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1,074 Ratings
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Ratings: 1074
Reviews: 247
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 10.7%

Brewed by:
Sixpoint Brewery visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Baltic Porter |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-11-2013)
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Photo of JohnGalt1


3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

One of the base beers in my recent trade with madnismo, shared one of these tonight with my Tuesday night friends.

2 finger tan head... pretty good retention and okay lacing atop a very dark brown beer that still shows nice ruby highlights at the stem.

Nose is an enticing mix of cocoa, coffee and hints of oaky vanilla.. dark caramel sugary essence helps carry and marry the aromas.

Bigger vanilla bloom on the palate that doesn't show in the nose... plenty of cocoa, coffee is lesser than the nose... dark roasty malts also don't show as much as expected... a sorta nutty malt moves in with the vanilla/caramel mash-up and produces an easy drinking brew.

Body is surprisingly light given the 10%... good carbonation, but still thick and coating... very drinkable... deceiving.

Thanks again Nathan for the great trade.

All 3.75's

Serving type: can

04-16-2014 06:02:38 | More by JohnGalt1
Photo of hplascencia1024


3.61/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tried this 4/1/14, so my review my be a lot lower than most.

A: beautiful dark brown, with nice 2 finger tan head
S: nice sweetness, tabacco smell, not getting the coffee nor chocolate that most people describe
T: taste like it smells, no coffee, very little chocolate, solid porter, little boozy
MF: great part of this beer! great carb, nice and light on the tounge
O: A pretty solid beer. doesnt taste or drink like 10%, but it is really good. I am sure it was better fresh with the huge coffee arome and flavor people describe. Would have liked to get this fresh, but what can you do. very solid though!

Serving type: can

04-02-2014 04:37:22 | More by hplascencia1024
Photo of HopBomb515

New Jersey

4.74/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

A - Jet black, nice 2 finger tan colored head that settles to a cap that stays and laces the glass on the way down.

S - Amazing! Coffee, chocolate, earthy burnt notes. Chocolate really pops in the nose more as it warms.

T - Balanced, of all the coffee beers I've had this one brings the most balance. Coffee and chocolate are both there, both imparting bitterness. Char notes work themselves in and a sweetness to malt body round it out. It finishes with some bitterness from the coffee and chocolate and some hop flavor that comes out in the finish.

M - Smooth, lighter in body than you'd expect, some sharp carbonation that is unexpected but works and a rather dry finish.

O - I'm going to miss this beer. Sixpoint, bring this back! This is an amazing coffee/chocolate porter that hides it's 10% punch. It's balanced, it's different and it's amazing.

Serving type: can

02-17-2014 02:55:45 | More by HopBomb515
Photo of hardy008


3.03/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours dark brown with ruby highlights. Has a one finger tan head, with good retention and spotty lacing. The aroma has dark roasted malt, cocoa, and coffee.

The first thing I tasted is burnt coffee, which is mot pleasant. There is also cocoa and dark roasted malt. Not very complex or special.

Medium bodied with average carbonation, and a burnt, bitter coffee aftertaste. Nothing special here. Glad I only picked up a single can.

Serving type: can

01-31-2014 23:39:23 | More by hardy008
Photo of Jacurdy60


4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A-Pours a deep brown color with a beige/toffee colored head that leaves a fair amount of lacing on the sides. Head is medium-thin and retains well.

S-Huge roasted coffee notes followed by sweet molasses and a hint of cocoa.

T-Bitter, roasty coffee hits the front of the palate as it fades into a burnt bready taste with a boozy bite.

MF-Medium to full bodied with slight carb. Not as rich as I'd like it to be.

O-A damn good porter. Probably my favorite so far, but I have not had a porter in a few months so I'll have to try some more. Roasted coffee notes taste exceptional and the bitterness is rounded out well with the faint molasses taste.

