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3Beans - Sixpoint Brewery

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

1,192 Ratings
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89
very good

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Ratings: 1,192
Reviews: 249
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 10.67%
Wants: 111
Gots: 99 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Sixpoint Brewery visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Baltic Porter |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-11-2013

A Sixpoint & Friends jam session one-off. Made with Mast Brothers Chocolate cacao husks and infused with fresh Stumptown Coffee Roasters cold brew, and then aged on oak.
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Photo of oberon
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from the can a deep mahagony with well defined half finger light tan colored head,a little lighter in color than most I have had from the style.Aromas of dark roast coffee,bitter chocolate,and earth,it seems quite dry and no alcohol sweetness.Starts out with deep coffee roast with underlying unsweetened chocolate,mild molasses-like sweetness that quickly gets hit with a healthy dose of piney hops in the finish.This is a hopped up Baltic Porter,one of the dryer and complex of the style I have had,it's just a little sharp in the feel but this is pretty damn good.

Photo of tectactoe
3.96/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to portia99 for this extra! Pours a dark brown out of the can, seemingly black once it gets huddled together in the glass. Dark beige/light tan head stays consistently thick and foamy on top of the beer while leaving only small bits of wet lacing on the glass. The aroma, of course, is very coffee-centric. It hits the nose more relaxed and sweet, rather than bold and bitter. It's quite a dense aroma - heavily packed with not much else around. A touch of alcohol can be detected alongside the coffee, but not much else.

This one is a little thinner on the palate than expected. It's got a nice coffee sweetness up front; again, dense in flavor and highly concentrated. Alcohol warmth is hand in hand without being too overpowering or scary. Some slight char notes hit about halfway through, which leads into an almost completely different profile. Out comes a delicate, roasted malt background with a nice helping of leafy hop bitterness that fades long into the aftertaste. Ashy and dry, the bitterness from the hops combine well with the roasted malts and coffee beans. This is one of those beers that starts off pretty sweet out of the gate, then gradients slowly into something that is actually a bit more bitter than expected. A nice little verse in table-turning - I like it.

Certainly not a bad beer at all. I've heard the price for this is around 13$ for a four pack of cans. A little on the high side, but it's not too bad. This is a good beer for those who like coffee, and roasted malty beers that have undeniable hop presence.

Photo of MadScientist
4.43/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: A very dark brown with good clarity and deep ruby highlights. The persistant head pour about a finger of creamy tan foam and settles to a thin cap after a minute.

S: Deep toast with chocolate and moderate plums. Moderate earthy hops aroma. A light coffee aroma.

T: A rich and moderately sweet Porter with a rich chocolate, cocoa flavor. A prominent roast flavor with some dark fruit flavors. A moderately-light hops bitterness. The balance is about even. The finish is medium with a rich roast, coffee chocolate aftertaste.

M: Creamy and smooth with a medium-heavy body and moderate carbonation.

O: It's chocolate rich and smooth.

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.54/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at When Pigs Fly. In a snifter the beer was a very dark brown color with a medium-sized cafe au lait head. There were sheets of lace.

Primarily coffee aroma, but also some chocolate.

Strong coffee/espresso taste. Dark chocolate. They complimented each other really well.

Great beer with real depth. The chocolate kept the coffee from being too bitter. Another one of those easy-drinking beers that you need to be careful of, given it's high ABV.

Photo of Jason
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Skinny can with a freshness date on the bottom.

Nearly full on black, beautiful rings of lace on the glass. Big display of aromatics, bold roasted coffee, cacao nibs, black berries, mild charcoal and faint rose water. Semi-creamy fullish body, lots of backbone here. Rustic vibe, mellow overtones of chocolate with a lush brushing of coffee. Floral, clean alcohol, kiss of malt sweetness and a balanced hoppiness let the beans unleash their full complexities. At 10% you can feel the warmth but no heat at all, a pleasure to drink and it is obviously a sipper ... perfect portioned can.

Photo of Billolick
4.17/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Slim 12 ounce can from the boxed four pack. Best before dating on the bottom.

Pours darn near black. The head is mocha. The sheeting is extensive, high in the glass and quite fine. Nice looking beer.

Rich chocolate soaked nose.

