Master Blend
Sixpoint Brewery

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From:
Sixpoint Brewery
 
New York, United States
Style:
American Imperial Stout
Ranked #571
ABV:
13%
Score:
95
Ranked #1,801
Avg:
4.29 | pDev: 6.06%
Reviews:
50
Ratings:
65
Status:
Active
Rated:
Mar 03, 2022
Added:
Dec 18, 2018
Wants:
  7
Gots:
  6
SCORE
95
World-Class
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Notes: A carefully aged and calibrated Imperial Stout that's nuanced, delicate and complex. Expect gentle roast integrated with notes of coconut and vanilla in a medium bodied, silky beer. An extreme brewday, with two full mashes of all first runnings... then aged for a year in first fill bourbon barrels.
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Rated: 4.24 by Taenim from New Jersey

Mar 03, 2022
 
Rated: 4.5 by tuka from New York

Dec 27, 2021
 
Rated: 4.16 by CraftFan5 from New Jersey

Nov 30, 2021
 
Rated: 4.34 by Taphouse_Traveler from Florida

Jul 12, 2021
 
Rated: 4.07 by V1per41 from Colorado

Jun 29, 2021
 
Rated: 4.35 by Jonathan-Morgan from Florida

Jun 27, 2021
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Reviewed by EMV from Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Poured from a thin 12 oz can into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Dark, dark brown pour.. nearly black with thick mocha colored head. Great lacing.

S: Bourbon, roast, and coffee.

T.F: Semi-sweet up front... strong roasted grains and some burned sugars. Dark fruit... fig/baked raisin. Strong cocoa... lighter espresso. Bitter roast brings some nice balance. Medium to heavy bodied... some booze... smooth and creamy. Oak and booze plus more dark chocolate at the finish.

O: An excellent barrel aged stout. A big boozy beer... a nice dessert sipper... and better as it comes up to room temp.
Jun 14, 2021
 
Rated: 4.5 by paulish from New York

Apr 20, 2021
 
Rated: 4.1 by tbeer40 from New Jersey

Apr 09, 2021
 
Rated: 4.28 by ummswimmin from New Jersey

Apr 08, 2021
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Reviewed by Giantspace from Pennsylvania

4.4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
1 December 2019 can poured into an imperial half pint glass

Looks like any other stout. Very dark, Iphone flashlight does not shine through. Tan head runs around the glass and is very thin

Smells like bourbon and vanilla, some toasted coconut comes through as well

Taste is pure bliss. No trace of 13% here. Vanilla pours into a big coconut finish with bourbon.

Feel is silky smooth and quite big.

I really like this beer. I have only seen it once and grabbed 2 four packs. Will grab any more I see. Really enjoying the coconut. Grab this if you ever see it.
Feb 01, 2021
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Reviewed by tradershmulie from Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Outstanding. Not sure why I never had this before! Will update again while having another can!

Update:

Delicious. A bit sweet for the style, but still great.

13%! Really cannot taste any of that, which makes this even better.
Nov 25, 2020
 
Rated: 4.02 by Gambyt20 from Illinois

Nov 16, 2020
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Reviewed by chinchill from South Carolina

4.45/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
12 oz tall can with a 1 December 2019 canning date stamp on the bottom, served in a Belgian snifter.
Pours clear dark reddish-brown but looks essentially black in the glass. The beige head is rather weak but who cares given that this is the only weak spot for this masterful brew. Leans to the mild and harmonious side for style, with loads of subtle complexities to enjoy. Tasting reveals hints of dark chocolate, coffee, roasted coconut, roasted nuts, dark bread, figs, prunes, wood, bourbon, dates, faint smoke and vanilla. The first sip seemed a bit sweet but the balance with the bitterness seemed just right henceforth. The high ABV is partially hidden.
Overall: masterful.
Sep 20, 2020
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Reviewed by bret27 from California

4.36/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Can courtesy of JohnnyHops.
L: black with creamy tan head.
S: oak, vanilla, chocolate, musty.
T: vanilla, oak, bourbon, coconut, brown sugar, molasses.
F: medium to viscous. Slight booze burn.
Overall: solid bba imperial stout. No gimmicks or frills. Just the way I like it.
Aug 24, 2020
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Reviewed by CaptainHate from Ohio

4.44/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Picked up a single of this at the grocery store. After a disappointing Saison on a hot summer evening I needed something to end the night on a positive note. Whoa baby did this work.

Poured into a DFH tulip there was plenty of dark tan head over an inky dark brown body. Smell was gorgeous with sweet boozy malty highlights just competing for attention. Taste delivered all the goods and the feel was suitably thick that it kept the feeling alive long after the stout had vacated premises.