Serving type: can

01-10-2014 01:39:39 | More by Jacurdy60
Photo of beerdrifter


4.11/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown pour with a creamy two finger beige head with great retention and crazy lacing. This nose is very malt forward with lots of sweet roasty coffee notes along with hints of vanilla, mocha, caramel, brown sugar, and some subtle hazelnut. The taste follows suit with lots of fresh roasty coffee up front along with hints of hazelnut, vanilla, caramel, brown sugar, cocoa, and brown bread. The mouthfeel is thick and creamy with above average carbonation and a bittersweet, slightly dry finish. The ABV is very well hidden. Overall, a very flavorful and easy drinking interpretation.

Serving type: can

12-30-2013 05:42:56 | More by beerdrifter
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New York

4.41/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a great beer and my only regret is that I could not try it prior to the expiration date running out. It makes for a perfect winter beer and I wish that they would make it into a regular beer.

Olfactory: Unfortunately, because this beer was not stored in a refrigerator the smell retains positive coffee and toffee smells but does not have the power it likely once had.

Appearance: This beer looks like a heartwarming winter beer and has a head that excites. If you don't pour it out very gently then it will spill out of a standard pub glass.

Taste: Silky smooth with everything that you would want from beer that went through bean, coffee, chocolate, and oak barrel brewing. First, let's just appreciate the labor that went into this one time production beer. Next, imagine those flavors.

Lastly - go out into some snow, maybe snowboard, ski or go for a slay ride, and appreciate that the biggest mistake made by the Sixpoint brewery was releasing such a wintery porter in the middle of summer when it could not be appreciated for the atmosphere that it provides.

Serving type: can

12-20-2013 05:38:12 | More by StuyBeerGuy
Photo of PaulyB83


3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a stemless wineglass. Best before 7/10/13 and this is 11/29/13 so I'll keep that in mind.

A- Pours a nice dark coffee black that has the slightest amount of light coming through on the edges. A small light tan head that dissipated to a thin film. Seems to have some thick viscosity to it with sound and look of the pour.

S- Getting a lot of caramel and salt water taffy with some molasses. The ABV is definitely there. Coffee seems like it might be fading a bit.

T- Coffee really coming through more on the taste. Then a big alcohol flavor and on the back comes the salt water taffy and molasses.

M- Nice full. thick viscosity. Surprisingly crisp, could that be from the lager yeast used in a Baltic porter?

O- Got a 4-pack of this for 4 dollars on sale. Noticed it's best by date was 5 months ago but figured I'd give it a shot. The alcohol seems to be taking over and would like to try fresher some time. Still, as it is, a nice beer with complexity.

Serving type: can

11-29-2013 20:12:59 | More by PaulyB83
Photo of puboflyons

New Hampshire

4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the can labeled Best Before 10 Jul 2013. I am sampling this on November 27, 2013, which is beyond that date. Good looking Porter-like pour of dark brown with a moderately lingering beige head.

The aroma is chocolate and coffee mainly. But there is an interesting cherry-like ester going on as well. Mild earthy hops. OK sweetness. No booze for 10%.

The body is creamy and a bit better than medium.

The taste tends to play down the coffee and chocolate aromas of the nose in favor of a dark malt, earthy, fruity character. Oh yes, the chocolate and coffee do not disappear entirely but they don't present themselves as much in the flavor as they do in the aroma. 10% ABV and the alcohol is not detected. Decent Porter.

Serving type: can

11-27-2013 22:51:18 | More by puboflyons
Photo of fourstringer


4.11/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz can into a Brewer's Art goblet with a moderate hand. Bottom of the can is marked Bestby10Jul2013. Yeah... but this is in a can and 10% ABV. I think we're going to be ok, here.

A: Mostly opaque, very dark coffee bean brown with a ruby tint. 1 finger of light caramel head with a bit of rocky depth. Good retention. Lots of lacing. Very fine looking brew.

S: Rather sweet, roasted malt. Brown sugar. Toffee. Dark cherry. A unique scent I can't put my finger on... Maybe it's the ancient Roman beans or what-not. Not a whole lot of coffee or chocolate to my surprise.