Chocolate, coffee, vanilla, dark malts. Flavorful and very enjoyable dark stout porter. Smooth, refined and elegant sipper, with the its 10% nicely hidden. Well done. Another winner from Brooklyn's Sixpoint.

Is this a "one off", or will it be a regular in the Sixpoint line? I admit I am somewhat confused. Please make this fine beer often and in lage quantities.

Photo of tigg924
3.71/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: black in color, opaque, 1 inch head, moderate carbonation

Smell: cream, toffee, and coffee

Taste: caramel, charred roasted malt, black coffee, and cream at the end

Mouthfeel: rich, bitter with slight sweetness at the end, medium-heavy body, moderate carbonation

Overall: For a domestic Baltic porter, this is not bad. This has got a lot of the black coffee taste that I was expecting. This beer is rich and solid and a must for a coffee drinker. That said, I prefer my tea and while I am happy to have one, I think the four pack would be a bit much for me.

Photo of dogfishandi
3.77/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can at fridge temp poured into a snifter. "Best Before 10JUL2013" stamped on the bottom.

Pours out a nice dark dark brown color, not quite black, some ruby highlights when held up to a light. A nice big fluffy light tan colored head that forms a nice cap off the pour. It slowly recedes to a thick, slightly rocky layer with tons of thick sticky lacing.

Cocoa and hazelnut first come to mind, milk chocolate all over. A fruity ester with a hint of alcohol as it warms.

Some really nice melding of milk chocolate and coffee. Some hazelnut, fruity esters and some light bitter roast. A nice range of chocolate flavors from semi sweet milk chocolate to dark bitter chocolate. A bit of piney hops with some lingering bitterness in the finish. Not terribly complex, but still some nice flavors.

I would've liked a bit more body in this beer, finishes a little dryer than expected. The 10% ABV is hidden very nicely.

Not a bad beer, I certainly won't have a problem finishing the four pack, but I'm not really sure if I'd buy another. Had the body been a little bigger, thicker, and the flavors been bigger, more complex, I think this really would've been an amazing beer. Worth a try.

Photo of hagbergl
4.52/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Alright, 3Beans by Sixpoint has been a much-touted beer, so when I saw it at a local liquor store, I had to buy it. It comes in sleek, cool-looking 12 oz. cans, which Sixpoint calls "nano kegs" (not sure if I'm on board with the slightly gimmicky name, but whatever). Poured into my Beer Geek Nation tulip glass.

Appearance (4/5): Almost completely black, extremely dark brown, with a khaki head of foam that towers three-plus finger above the body of the beer.

Smell (4.5/5): Serious coffee/espresso notes, bittersweet dark chocolate, roasty, complex and pungent. Very nice. As it warms up, I get more milk chocolate character in the nose.

Taste (4.5/5): Right off the bat, you're hit with major coffee bitterness, some bittersweet dark chocolate follows the nose, and no alcohol heat at all. Very roasty and dry like you'd expect a porter to be. There's a lingering chocolatey taste that sticks around for a long time. Really keeps that palate working.

Mouthfeel (5/5): 3Beans packs an incredible mouthfeel. It's creamy and thick from the beginning, and it's almost chewy at the end. It has finish for days; it's making me salivate, there's so much residual flavor and intense bitterness. Appropriately low carbonation level works well with the creaminess.

Overall (4.5/5): Sixpoint 3Beans is an exceptional beer. This brew isn't special just because it uses unusual ingredients; it's a masterwork of intense flavor and carefully considered implementation of ingredients. I must emphasize, the mouthfeel is something to behold..this stuff goes down like a chocolate shake. This is the best beer of Sixpoint's that I've had. Wonderful.

Photo of ianjsullivan
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

ST: 12oz poured into a tulip glass

A: Dark brown (almost black without light) with red tint and a towering brown head.

S: Rich sweet cacao, smokey coffee, rich bean, mochi bean cakes.

T: Spicy coffee bean, sweet and bitter cacao, mealy bean burrito, bitter enjoyable coffee

M: Medium and smooth.

O: I have been waiting to try this for a month. Interesting concept, better reality. 3Beans is an enjoyable mix of flavors blended well to avoid sweetness, but smooth and enjoyable to drink, worth the wait.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a dimple mug)
A- The dense brown body glows a garnet glow with a thick creamy tan head pits with bubbles.

