Sinebrychoff Porter - Oy Sinebrychoff Ab
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Reviews by gleemonger:
4.4/5 rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Pretty much pitch black with just a little brown coming through. Thin, beige to brown head that dissipates quickly and leaves a little lacing. Definitely dark for a porter - looks just like a heavy stout.
Smoky roasted malts, with just a touch of chocolate and a hint of fruitiness. Not a super outgoing or complex aroma.
Very complex taste of roasted malts, chocolate, caramel, some fruitiness, and just a touch of hop bitterness (but no flavor or aroma really). The standout here seems to be roasted chocolate. Pretty much no alcohol presence, despite the strength.
Nice and thick, like a stout. Mildly carbonated. Fairly creamy. Again, more like a stout than a porter, but I guess the lines sometimes blur on this one.
Really nice one. I can see how one could say it's a thick, strong porter instead of a stout, I guess. But apart from all that, very nice, complex, roasty treat. Would definitely pick it up again.
Serving type: bottle
10-09-2012 03:59:06 | More by gleemonger
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4.58/5 rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
You'd have to go pretty deep under even in the Baltic Sea before things became this black; Sinebrychoff Porter has an 'ocean bottom' level of darkness (despite the chestnut rim my desktop reading light is able to eek out). Heck, even its head is off-coloured brown. You can tell this style of beer was designed to be tough enough for lengthy exports to places with harsh climates.
If my decipher of this label's alpha-numeric bottling code is correct - and the dust on the bottle when I bought it makes me suspect that it is - this sample is now over 9 years old. And you know something? It smells as good as ever. The aroma, though slightly oxidized (a trait not uncommon even in fresh examples of the style) brims with coffee, roast, and black licorice flavours.
Notions of oxidization and fortified wine continue on the palate but take nothing away from the beer's broad and thick maltiness; they contribute dried fruit notes that compliment the base profile of caramel, soy sauce, burnt wood, dark chocolate, black licorice and even darker, blacker coffee. The aftertaste has notes of fruit cake and ouzo - it's like Greek Christmas up in here.
After a decade of experimenting with it myself, I can speak from personal experience that aging beer is, by and large, a waste of money and a surefire way to set yourself up for disappointment. As with everything, however, there are exceptions. If this bottle of Sinebrychoff Porter is remotely as old as I assume, then here's a top-notch candidate for your cellar (or simply one you can buy by the case full and take your time with).
Anyone who tells you that Sinebrychoff Porter is the world's greatest Baltic Porter isn't lying. Don't get me wrong - there's plenty of incredible renditions of the style out there, but they're all directly or indirectly modeled after this one. Each and every occasion I drink it becomes a "where were you when" kind of memory - it remains truly special stuff even if, as mentioned, more breweries now offer similar offerings. Dating back all the way to 1957, this is still the benchmark.
Serving type: bottle
06-12-2014 03:04:41 | More by biegaman
Sinebrychoff Porter from Oy Sinebrychoff Ab
93 out of 100 based on 723 ratings.