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Gorilla Warfare Coffee Porter - Sixpoint Brewery

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Reviews: 75
Hads: 273
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 9.49%
Wants: 82
Gots: 20 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of younger35
4.97/5  rDev +20.9%
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!! (1,480 characters)

Photo of sleazo
4.97/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A_big soapy coffee coloured head. Dark brown slightly opague liquid

S_roasted coffee permeates the nose. Smells like a shot of espresso

T_dark espresson bakers chocolate and a nice roasted malt bitterness. Hops play their way in here with a vague herbalness. A slight winey vinuousness is evident from the type of beans used.

M_smooth as can be

D_wow. So smooth and drinkable, this is an outstanding coffee porter. the alcohol is WELL hidden here and this is a dangerous creeper. I could drink this all the time if available. One of the best porters I have had to date. The use of the Ethiopian Yerbecheffe coffee beans really shines through. (646 characters)

Photo of BeeGinner
4.83/5  rDev +17.5%
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. (410 characters)

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.79/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fresh growler from "meet the brewer" day at Shoreline Beverage on Long Island, served in a standard pint glass.

L - deep, dark brown color with a decent sized tan head that fell to a light layer, leaving some lacing behind.

S - it smells like fresh ground coffee, excellent!

T - great coffee flavor from the first sip, slight sweetness of malt midway through with a nice touch of bitterness on the back end.

F - medium bodied with smooth carbonation feel.

D - I'm good for a few of these, because caffine really doesn't affect me too much.

Final Note: I wish this was available in a bottle. It beats the pants off of other coffee flavored brews I've had. Craft beer fans outside of the Brooklyn/NYC area are missing out on an extremely well crafted, delicious brew. (771 characters)

Photo of grandq
4.75/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Reviewing this from memory from last night - on tap at the Waterfront Ale House. Sixpoint beer meets Gorilla coffee for a Brooklyn power team. This greets the nose with a morning cup of joe, maybe a bit of chocolate swizzled in as a sweetener. I'm willing to hazard a guess that the beans in question are Yirgacheffe, as that's what I drink from Gorilla on a daily basis. The taste matches, nice and earthy with a bit of spicyness, cooling into a creamy, malty finish without much bitterness. Being a smoked porter, the hop profile is pretty low key, but it seems like they slip in a bit after the initial coffee taste to emphasize the character of the beans. I'm surprised to read that this is nearly 8% - its really deceptively quaffable and could be a dangerous session favorite for as long as its available on local taps. I only fault this for the mouthfeel, which I found a little bit thin, though I may be biased by a recent stout kick.

While I'm not willing to throw all fives at this brew, I just got back from California where I tried Speedway Stout and I actually preferred Sixpoint's porter. Don't get me wrong, the Speedway is a killer stout, one of the smoothest things I've ever poured down my gullet, but I think the quality of the coffee and maybe the choice of bean origin puts Sixpoint/Gorilla over the edge. The Alesmith finished like the bottom of a french press - way too espresso-y. I'd be really interested in a side by side taste test of Ryan Bros. and Gorilla coffee to see if that's the case. Anyone in San Diego care to hook me up? (1,560 characters)

Photo of sloejams
4.65/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks to PEBKAC for this glorious handbottled gem.

It pours a thick, viscous dark chocolate with a proper thick fluffy froth. The aroma is chocolate and espresso - but not too assuming. The taste builds with more coffee flavor and a bitter dark chocolate bite. I loved the creaminess of the body. Very tasty.

I'll hold this up with Berkshire Coffeehouse Porter and AleSmith Speedway Stout as the triad of truly phenomenal coffee flavored ales. (446 characters)

Photo of thedoubler55
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
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! (436 characters)

Photo of Pahn
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
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. (1,241 characters)

Photo of dar482
4.48/5  rDev +9%
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. (354 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
4.47/5  rDev +8.8%
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 (478 characters)

Photo of B33R501
4.47/5  rDev +8.8%
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. (392 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.43/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a dark brown with a thicker brown eggshell head. Mild nose of coffee. Not as powerful as I expected it to be, but still nice. Flavor is very, very smooth. Nice malt body with just the right touch of coffee. Smooth feel. This is a very, very smooth porter. I had two and could have gone for ten. Will definitely keep my eye out for this one in the future. Hopefully it stays in constant production. (403 characters)

Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.42/5  rDev +7.5%
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! (255 characters)

Photo of Lupe
4.42/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The deep and rich brown liquid is topped by a tight creamy head. Decent retention and some lace is left along the sides of the glass.

Wow - a blast of fresh roasted coffee greets the nose. Some sweetness and chocolate are mixed in as well.

Big coffee flavor with a smooth maltiness, bakers chocolate, and a nice roasted malt bitterness. Dark roasted coffee flavor and bitterness stands out. Mild hops add a slight herbal note. A touch of dark fruit and perhaps a big red wine.

Incredibly smooth. Not at all astringent, considering the roasted malts and dark roast coffee. Medium bodied, not exactly light on the tongue, but not heavy or harsh either. The alcohol is so well hidden. Very easy drinking. Excellent coffee porter. (730 characters)

Photo of HimerMan
4.42/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On Cask at the Blind Tiger Ale House, started on 12/6/07 - as part of their VSK night.

Served at a nice temperature in a thick glass mug.

Immediate smells of HUGE coffee, and a very dark brown/black liquid, minimal head.

