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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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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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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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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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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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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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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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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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from nitro tap at Sunset Boston.
Pors a thick airy black. Thick white fluffy foam.
Smell is fantastic - coffe and malts.
Taste is of coffee, malts, and a bit of chocolate. So so smooth. Similar to a guinness.
Overall, one of the most well balanced, flavorful, and smoothest coffee brews I ever tasted. This is a fantastic brew!!

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Coffeehouse Porter from Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.
4.06 out of 5 based on 1,056 ratings.
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