Sixpoint Brewery

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Porter - Baltic
4.16 | pDev: 7.93%
Sixpoint Brewery
New York, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Notes: With the addition of Madagascar vanilla beans, 4BEANS takes Sixpoint Imperial Porter to the next level. Romano beans used by bygone brewers provide body, as the flavors of dark malt, cocoa and coffee are rounded out by smooth vanilla. The result is a quadrality of roasted, savory, and complex flavors. Modern formulation meets Baltic tradition and BKLYN partnership…it's Mad Science.
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thebeers from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Rich dark-brown color, like black coffee, with a thick, bubbly, root-beer tinted mocha head that's fairly quick to dissipate. Aroma of chocolate, cream and sweet malts. Not much coffee to speak of until the taste, where it competes with the chocolate and cream flavors and a soda-like mouthfeel (both in terms of the carbonation and a slight syrup feel). There is a slight astringency, but it's well cut by the cream and chocolate flavors, as well as the feel. Not at the tip top of coffee beers (could dial up the coffee a bit), but very well balanced taste. Great beer overall.

Aug 25, 2015
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tappangordo from New York

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. Sixpoint can to a tulip glass. About a finger of head that disapears quickly. Strong coffee smell. Flavor is alot of coffee up front. Picking up a bit of the vanilla as it warms. There is faint spiciness to it. Very enjoyable beer. Another solid offering from Sixpoint.

Jul 26, 2015
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BoardwalkBock from New York

4.54/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Black coffee and a nice hint of brown almost the same color as the can.

S: Dominant coffee flavor with a beautiful presence of vanilla on the back end. A little bit of caramel comes through.

T: Wow! Very smooth coffee flavors (but not overpowering) at the forefront with a great vanilla presence. On the back end you get some dark chocolate and molasses.

M: Smooth. Not too heavy. I had second thoughts about opening this on a 95 degree day but it is perfectly refreshing.

O: This is one fantastic beer. I was wondering why they would put this beer out int he middle of the summer but no complaints here! Basically no alcohol presence in this one for a 10 ABV. I'll be picking up more for sure. If you love coffee and vanilla, do not pass this up.

Jul 29, 2015
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SteveB24 from New York

4.52/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Look-color is a rich, chocolaty brown. A gentle pour resulted in 2.5 fingers of brown head that retains well and leaves nice lacing on the side of the glass as it slowly dissipates. Some bubbles visible streaming up to the surface despite the dark color.
Smell- rich, roasted malt notes of chocolate and molasses join forces with fresh brewed coffee and sweet vanilla.
taste-the coffee is upfron,t but it is a deep, complex coffee that has an almost spicy flavor ( it reminded me of Alesmith Vietnamese coffee). The coffee is followed by dark chocolate, the vanilla comes through providing contrast with the bitter flavors so the beer is balanced without being too sweet. I detected zero alcohol.
feel- creamy upfront and cheery as well, the body is full and satisfying yet it does not feel heavy or oily, carbonation is quite present yet not excessively so, the rich yet somewhat gentle texture perfectly matches the big yet balanced flavors of the beer.
overall- super impressive beer. Reminds me of Alesmith vietnamese coffee meeting Ballast point victory at sea. I might just buy a case of this.

Jul 26, 2015
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dar482 from New York

4.39/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer comes in a rich black obsidian.

The aroma offers rich roasted coffee, cocoa, roasty bitterness, vanilla sweetness, dark chocolate, a bit of caramel sweetness.

The beer punches rich roasted coffee up front, a touch of sweetness combined with a rounding vanilla, dark chocolate and cocoa bitter the beer out as the vanilla lingers on. The vanilla combines with a medium alcohol flavor to offer some vanilla extract. The beer then dries out with some roasted bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium to medium plus.

The beer reminds me a bit of Victory at Sea. A very well done upgrade on 3Beans with forward coffee and sweet vanilla flavors.

Jul 25, 2015
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5/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Incredible! The warmer it gets, the better it gets. Awesome flavor, great smell, and the mouth feel is perfect. Great job! Lots of cocoa on the nose followed by an incredible vanilla finish. Probably one of the best porters I have ever had the pleasure of tasting. They were on point with this one for sure.

Aug 01, 2015
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MacSon1982 from Florida

4.53/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Really damn good. The Romano and Cacao beans are amazing and come through even with the strong coffee flavor. The vanilla beans add a whole new mix to the flavor and really enhance the beer.

Aug 05, 2015
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Lucular from Maryland

4.8/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This is what I've always wanted in an imperial stout/porter. Normally a beer this big and flavorful is aged in bourbon barrels but this one is not, which means the vanilla, cocoa, and coffee come through 100%. 4Beans has the strongest, freshest, and best coffee flavor of any beer I've tried. It is thick and creamy (from the Romano beans if what I've read about Romano beans and brewing is accurate). Incredible coffee flavor hits you immediately, followed by rich cocoa and a hint of vanilla, and then about 30 seconds after swallowing a creamy vanilla aftertaste kicks in making you reach for another sip. Simply incredible.

