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3Beans - Sixpoint Brewery

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248 Reviews
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Reviews: 248
Hads: 1,206
Avg: 4.01
pDev: 10.47%
Wants: 123
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 Pencible
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: This poured a nearly opaque cola color with rocky light tan head.
S: It smelled like roasted coffee and cream and sweet milk chocolate, with some caramel malt.
T: It tasted like bitter black coffee and sweet milk chocolate, with a bit of copper. It had a bittersweet aftertaste, with prominent alcohol warming.
M: It was fairly thick with moderate carbonation. Nice full body.
D: This was a decent double stout, with a great scent and body. But the taste wasn't anything special, and the finish was really rough, so it wasn't very easy to drink. Maybe age would help improve, but this brew was only mediocre fresh.

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Photo of Profchaos20
3.53/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed 4/18/13, 12 oz can in a snifter.

A - Pours dark brown nearly black with a two finger tan head.

S - Roasted malt very strong upfront. Coffee, licorice, dark chocolate, red wine.

T - Roasted malts, hops, finishes with medium to high bitterness. Hints of coffee, and alcohol and a bit of astringency. Bitterness lingers on the palate.

M - Heavy mouthfeel, medium carbonation. A sipper for sure.

O - Not particularly feeling this one, decent but alcohol and bitterness overpower. Maybe better with some age on it.

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Photo of jasoncheb
3.54/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. skinny can into a Hardywood Park snifter

A: Aggressive poor yielded close to a 2 finger yellow-tan head

S: Instant coffee with less alcohol than what I would have expected. SOme hints of background chocolate notes.

T: Give this has been cellared for about a month, the taste shouldn't have really evolved. Still a stong hit of alcohol, but not so much that it overwhelms the coffee and chocolate...very well balanced

M: A little thin, possibly due to the 10% ABV. Average mouth.

O: Slightly above average, and at a great price point. Was hoping for a little more of a coffee/alcohol balance, which may occur over time. Plan on keeping this one in the cellar for the next few months to see how it evolves.

Serving type: can

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Photo of maximum12
3.55/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to JayCin for this lovely, weird little 12 oz. can. Nice package. I can't decide whether it looks appropriately throwback or something over-designed by an idiot who watched too many episodes of Mad Men. Either way, I like it.

Pour is dark & doesn't bother to hide its carbonation. Nose holds plenty of the advertised roast but doesn't lean over the line into coffee, mixed in with Nicaraguan earth. Hmmmm. Not what I expected, but decent enough.

3Beans is like a beginner coffee: this should come with a nipple. Mild roast in the nose gives way to mild coffee on the tongue, along with a poke of cocoa that soothes the sharp edges & turns this more espresso, creamy, even. Bitterness flirting with harshness lines the mid-palate, & not in a hoppy way, but a coffee-in-the-morning way. Mouthfeel is certainly the high point.

This is a good beer. Nothing out of the ordinary. Above average. Solid. <shrug> Just a mite bit nondescript.

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Photo of SeanGC
3.56/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours dark brown with a thick, beige head. Beautiful color that's noticeable when held up to light. Light lacing.

S: Mild coffee aroma, and hint of something unique that I'm assuming is the romano beans.

T: Coffee dominates the taste profile, with some warming from the alcohol. Chocolate/oak adds complexity, but is mostly hidden.

M: Warm, thin body. Medium mouthfeel.

Overall, the beer was better as it warmed up. Complex flavor, but mostly coffee and alcohol. I would have liked a little more of a prominent chocolate flavor, and a bigger body. I'd like to try it on tap. All in all, a good beer.

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Photo of kevanb
3.56/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

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Photo of corby112
3.57/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Draft at The Pour House in Westmont, NJ.

Pitch black with a two finger beige head that has good retention, slowly fading into a lasting ring.  Streaks of spotty lacing left behind.

Roasted dark malt aroma with lots of coffee bean character along with dry oak and dark chooclate notes.  Deeply roasted gourmet coffee with toasted oak, oatmeal and dark chocolate.  Subtle lactic presnce.  I was expecting more coffee in the nose.

