Harpoon 100 Barrel Series #44 - El Triunfo Coffee Porter - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
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3.93/5 rDev 0%
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.
02-17-2013 15:56:13 | More by metter98
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
4.1/5 rDev +4.3%
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.
12-25-2012 22:29:27 | More by oberon
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
3/5 rDev -23.7%
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.
03-13-2013 01:21:15 | More by corby112
3.74/5 rDev -4.8%
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.
02-10-2013 17:17:06 | More by Billolick
3.95/5 rDev +0.5%
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.
12-29-2012 23:19:21 | More by jdhilt
4.08/5 rDev +3.8%
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.
12-14-2012 23:08:30 | More by ppoitras
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
3.3/5 rDev -16%
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.
12-01-2012 06:03:47 | More by johnnnniee
4.23/5 rDev +7.6%
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.
12-29-2012 23:30:30 | More by bluejacket74
4.23/5 rDev +7.6%
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.
01-07-2013 01:28:31 | More by Lare453
3.71/5 rDev -5.6%
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.
02-10-2013 17:22:43 | More by Gmann
3.15/5 rDev -19.8%
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.
01-05-2013 21:06:51 | More by lordofthewiens
Harpoon 100 Barrel Series #44 - El Triunfo Coffee Porter from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
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