Gran Sport Porter | Coop Ale Works

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Gran Sport PorterGran Sport Porter

Brewed by:
Coop Ale Works
Oklahoma, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Gran Sport is a robust porter marked by its finesse and distinct malt backbone. Aromatic notes of chocolate and roasted coffee compliment the full-bodied mouthfeel derived from a healthy addition of oat flakes. Dark. Roasty. Malty. Splendid.

43 IBU

Added by bort11 on 05-27-2009

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Reviews: 25 | Ratings: 93
Photo of russpowell
3.94/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this at mcNellies, Tulsa

Poured ebony/black with a pinky of tan head, dropped away quickly. Some lacing & head retention

S: Charred grain & cocoa, faded a bit as it warmed

T: Chocolate with hints of chicory up front, plus some herbal hops. A nice mixture of baker's choclate, roasted malt & dryness as this warmed. Finished dry & semi-sweet

MF: Very smooth with medium body

Drank very easy indeed, will happily drink this again, given the chance

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Republic okc. Pours a deep brown with thick head into nonic pint glass. It leaves lots of sticky lacing. Smells like malty chocolate. Taste is very similar; roasted malts, chocolate and some bitter hops. Its surprisingly hoppy for a porter but very good and full of flavor. Overall, a really good porter. Very drinkable and enjoyable. OKC is really surprising me with their brews...

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Photo of mhaugo
3.58/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce pour into a pint glass.
Appearance: As black as my soul. There was a nice, tan head, but it went away as soon as I started drinking it. All that remains is a thin ring around the border.
Smell: Faint chocolate and coffee aromas. A bit of roasted malt to back it up. Sweet and charcoal-y.
Taste: Very clean and smooth porter. There’s a deep roasted character, but it’s not overwhelming. It’s dry and fades slowly. A bittersweet chocolate flavor emerges as it warms.
Mouthfeel: Silky smooth.
Overall: I like it. Modest at 6% ABV, and drinkable all day. Perfect for the cold weather that seems to be blowing in.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.96/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark chocolate brown with no head or retention, but leaves lace as it's consumed; 100% opaque.

Smells of cocoa, milk, lactose, some blanched nuts, roast malt, a faint bit of coffee in there too.

It's got this nutty chocolate roastiness to it that's undeniably delectable. A surprising pacific style hop punch with orangey citrus surfaces to dirty things up, but it's not overwhelming. A carbonated buzz and semi dry parch wrap up this profile nicely.

Overall Gran Sport is a fine porter that I'd have again. Generally most places sell a four pack for around $9 and that's par for this beer. I'd love to try a nitro version if they ever get around to it.

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Photo of stephens101
3.8/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Mcnellie's in T-town before the Sonic Youth show. From notes.

Pure black with a quickly fading pure black head that leaves some broken stripes behind. Smells of subtle roasted nuts and malts. Tastes sweet and malty with a nice hop hit in the end. Faint chocolates and notes of black licorice also exist. Medium bodied and well balanced brew from some local favorites.

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Photo of armock
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a very dark brown color with a tan head that leaves some lacing behind

S - Is of roasted malt that gives off chocolate and coffee scents

T - Follows the nose roasted malt with chocolate and coffee flavors very good

M - This beer has a medium body with medium carbonation to it

D - Overall this was a very good porter that I enjoyed quite a bit I could see myself drinking a few of these in a night worth trying sometime

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

Look: The darkest brown without being black. Cream colored head. Really nice lacing.

Aroma: Roasted malts, charred grains, faint chocolate.

Taste: An immediate chalky cocoa note, but otherwise good roasted malt character. There's definitely a flaked oats component that probably adds to that chalky cocoa note.

Mouthfeel: Slightly thin.

Overall: This is pretty spot-on for the style. Very easy to drink.

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Photo of bump8628
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A deep brown, bordering on black, brew with an impressive rocky head.

The aroma is all roasted malts with notes of burnt cocoa, coffee, and faint smokey charcoal.

The taste is a nice balance of earthy hop bitterness and sharp roasted malts which are reminiscent of raw cocoa, roasted nuts, and smokey coffee. A hint of caramel maltiness also comes through in the background.

The finish is smooth and somewhat dry with a lingering astringency.

