3Beans | Sixpoint Brewery

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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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Photo of dogfishandi
3.77/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can at fridge temp poured into a snifter. "Best Before 10JUL2013" stamped on the bottom.

Pours out a nice dark dark brown color, not quite black, some ruby highlights when held up to a light. A nice big fluffy light tan colored head that forms a nice cap off the pour. It slowly recedes to a thick, slightly rocky layer with tons of thick sticky lacing.

Cocoa and hazelnut first come to mind, milk chocolate all over. A fruity ester with a hint of alcohol as it warms.

Some really nice melding of milk chocolate and coffee. Some hazelnut, fruity esters and some light bitter roast. A nice range of chocolate flavors from semi sweet milk chocolate to dark bitter chocolate. A bit of piney hops with some lingering bitterness in the finish. Not terribly complex, but still some nice flavors.

I would've liked a bit more body in this beer, finishes a little dryer than expected. The 10% ABV is hidden very nicely.

Not a bad beer, I certainly won't have a problem finishing the four pack, but I'm not really sure if I'd buy another. Had the body been a little bigger, thicker, and the flavors been bigger, more complex, I think this really would've been an amazing beer. Worth a try.

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Photo of brentk56
3.77/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a rather opaque dark brown color with a bountiful tan cap; plenty of lacing coats the glass

Smell: Dark chocolate, vanilla, coffee and pine

Taste: The piney hops are surprisingly pronounced and dominate the flavors from start to finish, though they are buttressed by the chocolate and coffee flavors that form the backbone; in the middle, the oaky elements add another dimension; there is an underlying sweetness that becomes more pronounced in the finish

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate carbonation

Overall: There are a lot of bold flavors that compete for the tastebuds' attention and, to my palate, they never quite form a harmonious whole; I was expecting a coffee stout and would hardly think of this as a Baltic Porter but it is really one of those style benders; others obviously like it but this one just has too many clashing flavors for me

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Photo of Knapp85
3.78/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This beer poured out as a deep brown color that is basically black. There is a big foamy tan head on top. The lacing is light along with the retention. The smell of the beer is chocolatey with a bit of coffee on the nose as well. It also smells sweet. The taste of the beer is roasted, the coffee isn't that strong. There is a bitter dark chocolate flavor in the finish. The mouthfeel is pretty creamy, light carbonation and smooth. Overall it's not all that impressive. I'm surprised the rating is as high as it is. Not something I need to have again.

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Photo of Ego
3.78/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

best by 6/13

pours beautifully, a nice 2 fingers of head just sits there like a photo, slow crackle of fizz matches the lazy carbonation slithering up from the nether regions of the brew, not quite opaque this one rides the line between brown and black, lacing is superb and head retention is very nice, nearly flawless looking

that familiar baltic porter "stale" smell is right on, dry baby dry, a touch of malt and powdered cocoa, deep coffee notes meld into chocolate wafts .. borderline candy bar but not going over the edge, nice! very balanced

taste etc...
the carbonation is a bit bright and upfront here, I find it distracting (it doesn't seem smooth), the booze is apparent but masked just enough to not slam you, the coffee flavor lingers nicely but not strongly, I was surprised, I was expecting a little more coffee umph, it seems the trick here is to hold this in the mouth a little longer than usual, than the flavors really seem to release, I drink strong ass coffee so this is OK in my book as it also finishes with some nice bitterness

I am at odds... this is so close to being a home run. The carbonation and mouthfeel really kill it for me, if this was a bit creamier or smoother in some manner it would rock, that said this is a very interesting beer and worth your while seeking out to try, t definitely makes a statement, like it or not.

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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 JRed
3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Cola black in body with tan frothy head that's stays around. Aroma of acidic coffee, mild bourbon sting, roast, tobacco. Tastes of coffee, dark cocoa, roast, burnt bread, tobacco, earth and herbal notes. Creamy with low carbonation. Sessionable for a big beer. Tobacco may be a bit much but very nice coffee flavor and chocolate. Tastes better than it smells. Solid, enjoyable.

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Photo of brewskifan55
3.81/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a snifter

A: Dark brown with a half finger head that dissipates. Frothy lacing.

S: Coffee strong. I'm awake now.

T: Heavy coffee with light hops and chocolate undertones. A great breakfast/brunch drink.

