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 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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Photo of Pahn
3.97/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle into Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Free pour yields a one and a half inch, fluffy, light tan head that dissipates somewhat slowly and leaves a few sticky lace rings. Pours black, and is translucent reddish brown around the edges. Sparse, spotty lacing.

Smell: Predictably, coffee and sweet roasted malt. Some mild hop brightness. While the coffee isn't particularly notable on its own, the whole of the aroma has a really nice, cake-like, just-sweet-enough quality to it. Justifies drinking this from a snifter or a tulip.

Taste: At first it mainly follows the nose, with a somewhat dry finish. While this is supposedly 36 IBUs, the hops, coffee, and roasted malt all contribute to a pretty bitter mouthful. A fair amount of decent, chocolaty, creamy and roasty porter flavors. Nothing spectacular, but pretty good.

As I get deeper into the bottle, the level of acidity really builds up along with the bitterness and approaches unpleasant. There's also more noticeable alcohol than I expected. Nonetheless, the general rich, creamy flavor stands up well, augmented by the smell.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, with mild carbonation and a lot of bitterness. You may need to take your coffee black to enjoy this one.

Drinkability: I'm enjoying this bottle, but I could do without some aspects of the beer. It's possible I'll pick this one up again.

I don't really mind the bitter, relatively acidic character of this beer (I *do* drink my coffee black), and it does quite a bit well. That main, creamy chocolate/coffee/roasted malt flavor that carries both the smell and the taste is really nice. Still, I'd say this isn't the best porter around, nor is it the best beer from Berkshire Brewing Company. I will say though, I'm pretty interested in trying the nitro-tap version of this beer. It sounds like a good fit.

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Photo of palma
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at craftsteak MGM grand/foxwoods.

Served in a challice by a craftsteak waitress. Beautiful pour. Very dark brown body with a 1.5 inch creamy looking head.

Taste of this beer is extraordinary. One of the best coffee porters/stouts I have ever had. Lots of coffee but not overpowering. Smooth milky coffee flavor that is not astingent in the least. Some mocha comes through. But it's the mild, yet significant coffee flavor that really makes this beer stand out. The flavor complexity comes simply from this great balance of coffee flavor. Mouthfeel was also exceptional. This beer is a stand out. Will look foward to finding it in the future.

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Photo of AprilMarie
3.76/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Dark brown with beige head
S- Fruity caramel smell - no hint of coffee
T- small hint of coffee taste with vanilla. sweet taste
MF- Medium body- high carbonation
D- easy to drink, definitely would drink again, not a top 2 pick but a top 5 out out of my favorite dark beers.

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Photo of skullsplitter
3.87/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pretty lightly carbonated with a very small head. Lacing is minimal. The color is pretty dark with a somewhat mahogany color.

S - Slight coffee smell. Roasted but not overpowering. Pretty traditional for a porter. It was similar to a Fuller's Porter.

T - Coffee notes hit me right away. I think I tasted a little bit of chocolate. Just a little bit... All in all I would say that it was a pretty dry porter. Traditional.

M - Pretty good mouthfeel. Somewhat creamy.

D - Not bad. For a porter it was pretty good. Semi-sessionable.

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Photo of rshwayder
4.17/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Rich on a nitro tap, this porter is chocolaty with strong lacing and a dense, creamy mouthfeel and strong head retention (reminiscent of Guinness Draught).

It has a smooth and savory coffee taste and aroma without the astringency you might associate with coffee-adjunct beer.

Not overly bitter, not overly sweet, but very easy to drink.

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

Shared with a friend, thanks Dan! Poured from a 22oz bottle into a small tasting glass. Pours a dark color...almost black, just not quite solid black. There's a little bit of light that simmers through the pout. Fills the glass solid black though. Results in a frothy finger size tan head that has decent retention. As it dissapates, it remains on the surface as a creamy top...not much lacing to speak of...couple legs here and there.

Aroma is full of coffee and roasted malts. Other than that, not much else. Just a nice fregrance of coffee! Who can complain with that?

Flavor is just as expected. A very nice porter with lots of coffee flavor. There's a slight sweet sugary aftertaste...vanilla maybe? Theres a mild bitter bite in the mid range of this taste, but definitely not overkill...infact it compliments the flavor very nicely! Medium body, mild carbonation, very good coffee flavor. Very good porter from Bershire!

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Photo of klink40
3.67/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

$4 for a bomber makes this beer a solid choice for any beerdrinker that enjoys the heavy, strong, complex, robust, tastes in their beer.

