Beast Mode Porter
Sixpoint Brewery

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Porter - American
3.61 | pDev: 10.53%
Sixpoint Brewery
New York, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

3.14/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

"Best by 7/19/15"; drank 2/22/15 @ the Yarchives.

Poured from the can into a glass.

Brown appearance; some purple hues when held to the light.

HUGE tan head (careful pouring!); frothy lace.

Faint nose; barely there notes of dirt, coffee grounds & citrus.

Medium mouthfeel.

Dusty gravel up front; coffee grounds & faint citrus on the finish. A hint of booze emerged as this warmed. Odd & unpleasant.

Nov 28, 2016
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q33jeff from New Jersey

4.05/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Beast mode is the man. Growler to pint glass, complements of JPK.
Aroma is roasted malt.
Nice caramel color, with medium tan head.
Lots of nutty and malty flavor.

Go hawks.

Oct 24, 2016
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Jadjunk from Georgia

3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

"My ancestors danced around a campfire and drank strange brews. Many Beasts were present. The drums were poundingl the rhythm was jamming. Let's keep the fire going and the ritual Love your Beast... it's Mad Science. Brewed in the style of an American Porter, available in 12 oz. canned 4 packs and on limited draft.

Poured from a 12 oz. can to a snifter glass.

(Appearance) Pours a frothy foam head of a medium tan color over a deep burgundy body with high clarity and sparse carbonation. Retention is excellent and lacing is moderate and patchy. 4.5

(Smell) Caramel and crystal malts forward with a pinch of subtle roasted grain, toasted bread malts, and a moderate hoppy bitterness with notes of rich citrus and delicate pine. Potency is moderate. Aroma is notable as a very hoppy porter. 3.75

(Taste) Bread malts with a reserved sweetness, light caramel malt body, a breath of roasted grain on the finish, drinking very light makes it reminiscent of a porter, yet packed with a nicely balanced and complex enough body. Modest hop character does not generate much bitterness, but slight citrus and fruit notes. 3.75

(Mouthfeel) Texture is slick, lightly chewy, clean, medium dry. Carbonation is moderate, generating a medium frothiness and a moderately crisp finish. Body is shy of medium for the style, medium+ overall. Balance is nearly even sweet to specialty malt bitterness character. Alcohol presence is low and there are no off characters. 3.75

(Overall) Beast Mode may not pack a great deal of flavor, and even for a porter it shows its lightness on the malt front. What it lacks in body, it makes up for in the flavor dimension for what it does have, and compliments with the added dimension of a polite, but welcome hop flavor as well. Altogether, this is a tasty blend of malt characters that warrants a try, if Sixpoint decides to revisit this beer in the future, and of course redistributes to Georgia. We're all pulling for you guys over here! 3.75

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Mar 28, 2016
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

3.59/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

My snow day here at Chez Woody CANtinues with a Porter interlude. This is a Slimline (tm) CAN in furtherance of The CANQuest (tm)!

From the CAN: "Beer is Culture"; " ... My ancestors danced around a campfire and drank strange brews. Many Beasts were present. The drums were pounding; the rhythm was jamming. Let's keep the fire going, and the ritual. Love your Beast ... It's Mad Science."; "Formulated by The Mad Scientists"; "Inspired by our heritage: Water, Malt, Hops, and Beast."; "Beer for Beasts".

I Crack!ed the CAN open, but I only used a gentle Glug to raise a finger of foamy, light-tan head with decent retention. Color was Brown to Dark Brown (SRM = > 22, < 27) with NE-quality clarity and amber highlights & the CAN reads "24 SRM". Nose had a chocolaty, slightly medicinal smell. I used to associate it with my late-grandparents' Geritol, but carob is a better analogy. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was definitely carob! It was chocolaty, but not really chocolate. I remember my utter disappointment, as a kid, at being given carob as though it were chocolate. Blah! As an adult, I like it a lot more, since I generally eschew truly sweet stuff and tend away from malt-driven beers. Warming, it reminded me of a Brown Ale in that it took on a slightly hoppy bitterness. I read a newspaper columnist recently who could not quantify the difference between a Porter & a Stout. Pshaw! This was definitely a Porter, with a light smokiness, but a light mouthfeel, also. It finished semi-sweet with a lingering carob flavor. It made for an interesting drink, but one was satiating for me.

