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3Beans - Sixpoint Brewery

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1,152 Ratings
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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 mbs11
4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

mbs11, Feb 08, 2013
Photo of andrewinski1
3.33/5  rDev -17.4%

Poured into a tulip. The color is black, there is a nice two inch fluffy tan head that leaves a lot of sticky lacing.

The aroma has lots of chocolate and coffee. There is a hint of vanilla but that might be because I associate that with the other two aromas. Either way, this is inviting.

The taste has a decent amount of char to go with some chocolatey notes. This is mostly bitter tasting without emphasizing the flavors to go with the aromas so strongly promised in the nose.

This is full bodied with sharp carbonation. I would like this a lot if I hadn't had so many better examples of coffee beers. As it stands, the taste here is middling.

andrewinski1, Feb 08, 2013
Photo of nmann08
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

nmann08, Feb 08, 2013
Photo of Jwale73
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%

12oz. can served in my Weyerbacher tulip. Pours a deep brown with dark ruby highlights around the base when the light hit the glass just right. Head is half an inch and tan-colored and leaves a residual band of lacing as it slowly recedes. Nose expresses cocoa, dark fruit and roasted coffee. Taste consistent with nose; however, there's a distinct, hoppy bitterness at the finish that lingers between quaffs. Mouthfeel is medium-light with a crisp carbonation and a hint of acidity that is detectable at the finish. Overall, a pretty enjoyable beer with quite a few different levels to it. Too bad it's a one-off.

Jwale73, Feb 08, 2013
Photo of MaseFace
4/5  rDev -0.7%

MaseFace, Feb 08, 2013
Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.26/5  rDev +5.7%

Grabbed a bottle in MAINE because we still haven't gotten distribution in Central NY...?

The beer pours a dull, hazy, dark brown with an inch of fluffy tan head that laces. It presents much better than expected with such a large abv, to which I attribute to the romano beans. The nose has potent notes of sweet chocolate and coffee. It's both bitter and sweet. The taste is reminiscent of a cold "hot chocolate" with huge amounts of chocolate sweetness upfront that transitions to a hoppy-coffee bitterness. The mouthfeel is velvety smooth, but drinks like most coffee porters- slightly watery, but lacking the body you'd expected based on the smell and taste. The aftertaste is huge gush of roasty, bitter chocolate. I enjoyed this beer and it was surprisingly flavorful. I didn't grab much of the fruitiness I expect with a Baltic porter, but it certainly packed in enough flavor.

ThePorterSorter, Feb 08, 2013
Photo of BeastLU
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

BeastLU, Feb 08, 2013
Photo of oldedog
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

oldedog, Feb 07, 2013
Photo of RandyKemka
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

RandyKemka, Feb 07, 2013
Photo of ColForbinBC
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%

Can poured into a globe glass

Pours an ink black through the core with some brown edges. A two finger mocha colored cap fades to a patchy coating with sheets of lace covering the inside of the glass.

Nose is of rich cocoa, dark roast, and coffee beans. Some very mild grassy hops hanging in the background. A little subtle on the nose, but rich and inviting at the same time.

Cocoa/milk chocolate with roast coffee beans mild at first, but then leaping in the finish. Big lingering bitterness that builds with each sip. Mix of roast and an earthy/grassy hop bitterness.

Medium-bodied. Low carbonation. Smooth and silky.

The bitterness really builds with this guy, dominating the palate....in a good way. This is a mighty fine coffee porter.

ColForbinBC, Feb 07, 2013
Photo of jk3
4/5  rDev -0.7%

jk3, Feb 07, 2013
Photo of BARFLYB
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

BARFLYB, Feb 07, 2013
Photo of Gambrinus1184
4.34/5  rDev +7.7%

Served on-tap in a 12 oz. hexagonal glass at Eli Cannon's in Middletown, Conn.

A: Very dark brown to near black in color with a very thin veil of espresso colored carbonation which quickly faded, leaving a glassy sheen over the brew.

S: Sweet and roasty with lots of bitter, charred malt aromas, herbal, earthy hops and a distinct bittersweet cocoa scent.