BBC has a delicious distinct taste in their ales but it get lost in this overwhelming coffee flavored porter.

And coffee flavors?? More like cold espresso! It does provide a bit of a "pick-me-up" for a beer. Even the after taste leaves your mouth thinking you might have just had a sip of leftover morning coffee.

Appearance is black (motor oil).
Smell coffee, cocoa, nutty, smokey
Mouthfeel is full and laces the entire palate
Drinkability Only a glass or 2 at most. Good dessert beer. If you have this early in the night it'll take a lot out of you tastebuds.

BBC is favorite brewery of mine. I'd opt for their more balanced (harder to find) Drayman's Porter. -Cheers!

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Photo of nelnutter
3.43/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured bomber into SA pint glass.

A: Pours a midnight black with ample 3-finger tan head that hung around for a bit, and left lacing everywhere.

S: Dark roast coffee with cream, and definite strong sweet notes of chocolate. Reminiscent of an iced mocha or a sweet coffee drink of some sort.

T: Definitely a nice coffee taste to it, in addition to semi-sweet chocolate; meltied Tootsie Rolls is all I could think of. The sweetness of the chocolate seemed to be a bit much early on and overpowered the coffee. Nice late hint of earthy hops tried to step in, but didn't really stand a chance. Not a bad taste, but just a bit too chocolatey sweet.

M: Medium-bodied and creamy.

D: A good porter overall, and well-served as a dessert drink. However, I found the final third of my bomber to be a bit more than I wanted. A pint would've sufficed because of the chocolatey sweetness.

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Photo of DmanGTR
3.83/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from notes on 10/27/09. Thanks to Eric (erosier) for this extra!

A - Dark plum brown with crimson hues in the light. Light tan head with good retention. No lace. 4.0

S - Caramel, burnt toast, expresso beans. Quite robust, maybe a touch of cream as well. 3.5

T - A wave of roasted malt mingles with a hint of dark chocolate and coffee. The coffee masks any subtleties to this beer. Otherwise, it's decently balanced. 4.0

M - Rich, velvety, creamy, and moderate carbonation. Medium bodied. 3.5

D - Quite. Yes indeed. 4.0

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Photo of Thia417
4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is one of my fallback beers. Anytime I don't know what to drink I get the BBC Coffeehouse Porter. It's very drinkable and helps put a little pep in your step too!

It's got a very nice dark dark brown color with a creamy head.

It has a strong uniform smell of coffee and chocolate.

The taste is so smooth and wonderful. It's not too sweet and overpowering like a lot of beers with chocolaty tastes. The coffee is perfect (Deans Beans baby!). I could drink this all day. I enjoy it a little bit on the warmer side because the coffee taste becomes more prevalent.

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Photo of rpstevens
3.6/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a perfect pint. The beer is dark brown, almost black in the center with hazy edges. The pour yields a one finger off-white head that quickly fades to a tight cap, leaving a decent amount of bubbly, oily lacing.

The smell is sweet chocolate, roasted malt and a nice roasted coffee aroma. The sweet chocolate kind of dominates the coffee, but as the beer warms the coffee becomes more prominent.

The taste is similar to the smell, but the coffee takes even more of a backseat to the chocolate and sweet malt flavors. There are hints of vanilla, caramel and brown sugar. The flavors aren't very complex, and it would benefit from a stronger coffee presence.

The beer is well carbonated, and the alcohol is well hidden. The beer has a medium body, just right for a porter and it won't be difficult to drink the entire bomber.

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Photo of John_M
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap (nitro) at the Armsby Arms.

The beer pours a very dark brown color withan impressive looking creamy head. Retention is excellent, and there is considerable sticky lacing all around. To no great surprise, I get a considerable amount of coffee on the nose, with a hint of tobacco. On the palate this beer is flat out delicious, with a flavor profile of coffee grounds, vanilla and a hint of chocolate. The mouthfeel is very soft and creamy in this moderately sweet porter, and has a soft "lightness" to the mouthfeel that I appreciate. At 6.2% abv., this beer is amazingly drinkable.

Exceptional, and one of the best porters I can recall having in some time.

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Photo of ricknelson
4.21/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Normally I would not have bought a Porter, I'm a Stout guy.
But my brother would, and the man in the store said it was a great beer. He was right! It is now one of favorite beers, second only to Bar Harbor's Cadillac Mountain Stout and ahead of Hoppin' Frog's Boris the Crusher. This beer has everything you look for in a beer.
The fact that I can buy it just up the road, for $4 bucks a bottle makes it a "No Brainer."

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