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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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Photo of sinstaineddemon
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

A - super dark brown, with some red shining though, doesnt seem to be black, raises up a half a finger of light brown head

S - roasted malts and of course the adjuncts coffee and cacao create the aroma of this porter. The chocolate is a mild milk chocolate variety that blends with the coffee for a low key mocha type aroma

T - the malts start off rather normal, nondescript. After a moment of trepidation, "will this beer be boring?", the coffee and chocolate kick in and sweel then fade into the finish.

M&D&O- wheres the 10%? Sixpoint does a fine job of maksing a double digit ABV behind some solid, albeit not terribly earth shattering flavors. A fine porter with great flavors, it deserves a place among a porter lineup, but it doesn't redefine the style, I guess I am trying to say, this is a good beer and Sixpoint continues to impress. And that the good people over at Sixpoint should send a pint glass in my direction! Ooops, was that out loud.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On draft at Capone's.

The beer has a brown cola body with a thick, creamy, beige head. Ample lacing coats the glass. the aroma is coffee beans all the way. The flavor is big time coffe. Chocolate covered espresso beans, roast. Medium bodied and creamy on the palate. Alcohol content hidden beautifully. Perhaps this beer is one dimensional, but if you enjoy a big, rich coffee stout, you should seek this out. Yum.

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Photo of GotWad629
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque black with a white fizzy head that dissipates quickly leaving quite a bit of lacing.

smells of roasted malt, chocolate, and lots of espresso.

tastes like it smells with lots of chocolate and espresso also a good amount of bitterness. Nothing is overwhelming or overpowering though. This is a very well balanced beer. Dark chocolate and bitterness linger on the tongue, leaving a bit on the watery side, but not in a bad way. The alcohol is very well hidden for 10%.

The body is medium with a creamy mouthfeel and prickly carbonation.

Overall a great Baltic porter and a really interesting concept.

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Photo of justintcoons
3.74/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz can poured into a wide mouth wine glass.

Deep brown; almost black with 1 finger of light tan head. There's a little bit of light penetration.

Milk chocolate, espresso, hazelnut and vanilla.

Milk chocolate, cocoa nib, espresso bean and hazelnut. Rich caramel, dark candy sugar and dusted cocoa. Touches of oak and Crème brûlée. A roasted bitterness lingers along with hints of citrusy hops.

Medium-full bodied, smooth, sticky and bitter.

A lot of bitter chocolate and espresso. Yes, quite bitter. A nice roasty sipper. The 10% abv is not detected.

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Photo of brewskis
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours pretty much black with just a hint of dark brown and ruby red towards the bottom of the glass. Finger length off-white head that dissipates slowly and leaves a thick lacing around the edges. Smells of mostly coffee beans, as well as some vanilla/carmel, bakers chocolate, and some roasted malt. Taste starts with intense, roasted coffee beans. Much stronger taste than the aroma suggests. Almost imparts an earthy flavor from the coffee beans. Then smooths out in the middle. Get some vanilla or carmel that acts like a coffee creamer and lightens the intensity of the coffee. Then the finish brings back some intense coffee flavors, in addition to some carmel, some bittersweet chocolate, as well as some bitterness from the fairly heavy hop presence. Sweetness increases as the flavor profile moves on. Pretty full body with a creamy and slick mouthfeel. Lively carbonation that reminds you that this is an imperial porter, not an imperial stout, and makes the beer much more refreshing for a full-bodied beer. No alcohol detected in the smell or taste. Good stuff.

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Photo of davey101
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz tall boy can into a DFH signature glass. Best before July 10, 2013.

A - Pours a dark brown body, borders on black but lets just enough light through to prove otherwise. Gorgeous two fingers worth of light khaki foam with large bubbles. Great lacing and long retention.

S - Lots of fresh roasted coffee and sweet dark chocolate. A touch of charred malts, vanilla and dough. Aroma is excellent.

T - Really nice strong coffee leading into some milk and dark chocolate. Rather strong with a lasting bitterness. Nice balance between sweet and roast.

