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3Beans - Sixpoint Brewery

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248 Reviews
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Reviews: 248
Hads: 1,205
Avg: 4.01
pDev: 10.47%
Wants: 124
Gots: 99 | 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

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.
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Photo of Jwale73
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of RandomBattle
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. can to a 12oz. snifter, how bout that...

Appearance - clean dark brown body with red highlights, topped with one fingers worth of a beautiful, soft, off white head. A nice looking porter.

Smell - Coffee is definitely the strongest aroma coming from this one, after revisiting you can get some nice dark cacao odors.

Taste - Coffee and chocolate. Understand however, it is an amazing balance between coffee, chocolate, and beer. The bitterness from both the coffee and the dark cacao integrate perfectly with this porter. To classify this as a "coffee" or "chocolate" beer, I feel, would be inaccurate. This beer uses the natural flavor of the aforementioned ingredients and combines it with a beer base that has similar attributes. The sweetness from this tastes amazingly organic and natural.

Mouthfeel - Slick and creamy, I'm wondering if this has to do with the Romano beans, seeing as they are added for that protein heft. Possibly. A creamy, easy sipper.

Overall - A great, well balanced, and delicious Baltic porter from Sixpoint. Glad to see them offer this kind of style, cause, lets face it, you don't see it all too often.

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Photo of cjgiant
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When purchasing, the guy behind the counter mentioned he really enjoyed this beer, and seeing the rating had me with high expectations. They were confirmed with my own tasting, a very enjoyable mocha coffee flavored porter, even if perhaps it is slightly potent.

The beer poured quite nicely, dark brown with a durable creamy tan head and significant lacing. The smell was not overpowering, but what was there was as one would expect: coffee, but also included a toasted nut scent and a hint of a little spiciness, maybe from the alcohol. I fluctuated between 3.75 and 4, as the smell seemed to become more apparent as I drank the beer.

The taste washes over the mouth with a coating of sweetened coffee (perhaps with a splash of cream), with a smoothness that hides the carbonation feel (note: I did let it warm a little before tasting) that is producing/maintaining the head. This beer is more malt than bitter, which I prefer in a darker beer, more often than not. The bitterness that is there reminds me of the bitterness of an English-style IPA/bitter, but to repeat, is subdued.

As I often seem to notice, the alcohol taste/burn is a little more present when the beer is colder [than suggested for the style]. There is a little bite at the end as the beer comes to temp, however.

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a slightly chilled can into a Founders snifter. The pour is a dark murky reddish-brown with a big rocky tan head that lasts a respectable while. The nose has some nutty malt aromas as well as some sweet toffee-like notes and a bit of coffee. I also get a little star anise or licorice.

The beer has a nice full body, a creamy feel, and a roasty taste. There's a fair amount of malty sweetness up front that is quickly met by some more bitter roasty notes. Burnt toast, bitter coffee, savory molasses, and sweet cream all interplay. I detect no booziness at all, but there is an obvious warmth to the finish. On the finish, the bitter roasty notes tend to take over and leaves the strongest lingering flavor behind. Hop character is subdued, the bitterness being provided by roast instead.

I have only had a few Baltic Porters, but this one may be the best. It fits the style description almost perfectly, with the bitter roasty notes playing first chair and the complementary sweet and/or fruity flavors all relegated to the rear. A nice complex and hearty beer.

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Photo of rfgetz
4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a nice, reddish tinted dark brown, fluffy tannish tinted head. Smell of bitter roast and ground cocoa bean and espresso bean, light nuttyness, mild sweetness and some berry notes. Taste dials down the scent a bit, notes of dry, bitter, heavy roasted coffee and cocoa, mild berry notes, earthy and grainy, dry oak, some vanilla, minimal sweetness. Fuller side of medium, dry and lingering fruitiness. Solid selection, smoother cocoa and coffee notes preferred but makes this interesting.

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Photo of fmccormi
4.14/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Straight pour from a 12oz “slimboy” can to a Cigar City snifter; freshness date of July 10, 2013 printed in black ink on the underside of the can (“BESTBEFORE10JUL2013 05280K+” or something along those lines).

Appearance (4.25): Very nice looking pour, with two fingers of cappuccino-colored foam topping a largely clear, kind of cola-colored body (or maybe root beer, something darker). Moderate retention with some pretty great lacing, showing off thin collars, scattered legs, and a couple sheets of lace.