Overall, a really nice American Porter. Plenty of roasty character, yet very balanced and drinkable. My new favorite from Coop.

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Photo of delta490
3.73/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep brown with a thin cream colored head. Small sticky lacing. The little aroma is pleasant with hints of coffee. The taste is predominately roasted malt with a little earthy hops to balance. The body is a nice weight for the style with a little carbonation on he finish.

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Photo of StaveHooks
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Main St. Tavern in Broken Arrow.

A - Pours pretty much black with 1 finger of tan head that holds average retention.

S - Roasted malts, dark cocoa, coffee, toasted nuts.

T - Follows the nose but everything is more pronounced. Roasted malt, loads of baker's chocolate, creamy, hints of berry fruit, fresh coffee grinds, finishes dry and roasty.

M - Heavy side of medium body, low carbonation, silky and smooth feel, dry on the finish.

Flavors are full and dense. Great finish and very smooth drinker. A great well rounded porter. Always glad to see this on tap.

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Photo of drdiesel9483
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look - Great dark color with good head and great lacing.
Smell and taste - Good sweet toasty smell and taste with slight coffee accent and a good sweetness too.
Feel - Smooth creamy full body beer with light carbonation that works for this beer.
Overall - Pretty good porter. If I lived in OK I'd get this beer often.

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Photo of ocelot2500
4.31/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep ebony color with a tight, off-white head that leaves bits of lacing.

Smells of coffee and cocoa along with some char.

Tastes of deep roasted notes. Notes of cocoa and coffee lead off along with a bit of brown sugar sweetness. Some nuttiness and dark fruits come through in the middle. Some roasted bitterness comes next along with some herbal notes. Finishes fairly dry with a slight lingering sweetness.

Mouthfeel is medium with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is a good, smooth porter.

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Photo of Bosoxfan20
4.31/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Taken in at room temperature at TapWorks in Bricktown.
A- Deep brown, not quite black with a thick, mocha colored head of about 1 finger. Average retention with some really sticky lacing.

S- Big coffee and chocolate notes here. Lots of roasted aroma as well.

T- Good job of following the nose. Lots of coco again. Some coffee. Sweet with some unexpected bitterness in the finish. I'm not agraid of a hop presesnce in my porters. Delicious flavor and terrific balance!

M- A very solid feel to this porter based on the abv. Mid to full body. Creamy...almost beefy. Just the way I like my porters. Dry finish is also nice. A true highlight of this beer is the mouthfeel.

O- This beer was magnificent. Chocolate carries the flavor torch, but not to be totally outdone by other intense characteristics. Would certainly have again and hope to see it on tap each time I visit OKC.

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Photo of BrewAskew
4.01/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours to a generous tawny head and nearly opaque black color. Moderate lacing. Aroma is nondescript dark specialty malts and roasted coffee beans. Flavor is an assertive but enjoyable blend of black malt, espresso and chocolate with a significant backdrop of domestic hops. Mouthfeel is medium but a tad bit prickly. Overall, this is a very good American Porter that could arguably pass for a stout.

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Photo of tronester
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Midnight black in color with a creamy tan head. Smell is of mild coffee. Taste is pure bittersweet chocolate up front, with an herbal resionous pine hop middle and finish. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, low carbonation. Drinkability is very good, an excellent porter.

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Photo of mlockman
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

An incredibly good porter, while not overly complex on the palate, it is smooth, tasty, and easy to drink. Personally, this was my favorite of the Coop Ale Works' lineup that I tried during my time in Oklahoma.

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Photo of Hopswagger
4.47/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

P:  It was dark in the tavern and the appearance was very light and way too clear. I took a whiff and several sips.  Then called the waitress over to explain that she had poured the Coop DNR and that I asked for the porter. Can't beat a free half glass of DNR. 
The actual porter came and was much nicer with a dark body and gracious chocolate froth on top. 

S:  Robust aroma of chocolate, coffee, roasted nuts and black pepper. 

T/M:  Thick chewy body with delicate creamy carbonation. Taste follows the nose with bittersweet cocoa powder, bitter cold coffee, and a touch of dairy creaminess.  Touches of smoked wood, but the palate is mostly chocolate goodness. Finish is creamy with a small hint of cayenne powder in the back and leaves your palate thirsty for more.

