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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

169 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 169
Reviews: 51
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 10.43%
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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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

jriggins6, Dec 10, 2012
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DoubleSimcoe, Dec 10, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

oriolesfan4, Dec 09, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

jaasen64, Dec 08, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Gambrinus1184, Dec 08, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Focusf111, Dec 06, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

tcsather, Dec 05, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

kemoarps, Dec 04, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

MarkSmithVT, Dec 04, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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.

Gosox8787, Dec 02, 2012
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3/5  rDev -23.7%

ms11781, Dec 02, 2012
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3.9/5  rDev -0.8%

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
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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.

johnnnniee, Dec 01, 2012
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3/5  rDev -23.7%

Massbmx, Dec 01, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

jpstevens10, Nov 29, 2012
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4.53/5  rDev +15.3%

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.

Jayli, Nov 28, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

CAPorter, Nov 28, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

rab53, Nov 26, 2012
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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.

TheManiacalOne, Nov 25, 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 169 ratings.