S- The rick blend of chocolate malt and some cold pressed coffee has some toasted malt support with caramel qualities growing as it opens. There is a chocolate nougat flavor that finishes as it warms.

T- The rich chocolate malt blends with a nice breakfast roast coffee and finishes with a black roasted malt. There is an alcohol taste with some hop bitterness and a coffee roast bitter hint to it.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a spicy alcohol prick in the finish.

O- Nice rich aroma with great chocolate malt and coffee and that follows through for the most part in the taste. Goes down smooth and the alcohol is a bit hidden but has nice alcohol heat as it opens.

Photo of StuporJew
3.46/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a can into DFH tulip.

A - Dark, coffee-brown, and almost impossible to see through when held up to a bright light.
Leaves a decent 3/4-finger head, that simmers down somewhat, and leaves a light amount of lacing on the glass. Fairly high amount of carbonation.

S - Smells amazing. Roasted coffee right up front, hints of cacao, cigar-box, and black-roasted malt. The 10% ABV is completely absent on the nose, although it might be more apparent after it passes cellar temperature.

T - Candy sugar, overwhelming (TOO heavily roasted?) coffee, caramelized fig, and of course, tobacco smoke. The alcohol is far too apparent for being only 10%... some could say that's a plus, a warning not to consume to quickly, but I beg to differ. Once again, another Sixpoint seasonal that just doesn't live up to the hype for me in the flavor department. Not bad, but not worth the 97 points it's currently getting from my fellow beer-geeks.

M - Far too thin for a baltic. The carbonation evident in the appearance doesn't come into play in the mouthfeel at all. Watery, almost. Once again, not bad, but not great.

O - As per usual with Sixpoint, I'm glad I tried it, but nothing about this beer makes it stand out and yell "HEY!!! I'M FRIGGIN' EPIC!!! DRINK ME NOWWW!!!" Don't get me wrong, I LOVE all of their year-round offerings, but none of their seasonal brews have stood out above the rest to me. However, the Idea of brewing BEANS into a beer to boost protein content and add naturally-occurring sugars is something I find intriguing, and will test myself, sometime in the near future. Also, if you are a home-brew nut, and are feeling adventurous, let me know... I just brewed a batch of Root Beer Stout, that will finish in March, and would be glad to share the recipe! All that said... Have a good good!

Photo of Brenden
3.94/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

It's a pretty beer, nearly black with a pretty thick body and just a hint of orange-brown in the cracks, so to speak. The head is medium brown, thick and chunky, almost two fingers tall. It rests heavily atop the beer and falls slowly down to half a finger or just less when it ultimately settles. It drops a steady and strong lacing down the glass.
It's an aromatic beer that pretty much shows off what it claims. Coffee is up front, fresh, with some cocoa present in notes of bitter chocolate and creamier milk chocolate. It's earthy, there's a whole lot of roast running all the way through that offers a bit of char in it, and there's a sort of berries/dark fruits note underneath.
The taste pretty much follows suit, but there's something to the additional bitterness I can't quite finger. The charcoal note combines with it and seems to bring out just a little note of something acrid. Otherwise, there's just a bit of herb mingling with the coffee and chocolate, and the tang backs off a little while something more floral comes out slowly.
It's got the advertised smoothness, though for all the beans I'd expect a more silky touch. It is creamy and quite lush, though, and it doesn't lack as the full body rolls on the tongue with a smooth and easy carbonation offering just enough of a bite with a focus working toward that velvety feeling. Alcohol adds a prickle but not much more, and it blends well.

Photo of CloudStrife
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can poured into a snifter. Best before July 10, 2013.

A: Pours a dark brown with a 1.5 finger light tan head. Leaves some nice lacing on the sides of the glass. Light gets through about an inch of this beer.

S: Immediately I can get the coffee from this beer. It has an authentic coffee ground aroma. Can also get some roasty malts and dark fruits. The bitterness from the coffee melds with the hops.

T: As the aroma lead you to believe there is a lot of coffee in the taste. Also a decent chocolate flavor. Hops are slightly noticeable on the backend balancing out the beer. I think the oak helps mellow out some of the booze.

M: Medium bodied with a slightly thin mouthfeel. A fair amount of carbonation. Is certainly warming but not too hot.

