3Beans | Sixpoint Brewery

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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

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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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 Willytee3
4.17/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Can into wine glass.

Pour a robust chocolaty dark red color with 1 finger cafe 'o' le' color head. Intense lacing! Japanese ocean surf paintings come to mind, no kidding!

Smells of dark caramel malts with chocolate malts all over the place. Roasted coffee notes come through with a touch of alcohol. Licorice, anise hint of dark fruit.

Tastes of licorice and darki complex chocolte with coffee roasted malts. A touch of bitter and some earthyness. A little citrus rind bitter on the finish.

Good carbonation froth fades fast to a thin almost watery consistensy.

Very interesting beer good coffee and chocolate meld, not overpowering.

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Photo of oline73
4.19/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the can into a goblet.

The beer pours almost black with over a finger of light tan head. The head fades to a layer on top of the pour and leaves some lacing on the glass. The smell is very roasty with a strong coffee and dark chocolate presence. The taste isn't very sweet at all and there is hardly a trace of alcohol. Lots of roasted malts along with the coffee and dark chocolate. The finish has a roasty bitterness to it. This is very easy to drink and I never would have guessed the abv. I'd definitely have more.

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Photo of dheacck11
3.81/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Aggressive pour from the can.

Nice deep black with 2 fingers of wet sand colored head, which fades over a minute or two with some residue.

Nose is pretty subdued, largely with flavors of toffee and caramel.

Taste is predominantly milk chocolate with some rich, toffee maltiness. Finishes with light coffee roastiness. Don't really notice the ABV at all.

Mouth feel is decent, nice body with a lingering tingle of coffee and chocolate.

It's pretty decent overall, just not incredible. I'm not really sure what to call it. BA labels it as a Baltic porter, which is probably close, but not quite right. I've see it also called an imperial stout (not even close) or a generic coffee stout (lacks some of the coffee punch for me). So it is a solid, drinkable, enjoyable beer with some good but not overly potent flavors. Would love to try it on tap some day to see if I feel differently. Interestingly, I often feel this way about Sixpoint's cans, that they lack the flavor punch that I am hoping them to have. Except for Resin.

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Photo of blakelive784
3.37/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to maximum12 for this extra!

12 fl oz slim can served in a snifter, reviewed live:

A - Pours a lumpy, rocky khaki head of three fingers. Color is a dark, brown/amber color. Retention's decent given the high ABV. I'm looking forward to it.

S - Unrefined cacao is prominent. Burnt caramel, toffee, and fig lend a noticeable sweetness. The coffee is surprisingly subdued, but present. Faint alcohol. Moderate strength.

T - Freshly ground Italian roast coffee opens, countered by semisweet chocolate and dark fruit notes. Boozy on the finish, to its detriment. The bitter, roasty notes and alcohol presence upset the balance noticeably. A little restrained still. I'd like to see it even more coffee forward.

M - Medium bodied and a little thin.

D - A good porter. Definitely a sipper. I appreciate the smaller format I wish I'd see in more high ABV beers. I'd try it again, preferably on draught.

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Photo of meanmutt
3.16/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz. skinny can into a Founders snifter

A: Aggressive pour yields about 2 fingers of tan colored head.

S: Strong smell of alcohol followed by coffee with just a hint of chocolate.

T: Coffee laced with hints of chocolate. Alcohol is very prevalent...perhaps this would smooth out with some age.

M: Overly carbonated and thinner than I had hoped for.

O: Not a bad beer, just not quite what I was hoping for. I'm probably gonna hold on to the rest of the 4-pack for a while hoping that some age will mellow out the alcohol flavor.

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Photo of jrstamp
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz can into a Russian River Tulip

A- Pitch black with a 3 finger dark cream head. Dissipated to a small ring in less than a minute.

S- Dark and toasty malt notes with a little bit of chocolate. Did not get much coffee at first, but as it warms you find it.