I hope I can find more of these to enjoy when the weather is more appropriate, like cold as an ex wife's almost non existent heart.
Jul 19, 2020
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Reviewed by DrDemento456 from Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Great looking imperial Stout the mocha head dissipates rather quickly but it's bountiful and lacing is nice. Color is what I always enjoy deep dark black as my soul. Smell is very timid has mild wood notes soft bourbon chocolate and mild roast. Taste starts off rather bitter and Woody with a nice rounded chocolate note to it that settles to some coffee roast and soft bourbon. Finish in the body ends up quite smooth slightly cold it is very easy to drink despite the almost insane ABV. it would almost be perfect if it wasn't for the strong bitter notes greeting me every sip quickly followed by Woody grit splintery. Far from perfect but for only $4 a can it was one of the better Russian imperial stouts I've had. Well worth trying.
Jul 08, 2020
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Reviewed by Smakawhat from Maryland

4.29/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Poured from the can into a snifter glass. Canned December 2nd 2019.

Frothy and nicely bubbled up three fingered light mocha brown colored head. There's a little bit of staying power here too, with a real creamy fine top. Body color is opaque with a dark and very solid nearly black bodied walnut brown color, mentioned as 70 SRM on the can.

Aroma is very enjoyable. Creamy notes of malt chocloate, and soft chewy oak and hinted whiskey. Hits with a light caramel but thick smelling aroma of molasses and light sweet toffee. Rich and cake like as well. Very impressive nose.

There's a hint of milky mouthfeel on the palate, but the palate still delivers real nicely. Light bodied but supportive, and with a rich flavor. Big hints of milk like creamed coffee and charring carbon all over the palate. The aftertaste is rich in whiskey and controlled milky like sweetness, matching with spicy and splintery wood flavors on the finish. Fruity warmth mixing in as well, touches an almost cherry note with time.

Very nice drinking aged stout here.
Jul 05, 2020
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Reviewed by HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

4.49/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Light carbonation with an above average body. Has a slight slick oily feel
Aroma is oak/wood, bourbon, alchohol, dark fruit,malt, brown sugar
Taste is malt,bourbon,wood,alcohol , dark fruit. Flavors linger and last long on the tongue. Somewhat bitter but overall delicious and well worth a try
May 24, 2020
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Reviewed by maximum12 from Minnesota

3.72/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Quarantine day forty four redux: 12 oz. can.

Blackest. Classic nose: vanilla, barrel, sweet malt.

Master Blend brings the barrel. Dense bourbon along with lovely charred oak is right up my drinking anus, tickled with vanilla, cocoa, more oak. Bitterness slips into the finish along with leather & a touch of honeyed sweetness. Not a pastry stout; this is easy to sip.

Nothing groundbreaking, but certainly a good, solid barrel aged stout.
May 02, 2020
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Reviewed by Holderness from Massachusetts

4.11/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
L -- Pours a very deep cola-hued body with 1.5 fingers of tan head produced with moderate pour. Some retention and good lacing
S -- Big notes of dried dark fruit and oaky bourbon. Some vanilla, caramel, molasses, herbal hop, smokey char
T -- Big dried dark fruit presence here too, especially fig and raisin. Fairly sweet but not overly so, balances the big boozy character and aggressive bourbon notes. You can tell this is barrel aged!
F -- Pretty limp for the ABV, but has a nice red-wine astringency on the finish
O -- Solid effort by Sixpoint, definitely one of their standout offerings

83/100
Apr 30, 2020
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Reviewed by Billolick from New York

4.45/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
12 oz thin can...w/ "canned on 01 Dec 2019" stamped on the bottom....allowed to warm up for about 30 mins

Pours near black, minor mocha cap, leaves low sheeting and just some minor spots of lacing.

Smoky dark chocolate brownies and smooth rum on the nose..yum yum yum..

Ooey gooey brownies again on the palate, dark chocolate, rum....dark malty chocolate milkshake goodness....rich, flavorful thick and delicious.....no need to age this one..its drinking just fine right now....mighty fine night capper
Apr 23, 2020
 
Rated: 4.41 by rjp217 from Massachusetts

Apr 23, 2020
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Reviewed by Hazyfuss from North Carolina

4.77/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
Crazy thick son! This one is a complete shocker. You wouldn’t imagine it would taste so rich and sweet and full by looking at the can but it’s up there with the best imperial stouts ever
Apr 18, 2020
 
Rated: 4.5 by GClarkage from California

Apr 16, 2020
 
Rated: 4.03 by CruzinCooler from New Jersey

Apr 15, 2020
 
Rated: 4.35 by Thorfinn960 from Ohio

Apr 13, 2020
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Reviewed by CHickman from New York

4.26/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Canned 12/01/19, this pours black color with a 2+ finger thick foamy tan colored head that faded in average time but left little to no lacing. Smells like vanilla, dark chocolate, rum or dark rum, woody notes, bourbon, mild soy sauce, char and dark fruit. No sweetness really, but nice complex booze and barrel aging aromas.

