Dunkin' Coffee Porter | Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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Dunkin' Coffee PorterDunkin' Coffee Porter

Brewed by:
Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
Massachusetts, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
This porter is our tribute to all the days that Dunkin' has helped us fire up the brew kettle. Beloved Dunkin' coffee brings robust, roasty notes to this balanced and smooth coffee porter.

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Ratings: 208 |  Reviews: 64
Reviews by scratch69:
Photo of scratch69
3.81/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

More User Reviews:
Photo of HorseheadsHophead
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The beer is very visually appealing, black with a huge pillowy brown head that lasts a long time and leaves a creamy film. Tons of streaky and splotchy lacing is left behind.
The aroma offers generic and moderately strong black and acrid coffee, burnt grains, cocoa powder, and light smokiness. Not sweet at all, very roasted and burnt smelling.
It's a nice balance of coffee and roasted malt. Black and bitter coffee, balanced against burnt toast, cocoa powder, some dark chocolate, and light smokiness. Almost no sweetness here. A very bitter porter. The black coffee bitterness lingers.
The feel is medium, well carbonated, quite drinkable without being thin.
Despite what I initially felt was a gimmick, this is a solid coffee porter. I'd recommend it.

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Photo of hophugger
3.69/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A beautiful deep brown color with a minimal head of tan light foam. Aroma is of cold brewed coffee. Taste is coffee with a touch of lightly roasted malts. Balance is well done and overall taste is a bit lighter than I would have expected. Finish has coffee that fades rapidly yet an overall decent beer

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Photo of LeRose
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The beer pours like black coffee topped by a nice layer of tan head that falls and looks like the crema on top of coffee. Nie enough looking. Some reddish highlights held up to the light.

The smell is dry roast coffee - an OK coffee, not a great coffee. A touch of chocolate, a roasted grain smell, and a hint of sweetness.

The taste follows along, but it is brighter than expected - more like iced coffee than hot. So the coffee is a bit on the weaker side, the porter is a bit more dominant as the grains seem to shine a bit more. There is a little chocolate note.

The feel seems a bit on the thin side - it lacks body to hold up to the full flavors. Not a complete turn off, but expected a bit more substance.

Overall, a cool pairing of local icons. Affordable and accessible, but if you are looking for an OMG coffee bomb, this won't be your thing. For a casual coffee drinker, it's a worthwhile beer to try. In my opinion, the "porter"part is the better part of this beer and the coffee is kind of along for the ride.

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Photo of PMakowski
4.11/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 Oz Bottle poured into glass
Look - Dark brown almost black colored with a thick brown head of foam. Lacing sticks to glass.
Smell - If you were expecting coffee aroma, a little disappointing, not much of that. Mostly roasted malt and chocolate. Some little smoke notes like beef jerky. Some cream and sugar as well.
Taste - I expected this to be sweet because it is Dunkin Donuts and...it is. Very sweet. Medium bodied porter. Roasted charred malt. Flavors of dark chocolate, licorice, cherry, and a smidge of hops. I may in the minority but i don't pick up any coffee flavor in this beer.

Overall, its a good beer but i just expected it have actual coffee flavor but its more along the lines of a solid porter without the coffee porter label. Grade is an A-

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Photo of jtdowns64
4.41/5  rDev +17%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Far better than expected. If you like a good coffee porter/stout, this should find your wheelhouse. Harpoon really delivered an exceptionally balanced offering here. A steal at 8.99/sixer. I bought it on a whim, mostly to amuse my wife but I'll be buying more.

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Photo of nhdjinn
4.12/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

was not expecting much as it a Dunkin Donut / Harpoon Porter - felt it was a gimmick

Looks: dark brown coffee like with brown creamy head that becomes lacy after a minute
smell: roasted grains, coffee and some malt sweetness
Taste: roasted coffee, with sweet maltiness finish and slight hops
feel medium mouth feel
overall a very good porter if not excellent. well balanced and not overly sweet
will buy again

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Photo of bobv
4.35/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Moderate pour yields a one inch tan head over a very dark brown body with some real nice lacing. Nose of coffee, milk chocolate, and roasted malt. Taste mirrors nose very nicely with a bitter chocolate finish. Nice feel and overall, a real winner from Harpoon. Cheers!

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Photo of SawDog505
4.33/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured slightly chilled into a 13 oz Foam tulip glass best by 1/15/19. Pours a very dark near pitch black with a 3 finger sticky dark tan head that leaves big thick patches of lace as it slowly settles into a thin patchy layer of bubbles.

Smell is dry roasty coffee, biscuit, vanilla bean, milk chocolate, and toffee.

Taste follows roasty rich coffee, vanilla, toffee, biscuit, and dark chocolate.

Mouthfeel is bigger than medium, plenty of life, a tad dry for sure as most coffee beers, and I am really trying to hold back a just sip this but it is very tasty and familiar.

