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Sinebrychoff Porter - Oy Sinebrychoff Ab

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Ratings: 778
Reviews: 579
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 10.55%
Wants: 75
Gots: 33 | FT: 1
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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 mschofield
3.68/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours pure black, two finger dark tan head. Leaves behind webs of lacing.
Alcohol, black malt, burnt raisin, wet leather aroma.
Dark fruits (cherry, plum), juicy, wood notes, grape. Very strong note of raisin, and a tiny bit of dark chocolate
Medium bodied, poured almost non-carbonated.
Not something I would drink often, the alcohol just struck me as too raw, maybe it needs to age longer.

Photo of bgcookie
4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I was very impressed with this beer. The head was rocky and the blackness consumed the glass as I poured it. The body of the beer appeared to be substantial.

There was not much of a nose. I caught a hint of roasted coffee and some chocolate. They were both very subtle. The flavor was lingering and waiting to consume my palate. What this lacked in aroma it made up in flavor. The chocolate and dark malt saturated my palate and continued to provide enjoyment even after I swallowed. This would go exceptionally well with a raspberry dessert or cigar.

Photo of Hagbard
3.41/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This is some potent stuff! Pours a deep black into the glass. A very thick, dark brown head forms after a less-than aggressive pour. The aroma doesn't really prepare you for the taste...it is just understated malt with some chocolate undertones. The understatement ends as the beer hits your tongue. Chocolate malt grips your tongue and does not let go until well into the aftertaste. The first few sips were almost overwhelming due to the strength of the malty background. This is definitely not what I was expecting, as I expected something a little less potent. That's not to say I didn't enjoy it, or wouldn't seek it out again, it's just not something I would want more than one of in a sitting. Drinkability suffers due to sensory overload.

Photo of BierReise
3.78/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

33cl Bottle No Freshness Date. Poured black as coal and opaque with a creamy dense tan head. Aroma of sweet malt, roasted coffee, chocolate and licorice. Slight metallic note also. Body is medium and smooth finishing slightly dry. Flavor is roasty and bitter with notes of cocoa and caramel. Overall very good for the style.

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

Poured out a very blackish color with some carbonation, but left no lacing around the glass. Smell consisted of some plums and some chocolate. Taste was great. Plums and raisins hit first with some coffee and chocolate undertones that's very well balanced. Aftertaste was cocoa like in taste. Very nice. Quite expensive but well worth it. Grab a couple.

Photo of beergeek279
4.37/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

'99 vintage, served in the 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. The color is black, with a layer of tan head. The smell is a very strong chocolate malt. The taste is a nice dark chocolate taste with some coffeeish hop bitterness and very little alcohol. Mouthfeel is nice and thick. As for drinkability, could have a few.

Thanks to WVbeergeek for the bottle. Though I just missed this beer on the Top 50, it's still a good one nonetheless, and I'm hoping to get a more recent vintage sometime in the future to see how they compare.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.06/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of ark57
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Fresh - This is everything I want in a Baltic Porter. It is dark black with a tan head. It has a sweet, roasted malt aroma. It is thick and creamy and very complex. It tastes of raisens and plums, roasted, toasted malts, and has a slight smokiness. It is warming and delicious. The perfect ending to a cold night.

1998 Vintage Bottle - The body is much leaner than a fresh sample. The dark, ripe fruits have mellowed and there is more of a grape-like character to the taste and a slight tartness. The alcohol has mellowed considerably as well. The mouthfeel is slightly less, but it makes up for it in better drinkability so overall, it has the same score.

Photo of merlin48
3.49/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle pours an opaque dark brown with a three finger tan head that seems to last forever, and leaves patches of sheet lacing all over the glass. Very nice looking. Aroma is disappointing, with not much on the nose but some chocolate and light smoke. Mouthfeel is creamy, but has a light texture. Taste just doesn't seem to emerge until room temperature. Cocoa, a hint of coffee, light smokiness, and a slightly dry finish. Very smooth, and alcohol is well concealed, but this one will sneak up on you with its superb drinkability. I was disappointed in this one, as it doesn't measure up against others of the style.

Photo of jcalabre
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This pours jet black with a huge, rocky tan head. The aroma is somewhat a mixture between chocolate & coffee, but not too overpowering on each. On your tongue, you get smokey and dark chocolate notes. It's medium bodied and smooth. This is a pretty nice 'winter warmer' type of beer.

