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 Seanniek91
4.83/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Served from a 12oz slim can into a Newport Storm pint.

Appearance- Smokey/grey/blackish color with mocha head. Lot of lacing.

Smell- Tons of bitter coffee with some caramel and chocolate. Some nice vanilla oakieness. A little booze.

Taste- Chocolate and coffee! Bitter coffee and sweet chocolate. Extremely well balanced. Nice bitter hops at the end with a little booze.

Mouthfeel- Lighter in body with smooth carbonation. Phenomenal.

Overall- This is incredible! Might surpass Breakfast Stout in the realm of coffee beers.

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Photo of Neorebel
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep brown with a puffy, but bubbly head not unlike Coca-Cola. The head rapidly dissipates to less than a half inch in height. Nevertheless the lacing is fantastic, sticking heavily to the sides of the glass as the beer goes down. The aroma is very intriguing... At first there is an almost maple, or molasses scent, but then the milk chocolate and boozy bourbon kicks right in. A vanilla bean sweetness is faintly detectable in the background. For the taste, I agree with other reviewers who find this to be coffee-forward. The dark chocolate aspect competes however, wrapped in a more subtle smokiness, and a splash of bourbon. The finish is a bit wood-y and dry, and has a medium mouth feel. Very warming on its way down but stops just short of having too much alcohol heat. Overall an interesting beer, definitely worth trying. It's different, but could be more balanced.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.11/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear but opaque (due to darkness of color) very dark brown, almost black in color with some garnet red highlights and moderate amounts of visible carbonation at the surface of the beer. The beer has a two finger tall frothy tan head that slowly reduces to a few small to medium sized medium thick patches with a thin film covering the remainder of the surface and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of freshly brewed coffee with some moderate aromas of dark chocolate. There are moderate aromas of dark roasted malts with just a touch of char. Light notes of earthy hops and just a touch wood.

T: Upfront there are strong flavors of dark roasted and charred malts, even some slightly burnt notes, those flavors are some moderate to strong flavors of freshly brewed coffee and dark baker's chocolate. Some very light notes of wood and earthy hops. Moderate amounts of bitterness that linger for quite a while.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly thin with a light amount of dryness in the finish.

O: The alcohol is surprisingly well hidden in this beer and I love the packaging form factor (the 12 oz. Red Bull style can is just awesome). Glad that I have the opportunity to try this one (as it is a one time brew) and I appreciate the fact that Sixpoint collaborated with Mast Bros. Chocolate and Stumptown Coffee - both quality local artisans. I found the beer relatively easy to drink and enjoyable. Not sure this is a typical Baltic Porter but definitely a nice Imperial style porter.

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Photo of mcintire78
3.92/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

a: Brown to ruby brown in appearance with a slight head that dissipates slowly. Significant carbonation clinging to the walls of the glass. Served in a 12oz, narrower than normal, can and poured into a nonic pint glass.

s: Strong smell of coffee and a bit of heavily roasted malt.

t: The chocolate comes through with a bit of coffee on the backside. This is a beer that you want to let warm up a bit.

m: Gentle and smooth, possibly even a little thin. Very little of the carbonation seen early can be tasted.

d: Given the high alcohol content this beer is very drinkable. It's a bit sweet for more than one or two at a go, though.

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Photo of Gmann
3.96/5  rDev -1.2%
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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Photo of Greywulfken
4.28/5  rDev +6.7%
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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Photo of Vonerichs
3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
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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Photo of cosmicevan
4.11/5  rDev +2.5%
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%
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 +5.5%
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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Photo of bluejacket74
4.24/5  rDev +5.7%
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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Photo of CHickman
4.62/5  rDev +15.2%
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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Photo of 57md
3.86/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark brownish color with about a half finger of head. The nose has solid coffee notes. The flavor also has roasted coffee but the body is a bit thin for the style and the hoppiness is a bit much for the style.

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Photo of kawilliams81
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz can into a Half Acre sifter.

A- pours black with a huge 3" tan head. Glass is covered in lacing.

S- huge cocoa, light roast and some coffee with some toffee and caramel.

T- sweet caramel and toffee, huge cocoa flavor, some licorice and bitter roasted coffee.

M- medium body and carbonation. Drinks very well at 10%, no abv burn at all.

O- very tasty beer and very sweet. So much chocolate it almost doesn't taste like beer.

