Beer Name: Dean’s Beans Coffeehouse Porter
Brewer: Berkshire Brewing Company (BBC)
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.”