GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 22, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hand bottle courtesy of Shane poured into a pint glass.
This is a great looking porter with a deep mahogany hue and a huge creamy tan head that maintains a cap for the duration and leaves big sheets of lacing.
The aroma is dominated by the English malts but with plenty of coffee and chocolate in the nose as well.
The taste is slightly more complex than the nose with the same English malts as a base. There is a more noticeable hop presence up front with a slight bitter kick before the dark chocolate and coffee take over. The finish is a slightly bitter combo of coffee and hops.
The mouthfeel is unbelievably creamy and pretty full-bodied for the style.
This is a top-notch porter and one that I would be drinking a lot of if I had access to it. Thanks to Shane for the opportunity!
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - OCT 12, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Appearance: black, frothy tan head, streaks of drippy lace,
Aroma: dark chocolate and coffee aroma,
Body: creamy body,
Flavor: rich chocolate and coffee flavor, nice smokey character, touch of dark caramel sweetness is well balanced by an earthyness, long bitter finish,
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 15/20
henrylloyd (3) - Lloyd Harbor, New York, USA - OCT 9, 2008 does not count
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I bought a Growler from Bellport Beer and got a free preview of this superb creation while I was there. The ruby/brown porter made a wonderful impression upon guests from France last night who were curious about Sixpoint. The vibrantly apparent coffee element offered a dessert like quality that could have been poured over ice cream and yet it wasn’t sugary sweet. Imbued with nut flavors, we were only unhappy that we didn’t buy more than one growler from the cool little store in Bellport.
bu11zeye (12405) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - OCT 4, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Draught) Pours a dark brown body with a medium-sized creamy tan head. Aroma of coffee, roasted malt, and chocolate. Flavor of roasted malt, caramel, chocolate, nuts, and coffee.
ChainGangGuy (4653) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 19, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Appearance: Pours a dark brown, near black body resting under a half inch of beige foam.
Smell: Roasty nose smelling of cold coffee and black malts. Notes of unsweetened chocolate and caramel.
Taste: A fusion of coffee and chocolate on the first sip. A touch grainy, a touch coffee grindy. Mild sweetness. An earthy, roasty bitterness is close behind and remains until the finish. A second dose of chocolate arises at the very end.
Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation. Fairly creamy.
Drinkability: A rather tasty coffee-dosed porter. My hat is STILL off to Sixpoint!
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 16, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
draft @ sunset grill - dark brown with thick tan head; nice roasty, nutty and coffee aromas; body is on the thin side, but this was a pretty tasty porter; coffee slightly muted in the flavors; gentle, soft texture; a little bitter in the finish; good stuff
ATLBeerDog (280) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - SEP 13, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a brownish/black – with a small tan/caramel head. Strong smells of strong dark roasted coffee. First sip is pure coffee – strong and bitter. Slight hint of bittersweet chocolate. Finishes bitter and very well carbonated. A coffee lovers beer.
LilBeerDoctor (3581) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 6, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Growler. Pours black with a very small rapidly disappearing tan head. Aroma of smoke, roasted malt, smoked meats, chocolate, coffee. Flavor of lots of coffee, sweet roasted malt, roasted nuts. This is quite tasty! Smooth silky palate. Not too sweet. This is good stuff!! Get your hands on it if you can!
fredandboboflo (1570) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 6, 2008
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Growler. Now that is a chocolaty aroma! Wow! Like a big vat of heated semi-sweet chocolate. Just a little coffee around the edges too, more of a roasted aspect comes in as it warms. Flavor not quite as wowing, but still one of a really nice porter with chocolate and coffee notes. Rich, creamy mouthfeel. A stand-up brew.
Schultsc (572) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 3, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
A house-aged keg at Armsby Abbey in Worcester, MA--Thanks Alec. Dark, burnished mahogany with a thin, fine tan head. Aroma consists of some graininess with light toast (oddly), caramel malt, and very little distinct coffee (more oddly--seems to be fully integrated into the other aspects of the beer). The flavor is totally dry with mild roasted flavors including caramel, spice, and bitter cocoa. Deceptively light body supports the potentially agressive flavor components (coffee, roasted malt, higher alcohol) with aplomb leaving us a lot of flavor that gently unfolds across a stable, nimble body. Very interesting.