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Bolshoi - Sixpoint Brewery

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Reviews: 65
Hads: 104
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 7%
Wants: 106
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
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Sixpoint Brewery visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  10.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-01-2005

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of RichardMNixon
3.19/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

If you've never understood the "soy sauce" flavor some people ascribe to stouts, this will do it. Chocolate and raisins in the nose but dominated by soy sauce on the palate. Not a bad mouth feel but it's hard to o get past that flavor. (235 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
3.96/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at Barcade in Philly, served chilled in a goblet.

The color is black with viscous appearance when swirled with light thin tan cap w/ fine bead, moderate amount of lace sticks. The smell has a cocoa powder and light caramel combination with deep woody and almost molasses nose with strong alcohol aroma and light roast scent with dried fruit sweetness. The feel is very good with fruity tanginess from the yeast and medium carbonation with strong warming alcoholic body with semi-dry finish and spice elements throughout.

The taste is good with dark fruit like raisin up front and chewy caramel with mild toasted grain and woody hops more toward mid palate with mild alcohol increasing with a cocoa/dark chocolate flavor blending with light caramel in the finish and a slightly prune-like flavor which seems yeast derived. The overall impression is good, a quality imperial stout with lots of malt and alcohol in the taste-worth a try. (956 characters)

Photo of stakem
3.58/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to ClockworkOrange for sharing this one at our recent gathering. Gold waxed bomber into a snifter. The brew appears dark brown in color. A brown cap holds fairly well across the top and displays some clarity around the edges. Overall a nice looking brew.

The aroma includes quite a bit of sweet grain. Suggestions of something like oatmeal and mild dark fruity tinges of raisins or prunes meets soft alcohol. A little bit of neutral yeasty character comes forward as the brew warms up.

The flavor includes the previous mention of oats and mild dark fruit quality. Some bitter chocolate and a hint of earthen aspect. As it warms up, some solvent alcohol is also noted blended with a hint of yeast.

This is a medium bodied brew with a smooth level of carbonation. For 10% it was integrated pretty well but you never feel like you are drinking a bigger beer. Thanks Jason for the chance to try this one. (910 characters)

Photo of koopa
3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2006 Vintage
Batch # 74
Bottle # 183
Hand signed by Shane Welch
750ml Waxed Bottle

Appearance: Pours black with a 1 finger grey to khaki crown that displays moderate retention and some lace.

Smell: Roast, a bit of cocoa, a mild menthol to barely spearmint like quality (possibly from the aged malt - I've experienced this with aged Unibroue Anniversary beers before), a toffee to lite caramel note, a bit of stale hops, and a dash of tomato juice (DMS?).

Taste: Mild roast, mild chocolate, lite caramel, borderline malt ball flavor, a touch of alcohol, and the tiniest bit of oxidation (so slight it might just be my imagination).

Mouthfeel: Thick side of medium bodied with good carbonation. Bigger bubbles but fairly active and effervescent.

Drinkability: Goes down easy, has a good amount of complexity in the nose, and I like the mouthfeel. A decent beer for 6 years old and I'd be interested in obtaining a newer vintage for sure. (941 characters)

Photo of Kegatron
3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz gold waxed bottle into a tulip glass. Bottle number 74/786.

Pours a pitch black, with several fingers of thick, dark mocha colored head. Once things have settled down, swirling the glass fires this up to a near finger, leaving back a big foamy cascade that settles into heavy swathes of foamy lacing. The aroma smells of STRONG dark fruit, which mingles with sweet notes of chocolate and toffee and an acrid espresso character to impart a powerful smoky tanginess in the nose. The high alcohol here really helps bring a lot of that extra sweetness out.

