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3Beans - Sixpoint Brewery

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

1,152 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 1,152
Reviews: 248
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 10.42%
Wants: 92
Gots: 94 | FT: 2
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 Sammy
4.04/5  rDev +0.2%

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.

Sammy, Mar 24, 2013
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.81/5  rDev -5.5%

Thanks to mhksuccess for sharing this one at his tasting.

Pours a hazy orange-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Thin rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, burnt coffee, and alcohol. Taste is much the same with some intense coffee flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with some solid coffee aromas and flavors.

UCLABrewN84, Feb 18, 2013
Photo of djrn2
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

djrn2, Jan 25, 2013
Photo of Thorpe429
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Thorpe429, Feb 04, 2013
Photo of nmann08
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

nmann08, Feb 08, 2013
Photo of zestar
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

zestar, Jul 12, 2013
Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

acurtis, Feb 03, 2013
Photo of metter98
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%

A: The beer is very dark amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high tan head that died down and left a thin layer of bubbles on the surface, a thick collar around the edge of the glass, and a coating of bubbles down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderately strong aromas of coffee beans are present in the nose, which also has some hints of chocolate.
T: Like the smell, the taste has lots of rich flavors of espresso beans, but there's surprisingly not that much bitterness due to a good balance of cocoa flavors to provide some underlying sweetness. There are some slight hints of roasted malts and faint hints of alcohol in the finish.
M: It feels rather medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: Considering its strength, this beer is very easy to drink because the alcohol is masked very well (except for some hints of it towards the finish). I really like the balance between the coffee and chocolate because it really seems to provide a perfect mix of bitterness and sweetness.

metter98, Feb 09, 2013
Photo of brentk56
3.74/5  rDev -7.2%

Appearance: Pours a rather opaque dark brown color with a bountiful tan cap; plenty of lacing coats the glass

Smell: Dark chocolate, vanilla, coffee and pine

Taste: The piney hops are surprisingly pronounced and dominate the flavors from start to finish, though they are buttressed by the chocolate and coffee flavors that form the backbone; in the middle, the oaky elements add another dimension; there is an underlying sweetness that becomes more pronounced in the finish

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate carbonation

Overall: There are a lot of bold flavors that compete for the tastebuds' attention and, to my palate, they never quite form a harmonious whole; I was expecting a coffee stout and would hardly think of this as a Baltic Porter but it is really one of those style benders; others obviously like it but this one just has too many clashing flavors for me

brentk56, Feb 22, 2013
Photo of Phyl21ca
4.36/5  rDev +8.2%

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.

Phyl21ca, Oct 25, 2013
Photo of BEERchitect
4.09/5  rDev +1.5%

In a fascinating attempt to weave three beans together in the same brew, Sixpoint chooses the obvious coffee beans, cacao beans but then offers up other earthy beans to promote body, texture, starch flavor, and rich textures to the overall savory experience. And all that hits home in this beer.

The beer acts as much as rich coffee as it does ale, as the medium brown concoction pours with medium weight and releases a delicate espresso-like creme. Moderate retention and low lying pocketed lace ensures that the coffee-like appearances hold true.

Strong coffee aromas strike the nose with overtones of more nutty versions like Kona and Columbia roasts. But then the back beat of toffee, caramel, and peanut brittle hits next; delivering with it the undeniable yet understated scent of chocolate. With little hops to interfere with the nose, the aroma spread depends solely upon coffee roast and sweet toasted grain.

Delicious sweetness of chocolate and coffee culminate on the early palate with a hearty and robust first impression that coats the tongue with savory-sweet notes. But soon the sweetness is shed and the earthy wood, roast, and cocoa flavors emerge. Their unadulterated taste reveals earthen seared taste that's hardly ignored. With little flavor of the "third" bean, the taste is highly reliant on the charming interplay of coffee and chocolate.

Smooth and medium-textured on the palate, the beer plays somewhat softly with its semi-sweet upstart and its reluctant fade toward dryness. But as the sweetness and mild carbonation recedes, dry toast textures emerge with notions of hop-derived woody bitterness, dryness, and a slim alcohol warmth (it's dangerous how drinkable this beer is for its alcohol content). Finishing woody, chocolaty and warm,- the beer begs for one more sip.

Giving in to this taste would be detrimental to health and mind as this beer hides its alcohol deceptively well. Its sultry attitude with savory, hearty sweetness, and casual effort makes it somewhat sessionable- a horrible blend for those "lush-like-me" types.

BEERchitect, Feb 06, 2013
Photo of Texasfan549
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Texasfan549, Feb 06, 2013
Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev -0.7%

kjkinsey, Feb 06, 2013
Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev -0.7%

spycow, Mar 10, 2013
Photo of kylehay2004
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

kylehay2004, Jun 16, 2013
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.13/5  rDev -22.3%

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.

ChainGangGuy, Oct 06, 2013
Photo of Knapp85
3.78/5  rDev -6.2%

This beer poured out as a deep brown color that is basically black. There is a big foamy tan head on top. The lacing is light along with the retention. The smell of the beer is chocolatey with a bit of coffee on the nose as well. It also smells sweet. The taste of the beer is roasted, the coffee isn't that strong. There is a bitter dark chocolate flavor in the finish. The mouthfeel is pretty creamy, light carbonation and smooth. Overall it's not all that impressive. I'm surprised the rating is as high as it is. Not something I need to have again.

Knapp85, Feb 23, 2013
Photo of oberon
4.09/5  rDev +1.5%

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.

oberon, Mar 31, 2013
Photo of TMoney2591
3.73/5  rDev -7.4%

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Nothing like a biblical quote taken slightly out of context on a Red Bull-style can. The contents pour a deep, dark garnet topped by a finger of sturdy sandstone foam. The nose comprises mild coffee, roasted malts, cocoa powder, light cola, light molasses, and a pinch of brown sugar and clove. The taste brings in more of the same, with both the coffee and the chocolate coming through grainier, more bitter. In fact, nearly all of the sweetness inherent in the smell has been drained out here. There's also a vague sense of spruce or something similar thereto hanging around as well. The body is a lithe medium, with a light moderate carbonation, a slightly creamy feel, and a drying finish. Overall, an interesting concoction, one that seems to make good use of the combination of "beans", somehow simultaneously focusing on them and not letting them overpower all else.

TMoney2591, Jan 30, 2013
Photo of JAHMUR
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

JAHMUR, Feb 12, 2013
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.24/5  rDev +5.2%

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.

NeroFiddled, May 07, 2013
Photo of SocalKicks
4/5  rDev -0.7%

SocalKicks, Nov 15, 2013
Photo of Jason
3.96/5  rDev -1.7%

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.

Jason, Feb 19, 2013
Photo of RblWthACoz
4.06/5  rDev +0.7%

This doesn't fall into the traditional baltic porter category for me. The chocolate and coffee jump into things and mesh with the typical characteristics in a pretty good fashion. It all seems to fight for dominance though never wins. Feel is good. Drinkability is good. I can dig it.

RblWthACoz, Mar 28, 2013
Photo of nickfl
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

nickfl, Feb 27, 2013
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3Beans from Sixpoint Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 1,152 ratings.