Jan 23, 2016
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Six point Brewery "Beast Mode"
12 oz. can, "BB09JUL2015 1040"
$1.99 @ Atlantic Liquors, Rehoboth Beach, DE

Seeing as how this beer's been retired I don't really feel the need to go into too much depth with it. I've actually had it several times before but I just never got around to reviewing it, so I'll firstly say that it's exactly as I remember it but a touch less hoppy; and although it's almost 2 months past it's "best by" date I don't find any oxygenation in either the aroma or the flavor. It's got a clear dark malt component to it (dark chocolate, bittersweet chocolate, almost burnt sugar, a thin bit of dark caramel, a subtle roasty edge, etc.) and it's hoppy: grassy, floral and gently citrusy. It's aggressive, but at the same time it remains balanced. I like it, and I'm a little bit disappointed they've dropped it, but I'm just as much to blame as anyone else I guess... out of the last 50 or so Sixpoint beers I've had in the last year or so how many have been "Beast Mode"? - about 6. My bad.

Sep 01, 2015
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ONUMello from Ohio

3.29/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12oz can best by 7/9/15 poured into a pint glass
A: Dark red with a bit of a reddish hue, definitely translucent, with a 2+ finger head even with a slow pour
S: Smells more like a red/rye ale with a spicy wheat bite and a hop kick
T: Thin, some malt but not much more
M: Light-bodied, thin
O: I don't know what this is but a porter it is not. Much too light both in color and body. Whatever it is, it's still passable at best, thin and not a lot of flavor

Jun 28, 2015
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adamkeen_beatlanta from Georgia

3.43/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer Name: Beast Mode
Brewery: Six Point Brewery
Available locally at: Ale Yeah in Decatur
ABV: 6.4%
Glassware: Pint Glass
Appearance: dark copper, cloudy
Scent/Aroma: sweet, slight hops
Taste/Flavor: sweet spicy balance
Body/Mouthfeel: creamy, smooth
First Taste: This is an awesome beer. The first taste made me smile for sure. It has a tad (yeah, I say tad) bit of a spice but quickly evens out to a hoppy goodness and a sweet malty aftertaste. Its purposefully balanced with a
Season: Spring, Summer, Fall
Food/Dessert: Lemon chicken
Scale from 1 to 10: 7.5

Jun 24, 2015
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stakem from Pennsylvania

3.24/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Was really looking forward to trying this and finally found a couple cans at the bottle shop. Poured from a slender 12oz can into a tulip. The brew pours looking like cola brown with ruby clarity and a tan cap several fingers tall that fades leaving patchy lace.

The smell includes notes of caramel malt, slight nuttiness, roast and citrus hops that get slightly floral and fruity as it warms up.

The taste is a bit tin-like with minerals, carbonics, herbal hops slight fruity alcohol, caramel malt and a bit of nutty character. In the finish it is fairly bitter and warming.

This is medium to light bodied with a moderate to high amount of carbonation. I have no idea what they were going for with this but ill never buy it again. I feel completely stupid for falling for their marketing and paying $3 for a slender can of forgettable blah.

Jun 09, 2015
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StevenMilligan from Florida

3.52/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice hop character for a porter. Big thick head with tremendous lacing, but the flavors are a bit too one-dimensional. It's hops up front, coffee and raisins in the middle, and mild hops in the finish.

May 08, 2015
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Rootscipio from Texas

3.96/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark translucent brown with a big three finger white head. Leaves a thick lacing in the glass just absolutely lovely.
Smell is of chocolate malt and hops. Taste follows as the same but light hint of coffee is also evident. Mouthfeel is slightly thin but not surprising for a 6.4 abv the hops leave a light after taste for a good bit but I don't mind that.
I got this beer out of a haul brought back from Dallas for me by my friend Ben ( he is not a BA member, I would be drinking allot more of this if it was available here we get a few Sixpoint beers here but this is not one of them. It is kind of random what we get when it comes to Sixpoint.

Apr 27, 2015
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barnzy78 from Illinois

3.81/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz skinny can, BB09JUL2015
A - mahogany-brown body, foamy tan head holds decent retention
S - fruit, chocolate, caramel
T - fruity, nutty, chocolate, caramel
M - a bit thinner than medium for body
O - nice to try but there's a few other porters I enjoy more than this one.

