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Gorilla Warfare Coffee Porter - Sixpoint Brewery

Gorilla Warfare Coffee Porter
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166 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 166
Reviews: 66
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 9.09%


Brewed by:
Sixpoint Brewery visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Made with coffee from Gorilla Coffee in Brooklyn.

(Beer added by: Todd on 12-06-2007)
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tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

3.66/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had a pint at Barcade in Philly during the Sixpoint Tap Takeover. From notes.

A - Black pour with a film of off white head. Spotty lace and a film of retention.

S - Lot's of coffee, coffee, grounds, roast.

T - Coffee and tons of roast with a bit of milk chocolate.

M - Good carbonation, medium body and a bitter coffee finish.

O/D - An intense coffee porter that worked fairly well. No complaints here, but nothing I would drink a lot of.

Serving type: on-tap

03-23-2014 22:22:04 | More by tbeckett
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BeeGinner

Rhode Island

4.81/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Served on tap at Track 84, Warwick, RI

A: pours to a very dark color, with a substantial head that stood up to time.

S: Could smell the sweetness, not sure of the coffee smell so much

T: smooth and very drinkable. very little bitterness both during and after

M: good carbonation throughout with a nice tongue-feel

O: Will order again and will try to find in my local craft beer supplier. One of my faves.

Serving type: on-tap

02-27-2014 22:16:03 | More by BeeGinner
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.76/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On-tap 1/22/2014 at Track 84 in Warwick, RI served in a goblet glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a short beige head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains roasted malts, coffee, licorice and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with a strong black coffee bitterness. Then a hearty roasted malt character comes in along with a mild sweetness. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings some balance. The after-taste is bitter-sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry and slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer to drink for a while.

Serving type: on-tap

01-23-2014 15:26:20 | More by TheManiacalOne
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homebrew311

Illinois

4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Comet Cafe. Appearance is a dark muddy brown with two fingers of billowing brown head. The nose is rich chocolate and dark roasted character with moderate char. The taste is deep coffee paired with roasted barley and a bit of bitterness at the finish. Mouthfeel I some
What thick, nice creamy body, mild carbonation. Overall, very tasty brew, I hope to see this available in cans some day.

Serving type: on-tap

07-17-2012 23:06:47 | More by homebrew311
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B33R501

Pennsylvania

4.48/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Delicious. And just how I like my occasional coffee. Gotta keep this short leaving for vacation, but quite simply one of the best beers I've had this year.

Coffee, cream and sugar. With notes of chocolate and even a nice hop presence making this a little at bitter at times. But mostly sweet beautiful coffee, did I mention cream and sugar? Yes, please.

Outstanding. Get some? No get more.

Serving type: on-tap

06-16-2012 11:50:42 | More by B33R501
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cbless97

New Jersey

3.18/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This is not a style I typically reach for but I thought I would give it a try. I am happy that I did this is a nice sipper. Being that it is early June, I will try to find this in the winter when I think it would be great.
Overall- enjoyable though a bit too citrusy which has surprised me.

Serving type: growler

06-07-2012 00:51:10 | More by cbless97
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Kendo

New York

3.53/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had it on tap at the City Beer Hall recently. Review entered from notes.

A: Body is dark brown, nearly black. A small light-tan/beige head rests on top.

S: Bigtime coffee. Roasted coffee beans and roasty malt.

T: Coffee and roasted barley malt. Heavy on the coffee, which overwhelms everything else. There is an earthy, roasty bitterness towards the finish, and as it warms and I can get past the coffee (a little), I get some chocolate. Lingering coffee aftertaste is no surprise.

M: Medium-plus in heft. Carbonation is moderate.

O: Decent. Too much coffee for me.

Serving type: on-tap

05-15-2012 20:20:15 | More by Kendo
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Common American Porter flavors of chocolate and coffee are exacerbated with coffee infussion and higher rates of chocolate malt for a fuller and more intense session. Keeping the beer medium in weight and the citrus hop character well within balance , there's a lot of finesse that goes into this dark masculine ale.

The Porter pours with a creamy and velvety appearance. Mildly hazed for a richer and denser effect. Creamy carbonation matches that of the liquid and retains wonderfully with an understated tan cap. Lacing well, the beer holds onto its structure very well going down to the final sips.

Rich aromas hit the nail on the head with the full brunt of coffee and chocolate. Backed with supporting notes of caramel, nuts, citrus hops, grassy hops, and a note of earthy woodiness. Very appetizing to say the least.

