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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 Zraly
3.81/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a semi-opaque dark brown with a fluffy tan head. Smells like the inside of my coffee bean hopper. Yum.

Rich notes of cocoa, french pressed coffee, and dark berry skins. Snappy hops. Alcohol is huge, maybe a bit too huge. I might sound like a diabetic saying this but I could have used a touch more malt. Or -- a decrease in alcohol. This is a bit too boozy. I really like the overall flavor, though, and find besides the alcohol, it has a nice hop balance. The booze, coupled with the bitter coffee-wearing-a-hops dress finish, is a bit harsh on the palate.

Medium-full bodied. Dry, prickly finish. And as for the identified style here on BA, I first thought this was maybe an Imperial Brown of some ilk.

Sixpoint is solid and so is this brew. I don't know if I'd buy more than one at a time, though. One is probably enough for now.

Zraly, Mar 29, 2013
Photo of kevanb
3.55/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz skinny can poured into a Sixpoint resin snifter.

The beer pours a nice, deep cola brown color, almost black. A big, cloudy, frothy bone colored head sits atop the beer, about 2 and a half fingers high that has moderate retention and leaves some decent lacing behind. Intense coffee on the nose, lots of roast with some dark chocolate behind it, touches of vanilla and lots of thick, rich, dark grain that is quite sweet. Lot's of bitter, roasted coffee and dark chocolate on the tongue, very intense, a bit harsh at times with sweet vanilla, oaky flavors that bring out the malted grain. The acidic finish is there, but it clashes a bit with the sweet flavors. The body is lively, bubbly, carbonated well with a lightly acidic finish that is fairly smooth.

Verdict: A very intense beer from Sixpoint and possibly too much for me. This is really a palate killer when I wasn't expecting it to be. I'd hoped for a soft, sweet, silky beer that highlights the adjuncts but got something that was punishing and brutal.

kevanb, Mar 29, 2013
Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.39/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to Momar42 for the 12 oz can! Poured into a Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a very dark brown color. The head is a two finger mocha shade. I'm fairly impressed with the retention given the gravity, and the lacing left down the glass is beautiful and consistent.

S: There's a good amount of chocolate and coffee on the nose. The coffee seems to take on a hazelnut quality to it; always a good thing here. A bit of booze come through to the nose, as well.

T: Alcohol is far more prevalent on the flavor profile, unfortunately. Most of the booziness is concentrated on the opening flavors. The finish, however, sees a surge of lightly roasted nuttiness that I enjoy somewhat, along with some more heavily roasted coffee. Some umami notes tie this together - actually, a lot of umami notes tie this together. Other notes of hazelnut and toasted oak appear, giving it some good complexity. Ultimately, I think the savory qualities are a bit too strong for their own good.

M: There's good creaminess within the texture, but it's a bit more carbonated than I like from such a creamy feel. More damning is the fact that it doesn't go down particularly easily, likely from the prevalent alcohol.

O: I think this could have kicked ass if it were, say, 8% and just a touch sweeter (not cloying, though). As it stands, it feels too much like hard work drinking it. Not bad at all, though - certainly a unique take on a 'coffee and chocolate' brew.

ThisWangsChung, Mar 28, 2013
Photo of ELECTRONICAnonymous
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

ELECTRONICAnonymous, Mar 28, 2013
Photo of RblWthACoz
4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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 fredmugs
4/5  rDev -0.7%

fredmugs, Mar 27, 2013
Photo of DaveAnderson
4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Thanks to st9647v3 for this slender 12oz can.

I'm always a coffee beer skeptic. They sound great in principle, but often remind me of stale coffee. How will this fare?

First of all, I love the can. I like cans generally, and this slim profile even more. It's pretty in the glass, too; swirly like a nitro beer, with a tight tan head. It smells like expensive chocolate and stale coffee. And that's the rub. I would have loved this without the coffee. There are decent caramel notes in there, too.

The taste backs the smell 100%. It's full and sweet and bitter and full of good chocolate, and doused with stale coffee. Heavy sigh. I would love this beer without the coffee. I still like it, but still.

EDIT - 09/2013: Had it again, and found the coffee to be much better, resulting in a better beer overall. Updating scores to reflect.

DaveAnderson, Mar 27, 2013
Photo of suspect
4.59/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a skinny tall boy can into a Samuel Adams perfect pint glass.

A: Darker brown color with light escaping from the edges. Normally aggressive pour leads to a full two finger head that's latte foam colored. Very good head retention and the lacing clings to the side like glue.

S: Full flavored coffee (not burnt), espresso, cocoa and some grain. Excellent nose.

T: Better on the tongue than on the nose. This tastes like a perfect iced mocha made with cocoa instead of chocolate. Lots of espresso, some vanilla and a touch of bready yeast.

