Mad Scientists Series #9: Cacao Husk Stout | Sixpoint Brewery

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Sixpoint Brewery
New York, United States

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by claspada on 04-27-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Billolick
3.97/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed a few months ago at the Craftsman in Harrison, NY and reviewed from I-Phone notes.

Poured black, under a dark tan head, that left ample fine high lacing.

Dark malts and darker chocolate notes in the nose

More chocolate, with waves of dark moderatly sweet malts. Pleasantly dry finish, smooth and tasty. Thoroughly enjoyable stout. Nice job here by sixpoint, showing some serious versitility in brewing here.

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Photo of Infamous7100
4.17/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a deep brown to black with a slight ruby finish at the edges. Poured aggressively, a finger width tan head develops. Nice lacing.
S: nice cocoa and roasted malt scent. Chocolate notes dominate here.
T: starts sweet with notes of cocoa and dark chocolate. The slighty burnt malt comes next along with some coffee ground flavors. This finishes slighty bitter and dry but it does well to balance the sweet malts. Loving it.
M: this brew truly excells here. Smooth, creamy and full bodied, yet not overwhelming. Finishes slighty dry but a great bittersweet after taste.
O: Thoroughly enjoyed this. Highly quaffable and very tasty, even on a hot day (rare for a stout). Great balance in this beer. Cheers, Sixpoint.

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Photo of Squidly
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Photo of DrBier
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of claspada
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a near black with a medium, frothy tan head, medium retention and decent lacing.

Aromas begin with dark chocolate, mild espresso roast and nutty maltiness. As it warms I get more of the coffee and some light earthy hops.

The tastes begin with bitter unsweetened chocolate, light coffee roast again and a mild sweet finish. As it warms I get some yeasty fruit esters which don't quite fit but aren't a deal breaker; drinks a little like a homebrew that wasn't fermented at precise temperature.

The mouthfeel is quite full bodied for the middle of the road ABV; medium carbonation. Finish is drying due to the ample cocoa beans which must have been added to this brew.

Overall I enjoyed this beer. You have to be a fan of bitter cocoa to truely enjoy this beer; luckily I am so I did. Lots of flavor for a middle of the road ABV offering. Not too bitter or roasty (which I have been not enjoying lately in my stouts) thanks to a mild sweet maltiness. One of the better offerings I have had from Sixpoint recently.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Pinocchio's, Media, PA

Not a bad chocolate stout here. Dark brown-black pour with a cap of tan head that receded to a thin layer; minimal lacing. Not overly aromatic, notes of dark roasted malts, cocoa, and toasted nuts. This was my wife's beer and I tasted it when it was still a bit cold. I got a good amount of raw cocoa and dark roasty malts, as promised by the nose, undertones of vanilla, coffee, anise, with a slightly phenolic twinge that was intrusive but not too potent. Smooth and medium-bodied, seemed a tad thin for the style, but just on the cusp really. Nice overall and quite enjoyable.

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Photo of John_M
3.73/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This sounded pretty intriguing, so how could I say no. On tap at Max's today.

The beer pours a dark rootbeer color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is attractive, though hardly distinctive. I get some roasty malt, burnt toast and some rootbeer. The flavor profile is pretty good, though not very stout-like. Seems like more of a hoppy brown ale, as I get some roasty malt, a touch of chocolate, and some dry citrus. The finish on this beer is pretty dry, with a hint of licorice. Not bad, but it is a bit unusual. Mouthfeel is at most medium bodied, with a fairly long, dry citrus and licorice finish. Alcohol is pretty much undetectable.

An interesting beer, no doubt. While I didn't fall in love with it, the amount and complexity of flavor is impressive.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Silk smoothness, velvet richness, and chocolate roast- this is stout is all about!

Brilliantly dark brown, almost black, the beer gives impressions of chocolate even to the appearance to the beer. Caught somewhere between espresso black and mocha, the beer promises to be dense, rich, and flavorful. A creamy tan cap of foam warms the rim of the glass before reducing to a solid sheet with laced fringes.

Chocolate dominates the nose with a not-so-sweet, not-so-bitter balance. The chocolate flavors are informed by underpinnings of mild toffee, coffee roast, walnut, and earthen bark.

The full flavor of chocolate rises to the forefront of taste, that when combined with roasted malt flavors give direct impressions of mocha latte with the rigid backbone of toffee, vanilla, and cream. Earthy walnut and stemmy light peat offers mild bitterness to balance the chocolate, coffee, and sweetness and serves as a constant reminder that this is a formidable ale.

Creamy and velvety, the beer offers more succulence and richness than is typical for drier American stouts and mere six percent alcohol. Silky smoothness ushers in a long and pleasant linger of chocolate, mild alcohol warmth, and slight minty hop dryness. The beer really holds onto its structure well, deep into the finish.

The chocolate and cream flavors and textures pull this stout from the hoppy, roasty, and dry side into a softer palate that's usually reserved for richer and sweeter English stouts. And to the Sixpoint scientists- "Stay mad!"

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Photo of barczar
3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear dark brown with a dense one inch mocha head that leaves sheets of lacing.

Aroma is lightly roasted malt and sweet cocoa, and a slight bit of nuttiness.

Flavor is deceivingly sweet at first, a touch of roast malt, slightly nutty, with am underlying bittersweet chocolate backbone. The finish is fairly bitter and a bit dry.

Mouthfeel is smooth, with moderate body and a moderate to light level of carbonation.

Overall, the aroma presents more chocolate character than the flavor, but the roast malt is not overwhelming.

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.65/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a deep dark black with a half inch tan head. The nose is slightly fruity and grainy and the taste follows suit with a lot more fruit than expected for a choco stout. The beer is drinkable, but still a supper. There is a strong aftertaste of bready chocolate and a touch of saltiness. It's almost like a flourless chocolate cake. This beer is worth trying, but nothing to seek out with the other choco stouts available...

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Photo of RonfromJersey
4.4/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown, not black, body, ruby edges, topped by a billowing rocky light tan foam. Drippy lacing.

Cocoa nose, with hint of coffee.

Rich chocolate beginning, like a river of Hershey syrup down the center of he tongue. Hints of coffee. Earthy hops that do not overwhelm.

Rich, lush mouthfeel, everything you can ask for from a stout.

A very tasty, highly enjoyable chocolate stout. They might want to can this one.

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Photo of Giantspace
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Mad Scientists Series #9: Cacao Husk Stout from Sixpoint Brewery
Beer rating: 4.01 out of 5 with 12 ratings