Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Sixpoint 5Beans Review

Name: Sixpoint 5Beans
Style: Imperial Porter
ABV: 10%
IBUs: 38

Another new beer from Sixpoint? Don't mind if I do! Now that the winter seasonals are starting to roll out, so do the darker, heavier beers that come with it. Which brings us to 5Beans, an Imperial Porter made with coffee, vanilla and cardamom.

This beer is actually a variation of an earlier Sixpoint release called 4Beans, which I'm unsure if that saw a wide release. In any case, according to the label, this is a "Turkish-Inspired" porter. Since I so happen to be a fan of Turkish coffee, I'm very eager to try this out.

Appearance - Pitch black with a fairly foamy brown head that fades away after a few minutes, save for a ring along the rim. The lacing, however, is rather plentiful.

Aroma - Coffee grounds and strong vanilla notes mixed in with some cardamom and chocolate malts. It does indeed smell like Turkish coffee, albeit a very roasty one and with vanilla.

Taste - Cardamom and strong coffee ground notes, with some vanilla notes towards the middle. The back end of the palate & aftertaste consists of more coffee grounds and a hefty chocolate maltiness with some more cardamom.

I have to hand it to Sixpoint, they managed to make a good Turkish coffee porter and they also managed to give it enough character to where it easily stands out from the rest of the pack. It goes without saying that you need to try this out, should you get the chance.

Sixpoint 5Beans - 9/10

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