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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3.04/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours dark brown with ruby highlights. Has a one finger tan head, with good retention and spotty lacing. The aroma has dark roasted malt, cocoa, and coffee.

The first thing I tasted is burnt coffee, which is mot pleasant. There is also cocoa and dark roasted malt. Not very complex or special.

Medium bodied with average carbonation, and a burnt, bitter coffee aftertaste. Nothing special here. Glad I only picked up a single can.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.09/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

12oz can, best by 10 July 2013, poured into a Bell's snifter and quaffed today 4/15/2013. Courtesy of Mgm54.

Aroma: When I open this, I actually don't smell much besides an oxidized, metallic smell. I figure it's from the can. After the beer gets to warm up a bit, I can smell some faintly sweet molasses, the bitterness of pressed black coffee and the cocoa bitterness as well. It's not particularly strong but it is there. Fairly typical, but pleasing, of a decent baltic porter. (3)

Colour: Pours a very dark brown, cola coloured body with a 2cm beige/khaki coloured head that dissipates into a thin film on the surface of the beer, accompanied by a thin collar. The lacing is decent and gets to be sticky in the spots it does show up in. Not a bad looking beer by any means. (4)

Flavour: At first, it tastes great, like a chocolate coffee porter almost. There's the stringent coffee bitterness that I've come to know and love from my favorite coffee beers. Then there's some bitter dark chocolate flavours along with some malt roastiness that screams "This is absolutely a damn porter!". However, as the beer warms up, you can really taste the heat beyond what you'd expect from even a 10% ABV brew. It's like it was spiked with a shot of Absolut vodka. So honestly, it starts out great but the excess heat really messes up the early delicate balance that made this beer so promising. I'm not getting any oak at all here either. (3)

Mouthfeel: It's good, a thinner medium bodied porter with excellent carbonation. The beer is a bit creamy and coats the tongue. Unfortunately what its coating the tongue with is vodka-like heat along with the roasted malt. The finish is mainly malt roast and heat, and runs with quite a bit of dryness. I'm not a fan of this, but in terms of mouthfeel, it does a good job of communicating the flavour characteristics well. (3.25)

Overall: I think the booziness of this beer really comes and undoes all the other good stuff that Sixpoint did with this brew. It makes me wonder if they dumped sugar into the brew to get their OG up, as it tastes rather dry and boozy. It'd be a decent baltic porter otherwise, but I really can't bring myself to really enjoy this beer, even though I'll probably continue on and finish this one. (3)

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3.14/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured from can aggressively into CCB Snifter

A: Initial thought from the pour was actually a little disappointment. Dark brown color, but far from black. Appears thin. Beige colored, 1.5 finger head that also seemed a little thin. Head disappears, but the lacing on the glass is actually pretty nice.

S: Roasted coffee beans dominate the whiff. A little malty sweetness and some chocolate. I get a little nutty smell as well. Smells a little boozy too. About what I expected.

T: LOTS of coffee, but not much else. Hints of malt and some bitterness, but then a huge booze smack at the end - a little too abrupt for me.

M: A little harsh. Dry. Boozy. Over carbonated. Too thin. Not impressed with the body.

O: Very underwhelmed with this one. I had high hopes and I was disappointed. To be fair, I'm probably a little more critical of coffee brews, but this is one of the only times I've sipped a SixPoint brew and wasnt overly impressed.

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Photo of Sarlacc83
3.14/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to claspada for this. Sorry to say it didn't measure up. 12 oz can.

A: Opaque brown verging on black. Thick speckled creme head. Looks just about right.

N: Faint coffee and bittersweet cacao. Deep smell of malted barley. There's noticeable smokiness and a hint of peat. Touch of vanilla and milk. Tons of grains.

T: Sharp. Really sharp. Has a burnt, acrid chocolate flavor and pronounced ash, like they charred the oak barrel. Coffee has gotten lost on its way. Caramel shows, and there are hints of honey and flowers. Red grapes and uncooked macaroni? Not great. Under-attenuated?

M: Lots of alcohol and a medium mouthfeel I wasn't expecting.

O: really misses a lot of what should make it good. Very bitter, and yet, somehow backed up by nutrasweet. I'll age the other can in hopes this mellows out or in case I got a bad one because this never comes together.

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3.14/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

12 ounce can - $3.34 at Barrel and Barley in Woodstock, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours an opaque, dark brown body with a tall, growing, sandy-tan head.

Smell: Slight alcohol with some foretelling astringent, roasted notes of bread, nuts, and coffee that have felt the unforgiving flames just a bit too long.

Taste: Coffee, chocolate powder, and some roasted nuts and burnt toast. Medium-plus sweetness. A little raisin. Growing spicy, earthy, woodsy hop quality as the bitterness builds on the tongue pushed a bit further by the sharpness of the alcohol (a bit boozey). Pulling up a thin vegetal tone as I'm hoping, yearning for some semblance, some smoother components. Drying, alcoholic, moderately astringent finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation. Just a bit velvety.

Overall: Personally, it felt mish-mashed and muddled with some noted coarseness.

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3.16/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz. skinny can into a Founders snifter

A: Aggressive pour yields about 2 fingers of tan colored head.

S: Strong smell of alcohol followed by coffee with just a hint of chocolate.

T: Coffee laced with hints of chocolate. Alcohol is very prevalent...perhaps this would smooth out with some age.

M: Overly carbonated and thinner than I had hoped for.

O: Not a bad beer, just not quite what I was hoping for. I'm probably gonna hold on to the rest of the 4-pack for a while hoping that some age will mellow out the alcohol flavor.

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3.16/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a slim 12oz. can into an oversize Southampton snifter at low altitude in NY.

A: Pours a jet black body with a creamy one- to two-finger khaki colored head. Retention is solid given the ABV and there's a nice layer of lacing on the glass.

S: Definitely some alcoholic heat to this one. Sweet lactic notes up front with coffee and chocolate in the background. If someone were to to brew an "imperial milk stout," this aroma might result.

T: Opens with sweet milky flavors followed by a long, bitter coffee/chocolate finish. Alcoholic notes accompany these flavors from start to finish, giving this one some heat all the way through.

M: Full-bodied with a slick, oily mouthfeel.

O: Overall, not one of my favorite Sixpoint offerings. I expected deeper roasted flavors from each of "3 beans," and the alcohol presence was a bit overwhelming.

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3.25/5  rDev -19%

3Beans from Sixpoint Brewery
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