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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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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

ouits, Jan 28, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

JeffTheJuice, Jan 28, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

TheFightingMongooses, Jan 28, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

st9647v3, Jan 28, 2013
Photo of Pando
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Pando, Jan 28, 2013
Photo of HattedClassic
4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance:
Pours very little head and leaves quite a bit of lacing. The beer itself is

Smell:
The coffee beans tend to dominate the smell with the chocolate barely coming through.

Taste:
The three beans definitely mix well. The coffee notes are very bitter and come out. Additionally, the bitter notes are in the aftertaste. The chocolate is fairly sweet and contrasts very well with the cocoa beans. The alcohol taste is very slight but still there.

Mouthfeel:
Heavy bodied and biting carbonation.

Overall:
A pretty good Baltic porter and definitely worth buying a four-pack at least once. The beer definitely makes the cold Boston days easier to get through.

HattedClassic, Jan 28, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

ChicagoNick, Jan 28, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

TongoRad, Jan 28, 2013
Photo of njhopspop
4/5  rDev -0.7%

njhopspop, Jan 28, 2013
Photo of claytong
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

claytong, Jan 27, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

outoffocus, Jan 27, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

HopBrain, Jan 27, 2013
Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 01/26/13 notes. Got a can of this at Idle Hands on the LES; been wanting to try it for a few weeks now. 12 oz. slim can poured into a pint glass.

a - Pours a dark mahogany brown color with one finger of medium tan head and moderate to high carbonation evident. Looks pretty good.

s - Smells of coffee, roasted malts, toasted malts, bitter chocolate, milk chocolate, cream, and burnt malts. Pretty nice, lots of coffee in the nose.

t - Tastes of coffee, roasted malts, sweet chocolate, vanilla, bitter chocolate, toasted malts, burnt malts, and some earthy notes. More vanilla here and sweeter than the nose, but still a lot of coffee.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. Easy to drink; couldn't believe this was 10% ABV.

o - Overall a really nice beer; reminds me of a coffee stout or a milk stout. Lots of sweet chocolate and coffee to it and very easy to drink. Would definitely pick this one up again, and look forward to trying it again.

mdfb79, Jan 27, 2013
Photo of MDDMD
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-brown black color with a tan head and a little lacing

S-dark malt, coffee, chocolate, slightly earthy

T-coffee forward with dark roasted malt and chocolate, moderate bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, not as creamy as I was hoping

O-a solid offering from Sixpoint, nice flavor

MDDMD, Jan 27, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

bbrown12, Jan 27, 2013
Photo of schlimenhaumer
3.15/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a slim 12oz. can into an oversize Southampton snifter at low altitude in NY.

A: Pours a jet black body with a creamy one- to two-finger khaki colored head. Retention is solid given the ABV and there's a nice layer of lacing on the glass.

S: Definitely some alcoholic heat to this one. Sweet lactic notes up front with coffee and chocolate in the background. If someone were to to brew an "imperial milk stout," this aroma might result.

T: Opens with sweet milky flavors followed by a long, bitter coffee/chocolate finish. Alcoholic notes accompany these flavors from start to finish, giving this one some heat all the way through.

M: Full-bodied with a slick, oily mouthfeel.

O: Overall, not one of my favorite Sixpoint offerings. I expected deeper roasted flavors from each of "3 beans," and the alcohol presence was a bit overwhelming.

schlimenhaumer, Jan 27, 2013
Photo of Ego
3.76/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

best by 6/13

eyes...
pours beautifully, a nice 2 fingers of head just sits there like a photo, slow crackle of fizz matches the lazy carbonation slithering up from the nether regions of the brew, not quite opaque this one rides the line between brown and black, lacing is superb and head retention is very nice, nearly flawless looking

nose...
that familiar baltic porter "stale" smell is right on, dry baby dry, a touch of malt and powdered cocoa, deep coffee notes meld into chocolate wafts .. borderline candy bar but not going over the edge, nice! very balanced

taste etc...
the carbonation is a bit bright and upfront here, I find it distracting (it doesn't seem smooth), the booze is apparent but masked just enough to not slam you, the coffee flavor lingers nicely but not strongly, I was surprised, I was expecting a little more coffee umph, it seems the trick here is to hold this in the mouth a little longer than usual, than the flavors really seem to release, I drink strong ass coffee so this is OK in my book as it also finishes with some nice bitterness

verdict?
I am at odds... this is so close to being a home run. The carbonation and mouthfeel really kill it for me, if this was a bit creamier or smoother in some manner it would rock, that said this is a very interesting beer and worth your while seeking out to try, t definitely makes a statement, like it or not.

Ego, Jan 27, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

markgoodman10, Jan 27, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

ogrerugby, Jan 27, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

mirish72, Jan 27, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

DogfishJoe, Jan 27, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

wdarcy77, Jan 27, 2013
Photo of tempest
4.04/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

tempest, Jan 27, 2013
Photo of PicoPapa
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz can with a Best Before date of 10 July 2013. Pours a dark black color with an inch of frothy tan head. Lots of lacing. Aroma is chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, and hints of vanilla. The taste is a nice taste of mocha with some warming alcohol and roasted malts. Some earth along with some sweetness. Not getting as much vanilla as in the nose. Bit of a caramel and mocha finish. Lots of carbonation. Overall, a nice mix of the chocolate and coffee flavors that works well. Worth grabbing again.

PicoPapa, Jan 26, 2013
Photo of schoolboy
4.56/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've had a few great Baltic Porters before, but this one is exceptionally interesting. It pours into a beautiful light head with perfect lace and a pretty much opaque blackness. The lace just keeps on coming too.

The aroma is complex - roasty, malty, coffee, all mixed together nicely. The taste is similar - a nearly sublime balance, and enough bitterness underneath it all to warrant all that extra stuff. The coffee fixes what's often wrong with this style by distracting from the strength of the hops and malt flavor. Ah, and I failed to mention that under all this it is a very alcoholic beverage and it makes no apologies for this.

As it warms the coffee aroma becomes more pronounced. The chocolate taste, by the way, is nicely balanced way below most of the rest of the flavors. This may be the best coffee flavored brew I have ever had. Hurray for Sixpoint!

schoolboy, Jan 26, 2013
3Beans from Sixpoint Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 1,152 ratings.