Sixpoint Brewery

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Porter - Baltic
Ranked #33
Ranked #4,002
4.11 | pDev: 7.3%
Sixpoint Brewery
New York, United States
Notes: The Mad Scientists walked through an ancient bazaar, sniffing out ingredients for their next formulation. The stalls were buzzing with activity as exotic spice vendors promoted their fragrant wares. But what ingredient would make the fabled 5th bean? The enticing aroma of an oily, smoky pod – black cardamom – caught their attention. Now that would turn the Imperial to Bazaar...
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Pivopijak from Washington

4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this at a tiny, reservation only restaurant in a former house in a residential neighborhood, called "Tess". This place in Milwaukee is highly recommended. Surprising that a restaurant in Milwaukee would have a beer on tap from Brooklyn!
Light tan, thin head. Brown so dark, it appears to be black, with no light transmission. Dark roasted grain and just the slightest hint of the adjuncts. Taste is medium light and smooth with the dark roast grain flavors prevailing and finishing that way. The adjuncts are in the background for sure, but are adding complexity. Really nice.

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chinchill from South Carolina

4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can from the Wall of Beer (SC; $3.49) with an October 2018 canning date. Stored under refrigeration until enjoyed while watching the US women win the 2019 World Cup.
This fine porter has a judicious mix of vanilla, cacao, coffee and cardamon within a fine base porter. The result is a complex aroma and a very harmonious flavor. The high ABV is partially apparent in the aroma but well hidden in tasting.
Overall: If it says "beans" and "Sixpoint", it's recommended, but this one more than some others.

Jul 07, 2019
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

4.92/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Today is the ocCANsion of Sixpoint Me the Way to New Beer Sunday (Week 749). Even better, this is from a Slimline CAN in support of The CANQuest (tm)!

From the CAN: "If you’re tired of run-of-the-mill flavors, maybe some coffee and exotic spices will perk you up. We gathered 5BEANS from the bazaar to create a cultural phenomenon; a melting pot of cacao, vanilla, coffee, and cardamom creates our original Turkish inspired porter. It’s Mad Science."

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The previous was a classic Bob (Elliott) & Ray (Goulding) with the former being Chris Elliott's dad. They were the caricatures of Piels' Bert 'n' Harry commercials & if you have never heard of them or heard some of their stuff, do yourself a favor & Google them! Hi-larious.

This was rather an older CAN so let me give you some background. It is actually my seCANd & on the day that I was ready to review it, it dropped on the floor & dented! 8=O I was really pissed until one of my trips to The Beer & Beverage Shoppe on Roseville Road where I found this replacement CAN on close-out special! 8=O Perfect. I beCAN with a Crack! of the vent, followed by a VERY slow, gentle C-Line Glug into the awaiting glass. It returned the favor by creating a pseudo-cascade that formed two-plus fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, deep-tan/light-brown head with moderate retention. Color was Very Dark Brown to Black/Opaque (SRM = > 34, < 44), allowing cola highlights to be seen at the edges. Nose demonstrated the benefit(s) of in-CAN aging in that the coffee & spices had REALLY meshed to the point that it was hard to separate them. It smelled like the pot of coffee that we brewed with black gunpowder! No s**t, it was during GWi, we were on Day 32 of being underway & GMG1 decided to try something new & different. It was & so is this! I am currently recovering from a prostatectomy with inCANtinence & impotence as a result, but if anything CAN make my little soldier stand up at attention & render a salute, this might be it! Mouthfeel was thick, rich & creamy, like a dollop had been scooped into my mouth & onto my tongue. Mmm. The taste was all of it - smoky, spicy, coffee with a light vanilla sweetness. 8=O OMFG, this is SOOOO good! 10.0% ABV?!? Even better! It might just knock my d**k inna dirt, instead. This wavered on being a dessert beer, but that is imprecise. It would be better with a Maduro cigar as an after-dinner digestif. It would require that you like strong coffee & do not mind intense spices. I know - this with a pfeffernusse (German for "peppernut") cookie! Yum! & that Macanudo Maduro that you were saving for me. Yum yum! YMMV.

