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Sinebrychoff Porter - Oy Sinebrychoff Ab

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747 Ratings

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Ratings: 747
Reviews: 577
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 10.05%
Wants: 69
Gots: 20 | FT: 1
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Style | ABV
Baltic Porter |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Todd on 02-12-2002)
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Photo of fain12
1.53/5  rDev -63.4%

I got this in bottle at Deep Ellum about a year ago. I'm not sure if it was just the batch, but this was the worst beer I have ever drank. I got it because coming from a Finnish heritage I figured I'd like it but oh no. It looked fine, smelled a little odd, and tasted like salted meat. Considering the other reviews I must have gotten a bad batch, but when I called the waitress over, she told me that it should be fine as the beer hadn't been there long.

Oh well. Chaulk that up to one bad beer

fain12, Oct 09, 2009
Photo of drperm
2.05/5  rDev -51%

I’m seeing a lot of really high ratings for this one. Here’s a counter-statement.

If you like a one-trick pony beer, here’s a candidate. This brew’s singular trick is darkness. Black. Darker than a black steer’s tuckuss on a moonless prairie night. As in, very dark.

Some adjectives to describe both the nose and the taste: licorice, coffee, sorghum molasses, soy sauce. The finish is too harsh to redeem those things.

Next, please!

drperm, Jan 23, 2008
Photo of tylergoov
2.25/5  rDev -46.2%

tylergoov, Apr 14, 2014
Photo of LilBeerDoctor
2.55/5  rDev -39%

On tap at The GInger Man (listed as Sinebrychoff Porter). Pours black with a tan head. Aroma is sour and peaty, kind of weird. Flavor is very medicinal with sweet roasted malt. This was pretty bad...my opinion seems very different from others--bad keg?

LilBeerDoctor, Aug 27, 2009
Photo of jackndan
2.78/5  rDev -33.5%

Porter, from Finland: Deep, almost jet black color. The head is as dark brown a head as I’ve ever seen. Taste is very powerful, with pronounced tastes of bitter dark chocolate. This beer is surprisingly bitter, more like very strong coffee, rather than from hops. Lingering aftertaste of bakers chocolate, with alcohol warmth and taste. I’ll pass it by if offered again.

jackndan, Jul 22, 2002
Photo of DrDCon
2.85/5  rDev -31.8%

Poured into tulip a dark nearly opaque drown. Decent head of 2 fingers the color of chocolate milk with a long retention.

Immediate smell is of average intensity: crushed grapes and a strong woody tone. Tastes of molasses, lightly of wood chips, chestnuts...very nutty porter. This beer has a somewhat smooth stout-feel on the mouth; it thinly coats the palate with chocolate and wood. This beer was pretty good, though unfortunately the feel and the taste stick around forever.

DrDCon, Jul 20, 2009
Photo of avylover
2.93/5  rDev -29.9%

A beer from finland eh? this is new for me, although I've sampled some American Baltic Porters. This stuff pours out thick & black. Light does not penetrate it. Looks more like an imp. stout to me. Nice tan head. Aroma is heavy on the raisins, with a bit of coffee type maltiness in the background.Taste is quite subtle. There is alot going on here..but it's hard to pinpoint any of it. Definitely some chocolatey/coffee type flavors, along with some alcohol, but nothing is jumping out. The mouthfeel is slick and quite watery. There is decent carbonation but nothing special here. Drinkability is not so hot in my book, but the thin mouthfeel helps a bit. Porters & stouts are not my thing it seems lately.

avylover, Jan 27, 2005
Photo of akorsak
2.93/5  rDev -29.9%

This is a 12 oz bottle of Koff porter served in a Troegenator seidel.

Appearance: The ale is a black oil color with a nice thick coffee-colored head. The head leaves a nice lace throughout the glass.

Smell: There is a soft chocolate aroma wafting out of the glass.

