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SMP | Sixpoint Brewery

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Sixpoint Brewery
New York, United States

Style: Baltic Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Sixpoint on 03-20-2005

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 20 |  Reviews: 17
Reviews by GreatPondBrewer:
Photo of GreatPondBrewer
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Delicious looking cafe au lait head perched at the top of a mahogony body. The nose, believe it or not, was dominated by citrus like hops with just a hint of chocolate in the background. The taste was very bitter and chalky with lots of roasted and smoked flavors and dark coffee finish. A nice hop burp at the end. Three cheers.

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Photo of fdrich29
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Sunset Grille, Brighton, Massachusetts.

After having a sip from Drewbage's flight sampler I had to get one of these for myself.

Pours a deep black color, very nice to look at. Smells of roasted nuts, chocolate and caramel. Tasted very much the same. This was my first Sixpoint product and will certainly not be my last. Well worth giving this baby a try.

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Photo of SPRichard
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of emerge077
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hand-bottled, generously shared by Jay23.

Deep black body with a cappucino tan skim of foam. Orange-brown highlights where the light gets through near the stem of the glass. Foam is fairly thin, with a speckled pattern on the surface.

With a swirl, there's the earthy roast of black patent malt, with a mild sweetness. When the liquid is still, not as much aroma comes through.

Caramel flavors, deep roastiness, nearly vegetal but more earthy. Some mild coffee hints before the long, dry finish plays out. A creamy, mildly lactic mouthfeel. A strong Porter, one to sip slow and savor it, but would also be easy to drink in quantity. I'll look for this on-tap in NY next time I visit.

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Photo of metter98
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is cloudy dark brown in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin beige head that has good retention properties and consistently covered the surface.
S: There are light to moderately strong aromas of sweet cocoa in the nose along with some hints of smoke.
T: The overall taste is smoky with flavors of cocoa nibs along with hints of coffee and dark chocolate.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a bit chewy on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very drinkable for a smoked Baltic Porter because the smokiness isn’t overpowering, it isn’t full-bodied and the alcohol is well hidden. This beer would pair well with BBQ food.

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Photo of pnkermiz
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Barcade (of course). Although it is said that SMP stands for Smoked Baltic Porter, I have heard in certain circles that it actually stands for Smoke My Porter which I think is more appropriate. It gives this beer a name and attitude to match its flavor. Dark, thick black-brown in color with a nice caramel and smoked malt aroma. Flavor is more sweet, dark malts up front with the smokiness not coming through until the finish. A nice "hidden" 7.8% as well. You'd barely notice yourself getting smashed on this one. Another solid offering from Brooklyn's new locals.

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Photo of weeare138
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to sixpoint for the trade. Hand bottled...
Appears a near black with auburn edges when held to the light. A tan head slowly fades into a mild film and collar. Tons of spotty lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of milk chocolate, light smoke, roasted nuts, cream, dough, and light hops.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with doughy cream, along with vanilla jumping out.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, smooth, and velvetty in the finish.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of kozmo
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Brookline's Publick House. Tried a porter to warm me up on a bitterly cold night.

This is simply a spot-on porter. Hint of smoke, not too sweet, very easy drinking.

On the light side, but very much in the warm and soothing tone of something done right. Straight ahead, nothing fancy, a porter as a porter should be.

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Photo of goodbyeohio
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz homebrew-looking bottle "i handbottled all them shits"

poured into a chalice- foams up quickly. dark with chestnut colored highlights. head is gone almost immediately leaving a beige ring and some spotty lacing. aroma is tamer than i had imagined for a beer with the words "smoke" and "porter" in the title. it's fresh and hoppy in the nose with a musty roasted malt, slight butterscotch, and some brown ale type nut aroma. taste begins with fresh cut grass and a hint of that butterscotch.. settling nicely into a balanced sweet yet bitter porter with crisp mouthfeel and airy body.

don't be fooled by the "smoked" moniker, there is a hint of jerky in the taste, perhaps, but this is not a traditional overwhelming rauch experience. overall, this beer is very similar to diesel in essential grain flavoring with a springtime feel.. estery and botanical highlights increase drinkability. if you are a fan of smooth, malty porters with lighter mocha hints and a variety of complimentary flavors, this is the beer for you. i could drink two of these in place of each one glass of diesel. should be renamed "drink my porter" and i would happily comply.

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Photo of jaluria
4.11/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First brew from Sixpoint that I've had a chance to try; on-tap at D.B.A.

