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American Imperial Stout
Ranked #372
Ranked #2,038
4.29 | pDev: 6.29%
Sixpoint Brewery
New York, United States
Master BlendMaster Blend
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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Photo of HoppingMadMonk
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

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HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey, May 24, 2020
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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.

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maximum12 from Minnesota, May 02, 2020
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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


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Holderness from Massachusetts, Apr 30, 2020
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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, flavorful thick and need to age this one..its drinking just fine right now....mighty fine night capper

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Billolick from New York, Apr 23, 2020
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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

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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.

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CHickman from New York, Apr 09, 2020
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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.

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Lucular from Maryland, Apr 02, 2020
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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.

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The-Adjunct-Hippie from South Dakota, Mar 21, 2020
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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.

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BB1313 from Ohio, Mar 11, 2020
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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.

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Bluecrow from New York, Mar 07, 2020
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4.4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Big barrel: coconut, oak, vanilla . . . Reminiscent/ a solid middle ground between Deth's Tar and VSOD

Barrel well balanced by a substantial chocolatey roast character with some umami peanut brittle notes and assorted underlying dark fruits and medium-roast coffee. Wicked oaky, in reality about as close to a Revolution stout as a low-Revolution beer can be

If you can find a better well-distributed canned BA imperial stout, please let me know. This beer is wonderful and more than worth the (wicked low) price

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matts2896 from Connecticut, Mar 04, 2020
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4.15/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - The beer was brownish-black in appearance with a tan colored head.

Smell - There was a strong coffee nose with the bourbon taking somewhat of a backseat.

Taste - The initial was boozy coconut. Chocolate made more of an impression in the taste than coffee. There was something oddly medicinal about the profile. Still, the beer was enjoyable.

Mouthfeel - Though the beer was some viscosity, it was lacking for the style.

Overall - I thought it was ofd that the beer was lacking coffee, but it was enjoyable.

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4.26/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Very bourbon. Very rich. Pours black, dark brown with a thin tan head that faded quickly. Aroma is very bourbon and some roasty/smoky notes. Flavor is very bourbon with some malty background. Feel is very nice, rich and mouthcoating. Overall, it's a bit to much bourbon and not much imperial stout. Still a very nice beer, just lacks a small flavor rounding to make it great.

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BFCarr from New Jersey, Feb 17, 2020
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4.29/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark mahogany color with a thin mocha head. Smell is great the aroma is superb its char and oak with whiskey,vanilla and chocolate. Taste is also very good,chocolate and char mix with bourbon and oak thou not as good as the aroma. Mouth sweet and thick with all from above. 4 12 oz cans for $14 is superb.

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gatornation from Minnesota, Feb 14, 2020
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4.3/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep dark brown to black color with about a half finger of beige head. The nose has soft bourbon notes followed by a hint of molasses. The bourbon is evident in the flavor profile and it compliments the roasted maltiness.

The finish is dry with definite notes of the oak barrel present.

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57md from Pennsylvania, Feb 13, 2020
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4.16/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark chocolate brown-no head.
Initially, very strong milk chocolate aroma which is less pronounced with warming.
Light MF.
The taste is strong chocolate, some oak.
This is not a balanced stout. Other imperial stouts with the same ABV have a more balanced character. The aroma is the best aspect of the flavor profile. Otherwise, the flavor is inconsistent.

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brureview from Massachusetts, Feb 03, 2020
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow. Pretty fantastic for a $4 beer with no hype and no difficulty attaining.

It reminds me a lot of deths tar. It's very sweet and dark fruit laden. The amount of barrel character is wild. It's incredibly oaky.

The feel is rich creamy and dry.

The finish is the only thing I'm not in love with. Theres a slight twangyness I can't quite put my finger on. Maybe it's just all the oak finishing dry and woody or maybe it's something more sinister.

I'll buy a few more cans of this and see what the future hold for it in the cellar.

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rypkr from Pennsylvania, Feb 02, 2020
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4.17/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a tall 12oz can, exactly 2 months after canned date. Look was a typical dark stout. One oddity, I could hear the effervescence. Thin head, rapidly dissipating. Aroma isn’t the high point here, noticed the bourbonesque, which overpowered the other nuances lurking. Taste was of licorice, malts, coffee, vanilla, faint chocolate. Mouthfeel is smooth, slightly bitter & warming due to the 13abv. Aftertaste gave my sinuses a awakening. This is a fine stout, one I would purchase again, I would hope my retailer still has some remaining.