M - Medium bodied, thick and creamy.

O - A very excellent beer....but I can't say I'd grab another four pack when Founders FBS is sitting right next to it at $3 cheaper.

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Photo of PaterMorse
2.16/5  rDev -46.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Wow, looking at other reviews, gremlins must have swapped out the swill I'm currently drinking.

A: Pours black. Ecru head, dissipates into wall-to-wall dusting of suds. Lacing sticks to the sides. Light penetrates, ultimately devolving into a slightly watery glass of Coke with lacing on top.

S: I could try to be creative, and pull out the occasional hints of coffee, vanilla, rising bread. But it's hard. What hits my nose is a combo of bitterness and alcohol that pierces the nose and eyes.

T: Again, I can detect "hints" of this and that (a little coffee in the aftertaste); but otherwise, beyond an ashy, dry bitterness, it's alcohol and that's about it.

M: Pretty creamy. Medium body, holds together well.

O: Disappointing and borderline unpleasant (and that's from a guy with a refrigerator full of 20 different stouts/porters at any given time). In the two-word descriptions that I try to record for every beer (so I can best remember them), I'd use either "Mocha Everclear" or "Big Blech"... Missed it here (or else I got an insanely bad batch).

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Photo of Knapp85
3.78/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This beer poured out as a deep brown color that is basically black. There is a big foamy tan head on top. The lacing is light along with the retention. The smell of the beer is chocolatey with a bit of coffee on the nose as well. It also smells sweet. The taste of the beer is roasted, the coffee isn't that strong. There is a bitter dark chocolate flavor in the finish. The mouthfeel is pretty creamy, light carbonation and smooth. Overall it's not all that impressive. I'm surprised the rating is as high as it is. Not something I need to have again.

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Photo of JohnnyMc
3.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very cool idea by Sixpoint.

Pours out a very dark brown with ruby highlights and a 3 finger khaki head.

The aroma is kinda subtle, but mainly dominated by chocolate and coffee with hints of vanilla and some roasty notes.

The taste is also dominated by chocolate and coffee, roasty malt notes and a subtle amount of vanilla. Somewhat bitter, but balanced very well with the sweetness. It's a nice tasting beer, but the chocolate and coffee aren't as vibrant or "in your face" as I would have liked or expected.

The mouthfeel is extremely creamy and smooth and the body is pretty full for a Porter. There is some definite alcohol notes in the aroma and flavor and you can feel the 10%.

Overall, this is a decent beer that doesn't blow me away and could have used more pronounced coffee and chocolate notes.

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Photo of tone77
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This beer comes by way of the legendary woodychandler. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a black color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of coffee, chocolate. Taste is strong coffee, some hints of chocolate, the 10% alcohol is very well hidden. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall, if you like coffee, give this beer a shot.

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Photo of brentk56
3.77/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a rather opaque dark brown color with a bountiful tan cap; plenty of lacing coats the glass

Smell: Dark chocolate, vanilla, coffee and pine

Taste: The piney hops are surprisingly pronounced and dominate the flavors from start to finish, though they are buttressed by the chocolate and coffee flavors that form the backbone; in the middle, the oaky elements add another dimension; there is an underlying sweetness that becomes more pronounced in the finish

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate carbonation

Overall: There are a lot of bold flavors that compete for the tastebuds' attention and, to my palate, they never quite form a harmonious whole; I was expecting a coffee stout and would hardly think of this as a Baltic Porter but it is really one of those style benders; others obviously like it but this one just has too many clashing flavors for me

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Photo of mfnmbvp
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 fl oz tall skinny can with the bottom reading best before July 10, 2013. Fear not, for it is entering my belly right now. My first review of a beer coming from a can! Based on what everyone has been saying about this beer, I couldn't be more excited.

Poured into a Firestone Walker pint glass.

A - Pours just a shade away from black with the tiniest little ruby dot showing through some bubble action. About two fingers of creamy tan head sitting on top with some pretty nice retention. Thick wispy lacing on the sides of the glass follows.

