5Beans | Sixpoint Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Sixpoint Brewery
New York, United States
sixpoint.com

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...

Added by superspak on 11-01-2015

BEER STATS
Ratings:
376
Reviews:
108
Avg:
4.09
pDev:
7.33%
 
 
Wants:
17
Gots:
62
For Trade:
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Photo of Raziel313
2.25/5  rDev -45%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 1.5

Photo of bryanlindsey12345
2.5/5  rDev -38.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of WCKDVBZ
2.96/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Some breweries do not know how to make decent dark beers!

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Photo of ohiobeer29
3/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Beerlover
3.01/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Photo of DavidHume
3.02/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

What a disappointment! After the sensory delight that was 4Beans, I had high expectations for 5Beans. 4Beans with cardamom? Who could say no? After drinking 5Beans, I'm afraid that I can. I poured it into a teku, where it looked perfect—a fluffy, dark khaki head, the body black, with cola edges. The smell had a hint of coffee, but a lot of unpleasant fruit. Strong notes of sour apple and pear. It reminded me of some homebrew I'd had where an English ale strain had been underpitched and fermented too warm. The taste was similarly unpleasant, as was the lingering slickness after each sip. I'm not sure what went wrong here; normally Sixpoint is very good to excellent. Not so with 5Beans, though.

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Photo of SomethingClever
3.33/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

12 Oz can poured into a pint glass dated Best Buy October 16th 2018

A: sticky foamy khaki whitish head sets on top of a very black body.

S: Cinnamon, coffee, vanilla, and not much else

T: nice hints of cinnamon, coffee, and a little bitter

M: medium feel to slightly more full body.

O: it's not bad, but if you are hoping something great skip it. It's a solid beer but nothing spectacular.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.33/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from the can into a nonic pint glass.

Flat barely two finger head off the pour, quite a nice light tan almost khaki like in color and a creamy top. Body color is a walnut brown and a little bit of clarity towards the heads edge.

Mixed aroma that goes all over the place. Spiced curry, sweet nutmeg, and mild phenolic qualities. Slight hazelnut as well but definitely the exotic takes over and lingers over like a big stew. Sweetness is very dialed down, and it would be nice if it could accent the cardomom addition which isn't getting so much it's due here. Slight faint dry cocoa, but doesn't give out much richness either.

Palate is very watery and weak. Ashen char flavors seem to be the most noticeable first thing on the first sip along with a flattened like body. Minimal sense of booze which is a nice quality in a large abv brew as this, but also comes off like a watered down porter. Very chalky like aftertaste as well, hitting with lots of clove like spiced dryness. An almost winter warmer character kicks in but as if chili was added, a little bit of faint cocoa powder that lingers small barely saves the day.

There's some interesting angles and flavors here, but as for enjoyment this beer just feels and tastes like it's all over the place.

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Photo of Klister
3.35/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of mltobin
3.42/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Kevinpitts
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Hayley_86
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of parpalapelix
3.52/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.53/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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 antman27
3.56/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of johnnyboy76
3.57/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mothman
3.59/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tan head. Dark brown, black in color.

Lots of roast here. A bit too much roast for my liking. Coffee and vanilla with chocolate. Malty and sweet. Cocoa powder.

Medium bodied and ends with more roast and bitter coffee.

This one just wasn't for me. If the roast wasn't there, it would be much better.

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Photo of PMarcy78
3.59/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dfhhead25
3.6/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JPadilla
3.65/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of OUJayhawk1799
3.65/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Rick778
3.66/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tone77
3.67/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A thanks to the baron of buzzing, and the czar of the canquest, woodychandler, for this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a black color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is smokey, black coffee. Taste is black coffee, some vanilla and smoke, alcohol is very well hidden. Feels medium/full bodied in the mouth and overall is a good quality beer.

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Photo of thebeers
3.68/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Garnet-tinted black with a massive three-finger tan foam head. It lasts a good while before leaving heavy lacing.

Dry-smelling aroma of creamed coffee, musty hops, a little vanilla, a little chocolate. Can't say I know what cardamom smells like, but I'm thinking it's in there. There's a definite woody, lightly spicy (cloves, weak anise) element to the aroma.

Same flavors in the nose carry over to the taste, with the vanilla and chocolate both shining a bit more and the coffee a bit less. There's some alcohol burn on the backend, and a dry, mildly bitter finish.

It's medium bodied, with a bit of creaminess to the mouthfeel that still feels very dry, thanks in part to heavy carbonation.

This is fine, but I liked 4Beans better. Did I say this was dry?

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4.09 out of 5 based on 376 ratings.
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