Sinebrychoff Porter - Oy Sinebrychoff Ab

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

801 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 801
Reviews: 589
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 10.55%
Wants: 77
Gots: 41 | FT: 1
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Finland

Style | ABV
Baltic Porter |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Todd on 02-12-2002

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.73/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Sinebrychoff Porter has a very thick, creamy, tan head and a dark brown, almost black, appearance, with thick lacing left behind. The aroma is of extremely rich, stinging malts, astringency, black cherries, licorice, black bread crust, and sour cream. The taste is of all those elements, with little bitterness and no alcohol showing up. Mouthfeel is thick and viscous, and Sinebrychoff Porter finishes dry, sweet, rich, and cake like. Overall, this is an outstanding imperial ale!

RJT

Photo of artoolemomo
4.07/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours up a good amount of head which doesn't retain well but has a nice rush when it is first poured. The head is a dark beige/mocha color while the body is an opaque dark chocolate black. The lacing is minimal. Only a few spots are left behind.

Nose- At the moment, the aroma is exquisite from the bottle but almost nonexistent from the glass. Lots of chocolate, brown sugar, and molasses from the bottle. There are only some weak roasted notes from the glass. Swirling shows stronger roasted malts with some nuttiness but none of the rich aroma of the bottle. When I swirl it in the bottle, I get some raisins and figs as well. Some chocolate starts to come out when I swirl the glass some more.

Taste- The first notes I get are chocolate and bitter coffee with hints of raisins. Some caramel and toffee appear with a slight nuttiness. Brown sugar, some molasses. All of this culminates into a well rounded and slightly bitter finish. It's very close to a stout (as many porters are)- it's a little sweeter (but not cloying) and a little thinner than most stouts. The balance and integration is amazing. The mix of chocolate and smooth coffee flavors give it a nice dark chocolate finish which lingers. As it opens, it becomes sweeter but remains balanced as the coffee bitterness also becomes more defined. Definitely a solid beer. Hints of coconut start to appear as well.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied with minimal carbonation (the carbonation is not missed) and a slight grittiness on the finish that is reminiscent of an oatmeal stout. I really enjoy the finish.

Drinkability- Very easygoing. No heat. Not the cheapest but at 4 bucks a bottle, still not a bad price.

Overall- Very good beer. There's a tiny bit of thinness to the flavor profile that prevents me from putting higher than a 4.25 but it is close. It's a must try.

Photo of barnzy78
4.42/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle, pours near black, creamy light brown head leaves some lace as it fades. Super rich aroma with plum, raisin, chocolate, booze, anise, black pepper. Tastes are smooth and rich with plenty of dark fruit notes - mainly raisin & plum, with smoke, chocolate, caramel, toffee, anise, and a peppery finish. Medium body but seems watery at times, ample carbonation, very smooth. Really nice to finally come back to this one after 2 or 3 years. Just as good as I remember, and always a favorite!

Photo of teromous
3.44/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pitch black with a fluffy brown head. Leaves some traces of lacing.

S: The scent is extremely subdued. There's a faint hay-like sweetness on the nose, and the scent of alcohol permeates as well. Not a whole lot more going on here.

T: At first there is a light toffee and caramel taste, quickly followed by dark roasted flavors of roasted coffee beans and toast. There is an end sweetness like you'd get from sweetened coffee.

M: The mouthfeel is fairly full bodied, but

O: Overall I thought this was a good Baltic Porter. It's pretty much your standard fare, and I doubt porter and stout lovers would have anything bad to say about it. There are some slightly odd characteristics to the scent and taste, but they provide a sort-of sweetness that is a welcome counterpart to the toasty flavor.

Photo of FLima
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I don't recall seen such deep black beer. Thin brown head with short retention.
Aroma of dark fruits, toasted malts, light coffee, actually smells like a black forest cake with a coffee twist.
Delicious. Quite roasted flavor, heavy on espresso coffee and earthy and pine hops. Notes of dark chocolate and yeasty condiments. Very dry aftertaste, with a good bitterness from both malt and hops.
Robust body with good carbonation, a bit effervescent.
Excellent Porter, complex, very bold and tasteful. They should quit doing Vodka and dedicate to Ales.

Photo of Beer-A-Lot
3.96/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Incredible head, foamy, dark and rich. Nice lacing.

S - Not as memorable as other features.

T - Some spiciness, dark and rich flavors. Hides alchohol pretty well. Pretty well balanced.

