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 cjacobsen
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(A) Pours dark maroon, almost brown. Totally opaque. Has a very thin head on it.

(S) There is something different going on in the aroma, I still can't quite put my finger on what it is. Smells of coffee, but almost with a bit of chai in it. A bit like old coffee grounds and toasted grains. Some biscuit.

(T) The flavor has a lot of the java and coffee flavors in it. A decent blend of mocha, coffee, roasted malts, cereal, bread, and a bit of caramel.

(M) It's on the lighter side of full body. Ends really dry, almost chalky.

(O) It's good, but it's got a weird smell and flavor (amongst all of the notable and good flavors) that I can't figure out. Almost like a bit of funk in there. It's weird, but a pretty good brew.

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Photo of mgbickel
4.39/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Obtained in the Partners BIF...thanks Urban Chaos!

Split two ways with my partner, Stigs. Poured into a Piraat tulip. 3 fingers of fluffy foam formed (say that 3 times fast) quickly, almost spilling out of the glass. The head dissipated quickly into a thin layer on top of the dark, chestnut brown body. Very little lacing.

Wow...the nose on this is excellent! Tons of roasted malts, coffee beans and dark chocolate.

Very nice...the taste isn't quite as profound as the nose, but it holds up well. The bitterness of black coffee starts things off. The center turns to a milky sweetness that quickly fades into a smooth, roasted malt finish.

The mouthfeel is the weak link in this offering...light bodied, a tad watery with moderate carbonation. If this was a little heavier, it would be world-class!

This is a very solid beer. I am really glad I had the chance to try it...after all, it has been on my wants list for some time. Well worth the wait!

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

Wish I could have this more often. I believe it is unpasteurized. So must be kept cold. Haven't seen it south of the Massachusetts border.

Taste like Chocolate Coffee Chocolate. A nice brownish head. Smells like Chocolate Coffee Chocolate. Enough said.

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Photo of JohnHoyos
3.46/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at a store in White River Jct, VT.

A - Poured into a big chalice. This sucker's real dark - just short of black. I'll guess 25 SRM. Big head dissipated after a sip or two, but a thin head remains. Some lacing.

S - Notes of coffee, metal and dust. Strange, I know, but that's what I'm getting.

T - With a color this dark and an initial big head, my expectation was for a big chewy beer. That's my fault for creating expectation. Medium bodied with flavors of coffee and malt. I'm not getting the bitterness that other dark coffee beers can impart.

M - The body does have a good mouthfeel and the carbonation is fairly tight. The carbonation hangs around on the finish with the coffee.

O - Like Jim Carrey, I've had better, but I'm not going to complain about the money spent on this one. I don't know if I get the A- average that this beer seems to get from the rest of the community, but maybe we can chalk this up to a bottle that's slightly off. I also bought a bottle of their RIS and I'm looking forward to cracking that soon.

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Photo of AgentZero
3.53/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Alex I believe, for this bottle share.

A - Black beer with a tan head that consisted of some fairly nice looking, fine bubbles. Pretty imposing looking for something with this low ABV.

S - A lot of coffee. I originally reviewed this thinking it's a coffee stout, but apparently it's a higher ABV coffee porter than I was realizing. It's a coffee beer, so this is fitting. There is some chocolate and roast in there.

T - Pretty full taste for something with this low ABV, even if it is almost all coffee. It's not a bad thing as this has some solid flavor with good roast and a bit of cocoa.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

O - Not bad, decent flavor for a coffee porter. Got through it easily enough.

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Photo of crzyc
4.21/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Tan thick sticky head, dark brown chocolate.

S: Coffee, Malt, yeast

T: As it smells, coffee, malt, some chocolate. Delicious.

M: carbonation is average, full body

O: Outstanding porter. Maybe a bit better on tap, glad I finnally reviewed my favorite porter.

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Photo of woosterbill
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Prime 16 into an Allagash goblet. I can't believe it's taken me so long to review this beer.

A: Black body with clear brown highlights; one finger of creamy, persistent brown foam that leaves some nice lace. Lovely.

S: Rich coffee, bitter chocolate, and even more roasty coffee. Simple, and good.

T: Coffee is up front (rather piquant, fruity coffee to be exact), followed by plenty of chocolate and come faint herbal hops on the cleanly bitter finish. Very tasty, but a little weak on the tail end - I wish the coffee carried through a touch more.

