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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

170 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 170
Reviews: 51
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 10.66%
Wants: 4
Gots: 8 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: TheManiacalOne on 11-25-2012)
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Reviews by tcsather:
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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

tcsather, Dec 05, 2012
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

oberon, Dec 25, 2012
Photo of aszatk01
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

aszatk01, Mar 02, 2013
Photo of lordofthewiens
3.15/5  rDev -20.1%
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.

lordofthewiens, Jan 05, 2013
Photo of Todd
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Todd, Jan 16, 2013
Photo of Billolick
3.74/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

Billolick, Feb 10, 2013
Photo of lostandwandering
4/5  rDev +1.5%

lostandwandering, May 13, 2013
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.

jondeelee, Dec 02, 2012
Photo of Bizoneill
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Bizoneill, Jun 05, 2013
Photo of greenmtn1111
3.94/5  rDev 0%
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.

greenmtn1111, Jun 20, 2013
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.

tdm168, Jan 25, 2013
Photo of hreb
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

hreb, May 11, 2013
Photo of MADPolo
4/5  rDev +1.5%

MADPolo, Dec 19, 2012
Photo of socon67
4/5  rDev +1.5%

socon67, Oct 14, 2013
Photo of jpstevens10
4/5  rDev +1.5%

jpstevens10, Nov 29, 2012
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.

joeboe2001, Jul 09, 2013
Photo of Dwtucker90
4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

Dwtucker90, Jan 18, 2013
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.

Gmann, Feb 10, 2013
Photo of Denzo
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Denzo, Nov 19, 2013
Photo of bum732
3.6/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

bum732, Jan 07, 2013
Photo of Kmlund
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Kmlund, Oct 03, 2013
Photo of kirkse
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

kirkse, Mar 18, 2013
Photo of GeoCait
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

GeoCait, Jul 31, 2013
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".

Bung, Dec 22, 2012
Photo of bluejacket74
4.23/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

bluejacket74, Dec 29, 2012
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Harpoon 100 Barrel Series #44 - El Triunfo Coffee Porter from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
88 out of 100 based on 170 ratings.