The taste is sweet and sticky the whole way through, with notes of alcohol, chocolate, caramel, and dominant dark fruit flavors, with cherries are really sticking out to me. Some roasted coffee character is present and seems to bring most of whatever bitterness is left in this (as any leftover hops seem to be long gone by now), leaving behind a bit of a meaty and burnt smokiness on the breath and dry lingering sugars and pithy fruit on the tongue. The mouthfeel is full bodied with a thick creaminess to it that is surprisingly still pretty lively feeling in spots. The longer this sits in the mouth and the carbonation starts to lessen, more of an underlying slick chewiness starts to show itself. I will say that the alcohol is beautifully hid here and thankfully so, as I don’t think that a stinging warmth here would have matched up well at all with all of that sweetness, and the lack of it helps keep the drinkability of this up for the most part.

Well, I’d say that is you still have bottles of this left in the cellar; it’s time to drink them. Not only has this peaked but seems to be on the decline, as nearly all of the bitterness has been aged out, leaving behind a sweet mélange of malt, alcohol, and fruit flavors. At this point, it’s not by any means terrible but the complexity just isn’t there anymore and it definitely isn’t going to be getting any better. I wish that I had gotten to this one a bit sooner. (2,006 characters)

Photo of mothman
3.01/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

East coast wales represent.

Pours 1 finger of tan head. Good retention and lace. Color is pretty much black.

Aroma: Roasted and sharp. Coffee, dark fruits, and chocolate. Kind of bland for an Imp Stout.

Taste: Molasses, raisins, plums, dark fruits, chocolate, caramel, and coffee. A lot like the nose. Nothing special.

Mouthfeel: Roasted and creamy. Full bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends dry.

Overall, I didn't think this Imperial Stout was very good. Kind of boring. Not really for me. I didn't want to drink a lot of this. (545 characters)

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed on 12/31/2009. Bottle enjoyed at DBGB. Pours black with a thick tan head. Aroma of booze, vanilla, molasses, and roasted malt. Sweet and decadent. Flavor of sweet roasted malt, bitter chocolate, and molasses. Very smooth palate and very delicious. Age has done this beer well. I thoroughly enjoyed this one. (316 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
3.61/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Alex for pulling this bottle out at Mike's bachelor-party tasting. Served in a Savor snifter.

Pours dark brown with a fairly-massive mocha-colored head and a nice bit of light lacing as it goes down. The nose brings some chocolate and roast, bordering on Whoppers candy. Behind that, I got a bit of light cherry-skin character and red and black licorice. Also, a bit of light brown-paper character toward the end.

The flavor brings a lot of malted chocolate as well as a faint roast character. The mouthfeel helps this one along--medium body that brings forward a creamy and smooth brew. The finish is somewhat dry and is definitely lacking in booziness. I seemed to be in the minority not really digging this one, but it had a lot of interesting components and was something I had wanted to try for quite awhile now. (830 characters)

Photo of jrallen34
3.96/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Alex for sharing one of his rare whale bif beers. Unlabled poured into a snifter...Light black pour with, a nice tan head pops up but it fades to fast to a half finger cap, light lacing...A light aroma that displays a slight sourness, is this a little infected? Lots of malt chocolate, cocoa, a little brine character...The taste is really roasty, surprised, where'd that come from? Bitter chocolate, caramel, a slight metallic finish...This is by no means bad, a couple faults to me, but I'd drink it again. I probably liked it the least of the group, but what do I know. (582 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to zestar for this one - got it as part of the White Whale III BIF. Served in a Chouffe tulip. Unlabelled bottle with gold wax - I believe these were from the brewmaster's private stash.

A - Pours with a few fingers of tan foam that settle to a persistent thin cap, leaving behind sticky glass-coating lace. Black body that reveals a touch of chocolate brown when held to the light.

S - The aroma has huge malted milk character, with sweet cocoa, and some nut and berry character as well. I said Whoppers, but since everyone else at the tasting posted before me I now appear derivative - thanks guys.

T - The taste has more roast bitterness, although there's a good amount of dark fruit, caramel and chocolate. Definitely more typical stout, but still quite good.

