3Beans | Sixpoint Brewery

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Brewed by:
Sixpoint Brewery
New York, United States

Style: Baltic Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-11-2013

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1.25/5  rDev -69%

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2.16/5  rDev -46.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Wow, looking at other reviews, gremlins must have swapped out the swill I'm currently drinking.

A: Pours black. Ecru head, dissipates into wall-to-wall dusting of suds. Lacing sticks to the sides. Light penetrates, ultimately devolving into a slightly watery glass of Coke with lacing on top.

S: I could try to be creative, and pull out the occasional hints of coffee, vanilla, rising bread. But it's hard. What hits my nose is a combo of bitterness and alcohol that pierces the nose and eyes.

T: Again, I can detect "hints" of this and that (a little coffee in the aftertaste); but otherwise, beyond an ashy, dry bitterness, it's alcohol and that's about it.

M: Pretty creamy. Medium body, holds together well.

O: Disappointing and borderline unpleasant (and that's from a guy with a refrigerator full of 20 different stouts/porters at any given time). In the two-word descriptions that I try to record for every beer (so I can best remember them), I'd use either "Mocha Everclear" or "Big Blech"... Missed it here (or else I got an insanely bad batch).

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2.25/5  rDev -44.2%

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2.25/5  rDev -44.2%

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2.5/5  rDev -38%

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2.5/5  rDev -38%

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2.5/5  rDev -38%

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2.75/5  rDev -31.8%

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2.75/5  rDev -31.8%

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2.75/5  rDev -31.8%

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2.75/5  rDev -31.8%

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2.75/5  rDev -31.8%

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2.76/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Disappointing. Not dark enough, despite the ABV it seemed surprisingly thin. With the bitterness of the coffee and the cacao nibs there isn't enough sweetness to balance this out. It's just drying and underwhelming.

Not even the best coffee Baltic porter I've had this week.

Looked at the reviews expecting to see this in the high 70s, was shocked to see the reviews so positive, honestly thought this was a mess.

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2.8/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice dark brown to reddish color, not as deep black as a standard porter. Nice roasted malt smell, but with a lingering artificial sweetness

Pretty low mouthfeel for a 10% abv beer. The sweetness of the coffee and vanilla kind of overwhelms the other flavors.

Overall not a bad beer, much to sweet for my preference though.

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2.83/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. can served in a . Got this in a BIF.

A: Pours a dark black color with a light khaki head. It recedes to a thick collar with lots of stick, soapy lace cascading down the glass.

S: Faint notes of coffee beans and dark fruit with a little anise and roasted malts.

T: Light coffee, oat malts and some roast. Super dry and chalky finish. A little black licorice with some slightly metallic and vegetal notes.

M: Medium thin bodied with a medium high carbonation level. Super dry on the finish with some chalk

O: Very dry on the mouth feel with not enough chocolate and dark fruit flavors that I associate with a good Baltic Porter. It needs a touch more roast and some body as well.

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2.85/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

$4 for the single 12oz can. Poured into a mini snifter.
Sampled 13APR13

[A] A finger and a half of light brown head foams up quickly on the pour. Deflates a minute later but leaves a thick, sporadic collar and film. Sea foam-like lace smatters the glass. Dark chestnut brown body with ruby tints. Not far from black but the impressive clarity lets a lot of color come through.

[S] Strong aromas of coffee and chocolate front and center. Super sharp notes of alcohol right behind with pronounced fruity esters. Slightly medicinal phenols. Toasted grain and caramel. The nose has a lot of the right notes but it is so alcoholic-ly strong that it is damn near offensive.

[T] Roasted flavors, nearly burnt and a little acrid.Sharp, fruity alcohol. Lacks the traditional smooth character. More ale-like than lager-like in my opinion. A hint of licorice pokes through on the finish.

[M] The mouthfeel is a touch too aggressive. First of all, the alcohol has way too strong of an influence. There is a carbonic bite pricks the tongue just a bit too much. Both of those sensations leave no room for the smoothness that I look for in a Baltic Porter.

[O] Too.Darn.Big. I think 3Beans could be a decent beer if the alcohol was a lot less obvious. Perhaps some aging, a longer lagering (or even a lager yeast instead of ale?) would go a long way too.

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2.85/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

Slender 12oz can into a snifter. The brew streams a clear color of brown but comes to rest in my glass more black looking than anything. A pour down the middle of the glass produces a perfect 2 finger khaki froth. The cap holds fairly well for a brew of this strength and as it fades, produces some webby patches of lace sticking to the glass. When held to the light, it displays more of a mahogany look about it.

The aroma has a bit of mineral quality that fades into something somewhat carbonic. There is a bit of raw earthiness to this brew that I guess is the cacao inclusion. The coffee addition is present in trace amounts. As this brew warms up in my glass, it has almost a hard cola quality about it. Swirling releases some sulfur and hints of cheese. The alcohol character reminds me of a poorly made wine which is strange.

The flavor is a bit of an improvement. There is a hint of tobacco and roasty quality of coffee present that includes a bit of fresh citrus coffee bean element. That cacao is felt with a raw flavor that is quite pleasant mixed with a hint of virgin oak that provides a slight tannic edge. The alcohol gets progressively more bold as the experience continues and before long the flavor starts to pick up that strange sort of hard cola flavor with a hint of something vinous.

This is a medium to lighter bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. I think the label/description reads like a hell of a good idea and has potential but it just didnt totally transcribe well in the glass. The look of this brew is damn near perfect but thats where the best attributes end. The smell is ok and the taste has its moments of brilliance that are short lived. I purchased a 4-pack of this and drank my first yesterday and was let down thinking my senses must have been off that day. Having it again tonight made me realize this just isn't that good of a brew.

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2.88/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

Dark brown to black, healthy head and moderate to low-moderate lace. Cola, alcohol, medicinal. Medium to medium-heavy body, slightly acidic, some coffee roast, alcohol. Strong bitter finish. Alcohol borders on the harsh side. Burnt characteristics without malt sweetness to offset. Judging by the many favorable reviews, worth a second try, preferably on tap.

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Photo of Sam21
2.96/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

12oz can. Purchased for ~$3. Best before July 2013.

A- Dark brown body with good clarity. A bit hazy due to the last cm of the can having some mild sediment. Big rocky light brown head with lots of lacing and good retention.

S- Brown sugar, cola, figs, chocolate, and sweetened diner coffee. It's a very sugary nose. It's a very syrupy sweetness with light notes of coffee.

T- Really sweet. Roast flavors from the coffee atop an almost overly sugary sweetness. Brown sugar malt flavors with a cocoa nib bitterness. The sweetness continues to build as the beer warms with really mild roast flavors that are overwhelmed. The hop bitterness is relatively mild when held up to the malt profile. The flavors just don't compliment each other. The roast flavors are too mild and the sweetness too big.

MF- The mouthfeel is medium with soft and somewhat low carbonation. It's just too soft. I'd prefer a creamier feel and I feel that this carbonation does not support the flavors appropriately.

O- This beer is okay. I enjoy coffee beers, I love porters and stouts, but this beer just did not come together for me. That's not to say that it's not a good beer, but just not to me.

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3/5  rDev -25.6%

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3/5  rDev -25.6%

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