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Sinebrychoff Porter - Oy Sinebrychoff Ab

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

729 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 729
Reviews: 575
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 10.05%
Wants: 69
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Oy Sinebrychoff Ab visit their website
Finland

Style | ABV
Baltic Porter |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Todd on 02-12-2002)
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LeoPanna

New York

5/5  rDev +19.6%

11-27-2011 20:47:23 | More by LeoPanna
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rosszimm36

California

5/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My absolute favorite beer to date and this coming from an experienced Porter lover. Pours a thick viscous opaque black with a dark brown head that simply looks delicious with a spicy coffee aroma. Smooth creamy mouth-feel backed by a lightly sweet blend of chocolate, toffee, and coffee flavors with notes of spice and a deep oak background. Mild bite typical of porters in the finish. If you spot this on the shelf at your local beer store, snatch it up.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2011 07:49:16 | More by rosszimm36
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bewareOFpenguin

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This was a Porter Zenith. By shear luck, I plucked a dusty bottle of this from a shelf at the packy, not knowing anything about it or its brewer. Poured a nice dark black color, with a rich caramel head. The taste was esquiset, burnt coffee, caramel, good malts, etc. I did not even realize it had a 7.2% ABV until I started staring at the bottle in amazement at the great taste. Easily the best porter ever.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2003 06:42:52 | More by bewareOFpenguin
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mdillon86

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +19.6%

11-25-2011 22:11:58 | More by mdillon86
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kevgod

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +19.6%

01-07-2012 18:09:40 | More by kevgod
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albyttarz

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +19.6%

08-04-2012 15:23:12 | More by albyttarz
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Sigmund

Norway

5/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pitch black porter, even held against the light. Tan head. Complex aroma of coffee, cocoa, dried fruits, ensilage(!) and oak. The full and rich flavour has coffee, bitter chocolate and loads of roasted maltiness. Not too sweet, just the right bitterness in the aftertaste. This must be a world class porter!

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2003 16:31:18 | More by Sigmund
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druptight

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +19.6%

01-26-2012 13:38:54 | More by druptight
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lehkost

Illinois

5/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is an A+ beer for me. For this to happen, three things have to be true:

1. It is a unique beer...in a good way.
2. It is unique without betraying the style of beer it claims to be.
3. I love it, not merely from appreciation, but from enjoyment.

What we have here is a remarkably robust porter, truer to the English style (more of a dry ale than a sweet lager) than Baltic Porters of, say, Poland.

Pours thick and black, produces a head that's more brown than tan. Smells of chocolate and molasses. Thick (not overly) mouthfeel. Taste is smooth, almost watery (but not) and shows hints found on the nose with the addition of an almost smoky undertone and a dry but not persistent finish.

This beer's greatness is hard to describe. Many subtle notes that are hard to qualify. It manages to be both refreshing and nourishing. If you see a bottle on the shelf, grab it, and you'll know what I mean (I hope).

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2009 19:34:31 | More by lehkost
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dannytz

New York

5/5  rDev +19.6%

12-30-2011 06:57:52 | More by dannytz
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budgood1

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

pours out a completely opaque black colour, with a thin fine tan head with a little lacing. wow is this brew awesome! dark, ripened fruit aroma with plenty of chocolate, java and smoken tones. big chocolate profile in the taste...some burnt fruitiness, coffee and woody undertones too. the complexity is intriguing, very layered and it's extremely creamy and smooth. finish is full of roasted bitterness. i would rate this in my personal top ten of all time. this is a real treat. exceptional!

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2002 18:36:19 | More by budgood1
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WOLFGANG

South Carolina

5/5  rDev +19.6%

07-08-2013 05:32:51 | More by WOLFGANG
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

5/5  rDev +19.6%

11-26-2011 23:14:36 | More by Rochefort10nh
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everfrost

West Virginia

5/5  rDev +19.6%

12-26-2011 22:26:50 | More by everfrost
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AudioGilz

Pennsylvania

4.95/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

33cl brown bottle, Let's see what the Finnish can do with a porter....It's opaque with just a touch of ruby highlights around the bottom edge of the mug. A thick tan head retains well.

