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1,190 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,190
Reviews: 249
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 10.67%
Wants: 108
Gots: 101 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Sixpoint Brewery visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Baltic Porter |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-11-2013

A Sixpoint & Friends jam session one-off. Made with Mast Brothers Chocolate cacao husks and infused with fresh Stumptown Coffee Roasters cold brew, and then aged on oak.
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Ratings: 1,190 | Reviews: 249
Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 01/26/13 notes. Got a can of this at Idle Hands on the LES; been wanting to try it for a few weeks now. 12 oz. slim can poured into a pint glass.

a - Pours a dark mahogany brown color with one finger of medium tan head and moderate to high carbonation evident. Looks pretty good.

s - Smells of coffee, roasted malts, toasted malts, bitter chocolate, milk chocolate, cream, and burnt malts. Pretty nice, lots of coffee in the nose.

t - Tastes of coffee, roasted malts, sweet chocolate, vanilla, bitter chocolate, toasted malts, burnt malts, and some earthy notes. More vanilla here and sweeter than the nose, but still a lot of coffee.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. Easy to drink; couldn't believe this was 10% ABV.

o - Overall a really nice beer; reminds me of a coffee stout or a milk stout. Lots of sweet chocolate and coffee to it and very easy to drink. Would definitely pick this one up again, and look forward to trying it again.

Photo of MDDMD
4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-brown black color with a tan head and a little lacing

S-dark malt, coffee, chocolate, slightly earthy

T-coffee forward with dark roasted malt and chocolate, moderate bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, not as creamy as I was hoping

O-a solid offering from Sixpoint, nice flavor

Photo of bbrown12
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of schlimenhaumer
3.16/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a slim 12oz. can into an oversize Southampton snifter at low altitude in NY.

A: Pours a jet black body with a creamy one- to two-finger khaki colored head. Retention is solid given the ABV and there's a nice layer of lacing on the glass.

S: Definitely some alcoholic heat to this one. Sweet lactic notes up front with coffee and chocolate in the background. If someone were to to brew an "imperial milk stout," this aroma might result.

T: Opens with sweet milky flavors followed by a long, bitter coffee/chocolate finish. Alcoholic notes accompany these flavors from start to finish, giving this one some heat all the way through.

M: Full-bodied with a slick, oily mouthfeel.

O: Overall, not one of my favorite Sixpoint offerings. I expected deeper roasted flavors from each of "3 beans," and the alcohol presence was a bit overwhelming.

Photo of Ego
3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

best by 6/13

eyes...
pours beautifully, a nice 2 fingers of head just sits there like a photo, slow crackle of fizz matches the lazy carbonation slithering up from the nether regions of the brew, not quite opaque this one rides the line between brown and black, lacing is superb and head retention is very nice, nearly flawless looking

nose...
that familiar baltic porter "stale" smell is right on, dry baby dry, a touch of malt and powdered cocoa, deep coffee notes meld into chocolate wafts .. borderline candy bar but not going over the edge, nice! very balanced

taste etc...
the carbonation is a bit bright and upfront here, I find it distracting (it doesn't seem smooth), the booze is apparent but masked just enough to not slam you, the coffee flavor lingers nicely but not strongly, I was surprised, I was expecting a little more coffee umph, it seems the trick here is to hold this in the mouth a little longer than usual, than the flavors really seem to release, I drink strong ass coffee so this is OK in my book as it also finishes with some nice bitterness

verdict?
I am at odds... this is so close to being a home run. The carbonation and mouthfeel really kill it for me, if this was a bit creamier or smoother in some manner it would rock, that said this is a very interesting beer and worth your while seeking out to try, t definitely makes a statement, like it or not.

Photo of markgoodman10
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of ogrerugby
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of mirish72
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of DogfishJoe
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of wdarcy77
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of tempest
4.01/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured pitch black from the can with thick lacing down my mug. The aroma is thick with the Stumptown coffee, while tangy, bitter cocoa pulls through stronger in the flavor. The flavor tend to trade back and forth in the beer's character, over the black-roasted barley. The dark flavors blend and run into a long, lingering aftertaste. It's slightly dry and surprisingly drinkable for a 10% dark beer, but I suppose Baltic porters go down more easily than an imperial stouts.

Photo of PicoPapa
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz can with a Best Before date of 10 July 2013. Pours a dark black color with an inch of frothy tan head. Lots of lacing. Aroma is chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, and hints of vanilla. The taste is a nice taste of mocha with some warming alcohol and roasted malts. Some earth along with some sweetness. Not getting as much vanilla as in the nose. Bit of a caramel and mocha finish. Lots of carbonation. Overall, a nice mix of the chocolate and coffee flavors that works well. Worth grabbing again.

