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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 cavedave
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed at lunchtime tasting 9/14/10

Darkest brown topped by 3 finger, lather-like head, and leaves sheets of lace on glass.

Smell is coffee and cream, caramel, tosty bread, roasty malt, chocolate, even some light yeast in this complex, enticing, yet light strength, aroma.

Med./full taste here, though. Coffee, chocolate, roasty malt dominate, with the lighter sweet flavors and juicy herbal notes staying in for the ride to a juicy finish with just a hint of drying char and bitter.

Light bodied for style, med. carb., and the finish could have been better considering the flavors it had to work with.

Drinkability is very good for style, partly due to its shortcomings in mouthfeel. It is delicious and easy drinking, smooth and refreshing.

Impression: Would love to try another of these, this time at leisure in better setting.

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Photo of Lunic16
3.79/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle. I was pretty disappointed with its lack of a strong head, but the its dark brown, red hue helped make up for this.

Aroma is a plus: very strong of a dark roasted barley and coffee with a hint of vanilla. Its flavor is surprisingly watery but the up-front chocolate and coffee combo provide for a drinkable beer, if for a lack of complexity.

The aroma might be this beer's best attribute; having had an Espresso Yetti several days ago, my rating may be somewhat jaded when it comes to its flavor.

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Photo of silentjay
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

pours an opaque dark brown with some nice mocha colored head that retains and laces well.

aroma is of slightly watery yet dark roasted coffee and some roasted malts and bakers chocolate.

taste is of creamed coffee, some bitter chocolate, a bit of dark roasted malt and some more delicious coffee. somewhat one-dimensional, but tasty.

skim milk density with a watery finish. rather light bodied for a porter. ample carbonation

drinks great if you are a fan of coffee, which I am. lacking a bit of body and could be a bit more complex, but a solid beer for novices and geeks alike.

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Photo of Kinsman
3.58/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a solid black body, preventing any and all light through. Capped by a solid maple wood colored, moderately thick head.

Aroma is pretty heavy on the coffee as expected, its like being in a good coffee shop.

The flavor has a bit more to show than just coffee. A nice chocolate malt presence and a bit of a roasted flavor before the coffee comes in. Definitely a bit of a dark roast coffee flavor, not something I usually drink when I get a coffee, but I can definitely appreciate it in this brew.

Mouthfeel is pretty average medium body with a nice low carbonation level. Overall a nice enjoyable desert beer and definitely something I'll have again.

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Photo of tempest
3.68/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a pint on nitro at the Wild Colonial in Providence, RI. I dont know if the nitro was the best option for this beer. I was certainly smooth, but it didn't have a character that I'd rate as an A-. Yes, there was a tasty mix of dark-roasted coffee and chocolate, but at times it just seemed dull on my palate for such a highly-rated beer. Still a fine beer, but I've had better coffee porters. There just isn't enough porter flavor.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown with a tan thick head. Good lacing.

Scents of french roast coffee and deep roast malt. Some cocoa as well. Not overdone.

Light coffee up front. Subtle. Then nice rich dark malty flavor, with a bit of acid. Some sweetness and bitterness play off each other. and then to coffee comes in to close the show. Subtle, balanced. Very good.

Medium body, with some light carbonation to keep this going. I liked this element.

Overall, very decent. The coffee flavor is true to the bean, and carries pretty well throughout the beer. At some point, you'll tire of it. The bomber is the right size -- 12 oz is too little, but a 6 pack is too much. Worthy of a try.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Devil's Backbone willibecher.

Thanks to connecticutpoet for this bottle!

Dean's Beans? Clearly there is no shortage of clever coffee company names. This brew pours a shiny obsidian topped by about a finger of ecru foam. The nose is shockingly dominated by coffee, with added help from chocolate, roasted malt, graham cracker, toffee, and nutmeg notes. The taste is very similar, though the coffee is somewhat toned down a bit, leaving the roasted malts to come further to the fore. The body is a slightly hefty medium, with a light carbonation and a fairly velvety feel. Overall, a solid porter, with a delightfully balanced coffee flavor. This should be the benchmark for future attempts at such a style.

