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Harpoon 100 Barrel Series #44 - El Triunfo Coffee Porter - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

Harpoon 100 Barrel Series #44 - El Triunfo Coffee PorterHarpoon 100 Barrel Series #44 - El Triunfo Coffee Porter

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very good

161 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 161
Reviews: 51
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 10.46%

Brewed by:
Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: TheManiacalOne on 11-25-2012)
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Photo of thecheapies


3.45/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very dark brown with a crown of tan foam. Looks good. The initial aroma coming off of this beer is alluring, so I'm wrapping up with my appearance review.

Sweet milk-laden coffee with a liqueury quality, robust earthy malts, beefy dark roast, floral sweetness, and a hearty mash. Nice coffee nose with a classic porter backbone.

Much thinner in flavor. Dampened by some age, the malts are bland and a bit dirty. The coffee is weaker, and seemingly has grit. This is not composed anymore. A porter, unraveled.

Medium body and medium-soft carbonation. Could use a little more air to elevate the feel.

I wish this could've held up. Not sure about the initial release date, but it couldn't have been that recent. This might be marvelous when fresh. Extra quarter of a point for what I don't know.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2014 22:55:11 | More by thecheapies
Photo of icehawk

South Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Bottle Appearance: Opaque black with thin white head Aroma: Coffee, nuts, dark chocolate Taste: Earthy, bitter coffee Palate: Medium, almost thin mouthfeel. Somewhat acidic aftertaste. Overall: Drinkable with a fairly thin body. The coffee flavor comes across a bit acidic and earthy.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2013 00:48:12 | More by icehawk
Photo of bmwats


3.94/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 650 ml bottle into a snifter.

A: Black. Pours a 1 finger, foamy, brown-white head. Settles fairly slowly. Leaves a smattering of foam on the surface. Solid beer ring lacing. Head renews fully with each pour.

S: Roasted espresso, bittersweet dark chocolate, and oak chips.

T: Charred grains, espresso beans, and unsweetened dark chocolate. A little peat character.

M: Thick and hearty. Feels a little shallow. Slightly bitter finish.

D: Sip and enjoy.

Atmosphere is good. Dark hue, nice foamy head, and persistent lacing. Nose is coffee and roasted malt. Charred grains, roasted espresso, dark chocolate with a little peat. Overall, this is a really good quaff.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2013 03:11:03 | More by bmwats
Photo of joeboe2001


5/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I gave this all 5s because I cannot imagine a better glass of beer.

I ordered this at a small tapas restaurant in Dover, DE. When I say the mouthfeel was "perfect" I note it was not typical for a porter (large bubbled, slightly watery finish) but more of a stout.

The 12 oz. pilsner glass was gone quickly, especially after my wife and daughter each snuck a taste. I eagerly ordered another.

The bartender turned to the tap and started to pull my beer. All of a sudden, he stopped after perhaps 3 oz. The keg was empty.

Dismayed, I ordered something else. He set the 3 oz. glass aside. I was going to ask him for it, but it quickly dissappeared. The SOB drank it himself!

My search for a perfect beer continues! This was probably the last glass of Harpoon's coffee porter in existence.

To clear up what one reviewer said--referring to this as a wintry brew--that is not the case. Porters were traditionally brewed for working class consumption, while on the job, year around. That is why their ABV is always a bit low.

Serving type: on-tap

07-09-2013 21:41:48 | More by joeboe2001
Photo of greenmtn1111


3.94/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a glass tulip.

This pours a pitch black with a tan colored head about 2" thick and it disappears pretty quickly but laces decently. I smell a lot of coffee when I take a whiff - high quality beans. A little bit of chocolate is there in the background. Not surprisingly, coffee is the predominant flavour - roasty and slightly chocolaty as well. I'm surprised at how smooth this goes down. The coffee is not too bitter and the beer is not overly sweet which is a nice quality. Not overly complex, but It's much more crisp and refreshing than a lot of other beers of this style.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2013 01:41:53 | More by greenmtn1111
Photo of Nordicsk8er


3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

An uncharacteristically cold and wet Memorial Day weekend provided a good opportunity to finally sample this "wintry" offering (this being a limited release available during the winter months). I poured my sample into a Harpoon IPA glass. Light lacing and a head that dissipated quickly. Soft aromas of chocolate, caramel, and vanilla. Not as much coffee smell as I would have expected. Very easy drinking with fairly heavy carbonation. Smooth. Caramel, light chocolate, and toffee highlights. The coffee comes more to the fore as the beer warms. The 28 I.B.U. rating seems right on the mark. Nicely done.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2013 00:13:05 | More by Nordicsk8er
Photo of hreb


3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle from Harpoon's 100 Barrel Series, served in imperial pint glass. Beer pours dark brown to black with a thin, bubbly head. Aroma is surprisingly malty, as much brown ale as porter, and not at all the morning cup of coffee that coffee and espresso porters tend to be. Flavor features a solid porter body with coffee in equal balance flavoring and bittering vessel. The label reveals only 28 IBUs; the rest of the dryness must come from the coffee. Tertiary flavors of chocolate and toasted barley.