M - Rich and creamy, fairly full bodied.

O - A very solid beer. Very glad I was able to find this. Would certainly have again.

Photo of Ivanhoes_Backpack
4.12/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Little bottle poured into a tulip.

A - pours an opaque colour with a nice frothy brown head that stays around half a finger.

S - cinnamon, coffee, toasted malt.

T - roasted coffee, some smokey bacon, cocoa, little bit of berry sweetness from the alcohol, but not the warming sensation.

M - smooth, even for a porter, very little carbonation.

O - This is a great porter! I ate it with a hot fudge sundae... man it was good. Looks good, smells good, tastes good, goes down smooth. A very solid porter in spite of its higher alcohol and the tastes and smell are profound and different enough to make this beer stand out.

Photo of Arborescence
4.59/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Served in room temperature.

Appearance: Black as the night. Pours a huge and lively head that recedes fairly quickly and has a nice dark brown tint.

Aroma: Roasted malt, burnt toast, black coffee, dark chocolate, and a hint of toffee.

Taste: Very dark chocolate with some bitterness, coffee and malt, a hint of orange peel, and a little bit of a nutty aftertaste. Very robust!

Mouthfeel: Heavy bodied, oily, lingers in the mouth.

Overall: This beer is the best value for money that you can get in Finland, costing only just over 2 Euros at Alko and often some 4,5 Euros at bars -- effectively half the price of many similar beers. Unsurprisingly, this means that I've had the beer many, many times, and will gladly go back to it any time. It deserves the praise that it has gotten, although it's sometimes better known outside of Finland. Although the Koff Porter isn't most chocolate flavoured of stouts, or doesn't boast intensive coffee or strange herbs, it still deserves to be rated highly. Why? Because of its uncompromising devotion to the core of what a porter is supposed to be. It's perfectly balanced, deep, and truly black.

Photo of MudDrinker
4.17/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Jet black and opaque with a thin tan head that rapidly dissipates.

Smell: Smells like crushed grapes, prunes, soy sauce, and then mild dark chocolate and coffee scents. Smell is very strong and I could smell it from a pretty good distance after opening.

Taste: Chocolate, some dried dark fruits, toasted sesame, dark chocolate, and roasted bitterness. Very little-to-no alcohol presence.

Mouthfeel: Pretty typical porter, syrupy and full-bodied.

Overall: This is my first Baltic Porter, so I can't say how indicative it is of the style, but its pretty damn tasty overall. My only other experience with porters has really been Bell's and Founder's - and in that sense, this beer is nothing like those. It's got a very unique smell and taste profile.

Photo of jacewg
4.41/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours nice and viscous with a big khaki head. Good ring of head retention. Dark as night. Good looking beer.

Aroma: Outstanding. Lots of plummy dark fruit. Big roast and dark chocolate. The slightest hint of acidity.

Taste: Just as delicious. Robust. Long, dry, chocolately finish. Really nice roast character with hints of the dark fruit on the nose. Mild sweetness works perfectly with everything else going on. Really nice mix of flavors.

Mouthfeel: Medium-carbonation. Nice slick mouthfeel. Lingers on the palate without being sticky. Long finish with big dark chocolate notes.

Overall: Couldn't find much information, but it feels like this bottle may have a bit of age on it. Still big, robust, and delicious, but not quite to the level of when I had it on tap. Feel like some age has thinned out a bit of the malty presence. Still a delicious beer in a style that a lot of breweries don't produce (baltic porter.) Highly recommended.

Photo of RyanLigeia
3.79/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Not sure what the date on this one is but the code is E8 1705 S.

Appearance-4 Pours a completely opaque jet black with a decent sized dark brown head.

Smell-4.5 I could smell this one as soon as I opened the bottle. Chocolate, strong sweet malt, hints of fig, touch of caramel.

Taste-3.5 A sort of bitter chocolate, roasted malts, a bitter semi burnt coffee flavor, slight hint of alcohol in the end.

Mouthfeel- Moderate to low carbonation, slight alcohol warmth, somewhat silky smooth.

Overall- This is not a bad BALTIC porter by any means but the bottle dubs itself plainly as a porter. With that being said, I was sort of torn while judging because sometimes the specific style a beer is given on this site is decided by anyone who cares to change it. For example; were the overly roasty, bitter flavors intentional to try and re-create the style brewed in the 1700s? Who knows. Either way this is a great beer. Maybe not a 93/100 or 95/100 IMO but none-the-less worth a try if you like porters/stouts and haven't had this yet.

