3Beans (Bourbon Barrel-Aged - 2014 Draft Only) | Sixpoint Brewery

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Brewed by:
Sixpoint Brewery
New York, United States

Style: Baltic Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.10%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

User Reviews & Ratings
Reviews: 23 | Ratings: 101
Photo of AbsintheAlchemist
4.57/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours thick and dark, nearly black in color. Light bubbly head of about an inch that dissipated quickly.
S - Immediate notes of smokiness and strong dark chocolate. Hints of coffee and slight booziness cut through.
T - Immediately tastes of dark chocolate followed by a roasted oaky flavor. Well balanced coffee notes chime in and perhaps even a slight hint of soy. Slight bitterness in the aftertaste.
F - Very heavy, syrupy mouthfeel which coats your throat on the way down. Lightly carbonated and extremely smooth.
O - Fantastic beer all around. Offers well-balanced complexity flavor-wise, and feels exactly how a barrel aged stout/porter should.

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Photo of Tony210
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky dark browm with 1 finger of beige head that dissipate quickly. Big coffee aroma with some hot cocoa mixed in on the end. First sip is a big wallop of coffee, just loads of coffee. Some cocoa in the middle, barrel presence is noticeable, but I wish there was more. Not enough time in the barrel for my taste. I prefer my BBA dark beers a bit chewy, this one falls a bit short. For a BBA beer, it is too light bodied. While a little thin for my taste, it is quite creamy, which helps. The can states it will mature for up to 3 years - we will see...

12 oz can, dated 2017 batch
4 rating

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Photo of PicoPapa
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz can. Pours a pitch black with a half inch of khaki colored head. Some lacing. Roasty aroma with vanilla, coffee, dark chocolate, roasted malts and Bourbon. Not as much Bourbon in the nose compared to most other BA beers. The taste is where the woody Bourbon flavor comes out. Vanilla, espresso, roasted malts, bitter dark chocolate and earth as well. Roasty, leathery finish with a final touch of Bourbon. Medium bodied with low carbonation. About as boozey as expected. This is a variant of a great porter that is certainly worth seeking out.

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Photo of q33jeff
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25


Can to snifter.

LOOK: dark black, small off white head sticks around a bit, then fades to lacing.

AROMA: coffee is the initial kick, touch of wood.

TASTE: coffee and roasted malt. Some oak flavor. I do get a little bourbon flavor, but it is weak compared to the woody flavor added from the barrel aging.

FEEL: medium to full body. Decent carbonation.

This followed up a BA 10-Fidy, so by comparison, it gets a few extra points for the coffee, but pales in comparison on overall TASTE and more decidedly mouthfeel.


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Photo of HipCzech
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz can (“2017... BB07NOV2020”) poured into a 9 oz Libbey Embassy snifter glass. Very deep and dark, clear, reddish brown with a thick, creamy head of tan foam and a few rings of lace. Aroma of freshly brewed coffee, roasted malt, cocoa powder and faint barrel notes. Flavor follows with malty, deep caramel body, dark coffee, chocolate, and dark fruit. Boozy barrel notes emerge with warmth, but remain in the background. Medium body, light to medium carbonation and soft, creamy feel. Tasty and flavorful without being too big - subdued barrel notes complement the rich coffee body.

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Photo of RedhawkPoke
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Beer poured a dark black body with a solid two fingers' worth of head. Not much lacing going on with the beer but a nice ring of head lingered while drinking.

S: First smell was of a robust coffee. As the beer warmed I began to pick up more chocolate and barrel aging. The oak and bourbon smells were faint but present.

T: Sweet mix of chocolate and coffee. The chocolate tastes seemed more up front than the smells. Very smooth double digit ABV. However, the bourbon aging seems almost no existent.

M: Very smooth easy drinker. Sixpoint hid the alcohol well with the sweetness of the cocoa and chocolate. Nice amount of carbonation here as well.

O: Solid beer. Feels and drinks like a lighter ABV. Didn't get much from the barrel aging. Could pick up slight oak and burbon smells but almost no taste. A few will be cellared to see what age does.

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Photo of lic217
4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Very dark brownish black with a tan long lasting head and plenty of lacing
Smell: Chocolate and bourbon
Taste: Same as smell, but also with some Roasty, dark fruit, and vanilla flavors
Feel: a little thin for a big bourbon aged beer
Overall: A good enjoyable beer. Not sure I would buy again. I loved the regular 3 bean...

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Photo of darktronica
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Having now tasted 3, 4, and 5 Beans as the series has progressed, I'm having a hard time getting back into 3Beans, even with the addition of barrel ageing. The vanilla, and cardamom in 5Beans, do a nice job smoothing out some of the bitterness and acidity of the base porter, so not having that here stands out by contrast. The high carbonation also accentuates the fact that the base takes a fairly aggressive posture for a Baltic porter, lacking much of the balancing sweetness and smoothness in other exemplars of the style, and relying on the various beans to fill that role.