Fuller end of medium body with a dry, bitter and robust coffee presence that lingers over the dark malt profile into a bone dry finish.  Some dry oak and dark chocolate flavor complimented by espresso bean and burnt toast.  Subtle lactic presence and subtle sweetness balance things out.  Lots of coffee flavor but not a one dimensional coffee bomb.  Dry and acrid but easy to drink because the high abv is nicely masked.  Not a bad beer but not very interesting either.  

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Photo of Chaney
3.59/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served in a Port City snifter.

A: Not totally pitch black at all... dark ruby red actually. A slight, off-white that melted instantaneously.

S: Kinda like dark fruit cake icing, understated, with an amber ale buried in there somewhere.

T: Like a true "beer" as opposed to a deep, rich, coffee infused bomb. Kinda thin actually... much more so than I was expecting.

M: Kinda boozy, with only a slight bit of bitterness on the end. A bit of lacing left on the glass.

O: I was disappointed with this one and it score very low (unanimously) across the board at a recent coffee beer tasting.

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Photo of Jacobob10
3.6/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Deep brown color with ruby along the edges of the glass. Large, frothy head that quickly subsides into a few patches of head on the surface. A ring of carbonation sticks to the edges and leaves a fair amount of lacing.

The aroma is dominated by coffee and roasted malt. Also picking up a bit of fig and port. Lots of coffee in the flavor, but the alcohol is pretty noticeable. About halfway through the beer, the carbonation was flat and the alcohol was just way too prominent.

Lighter in body than would be expected from a 10% porter. Very bitter with a slick texture. This beer started off promising but tailed off drastically towards the end. An odd brew for sure, but kudos for originality and thinking outside the box. Worth a try if you like a strong coffee flavor in your beer.

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.61/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From can to tulip. Pours dark opaque brown with a creamy looking one finger khaki head. Aroma of nutty coffee, roasted malt, and ashiness. Nose is a little thin. Flavor is roasted makes and a hint of earthy coffee. Really this falls a little flat for me at first and was very thin for an imperial porter. Seems to pick up as I sip through and might be better on the warmer side. Medium carbonation and medium mouthfeel. Meh, not bad but won’t return to this one.

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Photo of hplascencia1024
3.63/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tried this 4/1/14, so my review my be a lot lower than most.

A: beautiful dark brown, with nice 2 finger tan head
S: nice sweetness, tabacco smell, not getting the coffee nor chocolate that most people describe
T: taste like it smells, no coffee, very little chocolate, solid porter, little boozy
MF: great part of this beer! great carb, nice and light on the tounge
O: A pretty solid beer. doesnt taste or drink like 10%, but it is really good. I am sure it was better fresh with the huge coffee arome and flavor people describe. Would have liked to get this fresh, but what can you do. very solid though!

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Photo of argock
3.65/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz can into a Duvel tulip. Best before 10 Jul 2013 stamped on the bottom of the can. 4-pack purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $14.49.

A: Very dark brown with 3-finger, beige, big-bubbled head with good retention and abundant lacing.

S: The aroma is a bit light overall with some mild dark chocolate and coffee bean and fig/date aromas. There are very light herbal hops notes as well. The alcohol is detectable.

T: The flavor is solid but unspectacular with hefty alcohol bitterness carrying through. THe milk and dark chocolate notes are strongest with some black coffee accents. There is a light lactose note as well. The finish is weakest with an over acrid burned dark malt quality that doesn't harm the beer but it certainly doesn't help it. The alcohol is there but not as much as you'd expect.

M: Too thin, even for a Baltic porter. The lactose tries to help but can't quite do it. The carbonation is low-to-medium. The acrid finish also hurts the feel.

O: It is an interesting beer and solid, but not worth the price tag. There are coffee and chocolate elements but they could be bigger. It's a good beer but nothing more.