Photo of emarone
4.55/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Mmm-mm-good! This brewery has been around nearly a century, and they obviously know what they're doing. It pours black into the bottle with a small but tight tannish-colored head. Long, deep malt flavors are accented by delightful coffee and chocolate notes that mingle and fade into a slow, moderately bitter aftertaste.

The punchy 7.2%abv adds to the flavor and aroma of the beer, but doesn't overpower by any means, letting the complexity of the beer entertain you on its own.

This terrific brew will definitely be making regular appearances in my fridge, glad to have discovered it.

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

This brew pours pitch black into my glass. A tan creamy head foams up easily and sticks around.
The aroma is malty sweet with some roastiness coming through.
The flavor is mild chocolate sweet up front which finishes roasty coffee.
The beer is very smooth throughout and exhibits very mild gentle carbonation. Nice thick body almost chewy, and yet incredibly drinkable. No hint of the alcohol content anywhere. Gotta love this brew!

Photo of UnionMade
4.85/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The beer pours an inky black from the stubby bottle, almost opaque in it's depth. A creamy tan head forms, rather thick, holding fast all the way through. Loads of lace, obscuring the empty glass.
The aroma is very soft and delicate. Roasty, aged malt, burnt chocolate, somewhat sherry-like Ripe fruitiness, reminiscent of black cherry, fig and plum. Very clean and well lagered, with a soft overtone to the whole business. Not much in the way of hops, just an undercurrent of herbal stillness. Some fusel alcohol, with a faint bit of woodiness.
The flavor starts with robust burnt malt up front. Some coffee and toffee. A vague lactic flavor, with hints of cherry and fig, moving into a characteristic baltic porter finish. An explosion of bittersweet mocha, hugely malty, with a trace of herbal hops and fragrant solvent alcohol. A lingering burnt malt bittersweetness in the aftertaste. Full bodied, almost milky in it's consistency, supported by silken carbonation.
My bottle was sampled in 12/17/03, and the expiration on the back was marked 06/27/03. Perfectly palatable, with perhaps the hops dropping out a tad, and the beer acquiring a more pronounced port vinousness. This is truly one of the best baltic porters out there. One of my favorite styles, the lagered versions unlike anything else out there.

Photo of RoyalT
4.37/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance – Almost black in color with a slight purple hue. The head was modest but tanned and very strong.

Smell – This one has a huge nose. The winey malts are monstrous, causing my nostrils to flare and my salivary glands to, well, salivate. The prunes especially are big here, although many other dark fruits such as figs, dates, and cherries are also present. These are all soaked in alcohol and smell very juicy.

Taste – The flavors here have all melded together wonderfully having sat in the bottle for seven years. The fruits are luscious and captivating, bringing alive the very back of the palate. The malt base is complimented with a fine but delicate flavor of coffee. I can also catch a whisp of coca at the very end.

Mouthfeel – Undeniably smooth and balanced. This medium-bodied Porter is sticky sweet, and the alcohol tinge has to be one of the easiest I’ve ever experienced.

Drinkability – I feel like a king drinking this ale, and will savor it for the rest of the night.

Comments – This was a Vintage 1997 that held nicely for the six or seven years that it was in the bottle. A big, appreciative BA THANX to Jason (dare I call him “J-Bro”) for sending this one out my way.

Photo of RockyTopHeel
3.56/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Completely opaque black--wow--with a pocked and pillowy brown head. Deep, earthy aromas bubble up from the dark depths. The taste is rich and earthy, with alcoholic sourness and dark bitterness taking alternating shot assaulting my mouth.

This beer is deep and barren, like it came from the frozen steppe (yes, I know there's more mountains than steppe in Finland). The flavor becomes chewy (but somehow, the mouthfeel remains a bit thin) and brutal on the taste buds, this beer seems fit for temperatures well below zero.

Too bad it's not that cold here. I can barely finish this - more of a critique of my palate, not the beer.

Photo of aaronh
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark reddish-brown liquid topped by a creamy tan head. Sweet and fruity aroma also throws in some nice chocolate notes for good measure. The taste is at once fruity and roasty, with a bit of a bite to it. The slight edginess actually makes it a bit refreshing as it cuts through the heavier flavors. THe beer finishes very dry, and the chocolate and roasted notes reappear and linger in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is perhaps a bit on the thin side, but not distracting in any way. This beer also is very drinkable and enjoyable. I can't believe I waited so long to review this one.