Smell (4.0): The nose boasts a really nice, cold-brewed coffee aroma and unsweetened chocolate; the malt body is really very understated in the nose. The chocolate is not the sweet/bitter confection you normally think of, though—this is very earthy, with almost a fruity character.

Taste (4.25): Pretty much nailed it. All coffee (bitter, but light-roast and kind of floral/fruity) and that earthy chocolate character mixing with a relatively light malt base, more toasty and brown than charred and black. But there’s a pretty notable citrus zest-kind of bitterness in the finish, maybe the hop character? Adds a weirdly fruity dimension to it all. Alcohol is largely hidden, but it definitely has a warming feel to it. The malt has a dark, sweet, bready character to it, like cocoa powder was mixed into a banana bread batter; bit of a cola-ish aftertaste follows through with its own wave before the finish. Whatever is going on here, I like it. Really opens up an interesting balance between coffee and fruitiness as it warms.

Mouthfeel (4.25): Creamy carbonation that prickles modestly on the finish but foams up nicely going down, complementing a lighter-feeling body with a distinct creaminess to it. Very interesting balance being walked here.

Overall (4.0): This beer is unique, I’d say. It offers a very interesting balance between coffee, chocolate (but chocolate in a way that feels different), malt, and some other aspects as well. The alcohol is noticeably present, but suitable and welcome for the size and character of the beer. But what’s really great is that this beer really opens up into something different and thoroughly enjoyable as it warms. Flavors re-arrange, the feel transforms, and it just becomes something different and definitely tasty. Recommended.

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Photo of sinstaineddemon
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

A - super dark brown, with some red shining though, doesnt seem to be black, raises up a half a finger of light brown head

S - roasted malts and of course the adjuncts coffee and cacao create the aroma of this porter. The chocolate is a mild milk chocolate variety that blends with the coffee for a low key mocha type aroma

T - the malts start off rather normal, nondescript. After a moment of trepidation, "will this beer be boring?", the coffee and chocolate kick in and sweel then fade into the finish.

M&D&O- wheres the 10%? Sixpoint does a fine job of maksing a double digit ABV behind some solid, albeit not terribly earth shattering flavors. A fine porter with great flavors, it deserves a place among a porter lineup, but it doesn't redefine the style, I guess I am trying to say, this is a good beer and Sixpoint continues to impress. And that the good people over at Sixpoint should send a pint glass in my direction! Ooops, was that out loud.

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Photo of alexgash
4.16/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

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Photo of Billolick
4.17/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Slim 12 ounce can from the boxed four pack. Best before dating on the bottom.

Pours darn near black. The head is mocha. The sheeting is extensive, high in the glass and quite fine. Nice looking beer.

Rich chocolate soaked nose.

Chocolate, coffee, vanilla, dark malts. Flavorful and very enjoyable dark stout porter. Smooth, refined and elegant sipper, with the its 10% nicely hidden. Well done. Another winner from Brooklyn's Sixpoint.

Is this a "one off", or will it be a regular in the Sixpoint line? I admit I am somewhat confused. Please make this fine beer often and in lage quantities.

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Photo of Amalak
4.17/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A. It has a deep black color. No light comes through. There's a big foamy tan head that leaves a good deal of lacing.

S. Medium nut, malt and chocolate scent.

T/M. The coffee flavor definitely comes through first. There is a roasted nut taste underneath. A bit of a grape sweetness. Tart taste kicks the back of the mouth but goes away quickly. It is smooth and refreshing, medium bodied.

O. It is quite flavorful and complex. For a coffee porter, it is right up there with anything I've had.

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Photo of Willytee3
4.17/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Can into wine glass.

Pour a robust chocolaty dark red color with 1 finger cafe 'o' le' color head. Intense lacing! Japanese ocean surf paintings come to mind, no kidding!

Smells of dark caramel malts with chocolate malts all over the place. Roasted coffee notes come through with a touch of alcohol. Licorice, anise hint of dark fruit.

Tastes of licorice and darki complex chocolte with coffee roasted malts. A touch of bitter and some earthyness. A little citrus rind bitter on the finish.

Good carbonation froth fades fast to a thin almost watery consistensy.

Very interesting beer good coffee and chocolate meld, not overpowering.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
4.17/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

Four pack purchased at FreeBridge

Dark brown body, ruby highlights, and a magnificent light tan head which rose above the rim and held with terrific cohesion.

Wonderful inviting cocoa and coffee aroma.

