Harpoon Dunkin' Coffee Porter

Review Date 10/21/2018   By John Staradumsky

Time to drink the donuts! Is that what Boston’s Harpoon brewery was thinking when they teamed up with Dunkin’ Donuts (now in the process of a rebrand to “Dunkin’”) to give us Harpoon Dunkin’ Coffee Porter? I don’t know for sure, but it’s what comes to mind for me.

It’s only natural for Harpoon to join forces with Canton, Massachusetts based Dunkin’. Having grown up in New England myself, I was in at the beginning with Harpoon, and have been drinking their beer since the 80s. The same is true for Dunkin’ Donuts; we had one on every corner back in Rhode Island, and I have been drinking their coffee and eating their donuts my entire life. So, when I heard about Harpoon Dunkin’ Coffee Porter, I just had to get some.

I almost didn’t. I had been checking the Total Wine website fairly regularly. When it indicated the beer had finally arrived, I raced down to get some (and ended up buying another $125 worth of beer to boot-don’t ask). They only had two six-packs left, and I bought one of them, so I got there just in time.

Harpoon says:

Beloved Dunkin' coffee brings robust, roasty notes to this balanced and smooth coffee porter. This porter is our tribute to all the days that Dunkin' has helped us fire up the brew kettle. 

Harpoon Dunkin Coffee Porter has an alcohol content of 6% by volume with 28 IBUs and I paid $9.99 for my six-pack. My bottles are marked : ENJOY BY 18:53 1/15/19. I find it amusing that it might not be as good at 18:54 as 18:53; I think this one would age well. This is not the first coffee porter I have enjoyed from Harpoon; that honor goes to El Triunfo Coffee Porter in their 100 Barrel Series back in 2013. That beer had the exact same alcohol content and IBU count is Dunin’ Coffee Porter, but my tasting notes are quite different.  

Harpoon Dunkin Coffee Porter pours to a jet-black color with a thick creamy tan head and a robust roast and subtle coffee nose. A thick layer of Brussels Lace forms on the sides of my glass and descends with the liquid to the bottom. Taking a sip, the beer is smooth and medium to full in body with roasted barley notes, chocolate and rich black coffee flavors. It finishes roasty bitter and decidedly moreish.

This is an excellent robust coffee porter full of roast from coffee and barley. Harpoon says this is a limited release. Here’s hoping it becomes a year-round offering.


And remember, try a new beer today, and drink outside the box.

*Pricing data accurate at time of review or latest update. For reference only, based on actual price paid by reviewer.

(B)=Bottled, Canned