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Gorilla Warfare Coffee Porter - Sixpoint Brewery

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189 Ratings

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Ratings: 189
Reviews: 69
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 9.38%
Wants: 67
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
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Sixpoint Brewery visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Made with coffee from Gorilla Coffee in Brooklyn.

(Beer added by: Todd on 12-06-2007)
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North Carolina

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

Serving type: on-tap

04-08-2010 02:58:54 | More by brentk56
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New York

3.53/5  rDev -15.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-27-2010 21:20:23 | More by david18
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3.7/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2010 00:54:05 | More by tpd975
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4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Yet another growler from WF Bowery beer room. I find the sixpoint brews to be very sessionable and solid beers. I am interested in this one as I had just brewed a stout also using Gorilla coffee (local Brooklyn roaster/vender).

A- Pours a dark black with brownish edges when held up to the light. I saw a brief thin 1/2" tan head for a moment, that quickly faded to a thin skim with a couple of gaps.

S- Definetly roasted coffee here, but not over the top though. Some biscuity sweet grain, slightly burnt toast, touch of bakers chocolate. Smells good, but nothing too unusual here.

T- Actually get a combo of bitter up front. Bitter roasted coffee, bitter chocolate and some hops bitterness..not like a triple assault, more like comingled as one long bitter note. Eventually bitter dies down and some dark chocolate notes mingle with some grain flavor, but alas, finishes with roasted coffee flavor.... that is a touch bitter. Given the ABV, I don't detect any of the alcohol here, until a touch at the end.

M- Everytime I have a porter I have to remind myself it is not a stout, therefore it will not feel like a stout. This is true here too. Mild bodied that has some heavier flavors, and low carb. Makes for an easy to drink beer.

D- I would say that this is an easy beer to drink, as long as you don't mind varying forms of bitter (I don't mind), you enjoy coffee flavors, and beware the ABV, because it don't taste like nearly 8.0%. Surprisingly this is stronger than their Diesel stout. I do love the local collaboration of Sixpoint + Gorilla.

Serving type: growler

02-16-2010 00:04:11 | More by m1ked
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4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

nice black-strap molasses nose and similar mouthfeel. Wish I could pick out the origin or blend of coffee used, but not totally positive. The malt, coffee, and hops seem to have a great balance in a brew that could easily be dominated by any one of them. Certainly has body to it and enjoy the back palate on this brew quite a bit. Another ringer from Sixpoint.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2009 02:58:20 | More by kmadison
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4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks goryshkewych for sending this one my way!

Poured a dark brown color with a large sized off white head. Aromas of coffee, roastiness, chocolate, a little earthy, and lighter vanilla. Tastes of coffee, chocoalte, and roastiness.

Notes from and tasted on: 4/8/09

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2009 00:58:00 | More by hopdog
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4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-27-2009 13:54:01 | More by JohnQVegas
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New York

3.13/5  rDev -24.8%
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.

Serving type: growler

02-14-2009 02:31:08 | More by PEBKAC
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New Hampshire

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 :)

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2009 23:37:09 | More by johnnnniee
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4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I got this bottle in a trade with Nutbrown. Thanks Alan!

This pours a dark brown with some reddish highlights. There's a very small head of foam that shrinks quickly but it still does have some good lacing until deep into the session.

The smell is on the light side but I get some notes of coffee and roasted malt with a touch of sweet malt.

The taste is a bit more assertive than the nose. Good, but not overly done, flavour of coffee with light chocolate, some roasty malt tones, and a light sweetish flavour, with some bitterness, that comes through near and through the finish.
This is not the most complex coffee Porter I've tried but sometimes simpler is better. Oh and the alcohol doesn't come into play here at all as it's an easy drinker.

The mouthfeel is medium and the carbonation is also medium.

Drinkability? For the abv, it's damned easy to drink and, well, the fact that I like how the flavours are tickling my palate helps too. Overall, I favour this brew and can easily recommend it if you can find it.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2009 14:46:58 | More by Bitterbill
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New York

4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 9/6/08. Growler. Pours black with a very small rapidly disappearing tan head. Aroma of smoke, roasted malt, smoked meats, chocolate, coffee. Flavor of lots of coffee, sweet roasted malt, roasted nuts. This is quite tasty! Smooth silky palate. Not too sweet. This is good stuff!! Get your hands on it if you can!
8/4/8/4/16 (4.0/5)

Serving type: growler

12-26-2008 17:04:31 | More by LilBeerDoctor
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4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
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!

