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Beer Name: Dean’s Beans Coffeehouse Porter

Brewer: Berkshire Brewing Company (BBC)

Style: Porter

ABV: 6.2%

Description: The base beer is BBC’s Drayman’s Porter with coffee beans from Dean’s Beans from Orange, MA added.

Pour Info: Poured from a refrigerated 22 oz. bomber into my Night Shift mug.

Price: $4.99 for a 22 oz. bomber.

Appearance:  When first poured the body looks black, but if you look closely enough at the edges you can pick up a very dark brown.  A creamy tan head forms at the top and sticks to the sides.

Smell: Faint smells of creamy roasted coffee.

Taste: The coffee is not very strong in this one, but at the same time it certainly makes itself known.  It imparts a moderate roastiness at the start and a light bitterness on the finish. Somewhere else in there you get slight hints of chocolate and a pretty solid porter base.

Mouth Feel: On the thinner side of medium.  I probably could have done with it being a little thicker to really bring out the creaminess, but the feel does carry the beer well.  As expected, very low carbonation.

Hype Factor: Didn’t have much in the way of expectations.  I was looking for something to have for the evening and not spend a lot of money.  The price was right on this one and I was curious to see how it would compare to some of the other coffee beers I’ve had before.

Overall: While this doesn’t quite match up to the Bean Porter or Night & Day, this is a solid beer in its own right.  The availability and price I would take into consideration though. It is definitely worth noting that this beer was about $10 less than the other beers, and it was just hanging out on a shelf at my local Kappy’s.  I am going to recommend this one.  Drink it with other coffee beers like I did or pick it up on its own merits.  As it says on the label: “No hype, just good beer.”