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

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

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BA SCORE
88
very good

174 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 174
Reviews: 52
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 10.41%
Wants: 4
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
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:
Beer added by: TheManiacalOne on 11-25-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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Ratings: 174 | Reviews: 52
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Photo of oberon
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an imperial nonic a deep dark chocolate brown with a thinner but nice looking beige head atop.Dark roast fresh ground coffee and chocolate in the nose,like the label says it a balance of coffee and beer.The combination of dark roast coffee and bitter chocolate come together well agian on the palate,it's quite dry and even a little raw in the finish.A very solid coffee porter,all the elements of the porter come together very well.

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.16/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer was a dark brown color with some red highlights. There was a small tan head.

Aroma of roasted malt. Some chocolate and coffee.

Taste followed aroma. Sweet chocolate and coffee.

Nice enough beer, but kind of timid. I might have liked this one more, if only I hadn't had a BCCS just before.

Photo of Billolick
3.73/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

Photo of jondeelee
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

El Triunfo opens to a rich, sugary, ashy nose that bears nice touches of coffee. The predominant aromas are thickly creamed coffee, milk chocolate, caramel, brown sugar, and vanilla, which rest atop a bed of ash, tobacco, and smoky wood fire. The coffee notes blend well into the porter, serving to amplify its already ashy, black flavors, rather than standing out by themselves as a showboat. Thick brown breads, toast crust, and even hints of marble rye bread add an earthy, bready layer. The overall effect is that of a very well-made porter, being heavy on ash and tobacco, but with good levels of sugars to support the blackness. The aromas are a touch light, and could use more sugar, caramel, and cream to support the ash, but are otherwise excellent.

On the tongue, the beer opens big and black, with a hit of ash and tobacco that is followed almost immediately by an espresso-grounds strong shot of straight black coffee grinds. Sugars slowly play in afterward, with caramel, brown sugar, cream, and vanilla entering the mix. The thick brown breads are still there as well, along with toast crust. But the predominant flavors are ash, tobacco, and coffee, blending together decently to form a nice black layer. The coffee may be a bit too much for the other flavors, however, especially late in the mouthful after the sugars have died off a bit, and the beer tastes more like alcoholic and extremely strong espresso. The aftertaste is more ash, tobacco, and espresso, with lingering sugars, and even a touch of grapefruit from the hops, and stays on the tongue for a decent while. Mouthfeel is a surprisingly watery medium-light, and carbonation is medium.

Overall, this is a good coffee porter, but the watery mouthfeel speaks to a dearth of sugars, and adding a few more handfuls of malt to the mix would have not only bettered the mouthfeel, but would have added some much-needed caramel and brown sugar notes to play off the coffee.

Photo of greenmtn1111
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Photo of tdm168
4.29/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

Photo of hreb
3.81/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

Photo of joeboe2001
5/5  rDev +26.9%
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.

Photo of Gmann
3.71/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

Photo of bum732
3.62/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

S: Strong coffee bean, some floral notes, daisies, some roastiness, some earthiness. Some rich chocolate as it warms.

L: Dark black, some ruby highlights. Light tan head that dissipates.

T: Coffee flavored, medium light malt with some light roasty flavor. Medium low bitterness, light floral hop character. Some latte like sweetness following towards a semi-sweet, slightly coffee roasty finish.

M: Medium light bodied, medium carbonation.

A light, coffee porter. I really enjoyed the coffee, brought a lot more to the table than other coffees used in beers. Unfortunately, the malt bill I found lacing.

Photo of Bung
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. A pretty black pour, just some brown around the edges. Frothy cream head that retained pretty well.

Aroma, some roast malt and caramel, chocolate. Mostly fresh ground coffee though.

Taste, a real nice roast, some malt but mostly coffee again. Limited caramel, some more dark chocolate. Mocha, more coffee in the finish.

Mid body, mid carbonation, drinks very easy. Reminds me a bit of the Williamsburg or Central Waters coffee stouts. Pretty nice coffee "porter".

Photo of bluejacket74
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle, stamp on bottle says enjoy by 03/15/13. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours dark brown with an inch tan head. Head retention is good, and there's a lot of lacing. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like coffee, chocolate, roasted malt, and vanilla. The taste is similar to the aroma, it tastes like coffee, chocolate, roasted malt and some caramel and dark fruit. Nice balance between the sweet and bitter flavors. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit creamy and has moderate carbonation. I think it's a good overall brew, and definitely worth trying at $5.99 a bomber. Recommended if you like coffee beers.

Photo of angrybabboon
4.17/5  rDev +5.8%
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...

Photo of metter98
3.92/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Photo of rb2337
4.24/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Ample head on pour. Color is dark with red tones when held up to light. Nice coffee like aroma with an enjoyably smooth coffee like flavor. Good malty mouthfeel ending with a mild smokey flavor and dry finish. I enjoyed this beer very much and found it to be very drinkable.