Overall a real tasty new brew from Sixpoint. Liking it better this second time, maybe my I expected too much going into it the first time. A little pricey but worth a try.

Photo of rdilauro
4.69/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pour dark brown with a brownish creamy head. The head wasn't very long lasting, perhaps less than a minute.
The aroma was typical of a chocolate or coffee porter/stout, but not as pronounced. There was a hint of citrus in the bouquet.
The first taste was light, semi-rich , mostly in chocolate, but as the beer went down, I could detect the coffee. This was also fairly carbonated for a porter/stout.
The second and third sips were the same, started with chocolate ending with coffee... Cant figure out where the third bean came into play.
This is a definite porter/stout for those that do not like the real heavy almost zero carbonated stouts (which I love)... Still I would have this one again.
I'd like to compare this porter with several well known Russian Imperial Stouts. More carbonated and lighter then the heavy stouts

The more sips I had, the more pronounced the chocolate was. Real smooth and lingering.

02/08/13
Snowy night here in the Northeast. Just finished with my snowblower and thought I would treat myself to some stouts. The 3Bean was the first I had. No question about more coffee this time around. Everything was almost perfect. Very soft and big in my mouth hitting every sense there. Aftertaste was just as it started, a nice soft chocolate but mucho cafe stout/porter. After I tasted this one, I went on to the next (which will be seen updated)

Photo of Sammy
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can from Premier. Pours thick chocolate brown. Lovely Aroma of coffee and chocolate. Long lasting head. Creamy mouthfeel, toffee. Coffee works, just why so high an ABV? Strong porter, yes. Good drinkability.Rich, worth seeking out if you like anything of the style, stouts, coffee.
Baltic porter?I don't know.

Photo of tdm168
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - very dark brown with reddish edges; huge, thick, dense, foamy, brownish head that has great retention

S - faint roasted malts and some faint coffee; an aroma akin to lager yeast

T - coffee, some chocolate, big bitter finish, spicy alcohol, grainy aftertaste

M - full bodied, well carbonated, big alcohol

This is a bit disappointing. It has the intense coffee notes that I was anticipating and the cacao made its presence known. These two notes are very good. However, there was a faint grainy aftertaste as well as a burning alcohol presence which really slowed down the drinking experience for me. In the end, this was still an enjoyable offering that I will definitely try to get my hands on again.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.24/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Sixpoint 3BEANS
12 0z. can, "BEST BEFORE 10 JULY 2013 0808OK+"
$4.95 @ The Beer Shoppe, Ardmore, PA on 02/22/2013

An interesting beer to be sure. What were the beans used? Coffee? Yes. Cocoa? Yes. And the Romano bean... ? I've never heard of it. But I looked it up and they're kind of like green beans. And I think that's interesting in itself, that brewers used to use beans as an adjunct, an that Sixpoint's done it in modern times. (I'm assuming they've just used the seeds, and not the whole bean).

Onward, it's a pretty immense beer. It's black-brown in color with a creamy head of tan that holds well and leaves sheets of craggy, spotty lace along the glass. Nice.

It smells of coffee for sure. Dark, rich, roasty and acidic black coffee like espresso. In fact, in tasting it, it leaves the flavor of a chocolate coated espresso bean behind. So, yes, there's chocolate as well. Intense, dark and mainly bitter chocolate. You smell them both upfront, and then you taste them both as well. The only thing missing is the Romano bean, but I'm guessing that might be adding to it's body, which is a little bit beyond medium-full. And in fact it might be fuller, but I think some of the 10% abv. cuts through that. Some alcohol is found in the flavor and aroma as well, but it's not really brash, and it just adds a bit of a raspy edge to the taste. And on that note, there's a little bit of yeasty fruitiness, and a vanilla note and some oaky woodiness to it as well. Did they age this in oak? Or is that just the dryness of the alcohol combining with the coffee acidity to give the impression of woody dryness?

So, overall, an interesting beer. It doesn't quite live up to the hype of the concept, but it is a pretty solid chocolate and coffee strong ale. Worth trying.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz. can into a Brooklyn Brewery snifter.

Pours a massive 3 finger fluffy and dirty looking gray cream head with good retention. Lacing is stringy and layered with good stick. Beer is a clear black. Sticky, thin legs. Pretty good.

