Gorilla Warfare Coffee Porter | Sixpoint Brewery

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Sixpoint Brewery
New York, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
This brew is a robust and rich Porter made with coffee beans from Gorilla Coffee in Park Slope, Brooklyn.

Added by Todd on 12-06-2007

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.79/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fresh growler from "meet the brewer" day at Shoreline Beverage on Long Island, served in a standard pint glass.

L - deep, dark brown color with a decent sized tan head that fell to a light layer, leaving some lacing behind.

S - it smells like fresh ground coffee, excellent!

T - great coffee flavor from the first sip, slight sweetness of malt midway through with a nice touch of bitterness on the back end.

F - medium bodied with smooth carbonation feel.

D - I'm good for a few of these, because caffine really doesn't affect me too much.

Final Note: I wish this was available in a bottle. It beats the pants off of other coffee flavored brews I've had. Craft beer fans outside of the Brooklyn/NYC area are missing out on an extremely well crafted, delicious brew.

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Photo of Douglas14
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a black color with a nice tan head that rises very quickly and leaves thin layer the whole time. It has a nice roasted chocolate and coffee aroma...very distinct and sharp but not overpowering at all. The taste is also heavily of burnt chocolate and coffee, with a touch of vanilla. It has a bitterness to it that comes from the burnt malt and the hops. Finishes very dry. Great porter.

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Photo of rem5
4.23/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this at whole foods today. A new beer from Shane. Last time I was at the brewery he was messing around with chocolate flavor from some kind of plant. I forget what it was, but this has similar flavors. Robust for sure. Same yeast profile as always for Sixpoint beers. Very well rounded, balanced hops.

A- Opaque Black with tan head. Head is lower as its from a growler

S- Little smell. Can get some roasted malt notes and a little coffee.... maybe coffee

T - This is a light stout. Robust but easy drinking. Definitely a safe beer for whole foods. Nailed it for the general style but doesnt fit within the BJCP.

M - Smooth and crisp. Its called gorilla warfare, but the name doesnt match the beer. This beer is very tame.

D - Excellent. Easy drinking and enjoyable.

Overall this is a good beer. Not my favorite from sixpoint. This is definitely marketable though. I'm more of a fan of their experimental stuff.

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Photo of Mikeyboxx
3.6/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Serving this at Whole Foods on Houston and Bowery. Growler serving.

Aroma is not a strong coffee but mild. Mouthfeel is well rounded and goes down with a strong coffee flavor. For 7.80% ABV this is an easy drinking porter. I recommend if you like coffee flavored beers.

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Photo of sloejams
4.65/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks to PEBKAC for this glorious handbottled gem.

It pours a thick, viscous dark chocolate with a proper thick fluffy froth. The aroma is chocolate and espresso - but not too assuming. The taste builds with more coffee flavor and a bitter dark chocolate bite. I loved the creaminess of the body. Very tasty.

I'll hold this up with Berkshire Coffeehouse Porter and AleSmith Speedway Stout as the triad of truly phenomenal coffee flavored ales.

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Photo of jwc215
4.07/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at the Gingerman:Pours black with a thin-off white head that leaves lacing.The smell is of rich, roasted coffee.The taste is of roasted coffee with a hint of chocolate - vinuous notes come through way in the back as it progresses.A tad thinnish in body, but gains some heft as it progresses.  Coffee lingers in the aftertaste.A nice coffee porter that is very smooth.

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Photo of brownsbilliards
3.83/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not as prominent a coffee smell as some; we recently had the Kona Wipeout Porter, made with Kona coffee, and that had much more of a prominent coffee nose. Doesn't have the roasted character you might expect, more sweet than deep roasted. Pours a nice clear brown, lot of lace in the head. A little thin for a porter, but nice color, very drinkable.

BB Reviewers: Dan, Ray, Joe, Larry

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Photo of TheBlackMallard
3.76/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to PEBKAC for this. Sent as part of Brews N Tunes 3.

Pours black with maybe a slight brown highlight underneath the head. Great head that sticks around with bubbles constantly rising.

Don't detect too much coffee in the nose. Mostly chocolate and figs. Maybe a touch of black patent.

Awesome coffee taste with a nice acidic finish. This a straight to the point coffee porter.

Chewy, creamy, light and fluffy.

I wish I had more than one.

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Photo of Mudpuppet
3.68/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Poured into a tulip glass at Sunset. This beer pours a dark but not light absorbing brown. A nice .5" head topped this one off.

S- I get some coffee grinds. There is some light malt in the background but mostly coffee

T- There is defintely some coffee grinds flavor in this. I think most beers taste like the grinds of coffee not the brewed coffee. This is tasty but not as good as the brewed product. There we some dark sweet malty notes holding this up too.

M- Maybe a bit high on the carbonation. That is more Sunset than Sixpoint though. Medium thick brew overall.

