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Sinebrychoff Porter - Oy Sinebrychoff Ab

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Sinebrychoff PorterSinebrychoff Porter

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767 Ratings

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Ratings: 767
Reviews: 577
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 10.55%
Wants: 74
Gots: 25 | FT: 1
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Style | ABV
Baltic Porter |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Todd on 02-12-2002)
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Photo of sulldaddy
4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
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
4.88/5  rDev +17%
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
4.38/5  rDev +5%
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
3.55/5  rDev -14.9%
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
4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
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
4.58/5  rDev +9.8%
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
4/5  rDev -4.1%
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
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
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
4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
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
4.93/5  rDev +18.2%
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
4.83/5  rDev +15.8%
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!

Photo of Jon
4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Opaque dark brown with a lavish, khaki head that retains itself quite well while leaving trails of lace down the glass. Chocolate, black licorice, and espresso permeate in the bouquet. Flavors of freshly ground coffee and roasty, mildly bitter chocolate with the vaguest hint of earth on the finish in addition to some minor warming alcohol. Full-bodied, wonderfully smooth and creamy mouthfeel complements the beer exceptionally well. A highly drinkable, majestic Baltic Porter. Very Imperial Stout-like, but in a more subdued, elegant fashion. A wonderful pairing with fresh brownies and other chocolate desserts. A definite world classic.

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

A very good porter that is solid all around. Stout-like dark brown to black body with a good beige head. The nose is fairly awesome with huge chocolate and roasted malt sense. The flavor is very rich and full, chocolatey and malty as well. The feel is full, creamy and rich. Very drinkable despite the higher ABV.

Photo of Nytemare
4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to BeerResearcher for this fab brew. This beer poured out a thick, dark brown, just a shade short of black, with a dark tan head that lingered for-freakin'-ever. Lacing all the way down the glass. Smelled wonderful. Nice roasted malt, coffee, and bitter chocolate. Smelled it over and over. Very nice. Tastes just as good as it smells. Wonderful. Thick and creamy. Full bodied but easy to drink. Very smooth and rich. I have another one that I'm debating about. Do I drink it or store it in the cellar for a while. I'm curious what'll happen to it.

*Edit (Debate solved, I drank it and enjoyed it every bit as much as the first. Excellent Porter. Mmmmm

Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thick foamy brown head that lasts and lasts. The aromatics develop as the beer warms, but the first impression was chocolate and coffee. The flavor is very smooth and chocolate. The flavor also has a complexity that must be attributable to age. The finish was dry, bitter, and slightly alcoholic. A very good Baltic Porter.

Photo of byrd
4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a foamy dark tan head that stays for a good length of time. The lace is thick and holds on to the sides of the glass. Solid black in color. The aroma is a rich mix of chocolate, roasted, coffee, and vinous notes. The palate, like the aroma, is quite rich. Carmel and molasses sweetness is noticeable up front, with lots of dry roastiness a hint of chocolate later on. Some slight hints of fruitiness are also noticeable. The finish is a mix of bitter roasted notes and hops that linger for a while. The mouthfeel is medium with not too much carbonation. The vinous notes that were quite noticeable on the nose are very slight on the palate. This was a great porter that I enjoyed very much. I’ll definitely look for this one again.

Photo of mydeadguy
4.88/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an inky 'but I know there's brown inside that' black. I got an inch of 'end of the chocolate milk' slightly coppery brown head. The head sticks, leaving slight trails down the side of the glass. Aroma is sweet, very malty and caramel/ chocolate scents. Maybe raisins, but overall, malt and deep earth aroma.
Tastes like heaven, smooth, creamy, full, with coffee and choclate roasted overtones, smoky. Sticks slightly to the palate, but not cloying or ruinous to the tongue, or overwhelming. Swirling in the glass reveals more head, and acidic (astringent) notes, a bit metallic or mineral taste. Mouthfeel is rich and smooth very full, a real dessert beer. Drinkability is, to my palate, through the roof. Certainly not 'drink a sixer of this' drinkability, but I could easily have another, which cannot be said for all strong porters/ stouts.

Overall, I cannot speak highly enough about this beer, complex, well balanced, beautiful to look at, warming in the belly, satisfying (this is really one for the ages). I have enjoyed this beer many times, and it still continues to amaze me. The only beer from Finland I know of, and a masterpiece..

Photo of beerguy101
3.65/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Eclipse black color. Small head. Aroma is fruity (raisins and apricots). A lighter bodied porter. Roaster malts are sweet, choclately and fruity. Hops are mild. Very drinkable. Touch of oak and smoke. Smooth. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

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

How is this not a top-ranked beer?

Poured black with edges fading to light brown. Had a highly brown head that was pocky, cavernous, and popping and reshaping all over the place. Left dots and fingers of stain.

Smelled of captivating dark chocolate, calm and high quality roasty wood tone, some dark and roasted sort of spice, and faint molasses notes. Smelled subtle and refined and well-done like a good wine. Tasted of roasted barley, black and other dark malts, some thin fruit juice-like flavors, and great charred wood chip tones. Nascently spicy, it had a finish of dark coffee but not too bitter and dry. Also a fairly thin mouthfeel.

Don’t know what to make of it: a porter with stout notes and complexity. Flavorful and fairly balanced amongst its many flavors, not sure it gets much better than this. A stupendous match with dark chocolate. Buy one.

Photo of chaduvel
4.53/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I couldn't wait to try this. Deep brown/black in color with a rich and lofty dark brown head that was at least an inch thick for the entire beer. Smells nutty, chocolaty, and licoricey. Mmmmm. Rich and chewy malts expand across the palate. Complex tastes of bitter chocolate, coffee, toffee and some black licorice. So chewy I feel like I should be drinking/eating this with a spoon. I love Baltic Porters. This would be a great beer to enjoy with a winter Sauna. Thank you Finland.

Photo of granger10
4.68/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I got this one at Siciliano's Market where the worker told me it had been in the back since 1998, being aged. It was the last one they had in stock. Seemed like a steal at $2.99/bottle. This beer seems to have every flavor possible in it. Wow. I don't know what to say. Malt bitterness at the start. Chocolate and coffee mix together to smoothen it out. Malty sweetness comes along. I notice some fruity flavors, even some vinous flavors. It seems as if a hoppier bitterness is there towards the end, but I'm not completely sure. Finishes with more chocolate/coffee sweetness. Excellent.

Photo of daledeee
4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Find a better porter-I dare you. Pours dark(like a stout). Head dissipates quickly. Malty and chocolate nose. Taste is very clean and fresh. Good carbonated bite. Dark chocolate and coffee with malt flavor. This is an excellent beer. Great for after dinner.

Sinebrychoff Porter from Oy Sinebrychoff Ab
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