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Gorilla Warfare Coffee Porter - Sixpoint Brewery

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93
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264 Ratings
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Ratings: 264
Reviews: 76
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 8.87%
Wants: 79
Gots: 19 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Sixpoint Brewery visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  7.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Todd on 12-06-2007

This brew is a robust and rich Porter made with coffee beans from Gorilla Coffee in Park Slope, Brooklyn.
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Ratings: 264 | Reviews: 76
Photo of ChainChompsky
5/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Outlier detected! Oh no! Remember when we could just rate beers? I sure do.

Photo of dar482
4.48/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Up front, a medium roasted coffee, creamy latte/cappuccino, then onto a beautiful robust roasted malted and sweet milk chocolate porter quality.

Having this next to Founders Breakfast Stout, I preferred this. FBS may be a better "coffee" beer, but this is a more complete beer in general.

One of Sixpoint's best beers. I would love to see this canned.

Photo of swierczt
4.77/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

On draft at Eli Cannons Tap Room - run through a randall w/ coffee beans. Awesome coffee flavor and aroma!

Photo of buschbeer
3.93/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

32 ounce growler
Served in a becker glass

L - It pours pitch black. It is topped with an inch of tan head with little lacing.

S - The smell is great. I get dark chocolate, coffee, and vanilla.

T - The taste is much the same; however, the coffee is muted and it is a bit cloying. It is sweet with chocolate and vanilla.

F - Medium to thin for a porter

O - It is a tasty beer. It started out great, but eventually came across as sweet. I like it for a single serving.

Photo of CHickman
4.45/5  rDev +6.7%

Wow, holy coffee Batman! Great roasted coffee flavor and bitterness, like a Starbucks bold poured into a stout. Very tasty indeed.

Photo of WoostaBia
3.2/5  rDev -23.3%

Black porter with pepperish fresh smell, the taste had a dash of pepper not overwhelming taste. This was an underwhelming beer. Looking forward to other sixpoint beers but this disappointed

Photo of Roguer
4.32/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful, solid black brew with a firm tan head. Great retention and nice lacing.

Aroma is all espresso and roasted barley - burnt malts and dark cacao. Almost no fruitiness sneaks through.

Flavor is heavily influenced by the coffee, which is by far the dominant flavor. Smooth, creamy coffee, roasted malts, very dark cacao, and a bit of dark fruit (not enough to even slightly sour the flavor). Delicious.

Smooth, oily feel; right in the medium/medium-full range. No alcohol heat at all; minor sting; fairly lively while silky. Slightly dry finish.

This is a fantastic coffee porter. It is unabashed in what it's aiming for, and it nails the target perfectly.

Photo of jrstamp
4.17/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Knuckleheads
Pitch black pour with a skinny one finger head. Was really impressed with the coffe aroma coming off this because I had no idea it had coffee in it. With that said coffee aroma was about average for a coffee porter. Good coffee bitterness and a pleasant toasty chocolate flavor made it an above average pint. Overall I would defiantly get another if I saw it out there but I doubt I would have more than one or two in a night.

Photo of PicoPapa
3.95/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at New York Pizza. Pours a pitch black color with a 1/4 inch of light brown head. Good amount of lacing.The aroma is lots of dark coffee, chocolate, and earth. The taste is coffee at first followed up by chocolate covered espresso beans. Some roasted malts. Finishes with some dark chocolate and coffee. Rich. Moderate alcohol presence. Maybe a bit thin. I think I may like 3 Beans a bit more but it is very close. Overall, great beer I hope they end up canning.

Photo of JulioH
3.53/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A very generic beer. It has no punch, yet it delivers.

Pours a nice dark beer. Smells like coffee, chocolate. Taste like any other porter, a bit lacking in character. It was a bit thick in the mouth. Easy to drink though, could drink this all day. Light enough.

Photo of tbeckett
3.65/5  rDev -12.5%
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.

Photo of BeeGinner
4.83/5  rDev +15.8%
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.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.77/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

Photo of homebrew311
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Photo of B33R501
4.47/5  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.

Photo of cbless97
3.2/5  rDev -23.3%
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.

Photo of Kendo
3.53/5  rDev -15.3%
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.

Photo of BEERchitect
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Photo of plaid75
3.53/5  rDev -15.3%
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.

Photo of barczar
3.7/5  rDev -11.3%
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!

Photo of compass40204
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

Photo of steelerguy
4/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Photo of dbrauneis
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Photo of xnicknj
4.17/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of Naugros
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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Gorilla Warfare Coffee Porter from Sixpoint Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 264 ratings.