M: Hugely frothy, and therefore a little thin. Not as rich as it could be.

O: This beer is almost always on tap at the better bars in my area, and it always makes a great option. It's robust enough for the winter, bitter enough for the summer, and tasty enough for every day. I'm bumping it up a half-point here for being so affordable and available. Terrific porter.


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Photo of abgba121
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: pours a near black with about one inch of tan head, leaves a thin lace, especially immediately directly above the beer itself.

S: smells like a typical coffee porter, both sweetness, roasted malts and coffee making their marks.

T: Surprisingly impressed here, a wonderful roasted sweetness up front, very crisp. Lots of coffee flavor throughout, some hops, a great balance. A finish of light sweetness and roasted coffee.

M: medium to heavy body, solid.

O: a great porter, definitely one to have again. Berkshire really hit the marks in term of flavors with the malts, hops and the coffee.

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

Nice extra from Satchboogie. Cheers!

Appearance -- Pours a dark coffee brown with a finger of stiff mocha head. Smatterings of lace, not much.

Smell -- Coffee beans, licorice, mild cocoa sweetness, and a low earth hop bitter element.

Taste -- Lots of big coffee flavor, cocoa powder, hint of raw sugar sweetness, and a faint licorice/anise fermentation character. The coffee is unmistakably present, but it also doesn't overwhelm the porter base flavors; everything is very well-integrated. The finish is coffee, cocoa, and earthy hops.

Mouthfeel -- Medium to medium-light in body with moderate prickly carbonation that foams in the back of the mouth. It works well.

Overall -- This one has some sentimental value to me, being the first beer I drank at my first Dark Lord Day (out of a spent McDonald's cup - O how naive!) Really quite nice. One of the better year-round American Porters, and the coffee flavor is added quite nicely. If you like coffee-infused beers, this is a must try. The end.

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Photo of hoptualBrew
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber pours a deep dark brown into my chalace with amber hues on the edges. Moderate amount of khaki head atop sinking down with minimal lacing.

Big chocolate & espresso notes here - sweet malts and chocolate bitterness all over.

Carbonation bite up front pushes the sweet chocolate malts forward. The coffee/java/espresso doesnt hit the palate until the endtaste. Some bitterness goes well with the coffee flavors.

Moderately heavy body (7/10) & well carbonated. Crisp bite with the carbonation makes it an easier heavier brew.

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Photo of Krakistophales
4.54/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From notes.

A: Pours black with a 2 finger tan head

S: Amazing aroma of dark roast, milk chocolate, rich coffee, cinnamon, which all blends to make a fantastic cinnamon cappuccino smell

T: Huge dark, roasted coffee flavor up front, hints of bittersweet chocolate, and a dry, hop and espresso like finish

O: Excellent, robust, flavorful porter whose taste profile is exactly as advertised. Best berkshire brew yet. Will definitely buy again.

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

Ruby highlights to the brown porter. Beige head with decent thickness (1") and admirable retention.

Smells like those faux chocolate-covered espresso know, the ones without a real nib in the center. But just at first until you separate the coffee from the chocolate. When you do you get a whiff of premium coffee beans with chocolate flavoring, like the kind used in Italian ices. A dollop of cream with a sprinkling of calcium and we're all set here.

Taste follows the nose closely. No nasty surprises here. There's a little bitterness, which is perfect for this style. The coffee is in nice harmony with the malts and doesn't send the bitterness through the roof.

I was disappointed with the mouthfeel at first until I remembered I was drinking a porter, not a stout. The taste is similar to other coffee stouts I've had. So the body here is very nice. The label says "rich" and if by that they mean "silky smooth" then yeah, spot on. I usually define it as "full-bodied" so this is a bit less than that. Again, it's not a stout so no issue here.

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Photo of buyBinboaVodka
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought this beer while out of state. It says keep cold, so I had to limit myself to just 6 bottles at the liquor store.

A - Pours a dark brown with a small tan head that fades away leaving some sticky lacing around the glass.

S - Right off the bat the coffee dominates the nose. I get some roasted malts with a little bit of earthy aromas. This has a real pleasant smell to it.

