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Gorilla Warfare Is Back!

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October 19, 2011

It’s back for another annual attack — our coffee porter, made with Gorilla Coffee beans. Gorilla Warfare can be found on draft in bars and restaurants all over right now. Sadly, it won’t be poured also at the Park Slope coffee shop where we got the beans, but it should provide a pretty good pick-me-up all the same.

This beer was introduced in 2007, and it’s made a few rounds in the falls and winters since. Like its namesake beast, it has a rather fierce, robust coffee flavor and deep color that’s topped with a creamy foam, not unlike that of a cappuccino. It’s become a seasonal favorite among fans as well as staff, since it smells like a coffee house for a day when it’s brewed.

So it was time to resurrect the beast. This new batch of Gorilla Warfare brewed in Red Hook is made with Gorilla Coffee’s “Fairview Estate” single-origin beans from Kenya. It’s a medium-dark roast with subtle notes of grapefruit and spice.

coarse-ground beans go into oversized steeping bags, and into the kettle

The resulting beer has a mellow, wake-up-and-smell-the-coffee aroma and bold flavor that’s surprisingly less sweet for a porter. ABV of 7%. Get a pint before this batch is all spent for the season!