Interesting in that it's unique among the coffee beers I've tasted, if not as flavorful. Still, a great concept and execution, definitely worth trying while it's available.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2013 21:06:32 | More by hreb
Photo of Rizalini


3.54/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Received this as an extra from jageraholic. Poured the bomber, dated Enjoy By 3/15/13, into my Deschutes tulip glass...

A - Pours a dark cola brown, with 2 fingers of off-white colored head. Falls rather quickly leaving no lacing behind.

S - Smells like a cup of coffee with notes of chocolate syrup.

T/M - The taste is of bitter coffee, with hints of chocolate. I'm also getting some burnt malts as well. The mouthfeelis light, with good carbonation.

O - It is a very coffee forward porter, but the mouthfeel is very light. Even for a porter. I wish I had more to say about this one, but it's kind of a one trick pony.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2013 02:36:14 | More by Rizalini
Photo of brewlagoon


5/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

So I have been collectin gthese for a wile now and have quite a few. I hope to get them all, but I am sure I wont be able to since some are probably not in circulation anymore. I felt this had great flavor, it was not overpowering with coffee, just the right amont with a good strong porter taste. I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys a good porter.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2013 19:29:48 | More by brewlagoon
Photo of corby112


3/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Draft at The Pour House in Westmont, NJ.

Pours an opaque, dark chestnut brown color with a two finger beige head that has very good retention, only slowly settling into a lasting cap/ring.  Streaks of soapy lace left being.

Rich and robust malt aroma with a strong roasted coffee presence along with silky chocolate, caramel, toffee and hazelnut.  Also a bit nutty with a subtle lactic presence.  Smells like gourmet roasted coffee in beer form.

On the lighter end of medium body and  sligtly watered down with a deeply roasted malt and coffee presence that lingers throughout.  Slightly burnt and acrid with stale coffee/espresso bean, dark chocolate, oatmeal and burnt toast.  Not as complex as the nose suggests.  Creaminess, sweetness and nutty flavors found in the aroma are lacking.  Not terrible but one dimensional and too light for the style.

Serving type: on-tap

03-13-2013 01:21:15 | More by corby112
Photo of bobhits


2.55/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Pours a medium of the colored brown body. There's a nice tan capped head, some nice lacing and some nice density.

Coffee....really this is coffee. There's some nice caramel, vanilla, caramel light aromas here. Nothing is dark and over roasted, but that's what a porter gives you.

Caramel, vanilla, and just a long long lingering medium roast coffee flavor. This is a bit watery for so much coffee.

Maybe it is just me, but if you put a beer in a bomber and charge 4+ (I think this was 4.99 or 5.99) a single bottle, it is supposed to be BIG. This is the kind of beer you expect in a 10 dollar 6 pack based on this feel.

As I just said, over priced and under whelming. Still if you want something relatively light with a lot of coffee flavor this is a great option.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2013 05:02:34 | More by bobhits
Photo of VelvetExtract


4.29/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a dark brown with a dark tan head. Head keeps a respectable height. Lighter waves of lacing. Modest light penetration.

S-A focused aroma of sweetened coffee. Luke warm medium-roast coffee with a generous dosage of cream and sugar. Milk chocolate dances around the java. This beer nails its intended target.

T-The flavor is even better. Such a pinpoint coffee flavor. Espresso! Choco-undertones. Dried coffee beans usher in a wave of delectable sweetness. The first few seconds of this beer are blissful. El Triunfo is devoid of that unpleasant chalky flavor that many Porters display. I know I'm repeating myself but this beer really hit its goal here.

M-Medium bodied with light roast-imparted bitterness. Carbonation is soft but subtly energetic. Quite drinkable.

O/D-One of my favorite Harpoon brews. A liquid blitzkrieg of delectable java. I would take this over a cup o' Joe any day…consequenty I'd be asleep by noon.

