3Beans | Sixpoint Brewery

very good
250 Reviews

Brewed by:
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 Treyliff
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- pours a dark brown color with a creamy light-tan head with great retention, eventually leaving a thin layer on top and a few rings of lace

S- fresh roasted coffee beans and espresso foam, blueberry juice, lightly smoky malt with a touch of floral aroma at the end

T- fresh coffee bean flavor explodes up front with a sharp bitterness, bitter-sweet cacao provides nice chocolate flavors mid-palate, fruity blueberry juice mixes with toffee sweetness, eventually closing into a nice floral hop backbone. Coffee bitterness on the linger

M- medium body with low carbonation leads to a foamy-to-creamy mouthfeel with a smooth finish, with just a touch of alcohol on the finish. This is perhaps the most drinkable 10% I've had thus far, dangerously drinkable

O- a very good coffee-forward porter that packs as much flavor as a stout. Drinks nowhere near its high ABV and balances nicely with the coffee beans and cocao

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Photo of rajendra82
4.84/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Deep reddish brown body and two plus finger thick foamy head made this beer look nice in the pint glass. The can it came in was well designed as well. The smell that the beer emitted was a heavenly mix of chocolate, coffee, and hops. I didn't even need to bring the glass to my nose to smell this. The taste was out of this world, with a perfect balance between sweet chocolate, toffee, dark cherries, and figs; and bitter coffee, hops, and burnt toast flavors. There was hint of lactic sourness in the finish. Very creamy in the mouth at first with and astringent punch at the end. Freaking outstanding introduction to this brewery.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.94/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not a bad beer- certainly a very nice coffee flavor here, with some quality coffee obviously used. It's also quite silky in the mouth, which is very pleasant. The only thing I'm not sure of is the presence of sort of a chalky graininess that intrudes on the flavors a bit. It's not bad, but it makes the beer a bit heavy and sort of simple compared to the more nuances coffee and roasted flavors. I think two beans would have been preferable here.

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Photo of SebD
4.02/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: It has a nice almost jet black color to it. It has a nice thick creamy tan head that dies down slowly and leaves very nice lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of coffee, espresso, chocolate, caramelly malts, vanilla and some dark fruit.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a nice blend of coffee, chocolate, espresso, caramel, sweet dark fruit and a touch of vanilla.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a very nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavors and aromas.

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Photo of CraftBeerTastic
3.96/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Ba Review #285
Served On: 07/25/2013
Glassware: Pint Glass
Labeled ABV: 10.0%
Date/ Code: -

Got this one from Outlet Liquors in Rehoboth Delaware

Look: The beer poured a super dark brown – almost black. Some red tinges left some faint light through. The head was a thick fluffy darker tan made up of really tight bubbles. The retention and lacing was phenomenal.

Smell: Dark chocolate and roasted coffee dominated the nose. Slight herbal hops and dark caramelized fruits were also present in the aroma.

Taste: This beer had a super creamy mouth feel. The head retention seemed to add an almost ‘ice cream’ quality. First on the palate was plum or raison that transitioned into a sweet dark chocolate. A hop bitterness hit just before a semisweet roasted malt aftertaste. The creamy head lasted until the regrettable end of the serving.

This is probably, hands down, the best Baltic Porter I’ve had to date. Sixpoint seemed to do everything right with this offering. This was a real treat!

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Photo of WoodBrew
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried the Sixpoint 2Beans at the local Tap House & Grill. The beer poured a dark opaque with slightly off white head that left a very nice lace. The scent and taste were dominated by coffee/espresso. There was enough malt and hop to balance the astringent acidic yield of the coffee. The mouthfeel was full body with nice carbonation. Overall this was a nice Baltic Coffee Porter.

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Photo of MCain04
3.96/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Finally getting around to trying this one. I do love a coffee and/or chocolate stout, and this isn't too bad a price at $13/4 pack.

Big light tan head on this beer. Body pours a walnut dark hue but not black. Decent lacing and retention.