M - Carbonation is surprisingly zesty, and the body seems a hint thin for 10.2%. Finishes lightly sticky, and the alcohol is amazingly well hidden.

D - Very easy drinking stout. This has aged quite well, although I'm curious to see if there is any difference is between this bottle and the labelled version. If you're sitting on bottles of this one I think it's time to open them. (1,156 characters)

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.54/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Alex (Masterski) for bringing this to an after-Jackie O's tasting. No label, thick gold wax, dangerous operation with a steak knife before good sense prevailed.

Dark and opaque with a tan foam, basically it looks like a stout should look. The aroma is nearly perfect, in fact I'm giving it a 5. It smells like a chocolate malt, maybe whoppers, like a sweet milk stout. With lots of cocoa. Maybe a RIS shouldn't smell so sweet, I don't know, but this is so good I don't care.

It tastes nearly as good, very sweet and tasty. Roasted malts and chocolate, an almost fading hop in the aftertaste, wow. I can't help but wonder what it was like fresh, at 5 years of age it's just about as good as a stout can be. Highly recommended. (741 characters)

Photo of AgentZero
4.09/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cheers to Alex for busting out this rarity at my Bachelor Weekend tasting.

A - A really great looking stout, big tan head that receded to some chunks and lacing. Jet black and full with some browning on the sides.

S - Roasted malts, but there is some brine or olives on this that makes me feel like it has turned a little bit. There's some good and bad, taking this to average.

T - I really like the taste of this one. Smooth roasted malts are the backbone, and really just the essense of this beer. There is some powdered cocoa taste in there as well, that adds a touch of sweetness, but this is a much more roasty stout than sweet.

M - Smooth, some tongue tickling carbonation, full bodied.

D - Don't get any heat on this at all, good beer that I feel fortunate to try. A great one for all those who like roasty stouts. (826 characters)

Photo of Sean9689
4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Alex for breaking this one open at our tasting.

A - Pours black, nice mocha-colored head, a good cap and some nice lacing rounds this one out. Very nice-looking, no doubt!

S - Huge malty chocolate nose, overly sweet to me, some oak, caramel.

T - Chocolate, roasted oak, caramel, toffee. Not as sweet as the nose suggests, which I'm happy about. Very rich and the 10.2% is hidden very well. Slightly bitter/dark chocolate finish.

M - Full, smooth & rich, creamy on the end.

D - I'm a fan of this one. A very well done RIS and one of the best I've had in recent memory. If you can find this one, grab it! (617 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 74; Bottle 96

Appearance: Pours a viscous brown color with a thick and creamy tan head; plenty of leggy lacing sticks to the side of the chalice

Smell: Mocha fudge with hints of citrusy hops and mint

Taste: Chocolate fudge with mocha and citrusy elements, up front; after the swallow, the citrus leads to a puckering sensation, though the chocolatey flavors continue to dominate the flavor profile

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate to high carbonation

Drinkability: Kept this one in the cellar since its release and am amazed by the way the hops still come through four years on; not as full bodied as others of the style, but the hops add a unique dimension (680 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
4.11/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Jer for sharing this one yesterday. I've been wanting to try this one for quite some time.

A: The pour is nearly black with a minimal tan head.

S: An interesting nose, one that I'm not completely sold on. A certain sharpness to it, seemingly alcoholic, that sort of "ruins" the nice coffee and roasted aromas.

T: Luckily, redemption occurs in the flavor portion of the beer. A very nice chocolate aspect that goes just great with the heavy roast that this beer features. As the glass warms up a bit, a mild dark fruit character comes through.

M: Medium to full bodied with a smooth, low carbonation.

D: Really a nice beer, and one that I've been wanting to try for a long time. I was a bit disappointed by the nose, but everything else is quite up to snuff. (772 characters)

Photo of Reagan1984
4.55/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Patrick for bringing this to our stout tasting last night. (Jctribe25)
Really excited to have had a chance to try this beer.