Photo of schoolboy
4.58/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've had a few great Baltic Porters before, but this one is exceptionally interesting. It pours into a beautiful light head with perfect lace and a pretty much opaque blackness. The lace just keeps on coming too.

The aroma is complex - roasty, malty, coffee, all mixed together nicely. The taste is similar - a nearly sublime balance, and enough bitterness underneath it all to warrant all that extra stuff. The coffee fixes what's often wrong with this style by distracting from the strength of the hops and malt flavor. Ah, and I failed to mention that under all this it is a very alcoholic beverage and it makes no apologies for this.

As it warms the coffee aroma becomes more pronounced. The chocolate taste, by the way, is nicely balanced way below most of the rest of the flavors. This may be the best coffee flavored brew I have ever had. Hurray for Sixpoint!

Photo of oakaged88
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of WeisGuy
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of ant880
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of Kubrickx
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of cdwil
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of VonWeissenheimer
3/5  rDev -25.6%

Photo of ejeffer11
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of ryan1788a5
3.46/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can poured into a large snifter.

A: Deep brown on the pour with lighter chestnut hues. A half inch of sandy colored head doesn't retain very well. Spotty lacing.

S: Freshly brewed coffee, a sort of starchy vegetal smell, cocoa nibs and milk chocolate, slight caramel and roast undertones. Chocolatey scent comes out more as the beer warms.

T: Cola, toffee and caramel malt base with a hint of roast. Subtle vegetal taste. Underlying milk chocolate. Mildly acidic coffee taste is downplayed. Hit of spicy alcohol gets just a touch too boozy. Dry, woody oak cuts through it all, and a bit too harshly. Weak finish of caramel and milk chocolate.

M: Medium bodied. Smooth, creamy, and even fluffy in the mouth. Moderate carbonation. The mouthfeel isn't bad, but it just doesn't seem robust enough for this beer.

O: I was disappointed by this beer. It feels very disjointed, and doesn't mesh well at all. Coffee has a strong presence on the nose, but gets a bit lost in the taste. It's too boozy, and the oak is a slight distraction. To me the base beer comes across as a brown ale/brown porter (though it tastes rather clean), and the body just can't support all the adjuncts at work, never mind the oak and the 10% abv. My least favorite Sixpoint beer.

Photo of CORKSCREWFISH
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of VelvetExtract
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a very dark brown. High clarity. Head is creamy and full. It leaves long lacing capes. Looks great.

S-Absolute coffee bomb. The second sniff makes me revise my previous statement to "absolute mocha bomb". Remind me of a Dunkachino from Dunkin Donuts. Luscious chocolate and expensive coffee. Also some vanilla and hints of barrel. Love this aroma!

T-Cold coffee with a pinch of whiskey. Chocolate nuances. Mocha of course. Vanilla extract. Flat cola. French press. Almost like chomping on an espresso bean. As if someone left an Irish Coffee out for too long. Such an awesomely concentrated mixture of coffee and chocolate…with hints of holy oak.

M-Lighter than the gravity would initially suggest. Alcohol shows. Drinks easy enough.

O/D-I have been and will be a sucker for Sixpoint. This is easily one of my favorite offerings from them; if not my favorite. Its big and unwavering. If you have any interest in coffee and/or chocolate. Get this. I wish my coffee tasted like this each morning…I also wish my coffee made me feel like this in the morning too. Also this is the best looking can I have ever seen.

Photo of Gatordaddy
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of JWU
4.42/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz. can poured into a curved porter glass.

A- Very dark brown, can only see a bit of light through when held to a bright light. A nice tan head fades in about a minute or two, some lacing down the glass.

S- Bashes you over the head with coffee. The cocoa and oak are there as well, but it's certainly coffee dominant. Smells pretty fantastic IMHO.

T- I'm not a huge porter fan, but there is something about these big bold porters (Ballast Point Victory at Sea anyone??) that get me going. The coffee is a seriously quality roast, deep, dark, and adds significant flavor and bitterness from the start. There is a nice balancing sugary sweetness to offset the big blast of coffee bitterness. I get most of the cocoa and oak influences on the back end. Complex and delicious.

M- Medium to full and pretty slick on the palette for a porter. Light to medium carbonation that's very tight, but not overly aggressive.

O- Fan-stinking-tastic. I'll be seeking more of this ASAP. Sixpoint, you've done it again.

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