Jun 30, 2019
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mikeg67 from New Jersey

4.36/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz can. Pours black with tall, creamy, brown head and nice lacing. Aroma is of, toasted malt, dark fruit, spices and coffee. Body is full and smooth. Taste is of spices, toasted malt, coffee, vanilla, brown sugar, dark fruit and herbal hops. Finish is long and almost dry. Very nice porter.

Apr 26, 2018
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Bluecrow from New York

4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

-opaque, ebony can pour with a wisp of foam that disapated quickly. The aroma is coffee-forward. The flavor is distinctly toasted malt with espresso and some bourbon notes. This is a rich quaff, especially when on the warmer side. The high abv (10.4%) is detectable.

Feb 03, 2018
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StJamesGate from New York

4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Garnet-black with a fleeing tan head that legs. 4
Cold coffee, some pepper, ash and rubber. 4
Baker’s chocolate, fig paste, char, treacle, coffee grounds, slight barrel-esque vanilla + woody spice. 4
Spearmint linger.
Med+, chewy, slight burn. 4

Not as thick as expected, and the ABV kills the head retention, so not a looker. Understated taste, too: the coffee jumps out, the cardamom is harder to place, and the vanilla + chocolate are only-coz-you-told-me elements. Body is porter-ish - not quite the full stout chew - so the heat jumps out more than it should. Puzzles more than delivers.

1 year plus on it, but still in date - what am I missing? 4

Jan 19, 2018
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REVZEB from Illinois

4.34/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Loved 4beans, so was excited to see 5beans. Looks the same. Smell still stars the vanilla and chocolate, but the cardamom mutes some of the intensity a bit, fits the licorice aromas well though, weird with coffee. Taste is more clean but still has some clashing, feel like they had it figured out at 4beans and now this is a step too far. Feel has too much cutesy spice to it to really convince me it is a baltic porter anymore, but the vanilla saves it. Still good, but 4beans much better

Jan 03, 2018
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MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz can into glass. Stamped best by date of '15OCT2018'.
Very dark, mahogany colored body. Thin cap of tan head. Good coverage of lacing.
Aroma of coffee, vanilla, light spice of cardamom. Sits in the nasal passages.
Taste includes milk chocolate along with the named aromas. Dark roasted malts.
Thicker mouth feel.
Very tasty, the spice really adds to the aroma and flavor profiles.

Nov 08, 2017
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VoxRationis from New York

4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Decanted from a 12 oz (355 ml) can into a conical pint glass; best buy 15 October 2018.
A: Pours a dark brown, almost black, with a quarter inch, tan head, limited retention, and soapy lacing.
S: Aromas of dark bread crust, cracker, mocha/black coffee, and licorice. Peppery.
T: Tastes like sweet dark chocolate with a licorice twist. Bitterness comes on stronger and stronger throughout consumption.
M: Lighter bodied than I expected, but still at least medium bodied in fact. Carbonation persists and contributes to the mouthfeel throughout. Modest tingling sensation persists (perhaps the cardamom, which I use in a professorn glogg.
O: An enjoyable and well craft Baltic Porter. Would certainly have this again and share with friends.

Oct 30, 2017
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MinerBob from Oklahoma

4.09/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Beer pours black with a deep brown head two fingers thick with lacing. The smell is cocoa and coffee. The flavor is strong dark coffee and alcohol not real sure what cardamom is suppose to taste like. It's extremely smooth and goes down easy. A great beer!

Sep 09, 2017
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gshak from Texas

4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a can with a best by date of October 2018, at fridge temperature into Tripel Karmeliet snifter.

A- opaque brown-black with a thin tan head. Not much lacing observed.
S - very rich aroma of espresso and a tinge of green pepper skin. Upon warming I get a but of spice...like nutmeg, cardamom etc.
T - very rich coffee Porter. Starts sweet, with aromas of fresh coffee, green pepper skin, a hit of laxtose sweetness and smoothness. Warmth brings upon the above noted spices.
M- smooth, medium-fullish on the palate, and it totally works for this beer.

Aug 21, 2017
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pat61 from Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: dark brown to black under a 1/2" tan cap that drops quickly to a thick film

S: cacao, vanilla, coffee and cardamom dominate the aroma

T: starts lightly sweet with a trace of fruit and coffee quickly followed by vanilla, cacao and cardamom. It finishes with a light spice astringency that helps dry things out and provides balance

F: very smooth and creamy with medium body and carbonation

O: an interesting, easy drinking beer that hides its alcohol well.