Serving type: on-tap

02-26-2013 03:44:36 | More by VelvetExtract
Photo of metter98

New York

3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is nearly jet black in color—bits of reddish amber are visible near the bottom of the glass when it is held up to a bright light. It poured with a finger and a half high dense light tan head that has very good retention properties and consistently left a short head covering the surface.
S: There are aromas of coffee beans in the nose along with some faint hints of dark malts.
T: The taste is similar to the smell but isn't completely one dimensional with coffee flavors. It's rounded out with some hints of chocolate and roasted malts as well as a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little smooth (and slightly thin) on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: If you really like coffee, this is a nice flavorful porter that is also very easy to drink. There's little in the way of roasted malt flavors but the coffee beans have a nice enough taste to make up for this.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2013 15:56:13 | More by metter98
Photo of Gmann

New York

3.71/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep chocolate brown color with a tight cream colored head that settles into a light ring. Some amber highlights peek through.

The aroma is of a light freshly ground coffee. Perhaps some woody notes and light caramel but the coffee is forefront. Wish it was a bit stronger.

The taste is of a mild roast base, caramel and some tea and lemon notes; traditional english porter base. The coffee flavor is nice; freshly ground coffee flavor. The coffee really stands out. It could use a touch more sweetness as it dry and a touch bitter from the coffee.

The feel is light to moderate with fizzy carbonation. Quite a dry feel, almost powdery. Bitter in the finish from the coffee. Solid porter body.

I really like the coffee flavor in this porter. However, the beer is screaming for some sweetness, perhaps some oatmeal or lactose.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2013 17:22:43 | More by Gmann
Photo of Billolick

New York

3.74/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bomber bottle, w/o freshness information.

Pour dark dark brown, medium mocha head, fine and high quality in its look. Leaves a thin collar, fine film and decent fine fields of webbing and additional scattered lacing.

Just some faint dusty chocolate and stale coffee on the nose.

Flavorful porter, moderate dark chocolate shining through and less bright coffee notes. Dry in the finish. Chocolate and coffee linger in the finish.

Pretty typical 100 barrel series brew. Decent craft beer but nothing special. Good way to check out new styles in a user friendly manner.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2013 17:17:06 | More by Billolick
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3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to angrybabboon for sharing the bottle.

Appearance: Dark brown. Ruddy and muddy. Head is off-white Small cap is creamy and smooth. Poured a bit heavier than expected.

Smell: Fresh roasted coffee beans. Vaguely oily. Some minor roasted malts. Chocolatey. Cocoa dustings and some sweeter milk chocolate. Some older coffee in the back. Vaguely grassy in that porter way. Clean. Straight up iced coffee.

Taste: Lightly roasted iced coffee. Grassy chocolate. Mild roasted malt character. Some chocolate and chocolate malts. Freshly roasted coffee beans. Some cool coffee. Some herbal notes. Sweet building maltiness. Light toasted. Cocoa dusted.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with some minor carbonation. Clean.

Overall: A standup performance from Harpoon.

Mellow iced coffee. The end.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2013 01:57:45 | More by Goblinmunkey7
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Rhode Island

4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Consumed 2/9/13

Appearance: Dark brown, with some light brown clarity around the edges - pours with a nice, light beige head - small, off-white cap - leaves some streaks and spots of lacing

Smell: Coffee, more specifically iced coffee - honestly, this smells like a great bag of coffee beans - roasty, not particularly burnt - some chocolate, some caramel, maybe even some vanilla - remarkably charming

Taste: Follows the aroma - in other words, this tastes like coffee - coffee, with a teaspoon of sugar, more realistically - nicely roasty, with some caramel and toasty malts - nice level of burnt sugar sweetness - again, did I mention this tastes like coffee?

Mouthfeel: Medium body, nicely carbonated, smooth, with a dry, roasty finish

Overall: Did Harpoon brew a Coffee Bender clone?

This reminds me of Surly Coffee Bender. And this is a very good thing, since that is one of my favorite coffee beers. This is truly an impressive brew from Harpoon. Shame it will only be brewed once, and it's not in tallboys...

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2013 01:44:02 | More by angrybabboon
Photo of sinstaineddemon


4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - sparkly shiny black with over two fingers of than foamy head, takes two pours to fill my tulip, head fades slowly and has goo retention as itrings

S - now this is how a coffee porter/stout should smell, distinct fresh ground coffee aromas hit the nose first, quickly followed by some cocoa powder for a nice chocolate sweetness, wrapped up with some roasted malts, perfect for this snow day

T - the chocolate steps up in the taste, competes with the coffee in a great way, my taste buds love being fought over, some dark plum like fruits crop up in the malty finish for a great combination

M&D&O - a fantastic porter, layered flavors of coffee and chocolate with a malty backbone, real coffee, real chocolate, real beer, real good!

