5Beans | Sixpoint Brewery

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Sixpoint Brewery
New York, United States

Style: Baltic Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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Photo of EMV
4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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Photo of hopsputin
4/5  rDev -2.2%
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

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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Photo of metter98
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
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

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Photo of dbl_delta
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

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Photo of Sludgeman
4.04/5  rDev -1.2%
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

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Photo of justintcoons
3.85/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

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Photo of tillmac62
4.04/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

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Photo of scootny
4.34/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

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Photo of jlindros
3.94/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

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Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce can into snifter, best before 10/15/2018. Pours opaque dark brown/black color with a 1-2 finger dense and fluffy khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a light amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, nutty dark roast coffee, vanilla, caramel, toffee, and toasted dark bread; with lighter notes of smoke, char, raisin, plum, licorice, cinnamon, pepper, clove, and herbal/roast/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt, cocoa/coffee, and spice notes; with great strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, nutty dark roast coffee, vanilla, caramel, toffee, and toasted dark bread; with lighter notes of smoke, char, raisin, plum, licorice, cinnamon, pepper, clove, and herbal/roast/toasted earthiness. Moderate roast/char and herbal/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, nutty dark roast coffee, vanilla, caramel, toffee, toasted dark bread, smoke, char, pepper, and herbal/roast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, cocoa/coffee, and spice flavors; with a great roast/spice bitter/sweet balance, and no astringent flavors after the finish. Light dryness from roast/spice bitterness, increasing though the glass. Medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a very smooth, creamy/bready, fairly sticky, and lightly chalky balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden, minimal warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is a great spiced Baltic porter style. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, cocoa/coffee, and spice flavors; very smooth and easy to drink for the ABV. Very unique with the cardamom spicing, but it isn’t overwhelming to the base style flavors; though quite a bit more drying. Very rich, complex, and well balanced. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of DIM
4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I love that this doesn't taste like a gimmicky attempt to keep the bean count climbing. This comes across to me as an excellent big porter, satisfyingly roasty and warming, with hints of sweetness and coffee from the 5 beans. I won't pretend I can discern them all, I just appreciate the subtle layers they add to a stellar porter.

Gifted a 4 pack by a co worker, thanks Pat!

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Photo of pro45
3.54/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Very dark brown with a small tan head. Smell is bitter chocolate, vanilla, cardamon. Taste follows the nose with dark fruits, mint, hops, and pine. Roasted/burnt malts. Very bitter. No coffee notes to speak of. Light mouthfeel. Best by Oct 2018. I'm going to age my other 4 pack to see if the flavor profile improves. I love and respect this brewery. Love their DIPA's and pilsner, but there are many other Baltic Porters out there which I prefer for their complexity.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.91/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 FL. OZ. can
Served in a snifter

This beer pours black and is topped with an inch of tan head that leaves some decent lacing.

I am getting a mint and cinnamon aroma. It must be the cardamom. I get some coffee and a little bit of chocolate.

The taste is coffee right off the bat which is quickly inundated with spices and chocolate. I never really taste the vanilla. It has coffee flavor in the aftertaste.

Medium to full mouthfeel

This is an interesting beer. I drank two of them before I realized that there were various spices and flavors added besides coffee. I had a few beers prior to trying each of the other ones. On a fresh palate the spices really pop.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.42/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Wicked Weed snifter. Bottom of can says BB15OCT2018.

A- Pours a fully opaque black color with a full inch of tan head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a half sheet of sheer surface foam. Resilient lacing leaves a solid ring behind.

S- Medium-roast coffee aroma interlaced with cardamom. Pretty sweet with notes of milk chocolate and caramel. Also a bit of booze fume.

T- Great integration of coffee and spice that's so smooth for the higher ABV. The bitter coffee roast is balanced well with the vanilla sweetness.

M- Slightly creamy with medium carbonation and a fullish body.

O- Definitely the best in the series, if you can call it a series. 3beans was awesome, 4beans was a letdown and this is excellent.

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Photo of stephens101
4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pure black in color with a tiny tan froth. Smells of roasted coffee beans, cocoa, milk chocolate and vanilla. Tastes of caramel, milk chocolate, bean husk and grain. It's a bit toasty too. Medium to heavy and viscous for the most part, but thin in some parts. If that can even be a thing?

Not a big coffee-forward type brew guy, but can always appreciate a well made beer of almost any sort. So while it is unlikely I will revisit this one, I still believe it is a dang good beer.

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4.17/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

First time ever trying this one from SixPoints and I am totally impressed.
12 oz can poured into a tulip .
Beautiful dark mocha color with a foamy head .
Strong smells of coffee beans, cacoa and other delightful flavors .
Absolutely delicious roasted malts from this porter and though not as thick as a stout it was also not thin .
No taste of the 10 abv whatsoever.

