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 PDXHops
4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
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 +2.7%
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 -4.2%
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 +7.4%
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 -4.2%
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 +14.7%
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 -3.4%
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 -0.5%
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 -10.6%
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 -2.5%
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 -4.2%
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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Photo of SuperSpy
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Black with a very creamy tan head that clings to every inch of the glass.

Sweet cream and coffee. Plenty of roast malt, roast coffee and a deliciously sweet aroma.

This beer is like velvet! The flavor has an earthy roasted flavor right up front that then is joined by coffee and an earthy hop flavor that balances the sweetness from the malt.

An awesome beer. I wish I could get this in the south!

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Photo of jeffress
4.68/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

fresh creamy head, yummy coffee back, smooth on the tongue.
In general the freshness of all the BBC brews are a huge advantage to other beers that have to travel through huge distribution systems. A fresh smooth thick remainder of lace from a imperial pint glass.

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Photo of Satchboogie
4.07/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber (best by 7/19/11) poured into a nonic pint glass

A: Pours dark brown/black with about 2 and a half fingers of mocha brown head. Leaves tons of lacing.

S: Roasted malts, medium roast coffee, chocolate, earthy hop aromas, maybe a little dark fruit.

T: Tons of earthy, medium roast coffee with flavors that include a little tobacco. Sturdy roasted malt base that isn't anywhere near charred. There's a light earthy and slight citrus hop presence but it doesn't seem to add much bitterness. Just a little roasted malt bitterness. Creamy milk chocolate middle with a good helping of caramel malt and a hint of dark fruits to finish. Fantastic balance of flavors with about as much complexity and depth I could want out of a Porter.

M: Medium body, medium to high carbonation. Creamy and fairly smooth.

O: For a coffee porter, I'm not sure there is much better. The nose reminded me instantly of Damnation II. I'm a huge coffee fan and I find too many coffee/beer is completely lacking flavor and often over-roasted. This had a great medium-roasted, lightly bitter, earthy taste that I love in coffee. I think the perfect balance of hops, sweetness, and slight dark fruit finish make this a memorable porter. For $3.99 and somewhat local, it's something I'll definitely be buying again.

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Photo of rebelthrower
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Very deep dark red or brown. Head is a light mocha/light tan, very porous and airy. About a thumb in thinkness.

S: Fresh coffee!! I popped the top and it was present from the beginning. A bit of chocolate too.

T: Roasted malts and coffee. A bit of chocolate in the end with vanilla.

M: Very smooth, almost creamy and a good balance of carbonation.

D: Very drinkable.

Great price for the 22oz bottle, less than $5. Definitely pick this one up again.

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Photo of Brez07
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this a few times, most recently about 2 months ago. 22oz bottle poured into a mug

A: Light, slightly translucent brown color with amber highlights. Pour yields a 2 finger cream head. Great retention about about 1/2 finger. Minimal lacing

S: As soon as I opened the bottle, I was hit with a wave of freshly roasted coffee. This was consistent throughout drinking, albeit a little faded. Also some brown sugar and molasses

T: Very good roasted malt and coffee mix. Pretty bitter, similar to black coffee. There is a small hint of chocolate in the finish

M: Medium bodied. Seems a bit overcarbonated. Bitter coffee flavor lingers on the palate

D: A solid coffee porter. Certainly can't beat the price (about $4/bomber). I usually pick one up every time I'm in the MA/CT area

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Photo of CheckMate
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml brown bottle bought at McKinnon's in Salem, NH. pours a dark brown liquid with very little hazy ruby red highlights and an inch of light tan head. scents of coffee, chocolate, caramel, and nut. tastes of coffee immediately hits the tongue with dark chocolate, caramel and nut notes in the background. full bodied medium carbonation. over all a delicious beer.


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Photo of MrHurmateeowish
3.97/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber purchased at McKinnon's in Salem, split with BA CheckMate. Pours a dark brown to black body with a thinish film of light tan head. Aroma says chocolate covered espresso beans. Coffee is immediately noticeable, with some toastiness and dark chocolate notes. Medium bodied with full carbonation. A bit of a sipper, though one sip definitely invites another. Solid - much better than their other porter.

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Photo of birchstick
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - pours a very dark brown, almost black but not quite. A very pourous head

S - smells like a fresh cup of coffee with a touch of chocolate malts - nice aroma

T - starts with a very rich coffee flavor with a slight touch of burnt malt...this flavor dominates the beginning and middle of the pallet. The coffee fades to nice chocolate flavors. I get very faint grassy hops too. In the end, the coffee comes back to round out the flavor profile. Pretty solid coffee beer here.

M - this goes down very smoothly with a little carbonation.