T: Nice, bittersweet coffee/chocolate up front and throughout. The hops gradually increase their presence and complete the dry, fairly bitter finish at the back of the mouth. Roasted malts and dark chocolate. There is a burnt sugar presence, but the beer is not nearly as sweet as the smell would suggest. Coffee/chocolate is dominant, as expected, and of rather good quality. Overall, taste is a bit one-note (or maybe two-note is more appropriate), but it plays well.

M: Moderate carbonation with a slight prickliness. The body is fairly full, which makes it a bit smoother.

O: Tasty brew, especially if you dig the union of coffee, beer and chocolate. The coffee and chocolate accents are very nice. I do enjoy how the taste transitions from a slight sweeter, coffee/chocolate bitterness at the beginning to an assertive, somewhat piney, hop bitterness at the end. Cool beer.


Serving type: can

11-18-2013 02:24:28 | More by fourstringer
Photo of joe1510


3.69/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz Tallboy
$10.99 4-Pack
4 Seasons Liquors - Morris, IL

Roman Beans, eh?

3Beans has a body the darkest of browns like a Nubian Queen. A mocha head forms immediately and is instantly creamy coming to a rest with a thick, sticky ring and a puffy floating cap. The cap leaves sheet lacing caked down the glass with each drink. This is a damn fine looking beer, rich, velvety, and dense.

The aroma is bold. Lightly roasted malts are the foundation. Dark, bittersweet cocoa is pretty heavy handed. I'm not quite sure what Roman beans smell like but there is an earthy quality floating around in the periphery. Freshly ground coffee emerges, and grows, as this one warms becoming one of the dominant factors. Not bad but a little run together.

Mild roast with a touch of lactic sweetness that's reminiscent of heavy cream are first and foremost in the flavor. Coffee comes along mid palate and pushes through to the finish, it's well integrated. Bittersweet chocolate, an earthy component (I will assume this is from the Roman Beans), and a hodgepodge of dark berries bring up the rear. The flavor comes together better than the aroma.

The weight feels appropriate as it hits the tongue but becomes a little more viscous and sticky than I'd like. It's not overpoweringly sweet but there is a little too much stick, in my opinion. The feel is silky though and there's a touch of roasty bitterness on the swallow.

I've had my eye on this beer since the day I'd first seen it. I'm not sure why being as Sixpoint has never shown me much in the past. 3Beans falls in line with the rest of Sixpoints offerings I've sampled, it's good but with the selection today I won't be picking it up again. A four pack is more than enough for me.

Serving type: can

11-16-2013 03:23:44 | More by joe1510
Photo of Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

4.36/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Can: Poured a dark clear brown color beer with a generous light brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of sublime coffee notes with well-balanced caramelized malt notes. Taste is also dominated by great coffee beans notes with almost no astringency or overly dry notes. Malt backbone is solid with good caramelized notes and no overly dry roasted malt notes with light residual sugar notes. Body is lighter then I was expecting for a 10% ABV beer with great carbonation and no apparent alcohol. I find it hard to distinguish the porter and thought this was more akin to a strong brown ale with loads of coffee.

Serving type: can

10-25-2013 18:39:22 | More by Phyl21ca
Photo of ChainGangGuy


3.13/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

12 ounce can - $3.34 at Barrel and Barley in Woodstock, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours an opaque, dark brown body with a tall, growing, sandy-tan head.

Smell: Slight alcohol with some foretelling astringent, roasted notes of bread, nuts, and coffee that have felt the unforgiving flames just a bit too long.

Taste: Coffee, chocolate powder, and some roasted nuts and burnt toast. Medium-plus sweetness. A little raisin. Growing spicy, earthy, woodsy hop quality as the bitterness builds on the tongue pushed a bit further by the sharpness of the alcohol (a bit boozey). Pulling up a thin vegetal tone as I'm hoping, yearning for some semblance, some smoother components. Drying, alcoholic, moderately astringent finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation. Just a bit velvety.

Overall: Personally, it felt mish-mashed and muddled with some noted coarseness.