Taste: The beer has a slightly burnt roast flavor with a hint of sourness. The flavor comes across as a little too burnt and flat, somewhat abrasive and a definite letdown from the nose. The roasted flavors are a little to pungent.

Mouthfeel: The malts are overdone, giving the beer an unpleasant taste.

Drinkability: I admit that I was too anxious to try this, as it seems to be universally enjoyed, but I just don't think that it is on target.

akorsak, Aug 04, 2006
Photo of allforbetterbeer
2.93/5  rDev -29.9%

Poured into a Swiss wine snifter.

Body is totally black, no highlights. Pretty impressive! A gentile pour yielded a finger of latte-colored head that leaves a nice ring around the edges of the surface.

The initial aroma is of dark licorice, raspberry dark chocolate, and a touch of black coffee grounds. Swirling brings up more dark chocolate (we are talking 80%+ cacao).

I unexpectedly find the flavor to be lacking much... as if the bulk of the flavors were absent and all that is left is some astringent bitterness. Maybe it is too cold, I will let this sample warm a bit and then continue. Warming improves the flavors to a small extent, but I still am finding a sour tinge and some non-descript astringent flavors dominating, with some sharp bitterness and coffee ground characteristics in the aftertaste.

The mouthfeel is surprisingly thin and watery, without the body that usually characterizes this style. Carbonation feels to high, but that might be due to the watery mouthfeel.

Conclusion: I find this Baltic porter to be a far cry from the best in this class. However, it is possible that the bottle I have obtained is too old or there is some other problem with it (however it is not oxidized and came from a store with a good track record).

allforbetterbeer, Jun 01, 2011
Photo of JDV
2.98/5  rDev -28.7%

bottle thanks to Beerlando
Black pour with a quickly fading bubbly fizzy brown head. Smell is a touch of soy, molasses, some figgyness and heavily of peat, much like a scotch ale. Nice medium body that isn't too thin or thick, with a slight worcestershire tastes. Dull fig flavor as well and tastes too much like a peaty, Mcewan's scotch ale or Traquair house to me. Nicely made beer, but the flavors just aren't for me.

JDV, Mar 15, 2008
Photo of Zakk
3/5  rDev -28.2%

Zakk, Aug 14, 2012
Photo of tone77
3/5  rDev -28.2%

Poured from a brown bottle into a weizen glass. Has a black color with a small head. Considerable lacing of the glass. There is a mild coffee aroma. Taste is mild with hints of coffee, finishes slightly bitter. Medium bodied and a tad bitter in the mouth. This beer is a bit heavy on the stomach for continuos drinking. Overall a so-so beer.

tone77, Jul 13, 2009
Photo of OriolesFan1008
3/5  rDev -28.2%

OriolesFan1008, Jan 19, 2014
Photo of chippo33
3/5  rDev -28.2%

chippo33, Apr 06, 2013
Photo of akttr
3/5  rDev -28.2%

akttr, Jul 17, 2012
Photo of xnicknj
3/5  rDev -28.2%

xnicknj, Nov 04, 2013
Photo of TimH
3/5  rDev -28.2%

TimH, May 19, 2012
Photo of warmstorage
3.03/5  rDev -27.5%

11.2 ounce bottle, states 7.2%, poured into pint glass.

Pours a deep, dark black with a vigorous brown head, medium dense, which leaves foamy lacing.

Aroma is roasty, sweet, figs, very slight chocolate.

Taste is similar: roasty and sweet, stonefruit, slightly metallic, earthy. Very slight alcohol warmth. Lingers long, aftertaste of chocolate. Mouth is slightly tingly with carbonation, medium to thin bodied for style.

Overall, a decent, drinkable beer, but unremarkable.

warmstorage, Dec 05, 2006
Photo of winomark
3.03/5  rDev -27.5%

Pours an inky black with a small, quickly fading brown head. Almost a syrupy, glugging sound when poured. Aromas of soy sauce, licorice, and lots of roasted malts. Toasty, slightly bitter palate. Not as thick and rich as the nose promises. Long, lingering finish. Flavorful, toasty mouthfeel with a light toasty finish. Overall, a solid beer. I think this is my first baltic porter, and it has encouraged me to try more.

winomark, Sep 25, 2004
Photo of HopHeadKen
3.08/5  rDev -26.3%

Thanks to Steelreign for the trade.

