Sixpoint Brewery

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Porter - Baltic
Ranked #45
Ranked #4,673
4.06 | pDev: 10.34%
Sixpoint Brewery
New York, United States
Notes: A Sixpoint & Friends jam session one-off. Made with Mast Brothers Chocolate cacao husks and infused with fresh Stumptown Coffee Roasters cold brew, and then aged on oak.
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dbl_delta from Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Can found in the back of the fridge (dated 2017!) into pint glass. Pours a deep browmn with a couple of fingers of medium-tan head. Great lacing. Initial impression is heavily weighted toward the chocolate end of the spectrum. Bourbon is more of a hint; no evidence of coffee. Very smooth and mellow for 10%. Finish is more cocoa and ever so slightly bitter. Delicious!

May 08, 2020
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BeanBump from California

4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nothing wrong with this beer.

Smooth, dark roasted flavor with just a hint of sweetness and the appropriate level of bitterness. Solid all the way through. Ill be seeking out the BA version of this, wish me luck.

Jun 13, 2019
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chinchill from South Carolina

4.14/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz tall can into a Tervis pint (from Dec. 2018 notes).
The brown-black body is opaque in the glass and topped by a large, bubbly, semi-durable beige head.
Bourbon barrel notes dominate the aroma. The flavors brings more dark roasted grain and coffee. There would probably be more coffee presence if this was fresher. Despite some aging, the high ABV was still obvious.

Mar 20, 2019
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AmeriCanadian from Tennessee

4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Cola-black body with deep, dark brown around the edges. Small, light khaki head of tiny, creamy bubbles. Minimal lacing.

Baker's chocolate, espresso, licorice, vanilla, charred and damp wood, toffee, fig newtons, dried cherries, maple, roasted malts. Outstanding.

Maple, chocolate-covered fruits, vanilla, fig, light licorice and char, caramel, dark roast coffee, plus some earthy and bitter hops on the end. Sounds very sweet given the flavor highlights, but the residual sweetness is actually quite low. Well done.

Feel is a touch thin with surprising carbonation, but velvety smooth. Very little booze or heat.

For a porter, this is exceptional. Even for a BA stout it's outstanding.

Mar 11, 2019
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snaotheus from Washington

3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz can served in a little wine glass. Best by November 2020. Picked it up at Captain's in Port Charlotte, FL.

Pours black with a small head, medium to low carbonation. Smell is roasty, with some wood and vanilla. Smells boozy.

Taste is moderately similar -- booze is strong, wood is strong, clearly roasty but not as up front as in the aroma.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, surprisingly effervescent. Overall, pretty good.

Feb 21, 2019
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Franziskaner from Missouri

3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown in color with little penetration to light. There’s a fingernail of brown on top. Light lacing. The aroma is of chocolate and sweet bourbon. I’m tasting chocolate, sweet bourbon, coffee, and vanilla. The mouth is thick and sticky.

Dec 03, 2018
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depechemode1983 from Texas

4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out black with a fairly dense brown head. Retention is excellent and leaves a bit of lacing.

Sweet roasted coffee in the nose with a dash of cream. Also you get a hint of bourbon in the back.

Lightly roasted coffee, vanilla, cream, and bourbon. Not getting any alcohol warmth despite the abv.

Mouthfeel is full bodied and smooth. Carbonation is light.

Sep 06, 2018
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Lingenbrau from Oregon

4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

2017 from a can.

3 Beans pours black in the glass. Cola brown highlights flicker in the light, and an impressive tanned head rises two fingers high, rocky yet smooth at first, then recedes to a comfortable coast and spotty islands. There are little spots that spackle the glass with traces of lace.

Wonderful bourbon soaked vanilla beans and espresso escape from the dark depths below. Chocolate blends in to create an iced mocha experience, but a bit of iron/metallic scent lies in the background.

Well expressed in the same sentiments, coffee, chocolate, vanilla beans, and booze dance around all in sync with each other. Minor notions of dessert spices linger in, giving support to the mention of cola in it's appearance. As it warms, those spices take on more of a Mexican hit chocolate life.

It feels somewhat creamy at first, but seems a bit thin and lively with carbonation. Which to say is appropriate seeing how this is called a Baltic Porter, so I assume it is in fact lagered. But still, it seems a little too spritzy for me. There is a good hefty and expected alcohol warmth, but overall seems pretty well balanced.

No question here. I'd revisit 3 Beans in a heartbeat. I've seemed to have had more bourbon barrel aged Baltic Porters lately than their base examples, but considering the track record, I'm more than ok with that. Keep them coming. Cheers!

Mar 09, 2018
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322wingedfoot from Pennsylvania

4.14/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 12oz can dated 2017. Pours a dark-as-night inky black with a fast dissapating off-white head. Delicious sweet nose of coffee and chocolate, and a plate to match. Lightly carbonated. Not my cup of tea with a 10% ABV, but an excellent beer to be sure.