Photo of HappyHourHero
4.57/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Aroma of creamy alcoholic raisins and a little spicy jerky. Foamy hazelnut colored head dissapated quickly leaving just a trace on the glass. Really dark opaque colored beer, I'll go with 10,000 mile motor oil. The body is hardly thick, I've got to get the dark beer = thick out of my head. Strong porter flavor with hints of roasted malt with a slight bitterness in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is creamy and the finish is fairly clean. A very flavorful and aromatic beer that is easy to drink. I haven't had that many porters, but this ranks up there with some of the best stouts.

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

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.

Photo of drewbage
4.02/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled from a 11.2 fl ounce brown bottle that has a spot for a "best before" date, but it has no printing. Beer is at least 3 years old.

Beer pours pitch black into the glass with zero transmissitivity. Head is creamy brown and lasts fairly well even after the first few sips. Head also laces fiercely to the side of the sampling glass.

Aroma is a mix of alcohol, horehound and licorice with spicy ginger and pepper tones to the subsequent sips.

Flavor leads with a hint of oxidation, but comes through with a large brown molasses sugar that weaves back and forth with a mix of metal and strongly herbal flavors. The finish is a mix of roasted black malts and brown sugar.

Photo of Mark
4.12/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This bad boy was as dark as dark can be. Tan head retained well and left some scattered lace. Aroma was of sweet malt, with some roastiness. Taste was interesting, on first sip the sweet malts and alcohol were evident along with a decent roasted note. The roastiness seem to give way to the sweet malts and hoppiness for the rest of the glass. Silky mouthfeel and very drinkable. Thanks to Rkhaze for this nice porter.

Photo of DagFishHead
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Flat black body with cherry highlights at glasses edge. Head is respectable: dark coffee milkshake that fades to a thin broken cap with leggy lacing.
Smell: Very robust nose for a porter. Oaky, smokey, loads of roasted malt, whiffs of dark fruits, molasses, bitter roast coffee.
Taste: Front is semi-dry with dark roasted malt, molasses, and bitter coffee. Top is medium-light with alcohol warmth and coffee acidity, finish is incredibly dry with bitter grain and hops. Long dry burnt (pleasant) aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: Medium-light body and low/fine carbonation. Very dry given sweet notes in the nose.
Drinkability: Nice. A number of other less pricey porters are better in my book.

Photo of Crosling
4.42/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Sinebrychoof pours pitch black with a small dark tan head. It sinks to a thin layer of head floating at the top of the beer in less but laces up very well.

Nice chocolate notes in the aroma along with bananas, vanilla and coffee. Smells somewhat sweet in the nose. Nice aroma just like a fresh bouquet of florers.

The porter has a lovely taste. Taste somewhat sweet almost like chocolate with pieces of toffee grinded up in it. Lots of coffee as well as caramel. Nice hop bite on the back on the tongue. Exactly as I would expect from a big porter. The finish teases me. It acts like it's gone but then comes back and pleases you.


Photo of Sixpack595
4.92/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is easily one of the best beers I've ever had. Inky black with a full tan head that lasted quite well and gave great lacing. Sweet chocolate aroma, a touch of coffee, a bit of smoke, and a little alcohol sneaking in too. Taste is amazingly smooth and complex. Chocolate malt, bitter coffee, sweetness of dark fruits, and a well balanced bitterness. Alcohol is slightly evident, but never obvious. Wow.

Photo of CRJMellor
3.68/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rich black with deep tan head that I swear had purple highlights. Head left quickly leaving some lace. Aroma had some peaty scotch-like notes along with some chocolate, could also swear I picked a port-like touch. Taste had some roast, some semi-seet chocolate and minor bitter coffee-like aftertaste. Complex brew that just didn't quite pull it off IMHO.

Photo of rkhaze
4.8/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured a jet black with a big thick creamy brown head. Good retention and got rocky and pock marked as it slowly subsided. Excellent chunky lace.
Bittersweet chocolate, espresso and roast malt aromas.
Big rich flavors of creamy dark chocolate and espresso with a dark caramel malt sweetness and hints of nuts, smoke and licorice. Nice tangy hop bitterness. Outstanding!
Good full rich mouthfeel and soft carbonation. This went down too easy. Top notch effort. Gonna have to score some more!

Sinebrychoff Porter from Oy Sinebrychoff Ab
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