O:  Well this is a fantastically well done porter. The chocolate reigns supreme and the bitter coffee, roasted nutty, spiced character brings it all together. Bar keep can I get another? 

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Photo of TBoneJones
4.53/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Fairly dark pour. Malty roasted aroma. Delicious porter, with milky/ roasted charry oats, hints of cocoa. Feels medium- thin, nice and slick with a pleasant aftertaste. Such a robust beer. Of the few porters I've tried, none were memorable, except for this one.

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Photo of jmbranum
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Mighty fine. Excellent porter, maybe leaning into Stout territory.

Inky black with a generous tan head. Toasty malt aroma.

Flavor is rich and earthy. Dry. Definitely some coffee and cocoa. Toasted bread. A tinge of mollases maybe (reminds me of Bridgeport's Stout) Lingering aftertaste.

Nice mouthfeel, medium bodied. Very drinkable.

A great porter. With just a little more something (not sure what) it could be extraordinary.

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Photo of OKbrew89
3.97/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Dark as can be brown with reddish head that dissolves slowy and leaves lacing. Smells of roasted malt and bitter cocoa. The roasted malt hits immediately with a balanced amount of chocolate on the finish. No bitter after taste or noticeable alcohol taste. Medium body with light carbonation. Good porter that is great in coldish weather and still good even when it isn't cold.

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Photo of coldriver
4.42/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at McNellies OKC on 12/3/2011. Pours a near opaque black with mocha colored head. One whiff and you know you're in for a treat with this one - serious coffee and chocolate aromas give notice that this porter means business. Flavors are just as intense but not overdone and very well balanced with just a hint of smoke to go with the roasted coffee and chocolate. Mouthfeel is creamy smooth. I've been impressed with everything I've tried from Coop and this porter is outstanding. Only dissapointment is that I don't believe they bottle it (or can it in Coop's case) as I'd sure love to take some home.

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Photo of DelMontiac
4.49/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Ordered at James E. McNellie's Public House in downtown Tulsa, OK, 01/25/14.

Deep dark brown/black topped by two fingers worth of very creamy light brown head. Monumental lacing on the glass. Looks great.

Smells great too - notes of milk chocolate, toffee, and darkly toasted bread.

Gran Sport may be the best tasting porter I've had to date! It's richly layered in milky chocolate, vanilla, sweet English toffee, dark roasted malts, and freshly-ground coffee beans. Amazing flavors.

Super smooth full body. Thick, creamy, sticky, and all that is good. This is perfection in feel. Easy 5.

Would take this over many of the highest ranked beers on BA. Must have more.

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Photo of kylejohnson03
4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A really fantastic Oklahoma beer, without a doubt this is my favorite year round porter available in the state. Poured with a fantastic looking two finger mocha colored head, the beer is a deep brown, almost black in color.

Roasted malt aroma, mild coffee, cocoa, all of the usual suspects. The flavors all work together perfectly, coffee in the beginning, touch of sweetness, and then bitter chocolate finish.

The mouth feel is medium, smooth and creamy, with just a light-medium amount of carbonation.

Overall, a really fantastic beer! Doesn't get enough recognition in this state, it's overlooked by some of the other heavy hitters in COOP's lineup. But drink this beer one time and you will see that is has the goods to stand on it's own.

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Photo of fastfwd
4.7/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm a very poor reviewer of beers... I get a kick out of reading these reviews though sometimes and trying to see if I can catch any of what others are tasting.

All I can say is that basically, this is an incredibly solid porter. Maybe one of the best that I've had from a local brewery anywhere I've been.

Sorry, that's about as much as I can say. LOL It's defiantly full flavored and not to be missed.

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Photo of ElJoebo
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I've now tried this one cold (White Owl Pub) and at nearly room temperature (McNellie's). If it's served to you cold. Let it warm up. The flavor doesn't start to open up below 50. Cold is a very one dimensional coffee porter flavor. But let that bad boy sit and it's got a little bit of everything.

The warm tap takes a 5 glass pour because of the gigantic head on this thing. The cold tap only takes 2 glasses. Either way, you'll be waiting when you order this one. But once it collects itself, it's a big, thick, hearty drinker. Damn well worth the wait.

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Gran Sport Porter from Coop Ale Works
4.14 out of 5 based on 93 ratings.
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