Flavors come across even stronger than suggested by the nose as the beer continues to up its game with every turn. Richer chocolate flavor, more intense coffee, and more background heft of caramel and nuts. Hoppy components of grapefruit, freshly mulled grasses and pine resin develop the right amount of flavor at the middle palate and developing into a slim bitterness to balance the malt focus in finish. Surprisingly, the flavors of all these element are vivid and well placed, the beer alludes the heavy sweetness that often accompany these flavors. This, and with the absence of any detrimental flavors make this a highly enjoyable session.

Velvety and rich to start as the supple carbonation plays softly on the palate and helps to create a sensation of richness when joined with light caramel sweetness and milk chocolate notes. The creamy chocolate starts goes toward coffee thinness in the middle, before turning decidedly malty-dry in finish where the hop resins and moderate alcohol warmth set in wonderfully. A linger of coffee and chocolate form the lasting impressions of the focused and varying beer.

Absolute delight is the memory that I'm left with as the beer finishes out. Surprisingly drinkable as all of these flavors are on prominent display and with the right amount of malty sweetness to inform the sweeter taste but to keep the beer lighter and easier to drink than it should.

Serving type: on-tap

04-04-2012 15:55:45 | More by BEERchitect
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plaid75

New York

3.53/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On draft at The Lark, East Northport, NY.

Poured a deep black hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured spent coffee grounds with a bit of caramel.

The taste consisted of dry coffee, charcoal and a slight caramel malt.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall a tasty porter. Coffee infused beers are not my thing, but this was enjoyable.

Serving type: on-tap

03-31-2012 21:32:10 | More by plaid75
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barczar

Kentucky

3.68/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear deep brown with amber highlights. A thick one finger tan head dissipates into a ring around the glass, leaving slight lacing.

Aroma is heavily roast coffee, with chocolate and nuttiness underlying and accompanied by a malt sweetness.

Flavor begins with slightly acrid roast coffee, which dominates until the bitter, astringent finish. Charred roast malt comprises the mid palate flavor. Notes of chocolate and sweet caramel malt add complexity, with a decidedly nutty aftertaste.

Body is on the light side for a porter, with moderate carbonation accentuating the acrid finish and moderate astringency.

Overall, a very coffee forward porter. The abv is dangerously well hidden. The acrid taste prevents me from loving this offering. But I'm not the biggest coffee fan, either. If you love coffee, this is your beer!

Serving type: on-tap

03-31-2012 03:12:52 | More by barczar
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compass40204

Kentucky

4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter, this stuff has a modest head of relatively thick beige foam atop a layer of deep black liquid. The head isn't terribly persistent, but the lacing is tenacious. It may be best served a little bit warmer, as it might benefit the aroma. That said, it has a faint coffee aroma. I expect for the prominence of coffee in the flavor it would smell more of it. Subtle hint of. chocolate behind the coffee. Body is light for a beer this rich. Aftertaste is slightly bitter and earthy. Very pleasant combination of flavors. I'm not a coffee drinker (can't stand that stuff, unless its in beer) but this would be a great way to start the day.

Serving type: on-tap

03-25-2012 05:48:18 | More by compass40204
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steelerguy

New York

4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Completely opaque, low carbonation (growler so dependent upon serving establishment), nice tan head, lots of lacing.

S - Lots of roasted notes with a touch of hop.

T - Like the smell, tons of roasted malt, I would say more chocolate than coffee...not a complaint, just expected over the top coffee. Nice hop bitterness on the finish, no acrid bite...nice.

M - Moderate body, but nothing too heavy, keeps you wanting another sip. Would not mind a touch more carbonation but this could be the place I get the growler fill.

O - Very solid porter, have enjoy it a couple times and will certainly enjoy it again. Especially like that it is local-ish.

Serving type: growler

03-17-2012 01:00:53 | More by steelerguy
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Rattle N Hum in New York, NY

A: Pours a jet black with a tall thick light tan head. The head retention is excellent, lasting 30 minutes while the beer warmed up to room temperature. Significant lacing is observed.

S: Huge aroma of coffee, slightly bitter like the smell of freshly ground coffee beans. Hints of vanilla are also present.

T: Wonderfully full of coffee flavor and coffee bitterness. There are also nice hints of vanilla, roasted malts, and a subtle hint of chocolate in the finish.

M: Medium to full bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation. Creamy.

O: Really enjoyable at brunch time, you could almost substitute real coffee with this beer and not notice (other than temperature). Perfect mix of coffee flavors in a beer - nice mouthfeel, great taste, and a pleasant aroma. Definitely one to have again.

Serving type: on-tap

03-04-2012 15:41:26 | More by dbrauneis
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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

on tap at khyber in philly

Pours an opaque dark color with some deep nutty colors and a thin layering of beige head. Spotty lacing on the glass with a decent film of retention across the top of the brew.

Powerful coffee scents in the nose with plenty of roasted beans and dark malt. Touches of vanilla and cream with a dash of chocolately sweetness. Barely any notion of alcohol.

