Sinebrychoff Porter - Oy Sinebrychoff Ab
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3.98/5 rDev -4.8%
Dark black creamy chocolate like appearance but not taste, which was much like an Eastern European sour porter with the bitterness eased off. Roasted, much burnt mid sip. Some acidic. Some creaminess and yeast in finish. This being a 2003 expiry.
two years later had a 1998 that displayed alcohol as often an aged beer will do, and chocolate. Light crown with bubbles and lace on top of black. Low carbonation. Past its prime.
02-13-2005 03:53:20 | More by Sammy
4.03/5 rDev -3.6%
Pours a thick motor oil black with a HUGE 3 inch dark brown head. Chunky ring lacing on the drink down. Smells of subdued coffee, cocoa powder, roasted dark malt. Taste is like the nose with coffee, bittersweet chocolate, and a bit of a charcoal-like/burnt flavor. There is a slight vinegar/acidic twang in the taste too. Light carbonation with a somewhat light body makes for a good mouthfeel. Good drinkability on this harder to find porter from Finland.
03-04-2011 04:47:01 | More by UCLABrewN84
4.38/5 rDev +4.8%
A: The beer is jet black in color and poured with a thin tan head that gradually died down and left a thin ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are moderate aromas of dark roasted malts in the nose along with notes of chocolate and licorice.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has flavors of dark roasted malts with notes of bittersweet chocolate, licorice and raisins. There is a light amount of bitterness, which particularly stands out in the finish.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied and very smooth on the palate with a light amount of carbonation.
O: I would definitely try this beer again if I happen to see it on-tap as the mouthfeel seems to come across as being a bit smoother and fuller bodied.
05-15-2011 15:55:28 | More by metter98
4.5/5 rDev +7.7%
Light-sucking black with the faintest glimmer of mahogany at the margins, topped by a dense head of light cocoa brown that displays an actively pitting surface. It isn't as firm or as sticky as some, but is still a great looking cap while it lasts. Decent persistence with disappointingly little lace.
The nose is powerful and consists of chocolate liqueur, heavily roasted malt and espresso, in that order. Alcohol (dark rum) is noticed as well, but it's such as integral part of the whole that it's an asset to the aroma, not a detriment. If I had to choose one word to describe the aroma, that word would be 'complex'. Good Baltic porter noses, such as this one, are some of my favorites in all of beerdom.
Sinebrychoff Porter is as delicious as the nose suggested it would be. First of all, it's hugely malted with a layered, multi-faceted, supremely sophisticated flavor that isn't dominated by dark chocolate or coffee, although they're present, but by perfectly roasted barley, molasses and anise. Hops leave a shallow footprint. The full, almost chewy, mouthfeel leads to a lingering finish that allows continued enjoyment long after the swallow.
The flavor profile is in constant flux throughout each mouthful, with the various components fading in and out, then back in again; especially noticed once the beer has left the mouth. On a final note, it seems to drink higher than the stated ABV. I'm drinking this bottle on a full stomach and it feels all of 10%.
Sinebrychoff Porter doesn't quite supplant Perkuno's Hammer in my mind, but it is outstanding beer and has few peers in its class. Baltic Porter is one of my favorite non-hoppy styles and this bottle does nothing to change that. One of the best, if not THE best, beers that is readily available to me.
12-19-2004 19:25:41 | More by BuckeyeNation
4.48/5 rDev +7.2%
Appearance: Coal black with a very dark stout-like head that leaves strands of lace
Smell: Ashes, burnt black toast, chocolate and a hint of licorice
Taste: Dark chocolate verging on burnt black toast; brewer's licorice arrives in the middle along with a vague sourness that develops further into the finish
Mouthfeel: Full-bodied with moderate carbonation
Overall: A really fine beer; not as fruity as other Baltics but the ashen flavor adds a really interesting dimension
10-17-2012 22:37:06 | More by brentk56
4/5 rDev -4.3%
Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color porter with a medium dark creamy had with very good retention. Aroma of chocolate is omnipresent with a nice touch of bitterness. Body is full and has a nice creamy texture that is very enjoyable. Taste is also dominated by the chocolate malt with nice light bitter ending. Very nice example for the style and probably even better then Okocim.
03-08-2006 15:18:52 | More by Phyl21ca
4.22/5 rDev +1%
Understandable of why this is among the best porters on BA. It offers a big combinaiton of flavors in a managable body. An opaqued burned brown color with an amazing brown moist foamstand to match. Mouthwatering in its roasted grain and chocolate aromas. Less sweet to the taste than I expected, but big of it's flavor profile. Toasty, roasty, cocoa, and a little camp-fire-ish without being smoky. Powdery and charcoal like to the palate without becomming harsh or burned in flavor or feel. Finishes very, very clean despite a usual grain acceptance. The 7+ alcohols are hardly detectable--neither hot, nor phenolic. Balanced with light hopping and roasted grain. High attenuation leads to a lighter beer, but keeps it's bold flavors. Tremendous beer. Only the light fermentation, that reminds me of lactose, and light body keeps me from serving up a 5.0
03-30-2006 03:14:51 | More by BEERchitect
4/5 rDev -4.3%
355ml bottle poured into a pint glass
A - Poured a very nice thick dark brown with a smallish tan colored head on top. Nearly opaque as no light was coming through this one. Decent retention left behind some side lace and a good half inch layer of foam on top.
