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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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Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
Massachusetts, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by TheManiacalOne on 11-25-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of joeboe2001
5/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I gave this all 5s because I cannot imagine a better glass of beer.

I ordered this at a small tapas restaurant in Dover, DE. When I say the mouthfeel was "perfect" I note it was not typical for a porter (large bubbled, slightly watery finish) but more of a stout.

The 12 oz. pilsner glass was gone quickly, especially after my wife and daughter each snuck a taste. I eagerly ordered another.

The bartender turned to the tap and started to pull my beer. All of a sudden, he stopped after perhaps 3 oz. The keg was empty.

Dismayed, I ordered something else. He set the 3 oz. glass aside. I was going to ask him for it, but it quickly dissappeared. The SOB drank it himself!

My search for a perfect beer continues! This was probably the last glass of Harpoon's coffee porter in existence.

To clear up what one reviewer said--referring to this as a wintry brew--that is not the case. Porters were traditionally brewed for working class consumption, while on the job, year around. That is why their ABV is always a bit low.

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Photo of brewlagoon
5/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

So I have been collectin gthese for a wile now and have quite a few. I hope to get them all, but I am sure I wont be able to since some are probably not in circulation anymore. I felt this had great flavor, it was not overpowering with coffee, just the right amont with a good strong porter taste. I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys a good porter.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.54/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of Jayli
4.54/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.39/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of tdm168
4.29/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.29/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a dark brown with a dark tan head. Head keeps a respectable height. Lighter waves of lacing. Modest light penetration.

S-A focused aroma of sweetened coffee. Luke warm medium-roast coffee with a generous dosage of cream and sugar. Milk chocolate dances around the java. This beer nails its intended target.

T-The flavor is even better. Such a pinpoint coffee flavor. Espresso! Choco-undertones. Dried coffee beans usher in a wave of delectable sweetness. The first few seconds of this beer are blissful. El Triunfo is devoid of that unpleasant chalky flavor that many Porters display. I know I'm repeating myself but this beer really hit its goal here.

M-Medium bodied with light roast-imparted bitterness. Carbonation is soft but subtly energetic. Quite drinkable.

O/D-One of my favorite Harpoon brews. A liquid blitzkrieg of delectable java. I would take this over a cup o' Joe any day…consequenty I'd be asleep by noon.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4.26/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle poured into a New Belgium globe.

A: pours a very deep brown with reddish hues. Creamy sand colored head retains well and leaves a thin blanket of lacing coating the glass.

S: Rich, assertive coffee scents. Roasted coffee beans, coffee grounds. Nutty, roasty, toasty, slightly earthy. Strong pull of mocha. Milk chocolate and fudge sauce. Great aroma.

T: That strong pull of mocha is briefly introduced on the attack. Coffee flavors slowly build into a rich, nutty, slightly fruity, earthy, and all-around pleasing taste experience. Coffee tastes are very fresh and vibrant. Slight coffee acidity. Chocolatey, cola-like, and mildly roasty malt tastes lay muffled underneath the blanket of coffee. Finishes with all the aforementioned coffee tastes slowly fading on the palate.

M: Medium bodied. Creamy, but maybe a touch watery. Crisp carbonation picks it up just enough, and ultimately saves it.

O: Coffee is really the only focal point of this beer, so it's a good thing that the coffee tastes at work are some of the freshest tasting and most memorable that I've come across in a beer to date. The base beer may be a tad dull, but the fresh and vibrant coffee tastes really make the drinking experience here. Maybe my favorite 100 barrel entry to date.

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Photo of seedyone
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

02/25/13 On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. Nice to see so many 'polite' brews around. More coffee fragrance than taste but that goes with the unobtrusive nature herein. Lamenting it's a "brewed once" item.

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Photo of rb2337
4.24/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Ample head on pour. Color is dark with red tones when held up to light. Nice coffee like aroma with an enjoyably smooth coffee like flavor. Good malty mouthfeel ending with a mild smokey flavor and dry finish. I enjoyed this beer very much and found it to be very drinkable.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Lare453
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of angrybabboon
4.17/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Consumed 2/9/13

Appearance: Dark brown, with some light brown clarity around the edges - pours with a nice, light beige head - small, off-white cap - leaves some streaks and spots of lacing

Smell: Coffee, more specifically iced coffee - honestly, this smells like a great bag of coffee beans - roasty, not particularly burnt - some chocolate, some caramel, maybe even some vanilla - remarkably charming

Taste: Follows the aroma - in other words, this tastes like coffee - coffee, with a teaspoon of sugar, more realistically - nicely roasty, with some caramel and toasty malts - nice level of burnt sugar sweetness - again, did I mention this tastes like coffee?

Mouthfeel: Medium body, nicely carbonated, smooth, with a dry, roasty finish

Overall: Did Harpoon brew a Coffee Bender clone?

This reminds me of Surly Coffee Bender. And this is a very good thing, since that is one of my favorite coffee beers. This is truly an impressive brew from Harpoon. Shame it will only be brewed once, and it's not in tallboys...

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Photo of portia99
4.17/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a Harpoon 100 Barrel stemmed glass.

A - Pours a very dark brown color and shows good clarity with mahogany highlights showing around the edges when held to the light. Two thick fingers of dense foam shows excellent staying power. After several minutes the foam approaches the surface leaving behind lots of webby lacing on the glass.

