Gorilla Warfare Coffee Porter - Sixpoint Brewery

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Ratings: 270
Reviews: 77
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 8.89%
Wants: 79
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 pwoods
3.66/5  rDev -12%
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.

Photo of srandycarter
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
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!

Photo of MrHungryMonkey
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Photo of hoppymeal
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Photo of Nickls
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
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!

Photo of brewandbbq
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.

Photo of bonbini26
4.17/5  rDev +0.2%
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

Photo of ATLbeerDog
3.92/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

Photo of Biggness
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
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!

Photo of BeerTruth
4.27/5  rDev +2.6%
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!!

Photo of akorsak
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.79/5  rDev +15.1%
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.

Photo of Douglas14
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a black color with a nice tan head that rises very quickly and leaves thin layer the whole time. It has a nice roasted chocolate and coffee aroma...very distinct and sharp but not overpowering at all. The taste is also heavily of burnt chocolate and coffee, with a touch of vanilla. It has a bitterness to it that comes from the burnt malt and the hops. Finishes very dry. Great porter.

Photo of rem5
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this at whole foods today. A new beer from Shane. Last time I was at the brewery he was messing around with chocolate flavor from some kind of plant. I forget what it was, but this has similar flavors. Robust for sure. Same yeast profile as always for Sixpoint beers. Very well rounded, balanced hops.

A- Opaque Black with tan head. Head is lower as its from a growler

S- Little smell. Can get some roasted malt notes and a little coffee.... maybe coffee

T - This is a light stout. Robust but easy drinking. Definitely a safe beer for whole foods. Nailed it for the general style but doesnt fit within the BJCP.

M - Smooth and crisp. Its called gorilla warfare, but the name doesnt match the beer. This beer is very tame.

D - Excellent. Easy drinking and enjoyable.

Overall this is a good beer. Not my favorite from sixpoint. This is definitely marketable though. I'm more of a fan of their experimental stuff.

Photo of Mikeyboxx
3.6/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Serving this at Whole Foods on Houston and Bowery. Growler serving.

Aroma is not a strong coffee but mild. Mouthfeel is well rounded and goes down with a strong coffee flavor. For 7.80% ABV this is an easy drinking porter. I recommend if you like coffee flavored beers.

Photo of sloejams
4.65/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks to PEBKAC for this glorious handbottled gem.

It pours a thick, viscous dark chocolate with a proper thick fluffy froth. The aroma is chocolate and espresso - but not too assuming. The taste builds with more coffee flavor and a bitter dark chocolate bite. I loved the creaminess of the body. Very tasty.

I'll hold this up with Berkshire Coffeehouse Porter and AleSmith Speedway Stout as the triad of truly phenomenal coffee flavored ales.

Photo of jwc215
4.07/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Photo of brownsbilliards
3.83/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not as prominent a coffee smell as some; we recently had the Kona Wipeout Porter, made with Kona coffee, and that had much more of a prominent coffee nose. Doesn't have the roasted character you might expect, more sweet than deep roasted. Pours a nice clear brown, lot of lace in the head. A little thin for a porter, but nice color, very drinkable.

BB Reviewers: Dan, Ray, Joe, Larry

Photo of TheBlackMallard
3.76/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to PEBKAC for this. Sent as part of Brews N Tunes 3.

Pours black with maybe a slight brown highlight underneath the head. Great head that sticks around with bubbles constantly rising.

Don't detect too much coffee in the nose. Mostly chocolate and figs. Maybe a touch of black patent.

Awesome coffee taste with a nice acidic finish. This a straight to the point coffee porter.

Chewy, creamy, light and fluffy.

I wish I had more than one.

Photo of Mudpuppet
3.68/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Poured into a tulip glass at Sunset. This beer pours a dark but not light absorbing brown. A nice .5" head topped this one off.

S- I get some coffee grinds. There is some light malt in the background but mostly coffee

T- There is defintely some coffee grinds flavor in this. I think most beers taste like the grinds of coffee not the brewed coffee. This is tasty but not as good as the brewed product. There we some dark sweet malty notes holding this up too.

M- Maybe a bit high on the carbonation. That is more Sunset than Sixpoint though. Medium thick brew overall.

D- I like this beer. Has a bit of an odd aftertaste if you wait too long between sips though. That means you should drink this pint up quicker!

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Photo of Lupe
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The deep and rich brown liquid is topped by a tight creamy head. Decent retention and some lace is left along the sides of the glass.

Wow - a blast of fresh roasted coffee greets the nose. Some sweetness and chocolate are mixed in as well.

Big coffee flavor with a smooth maltiness, bakers chocolate, and a nice roasted malt bitterness. Dark roasted coffee flavor and bitterness stands out. Mild hops add a slight herbal note. A touch of dark fruit and perhaps a big red wine.

Incredibly smooth. Not at all astringent, considering the roasted malts and dark roast coffee. Medium bodied, not exactly light on the tongue, but not heavy or harsh either. The alcohol is so well hidden. Very easy drinking. Excellent coffee porter.

Photo of Lordjabba
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tasty new marriage of Gorilla coffee from Park slope in Brooklyn and a smooth dark porter from the boys in Red hook.

The pour from the growler is a rich black oil that slowly forms a one inch brown head at the top of the glass.

The aroma reminds me of a cold winter morning waking to the smell of a fresh ground roast of delicious Ethiopian Yirgacheffe. MMM

I first had this at Barcade in Brooklyn and saw it on tap at BierKraft and had to get it. The taste is so creamy and fine, as the 7.8% abv is well hidden. The aftertaste lingers ever so slightly until you reach for the next sip.

I'm not a huge porter fan as I love the hop-bombs, but I really can't find anything wrong with this beer. I hope they make this a regular winter treat for us lucky ones in the tri-state area. Good job Sixpoint, your 19 rank on BA's American Brewery list is well deserved.

Photo of grandq
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Reviewing this from memory from last night - on tap at the Waterfront Ale House. Sixpoint beer meets Gorilla coffee for a Brooklyn power team. This greets the nose with a morning cup of joe, maybe a bit of chocolate swizzled in as a sweetener. I'm willing to hazard a guess that the beans in question are Yirgacheffe, as that's what I drink from Gorilla on a daily basis. The taste matches, nice and earthy with a bit of spicyness, cooling into a creamy, malty finish without much bitterness. Being a smoked porter, the hop profile is pretty low key, but it seems like they slip in a bit after the initial coffee taste to emphasize the character of the beans. I'm surprised to read that this is nearly 8% - its really deceptively quaffable and could be a dangerous session favorite for as long as its available on local taps. I only fault this for the mouthfeel, which I found a little bit thin, though I may be biased by a recent stout kick.

While I'm not willing to throw all fives at this brew, I just got back from California where I tried Speedway Stout and I actually preferred Sixpoint's porter. Don't get me wrong, the Speedway is a killer stout, one of the smoothest things I've ever poured down my gullet, but I think the quality of the coffee and maybe the choice of bean origin puts Sixpoint/Gorilla over the edge. The Alesmith finished like the bottom of a french press - way too espresso-y. I'd be really interested in a side by side taste test of Ryan Bros. and Gorilla coffee to see if that's the case. Anyone in San Diego care to hook me up?

Gorilla Warfare Coffee Porter from Sixpoint Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 270 ratings.