ChadPolenz (1847) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - APR 27, 2012
Some great imperial stouts and porters happen to have a coffee bitterness and/or flavor as a result of the way their malts are roasted and brewed. But Sixpoint Gorilla Warfare Porter is all about the coffee - or more specifically - espresso, as one pint of this beer is roughly equivalent to two shots of the specialized coffee beverage. And I can see why, as there’s never a moment where coffee isn’t prevalent in the palate.
boFNjackson (4230) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 2, 2012
I got a 16oz growler fill at my local beer store. I poured it into a tulip glass.
Appearance: Opaque black body with a frothy, tan head which laces and retains very well.
Smell: Strong coffee aroma, closer to an actual coffee beverage than a beer.
Taste: It begins with a sharp, dry coffee bitterness. There’s also an underlying sweetness and taste similar to a cola (odd). It then transitions quickly to genuine coffee flavor, especially that of sweetened iced coffee with lots of cream and sugar. The finish reverts back to the beginning with more coffee bitterness and leaves a slight aftertaste akin to drinking regular coffee, although it is quite clean considering how robust the palate is.
This is certainly a delectable, pleasant taste, at least for me because I like coffee and I like these types of beers. The only problem is it’s a little repetitive. Pretty much all you taste is coffee. Those looking for the genuine porter components may be a little disappointed. There is a brief taste of roasted malts on the finish, which is nice, but a little more of this would’ve been great. Still, I can only count on one hand the number of beers that are as coffee-forward as this one - that’s quite an elite club for this beer.
Drinkability: Since this is a porter it’s not surprising the mouthfeel is a little thin and the carbonation is on the lower side. While it does go down smooth, Sixpoint Gorilla Warfare Porter is not exactly a chuggable beer because it’s so energetic and bursting with coffee flavor and bitterness. I found myself drinking this in smaller sips than usual. Its weight at 7.2% ABV seems about right as there’s definitely a lot of chutzpah to this palate, but it’s thinner body and relatively clean aftertaste is what you expect from a strong porter rather than a motor oil-like imperial stout. A great beer to have after dinner instead of hot gourmet coffee.
Growler shared at a recent BA/RB tasting... Poured near black with a thin, off-white head. This was awesome and one of my favorites of the tasting. Incredible, pressed coffee flavor. Really rich with coffee, a hint of acid, roast, charred grains. Straight forward, to the point, making the coffee shine while acting harmoniously with the Porter base. Theis (15150) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAR 25, 2012
Draught at Rattle’N’Hum, New York. Black - light offwhite head. Burned, fresh coffee, chocolate, sweetness, roasted/burned malts, bitterness, light hoppy, licorice. Smooth. BOLTZ7555 (3028) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAR 25, 2012
Sampled at Rattle N Hum. Too much tart fruit, potentially infected...lactic qualities accompany bitter chocolate and toffee. Cherry skin, plum, and raspberries are there as well. Distracting. Pass. GT (10017) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 3, 2012
Tap at Khyber Pass in Philly. Pours deep black with a lighter beige head. Nice retention. Nose is spicy chili salsa and green peppers. Has that vegetal DMS character from the coffee adjunct unfortunately. A big pet peeve of mine. Taste is light bodied, chalky, powdery, chili salsa, green peppers. Salsa bowl. Not good.
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Capa (3633) - DC, Washington DC, USA - FEB 29, 2012
Black with a beige head. Aroma is coffee, roasty, a tad stale, earthy. Flavor packs a bitter coffee wallop. Roasted malts, burnt coffee, light smoke, earth. Good. Strong bitterness from the coffee. BREWMUSKCLES (2759) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 28, 2012
light smoke from wood with nut caramel sweetness. Quenching cold with accompanying body, and a vanilla finish. Nice liquor aroma. Cola look to it. dumontn (530) - St. Joseph, Michigan, USA - FEB 15, 2012
Pours black with light brown head. Aroma and taste are stale coffee with some other burnt notes. This was particularly mediocre; coffee beers that taste like days-old cups of coffee left to sit out are not my thing. kennydiaz (362) - Manahawkin, New Jersey, USA - JAN 12, 2012
Purchased it in a growler from Holiday beverage SI. Has a nice dark brown almost black color. Pours with a mild creamy head. Heavy on the coffee taste with hints of vanilla and wood. Very nice for under $18. Jow (4170) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JAN 11, 2012
Tap at Stags Head pours rich dark brown with rich aromas of toffee and cocoa. Tastes chocolatey, of coffee, earth, malt, slight spice and earth. Quite nice brew with velvety finish.