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 The_Snow_Bird
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured a dark brown with a light brown head on top. Could smell coffee, chocolate, and sweetness probably the vanilla. Tastes exactly like how it smelled.

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a can into a Bruery snifter. Very dark, not too viscous, and an impressive 2 fingers of fine tan foam with average retention. On the nose I get bitter roasty notes, coffee beans, bakers chocolate, wood, a little vanilla, and darkened toast.

Full body, creamy feel, and a well-balanced, complex flavor. Sweet toast and bitter malt notes balance out up front, then coffee, vanilla, and cardamom unfold one by one. Nice tasty finish with balanced notes of sweet and roast. No booziness or alcohol burn at all, but warming and pleasant on a chilly day.

I didn't think I'd like the addition of cardamom to this beer, but it's very subtle and adds a nice spicy component on the back of the palate that complements the roast and plays off well against the sweetness. This is a really, really good beer that Sixpoint just keeps tweaking and making better. Unfortunately, they're going to run out of beans soon. What then? 5 Beans and 1 Nut??

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.11/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Can. Near black body with a soapy beige head. Aromas of roast, coffee, chocolate. Similar flavor. Dark roast coffee. Medium bodied with soft carbonation. Solid.

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Photo of orangebison
4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz pour into a goblet. Opaque and nearly black, with faint brown highlights. Thin khaki head that fizzes out quickly. Aromas of milk chocolate, cinnamon, black pepper, coffee grounds and malty sweetness. Strong roasted flavors, along with dark chocolate and mild vanilla. Less floral character from the vanilla than 4Beans had, but more emerges as it warms. Well-rounded, with great balance of sweet and bitter. Just on the lighter side of medium-bodied. Finishes dry with some spiciness and bitterness.

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Photo of WesMantooth
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Big frothy head, khaki head on top of a fairly thick black body.

Smells like coco, vanilla, coffee, and a very distinct baking spice. A little bit if citrus there too.

Flavor is mainly dominated by an allspice/corriander/ginger and citrus combo with a little bit of a floral/herbal note. It still had the light roast coffee taste along with some vanilla and cocoa powder. The alcohol is well integrated until it gets really warm, then it starts to stand out a little. Nice lingering charred taste.

Body is creamy and silky. Ample amount of carbonation.

As far as body and appearance, it seems to hold up to 4 Beans. As far as flavor goes, I think the 5th bean distracts a bit from the rest. A very good beer, but I prefer 4 Beans easily.

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Photo of PicoPapa
3.77/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz can. Pours a black color with an inch of frothy khaki colored head. Moderate amount of lacing. Lots of cardamom in the nose with some espresso and dark chocolate. The taste is chocolate and coffee with the cardamom spice coming out in the middle. Notes of bell peppers. Roasty finish with espresso and more of the cardamom spice. I dare say it borders on overpowering the other flavors. Creamy mouthfeel. Easy drinker considering the ABV and style. It's a decent beer but I'm mildly disappointed with this one. Probably my least favorite of the Beans series.

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Photo of darktronica
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A very refreshing Baltic porter; the cardamom is a great accent, and I wish it would catch on as an ingredient for other breweries to experiment with more widely. It works very well as a complement to a Baltic porter with coffee. This is also deceptively light in body and smooth for a 10% ABV beer; I looked away twice and my glass was nearly empty.

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Photo of CNoj012
3.87/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This beer pours an opaque black color with a dense, one finger, light mocha head. Retention is moderate and there is spotted lacing left behind.

Smell is very strong coffee and chocolate. Nice mix of bitter and sweet.

Taste is the same with an added dimension of smokey char flavor and maybe just a touch of sweet vanilla. A solid mix, but a little surprised the coffee isn't a bit more prominent.

Feel is medium bodied, slick and smooth. Low carbonation, but that suits this beer nicely. Alcohol is very well hidden. There is a slight cooling tingly sensation in the finish that I'm not a huge fan of.

Overall a very good beer. Taste is complex and enjoyable. Not worth picking up again at >$13 per 4pk though. There are many better porters available for a lot less money.

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

Canned 10/15/16

A: Pours black with a nice tall and dense brown head. Excellent head retention. Decent lacing.

S: Cocoa and coffee mainly, with a little bit of a vanilla backing.

T: Again with the cocoa and coffee up front, a bit of a smoky, charry background now. Touch of vanilla in the middle sweetens it up a bit but otherwise it's that bitter coffee/cocoa/char mixture. Turns quite bitter on the back end as the sweetness drops out. Lingering charry coffee for the most part.

M: On the thin side for 10% ABV but fairly medium bodied.

O: Hmph, nicely complex baltic porter with all the beans added. The black caradamom adds a bit of spice and smokiness but overall I'm not sure if it's an improvement. I think I liked 4beans the best. Good complexity, good balance and surprisingly easy drinking (zero sign of alcohol).