Wonderful coffee and very subtle chocolate notes notes that really carry this beer, it was like a very light stout - but a porter. It did feel a bit thin in the aftertaste, but this may have been due to its big upfront coffee flavor, and lack of any harsh bittering hops (which I am happy about).

Overall, this beer is excellent, and I would suggest heading out to try it while you still can.

Cheers. (626 characters)

Photo of Lordjabba
4.42/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tasty new marriage of Gorilla coffee from Park slope in Brooklyn and a smooth dark porter from the boys in Red hook.

The pour from the growler is a rich black oil that slowly forms a one inch brown head at the top of the glass.

The aroma reminds me of a cold winter morning waking to the smell of a fresh ground roast of delicious Ethiopian Yirgacheffe. MMM

I first had this at Barcade in Brooklyn and saw it on tap at BierKraft and had to get it. The taste is so creamy and fine, as the 7.8% abv is well hidden. The aftertaste lingers ever so slightly until you reach for the next sip.

I'm not a huge porter fan as I love the hop-bombs, but I really can't find anything wrong with this beer. I hope they make this a regular winter treat for us lucky ones in the tri-state area. Good job Sixpoint, your 19 rank on BA's American Brewery list is well deserved. (863 characters)

Photo of JohnQVegas
4.42/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Draught @ Beer Table.

Pours opaque black with a thin tan head.

Aroma is centered around fresh roasted coffee, just a hint of cocoa. Coffee is the very core of this beer.

Taste is, again, dominated by an incredible true-to-life roasted coffee note - this isn't a coffee beer, this IS coffee in beer form. Slightly nutty, roasty, slightly bitter with a hint of counter balanced cocoa sweetness. Lower acidity than expected, which is a pleasant surprise - very smooth and drinkable.

Medium body with a moderate carbonation. Really nice beer. (545 characters)

Photo of gford217
4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hand bottle courtesy of Shane poured into a pint glass.

This is a great looking porter with a deep mahogany hue and a huge creamy tan head that maintains a cap for the duration and leaves big sheets of lacing.

The aroma is dominated by the English malts but with plenty of coffee and chocolate in the nose as well.

The taste is slightly more complex than the nose with the same English malts as a base. There is a more noticeable hop presence up front with a slight bitter kick before the dark chocolate and coffee take over. The finish is a slightly bitter combo of coffee and hops.

The mouthfeel is unbelievably creamy and pretty full-bodied for the style.

This is a top-notch porter and one that I would be drinking a lot of if I had access to it. Thanks to Shane for the opportunity! (792 characters)

Photo of hoppymeal
4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with some sediment evident, a good sized tight fluffy head slowly dissipates with a good deal of lacing as it does. Aroma is a nice mix of cola, roastiness, some sweet malts, and a really nice chocolatiness and dark fruitiness. Flavor follows with a good deal of chocolate and vanilla coming through in the flavor, some earthy roasty and nutty notes, a bit of a cola tanginess and a slight coffee bitterness towards the finish. Mouthfeel is medium in body, but fairly full feeling in the palate with the help of the nice creamy carbonation. A hint of pepper on the tongue and a somewhat dry finish. Very good porter, flavor and drinkability are high but I must say I have been very impressed with the mouthfeel on all the sixpoint beers I've had the pleasure of trying. Just the right amount of body and a beautiful creamy carbonation. Well done. Thanks Shane for the opportunity. (892 characters)

Photo of Roguer
4.32/5  rDev +5.1%
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. (667 characters)

Photo of metter98
4.32/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is jet black with a very thin layer of tan-colored bubbles in the head.
S: There's a gentle aroma of roasted coffee beans, which almost makes you think you are in a coffee house.
T: The overall taste is filled with strong, roasted coffee flavors, which seem to intensify as the beer warms up. There's also some hints of creaminess and malty sweetness; it almost feels like a little milk and sugar were stirred in.
M: It's medium bodied and the level of carbonation is perfect, which makes it feel really smooth on the palate.
D: It's very easy to drink and the aroma and flavors are outstanding. If you like coffee and you like beer this is definitely one you should not miss. (688 characters)

Photo of Nickls
4.32/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(From notes)

A - Near black color, with some brown tones. Nice-looking thick, milky tan head. Great lacing throughout the sample

S - Bittersweet chocolate, roasted malts, and lots of coffee bean aromas

T - Very much like roasted coffee with good malt sweetness to balance it out. Nice bitter chocolate ending on it.

M - A bit thinner than I expected, but with nice light carbonation. Not overly mouthfilling, but still nice

D - This is very drinkable, even though it has a lot of strong flavors. Great sipper for cooler weather, and would recommend for after dinner.

Overall, really liked this and would highly recommend. (629 characters)

Photo of BearsOnAcid
4.29/5  rDev +4.4%
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. (726 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Arrives in a chalice, with a dark brown color capped by a thick, creamy beige head; very nice retention and plenty of lace

Smell: Coffee, with undertones of dark fruit and chocolate

Taste: A brief sweet taste of chocolate followed by the coffee and a fruity, vinous flavor that carriers through mid-palate; after the swallow, thesweet chococlate and caramel flavors dominate the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A touch too sweet for my tastebuds but, nevertheless, a very nice coffee beer (550 characters)

Photo of scootny
4.27/5  rDev +3.9%
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. (788 characters)

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Gorilla Warfare Coffee Porter from Sixpoint Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 75 ratings.