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Photo of hreb
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle left to age for a good bit in my collection, refrigerated. Poured into pint glass, beer appears nearly black, with just a hint of reddish brown color, and a very thin tan head.

Aroma is rich, milky, of coffee, naturally. First impression is bright carbonation, light body, and a penetrating coffee flavor that's actually a little oily on the lips. Coffee flavor is dominant, but natural, not artificial or syrupy. Although the coffee brings bitterness to the porter more than hops, the coffee is in no way over-roasted.

I'll concur with others that this is a great example of coffee porter. The only drawback is that coffee flavor is the only thing this beer really has going for it; there are no other grainy flavors coming into the mix to speak of. Luckily for anyone who enjoys coffee, that's the only thing keeping this beer as merely very good and not exceptional.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.94/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Transcribed from undated notes.

The pour resulted in two fingers' worth of mocha-brown head with great retention. Nose was just like fresh-brewed coffee. Dean's Beans, indeed! Color was a deep, dark brown, allowing only a little light to penetrate. Mouthfeel was on the thin side with a chocolaty coffee taste on the tongue. Finish was surprisingly light with a bit of vanilla intermingled with the coffee flavor. Great lacing throughout.

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Photo of rsgcwhite
4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Thick, dark coloring, slight ruby tinge.

Aroma: Caramel, Chocolate, and of course Coffee - it has a semblance of being a freshly-made mocha. Alike to the smell of warm coffee grinds on a cold winter's morning.

Taste: Fantastic Porter - coffee taste is strong, but its not overpowering. This is important - it tastes like a porter, and a damn fine porter at that. The strong coffee notes melt into the palate, and the flavor of the burnt roasted malts are becoming.

Very fleeting malt-type bitterness at the end; no hops bitterness.

Overall: Drinkable and not chewy, this beer does not produce an overly dry feeling or the syrupy sweetness found in some similar beers. This is a fine evening porter and a good dessert beer.

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Photo of muttyd
3.69/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Deep brown, almost black pour. Thin soapy water like head.

S - Roasted chocolatey malt, some butterscotch/toffee sweetness. Coffee aroma is that of freshly ground dark roast (almost espresso-like).

T - Follows the nose. Cereal grain, cocoa powder and coffee. Very well balanced and well crafted American porter.

M - Low to moderate carbonation give this a rather silky mouth feel. Finishes rather dry.

D - $3.99 for a bomber. This is a solid go-to for me and my buddies who went to UMass.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.68/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared with hobbie100. Thanks Richard!

A: Dark brown with a big, thick beige head that leaves a huge amount of lacing on the glass.

S: coffee, malt

T: A decent tasting coffee porter. The coffee is very bitter. I would really prefer a fresh coffee aroma and taste. Also, I think that perhaps more malt leading to a fuller body would enhance the base beer and make a better foundation for the coffee.

M: The body is a little too thin.

D: An ok beer, but I don't feel the need to have it again.

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

22oz bottle. sampled aug 1/2010.

pours deep dark brown, nearly black and mostly opaque. a big dense dark tan head forms, dropping slowly and leaving plenty of lace behind.

aroma is great. coffee. dark and milk chocolate. hint of alcohol. bit of lactic character. caramel. hint of toffee. toasted mulit-grain bread and biscuit. bit of cracker. lightly earthy.

taste is great. coffee. dark and bittersweet chocolate. bit of milk chocolate. dark toasted whole wheat bread and biscuit. bit of cracker. light alcohol. just under medium bitterness level. earthy.

mouthfeel is good. medium body. just over medium carbonation level.

drinkability is great. nice balance. good complexity. a little extra depth and character from the coffee. good stuff!

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Photo of Viggo
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle, thanks again to grub for sharing.

Pours almost black, some dark brown and orange highlights around the edges, very thick and rocky tan head forms and settles down to a thick layer and ring around the glass, tons of chunky lace sticks.