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Photo of EMH73
4.17/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a very dark brown with a one inch tan head that dissipated fairly quickly and left spotty lacing. Smells of coffee, roasted malts, chocolate and spices. Tastes as it smells along with a lactose sweetness and vanilla, finishes slightly bitter. Fairly light bodied with little carbonation, smooth mouth feel although a little on the thin side.

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Photo of 57md
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with beige and ruby edges and slightly less than a finger of head. The nose has bold roasted coffee notes. The flavor has the same assertive coffee upfront with a dry roasted bitter finish. The body is not as thick and creamy as a Baltic porter should be but that is only a minor detriment.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.76/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz can poured into a snifter

A- pours black in color with a small foamy off-white head that reduces to a film floating on top

S- smells of roasted malt, char, vanilla, cocoa, with the cardamon coming through at the end

T- strong roasted/charred malt up front gives some burnt notes, followed by sweet notes of vanilla & bitter-sweet cocoa powder. The cardamon kicks in near the finish, along with a linger of burnt coffee

M- medium body with medium carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel that continues into the finish

O- an interested porter with all of the adjuncts noticeable, but they don't seem to mesh quite yet, perhaps some age would help

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Photo of Billolick
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Typical SixPoint presentation, slim can..BB15OCT2018 printed on the bottom..

Pours very dark near black, mocha head, nice and frothy and lasting, leaves the entire range of types of lacing. Fine looking beer.

Robust nose of the expected chocolate and coffee

Busting out with dark chocolate and expresso. Also getting notes of roasted nuts and vanilla. A true pleasure to sip and savor. Well done...world class porter

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Photo of jvgoor3786
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce can into tulip. Pours very dark brown with minimal head, but decent lacing. The smell is strong coffee with vanilla underneath. The taste follows the smell. Coffee is up front with vanilla and some chocolate. The alcohol is almost non-existent for 10%. The mouthfeel is more highly carbonated than expected, but still very nice. Overall a decent beer with complex flavors that work well together.

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Photo of BloodSoakedAleMug
4.66/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: Pours an opaque deep brown coca-cola color with a two finger beige head. Decent lacing and head retention.

Aroma: Really superb. Notes of lactose. It smells like gourmet chocolates, black pepper and fresh cappuccino.

Taste: Upfront, I get flavors of gentle milk chocolate, vanilla beans and sweet peppery tobacco. It's followed by a mildly acidic and bitter roasted coffee note. Hints of cardamom and smoky spice dance on your tongue in the background. It finishes with clean notes of alcohol and a rich fudge flavor.

Feel: Body is very light. Carbonation is low. Mouthfeel is silky overall but very thin. Thirst quenching to a degree.

Overall Comments: A boozy, silky smooth baltic porter with rich notes of spice, bittersweet coffee, chocolate and subtle notes of vanilla.

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Photo of Czarkazm
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Best by Oct. 15, 2018. Lots of reddish-mahogany notes on the pour forming a finger width, tightly packed, light tan head. Looks nearly black in the glass with some dark ruby highlights shining through. One the nose, cold brew coffee, vanilla, cocoa powder, cinnamon spice, earthy hops, soy sauce, roasted malts. A medium mouthfeel, mild carbonation; nice sweetness on the front end finishes with a stronger burnt roastiness. The flavor includes spent coffee ground, baker's chocolate, mild vanilla, spicy/woody hop bitterness, pumpernickel bread, burnt caramel, and licorice.

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Photo of Parmesan
3.8/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: Pitch black color with a thick creamy head and lots of lacing all around.

S: Strong note of coffee, cinnamon and other spices, Roasted malt, a little bit of pepper.

T: Earthy Roasted bitter coffee, notes of Chile pepper, notes of cinnamon and cardomin. Alcohol not too noticeable.

F: Creamy carbonation with a bit of a thin body.

O: An interesting beer, not my favorite stout but still nice and drinkable.

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Photo of MikeWard
4.11/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16oz can into a pint glass. best by May 2018, so plenty of time left on this one.

looks really good, black body, nice thick tan head which leaves very good lacing.

not getting much on the nose, faintly coffee, malty portery aroma.

taste however, is pretty strong, dk coffee and some eastern spices make it a biting drink without the overly roasted malt.

close to full on the mouth. finish is "hot", more from the spicy taste than the alcohol.

Overall, good strong porter. looking forward to the other 3 from the pack.

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Photo of IvoryFoxhole
4.09/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz can poured into tulip glass. Date on can is October 2018, so either it's from the future or you can let it hang around a while. Think it a good idea to let it warm a bit.

L: Dark black. Pour gives you a nice 2F+ light tan head with ots of lacing and a ring and cap.

S: Coffee. Roasted malts and grains. Cocoa, cardamom, and spice.

