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Sinebrychoff Porter - Oy Sinebrychoff Ab

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Ratings: 768
Reviews: 577
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 10.55%
Wants: 74
Gots: 26 | 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 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!

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


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.


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.

Photo of stegmakk
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

Photo of Suds
4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Photo of Kunsan90
3.9/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

Photo of MJR
4.75/5  rDev +13.9%
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!

Photo of JISurfer
4/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Photo of Ueberales
4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

Photo of Gusler
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

Photo of UncleJimbo
4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
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).

Sinebrychoff Porter from Oy Sinebrychoff Ab
93 out of 100 based on 768 ratings.