Monday, August 31, 2015

Sixpoint 4 Beans

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Chad9976 (1441) - Albany, New York, USA - AUG 31, 2015
There are a few beer recipes that, on the face of it, would seem to guarantee an awesome beer. Sixpoint 4 Beans is an imperial porter brewed with chocolate, coffee and vanilla – doesn’t that just sound awesome? And while I think this beer is indeed quite good, it’s not quite the masterpiece I was expecting. Sweet and tasty to be sure, but also obese and rather simple. 

I poured a 12oz can into a flared snifter. It had a best before date of 7/15/16 (one year from canning I assume) and cost $5.30 ($0.44 per ounce).

Appearance: Inky black, opaque hue. Initially pours to a large, brown, foamy head but it retreats quickly and leaves decent lacing.

Smell: Prototypical porter aroma of a general sweetness along with distinct vanilla bean. No coffee presence, though.

Taste: I don’t have a “bang for the buck” metric for my rating, but it’s definitely something I take into account. Since this beer is advertised as being brewed with four beans (Romano, cocoa, coffee and vanilla) I expect a complex and robust palette. What I get it mostly a very strong vanilla porter. Having brewed with vanilla I’m familiar with all its traits and it’s quite evident here right away. There’s a cookie-like taste to this brew as the vanilla flavor is genuine and not artificial in the least. I detect a mild dark chocolate taste up front and a bit of a general fruit flavor on the finish. Nothing in the way of roasted malt, though. Nor coffee, which is quite disappointing since its one of the selling points of the beer. The alcohol emerges as it warms and it’s not distracting, though I could do without it. Overall, an enjoyable palette but it’s been done.

Drinkability: Weighing in at a whopping 10% ABV, Sixpoint 4 Beans is not a brew to take lightly. The alcohol imparts mild warmth, and the body is pretty heavy. It’s not quite carbonated motor oil, in fact, it’s thinner than I was expecting. Still, it’s not easy to drink in gulps – this is a sipper to be sure. Not sure why this was released in the summer since this is what I would associate with a winter brew, but it works as a liquid dessert.

RATING: 8/10

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