S - Bold, rich, coffee smell. Roasted malts. Some cocoa / vanilla hybrid scent in there. Doesn't really smell as amazing as I was hoping for.

T - Rich, creamy, and smooth. Roasted coffee beans, obviously dominate at first. Can definitely feel the warmth from this beer's bold 10.00% abv. Very nicely balanced flavors of roasted coffee beans, toasted malts and barley, and even a nice fresh hop presence in the back end. Hint of dark fruit presence, however the bold assertive coffee is the main attraction here. Hop presence and that bold coffee ground flavor become even more prominent as the beer begins to warm.

M - Again, creamy, rich and smooth with a hoppy resinous aftertaste. Very well balanced, very well-bodied, very tasty. A very bitter dark beer also, but not over the top by any means.

Overall, a pleasure to look at in/out of the can, a pleasure to drink, and a pleasure to behold. Here's to hoping that they brew this beauty again. An excellent beer all around.

Sixpoint 3Beans ---4/5.

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Photo of Jason
3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Skinny can with a freshness date on the bottom.

Nearly full on black, beautiful rings of lace on the glass. Big display of aromatics, bold roasted coffee, cacao nibs, black berries, mild charcoal and faint rose water. Semi-creamy fullish body, lots of backbone here. Rustic vibe, mellow overtones of chocolate with a lush brushing of coffee. Floral, clean alcohol, kiss of malt sweetness and a balanced hoppiness let the beans unleash their full complexities. At 10% you can feel the warmth but no heat at all, a pleasure to drink and it is obviously a sipper ... perfect portioned can.

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Photo of chefhatt
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I poured this into a tulip glass, it has a rich black colored body with a nice tan head on it. The smell has a nice roasted malt and coffee aroma.
The taste is out of this world, the balance of coffee and choc is great, u taste them both. It also has some roasted malt to it also. The mouth feel is spot on and overall a darn good beer.

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Photo of JK4Stout
4.37/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark; darker than a black steers tucus on a...(Damn, can't remember the rest of the Lebowski quote.) Great head, especially for my terrible pour and a can.

S: Honestly I smell a fresh iced coffee...and that's about it. Very powerful mocha blend I'm guessing. (A little stuffed up though, so you may find more with your tasting!)

T: OH!!!! Now I may have finally found the reason so many people go crazy for Sixpoint! This may smell coffe strong, but the taste is a great blend of malty flavor with a robust porter and a good quality coffe finish. Actually there is an initial coffe impact but it tapers in the middle. IMPRESSED!

M: Heavy, but just as it should be. Not like need a knife and fork heavy, but still a wee bit more than medium. I would love to try this on Nitro Tap!

O: I'm glad I found a brew by this maker I dig. I'm a stout/porter kind of guy, so it was no surprise I got into it, but it had been a while since I had found something this fun. I will be buying this again...and honestly I can't think of a bigger praise for a beer.

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Photo of LittleDon
2.88/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

Dark brown to black, healthy head and moderate to low-moderate lace. Cola, alcohol, medicinal. Medium to medium-heavy body, slightly acidic, some coffee roast, alcohol. Strong bitter finish. Alcohol borders on the harsh side. Burnt characteristics without malt sweetness to offset. Judging by the many favorable reviews, worth a second try, preferably on tap.

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Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.77/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

On tap at Kickbacks in Jax. Poured into a snifter. Beige head, moderate to low retention on a dark ruby, almost black body. Clear oily, sticky lacing. Aroma includes roasted malt, cocoa puffy chocolate, coffee and vanilla. Taste closely follows the aromas. Medium mouthfeel, NO alcohol noted on aroma or tasting. Insanely drinkable considering the abv. Really, really a tasty beer, borderline genius.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.82/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to mhksuccess for sharing this one at his tasting.

Pours a hazy orange-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Thin rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, burnt coffee, and alcohol. Taste is much the same with some intense coffee flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with some solid coffee aromas and flavors.