No surprises visually with this beer. Extremely dark in color with a creamy dark tan head. Excellent retention and insane lacing on this beer. The inside of our glasses were caked with foamy lacing.

Aroma was a mix of dark chocolate and a surprising amount of hop aroma. Very nice.

Well, I loved this beer. The flavor was very smooth and a wonderful balance of the dark chocolate roasted flavors and some nice hop bitterness and flavor. While I can't/won't say there were citrus notes.... There was a definite hop presence that melded nicely with the dark chocolate notes. Some decent complexity here.

The mouth feel may have been my favorite part of this beer. Ultra creamy with perfect body. Rich and inviting all the way.

I know this beer is retired, but I'll have to try and score another bottle. It was great. (959 characters)

Photo of tpd975
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ratebeer Winter Gathering.

A: Pours nice dark brown with an averaged sized tan head. Lite retention with some lace noted.

S: Aromas of roasty malts, dark fruit, and chocolate.

T: Nice and malty. Bitter chocolate and rich sweet dark fruits stand out. Mild anise type notes with hints of coffee, and green hops.

M: On the fuller side of medium, rich, sweet with a touch of booze.

D: Nice sipper. I liked this one. (416 characters)

Photo of BarBEERian
4.44/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The stout itself was black enough to block out the sun, if I were to pick a color it would have to be total eclipse. Wafting from the espresso foam head was a delectably sweet aroma of malty chocolate and almond with some charred coffee going on to. It was a very complex nose, and I'm sure I have missed some of it, so feel free to drop us a line and let us know what you thought. As alluring as the smell was, it didn't compare to the rounded, balanced taste of the Bolshoi. The blitz of sweet booze opened up into a garden of bitter bakers chocolate, heavily roasted coffee, and some berry/cherry flavor. It had a smooth, heavy mouth feel, but totally pleasant. (664 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
4.6/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got to try this at SC Day, 2/6/2010.

a - Poured a dark dark black with a nice amount of brown head and moderate carbonation.

s - Very impressed with the smell. Smelled very sweet, full of chocolate and roasted malts, as well as hints of coffee and maybe some sweeter fruits.

t - Taste a lot less sweet than I was expecting it to; it was actually very balanced. Definite traces of sweet fruit, as well as chocolate and roasted malts again. Small hints of coffee the more you drink it. Loved the taste even more than the smell.

m - Moderate carbonation, medidum to heavy bodied, creamy, and not as thick as you would think.

d - Overall, I really enjoyed this RIS a lot. I thought there was a great, sweet smell to it and an even better, balanced taste of sweet fruits and chocolate/coffee. I thought it masked the alcohol very well and could not tell it was over 10%. Would love to land a bottle of this or try it again. (923 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
3.76/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've been wanting to try something from this brewery for a while and this was definitely on my list. I never thought I would get it but it showed up at a recent tasting. Very nice. Also a cool name for an RIS, bolshoi means big or large for those that do not know.

Beer is black and appears thick as its poured into the glass. Beer forms a thick brown (dark brown) head that is propped up for a long time by massive carbonation. Head leaves lacing on the glass. Looks good.

Aroma is strong. There is alcohol in there as well as almost a bitter chocolate. Smells fine, alcohol is a little biting.

Beer is way more bitter than I expected, completely bitter in the back of the mouth. Beer is full bodied and really harshly bitter, its mostly from the roasted grain and what I'm assuming is cocoa. (796 characters)

Photo of DefenCorps
3.83/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks for knocking off another want, Devin!

The pour is black with a dense, tan head with great lacing and retention. Brown highlights are noted.

Dark roasted malt, mildly burnt in character along with a surprisingly hoppy backbone, there's a prominent bitterness with malted milk balls. Nice chocolate character, there's some coffee as well.
The palate opens with a big roasted malt character with some sweetness. Milky and creamy I am reminded of chocolate milk. Coffee character is moderate. Hops are present on the finish, mildly bitter and almost slightly oxidized; I get some cheese-like flavor. Fruity , this medium body beer is soft and creamy on the palate with lush carbonation. Solid stuff. (704 characters)

Photo of pwoods
4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz. label-less brown bottle poured into a snifter. Thanks to the brewmaster, Shane, for the bottle. Traded straight from his cellar. Drank nearly a year ago, review from my notes.

