3Beans - Sixpoint Brewery

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Ratings: 1,179
Reviews: 249
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 10.67%
Wants: 96
Gots: 95 | 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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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 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.

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!

Photo of oakaged88
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of WeisGuy
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of ant880
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of Kubrickx
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of cdwil
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of VonWeissenheimer
3/5  rDev -25.6%

Photo of ejeffer11
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of ryan1788a5
3.44/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can poured into a large snifter.

A: Deep brown on the pour with lighter chestnut hues. A half inch of sandy colored head doesn't retain very well. Spotty lacing.

S: Freshly brewed coffee, a sort of starchy vegetal smell, cocoa nibs and milk chocolate, slight caramel and roast undertones. Chocolatey scent comes out more as the beer warms.

T: Cola, toffee and caramel malt base with a hint of roast. Subtle vegetal taste. Underlying milk chocolate. Mildly acidic coffee taste is downplayed. Hit of spicy alcohol gets just a touch too boozy. Dry, woody oak cuts through it all, and a bit too harshly. Weak finish of caramel and milk chocolate.

M: Medium bodied. Smooth, creamy, and even fluffy in the mouth. Moderate carbonation. The mouthfeel isn't bad, but it just doesn't seem robust enough for this beer.

O: I was disappointed by this beer. It feels very disjointed, and doesn't mesh well at all. Coffee has a strong presence on the nose, but gets a bit lost in the taste. It's too boozy, and the oak is a slight distraction. To me the base beer comes across as a brown ale/brown porter (though it tastes rather clean), and the body just can't support all the adjuncts at work, never mind the oak and the 10% abv. My least favorite Sixpoint beer.

Photo of CORKSCREWFISH
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of VelvetExtract
4.36/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a very dark brown. High clarity. Head is creamy and full. It leaves long lacing capes. Looks great.

S-Absolute coffee bomb. The second sniff makes me revise my previous statement to "absolute mocha bomb". Remind me of a Dunkachino from Dunkin Donuts. Luscious chocolate and expensive coffee. Also some vanilla and hints of barrel. Love this aroma!

T-Cold coffee with a pinch of whiskey. Chocolate nuances. Mocha of course. Vanilla extract. Flat cola. French press. Almost like chomping on an espresso bean. As if someone left an Irish Coffee out for too long. Such an awesomely concentrated mixture of coffee and chocolate…with hints of holy oak.

M-Lighter than the gravity would initially suggest. Alcohol shows. Drinks easy enough.

O/D-I have been and will be a sucker for Sixpoint. This is easily one of my favorite offerings from them; if not my favorite. Its big and unwavering. If you have any interest in coffee and/or chocolate. Get this. I wish my coffee tasted like this each morning…I also wish my coffee made me feel like this in the morning too. Also this is the best looking can I have ever seen.

Photo of Gatordaddy
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of JWU
4.43/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz. can poured into a curved porter glass.

A- Very dark brown, can only see a bit of light through when held to a bright light. A nice tan head fades in about a minute or two, some lacing down the glass.

S- Bashes you over the head with coffee. The cocoa and oak are there as well, but it's certainly coffee dominant. Smells pretty fantastic IMHO.

T- I'm not a huge porter fan, but there is something about these big bold porters (Ballast Point Victory at Sea anyone??) that get me going. The coffee is a seriously quality roast, deep, dark, and adds significant flavor and bitterness from the start. There is a nice balancing sugary sweetness to offset the big blast of coffee bitterness. I get most of the cocoa and oak influences on the back end. Complex and delicious.

M- Medium to full and pretty slick on the palette for a porter. Light to medium carbonation that's very tight, but not overly aggressive.

O- Fan-stinking-tastic. I'll be seeking more of this ASAP. Sixpoint, you've done it again.

Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from can into crooked stave tulip. Pours a deep brown black with tan head..but superb lacing. The aroma is what really stands out here...just straight up FRESH coffee...awesome! A bit of boozey oak.
Taste is again..fresh coffee. A bit of vanilla oak, and a tad of chocolate. Super super smooth. Such an awesome porter...its basically like the gorilla warfare porter on steroids; which is a good thing! Have one now!

Photo of StuporJew
3.43/5  rDev -14.9%
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 alexgash
4.16/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. slim-style can. Served at cellar temp.