M: Perfectly carbonated, sharp finish. Good mouthfeel.

O: A superb brew. I went into this not expecting a ton but hoping to really like it. I was supremely impressed.

suspect, Mar 27, 2013
Photo of aranton
4/5  rDev -0.7%

aranton, Mar 27, 2013
Photo of GallowsThief
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of a 12 oz can into my tulip.

A – Deep brown to black on the pour. Huge two ringers of bubbly, frothy tan head that left nice rings down the glass and had good retention.

S – Very nice chocolate smell. Coffee, vanilla and mocha.

T – Strong coffee flavors like an espresso. Much lighter chocolate taste then the smell would suggest. Light notes of vanilla throughout. Caramel flavors at the end and a deep breath of alcohol lingers after each taste. You can really feel the ABV. Also finishes with a nice roastiness, a touch of smoke and a bite of malty bitterness.

M – Medium bodied. A touch thin on the palate though it does have a creaminess to it.

O – Very nice tasty brew. The ABV is present but not overwhelming. It has a nice complex taste and warms nicely. Definitely a sipper.

GallowsThief, Mar 27, 2013
Photo of wtkphoto
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

wtkphoto, Mar 26, 2013
Photo of Boilerfood
3/5  rDev -25.6%

Boilerfood, Mar 25, 2013
Photo of jriggins6
4/5  rDev -0.7%

jriggins6, Mar 25, 2013
Photo of mmmaaattt
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

mmmaaattt, Mar 25, 2013
Photo of BJasny
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

BJasny, Mar 24, 2013
Photo of Sammy
4.04/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 ianjsullivan
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

ST: 12oz poured into a tulip glass

A: Dark brown (almost black without light) with red tint and a towering brown head.

S: Rich sweet cacao, smokey coffee, rich bean, mochi bean cakes.

T: Spicy coffee bean, sweet and bitter cacao, mealy bean burrito, bitter enjoyable coffee

M: Medium and smooth.

O: I have been waiting to try this for a month. Interesting concept, better reality. 3Beans is an enjoyable mix of flavors blended well to avoid sweetness, but smooth and enjoyable to drink, worth the wait.

ianjsullivan, Mar 24, 2013
Photo of tswater
4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

tswater, Mar 24, 2013
Photo of Ozzie1111
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Ozzie1111, Mar 24, 2013
Photo of Sparky44
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Sparky44, Mar 24, 2013
Photo of guillemiro
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

guillemiro, Mar 24, 2013
Photo of Rizalini
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Recieved in a trade from jageraholic. Thanks for the can bro!

Poured from a can, dated 'BEST BEFORE 10 JUL 2013', into my Deschutes tulip glass...

A - Pours a dark nut brown color, with a huge 4 finger light brown head. It hangs around for a while, but when it does fade, it leaves behind some nice lacing.

S - The smell is a little weird. It's a mix of coffee and butter scotch candy. Let's see what it tastes like...

T/M - The smell doesn't do the taste justice at all! The front of the taste is like a nice iced coffee, the middle opens up to some of the dark & carmel malts, and ends with an almost bittersweet chocolate finish. Really nice evolution of flavors, with no evidence of alcohol at all. Kinda surprising since this beer is 10%. Medium mouthfeel, perfect carbonation.

O - This one really surprised me. After the smell, I was expecting much, but this one is actually pretty damn good. All the flavors of this one are very well balanced, and very drinkable. Thanks again jageraholic for sending this can my way!

Rizalini, Mar 23, 2013
Photo of haazer
3.84/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - A hard pour produces a dark brown, medium roast looking beer. Big frothy tan head, large bubbles within. Webbed lacing left on the glass also. Head very long lasting.

S - Deep coffee bean roast. Really strong coffee profile here. A bit of cacao, but pretty one sided. Expected with what they're going for.

T - I was pretty suprised by the flavor actually . Not the coffee bomb I was expecting. There is the roasted bean flavor for sure, but a sweetness in here too. The natural ingredients bring out some chocolate sweetness and not the usual bitter coffee bite. There is a bit of alcohol bite however with strong heat on the backend of this.

M - Medium bodied brew with high levels of carbonation. Alc not felt in the mouth but certainly on the way down.

O - I enjoyed the sweetness in this and it really suprised me in terms of your normal coffee beer varieties. The 10% abv is detected though with a lot of heat on the way down, I suppose the ingredients used contributed to high sugar/high abv. Glad to have tried this limited release.

haazer, Mar 23, 2013
Photo of Rand_ale_Thor
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Rand_ale_Thor, Mar 23, 2013
Photo of ystazi
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

ystazi, Mar 23, 2013
3Beans from Sixpoint Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 1,152 ratings.