Apr 21, 2015
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MartzMimic from Oklahoma

4.15/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a reddish brown from the can with an off-white head that reduces to the edges after a bit. Smells of chocolate, caramel malts and tobacco. The taste is similar, with a touch of dark fruits in the background. Medium mouth with fair carbonation. I find myself enjoying this quite a lot.

Apr 18, 2015
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dmgeng from Indiana

3.98/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I've been wanting to try this and finally found it on draft so I gave it a try.

A - Rich dark brown color with nice tan head. Good lacing and very clear.

S - First smell is a complex mix of rich chocolaty malt and citrus hops. Far more hops than expected and after the hops the chocolate malt character comes through.

T - The flavor is much the same with the sweet porter base on the tip but the hops are in the middle and there is a hop bitterness that you feel on the back. This is a very good porter at the heart with rich malt and chocolate but there is a pleasant hop character to go with it. Not as strong on either side as DFH India Brown but more like a pale ale mixed with a light porter.

M - Medium to light mouth-feel with the tones of sweetness. Medium to light carbonation. Sits like a malty, chocolaty pale ale.

Overall, this is a very good regular porter. It doesn't have tons of flavor but the flavors that this one brings are tasty and unique. This is not my favorite and I think that you would be better off with Dogfish Head India Brown but if you want something a little lighter this one fits nicely.

Glass- Snifter

Mar 21, 2015
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leantom from Indiana

4.03/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Interesting beer, to say the least. Not what I was expecting, but still good. Here goes:

A: Dark brown but quite clear. Significant red hue complementing the base color. Beer produces a massive head and great lacing, however. Protein content quite good.

S: Very...hoppy. Like a black IPA. Very grassy, citrusy and floral hops. Don't get me wrong; I love the smell. However, I was expecting sweet malt, not hops. Good nonetheless.

T: Like the smell, but with a greater malt presence. Hops complimented by a decent burnt malt backbone. The beer is very well-balanced, to say the least.

F: Well-carbonated, full-bodied. Good.

O: Very interesting beer. Not what I was expecting in a porter, but still a good beer.

Mar 21, 2015
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TX-Badger from Texas

3.71/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nice brown color with tannish head. Pine and roasted malts on the nose; follows onto the palate. Medium bodied, good carbonation. Finishes with a little smoky note.

Mar 21, 2015
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HipCzech from Texas

3.74/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

355 mL can (stamped "BB09JUL2015") poured into a Pilsner (beer tulip) glass. Deep, dark reddish brown, but still clear and translucent with a nice cap of frothy tan foam. Roasted malts with with pine and citrus hops in the nose; chocolate malt and hop bitterness join in the taste. Body is medium, approaching thin, with moderate carbonation. Relatively light and hoppy for a porter; drinks like a schwarzbier.

Mar 15, 2015
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humuloner22 from North Carolina

4.02/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received this one as a trade. Interesting beer to say the least.

Appearance: Dark but not totally light absorbing. There is some clarity to this beer, very dark brown with a light soft bubbly head.

Aroma: Hoppy citrus aroma not very malty. Less porter more black IPA.

Taste: Very much like a black IPA in the flavor this one is not resemble a porter, if rating as a porter it would get much lower marks because it does not seem to fit the classification, however brewers are doing different things these days so who knows why this is labeled a porter. Taste is very citrus forward with a decent malt backbone to balance it out. Its not overly bitter and has a tang to it, just interesting, kind of a class of its own really.

Overall: The beer is good and very interesting, well made if I was drinking a black IPA, however, I am conflicted so I am going to go the middle of the road on my rating here. The beer is good, tastes good, but does not resemble a porter in flavor. However if it was classified as a black/dark IPA, its one of the better examples I have had. Therefore it needs to be changed as far as classification goes in order to garner higher ratings for the style, for the beer not bad. It is what it is or isn't?

Mar 12, 2015
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Czarkazm from New York

3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appears clear, burnt amber in the glass with large light khaki head. Toasted malts come through in the aroma, there's a cherry cordial fruity sweetness as well, along with herbal hops. Does not taste like a typical porter, minimal roast and body, lack of coffee and chocolate, but the caramel is there. I'm getting an english bitter vibe with this one.

Mar 11, 2015
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scootny from New York

3.67/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.75

A twelve ounce can. Lovely light cocoa head.
Clear garnet brown liquid. Nose has caramel, notes of mocha and roasted grains. A touch of alcohol. Flavor is sweet up front and malty. Nice hop follow-up cuts the brew beach towards dry. Dry finish, hops lingering. Crisp but smooth feel. Goes down nicely. Good porter.