Smell is subdued but noticeable coffee and cacao are present without being overwhelming. Roasted barley as well.

Taste is coffee-heavy, a little sweet, the cacao isnt as noticeable as I'd like though. Roasted character is present. Bitterness from coffee and hops.

Mouthfeel is disappointingly thin. Over-carbonated. Dry finish.

Overall, I had high hopes for this as sixpoint does a lot well, but this could have been improved. Still decent though, and for the price, worth giving it a shot.

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Photo of jbaker67
3.82/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown, almost black color with a 2 finger foamy grey-tan head. Decent lacing. Smell: Mildly sweet cocoa and coffee with piney hops in the background. Taste: Sweet cocoa and a touch of molasses up front followed by roasted coffee and a nice woody character in the middle before ending with a high amount of bitter piney hops at the finish. Aftertaste is roasted, very bitter and quite long-lasting. Mouthfeel: Full-bodied with a fairly high amount of carbonation. Not quite as thick and creamy as I would have wanted. The hop oils really coat the mouth. Drinkability: Good drinkability. This is a sipper, but it’s one you’ll enjoy until the last drop. Overall: Very good beer overall. I like what they were going for with this one. While I don’t think it’s a home run, it’s still a beer I would definitely recommend trying, especially to the hopheads out there.

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Photo of hagbergl
4.52/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Alright, 3Beans by Sixpoint has been a much-touted beer, so when I saw it at a local liquor store, I had to buy it. It comes in sleek, cool-looking 12 oz. cans, which Sixpoint calls "nano kegs" (not sure if I'm on board with the slightly gimmicky name, but whatever). Poured into my Beer Geek Nation tulip glass.

Appearance (4/5): Almost completely black, extremely dark brown, with a khaki head of foam that towers three-plus finger above the body of the beer.

Smell (4.5/5): Serious coffee/espresso notes, bittersweet dark chocolate, roasty, complex and pungent. Very nice. As it warms up, I get more milk chocolate character in the nose.

Taste (4.5/5): Right off the bat, you're hit with major coffee bitterness, some bittersweet dark chocolate follows the nose, and no alcohol heat at all. Very roasty and dry like you'd expect a porter to be. There's a lingering chocolatey taste that sticks around for a long time. Really keeps that palate working.

Mouthfeel (5/5): 3Beans packs an incredible mouthfeel. It's creamy and thick from the beginning, and it's almost chewy at the end. It has finish for days; it's making me salivate, there's so much residual flavor and intense bitterness. Appropriately low carbonation level works well with the creaminess.

Overall (4.5/5): Sixpoint 3Beans is an exceptional beer. This brew isn't special just because it uses unusual ingredients; it's a masterwork of intense flavor and carefully considered implementation of ingredients. I must emphasize, the mouthfeel is something to behold..this stuff goes down like a chocolate shake. This is the best beer of Sixpoint's that I've had. Wonderful.

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Photo of Fcolle2
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with a 1.5 finger tan head that has decent retention.

Nose is great. Smells almost identical to roasted chocolate covrered espresso beans. Slight roasted malt. Very warm smell coming off of this.

Their is a large amount of cocoa detectable on the front end. This is followed by rather subtle roasted malt with hints of coffee that are not overpowering at all. Some hop bitterness in the end similar to bakers chocolate, surprising but not off-putting. Good complexity and balance, really tastey.

Mouthfeel is somewhat light, I expected a little heavyer body out of this but at the same time it keeps it very drinkable. Moderate carbonation and Alcohol is well hidden.

Overall this is a great Baltic porter with great typical cocoa notes. Light body and some bitterness was a little surprising but it's super tastey.

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

A: Pours a dark brown to black with a full finger plus of head. Striped and spotted lacing on the glass.

S: Coffee, very subtle chocolate aroma.

T: Sligthly bitter hops present up front, dark chocolate sneaks in. On the back the coffee is much more prevalant but nicely weaved with a malt and chocolate flavor.