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Photo of BarryMFBurton
4.06/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Another special release from Sixpoint can only mean one thing: more Red Bull cans. Hell yes.

This can should be good for another five months (BEST BEFORE 10JUL2013).

A: Burgundy-brown color with the standard canned beer lack-of-head; just a dusting of tan fizz appears. Little circles of lacing are fairly abundant, though.

S: A quick hit of metallic aromas first, followed by the main body of the brew: spent coffee grounds, vanilla creamer, and rich semisweet chocolate. Notes of cinnamon and the spice of rye whiskey give this nose a little more punch, showing it’s not all about sweets. More of an acidic coffee aroma over dark roasts.

T: As hoppy as ever from Sixpoint, this little can slaps you in the jaw as soon as you take a sip. Pine grabs hold and tightens the mouth all the way to the back of the tongue, hitting first a resinous stride followed by a pithy grapefruit flavor. Very forward in its bitterness. Chocolate chips, coffee with cream, and vanilla combine to give a pleasant Oreo-like taste, opposing the bitterness but never fully countering it. Finishes with a strong taste of toasted oak barrel, letting some char, wood, and vanilla extend off the palate after the glass is empty (along with some lemony hop residuals).

M: Of all the Sixpoint beers I’ve had so far, this is definitely the most full-bodied; and, with only a moderately heavy body and a short burst of fizzy carbonation, it’s still easy to pass this off as a porter (even with the huge hop presence). Put this one in the “dangerously drinkable” category for an ale sitting at 10% ABV.

O: 3Beans may not be just what I want from a coffee beer, but the flavors it encompasses vary so much that it makes it a pleasure to drink at every sip. Really, I don’t think anyone expected that pairing Oreos with a Stone IPA would be a satisfying experience – but somehow, in this instance, it clicked. I’ll certainly be heading back to the bottle shop for more.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Pours a super dark chocolate-cherry color that almost looks black, a fine layer of creamy coffee colored head and lacing, very sticky/syrupy with legs when the glass is swirled.

S - Coffee, Expresso, burnt chocolate, and light cream.

T - Ash, peat, coffee beans, Expresso, light alcohol, dark roasted chocolate, oak, and black cherries. This one starts out "sort of" like a porter but seems to morph into more stout characteristics in the middle, and finishes with an interesting black cherry/oak/cream/coffee bitterness.

M - Mellow carbonation, rich, velvety, lightly viscous and sticky, full medium body (although not overly thick like I anticipated).

O - An interesting beer from Sixpoint that's very unique compared to all the other Porters out there, definitely worth a try.

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Photo of tectactoe
3.96/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to portia99 for this extra! Pours a dark brown out of the can, seemingly black once it gets huddled together in the glass. Dark beige/light tan head stays consistently thick and foamy on top of the beer while leaving only small bits of wet lacing on the glass. The aroma, of course, is very coffee-centric. It hits the nose more relaxed and sweet, rather than bold and bitter. It's quite a dense aroma - heavily packed with not much else around. A touch of alcohol can be detected alongside the coffee, but not much else.

This one is a little thinner on the palate than expected. It's got a nice coffee sweetness up front; again, dense in flavor and highly concentrated. Alcohol warmth is hand in hand without being too overpowering or scary. Some slight char notes hit about halfway through, which leads into an almost completely different profile. Out comes a delicate, roasted malt background with a nice helping of leafy hop bitterness that fades long into the aftertaste. Ashy and dry, the bitterness from the hops combine well with the roasted malts and coffee beans. This is one of those beers that starts off pretty sweet out of the gate, then gradients slowly into something that is actually a bit more bitter than expected. A nice little verse in table-turning - I like it.

Certainly not a bad beer at all. I've heard the price for this is around 13$ for a four pack of cans. A little on the high side, but it's not too bad. This is a good beer for those who like coffee, and roasted malty beers that have undeniable hop presence.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.52/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I CANnot CANvey how excited I was to see this in the (Max's on Broadway in BAL) cooler for CANsumption @Chez Woody!

