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 BEERMILER12
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Best By: 07/11/13

A: Pours a very dark mahogany color nearing black with a fingers worth of tan head

S: Lots of coffee and roasted malts, along with a hint of earthy hops

T: Follows the nose. Leads off with the roasted malts and quickly dives into the coffee. The coffee is lightly bitter, sweet, and slightly astringent (not in a bad way). Also get some earthy hops and chocolate towards the end

M: Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth

O: A nice, roasty porter with plenty of coffee flavor. Fairly straight-forward which is a good thing in coffee beers. Very good price point at $3.99 a bomber, as well. Recommended for the coffee beer lovers out there

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Photo of papat444
3.68/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle, best before 05/21/13.

Appearance: A very dark body, fairly huge head that leaves some good lacing. What's left is a fat ring with a tuft of foam on top.

Smell: Rich, chocolaty coffee, creamy. The finish is more on the roasted grains side.

Taste: The base porter is smooth and the layer of coffee on top is pretty good, milky. Aftertaste is a bit more robust coffee-wise.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, average carbonation. The flavors make it mellow with no bitterness.

Overall: Good but not the best coffee flavored beer i've had. It did go well with the pancakes i had for supper.

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Photo of RichD
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber poured into a Samuel Adams perfect pint glass.

A: This pours a very dark brown, tan 2 finger head. There's also some reddish amber that pokes through when I hold it up to the light. Quite the amount of lacing as I get through this glass.

S: There is a predominant coffee aroma and not much of anything else. Mighty tasty in my nose. Maybe a little chocolate but that may be a stretch.

T: Coffee. A pretty straightforward coffee taste. Definitely delicious. The coffee flavor has the feel of an ice coffee flavor, as opposed to a regular coffee flavor that comes with most coffee offerings (FBS). Overall this is a refreshing taste.

M: A light feel, almost like a thick water. Doesn't stick to the palate and kind of subsides after a little bit of time. Not bad though; better than some other brews I've had.

Overall: This is a pretty good brew. I'd definitely prefer Founders Porter to this one, as founders has more than just a coffee flavor. With that being said, I do like this and I may pick up a bottle in the future. 4.49 for a bomber isn't such a bad price nowadays. Berkshire Brewing has a winner on their hands with this one.

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Photo of Scotchboy
3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle, generously traded by dope (thanks man), split 3 ways with the ladies, my portion into a Stone 10oz tulip...

A: Dark brown pour with clear tawny and amber edges...tan, foamy head with good lacing.

S: Big 'coffeehouse' aromas is the best descriptor here...freshly brewed light-to-medium roast black coffee...dark caramel, moderate suggestions of a lighter roasted malt character.

T: Sweet(er) roasted notes, coffee and toasted grains, roasted malts, not burnt or acrid...hops dance in and out of the picture and aren't distracting...balanced and fairly drinkable.

MF: Thinner mouthfeel, medium-to-lighter bodied for a porter, goes down real easy...

O: Straight up coffee porter without the tendencies of smoke or burnt notes really, lighter roast character. I prefer a 'darker' tasting coffee porter but this was decent stuff.

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Photo of Triglycerides
4.09/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

20 oz bomber poured into a mug.

A: Pours a near-jet black with a thick, frothy 1" mocha head. Head retains pretty well, leaving some lacing along the sides.

S: Smells absolutely fabulous. Strong coffee and roasted malt aroma with a little bit of dark chocolate in the background. Sort of like a strong coffee milk. (For those familiar with that)

T: Tastes like a nice cup of coffee in the morning. There's also some dark chocolate in the background and roasted malts, which I would have liked to see a bit more of. Regardless, quite tasty. Leaves a mild bitter finish.

M: Smooth and creamy, on the medium-thick side. Good bit of carbonation which helps it along.

O: Overall, it's a fantastic beer for a cold night. It is pretty much exactly what it sets out to be which is, after all, a coffeehouse porter. Super-drinkable and a great after dinner type of drink (In lieu of coffee)

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Photo of gueuzeonhigh
3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a nice frothy head and laced the glass too!

Mild nose of coffee beans.

It's a very satisfying porter blanketed by the flavor of coffee-- but in some way I wouldn't call it coffee. It's more like-- a flavor that reminded me of coffee.

Under the penumbra of coffee is a porter. It's got all the essence of a Porter.

A very nice libation indeed!

Cordial mouthfeel-- not too up front and center, but a nice long finish. And I tanked my bomber bottle way too fast-- it's the only one I've got in stock! This is an enjoyable beer!

Overall-- a very satisfying porter. I'll be seeking this one again.