Jan 21, 2018
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Baldguy305 from Florida

5/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Looks and pours amazing. The nose is a perfect blend of chocolate coffee with that back up of a very nice hint of bourbon. Bourbon on the tongue with that chocolate coffee finish to smooth it all out. Like silk across your mouth with a little bubble cleaner.

Jan 19, 2018
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Thankin_Hank from Texas

4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful dark chocolate coffee color. Nice initial thick head that faded quickly. The smell is rich with chocolate and coffee. Taste is what you'd expect with the rich chocolate and coffee. The sweet bourbon is right there with coffee and chocolate and the alcohol is not overpowering. Such a nice brew the mouthfeel is smooth and easy to drink. This is an excellent tasting porter, probably the best Baltic I've had. Recommend this to all my friends and Beer Advocates. Six Point wins again.
Date code:BB07NOV2020

Jan 16, 2018
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avalon07 from South Carolina

3.81/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L: Had this beer on-tap at Jack Brown's - Richmond, poured into a pint glass. Had a dark brown / black color and an opaque consistency. There was a half inch of foamy, tan-colored, fairly long head. Not much lacing, though.

S: A decent, but slightly underwhelming, aroma of coffee, roasted malt, chocolate, and some vanilla.

T: Taste of a small amount of oak, some mild vanilla notes (mostly in the finish), lots of roasted malt, some coffee (not as much as advertised), a bit of chocolate, and a hint of bourbon. Not an overly robust flavor. The coffee should have been a more featured ingredient. Not bad, but seems a little subdued.

F: A solid amount of carbonation with a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This beer has its good qualities, but it's still kind of uneven. Worth a look, though.

Jan 10, 2018
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KRubes from North Carolina

3.87/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: 12 oz pour at cellar temperature into a Teku. Jet black/licorice in color. Beige, foamy, one-and-a-half finger head.

S: Mild bourbon, vanilla, cold pressed coffee.

T: Coffee/hop bitterness up front, followed up by more coffee notes, then a transition to warming bourbon/alcohol.

F: Thin, but about right for a porter. Prefer more, but understand the characteristics of style.

O: An interesting take. My first BA offering from Sixpoint. I yearn for a little more malt and mouthfeel, but the coffee and bourbon are there. Worth the try if you're a fan of BA coffee beers.

Dec 30, 2017
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russpowell from Arkansas

3.46/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours an effervescent mahogany with 2 fingers of tan head. Near zero head retention & lacing

S: Cocoa, vanilla, cinnnamon

T: Cocoa, coconnut & drynesss up front & a little vanilla. Some vanilla, faint coffee & booze on the edges, shaping into Bourbon as this warms, plus loads of dryness. Finishes with Cinnamon, a touch of vanilla, & just a kiss of coffee

MF: Light medium body with slight carbonation

ABV is well hidden, but this doesn't quite meet expectations, worth a go though. Had way more potential

Dec 22, 2017
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Buck89 from Tennessee

4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a snifter. A dark, nearly opaque deep brown color with a modest tan head. Nice foam retention for a BA beer, and it left laces in the glass. Cocoa nibs, coffee, roasted malt, vanilla, and faint bourbon on the nose. The bourbon was more prominent on the first sip, but not overpowering. It melded well with the other flavors. Nice coffee and chocolate to back up the roasted malt. The porter allowed the flavors to shine with a more subtle malt presence and a slightly lighter body. Overall outstanding.

Dec 19, 2017
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Soccerski54 from Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

I like the darkest brown almost black contrast with the foamy khaki head. Smells of Bourbon barrel - oak and whiskey - are always welcome. Great coffee front flavor followed by slightly sweet malty aftertaste holding its own and complementing the cheesy spicy chili that I was serving at the time of tasting. Nothing about the feel that was special. I love coffee, whiskey, and beer, this Baltic Porter does the three flavors a favor.

Dec 10, 2017
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The appearance has a dark brown/almost black body with a three finger white foamy head rises and falls leaving some speckled foamy spider web lacing and is fairly clingy. The smell has some dark coffee up front with a slight chocolate in the background. The taste is sweet and bitter at different times through the coffee and chocolate. Sticky bitter aftertaste and finishes slightly dry. On the palate, it sits about a light to medium, comes across fairly sessionable despite where the ABV is. Carbonation seems just right to me and for the style. Overall, this is a pretty good Baltic Porter.

Jun 09, 2017
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Had this on draft.

Brown/black liquid.

Khaki head; strong lace.

Coffee nose.

Medium thick mouthfeel.

Nice coffee notes up front; the wheat adds an odd but appealing finish. Nice!

