3Beans | Sixpoint Brewery

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

12oz can into a Duvel tulip. Thanks Drew!

A: Black body with clear brown highlights. 2 inches of tan froth on top. Ok retention, good lace. Nice.

S: Fresh coffee, dark chocolate icing, vanilla, and starchy peanut-like piquancy. Aromatic and appealing.

T: Follows the nose. Rich, vibrant chocolate and coffee up front, with malt and earthy hops toward the finish. Bitter, spicy coffee-forward aftertaste. Solid.

M: Medium body, spritzy carbonation. A little thin.

O: Really tasty stuff. Huge flavor, good balance.


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Photo of Pencible
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: This poured a nearly opaque cola color with rocky light tan head.
S: It smelled like roasted coffee and cream and sweet milk chocolate, with some caramel malt.
T: It tasted like bitter black coffee and sweet milk chocolate, with a bit of copper. It had a bittersweet aftertaste, with prominent alcohol warming.
M: It was fairly thick with moderate carbonation. Nice full body.
D: This was a decent double stout, with a great scent and body. But the taste wasn't anything special, and the finish was really rough, so it wasn't very easy to drink. Maybe age would help improve, but this brew was only mediocre fresh.

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Photo of Digimaika2
4.33/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

(4.5) A: Mahogany red with a tall dirty brown coloured head. Long lasting retention and wonderful curtain lacing.

(4.5) S: Dark chocolate covered espresso beans, dried darker fruits (raisins, dates, cherries), lighter citrusy fruit elements aswell, quite herbal, and caramel. Strong and diverse mix of aromas with a boozy-raisin aroma that’s great.

(4.25) T: Cherry syrup, plums, loads of dark chocolate, smooth espresso bean, herbal qualities, and caramel. Alcohol is fairly well hidden but it does create that a slight numbing sensation coupled with the cherry flavour that is reminiscent of a cough syrup (in a good way). Lots of cocoa and herbal bitterness with a slight dryness in the finish.

(4.25) M: Medium bodied with a moderate carbonation. Oily and slightly chewy.

(4.25) D: Sixpoint has impressed me with all their offerings and this is no exception. Lots of everything in this one which produces a taste profile with nice bold flavours. Could easily sip a couple of these in a sitting.

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Photo of barnzy78
4.26/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz can pours a dark brown espresso-like color with a frothy, beige head, that holds good retention and leaves tons of lacing on the glass. Smells like chocolate, creamed coffee, hint of vanilla. Tastes are pleasant with notes of milk chocolate, cream, coffee, faint oak, raisin, dark fruit, peppery finish. Fullish mouth-feel, super creamy. A little boozy at times, but for 10% it's fairly well-concealed. Overall, nice chocolate and coffee notes here. Excellent!

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Photo of Treebs
2.83/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. can served in a . Got this in a BIF.

A: Pours a dark black color with a light khaki head. It recedes to a thick collar with lots of stick, soapy lace cascading down the glass.

S: Faint notes of coffee beans and dark fruit with a little anise and roasted malts.

T: Light coffee, oat malts and some roast. Super dry and chalky finish. A little black licorice with some slightly metallic and vegetal notes.

M: Medium thin bodied with a medium high carbonation level. Super dry on the finish with some chalk

O: Very dry on the mouth feel with not enough chocolate and dark fruit flavors that I associate with a good Baltic Porter. It needs a touch more roast and some body as well.

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Photo of TechTriumph
4.34/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Best before: 07/10/13; Poured in a tulip.