T- Good dark malt flavor. Alot of roasted flavors jump right at you. Actually has a little hoppy bit to it but its masked by the chocolate and coffee. The taste I am thinking is chocolate might be something else, but it tastes alot like artificial chocolate powder that is a little bitter sweet. Might actually be just the coffee showing up differently for me.

M- Big and full. Fitting for the style and much what I expected.

O- I've had a couple of these and while I think it is a personal thing I am thrown off by what I feeling is a bittersweet chocolate taste in this beer. Something intrigues me though, as I keep coming back to try and figure it out. Always enjoy what I get from Sixpoint and will probably end up buying 4 more of these at some point.

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Photo of brewskifan55
3.81/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a snifter

A: Dark brown with a half finger head that dissipates. Frothy lacing.

S: Coffee strong. I'm awake now.

T: Heavy coffee with light hops and chocolate undertones. A great breakfast/brunch drink.

M: Medium with medium carbonation.

O: For coffee beer fans, this one is a standout. Stout, robust and "wake up" yummy.

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Photo of BrewsterPunky
4.33/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this on draft at Aunt Chilada's in Hamden, CT. Served in a snifter because of the high ABV. Appropriately named because you can actually taste all three beans. Very strong. Very tasty.

This was my first time finally trying a Six Point brew. Can't wait to try more varieties.

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Photo of smcnulty1981
4.29/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

A: pours a dark brown with about 1 finger of khaki head shows a slight ruby red hue when held to the light good head retention and lacing

S: lots of coffee and chocolate on the nose very roasty also a hint of cream almost like a coffee milk no real hint of hop bitterness

T: bitter up front with coco and coffee slight hint of vanilla there is a hint of alcohol

M: full bodied a little sticky lingers for a good amount of time

O: cery good over all it would be tough to say that the the alcohol on the taste would go away with some aging however the coffee and coco flavor would desipate after a short time

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Photo of AlexFields
3.89/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Smell is a good balance of coffee and dark chocolate. Not a huge aroma, this is pretty tame, but really nice. Not a lot of roast, but a little bitterness from coffee and cocoa.

Taste follows, really nice balance between the coffee and chocolate, coffee does not dominate. Not a "big beer" exactly, really suprisingly mellow and tame for a 10% beer. Very tasty.

Booze does not show at all, hard to believe this is 10%. Almost want to say the body is thin, but it doesn't feel thin so much as it just doesn't feel as thick and sweet as a 10% porter usually would.


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Photo of horshack7
4.49/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Very dark brown in color with a light tan head rocky head as it thins out thick lacing is left behind.

Aroma: Espresso, cocoa, smokiness, char, almost burnt hops, very dark roasted malts.

Taste: Chocolate malts, espresso, notes of vanilla and bourbon. Very dark roasted hops, char. Very smooth mouthfeel much like melted dark chocolate.

Notes: The alcohol blends in very well and is rather drinkable. A remarkable beer. Cheers.

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Photo of barczar
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque deep brown with ruby highlights and a frothy one inch light tan head that dissipates slowly, leaving sheets of lacing.

Chocolate, coffee, and kidney beans form the initial around. Earthy tones are rampant. Roast malt and a bit of dark fruit round out the profile.

Chocolate dominated the initial flavor, slightly sweet, with roast malt kicking in mid palate, and carrying through to a fairly bitter, slightly oaky finish. There's an earthy, kidney bean-like quality throughout, which complements the coffee character well. Dark cherries emerge late.

Body is fairly thick and a touch creamy, with moderate carbonation. Alcohol warmth is slightly overwhelming.

The earthy bean character is undeniable. Oak balances the sweetness well. There's enough chocolate character to keep things in check. Interesting brew.