T - Yum!! I get that bold coffee flavor followed up by roasted malts. I expected some bitterness to come through from the coffee, but I just taste a non overly sweet brew. The balance in this perfect for me.

M - The body feels a little light, but I have to remember this is a porter and not a stout. Nice level of carbonation lets the sweet coffee stick around in the palate for a while.

O - I did not have high hopes for this beer, but this porter gave me a awesome experiance that I may just drive the 2 hours to get again. My only regret is having a small fridge to not stock more.

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Photo of corby112
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber received in a recent trade with mkabull. Thanks again man!

Pours a dark chestnut brown color that is opaque in the glass with faint mahogany edges and a two finger frothy yellowish beige head. Good retention, only slowly fading into a lasting cap that leaves nice chunks of lacing behind.

Deep roasted coffee aroma with lots of other silky dark malt notes that never becomes acrid or burnt smelling. Subtle lactic cream and luscious chocolate compliment the gourmet coffee in the nose very well. This actually smells like good coffee fused with a roasted malt beer rather than burnt coffee grinds and old filters.

Chewy full body with a blast of deep toasted coffee flavor that lingers over the roasted dark malt notes into a slightly acrid dry finish. Although the beer is pretty roasty with a ton of coffee flavor, it is never overwhelming or one dimensional. Again, there is a subtle lactic cream presence that smooths things out and provides fullness to the plate. There's also dome bittersweet dark chocolate as well as some oatmeal, caramel and hazelnut flavor. Toward the finish it becomes more bitter and acrid but overall it's nicely balanced and easy to drink.

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Photo of PDXHops
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Long-lost review notes. Bomber courtesy of Yamar18, poured into a Duvel tulip. Appearance is setting the stage for a nice experience, fluffy and puffy head, plentiful clumpy and sticky lacing.

Smells a bit like cups of fresh coffee and cocoa side by side with a healthy dose of roasted malt. Taste is more of the same, plus hints of bittersweet chocolate and tart cherry. Lengthy dry roasted finish. Great balance of aromas and flavors. This is perhaps the best coffee beer I've tried.

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Photo of lou50rp
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown with a medium brown head. Head dissipates quickly with little lacing.
Smells of coffee with a touch of cream. Inviting.
Taste of sweet coffee with a touch of hops at the end.
Mouthfeel is medium and almost creamy. Very nice.
Very good coffee stout. Excellent cold on a hot summer day. Will have more.

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Photo of augustgarage
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to jctribe25 for this one. Enjoyed in the late morning, poured from a 22oz bomber into my Samuel Smith nonic.

Bistre liquid with faint russet highlights where light is allowed through. A thin buff head dissipates slowly to a delicate slick. Gentle lacing.

Toasty roast malt, vague cocoa, and coffee in the nose.

Bitter coffee flavor with cherry pits, leather, and a low nut taste. A light but lasting astringency bleeds into the dry finish. Some grassy hops join up with the earthy roast malt throughout.

Crisp, yet somewhat sticky, medium-light bodied, and lightly carbonated.

Straight forward coffee porter - quite tasty, but unexceptional compared to its peers.

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Photo of jman892
4.37/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours black with some ruby highlights and a huge, foamy, tan head. Layers of lacing remain. A real looker

S - Smell is dominated by coffee, with a little bit or burnt smokey, malts creeping in.

T - Follows the nose as it is all coffee up front, a bit of smokiness is also noted. Roasted malts round this out

M - Smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Alcohol well hidden. Coffee ground flavor lingers

O - Solid local offering. I think this is the best of the Berkshire line-up that I have had.

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Photo of Monkey962
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours almost completely black, such that it lets in very little light. Darker than I expected for a porter. A thick, foamy head results with large bubbles and a dirty, sandy color. Lacing is quite prevalent and very tenacious.

Smell: I guess Dean's Beans coffee is particularly aromatic, since all I get off the aroma is the coffee flavoring, with some minimal flowering hop sneaking through. Perhaps it's slightly overpowering.

Taste: Very well balanced. The coffee flavoring hits you first in foremost, eventually settling in the nose. The malts balance the hop bitterness very well making for a very mellow experience in the mouth that ends with peppery hop aftertaste along with a slight refreshing alcohol bite that washes across your palate at the end.