D - this is a very good coffee porter. Loads of the Deans Beans dominated the flavor, but it was delicious - almost like drinking an iced coffee. If I lived around Deerfield, I would make this a frequent purchase. Good stuff!

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Photo of KajII
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

[Best served in an English pint]

The pour was a very dark clear brown with a large frothy tan head that was mostly lasting and had excellent lacing.

The aroma was quite thick of the scent of coffee with dark roasted malts and a chewy leathery yeast with notes of roasted coffee, molasses and dark chocolate.

The taste was sweetly bitter and had a nice malty presence with coffee overtones in the beginning and finished with a strong coffee flavor, yet still sweetly bitter but with hints of chocolate and molasses with a touch of caramel at the end.

Mouthfeel was full in body with the texture being smooth and creamy and an almost flat carbonation.

Overall a wonderfully tasting Porter. All of the components in this brew worked together very well giving you an extremely well balanced beer. A great representation of the style.

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Photo of InebriatedJoker
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thank you mob2332 for this extra -

Poured from 22oz bomber into pint goblet,
Poured a dark brown w/ two finger head that settled into a thin creamy lacing,good carbonation .

Smell - Bitter coffee,mild toasted malts

Taste - I'm a coffee lover so this one hit the spot for me - Strong bitter coffee upfront with mild roasted malts, some mild licorice hints with a smooth creaminess.

Drinkability - I really enjoyed this Coffeehouse porter -well blended and balanced with just enough bitterness from the coffee,I would definitely have this again.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into a pint glass.

A: Classic porter brown with a thick tan head. The head boasts great retention and leaves a thick coating of lacing behind.

S: Fresh coffee beans, pleasant earthiness, licorice, some chocolatey roasted malt, and earthy hops.

T: Sweet, sugary tastes open, and fresh coffee beans follow closely behind. The coffee contributes a slight bitterness of its own, in addition to the balancing bitterness provided by the hops. Chocolatey roasted malt tastes come in waves and vie for supremacy with the coffee flavors. Both of these are eventually usurped by that dirty, earthy taste we've all come to expect of the BBC house yeast. Relatively short, dry finish divulges more coffee beans and earthy tastes.

M: Thick, smooth, and very creamy. Very good.

D: Good.

Notes: A very solid beer, and one of BBC's best offerings. It can occasionally be found on nitro tap at some of the local bars, and holds the distinction of being one of the only beers I truly enjoy in this format. The fresher you get it, the stronger the coffee taste seems to be.

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Photo of BeerMaverick
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Very dark and viscous for a porter...absolutely opaque. Tan and thin head with moderate retention. A large amount of lacing obscuring the walls of the wine glass.

S - Complete coffee aroma here...slight nutty notes as well.

T - Overall this is the best coffee-flavored beer that I have ever tasted. The coffee beans are the pioneers here. Nice and thick for a porter. Some that I've had have been too translucent and light.

M - Bitter coffee and hoppy mouthfeel...exactly what you would hope to expect for a beer of this style.

D - This beer is very drinkable...less than 4$ a bomber. I couldn't drink too many coffee flavored beers at once, but if this is your style...I'd highly recommend it.

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Photo of Bung
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. Thank you mob2332.
Solid blackish pour, a good finger of beige head that really lasts. Does a little bit of lacing as well.

Aroma hits hard with the coffee. Roast malt and cocoa in there as well. Almost a hint of lactose.

Taste is not quite as powerful with the coffee, but is more balanced by the roast malt. Dark chocolate and cocoa through to the finish.

As creamy as it can get for being a "smaller" beer. Near medium body, goes down very easy. No alcohol what so ever.

Worthy of seeking out if you like a coffee beer.
Excellent, almost along the lines of Pisgah Valdez.

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Photo of arktos
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

02/17/11 - My first official BA review and the day of my baby boy's first tooth (good job big guy!).

22oz to Imperial Nonic - could not find a freshness date.

A: Very dark brown almost black, garnet colored highlights when held up to light, a nice two finger creamy khaki colored head with good blotchy webbed lacing.

S: A bit subdued; softly sweet blend of roasted malt, dark roast coffee, semi-dark chocolate, and a touch of vanilla - unassuming but quite nice.

T: Like the nose, I found it softly sweet; roasted coffee beans, cocoa powder like chocolate, and nice smooth roasted malt. Not overly complex but tasty nonetheless.

M: Mouthfeel is just right; medium body and silky/creamy smooth. Very easy to drink.

A well built easy to drink coffee porter and a definite recommendation. Another solid brew from Berkshire. Haven't had a bad offering from them yet.

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Coffeehouse Porter from Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.
Beer rating: 4.07 out of 5 with 1,072 ratings
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