Smell is nice, a touch buttery, some caramel sweetness, light bit of roast and some chocolate milk, a bit of biscuit, light coffee, some raisin and a bit of light fruitiness, a touch of woodiness, sherry, not too bad.

Taste is nice too, very roasty, pretty intense coffee/espresso, caramel sweetness, very biscuity, chocolate milk, a light touch of floral/citrus, sweet orange peel, more roast, a bit of vanilla wafer in the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation, pretty tasty and drinkable stuff. Thanks Russ!

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Photo of david18
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on draft at the Sunset Grill on a recent visit to Boston. A 95 degree day was probably not the best day to have a coffee porter but given that it was very good. Very dark color with a dark head. Good coffee and malt flavor with a very thick mouthfeel. I think I hope I see this again during the colder weather sometime.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Cuzco for this in a local BIF. 22 oz bomber pours a near-black color with a creamy tan foam. Small-bubbled foam does not provide as much retention as I would like and leaves only a smattering of lacing here and there.

Has a nice French-press roasty coffee aroma that works well. Crushed beans slathered in some Hershey's chocolate syrup. Simple, but nice and right where it should be for a coffee porter.

Light body, but chock full of roasty and sweet coffee flavors. Crushed grain flavors are there, and seem to play a main role in all three of the BBC beers I have had so far. Reminds me of Honey-Nut Cheerios with a fresh cup of coffee. Fairly sweet, but that is offset nicely by the heavy roast. Good brew, simplistic but tasty and very drinkable.

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Photo of Ryan011235
4.11/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip on 6/23/10

Thanks to Pabs311

Coffeehouse Porter is near black in the glass, though held directly to the light is has a deep ruby display. Three fingers of tan foam has thinned over time leaving impressive lacing of varying degrees of density - in places a thick coating, in others drippy & others still, it's akin to spiderwebs.

Though not the most potent of aromas, the smell is heavy enough to be more attributable to a stout, possibly, than a porter. Perhaps this is just further blurring the line between the two. In any case, coffee is present, as are notes of earthy grit, roasted malts & hints of chocolate & caramel.

The taste is smoothed over for the most part. Roasted coffee is of course present throughout. Come to think of it, roasted malts pretty much dominate in one form or another. To that extent there's a faint dollop of sweetness, but when all is said & done, this is a dry beer. Restrained swaths of earthy hops work their way in around the middle.

Coffeehouse Porter is a rather hefty critter. Carbonation is leaning well toward the lower end of the spectrum; smooth & creamy. Finishes with, of course, roasted residuals. They linger, but not too long. There's actually a slight touch of dry bitterness on the finish.

While I maintain this drinks more like a stout (especially given the mouthfeel), it's an enjoyable beer nonetheless. The coffee is assertive yet never oversteps its bounds. Worth a shot.

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Photo of jpmclaug
3.46/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Typing up this review from notes. I had this along with several other coffee beers with my girlfriend a few months ago.

A - dark brown with a beige head

S - Caramel, maybe a hint of fruit. Not much coffee aroma

T - Not much coffee just a hint of it. Sweet flavor, picking up some vanilla notes.

M - medium body with a high amount of carbonation

D Easy drinker but not a fantastic brew. This is an OK beer but I don't think I will seek this one out in the future.

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Photo of Bendurgin
3.77/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was poured into a tulip and shared courtesy of Andrewinski1. Pours black with about a finger of head that dissipates quickly. Decent lacing on this guy. Picked this up and put it to my nose and I'm onslaught by coffee. Fantastic. Rich malts and hints of chocolate linger in the background. Taste lots of bitter espresso, and again, roasted malts. The finish tantalizes my taste buds with hints of cocoa. I know this is a coffee porter, but the coffee is actually a little overpowering. I wish it was a little more subtle. The body is a little more light than what I would generally expect from a beer like this and the carbonation is a little more than preferred. I do wish this was a little heavier. Fair enough to drink, but not one I love.

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Photo of TommyW
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Dark with some dark amber highlights; nice sticky, tan head.

S- Banana bread malt aromas with definite roasted and coffee notes.