Overall I am sure many haters will try to pick this one apart, but I think it is a well made and very tasty beer personally.

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Photo of oberon
3.94/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of generallee
4.02/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JakerLou
3.96/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bpfrush
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of chinchill
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle from FL with a 15 Feb. 2019 BB date stamp.
Pours dark brown-black; opaque in the glass. Durable tan head.
Black coffee and dark roasted grains in the aroma. These two elements are present in about equal strength in the flavor, along with faint spicy hops. Mildly bitter.
Overall: clean, very good version of the style.

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Photo of acurtis
3.97/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of informaticsDoc
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of nmwhitehead
4.34/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is so Boston. And unlike an actual Dunkin coffee, I don't feel the need to add milk or Pumpkin Spice. That's right, I'm calling out the local favorite in a beer rating. Fight me.

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Photo of WickedBeer
3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

As a Quincy-born, Cape Cod native currently living in Tuscaloosa (for school), snagging this upon release was an absolute must! Pre-gaming already for game 1 of the World Series tomorrow.

Enjoy By 18:32
02/15/19 274

This beer pours a nice looking weight, a deep dark brown with about a half inch of tan head that sits on top. As it settles you don’t get any residual lace, just a small ring of foam that remains around the circumference of the surface.

The aroma on this is pretty great. Chocolate covered espresso beans is the best way to describe it. Some light hints of vanilla and dark roast coffee round it out and linger on the nose.

The flavors are just a little odd. It’s almost as if everything you want from this beer is noticeable, but way in the background. Malt, coffee, and dark chocolate are all present components, but that nice espresso and chocolate flavor is only on the back burner. Mostly you’re just getting burnt toast, malt, and coffee, with a lightly bitter finish. Again, not bad, just mild and a tad watery.

The mouthfeel on this is pretty solid. Fairly thin, smooth, and mildly creamy. A little bitterness and residual stickiness in the finish.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.72/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

From tasting notes 01/20/19
Had poured from a bottle into a glass at The Green Turtle, Hunt Valley, MD

Appearance - Poured into a standard pint glass, black with cola brown edging wher light can penetrate, with a light tan, finger width head. Fair retention before dying down to a thin, broken layer of suds. Fair lacing with broken lines and small spotting.

Smell - Fair roastiness and lesser caramel sweetness. Faint chocolate as well.

Taste - Follows the nose. A decent amount of coffee roast upfront and throughout while a consistent, underlying caramel sweetness follows through. There are hints of chocolate, but not much. Coffee roast dies down near the finish, allowing a bit more of that caramel sweetness to come out in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Light-bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinks smooth, but fairly thin for the style.

Overall - Good, solid porter that is totally drinkable, but pretty simple and a bit thin all the same.

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Photo of brewerburgundy
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, large flute style glass, enjoy by 2/15/19.

It’s very dark with reddish highlights only at the very thin bottom portion of the glass. The head is a dense block of dark brown foam.

Waves of dark roast coffee and dark chocolate and hints of cherry and toasted coconut make for a really solid, traditional nose.

Lots of roast and coffee flavors and bitterness balance against cocoa, sweet malt, and burnt caramel. Balance is the name of the game, making for a nice porter that isn’t coffee dominated.

Thin body, a little slick, just enough carbonation.

I’m a bit impressed by this beer. I haven’t ever been impressed by a Harpoon beer and I don’t think Dunkin is very good coffee, but the two combined for a tasty beer.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.81/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Harpoon Brewery "Dunkin' Coffee Porter"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, "ENJOY BY 289 02/15/19 09:38" and sample on 11/10/18
$2 @ Wegmans, King of Prussia, PA

Notes via stream of consciousness: So is this made with Dunkin' Donuts coffee or did they just license the name? Whatever, it's poured an opaque black body beneath a finger thick head of creamy tan. The aroma seems more porter to me than coffee porter but there clearly is some coffee there, it's just not that rich and oily coffee bean aroma that you sometimes find. It's not nearly as rich and bright as most of the coffee porters that I've sampled but it's there, so OK. And it's clean and fairly welcoming; I get some caramelish and chocolatey notes as well. On to the flavor... well there's more coffee than the aroma suggests, medium in roast, and it's also grainy, fruity, caramelish, and subtly chocolatey. Again, it's far from the most coffee-like beer I've ever had, but it's not bad. It doesn't have any harsh acidity, which is good, and it's fairly nicely balanced. It finishes dry with some fruitiness and caramel left behind. In the mouth it's medium bodied and crisp. So against my better instincts this has turned out to be a very easy beer to review as it's just a basic coffee porter that delivers on both the coffee and the porter but doesn't shine in either category. Average. But let me not forget the head retention and lacing which seem to be quite good. I still have a 1/4" head and there's some nice lacing left behind. At least it has a good appearance. Overall: average across the board.
Review# 6,340

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Photo of seakayak
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Gary01453
2/5  rDev -46.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of trocketsauced
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of grahuba
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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