Coffeehouse Porter | Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.

BA SCORE
91
outstanding
1,060 Ratings
Coffeehouse PorterCoffeehouse Porter
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.
Massachusetts, United States
berkshirebrewingcompany.com

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by purplehops on 05-03-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,060
Reviews:
480
Avg:
4.06
pDev:
9.85%
 
 
Wants:
85
Gots:
154
For Trade:
2
View: Beers | Events
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Ratings: 1,060 |  Reviews: 480
Photo of mctizzz
4.4/5  rDev +8.4%

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.

 1,202 characters

Photo of DelicateDelirium
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
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!!

 339 characters

Photo of davey101
4.46/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz pour into a pint glass. On nitro tap at a local bar.

A - Cascading effect typical of nitrogenated beers. Dark brown body with a fluffy two finger light mocha head with very tight bubbling. Dies down to about one finger but lasts the entire beer. Lacing and retention is crazy.

S - Really fresh coffee aroma followed by some lightly roasted caramel malts. Finish is of bitter beans and hops.

T - Similar to the nose. Lots of sweet roasted coffee beans and bready caramel malts. Finish is almost similar to an IPA, bitter beans and piney hops. Very well balanced and delicious. Mouth feel is creamy and silky while still remaining light and easy drinking.

O - Probably my favorite local beer, made even better by the nitrogen tap. Really well balanced and fresh tasting coffee porter at an awesome value. 22 oz bombers sell for under $4.

 845 characters

Photo of wizo
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of jongullotti
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of bespin15
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of JMCrocker
5/5  rDev +23.2%

Photo of brureview
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow- what a beer! On nitro- tap at the Flatbread Company in Somerville, MA. The beer poured a huge head with three colors: the mid-colors a lighter coffee, and the bottom pour a dark coffee tone.

The mouth feel is very malty with a milkshake quality, lemony with slight carbonation.

The finish is a tangy dark-roast- with deep coffee tones and brewed with a balance which is not overwhelming.

The coffee finish becomes smoother and mellows with warming.

This beer is at its absolute best on nitro-tap. It's important to drink it with rich, non-spicy cheese foods such as the meat and cheese pizza.

This beer may become one of my on-tap favorites.

 654 characters

Photo of iAMthePHOTOman
5/5  rDev +23.2%

Photo of SickGnar
3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Very dark brown that takes on a bit of a red hue when held to light. Clear, but hard to see through due to the dark color. Medium-size, dark khaki head turns a touch rocky as it settles mildly rapidly to a skim. The skims sticks around pretty good and it keeps a ring while depositing some okay bits of lace.

S: Surpringly fruity in an estery way. Then I pick up coffee as wet/spent grounds. Behind that is some dark chocolate and some toasty / lightly roasty notes. Fair strength, but less robust than I expected. A sort of thin & watery smell for a porter.

T: More porter than coffee – which is okay – and it is a pretty damn decent porter. Chocolatey with just a pinch of roast. Backbone nutty, biscuity, & toasty malts show through firmly. Hint of bread crust. Malty sweetness blends nicely with firm dark fruit notes – raisins and plums mostly with a hint of fig. There is a hint of earthy, slightly citric, and slightly herbal hops at the end. The end also gets increasingly roasty and the coffee really comes out and lingers into the finish. Starts alright and just get better.

M: Medium body with just slightly over-matched carbonation. Minimal sugars and texture. Doesn’t feel the least bit big or robust. Light and refreshing feel for a porter. Finish is mostly neutral with just a hint of drying.

D: Certainly not amazing, but very, very solid. Coffee isn’t as big as I would have liked, and it is also less robust than I anticipated. Preconceptions aside, this is very okay & drinkable porter with a nice bonus addition.

 1,549 characters

Photo of jfcaa193
4/5  rDev -1.5%

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

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass and enjoyed with some slow cooked buffalo chicken...awesome meal. A pretty fresh batch; vibrant and I wonder how it would cellar.

A: Pours a light black with a dark brown edge, SRM 60? One finger light tan head with excellent retention; gives way to ample foamy lacing. Just light enough to see some bubbles.

S: Mild and subtle; coffee with hints of chocolate and mint. A bit of tart. As it warms, the smell gets much stronger and is noticeable from several feet away.

T: Coffee with a bit of chocolate. Quite a bit smoky. Strong alcohol presence lingers.

M: Smooth, with a touch of creaminess. Low on the carbonation, which fits this beer perfectly.

O: A delicious porter that I would most certainly buy again.

 756 characters

Photo of chrispoint
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of rsant
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of busterthecat
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of CTbeerboy
3.21/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Berkshire Brewing Company Dean's Beans Coffeehouse Porter (what a mouthful) pours as black as morning coffee. It hits the glass and quickly dispenses a medium brown/khaki head with a finger or so of a nice tight head.
S- Overall, I getl ots of smoke, tar and a strong roasted grain bill around. Very black coffee-forward, with something slightly sweet (caramel notes) on the front of the nose. The heavy Porter notes really come around on the back of the nose.
T- Lots of smoke and coffee up front, a nice combination of traditional porter notes mixed with the addition of Dean's Beans. A subtle bitterness on the back of the palate with a very dry non-lingering finish.
M- On the mouthfeel, you definitely get more of the Porter notes than on the nose or in the taste of the beer itself. Heavy while on the palate, but it really doesn't linger like you think it should. Honestly, I don't want to forget the taste this beer as quick as I do. It really should linger a bit more than it does.
O- The flavors are good, maybe not as coffee-forward as it could be. I also don't get the lingering that I want out of a beer like this. I miss it too quickly.

 1,153 characters

Photo of wdarcy77
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of Ajlvt
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of pperez38
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of jbrumberg
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of tirlzx
5/5  rDev +23.2%

Photo of acurtis
3/5  rDev -26.1%

Photo of kevgod
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Coffeehouse Porter from Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.
4.06 out of 5 based on 1,060 ratings.
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.