Nose is coffee and chocolate with a splash of lactose. Exactly as described. Aromatic. Appetizing too.

Opens chocolate, lactose, sweet coffee. Fudge, cane sugar, and some cocoa powder. Some ethanol in the middle. Finishes up sweet and sugary with a boozy and coffee aftertaste. Good complexity and balance. A touch sweet at the end though.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Foamy and smooth in the mouth and silky and mellow going down. Soft aftertaste with a slightly lingering aftertaste. Nice. Real drinkable for the high ABV.

I'd have to say this is probably the best beer that Sixpoint distributes. With Resin and now 3Beans, Sixpoint has stepped up their game a bit. I'd definitely revisit this one.

Photo of WoodBrew
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried the Sixpoint 2Beans at the local Tap House & Grill. The beer poured a dark opaque with slightly off white head that left a very nice lace. The scent and taste were dominated by coffee/espresso. There was enough malt and hop to balance the astringent acidic yield of the coffee. The mouthfeel was full body with nice carbonation. Overall this was a nice Baltic Coffee Porter.

Photo of tempest
4.01/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured pitch black from the can with thick lacing down my mug. The aroma is thick with the Stumptown coffee, while tangy, bitter cocoa pulls through stronger in the flavor. The flavor tend to trade back and forth in the beer's character, over the black-roasted barley. The dark flavors blend and run into a long, lingering aftertaste. It's slightly dry and surprisingly drinkable for a 10% dark beer, but I suppose Baltic porters go down more easily than an imperial stouts.

Photo of Vonerichs
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown color that lets a bit if light pass through around the edges. I poured into a tulip and gbd head was about two inches and tan.

The smell is almost all fresh coffee. The chocolate pops to a lesser extent.

I don't like what the wood brings to the table. It adds a resinous varnish quality that doesn't do well with the coffee and completely overwhelms the chocolate.

Mouthfeel is medium if not a little thin. Good carbonation.

I think this beer would have faired much better without the oak aging. The coffee had so much potential but it was lost to the wood. It's s decent beer but I expected more.

Photo of drinker36
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

No ASTMO review. Straight to the points:

Great beer, much easier to drink then a standard barrel aged stout /imperial stout.

Sneaky beer given the ABV.

The chocolate / coffee / vanilla aroma rivals the best cup of coffee that I can remember.

Final Judgement: I'm glad Jack didn't plant any of these 3 beans because we'd be deprived a fine brew. Find it and try it.

Photo of Gmann
3.96/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a chocolate brown color with some honey highlights. The khaki colored head is fluffy, creamy with some big air bubbles in it. It left wonderful lacing on the glass as it settled.

The aroma is earthy. Has some woody bark scents to go along with a light coffee note. A bit of semi-sweet chocolate rounds out the aroma. Could be a little stronger in the nose.

The flavor is very woody with bark and husk bitterness. The bakers chocolate notes are quite strong and work well with this porter. Some milk chocolate flavors as well. The coffee gets dominated by the woody and chocolate flavors, which is a shame. It seems to pop through in the finish. There is a bit of a fruity type of sweetness to it but can't really distinguish which fruit.

The feel is moderate with fairly weak carbonation. Spot on feel for a porter but perhaps a touch light for a baltic porter or a porter with a high ABV. Various degrees of bitterness on the palate but there are some sweet notes to help balance. Very earthy feel which I like in a porter. The ABV is present and can be felt, needs some mellowing.

Very interesting brew. Need to drink this warmer to let the coffee come through. Quite earthy, good fireside brew.

Photo of scootny
4.38/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Clear chestnut brown with a dark khaki head that is quite impressive. Garnet highlights when held up. Decent lacing here and there. A bouquet of coffee and roasted grains greet my waiting nose, with healthy chocolate notes layered in the sweetness of light alcohol, mild cherries and burnt molasses. A hint of the oak gives faint vanilla. Taste is all the nose would have you believe and more. A double espresso with a mochachino chaser. The oak tinged cherry and vanilla flexing nicely. Some burnt sugary sweetness that flows into a healthy charcoal and hop bitterness in the finish. Feel is sublime with a rich full velvety creaminess. Carbonation is just the right proportion to keep it highly drinkable. A great winter beer that I would love any time of the year.

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3Beans from Sixpoint Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 1,192 ratings.