Aug 11, 2015
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Satchboogie from New Hampshire

4.61/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz can courtesy of Shane(thank you!) poured into a tulip.

A: Very dark brown/black; big mocha head with an aggressive pour; decent lacing.

S: Rich vanilla backed by slightly sweet chocolate and a ton of coffee. Fairly deep roast (without becoming acrid). Where as many over-the-top coffee porters/stouts tend to have stale/acrid notes, this completely clean thanks to the quality cold brew used.

T: Follows the nose very well. You get all the flavors; rich and complex vanilla (I'm a vanilla fan), semi-sweet chocolate and the characteristic cold brew coffee. Solid backbone of roasted malts with a perfect amount of residual sugars. You get a moderate level of roast and hop in the middle palate that just perfectly cuts through the initial sweetness, leading to a fairly delicate and pleasant finish. I wouldn't necessarily call the finish dry, but it doesn't have the heavy sweet finish that most recent big porters/stouts tend to have (thank you!). Rich, complex, savory, decadent (but not too sweet).

M: Carbonation is spot on for the style and perfectly moves the flavors across the tongue. Body seems a little on the light side (I tend to like my porters/stouts chewy), but it is to be expected with the addition of coffee. Alcohol is fairly well hidden. Borderline 4.5.

O: Sixpoint really nailed it. A lot of quality coffee is completely lost (and acrid) in many coffee beers, but Sixpoint and their local collaborators did a phenomenal job of not only using extremely high quality cocao, vanilla (I'm a huge Mad. "bourbon" vanilla fan!), and coffee; but also translating that quality and complexity to the finished beer. I also greatly appreciate the fact that the beer doesn't finish too sweet, something that is lost with too many breweries today shooting for the "extreme".

Aug 05, 2015
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WreckedPalate from Wisconsin

4.74/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

First off, well done Sixpoint! I've been eagerly awaiting this since I've heard of its release.

A- The appearance is just black as expected from an imperial Porter, or imperial dark ale alike. That's what I wanted to see. One finger head upon gentle pour that recedes quickly, minimal lacing.

S- The smell is up in your face coffee, but I'm looking for that. Coffee subsides slightly and breaks way to warm undertones of vanilla, and cocoa.

T- Taste mimics its aroma damn near perfectly. Malt is present and it melds everything together very, very well, but brings more chocolate out in the finish. I wish there was a little more vanilla, but that's the minor "flaw" I can find in the taste. Perhaps that will develop over time as the coffee tames.

F- Mouthfeel is spot on. Wouldn't change a thing, absolute velvety texture, and no unnecessary viscous qualities that would hinder its uncompromising drinkability.

Aug 13, 2015
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SammyJaxxxx from New Jersey

4.63/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a nice fresh can into my Sixpoint Spice Life tulip

A: Exactly how you expect an imperial porter to look. Deep dark mahogany with one finger of a pillowy tan head.
S: There is subtlety to the nose. It smells of coffee, dark chocolate and anise with a hint of sweetness in the background. The sweetness reminds me of a brandy.
T: there is an acidity from the coffee that is dominate in the first wave of flavor. That quickly gives way to roasted coffee and a touch of dark chocolate. As it warms the acidity gives way to roastiness and the vanilla moves forward in the taste profile but never dominates.
MF: To say that the roasted coffee flavors linger would be a gross understatement. It sticks around like you were up all night drinking coffee. Despite the acidity it is smooth and warming. There is the slightest alcohol burn as there should be at 10%.
O: I am very impressed by what Sixpoint has done with this imperial porter. It is a complex beer that is very drinkable andt will find itself in heavy rotation this fall. Thank you Sixpoint.

Aug 09, 2015
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JArt from Pennsylvania

4.59/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours black and opaque, with a brown head that dissipated quickly leaving a nice tan lacing. Smells of strong coffee, vanilla, and chocolate. Tastes a lot like it smells, prominent coffee, vanilla, and chocolate flavors, with a slight roasted character. Finishes as smooth. There is a very slight essence of alcohol burn, which is to be expected for a beer of this ABV. Although the mouthfeel is “thin,” this is an imperial porter, not a stout. 4Beans is a very drinkable, delicious imperial porter. My only suggestion is to allow it to warm up before drinking to experience more of the flavors.

