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Sinebrychoff Porter - Oy Sinebrychoff Ab

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Ratings: 727
Reviews: 575
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 10.05%
Wants: 69
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of Mitchster


4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

"How much more black could it be ... and the answer's none..none more black." --Spinal Tap

Re-reviewed 8/17/10. Original review 2/9/03.

$2.99 for a 11.2oz bottle at Jacks. 7.2% ABV. Product of Finland, best before "E8 1705", whatever that means.

This porter is more like an imperial stout in looks. Barely hints of ruby at the edges. Forms a pugnacious, sticky dark tan head, like espresso crema, atop small to medium sized bubbles with thick lacing and very good retention. Carbonation is mild to moderate. Aroma is of dark fruits (figs, dates, raisins, prunes), black currants, black walnut, sweet espresso, dark chocolate, and chalk with hints of almonds and vanilla. Wood notes are somewhat prominent in aroma and taste, like hot sawdust and carpentry. Mouthfeel is soft and chewy, with a medium-heavy body. The taste is a recap of the aroma...dark fruits with a well-balanced bitterness and all the aforementioned aromas. The difference between this Baltic porter and others is the black currant, burnt marshmallow bite, slightly rummy and chalky flavor against a well balanced bitterness that isn't aggressively hoppy.

An outstanding brew. Definitive of the style. Very enjoyable. Highly recommended. Up there with Okocim, Carnegie, Aldaris Porteris and Zywiec...the HOLY Pentacostal of Baltic Porters.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2003 18:05:22 | More by Mitchster
Photo of stegmakk

New York

4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jet black opaque beer with nice creamy tan head.
Smell was malty with hints of floral, nuttty, and alcohol.
The flavor was very good and balanced. coffe/chocolate...a little bitterness...and again the alcohol flavor warms you as it goes down. I would get this once in a while. Not one of my top beers but still good.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2003 17:29:32 | More by stegmakk
Photo of Suds


4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Solid black color and a thick, bubbly tan head (great head retention). Malty, woody, aroma. Alcohol and warmness is in the smell as well. Taste is very sweet and malty, with roasted grain flavors coming through after a few sips. Great bitter finish…chocolate and molasses notes in the mid-taste. Actually, this is a very drinkable, exceedingly smooth beer. Creamy and on the heavy-bodied side. Very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2003 14:11:41 | More by Suds
Photo of Kunsan90

North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Like my last review, this beer is one that I received in Oct 2000 and just recently found.

The beer poured old oil black with a slight, 1/4 - 1/2" head. I have read other reviews that mention a thick head, but the limited amount of head I experienced must be due to its age.

The smell included a heavy dose of coffee with a hint of chocolate. The first taste was not what I expected, maybe because of the age, but it tasted very good. Taste was slightly bitter, but only for a short second, and no after taste was detected. I thought it would be more aromatic due to the higher alcohol content, but it wasn't. The texture was smooth and slightly silky.

All in all, it was a very good beer that would buy if available in my area. I hope to fine a fresh bottle one day and compare it to this one. If I do, I will update my review if needed.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2003 14:34:08 | More by Kunsan90
Photo of MJR


4.75/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours with a jet black body crowned by an inch thick, creamy head that settles down to a 1/4' cap. Leaves little to no lace. Completely opaque, no light's getting through this one.

Smell: Has an aroma of malted chocolate balls, coffee, and a bit of a floral scent. Great nose on this brew!

Taste: More malted chocolate balls! That's the first thing that I pick up on...never tasted that in a beer before! There's coffee in there too, but it plays second fiddle to the Whoppers. I taste the floral flavor that was hinted at in the aroma, along with a touch of a woody flavor. Finishes with a slighty bitter hop note and the smallest bit of alcohol. Very complex, rich, and delicious, this easily hangs with any porter I've ever tried.

Mouthfeel: Fairly thick with an oily body that finishes dry. Has perhaps the perfect mouthfeel for the style...

Drinkability: Damn good... While the thicker body and higher alcohol keep this from being an all-night companion, it makes a fantastic nightcap for putting an end to a tiring day. Bloody marvelous!

