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Sinebrychoff Porter | Oy Sinebrychoff Ab

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Brewed by:
Oy Sinebrychoff Ab
Finland | website

Style: Baltic Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Todd on 02-12-2002

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

Poured into porter glass. It is very dark black with a caramel-colored head. Didn't leave much lace as I drank it. Aroma was roasted (burnt) coffee and a mild sweetness. My wife and I couldn't call the sweetness out by name until the next morning. I took a whiff of the warm remnants left in the glass and immediately picked up on raisins or prunes. Taste had average porter bitterness. Viscosity was above average and higher alcohol was apparent. Decent aftertaste. I think I actually served it too cold at first (maybe 40 deg or so). As it warmed, I really enjoyed it more.

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Photo of RandomExile
3.12/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

/ 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.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.48/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Colonial Spirits
Pours a solid black color with a smallish tan head that dissipates to a small cap. The aroma is heavy with charred wood, and vinous oxidation, supported by dark fruits, smoke and dark chocolate. Little to no hop aroma or alcohol presence. The flavor is a hint of sweet sugar up front that quickly becomes smokey with light fruits and a bit of wine like flavor. A charred ashy flavor sweeps in and lingers long into the finish of every sip. Medium body with a light to moderate level of carbonation and a full almost gritty mouthfeel. Big burnt fruity Baltic porter. I warmed up to it after a while, but it is not my favorite example of the style.

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Photo of Flounder57
4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

33 cl bottle was poured into a goblet.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger mocha head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a pitch black color with no clarity or vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Spotty lacing as the beer was drank.

Smell: Roasted coffee, chocolate, burnt molasses, a little alcohol, and some dark fruits.

Taste: Roasted coffee, chocolate, molasses, smoke, dark fruits, a little booze, and very deliciously smooth.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, medium to full bodied, delicious, and medium carbonation.

Overall: i personally think the best Baltic porters come from the Scandinavian countries. Extremely delicious for a beer that has traveled thousands of miles to get to Boston.

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Photo of dar482
4.29/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours in a gorgeous black color with a huge mocha brown head. A beautiful beer.

The aroma has a big sweet chocolate note, with coffee, fudge, molasses, and a sweetness from roasty malt. There's also a raisin and dark fruit sweetness lingering in there.

The flavor follows with a wonderful chocolate note, roasty bitterness, and then a coffee flavor on the end. The carbonation leaves this beer off well from the palate. There's also a raisin flavor that cleans up the beer slightly.

A really wonderful beer. I enjoyed this and it surely surprised me.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle poured into a snifter. The best before date code is a mystery.

A: Deep inky black on the pour. The light brown head retains very well and leaves a patchwork of lacing.

S: Fudge, dark chocolate, mocha, coffee grounds. Cocoa nibs, black cocoa powder. Blackstrap molasses, carob. Darkfruit abounds. Lots of plum and blackberry. A deep, layered complexity on the nose.

T: Fudge, blackstrap molasses, hints of cola. Carob and dark chocolate fudge sauce. Black cocoa. Dark caramel. Coffee grounds and a hint of smoke. Plum and blackberry darkfruit. Mild acidity. Roasted coffee beans. Long lingering finish of carob, black cocoa, and a touch of smoke and soot.

M: Big and thick in body. Full and rich. Creamy and velvety. Low carbonation. Slight warming alcohol.

O: Fantastic. Sinebrychoff reigns supreme as king of the Baltic Porters. Rich, deep, and complex, yet still very drinkable. Full of character and nuance. There's a lot of legend and history surrounding this beer too. A favorite of the late Michael Jackson, and a timeless classic of a beer.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.46/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Blue Monk in Buffalo, NY.

Pours an inpenetrable dark black. Very ominous, but beautiful. 2 inch head just won't recede. Sticky globs of lacing form on the glass.

Smells like roasted malt, bit of smoke, chocolate, and oak.

Similar flavors. The roasty malt and the smoke give the beer a slightly ashy bitterness, but the chocolate flavors (don't think there's chocolate added, probably just the malt) bring some sweetness to balance it out. The alcohol is not noticed.

Full body and creamy. Low carbonation. Very drinkable.

My first beer from Finland. Really glad to find it on tap as it's one of the best porters around.

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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!


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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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