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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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of Gmann
3.96/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a chocolate brown color with some honey highlights. The khaki colored head is fluffy, creamy with some big air bubbles in it. It left wonderful lacing on the glass as it settled.

The aroma is earthy. Has some woody bark scents to go along with a light coffee note. A bit of semi-sweet chocolate rounds out the aroma. Could be a little stronger in the nose.

The flavor is very woody with bark and husk bitterness. The bakers chocolate notes are quite strong and work well with this porter. Some milk chocolate flavors as well. The coffee gets dominated by the woody and chocolate flavors, which is a shame. It seems to pop through in the finish. There is a bit of a fruity type of sweetness to it but can't really distinguish which fruit.

The feel is moderate with fairly weak carbonation. Spot on feel for a porter but perhaps a touch light for a baltic porter or a porter with a high ABV. Various degrees of bitterness on the palate but there are some sweet notes to help balance. Very earthy feel which I like in a porter. The ABV is present and can be felt, needs some mellowing.

Very interesting brew. Need to drink this warmer to let the coffee come through. Quite earthy, good fireside brew.

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of Greywulfken
4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: into a tulip, translucent brown on the pour, black in the glass; fat tan head, modest lace

S: coffee and cocoa and dark roasty malts

T: rich dark malt, bittersweet cocoa, mellow espresso

M: creamy, light body, mild carbonation, smooth

O: a delightful porter, deceptively strong, definitely rebuy-able

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of Vonerichs
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown color that lets a bit if light pass through around the edges. I poured into a tulip and gbd head was about two inches and tan.

The smell is almost all fresh coffee. The chocolate pops to a lesser extent.

I don't like what the wood brings to the table. It adds a resinous varnish quality that doesn't do well with the coffee and completely overwhelms the chocolate.

Mouthfeel is medium if not a little thin. Good carbonation.

I think this beer would have faired much better without the oak aging. The coffee had so much potential but it was lost to the wood. It's s decent beer but I expected more.

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of cosmicevan
4.11/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

picked up locally and enjoyed from a six point snifter

a - brew poured a watery brown that settled into the glass much darker with crimson highlights when held to the light. thin foamy grey head that dissolved slowly. stringy lacing.

s - smells of fresh gourmet coffee...bakers chocolate. some nutty roast and subtle char.

t - fairly intense coffee and chocolate. i don't get lots of barrel but do pick up a decent hopping in the background.

m - fairly hoppy and bitter. medium bodied...thick for a porter, but also hoppy for a porter. booze was invisible.

o - overall, a nice beer from sixpoint. i had to see what the hub bub was about and it is fairly good and can hang with many big coffee beers.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz. can into a Brooklyn Brewery snifter.

Pours a massive 3 finger fluffy and dirty looking gray cream head with good retention. Lacing is stringy and layered with good stick. Beer is a clear black. Sticky, thin legs. Pretty good.

Nose is coffee and chocolate with a splash of lactose. Exactly as described. Aromatic. Appetizing too.

Opens chocolate, lactose, sweet coffee. Fudge, cane sugar, and some cocoa powder. Some ethanol in the middle. Finishes up sweet and sugary with a boozy and coffee aftertaste. Good complexity and balance. A touch sweet at the end though.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Foamy and smooth in the mouth and silky and mellow going down. Soft aftertaste with a slightly lingering aftertaste. Nice. Real drinkable for the high ABV.

I'd have to say this is probably the best beer that Sixpoint distributes. With Resin and now 3Beans, Sixpoint has stepped up their game a bit. I'd definitely revisit this one.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.23/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25


A: Pours a dark ruby/mahogany color with a fingers worth of head

S: Get some chocolate malts up front, with coffee, dark fruits, and cacao as the highlights

T: Coffee and chocolate right out of the gate, along with vanilla and a solid fruitiness. Fairly sweet from the chocolate and bitter from the coffee. Finishes with more of a bitter coffee aftertaste. For a 10% brew, the alcohol is nowhere to be found

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth and slightly creamy

O: Definitely one of the most chocolate and coffee forward beers I've had without going overboard on the sweetness (yes, I'm looking at you, ST Mokah). Disappointed this is a one-off, although I can see why it is with the actual cacao and coffee being added. Definitely recommended while it's still available

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4.24/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce can, best before 10JUL2013 (as stamped on bottom of can). Served in a snifter, the beer pours very dark brown with about a half inch tan head that didn't stick around for long. There is a good amount of lacing. It smells like coffee, roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate, caramel and some nuts. It tastes like coffee, chocolate (milk and bittersweet), cream, nuts, roasted malt and some vanilla. It's a little more bitter and roasty than sweet tasting. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit creamy and has moderate carbonation. I think this is a good brew, although I'd like it better if it was in 16 ounce cans instead. $8.99 a 4-pack.

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -19.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of CHickman
4.62/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours very dark chestnut brown color with a massive 3 finger cascading foamy tan head that was full of bubbles and did not budge, fading extremely slowly, leaving very nice spotty foamy lacing and even some rings as it went down.

Smells of fresh ground coffee, dark chocolate, roasted malt, cocoa powder, caramel, charcoal, faint herbs and more coffee; a lot of coffee notes, which are really nice, and somehow a very complex and very simple aroma at the same time. To me, this could be the best smelling porter ever (or at least that I've encountered).

Tastes really rich, with fresh ground coffee, dark chocolate, molasses, roasted malt, cocoa powder, bourbon or red wine like it was barrel aged, caramel, toasted grains, charcoal, light vanilla, faint herbs and more coffee and chocolate, like coffee beans and a chocolate bar melted in the glass. It’s complex, very smooth and extremely tasty, and much better than I thought it would be. I love coffee and expected it to be really good, but this was outstanding and almost shockingly better than expected.

Mouthfeel is watery smooth like an iced coffee, with a light body that still has a little chewy feel to it, nice balance, very light carbonation, and a slight boozy bitter finish that has an overall slick feel. The 10% ABV is pretty well hidden, except for a mild burn after some swallows, so this could a dangerous one to drink.

Overall it was excellent and I hope this is a regular production beer from SixPoint. A very high recommendation, I want to get some more of this ASAP. Not many people get excited about a Baltic Porter in general, but this is one Baltic Porter that may get the masses raving about it.

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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