Begins with a similar kick of coffee mixed with roasted beans and dark malt. There's a nice layering of vanilla and chocolate underneath which balances out any earthy hop bitterness. Not overly sweet, and meshed well with a dark malty backbone. Finishes with another dash of coffee and some slight bitterness.

Fuller medium body, decent carbonation, sticky and chewy on the tongue. Drinks nicely, plenty of pleasant coffee flavor although the strength of this beer is clearly the nose.

Serving type: on-tap

03-02-2012 01:21:17 | More by xnicknj
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Naugros

New Jersey

4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler fill at Joe Canal's in Woodbridge, NJ.

The head on this is pretty special...really densely packed mini bubbles. It gets rocky as it starts to fall back and it leaves behind sticky lines of foam. The color is really dark brown with a maroon tinge.

Loving the smell of this! It's like a cup of mocha coffee, rich with bitterness, cream and tinges of chocolate. There's even a minor spicy hops aroma creating a bit of a tobacco sense.

Drinking it too cold will result in a mouth full of bitter coffee with just a tinge of sweetness. Let it warm to proper drinking temperature and you'll be rewarded with a richer coffee flavor tinged with chocolate. Roasted bitterness overtakes all the other flavors and dominates the wash.

This has a good, mouth-filling body which sits right on the border between satiny and ashy.

Another great beer from Sixpoint. These guys are pretty impressive and once again have shown their skill.

Serving type: growler

02-22-2012 01:44:09 | More by Naugros
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at Prohibition Taproom

Poured a dark brown color with a cap of beige head; moderate lacing and retention. Aroma is roasty with dark malts but mostly dominated by coffee. Taste of bitter cocoa up front, quickly overcome by roasty coffee, a little grainy and sweet, but it's rich enough to taste like more than a glass of cold coffee, like other beers of the style that I've had. Medium body, and pretty drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

02-16-2012 13:11:21 | More by Rifugium
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BearsOnAcid

Massachusetts

4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

So happy to finally cross paths with this beer.

Deep dark brown with a good sized fluffy light brown head.

The beer released a soft aroma of roasted malt, chocolate and light coffee. Not incredibly fragrant which mislead me a little.

The taste had a huge blast of rich, bold coffee. I really didn't expect such a robust combination of chocolate and coffee with a tinge of bitter roasted malt on the finish after the way it smelled. Mouthfeel had some weight to it but was thin enough to make this beer easily drinkable. Carbonation was spot on. This beer is such a well made coffee porter and at this point it's hard to find something better in flavor. Highly recommended for fans of that style. Sixpoint delivers as usual.

Serving type: on-tap

02-03-2012 18:32:28 | More by BearsOnAcid
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thedoubler55

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pitch black in color with a nice finger of tan head at the top that left a nice sticky lacing around the glass.

S - Chocolate, coffee and slight hint of honey.

T - A great taste of coffee throughout this one, slight hints of chocolate and nice sweet malts.

M - A medium body, very minimal carbonation, well balanced.

D -Awesome beer! Sixpoint is starting to really move up my list, was very surprised with this brew, fantastic!

Serving type: on-tap

01-18-2012 22:38:34 | More by thedoubler55
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DrinkSlurm

Connecticut

4.43/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Double Windsor, Brooklyn, NY. Poured into Chimay Chalice.
I will just cut to the chase...it was superb!
Smells of coffee, tastes of coffee...
Really tastey, smooth, balanced, and delicious. It is an amazing brew that should not be passed up!

Serving type: on-tap

01-01-2012 19:20:46 | More by DrinkSlurm
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Gmann

New York

3.63/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a solid brown color with a big frothy khaki colored head. The head takes its time settling but seems a little loose and the beer appears watery.

The aroma is of a moderate roast coffee. That aroma is nice but I don't get much else from the porter.

The taste is of coffee, pleasant and not bitter. There is some slight roast notes. Besides the coffee there is not much depth to this porter. I am disappointed based on the reviews.

The feel is light, very light for the style. The carbonation is light which helps lead to a watery feel. An overall light coffee bitterness on the palate.

Nice coffee flavor but that is about it. The rest of the porter falls short and is thin. I wanted to like this more but it is way too thin.

Serving type: growler

12-30-2011 02:46:50 | More by Gmann
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younger35

Minnesota

4.97/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Just got a growler of this from my main man BeerTruth. Coffee brews are pretty much my favorite and I’ve heard great things about this one. Drank from my Surly AHA Rally pint glass.