T: Rich, sweet and robust, this is a very well-roasted and strong Baltic Porter. The fresh coffee and chocolate flavors are immediate, but the secondary hints of tobacco, vanilla and hazelnut are an unexpected treat. Dark, roasted specialty malts lend a bit of spizy, herbal fruitiness to the palate in the form of raisin before washing back with a sweet, bitter finish and singe of alcohol.

M: Full-bodied but very drinkable without becoming cloyingly sweet. A very nice sipper.

O: This heavy-hitting, uber-flavorful Baltic Porter may clock in at 10% ABV, but it's dangerously drinkable on its own and could be even better with a chocolate or berry-accented dessert. I'm glad I got to try this limited-run, dark, strong specialty brew; seek it out!

Gambrinus1184, Feb 07, 2013
Photo of ThirdEyePA
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

ThirdEyePA, Feb 07, 2013
Photo of Sco
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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

Texasfan549, Feb 06, 2013
Photo of deonreds
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

deonreds, Feb 06, 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 BugTownPub
4/5  rDev -0.7%

BugTownPub, Feb 06, 2013
Photo of smakawhat
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A real nice black walnut brown body, with a large four finger head and a creamy tan top. Swiss cheese head, and lots of clumping rocky lacing. While walnut brown, there's a good hint of some red hues along the edges and through the light.

Nose rips of dry roast coffee. The beans feel just ripped, lots of oil. While suggestions of cocoa bean and hints of roast malt are no doubt around it's just a giant coffee boom. Faint hinting sense of nut, but this is truly coffee forward.

This one is quite surprising for taste. Palate comes with warming coffee silky action. For a brew it's wet, but for the coffee angle it's just perfect. Warming roast coffee with a little bit of silky roast character. However the aftertaste just explodes in warmth, very gradually. Hits of Kahlua abound on the finish, with a touch of vodka like heat. Hop angle creates this slow bitter in the mid palate on the swallow, hinting somewhere between lime and orange zest bitterness. Hints of dried fig come out also.

Overall I don't find much Baltic "sense" about this (not getting that banana feeling) but in terms of what this is, it's pretty darn fun, and certainly a great take for a style I am a little averse to.

smakawhat, Feb 06, 2013
Photo of stakem
2.85/5  rDev -29.3%

Slender 12oz can into a snifter. The brew streams a clear color of brown but comes to rest in my glass more black looking than anything. A pour down the middle of the glass produces a perfect 2 finger khaki froth. The cap holds fairly well for a brew of this strength and as it fades, produces some webby patches of lace sticking to the glass. When held to the light, it displays more of a mahogany look about it.

The aroma has a bit of mineral quality that fades into something somewhat carbonic. There is a bit of raw earthiness to this brew that I guess is the cacao inclusion. The coffee addition is present in trace amounts. As this brew warms up in my glass, it has almost a hard cola quality about it. Swirling releases some sulfur and hints of cheese. The alcohol character reminds me of a poorly made wine which is strange.

The flavor is a bit of an improvement. There is a hint of tobacco and roasty quality of coffee present that includes a bit of fresh citrus coffee bean element. That cacao is felt with a raw flavor that is quite pleasant mixed with a hint of virgin oak that provides a slight tannic edge. The alcohol gets progressively more bold as the experience continues and before long the flavor starts to pick up that strange sort of hard cola flavor with a hint of something vinous.

This is a medium to lighter bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. I think the label/description reads like a hell of a good idea and has potential but it just didnt totally transcribe well in the glass. The look of this brew is damn near perfect but thats where the best attributes end. The smell is ok and the taste has its moments of brilliance that are short lived. I purchased a 4-pack of this and drank my first yesterday and was let down thinking my senses must have been off that day. Having it again tonight made me realize this just isn't that good of a brew.

stakem, Feb 06, 2013
Photo of Psychmusic
3.25/5  rDev -19.4%

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

kjkinsey, Feb 06, 2013
Photo of CalebHiliadis
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

CalebHiliadis, Feb 06, 2013
Photo of flyingPharmacist
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

flyingPharmacist, Feb 05, 2013
3Beans from Sixpoint Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 1,152 ratings.