Aug 13, 2015
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Brenden from Ohio

4.61/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

4 Beans looks much like its predecessor, a medium-dark brown color with a heavy thickness to its body in appearance. It forms a nicely sized, bubbly and pillowy tan head that resides for the duration and holds up well. Lacing is left behind in solid clumping with good volume.
The smell is big and complex, one note giving way to the other but none overshadowing the others. It is rich and strong without being at all overbearing, and it follows to the flavor with little deviation.
All of the notes are there without being an overly sweet or cloying malt bomb. The malts base is substantial and gives it a firm foundation to rest some sweeter and, again, rich notes on. Chocolate notes range from almost raw cacao to sweeter milk chocolate, vanilla is subtle without getting lost, and the coffee adds a strong roast with no acrid / charred notes or noticeable acidity. The Romano beans smooth out the texture while adding their own unique complementary note.
Speaking of, the one thing I might change in this beer is to tone down the carbonation just a touch though, again, the Romano beans do smooth it out a touch. It remains active, though, moving well with a good creaminess to offset the crisp aspect, finishing semi-sweet all the way. Ultimately, it is dangerously drinkable for a 10% beer, worth the hype and absolutely one of the best of its kind.

Aug 13, 2015
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WesMantooth from Ohio

4.48/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark, almost black, brown with auburn hues. Large fluffy mocha head that seems to last forever and leaves significant lacing.

Smells of cocoa powder, sweet vanilla, and savory roasted malts with a hint of coffee.

Tastes like a vanilla and chocolate latte. Waves of cocoa, and vanilla ice cream submerged in the deep, rich malt base that has a slight ashyness. The coffee flavors are subtle, and show up toward the end. The vanilla is really on full display here. I also notice just a hint of what I woukd describe as a barrel character of some sort. Not bourbon though. Like brandy or wine. Not sure if it is connected to the vanilla beans or what. Nothing is too overbearing, or rough around the edges. Very distinct, clean flavors that tastes very natural.

Love the feel of this one. Creamy. Silky smooth texture. Great finish.

If you are looking for a very coffee forward beer, you may be disappointed. I would recommend Victory at Sea in that regard. This beer is much better, and more rounded in my opinion. Very consistent at all temperatures. One of the better porters I have had.

Aug 09, 2015
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oldn00b from Virginia

4.82/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a near black, but held to the light is a gorgeous dark ruby. About 1 inch of relatively loosely carbonated light tan head fizzes up slowly. It fades slowly but entirely fades eventually.

Nose is coffee first. Vanilla is there with chocolate less so, more malt than expected and that's fine in my book.

Flavor is fantastic. This is not a sweet porter, and for that I'm very grateful. There is a basically perfect balance of coffee, chocolate and vanilla- all rich and ark. "Bitter" comes to mind but in the right way, not burned coffee just roasted. The carbonation lends a bit to this but it's tight enough, to me, that you can agitate it until it's barely a fizz and there is still no overwhelming sweetness like in other porters. This is huge to me.

Mouthfeel on this near perfect. I love the level of carbonation - some overshoot a bit where others pour near flat. This nails it. No syrupy aspect. Nice body. There's a slight, and I mean slight, touch of warmth from the alcohol but this is simply not boozy.

I'm a big fan of this. At first I had a hard time pinning down the vanilla. That's my fault - I was looking for candy/extract/ice cream vanilla. I stuck my nose in a jar of some vanilla beans to remind my brain what it's looking for and yeah, it's there. It's there in the nose behind the coffee and it's there on the palate balanced with the chocolate. To me the alcohol adds some sweetness that's unexpected here which helps offset the, still great, bitter. I wouldn't guess this was 10% ABV based on flavor, nose, or feel. Maybe by looking at the edge of the glass I might get a clue, but if it weren't on the label or conspicuously in a 4 pack I might down 4 of these in no time and be in trouble.

This is an awesome brew, and for me the best cycliquid from Sixpoint since Hi Res.

Aug 05, 2015
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mlockman from Indiana

5/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Smooth as silk with no astringency and little roastiness. So glad I finally had the pleasure of trying this, it is hands down the best porter I've ever had.

Aug 09, 2015
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EdwardK77 from New York

4.46/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A- Dark brown but you can see through it slightly. Decent head and lacing, nothing crazy.

S- Coffee and vanilla in perfect balance.

T- The smell pays off in a very well balanced flavor forward Porter. Definitely getting the coffee and vanilla and the best part is there isn't anything forced or artificial about it.

M- The first couple of sips had me wondering if it was thick enough for my liking but then a velvety smoothness and easy drinkability kicked in and it made perfect sense.

O- From a psychological standpoint, I was predisposed to love this one as I am getting more and more into Sixpoint. That said, this had to hold its own against a lot of impressive beers in this style. In my opinion, it did the trick. The highlights for me are the lack of anything artificial tasting and the smooth drinkability of a 10 % ABV Porter that left me wanting another can.