Highly recommended and I would buy this instantly if I saw it again on the shelf .
Definitely lived up to its past accolades from other members :)

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.11/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours an opaque yet still clear extremely dark cola brown in color (approaching but not quite jet black) with light to moderate amounts of fine active visible carbonation along the edges of the glass and very faint mahogany colored highlights. The beer has a three finger tall sudsy dense foamy dark tan head that slowly reduces to a medium sized half finger thick cap in the center of the glass surrounded by a large patch of thin film covering about 75% of the remaining surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of freshly brewed coffee, chocolate, and vanilla with moderate aromas of cardamon. Moderate aromas of dark malts with a moderate amount of malty sweetness.

T: Upfront there is a moderate to slightly stronger than moderate flavors of dark + roasted malts with a moderate amount of malty + dark fruit (plum) sweetness. That is followed by moderate to strong flavors of fresh cold brewed coffee, chocolate/cacao, vanilla, and cardamon (which adds an herbal spiciness). Moderate amounts of roasty bitterness which fades away quickly leaving a light underlying vanilla sweetness.

M: Slightly heavier than medium bodied with slightly heavier than moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth with a slight amount of oily slickness in the finish. Light hints of alcohol warming in the finish as the beer warms up.

O: Very enjoyable but the cardamon is a little more present that I wanted it to be (mind you, I really enjoyed 4Beans)... Easy to drink considering the strength and definitely a beer that I would be happy to have again.

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Photo of drdiesel9483
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look - really really dark brown with no real head and slight lacing
Smell - toasted winter spices and some sweet chocolate
Taste - toasty cocoa coffee with a spice, bitter. Hits the tongue from the front to back and stays
Feel - pretty thin with slight carbonation
Overall - great porter.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can pour. Jet black with clingy tan head. Aromas of coffee roast, bittersweet chocolate, and subtle vanilla cream. Flavors are roasted heavily forward, a blend of earthy and bitter coffee with dark cacao nibs. Subtle highlights of cream and spices. Smooth, robust bodied, with a chocolate and coffee aftertaste. The finish is smooth, dry, and earthy. Good beer.

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Photo of OrangeMen
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2016 release
~3 months from canning date

Appearance- Pours a black color, slight ruby red hues, opaque. Finger thick, light tan colored head, frothy thick. Touches of spotty head lacing and light alcohol legs on glass.

Aroma- Earthy spice, resin, pepper, winter spices. Mild roastiness and coffee, dry cocoa bitterness. Slight creaminess.

Taste- Roasty malts, coffee bitterness, dry cocoa powder and chocolates. Winter spices, earthy dryness, sweet cinnamon, and pine. Touch of vanilla creaminess.

Feel- Medium feel, fairly dry from the spicing. Moderate carbonation, fluffy and creamy smooth.

Overall- Spice adds a real interesting complexity, borderlines on winter type spices but then also is peppery and piney. Coffee and cocoa come forward most, only a touch of vanilla maybe on the finish. Very interesting flavor profile that works, warming and interesting.

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Photo of HopHunter19
4.02/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - nice dark brown black beer with amocha head that sticks and leaves nice lacing
S - big coffee, vanilla, chocolate, roasted malts, nutmeg, cardamom? - not sure if thats what it is but theres a nice holiday hominess to this one
T # big coffee, vanilla, chocolate, roasted malts, holiday spice
M - heavy mouthfeel, alc covered, aftertaste is roasty malts and coffee
O - great beer

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Photo of q33jeff
3.91/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75


Can to snifter. Last of my 4 pack, not sure why I didn't rate/review this before. Fresh 5beans lost a head to head with year old 4beans.

LOOK: dark black, medium beige head. Fades to a smaller head that lasts a bit.

AROMA: Coffee, spice, i guess it's cardamom, but it smells like nutmeg too.

TASTE: roasted malt, coffee, ashy aftertaste, cocoa and vanilla from 4beans is all but gone.

FEEL: Medium to full body. Just right for a porter.

Cardamom makes it more interesting, but not better. Still a quality porter.


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Photo of garymuchow
4.02/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice coffee aroma and it doesn't seem from malt, but from coffee. Very dark brown, almost, but not quite black. Nice full tan head. Good looking.
The flavors take a bit to show, but all the pieces appear in time. Coffee, vanilla and cardamom. Nice blend. Full rich malt but not too sweet. Enjoyable coffee dryness on the finish.
Seems more ale like than lager but rich and full.
I like it.

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Photo of FBarber
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a shiny black color. Opaque to the eye. Thin tan head dissipates steadily leaving some spotty foam behind.

Smell has aromas of coffee, cinnamon and cardamom. Hint of a tang on the nose.

Taste has notes of coffee, cinnamon, cardamom. There is certainly a slight tang to the beer - I suspect its from the cardamom. The coffee is very pronounced - more reminiscent of turkish coffee rather than American coffee. Slight bitterness on the finish with some acidity - similar to a strong dark espresso.

Feel is full bodied and smooth. Medium carbonation. Dry finish.

Overall this is a really well done coffee porter. Wonderful use of cardamom - it really does go well with the flavor profile.

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