Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Sixpoint 3 Beans

It’s no secret that Sixpoint 3 Beans is a beer made with chocolate and coffee. But if you’re expecting a mocha stout you can forget it. This is a Baltic Porter, an oft-overlooked style by American craft breweries, which is ironic because it’s so unique. It has the chocolate and coffee flavors you might expect in those big imperial flavored stouts, but it doesn’t drink like those beers. Its uniqueness is what makes it so appealing .

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Chad9976 (798) - Albany, New York, USA - JAN 23, 2013
I poured a 12oz can into a tulip glass. It cost $5.39 ($0.45 per ounce).

Appearance: Opaque black or extremely dark brown color. Forms a large, khaki, frothy head which retains and laces beautifully.

Smell: Iced coffee without the sugar; a hint of chocolate candy bar and some subtle alcohol notes.

Taste: Since Sixpoint 3 Beans is brewed with chocolate and cocoa beans (and Romano beans) I was prepared for a mocha stout. Lest we forget, chocolate is made with cocoa and vanilla beans, but this beer only has the former, not the latter, so it's emphasis is more on spice and bitterness than sugary sweetness. The net result is a tasty, flavorful, and interesting beer in many ways.

The palate begins rather cool and calm, with an almost milk stout-like mild sweetness and general dairy taste. Through the middle comes a fair amount of bitterness and dryness - likely a combination of the cocoa bean spice and the hops. The third act is a crescendo of iced coffee flavor but without the sugary sweetness nor the raw, cloying bitterness of robust coffee. The ending is the classic taste of strong alcohol (which is an ironic way to describe it since alcohol doesn’t really have a flavor per se, except of alcohol). Overall, it’s a fun palate and a well balanced one.

Drinkability: Though Sixpoint 3 Beans is a pretty big beer at 10% ABV, it’s remarkable just how drinker-friendly it is. The mouthfeel is neither thick nor sticky, but tame and soft with a creamy texture. Though there is alcohol warmth, it’s not distracting at all, and it pairs quite well with the coffee flavor and aftertaste. It goes down extremely smooth and does not hit your system like a brick through glass. It’s tempting to drink multiple servings back-to-back, but I wouldn’t recommend it with this well-hidden potency.
 Grade: 9/10