A little history of Sixpoint was best summed up from an earlier review.
Sixpoint Brewery was founded in 2004 by Andrew Bronstein and Shane Welch, classmates at The University of Wisconsin. Bronstein provided the cash investment needed to lease a facility and Welch created the recipes based on his homebrew experience. Originally calling themselves Sixpoint Craft Ales, they began producing beer with a hodgepodge of used equipment inside of an 800-square-foot garage in a run-down neighborhood in Brooklyn called Redhook. The brewery quickly relocated to a 7,000-square-foot factory in Redhook that formerly manufactured filing cabinets.
Its symbol is the sixpoint brewers star which has been synonymous with the craft of brewing for centuries. Over 500 years ago, the star became the official insignia of the Brewers Guild in Europe. Folklore claims that the six points of the star represent the critical elements of brewing: grain, water, hops, yeast, malts and the brewer. Others say the star has its roots in alchemy, with the star points fire, air, water and earth representing “great work.”
In 2014, the brewery released a Baltic porter called 4Beans, brewed with cocoa, coffee, vanilla and romano beans. In late 2015, they upped the ante with the addition of cardamom and called it 5Beans. Of note, there was no 6Beans last year.
Poured from one of Sixpoint’s unique slim 12-ounce cans, there is a very deep and dark brown, almost black color and a foamy finger of light tan with minimal carbonation. Aroma is full of coffee with light spice and and a cocoa powder feel in the background.
The taste is quite complex with coffee, cardamom, creamy vanilla and a touch of sweetness that balances well with the dry spice and cocoa. There are also background nuances of malt, wet grains, leather and a nice soothing creaminess that works well with the bold flavors. Complexity continues to get better with warming and the 10 percent ABV is never a player. Finish is smooth and milky yet dry and leaves a bit of a bite at the back of the throat from the spiciness.