Jul 23, 2017
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured into a snifter. The appearance was a pure black color with a thick off white to eggshell white foamy finger’s worth of head that dissipates pretty quick. Light foamy spider web lace weaves around the glass nicely. The aroma has some sweet milk chocolate, rugged roasty to bitter coffee bean, some vanilla bean and a sharp portion of black licorice/anise to level things out nicely. Light spice - cardamom? The flavor brings about the sharp roasty tones of the coffee, chocolate and vanilla beans. Bitterness is there but a bit contained. Licorice/anise seems definitely fainter than in the aroma. Sly roasty to sweet aftertaste and finish. On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body with a nice balance between sipping to sessionable sleekness rolling over my tongue with a light stickiness. Overall, within time perhaps within several months, this one will meld nicely to produce an absolute wonderful balance of it all. Right now, it’s a bit "green" but still wonderful right now.

Jun 09, 2017
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Franziskaner from Missouri

3.83/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Black in color and impenetrable to light. There's a solid three quarter inch creamy brown head on top. The aroma is of dark roasted coffee. The taste shows a lot of depth with dark roasted coffee and dark malt. The mouth is very dry and lightly oily from the coffee.

Apr 15, 2017
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basaywhat from Illinois

4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz can. Pours dark brown to black in color with a medium sized beige head. The aroma is roasted malt, coffee, vanilla, and cardamom. Taste of chocolate, some earthy notes, medium bodied, smooth mouth feel.

Mar 30, 2017
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EMV from Pennsylvania

4.06/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz can into a Dogfish tulip

L: Dark, dark, mahogany pour... nearly black with thin tannish head. Spotty lacing.

S: Spices... lots of cardamom and coffee. More subtle vanilla and a bit of chai.

T/F: Roasted malts gives a mix of sweetness and bitter. VERY spice forward... espresso and a lot of cardamom. Vanilla beans and chai... so very similar to the nose. Medium in body... expected it to be a bit thicker. Well carbonated. Finish is cardamom. Warming.

O: A spice forward porter... and a pretty tasty one at that. A great change of pace beer, and let it warm up to room temp to really experience the different nuances of the beer.

Mar 22, 2017
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hopsputin from New Jersey

4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: silky dark black color with no real head to mention

S: huge coffee bean aroma, candi sugar, roasted malts, oak, vanilla, a touch of cardamom, and some faint chocolate

T: massive coffee, like biting into a raw coffee bean. Following that is roasted malts, vanilla, some of that candi sugar from the aroma, some dark fruity fig, cardamom, and a faint oaky earthy taste

M: heavier moutfeel. Carbonation is relatively low. You can tell this one should be a bit of a sipper

O: very coffee forward. This is listed as a Baltic Porter on BA, but the coffee seems to dominate much of the flavors of the Baltic Porter. I like coffee beers, so I enjoy this

Mar 22, 2017
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Ciocanelu from Romania

4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown color with ruby hues and tan head. Smells like cola with coffee added. Sweet and roasty. Taste starts with sweet coffee and maybe a hint of vanilla, continues with roasty coffee notes, quite bitter on the finish. Light body, soft carbonation. Really well hidden ABV, easy drinking and tasty.

Mar 04, 2017
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metter98 from New York

4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a two finger high tan colored head.
S: Light to moderate aromas of coffee beans are present in the nose that died down, but consistently left a short head covering the surface and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
T: The taste has flavors of coffee beans along with notes of chocolate malts and hints of dark roasted malts and cardamom.
M: It feels a little more than medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is a really nice Baltic Porter that has nice coffee flavors and hides its alcohol very well.

Serving type: can

Feb 25, 2017
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dbl_delta from Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Can dated "BB15OCT2018" into pint glass. Pours a very dark reddish brown - just a hint of light around the edges. Initial impression is dark chocolate, roasted coffee, vanilla, and a hint of dark fruit. Medium -thick mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Very smooth. Finish is slightly dry with a little lingering bitterness. This is a really good porter, edging toward stout territory.

