3Beans - Bourbon Barrel-Aged
Sixpoint Brewery

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Baltic Porter
4.19 | pDev: 6.44%
Sixpoint Brewery
New York, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Notes: Brewed with cacao husks, aged in Widow Jane Bourbon Barrels, and blended with cold-brewed Guatemalan Finca El Injerto coffee.
Reviews: 62 | Ratings: 180 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of Tony210
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours very dark and thin, nice foamy head that lasts. Aroma is mostly dark malt, lots of coffee. Flavor is dark roasted malt, coffee, light chocolate flavor, moderate barrel presence. Pretty light bodied. Overall an ok BA beer, nothing special.

12 oz can dated 10/2017
4 rating

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Photo of superspak
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce can into snifter; 2017 vintage, best before 11/7/2020. Pull tab broke off, had to open it with a knife. Pours fairly cloudy opaque dark brown/black color with a 1-2 finger dense and rocky khaki head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a small cap that lasts. Dense soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big medium roast coffee, milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, cream, bourbon, coconut, toasted oak, roasted nuts, biscuit, and brown bread/crust; with lighter notes of licorice, molasses, raisin, fig, date, smoke, char, herbal, grass, pepper, and yeast/roast/toast/oak earthiness. Minimal booze in the aromas as it warms. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malts, cocoa, coffee, vanilla, bourbon barrels, and light fruity yeast/earthy hop notes; with big strength. Taste of huge medium roast coffee, milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, cream, bourbon, coconut, toasted oak, roasted nuts, biscuit, and brown bread/crust; with lighter notes of licorice, molasses, raisin, fig, date, smoke, char, herbal, grass, pepper, and yeast/roast/toast/oak earthiness. Mild herbal, grassy, peppery, roast, char, coffee bitterness; and bourbon/oak tannin spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of medium roast coffee, milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, cream, bourbon, coconut, toasted oak, roasted nuts, biscuit, brown bread/crust, light licorice/dark fruit, smoke, char, herbal, grass, pepper, and yeast/roast/toast/oak earthiness on the finish for a while. Amazing complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malts, cocoa, coffee, vanilla, bourbon barrels, and light fruity yeast/earthy hop flavors; with a nice roast/hop bitter/sweet and bourbon/oak spiciness balance; with no cloying, acrid, astringent flavors after the finish. Very clean lagering, mildly yeasty. Lightly increasing dryness from lingering hop/roast bitterness and bourbon/oak spiciness. Medium carbonation and fairly full body; with a very smooth, creamy/silky/velvety/bready, and lightly slick/sticky/chalky/tannic mouthfeel that is fantastic. Mild increasing warmth of 10.1%, with minimal lingering barrel booze after the finish. Overall this is an amazing barrel aged flavored Baltic porter! All around amazing complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malts, cocoa, coffee, vanilla, bourbon barrels, and light fruity yeast/earthy hop flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to drink for the big ABV, with the mildly bitter/tannic/drying finish; amazingly soft feel. Perfectly balanced between rich malts, cocoa, vanilla, fruity/nutty coffee complexity, and bourbon barrel presence/integration; with solid earthy hops, and mild fruity yeast. Not overly sweet/heavy from lingering dryness. A highly amazing offering, and world class style example.

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Photo of scootny
4.31/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A dark fluid that that has a dark brown head. It raises up to a finger and a half, then fades to a thin covering on the top. Some nice curtaining as I sleep with spots and streaks of lace.

Nose is replete with bourbon and and dark malt aromas. Note of chocolate and figs. Mild smooth, roasted coffee and toffee.

Taste is just superb. A full porter malttiness that is rich with roasted grains and sweet molasses and toffee. The dark fig fruitiness weaves in. Mocha follows and flows into the bourbon perfectly. Notes of cherries and faint oak and the barrel flexes a bit. The coffee pops out and smiles. Hops are mild earthy presence. Leaving a touch of bitterness lingering. Bourbon bring some booze but not much really. Dry finish leaves cocoa powder and earth.

Feel is beyond belief. Rich full and velvety. Super creamy carbonation. Good weight that is not too thick but is certainly got some heft.

