Harpoon 100 Barrel Series #44 - El Triunfo Coffee Porter - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
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3.88/5 rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
"We worked with our friends at Equal Exchange to brew this English style Porter. Specialty malts provide caramel and dark chocolate notes and a sweet, smooth body, while coffee beans grown in the Mexican El Triunfo biosphere yield roasted, bittersweet notes that complement the malty sweetness. The result is a balanced beer that showcases the flavors and aroma of both beer and coffee - a fitting equal exchange." Brewed in the style of an English Porter with coffee beans added. Entry number 44 in the 100 Barrel Series collection, released as a one off in 22 oz. bottles and on limited draft.
Poured from a 22 oz. bottle to a pint glass. Served above 57º Fahrenheit.
(Appearance) Pours a mocha cream head of a frothy, foamy consistency over a deep cola brown body with very high clarity. Carbonation is moderate and relaxed. Retention is very good, lacing is light and streaked. 4.5
(Smell) The malt bill presents hints of cold roast malt, earthy chocolate malts, light caramel grain syrup with a mild acidity. Earthy hops are very mild in the aroma, generating more earthy, floral bitterness than aroma. Coffee is difficult to distinguish from the other aromas at this stage but may contribute somewhat to the roast aromas and acidity that this beer has. Potency is medium. 3.75
(Taste) Roasted malts, very light caramel grain and a mild pale sweetness build the malt bill, paired with subtle herbal and floral hop notes, before concluding with a lightly roasted coffee ground impact for a slightly earthy and acidic finish. Expect subtle notes of both cocoa and vanilla for subtle character undertones. Better presented in the flavor than in the aroma, highly drinkable yet fairly light. Don't expect an extraordinary level of roast nor an overly bold coffee presentation. 4
(Mouthfeel) Texture is smooth, slightly chewy and a touch oily. Carbonation generates a soft mouthfeel for a slightly fuller body but a soft, under-carbonated mouthfeel. Body is shy of medium for the style and medium+ overall. Balance is slightly earthy bitter and roasty over sweet. Alcohol presence is low and there are no notable off-flavors. 3.5
(Overall) A simple but enjoyable coffee porter that does a nice job of balancing drinkability with the flavor profile of a moderately roasted coffee bean. As per the style, it's very highly drinkable and has a nice balance of earthy roast and acidity to round out the subtlety of the sweetness from the light notes of vanilla and chocolate malt as well as the subtle caramel malt base. The coffee beans are well implemented into the flavor, rounding out a distinctively tasty and very drinkable coffee porter. El Triunfo is one of my more enjoyable 100 Barrel Series entries as of late, even if it isn't a knockout porter, it's a very decent effort. 3.75
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100 Barrel Series #44: El Triunfo Coffee Porter
Serving type: bottle
05-10-2014 03:06:39 | More by Jadjunk
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
Harpoon 100 Barrel Series #44 - El Triunfo Coffee Porter from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
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