Tastes of dark chocolate, molasses, vanilla, espresso beans, bourbon, faint piney or herbal accents, charred wood, cola soda, light soy sauce, burnt coffee and a fruity sweetness that’s similar to grappa but not cloyingly sweet. There’s actually a little bitterness to this brew that balances the sweetness. The booze is held in check and the ABV is very well hidden. This was a tasty slow sipper from SixPoint which should be an annual release.
Apr 09, 2020
 
Rated: 4.46 by bylerteck from Canada (ON)

Apr 07, 2020
 
Rated: 3.79 by mrfrancis from Kentucky

Apr 02, 2020
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Reviewed by Lucular from Maryland

4.49/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
12 oz can dated 12-2-19 poured into a snifter. Pours pitch black with a medium-small tan head that fades to a thin ring of bubbles. Aroma and taste feature dark roasted malts, sweet vanilla (but not cloying), dark chocolate, and coffee with a hint of a sour twang - not enough to be off-putting, but noticeable. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with just enough carbonation. Overall it's a great sipper, a big, complex barrel-aged stout that hides the 13% abv well.
Apr 02, 2020
 
Rated: 4.64 by Vylo from New Jersey

Mar 31, 2020
 
Rated: 4 by MNBeer1017 from Minnesota

Mar 26, 2020
 
Rated: 4.52 by JamieDuncan from Maryland

Mar 24, 2020
 
Rated: 5 by Bitburger from Vermont

Mar 23, 2020
 
Rated: 4.69 by rockrob from Massachusetts

Mar 21, 2020
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Reviewed by hoptheology from South Dakota

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
12 oz can dated 12/1/19 from jrc1093. Prairie Rastal glass.

Dark liquid pour with some brown tinges and an impressively tall head of 2 fingers, receding to a finger, leaving connected hills of lacing on the glass.

Aroma is sopping wet bourbon barrel, just a massive amount, with some hazelnut coffee, hot caramel, butterscotch, toffee, molasses, and dark roasted coffee. Incredible!

Flavor opens with jabs of peppery coffee and some slight dark berry infection, but that subsides as heavy caramel and bourbon barrel show up to rule the show. Caramel, toffee, sharp hits of spicy rye, some floral hops, and black coffee all show up as well. The odd wild berry note still remains right at the finish.

The feel is cool and creamy with some light jabs of carbonation and a steady heat throughout and roasted grittiness on the tongue. Sticky finish, really coats the palate.

Overall a really impressive beer and one I'd gladly have again. I think infection has grabbed this one by the ankle but it's still marching onward. Great beer.
Mar 21, 2020
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Reviewed by BB1313 from Ohio

4.19/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Canned on 12/2/19. 12oz can poured into a tulip. Pours almost black; nice dark khaki head that falls leaving nice retention and lacing. The aromas have a nice blend of chocolate and bourbon. Some dark fruit. Malts are there. The flavors follow the nose. Lots of chocolate. Nice blend of milk chocolate, dark chocolate and chocolate syrup. Hints of vanilla and coconut. Some cherry in the mix. Subtle sweetness. Some rye and black pepper to give it a little spiciness in the finish. The bourbon blends well and accentuates everything. The bourbon isn't really shy or too subtle though. Strong malt backbone. Finishes with a subtle warmth along with some alcohol notes, but it's not hot or boozy at all. Mouthfeel is nice. It's full-bodied with moderate carbonation. It's fluffy, silky, slightly creamy and velvety. It's ultimately dangerously drinkable despite drinking somewhat big.

This is a great barrel-aged stout. It has basically everything that you'd look for in the style. Nice aromas and flavors. The craftsmanship is on point. Well done. I really like it.
Mar 11, 2020
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Reviewed by Bluecrow from New York

4.24/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
-ebony can pour with a thin, tan foam cap and a sweet, boozy aroma. The flavor is rich with deeply toasted malt and bourbon. There is a coconut note and the mouthfeel is very smooth. This is a tasty brew with a strong whisky influence.
Mar 07, 2020
 
Rated: 4.37 by Saylor from Pennsylvania

Mar 06, 2020
Master Blend from Sixpoint Brewery
Beer rating: 95 out of 100 with 115 ratings