Superb beer. Perfectly represents what barrel aged beers shoud be.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.19/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pour is a dark opaque body, black, with a hint of transparency at the edges, a short tan head, persistent cap, very tight bubble lacing that forms a smooth curtain.

S - Strong hits of barrel and booze, pungent, coffee highlights, with a lingering vanilla line.

T - Front is an acidic bite, coffee notes and powerful barrel and vanilla. Lingering chocolate and bourbon and wood in the finish.

M - Moderate weight, sharp acidic bite on the tongue, and a lingering touch and warmth trailing out across the finish.

O - A fine, fine example of a barrel aged brew, with great flavor and a feel that suggests the bourbon at its heart, boozy and full.

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Photo of flaskman
4.01/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce can dated 2/17 into a 12 ounce tulip glass. Looks black with a beautiful tan head that settled to 1/4 inch with great lacing before I even taste taste it. Smells like sweet bourbon and coffee. The first sip is hot. Very barrel forward after almost 2 years. I am surprised to be honest. It has a smooth coffee and cocoa taste with a pleasant coffee finish. The carbonation is great and the mouthfeel is a bit thin but I have to keep reminding myself that it is a porter and not a stout. I enjoy a boozy stout so I like it very much. The bottom of the can says enjoy by November 2020 so I will be putting my remaining 3 cans away for a latter time.

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Photo of chinchill
4.11/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz tall can into a Tervis pint.
The brown-black body is opaque in the glass and topped by a large, bubbly, semi-durable beige head.
Bourbon barrel notes dominate the aroma. The flavors brings more dark roasted grain and coffee. There would probably be more coffee presence if this was fresher but coffee is still a major factor in the aftertaste. Despite some aging, the high ABV was still obvious.

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Photo of dbl_delta
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Can dated "BB 07NOV2020" into pint glass. Pours a very dark brown with just a slight reddish tint around the edges. Initial impression is chocolate, bourbon, coffee, and a little oak barrel. Nice smooth mouthfeel - thinner than a stout, but spot on for a porter. Bottom of the can says 10.1% ABV, but you'd never know it. Just enough carbonation to enhance the flavors. Finish is smooth and leaves a lingering combination of coffee and chocolate. Quite enjoyable.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a near pitch black color with 2 fingers of head that fades down to a thin cap

S: Roasted malt, bourbon, coffee, cocoa, and dark chocolate stand out. Some oak and vanilla in there as well

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with the roasted malt and then goes into coffee, dark chocolate, and bourbon. Oak, vanilla, and cocoa come out towards the finish. Finishes with lingering roast, coffee, and bourbon

M: Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation

O: The bourbon barrels add a nice dimension to the OG 3Beans. Nice to sip on and savor. Worth checking out

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Photo of Treyliff
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

2017 vintage
12oz can poured into a tulip

A- pours black in color with a two-finger creamy khaki colored head that has great retention after the pour and leaves some lacing behind

S- plenty of cocoa and coffee on the nose, giving a creamy cafe mocha aroma with herbal & earthy roast. Undertones of charred malt, anise & dark chocolate. Not picking up any barrel notes

T- opens with notes of cocoa and milk chocolate, followed by an earthy and roasty coffee. Mid-palate gives notes of caramel and charred malt. The finish brings out just a hint of barrel, providing some bourbon & oak. Lingers of herbal coffee

M- medium body with moderate carbonation leads to a creamy mouthfeel that continues into a thin finish

O- nice mix of cocoa and coffee, the barrel is subtle, but hangs around on the linger

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Photo of MikeWard
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz can into a tall glass. 2017 vintage, best by 11/7/20, so no freshness issues here.

Jet black body with a thick oatmeal colored head leaving very good lacing.

Mild coffee & bourbon aromas on the nose.

Oooh. Tasty beer here. flavors aren't overwhelming, but beautifully blended. coffee, bourbon, chocolate are all present. 4 pack did not last the weekend, will be on the lookout for more.

Mouth close to full, finish lightly of coffee and then the bourbon end.

Overall, excellent coffee baltic porter. The BBA is not overdone, making for a smooth tasty brew

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Photo of 57md
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep dark brown colors with golden brown edges and a full finger of head. The nose is roasty but I'm only getting a small whiff of essence from the barrel. The flavor profile has solid roasted bitterness with a hint of dark chocolate. The mouthfeel is rich and the body is full.

