Barrel-Aged 4Beans
Sixpoint Brewery

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Style:
Baltic Porter
Ranked #26
ABV:
11%
Score:
92
Ranked #3,739
Avg:
4.18 | pDev: 6.46%
Reviews:
37
Ratings:
92
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New York, United States
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Barrel-Aged 4BeansBarrel-Aged 4Beans
Notes: A carefully calibrated blend of coffee, chocolate, Madagascar Vanilla and barrel-aging, based on the tradition of Baltic brewers casting beans into beer. It’s rich, decadent and super rare.

52 IBU
Reviews: 37 | Ratings: 92 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of woodychandler
4.51/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

And now, my last on/of/for my Happy CANtinuing New CANming Straight Outta The Bronx This Sunday, yo (Week 768) from Gun Hill & Heading for Brooklyn (Week 769)! It's a CANQuest (tm) thing.

From the CAN: "Beer is Culture"; "Barrel-Aged Porter w/Cocoa Husks, Coffee & Madagascar Vanilla added"; "Deep in the rainforests of Madagascar lies one of the most coveted spices ever discovered: the decadent, aromatic, vanilla bean. In 4BEANS, rich brew of beans and barley—a special blend of liquid aged in rye whiskey and bourbon barrels— meets Madagascar Vanilla to fuse Baltic myth and treasured spice. 4Beans has returned!"; "4Beans is ready to drink now, but also ages beautifully. It will mature and evolve for years."

It may be evolving & maturing, but given my recent bout with CANcer, I am in the here & now, dig? I went with an immediate Crack! of the vent, followed by a nice, slow, gentle C-Line Glug. It rose up quickly to form just under two fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, deep-tan/light-brown head with decent retention. Color was Very Dark Brown to Black/Opaque (SRM = > 34, < 44) with garnet highlights throughout. Nose smelled especially of bourbon & coffee with a tad of rye thrown in for good measure. 8=O Are you kidding me? Man, I live for this sort of thing! Mouthfeel had a density, like a dollop had been scooped into my mouth & onto my tongue. I just let it sit there & roll around so as to get the full effect. Jeebsus! It was like a weekend morning, when I have been known to have a shot of Rye with my coffee. Phew. Man, did it come with the coffee, followed by a pleasant admixture of pepperiness from the rye and coconut from the bourbon. Yum. I have no doubt that it will age spectacularly, but I CAN't take the ChANce of waiting around. I still have SO much in the backlog as it is to the point that my buying is nearly miniscule. Back to the beer - it already had a year on it in the CAN & its inherent smoothness was both startling & frightening. There was no presence of alcohol burn, just a LOT of flavor, making for a scarily easy-drinking monster! It was smoothing off any remaining edges as I drank it. Goo. My brain is going to look like a bowling ball by the time that I am done. I'll just let my jaw hang open & my tongue to loll pleasantly. Goo. Finish was semi-dry but that had no place in the equation. This was just downright delicious! YMMV.

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Photo of RMW66
4.46/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I thought this was one of the better new beers I have tried this year. Very smooth, nice bourbon flavour without being overbearing and subtle coffee and vanilla notes. I am heading back tomorrow to get a few more. I would definitely recommend this one!

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Photo of VABA
4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-Pours a dark color with a slight head and lacing
A-Aroma has Bourbon, cocoa, coffee and vanilla hints
T-The taste follows the nose with a nice Bourbon, cocoa, coffee and vanilla flavor
M-A medium bodied well carbonated beer
O-A good Baltic Porter

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Photo of donspublic
4.09/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from can into tulip, good 1+ finger tan head, good retention, great lacing. Jet black in the glass. Smells of bourbon/rye, vanilla, chocolate and slight coffee notes. Taste is big bourbon up front, followed by chocolate, coffee and rounded/smoothed out with vanilla. Great ba version of the base. Not hot, and leaves a lingering cocoa taste on the palate.

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Photo of HattedClassic
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours a nice off white head that dissipates fairly quickly. The beer itself is a nice looking dark coffee black with a similar texture to it.

The smell is good with a moderate coffee and rye whiskey smell that mix very well together. The coffee gives it a bit of roasted smoke while the rye gives a good spice and burn to it. The vanilla beans mix well with the barley to create a sweet note that moderates the vanilla's bitterness. There does not seem to be much of a cocoa note though.

The taste is fantastic. It starts with a delicious rye note goes through from start to finish. The medium starts with a sweet dark chocolate cocoa that turns into a light bitter coffee and finishes with a small bittersweet vanilla.

The feel is good. It has a good heavy body with a delicious dry finish to it. The body is a bit closer to creamy than smooth.

Overall, this is a very good beer and worth getting a hold. It definitely tastes like something that will age well.