Oct 26, 2016
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Brenden from Ohio

3.94/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

It's a pretty beer, nearly black with a pretty thick body and just a hint of orange-brown in the cracks, so to speak. The head is medium brown, thick and chunky, almost two fingers tall. It rests heavily atop the beer and falls slowly down to half a finger or just less when it ultimately settles. It drops a steady and strong lacing down the glass.
It's an aromatic beer that pretty much shows off what it claims. Coffee is up front, fresh, with some cocoa present in notes of bitter chocolate and creamier milk chocolate. It's earthy, there's a whole lot of roast running all the way through that offers a bit of char in it, and there's a sort of berries/dark fruits note underneath.
The taste pretty much follows suit, but there's something to the additional bitterness I can't quite finger. The charcoal note combines with it and seems to bring out just a little note of something acrid. Otherwise, there's just a bit of herb mingling with the coffee and chocolate, and the tang backs off a little while something more floral comes out slowly.
It's got the advertised smoothness, though for all the beans I'd expect a more silky touch. It is creamy and quite lush, though, and it doesn't lack as the full body rolls on the tongue with a smooth and easy carbonation offering just enough of a bite with a focus working toward that velvety feeling. Alcohol adds a prickle but not much more, and it blends well.

May 20, 2014
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dar482 from New York

4.46/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The beer comes in a dark brown to black color with a light khaki head.

The aroma has an earthy coffee, cocoa, lots of roasted malt character.

In the front, there is a rush of black coffee. Then the beer moves onto this interesting cacao nib quality. It’s bitter, but pure of chocolate essence with hints of dried dark fruit. The middle has a touch of alcohol to lift up the beer. With a touch of vanilla and lots of wood and oak drying on the finish.

The mouthfeel is medium plus.

Reminds me slightly of Victory at Sea, but not as full in flavor and luscious. Still a fantastic coffee brew, even with over a year on it.

May 20, 2014
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Makisupajoey from Ohio

4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: very dark with a solid head that stayed around till finished
S: yum. Malts make themselves known
T: solid stout with some bite, alcohol content is presented, oak taste comes up front
M: smooth with some bite
O: not the average stout, this one has some bite to it. A bit of an olde ale flavor

May 07, 2014
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JohnGalt1 from Idaho

3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

One of the base beers in my recent trade with madnismo, shared one of these tonight with my Tuesday night friends.

2 finger tan head... pretty good retention and okay lacing atop a very dark brown beer that still shows nice ruby highlights at the stem.

Nose is an enticing mix of cocoa, coffee and hints of oaky vanilla.. dark caramel sugary essence helps carry and marry the aromas.

Bigger vanilla bloom on the palate that doesn't show in the nose... plenty of cocoa, coffee is lesser than the nose... dark roasty malts also don't show as much as expected... a sorta nutty malt moves in with the vanilla/caramel mash-up and produces an easy drinking brew.

Body is surprisingly light given the 10%... good carbonation, but still thick and coating... very drinkable... deceiving.

Thanks again Nathan for the great trade.

All 3.75's

Apr 16, 2014
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hplascencia1024 from California

3.63/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tried this 4/1/14, so my review my be a lot lower than most.

A: beautiful dark brown, with nice 2 finger tan head
S: nice sweetness, tabacco smell, not getting the coffee nor chocolate that most people describe
T: taste like it smells, no coffee, very little chocolate, solid porter, little boozy
MF: great part of this beer! great carb, nice and light on the tounge
O: A pretty solid beer. doesnt taste or drink like 10%, but it is really good. I am sure it was better fresh with the huge coffee arome and flavor people describe. Would have liked to get this fresh, but what can you do. very solid though!

Apr 02, 2014
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HopBomb515 from New Jersey

4.55/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

A - Jet black, nice 2 finger tan colored head that settles to a cap that stays and laces the glass on the way down.

S - Amazing! Coffee, chocolate, earthy burnt notes. Chocolate really pops in the nose more as it warms.

T - Balanced, of all the coffee beers I've had this one brings the most balance. Coffee and chocolate are both there, both imparting bitterness. Char notes work themselves in and a sweetness to malt body round it out. It finishes with some bitterness from the coffee and chocolate and some hop flavor that comes out in the finish.

M - Smooth, lighter in body than you'd expect, some sharp carbonation that is unexpected but works and a rather dry finish.

O - I'm going to miss this beer. Sixpoint, bring this back! This is an amazing coffee/chocolate porter that hides it's 10% punch. It's balanced, it's different and it's amazing.

Feb 17, 2014
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

One year old can purchased from Beers of the World in Rochester, NY.

Pours a dark, opaque brown color. A lighter brown mocha-colored head forms, about one inch, with nice strings of lacing down the glass.

Aromas include dark roasted malt, strong nutty coffee, chocolate, all sorts of great rich things on the nose.

The flavor is similar. The coffee flavor is quite prominent, and pretty intense- it's of the bitter and nutty variety, with a bit of sweetness near the end that's reminiscent of hazelnut. The roasted malt also provides a nice bitterness, with some dark chocolate as well- cocoa powder like, and mild. No real hop flavor.

Medium bodied, very creamy, low carbonation.

A great baltic porter, and a truly great use of coffee here, it stands tall.

Feb 05, 2014
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