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Photo of joe1510
3.68/5  rDev -8.2%
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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Photo of DrDemento456
3.69/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Well I dropped the 4 bucks for the single on this through Halftime beverage. Was pretty much the only way to try this beer since I couldn't find it anywhere local. Best by July 10th 2013
A - Wow very lively with carbonation giving me tons of bubbles in the glass and a 1/2 inch of deep mocha head. Looks also like an imperial stout should with inescapable blackness void and no ruby coloring!
S - Well your not going to get founders breakfast stout but it does have quite a bit of coffee in the nose. Mostly roast and some dark chocolate funny I was really expecting more. Maybe faded?
T - Has its moments of both coffee, chocolate, roast, and vanilla with the typical house yeast to me gives it a weird metallic flavor mid palate that leads to the finish with bittering hops. I read it is the flavor of "burnt tobacco" never did have it this strong but I don't like it. I really wish this wasn't very distracting but damn man it taste like can! Drinking this out of my tulip glass so it can't be from licking can either.
M - Medium bodied it does a great job hiding the ABV beneath hops even though it does show it in the finish.

Overall I am going away from this very disappointed. As a lover of many imperial stouts some overly hoppy, others chocolaty, many just run of the mill this one does deliver everything but fails to be more than just a homebrew effort that doesn't deserve such high praise.

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Photo of CharlatanSin
3.7/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a can into a tulip. I've been looking forward to trying it.

A- Dark brown, with a tan 1-finger head.

S- Coffee dominates the aroma, with a bit of chocolate and molasses.

T/M- The primary taste is of coffee and bitter roast malt. Chocolate is moderate but comes out more as it warms. The beer gets way better as it warms in general, actually. Not much on the hop side. However, throughout there is a burnt bitterness. The overall effect is like a mocha made with scorched coffee, and the burnt flavor really hurts the drinkability. More of a sweet balance comes out as it warms, but not completely. Body's rather thin for the style.

O- Not a disaster, but it doesn't quite work for me. I won't miss it when it's gone, and that's coming from a major Sixpoint fan.

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Photo of tigg924
3.71/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: black in color, opaque, 1 inch head, moderate carbonation

Smell: cream, toffee, and coffee

Taste: caramel, charred roasted malt, black coffee, and cream at the end

Mouthfeel: rich, bitter with slight sweetness at the end, medium-heavy body, moderate carbonation

Overall: For a domestic Baltic porter, this is not bad. This has got a lot of the black coffee taste that I was expecting. This beer is rich and solid and a must for a coffee drinker. That said, I prefer my tea and while I am happy to have one, I think the four pack would be a bit much for me.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.71/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can, stamped on the bottom with "Best before 10Jul2013"

appears almost black but not quite. ruby highlights when held up to the light. khaki colored head that hangs around. nice aroma of black coffee, just a touch of chocolate. taste is well balanced between bitter roastiness and mild sweetness. medium body, higher carbonation. I think lower carbonation could have improved it.

overall - a good beer but room from improvement.

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Photo of rudzud
3.73/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at the Armsby Abby. Served into a tulip.

A - Poured a deep rich dark brown almost black pour with a very nice one finger mocha head that faded to leave light lacing and a thin thin blanket. Solid appearance for such a higher ABV baltic porter.

S - The nose is nice with good, rich coffee and light bourbon. Smells nice, however, there is ALOT of roast malts here. Almost burnt roast aspects. And hints of dark fruits....hmm...

T - It starts with fainter coffee, light vanilla barrel notes and bourbon. Starts off quite tasty infact. Once this starts to warm up more though it becomes something else...awash of astringent burnt malts and dark fruits (figs, plums) this goes from a nice light coffee and bourbon porter to a mess.

M - Mouthfeel isnt bad, slightly creamy, easy to drink with the 10% hidden nicely.

O - Overall I liked this beer, until it warmed up. Became pretty bad infact once it warmed, where did those dark fruits and incredibly burnt flavors come from?

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Photo of SawDog505
3.73/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a 12 oz snifter, best before July 2013. Pours a dark brown, with a 2 inch tan head, that slowly settles in patchy bubbles, leaving behind plenty of lace. Smell is dark chocolate, coffee, molasses, licorice, and some vanilla. Taste is all of that, vanilla leads the flavors, with some roasted coffee in the finish. Body is maybe medium, plenty of life, on the dry side, and easy drinking for its heft. This is a solid brew. I drank it close to room temperature and it tasted the best of the 4 pack I bought.

