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Gorilla Warfare Coffee Porter - Sixpoint Brewery

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Gorilla Warfare Coffee Porter
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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

226 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 226
Reviews: 73
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 9.38%
Wants: 68
Gots: 10 | 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:
This brew is a robust and rich Porter made with coffee beans from Gorilla Coffee in Park Slope, Brooklyn.

(Beer added by: Todd on 12-06-2007)
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Ratings: 226 | Reviews: 73 | Display Reviews Only:
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

zestar, Aug 22, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

acurtis, Aug 07, 2012
Photo of nmann08
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

nmann08, Jan 12, 2013
Photo of metter98
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

metter98, Apr 16, 2010
Photo of brentk56
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
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

brentk56, Apr 08, 2010
Photo of BEERchitect
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

BEERchitect, Apr 04, 2012
Photo of mikesgroove
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
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

mikesgroove, Nov 11, 2011
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
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!

ChainGangGuy, Sep 20, 2008
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

JAHMUR, Aug 11, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Jason, Apr 03, 2013
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3.76/5  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.

TheManiacalOne, Jan 23, 2014
Photo of RblWthACoz
4.45/5  rDev +7%
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.

RblWthACoz, Mar 11, 2008
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Slatetank, Mar 28, 2014
Photo of jlindros
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap @ Armsby Abbey during craft beer week.

A: Light fluffy 1 finger head fades slowly over basically pitch black colored beer, with a slight lacing.

N: Lots of coffee, and I mean lots! Tons of fresh roasted coffee aromas, like I'm standing in a coffee roasting place. Some stout aromas and roasted malts, with a slight chocolate malt. Some dark malty aromas as well and a hint of earthy hops.

T: Lots of fresh roasted coffee again, with some roasted malts, some porter like flavors, a little roasted earthy bitterness and slight hoppy bitterness. Dark roasty malts with a little sweet syrupy flavor.

M: Medium body with decent carbonation, but not as thick and syrupy as I expected.

F: Semi bitter with lots of roasty earthy charred malt bitterness and some earthy hop bitterness. Some lingering porter roasted malts with lots of fresh coffee lingering and slight syrup and caramel.

I like my coffee but it just overpowers everything and I don't really get much for beer. But tasty for a morning after hangover beer.

jlindros, May 23, 2010
Photo of Rifugium
3.58/5  rDev -13.9%
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.

Rifugium, Feb 16, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

mdfb79, Feb 04, 2013
Photo of jwc215
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at the Gingerman:Pours black with a thin-off white head that leaves lacing.The smell is of rich, roasted coffee.The taste is of roasted coffee with a hint of chocolate - vinuous notes come through way in the back as it progresses.A tad thinnish in body, but gains some heft as it progresses.  Coffee lingers in the aftertaste.A nice coffee porter that is very smooth.

jwc215, Mar 29, 2008
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

DrunkinYogi, Aug 10, 2012
Photo of dbrauneis
4.18/5  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.

dbrauneis, Mar 04, 2012
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4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A snifter-size glass served at Back Forty (190 Avenue B) during their Sixpoint Beer and Cheese tasting dinner.

A: The porter is a dark ebony black, magnificent in its depth. A slightly off-white head nestles in atop the beer, slowly lacing to the sides of the glass.

S: The nose is chocolate porter and bittersweet java. The chocolate is especially noticeable, and in fact paired nicely with the sweetness of the Barely Buzzed cheese (made by Beehive Cheese) and its coffee-rubbed rim.

T: An intoxicating blend of bold porter and smooth coffee. The coffee flavors are java with touches of bold bakers chocolate (bitter) and dark roasts (burnt). The porter body is equally dark, roasted with burnt elements. The flavor is careful not to roam too far into stout territory and the result is an excellent beer with a knockout aroma.

M: The mouthfeel is silky smooth with a masterful blend of coffee and dark malts. The aroma itself is enough to keep you happy for many hours.

D: The relatively higher alcohol never makes an issue of itself, allowing the porter and coffee to come through nicely. This is on par with Terrapin WnB and Pisgah Valdez.

akorsak, May 22, 2008
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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

BARFLYB, Jan 08, 2014
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3.53/5  rDev -15.1%
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.

plaid75, Mar 31, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

rolltide8425, Jul 25, 2012
Photo of johnnnniee
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received in trade from Shane at sixpoint, hand bottled at the brewery, thanks for the opportunity and generosity.

Pours a dark brown with faint garnet highlights when held to light. Huge fluffy tan head sticks around forever and coats my glass all the way down. Smells of coffee, roasted grains and bitter dark chocolate. Tastes of coffee, chocolate, roasted grains. Creamy silky mouthfeel, medium body. medium carbonation. Another exceptional brew from sixpoint. Send your beer to NH already :)

johnnnniee, Feb 08, 2009
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3/5  rDev -27.9%

chippo33, Jun 13, 2014
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Gorilla Warfare Coffee Porter from Sixpoint Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 226 ratings.