T: Coffee, vanilla, cardamom, nutmeg, something spicy and peppery (or is it disguised ABV heat?). Roasted malts and grains. Cocoa.

F: Light to medium body, light to medium carbonation. Good construction, but flavors haven't fully melded yet. ABV pretty well-disguised

O: Little bit different for a porter and tastes pretty darned good.

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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 MattyG85
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. can into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours jet black with a moderate amount of bubbles. Solid finger of tan head that settles into a thin creamy patch.

Smell: A roasty and spicy dark malt driven aroma with a scent of coffee, chocolate, and spice. Dark roasted barley malt with a scent of dark chocolate, cacao, coffee beans, toast, caramel, and biscuit with yeast. Spice hints of cardamom and nutmeg. Sweet hints of vanilla and brown sugar. Subtle hints of leather and black licorice. A very good aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a roasty and spicy dark malt driven taste with notes of coffee, chocolate, and spice. Dark roasted barley malt with notes of coffee beans, dark chocolate, cacao, toast, biscuit, and caramel along with some yeast. Spice notes of cardamom and nutmeg. Sweet taste of vanilla and brown sugar. Light undertones of leather, anise, and earthy hop bitterness. A really nice taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy, slick, and pretty smooth. Minimal alcohol heat.

Overall: A very good Imperial Coffee Porter. Good roasty coffee and chocolate flavor with a nice kick of spice.

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Photo of sandsonik
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L- Beautiful. Jet black, nice khaki head that lingers.
S - smell is very subdued. Mostly coffee. Faint vanilla and chocolate, in that order, but barely noticeable until it warms
T - a lot going on. Coffee leads, followed closely by some bitter cocoa/chocolate. I'm not sure I'm picking up cardamom at all. Or it's adding perfectly to the mix of flavors without overwhelming. The 10% ABV isn't obvious, but the finish is a little dry and hot. There's something else going on here I can't identify, something a bit tart on some sips.

M - I drink more stouts than porters so I don't feel qualified to rate it....but I really dig it. Feels creamier and thicker than most porters I've tried.

O - what a well put together beer. A lot of brewers go too heavy on coffee, or sometimes, but this is so well balanced. This could become my new go to winter warmer

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Photo of Roguer
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark blackish-brown, with a modest head size and OK retention. Decent lacing. Deep, dark, and inviting.

Very smooth and sweet aroma. Vanilla and chocolate, coffee and cream. I don't know what cardamom smells or tastes like, but there's a bit of a cinnamon/nutmeg-like spice to the aroma. The malt seems to take a back seat to the adjunct, which isn't entirely unpleasant; there's no char or ashy bite to the roast. It seems to have lost a bit of the sharp edge 4Beans had, which is an improvement.

Flavor follows: it's a sweet dessert-like stout, albeit a touch sharper and thinner for that style. As with the aroma, there's a hint of spice on the palate that doesn't quite mesh with the ingredients list. Many of the flavors seem to blend together nicely, instead of standing out on their own.

Quite smooth; still lively and active. There's sufficient bite from the carbonation, and the finish lingers, perhaps a touch too sweet.

I'm surprised at the thinness of the brew, considering it's no slouch at 10%. The style here is listed as Baltic Porter, whereas on their website it's listed simply as a porter (or Bazaar Porter). That might explain the thinness, if it's actually made using lager yeast.

Sixpoint once again comes up with an excellent flavored stout, sure to satisfy. Yet, I can't help but think there's still room for improvement (in almost every area). Thankfully, I have no doubt Sixpoint will do just that.

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Photo of jaketaz
3.99/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

Haven't found much in the the way of solid canned strong dark beer, outside of Oskar Blues. This one's a little stinky, some Irish moss smell and kind of musty but it mellows out if you let it sit out for a few minutes. Decent appearance but that's a little irrelevant since this beer comes in a can. Nice high ABV that I like. The taste is fine but plenty of competition in the coffee porter area especially Smuttynose and Green Flash. Mouthfeel is pretty thin with too many bubbles.

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Photo of Gmann
4.02/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a near black color with a huge khaki colored head that slowly settled into a puffy cap. Spotty lacing on the glass.

The aroma is of roasted barley. Some metallic notes. Vanilla and cardamom are noticeable. There is a bit of dark chocolate. Caramel. Coffee? Not so much.

The taste definitely has a coffee flavor. Not super strong but its nice. Some dark chocolate and scorched caramel. Subtle vanilla but noticeable cardamom. A tin like aftertaste. Complex.

The feel is well bodied with prickly carbonation. Great balance between sweet and roasted bitterness. A bit chalky in the finish.

Quite a complex stout. Not sure these beers get better with the additional "beans" as it loses some of its original magic. With that said, still a great beer.

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5Beans from Sixpoint Brewery
4.09 out of 5 based on 369 ratings.
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