Feel: Typical of a darker ale, the feel is thick, rich, and smooth. Carbonation balances well at the beginning with the peppery hop aftertaste.

Drinkability: Surprisngly refreshing. The addition of coffee flavoring makes this suitable as a dessert beer.

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Photo of drewba
4.67/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Slick brownish black with a great finger and a half cream head. The retention is solid with some sturdy lacing and serious legs. Looks fantastic.

S - Whomever Deans Beans are, they're freaking awesome. This coffee smells unbelievable, and I'm pretty sure that this beer is pushing 4+ months old and is holding strong. The fresh roast smells like walking into a coffee shop, more mocha than straight black coffee, a bit of roasted malt thats overall sweet.

T - Clean, freshly roasted coffee, mocha, heavy roast without being overpowered, tobacco, tea and finishes with honey. It's sweet and dry at the same time. Fantastic balance, fantastic flavor. I know that this bottle is on the old side, so the coffee probably will taste better with a fresh bottle, but this doesn't disappoint at all.

M - I wish the body was a bit beefier, but it's definitely medium with a great carbonation pop. I can't really complain here.

O - This is a diamond in the rough. Very near to a cold cup of freshly roasted coffee with a shot of chocolate.

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

A: Looks black but is actually a dark reddish brown in the light. Good head, decent lacing.

S: Extremely rich aroma of sweet coffee liqueur.

T: Tastes like a bold cup of black coffee with a couple sugars.

Very good mouthfeel. Thick and substantial.

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Photo of perrymarcus
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | 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.

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.

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Photo of trappistlover
3.64/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

(22oz bottle). Pours dark brown with a large tan head that quickly fades. Aroma of chocolate (tootsie roll), coffee, and some caramel. Taste is roasty bitter with a sweet malt backbone. Thin to medium bodied with an oily texture. Finish is roasty bitter. Decent beer that is very easy to drink

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Photo of ottovon
3.97/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Opened by whiterascal.

A: pours out a brown-ruby color with a light brown head.

S: smells of roasted malt, toffee, and coffee. Hints of chocolate and some sweetness.

T: i get roasted malt and coffee. The coffee isnt over powering and blends nicely with the roasted malt and toffee flavors. I also get some sweetness and bitterness almost like bittersweet chocolate.

M: medium-thin body with carb that massages the tongue (thanks zach).

O: a very good coffee porter.

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Photo of stakem
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber picked up at Julios for the ridiculous price of like $3.99. We just don't see those kind of prices back in PA, not even for a local brewery that makes cheap, shitty beer. Best by date stamped on the neck reads 8/23/11.

Poured into a pub glass, this brew appears dark brown with more than a finger of creamy tan head. When held to the light, it shows decent lighter brown clarity and ruby hues through the body. The head holds very well across the top and produces patches of lace work along the glass. A nice froth of head lasts across the top of this brew throughout the entire duration, very nice.

The smell of this brew is roasty with dark grain characteristics, the roasted aspect of the coffee takes a back seat which is enjoyably surprising. The coffee imparts a type of citrus coffee bean element that blends and mixes with the hops to become indifferent of each other. There is a mild amount of sweetness which brings out a bit of a chocolate quality and a touch vanilla before turning to scents of musty grain. Overall not bad.

The taste is slightly bitter from the roasted grain that turns into flavors that are musty or slightly like stale coffee. There is a citrus component again present which seems like a combination of coffee and hops. There is a mineral flavor throughout which clashes a bit with the roasted quality of the grain and coffee incorporation. The alcohol sits at a perfect level where it is present with a light tang of flavor and mild warmth down the back of the throat, it is not distracting and is not bold enough to get in the way. The aftertaste is a mix of stale coffee, light must and minerals.

The feel of this brew is at times watery but it is modestly carbonated and for the most part medium bodied. The alcohol is just at the right level where a bomber is finished and is not a chore to do so. The outstanding factor of this brew is most definitely the smell, if only the taste was as good as the smell. I think a little tweaking of the recipe is needed and this would be a great brew. As is, it is a solid brew that I would enjoy again for less than $5 a bomber. Are there better coffee porters out there? Yeah, but in this price range probably not.

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Coffeehouse Porter from Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.
4.06 out of 5 based on 1,061 ratings.
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