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3Beans - Sixpoint Brewery

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

1,184 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 1,184
Reviews: 249
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 10.67%
Wants: 102
Gots: 96 | 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 StuyBeerGuy
4.36/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of PaulyB83
3.94/5  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.

Photo of BillRoth
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of puboflyons
4.03/5  rDev 0%
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.

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -19.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of fourstringer
4.11/5  rDev +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.

Prost!

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of joe1510
3.68/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

3Beans from Sixpoint Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 1,184 ratings.