Appeared a lovely dark brown/black with a frothy mocha colored head that remained intact for just a few seconds. Nice texture; somewhat viscous and opaque. Low carbonation, though the surface was littered with tiny bubbles. Some nice lacing was left behind in my glass. Aromas of burnt toast, brown sugar, tree sap, and earth could be detected. The taste was rich and smooth with sweet, roasted flavors dominating my taste buds. Some subtle fruit-derived sweetness was also detectable in the end of each sip. Hops were present in the right places like the finish and middle to add depth and balance to the beer. Crisp malty flavors were quite enjoyable. I could have a few of these for dessert, easily.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.41/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks sixpoint

Pours a nice black color, no carbonation, basically no head or lacing afterwards. The nose is sweet roasted malts, mostly toffee/chocolate/caramel. The taste is sweet malty with a nice touch of toffee/chocolate. Medium body. Drinkable, not a bad porter.

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Photo of davidz
4.23/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A beer aficionado at work (and Sixpoint's graphic designer) managed to get me a bottle of SMP, their Smoked Baltic Porter, provided I would write a review. Unfortunately the beer sat in front of my office over the weekend so it wasn't exactly fresh from the barrel by the time I got it home.

My first impressions were quite good. The beer is extremely opaque and heavy, and it has a solid head that dissipates in a reasonable amount of time. The flavor is complex, with substantial chocolate overtones that give way to a sweet, slightly citrus, acidic finish. While the brewer's notes indicate a smoky feel, that tends to occur several minutes after the citrus dissipates. Overall, it's a wonderful chilly-day beer, which is what a Porter is supposed to be, and provides a solid, satisfying way to end a particularly hard day at work.

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Photo of whartontallboy
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of francisweizen
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first sixpoint beer, why did I wait so long? The initial reviews for this new (not new anymore) Brooklyn-based-brewery were not too good, but than they got better, and better, and finally I decided to try some 6 point brew. This one was had on tap at DBA in Manhattan and it was quite tasty. A dark nearly opaque black brew with a nice head of mocha foam. Lacing is minimal but there. Aromas are roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, and a nice oily hop base. Taste is similar, with the smoke a bit on the light side, but still there. The roastiness plays out nice in this one and the leafy hop flavors compliment it nicely as well. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and drinkability remains good. I have to check out more brews from these guyz!

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Photo of quasimoto
3.57/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

At first I thought this was a stout they were pouring me.It was very dark dark chocolate brown, with a thick creamy head, and the way it... waterfalled? snowed? I dont know how to describe it. That thing that nitro-pours do with beer is what I'm trying to say.First on the nose was a sweet scent of smoked bacon. I know that is messed up, but hey that is what I thought of when I smelled it. And it was great! This has more of a well rounded grainy bitterness : sweet malt ratio than most porters I've had. It's chocolatey, nutty, and hinted with smoke,which makes this porter is actually easy to drink. The aroma of hops are there with the bitterness taste at the end. I'm not a porter drinker, but this one that I would drink again.

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Photo of Crosling
3.34/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Draught. Black color with a thin white head. Very little aroma overall, perhaps a trace hint of blueberries, chocolate and smoke, but disappointingly light. Very light smoked malt initially, with hints of smoke, followed by gummy fruits, caramel, chocolate and a light hop finish. Velvety, creamy body. Fairly good.

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Photo of woosterbill
3.85/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Barcade, served in a pint glass.

A: Dark brown body with ruby highlights and a thin cap of tan foam. Decent lace. Not bad.

S: Light smoke, light chocolate, rich fruit. Interesting, but not terrific.

T: Starts out with some smoke, followed by plenty of raisin, date, chocolate, and char. Very roasty, fruity, and smoky. Light herbal hops bitterness on the finish. Tasty.

M: Medium body, lively carbonation. Nice.

O: I enjoyed this one, but wasn't blown away by it. The fact that it was nearly 8% and served in a full pint was a welcome surprise, but definitely contributed to some poor Donkey Kong playing later in the night.


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Photo of Truh
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sailed the Black Sea with this one on 3/29/2005. 16-oz. pint pour at the Blind Tiger.

Very thin but covering Shroud of Turin covering made up of tiny bubbles with little stick to their name. Black brown hue that brought to mind a charred forest. Bouquet is very subtle, but has touches of melted caramel and toffee, along with some smoky oak touches. The caramel seeps into every corner and pore, followed by a squee-gee of one’s third eye of smokiness that wipes the palate. With just a hint of liquid sugar, this is a class porter.

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Photo of GeoffFromSJ
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had the opportunity to try this at Mug's where this was listed as "Baltic Porter," so I'm assuming this is the same thing. Poured with a nice head. Black, somewhat brown around the edges.

Taste could be a lot better for a baltic porter. This is more like a stronger stout. The complexities I normally associate with a baltic porter are missing. I'm not sure if some of the smoked malt in this porter is overwhelming those other tastes. The taste is better than my review would indicate, but I'm judging against style.

This beer has promise and the brewery is new. At the very least, they should be applauded for doing a smoked baltic porter. Hopefully they can tweak this. Maybe I've just been spoiled by Perkuno's Hammer.

Update: I found out that this is NOT a baltic porter. Much better than given the style.

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SMP from Sixpoint Brewery
Beer rating: 3.99 out of 5 with 20 ratings
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