Jul 28, 2015
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njcraftguy from New Jersey

4.48/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Picked up based on a recommend by my local beer guy. Didn't know how lucky I was. This is a fantastic brew. Gorgeous color and nice foamy head. Pours jet black but drinks easy and smooth. Extremely well balanced and amazing flavor throughout. In my top 5. Right up there w KBS - which is high praise from me.

Aug 08, 2015
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frozyn from New York

4.81/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

L -- Poured mostly down the middle of a pint glass. Very dark brown, but allows just a smidge of light to pass through when a light source is directly behind it. Thick, frothy, foamy head that took a few minutes to dissipate, leaving plenty of lacing behind.

S -- First smell at cold is coffee, cocoa, roasted malt, maybe a slight twinge of vanilla. Overall very smooth smelling, which surprised me as at cold temperature, I expected some sort of muting or bitterness. The warmer it gets, I start to get stronger coffee and roasted malt, along with a nice note of vanilla.

T -- Holy wow. Vanilla quickly, then lots of coffee, semi-sweet cocoa, vanilla, roasted malt, caramel, very slight dark fruit, then a blast of vanilla at the end with a tiny hint of booze coming through. The end note is almost of bitter chocolate, but imagine a little sweeter. The coffee and chocolate always seem to play together, sometimes creating mocha-like notes, followed by some vanilla that smooths out any residual bitterness.

F -- Medium-to-full bodied, a proper amount of carbonation. Creamy, velvety. Very high drinkability.

O -- The balance on this beer is spectacular. With so many strong flavors, I wouldn't have dinged it if one came off a little strong or one shied away, but everything gets their moment in the sun. I haven't had the privilege to try a ton of different beers yet, and no other baltic porters, but this is fantastic. Admittedly, if you aren't a huge fan of coffee/chocolate/vanilla, this might not be up your alley.

Aug 11, 2015
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MichaelHatter from Virginia

4.49/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours very dark almost black with a thick head off white colored head. Smells of coffee, but not as strongly as I expected given the name. Tastes of the smoothest coffee ever with vanilla coming in towards the middle and lingering. All in all this is the finest dark beers I've had from Six Point.

Jul 31, 2015
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Jeffwise from Pennsylvania

4.86/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Confidently saying this is the best porter I've ever had. Everything about it is exactly what I wanted.. From the look to the nice cocoa coffee aftertaste.. As smooth as you're going to get for an imperial porter and a must try for any dark beer fan.

Aug 12, 2015
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Urk1127 from New Jersey

4.53/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Excited for this, especially after releasing a great beer like Jammer. As soon as i cracked the can i get a smell of malty, black coffee. Poured dark but not jet black. its got a little sweetness at first, then with the swallow, the sweet follows through subtly, then it is warming, roasty
, drying and bitter in a good way, like a black coffee. For myself, it is a perfect feel and taste because with other dark beers ive found them to be cloyingly sweet, too thick and sticky. This is not overly sweet. Its just enough vanilla, creamy sweetness and does not make my lips sticky. And the sweet to bitter roastedness is so well balanced together IMO. i also would not have thought it is 10% abv. If this is a year round offering, i will regularly pick it up. This is now my favorite porter in all honesty. I enjoyed it very much and get excited when i hear Sixpoint has a new release coming.

Aug 07, 2015
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HopBomb515 from New Jersey

4.27/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Deep brown and nearing black with a tan tinged head that stays as a cap then fades leaving only spots on the drink down. Notes of vanilla, coffee grounds, bakers chocolate, light char, and lightly sweetened milk chocolate. Medium and a bit more carbonated than desired. A few swirls of the glass pulls out some of that carbonation and smooths it out a bit. I loved 3Beans and I'm thrilled to see it back in this iteration.

Aug 08, 2015
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BikeChef from District of Columbia

4.53/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Roast, vanilla, and coffee rise from this deep, dark beer. On the palate, coffee hits up front, with vanilla and chocolate following up. Despite all that's going on, there's still a distinct porter character. Balance is the keyword here. No element dominates, including the alcohol-- instead they all work in harmony. Less sweet than Victory at Sea (a good thing if you ask me!), perhaps due to a slightly acidic finish. 3Beans was a mess-- this is a vast improvement.

Aug 13, 2015
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pagriley from Illinois

2.82/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

12oz can into a snifter

L - poured almost black with thin half inch head
S - Sharp almost off putting acidic edge with no real roast or vanilla coming through. Coffee entirely absent
T - Thin flavors with a tiny bit of roast malt, almost no coffee or vanilla, and zero complexity. No Chocolate, nothing to make this interesting or engaging
F - watery and weak, with no body at all

Overall extremely disappointed. Thin, no flavor and nothing to speak of in terms of adjuncts or interest. Both my buddy and I dumped this. Huge let down.

Aug 21, 2015
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