3Beans, a Baltic Porter by Sixpoint Brewery

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3Beans is a Baltic Porter brewed by Sixpoint Brewery, and for the purposes of this craft beer review, the lager was served in a nonic pint glass from a can.

Appearance

The lager pours an opaque mahogany with no light showing through. It’s topped by a towering stack of rocky, tan-colored foam that shows fine retention. Gobs of lace and residue cling to the glass as the head recedes.

Aroma

The aromatics are inviting with a pleasant scent of coffee and dark chocolate.

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Flavor

The palate begins slightly sweet and spicy with notes of brown sugar and cinnamon. Bitterness is minimal and its balance comes from a nice coffee flavor and earthiness of black tea. The finish is sweet with dark chocolate, and as the beer was aged in bourbon barrels, also has a taste of vanilla. The alcohol doesn’t impact the palate in any other way. A taste of brown bread ties it all together.

Mouthfeel

The feel is smooth and slick with a full body and moderate carbonation. It’s slightly dry with a warming sensation from the alcohol.

Overall

High marks for its appearance, aroma, and feel. However, 3Beans’ use of coffee flavor is surprisingly restrained, and thus, it’s just a little too sweet. Shockingly sweet at first but it does find a better balance as the beer warms. Even so, this brew would benefit from a stronger coffee roast or more of that wood character from the barrels. That shouldn’t stop you from trying this beer yourself. 3Beans is still an enjoyable brew even if it doesn’t fully meet the expectations of the style.

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