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Sixpoint Brewery
New York, United States

Style: Baltic Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-11-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 1,213 |  Reviews: 251
Photo of Gatch
4.31/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Dark, murky brown with a very smooth, fine-bubbled head that builds tall and quickly and fades fairly quickly. Leaves behind a bit of lace and has a thin layer of foam retention.

S: You get all the components. Heavy coffee, very rich, dark chocolate & cocoa, a bit of booze, dark fruits, roasted and smoked malt, brown sugar, wood. Very nice.

T: Everything in the nose. Pretty sweet and a bit boozy but the alcohol complements the overall experience. Kinda spicy but not nearly as detectable as it could be. Malt, coffee, and cocoa take center stage, as they should.

M: Big, bold flavor and some sizzle from the carbonation. The body is proper for the style. The booze can linger a bit, though.

O: A unique and special Baltic Porter that lived up to the style but also had an enjoyable twist thrown in by Sixpoint. Fantastic, big beer. And a good looking can.

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Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of philbe311
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I'm very excited to try this one...

A - A slow to develop finger's worth of densely packed rich creamy khaki colored froth with an ever so slightly rocky top... Solid retention gives way to a full enticing veil of lacing and thin collar... The color is a deep dark brown that lets lot of light leak in around the edges... Mostly still with a couple of stray sluggish carbonation bubbles deep within... A good bit of lacing clings to the glass...

S - You don't even need to bring this one close to your nose to enjoy the potent and pleasant aroma... A nice rich coffee scent to start... This is mixed nicely with a rich milk chocolate component... Some slight earthy notes... A hint of smoke... Vanilla emerges more as it warms... Very nice depth and complexity...

T - Light yet assertive coffee to start... Semisweet chocolate chips... Vanilla... Some light woody notes from the oak which adds just the most subtle of nuance... Loads of rich roasted malt on the finish that continues to crescendo...

M - Teeters on the border between medium and full bodied... A nice brisk carbonation... Starts a bit lush and "juicy..." The finish becomes a drier by the moment...

D - A very nice very rewarding brew from Sixpoint... I'm challenging to think of anything that quite compares as this one is rather unique... I can recommend with a clean conscience and will gladly seek out and enjoy again without hesitation...

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Photo of brewcrew76
4.37/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Black, dark brown with a creamy mocha head a spray paint splatter of lacing.

S - Espresso, lactic milk stout notes, bittersweet chocolate, roasted malt and milk chocolate.

T - Strong coffee with rich milk chocolate, bittersweet chocolate, herbal hops, roasted malt and some vanilla.

M - Medium body and creamy. Smooth with a touch of alcohol. Although you get a touch of alcohol I would have never guessed this was 10%.

D - A very good beer. Goes down way too easy for 10%. Dessert like but without the dessert sweetness.

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Photo of Amalak
4.17/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A. It has a deep black color. No light comes through. There's a big foamy tan head that leaves a good deal of lacing.

S. Medium nut, malt and chocolate scent.

T/M. The coffee flavor definitely comes through first. There is a roasted nut taste underneath. A bit of a grape sweetness. Tart taste kicks the back of the mouth but goes away quickly. It is smooth and refreshing, medium bodied.

O. It is quite flavorful and complex. For a coffee porter, it is right up there with anything I've had.

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Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of nrs207
3.29/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A - This poured with a pretty big 1.5-2 finger head. Surprisingly light on the color. Up to the light, you could actually see through it. A lot of red notes. In normal lighting looked like a nice porter.

S - Get some chocolate and coffee. Not really any oak. Some roasted notes. Not really any fruitiness, which isn't super surprising since it's a Baltic porter so I assume they're using a lager yeast. It's a pretty nice smelling beer overall.

T - The middle of the mouth throws me off here. The beginning I get a nice bit of chocolate and coffee. I'm glad that's the most dominant flavor profile, because that's why I bought it. I'm not one to buy Sixpoint beers normally. Then the middle, I get a nice little kick of booze that I'd prefer be lessened. Also a strange metallic taste almost. Not quite, but something along those lines. Aftertaste is chocolate and coffee, redeeming the prior misstep somewhat.

M - Fairly smooth, definitely carbonated. Not necessarily too much, but perhaps a bit. Would like less of a booze kick, even for 10%. The mouthfeel is too thin for the style. Drinks like a pale ale.