Taste is coffee and chocolate, along with raisins and other dark fruits. Well masked alcohol.

Medium plus mouthfeel. Could have been chewier.

Tasty, enjoyable. Grab while you can.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- pours a dark brown color with a creamy light-tan head with great retention, eventually leaving a thin layer on top and a few rings of lace

S- fresh roasted coffee beans and espresso foam, blueberry juice, lightly smoky malt with a touch of floral aroma at the end

T- fresh coffee bean flavor explodes up front with a sharp bitterness, bitter-sweet cacao provides nice chocolate flavors mid-palate, fruity blueberry juice mixes with toffee sweetness, eventually closing into a nice floral hop backbone. Coffee bitterness on the linger

M- medium body with low carbonation leads to a foamy-to-creamy mouthfeel with a smooth finish, with just a touch of alcohol on the finish. This is perhaps the most drinkable 10% I've had thus far, dangerously drinkable

O- a very good coffee-forward porter that packs as much flavor as a stout. Drinks nowhere near its high ABV and balances nicely with the coffee beans and cocao

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Photo of JohnQVD
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the can into a snifter. Served at 55 degrees.

Pours dark, almost black with a light-colored, thick, foamy head that slowly dissipates to a thin ring around the edge of the glass. Nose is coffee and a sweetness that reminds me of Chinese red bean paste. Mouthfeel is thick, but carbonated.

Primary taste is dark and roasted, with a mildly astringent aftertaste. The coffee is not as prominent here, but there's a spicy sweetness reminiscent of cinnamon toast. Further into the glass the red bean taste is more prominent and the chocolate starts to peek through.

Overall, this is quite good. It's atypical of the style, but quite interesting. With the possible exception of Resin, this is the best canned Sixpoint I've had.

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Photo of TheLostGringo
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a 4 can box of this yesterday, excited to give this new Sixpoint offering.

A: Dark Brown, Solid couple of inches of Khaki colored head.

S: Light hint of coffee and molasses, would have preferred a stronger coffee influence.

T: Definite molasses flavors perhaps hint of coffee bitterness, incredibly drinkable considering the 10% abv.

M: Very good and silky smooth.

O: A very good beer and one I see drinking quite often. Really enjoyable and amazing the way it hides the alcohol very well. Only complaint is that it is called 3Beans and would like to see a little stronger coffee taste.

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Photo of Beer-A-Lot
4.19/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Beautiful color, head, and especially loads of lacing.

S - Nice roasted coffee and caramel flavors in the nose.

T - Delicious. Wonderful caramel and roasted coffee tastes. Almost milky and sweet. Superb flavors that make this style so appealing.

M - Rich, creamy, lots of body (like Jessica Alba). Yet it goes down so smooth and easy. Just outstanding.

O - This is one delicious beer. Glad I have several more in my fridge. Sixpoint is 2 for 2 for me, but this is the better one.

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Photo of oline73
4.19/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the can into a goblet.

The beer pours almost black with over a finger of light tan head. The head fades to a layer on top of the pour and leaves some lacing on the glass. The smell is very roasty with a strong coffee and dark chocolate presence. The taste isn't very sweet at all and there is hardly a trace of alcohol. Lots of roasted malts along with the coffee and dark chocolate. The finish has a roasty bitterness to it. This is very easy to drink and I never would have guessed the abv. I'd definitely have more.

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Photo of Sark
4.19/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Appearance- huge 2 finger caramel colored head with great persistence, dark brown body with vigorous carbonation

Smell- heavy coffee and chocolate sweetness overtones, toasted tinge on the back

Taste- caramel and chocolate on the front, while middle is coffee dominated and espresso finish, there's a tinge of oak bitterness and the alcohol is only very slightly noticed at the tail end,

Mouthfeel- full bodied and milky smooth creaminess, little alcohol dry but barely noticed

Overall- A big porter with attitude, that being said, I could still enjoy 2 pints of this easily before it knocks me off a chair

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Photo of Kendo
4.19/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.19/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12oz can into a Duvel tulip. Thanks Drew!

A: Black body with clear brown highlights. 2 inches of tan froth on top. Ok retention, good lace. Nice.

S: Fresh coffee, dark chocolate icing, vanilla, and starchy peanut-like piquancy. Aromatic and appealing.

T: Follows the nose. Rich, vibrant chocolate and coffee up front, with malt and earthy hops toward the finish. Bitter, spicy coffee-forward aftertaste. Solid.