There's some seriously awesome qualities to the aroma of this beer! It hits you before you even pour it. Alcohol, cocoa, and rich coffee are very strong. It's such a delight to breath this beer in. Especially for someone with a bad nose like me. Even I can tell it's a strong aroma.

It has a very creamy mouthfeel, not that thick, closer to a medium body with low carbonation, very rich and robust. Roasted coffee, chocolate, and warming alcohol make for one of the best porters I have ever had. It most definitely should be consumed closer to room temperature. As it warms, the roasty and alcohol characters jump out and are tantalizing! The chocolate flavor is more of a bakers chocolate with some bitterness. And it comes through more in the finish.

This stuff is amazing. A truly delightful treat of a porter.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2003 17:03:06 | More by AudioGilz
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irishevans

Alaska

4.93/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

HOLY SHIT!!!, what a porter. I can't beleive it. I bought this on a whim, and i got super lucky. it pours deep dark brown with a tan head. it smells wonderful, even I can smell the roasted malts in this. it tastes like a standard porter should and then some with a nice full taste and a lingering smooth finish. the mouth-feel is smooth crisp, just plain perfect. and i could most likely polish off a case before i knew where the beer went. if you like porter or really any dark beer, try this, you will be very happy with it

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2007 19:02:21 | More by irishevans
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BobbyBeerman

Illinois

4.93/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Pours deep dark brown to the point where it appears black except just at the very edges. A vigorous pour produces a finger of thick tan head that dissipates down to a wisp and a ring that persists leaving good lacing.

S: You absolutely have to let this one warm up to the right temperature otherwise you are going to miss a lot. When cold all I was getting was the fruits with a little something else in the background. At the right temp, the aroma blossoms up with chocolate, slight coffee, smoke in the background and the dark fruit tones and a little piney hops.

T: Taste doesn't fall too far from the nose. The dark fruit is more in the background here than in the nose.

M: Even though this looks a little heavy when it pours it isn't. It's a medium bodied, lower end carbonation, dry yet it has a slight oily feel. There is a pleasant warming effect yet it isn't that strong of a beer.

D: Very complex and layered. Easy on the palette and good going down. Rich in flavor and enjoyable. This is a damn good porter and worth every sip. I feel as if this is a must try.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2009 00:56:14 | More by BobbyBeerman
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Sixpack595

Michigan

4.93/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is easily one of the best beers I've ever had. Inky black with a full tan head that lasted quite well and gave great lacing. Sweet chocolate aroma, a touch of coffee, a bit of smoke, and a little alcohol sneaking in too. Taste is amazingly smooth and complex. Chocolate malt, bitter coffee, sweetness of dark fruits, and a well balanced bitterness. Alcohol is slightly evident, but never obvious. Wow.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2003 10:25:33 | More by Sixpack595
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DackAchan

Michigan

4.93/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Pours coffee black with a one finger dark mahogony head that turns lacey and sticks to the glass.

S- Lots of different flavors. Most noticable is a nice toffee smell with some black licorice and hints of chocolate. Almost has a wood finish to it.

T- Rich taste to it, very strong toffee taste to it. Dominates the taste a little more than the smell. It finishes very nicely though, a definate wood finish that moves into a black licorice aftertaste.

M- Mouthfeel is excellent, lightly bodied for a porter but still has a nice medium body to it. Very smooth with a little bite on the back end. I usually like a little more bite to my beers but this suits it well. It offers enough bite on it's own to be noticable but not enough to distract from the feast of flavors.

D- Very drinkable beer, taste is excellent, smell is a wonderful experience and the mouthfeel makes this an all around excellent beer. This is a beer that I most definately plan on consuming again.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2007 19:55:51 | More by DackAchan
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TheLongBeachBum

California

4.9/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Presentation: A 33cl stubby brown glass bottle that looks like the BA database. The crown cap is black with the words ‘Portteri IVB Porter’ in gold lettering.