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Photo of Gajo74
4.49/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark mahogany color with a fluffy tan head. It shows good retention along with creamy lacing.
The aroma is very enticing. The first impression is of cocoa and nutty malt. A sweet aroma of toffee and caramel portend of the rich malty sweetness to come. The barrel aging produces notes of vanilla, wood and a light alcohol spice.
The first impressions in the taste are of a toffee and dark caramel sweetness that is rich, yet, moderate. Flavors of cocoa, dark fruit, chocolate malt and toasted malt add to this luscious goodness. Flavors of bourbon, vanilla and oak are subtle and not at all boozy. In the mid palate a flavor of lightly roasted malt, coffee and hops adds a pleasant bitterness.
There is a spicy, yet clean alcohol finish along with a strong kick of bitter espresso beans; it adds lots of dryness. Slightly sticky yet more medium bodied than full. Amazingly smooth, balanced and with gentle carbonation. It’s amazing how drinkable this is despite the high ABV. The alcohol is so well masked and deceiving in that it doesn’t offer much of a warming, however, by the end of the drink you know for sure it is high in content.
The best word to describe this beer is yummy! It is delicious and quite accessible as a taste. One of the best porters I’ve had in a while.

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Photo of FFFjunkie
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance is cola like. Almost black but not quite. Poured with a finger of sponge like tan head.

Aroma is bourbon, coffee and chocolate.

Taste is quite more complex than the nose. A tease of bourbon, milk chocolate, dark roast coffee and I’m picking hints of nuts, vanilla and even oak.

Feel is smooth, slick and slightly creamy.

Overall a very well done ba Porter. The bourbon is well integrated instead of taking over the show. Well done Sixpoint!

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Photo of stevoj
3.94/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Can from my brother. Dark brown pour with small silky beige head. Chocolate leads the aroma, then roast grains, then some vanilla. Taste integrates all the flavors beautifully, mildly sweet, bourbon notes bubbling underneath. Not boozy at all. Smooth.

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Photo of Roguer
3.98/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Strong head production; OK retention, and very nice fields of lacing.

Decent amount of bourbon on the nose, coupled with coffee and chocolate.

Nuts, chocolate, coffee, and bourbon on the palate. Some toast, and hints of oak and vanilla.

A touch slick on the mouthfeel, but very smooth for a double-digit ABV brew.

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Photo of polloenfuego
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep dark brown/black with a nice thumb sized root beer head. Retention was pretty good, and then you are left with a few wisps of foam and some nice lacing.

Smell is barrel, roasts and coffee led, with some chocolate and coconut for good measure.

Taste is similar to the nose, chocolate and roasts playing nicely with the bourbon. There is some nice vanillla there and some dark fruits.

Feel is medium, with good carbonation. Nice sweet finish with lingering bourbon.

Well that is a nice beer. I enjoyed the lighter take on barrel, as it let the other flavors open quite nicely.

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Photo of Holderness
4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L — 1,000 lumens passed through the glass reveals a very deep tawny brown body. 1.5-finger light tan head produced with moderate pour. Some retention and good lacing
S — Milk chocolate, vanilla, almond nougat, bourbon, coffee syrup, coconut
T — Lots of roasty coffee and milk chocolate upfront, followed by hazelnut, vanilla, oak, and just a hint of dark fruit. Not getting too much overt bourbony booziness, which is honestly a nice change of pace from the booze-heavy BBA offerings out there.
F — Very low bitterness. Semi-sweet. Medium mouthfeel, medium carb. The lack of density in the mouthfeel is what gives this away as a porter and not a stout. Makes it very easy drinking, although some may find it on the limp side
O — One of the more unique BBA offerings I’ve had to date. While I usually associate the substyle with hugeness in the aromas, flavors, and mouthfeel, this one is much lighter and easier drinking. Still packs a punch, though!


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Photo of dertyd
3.99/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours out the darkest brown almost black color, with 1 finger of mocha colored head---------------- the aromas are of whiskey, coconut, coffee, brown sugar, Carmel and vanilla------------- the flavors are of bitter chocolate and roasted malts with lesser vanilla, coconut, coffee and fudge, the beer has a thin to medium mouthfeel with a bitter chocolate finish----------------- overall this beer was nice, the adjuncts and the barrel are very subdued wile the base beer shines through nicely with just hints of the barrel--

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Photo of FBarber
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark shiny black color. Completely opaque. One finger heavy tan head dissipates leaving nothing but a ring of foam around the outside of the beer.