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

Nice cup of joe. Across the board, solid.

Nice roasty, char malts. Porter-like, mild-dryness. Medium roasted coffee. Good. Coffee is balanced nicely, and clearly present is nose, taste, and body. Tastes like a well-done, light-bodied, porter.

There is almost nothing objectionable about this beer. The body could use a slight amount more oomph. This is a touch too "watery."

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Photo of shigg85
4.19/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This has a nice and thick yet bubbly mouthfeel to it as I think a good porter should. The coffee is definitely present but not overpowering. Overall, this is a delicious coffee porter that I would come back to often.

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Photo of Maxwell
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a deep black brown with a nice finger-width sand-dune-tan head that fizzles slowly away to leaving light clouds and strings of lacing on the glass. The body is too dark to tell if it’s hazy or not, and it also perfectly masks carbonation bubbles, making it a lovely thing to look at. The beer smells in the medium range of potency with nice roasted coffee sitting somewhere in the French roast range. Malts are obviously also present, tending to nice roasted notes that confuse themselves with the coffee aroma, just as they should. Slight caramel and toffee notes are also present and faint leanings towards burnt bread. The beer tastes wonderfully rich with coffee flavors and astringency. The taste opens as slight sweet caramel and then blossoms into roasted heaven with heavy coffee and roasted malt notes. The bitters come nicely off the close of the taste and linger in waves in the mouth. Mouthfeel has just a whisper of effervescence but is velvety and chewy on the tongue with a perfect body to it. Overall this beer is a terrific example of a coffee porter, and is very drinkable and pleasant. The folks at Berkshire know how to do malts, and they do them well. It doesn't really pair well with smoked gouda; though it does bring out more of the smoke in the cheese it cuts right through the coffee taste of the beer. Try this beer, though, it is a tasty malty treat that will go well with a warm fire place or a cool crisp fall day.

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Photo of match1112
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

once again thanks to davey101!

A: shades of black and brown with a thick creamy tan head. good lacing and retention.

s: fresh roasted coffee. chocolate and caramel with some mostly hidden alochol.

t: like drinkin a cup of joe. roasted malts with some dark chocolate bitterness.

m: was expecting something a little thicker. creamy and smooth. a little dry bitterness on the finish.

o: nice! very good beer from an unheard of brewery (at least for me).

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Photo of smcnulty1981
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: very blacki with brown hues no light was getting through at all there was a 2.5 finger frothy tan head similar to a dry stout

S: by far the bestiary of the beer smelling the beer reminded me right away of coffee milk or a coffee frappe ( or milkshake) all with a slight hint of chocolate in the background

T: the coffee taste does come through in this it was like drinking a creamy cup of coffee good carbonation on it and very drinkable the biggest complaint that I have which is the same for most porters I drink is that soy sauce like after taste but it's very very mild in this beer

M: medium heavy beer it wasn't hard to drink and wasn't very sticky

O: I wouldn't say this is a session beer with it being over 5% abv but this was a great beer i could imagine myself drinking this after a good maybe pairing it with deserf I would have this beer again and recommend it

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Photo of Dools9
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber into a guinness pint.

A: Pours black in color and produces two fingers of frothy, creamy brown head. Excellent retention and very attractive lacing. Look superb.

S: Coffee grounds and light chocolate, creamy sweetness, light espresso, subdued vanilla reminds me of a traditional iced coffee.

T: Rich coffee and lightly sweet chocolate, roasted malt and a very nice bittersweet chocolate finish. Reminds me of that first cup of coffee in the morning. Leaves a nice coffee bitterness aftertaste.

M: Medium light bodied and carbonation is in the medium range. A bit creamy, smooth.

O: Very tasty brew and my first from BBC. Looking forward to trying more of thier beers in the future.

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Photo of vonnegut21
4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a thick, dark brown with a two finger tan head.

S: Lots of coffee notes, with some roasted malt and a lingering caramel/toffee sweetness.

T: Rich coffee, toasted malt and a surprising amount of sweetness. Sort of tastes like an iced coffee. Doesn't have any of the astringency that almost all other coffee beers seem to have. A very nice porter base.

M: Creamy, carbonated and smooth. Goes down very nicely.

O: This is a very tasty beer and very well priced. Definitely pick this one up if you get the chance.

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Photo of russwbeck
3.26/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz bottle poured into a Victory Golden Monkey Tulip

A: Black pour with a really creamy mocha head. Retention is decent and the lacing is quite nice. Really represents what I would expect from a coffee at a coffeehouse.

S: Light and chocolatey aroma is bolstered by some robust porter roastiness and slight coffee. I wonder how old this might be, because the coffee aroma is not as powerful as I would have expected.