Photo of Etan
3.61/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle.

A: Pours a black with some mahogany hues, nice cap of very light tan head on top.

S: Earthy coffee in the nose - not much else.

T: Big coffee roast, dry and slightly bitter roasted malt, a bit of caramel sweetness.

M: Between thin and medium-bodied with light carbonation.

O: This is pretty good, but I would have liked to see a little more malt character to balance the coffee.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.54/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap 11/20/2012 at Doherty’s East Ave Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a US pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a short beige head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma truly smells like a fresh-brewed pot of coffee. I could smell it as soon as the beer was set in front of me.

T: The taste starts out with a strong, creamy and sweet coffee flavor that remains dominant. The roasted malt character is hearty but not too heavy. The hops presence is very mild as it should be in this type of beer and provides a good balance. The after-taste is the same as a strong cup of coffee.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, decent kick, very good representation of style, this beer has everything you want in a coffee-flavored beer.

Photo of ppoitras
4.07/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle purchased as a single from Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA.

Poured into 2010 Pioneer stein #42, formed a 1/4" tan head over the clear reddish brown brew. Head fizzes down pretty quick, with lasting lace. Aroma is COFFEE, don't even need to put the nose near the top to get that.

Taste starts sweet, tempered by the coffee next, closes with a lightly citrus hops bitterness. Mouthfeel is smooth, and drinkability is very nice. Another fun offering from this series, glad they've kept it up.

Photo of bmwats
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Photo of jdhilt
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a five-finger khaki head that takes a while to fade leaving a good lace. Totally black color, no highlights. Medium carbonation and heavy bodied. Chocolate/coffee nose. Flavor is roasted coffee, some chocolate, dry finish. $7.20 for a 22oz bottle from Tully’s Beer & Wine Wells, ME.

Photo of themind
3.81/5  rDev -3.3%
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!

Photo of portia99
4.17/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Photo of AndyAvalanche
3.53/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass. Dark brown in color, slightly lighter highlights and what looks like decent clarity. Tan head, decent lacing.

Smell is good, but not much to it. Smell is pretty straight forward, smells like fresh black roasted coffee beans, no more, no less. I love coffee so I like it a lot, but there's really not much else to the aroma.

Taste picks up where the smell leaves off, you guessed it, more coffee. Not talking cheap diner coffee though. I take my coffee black and this is like a quality fresh coffee. Not really much else beyond this in the flavor department.

Mouthfeel is pretty good, it's much lighter than I expected. Certainly not bad, just thin, only slightly thicker than a brewed cup of coffee. No taste of the hops, but an added bitterness from them in addition to the coffee. Good carbonation level and a decent balance, certainly a little more bitter.

I like the beer, but not much too it, it just tastes like coffee. If you're a coffee fan seek this out, but if you don't get a chance, just brew yourself a quality cup. Otherwise, avoid it if you're not a fan. A good offering from Harpoon.

Photo of johnnnniee
3.33/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a solid dark brown with faint garnet highlights when held to light and a huge fluffy tan head that persists forever. Wicked coffee aromas waft towards my nostrils the second I pop the cork off the bottle. Upon closer inspection I find traces of sweet sugar and chocolate in there, but this one is a coffee bomb. The flavor has a hint more malty sweetness than the aroma suggested, but not much more. Light chocolate, caramel and brown sugar malts come through in vain before my taste buds are smacked by Juan Valdez. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a creamy oily mouthfeel. For me the coffee is over the top on this one, but then again I don't drink coffee. I'm amazed at how they got such a huge coffee presence and still retained a decent head and creamy mouthfeel without a bitter or acrid coffee bite. Well made beer, just not my cup of coffee.

Photo of Gosox8787
3.73/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 22 oz. bomber poured into my Dogfish Head snifter. Served chilled. Bottle listed with a "Enjoy By" date of 3/15/13.

Appearance: Dark brown to black in color. Pours a really nice, creamy, two finger brown head with really nice retention. Keeps a nice lacing throughout.

Aroma: Some roasted coffeee beans and light caramel notes. Definitely a nice coffee presence with some balanced malt notes to take away any acidity from the beans.

Taste: A light coffee presence with some balanced caramel and toasted malt. The coffee notes are definitely not overdone. More sweet than bitter, with some light smoke notes throughout.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, but with a nice creaminess throughout.

Overall, a really nice coffee porter that is definitely more balanced than coffee forward. It is tasty, but at times the lack of coffee presence makes it slightly boring. Really nice drinkability, but nothing really stands out. Good, not great.

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Harpoon 100 Barrel Series #44 - El Triunfo Coffee Porter from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
88 out of 100 based on 174 ratings.