M: Fine carbonation - very frothy.

O: Nicely balanced brew and good use of flavors to accentuate this style.

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Photo of SerialTicker
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

$5 can bought at the Comet Cafe in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The can says "Best by July 10th", so it's not exactly fresh, but it's in a can, it's not an IPA, and my guess is that it was stored cold. I'm not too worried about that.

Appearance: Sexy. Pitch black with about two fingers of a creamy, dark tan head. Lacing's somewhat patchy, but it just looks awesome overall.

Smell: I had this served to me seemingly near freezing, so I got basically no smell out of my glass after pouring. After a few minutes, I smelled my warmed up can, and the first thing I got was a pretty huge dose of alcohol, followed by coffee and cocoa. As the 3Beans in my glass slowly warmed, it smelled like chilled dark coffee with cocoa sprinkled in. The alcohol aroma is slightly annoying, but I mean.. what the hell. It IS 10%.

Taste/feel: When I first got it, it just tasted like a somewhat bland cold coffee (definitely needed to warm up). After it warmed up... wow. Massive coffee, complimentary dark chocolate, and a moderate amount of warming in the throat from the alcohol. This seems to be a fairly popular morning beer here on BeerAdvocate, but this worked well for me as a nightcap. I will say that I did certainly enjoy 3Beans, but the alcohol isn't masked quite as well as I'd like it to be.

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

A: Pours a nice deep dark brown. Big fluffy light brown head. Head fades slowly, leaving moderate chunks of lacing here and there. Great retention.

S: Huh, it's a war between fresh roasted coffee beans and cocoa. Not sure who's winning, but I'm pretty certain it's me. Very inviting.

T: Wonderful coffee beans up front. Sweet chocolate joins it, giving it a wonderful mocha taste. Sweetness disappears in the finish, resulting in a bitter and sharp coffee and baker's chocolate flavor. Great contrast. Long lingering bitter coffee and chocolate between sips.

M: Nice medium body, not too heavy but it's got some weight.

O: A stout meant to highlight the coffee and chocolate flavors and it does it well. Delicious coffee and chocolate for that matter. Flavors are perfectly balanced and complementary as well. I really enjoyed this one even if it's a little bit of a one-note (two-note?) beer. My kind of notes though.

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Photo of zac16125
3.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can into a Teku glass
Best before: July 10, 2013

Thanks to Finatic for sending this extra over in a trade!

A: Pours an opaque black, which turns to dark brown when held to lift. 2 plus fingers width of light tan head builds and has good retention. Leaves lots of honeycomb lacing.

S: A very nice cocoa chocolate aroma, that smells like the Hershey's chocolate factory (if you've ever been you know what Im talking about). I also get roasted malt, oaky-vanilla, heavy cream. Surprisingly, I get very little coffee and its hidden behind the much more prominent chocolate aromas. Still very nice though.

T: Follows the nose in that chocolate is the first flavor I notice, and it is strong. However, unlike the nose the taste is accompanied by an equally strong black coffee character. I love the chocolate and coffee notes, but there is an additional flavor character that I find somewhat unpleasant. Its somewhat reminiscent of dark fruits, but has a strange astringency to it. Bitterness builds as I proceed through the drink, which I could also probably do without. Its still a very good and enjoyable beer, but those two qualities distract form what otherwise would be amazing chocolate and coffee notes.

M/D: Full bodied, carbonation certainly heavier than I would prefer, and theres a somewhat biting bitterness. However, ABV is very well masked and drinkability is high.

O: Overall, its a good beer. It has some excellent qualities (that cocoa chocolate on the nose is wonderful), but the off flavors bring the rating down on this one. Glad I was able to try this tough. If offered again in the future I would likely partake.