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2003 22:52:58 | More by MJR
Photo of JISurfer

South Carolina

4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice porter. Has some head to it, which I like. Tasted like malted coffee. Good rich dark color, with a super thick brown head. Had some floral smells attatched to the chocolate malt. Starts out a little bitter from the alcohol, but finishes smooth. Fiancee liked it and she is a big fan of lighter beers, so mostly anyone would like it.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2002 17:03:40 | More by JISurfer
Photo of Ueberales


4.43/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer pours jet-black. All I had at hand was a pilsner glass, and I held it up to some sunlight, and still could barely see through it. Unlike other reviewers, I did not obtain much head, but I must admit the beer was served a bit cooler (38F) than I prefer. A little warmer might have generated a better bed of foam. This is a very intense beer, with coffee/molasses/burnt flavors initially vying for your attention before succumbing to a lingering hop aftertaste. This stuff is silky-smooth, and begs for drinking, but it definitely it is not a session beer. "Easy does it" is certainly in order here.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2002 12:28:46 | More by Ueberales
Photo of Gusler


4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A brilliant deep walnut to black color on the pour, the head a lavish cap of frothy chocolate brown bubbles, that degrades to fine sticky sheets of lace that seal themselves to the glass. Toasted grain, caramel, light hints of coffee, and a bit earthy to boot, quite a nice nose. Start is ambrosial and the top heavy in its feel, with the finish passably acidic, the hops potent in their spicy bite, dry lingering aftertaste and quite a decent and “Robust” porter in my book.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2002 14:55:07 | More by Gusler
Photo of UncleJimbo


4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz brown bottle, labeled "bottled in 1998" (4 years old).

This porter poured a dark, coffee brown with a carmel-brown head that dissipated relatively quickly, leaving very little lace. The aroma was rich and chocolatey sweet.

The taste was very intense and jumped off the tongue to give a rich, bitter coffee flavor, with tastes of chocolate, and sweet malt, but with some bitterness. A slight taste of hops, with undertones of olives and cloves.

The mouthfeel was good, though initially intense, with little carbonation.

The drinkability was good, reminiscent of an imperial stout, but a little too astringent for my tastes, and at 7.2% abv this porter packs a kick.


3/13/03 Sampled again
330 mL bottle, "best by" on label, but no date to be found.
Unknown vintage.

This sample was a bit better than the previous, though perhaps with a bit less aroma. Poured black wtih good, light brown foam that settled but left good lacing. The smell was nice and sweet (caramel malt). The taste was full and sweet but with a touch of sharpness. Caramel, coffee, and bitter chocolate overtones in the finish. The mouthfeel was full and chewy but creamy. The flavor was nice and lingered a while in the mouth. Low carbonation. This bottle was very drinkable! I wish I knew the vintage of this one, but I estimate it had to have been on the store's shelf for a year or two or more (based on the dust).

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2002 20:19:28 | More by UncleJimbo
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4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shoe polish black with medium head. Terrific aroma of bitter chocolate, big toasty malts. Somewhat abrasive on the tongue, but manages to be velvety too, in the manner of porters. Big roasted malt flavor, traces of coffee, grains and herbs. Very light hoppiness, some bitterness a la bitter chocolate, but majority of flavor is sweet. A beer that is both daunting and tempting. I am guessing this sample is old, since flavors are mellowed, muted, almost shimmering. Nothing prototypically Finnish except perhaps a very light trace of liquorice. Alcohol is notable but not overpowering, and finish is not too lasting. A classic.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2002 15:13:46 | More by Thrasher
Photo of mjohn27603


4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark. Tastes heavy with a alcohol feel. Some bitterness with a sweet taste. Molasses. Brown sugar. Some musky notes that remind me of aged dark cave. After I finish this one I'm done for the night. A night capper.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2002 18:18:58 | More by mjohn27603
Photo of Dogbrick


4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Not quite as good as Fuller's but this Porter is no slouch. Pours a nice oily black with a pretty milk-chocolate brown head. Aroma of espresso and chocolate. Very robust flavor with a slightly sharp aftertaste, but overall the finish is warm and smooth. Very good!

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2002 07:40:18 | More by Dogbrick
Photo of putnam


4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Originally reviewed on 10/16/02. Rated:
4.5...5.0...4.5...4.5...4.0, or 4.55 total
Here were my notes:
Black with a pretty dark brown head (!). Exotic aromas of walnut liqueur, Frangelico, blueberry pie, and chocolate. Big thrust of chewy, alcohol laden flavors featuring notes of candied nuts and fresh ground coffee. Sweet and strong with just enough bitterness to keep it in focus.

Retasted blind among five peers on 8/4/03:
"Aromas of rum, oak, molasses. Sweet attack. Chocolate milk. Cedar chip-dry grip on finish. Loaded with coffee liqueur, raisin, and allspice flavors. Dense and slick."

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2002 12:22:26 | More by putnam
Photo of jackndan


2.78/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2002 10:39:43 | More by jackndan
Photo of zerk


4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice brown head settles to fine lace. The beer is opaque, appearance looked somewhat like a cold cappuccino. Molasses in nose, and strongly in taste. Also detect some spice, and malty sweetness. A little bit of alcohol vapor in the finish. Nice warminig effect.