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Photo of justintcoons
3.74/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz can poured into a wide mouth wine glass.

Deep brown; almost black with 1 finger of light tan head. There's a little bit of light penetration.

Milk chocolate, espresso, hazelnut and vanilla.

Milk chocolate, cocoa nib, espresso bean and hazelnut. Rich caramel, dark candy sugar and dusted cocoa. Touches of oak and Crème brûlée. A roasted bitterness lingers along with hints of citrusy hops.

Medium-full bodied, smooth, sticky and bitter.

A lot of bitter chocolate and espresso. Yes, quite bitter. A nice roasty sipper. The 10% abv is not detected.

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Photo of tone77
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This beer comes by way of the legendary woodychandler. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a black color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of coffee, chocolate. Taste is strong coffee, some hints of chocolate, the 10% alcohol is very well hidden. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall, if you like coffee, give this beer a shot.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

One of the base beers in my recent trade with madnismo, shared one of these tonight with my Tuesday night friends.

2 finger tan head... pretty good retention and okay lacing atop a very dark brown beer that still shows nice ruby highlights at the stem.

Nose is an enticing mix of cocoa, coffee and hints of oaky vanilla.. dark caramel sugary essence helps carry and marry the aromas.

Bigger vanilla bloom on the palate that doesn't show in the nose... plenty of cocoa, coffee is lesser than the nose... dark roasty malts also don't show as much as expected... a sorta nutty malt moves in with the vanilla/caramel mash-up and produces an easy drinking brew.

Body is surprisingly light given the 10%... good carbonation, but still thick and coating... very drinkable... deceiving.

Thanks again Nathan for the great trade.

All 3.75's

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Nothing like a biblical quote taken slightly out of context on a Red Bull-style can. The contents pour a deep, dark garnet topped by a finger of sturdy sandstone foam. The nose comprises mild coffee, roasted malts, cocoa powder, light cola, light molasses, and a pinch of brown sugar and clove. The taste brings in more of the same, with both the coffee and the chocolate coming through grainier, more bitter. In fact, nearly all of the sweetness inherent in the smell has been drained out here. There's also a vague sense of spruce or something similar thereto hanging around as well. The body is a lithe medium, with a light moderate carbonation, a slightly creamy feel, and a drying finish. Overall, an interesting concoction, one that seems to make good use of the combination of "beans", somehow simultaneously focusing on them and not letting them overpower all else.

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Photo of mscudder
3.76/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Best before July 10, 2013. Poured into a snifter.

A - Deep brown hue with a beautiful mocha head. Nice carbonation in this head, good retention with above average lacing.

S - Bitter coffee, semi-sweet chocolate, light dark malts and a touch of caramel.

T -Bit of everything mentioned in the nose with an apparent lack of balance. Tons of good flavor here, just requires calibration.

M - Medium+ body with large carbonation for the style.

O - The booze is well masked and this beer certainly has a unique flavor, although nothing that I will regret forgoing in the future.

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Photo of Florida9
3.76/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Very dark brown, but not quite black yet. Still a little translucent. Forms a moderate sized tan colored head that leaves a lot of lacing on the way down.

S: Aroma is pleasant, but a bit muted. Caramel, roasted malts, chocolate, black coffee, and a light sweetness.

T: Taste is much like the aroma. Roasted malts and coffee seem to dominate with a blend of bitter-sweet and milk chocolate. Mild very clean sweetness, almost sugar-like. Then an acrid wooden flavor on the finish.

M: On the heavier side of medium. Weak for the style. Medium carbonation. Mild bitterness, but a bit of odd chemical astringency on the finish.

O: A decent beer, though one with a few flaws. Personally, I find it to be more of a flavored brown ale than a Baltic Porter. Good flavors, though the beer seems to have pulled too much from the barrel.

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