Gorilla Warfare Coffee Porter - Sixpoint Brewery

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Reviews: 75
Hads: 273
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 9.49%
Wants: 79
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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Reviews: 75 | Hads: 273
Photo of PEBKAC
3.13/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Growler via New Beer from an aged keg. It tasted like it.

Muddy, muddled, murky, runoff pour into my everyday chalice. A decent buildup of wicker-colored head. Soda-like lace.

Smell is slightly charred brown bread, cocoa powder, & a light coffee tone. Muted hop presence in the background.

Taste shows an initial stab of earthy sweetness, with burnt nuts & baker's chocolate. Middle ground consists of mud, green wood, & a light chase of alcohol. Some oxidation characteristics are present on the finish.

Slight ashiness in the feel. It softens up the delivery. Level carbonation.

Had it at BT during its release last year. Either though age, or recipe tweaking(or just spotty handling), the intensely pure coffee flavors that I wrote down in my notes, just weren't there this time. I look forward to a fresher sample. (823 characters)

Photo of cbless97
3.2/5  rDev -22.1%
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. (291 characters)

Photo of WoostaBia
3.2/5  rDev -22.1%

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 (189 characters)

Photo of JulioH
3.53/5  rDev -14.1%
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. (262 characters)

Photo of plaid75
3.53/5  rDev -14.1%
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. (409 characters)

Photo of david18
3.53/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had a very small glass of this at George Keeley's on Amsterdam Avenue in New York City and from what I had i enjoyed it. Good roasty porter aroma and flavor. Very good dark color with a dark brown head. Mouthfeel was that of a porter, substantial. I will have this beer again next time i see it. (297 characters)

Photo of Kendo
3.53/5  rDev -14.1%
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. (572 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
3.58/5  rDev -12.9%
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. (431 characters)

Photo of Gmann
3.6/5  rDev -12.4%
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. (734 characters)

Photo of Mikeyboxx
3.6/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Serving this at Whole Foods on Houston and Bowery. Growler serving.

Aroma is not a strong coffee but mild. Mouthfeel is well rounded and goes down with a strong coffee flavor. For 7.80% ABV this is an easy drinking porter. I recommend if you like coffee flavored beers. (270 characters)

Photo of tbeckett
3.65/5  rDev -11.2%
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. (443 characters)

Photo of pwoods
3.66/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Shane for the bottle.

12oz. unlabeled bottle poured into a tulip.

A: Pours nearly a solid black, very little light. 2 fingers of light mocha head forms pretty tight and holds nicely. Decent lacing.

S: Some light coffee notes and a bit of starchy chicory like aroma. Light roast and a bit of sweetness. Very subtle.

T/M: More of the light coffee and starchy flavor. There's a decent amount of alcohol, bringing some light fruity phenols. Plenty of roasty flavor as well, bringing some bitterness to the table. Carbonation is quite high, making it feel like a Belgian hybrid? The Bolshoi I had from Sixpoint Craft Ales was the same way, very unique. A touch of tartness in the back with the fruitiness. Body is medium to medium full with strong carbonation to lighten the feel a bit.

D: ABV is up there a bit. Tasty and very interesting. (850 characters)

Photo of Mudpuppet
3.68/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Poured into a tulip glass at Sunset. This beer pours a dark but not light absorbing brown. A nice .5" head topped this one off.

S- I get some coffee grinds. There is some light malt in the background but mostly coffee

T- There is defintely some coffee grinds flavor in this. I think most beers taste like the grinds of coffee not the brewed coffee. This is tasty but not as good as the brewed product. There we some dark sweet malty notes holding this up too.

M- Maybe a bit high on the carbonation. That is more Sunset than Sixpoint though. Medium thick brew overall.

D- I like this beer. Has a bit of an odd aftertaste if you wait too long between sips though. That means you should drink this pint up quicker! (719 characters)

Photo of barczar
3.7/5  rDev -10%
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! (833 characters)

Photo of tpd975
3.72/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to JW77 for this one.

A: Pours dark black with a small tan head.

S: Simple aromas, coffee, chocolate, and a blast of roast.

T: What you smell is what you taste. Fresh coffee, chocolate malt, with a nice roasty undertone.

M: Fairly light in body, good carbonation.

D: Good, falls short of great. (306 characters)

Photo of TheBlackMallard
3.76/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to PEBKAC for this. Sent as part of Brews N Tunes 3.

Pours black with maybe a slight brown highlight underneath the head. Great head that sticks around with bubbles constantly rising.

Don't detect too much coffee in the nose. Mostly chocolate and figs. Maybe a touch of black patent.

Awesome coffee taste with a nice acidic finish. This a straight to the point coffee porter.

Chewy, creamy, light and fluffy.

I wish I had more than one. (452 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.77/5  rDev -8.3%
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. (740 characters)

Photo of brownsbilliards
3.83/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not as prominent a coffee smell as some; we recently had the Kona Wipeout Porter, made with Kona coffee, and that had much more of a prominent coffee nose. Doesn't have the roasted character you might expect, more sweet than deep roasted. Pours a nice clear brown, lot of lace in the head. A little thin for a porter, but nice color, very drinkable.

BB Reviewers: Dan, Ray, Joe, Larry (386 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.88/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a dark brown, near black body resting under a half inch of beige foam.

Smell: Roasty nose smelling of cold coffee and black malts. Notes of unsweetened chocolate and caramel.

Taste: A fusion of coffee and chocolate on the first sip. A touch grainy, a touch coffee grindy. Mild sweetness. An earthy, roasty bitterness is close behind and remains until the finish. A second dose of chocolate arises at the very end.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation. Fairly creamy.

Drinkability: A rather tasty coffee-dosed porter. My hat is STILL off to Sixpoint! (582 characters)

Photo of ATLbeerDog
3.92/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle - Pours a brownish/black - with a small tan/caramel head. Strong smells of strong dark roasted coffee. First sip is pure coffee - strong and bitter. Slight hint of bittersweet chocolate. Finishes bitter and very well carbonated. A coffee lovers beer. (257 characters)

Photo of buschbeer
3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
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. (470 characters)

Photo of PicoPapa
3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
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. (469 characters)

Photo of scottbrew4u
3.96/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Coffee in good proportion. One of my favorite combinations coffee and beer! This is a very good coffee porter. I have had better but this is very solid. (152 characters)

Photo of jcflorian
3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Nice tasting coffee porter. Coffee is very subtle but there. Nice solid session porter. My only flaw with this is the thinner than normal mouthful (150 characters)

Photo of steelerguy
4/5  rDev -2.7%
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. (653 characters)

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Gorilla Warfare Coffee Porter from Sixpoint Brewery
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