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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 mountdew1
4.44/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Color was a very dark maroonish-red, that verged on black, but not quite. A bit of translucency was evident. Tons of bubbles rising from the bottom, to a nice solid 2 finger thick head. Head was rich and thick, with a fair it of side cling. Aroma was a slightly sweet, chocolate smell, with a very small hint of acidic in the backend. Taste had both coffee and chocolate, without either overpowering the other or being the main focal point. The coffee notes kicked in first, with just a tab of bitterness, but then mellowed out and left a nice sweet cocoa flavor on the tongue. Coated the mouth extremely well, not overly bubbly with a bit of chew. Overall a very solid beer. Perhaps a bit expensive ($3.75 for the single can) but a very solid beer, right up my alley.

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Photo of inlimbo77
4.04/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz, BBD 7/10/13
Riedel unmarked snifter

A: Pours out a deep chestnut brown color. In the glass it appears black and not much light gets through. Think layer of three fingers light tan head, 3+ fingers of tight bubbles. Leaving some sticky lacing.

S: Getting that coffee bean smell. Certainly the most dominate. Then you get milk chocolate. Actually some sweet malt goodness coming through.

T: Up front, definitely pulling that coffee flavor. It's a very muted light roast. It meshes really well mid-palate with the creamy milk chocolate that comes in. Very pleasant. Lingering dark chocolate bitterness. Dry finish.

M: Full bodied. Some creaminess.

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Photo of JMScowcroft
4.67/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sixpoint - 3Beans - 12fl oz can

Continuing on my journey through Sixpoint brews, this one was a logical next step.

Look - Pours dark and settles black with a hint of brown around the edges. Huge, soapy head, lacing from the Gods. Carbonation apparent when pouring, brew settles in waves into the glass.

Smell - Cocoa, mocha, and espresso. Malt is there as well.

Taste - Creamy chocolate with subtle coffee and malty overtones throughout. Supremely delicious.

Mouthfeel - Sits a bit on the sweeter side but not overbearing, a bit sticky even but again not a big detractor. Insanely drinkable, no way of knowing this is 10% until you've finished one.

Overall - This brew is simply amazing! I must have got a very fresh batch since the characteristics seemed to point to that. Each sip impressed me all over again throughout.

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Photo of korguy123
3.96/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can into tulip.
This can only brewery is really growing on me. I always seem to find a new gem to bring North every time I head into the states.

Almost completely opaque, dark brown pour. Looks like cold coffee. Half finger light tan head. Lacing is decent.

Slight coffee with subtle coffee and some chocolate notes. Brown sugar, vanilla and some burnt toast.

Burnt toast, dark stone fruits, subtle coffee, fresh cocoa powder. Potent vanilla after a slight alcohol burn.

Light to medium body, decent carbonation.

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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 FeloniousDrunk
4.29/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured from a 12oz. can into a pint glass. Thick, creamy, near-opaque and dark-brown in color with a tight-knit, 1-finger beige head. A touch of lacing down the glass.

S: Malty up-front, with a lager sentiment and strong, but balanced notes of mocha coffee and earth. Some boozy fermentation smell on the back-end. I was expecting to get socked in the face with the aromas of coffee, chocolate and hooch (given the 10%abv,) but am pleasantly surprised at how relatively smooth and balanced it smells.

T: Complexity abounds in this robust and sweet beer. It hits right off with a coffee malt front, and swallows with an earthy, chocolate-covered cherry cordial flavor. A good amount of booze in the flavor, but I find it more appealing in this brew than usual. Perhaps because the hotness of the booze is tempered by the dry cocao flavors, or the gritty coffee notes. Touches of vanilla, dark chocolate milkshake, and dirt in the flavor really keep it mellower than anticipated. This beer has a lot going on, flavor-wise, but it does it in the perfect balance to be delicious.

M: A strange mix of syrup and chalk. The syrupy sweetness is on the tongue when the beer is in your mouth, but the beer finishes with an almost chalk-like texture on the swallow and afterfeel. It must be the cocao husks that lend this feel.

O: This is a great once-in-a-while beer, which packs a lot of flavor and a complexity of character to boot. I'm usually not one for "flavored" beer, or even beer brewed with flavoring agents other than hops, but this one really does it right. A trip to the jungle of flavor in your mouth!