Feb 18, 2017
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Sludgeman from District of Columbia

4.04/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From a can.

A - Pours a clear but dark brown to black with a small off-white head. Very little lacing. 4

S - Rich coffee, some roasty bitterness. 4.25

T - Coffee, rich but thin, 4

MF - Medium heavy body, smooth but a bit thin on the palate, dry, bitter finish. 3..75

Feb 13, 2017
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justintcoons from Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz slim-can poured into a snifter.

Black with a short tan head that dissipates quickly. There's some slight light penetration along the rim.

Baker's chocolate, dark roast coffee, prune, caramel, raisin, vanilla, and earth.

Baker's chocolate, espresso, and dark roast coffee. Earth and peppercorn. Caramel, prune, raisin, and vanilla.

Medium-plus bodied, oily, silky, and warming with a spicy element.

Complex and warming. An excellent beer for a cold night.

Jan 31, 2017
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tillmac62 from South Carolina

4.04/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

BBD Oct 2018. Pours black. Outstanding head volume, quite outstanding retention and almost world class lacing.

Outstanding reasonably complex nose. It begins with a blend of coffee, roast and subtle char notes. Underneath is a blanket of chocolate and cocoa with a hint of vanilla. Burned cardamom is present but very subtle - you have to look for it. A bit more of this spice would be welcomed.

Medium body with a texture that implies slick. Body / carbonation balance is outstanding. The middle is mildly effervescent, while a reasonably prickly finish closes the show.

The flavor profile is outstanding but lacks a bit of complexity. The flavors of the nose all present themselves. Initially roast and char arrive with coffee quickly following. The middle has a nice balancing sweetness underneath that is equally chocolate and caramel in nature. As the finish approaches hints of vanilla emerge. Just before the finish a nice burnt cardamom element takes center stage over a fading chocolate sweetness. Coffee and cardamom linger nicely.

Jan 30, 2017
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scootny from New York

4.34/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A vigorous pour yields a gorgeous bread. Great retention and a slow fade. Head is a light brown, like an old oak barrel. A seriously black brown liquid. Impenetrable and no visible carbonation. Lots of lacing and the beer stays lightly covered.

A rich coffee aroma rises up immediately with a piquant edge. Subtle notes of vanilla, dark chocolate,
Light fruitiness and roasted grains. Sweet molasses and very faint alcohol.

Flavor says "Sit back, indulge yourself in my richness and unwind". So I did. Coffee is still the front man. Vanilla is a major supporter. Cocao gives rich, deep, chocolate. Mild date and fig fruitiness. Cardamom adds spice and mild bite. Earthy hops linger and give a long dry finish. No trace of alcohol.

The Romano beans give a lush rich texture. Feel has weight and viscosity but stops short of syrup, short of slick. Smooth carbonation and velvet swallow. Yum.

A wonderful brew. Goes down like a welcome cup of Joe or cocoa on the winter season. Thanks to the gang at Sixpoint.

Jan 30, 2017
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jlindros from Massachusetts

3.94/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This is a tough one to drink... if I want a beer with 10% abv I usually don't want coffee as I'll be up too late, and vice versa. Best by Oct. 2018

Pours a large fluffy off-white head that fades semi slowly, nice lacing, super dakr black beer.

Nose lots of coffee, fresh roasted and freshly brewed, some roasted notes, a bit nutty and earthy into a big fruity aroma, coffee syrup, a little cocoa, roasted malts, caramel and sweet malts, a hint of booze, toasted grain and toasted coffee beans.

Taste brings rich creamy coffee, coffee milk shake, fresh brewed coffee and coffee beans, roasted beans, roasted malt notes, a bit nutty and earthy coffee, touch fruity as well, a little vanilla and creamy milk chocolate notes, coffee and chocolate syrup with a little caramel and sweet malts, into bitterness from coffee roast, roasted malts, and some earthy hops in the background, a hint of warming booze that gets a bit tingly as the beer warms. Sticky finish with a bit more booze and coffee syrup, hops increase bitterness and get a little chewy spicy.

Mouth is med to fuller bod, fair creamy and rich, decent carb, a little warming booze.

Overall not bad, lots of coffee but there are other better coffee beers out there. This is def a big one too.

Jan 24, 2017
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