3Beans | Sixpoint Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Sixpoint Brewery
New York, United States
sixpoint.com

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.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,213
Reviews:
251
Avg:
4.01
pDev:
10.47%
 
 
Wants:
111
Gots:
98
For Trade:
1
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

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

12oz can into Captain Lawrence tulip. Huge thanks to BA mob2332 for giving me a can of this beer!

*Special note: beer brewed with Stumptown's overpriced, overrated coffee.

Appearance: Big tan rootbeer float head. Pours black. Looks good.

Smell: Definitely get the fruitiness mentioned in other reviews. Not much coffee. Cola-like effervescence.

Taste: Mm, I remembered from Gorilla Warfare that Sixpoint knows how to construct a unique, good coffee beer. More of the same here; great coffee-mimicking astringency on the back end, cutting through the dark chocolate, oaky vanilla and slight fruitiness. Vanilla note is not in your face, but it's substantial enough to contribute a lot. Not very much outright coffee flavor, unlike Gorilla Warfare (though Gorilla's coffee is better than Stumptown's so this is a win/win in a way). Alcohol well hidden.

Well above average robust porter. Oak was a great idea; doesn't dominate, and provides a great counterpoint to the chocolate and roasted malt bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Full side of medium bodied. Nice creaminess, almost milky. Dry finish matches the flavors.

Overall: Solid beer from Sixpoint. Doesn't really hit the spot for people who want a strong coffee / beer balance in coffee porters, but luckily I'm not one of those people. Not necessarily a home run, but there's many elements that are superbly done, and the overall experience is satisfying.

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +18.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of rfgetz
4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a nice, reddish tinted dark brown, fluffy tannish tinted head. Smell of bitter roast and ground cocoa bean and espresso bean, light nuttyness, mild sweetness and some berry notes. Taste dials down the scent a bit, notes of dry, bitter, heavy roasted coffee and cocoa, mild berry notes, earthy and grainy, dry oak, some vanilla, minimal sweetness. Fuller side of medium, dry and lingering fruitiness. Solid selection, smoother cocoa and coffee notes preferred but makes this interesting.

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

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2.75/5  rDev -31.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Photo of JohnQVD
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the can into a snifter. Served at 55 degrees.

Pours dark, almost black with a light-colored, thick, foamy head that slowly dissipates to a thin ring around the edge of the glass. Nose is coffee and a sweetness that reminds me of Chinese red bean paste. Mouthfeel is thick, but carbonated.

Primary taste is dark and roasted, with a mildly astringent aftertaste. The coffee is not as prominent here, but there's a spicy sweetness reminiscent of cinnamon toast. Further into the glass the red bean taste is more prominent and the chocolate starts to peek through.

Overall, this is quite good. It's atypical of the style, but quite interesting. With the possible exception of Resin, this is the best canned Sixpoint I've had.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.48/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from can into a snifter glass

Appearance –Pours a deep-deep brown color with a small one finger tan colored head. When held up to the light hints of ruby red can be seen shinning through the brew. The head of the beer fades quite fast leaving a small film on the surface and only a very light level of lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is strongest of a roasted malt and coffee smell. Mixed with these smells are some lighter notes of a toffee sweetness as well as a bit of cocoa and an earthy hop.

Taste –The taste begins with strong roasted malt, cocoa and some coffee flavors. There is a light sweetness of a caramel and vanilla flavor in the beginning of the taste. The sweeter flavors begin to fade more as the taste advances however with some flavors of oak and some light nutty flavors taking their place. Toward the end, the coffee flavor intensifies and is joined by some hop flavors of an earthy variety as was detected in the nose. These flavors, with the lessening of the sweet, end up leaving a roasted and bitter flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – For a 10 % abv brew the body of the beer was rather thin in terms of its thickness and chewiness while the carbonation level was a tad on the higher side. Neither the thin body of the beer or the higher carbonation level suited the flavors or the style of the brew well.

