted malt coffee middle. Stuck on the one track flavor train. Some toffee notes. Edges to the brink of stout but doesn't cross the barrier.

Feel is medium body with a zippy zesty carbonation. 22 oz bottle is a bit much for one Joe, but its tasty.

Last swigs: Roasty porter with (duh!) coffee. $3.99 a 22 oz.'er. Thanks to my friend JBDubbs from Millis, MA for the bottle. Smack dab in the middle coffe porter. Nothing wrong with that. Reminds me of Drew Carey Buzz Beer.

Beer is good. Happy coffee beering.

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Photo of CRJMellor
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to PPoitras for basically the full line of BBC brews over the last couple of months.
Pours dark brown with a red and orange swirl. Thin layer of off-white head.
Aroma of chocolate, whole bean coffeewith cream and a sharply resined bittering.
Flavor of chocolate ice cream and roasted coffe with coffee creamer. Some roasted barley and residual bittering also present.
Mouthfeel is thick, almost stout-like. Full-bodied, rich sweetness couple with a long coffee bitterness.
Drinkability is good. Coffee notes overpower to some extent but a very solid drinking brew. Had to fight my wife off to get my far share of this bomber.

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Photo of gentlebubbles
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

on tap at Redbone's

Deep mahogany brown with a ruby glint at the bottom. Barely a suggestion of white foam on top.

Faint, sweet scent.

Butterscotch caramel swirls around rich dark maltiness, with roast coffee notes as the flavors trail off.

Mellow, fullbodied mouthfeel.

Very nice. Another lovely selection by the Beer Wheel.

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Photo of Hibernator
3.86/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I picked up a 22 oz brown bomber of the Berkshire Brewing Co. Coffeehouse Porter and served it in an imperial pint glass. The label stated that this is a porter with natural flavor added. There is a freshness date on the side of the label, but nothing was notched off. Guess I am rolling the dice here as far as freshness goes.

The beers pours an awesome color...dark brown with a fluffy, tan head on top. Some ruby colored highlights on the bottom. Excellent sticky lacings all over this glass. All over.

The aroma screams coffee grinds and dark roasted malts.

Mouthfeel has a smokey or coffee brewed flavor with a dark roasted malt bite. The bitter finish is worth mentioning as well. Similiar bite to an espresso or a strong Starbucks coffee.

Overall, this beer is pretty smooth with that creamy BBC touch that I really like. This is a nice porter.

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Photo of bigbeerdrinka
4.57/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a deep brown color with a fluffy head that leaves a nice lace. Aromas are a mix of expressos and coffees with hints of chocolate, dark fruits and a slight tone of smoke. Flavors start off initially smokey with bits of coffee and expresso. There is an underlining flavor of chocolate with a nice sweetness and almost vanilla like tone that lingers throughout the brew. The finish has a nice molasses flavor following with some more powerful coffee tones and a slight bitter finish that rounds things out but keeps it very drinkable. The mouthfeel to this brew was nicely creamy and medium bodied which led to this being very very drinkable. A fine example of a porter.

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Photo of smcolw
3.7/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Spotty lace, which is surprising given the impressive head. The head is tan and foamy. The color is deep brown.

I'm not a big coffee fan, but I won't mark off any points for the fresh ground pre-brewed coffee aromas. After this inital whiff, a touch of malt and fresh hop mildly appear.

Mocha flavor, the bitterness on the swallow is strictly from coffee flavor. The malt is mild and the hop is present but subdued. Nice body to this beer with an appropriate amount of carbonation.

Okay, coffee is not my thing, but this beer isn't flawed in any way. I'd predict that if you enjoy fresh ground coffee, you'll enjoy this beer very much.

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Photo of alexgash
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Bukowski's. Pours a very dark brown with a heavy, dirty tan head. Served a little too cold, so I let it warm for a bit. Smells of light roasted coffee, semi-sweetish malt aromas, with a little homebrew twang. I wish it had a stronger coffee aroma. Tastes of roasted bitter coffee throughout. Meaty, semi-sweet chocolatey malt underneath. Finish is bittersweet. Medium-bodied, with a creamy feel. Nice beer, but I'm not sure how clean the tap was!

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Photo of MuddyFeet
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
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 RoyalT
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
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 Citadel82
4.6/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22 Ounce Bomber Bottle bought at the brewery.

I love a good strong cup of coffee and a nice malty beer. What a delight an absolute joy to be able to enjoy these two indulgences together.

A beautiful pour. Deep chocolate opaque with a creamy, thick , tan head. Abundant lace on the way down. This may result from my greedily consuming my glass before it could even warm up. I am certain it would have been a bigger treat if allowed to warm.

The smell is exquisite coffee and malt that assaults the nose as the pour commences. Their is little room for the hops but you can sense them asserting themselves somwhere in the background.

The taste is like the smell only more so...powerful coffee taste with some sweet malts and hop bitterness in there. I rare treat that capped off a fine meal of Pasta Bolognese.

Mouth feel is silky with abundant carbonation. Treeat to be savored as it winds it way across the taste buds.

Need you ask this is one drinkable brew. Divine.

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Photo of Truh
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Made sure it was a cone filter grind with this one on 1/8/2005. 16-oz pour in a shaker at the Boston location, pre-volunteer meeting.

Godly pillow of full-on root beer float goodness calls for me to lay my head on it, an eternal sleep awaits. Pitch black “hue,” can’t see a thing. Coffee/toffee roast on nose immediately with a resonating huskiness of flaked oat. Big mocha and coffee blast is excellent, savory on the mouth, with chocolate and roasted malts in a meaty background. Trailing roasted characters, combined with a medium body and the coffee undertone lead to a highly drinkable brew.

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Photo of cooter
4.44/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep, dark red with patchy, thin but resilient head. Smells of coffee and roast malt, some dark chocolate, and, I'll be damned, blueberries.

Tastes fun. More coffee and malt, very strong on the front but muted towards the end, which is a refreshing change from the general porter tendency to overload the finishing taste with cloying, sticky malt. Instead it's a very smooth transition of flavors. Garlic, yeast, and pepperoni join the smell/taste pantheon. A tangy, pungently fruity taste towards the middle. Is this mulled? Bottle says "Porter with natural flavor added" but is that chemical-natural or real-natural? Syrup? Sounds dubious, but tastes great. Strong phenol smells now, and I just noticed that it's not one, but a myriad of coffee flavors in there.

All in all, the range and strength of flavor, combined with the smoothness, makes for a winner in my book of warm winter brews.

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Coffeehouse Porter from Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.
4.06 out of 5 based on 1,053 ratings.
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