Serving type: can

10-06-2013 23:10:41 | More by ChainGangGuy
Photo of dar482

New York

4.41/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer comes in a dark brown color with a white head.

The aroma has some big coffee and deep chocolate notes. It's really tons of roasted coffee.

The flavor follows with that wonderful combination of coffee and chocolate. It's immediately coffee in the front and then it hits a bit of chocolate sweetness. It's roasty and takes over the tongue with tons of flavors. It's a huge beer with flavor.

This really is one of Sixpoint's best beers. I hope they brew this again as it's a wonderful drinking big big porter.

Serving type: can

09-30-2013 01:19:40 | More by dar482
Photo of rhoadsrage


4.1/5  rDev +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.

Serving type: can

09-11-2013 15:45:11 | More by rhoadsrage
Photo of brurevu


4.46/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This beer is simply great. The Romano beans gave the beer a wonderful texture to allow the coffee and cacao beans to meld and mutate into something that wasn’t your typical coffee stout/porter. 3Beans poured a deep brown almost black with a substantial khaki head. The aroma was a perfect buttery chocolate with a hint of coffee to round it out. Let this brew warm because it holds a tang when it’s too cold, but releases into a roasted dark chocolate coffee wonderland when it warms.

Serving type: can

08-30-2013 19:27:09 | More by brurevu
Photo of MacQ32

South Carolina

4.01/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Pours a deep dark brown with nearly a finger of light mocha colored head, decent retention and lacing.

S - Lots of sweet vanilla beans, roasty coffee aromas and sweet chocolate aromas. Are those the 3 beans? "Blind reviewing" to an extent.

T - A great combination of roasty coffee notes and sweet chocolate up front, some light vanilla/hazelnut type flavors come through. Finish and aftertaste is bitterness, mostly roasty bitterness but the aftertaste is slightly reminiscent of hop bitterness.

M - Medium bodied, pretty easy drinking, fairly well carbonated for the style (slightly on the light end). At 10% this is very drinkable and a real sleeper. watch out!

O - Nothing too outrageous but a fine go-to Baltic. Fun to drink, strong but hidden and good flavor.

Serving type: can

08-29-2013 23:47:11 | More by MacQ32
Photo of jucifer1818


4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

a: Very dark amber, with a quickly forming head that is hard to control out of the glass, but of course this is a good thing.

s: It has a sickenly sweet green apple like smell, as well as a slightly solvently scent. Some fruityness is present as well
Not nearly as much coffee or chocolate as I would had expected

t: rich espresso, chocolate, coco dust, and heavy malty sweetness. Where it fails in aroma, it makes up for it in pure powerful taste.
The alcohol sweetness is also very present, and some solventy flavors are present but it is to be expected from a beer this big.
A great chocoalty, heavy, desert beer

m: very syrupy. Not too much so, it has some restraint to it, but still, its exactly as you might expect a dark beer of this size.

Overall: this is a interesting beer. I was not crazy for its smell, but that's because I'm more of a ale scented person, and the lagerish sweetness that this has just is NOT my thing. However, its taste really wins me over. It really is exactly as they promote it. Heavy chocolate. Heavy malt. heavy coffee. and a nice, heavy body
A great desert beer, but one that I would had been happier to pay 2-3 dollars less for

Serving type: can

08-21-2013 22:57:57 | More by jucifer1818
Photo of Treyliff

West Virginia

4.19/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- pours a dark brown color with a creamy light-tan head with great retention, eventually leaving a thin layer on top and a few rings of lace

S- fresh roasted coffee beans and espresso foam, blueberry juice, lightly smoky malt with a touch of floral aroma at the end

T- fresh coffee bean flavor explodes up front with a sharp bitterness, bitter-sweet cacao provides nice chocolate flavors mid-palate, fruity blueberry juice mixes with toffee sweetness, eventually closing into a nice floral hop backbone. Coffee bitterness on the linger

M- medium body with low carbonation leads to a foamy-to-creamy mouthfeel with a smooth finish, with just a touch of alcohol on the finish. This is perhaps the most drinkable 10% I've had thus far, dangerously drinkable