Overall – Not likely one I would go too again. A little too bitter and astringent at the end with the taste and the feel a bit off for me. OK, but for the cost not really worth it.

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of GarthDanielson
4.46/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a can into a snifter, the beer appears thin on the pour, with a chestnut highlighted dark brown coloring and a clingy, frothy, off-white head that starts around an inch and slowly settles into a filmy coating. Aromas of creamy, smooth, blended and balanced vanilla and chocolate, with an undertone of bitterness from both chocolate and coffee. Very well blended and complimentary aromas as you consume. Flavors of rich, dark roasted coffee and bitter cocoa nibs right off the bat. Wow...this is damn tasty! Creamy backbone of vanilla and oak support the rich and bitter forefront attack on your tastebuds, and there is a strong, solid, boozey tail-end flavor that bleeds into the aftertaste. Some earthy and woody highlights help to add depth to the overall character of the beer. Creamy and slightly boozey aftertaste, with a lingering mocha charateristic. The lighter body lends itself to a clean, slightly dry finish. Great beer. Well crafted and very well balanced. Bravo!

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Photo of fmccormi
4.14/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Straight pour from a 12oz “slimboy” can to a Cigar City snifter; freshness date of July 10, 2013 printed in black ink on the underside of the can (“BESTBEFORE10JUL2013 05280K+” or something along those lines).

Appearance (4.25): Very nice looking pour, with two fingers of cappuccino-colored foam topping a largely clear, kind of cola-colored body (or maybe root beer, something darker). Moderate retention with some pretty great lacing, showing off thin collars, scattered legs, and a couple sheets of lace.

Smell (4.0): The nose boasts a really nice, cold-brewed coffee aroma and unsweetened chocolate; the malt body is really very understated in the nose. The chocolate is not the sweet/bitter confection you normally think of, though—this is very earthy, with almost a fruity character.

Taste (4.25): Pretty much nailed it. All coffee (bitter, but light-roast and kind of floral/fruity) and that earthy chocolate character mixing with a relatively light malt base, more toasty and brown than charred and black. But there’s a pretty notable citrus zest-kind of bitterness in the finish, maybe the hop character? Adds a weirdly fruity dimension to it all. Alcohol is largely hidden, but it definitely has a warming feel to it. The malt has a dark, sweet, bready character to it, like cocoa powder was mixed into a banana bread batter; bit of a cola-ish aftertaste follows through with its own wave before the finish. Whatever is going on here, I like it. Really opens up an interesting balance between coffee and fruitiness as it warms.

Mouthfeel (4.25): Creamy carbonation that prickles modestly on the finish but foams up nicely going down, complementing a lighter-feeling body with a distinct creaminess to it. Very interesting balance being walked here.

Overall (4.0): This beer is unique, I’d say. It offers a very interesting balance between coffee, chocolate (but chocolate in a way that feels different), malt, and some other aspects as well. The alcohol is noticeably present, but suitable and welcome for the size and character of the beer. But what’s really great is that this beer really opens up into something different and thoroughly enjoyable as it warms. Flavors re-arrange, the feel transforms, and it just becomes something different and definitely tasty. Recommended.

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

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

12oz can poured into snifter

Clouded mahogany pour with a crop of lightly tanned head resting on top. Fades into a thicker film with spotty patches of lacing all over the glass.

Cocoa powder and hints of dark chocolate in the nose. Coffee beans, roasted dark malts and a touch of vanilla with a soft warmth.

Softly sweet up front with cocoa and dark chocolate. Hint of bitterness with roasted coffee beans leading into the thick malt backbone. Light hint of oak, a little nutty, hint of vanilla and caramel. Finishes with some lingering coffee acidity and alcohol warmth.

Fuller medium body, well carbonated, chewy and sticky on the palate. This is easily one of the better canned Sixpoint offerings of late, and I really wouldn't have pegged this at 10% abv.

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

3Beans from Sixpoint Brewery
4.01 out of 5 based on 1,213 ratings.
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