M: Medium with medium carbonation.

O: For coffee beer fans, this one is a standout. Stout, robust and "wake up" yummy.

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Photo of dheacck11
3.81/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Aggressive pour from the can.

Nice deep black with 2 fingers of wet sand colored head, which fades over a minute or two with some residue.

Nose is pretty subdued, largely with flavors of toffee and caramel.

Taste is predominantly milk chocolate with some rich, toffee maltiness. Finishes with light coffee roastiness. Don't really notice the ABV at all.

Mouth feel is decent, nice body with a lingering tingle of coffee and chocolate.

It's pretty decent overall, just not incredible. I'm not really sure what to call it. BA labels it as a Baltic porter, which is probably close, but not quite right. I've see it also called an imperial stout (not even close) or a generic coffee stout (lacks some of the coffee punch for me). So it is a solid, drinkable, enjoyable beer with some good but not overly potent flavors. Would love to try it on tap some day to see if I feel differently. Interestingly, I often feel this way about Sixpoint's cans, that they lack the flavor punch that I am hoping them to have. Except for Resin.

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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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Photo of haazer
3.82/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - A hard pour produces a dark brown, medium roast looking beer. Big frothy tan head, large bubbles within. Webbed lacing left on the glass also. Head very long lasting.

S - Deep coffee bean roast. Really strong coffee profile here. A bit of cacao, but pretty one sided. Expected with what they're going for.

T - I was pretty suprised by the flavor actually . Not the coffee bomb I was expecting. There is the roasted bean flavor for sure, but a sweetness in here too. The natural ingredients bring out some chocolate sweetness and not the usual bitter coffee bite. There is a bit of alcohol bite however with strong heat on the backend of this.

M - Medium bodied brew with high levels of carbonation. Alc not felt in the mouth but certainly on the way down.

O - I enjoyed the sweetness in this and it really suprised me in terms of your normal coffee beer varieties. The 10% abv is detected though with a lot of heat on the way down, I suppose the ingredients used contributed to high sugar/high abv. Glad to have tried this limited release.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.82/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to mhksuccess for sharing this one at his tasting.

Pours a hazy orange-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Thin rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, burnt coffee, and alcohol. Taste is much the same with some intense coffee flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with some solid coffee aromas and flavors.

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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 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 Zraly
3.83/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a semi-opaque dark brown with a fluffy tan head. Smells like the inside of my coffee bean hopper. Yum.

Rich notes of cocoa, french pressed coffee, and dark berry skins. Snappy hops. Alcohol is huge, maybe a bit too huge. I might sound like a diabetic saying this but I could have used a touch more malt. Or -- a decrease in alcohol. This is a bit too boozy. I really like the overall flavor, though, and find besides the alcohol, it has a nice hop balance. The booze, coupled with the bitter coffee-wearing-a-hops dress finish, is a bit harsh on the palate.

Medium-full bodied. Dry, prickly finish. And as for the identified style here on BA, I first thought this was maybe an Imperial Brown of some ilk.

Sixpoint is solid and so is this brew. I don't know if I'd buy more than one at a time, though. One is probably enough for now.

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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 jaasen64
3.83/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz slim can similar to the Red Bull Cans. 4-pack in a box purchased for $9.99.

A- Pours a very dark brown that appears an opaque black in the glass with a little over a quarter finger of mocha head that recedes at an average pace leaving behind thin layered lacing. Decent fairly slow rising carbonation that has decent consistency.

S- Espresso, sweet malts, light dark chocolate that blends right in with the espresso, hint of licorice. Well balanced, fairly aromatic, pleasant but not the most pleasant baltic porter I've smelled.

T- Sweet caramel malts, bitter dark chocolate, finishes with creamy espresso, a hint of booze, and more bitter chocolate. Lingering aftertaste of bitter chocolate, caramel, and a bit of espresso. Fairly malty and a little bit more bitter then I was expecting.

M- A little bit thin considering the abv, decent carbonation, fairly drinkable considering the abv.