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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a mahogany dark brown with lace patches on glass and a mostly roasted, coffee and some dark chocolate aromas, although possibly some dark fruit (when it doubt - black cherries - although not really any tart or bitterness from aroma). Full bodied, thick, a little sticky, still goes down easy, the coffee and dark chocolate and something akin to molasses or even syrup (I guess licorice could be here instead but I'm not sure) sweetness blend together for a coffee like stout that maintains a java like sweetness. As you progress through the can, and its a sipper mind you, the alcohol and heat come into play more and the coffee beans are more pronounced. A wonderful beer that is very enjoyable to sip on for your nightcap.

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Photo of bmwats
4.09/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz can into a standard pint.

A: Dark brown. Pours a 1 finger, brown-white head. Settles slowly. Leaves a persistent foam blanket. Spotty lacing.

S: Roasted malt, oatmeal, lots of chocolate, plenty of coffee.

T: Roasted espresso is prominent. Dark unsweetened chocolate. Roasted malt grains.

M: Thick and hearty. Peaty finish.

D: Sip and enjoy.

Atmosphere is pretty good. Nice hue, solid head, and some fair lacing. Nose is roasted malt and coffee accentuated with some chocolate notes. Flavor of roasted malt, coffee, and chocolate... tastes like it smells. Overall, this is a really good quaff.

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Photo of sitarist
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Curiosity is killing this cat. None of the beers have any marking except one, which has a warning about drinking on a work night. I have to know why, so here goes can #2...

Pours a deep brown color, not opaque, but little light shines through. Thick, frothy, off white head falls to a top coating that leaves rings of lacing. (4.25)

Smells like a coffee shop, a combination of chocolate, coffee, mix with molasses, horehound, and vanilla. It has a slight smokiness. None of its aromatic components are overpowering. (4.25)

Coffee is the dominate flavor, its bitter, I taste some chocolate liquor, horehound too. The sweetness from the malts is lost. (3.75)

Full bodied, medium carbonation, and slightly sticky. It has a long bitter finish. (3.75)

A well made beer, but 12 oz. is plenty. Would be great with a rich chocolate cake, or as a nice nightcap. (4.0)

Not sure on style... Ill just call it a coffee beer. The reveal is Sixpoint 3 Beans. I haven't seen this one before, should have known it was a sixpoint by the strange sized can.

Im not a fan of Porters, but I must say this was a good one.


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Photo of Profchaos20
3.53/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed 4/18/13, 12 oz can in a snifter.

A - Pours dark brown nearly black with a two finger tan head.

S - Roasted malt very strong upfront. Coffee, licorice, dark chocolate, red wine.

T - Roasted malts, hops, finishes with medium to high bitterness. Hints of coffee, and alcohol and a bit of astringency. Bitterness lingers on the palate.

M - Heavy mouthfeel, medium carbonation. A sipper for sure.

O - Not particularly feeling this one, decent but alcohol and bitterness overpower. Maybe better with some age on it.

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Photo of Sark
4.19/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Appearance- huge 2 finger caramel colored head with great persistence, dark brown body with vigorous carbonation

Smell- heavy coffee and chocolate sweetness overtones, toasted tinge on the back

Taste- caramel and chocolate on the front, while middle is coffee dominated and espresso finish, there's a tinge of oak bitterness and the alcohol is only very slightly noticed at the tail end,

Mouthfeel- full bodied and milky smooth creaminess, little alcohol dry but barely noticed

Overall- A big porter with attitude, that being said, I could still enjoy 2 pints of this easily before it knocks me off a chair

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Photo of DirtyBirdSpecial
3.84/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured half into a small Throwback Brewery tulip glass, drank the rest from the can.

A: Pours a clear, deep, almost dark chocolate color, with a finger of fluffy, foamy head.

S: Smells like opening a pound of my favorite freshly ground coffee, sticking my nose in the bag, and taking a big ol' whiff. Notes of espresso and chocolate. Some slight heat from the 10% is barely detectable.

T: More of the same from the nose. Rich espresso flavors and mild chocolate, as well as a slight smokiness that i may be fooling myself into believing is really there. In stark, amazing contrast to the nose, no alcohol warmth is detectable!