Mar 10, 2015
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BeerPowered from Pennsylvania

2.94/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not a bad beer, but too light and hoppy to read as a porter. Citrus with a moderate to light roasty/malty background, and thin, highly carbonated feel. My review might be slightly skewed because I was really in the mood for something dark.

Mar 05, 2015
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hosehead83 from Ohio

3.52/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown pour leading to a sturdy pillar of tan foam.
Aroma-Roasted malt, subtle hop note
Taste-Light roasted malt, some herbal citrus hops thrown in-a bit off-balance but not too bad.

Mar 02, 2015
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CTHomer from Connecticut

3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

A: crystal clear; brown, but with ruby red accents visible throughout; 2 finger light brown head that receded slowly to a thick cap nice lacing;

S: a nondescript berry - maybe strawberry or raspberry; floral;

T: floral and earthy up front; the same nondescript berry is present from mid-palate through the light to moderately bitter finish;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; lightly dry finish;

O: interesting, but not really what I expect from a porter;

Mar 02, 2015
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larryarms847 from Illinois

3.39/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours dark brown, slightly transparent, and lively carbonation leaves tan sticky lacing.

Mild coffee notes, similarly mild roasted malt, earthy and slightly fruity hop presence.

The mild roasted malt and coffee notes that were present in the aroma are now just faintly noticeable, piney and citrus hops come through, very toned down in flavor for a porter.

Light-medium bodied, medium carbonation, thin in comparison to other porters, mildly fruity hops, mild roasted bitterness.

Overall, not what I was expecting in the least bit, more piney and fruity hops than most porters and the roasted malt aspect was very mild.

Feb 28, 2015
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cavedave from New York

3.62/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.75

Thin light tan head kicks back to island and ring pretty quickly atop a black and thin-for-a-porter looking beer. A swirl leaves some nice bubbly lace.

Light citrus hops, hints of tart yeast, mild roast, even milder coffee notes combine for a light but alluring aroma.

Taste is much brighter than the nose, all the flavors present, with the hops jumping forward, and the roasty notes adding an assertive, not at all acrid, acompaniment. There is a bit of neutral sweet, maybe some dark caramel too, and some floral components appear, that lead to a dry, with a touch of smoke, end of sip.

I know this isn't actually a porter, according to Mr. Welch, but it says porter, and to judge mouthfeel to style it is too thin and too carb.'ed. OTOH it is a refreshing drink, and the mouthfeel suits the flavor profile well. Good finish, could be a touch less hoppy.

Decent beer, quite tasty, and quite a step up from the quality that was produced at their former contract location in Pa. The Tennessee location is producing good stuff now. Recommended.

Feb 25, 2015
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Lembeh from New York

4.77/5  rDev +32.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pretty stoked to get my hands on this. I'm a big stout\porter\dubbel\black lager\scottish ale\anything malty pretty much fan.

Was expecting a traditional porter done with a twist (Its Sixpoint afterall).

Appearance is a dark ruby\very dark copper not the opaqueness one associates with most Porters.

Aroma sort of stopped me in the tracks. Citrus, sweet lemon, fresh hops on the nose. Not the run-of-the mill toasty\chocolatey\roasty malts one expects from a Porter. This was great, very refreshing. Not at all what I was expecting, in a good way.

The taste starts off with a slight hop kick (very slight) and instantly drives into sweetish territory, roasted malts\chocolate malt-ish but very faint sweetness, the slight hop presence lingers throughout the taste experience. The finish has a "I want some moe" dryness which instantly made me sip some moe.

Mouthfeel is on the light side. This is not a big beer by any stretch of the imagination but at 6.4% you expect a little more from a porter. Having said that the mouthfeel is akin to a schwarzbier which this beer could easily be labelled as.

Overall I think this is more of a Schwarzbier meets brown ale meets Porter but who cares about nailing a style?! Back in the day (1700's-1800's) Porters that were had by actual English Porters were more similar to look and feel to this than the average Porter we find at our favorite bottleshop. This is what makes this one special and Sixpoint in general a unique brewery. The historical context needs to be taken into account when judging this brew. Another winner by Shane and his crew.

Feb 24, 2015
Beast Mode Porter from Sixpoint Brewery
Beer rating: 82 out of 100 with 399 ratings