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MackT from Florida, Feb 02, 2020
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4.39/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz can. Canning date stamped on bottom is '02 DEC 2019'.
Has the appearance of black colored body. Thin tan head with a strong pour, and this stays around as a thin cap and ring. Multiple strings and spots of lacing are left behind.
Aroma of dark roasted malts and oak bourbon barrel. Quite strong in the nostrils. Has some chocolate and coconut smells.
Taste is enveloped by the bourbon barrel. Has flavors of chocolate, caramel, vanilla, cream and dark fruit. Oak tannin and dark roasted malts.
No more than medium mouth feel. Very good carbonation. Very aromatic. Quite dry.
A powerhouse of a barrel aged stout. Higher ABV% is clearly evident. Bourbon taste lingers.

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4.51/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours an opaque deep dark brown with a thick tan head. Nice retention with good lacing. Aroma is chocolate and bourbon. Flavor follows the nose, sweet and boozy. Feel is a little on the thin side for a stout but overall a very rich and pleasant beer.

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AdmiralOzone from Minnesota, Jan 29, 2020
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4.34/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with an airy four finger head off a hard pour which dissipates quickly. Minor lacing.

Nose is dark sweet fruits, vanilla, caramel and a beautiful bourbon. Excellent nose, complex and rich.

Mouth is surprisingly thin but rich and complex at the same time. BIG bourbon taste which lingers for a good while. Dark fruits, oak, dark chocolate and bourbon.

If your a bourbon fan this is a very well put together barrel aged. The bourbon is definitely riding in the front seat. A+

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Msp004 from New York, Jan 29, 2020
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4.33/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz canned on 01 DEC 19 (57 days ago) poured into a teku glass at above fridge temp 13% ABV 45 IBU 70 SRM. The beer pours dense black with fizzy light brown head. The head recedes to a thin ring and island fairly quickly. Minimal lacing. The aroma is fudgey with the oak, vanilla and coconut component of the bourbon barrel prominent. Minimal bourbon smell. The taste is semisweet caramel and chocolate with some bourbon and oak thrown in. It's fairly bitter and dry throughout. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with average carbonation. The finish is hot with ethanol, dry and lingering. Overall, very good. Wonderful smell & taste, just a bit thin. Absolute bargain.

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jkblr from Indiana, Jan 27, 2020
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4.3/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Canned 01 Dec 2019.
Moderate to vigorous pour yields a 3/8" tan head over a near black body with some lacing. Nose of booze with dark fruit, dark chocolate, and bitter chocolate. Taste mirrors nose with a finish of booze, chocolate, and dark fruit sweetness that begs for another sip. Nice feel and overall, a great BBA Stout, especially after warming .
Cheers to Sixpoint for another stellar stout!!!

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bobv from Vermont, Jan 27, 2020
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4.37/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served in a snifter glass from the can.

Appearance: Dark black color with medium bubbles to the body. Dark tan head off the body which rose maybe one finger's length. Dropped to almost nada after two or three sips. No lacing at all due to the slightly thin body.

Smell: Heavy brown sugar, smells if it was melted in a saucepan with the coffee brewing next to it.

Taste: A strong complicated brown sugar meshed with espresso soaked in a whiskey infused chocolate cake. Tasty and smooth. Touch strong on the alcohol love but the flavors become addicting after a while.

Mouth: sticky brew, medium carbonation. Sweet finish which lingers in the mouth cheeks for a very very long time.

Overall: Great brew, borderline one of the best imperial stouts for the money I have ever seen as of 2020 I picked up a four pack for 14 bucks before tax. Enjoy, always in a glass...Salud!

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BlurryVisi0n from New York, Jan 26, 2020
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Completely adept at Stout making, the brewers of Sixpoint step back from their "bean"-y ways and devise a strong and standard Imperial Stout that showcases the premiere flavors of first-use bourbon barrels.

Thatch in its blackness, Master Blend builds a lustrous mocha froth to foreshadow a boldly roasted scent of dark roast coffee, dark chocolate, char, caramel, coconut and cream. Velvety and sweet on the tongue, the early palate opens up with a host of molasses, honey, caramel and vanilla cream in a strong first impression.

As the Stout rolls along the middle palate, the full saturation of roasted sweetness commences on the tastebuds. A good slather of malt provides a bedrock of flavor to sooth the char of grain and wood for a bittersweet chocolate, espresso bean and candied walnut culmination. The spice of wood aged whisky brings its own caramel, vanilla and coconut nuances that resonate loudly on the late palate and before a woodsy bitterness and simmering ether warmth.

Full bodied and creamy throughout, the velvety, off-marshmallow texture allows the Stout to finish roasted with a long and smoky chocolate aftertaste. Make no beans about it, this is one masterfully designed and built beer.

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BEERchitect from Kentucky, Jan 22, 2020
Master Blend from Sixpoint Brewery
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 97 ratings