M: Fairly thin, with decent carbonation. I have not sampled a large variety of beers of this style so my opinion on the how this should feel is somewhat moot.

O: A decent offering from 6P, this is sort of like a super alcoholic energy drink. Good for what it is, which is a blend of beer and coffee. Probably wouldn't spend the money on another 4-pack though

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a slightly chilled can into a Founders snifter. The pour is a dark murky reddish-brown with a big rocky tan head that lasts a respectable while. The nose has some nutty malt aromas as well as some sweet toffee-like notes and a bit of coffee. I also get a little star anise or licorice.

The beer has a nice full body, a creamy feel, and a roasty taste. There's a fair amount of malty sweetness up front that is quickly met by some more bitter roasty notes. Burnt toast, bitter coffee, savory molasses, and sweet cream all interplay. I detect no booziness at all, but there is an obvious warmth to the finish. On the finish, the bitter roasty notes tend to take over and leaves the strongest lingering flavor behind. Hop character is subdued, the bitterness being provided by roast instead.

I have only had a few Baltic Porters, but this one may be the best. It fits the style description almost perfectly, with the bitter roasty notes playing first chair and the complementary sweet and/or fruity flavors all relegated to the rear. A nice complex and hearty beer.

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.61/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From can to tulip. Pours dark opaque brown with a creamy looking one finger khaki head. Aroma of nutty coffee, roasted malt, and ashiness. Nose is a little thin. Flavor is roasted makes and a hint of earthy coffee. Really this falls a little flat for me at first and was very thin for an imperial porter. Seems to pick up as I sip through and might be better on the warmer side. Medium carbonation and medium mouthfeel. Meh, not bad but won’t return to this one.

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Photo of utopiajane
3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown and from a vigorous pour I got a tall ample head of mocha colored foam that fell to some sticky lace. Just a little light around the edges makes it look like cola. Nose is delicious. Coffee, chocolate and dark caramel malt. Smells roasty and cold. Malt is prominent and sweet in the nose but hides a bit of bread. I can’t wait to taste it. Oh delight! Coffee, smooth chocolate some warming alcohol and little toast. Mouthfeel is thin and creamy. There is good earth and a little bitter from the hops and a touch of dark fruit on the back palate that makes this seem very decadent. The coffee is extremely well done and not the slightest bit burnt. The cocoa is like silk up next to it. The alcohol is a little too prominent to call it smooth but it rounds out with hints of vanilla as it warms. The bread in this is mild and really well done. Truly great.

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Photo of adam42381
3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce can into a Fort Myers Brewing Company snifter. Best before July 10, 2013 printed on bottom of can.

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown, almost black color with a 2 finger foamy grey-tan head. Decent lacing.

Smell: Mildly sweet cocoa and coffee with piney hops in the background.

Taste: Sweet cocoa and a touch of molasses up front followed by roasted coffee and a nice woody character in the middle before ending with a high amount of bitter piney hops at the finish. Aftertaste is roasted, very bitter and quite long-lasting.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied with a fairly high amount of carbonation. Not quite as thick and creamy as I would have wanted. The hop oils really coat the mouth.

Drinkability: Good drinkability. This is a sipper, but it's one you'll enjoy until the last drop.

Overall: Very good beer overall. I like what they were going for with this one. While I don't think it's a home run, it's still a beer I would definitely recommend trying, especially to the hopheads out there.

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Photo of JayQue
3.82/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Good strong porter. Pours a dense brown color into a pint glass. Medium size light tan head and good lacing. Aroma of roasted malts and a little chocolate, good but not as strong as the taste.

Flavor is rich and very good. Roasted malts, semi-sweet chocolate, coffee and a little molasses. Very rich and pleasant.

Mouthfeel is rich and creamy. If you sip it slowly, no hint of alcohol. A quick gulp and there is a little burn to remind you that this is 10% abv.

Very nice, worth seeking out. As rich as many Imperial Stouts.

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3Beans from Sixpoint Brewery
4.01 out of 5 based on 1,211 ratings.
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