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

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Sixpoint Brewery
New York, United States
sixpoint.com

Style: Baltic Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.10%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Jason on 02-21-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
23
Ratings:
103
pDev:
8.93%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
5
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 103 |  Reviews: 23
Photo of kinggimp
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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 bigpoppa67
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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...

12/6/17
12 oz can, dated 2017 batch
4 rating

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

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

Photo of Uconnelmo
4.04/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Rilesmiles
4.14/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DrBier
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 mattreitz49
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

**
12/03/17

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 SpaethJam
3.83/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Abe_Froman
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Cpmitchno1
4.04/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of arusso13
4.23/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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 Dreynolds1808
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Vidblain
3.79/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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 Paul_Hodge
4.4/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Grackos
4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smooth. The coffee is there but not overpowering.

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3Beans (Bourbon Barrel-Aged - 2014 Draft Only) from Sixpoint Brewery
Beer rating: 4.03 out of 5 with 103 ratings
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