T: The taste is a little light, as the aroma was, on the coffee. It's got that typical robust porter taste, with slight chocolate, caramel and roasted malts. But the coffee is only residual and not really doing it for me. It doesn't make this a bad porter, it's just average.

MF: Light body, but with a nice amount of carbonation. It is a decently drinkable beer even though it won't blow you away.

O: Just average and nothing special. I think it might be a bit too old and I'm missing the coffee. Might try it again.

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Photo of lovindahops
4.79/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Was so excited when I saw this at a store across from Boston garden a couple weeks ago. There are some folks on this site that speak so highly of this brew. Not to mention I love coffee brews

A- coffeehouse pours a massive opaque body that would draw comparisons to my daily first cup of Joe at 630am at the office. Mocha chocolate foams gravitates to the top of my dfh snifter and recides back to a fair look of slight foam

S- rich black coffee that is completely saturated with so much coffee grinds after you dump the filters. Here is the best part... There is not a massive sugar and cream presence and I love that in my coffee brews. This can be confused for a cup of coffee.... And I like that!

T- iced black coffee!!! All over the brew. I never put cream or
sugar in my coffee and this embodies it exactly. Dark flavor with dry taste all over the brew. Some chocolate appears midway through that pulls the tasting back into the porter world. If I go through the Tom hortens or dunkin drive thru, I order a black iced coffee and this is it

M- mild catbonation that is followed by a syrupy flavor that does not let down. Really enjoying this coating flavor

O- the ba'ers on the site are right. This is a cup of Joe that doesn't let down. I live the coffee grind/dry combination that makes this brew stay true to a black coffee flavor. I need to do a dance off of coffee beers

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Photo of kemoarps
3.64/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a beautiful cola black, with a creaaamy latte coloured head that lingers and lingers. Surprisingly minimal lacing, however.

The smell is primarily dark roasted/burnt espresso grains. Delicious.

The taste follows the nose to an extent. I feel like I'm almost drinking an iced espresso. Bitter coffee, some chocolate underneath, and a bitter espresso roast finish.

This is a smoothe beer, but disappointingly thin and one dimensional. There are some very appealing tastes here, but overall it falls somewhat short. Check it out if you love coffee/espresso, but I don't think it's as good as it is made out to be.

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Photo of BostonHops
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

pours a dark, opaque brown; fairly agressive pour yields nearly 3" of foamy, khaki-colored head. strong retention and tons of lacing. awesome presentation... bold nose offers nice notes of coffee, chocolate, roasted malt, and maybe a hint of vanilla. very inviting.

flavor doesn't match the aroma quite as much as i had hoped, but it is very good. a lot of roasted malt and coffee, with secondary notes of chocolate and even a touch of hops in the finish. very tasty beer indeed. mouthfeel is average; on the lighter side of medium and a little thin. moderate carbonation.

overall this a great local brew; very flavorful. wouldn't put it up there with the best of the best, but definitely worth a try. berkshire continues to impress me.

(originally reviewed: 05-26-2011)

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Photo of jb413
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a pitch black hue with almost three fingers of mocha head with great staying power. Fairly good lacing.

S - Fresh ground coffee, lots of chocolaty / cocoa notes, and roasty malt.

T - Roasted malt, subdued dark chocolate followed by smooth coffee and a slightly bitter roasty finish.

MF - Incredibly smooth. Very drinkable. Light-moderate carbonation. Pleasantly bitter finish.

O - Fantastic

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Photo of ColForbinBC
3.41/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a CBS snifter

A deep, dark brown body with a creamy khaki cap. Sticky lace coats the glass. The head has a little cascading action before settling to a thick layer of foam.

The nose is mostly roast with some coffee notes. A bit of dark fruits. Not a deep or broad beer by any means.

On the palate, this guy follows the nose. The coffee is not very pronounced, but rather just an accent flavor. Roast malt is the prominent flavor with some dark fruits in the back. Little disappointed in the lack of depth and complexity.

On the lighter side of medium, carbonation was a little high for my liking. Watery in spots.

This is a decent coffee porter, better than most.

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Photo of jmarsh123
3.56/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

An extra from someone, but sorry I forgot who.

Pours black with a small wispy tan head and spotty lacing.

Not as much coffee on the aroma as I'd like. No bottle date so not sure if this one is fresh. Some sweet malts and not too much else.

A little more coffee in the flavor, but still not much. Some bitter roasted malt up front rounding into a chocolately sweetness. Finishes with a touch of coffee and slightly astringent.

Mouthfeel is a bit too thin for the style. Carbonation levels are good.