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Photo of facundoCNB
4.73/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

a beautiful dark brown pour with a perfect 2 fingers of dark brown head which slowly dissipated leaving behind a great amount of lacing. the smell - HOLY CRAP! coffee lovers rejoice, this smells fucking amazing! chocolate, hazelnut, coffee, caramel, coffee, more coffee... i can't even contemplate tasting it, i just want to smell it all night long, but i guess it MUST be done...

a dark bitter roasted flavor up front, followed by a delicious mocha flavor, latte milky sweet coffee goodness. i can't believe how delicious this is. you can slightly taste that it's an alcoholic drink but it honestly just tastes like a toffee/caramel/coffee flavored drink. slight hazelnut overtones. did i mention this is delicious???

a medium to full body, moderate carbonation. thick and creamy, yet drinks so easy it's damn near dangerous.

...so resin WAS my favorite sixpoint beer but this just blew it out of the water. i have never tasted such a damn good coffee porter... make that coffee beer. so sweet yet so roasty. so damn dangerously easy to drink and delicious.

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Photo of Brad007
4.27/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I didn't realize that this was a baltic porter. Nice pick-up then!

Pours a dark brown with a brown head into my glass. Chestnut brown? It's just not pitch black or anything.

Aroma is equal parts coffee and cacao nib. Alcohol heat butts in a bit. Otherwise, fairly pleasant.

Licorice, molasses, cream, light roasted coffee and a touch of cacao round out the flavors here. Very diverse palate.

Mouthfeel finishes with a strong dose of licorice and molasses to compliment the alcohol.

This is a really nice example of a baltic porter. The alcohol bothered me but I wonder if one could age a beer in a can to see if it mellows? Regardless, if you're looking for a challenge to your palate, check this out!

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Photo of BB1313
3.38/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz can poured into a snifter. Pours black with brown hues, small off-white/khaki head which fades and leaves decent lacing and film. The aromas are full of chocolate malts. It also smells like chewy caramel candies. There's some vanilla and expresso in the nose as well. The coffee isn't as dominant in the nose, compared to the flavors. Wow, this is a bitter ass beer! There's a huge explosion of black roasted coffee. It's really gives this a hardcore bitterness. Anise/black licorice in the mix. The wood/oak is very noticeable in the flavors. Also subtle hints of vanilla. There's also a touch of heat, it finishes pretty warm. Mouthfeel is really nice. It reminds you that you're drinking a Baltic Porter, and not an Imperial Stout. It's on the lighter side of full-bodied; active carbonation but remains fluffy and somewhat creamy. The alcohol is slightly noticeable. This makes for a great sipper.

Not bad. It's a very bold Baltic Porter. It's a nice coffee beer, better than average, but something wasn't hitting for me.

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Photo of drinker36
4.33/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

No ASTMO review. Straight to the points:

Great beer, much easier to drink then a standard barrel aged stout /imperial stout.

Sneaky beer given the ABV.

The chocolate / coffee / vanilla aroma rivals the best cup of coffee that I can remember.

Final Judgement: I'm glad Jack didn't plant any of these 3 beans because we'd be deprived a fine brew. Find it and try it.

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Photo of homebrew311
4.02/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

Poured can into Great Lakes snifter. Pours a cola color with clarity on the pour. As it collects in the glass, it appears dark brown with a tan head. Decent amount of lacing present on the pour. The nose starts with bold and bitter cacao nib character. This comes off a bit harsh up front but fades into a more decadent coffee aroma. The nose definitely leans towards the bitter side of things with a dash of earthy huskiness and an ever so faint hop presence. The taste is a bit more refined than the nose led me to believe. The cacao again is present first followed by a nice bold and robust coffee character. Leaves more of an espresso quality as the bold roasted beans linger through the palate. This is a little drier than most coffee chocolate brews I have encountered and at first left a little to be desired. As it warms and develops in the glass, I rather enjoy the bold and bitter onslaught of coffee and chocolate. Mouthfeel is lacking in my opinion. It is simply too thin to hold up to the presence of adjunct ingredients. Overall, this is a unique offering that is better than the other Sixpoint stuff I have had. It seems to grow on me with each sip. Worth a try.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Nothing like a biblical quote taken slightly out of context on a Red Bull-style can. The contents pour a deep, dark garnet topped by a finger of sturdy sandstone foam. The nose comprises mild coffee, roasted malts, cocoa powder, light cola, light molasses, and a pinch of brown sugar and clove. The taste brings in more of the same, with both the coffee and the chocolate coming through grainier, more bitter. In fact, nearly all of the sweetness inherent in the smell has been drained out here. There's also a vague sense of spruce or something similar thereto hanging around as well. The body is a lithe medium, with a light moderate carbonation, a slightly creamy feel, and a drying finish. Overall, an interesting concoction, one that seems to make good use of the combination of "beans", somehow simultaneously focusing on them and not letting them overpower all else.