Good Pffftt sound when the bottle is opened, and it pours a deep amber color with a thick creamy tan head composed of fine, medium and large bubbles. This head has some staying power.
Smells of toasted malt, with a taste of toasted malt and roasted barley with hints of carmel and chocolate. There is a slight hint of sourness (bitterness?) in the aftertaste; perhaps it is the age of this beer, it has a date code of 6-27-2003, and I do not know how it has been stored or treated over these past three years. This is the reason I have not scored this beer well in the Taste category.

Mouthfeel is good, not thin.

In my opinion this porter is a near cousin to an English Stout, and I would like to try another one that is not as well aged.

HopHeadKen, Aug 24, 2005
Photo of RandomExile
3.14/5  rDev -24.9%

/ Pilsner Glass / Victoria Gastro Pub, Columbia, MD

A: pitch black; dark beige head; broad, fine sheets of lacing, interspersed with round-latticed spattered lacing
S: funky toffee/coffee
T: slightly sweet, roasted coffee, bitter toffee, a bit like bile; roasted coffee back for the finish
M: medium-bodied, only faint edge of bitterness
O: Somehow I just didn't care for it the way the majority seems to. I thought it tasted mostly coffee-ish, except for an unavoidable sense of throw-up, which was obviously off-putting.

RandomExile, Nov 26, 2013
Photo of ccrida
3.15/5  rDev -24.6%

33cl bottle poured into my meantime snifter, Sinebrychoff Porter is a pitch blackish brown with a dark, red tinged tan head that leaves pretty heavy lace. Served around 55F.

Smell is faint, dusty and, very cardboard like, weird. Some burnt caramel malt comes out as it warms.

Taste is chalky, some ashy roast, drying alcohol, leafy hops, with astringent aftertaste. There is a little bit of coffee creamer and cocoa, some old leather and wood, but it's really not to my taste and overall on the blander side for the style.

Mouthfeel is very dry, and prickly, with a thicker body.

Drinkability is OK, I have to say I was disappointed with this one for sure, especially once I saw how highly rated it was. I prefer my Baltic's richer, sweeter, and with more depth and smoothness, this one is all about the dry, boozy roast.

ccrida, Nov 06, 2008
Photo of patre_tim
3.16/5  rDev -24.4%

A: Dark brown to black with perhaps an amber fraction of a faction of a hair near the edge of the glass under a bright light, 5 fingers of dark beige chocolate milk head with a slight amber tinge. Thick lacing.

S: Cocoa, good boozy quality, chocolate, syrupy liqueur like quality, licorice, light tar.

T: A solid sweetness, a heavy rusty quality, licorice, burnt toast, molasses, any alcohol is hidden. Brown sugar.

M: Thick and syrupy, little carbonation.

O: Got this one at Grapevine in Lakeland, FL. A sign said it’s a Baltic Porter from Finland, so it got me interested as I’ve only had a few in this style, and perhaps its my first from this country. Not the best I've had of the style, but glad to have found it, especially one from so close to the Baltic. . Drank in Pensacola, FL July 24, 2014.

patre_tim, Jul 25, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -22.2%

RWNewhouse, Jan 15, 2013
Photo of sliverX
3.28/5  rDev -21.5%

poored a pitch black, held up to light and none came through, a small mocha head that dissipated fairly quick to just the rim of the glass which left quite the amount lacing every sip
smelled faintly
tasted like a very bitter burnt chocolate with an alcohol after bite
wasn't bad but wasn't great in the mouth
wasn't to bad to drink either but will most likely just be the one time purchase

sliverX, Nov 03, 2008
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