Harpoon El Triunfo Coffee Porter is release number 44 in Harpoon’s 100 Barrel Series. The name of this coffee porter comes from the area in Chipas, Mexico where the coffee beans used in the beer were harvested.
El Triunfo pours a thick, dark brown that reminds me of cola. The two fingers of off-white head recedes relatively quickly and leaves behind little to no lacing on the glass.
Huge roasted coffee notes jump out immediately from the aroma. The coffee intertwines nicely with the chocolate and caramel malts to create a delightful nose for this beer.
The deep roasted coffee and chocolate from the aroma carries over to the flavor as well. The coffee is clearly the most prominent flavor, but I was surprised by the intensity of the chocolate malt flavor. There are plenty of nice undertones of caramel and vanilla to add some measure of complexity. The finish is mildly bitter with very little hops flavor.
My one knock on El Triunfo is that it is a lot lighter than I was hoping for. I would put it on the low end of medium-bodied, which is a bit of a disappointment. Having said that, this is an incredibly smooth and easy-to-drink beer.
Harpoon El Triunfo Coffee Porter is a great option if you’re looking for a beer with a huge coffee flavor. Although it fell short of expectations in terms of body, it’s still a delicious, if somewhat one-dimensional beer.