Tasting: January 27, 2013
Style: Baltic Porter
Six Point Three Beans
This experimental brew is from Brooklyn’s Six Point Brewing. I love the cubical box packaging that holds four tall and lean 12 ounce cans. I also dig the logo — it’s a six point star that has a double meaning – obviously it’s the name of the brewery but the six-pointed brewer’s star is a old-fashioned brewer’s symbol of purity. If an early brewer displayed the six pointed star it meant that it meant the purity of the six main ingredients 1. the water 2. the hops 3. the grain 4. the malt 5. the yeast, and finally 6. the brewer.
While we’re on a numbers theme – this one is called 3 Beans and 3 Beans really is a combination of 3 beans…
Bean # 1: Coffee from Stumptown Coffee in Manhattan.
Bean # 2: Chocolate (or cacao beans) from Brooklyn’s Mast Brothers Chocolate.
Bean # 3: Romano Bean.
What’s a romano bean?
Romano beans is a centuries old brewing ingredient. It was used as a substitute for barley when barley was limited. The Romano bean looks like a flattened green bean and the enclosed seed pods lend proteins which in turn lends to the body of the beer. In this particular recipe the romano bean is mixed with barley to produce this 10% ABV Baltic Porter. According to the label, this porter also spent three months idling in toasted oak barrels. A quick note on Baltic Porter the style. Exported beer would travel great distances and needed to be preserved, so brewers would jack up the alcohol content to accomplish this goal. We see this in Russian imperial stout, India pale ale and here with Baltic porter.
Pours a rich cola brown with very little head. Quick hit of roasted flavor including some subtle coffee and a quick wisp of chocolate. Slight barrel influence of via some earthy peat. Has a increasingly bitter finish and is a tad bit on the boozy and fizzy side. I’ll give it that it has a lush mouthfeel and is nicely balanced. To me, this one had potential put falls short on flavor — I’m between 85 – 87 points on this one. I’ll settle at 86.