Nothing horrible with this, just kind of run of the mill. I like my coffee stouts to have more coffee and the thin mouthfeel also detracts a bit, but all in all it's still an enjoyable beer.

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Photo of jondeelee
3.68/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pouring an almost entirely opaque jet-black, Coffeehouse Porter opens with a lovely nose, full of coffee-laden malts. But unlike many of its peers, the aromas here are delicately, skillfully blended so that no one aroma dominates. In other words, this smells not like a coffee-bombed porter, but an intricately crafted brew that brings about the best fusion of both ingredients. Specifically, on the malt side the beer brings brown sugars, molasses, vanilla, caramel, and touches of tobacco and ash, while the coffee beans add fresh-ground espresso and French roast aromas, heady with coffee bean oils. Ever-so-slight fig and raisin fruit esters add complexity, and the faintest pine resin and grapefruit rind edges balance with bitterness. As a whole, the nose is excellent, my only qualm being that the aromas did fade faster than I was expecting, wearing off to half-strength within thirty seconds.

On the tongue, the beer opens with a got shot of coffee, coming at the taste buds in medium-strength blackness. This is joined by a larger-than-expected addition of hops, adding a grapefruit flavor to the coffee which, while strange, largely mingles well, though it does remind me of a Merlot wine, which is not something I would normally drink with coffee. Malts add the aforementioned caramel, vanilla, brown sugar, and molasses notes, but on the tongue these flavors are diminished and more watery than expected. Touches of ash and tobacco linger far below. The beer does lose a bit of potency from mouthful to mouthful, especially noticeable in the diminution of sugars, with later mouthfuls being largely coffee, ash, and grapefruit/Merlot. The aftertaste is a continuation of the main mouthful's flavors, and lingers for a good time. Mouthfeel is medium-light, and carbonation is medium.

Overall, while the initial aromas were very promising, the actual flavors didn't quite live up to promise. The coffee and ash flavors did remain potent during the transition, but much was lost in the sugars, and the grapefruit-y hops didn't mesh well with the coffee. The beer is by no means unpalatable, but could use a bit of tweaking to emphasize the proper flavors.

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Photo of BrewAskew
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

@ The Gaff in Waltham. Pours to a thick creamy permanent head and ample lacing. Aroma is coffee, malty, more coffee, creamer... Flavor is coffee, malts, and a tinge of hops. Mouthfeel is medium-full and very much stoutlike. Overall, a very good coffee porter. Good choice.

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Photo of Dope
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: A very dark brown pour with a good sized very light brown head. Quite dense. Leaves a decent spiderweb of lacing too.

S: Lots of fresh coffee as you would expect. Creamy with some roasted malt in there.

T: Lots of coffee and roasted malt. Creamy, almost vanilla aspect balances it out nicely.

M: Medium bodied, super smooth and creamy.

O: Great simple coffee porter. Coffee isn't overpowering but of course it's still quite strong. Mouthfeel is off the chart, super creamy and smooth. Goes down easily.

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

22 oz. bottle tried 6 Nov 2011. Trade from amphion1065, thanks! Served in the 0.5 L Adambrau becker.

Large tight brown head. Medium carbonation. Dark brown in color, opaque. Aroma is lots of roasty malt, cocoa and coffee. Lots of coffee and roasted malt to start. Some bittersweet chocolate. A says like a mocha latte. Milky body, mild ethanol. Coffee intensifies as it warms up. Roasty coffee finish and aftertaste.

Quite nice.

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

Bomber into glass.

Almost black with thick & frothy light tan head. Lots of sticky lacing.

Big coffee and roast smell. A good dash of chocolate too.

The coffee, chocolate, and roasty elements are all up front in the taste. A very nice flavor. The hops hit later on and also seem to show more as the beer warms up a bit. They give some balance to the big coffee hit. The malt seems to fold in with the coffee. Hard to say more than “it’s in there” at times. I wondered if there would be a point where the beer might start to feel heavy but it stayed pretty crisp as I drank. Can’t taste a single bit of the alcohol in this one. I sense none of it up front. Quite easy drinking for a porter.

On the thick side and smooth in the mouth. I think back to Breckenridge Vanilla Porter and wish it had this velvety feel. Little carbonation activity. The aftertaste is deep like you’d think for something with coffee but with only a small amount of bitterness here and there.

Coffee porters and stouts are one of my favorite subcategories of beer. This one is a really solid contender for me. I liked this beer on all counts. Another winner from Berkshire that’s local, affordable, and tasty.

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Coffeehouse Porter from Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.
4.06 out of 5 based on 1,054 ratings.
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