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Photo of AZBeerDude72
4.36/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A; Black with 1/2" head that fades pretty fast, decent lacing but it does not hold to glass for long.
N: Bourbon notes, vanilla, chocolate, some malt, and coffee.
T: Follows the nose, big barrel hit on this one with a nice sweetness, vanilla and chocolate mixed in with some coffee.
M: Some heat up front, very thin mouthfeel.
O: A real nice beer, complex flavors and balanced.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.34/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz can poured into a snifter

A- pours deep brown in color with a one/finger foamy khaki head that reduces to a ring around the edge

S- herbal espresso and and chocolate up front, followed by undertones of vanilla, caramel & toffee. There’s also plenty of barrel on the nose, adding woody Oak, bourbon and a hint of peppery rye on the close

T- equal parts of bourbon barrel and coffee up front, followed by a wave of chocolate, vanilla, caramel, toasted marshmallow, cola and charred malt. The finish gives more barrel juice and wood, with a light vanilla and coffee linger

M- medium body with moderate carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel that turns into a creamy arming finish

O- my favorite of the ‘bean’ series, thrbarrel realky comes through and compliments the vanilla and coffee

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Photo of beer_truth
3.84/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Nose is roast coffee, smells like morning time. A little bit of chocolate as well. First note tasted was vanilla, then the coffee and chocolate come through. Head disappears real quick, not much lacing. The vanilla adds up a little too much and overwhelms the beer in my opinion. A good beer, just too much vanilla bean

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Photo of jkblr
4.34/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz canned 11/8/18 (3 months ago) poured into a teku glass at fridge temp 11% ABV. The beer pours very dark brown bordering on black with persistant medium brown head. The aroma is faint, but very nice, with cocoa, vanilla, oak and bourbon all intermixed. The taste is more of the same. Bittersweet chocolate, oak, vanilla, coffee and mild bourbon all at play with a moderately bitter finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, adequately carbonated and semi dry in the finish. There is a certain sweetness with the cocoa and vanilla, but it's nicely tempered by the coffee and barrel. Overall, excellent. It's rare that you get everything as advertised in one of these multiple additive beers. This one delivered.

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Photo of brentk56
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours espresso colored with a thin beige cap; the lacing presents a curtain of action

Smell: Dried dark fruit, coffee, chocolate, vanilla and both rye and bourbon barrel notes

Taste: The dark fruit tones of espresso emerge on the palate with the plum flavor most discernible; the chocolate and vanilla flavors arrive next with the barrels making a statement in the middle; after the swallow, the Rye flavors take over the back; coffee has the last word, however

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: One expects a bit more from an 11% barrel-aged beer than this delivers, as the mouthfeel is thinner than expected and the malt flavors don't quite deliver; still, I enjoyed it as there is a fair amount going on here

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.61/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours dark ruby black with a creamy khaki colored foam head. Aromas of butterscotch, sweet toffee, cooked caramel, cocoa, coffee, vanilla, some bourbon, oak, dried fruits and roasted malts. Taste is real nice with rich luscious chocolate, medium roast coffee, creamy vanilla, marshmallow, some sweet bourbon, rye whiskey with a touch of spice, oak, caramel, toffee, butterscotch, cocoa husks, dark fruit, dried fruit, with some balancing earthy hops. Soft creamy lighter medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Overall a real nice bourbon and rye whiskey barrel aged Baltic porter with cocoa husks, coffee and Madagascar vanilla.

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Photo of q33jeff
4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

**
01/20/19

Can to sniffer.

LOOK:
Dark black color, small beige head, poor retention. Thick look for a porter.

AROMA:
Vanilla and bourbon is a nice up front mix . light hint of coffee.
TASTE: coffee and roasted barley show up here more. Touch of bitterness is countered by sweet vanilla late. Slight touch of grass or hay. Pretty Tasty.

FEEL:
Minimal carbonation. On the lighter end of "full bodied" . Smooth sipper.

Very good brew. This is about 3 months old, so my other will sit for awhile. I liked the non-BA 4beans better than either 3beans or 5beans. I have this one rated slightly lower than the original 4beans, but some age may flip them.
**

**

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Photo of ilikebeer03
4.16/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

deeps deep brown/black with a finger of khaki head that fades to a faint cap with a nice ring around the glass. above average lacing.
nose is fresh roasted coffee, soft bourbon, oak, marshmallow
taste is chocolate, mocha, vanilla, soft bourbon, oaky vanilla, a touch of alcohol present, marshmallow
finish is a lingering mocha / soft bourbon. medium creamy body.
excellent beer

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Photo of Riff
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a solid, black color with about a finger of off-white head. Smell is coffee, vanilla, rye, and roast. Taste is coffee, chocolate, rye whiskey, vanilla, roasted malts, and a little bit of welcome heat at the finish. Medium body. Very nice, good melding of the flavors as nothing overwhelms and all seem to compliment well. Refreshingly not overly sweet.

