Coffeehouse Porter | Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.

1,060 Ratings
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 jeffress
4.68/5  rDev +15.3%
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 +0.2%
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 +3.9%
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%
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 -1.5%
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 -2.2%
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 -3.9%
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 +3.4%
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 +7.1%
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 +0.5%
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%
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 +4.7%
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 +2.2%
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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Photo of Auslander
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a snifter.

Dark brown almost black in color. Tan head leaves light lacing.

Aroma reminds me of coffee brewing in the morning.

Taste is of fresh brewed coffee up front. tasty dark roasted malts follow. Very nice.

Silky mouthfeel.

This is a very good coffee porter.

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Photo of gdrydenc
3.35/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had 5oz sample on tap at Sunset Bar & Grill in Allston, MA. Reviewed from (quite old) notes.

A - Dark brown in color, with little, thick brown head.

S - Coffee and hints of chocolate.

T - Sweet, for a beer with coffee in the name, it's missing the coffee umph that I was expecting. Watery, but moderately alcoholic tasting.

M - Coffee taste that lacked up front lingers for a while afterward.

D - Light enough tasting to drink a few, but taste may motivate me not to.

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Photo of Gosox8787
3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 22 oz. bomber bottle with a "Best By" date of 7-19-2011. Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a creamy, two finger mocha head. Dark brown in color, pretty good retention.

Aroma: Coffee beans and espresso are definitely present. Some char and a touch of caramel are there as well.

Taste: I get a little hint of day old coffee and coffee grinds from this. Defintely a good deal of smoke or char from the malt as well. Not a lot of sweetness to balance this out.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied but surpirsingly creamy. Given the flavor, I expected something thinner.

Drinkability: The ABV is well hidden and the flavors are relatively light. A bomber was not a chore to finish.

Overall, a nice coffee porter, but nothing completely memorable or outstanding. The coffee is definitely the dominant flavor. Not something I would seek out, but pretty nice either way.

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Photo of Homebrew35
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have to say this is not the same beer as I remember it from last year. Maybe my taste buds changed but one of our tasting buddies though so too. Not in disastrous way but interesting.
Pours with some frothy dark tan head. Deep brown cloudy body. Smells of sweet carmel, roasty coffee, some roasted malts, a touch of burnt malts. Tastes sweet at first, then carmel, some black coffee and a slight bitterness on the finish. Medium carbing, medium full bodied. I try this again later this year to see if this changes again.

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Photo of CooperEllis
3.17/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

22oz into a tulip

Nice dark color, litle head but retains a good deal of it. Lacing is spotty.

Great aroma of malts, roast, coffee, bitter chocolate notes.

The taste is dominated by the coffee flavors. While it's a decent enough flavor, the porter gets lost a bit.

Mouthfeel is fine for the style, perhaps a bit on the watery side, or perhaps it's my mind playing tricks because I feel like I'm drinking a cup of strong coffee.

There may be folks who like it balanced this way, but for me this is overly reliant on the coffee flavor and ignores what could be a very good porter.


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Photo of Khazadum
3.35/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Nice creamy head. Decent retention, very little in ways of the carbonation disrupting the enjoyable picture. Nothing special nor disappointing about the lacing. Deep mahogany body, with that cola edges.

S- Faint aromas coming from this one. Some bitter coffee notes, burnt grains, some papery off-tones. Nothing allowing me to say this is a Coffehouse porter.

T- Opens burnt grains, slight transition to be more roasted. Middle starts to bite and ramp itself up. Bitter notes that last into the finish that remind me of black coffee. Very disappointing.

M- Creamy, mild body, and carbonation on the opening to refresh each drink. Lingers to an appreciable extent.

D- Just... decent. Nothing amazing, nothing special. Drinks like what you'd expect from a run of the mill beer. Pretty disappointing leading me to believe this is the third old bottle from a certain package. Can't tell for sure, but if this is the standard coffee flavor and aroma I won't be searching it again.

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Photo of DrinkingDrake
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brown bordering black. Almost no head with a small tan lace clinging to the sides.

Coffee and chocolate with a slight roast. Nothing overwhelming.

Well balanced coffee which gets followed by a soft chocolate. Some sweet subtle caramel malt flavors carry throughout the whole feel. Tastes very natural and not too bitter as with some coffee beers. Nothing artificial here.

Descent amount of carbonation with a faint bite. Just the right consistency, medium body.

Drinks smooth and quicker than most porters but nothing really to worry about with an ABV just over 6%.

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Photo of mothman
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into chalice.

Pours a light layer of beige bead. Still leaves some nice rings. Color is a dark brown with a caramel hue to it.

Aroma: Rich strong coffee. A massive amount here. Chocolate, caramel, and vanilla. A nice roast to this one.

Taste: Very similar to the nose. Tons of rich roasted coffee with a nice roasted malt flavor. Vanilla and caramel with some chocolate notes. Pretty solid.

Mouthfeel: Roasted and creamy. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends with more coffee.

Overall, a nice coffee porter. Lots of solid flavors and not overly roasted. I dig this one. Pretty drinkable.

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Photo of rastapenguin22
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I split a bomber with my dad, pouring it into my BBC nonic that I picked up two dad ago. 

Pours a cappuccino head on top of a nearly black- brown body. Smells like a dark roast coffee, black. A hint of chocolate and dark malt. It tastes like it smells. It's not real heavy, I'd say it's a pretty easy-drinking, non-"session" beer. 

It didn't have quite the coffee profile I had expected. The bottle was best by 6/11/2011, so I don't think it was a freshness thing. Coffeehouse Porter was a tasty brew that I'll definitely drink again and my dad said it was "really good" too.

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Photo of begforme4484
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very deep mahogany brown. Not much happening in the way of head, just has a tan rim around the glass. Very spotty lacing.

Very rich in coffee to the nose. Lots of roasted malt in there giving it a heavy nose. Good amount of sweetness as it warms, a bit of vanilla in there.

Roasted malt, lots of bitter coffee, and a decent smoky flavor on the finish. Nice vanilla in the bitter finish.

In between medium and full bodied. Mildly carbonated, and very slightly sticky and lingering.

It's a very good porter. A nice combination of coffee and the robustness of a porter. Easy to find, and easy on the wallet. Another good beer by BBC.

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Photo of Liverpool08
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

WoW. Just an outsatnding Porter. Dark black with a thin Mocha head. Aroma of sweet coffee and toffee. Taste is spot on. Sweet coffee and mocha, but not in an sicky sweet way. Flavor fades to a slight bittness that enables one to sip again. This is a great after dinner beer or just a nice casual sipper. I am really impressed with the overall balance between the coffee flavors and the drinkibility. A great brew.

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Photo of Duhast500
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the 22oz bottle into a dimpled mug.

The color is a dark black with some slight maroon highlights. There is about three fingers of foamy brownish head and some pretty thick lacing left on the glass.

The smell is deep coffee bean flavor. A nice sweet malt flavor is there behind the beans putting a slight sugary flavor to the nose.

The taste is very much coffee in flavor again. Some nice coffee bean flavor is right there to great you makes want to reach for some sugar and cream as I sip this. It has a flavor not unlike Dunkin' Donuts coffee and is as welcoming as well.

This beer seems to perk me up slightly as I sip it. The feel of this beer is pretty creamy but smooth and seems to slide down with little effort. Some interesting flavors come out in the aftertaste but does not linger long.

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