O- a very good coffee-forward porter that packs as much flavor as a stout. Drinks nowhere near its high ABV and balances nicely with the coffee beans and cocao

Serving type: can

08-19-2013 02:01:07 | More by Treyliff
Photo of Georgiabeer


3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not a bad beer- certainly a very nice coffee flavor here, with some quality coffee obviously used. It's also quite silky in the mouth, which is very pleasant. The only thing I'm not sure of is the presence of sort of a chalky graininess that intrudes on the flavors a bit. It's not bad, but it makes the beer a bit heavy and sort of simple compared to the more nuances coffee and roasted flavors. I think two beans would have been preferable here.

Serving type: can

08-08-2013 21:01:42 | More by Georgiabeer
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Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: It has a nice almost jet black color to it. It has a nice thick creamy tan head that dies down slowly and leaves very nice lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of coffee, espresso, chocolate, caramelly malts, vanilla and some dark fruit.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a nice blend of coffee, chocolate, espresso, caramel, sweet dark fruit and a touch of vanilla.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a very nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavors and aromas.

Serving type: can

07-29-2013 18:53:14 | More by SebD
Photo of CraftBeerTastic


3.96/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Ba Review #285
Served On: 07/25/2013
Glassware: Pint Glass
Labeled ABV: 10.0%
Date/ Code: -

Got this one from Outlet Liquors in Rehoboth Delaware

Look: The beer poured a super dark brown – almost black. Some red tinges left some faint light through. The head was a thick fluffy darker tan made up of really tight bubbles. The retention and lacing was phenomenal.

Smell: Dark chocolate and roasted coffee dominated the nose. Slight herbal hops and dark caramelized fruits were also present in the aroma.

Taste: This beer had a super creamy mouth feel. The head retention seemed to add an almost ‘ice cream’ quality. First on the palate was plum or raison that transitioned into a sweet dark chocolate. A hop bitterness hit just before a semisweet roasted malt aftertaste. The creamy head lasted until the regrettable end of the serving.

This is probably, hands down, the best Baltic Porter I’ve had to date. Sixpoint seemed to do everything right with this offering. This was a real treat!

Serving type: can

07-26-2013 22:10:29 | More by CraftBeerTastic
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4/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Serving type: can

07-22-2013 02:25:25 | More by WoodBrew
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3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Finally getting around to trying this one. I do love a coffee and/or chocolate stout, and this isn't too bad a price at $13/4 pack.

Big light tan head on this beer. Body pours a walnut dark hue but not black. Decent lacing and retention.

Smell is subdued but noticeable coffee and cacao are present without being overwhelming. Roasted barley as well.

Taste is coffee-heavy, a little sweet, the cacao isnt as noticeable as I'd like though. Roasted character is present. Bitterness from coffee and hops.

Mouthfeel is disappointingly thin. Over-carbonated. Dry finish.

Overall, I had high hopes for this as sixpoint does a lot well, but this could have been improved. Still decent though, and for the price, worth giving it a shot.

Serving type: can

07-15-2013 02:32:52 | More by MCain04
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3.81/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown, almost black color with a 2 finger foamy grey-tan head. Decent lacing. Smell: Mildly sweet cocoa and coffee with piney hops in the background. Taste: Sweet cocoa and a touch of molasses up front followed by roasted coffee and a nice woody character in the middle before ending with a high amount of bitter piney hops at the finish. Aftertaste is roasted, very bitter and quite long-lasting. Mouthfeel: Full-bodied with a fairly high amount of carbonation. Not quite as thick and creamy as I would have wanted. The hop oils really coat the mouth. Drinkability: Good drinkability. This is a sipper, but it’s one you’ll enjoy until the last drop. Overall: Very good beer overall. I like what they were going for with this one. While I don’t think it’s a home run, it’s still a beer I would definitely recommend trying, especially to the hopheads out there.

Serving type: can

07-14-2013 12:03:32 | More by jbaker67
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3Beans from Sixpoint Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 1,074 ratings.