A: Pours black, not overly thick. Decent head with good retention and lacing.

S: Nice roasty character with a thick molasses sweetness. A good alcohol still punches through from nice aging.

T/M: This had to have been real potent when fresh. big roasted and charred notes with more of the thick molasses sweetness. Alcohol has matured nicely and is still pleasantly present. A light smoky and lighter peaty character inthe back. A bit of cherries or berries in the sweetness. Full bodied but not overly thick with higher, Belgian like carbonation.

D: Very drinkable for a big beer and very tasty. (782 characters)

Photo of gford217
4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz unlabeled bomber with gold wax from Shane, poured into a snifter.

Given my past experience with Sixpoint, I was expecting a good beer...and I was also expecting a massively carbonated beer. Sure enough, a careful pour at a relatively cold temperature yields a gigantic three inch tan head on top of a pitch black body. The head takes forever to dissipate and levels good lacing.

The aroma is fairly sweet but with a hefty bitterness throughout the nose. There is plenty of dark roasted malts and bakers chocolate as well as hints of coffee. Additional whiffs of raisins and plums thrown in as well. Very complex and interesting nose.

The taste is much more subtle and dominated by dark roasted malts and lots of semi-sweet chocolate. I don't get as much of the bitterness and very little of the dark fruits. It's much less complex than the aroma but still very tasty. The finish is slightly dry with hints of the bitterness that really came out in the nose.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with tons of carbonation (par for the Sixpoint course) and very, very smooth.

This is one interesting impy stout in that the taste didn't seem to follow the aroma closely at all. Both aspects of this beer are very good, but I'd never guess it was the same beer if I separated the two. Another great beer from Sixpoint. (1,317 characters)

Photo of ClockworkOrange
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch # 74, Bottle # 652. A 22 ounce, gold wax dipped bomber bottle poured into a standard snifter glass. The stout appears an opaque black color with about two fingers of creamy dark ecru foam. Nose and flavor are of rich roasted grains, bitter sweet chocolate, cocoa powder, plump raisins, prunes, some coffee notes, malty yet bitter. The stout falls somewhere between medium and full bodied with decent carbonation. You have to try really hard to find any lingering alcohol burn here. A little age has been kind to Bolshoi. Great stuff! (539 characters)

Photo of Sesmu
4.57/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bought the bottle on Fathers Day 2007 and it spent the next year and a half in my basement. Batch #74, bottle #337.

When opened, still in a bottle, the nose comes out big, chocolaty sweet, malty. Very pleasant.

A: Huge head, on some pours it reached almost two inches, very carbonated, brownish color, reminds of dirty snow, but brown :) The beer itself is black with some brown coming in when brought to light.

S: Definitely chocolate, prunes, sweetness, distant vinous notes.

T/M: On a first try it was a little too chilled - basement gets a little cold in winter. Tastes of bitter chocolate, some fruitiness. When brought to a room temperature, the chocolate notes become softer, rounder, maybe a little less bitter. Again, some vinous notes on the palate and maybe a touch of raisin. Very pleasant sweetness at the end and in aftertaste. Mouthfeel is great, nicely balanced.

By its smell and presence I expected it to be a little thicker; not that it's bad or that the beer is thin, but just an observation. Feels a littlie boozy, but not overpowers with alcohol (ABV 10.1%). It says 126 IBU - wow, would never guess, even close. Maybe the time took its toll.

Excellent, excellent brew! Not huge or overwhelming with anything in particular, but overall was just great. Price then was $20 for 22 oz - a little steep, but I felt sorry that it was over. (1,360 characters)

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Bolshoi from Sixpoint Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 65 ratings.