Photo of keithmurray
4.68/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - jet black body with fluffy mocha head

smell - chocolate malt balls, mocha, expresso

taste - mocha, chocolate malts, expresso, hazelnut

mouthfeel - medium bodied, although it is coming in light/thin for the style, low carbonation, flavors linger on the palate nicely in the finish

overall - this is a good baltic porter, although a bit pricey. My only qualms with this was that the body came in thinner than other entrants of the style

Price Point - $4.69/11.2 oz bottle

Photo of brentk56
4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of gleemonger
4.38/5  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.

Photo of Fatehunter
3.94/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Into a snifter. Blackest black body with three fingers of tight tan head. Amazing looking.
Roasted malt, licorice and chocolate smell.
Taste starts slow and builds to a grand crescendo. Light taste, then black licorice, coffee, dark chocolate, biting bitter at the end.
High viscosity, almost sticky, low carbonation.
A definite winner in my book.

Photo of BrownAleMale
3.63/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz bottle poured into a Gulden Draak tulip glass.

Appearance- Black motor oil like color with about a 1 finger mocha colored head. The head fizzles down into about an 1/8 inch lining but still leaves real nice lacing.

Smell- Bakers chocolate, pine, citrus and sweet malt

Taste- Again your really dark roasted chocolate with a very bitter chocolate hops. Just a bit to hoppy for me in a porter. If this was the west coast of the USA, I would expect it. Throws me off that this is so hop forward.

Mouthfeel- Nice and silky like chocolate milk. Carbonation a little on the high side but nothing to bothersome to the pallet.

Overall- Not bad, but I can go out and get other porters or shouts that are hop forward for a much better value. It's good, but would go out of my way to purchase it again.

Photo of ThePorterSorter
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours black with an inch of tan head that settles to a thin quarter inch blanketing (with the occasional bald spot). The beer's nose has a caramel sweetness and bitter roastiness. The taste has layers of flavor including an initial sweetness followed by a residual burnt sugar, bitter roastiness, and crisp hoppiness. The finish is dry and leaves my mouth watering in anticipation of the next sip. This full bodied beast of a porter reminds me of founder's porter (American) and flying dog's gonzo porter (Baltic), but is still different (slightly).
As far as Baltic porters go, I still prefer smuttynose, but this is still quite tasty.

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Black Raven pint glass. Pours pitch black with a fine light brown head with great retention and lacing. Aroma of roasted and sweet malt, chocolate, dark fruit, light oxidation. Flavor is dark roasted malt, sour cherry, chocolate and hints of burnt coffee. A rich taste approaching a good stout. All the element I expect from a good Baltic porter with the sour fruit element nicely balanced by roastiness. Finishes with toasted malt and coffee. Heavy bodied and creamy. An excellent, tasty Baltic porter.

Photo of mikeg67
3.61/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2 OZ bottle. Pours black with a brown, foamy, long lasting head and a lot of lacing. Aroma is of toasted malt, bread crust, coffee, and hints of chocolate. Body is medium and smooth. Toasted malt, burnt grain, coffee, prunes and dark chocolate fill the mouth. Finish is medium and slightly bitter. Easy drinking porter.

Photo of beergoot
3.92/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out an opaque black with a thin and persistent brown head.

Roasted grains with currant, figs, and dates predominate the aroma. There is a soft cocoa sense in there. A rich, nutty mustiness, too.

Taste comes across with toasted malts and semi-sweet chocolate in the fore. A slight acidic character. A bit of alcohol presence. Bitterness is almost hidden within the sweetness of the gains, but shines through in the aftertaste along with a bitter coffee and slight chocolate tinge.

Mouthfeel seems medium bodied. Slick and wet with a tinge of sugary heaviness.

A nice enough Baltic porter. Fairly complex and pleasurable overall.