O- This beer didn't impress me as much as I was hoping it would, but for the price it's extremely hard to beat. It was a bit too bitter for me and slightly on the thin side. The coffee and chocolate wasn't as robust as I was hoping it would be. That being said for $2.50/can this beer is one of the best for it's price range. I'd recommend trying it out.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.83/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

"Take thou also unto thee wheat, and barley, and beans... and put them in one vessel. The beans of bygone brewers, united with cacao and coffee, to create a trinity of roasted, rich, and savory flavors." Brewed in the style of a Baltic Porter with three beans added: cacao beans, coffee beans and romano beans. Released as a one off and since retired by the brewery. Available in 4 pack 12 oz. cans and limited draft.

Poured from a 12 oz. can to a tulip glass. Served north of 53º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a thick, creamy mocha caramel head of a sudsy frothed consistency over a dark cola brown body. Carbonation is sparse and energetic. Retention is very good, lacing is light and spotty. Very nice appearance. 4

(Smell) Strong aromas of sweetened coffee and robust dark cocoa up front. Medium roasted malt with a sweet, tart and approachable body. Mild acidity is a welcome expectation for the style. Potency is high. 4

(Taste) Mildly acidic coffee bean with a , finishes tart, boozy with a husked grain lingering with a flat coffee and cocoa bean finale. A bit harsher around the edges over the aroma, arguably less enjoyable thus. 3.75

(Mouthfeel) Slick, oily and acidic. Carbonation adds a touch of creaminess and froth. Body is medium/heavy for the style, heavy overall. Alcohol presence is medium/high. 3.75

(Overall) A very unique beer that does a good job at integrating fragile bean flavors, although against the profile of a boozier Baltic Porter, the profile may be a bit distracting. 3.75

Sixpoint Brewing's

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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 staticmaneuver
3.85/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at The Pour House in Westmont, NJ. In retrospect I should have started with it instead of finishing. It has an extremely heavy flavor and feel. Coupled with the higher alcohol content it was probably poor timing for me. It tastes very good and I would have given it a better rating, but I guess it was just too much for me at the time.

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Photo of 57md
3.86/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark brownish color with about a half finger of head. The nose has solid coffee notes. The flavor also has roasted coffee but the body is a bit thin for the style and the hoppiness is a bit much for the style.

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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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Photo of brewskis
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours pretty much black with just a hint of dark brown and ruby red towards the bottom of the glass. Finger length off-white head that dissipates slowly and leaves a thick lacing around the edges. Smells of mostly coffee beans, as well as some vanilla/carmel, bakers chocolate, and some roasted malt. Taste starts with intense, roasted coffee beans. Much stronger taste than the aroma suggests. Almost imparts an earthy flavor from the coffee beans. Then smooths out in the middle. Get some vanilla or carmel that acts like a coffee creamer and lightens the intensity of the coffee. Then the finish brings back some intense coffee flavors, in addition to some carmel, some bittersweet chocolate, as well as some bitterness from the fairly heavy hop presence. Sweetness increases as the flavor profile moves on. Pretty full body with a creamy and slick mouthfeel. Lively carbonation that reminds you that this is an imperial porter, not an imperial stout, and makes the beer much more refreshing for a full-bodied beer. No alcohol detected in the smell or taste. Good stuff.

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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 Jimmys
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz can. best before JUL 10 2013.

A: not nearly as dark as I expected. pours a chestnut brown. head is definitely a brownish hue. retention is good. spotted lacing.

S: smells like some freshly brewed coffee. strong coffee. chocolate undertones. very rich aroma. definitely more on the stout side than a Baltic porter...however, I know some things can be mislabeled here.

T: tastes a lot like it smells, plenty of coffee. plenty of coco. sweetness makes its presence known towards the finish. all the sugar cloys onto the finish. bitterness from the coffee and the dark chocolate throughout.

M: the body is a little velvety and rich. modest carb.

D: a pretty solid coffee brew. certainly at the forefront of flavor and aroma. refreshing and fresh tasting. enjoyable coffee brew especially for coffee lovers. pick one up if you are a fan of the dark morning beverage.

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.89/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Wan't overly impressed with Sixpoint's 3 bean. If I was blindfoldeded would of said a simple brown ale.
The beer was a desent chestnut brown in color with a smallish beige head. Carbonation could be seen around the edges.
Aroma was sutle roasted malts and cocoa nibs. Coffee aroma was absent.
Taste had a nice roasted malt taste with hints of coffee and nibs. There is a husky bitterness that crosses the palette. Finishes dry and clean really.
Feels and tastes thin and washed out for a baltic porter.
Pretty good but also pretty lame.

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