D- I like this beer. Has a bit of an odd aftertaste if you wait too long between sips though. That means you should drink this pint up quicker!

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.43/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a dark brown with a thicker brown eggshell head. Mild nose of coffee. Not as powerful as I expected it to be, but still nice. Flavor is very, very smooth. Nice malt body with just the right touch of coffee. Smooth feel. This is a very, very smooth porter. I had two and could have gone for ten. Will definitely keep my eye out for this one in the future. Hopefully it stays in constant production.

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Photo of Lupe
4.42/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The deep and rich brown liquid is topped by a tight creamy head. Decent retention and some lace is left along the sides of the glass.

Wow - a blast of fresh roasted coffee greets the nose. Some sweetness and chocolate are mixed in as well.

Big coffee flavor with a smooth maltiness, bakers chocolate, and a nice roasted malt bitterness. Dark roasted coffee flavor and bitterness stands out. Mild hops add a slight herbal note. A touch of dark fruit and perhaps a big red wine.

Incredibly smooth. Not at all astringent, considering the roasted malts and dark roast coffee. Medium bodied, not exactly light on the tongue, but not heavy or harsh either. The alcohol is so well hidden. Very easy drinking. Excellent coffee porter.

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Photo of Lordjabba
4.42/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tasty new marriage of Gorilla coffee from Park slope in Brooklyn and a smooth dark porter from the boys in Red hook.

The pour from the growler is a rich black oil that slowly forms a one inch brown head at the top of the glass.

The aroma reminds me of a cold winter morning waking to the smell of a fresh ground roast of delicious Ethiopian Yirgacheffe. MMM

I first had this at Barcade in Brooklyn and saw it on tap at BierKraft and had to get it. The taste is so creamy and fine, as the 7.8% abv is well hidden. The aftertaste lingers ever so slightly until you reach for the next sip.

I'm not a huge porter fan as I love the hop-bombs, but I really can't find anything wrong with this beer. I hope they make this a regular winter treat for us lucky ones in the tri-state area. Good job Sixpoint, your 19 rank on BA's American Brewery list is well deserved.

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Photo of grandq
4.75/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Reviewing this from memory from last night - on tap at the Waterfront Ale House. Sixpoint beer meets Gorilla coffee for a Brooklyn power team. This greets the nose with a morning cup of joe, maybe a bit of chocolate swizzled in as a sweetener. I'm willing to hazard a guess that the beans in question are Yirgacheffe, as that's what I drink from Gorilla on a daily basis. The taste matches, nice and earthy with a bit of spicyness, cooling into a creamy, malty finish without much bitterness. Being a smoked porter, the hop profile is pretty low key, but it seems like they slip in a bit after the initial coffee taste to emphasize the character of the beans. I'm surprised to read that this is nearly 8% - its really deceptively quaffable and could be a dangerous session favorite for as long as its available on local taps. I only fault this for the mouthfeel, which I found a little bit thin, though I may be biased by a recent stout kick.

While I'm not willing to throw all fives at this brew, I just got back from California where I tried Speedway Stout and I actually preferred Sixpoint's porter. Don't get me wrong, the Speedway is a killer stout, one of the smoothest things I've ever poured down my gullet, but I think the quality of the coffee and maybe the choice of bean origin puts Sixpoint/Gorilla over the edge. The Alesmith finished like the bottom of a french press - way too espresso-y. I'd be really interested in a side by side taste test of Ryan Bros. and Gorilla coffee to see if that's the case. Anyone in San Diego care to hook me up?

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Photo of sleazo
4.97/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A_big soapy coffee coloured head. Dark brown slightly opague liquid

S_roasted coffee permeates the nose. Smells like a shot of espresso

T_dark espresson bakers chocolate and a nice roasted malt bitterness. Hops play their way in here with a vague herbalness. A slight winey vinuousness is evident from the type of beans used.

M_smooth as can be

D_wow. So smooth and drinkable, this is an outstanding coffee porter. the alcohol is WELL hidden here and this is a dangerous creeper. I could drink this all the time if available. One of the best porters I have had to date. The use of the Ethiopian Yerbecheffe coffee beans really shines through.

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Photo of HimerMan
4.42/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On Cask at the Blind Tiger Ale House, started on 12/6/07 - as part of their VSK night.

Served at a nice temperature in a thick glass mug.

Immediate smells of HUGE coffee, and a very dark brown/black liquid, minimal head.

Wonderful coffee and very subtle chocolate notes notes that really carry this beer, it was like a very light stout - but a porter. It did feel a bit thin in the aftertaste, but this may have been due to its big upfront coffee flavor, and lack of any harsh bittering hops (which I am happy about).

Overall, this beer is excellent, and I would suggest heading out to try it while you still can.


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Gorilla Warfare Coffee Porter from Sixpoint Brewery
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