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2013 00:44:04 | More by sinstaineddemon
Photo of BradMacMullin


4.01/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Had on tap at new Harpoon brewery site. Very dark beer with very little head and little lacing. Nie balanced coffee taste with dencent carbonation and aftertaste. Have had better types of this style, but a decent beer that I would have one of now and then

Serving type: on-tap

02-02-2013 19:39:54 | More by BradMacMullin
Photo of themind

New Jersey

3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Strong coffee taste and aroma this porter stands tall. To those of you who have acquired this brew my suggestion is not to drink it on an evening where you will have to get up the next morning. This brew has major coffee and kept me up all night lol! worth the time seeking out and worth drinking. Pours very dark with a small head.

Bottom Line: Good porter, you have been warned!

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2013 17:28:10 | More by themind
Photo of elgiacomo


3.74/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle, recent release. Served at around 55F.

Pours dark brown with red highlights and a two finger tan head that holds a small, but good cap and leaves nice sheets of lacing behind.

Aroma is coffee, caramel, toffee, hints of chocolate, roasted malts, nutty, touch of vanilla. The coffee is pretty nice, definitely the strong suit here. Good strength.

Flavor is coffee, chocolate, roasted malts, caramel, toffee, a bit astringent, mild sweetness, mild bitterness, mild alcohol. Good Porter, but not as robust as others on the market these days.

Mouthfeel is medium-plus bodied, creamy, soft carbonation.

Pretty good coffee Porter. I’m a little spoiled here lately with some of the bigger coffee Stouts such as WnB & FBS, but this one is nice for something a little lighter in body and lower in alcohol, but with a good coffee aroma and flavor.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2013 23:03:35 | More by elgiacomo
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North Carolina

4.29/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Sawmill Tap Room

A - black with a tall, creamy, brownish head that has great retention

S - coffee, chocolate, roasted malts

T - coffee, chocolate, creamy, roasted malts, some bitterness in the finish

M - medium bodied, well carbonated

This is a really very delicious porter. The coffee flavor is intense but balanced. There is also a strong chocolate presence which offers a little sweetness. This is an all around sound, balanced, and highly drinkable beer. It is definitely worth a try.

Serving type: on-tap

01-25-2013 01:25:56 | More by tdm168
Photo of PorterLambic


3.39/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark chestnut brown, clear, with hints of orange. Light penetrates the edges. Small tan head has very little retention.
Smell is heavily roasted malt, coffee and a whiff of caramel.
Taste is toasty malt, robust coffee, some caramel and toffee. Some chocolate shows in the aftertaste but none of the floral notes the label promises.
The medium plus body is a bit watery during the swallow. Effervescence is light and a bit tingly. Warming with a hint of dryness. Overall, a good brew but since the label says its a robust porter I would like a bit more body.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2013 18:15:42 | More by PorterLambic
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4.16/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a Harpoon 100 Barrel stemmed glass.

A - Pours a very dark brown color and shows good clarity with mahogany highlights showing around the edges when held to the light. Two thick fingers of dense foam shows excellent staying power. After several minutes the foam approaches the surface leaving behind lots of webby lacing on the glass.

S - As expected, the aroma is intensely coffee...fresh brewed medium roast. Some dark roasted malt, touches of burnt espresso-like coffee. A bit nutty too. This would be a great aroma to wake up to in the morning.

T - Medium/dark roasted coffee...quite strong and intense in the flavor. Light astringency with some fruity qualities to it. A bit of burnt espresso bean flavor, some bakers chocolate...if I didn't pour it myself, I'd think this could be coffee soda. This is far from complex...it is coffee all of the way. If you like coffee, however, it is difficult not to enjoy this.

M - Strong carbonation over a thinnish body. Fruity at the start with astringent, roasty and bitter coffee flavors...lingering past the swallow with the bitter astringency taking a stronger hold after the swallow.

O - Overall...this strives to be a coffee forward beer and definitely succeeds in this venture. The coffee is intense and essentially overpowers whatever else may be in this beer. In that respect it is outstanding...however, the lack of nuance and the one dimensional nature leave a little to be desired. I find this highly enjoyable, but it feels a bit heavy handed and lacking some artistry in its execution...throw a ton of coffee in here - how can it go wrong? A bit more porter character would round this out and give more complexity.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2013 23:46:26 | More by portia99
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4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with light tan head and minimal lacing in tulip.

Smell is robust dark roasted coffee and chocolate. Maybe a subtle hint of fruit, like cherries, in the background.

Taste is toasted malt, dark roasted coffee and dark chocolates. Slight hint of fruit in taste, like with the aroma. Nice balanced bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with average carbonation.

Overall this was an excellent coffee porter. Tons of coffee notes in aroma and taste.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2013 00:14:01 | More by TrappistJohnMD
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Harpoon 100 Barrel Series #44 - El Triunfo Coffee Porter from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
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