Gorilla Warfare Coffee Porter - Sixpoint Brewery

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Reviews: 75
Hads: 273
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 9.49%
Wants: 80
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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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)

Photo of dbrauneis
4.15/5  rDev +1%
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. (853 characters)

Photo of xnicknj
4.17/5  rDev +1.5%
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. (873 characters)

Photo of Naugros
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
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. (933 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 BearsOnAcid
4.29/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

So happy to finally cross paths with this beer.

Deep dark brown with a good sized fluffy light brown head.

The beer released a soft aroma of roasted malt, chocolate and light coffee. Not incredibly fragrant which mislead me a little.

The taste had a huge blast of rich, bold coffee. I really didn't expect such a robust combination of chocolate and coffee with a tinge of bitter roasted malt on the finish after the way it smelled. Mouthfeel had some weight to it but was thin enough to make this beer easily drinkable. Carbonation was spot on. This beer is such a well made coffee porter and at this point it's hard to find something better in flavor. Highly recommended for fans of that style. Sixpoint delivers as usual. (726 characters)

Photo of thedoubler55
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pitch black in color with a nice finger of tan head at the top that left a nice sticky lacing around the glass.

S - Chocolate, coffee and slight hint of honey.

T - A great taste of coffee throughout this one, slight hints of chocolate and nice sweet malts.

M - A medium body, very minimal carbonation, well balanced.

D -Awesome beer! Sixpoint is starting to really move up my list, was very surprised with this brew, fantastic! (436 characters)

Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.42/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Double Windsor, Brooklyn, NY. Poured into Chimay Chalice.
I will just cut to the chase...it was superb!
Smells of coffee, tastes of coffee...
Really tastey, smooth, balanced, and delicious. It is an amazing brew that should not be passed up! (255 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 younger35
4.97/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Just got a growler of this from my main man BeerTruth. Coffee brews are pretty much my favorite and I’ve heard great things about this one. Drank from my Surly AHA Rally pint glass.

Appearance- Pours a dark brown with a hugely beautiful and fluffy dark khaki head. A great cap and collar remains the entire beer along with a ton of webbed lacing.
Smell- Really deep and earthy smelling as obviously the coffee is super potent and dominate. A tiny bit of something sweet smelling behind all that coffee as both chocolate and vanilla peek through. Like all coffee beers the nose isn’t all that diverse but this one smells damn good.
Taste- A smack of lightly bitter, light acidic coffee right from the get go. It’s espresso like in its intensity and really has that sort of dank earthiness that you get from a fresh shot. It’s sort of quenching and dry which I love. The coffee is really dominate but the finish shows notes of dark chocolate and almost a light woody tannic thing. Really the coffee just lingers and lingers though. So good.
Mouthfeel- Smooth as freaking silk. Nice hefty body that’s so smooth and lightly dry.
Drinkability- Amazing beer here. I like this more than Surly Coffee Bender and Shorts Cup O’ Joe. That’s saying something too because both those brews are two of my favorites. They say a pint of this is equal to 2 shots of espresso but no matter – I could easily drop a growler of this stuff. Thanks very much Adam, amazing amazing beer!! (1,480 characters)

Photo of scootny
4.27/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thick rich long lasting head of a light brown hue. Lots of lace and a dark, dark opaque brown fluid underneath. Lovely aroma of coffee and sweet burnt caramel. Some molasses and toffee notes as well. Roasted grains are evident as well as bready, (maybe floor ) malt. Some good earthy hops balance the nose well. Taste follows the nose with a bigger malt backbone and mild fruitiness giving a mildly English flavor. A healthy amount of charcoal gives a dry feel and personality. Some cocoa shows up as well. Finish is well hopped with coffee and mild grapefruit skin bitterness. A lingering toffee sweetness has toasted sweet brown bread in it. Feel is silky and crisp with a lightness that you expect from a lower abv. Super drinkable and delicious. Definitely one of my favorite porters. (788 characters)

Photo of lovindahops
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review 300!!!! And the best part is it will be for one of my favorite breweries sixpoint! Gorilla warfare on tap at j ryans

A- pours a dark brown with a fair head of foam that dissapates with some lacing on the side. Has the looks of a cup of black coffee and that is getting me excited! I love black coffee and I love any coffee porter that delivers like surly

S- strong whiff of bitter coffee is the immediate scent. It's very strong and tied into some toasty malt. Correction, the coffee scent is massive. It blasts up from the glass and is leading me to believe this is what i think it is

T- a wallop of bitter black coffee with some sweet flavors at the end to match up with. The coffee flavors are coated with thick flavors that give the porter integrity... It's not watery at all. Very very delicious

M- flavor decorates the mouth with the right combo of flavor and carbonation

O- gorilla warfare has become one of the best depictions of the coffee porter I have ever had. The blast of black coffee is delivered perfect. I have one last thing to say... Please please please can this. I will buy truckloads (1,117 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
4.47/5  rDev +8.8%
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 (478 characters)

Photo of Pahn
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Stag's Head in Manhattan, 9/12/10. Apparently left over from a Sixpoint event they held where they had several Sixpoint brews on tap.

Appearance: Bartender leaves a half inch tan head that dissipates very slowly, leaving a thick ring of lacing. Pours a solid brownish black and leaves spotty lacing.

Smell: Dark chocolate, dark roast coffee, roasted malt. Coffee beans. Smells like a serious coffee porter; serious coffee, serious porter.

Taste: Follows the nose. Great balance of bitterness and creaminess. Lots of roasted malt and dark roast coffee, with a nice acidity that approaches outright sourness. Airy and refreshing, like high quality black iced coffee. This is what I want from a coffee porter. Clean flavor, great balance. Also, 7.8% ABV?? There's no solvent in the flavor whatsoever. Goes down as smooth as if it were 3%~4%.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied. Creamier than most porters.

Drinkability: Very impressive beer. When I order "coffee porter" and this is what comes out, I've received exactly what I wanted. I would drink this often.

Gorilla Warfare does everything right: the coffee influence is big, distinctive, and delicious, but the beer is emphatically a porter, and a great porter at that. (1,241 characters)

Photo of jlindros
4.02/5  rDev -2.2%
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. (1,029 characters)

Photo of metter98
4.32/5  rDev +5.1%
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. (688 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
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 (550 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 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 m1ked
4.07/5  rDev -1%
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. (1,555 characters)

Photo of kmadison
4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
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. (361 characters)

Photo of hopdog
4.07/5  rDev -1%
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 (270 characters)

Photo of JohnQVegas
4.42/5  rDev +7.5%
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. (545 characters)

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 johnnnniee
4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
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 :) (497 characters)

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Gorilla Warfare Coffee Porter from Sixpoint Brewery
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