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Sinebrychoff Porter - Oy Sinebrychoff Ab

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

776 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 776
Reviews: 578
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 10.55%
Wants: 75
Gots: 31 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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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 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.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Its black body reveals a brilliant ruby highlight at the base of the glass when held to the light. It's clear; but tiny particles of sediment are noticeable resting at the base. The thick and creamy dark-tan head holds quite well and leaves some very nice lace throughout most of the glass. Sweetish dark caramel and a mild note of fruit greet you in the nose. With a little investigation it reveals some cocoa and a mild roastiness. The body is medium and it's smooth and oily across the palate with a fine carbonation that lightly caresses the tongue. The flavor, however, comes on strong with lots of roastiness, deep caramel, chocolate, alcohol and a swirl of fruitiness. It's initially sweet, but the solid bitterness (50 IBU's) kicks in at the swallow. It finishes surprisingly dry with more bitterness than the style normally offers, and a wash of alcohol; lingering with notes of cocoa, prunes, dark caramel, molasses, bittersweet chocolate, dull roastiness, and some "spent hop" flavor. From the start to the finish it's quite a complex ride for the senses. Most impressive!

Photo of TheDM
4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This brew has a very nice aroma for this Porter. Extremely dark brown color with a small light head filled with a mixture of all sizes of bubbles. Very heavy taste with an initial bite that soon fades. Subsequent tastes are not as bitter. All in all one of the better Porters I have tasted. Hotstuff did not rate the beer as she felt it had chocolate in it.

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.75/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

After having a couple of lackluster-to-awful porters, I was only to happy to rush into the arms of this little Finnish beauty, whose depth and character I'd already been acquainted with, and the reunion was most satisfying.
Color, a thorough black, firmly opaque, with a flourishing, brown, cakey head, puffy, crusty, elegantly crumbling down. A bewitching brunette.
Aroma is sinfully dark, and smooth, carefree, untroubled, untrammelled. Espresso notes, rich and bitter, emerge and dominate, but not suffocating the essentially smooth and creamy character. Smooth and bitter, it may seem contradictory, but that is the way with complex personalities. A pleasure to drink deep into the nose, offering further complexities the furhter along we go.
On first taste, a great blaze of bitterness, that soon mellows. Excellent texture, perfect play ont hetongue, long, tasty finish.
Full-bodied, full-flavored, sturdy and spectacular mouthfeel, giving away associations of molasses, rum, raisins, chocolate, warm, rich, lush, giving.
This is the stuff, I kept thinking, and felt the desire to nothing but luxuriate in it's company. Let the world shut off around me, neglect thoughts of duller cares, and let this magnificent creation perform it's work upon me.
The heat and the flavor grow more intense and powerful and the glass grows empty, making the the final sips strain slower, eking them out at miniscule increments, that I might savor every ...last...drop...ah!
(Looking on the label, it seems we crossed paths just in time?Best before:6.27.03)

Photo of AudioGilz
4.95/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

33cl brown bottle, Let's see what the Finnish can do with a porter....It's opaque with just a touch of ruby highlights around the bottom edge of the mug. A thick tan head retains well.

There's some seriously awesome qualities to the aroma of this beer! It hits you before you even pour it. Alcohol, cocoa, and rich coffee are very strong. It's such a delight to breath this beer in. Especially for someone with a bad nose like me. Even I can tell it's a strong aroma.

It has a very creamy mouthfeel, not that thick, closer to a medium body with low carbonation, very rich and robust. Roasted coffee, chocolate, and warming alcohol make for one of the best porters I have ever had. It most definitely should be consumed closer to room temperature. As it warms, the roasty and alcohol characters jump out and are tantalizing! The chocolate flavor is more of a bakers chocolate with some bitterness. And it comes through more in the finish.

This stuff is amazing. A truly delightful treat of a porter.

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

Mmmm Mmmm Good! This Porter poured a coal black colour and it had a dense brown head. The aromas were of cocoa, chocolate, alcohol, and malts. The taste wes more of the above. Very chocolaty, bready, malty, boozy, and wonderful. The mouthfeel was thich and viscous and the drinkability was very good for a beer of this sheer size and strength.

A classic Baltic Porter.
Cheers to the Beer Researcher for this one!
-F

Photo of Morris729
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black ruby in color with a tall creamy tan colored head that slowly dissipates into a heavy semi-sticky lace. Nose is fresh coffee and lots of sweet dark malt. Medium to full in body and extremely smooth and creamy in texture. Taste is dominated by tons of malt with additional notes of unsweetened chocolate, dark coffee, and a touch of molasses. Finish is dry with a lingering aftertaste. A wonderful porter that’s quite delicious. Purchased from Liquid Solutions.