S - Aroma was full of licorice and caramel with a decent touch of coffee thrown in. I detected some form of a grassy or earthy smell as well inside of it.
T - The flavor was very rich and full. Lots of licorice, coffee, dark german chocolate and a touch of grassy herb like presence made this a very full flavored beer. There was a hint of bourbon like flavor added to it as wel.
M - Very nice, creamy with a full body, this was almost stout like in the body, but it was defintly a porter. Nice carbonation really rolled quite well on the tongue.
D - Very nice, although I would have to say that this one is defintly coming off as a sipper for sure. Not that the alcohol was overly strong or hot, it was just very full and robust and needed to be sipped and enjoyed.
Overall this was very nice and unlike anything I have had before. A very full bodied porter with a decidely big flavor and a very nice long lasting finish. I really thought this was great and I am glad I have another!
11-23-2007 03:35:39 | More by mikesgroove
4.53/5 rDev +8.4%
The store I purchased this from (Green's on Buford Hwy) has this listed as being from 2003.
Appearance: Pours out a thick, opaque black body with a brown-colored head.
Smell: Mmm! Wouldn't you like to know. Loads of sweet, luscious treats in the nose - dark chocolate, raisins, reduced-sodium soy sauce, molasses, coffee beans, and chimney soot.
Taste: While the aroma alluded to a sweeter taste, the flavor is mostly dry, with semi-sweet chocolate maltiness that comes across as being practically fudgelike. Some hints of coffee and licorice, too. A balanced, somewhat acidic bitterness makes for a quick finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-full body, with a dense, oily texture. Medium carbonation.
Drinkability: Well folks, its a good beer! You don't want to miss it. Its the chimney soot that does it.
11-23-2006 08:00:44 | More by ChainGangGuy
3.35/5 rDev -19.9%
This one was recommended by a friend of mine, he said that he loved it and that if I hadn't drank it before I should give one a try. So I ordered one up and poured it out. The beer was black as night and had a thin brown colored head on top. The smell of the beer was heavily roasted, it had some light chocolate aromas too. The taste of the beer was almost like charcoal at first. It was burnt tasting and not all the good to me. The aftertaste sort of gave off this odd creamy flavor. Not sure how it works but that was what I kept getting. The mouthfeel was thinner than I expected it to be. Overall I wasn't a huge fan of this beer but it must strike good with some people it seems. Maybe worth trying again.
01-04-2012 01:49:29 | More by Knapp85
4.03/5 rDev -3.6%
Very black appearance with creamy tan head,smelled sweet an coffeeish.Taste was oily,somewhat woody with some sweetness in there.High alcohol content was very apparent as it warmed,something good to drink on a cold night before bed good for that Baltic style.
03-29-2003 07:37:25 | More by oberon
4.3/5 rDev +2.9%
Served in a pint glass at Paradiso.
They were sold out of my first choice, but this is a pretty nice runner-up. It pours a straight black topped by about a finger-and-a-half of dark-ish tan foam. Pretty. The nose comprises chocolate (both dark and milk, baby), roasted malts, light smoke, maple syrup, molasses, brown sugar, and a touch of spruce tips. The taste is very similar, heavy on the roast, molasses, maple syrup, and brown sugar; some burnt biscuits are added, along with some more (though still pretty light) smoke. This is some damn tasty Baltic porter, I tell you what. The body is a heavy medium, with a moderate carbonation and a velvety feel. Overall, a very nice brew, one that I plan on revisiting rather often.
08-13-2010 21:01:18 | More by TMoney2591
4.28/5 rDev +2.4%
Deep dark liquid, with a one-inch cap of brown foam, not unlike chocolate milk. Definitely looks more like an imperial stout than a thin porter.
Smells like sweet malt, a little roasty.
Tastes roasty again, very chocolaty and malty. A big porter, leaning toward stoutish tendencies. A nuttiness pairs with the roasty qualities in the aftertaste. Thin mouthfeel, very easy drinking. Recommend for sessioning if you can find it for a good price. No negative qualities to report...this bottle i've had for a year, probably not recommended for cellaring at extended periods.
02-08-2007 02:50:25 | More by emerge077
4.4/5 rDev +5.3%
$1.99 for a 11.2 oz bottle
A - It poured out a dark black with hints of red and a caramel colored, one-finger head. Left rings of lace all the way down the glass.