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.27/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Featuring cocoa husks, coffee, and Madagascar vanilla aged in rye whiskey and bourbon barrels... 11/8/18 canning...

Deep brown pour appears black in the glass... Put out a big fat creamy tan head that persisted nicely and laced the glass as it receded... Aromas of coffee hit me from afar, and then chocolate, bourbon and vanilla followed... All featured ingredients come through on the palate, with supporting notes of black strap molasses, rye, and oak... Medium-bodied and smooth, with a whiskey air hung over... Moderately sweet, mildly bitter, with something almost smoky on the finish...

Another real good iteration in the 'Bean series...

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Photo of Apellonious
4.24/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz can canned 11.8.18, pours a pitch black into a tulip glass with a half finger of head that moves to nothing in a few seconds with a quick sizzle. Aroma is deep malt, vanilla, coffee, and the whiskey/bourbon barrel. The taste is right in line, well balanced in all facets. What is interesting is that over time as it warms, you lose some of the separation of the individual notes but you can sense it is all still there. There is touch of heat present. The feel is somewhere between medium and full, only a touch sticky as it warms, and the carbonation is medium low. Great BP, worth a go.

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Photo of hman43
4.06/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Look: It pours very dark brown with a brown head. Head retention is excellent.

Smell: There are strong coffee, rye, and roast aromas. There are supporting notes of vanilla, cocoa, and alcohol.

Taste: The rye and whiskey and the two strongest flavors. Followed by coffee. Vanilla and cocoa and in the background with a slight hit of dark cherries.

Feel: It is medium full bodied with smooth alcohol and slight burnt notes.

Overall, a very well put together beer that enhances the flavors of whiskey, rye, coffee, and roast.

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Photo of DoghouseReilly3946
4.14/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Date: Canned on 11/08/18, eagerly sampled on 01/05/19.

Appearance: It looks like a porter, fairly dark with some lighter ruby color around the edges. It produces a minimal light tan head.

Aroma: Dark roast coffee pops big time on the nose, beyond this lies roasted assorted malt goodness, light powdery chocolate, sweet vanilla, caramel, toffee, and some peanut butter. This smells great but what is buried is the bourbon, its here, it is just very subtile and gives off more of a general woody aged spirit aroma.

Taste: So the bourbon/rye barrel aging is more apparent on the taste but is far from the most prominent aspect. Once again the the coffee is smacks first followed by some drying bourbon barrel character. The sweeter vanilla and chocolate elements come at the finish and actually pop even more as lingering aftertastes. The mouthfeel seems thin, and I realize this is a porter, but it feels more thin than even something like Founders Porter. This is a very well made, tasty, and thoroughly enjoyable, but it seems to me more like a $12 six pack rather than the $16 four pack that it is. On the plus side, there is no hint that this beer is 11% as it drinks like a 6 or 7%. As it warms more barrel character comes out, drying this one up a bit.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
4.07/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Type: 12-oz. can
Glass: AleSmith Barrel-Aged Reserve 10-oz. snifter
From: Total Wine Preston Village in Plano, Texas
Price: $4.99
Purchased: Dec. 17, 2018
Consumed: Dec. 21, 2018
Reviewed as: Baltic Porter
Misc.: Canned on Nov. 3, 2018; Best by Nov. 7, 2021

Picked this up with a bunch of other beer (mainly barrel-aged stouts) while on a work trip in Frisco, Texas. First time I had heard of it. Had six SixPoint brews before, averaging a 3.90, but felt much higher. Always like my barrel-aged beer and this one sounded good as well. Their website called it, “In 4BEANS, a rich brew of beans and barley—a special blend of liquid aged in rye whiskey and bourbon barrels— meets Madagascar Vanilla to fuse Baltic myth and treasured spice. 4Beans has returned! 4Beans is a dark, rich porter with tons of complexity. There’s ample roastiness, accents from barrel-aging, and tons of chocolate, coffee, and vanilla.”

