Harpoon 100 Barrel Series #44 - El Triunfo Coffee Porter - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
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5/5 rDev +27.2%
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.
07-09-2013 21:41:48 | More by joeboe2001
5/5 rDev +27.2%
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.
04-10-2013 19:29:48 | More by brewlagoon
4.53/5 rDev +15.3%
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.
11-25-2012 20:48:18 | More by TheManiacalOne
4.53/5 rDev +15.3%
Poured in to a pint glass
A: This beer pours a deep, dark, opaque brown with a two finger of foamy, light khaki colored head. Head retains nicely leaves, sheets of lacing on the glass.
S: Nose is coffee, coffee, coffee. Seriously, like fresh brewed coffee. I think the last time I smelled a beer this coffee and tasty was Surly's Coffee Bender.
T: Taste is sweet creamy coffee at the forefront. Roast malts a plenty. There's a slight citrus hop flavoring and a touch of toffee. The finish is more coffee, coffee, coffee. This is a coffee lovers beer for sure - a fantastic ice coffee beer.
M: Medium body, medium carbonation, creamy at first with a lighter more sticky finish.
O: Goes down easy, ridiculously tasty, not filling, mild kick, and a nice, more robust representation of style. This is a beer that I would drink on the regular. If you look for coffee flavoring, this is the best east coast representation that I've come across in a long time.
11-28-2012 03:56:56 | More by Jayli
4.4/5 rDev +12%
22 ounce bottle - $5.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.
Appearance: A medium-small, tan head sits atop a black body. Near nil lacing.
Smell: Features a sublime scent of whole roasted coffee beans. Many stouts and porters can give off a roasty, coffee-esque scent, it's true. Even many coffee-infused beers don't seem particularly emboldened beyond the base malts. In this, however, the added ingredient is undoubted. Also, quality chocolate, caramel, vanilla, and a faint, faint fruitiness.
Taste: There's a great bittersweet coffee bean flavor upfront accented by roasted malts, chocolate, caramel and burnt sugars. Very light touch of licorice. Low dark fruitiness. Bitterness from the hops, but also some imparted by the roasted malt and coffee beans. Plenty of coffee flavor on the finish and in the aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Smooth, yet also a bit crisp.
Overall: A tantalizing and energizing beer. I've had a few coffee-based beers lately and this has been the best of the bunch.
12-25-2012 06:26:40 | More by ChainGangGuy
4.29/5 rDev +9.2%
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.
01-25-2013 01:25:56 | More by tdm168
4.29/5 rDev +9.2%
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.
02-26-2013 03:44:36 | More by VelvetExtract
4.28/5 rDev +8.9%
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.
01-19-2013 02:39:58 | More by rb2337
Harpoon 100 Barrel Series #44 - El Triunfo Coffee Porter from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
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