Gorilla Warfare Coffee Porter - Sixpoint Brewery
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Ratings: 200 | Reviews: 69 | Display Reviews Only:
4.33/5 rDev +3.8%
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.
04-16-2010 17:50:11 | More by metter98
4.3/5 rDev +3.1%
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
04-08-2010 02:58:54 | More by brentk56
4.23/5 rDev +1.4%
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.
04-04-2012 15:55:45 | More by BEERchitect
4.47/5 rDev +7.2%
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
11-11-2011 02:38:20 | More by mikesgroove
3.9/5 rDev -6.5%
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!
09-20-2008 02:10:40 | More by ChainGangGuy
4.45/5 rDev +6.7%
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.
03-11-2008 21:36:52 | More by RblWthACoz
3.76/5 rDev -9.8%
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.
01-23-2014 15:26:20 | More by TheManiacalOne
4/5 rDev -4.1%
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.
05-23-2010 03:13:30 | More by jlindros
3.58/5 rDev -14.1%
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.
02-16-2012 13:11:21 | More by Rifugium
4.05/5 rDev -2.9%
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.
03-29-2008 21:45:49 | More by jwc215
4.28/5 rDev +2.6%
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.
05-22-2008 02:21:55 | More by akorsak
4.18/5 rDev +0.2%
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.
03-04-2012 15:41:26 | More by dbrauneis
3.53/5 rDev -15.3%
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.
03-31-2012 21:32:10 | More by plaid75
4.2/5 rDev +0.7%
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 :)
02-08-2009 23:37:09 | More by johnnnniee
4.15/5 rDev -0.5%
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.
03-02-2012 01:21:17 | More by xnicknj
Gorilla Warfare Coffee Porter from Sixpoint Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 200 ratings.