Appearance- Pours a dark brown with a hugely beautiful and fluffy dark khaki head. A great cap and collar remains the entire beer along with a ton of webbed lacing.
Smell- Really deep and earthy smelling as obviously the coffee is super potent and dominate. A tiny bit of something sweet smelling behind all that coffee as both chocolate and vanilla peek through. Like all coffee beers the nose isn’t all that diverse but this one smells damn good.
Taste- A smack of lightly bitter, light acidic coffee right from the get go. It’s espresso like in its intensity and really has that sort of dank earthiness that you get from a fresh shot. It’s sort of quenching and dry which I love. The coffee is really dominate but the finish shows notes of dark chocolate and almost a light woody tannic thing. Really the coffee just lingers and lingers though. So good.
Mouthfeel- Smooth as freaking silk. Nice hefty body that’s so smooth and lightly dry.
Drinkability- Amazing beer here. I like this more than Surly Coffee Bender and Shorts Cup O’ Joe. That’s saying something too because both those brews are two of my favorites. They say a pint of this is equal to 2 shots of espresso but no matter – I could easily drop a growler of this stuff. Thanks very much Adam, amazing amazing beer!!

Serving type: growler

11-24-2011 17:49:01 | More by younger35
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scootny

New York

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thick rich long lasting head of a light brown hue. Lots of lace and a dark, dark opaque brown fluid underneath. Lovely aroma of coffee and sweet burnt caramel. Some molasses and toffee notes as well. Roasted grains are evident as well as bready, (maybe floor ) malt. Some good earthy hops balance the nose well. Taste follows the nose with a bigger malt backbone and mild fruitiness giving a mildly English flavor. A healthy amount of charcoal gives a dry feel and personality. Some cocoa shows up as well. Finish is well hopped with coffee and mild grapefruit skin bitterness. A lingering toffee sweetness has toasted sweet brown bread in it. Feel is silky and crisp with a lightness that you expect from a lower abv. Super drinkable and delicious. Definitely one of my favorite porters.

Serving type: growler

11-23-2011 02:11:20 | More by scootny
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lovindahops

New York

4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review 300!!!! And the best part is it will be for one of my favorite breweries sixpoint! Gorilla warfare on tap at j ryans

A- pours a dark brown with a fair head of foam that dissapates with some lacing on the side. Has the looks of a cup of black coffee and that is getting me excited! I love black coffee and I love any coffee porter that delivers like surly

S- strong whiff of bitter coffee is the immediate scent. It's very strong and tied into some toasty malt. Correction, the coffee scent is massive. It blasts up from the glass and is leading me to believe this is what i think it is

T- a wallop of bitter black coffee with some sweet flavors at the end to match up with. The coffee flavors are coated with thick flavors that give the porter integrity... It's not watery at all. Very very delicious

M- flavor decorates the mouth with the right combo of flavor and carbonation

O- gorilla warfare has become one of the best depictions of the coffee porter I have ever had. The blast of black coffee is delivered perfect. I have one last thing to say... Please please please can this. I will buy truckloads

Serving type: on-tap

11-13-2011 04:21:04 | More by lovindahops
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

dark brown pour with a good inch and a half of dark tan head that hangs on top of the glass for what seems like forever before it falls back down to earth. very solid look i have to admit. aroma is deep coffee and sweet chocolate notes that just seem to layer themselves on top of each other. smooth, sweet, and lightly bitter it coats the tongue and offers such a smooth, and easy flavor it comes across simply great. touches of light vanilla and a lightly dry and sweet finish

Serving type: growler

11-11-2011 02:38:20 | More by mikesgroove
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Pahn

New York

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Stag's Head in Manhattan, 9/12/10. Apparently left over from a Sixpoint event they held where they had several Sixpoint brews on tap.

Appearance: Bartender leaves a half inch tan head that dissipates very slowly, leaving a thick ring of lacing. Pours a solid brownish black and leaves spotty lacing.

Smell: Dark chocolate, dark roast coffee, roasted malt. Coffee beans. Smells like a serious coffee porter; serious coffee, serious porter.

Taste: Follows the nose. Great balance of bitterness and creaminess. Lots of roasted malt and dark roast coffee, with a nice acidity that approaches outright sourness. Airy and refreshing, like high quality black iced coffee. This is what I want from a coffee porter. Clean flavor, great balance. Also, 7.8% ABV?? There's no solvent in the flavor whatsoever. Goes down as smooth as if it were 3%~4%.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied. Creamier than most porters.

Drinkability: Very impressive beer. When I order "coffee porter" and this is what comes out, I've received exactly what I wanted. I would drink this often.

Gorilla Warfare does everything right: the coffee influence is big, distinctive, and delicious, but the beer is emphatically a porter, and a great porter at that.

Serving type: on-tap

09-20-2010 06:01:34 | More by Pahn
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Gorilla Warfare Coffee Porter from Sixpoint Brewery
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