Coffeehouse Porter | Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.

Coffeehouse PorterCoffeehouse Porter
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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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3.5/5  rDev -14%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of GarthDanielson
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nitro tap served in a tumbler pint, the beer is jet black, with a creamy, dense, thick, biege colored head that looks solid and delicious. Cream and coffee aromas, with a hint of bitter dark chocolate that blends everything together very well. The beer has a good roasting to the palate, with a heavy coffee character, slight mocha highlights, and a very subtle hopping that cleans up the end of the brew. Very smooth body from the nitro, with a light overall feel. Clean on the glass, as well, and very easy to drink. Slightly bitter aftertaste, but very mild, and the beer has a smooth, creamy, and easy finish. Decent brew that is ridiculously easy to drink.

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3.5/5  rDev -14%

Photo of ahamlin
5/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is currently my favorite beer. Every time I go to the Horseshoe Pub, I am tempted to ignore the other 79 offering and just order this flawless beer. Bold, rich flavor. No bitter aftertaste. Nice roasted notes, without being overpowering. And yes, I like the fact that it will kick you in the butt if you drink it too fast on an empty stomach.

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Photo of Gatch
5/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On nitro-tap @ The Horseshoe Pub in Hudson, MA.

A - Deep, dark brown with shades of red at the edges. No light comes through. Thick, pillowy, frothy, light brown, latte-like head. Just sits there. Love it.

S - Coffee, raisins, cocoa, and roasted, charred malt.

T - Strong coffee and chocolate. Like a milkshake or chocolate cake finished with a shot of espresso.

M - Perfect body for a porter. Chocolaty and roasty goodness. Highly enjoyable to drink.

Such a fantastic beer. It may be due to the nitro-tap, but I gotta give this beer a perfect "5". Everything the style should be.

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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of aorloski
3.3/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a very dark brown to black hue, fluffy off white head. Looks a little thin bodied.

Smell - You get some coffee but you have to look for it. The base porter is barely robust and is struggling to be something. Very faint roasted malts and tobacco.

Taste - Again, pretty moderate, nothing too special going on here. Very mellowed coffee, barely there even. The base beer is neither rich or robust but rather smooth, i assume to give way for the coffee. Maybe my bottle is old? I do get hints of vanilla, tobacco, roasted malts though, but very subdued.

Mouthfeel - Nothing special, pretty thin.

Overall - Just a middle of the road porter for me, at 4 bucks for 22oz though i can't complain, definitely worth it if you ask me, but far from world class.

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5/5  rDev +22.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

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Photo of zeledonia
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed 25 November 2011, reviewed from notes.

Pours deep brown with reddish tones. One finger of medium-tan head, good lacing and retention.

Smell has a wonderful mellow coffee aroma, smooth and clean like cold-press, without any bitterness or sharpness. Dark roasted malts are similarly smooth - no char or sharp edges.

Taste has a great balance of coffee and porter. The coffee is clean, smooth, and delicious, and sitting comfortably on top of the porter base. A nice amount of smooth dark roasted malts. A little less complex than I would like, and not quite as potent as I want. Finish is a slow fade.

Mouthfeel: Medium-heavy body, on the heavy side for a porter. Medium carbonation, enough to give it some bubble, but not enough to detract from the beer's weight.

A really solid, well-balanced coffee porter - perhaps the best coffee porter I've had. Has a mellow coffee flavor that complements the rest of the beer quite well, without taking over. It's like adding coffee to a smooth, mellow porter. Impressive.

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3.26/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle as an extra from Aberration. Thank you, Nick. Best by 09May 2012, which probably means this is pretty fresh. Thank you, Nick.

Pouring a dark brown with a dense, light brown head with excellent retention and gorgeous lacing, this is a particularly attractive porter. The nose is solid.Plenty of fresh medium roast coffee with a mild acidic tinge is present, along with a nice roastiness, a touch of cream, caramel and finishing with a mild hop note. The hop character is mostly leafy and mildly minty, complementing the roast and coffee quite well. Moderately fruity as well, I get a little peachy note - is that from the coffee or the (I'm guessing) American ale yeast used. Strangely, there's a touch of sulfur as well.

The palate opens with the coffee front and center with a medium-light roast, moderately fresh with a moderate fruity character. There's something distracting going on, with something that tastes like a blend between a faint sulfur and faintly metallic character. The roast is actually on the lighter end of moderate, allowing the creamy and mildly caramel-like flavors to come through. However, that doesn't entirely work either. Mildly sweet on the finish with a blend of caramel, light coffee . Light in body with moderate, creamy carbonation, this beer is solid.

I'd drink it again, but I think this beer has a bit of an identity crisis - the base porter is neither a rich and roasty robust porter, nor is it on the sweeter, more caramel-heavy end of the spectrum. And while I think it has some flaws, part of me wonders how much of that is due to the base recipe not particularly aging well in this day of double coffee this and triple imperial that.

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Coffeehouse Porter from Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.
Beer rating: 85.5% out of 100 with 1,064 ratings
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