Gorilla Warfare Coffee Porter - Sixpoint Brewery

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

243 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 243
Reviews: 73
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 9.13%
Wants: 71
Gots: 13 | 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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Photo of Kendo
3.53/5  rDev -15.1%
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.

Photo of patmcd
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of MikeConklin
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of tln13
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of mbs11
5/5  rDev +20.2%

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.

Photo of RonfromJersey
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of plaid75
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.

Photo of barczar
3.68/5  rDev -11.5%
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 ortie
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of compass40204
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
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 vfgccp
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of JohnnyChicago
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of steelerguy
4/5  rDev -3.8%
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 DZales1000
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of GuisseppeFranco
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of BugTownPub
4/5  rDev -3.8%

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.

Photo of xnicknj
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
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
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Photo of SPRichard
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of DSlim71
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Gorilla Warfare Coffee Porter from Sixpoint Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 243 ratings.