I get a hint of the bourbon barrel trying to do that as well, but primarily once the beer warms closer to room temperature. I would definitely allow it to warm and open up, but I think the better strategy will be to take up Sixpoint's invitation to let the cans age in the cellar for a while.

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Photo of SawDog505
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured just above room temperature into a 16 oz KBS Snulip glass, canned on 11/07/17. Pours a very dark brown with a 2 inch dark tan head that leaves loads of spotty lace all over the sides of the glass.

Smell is coffee, cocoa, vanilla bean, coconut, and a hint of Oaked Bourbon.

Taste follows expresso, vanilla, coconut, some oak, and a litttle Bourbon lingers on the palate.

Mouthfeel is a little bigger than medium, plenty of life for the style, maybe a little dry, and drinks very easy for it ABV.

Overall I promise to become very familiar with this beer, always a sucker to over purchase a excellent BA beer. Cellar some, but it is drinking excellent now.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.24/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A very dark brown, nearly black, color. Small, quickly disappearing tan head.
Chocolate, vanilla, and booze aroma. Maybe a little coffee.
Chocolate- forward taste, bourbon. The coffee becomes a little more apparent. A hint of vanilla.
Very smooth and very drinkable.

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

Pours a deep brown color with a tight creamy brown head that settled into a thick ring. Small wall of lacing on the glass.

The aroma is of chocolate, vanilla and bourbon. Perhaps a hint of coffee. The chocolate is almost like brownie batter.

The taste is chocolate forward. A mix of dark and milk chocolate and fudge. Again any coffee is subtle. The bourbon is noticeable but not too strong. Toasted pumpernickel from the malt. Vanilla and caramel round out the flavor.

Moderate body with prickly carbonation. Sweet on the palate with enough of a roasted malt bitterness. A tad sticky and a little heat from the abv.

3 beans has been my favorite of the bean bunch. The bourbon barrel only adds to that. Well done.

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Photo of CanConPhilly
4.39/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Sixpoint - Barrel-Aged 3 Beans
BBA porter - 10.1% abv

L - 1 1/2 finger light beige head atop a black body.

S - bourbon, milk chocolate, brown sugar, molasses.

T - chocolate at first. A tiny bit of coffee but not prominent. A lot of vanilla/bourbon sweetness. Very little alcohol presence for being 10% abv.

F - medium body. Would have preferred this with a little more body, but I see what @sixpoint were going for.

O - Extremely well balanced. I find with too many bba brews that the barrel is either in your face, or an afterthought. This is not the case here. All of the flavors are well integrated, and this is a hugely enjoyable brew to drink. Also dangerous...I have to stop myself from guzzling it.

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Photo of thebeers
3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark brown with two fat fingers of khaki-colored head that leave thick lacing.

Muted aroma of breakfast-blend coffee, vanilla and light bourbon. Similar tasting, with a nice balance of sweet and roasty flavors -- light coffee, light chocolate, light roasted malt, and light bourbon with vanilla notes.

Thin feel for most BBA offerings, but about right for a porter, a tad creamy, with strong carbonation.

This isn't in the top tier of BBA beers available these days, but it's nice for the price point.

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Photo of Nephilium
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Rich chocolate and vanilla aroma, pours an opaque black with a thin tan head. The bourbon is there, but more restrained then a lot of bourbon barrel aged beers, complementing the vanilla, chocolate and coffee notes. Lots of roasted character comes through as well. Full mouthfeel, with a touch of slickness. Mild carbonation helps this one out. This is an excellent twist on the already good 3Beans.

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Photo of russpowell
3.77/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours an effervescent mahogany with 3 fingers of mocha colored head. Pretty good head retention & lacing

S: Faint Bourbon notes, some coffee & even a little iron, all fade over time

T: Coffee, a little caramel, faint leafy hops & a little raisin up front. Faint chocolate mixes with muted coffee, vanilla, & dryness as this warms. Finishes with a touch of coffee bitterness, some vanilla & caramel

MF: Medium body, pretty firm carbonation

Just didn't live up to expectations, body was too slight & the nose was underwhelming. I would pegged this as at most a 7.0% ABV. Not a bad offering but does compare wellwith others of this ilk

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.16/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served in a pint glass from a 32oz growler which I picked up at Syosset Beverage.

Appearance: Thin dark brown body with a Amber tint to it. Medium bubbles to the body with an orange-tan tint to it. Drops very quickly after one sip with zero lacing.

Smell: Has a whiskey scent accented with a light dose of chocolate. Smell is quite appetizing.

Taste: Sweet whiskey and light wood notes. There's a bit of chocolate and coffee. Actually it's a little bit closer to espresso but the barrel aging distincts the beer to another level.

Mouth: Sticky brew, with a touch of sourness which is keen.

Overall: Great pick up, I was extremely lucky to actually find this gem and would recommended grabbing it if you ever have the opportunity. Salud!

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Photo of flagmantho
3.71/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I had this beer on-tap in a big taster glass at Oregon Brewers Festival.