M: Medium body, spritzy carbonation. A little thin.

O: Really tasty stuff. Huge flavor, good balance.


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Photo of jrstamp
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz can into a Russian River Tulip

A- Pitch black with a 3 finger dark cream head. Dissipated to a small ring in less than a minute.

S- Dark and toasty malt notes with a little bit of chocolate. Did not get much coffee at first, but as it warms you find it.

T- Good dark malt flavor. Alot of roasted flavors jump right at you. Actually has a little hoppy bit to it but its masked by the chocolate and coffee. The taste I am thinking is chocolate might be something else, but it tastes alot like artificial chocolate powder that is a little bitter sweet. Might actually be just the coffee showing up differently for me.

M- Big and full. Fitting for the style and much what I expected.

O- I've had a couple of these and while I think it is a personal thing I am thrown off by what I feeling is a bittersweet chocolate taste in this beer. Something intrigues me though, as I keep coming back to try and figure it out. Always enjoy what I get from Sixpoint and will probably end up buying 4 more of these at some point.

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Photo of TheBrewo
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

We pour a brew of the deepest brown, with maroons letting up around the edges with light. It holds a one and a half finger head of light brown foam, showing great retention. This leaves rings of thick lacing as it eventually goes. No haze or sediment is noted, and carbonation appears active. The aroma gives rich coffee malts, light metallic adjuncts, booze, medicinal phenols, molasses, spicy flashes of cayenne pepper fullness, milk chocolates, and warming lactic acidity. Our first impression is that the flavoring is nicely full, with a big malty profile, but the real star is the soft, smooth feel of it. As we sip, metallic saltiness, fiber-laden bean skins, smoke-roasted chocolate malts, raw coffee beans, cacao nibs, fusel booziness, and hints of vanilla start things off. We peak with charred malt bitterness, wet yeasty bitterness, tin, and flashes of white sugar sweetness. The finish comes with chipotle pepper spice, coffee and chocolate malts, more raw coffee beans, more fusel booze, black pepper, sweet honey essence, and clovey phenols. The aftertaste breathes of cinnamon, sweaty saltiness, caramel sugars, vanilla sweetness, tinny metallics, bitter raw chocolates, big black peppers, and raw booziness. The body is full, and the carbonation is medium, but frothy. Each sip gives nice froth, cream, slurp, smack, and finishing pop. The beer is silky smooth and velvety through the swallow, coating the palate on the way down. There is eventual chalky dryness, with light astringency of booze and coffee malts. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks easily.

Overall, the most enjoyable things about this beer was the flavoring, and the silky soft feel. The “three beans” were actually all apparent at one point or another, each adding depth and complexity. The malts through the backbone were strong, roasty, charred, smoky, and above all, flavorful. This, coupled with the soft, frothy feel, made for a wildly drinkable, delicious brew.

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Photo of Fcolle2
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with a 1.5 finger tan head that has decent retention.

Nose is great. Smells almost identical to roasted chocolate covrered espresso beans. Slight roasted malt. Very warm smell coming off of this.

Their is a large amount of cocoa detectable on the front end. This is followed by rather subtle roasted malt with hints of coffee that are not overpowering at all. Some hop bitterness in the end similar to bakers chocolate, surprising but not off-putting. Good complexity and balance, really tastey.

Mouthfeel is somewhat light, I expected a little heavyer body out of this but at the same time it keeps it very drinkable. Moderate carbonation and Alcohol is well hidden.

Overall this is a great Baltic porter with great typical cocoa notes. Light body and some bitterness was a little surprising but it's super tastey.

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Photo of dvmin98
4.21/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Kylep3....extra from a trade.

Can you say coffee coffee coffee? Feel like a bomb went off in my mouth. Good thing I LOVE coffee.

First sip hit me in the tongue, like it was 7 AM and I just got my morning java. Good flavor. Chocolate and caramel.

I could drink a couple of these, but that's it in a session.

I really enjoyed it. Nice experience

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Photo of atr2605
4.21/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-pours near black with a tan head with nice retention that clings to the edge of the glass
S-roasted coffee with some unsweetened cocoa
T-a blend of coffee and chocolate that has nice gentle roasted notes and finishes with more chocolate on the palate
M-medium bodied and fairly creamy
O-Very nice, well balanced and full flavored porter.

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3Beans from Sixpoint Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 248 ratings.