From the CAN: "Beer is culture"; "Ale brewed with natural flavors and with coffee added"; "Take them also unto thee wheat, and barley, and beans ... and put them in one vessel."; "The beans of bygone brewers, united with cacao and coffee, to create a trinity of roasted, rich, and savory flavors."

This beer is apparently biblical in scope, being as the quote is from Ezekiel 4:9-11. In keeping with that theme, please note that what follows is not a psychotic breakdown, but instead, a cleansing moment of extreme clarity. I must now make my witness. (Sure thing, Mr. C.!)

When they put a 10% ABV beer into a SlimLine CAN, I feel as though I am drinking diet pop and slug it down accordingly. Of course, I routinely operate heavy machinery while using prescription medication, so YMMV.

The Crack revealed another brimful CAN and an inverted Glug was deemed to be in order. Proceeding in a manner completely counter-indicated by the owner's manual, I soon had what resembled an ice cream Sunday in my glass. Two dense, unmoving fingers of deep-tan head sat atop a bed of deep, dark liquid. More precisely, a deep, dark-brown liquid that, stingily, would not allow any light to penetrate its depths. The nose smelled like the moment this afternoon that we walked past a a coffee roaster's shop this afternoon in Fell's Point. You have to be a coffee drinker to appreciate the Pavlov's dog-like response that the smell of coffee elicits in a coffee drinker and ever since BMCS (SW) Gerard Wargo got me drinking black coffee in the Deck Department office of the USS Fulton (AS-11) in 1984, I have been hooked. Now, as the head fell, I began to foam at the mouth like a rabid dog. Mouthfeel was thick and full, like a mouthful of pudding and the roastiness of the coffee hit first, followed by a chocolatiness and finally, a smooth vanilla flavor. The finish lingered with a coffee roastiness along with a bitterness of dark chocolate. This would have been great to share with The Old Lady on Valentine's Day, but I am keeping this one to myself.

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Photo of Sarlacc83
3.14/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to claspada for this. Sorry to say it didn't measure up. 12 oz can.

A: Opaque brown verging on black. Thick speckled creme head. Looks just about right.

N: Faint coffee and bittersweet cacao. Deep smell of malted barley. There's noticeable smokiness and a hint of peat. Touch of vanilla and milk. Tons of grains.

T: Sharp. Really sharp. Has a burnt, acrid chocolate flavor and pronounced ash, like they charred the oak barrel. Coffee has gotten lost on its way. Caramel shows, and there are hints of honey and flowers. Red grapes and uncooked macaroni? Not great. Under-attenuated?

M: Lots of alcohol and a medium mouthfeel I wasn't expecting.

O: really misses a lot of what should make it good. Very bitter, and yet, somehow backed up by nutrasweet. I'll age the other can in hopes this mellows out or in case I got a bad one because this never comes together.

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Photo of Jimmys
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz can. best before JUL 10 2013.

A: not nearly as dark as I expected. pours a chestnut brown. head is definitely a brownish hue. retention is good. spotted lacing.

S: smells like some freshly brewed coffee. strong coffee. chocolate undertones. very rich aroma. definitely more on the stout side than a Baltic porter...however, I know some things can be mislabeled here.

T: tastes a lot like it smells, plenty of coffee. plenty of coco. sweetness makes its presence known towards the finish. all the sugar cloys onto the finish. bitterness from the coffee and the dark chocolate throughout.

M: the body is a little velvety and rich. modest carb.

D: a pretty solid coffee brew. certainly at the forefront of flavor and aroma. refreshing and fresh tasting. enjoyable coffee brew especially for coffee lovers. pick one up if you are a fan of the dark morning beverage.

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Photo of gabedivision
4.29/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- Pours solid black with a 1 finger inch mocha head

S- coffee, dark chocolate, milk chocolate, esppresso

T- dark and milk chocolates, roasted and toasted malts, rich coffee, esspresso beans

M- full bodied, sweet, dry

O- great baltic porter, all around well balanced and delcious

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