O - It's a solid beer. To someone who isn't as sensitive to boozy beers, it'd probably be quite good if you don't like a full bodied beer. I find the odd flavor I get in the middle of each sip somewhat off putting. Not really sure what that is. Overall I think it's balanced nicely and gives you the desired chocolate and coffee flavors. After having Resin and whatnot, I wasn't going to give Sixpoint a second look, but this beer is probably the best they've brewed so far. I'd at least give it a try if you see it.

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Photo of markgugs
4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

Photo of MajorBuckeye
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of raffy313
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of Charlie_Hoss
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of pawpaw
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of gtermi
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of GreyGhost4
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of Seanniek91
4.83/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Served from a 12oz slim can into a Newport Storm pint.

Appearance- Smokey/grey/blackish color with mocha head. Lot of lacing.

Smell- Tons of bitter coffee with some caramel and chocolate. Some nice vanilla oakieness. A little booze.

Taste- Chocolate and coffee! Bitter coffee and sweet chocolate. Extremely well balanced. Nice bitter hops at the end with a little booze.

Mouthfeel- Lighter in body with smooth carbonation. Phenomenal.

Overall- This is incredible! Might surpass Breakfast Stout in the realm of coffee beers.

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Photo of Chugs13
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of Kelp
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of csmartin6
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of Neorebel
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep brown with a puffy, but bubbly head not unlike Coca-Cola. The head rapidly dissipates to less than a half inch in height. Nevertheless the lacing is fantastic, sticking heavily to the sides of the glass as the beer goes down. The aroma is very intriguing... At first there is an almost maple, or molasses scent, but then the milk chocolate and boozy bourbon kicks right in. A vanilla bean sweetness is faintly detectable in the background. For the taste, I agree with other reviewers who find this to be coffee-forward. The dark chocolate aspect competes however, wrapped in a more subtle smokiness, and a splash of bourbon. The finish is a bit wood-y and dry, and has a medium mouth feel. Very warming on its way down but stops just short of having too much alcohol heat. Overall an interesting beer, definitely worth trying. It's different, but could be more balanced.

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Photo of Hessian257
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of dbrauneis
4.11/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear but opaque (due to darkness of color) very dark brown, almost black in color with some garnet red highlights and moderate amounts of visible carbonation at the surface of the beer. The beer has a two finger tall frothy tan head that slowly reduces to a few small to medium sized medium thick patches with a thin film covering the remainder of the surface and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of freshly brewed coffee with some moderate aromas of dark chocolate. There are moderate aromas of dark roasted malts with just a touch of char. Light notes of earthy hops and just a touch wood.

T: Upfront there are strong flavors of dark roasted and charred malts, even some slightly burnt notes, those flavors are some moderate to strong flavors of freshly brewed coffee and dark baker's chocolate. Some very light notes of wood and earthy hops. Moderate amounts of bitterness that linger for quite a while.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly thin with a light amount of dryness in the finish.

O: The alcohol is surprisingly well hidden in this beer and I love the packaging form factor (the 12 oz. Red Bull style can is just awesome). Glad that I have the opportunity to try this one (as it is a one time brew) and I appreciate the fact that Sixpoint collaborated with Mast Bros. Chocolate and Stumptown Coffee - both quality local artisans. I found the beer relatively easy to drink and enjoyable. Not sure this is a typical Baltic Porter but definitely a nice Imperial style porter.

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Photo of gshackles
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of BeerBucks
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of mcintire78
3.92/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

a: Brown to ruby brown in appearance with a slight head that dissipates slowly. Significant carbonation clinging to the walls of the glass. Served in a 12oz, narrower than normal, can and poured into a nonic pint glass.

s: Strong smell of coffee and a bit of heavily roasted malt.

t: The chocolate comes through with a bit of coffee on the backside. This is a beer that you want to let warm up a bit.

m: Gentle and smooth, possibly even a little thin. Very little of the carbonation seen early can be tasted.

d: Given the high alcohol content this beer is very drinkable. It's a bit sweet for more than one or two at a go, though.

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3Beans from Sixpoint Brewery
Beer rating: 4.03 out of 5 with 1,213 ratings
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