3Beans | Sixpoint Brewery

1,213 Ratings

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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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4.24/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Sixpoint 3BEANS
12 0z. can, "BEST BEFORE 10 JULY 2013 0808OK+"
$4.95 @ The Beer Shoppe, Ardmore, PA on 02/22/2013

An interesting beer to be sure. What were the beans used? Coffee? Yes. Cocoa? Yes. And the Romano bean... ? I've never heard of it. But I looked it up and they're kind of like green beans. And I think that's interesting in itself, that brewers used to use beans as an adjunct, an that Sixpoint's done it in modern times. (I'm assuming they've just used the seeds, and not the whole bean).

Onward, it's a pretty immense beer. It's black-brown in color with a creamy head of tan that holds well and leaves sheets of craggy, spotty lace along the glass. Nice.

It smells of coffee for sure. Dark, rich, roasty and acidic black coffee like espresso. In fact, in tasting it, it leaves the flavor of a chocolate coated espresso bean behind. So, yes, there's chocolate as well. Intense, dark and mainly bitter chocolate. You smell them both upfront, and then you taste them both as well. The only thing missing is the Romano bean, but I'm guessing that might be adding to it's body, which is a little bit beyond medium-full. And in fact it might be fuller, but I think some of the 10% abv. cuts through that. Some alcohol is found in the flavor and aroma as well, but it's not really brash, and it just adds a bit of a raspy edge to the taste. And on that note, there's a little bit of yeasty fruitiness, and a vanilla note and some oaky woodiness to it as well. Did they age this in oak? Or is that just the dryness of the alcohol combining with the coffee acidity to give the impression of woody dryness?

So, overall, an interesting beer. It doesn't quite live up to the hype of the concept, but it is a pretty solid chocolate and coffee strong ale. Worth trying.

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of DrDemento456
3.69/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Well I dropped the 4 bucks for the single on this through Halftime beverage. Was pretty much the only way to try this beer since I couldn't find it anywhere local. Best by July 10th 2013
A - Wow very lively with carbonation giving me tons of bubbles in the glass and a 1/2 inch of deep mocha head. Looks also like an imperial stout should with inescapable blackness void and no ruby coloring!
S - Well your not going to get founders breakfast stout but it does have quite a bit of coffee in the nose. Mostly roast and some dark chocolate funny I was really expecting more. Maybe faded?
T - Has its moments of both coffee, chocolate, roast, and vanilla with the typical house yeast to me gives it a weird metallic flavor mid palate that leads to the finish with bittering hops. I read it is the flavor of "burnt tobacco" never did have it this strong but I don't like it. I really wish this wasn't very distracting but damn man it taste like can! Drinking this out of my tulip glass so it can't be from licking can either.
M - Medium bodied it does a great job hiding the ABV beneath hops even though it does show it in the finish.

Overall I am going away from this very disappointed. As a lover of many imperial stouts some overly hoppy, others chocolaty, many just run of the mill this one does deliver everything but fails to be more than just a homebrew effort that doesn't deserve such high praise.

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of poisonpythons
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of AltBock
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

SixPoint 3Beans

12oz. hot chocolate brown colored can with a colorful shield on the front. This white shield has their trademark of an orange 6 point star, a wired oval with beans and leaves in it, and the name of the beer in large brown letters. The back of the can has all the mandatory US info and a brief description of the beer. The bottom of the can has a best before date. My can is best before 10 July 2013.

When poured into a Cycle Brewing Snifter, this coffee beer poured a coffee black. No cream and sugar in this coffee, but there was a small glimmer of dark burgundy at the bottom of the beer. That was the only place where light could shine through this beer. On top of this coffee beer was a good sized 1/2 an inch light beige head of foam. Great retention that left behind a skim of foam and plenty of beige streaks of lace around the glass.

It looked like coffee, did it smell like coffee? It sure as hell did! This aroma wasn't going to play around. Up front was the thick strong scent of dry roasted coffee beans. Not cheap coffee beans. You can smell the quality of the coffee beans. Right behind the coffee was the dark chocolate, roasted malt, a drop of caramel, a pinch of alcohol, and a faint whiff of vanilla. Lets just say that nose couldn't get enough of this beer.

It looked like coffee, smelled like coffee, but did it taste like coffee? You bet your ass it did. Like the aroma, the taste wasn't going to play around either. Right up front was the strong taste of dry roasted coffee beans. Quality coffee bean taste. No Folger's crystals in this taste. Waiting for its turn behind the thick coffee wall was the bitter dark chocolate and dark roasted malt. After those flavors had their little fun, the taste then finished up with a sprinkle of vanilla, a dab of caramel, a raisin or two, more coffee, a pinch of burnt tobacco, and a drop of alcohol. Even though this beer clocks in at 10% ABV, I liked how there wasn't much alcohol in the taste. I'm sure the thick dry roasted coffee flavor had something to do with that.

This was clearly a full bodied coffee beer. There was no denying that. As for the aftertaste, I'm sure you can guess what was in that. Juicy fruits? No! The aftertaste was thick with dry roasted coffee beans, dark chocolate, roasted malt, burnt tobacco, and a drop or two of alcohol. This thick roasted aftertaste will leave a coating on the roof of your mouth. It will take a few glasses of water to get rid of it. I could feel the alcohol working its magic on my body.

