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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 PorterLambic
3.38/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark chestnut brown, clear, with hints of orange. Light penetrates the edges. Small tan head has very little retention.
Smell is heavily roasted malt, coffee and a whiff of caramel.
Taste is toasty malt, robust coffee, some caramel and toffee. Some chocolate shows in the aftertaste but none of the floral notes the label promises.
The medium plus body is a bit watery during the swallow. Effervescence is light and a bit tingly. Warming with a hint of dryness. Overall, a good brew but since the label says its a robust porter I would like a bit more body.

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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 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 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 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 Kendo
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. Body is dark brown with mahogany edges when backlit. Small tan head settles on top. Some lace.

S: Cold, all I'm getting is coffee. Not in an overpowering way, however, which is good by me. As it warms I get some sugary sweetness - brown sugar and maybe molasses. But coffee is there throughout, becomes stronger, actually, as it warms - and not in a good way (it starts to remind me of old coffee).

T: Coffee, roasted barley malt and some lactic, milk-stout-like flavors. Finishes slightly minerally, with more bitterness than expected from a porter. As it warms there's some chocolatey flavors there too.

M: Weight is about medium; it drinks lighter though. Decent creamy feel to it.

O: OK. Not overly impressed, but it's not bad.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
3.91/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Enjoy By: 03/15/13

A: Pours a dark ruby/mahogany color with a fingers worth of head that disappears fairly quickly

S: Dominated by a strong black coffee aroma along with some very light chocolate and caramel notes

T: Starts off with the huge coffee presence and slowly moves onto a light dark chocolate and caramel. Finishes very lightly bitter with lingering coffee

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. A little light for the style, but still smooth

O: A nice little coffee porter. Definitely dominated by coffee, so if you don't like coffee then don't try this beer. It won't be around for much longer, so get it while you can

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Photo of bum732
3.62/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

S: Strong coffee bean, some floral notes, daisies, some roastiness, some earthiness. Some rich chocolate as it warms.

L: Dark black, some ruby highlights. Light tan head that dissipates.

T: Coffee flavored, medium light malt with some light roasty flavor. Medium low bitterness, light floral hop character. Some latte like sweetness following towards a semi-sweet, slightly coffee roasty finish.

M: Medium light bodied, medium carbonation.

A light, coffee porter. I really enjoyed the coffee, brought a lot more to the table than other coffees used in beers. Unfortunately, the malt bill I found lacing.

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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 lordofthewiens
3.16/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer was a dark brown color with some red highlights. There was a small tan head.

Aroma of roasted malt. Some chocolate and coffee.

Taste followed aroma. Sweet chocolate and coffee.

Nice enough beer, but kind of timid. I might have liked this one more, if only I hadn't had a BCCS just before.

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Photo of Etan
3.61/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle.

A: Pours a black with some mahogany hues, nice cap of very light tan head on top.

S: Earthy coffee in the nose - not much else.

T: Big coffee roast, dry and slightly bitter roasted malt, a bit of caramel sweetness.

M: Between thin and medium-bodied with light carbonation.

O: This is pretty good, but I would have liked to see a little more malt character to balance the coffee.

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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 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 CAUK
3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A very smooth and balanced coffee-ale, with a fine head and a palpable body. For the price and pretension of a limited run small batch, I would have liked to see more texture in the head and more body in the beer. I might regret rating the beer less than 4.5 in taste, but I expected more complexity. That being said, coffee porters are notoriously unbalanced, in my experience, and this one had a near perfect coffee-to-malt profile, with subtle hoppiness.

This has replaced Surly Coffee Bender as my new reference standard for my own coffee-porter homebrew.

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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 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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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 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 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 BeerNinja007
3.52/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber purchased for $5.49 at Dover Discount Beverage in Dover NH. Enjoy by 03/15/13, code 313 1058. Served cold in a standard pint glass. In small print on the edge of the label it says "Porter with natural flavor added". I wonder if they have to say this because it has coffee in it, or does that mean some flavoring, in addition to coffee, has been added? Hmm.

A: A moderate pour gives about 2 fingers of dense creamy-looking taupe head. Brew is dark brown revealing a mahogany tint when held to a light. Little to no lace.

S: Smells of dark roasted coffee and milk chocolate. Also has a briny kind of note, somewhat reminiscent of the oyster stout from a few years ago (#30 in the series, Island Creek Oyster Stout). As it breathes the coffee really comes out stronger. A nice bright/ acidic edge develops as the chocolate notes dissipate.

T: Taste follows the smell exactly. At first I got a kind of muddy mix of coffee and milk chocolate. As it warms/ breathes, this shifts more toward the coffee side of things with some bitter chocolate stuff lingering around the edges. Not much complexity in this one, just a straight blend of coffee and a semi-sweet porter. Hops are completely hidden by the roasty and acidic stuff.

M: Maybe a little heavy for the style, but not overly so. It has a nice viscosity but isn't too filling. Nice balance. Carbonation is appropriate. *later* Weeeell, let me take that back a bit. Now that I'm almost done with the bottle I'm realizing it's a bit thicker/ heavier/ more filling than I originally gave it credit for. Too thick for a porter.

D: Decent. Not phenomenal, but not disappointing like many of the beers in this series have been either. I could take it or leave it. Probably won't get it again.

Toward the end of the bottle, the briny and acidic notes seem to be hitting my salivary glands in a weird way, making me salivate in an unpleasant manner. Eek.

I wonder how much caffeine is in here. Hopefully it won't keep me up all night.

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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 AndyAvalanche
3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass. Dark brown in color, slightly lighter highlights and what looks like decent clarity. Tan head, decent lacing.

Smell is good, but not much to it. Smell is pretty straight forward, smells like fresh black roasted coffee beans, no more, no less. I love coffee so I like it a lot, but there's really not much else to the aroma.

Taste picks up where the smell leaves off, you guessed it, more coffee. Not talking cheap diner coffee though. I take my coffee black and this is like a quality fresh coffee. Not really much else beyond this in the flavor department.

Mouthfeel is pretty good, it's much lighter than I expected. Certainly not bad, just thin, only slightly thicker than a brewed cup of coffee. No taste of the hops, but an added bitterness from them in addition to the coffee. Good carbonation level and a decent balance, certainly a little more bitter.

I like the beer, but not much too it, it just tastes like coffee. If you're a coffee fan seek this out, but if you don't get a chance, just brew yourself a quality cup. Otherwise, avoid it if you're not a fan. A good offering from Harpoon.

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Photo of Gosox8787
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of jondeelee
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

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