The top left hand corner of the obverse label has the date 27.06.2003, a Best Before Date that seems to have been surpassed a while ago!!!

Appearance: Extremely dark body with a thick dark brown cocoa head that forms slowly at first, but soon builds into a rich creamy body which is formed from small ever decreasing bubbles. Large ‘popping’ encrusted bubbles crater the surface and help to form a lunar landscape surface after time. Thick ringed lacing forms where the height of the expansive head once reached during the pour. Supreme looks, this is one seriously classy lady!

Nose: Thick dark raisins, figs, prunes, darker chocolates, aged molasses, crucified malts, charcoal encrusted carboniferous aromas. Deeply inhaled it makes the hairs on the back of your neck stand on end, and maybe even other appendages!

Taste: A thick, regal, rich luscious extension of the deeply orgasmic nose. Sink into the ultra-luxurious juicy dark labia of this moist lipped Baltic Princess. You’re invited to tongue her wet soaking clitoral fig encrusted malts whilst all the time playing with her soft tender molassic breasts and teasing her bullet nipples into the shapes of extruded raisins that they so taste of. Later you will get to lick the soft chewy caramel off her mid-rib whilst working your way back down to a dark sherry laden toffee nether-land. All the time you get to share in her Baltic Porter soaked saliva and swap all of the best viscous body fluids - she tastes oh so good, and will ensure that you finish the night with a resounding, self-satisfying and loud exploding finish. Damn – I’m in Heaven, or is it Hell? Who cares, this is SOO good!

Mouthfeel: Monster feel, huge thick bold body wraps you in a deeply satisfying warm and loving embrace. Drinks “massive” and feels twice the strength that it labels itself with. Is it 17% or 7%? It feels like the former.

Drinkability: I’m off to bed now, extremely satisfied. An Epoch of Baltic Porters this one is absolutely incredible. Serious stuff and worth a journey to Finland if you have to go there to try it. It’s that good.

Overall: FUCKING WOW. Nearly 1 year past its BB Date, but obviously well looked after during that time, this one kicks you hard in the furry love plums. Cost $2.69 and it was worth every single cent!! I’m speechless.

Sheer Baltic Porter Porn, you should feel ashamed and guilty if you spend the night alone with this one, but fulfilled, and you will cuddle it afterwards. Brilliance - a true Classic!

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2004 05:50:15 | More by TheLongBeachBum
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Minkybut

Virginia

4.9/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Upon pouring this porter into the 16 ounce tumbler I immedialy noticed the nice head which had good retention. I thought this was an excellent porter. The taste was rich and thick with a mingling of coffee and a roasted taste that made me want to keep the beer in my mouth without swallowing. The porter was also well liked by others in the room, some who are only "okay" with porters. The reason stated was that it was smooth with no bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2006 14:49:07 | More by Minkybut
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BeerResearcher

Massachusetts

4.9/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Sinebrychoff, or Koff as it is called in Finland makes a variety of beer styles, but in this researcher's opinion, only their Porter really stands out as a true "craft" brew. This "vintage" Baltic Porter ages very well, when cellaring at around 55°F. The flavors and aromas change ever-so-gradually. You can expect this brew to last 6 to 8 years. In the past, silly governing bodies of the Finnish state, regulated the brewing industry. They generally frowned upon interesting or varietal styles. Fortunately, brewers and beer lovers across the country have developed an awareness and developed lobbying groups to help promote a wide variety of Finnish brews. This Baltic style Porter, although it had long ago passed muster with state regulators, is a prime example of a beer crafted with care, attention to detail and love. The color is like strong, dark coffee. Lovely aromas of chocolate malt, smoke, coffee and dark rum vie for attention. The full and rich body envelopes flavors of coffee, rye, dark chocolate and a bit of licorice. An abundance of sharp-edged fresh hops, citrus bitterness and hint of spices provide a lively bite. It's slightly smoky with an essence of pine in the background. This powerfully flavored brew has a bit of an alcohol kick, yet it remains very drinkable. I highly recommend this wonderful example of the Baltic Porter style!
Kiipis! (Cheers!)