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2008 01:58:16 | More by gford217
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3.7/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2008 04:01:48 | More by pwoods
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4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours pretty darned close to pitch black. Light mocha head, thick 1.5 inch. Slowly leaves. Clingy sudsy lacing.

S - Coffee, coffee, coffee. Some Soy and Anise, too.

T - Wow. Heavy frothy coffee mixed with dark toasted malt, some chocolate at finish.

M - Medium, creamy, nicely balanced.

D - For the style, very drinkable!

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2008 04:55:17 | More by srandycarter
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4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a beautiful tulip glass at the Sunset Bar & Grill in Boston (my favorite beer hangout even though I live a thousand miles away).

Creamy dark malty nose, chocolate... almost oatmeal-like. Nice.

Nice head, very creamy - jet black. Very sexy.

Dark chocolate, espresso malt roast, very creamy. Dark raisin fruit. Prune, almost. Soft bitterness. Medium body. Very creamy. Very smooth with minimal carbonation.

This beer struck me as being particularly creamy, in every senseable way. A perfect way to end a scrumptious meal of salmon quesadillas and stagger back to the T.

Serving type: on-tap

10-24-2008 00:50:12 | More by MrHungryMonkey
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4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2008 01:07:38 | More by hoppymeal
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District of Columbia

4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-30-2008 00:22:41 | More by Nickls
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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!

Serving type: growler

09-20-2008 02:10:40 | More by ChainGangGuy
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New Hampshire

4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml swingtop from New Beer Distributors courtesy BA RblWthACoz..Thanks bro!

Pours opaque black with a massive, four inch head of dark beige. After a very slow retreat, a solid skim coat of foam remained along with a myriad of ripped sheets of lacework.

Aromatics are a blend of chocolate and coffee. Plenty roasty with hints of nougat, brownie batter, and Kahlua.

Thickish bodied with an extremely creamy mouthfeel. Crushed velvet.

The pallet starts off with strong but smooth coffee notes, quickly followed by dark chocolate and roasted malts.
A hint of char pulls through along with lingering burnt brownie bits.

Finishes with a drying, roasty bite and lingering chocolate-drizzled coffee.

Nicely balanced with the coffee and chocolate playing off each other. Very drinkable and smooth.

Serving type: growler

09-17-2008 23:39:23 | More by brewandbbq
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New Jersey

4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap @ east village tavern 09-14-08

A: Pours motor oil black Huge coffee colored head. Some lacing.

S: rich dark roasted coffee, some chocolate

T: Lots of coffee and some bitter chocolate in there too.

M: Almost creamy mouthfeel, nice thickness, well carbonated, a little bit sticky.

D: Doesn't taste like 7.8%, overall very nice style and well made, another great brew from sixpoint

Serving type: on-tap

09-15-2008 19:13:12 | More by bonbini26
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3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2008 22:42:09 | More by ATLbeerDog
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New York

4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a very dark brown with a 2 fingered dark tan head and nice lacing. The smell is of coffee, in your face this is a coffee beer coffee! The taste is very nice, as with the smell the major flavor is coffee, and it is so creamy it tastes like a cafe latte. The mouthfeel is pleasant, it is nicely carbonated. Too much coffee for me (not a coffee drinker) to session this beer but I will certainly try it again if I see it on tap. A very well crafted beer!

Serving type: on-tap

08-29-2008 19:44:23 | More by Biggness
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Shane!

12 oz. bottle poured into a nonic.

Pours a cola black with a monster three finger tan colored head takes its time fading to a thin layer of bubbles. Some spotty lacing clings to the sides of the glass, but not much. Smell...I hope you like coffee. Big French roast java and fresh espresso followed by sweet caramel and cane sugar. Some dirty hops and mocha in the nose as well. Without taking a sip, I could see a lot of people that would mistaken this for a fresh cuppa joe! If you like your coffee black and your beer bold, this is the beer for you. Bitter Columbian blend coffee flavors up front with some musty earth hops that follow. Molasses and dark chocolate midway with a dry birch aftertaste. Very smooth and robust in the mouth for a porter, I like it a lot. If you're a coffee lover, this beer is not to be missed. I would love to have the chance to try this one on cask, maybe someday ;) Keep up the good work Sixpoint!!

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2008 00:28:09 | More by BeerTruth
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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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-22-2008 02:21:55 | More by akorsak
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New York

4.8/5  rDev +15.4%
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.

Serving type: growler

05-12-2008 21:12:15 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
Gorilla Warfare Coffee Porter from Sixpoint Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 189 ratings.