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

Pours coat closet black under a roof of dirty foam. A bowl of mixed fresh and roasted berries drizzled in dark chocolate with a dollop of hazelnut cream might be enough words to try and describe the hearty aromas oozing from this charmer. Soft coal snatches your buds by the roots initially, but is quickly steamrolled by dark roasted coffee beans that get all red currant tart and dry and chummy with a handful of greasy hops. Coats the mouth like whipped wet fudge. A serious fireside session brew, big enough to sate, but small enough to crack another.

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

Pours with an outstanding immense deep-tan mousse, settling over dark brownish-red liquid. The nose is very roasty with a malt powder undertone and coffee notes. The taste is simultaneously roasty and chocolatey, with a bitter coffee upsurge on the palate. Finishes with a sweet malt burst, then drys out roasty, toasty and bitter...just awesome!

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

Very black appearance with creamy tan head,smelled sweet an coffeeish.Taste was oily,somewhat woody with some sweetness in there.High alcohol content was very apparent as it warmed,something good to drink on a cold night before bed good for that Baltic style.

Photo of bewareOFpenguin
5/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This was a Porter Zenith. By shear luck, I plucked a dusty bottle of this from a shelf at the packy, not knowing anything about it or its brewer. Poured a nice dark black color, with a rich caramel head. The taste was esquiset, burnt coffee, caramel, good malts, etc. I did not even realize it had a 7.2% ABV until I started staring at the bottle in amazement at the great taste. Easily the best porter ever.

Photo of Sigmund
5/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pitch black porter, even held against the light. Tan head. Complex aroma of coffee, cocoa, dried fruits, ensilage(!) and oak. The full and rich flavour has coffee, bitter chocolate and loads of roasted maltiness. Not too sweet, just the right bitterness in the aftertaste. This must be a world class porter!

Photo of BeerResearcher
4.9/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Sinebrychoff, or Koff as it is called in Finland makes a variety of beer styles, but in this researcher's opinion, only their Porter really stands out as a true "craft" brew. This "vintage" Baltic Porter ages very well, when cellaring at around 55°F. The flavors and aromas change ever-so-gradually. You can expect this brew to last 6 to 8 years. In the past, silly governing bodies of the Finnish state, regulated the brewing industry. They generally frowned upon interesting or varietal styles. Fortunately, brewers and beer lovers across the country have developed an awareness and developed lobbying groups to help promote a wide variety of Finnish brews. This Baltic style Porter, although it had long ago passed muster with state regulators, is a prime example of a beer crafted with care, attention to detail and love. The color is like strong, dark coffee. Lovely aromas of chocolate malt, smoke, coffee and dark rum vie for attention. The full and rich body envelopes flavors of coffee, rye, dark chocolate and a bit of licorice. An abundance of sharp-edged fresh hops, citrus bitterness and hint of spices provide a lively bite. It's slightly smoky with an essence of pine in the background. This powerfully flavored brew has a bit of an alcohol kick, yet it remains very drinkable. I highly recommend this wonderful example of the Baltic Porter style!
Kiipis! (Cheers!)

Photo of goz
3.58/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an almost opaque dark brown, with a slight garnet tinge to it. Head is medium in size, dark tan in color, leaves good lacing. Aroma is roasted malt, caramel, light dough, and mild chocolate. Flavor is roasted malts, coffee, bitter chocolate. Body is medium, medium carbonation, and goes down quite smooth.

Photo of Bierman9
3.95/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is my first 'Choff in a couple of years. Poured an extremely dark brown, with nary a glimmer of light being able to pass through. Head was quite short and tan, with minimal lacing. Nose was slightly sweet, combined with roasty aspects as well as mild dark fruit. Nice! Body was in the medium range, with a touch of carbonated roughness on the tongue. Nice flavors throughout, though not one thing in particular is outstanding. It's sort of like a little bro to an Imperial Stout, imo. Has some roasty malt, with a touch of sweetness and then dark fruit combining with a hoppy bitterness at the finish. Pleasant bier! Skol!!

overall: 3.95
appearance: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 3.5 | drinkability: 4

488

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

This brew pours a jet black with a minimal head that leaves a collar, and a sexy lace behind. The smell of maltiness and strong alcohol, fill the nose. An robust earthy smell also pours from the bottle. An imperial stout like flavor is present at first sip. A mild hoppiness is present that is the only thing that is hurting this beer. THe flavors are amazing considering, this should be an imperial stout.

Cheers

Photo of Mitchster
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

Sinebrychoff Porter from Oy Sinebrychoff Ab
93 out of 100 based on 776 ratings.