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

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of BEERchitect
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

In a fascinating attempt to weave three beans together in the same brew, Sixpoint chooses the obvious coffee beans, cacao beans but then offers up other earthy beans to promote body, texture, starch flavor, and rich textures to the overall savory experience. And all that hits home in this beer.

The beer acts as much as rich coffee as it does ale, as the medium brown concoction pours with medium weight and releases a delicate espresso-like creme. Moderate retention and low lying pocketed lace ensures that the coffee-like appearances hold true.

Strong coffee aromas strike the nose with overtones of more nutty versions like Kona and Columbia roasts. But then the back beat of toffee, caramel, and peanut brittle hits next; delivering with it the undeniable yet understated scent of chocolate. With little hops to interfere with the nose, the aroma spread depends solely upon coffee roast and sweet toasted grain.

Delicious sweetness of chocolate and coffee culminate on the early palate with a hearty and robust first impression that coats the tongue with savory-sweet notes. But soon the sweetness is shed and the earthy wood, roast, and cocoa flavors emerge. Their unadulterated taste reveals earthen seared taste that's hardly ignored. With little flavor of the "third" bean, the taste is highly reliant on the charming interplay of coffee and chocolate.

Smooth and medium-textured on the palate, the beer plays somewhat softly with its semi-sweet upstart and its reluctant fade toward dryness. But as the sweetness and mild carbonation recedes, dry toast textures emerge with notions of hop-derived woody bitterness, dryness, and a slim alcohol warmth (it's dangerous how drinkable this beer is for its alcohol content). Finishing woody, chocolaty and warm,- the beer begs for one more sip.

Giving in to this taste would be detrimental to health and mind as this beer hides its alcohol deceptively well. Its sultry attitude with savory, hearty sweetness, and casual effort makes it somewhat sessionable- a horrible blend for those "lush-like-me" types.

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Photo of BugTownPub
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of imbibehour
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A real nice black walnut brown body, with a large four finger head and a creamy tan top. Swiss cheese head, and lots of clumping rocky lacing. While walnut brown, there's a good hint of some red hues along the edges and through the light.

Nose rips of dry roast coffee. The beans feel just ripped, lots of oil. While suggestions of cocoa bean and hints of roast malt are no doubt around it's just a giant coffee boom. Faint hinting sense of nut, but this is truly coffee forward.

This one is quite surprising for taste. Palate comes with warming coffee silky action. For a brew it's wet, but for the coffee angle it's just perfect. Warming roast coffee with a little bit of silky roast character. However the aftertaste just explodes in warmth, very gradually. Hits of Kahlua abound on the finish, with a touch of vodka like heat. Hop angle creates this slow bitter in the mid palate on the swallow, hinting somewhere between lime and orange zest bitterness. Hints of dried fig come out also.

Overall I don't find much Baltic "sense" about this (not getting that banana feeling) but in terms of what this is, it's pretty darn fun, and certainly a great take for a style I am a little averse to.

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Photo of stakem
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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Photo of Psychmusic
3.25/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of CalebHiliadis
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of flyingPharmacist
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of nwatson
4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

Photo of brureview
4.45/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorite styles.

Poured in a pint glass, the beer is a deep chocolate with a three finger head.

Intense lemon-chocolate aroma. Some cocoa.

The mouth feel is nicely carbonated for the style.

The taste is intense lemon-chocolate, coffee aftertaste, mild bitterness.
The only drawback to the beer is that the intense flavor dissipates with warming.

Overall, a solid porter especially suited for cold winter nights.

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Photo of CaptDavyJones
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of deanhead
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of Googs
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of brycevolk
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of BeerLover99
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of b2hogan
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of Thorpe429
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of chefduff2
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of e30todamax
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of leinie13
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of argock
3.65/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz can into a Duvel tulip. Best before 10 Jul 2013 stamped on the bottom of the can. 4-pack purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $14.49.

A: Very dark brown with 3-finger, beige, big-bubbled head with good retention and abundant lacing.

S: The aroma is a bit light overall with some mild dark chocolate and coffee bean and fig/date aromas. There are very light herbal hops notes as well. The alcohol is detectable.

T: The flavor is solid but unspectacular with hefty alcohol bitterness carrying through. THe milk and dark chocolate notes are strongest with some black coffee accents. There is a light lactose note as well. The finish is weakest with an over acrid burned dark malt quality that doesn't harm the beer but it certainly doesn't help it. The alcohol is there but not as much as you'd expect.

M: Too thin, even for a Baltic porter. The lactose tries to help but can't quite do it. The carbonation is low-to-medium. The acrid finish also hurts the feel.

O: It is an interesting beer and solid, but not worth the price tag. There are coffee and chocolate elements but they could be bigger. It's a good beer but nothing more.

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Photo of tastymug
3/5  rDev -25.6%

Photo of Gatch
4.31/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Dark, murky brown with a very smooth, fine-bubbled head that builds tall and quickly and fades fairly quickly. Leaves behind a bit of lace and has a thin layer of foam retention.

S: You get all the components. Heavy coffee, very rich, dark chocolate & cocoa, a bit of booze, dark fruits, roasted and smoked malt, brown sugar, wood. Very nice.

T: Everything in the nose. Pretty sweet and a bit boozy but the alcohol complements the overall experience. Kinda spicy but not nearly as detectable as it could be. Malt, coffee, and cocoa take center stage, as they should.

M: Big, bold flavor and some sizzle from the carbonation. The body is proper for the style. The booze can linger a bit, though.

O: A unique and special Baltic Porter that lived up to the style but also had an enjoyable twist thrown in by Sixpoint. Fantastic, big beer. And a good looking can.

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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Beer rating: 4.03 out of 5 with 1,236 ratings
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