Harpoon 100 Barrel Series #44 - El Triunfo Coffee Porter

Formerly brewed at Harpoon Brewery
Style: Porter
Boston, Massachusetts USA


on tap


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RATINGS: 93   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
We worked with our friends at Equal Exchange to brew this English style Porter. Specialty malts provide caramel and dark chocolate notes and a sweet, smooth body, while coffee beans grown in the Mexican El Triunfo biosphere yield roasted, bittersweet notes that compliment the malty sweetness. The result is a balanced beer that showcases the flavors and aromas of both beer and coffee - a fitting equal exchange.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
j12601 (9890) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - DEC 9, 2012
Bottle shared with Jim and Mitch. Pours a clear black to brown, with some copper highlights and a huge thick tan head that deflates quickly and steadily. Big coffee on the noes, lots of roast. Somewhat thin in terms of body, coffee with cream. Tasty enough, but the lack of body kills this.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 8, 2012
Bottle from Sams in Durham. Dark brown with light around the edges. Small head, but I kept coaxing it. Roasty coffee aromas last for a few minutes, then milk chocolate... but then aromas of dirt and even manure creep in. Taste is sweet, earthy, and thin. How hard is it to make at least a decent coffee porter?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
thornecb (5730) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 7, 2012
Pours black into a snifter. Off-white head with medium retention recedes leaving spot lacing. Milk chocolate and coffee aromas. Soft with watery dunkin donuts coffee front to back. Not a fan of dunkin donuts...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
WallStirctly (57) - - DEC 7, 2012
Great coffee scent and taste. Weak head,decent lacing.good color...just too watered down.a little heavier and a higher alc% and this would b a nearly flawless brew....so close yet so far.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
maxwelldeux (4372) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - DEC 6, 2012
Bottle. Pours a very dark brown with a moderate light tan head. Nose has a lot of roasted coffee notes in there. Taste has the same coffee notes in there, but is still relatively smooth. Great brew...

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Bernsy (1) - USA - DEC 5, 2012 does not count
At first, immediately after pouring the coffee aroma was phenomenal. That quickly faded, to almost non-existent. While it was still cool, tasted like a pretty decent porter. However, as it warmed up over time, not only did the aroma fade, but the taste became chalky and bland. I really wanted to like this beer, and I did at the beginning, but overall Im disappointed.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
annunz123 (956) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 2, 2012
Coffee, chocolate, nuts, and roast/smoke in the aroma. Flavor is smooth and sweet, with coffee, chocolate, and vanilla. Roast coffee bitterness and a little alcohol in the finish. Really good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
johnnnniee (4029) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 30, 2012
Pours a solid dark brown with faint garnet highlights when held to light and a huge fluffy tan head that persists forever. Wicked coffee aromas waft towards my nostrils the second I pop the cork off the bottle. Upon closer inspection I find traces of sweet sugar and chocolate in there, but this one is a coffee bomb. The flavor has a hint more malty sweetness than the aroma suggested, but not much more. Light chocolate, caramel and brown sugar malts come through in vain before my taste buds are smacked by Juan Valdez. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a creamy oily mouthfeel. For me the coffee is over the top on this one, but then again I dont drink coffee. Im amazed at how they got such a huge coffee presence and still retained a decent head and creamy mouthfeel without a bitter or acrid coffee bite. Well made beer, just not my cup of coffee.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
keepersj12 (3083) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - NOV 27, 2012
Dark brown with a creamy tan head. The aroma has some sweet malt, a bit of wood and a lot of coffee. The flavor has the coffee, quite bitter, along with a hint of chocolate and a bit of the wood. Very well balanced with a creamy feel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
AdamChandler (4810) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 26, 2012
On tap at Harpoon. Pitch black 1/2 finger head. Still no lacing. Big roasted dark coffee. Its big and smells like a chocolate filled cup of coffee. Lots of licorice and mollasses. Taste is solid. Dark and semi-sweet chocolate. Finish is espresso crema and raisins

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