A - Pours a nice inch and a half of very light tan creamy/semi-fluffy head with superb retention; Dark auburn brown in color with a bit of light coming through; Sheets of lacing left behind - one of the better showings I can remember for a porter or stout

S - Rich dark roast, dark chocolate, brown sugar, floral/earthy, woodsy notes; Hint of tobacco; Perfect level of sweetness; Uncanny balance here

T - Tons of balanced flavor comes forward here - where to begin? Lots of toasty and roasty character - not a super robust, exotic, black roast, but rich nonetheless; This combines with bitter cacao and dark chocolate, caramel, and toffee with light sweetness; Earthy, woodsy, vanilla, tobacco and some molasses-like flavors all have a time to shine; Aftertaste is a pleasant blend of roast and cacao

M - Fairly low level of carbonation that still has a bit of zest; Between medium and full bodied and super creamy and velvety; Lots of flavor lingers on the tongue with a touch of alcohol warmth

O - Well, there's good news and bad news. Bad news first: With a name like 3Beans, I thought this would blow me away with coffee-dominated flavor, which didn't quite happen. Good news: I instantly didn't care, because this is a delicious and extremely well crafted brew. In a nutshell, this really is a sum of all parts, with a beautiful balance of all components that's enjoyable/easy to drink and very deceptive in the alcohol department. I'll absolutely enjoy this again.

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Photo of Flounder57
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz can was poured into a snifter.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger head that reduced to a thin layer and left some nice lacing on the glass. It is a pitch black color with no clarity or bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: Chocolate, coffee, molasses, malt, and vanilla.

Taste: Same as above with mild hop and coffee bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, full bodied, low to medium carbonation, creamy, and some tingly bitterness too.

Overall: Pretty solid Baltic porter and in a can.

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Photo of mooseo
3.91/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz can into tulip.

A - Dark brown-black with a titanic frothy tan head.

S - Spent coffee grounds, roasted malt, sweet cocoa, subtle dark fruit.

T - Burnt, sweet roasted malt throughout. Milk chocolate and black coffee blends well with the strong roasty flavor. Mild earthy hops impart a light to mild bitterness on the back end. Finishes with hints of toffee, vanilla, dark fruit, and grainy malt.

M - Creamy and smooth, medium body. Medium carbonation, somewhat dry finish. Just the right amount of warming alcohol.

O - A balanced, pleasurable stout/porter. Where is the alcohol? It really drinks like a 5% ABV porter. 3Beans is a prime candidate for a sipping/dessert beer, but it also goes down really easy. My advice is to take your time with this one. I expected a bit more heft in the body, but overall it's a well crafted, flavorful beer.

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Photo of gillagorilla
4.49/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. can poured into a Flying Dog goblet (best before 7/10/13)

A: Dark, almost pitch black with excellent lacing. The head diminishes rapidly though.

S: Complex with a lot of notes. Espresso, just brewed black coffee, freshly ground coffee beans, malted barley, sweet dark chocolate. The cacao and coffee really come through and mix quite well.

T: Excellent blend of flavors that is a complex combination. It really tastes like it smells. Lots of coffee and chocolate, with a nice hint of malty sweetness. I really don't get any hops. You really have to be paying attention to even notice the bit of pine resin in there, because it is similar to the coffee and cocoa flavors here. Not a bad thing in this case. I didn't really get any romano beans, but that may only come through in the rich, full earthy body that it has, which probably is a bit antagonistic with the hops.

M: Nice even carbonation that lends a good bit of coarseness. Quite subtle and nice, which goes well with the flavors here. Overall, quite smooth though.

O: Finally, a Sixpoint that I really like. This is great. Right in line with the recent Dayman and Espresso RIS. I loved the combination and concept here, probably because it was perfectly executed. Now this is how you do chocolate and coffee, in a beer. I haven't had many Baltic Porters, but this one was top notch.

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Photo of maximum12
3.55/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to JayCin for this lovely, weird little 12 oz. can. Nice package. I can't decide whether it looks appropriately throwback or something over-designed by an idiot who watched too many episodes of Mad Men. Either way, I like it.

Pour is dark & doesn't bother to hide its carbonation. Nose holds plenty of the advertised roast but doesn't lean over the line into coffee, mixed in with Nicaraguan earth. Hmmmm. Not what I expected, but decent enough.

3Beans is like a beginner coffee: this should come with a nipple. Mild roast in the nose gives way to mild coffee on the tongue, along with a poke of cocoa that soothes the sharp edges & turns this more espresso, creamy, even. Bitterness flirting with harshness lines the mid-palate, & not in a hoppy way, but a coffee-in-the-morning way. Mouthfeel is certainly the high point.