T- Nice blend of roasted malt and coffee bean; the coffee flavor will actually linger a little longer than the roasted malts, making it stand out a bit.

M- Medium to thin body but a very smooth feel overall.

D- Nice porter overall and the coffee just adds another level of enjoyment to it. Another great beer from a surprisingly good brewery.

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

Nitro Tap.

Appearance: One inch creamy head that goes great with a moustache. Black and tan creamy suds that waterfall down through the glass. Leaves a few sticky lace rings.

Smell: The best part of waking up. Coffee with cream, sweet roasted malt with a slight spark of hops.

Taste: Creamy and warm, a little dry but not overwhelming. The hops is more noticeable to the taste.

Mouthfeel: Sweet and creamy, towards the middle of the glass when most of the head was gone it started tasting a little more carbonated.

Drinkability: On nitrous i could drink this all night long. It is definately a beer to be enjoyed at night time when you are planning on staying awake. I've had it in the bottle before and i wasnt as impressed as i was on draught. From the bottle i felt like this beer tasted more like coffee left on the burner too long, but i really enjoyed the nitro draught and will definitely be coming back to get it again.

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Photo of LittleDon
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

13 oz pour at Sunset grill, Brighton, MA. Jet black, but with noticeable nitrogenization. Dense off white head, as it should be. Coffee and port aroma with a hint of vanilla. Heavy up front, but not the creamy, tounge coating feel reminiscent of brew on nitro. Coffee with some alcohol noticeable. Improves considerably on warming. Mouthfeel is somewhere between a stout and porter.

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Photo of biegaman
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An unending parade of carbonation works its way to the surface only to be instantly zapped into thin air; the little bubbles crackle just like oil sizzling on a hot pan. The spectacle becomes hypnotic - it's a pyrotechnics display, a stunning visual effect. And a most welcomed one at that considering the beer, black and opaque, is otherwise quite drab.

The bouquet is a menagerie of all around pleasant, sensual scents: the morning's first cup of Joe, dessert's decadent chocolate sauce, the roasty, smoky aura of a summertime backyard barbecue. What I really appreciate is that, unlike many other offerings, this isn't just drowned in coffee. It has beer-y elements independent of the coffee.

If you're a coffee drinker then this is every bit as delicious as it sounds; if you're not, don't despair: the coffee is actually very well integrated into what would be every bit as commendable a porter even without it. A touch of brown sugar, bittersweet chocolate, spongy toffee and even hints of blackberry are tasted as much as the coffee.

There's a definite presence of sweet, spongy toffee that can easily be plucked out from all the bitter and roasty coffee flavour. Again, I appreciate that this is as much beer as it is coffee. It drinks with a roastiness as similar to coffee as it is to a well-done steak, which leaves it a sooty, smoky aftertaste to go along with the lingering bitterness of the beans.

Coffee and porters make such an innate pairing because they share similar and complimentary features. There is definite overlap between the two: the smokiness and roast, the level of aromatics, the dark and decadent flavour, a drinkability that is both sensual and gratifying. Want more proof? Pick up a bottle of Berkshire Coffeehouse Porter.

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Photo of parris
4.14/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looked pretty plain, dark brown, 1 inch thin, light brown head.

Smells like fresh dark roast coffee, the slightest bit of burned toffee.

Tastes great. Often coffee porters taste like old coffee, this tastes fresh and not overly bitter. The malts are balanced well, and I like how there isn't overwhelming black malts.

Good mouth feel, medium to heavy bodied, a little heavy on the carbonation, but still feels good. The flavor touches every part of your mouth.

It's a good dinner beer, if I were into food pairings, I'd always have this on reserve.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to mar for sharing this bottle.

This is my first beer from Berkshire Brewing Company. I look forward to trying some of their other offerings. The beer pours a dark brown color with a tan head. The aroma is strong coffee. The flavor is roasted malt with some coffee. The beer has a mouthfeel that is a little thinner than expected and it has medium carbonation.

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Coffeehouse Porter from Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.
Beer rating: 4.07 out of 5 with 1,067 ratings
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