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2003 07:34:15 | More by BeerResearcher
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Offa

California

4.9/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is an outstanding Balitc poter, rich in flavours and texture, yet highly drinkable.

Essentially black, it has a very large, rich, frothy light brown head that is very long lasting, shrinking only slowly to a permanent, thin, foamy top with rich, frothy lace.

The aroma is mild wine, chocolate, prunes, toast. It is perhaps the weakest element since, although consisting of very nice elements, it is a bit muted.

The taste is rich, complex, yet smooth and clean, with great balance of flavours, sweetness and bitterness. It has complex tastes of leaves, chocolate, dark toasted brown bread, prunes, a hint of port, some raisin, black pepper (esp. in the finish), with an increasing taste of black coffee condensed with brown sugar that is stronger by the end. It is rather dry throughout for the most part. In the middle, it has a definite but light sweetness and light but slightly stronger bitterness right at the finish, but for most of the time, up front and in the final finish and aftertaste, it is mostly dry, clean, and leafy. The flavours are fairly strong, but nicely restrained and harmonious.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2008 22:51:33 | More by Offa
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pjwilson

California

4.9/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

this one caught my eye at corti bros. 3.09 is a bit high for a bottle, but I had to give this one a shot remembering that it was rated high here on BA. Not that a gareentee I'll like it, but this is also my first Finnish beer I believe. I will be visisting friends in finland in a year or two so I might as well see if this is any good.

appearance: one dark porter, not red at all even when held to the light. the head is solid and slighty tan. Looks more like an Stone Russian Imperial Stout than a porter but I'm not complaining. the lacing is also huge

smell: classic porter roasty chocolate smell. it smells more "american" to me than other baltic's i've had from the region. smells nice and inviting and roasty and good. yeah

taste: holy moses. easily the best damn baltic porter i've had, and I've had a few. (not peruko's though or okiium). A perfect combo of that slick baltic porter lagery taste with a robust coffee taste. The coffee taste is huge in this one.Some earthy hops are there in this one. I don't throw this word around this often, but I have to say it here: flawless.

mouthfeel: sort of sits on the tounge just nice. I tend to want to hold it in my mouth for a second or two. another vicotory here.

drinkability: so damn quaffable it's silly. Extreme restrait is used on the one 11.2 bottle. Of course it seems like more of treat with just one bottle, but the beer is really that good.

To those who think Baltic Porters are the same as a dopplebock I present to you this beer. The coffee flavor is this one is just great. I don't know if there could be a better beer for this style. or any porter for that matter. I love this beer...Finland here I come.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2006 03:44:46 | More by pjwilson
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mydeadguy

Massachusetts

4.88/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an inky 'but I know there's brown inside that' black. I got an inch of 'end of the chocolate milk' slightly coppery brown head. The head sticks, leaving slight trails down the side of the glass. Aroma is sweet, very malty and caramel/ chocolate scents. Maybe raisins, but overall, malt and deep earth aroma.
Tastes like heaven, smooth, creamy, full, with coffee and choclate roasted overtones, smoky. Sticks slightly to the palate, but not cloying or ruinous to the tongue, or overwhelming. Swirling in the glass reveals more head, and acidic (astringent) notes, a bit metallic or mineral taste. Mouthfeel is rich and smooth very full, a real dessert beer. Drinkability is, to my palate, through the roof. Certainly not 'drink a sixer of this' drinkability, but I could easily have another, which cannot be said for all strong porters/ stouts.

Overall, I cannot speak highly enough about this beer, complex, well balanced, beautiful to look at, warming in the belly, satisfying (this is really one for the ages). I have enjoyed this beer many times, and it still continues to amaze me. The only beer from Finland I know of, and a masterpiece..

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2003 17:21:35 | More by mydeadguy
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