Appearance: nice dark brown color with a bit of a haze with a thin layer of tan foam atop. Looks quite nice.

Smell: strong coffee aroma; perhaps a bit too piquant for me. Not a lot of complexity; a hint of sweetness and maybe some chocolate but the coffee is a bit in-your-face for my taste.

Taste: flavor works better than the aroma. The coffee flavor isn't any weaker, but it has more other flavors with which to blend. Sweetish malt with some toffee character and perhaps a little caramel as well. Pretty nice.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a decent carbonation and an alright creaminess. Not bad.

Overall: coffee is a bit in-your-face, but otherwise pretty decent.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

An excellent Baltic porter from Sixpoint. Pours a thick dark brownish black with a solid tan head that dies down to a thin layer and lightly clinging foam. Smells of coffee, vanilla, oak, and dark chocolates. Taste is relatively the same with chocolate up front, coffee and vanilla on the back, and velvety oak to the side. Some nice boozy heat to this one with some nice cocoa on the aftertaste. Complexity improves with warmth. Although I am not an oak or bourbon barrel lover this is an exceptional beer. Pricey on the growler station, but still very nice and more than solid.

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Photo of Roguer
4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Good looking beer: flat black body, firm tan head with good retention.

Mild coffee and cacao aroma, with a sweet hint of booziness.

Dark roasted coffee and bitter cacao; dry woodiness with a slightly sour mustiness from the barrel.

Very smooth and even feel. Little heat.

This is an excellent BA coffee porter, with phenomenally subtle barrel characteristics.

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Photo of Ri0
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

poured 16oz into a snifter.

A - Dark obsidian with brown highlights around the edge of the glass. Thick 2 finger tan head with good amounts of lacing. A thick collar stays for the session.

S - A pleasant chocolate porter, roasted malt scent with a hefty amount of bourbon and some vanilla. There are bitter notes of coffee and espresso along with some charred wood.

T - Bourbon up font followed by roasted malts, bitter notes of coffee and espresso. Vanilla, charred wood and some earthy flavors also make an appearance. The chocolate is more subdued and hidden, but there as it warms. There is a boozy aftertaste.

M - Silky smooth, medium body and good carbonation. Somewhat bitter and warm with booze.

O - It is good, but the booze is a bit strong and that seems to work against the roasty bitter notes. It is a nice evening beer.

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

Incredible complexity and grace emits from the depth of darkness that's supplied by the beans that complements to the brewing process for this larger-than-life porter. But it's really the tale of two beans, a kernel and a barrel that tell's this beer's story best.

The porter settles into the glass with a patient calm that's in no hurry to release its foamy crown. But eventually, the ominously dark body builds a rich lather that swirls about the rim like latte creme. Its strong staying power trails, leaving a broken but lacy decor on the glass.

Bold and roasty aromas greet the olfactories with a depth of dark-roast coffee, dark chocolate, roasted nuts and an earthy chicory and bark-like tone. The supporting sweetness escapes the brunt of toasty goodness with the character of toffee and burnt toast. A quick rise of bourbon soaked oak invite softer aromas of coconut, vanilla, cherry and caramel make amends with its first sip looming.

The initial taste picks up on hearty sweetness immediately- deep toffee, charred toast, bittersweet chocolate, roasting walnuts and french-press coffee alternate between savory taste and near-roast robustness. Once its sweetness recedes over the middle, the ale dries and its maltiness is replaced with barrel sweetness and alcohol complexities; closing with lingering wood char, spicy bourbon and elegant vanillans with coconut-laden caramels.

Lavishly silk textures balance against the dry toasted edges for tactile sensations that are both refined and raw. While the malts dissolve, taking with its the creamy carbonation, the full bodied beer trends roasty, dry, peppery and warm.

The cocoa bean, coffee bean and toasted barley seeds lead the taste buds around like a puppy on a leash. But those husky bourbon flavors remind the palate that this boisterous porter is for the big dogs!

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Photo of barczar
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy deep brown with a frothy khaki head that lingers.

Coffee, roast malt, and chocolate dominate the aroma, with notes of vanilla and bourbon adding complexity.

Bourbon dominates the flavor initially, which is overtaken mid palate by roast, and bitter coffee grounds in the finish. Oak is overwhelmed, but hints of chocolate and vanilla counter the bitterness.

Body is smooth and moderate, with overwhelming alcohol warmth. Carbonation is minimal.

The roast malt is dominant, and a bit too bitter for my liking. Alcohol overwhelms, as well. But the bourbon, chocolate, and vanilla flavor redeem the beer somewhat. I don't get the earthy complexities I enjoyed in the original version.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
3.23/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Hmmmm. Honestly can't tell that this was barrel aged. Maybe it kissed the barrel or just looked at one. Tastes like a worse version of regular 3 Beans. Not much flavor overall. Bitter finish. Meh. Not good. Disappointing.

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3Beans (Bourbon Barrel-Aged - 2014 Draft Only) from Sixpoint Brewery
Beer rating: 4.03 out of 5 with 101 ratings