Looked like coffee, smelled like coffee, tasted like coffee, but its not a coffee. Don't let the small can fool you. Its not the size of the can that matters. Its what is on the inside that matters. This beer packs a big dry roasted coffee punch. If you like your coffee beers then it would be a good idea to seek this one out. I wish I had a few more cans.

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4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

Photo of FickleBeast
3.83/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can poured into a snifter.

Pours very dark brown, nearly black, with a finger of off-white foam. Aroma is roasted, tannic, bitter, astringent stale coffee-like sensation mixed with unsweetened dark chocolate. As a coffee lover, this smells amazing, almost like cold-pressed coffee.

First sip is quite potent, with a astringent coffee flavor smacking the taste buds up front. That gives way to a hit of sweet cocoa flavor, but not much. There is also a long lingering bitterness on the tongue. Beer is quite viscous, and the 10% ABV is reasonably well hidden.

This is a very interesting, unique beer. I give kudos to Sixpoint for pushing the envelope yet again. That said, I feel this is a touch too bitter and unbalanced toward the coffee side to be truly great. At the current price point of $13+ for a 4 pack, I'll be passing in the future.

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Photo of aztraz
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of Jonada
3.82/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz can with no freshness date. Served in a tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours very dark brown with 3 fingers of a khaki colored head. Good retention and lacing. Body is dark but not opaque. When held up to light, color is a dark amber with lots of visible carbonation streaming throughout.

Smell: Coffee, vanilla, dark chocolate, roasted malt, earth. The aroma is nice, just not very strong.

Taste: Follows the aroma pretty closely. Coffee, roasted malt, earthiness, vanilla. Malt sweetness upfront is balanced by a strong coffee bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Fuller end of medium bodied with medium carbonation. Lingering coffee bitterness.

Overall: Pretty good, but not mind blowing. If you're a fan of porters or coffee stouts, it's definitely worth a try.

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Photo of nickapalooza86
4.42/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours almost black with a finger and a half of a tanish head.

Smell is roasted coffee, bitter chocolate, earthiness, slight roastyness

Taste is Coffee all the way at first, bakers chocolate, cream, roasted and bitter malts, earthy hops

Mouthfeel is a creamy medium full, low to medium carbonation, finishess slightly dry and bitter, nice stuff

Great coffee beer here!

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

Poured from a can into a tulip.

A - A semi-clear brown. Somewhat thick full head that filled the top quarter of the glass. Must admit I was a bit impressed by the cream colored foam that awaited.

S - Aroma was of a mild coffee. Not much more to me, but still nice. Kind of what I expected.

T - Right off the bat I got the coffee followed by a mild sweetness. Then came the vanilla. A modest cream flavor that was a pleasant surprise. Not too sweet. Really enjoyed mild and easy to drink.

M - Crisp and delightful. Not too heavy. I guess I could have hoped for a bit more but was not disappointed.

O - A fine brew from Sixpoint. One I would enjoy when looking for an easy to drink coffee brew. I was expecting a bit more coffee to it, but a solid drinker none the less.

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Photo of HumanParaquat
2.75/5  rDev -31.8%

Photo of RomaniIteDomum
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of leprechaunandfatman
4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

Photo of JDD419
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of jd18
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of JLapadura
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of Holland
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of BrewStew58
2.75/5  rDev -31.8%

Photo of Drew26
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of atr2605
4.21/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-pours near black with a tan head with nice retention that clings to the edge of the glass
S-roasted coffee with some unsweetened cocoa
T-a blend of coffee and chocolate that has nice gentle roasted notes and finishes with more chocolate on the palate
M-medium bodied and fairly creamy
O-Very nice, well balanced and full flavored porter.

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Photo of Tim
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.21/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- Pours slightly off-black, which is about the only way to tell it apart from a stout. Dark, dark brown to black body with a medium to large tan head. Retention is awesome and so is the lacing.

S- Complex blend of chocolate and coffee, but more chocolate in the scent. Blend provides a chocolate malt-like (like a chocolate shake) scent. Only slight hints of other dark malts peek in, but this is a mostly sweet smelling beer.

T- Opposite of the smell, with coffee taking the predominant role right off the bat. Mildly bitter coffee is followed by a little more bitterness from roasted malts. The chocolate makes a slight appearance in the flavor towards the end, adding some decent sweetness. Ends with a lingering coffee bitterness.

M- Light and moderately carbonated. Body is much lighter than anticipated based on pour and alcohol content. Alcohol is disguised in the taste, but a little of it can be felt after a sip or two. Fairly drinkable for the ABV.

Overall, I'm a little disappointed given all of the hype around this beer. To me it seemed like this beer was highly sought after, but in high supply. Not a bad beer. It's a good coffee and chocolate blend in a solid dark beer, but nothing special.

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3Beans from Sixpoint Brewery
Beer rating: 4.03 out of 5 with 1,213 ratings
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