Aroma has notes of chocolate, cocoa, some coffee notes and hints of oaky bourbon. A touch of vanilla onto back end.

Taste follows the nose with notes of cocoa, chocolate, mild earthy hops, a hint of sweet vanilla, oaky bourbon notes, and some brown sugary notes. Touch of mild bitterness on the finish. The bourbon barrel presence is complimentary but not missing. Its quite nicely balanced. Coffee comes through more and more as it warms.

Feel is most noteworthy for being rather prickly - moreso than I'm used to for barrel aged beers. Surprisingly light and easy drinking.

Overall a very nice BA porter.

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Photo of SHODriver
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured into a snifter to a black beer topped by a dense finger of light tan head which fades quickly to a collar around the edge of the glass with minimal lacing
S: Smells of coffee and chocolate of a backdrop of oak and bourbon notes
T: Taste is coffee and chocolate up front followed by some oak, caramel, vanilla and roasted malts. The coffee remains close to the forefront while the chocolate husks play a nice second note. Malts really keep to the back and let the adjunct and barrel shine though. Swallow is bourbon barrel notes and oak, roasted malts, lingering coffee and some chocolate.
M: This beer is surprisingly light in body with carbonation that is just slightly prickly while the beer has a drying finish from the ABV
O: Overall this is a pretty nice roasty porter which is dialed up thanks to some really strong barrel notes and the coffee addition. Drinks well for the ABV and the complexity is pretty nice too. Definitely worth a try. The mouthfeel is a little thin but the flavor is on point.

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Photo of CaptainHate
4.19/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I'm a big fan of aging beers but there's no need for it because it tastes perfectly balanced right now. Too bad this is a one off because they got it right and it should be enjoyed and appreciated by all.

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Photo of bobhits
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sweet, lacking bitter notes, coffee, vanilla, cream, chocolate.

I really should do this more justice but I don't have it.

The body is smooth, creamy, no alcohol bite.

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Photo of DIM
4.65/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I generally like more barrel character than I found in ba 3 beans. I prefer my coffee infused beers to have stronger coffee flavors than this has. I usually skip chocolate beers. So this was a disappointment right?

Well...no. And I am struggling to understand why I love this beer so much. I typically enjoy one high octane beer over the course of an hour or so per evening with no urge for more. I am drinking these in 20 minutes and fighting a strong desire to immediately open another. I had this 3 nights in a row recently. I almost NEVER have the same beer 2 nights in a row. How can a 10% Baltic porter be crushable? What kind of god would allow that?

I won't do a detailed review of this one, I'll just say that the chocolate, coffee, and barrel elements combine so harmoniously that the sum is far greater than it's parts. I cannot believe how fast my case is disappearing.

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Photo of Harrison8
4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours black with a finger and a half of khaki foam. Head retention is fair with little lacing left behind. Aroma is aromatic bourbon at a mild proof, with barrel, oak, butter, coffee, and roasted and toasted malts. Despite being a bourbon barrel aged dark ale, it comes off as bright and light - in a positive way. Flavor profile is coffee right on the nose, with light notes of barrel char, butter, bourbon, and toasted malts. Even lighter notes of oak, and biscuit malts give the beer a little extra depth, without shoving it further down the path of a dark, robust beer. Mouth feel is just a touch fizzy, but otherwise crisp and smooth. It has a medium thickness. Overall, despite being bourbon barrel aged, it really doesn't deliver a huge hit of power. It's well balanced, with pleasant notes of bourbon and coffee intertwined and sips a little thinner than its 10.10% ABV would suggest.

Served in a 12oz snifter from a 12oz can.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a dark brown color with a thin tan head on top. The smell of the beer is coffee and bourbon on the nose. The taste of the beer has a nice blend of the roasted malts and coffee with the addition of the bourbon to round it out. The feel is decent for a porter. Overall it's a solid brew, probably my favorite of this series so far.

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3Beans - Bourbon Barrel-Aged from Sixpoint Brewery
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 180 ratings