S - It smelled of caramel and toffee.
T - It tasted of roasted malt, toffee and a sweet chocolate. Almost like candy.
M - It was soft and creamy. A medium-bodied beer.
D - This is an outstanding beer, especially for the price. I loved the sweet chocolate flavor with roasted malts.
05-06-2007 21:40:19 | More by zeff80
4.4/5 rDev +5.3%
Its black body reveals a brilliant ruby highlight at the base of the glass when held to the light. It's clear; but tiny particles of sediment are noticeable resting at the base. The thick and creamy dark-tan head holds quite well and leaves some very nice lace throughout most of the glass. Sweetish dark caramel and a mild note of fruit greet you in the nose. With a little investigation it reveals some cocoa and a mild roastiness. The body is medium and it's smooth and oily across the palate with a fine carbonation that lightly caresses the tongue. The flavor, however, comes on strong with lots of roastiness, deep caramel, chocolate, alcohol and a swirl of fruitiness. It's initially sweet, but the solid bitterness (50 IBU's) kicks in at the swallow. It finishes surprisingly dry with more bitterness than the style normally offers, and a wash of alcohol; lingering with notes of cocoa, prunes, dark caramel, molasses, bittersweet chocolate, dull roastiness, and some "spent hop" flavor. From the start to the finish it's quite a complex ride for the senses. Most impressive!
07-11-2003 13:06:51 | More by NeroFiddled
4.33/5 rDev +3.6%
Pours a pitch black with a dark tan head. Nose is a sweet sugary malt with extremely faint roasted bean (coffee and cocoa) qualities to it. Flavor is very unique. Smooth and tough. On the very tail end I get a strong almost tarred earth aftertaste that lingers in my mouth. But before that comes I get a strong silky smooth lightly roasted porter. Feel is thick and with good bubble. It has only been a few minutes and I am halfway through it. Extremely drinkable. An absolutely beautiful brew.
12-30-2007 22:00:56 | More by RblWthACoz
4.22/5 rDev +1%
Poured from an 11.2oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.
A: The beer is a deep dark brown color with a large foamy brown head that is the darkest that I’ve even seen on a beer, it fades slowly and leaves a thin and spotty lace on the glass.
S: The aroma is a little metallic and is mostly of chocolate, berries and roasted malt. There’s a hint of hops in the background as well.
T: The taste is very smoky and malty, with flavors of chocolate, dark fruit and a little espresso. It’s not sweet but not bitter either and has a very nice balance. The after-taste is still smoky and slightly sweet.
M: Crisp and very smooth, medium-to-heavy body, light-to-medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.
D: Very tasty, goes down very easily, slightly filling but not enough that it would prevent you from knocking a few of them back, very good representation of style, this is a very good beer that I good stick with for a while.
05-03-2007 04:02:47 | More by TheManiacalOne
4.05/5 rDev -3.1%
1999 Vintage I don't know if that's a good thing. Appearance: It pours a dark ruby brown practically black with a huge tan head leaves behind nice even lacing as it dwindles. Aroma: Stale toasted malts dark chocolate and creamy moccha tones with a heavy alcohol drenched fruit tones. Taste: Very smooth heavily roasted malts dance on the palate with a moccha fruity alcoholic tone it does seem a bit past it's best by but still very tasty and good to consume. Mouthfeel: Not as heavy feeling as it looks medium to full bodied baltic porter not bad at all still well carbonated. Drinkability: I'm somewhere in the middle it's very good and balanced but I must say I would like to have a fresher sample. Seems to be one of the better brewed Baltic porters around I suggest giving it a shot very nice.
03-08-2004 01:45:13 | More by WVbeergeek
4.5/5 rDev +7.7%
Presentation: 11.2 oz short brown bottle with a black foiling over the cap. 1996 denoted as the vintage date.
Appearance: Pitch black with a thin yet sticky tan lace larger bubbles amass to the center.
Smell: Mild lactic acidic twang in the aroma, hints of smoky woody charcoal and unsweetened chocolate in the nose also as well as over ripened prunes.
Taste: Full in body with a semi slick malt mouth feel. Carbonation is light and only adds a minimal crispness, vague acidic flavour of lactic which stays mostly front to middle and fades. Rich and complex dark malt flavour dictate orders to the taste buds, first prune fruitiness followed by a twang of chocolate malt / espresso flavour and slowly switching over to a faded charcoal character. Alcohol is noticeable though has mellowed of the years. Touch of carob and dark chocolate in the mix too. Pinch of residual sweetness and flights of chocolate in the finish.
Notes: A most excellent brew, god like qualities. A hard to find beer and few like this are made in the Baltic Porter Style. A treat your self brew and worth every penny of the $3 spent on this one.
01-13-2004 22:14:02 | More by Jason
Sinebrychoff Porter from Oy Sinebrychoff Ab
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