Sixpoint Brewery

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Sixpoint Brewery
New York, United States
Baltic Porter
Ranked #53
Ranked #6,323
4.1 | pDev: 7.32%
Jan 05, 2022
Nov 01, 2015
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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Rated: 4.07 by tuka from New York

Jan 05, 2022
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Reviewed by Pivopijak from Washington

4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
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.
Sep 20, 2021
Rated: 4 by BEER88 from North Carolina

Jan 28, 2020
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Reviewed by chinchill from South Carolina

4.1/5  rDev 0%
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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Reviewed by woodychandler from Pennsylvania

4.92/5  rDev +20%
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
Rated: 4.04 by EdTheEdge from California

Mar 21, 2019
Rated: 3.84 by mickyge from Massachusetts

Dec 30, 2018
Rated: 4.02 by The_Kriek_Freak from Pennsylvania

Sep 29, 2018
Rated: 4.08 by Jason_cs from Florida

Aug 21, 2018
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Reviewed by mikeg67 from New Jersey

4.36/5  rDev +6.3%
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
Rated: 4.23 by DigitGrowler from Kentucky

Apr 26, 2018
Rated: 4.1 by Mortarforker from Texas

Mar 13, 2018
Rated: 4.08 by meatyard from Florida

Mar 06, 2018
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Reviewed by Bluecrow from New York

4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
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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Reviewed by StJamesGate from New York

4/5  rDev -2.4%
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
Rated: 3.13 by ebwang from New York

Jan 15, 2018
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Reviewed by REVZEB from Illinois

4.34/5  rDev +5.9%
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
Rated: 4 by SiepJones from Pennsylvania

Dec 18, 2017
Rated: 4.16 by npachl from Wisconsin

Dec 17, 2017
Rated: 3.89 by ADKbeerguy from New York

Dec 16, 2017
Rated: 3.94 by fthegiants from California

Dec 07, 2017
Rated: 4.34 by Abstractspirit from Rhode Island

Nov 14, 2017
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Reviewed by MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

4.1/5  rDev 0%
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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Reviewed by VoxRationis from New York

4.21/5  rDev +2.7%
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
Rated: 4.25 by C_Adams from Ohio

Oct 23, 2017
Rated: 4 by brittanylicious from Indiana

Oct 22, 2017
Rated: 4 by heysuz from Indiana

Oct 22, 2017
Rated: 4.02 by jfreeze from Canada (NB)

Sep 21, 2017
Rated: 3.81 by stortore from Illinois

Sep 17, 2017
Rated: 4.59 by StormAles from Canada (ON)

Sep 10, 2017
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Reviewed by MinerBob from Oklahoma

4.09/5  rDev -0.2%
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
Rated: 3.81 by KevinL from Michigan

Aug 27, 2017
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Reviewed by gshak from Texas

4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
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
Rated: 4.15 by cuy50 from Virginia

Aug 11, 2017
Rated: 4.5 by addiwilliams from Virginia

Aug 08, 2017
Rated: 4.5 by chris826 from Mississippi

Aug 06, 2017
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Reviewed by pat61 from Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
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
Rated: 3.59 by Spaceman_Jer from Colorado

Jul 18, 2017
Rated: 4 by baklo from North Carolina

Jul 06, 2017
Rated: 4.23 by NolaHopHead from Louisiana

Jul 02, 2017
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