Chocolate Rye Porter | Sixpoint Brewery

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3.6 w/ 7 ratings

Brewed by:
Sixpoint Brewery
New York, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by DoubleSimcoe on 03-15-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 7 |  Reviews: 6
Photo of polishkaz
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

On cask at Barcade in Williamsburg, New York.

Pours with a frothy, disintegrating cask head; a lively red-black colour. Head is still surprisingly solid, considering the beer is under-carbonated or completely uncarbonated in the cask. Colour is deep, but is still quite clear. Looks pretty good.

Nose is shockingly, very bready, with big residual yeast characters and a wet rye character. Very mild otherwise, but clear and clean. Not bad, but missing something.

Taste is smooth and savoury. Not a lot of either chocolate or rye, although the deep bread character makes another appearance. Light peppery characters come through, with a touch of cleansing chlorine. A touch of tobacco and gritty bitterness on the finish. Very smooth feel and a lively cask character, but missing flavour. Flavour!

Had better, especially from this brewery. But this was very pleasant and exciting to get to try.

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Photo of Mypintishalffull
4.77/5  rDev +32.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Got to try this while staying at the Ace Hotel for the night for a friends wedding. Snuck out to have a beer and glad I did. Served to me with little head and thought something was wrong. Then the server informed me. It's a cask beer and it's normal. So I tried it and loved it. Real nice nutty aroma almost like roasted almonds. Then a litter bitter upfront but chocolate in the end and some malt. Great mouthfeel like silk. Light in carbonation but real good for sipping and conversation. I like cask beer I need to try more.


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Photo of renegadeburger
4.68/5  rDev +30%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

i had this beer on cask while meeting up with friends at the Breslin in Midtown, its an interesting place right next to the Ace Hotel and they serve entire roasted pigs right at the table and you eat the entire pig at a time that's just crazy

i did not know this beer was only served at the breslin but i really enjoyed it, reminded me of the cask ales i tried when i was in england for some time

my sample came poured deep brown with a wisp of foam on top, had an aroma of roasted malts and rye and a bit of hops in there too smelled kind of herbaly and dank

taste was great it went really well with the savory pork i had, easy on the hops not too overpowering very sessionable, it did not have the carbonation which is good sometimes you want to have a nice cask beer without the bubbles

my favorite thing was the mouthfeel it really had a good texture to it, it is one of my favorite things about a good cask beer when done well it has a way different feel to it, my sample here had that light carbonation without being too heavy

overall i think this was a perfect beer for the situation, i want to discover more local cask ales in the area especially if they are unique brews

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Photo of zacross
2.35/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

I would mimic doublesimcoe's review, so there is no need for an additional review. My experience was on June 21 at the Pony Bar. Too watery to be in a cask. The look and smell drew me in but at first taste, I was extremely disappointed. It was like drinking de-carbonated coke with a funky effect.

-ZR (was here)

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Photo of sholland119
3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Spotted Pig, 4/15/11.

A-Pours a muddy chocolate brown with a rich, creamy mocha head.

S-Rich roasted malt with some sweet chocolate in the background.

T-Creamy with good roast and a bit of bitterness in the finish. Not much rye presence that I could detect. Also a bit short on chocolate, especially as compared to the nose.

M-Nicely creamy, a good beer for nitro.

O-A nice food beer, not all that memorable.


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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
2.32/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Sixpoint Chocolate Rye Porter, cask at Pony Bar in Hell's Kitchen, New York.

ABV was listed as 7.7% (I doubt it is that hefty). I have read about this beer being 5.5% and 6.2% when served elsewhere, so I have chosen not to fill the ABV. Judging by the lightness of this brew, though, I would put it at 5.5%...

Appearance: Served in a 14-oz pint, comes with a super frothy dark head with a myriad active bubbles in constant motion, weee!!!! A bit over one finger of head, with great retention and minimal carbonation (this being a cask, it is expected). Color is a deep-chestnut bronze, like a dark barleywine. A pretty face is about the only good thing this beer offers...

Smell: A bit lager-ish, sort of a strange yeasty feel. Very mild roastiness, not much else. No chocolate, no rye. No nothing.

Taste: Sadly, follows nose. Very thin and watery, slightly bitter at the end. The faintest hint of chocolate around. Some chestnut/winter presence. Other than that, this has less taste and body than Guinness!

Mouthfeel: Extremely watery and underwhelming. Low body, low carbonation, low flavor. Very lame. In addition, it was served too cold at the bar.

Drinkability: This thing drinks great, whether it is 7.7%, 5.5% or whatever. But it is too thin and unexciting and I don't want to drink it again. When I read "chocolate rye porter" I expected something fairly big, sweet, hoppy, malty.... fail. None of that. You're better off with the "Time Out for a Porter", also from Sixpoint.

I e-mailed the brewery and the owner said this beer should be full-bodied and not as light I reported having it. He asked his brewers, but they had nothing to say so I assume this is how intended their "Chocolate Rye Porter" to be.

Shame on them, then! A bad one for the otherwise excellent Sixpoint factory.

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Chocolate Rye Porter from Sixpoint Brewery
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