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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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52 Reviews
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Reviews: 52
Hads: 174
Avg: 3.9
pDev: 10.51%
Wants: 4
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
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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.

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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.

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Photo of oberon
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.39/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.54/5  rDev +16.4%
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.

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Photo of tdm168
4.29/5  rDev +10%
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.

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Photo of Lare453
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A cola brown, small light head, light lacing, ring left over,

S smoke, coffee, sweet and dark malt

T light creamy beginning, big smoke and coffee middle and ending. The aftertaste is great with a light hop resin,

M thick and creamy, light soft carbonation.

O best one of the 100 barrel series I've had so far. I recommend it.

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Photo of Billolick
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.33/5  rDev -14.6%
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.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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Photo of corby112
3.08/5  rDev -21%
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.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.07/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.29/5  rDev +10%
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.

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Photo of Bung
4/5  rDev +2.6%
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".

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.16/5  rDev -19%
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.

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Photo of Gmann
3.71/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.48/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

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Photo of PorterLambic
3.38/5  rDev -13.3%
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.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
3.91/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Enjoy By: 03/15/13

A: Pours a dark ruby/mahogany color with a fingers worth of head that disappears fairly quickly

S: Dominated by a strong black coffee aroma along with some very light chocolate and caramel notes

T: Starts off with the huge coffee presence and slowly moves onto a light dark chocolate and caramel. Finishes very lightly bitter with lingering coffee

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. A little light for the style, but still smooth

O: A nice little coffee porter. Definitely dominated by coffee, so if you don't like coffee then don't try this beer. It won't be around for much longer, so get it while you can

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Photo of Kendo
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. Body is dark brown with mahogany edges when backlit. Small tan head settles on top. Some lace.

S: Cold, all I'm getting is coffee. Not in an overpowering way, however, which is good by me. As it warms I get some sugary sweetness - brown sugar and maybe molasses. But coffee is there throughout, becomes stronger, actually, as it warms - and not in a good way (it starts to remind me of old coffee).

T: Coffee, roasted barley malt and some lactic, milk-stout-like flavors. Finishes slightly minerally, with more bitterness than expected from a porter. As it warms there's some chocolatey flavors there too.

M: Weight is about medium; it drinks lighter though. Decent creamy feel to it.

O: OK. Not overly impressed, but it's not bad.

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Photo of portia99
4.17/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

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Photo of Jayli
4.54/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz
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.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4.26/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle poured into a New Belgium globe.

A: pours a very deep brown with reddish hues. Creamy sand colored head retains well and leaves a thin blanket of lacing coating the glass.

S: Rich, assertive coffee scents. Roasted coffee beans, coffee grounds. Nutty, roasty, toasty, slightly earthy. Strong pull of mocha. Milk chocolate and fudge sauce. Great aroma.

T: That strong pull of mocha is briefly introduced on the attack. Coffee flavors slowly build into a rich, nutty, slightly fruity, earthy, and all-around pleasing taste experience. Coffee tastes are very fresh and vibrant. Slight coffee acidity. Chocolatey, cola-like, and mildly roasty malt tastes lay muffled underneath the blanket of coffee. Finishes with all the aforementioned coffee tastes slowly fading on the palate.

M: Medium bodied. Creamy, but maybe a touch watery. Crisp carbonation picks it up just enough, and ultimately saves it.

O: Coffee is really the only focal point of this beer, so it's a good thing that the coffee tastes at work are some of the freshest tasting and most memorable that I've come across in a beer to date. The base beer may be a tad dull, but the fresh and vibrant coffee tastes really make the drinking experience here. Maybe my favorite 100 barrel entry to date.

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Photo of bmwats
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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Photo of bum732
3.62/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

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