Dark brown body, clear, with garnet highlights. Thick finger of bright light khaki head. Very nice lacing and retention. Nose of light roasted malts, rummy fruits, sweet molasses, licorice, coffee, and vanilla.

Roasted malts up front, along with dark chocolate bitterness. Dark fruit and rum sweetness fills in the palate. Notes of carob and molasses. Roasted coffee picks up and increases into the finish. More chocolate notes make for a nice mocha effect. Light vanilla and wood/oak in the finish. Lingering dark fruits, caramel, along with complementary dark chocolate and coffee bitterness. Medium-full body with a slightly creamy feel. Could be a touch thicker. Still, a very delicious beer.

Photo of brewtus
4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours dark dark brown, black, with a foamy two finger head. Subtle smells of coffee, dark chocolate, earthy. Taste is also subtle coffee, milky chocolate, smokey, a slightly bitter hop backbone. Texture is smooth, not too thick for 10%. Overall I think this pretty good and flavors balance well. I wish the coffee and chocolate flavors were more prominent but this was definatly a good pick up.

Photo of Kendo
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured from the can straight down the middle into a pint glass. Body is dark brown with a nice nearly 2-finger tannish, cushiony head. Leaves good thick rings of lace up top and good splotchy lacing on the way down.

S: Pretty much smells the way a porter should smell - roasty, with roasted coffee beans and coffee (fairly strong in the nose) and just a hint of chocolate.

T: Coffee is the first impression on the first sip, but that may be from the nose as much as it is from any flavor. A couple more sips, however, confirm that first impression: i.e., there's a lot of coffee going on in the taste. Also roasted (slightly burnt) barley malt and a modest amount of chocolate, with the chocolate becoming more noticeable as it warms. Finishes with a good roasty bitterness and alcohol heat is felt on the way down to the belly, though not really noted on the palate.

M: The appearance and ABV of this beer may lead you to believe it's an Imperial Stout, but in the mouthfeel you know it's a porter. It's not heavy at all and drinks lighter than expected. Call it medium in heft

O: This is good stuff. Toes the line between roasty and chocolatey, with roasty and roasted coffee prevailing early, but chocolate stepping up as it warms up a little. Plus it packs a nice buzz.

Photo of RoryOMoore
4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

Photo of Justin_Neff
3.13/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured from can aggressively into CCB Snifter

A: Initial thought from the pour was actually a little disappointment. Dark brown color, but far from black. Appears thin. Beige colored, 1.5 finger head that also seemed a little thin. Head disappears, but the lacing on the glass is actually pretty nice.

S: Roasted coffee beans dominate the whiff. A little malty sweetness and some chocolate. I get a little nutty smell as well. Smells a little boozy too. About what I expected.

T: LOTS of coffee, but not much else. Hints of malt and some bitterness, but then a huge booze smack at the end - a little too abrupt for me.

M: A little harsh. Dry. Boozy. Over carbonated. Too thin. Not impressed with the body.

O: Very underwhelmed with this one. I had high hopes and I was disappointed. To be fair, I'm probably a little more critical of coffee brews, but this is one of the only times I've sipped a SixPoint brew and wasnt overly impressed.

Photo of jaasen64
3.81/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz slim can similar to the Red Bull Cans. 4-pack in a box purchased for $9.99.

A- Pours a very dark brown that appears an opaque black in the glass with a little over a quarter finger of mocha head that recedes at an average pace leaving behind thin layered lacing. Decent fairly slow rising carbonation that has decent consistency.

S- Espresso, sweet malts, light dark chocolate that blends right in with the espresso, hint of licorice. Well balanced, fairly aromatic, pleasant but not the most pleasant baltic porter I've smelled.

T- Sweet caramel malts, bitter dark chocolate, finishes with creamy espresso, a hint of booze, and more bitter chocolate. Lingering aftertaste of bitter chocolate, caramel, and a bit of espresso. Fairly malty and a little bit more bitter then I was expecting.

M- A little bit thin considering the abv, decent carbonation, fairly drinkable considering the abv.

O- This beer didn't impress me as much as I was hoping it would, but for the price it's extremely hard to beat. It was a bit too bitter for me and slightly on the thin side. The coffee and chocolate wasn't as robust as I was hoping it would be. That being said for $2.50/can this beer is one of the best for it's price range. I'd recommend trying it out.

Photo of MikeyMikee
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of Bockerdoppel91
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of SkeeterBoganski
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

3Beans from Sixpoint Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 1,179 ratings.