Porters aren't usually among my favorites, but this is an exceptional porter! Very complex. Very tasty.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2002 21:02:33 | More by zerk
Photo of aracauna


3.88/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black, but not opaque with smallish tan head. Nice roastiness in aroma and flavor. The bitterness rides on top of a marshmallow kind of flavor. The feel of the beer leaves the palate quickly and leaves little aftertaste. Fairly clean profile.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2002 21:06:59 | More by aracauna
Photo of marc77


4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A notch shy of being completely jet - black-- only a meagar yet clear ruby hue around the edges is seen. Dark caramel malt sweetness dominates the aroma initially, but a bittersweet combination of deeply roasted malt & carob ensues. There's a hint of fusels in aroma as the beer warms. The mouthfeel is viscous, rich, borderlining on being oily and thus adds to the richness if this brew. Assertive sweetness hits the palette at first, but mellow and clean chocloate malt & heavily caramelized flavors follow. Hop bitterness doesn't assert itself until the enjoyable bittersweet finish which is akin to dark chocolate. Although sweet overall, there's sufficient complexity in Sinebrychoff Porter to make it a highly enjoyable beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2002 19:19:35 | More by marc77
Photo of mattmaples


4.8/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Man alive! This beer is quite an experience. Jet black with coffee, cherry, sandalwood, chocolate flavors and aroma. Complex almost too much flavor to it. It is hard to take in all at once, sip after sip revealing something new. Next time this one comes around I am definitely getting extras(the distributor only had 16 bottles). My only complaint was the head didn’t last long. It aged AMAZINGLY well, the young version is a tad astringent but that seems to go away with age. This ranks way up there on my list of “beers for a treat” not your everyday porter.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2002 13:48:13 | More by mattmaples
Photo of WilliamPhilaPa


4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark brown / opaque, with a very nice dark tan head with deep pockets. The body is medium, with a very smooth almost oily mouth feel. Coffee notes in the aroma and in the flavor also. Along with coffee there are fresh wood notes and caramel malts. As it warms it gets very, very sweet. Nice bit of warming action in the finish (a typical antidote for the Baltic cold)...overall a excellent Baltic Porter...

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2002 16:45:04 | More by WilliamPhilaPa
Photo of Wildman


4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Okay, first off, wasn't expecting a Finnish beer. Love the people, but never heard much about beer from them. A nice dark color, a decent head(but didn't hold). Nice flavor with some flavor elements that I have quite figured out yet. Worth checking out.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2002 19:54:05 | More by Wildman
Photo of Bighuge


3.73/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer is opaque with a thin, dense brown head. Pretty heavy roast tones in the aroma. This is a pretty decent porter. Nice roast tones on the tongue as well as bitterness and coffee notes. All things I look for in a porter. The bitterness is the most appealing aspect. Nice creamy mouthfeel. Medium to full body. While it's not one of my favorite porters, it's pretty good.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2002 21:29:11 | More by Bighuge
Photo of cokes


4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Another great baltic porter.
Pour very black, with slight edges of burnt orange. Nice tan head that retains fairly well.
Malty on the nose...mostly chocolate. Faint grains and earth as well.
Comes in with a big chocolate flavor. Dark fruit is hidden in the back ground, but still present. Roastedness is almost heavyhanded, but still enjoyable. A tea-like hop flavor resides towards the finish, but the roasted cocoa flavors linger long afterwards.
Highly charged up (carbonation-wise), but once it settles, the full, smooth body is brought forth.
Yumm...Only problem with drinkability is that it is gone too fast.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2002 23:16:38 | More by cokes
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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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Rhode Island

4.83/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow! Malt, Malt, Malt. I love this stuff! It is rather hard to find. I just found a store selling singles of it. Very smooth with a very strong chocolate/coffee taste. Beautiful deep dark color. Amazing! The perfect porter in my book.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2002 13:32:24 | More by Jdiddy
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Russian Federation

4.8/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Why you call Sinebrychoff robust? This is a typical Baltic porter. And the main difference is its' ABV. In fact Baltic porters are strong at ~ 7,0%.
So Sinebrychoff is the best Baltic porter. (Well, I think so) It's sweet, it's bitter, it's chocolate taste with, it's got much alcohol. And everything is in harmony. That's what we always search in a beer. The beer well goes with Karjalan paisti (Karelian stew).
And... and it's black. Real black porter. And my point of veiw is very simple: if a brewery can make a black porter, that's a good brewery indeed :-)

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2002 06:53:58 | More by ORM1
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