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Photo of RonfromJersey
4.17/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

Four pack purchased at FreeBridge

Dark brown body, ruby highlights, and a magnificent light tan head which rose above the rim and held with terrific cohesion.

Wonderful inviting cocoa and coffee aroma.

Taste is coffee and chocolate, along with raisins and other dark fruits. Well masked alcohol.

Medium plus mouthfeel. Could have been chewier.

Tasty, enjoyable. Grab while you can.

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Photo of nasty15108
3.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz can into a glass.

Poured mahogany with ruby hues. Big head of off white foam and lots of carbonation.

Smells slightly burnt and metallic. Definite strong "day old" coffee aroma with some herbal notes.

Decent coffee flavor with a bitter hop finish. Not much chocolate to speak of.

Overall a pretty tasty brew, not as epic as I would have hoped but a good effort. Good mouthfeel and a decent amount of carbonation.

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Photo of Sam21
2.96/5  rDev -26.2%
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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Photo of TheBrewo
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

We pour a brew of the deepest brown, with maroons letting up around the edges with light. It holds a one and a half finger head of light brown foam, showing great retention. This leaves rings of thick lacing as it eventually goes. No haze or sediment is noted, and carbonation appears active. The aroma gives rich coffee malts, light metallic adjuncts, booze, medicinal phenols, molasses, spicy flashes of cayenne pepper fullness, milk chocolates, and warming lactic acidity. Our first impression is that the flavoring is nicely full, with a big malty profile, but the real star is the soft, smooth feel of it. As we sip, metallic saltiness, fiber-laden bean skins, smoke-roasted chocolate malts, raw coffee beans, cacao nibs, fusel booziness, and hints of vanilla start things off. We peak with charred malt bitterness, wet yeasty bitterness, tin, and flashes of white sugar sweetness. The finish comes with chipotle pepper spice, coffee and chocolate malts, more raw coffee beans, more fusel booze, black pepper, sweet honey essence, and clovey phenols. The aftertaste breathes of cinnamon, sweaty saltiness, caramel sugars, vanilla sweetness, tinny metallics, bitter raw chocolates, big black peppers, and raw booziness. The body is full, and the carbonation is medium, but frothy. Each sip gives nice froth, cream, slurp, smack, and finishing pop. The beer is silky smooth and velvety through the swallow, coating the palate on the way down. There is eventual chalky dryness, with light astringency of booze and coffee malts. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks easily.

Overall, the most enjoyable things about this beer was the flavoring, and the silky soft feel. The “three beans” were actually all apparent at one point or another, each adding depth and complexity. The malts through the backbone were strong, roasty, charred, smoky, and above all, flavorful. This, coupled with the soft, frothy feel, made for a wildly drinkable, delicious brew.

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Photo of dogfishandi
3.77/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can at fridge temp poured into a snifter. "Best Before 10JUL2013" stamped on the bottom.

Pours out a nice dark dark brown color, not quite black, some ruby highlights when held up to a light. A nice big fluffy light tan colored head that forms a nice cap off the pour. It slowly recedes to a thick, slightly rocky layer with tons of thick sticky lacing.

Cocoa and hazelnut first come to mind, milk chocolate all over. A fruity ester with a hint of alcohol as it warms.

Some really nice melding of milk chocolate and coffee. Some hazelnut, fruity esters and some light bitter roast. A nice range of chocolate flavors from semi sweet milk chocolate to dark bitter chocolate. A bit of piney hops with some lingering bitterness in the finish. Not terribly complex, but still some nice flavors.

I would've liked a bit more body in this beer, finishes a little dryer than expected. The 10% ABV is hidden very nicely.

Not a bad beer, I certainly won't have a problem finishing the four pack, but I'm not really sure if I'd buy another. Had the body been a little bigger, thicker, and the flavors been bigger, more complex, I think this really would've been an amazing beer. Worth a try.

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