5Beans | Sixpoint Brewery

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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:
382
Reviews:
109
Avg:
4.09
pDev:
7.33%
 
 
Wants:
18
Gots:
62
For Trade:
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Photo of Spoild
4.17/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of fehrminator
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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 Nolster
4.09/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of malfunxion
4.8/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 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 tourdot
4.16/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of southcoastfooter
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brown and strong

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Photo of SweetChicken
3.92/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Appearance
Black with a short tan head that dissipates quickly. There's some slight light penetration along the rim.

Nose
Baker's chocolate, dark roast coffee, prune, caramel, raisin, vanilla, and earth.

Taste
Baker's chocolate, espresso, and dark roast coffee. Earth and peppercorn. Caramel, prune, raisin, and vanilla.

Mouthfeel
Medium-plus bodied, oily, silky, and warming with a spicy element.

Overall
Complex and warming. An excellent beer for a cold night.

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Photo of AJmon13
4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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 APH
4.29/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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 carlso_aw
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of brother_rebus
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of BKast409
4.89/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of nmann08
4.16/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Patches826
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Mikexw
3.8/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

5Beans from Sixpoint Brewery
4.09 out of 5 based on 382 ratings.
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