Served chilled from a 12 oz can and poured into a Sixpoint glass! Pours a deep black color with a frothy tan foam head that quickly dissipates. Smells are of bitter, dark chocolate, espresso roast, a hint of vanilla, and just a bit of booze. Carbonation is not light, but medium light. However, the body is also medium light. I would have expected for an Imperial Stout/Baltic Porter of 10% to have had a much fuller body. Taste is heavily roasted dark malts. Coffee is definitely evident, as is vanilla and oak. The alcohol is extremely well masked, and is really only evident by breathing in deeply with a mouthful. The bitter chocolate is more on the aftertaste, and continues to complement the coffee flavoring. The beer continues to add complexity as it warms, but doesn't become less drinkable. If anything, it becomes more.
I was very pleased by this selection from Sixpoint, as was my co-taster Jared. We had very similar interpretations of the beer, and both came away impressed. I personally always try to buy the new releases from the brewery, and was a big fan of last year's 3Beans. I was a bigger fan of this one, and am anxiously awaiting the release of 5Beans.
94/100 Beer Advocate
$4/12 oz can