Poured a pitch black color with 2-to-3 fingers of frothy-to-rocky head. Some bubble streams coming up from the sides of the glass. World-class spotty lacing. World-class retention. (Sight - 4.75)

Smelled vanilla, dark chocolate, espresso, maple syrup, brown sugar, chocolate milk, fudge, toffee, caramel, hints of butterscotch and light oak. Was not getting any bourbon on the nose. (Smell - 4.00)

Taste followed the nose, maybe slightly better. Got creamy vanilla, espresso, maple syrup, chocolate milk, fudge, toffee, caramel, butterscotch and oaky bourbon. (Taste - 4.00)

Full body. Sticky texture. Average carbonation. Long, warming finish. (Feel - 4.25)

Just an outstanding barrel-aged beer. Was hoping for better, but would have this again for sure. (Overall - 4.00)

4.07 | 91 | A-

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Got a pour for $4.50 at the Giant Eagle in waterworks. 10 oz goblet

A- good looking deep dark viscous black that fades into a quarter inch layer of mocha tint
S- vanilla bean mocha and good roast. Not much wood or barrel
T- Bourbon comes out in the flavor more sour mash and woody. Good smooth coffee and chocolate notes. Semi sweet vanilla finish.
M- slick and heavy with some bitterness.

Overall never had 4 beans but it's definitely better than the 3 beans. Recommend!

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Photo of kojevergas
3.18/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

4 packs run $14.59 USD in Austin, TX. "Barrel-aged porter w/ cocoa husks, coffee, & [sic] Madagascar vanilla added." 11.0% ABV.

"aged in rye whiskey and bourbon barrels."

A: Supple khaki colour head. Creamy and robust, lasting a good ~10+ minutes. Thick and foamy.

Body is an opaque black. No yeast/lees are visible within.

AROMA: Vanillin. That's basically all I get from it. No booze, chocolate/cocoa, coffee, barrel notes, yeast, hops, dark malts, etc.

Oddly simplistic and faint for a barrel aged Baltic porter.

TASTE: Vanilla dominates, and I guess it's coming from both vanilla bean and the bourbon barrel - though there's a conspicuous lack of any other bourbon barrel notes. I don't find any rye whiskey spiciness or whiskey barrel notes either.

I don't taste the coffee or cocoa, nor do I even get any dark malts, roasted barley, or schwarz malts from the base beer. It's a very simple shallow vanilla-forward beer, but at least it isn't boozy and doesn't suffer from any off-flavours.

Very one-note. One expects more intricacy and depth of flavour in an (imperial) Baltic porter.

TEXTURE: Creamy and soft, which really works for it, emphasizing the vanilla bean. Silky smooth. Wet. Unrefreshing. Medium-bodied.

OVERALL: For a beer called 4Beans, it clings rather dearly to only 1 bean. At the very least, I thought I'd taste coffee and cocoa as well as vanilla, not to mention barrel flavours. It's quite drinkable, though, and hides its ABV devilishly well. I could take down more than one in a single sitting, and that's more than can be said about many stouts and porters that are over 10% ABV. It's neither cloying nor boozy, which is impressive. Still, this won't dazzle those familiar with either traditional Baltic porters or the best imperial porters. Give me Sinebrychoff or Victory At Sea any day of the week over this (and hey, both are more affordable).

B- / WORTHY

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

Yup. This one's goooood.

Smooth, decadent, roasty coffee mixed with barrel richness and subtle chocolate vanilla swirl undertone. I wish I lived closer to NY so that I could grab this in a 4-pack but for ow, I'll have to settle for $6 single cans at my local shop. For this beer, I can live with that

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Photo of emyers
3.85/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can poured into snifter.

Dark brown with a thinknoff-white head

Nose: understated. Coffee and vanilla primarily.

Taste: Coffee and roasted barley up front. Vanilla on the back end. Not much barrel presence.

Feel: medium to light body, medium carbonation.

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Photo of AmeriCanadian
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours cola-brown and appears pitch black in the glass with deep, dark brown edges and a 1-finger cola head of tightly compact, tiny bubbles.

Huge waves of coffee and vanilla are the first impression on the nose. Dark chocolate, toffee, charred oak, molasses, and some faint dark fruits (cherry, fig, plum) follow. The overall nose is surprisingly bright for a robust porter, but it's still very honest to the category in terms of the roasted malts and deep, dark wood, nut, and fruit notes. There's also definitive heat on the nose.

Tongue isn't quite as harmonious, but the notes are still very good. Chocolate covered cherry, dark chocolate, charred barrel notes, burnt sugar, raisins and figs, bitter espresso, and an aftertaste that include graham cracker, licorice, bitter chocolate, and raisins. Bitter chocolate on the back end would benefit from an additional note of sweetness, but the tasting experience is still nuanced and appealing.

Feel is silky and coating, but quite thin. Pretty sweet on the back end (chocolate covered dark fruits) but the coffee bitterness hits shortly thereafter.

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Photo of Buck89
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a snifter. Nice dark brown color with a thick tan head that lingered for a while. Lots of vanilla on the nose. Some barrel presence as well, with faint coffee and roasty notes. I tasted the whiskey up front, and the vanilla was more restrained on the palate. The coffee and chocolate appeared on the back end. The feel was outstanding: silky and light for a big beer, but not thin. Really like this one.

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Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 92 ratings