Groundskeeper Spilly | Sixpoint Brewery

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Sixpoint Brewery
New York, United States

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Todd on 01-02-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 11 |  Reviews: 10
Photo of RblWthACoz
4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of kmadison
3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A fine example of Scotch Ale. Nice dark syrup color. Drank nice with good notes, although I should have let it warm a little longer than I did. Had a mouthfeel amd taste that was like a Sumatra Vienna roast coffee. A nice smokey, earthy, and somewhat leathery approach that leaves with a sweet darjeeling tea like back palate. Somehow I managed to compare it to both coffee and tea? Reminds me a little of an Islay Scotch, as it does have a nice peaty-smokey element that is enticing. Overall, another good brew from Six Pts.

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Photo of EPICAC
3.48/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy, brown-amber color. Topped by a creamy, beige head that leaves thick sheet of lace on the glass, and thins to a persistent film. The aroma is lightly bready with notes of dark fruit and caramel. Malty upfront with sweet caramel flavors, and a hint of smoke. As the beer moves across the palate a light bitterness appears and the smokiness becomes very strong. Highly carbonated, medium-bodied. A bit heavy. The smokiness is a bit overwhelming.

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Photo of brownsbilliards
4.59/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Four of us obtained a special sample of this from the brewer. The beer pours with a thick head that takes a while to dissipate. Alot of yeast is in the beer. The nose has a sweet, smoky, peat aroma. The taste follows the nose. It has a strong smoky flavor, but not overbearing. It is very well balanced. It is very drinkable for a scotch ale. We all agreed we wish we had more.

BB Reviewers: Larry, Ray, Dan, Joe

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Photo of Kegatron
3.78/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Sunset Bar & Grill. Boston, Mass.

Pours a dark amber/brown with a thin creamy off-white head that settled down into a nice retention and left decent lacing. The aroma is sweet malts, spices, dark fruits.

The taste is sweet malts, coffee, dark fruits, nutty tones, and an earthy hoppiness that lingers for a bit in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a smooth, creamy feel.

This was pretty good Scoth Ale from the guys at Sixpoint. I enjoyed the big flavors and smooth body but one was plenty enough.

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Photo of BeerTruth
4.12/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had a half growler of this filled at Brilbeck's down the road. Sixpoint is in Syracuse, finally!!!

Poured into a nonic.

Pours a dark brown with a bit of a ruby hue to it. A khaki colored one finger head quickly dies down to a ring of bubbles. Thin lacing left behind on the glass. Nutty smell up front with hints of dry dark fruits. Tobacco and leather find their way in the nose as well. A good amount of caramel malt with some pepper and spice. A buttery malt flavor with a bit of scotch and yeasty bread. Musty dark fruit sweetness of raisin, fig, and some raspberry. Aftertaste is a bit smokey with hints of coffee and woody characteristics that leaves the mouth somewhat dry. Good complex flavors from start to finish. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied and not as creamy as I had hoped. Carbonation is subtle but fits the style well. The 7.2% abv is higher than the flavor portrays. So glad Sixpoint is available in Syracuse, I look forward to more of their offerings. I'll have to hit up Empire and Dinosaur this weekend and see what they have on tap from the guys from Brooklyn.

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Photo of goodbyeohio
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

dark pour you'd associate with scotch ale, as well as the tanny foam with concrete lacing which steers clear of airy fluff. robust aroma, almost meaty. light smoke and a slight note of creamed corn. initial reaction is of shock, as this beer is much drier than i would have imagined a sixpoint scotch would be. elements that seem off the charts in the nose come together nice for a full flavored yet middle-bodied scotch ale, both earthy with a touch of grape and very subtly smoky. no overwheming sweetness at all, perhaps shane and co. are picking up on the mass brainwaves. no booze, wonder what the abv is here as this beer is extremely drinkable, moreso even than brownstone. warmth brings an undercurrent of sudsy, hoppy floral bitterness. complex and sessionable means a winner in my book, albeit perhaps not the most exciting or revolutionary release from the brooklyn boys.

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Photo of gwong
3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark brown color with a thick tan head. Moderate amount of lacing left on the glass.

S: Caramel and roasted malts with some fruity notes in the aroma.

T: Malts and coffee flavor with a lingering bitterness that leaves a rather pleasant finish.

M: Moderate carbonation makes it easy on the tongue at first sip - a bit too dry at the end.

D: Great flavor that tempts you into drinking it continuously but more than two glasses may be pushing it. The alcohol and the dry mouth will eventually hit you.

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Photo of PEBKAC
3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap during the pre-Super Bowl tasting at Whole Foods Bowery.

Lots of nice thinks flowed that afternoon. Only so much room in my pack after hitting up New Beer. It was between this & the Diesel, & while the Diesel was as tasty as always, the Spilly was much more inviting on my nose, not to mention brand new. How could I pass it up?

The beer guzzles out a dirty puddle brown. Chunky off-white head tops off the glass. Uniform rings form on the glass as the foam slowly cascades back down to join the beer.

Now I'm not a big scotch drinker, but even some of these smells seem familiar to me in other ways. Half-spent charcoal, oily leather, & the initial sticky molasses/burnt BBQ that slices & stabs at my nostrils.

Charred BBQ sauce, the taste of a fresh cigar, wetting your fingers while flipping through a newspaper, black tea with a couple extra packs of sugar. As it goes down, a coffee/plant soil bitterness finishes it off. The pigs in the blanket along with this beer was a crazy 1-2 punch for most of us.

What starts out a little sweet, turns out to be incredibly dry by the end though. I didn't think the carbonation was strong enough, even if it did hold off the cotton mouth for a little while.

It was easy enough to drink at first, but by the time SportsCenter replayed the Giants win the second time around, we couldn't much look at our glasses. We just needed something else in the worst way. One pour is delicious, two is a struggle.

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

Deep burnt caramel colored. Pours with a tan fluffy head that holds moderate retention and leaves spotty lacing behind.

Earthy, peaty aromas off the bat with dark fruits, and burnt caramel and chocolate aromas. Black cherry hints with a bit of raisin and a grassy hopping.

First thing you notice is the prickly refreshing carbonation. Normally this amount of carbo would be something I wouldn't enjoy in the style however it brings out the hop flavor quite nicely and fills out a thick malty middle. Rich with raising, date, candied pecan, burnt caramel, peat, earth and leather. Chocolate covered cherry shows through to the long tantalizing finish. An easy drinking rich scotch. Thanks you Willie. Now if only sixpoint would bottle more and come to Ohio.

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Photo of RichThatchr
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had a serving of this at the Blind Tiger (NYC) yesterday in a small glass and its light body was a surprise as it appeared to be jet black with a slight head. The taste of coffee and dark chocolate finished in a dry and chalky manner that invited further tastes to confirm what the aromas were saying about it being a Scotch ale. With no apparent trace of hops in this Sixpoint ale, the aftertaste proclaimed the intended Scotch element to it with a small smoke twist that reminded me of the infamous single malt scotch, Lagavullin. I found this very easy to drink.

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Groundskeeper Spilly from Sixpoint Brewery
Beer rating: 4 out of 5 with 11 ratings