Sinebrychoff Porter - Oy Sinebrychoff Ab
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Reviews by gwood:
4.25/5 rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Even gently working this beer into the glass was an act of patience. Poured a rich black that blocked out the light and built into a huge three finger head that grew up and laced every which way down the glass. As it settles islands of airy mocha colored head began to sink slowly down to rest on what ends up as an ever present half finger of head of denser quality.
Smells sweet with a slight booze hint mixed with roasted malts, and coffee.
A modest sweetness sits up at the tip of the tongue and grows as it warms which really provides a good base for the other notes to rest on and doesn't dominate. Espresso, bittersweet chocolate, and more dark roasted malts are predominant, there are some little flicks of dark fruits in here as well. Below that is a very slightly astringent oak right prior to the finish. Very complex but just plain balanced all along the way. The finish is ever so sweet but transitions to an unexpected hop bitterness note that I didn't catch at first, all of which lingers just enough. Good strong willed carbonation props up a slightly lighter mouthfeel. Great stuff.
Serving type: bottle
06-20-2008 05:17:58 | More by gwood
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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.