This is a good beer. Nothing out of the ordinary. Above average. Solid. <shrug> Just a mite bit nondescript.

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

Yeah, Raul is feeling this one. Thanks to a nice trade from the Garden State, Raul got himself some of the goodie sauce.

Pretty much just solid like a #2 after eating Taquiera De Anda after Midnight. Beautiful, dark textures and flavors like taking acid on the moon.

Raul likes this, Raul likes this a lot.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz can pours a dark crimson color with some highlighting when held to light. Thick tan froth sticks around a good while and leaves great lace...good looking brew here.

Nose is coffee mostly with some ancillary aromas of lactose, chocolate and toasted white bread.

Taste is a very nice blend of coffee and cocoa with a soft, grassy hop bite. The ABV is very well hidden and goes down really smooth. This is top notch actually as far as non-bomber imperial stout/porter offerings. I was a bit hesitant to drop 13 bones on a 4-pack, but am glad I did so now and might even go pick up another. The smoothness of the beer along with a silky body is quite impressive. The legumes do seem to add a richer texture, especially if this is indeed a porter...it gives it a more stout-esque character.

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Photo of papat444
3.99/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to rgilbert for this one.

Poured from a sharp looking 12oz can, best before 10 Jul 2013.

Appearance: Dark brown body with cherry wood tinges; huge, light brown head that really sits in the glass.

Smell: Fresh cocoa beans, coffee, oatmeal cookies, raisins.

Taste: Awesome combo of strong coffee and bitter-sweet cocoa. Liquid chocolate in finish.

Mouthfeel: Good bitterness, a bit acidic, roasted feel lurks in the background.

Overall: Not quite the smooth stout but overall a good stout.

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Photo of alex_hart
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

appearance: Black as night on the pour but when held up to the light you can see a deep red. Very nice.

Smell: smells like burnt coffee, but not in an awesome way. Not bad, but not my favorite. Something a little funky as well, almost a little bit sour.

Taste: Wow. Far different from the smell. Beautiful, smooth, sweet coffee notes with a slight bitterness at the back that resembles black coffee more than beer. This is just awesome.

Mouthfeel: Medium-heavy in body with better carbonation than I expected.

Overall: I traded for this and was by FAR the most I've spent on a beer (after shipping costs about $9 for 12oz), and it was completely worth it. This is just fantastic.

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Photo of mscudder
3.76/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Best before July 10, 2013. Poured into a snifter.

A - Deep brown hue with a beautiful mocha head. Nice carbonation in this head, good retention with above average lacing.

S - Bitter coffee, semi-sweet chocolate, light dark malts and a touch of caramel.

T -Bit of everything mentioned in the nose with an apparent lack of balance. Tons of good flavor here, just requires calibration.

M - Medium+ body with large carbonation for the style.

O - The booze is well masked and this beer certainly has a unique flavor, although nothing that I will regret forgoing in the future.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.24/5  rDev +5.7%
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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Photo of DrDemento456
3.69/5  rDev -8%
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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Photo of AltBock
4.25/5  rDev +6%
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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Photo of FickleBeast
3.83/5  rDev -4.5%
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 Jonada
3.82/5  rDev -4.7%
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 +10.2%
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%
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 atr2605
4.21/5  rDev +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 boilermakerbrew
4.21/5  rDev +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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Photo of 1up
3.87/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Almost fully opaque dark brown. When held up to the light it has a cola color. Huge head and long retention with lots of lacing.

S- Cold out of the fridge it has a chocolate liqueur smell or a sort've mousse smell to it. As it warms the coffee comes out a bit but it's faint and you have to put your nose in there.

T- When cold out of the can, the taste is quite different. Similar to the smell it's liqueur like. Also like the smell, the coffee really starts to come out as it warms. It's definitely better as it warms but the transition is interesting. Finishes with an astringent salty taste. The bitterness covers up the 9% alcohol well. Can't really taste any of the oak that it was apparently aged on.

M- About right for the style, if a bit thin. Somewhere between thin and medium.

O- Not what I was expecting but it grew on me as I drank it. I've been to the brewery so drinking these always remind me of my trip.

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