Photo of kc44
3.95/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Damn fine looking dark beer with a remarkably deep shade on its head, which is short but dense. Just a pitch black brew here, speaking to no lack of roasted malts. Smells kind of earthy, kind of bready, a touch of caramel sweetness to it, but nothing real roasty about the nose. The nose doesn't lie either, not any roast on the palate either and hey, that's alright, this is a real porter after all, not some stout masquerading as one. Comes on nice and sweet, almost reminiscent of the dark fruit and licorice flavors of big English styles like barleywine or old ale. Definitely a caramel kind of sweetness, but it slides gracefully to the bitter end of the spectrum for the finish, certainly a hops kind of bitterness more than a roast type. Would never have guessed that this has as much booze as it does but for the flavor comparisons to other strong styles. Mouthfeel comes of as kind of thin, very little carbonation but i neither expect or want that out of this beer. The body is alright though, and it resists being too sticky or viscous. As a package, definitely a remarkable example. If someone asks you how a porter is different than a stout, this would be a lovely example for demonstration of the distinction, which I personally claim is the roast malt character being stronger in stouts. There simply isn't another way to categorize this beer - it is a porter, and a profound one at that.

Photo of JayQue
3.91/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really good Porter. Purchased at Grape and Gourmet in Virginia Beach. Poured a dense black color into a pint glass. The head is brown, thick and with excellent retention. Leaves thick lacing on the glass.

Smell is just a bit better than average,,,roasted malt and some chocolate.

Taste is really good and complex. Roasted malts, chocolate, sweet dark fruit up front, some coffee and hops bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel is smooth and rich, a little alcohol bite is present but it still goes down very easy.

All in all one of the better Porters I have tried.

Photo of woosterbill
4.38/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

Appearance: As black as a moonless winter night in Lappland, even right out of the neck of the bottle; the head on top of the ebony body is a perfect two fingers thick, and consists of dense brown foam. Retention and lacing are both superb. Porter perfection.

Smell: Rich and balanced, with brownie batter, dark chocolate, and faint coffee providing roasty sweetness up front, and some more piquant undertones of herbal hops and minerality sneaking in behind. Some dark fruits, as well. Excellent.

Taste: Opens with some raw malt, followed by chewy chocolate, some almost tart raisin notes, and finishing with clean bitterness and a hint of coffee on the aftertaste. The slight sourness is throwing me for a bit of a loop, but at the same time I think it goes terrifically with the other flavors. I do wish it had as much punchiness as the aroma, but I’m still a fan.

Mouthfeel: Quite thick, chewy, and possessed of the perfect amount of soft, creamy carbonation. Decadent.

Overall: I can’t think of a beer that delivers so much body with such a clean finish – that’s got to be the combination of lager yeast with the porter malt bill, and it’s absolutely superb. There are a couple things going on flavor-wise toward the back end of each sip that keep me from totally falling in love, but I’m really, really impressed. This one is a must-try, if only so you can experience a hallmark of the style and tick Finland off your list of countries.

Cheers!

Photo of Pintofbrown
3.77/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this porter on-tap at Sanctuary.

Appearance- The beer was delivered having only a ring of brown sugar-colored foam with a few bubbles on the lid. The body itself is completely black.

Smell- The nose is quite nice with some dark fruit, mainly dates, some tobacco, and malt sugar.

Taste- The leathery smokiness is much more prominent on the palate and hits right away. The middle of the drink is slightly acidic from the roast and sweet with dark fruits, more of a fig character now.

The finish of the beer is very roasted and has a coffee grounds acidity. A good profile, but the finish is overpowering.

Mouth feel- The body is a decent medium, but the beer feels slick and a little flat. A beer with such a slick feel is not as appealing when the finish is so caustic.

Overall- This intense roasted and smokey beer with subtle notes of dark fruit and brown sugar sweetness is one I would visit again. However, it would take much consideration because of the intense finish.

Truly a porter for the stout of heart.

Photo of dbrauneis
4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours midnight black with a two finger tall mocha head. The head reduces a bit over time but leaves a half finger head long into drinking the beer. There is quite a bit of lacing.

S: Aromas of dark roasted malts, dark fruit, chocolate, and burnt toffee. Very bold in the aromas.

T: The flavors start off with the dark roasted malts followed by dark fruit and hint of bittersweet chocolate. Overall slightly sweet then slightly bitter. There is a very subtle hint of coffee when the beer warms.

M: Medium to full bodied with low to moderate amounts of carbonation. Quite creamy and a nice dry finish.

O: A great baltic porter and my first Finish beer that I have reviewed - this beer came highly recommended and did not disappoint. The alcohol is well hidden and I could definitely enjoy more than one of these, though not too many with the 7.2 ABV.

Sinebrychoff Porter from Oy Sinebrychoff Ab
93 out of 100 based on 801 ratings.