THE DRINK NATION IS A FREE RESOURCE FOR FINDING EVERYTHING AWESOME ABOUT DRINKING IN YOUR LOCATION

Beer Review: Sixpoint 3Beans

by Marcos Espinoza on Feb 13, 2013 in Beer
Beer Review: Sixpoint 3Beans

The latest limited release from Sixpoint (and the second 12-ounce “nanokeg” slim can from the Brooklyn-based brewery) is 3Beans, a collaboration with Mast Brothers Chocolate and Stumptown Coffee Roasters. The partnership is a who’s who of small-batch producers, all of which — by virtue of both making great products and leveraging marketing skills — aren’t so small anymore. All three have become household names in the artisan space, and this beer is a testament to each company’s commitment to quality and willingness to take a risk in the name of creativity.

To make 3Beans, Sixpoint combines three types of beans, as might be expected from the name. Sprouted Roman beans (somewhat similar to kidney beans) have been added to the mash, a practice that was used historically by some ancient to supplement barley when supplies ran low. Mast Brothers provides the husks of cacao beans — left over when the inner nibs are shelled to make rich chocolate bars — and these are also added to the mash. Stumptown provides the third bean: after fermentation, the beer is blended with a specially cold-brewed coffee. The resulting liquid is aged on American oak

The result is a 10% ABV ale that pours like a porter in color and viscosity. Though we expected it to exit the can relatively syrupy, it was surprisingly dry and crisp, with a creamy head. There was a good amount of alcohol on the nose that mingled with very noticeable chocolate and coffee aromas.

Those subtle flavors were subsumed on first sip by the astringency from the cacao bean/hop combo and the high IBUs, which quickly replaced these aromas with a bitterness that lingered way past the finish. We did taste some black cherry esters, and the ale had a nutty malt profile, but the resinous hops remained front and center. This will likely mellow with age, but since the coffee and chocolate are spot-on in the beer’s present state, it’s a bit of a double-edged sword.

Still, since we were fortunate enough to get our hands on a whole case, we’re going to let a few cans sit in the cellar for at least a year to see how the hops and the alcohol content respond to Father Time.

Bottom photo by Marcos Espinoza

Recent Articles

Feedback

How are we doing? Tell us what you like or don't like and how we can improve. We would love to hear your thoughts!

*Name:
*E-mail:
*Suggestions:
 
Rejoice: Burger King is Now Serving Booze

Rejoice: Burger King is Now Serving Booze

A Whopper and fries (along with some cheap chicken nuggets) makes a great post-drunk fill-up, but now thanks to the geniuses at the Burger King corpor...read more ›

by Ryan Hudak May 19, 2017
You Can Now Visit an Inflatable Version of Moe's Tavern from 'The Simpsons'

You Can Now Visit an Inflatable Version of Moe's Tavern from 'The Simpsons'

Have you ever wanted to visit the iconic Moe's Tavern from The Simpsons? Well, unless you live in Eugene, OR, ...read more ›

by Alexander Frane May 19, 2017
Eric Wareheim of 'Master of None' & 'Tim and Eric' Is the Latest Celebrity to Release a Wine

Eric Wareheim of 'Master of None' & 'Tim and Eric' Is the Latest Celebrity to Release a Wine

Plenty of celebrities are releasing wine these days, and Eric Wareheim, famous for both Master of None and Tim...read more ›

by The Drink Nation May 17, 2017
SPONSORED
A Booze-Infused Ice Cream Shop Just Opened in NYC

A Booze-Infused Ice Cream Shop Just Opened in NYC

Ah, the Big Apple, always providing the rest of the country with great art, culture, theater and now-perhaps the best innovation to date-the ice cream...read more ›

by Jessie Donofrio May 17, 2017
A 100-Year-Old British Man Won Beer For Life

A 100-Year-Old British Man Won Beer For Life

A landlord at a Manchester pub promised a then 92-year-old Arthur Johnson, about eight years ago, that when he turned 100 he'd be entitled to free bee...read more ›

by Jessie Donofrio May 17, 2017
Lagunitas Sells Second Half of Stake to Heineken

Lagunitas Sells Second Half of Stake to Heineken

Lagunitas Brewing has announced that it will be selling the last 50% of its stake to Heineken International, The Chicago Tribune reports. ...read more ›

by Alexander Frane May 17, 2017
Bulleit is Releasing a Barrel Proof Frontier Whiskey

Bulleit is Releasing a Barrel Proof Frontier Whiskey

Whiskey fans have a new reason to celebrate: Bulleit, for the first time, is releasing a barrel proof bottle of its famous bourbon....read more ›

by Alexander Frane May 9, 2017
Canadian-Produced Gin Recalled for Having Too Much Booze In It

Canadian-Produced Gin Recalled for Having Too Much Booze In It

Last week, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency issued a nationwide recall of Bombay Sapphire’s classic London Dry Gin for containing almost double i...read more ›

by Jessie Donofrio May 9, 2017
Anheuser-Busch InBev Has Purchased Wicked Weed

Anheuser-Busch InBev Has Purchased Wicked Weed

Anheuser Busch InBev has made its first craft beer purchase of 2017 with Wicked Weed Brewing, which is based out of North Carolina....read more ›

by The Drink Nation May 3, 2017
Things No One Asked For: Prosecco Glitter

Things No One Asked For: Prosecco Glitter

If your summertime gatherings have lost their sparkle, I've got great news for you: there is now a thing called Prosecco Glitter, and no, it's not the...read more ›

by Ryan Hudak May 2, 2017
SPONSORED
View all Articles

Sign up to get weekly drinking news, bar reviews, events and more sent directly to your inbox!

Close