S - As expected, the aroma is intensely coffee...fresh brewed medium roast. Some dark roasted malt, touches of burnt espresso-like coffee. A bit nutty too. This would be a great aroma to wake up to in the morning.

T - Medium/dark roasted coffee...quite strong and intense in the flavor. Light astringency with some fruity qualities to it. A bit of burnt espresso bean flavor, some bakers chocolate...if I didn't pour it myself, I'd think this could be coffee soda. This is far from complex...it is coffee all of the way. If you like coffee, however, it is difficult not to enjoy this.

M - Strong carbonation over a thinnish body. Fruity at the start with astringent, roasty and bitter coffee flavors...lingering past the swallow with the bitter astringency taking a stronger hold after the swallow.

O - Overall...this strives to be a coffee forward beer and definitely succeeds in this venture. The coffee is intense and essentially overpowers whatever else may be in this beer. In that respect it is outstanding...however, the lack of nuance and the one dimensional nature leave a little to be desired. I find this highly enjoyable, but it feels a bit heavy handed and lacking some artistry in its execution...throw a ton of coffee in here - how can it go wrong? A bit more porter character would round this out and give more complexity.

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Photo of oberon
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Gatch
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep, dark brown with shades of ruby red. A fluffy, pillowy, light brown head that builds and fades pretty quickly leaving behind little lace and retention.

S: Fantastic freshly-roasted coffee/espresso aromas. It doesn't just smell like coffee was thrown in. It smells like coffee was an important part of the brewing process. There's some charred wood, chocolate, and roasted malt.

T: Coffee is never in your face but it's the star of this beer. You get the Porter body and feel with a pleasant fresh bean flavor throughout. Never too intense. Balanced, even.

M: Slightly cloying as is expected but ultimately very smooth and satisfying. Proper carbonation and finish.

O: Most definitely a beer for coffee lovers. If you can't drink a cup of black coffee even without sugar, you may not like this. In my opinion, it's very well-crafted and surprised me a bit in a good way.

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Photo of SawDog505
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Lost Abbey tulip glass. Pours a really dark brown, with a tan head that leaves nice lacing. Smell is roasted coffee beans, that is all I get and I am not complaining. Taste is what you would expect. Body is medium, plenty of life, a little dry, and very drinkable. This is really nice, I will be drinking plenty of these in the next few weeks. No tricks here, just a excellent fairly low alcohol coffee beer.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.07/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of TrappistJohnMD
4.07/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with light tan head and minimal lacing in tulip.

Smell is robust dark roasted coffee and chocolate. Maybe a subtle hint of fruit, like cherries, in the background.

Taste is toasted malt, dark roasted coffee and dark chocolates. Slight hint of fruit in taste, like with the aroma. Nice balanced bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with average carbonation.

Overall this was an excellent coffee porter. Tons of coffee notes in aroma and taste.

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Photo of sinstaineddemon
4.06/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - sparkly shiny black with over two fingers of than foamy head, takes two pours to fill my tulip, head fades slowly and has goo retention as itrings

S - now this is how a coffee porter/stout should smell, distinct fresh ground coffee aromas hit the nose first, quickly followed by some cocoa powder for a nice chocolate sweetness, wrapped up with some roasted malts, perfect for this snow day

T - the chocolate steps up in the taste, competes with the coffee in a great way, my taste buds love being fought over, some dark plum like fruits crop up in the malty finish for a great combination

M&D&O - a fantastic porter, layered flavors of coffee and chocolate with a malty backbone, real coffee, real chocolate, real beer, real good!

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Photo of BradMacMullin
4.01/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Had on tap at new Harpoon brewery site. Very dark beer with very little head and little lacing. Nie balanced coffee taste with dencent carbonation and aftertaste. Have had better types of this style, but a decent beer that I would have one of now and then

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Photo of Bung
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. A pretty black pour, just some brown around the edges. Frothy cream head that retained pretty well.

Aroma, some roast malt and caramel, chocolate. Mostly fresh ground coffee though.

Taste, a real nice roast, some malt but mostly coffee again. Limited caramel, some more dark chocolate. Mocha, more coffee in the finish.

Mid body, mid carbonation, drinks very easy. Reminds me a bit of the Williamsburg or Central Waters coffee stouts. Pretty nice coffee "porter".

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Photo of pdeepak
3.99/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I have been drinking this on tap all week and I wholeheartedly endorse this to any coffee beer lovers out there.

Smell and taste is straight up like drinking a glass of black coffee on ice... Agreeable mouthfeel for the porter style, but for this particular beer I wish it was a little more chewy.

Dark ruby highlights at the bottom of the pint glass and deep brown everywhere else, very much a beer I would like to be available all year.

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Photo of bmwats
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 650 ml bottle into a snifter.

A: Black. Pours a 1 finger, foamy, brown-white head. Settles fairly slowly. Leaves a smattering of foam on the surface. Solid beer ring lacing. Head renews fully with each pour.

S: Roasted espresso, bittersweet dark chocolate, and oak chips.

T: Charred grains, espresso beans, and unsweetened dark chocolate. A little peat character.

M: Thick and hearty. Feels a little shallow. Slightly bitter finish.

D: Sip and enjoy.

Atmosphere is good. Dark hue, nice foamy head, and persistent lacing. Nose is coffee and roasted malt. Charred grains, roasted espresso, dark chocolate with a little peat. Overall, this is a really good quaff.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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