5Beans | Sixpoint Brewery

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4.1/5
397 Ratings
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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
Ranking:
#2,385
Reviews:
112
Ratings:
397
pDev:
7.32%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
17
Gots:
64
Trade:
0
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Photo of acurtis
3.83/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Texasfan549
4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.19/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kjkinsey
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of djrn2
3.77/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Knapp85
4.24/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of nmann08
4.16/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of metter98
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
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 BEERchitect
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The limits of beaniness seems to have no limit. The 2016 installment of Sixpoint's baltic porter with an additional bean each year now embarks upon its fifth try. Cardamom additions take the coffee-centric, cocoa-centric, vanilla nuanced and starchy romano to a whole new incense and minty level.

Lavishly dark brown, easily mistaken for a heady espresso, the dark porter rolls onto the senses with a plethora of dark chocolates and robust coffee blends. Its taste is milky, creamy, roasty and sweet- a taste of bittersweet chocolate and caramel latte come to mind as the porter hits the early palate.

As the flavors develop, its bold chocolate and coffee dominance is earthy like turkish varieties. Milkshake-like in its consistency, a creamy balance of vanilla is woven with toffee and caramel- all ahead of a nutty bitterness to follow. Bitter with a coffee-like bite, the ale trails with a light smoky chocolate flavor and an herbal finish of spearmint.

Full and creamy, the porter's imperial strength pits a long simmering alcohol warmth up against a robust linger of sweetness. Toasty, roasty and carbonized in its sugars, the long lasting memory is one of campfire smores and roasted marshmallow.

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Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev -2.4%
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 Boone757
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mothman
3.59/5  rDev -12.4%
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 DrBier
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dbrauneis
4.11/5  rDev +0.2%
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 jlindros
3.94/5  rDev -3.9%
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 Gagnonsux
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Ciocanelu
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
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 billab914
3.94/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a twelve ounce can black under a 1/4" thick tan head which lingers long before fading to the rim and leaves spotty lace. Aroma is roasted coffee, vanilla, and spices of cardamom. Flavor follows the nose with an exquisite sweetness of vanilla wafers. Full body with moderate carbonation. Finishes semi-bitter and mildly chocolate with that sweet draw which calls you back for another sip. Solid with dat cardamom addition.

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Photo of smithj4
4.21/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of vfgccp
4.19/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Gkruszewski
4.07/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of russpowell
4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours an effervescent & ruddy mahogany with 3 fingers of fluffy mocha colored head; delightful! Good lacing & head retention

S: Coffee, woody hops & vanilla

T: Coffee, vanilla, a little caramel& faint charred notes up front. Vanilla, coffee & faint woody hops as this warms
& dryness. Finishes dry with some char, coffee & fading caramel

MF: Medium body, semi-firm carbonation, warming

Very drinkable, needs a little help with the body & nose, but only a little

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Photo of paulish
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dfhhead25
3.6/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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