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Photo of wvsabbath
4.52/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Serving Type - Can

Appearancve - Dark brown/tan with a monster 4+ inch head, tons of thick sticky lacing. Looks amazing in a glass.

Smell - Dark roasted malts, some coffee, mollasses, chocolate. A little smoke, vanilla and dark fruits. Classic bitter/sour porter armoa

Taste - Really big coffee bean and woody/smoked malt flavor starts off. Has the classic baltic porter flavor for sure, bold malty and alcohol infused. Plenty of alcohol burn in each sip. Theres a nice backbone of sugar and chocolate with a little vanilla that mellows out the bitterness.

Mouthfeel - The coffee and malts nail the tounge and coat it big time. The alcohol comes in and adds warmth. The palate gets alot of malts, coffee and the addition of chocolate and vanilla. The finish is sweet, coffee influenced and alcohol warm.

Overall - This is really good. Reminds me alot of founders breakfast stout but this is something bigger, bolder, thicker and has a real coffee flavor. Very smooth and drinkible, maybe the only flaw would be the alcohol warm. This totally should be made annually. Im starting to learn that when you see a skinny 12 oz can from sixppoint brewing, get excited.

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Photo of MadScientist
4.43/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: A very dark brown with good clarity and deep ruby highlights. The persistant head pour about a finger of creamy tan foam and settles to a thin cap after a minute.

S: Deep toast with chocolate and moderate plums. Moderate earthy hops aroma. A light coffee aroma.

T: A rich and moderately sweet Porter with a rich chocolate, cocoa flavor. A prominent roast flavor with some dark fruit flavors. A moderately-light hops bitterness. The balance is about even. The finish is medium with a rich roast, coffee chocolate aftertaste.

M: Creamy and smooth with a medium-heavy body and moderate carbonation.

O: It's chocolate rich and smooth.

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Photo of rudzud
3.73/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at the Armsby Abby. Served into a tulip.

A - Poured a deep rich dark brown almost black pour with a very nice one finger mocha head that faded to leave light lacing and a thin thin blanket. Solid appearance for such a higher ABV baltic porter.

S - The nose is nice with good, rich coffee and light bourbon. Smells nice, however, there is ALOT of roast malts here. Almost burnt roast aspects. And hints of dark fruits....hmm...

T - It starts with fainter coffee, light vanilla barrel notes and bourbon. Starts off quite tasty infact. Once this starts to warm up more though it becomes something else...awash of astringent burnt malts and dark fruits (figs, plums) this goes from a nice light coffee and bourbon porter to a mess.

M - Mouthfeel isnt bad, slightly creamy, easy to drink with the 10% hidden nicely.

O - Overall I liked this beer, until it warmed up. Became pretty bad infact once it warmed, where did those dark fruits and incredibly burnt flavors come from?

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Photo of Immortale25
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Green Flash snifter at The Local Miami. Bottom of can says best before 10JUL2013.

A- Pours a 99% opaque black color with a 3/4 inch dark tan head that retains decently before gradually diminishing to a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a full sheet of surface foam. Spotty, resilient lacing adheres to the glass.

S- Iced mocha coffee with a distinct caramel sweetness. Dark roast espresso plus some vanilla. Somewhat musty.

T- Flavor is coffee-driven and very smooth for the ABV. Dark roasted malts bring to mind chocolate, vanilla, more coffee and even a twinge of oak due to the high alcohol content.

M- Not as creamy as other outstanding coffee beers but it does a decent job. Mostly thick body and medium carbonation.

O- Great coffee beer. Not quite as good as Wake-n-Bake, but it definitely competes. Extra points for being so strong yet drinkable.

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Photo of ksimons
4.31/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-very dark brown with light brown highlights and two fingers worth of cream head that sticks to the glass

S-a really delicious mixture of coffee, chocolate, and light roasted malt

T-initially met with roasted malt but then the coffee/chocolate/mocha flavor really takes over, left with a really nice sweetness finishing things up. Alcohol is well hidden.

M-milkshake like quality to this beer, very creamy, light to medium carbonation. Left with a dry roasted feeling.

Overall a really good beer, super smooth and delicious

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