Sinebrychoff Porter | Oy Sinebrychoff Ab

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Sinebrychoff PorterSinebrychoff Porter
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Oy Sinebrychoff Ab
Finland
koff.fi

Style: Baltic Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Todd on 02-12-2002

BEER STATS
Reviews:
604
Ratings:
861
Avg:
4.17
pDev:
10.31%
 
 
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Photo of mynie
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An old school, old world porter. Been way too long since I've had one of these.

Smells sharp, fruity, and chocolatey, basically like some chocolate covered raisins. Rich and intense.

Tastes good, but a tad uneven, with a thin back end weighing things down. Fruity barley up front, fading quickly into dark chocolate and mild hops, ending rough and sweet, with a bitterdry aftertaste.

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Photo of SABERG
4.04/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a undated 330 cl bottle into the test glass.
A - Midnight, new moon dark. An mocha cap of loose knit spheres rests comfortably on top.
S - Dark roast malts, a bit of espresso, bakers chocolate, raisin, plum and lite smoke.
T - As complex as the nose, some dark fruits, a bit of cigar wrap, dark brown sugar.
M - Thin in body, a strong start that kind of peters out, the linger is sweet, and the palate waits but not much else occurs.
O - I like the offering, solidly constructed, nice aromatics, the body is more delicate that I expected.

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Photo of BIGPOPPAS
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This Baltic Porter came recommended to me by the beer manager who knows I like dark brews overall, so I made it part of a pick 6 pack.
Poured from a cold bottle into a large tulip, which foamed a huge foamy head that left heavy lacing .
Beautiful rich dark color that had me excited to taste .
The nose to it cold wasn't very intriguing, but added a little as it warmed . Nothing really overwhelming though, so my excitement sort of diminished.
Taste that followed was that of a typical Baltic Porter, so it certainly is correct in its style . Roasted malts, some burnt flavors and nice carbonation. Very refreshing actually and I think I would have enjoyed this more later in the day instead of a morning substitute to my usual coffee stout . It dies leave a nice aftertaste, which is creamy with the roasted malts.

Overall it is very correct for its style, but I think I prefer some of the sweeter American craft styles . I would buy it again, but it wouldn't be my first choice, especially if I saw something like 5Beans available.
CHEERS !!

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Photo of smakawhat
3.62/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass. Always wanted to try this glad I found it recently. Best Before date on label says nothing.

Dark mocha fantastic cascading head out of the bottle. Stands a solid three finger tall, and actually seems to get lighter as it settles. Creamy chocolate like top that sits on a very blackend red body. Just a great looking brew.

Small sensing cream and nut like aromas, quite subdued malt body actually. Mild sensing spicy phenols and a bit of small molasses. Nicely put together but seems just a bit too buried on the nose.

Palate comes off surprisingly wet. Light bodied roast with little sensing char or malt flavor. Soft sensing cream but with little to no sweetness and a decent bitterness of grain and roast on the finish. Mild sensing sour twinge a bit but also a slightly flat body that doesn't let the flavors linger.

This feels like a dumbed down baltic porter strangely, and feels like an opportunity that was missed.

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Photo of craigmorris74
4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A powerful concoction, that proves to be wonderfully drinkable at the same time. Roasty and chocolaty while packing a warm punch, this is a truly satisfying brew.

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Photo of Jeffsta1
3.66/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Beautiful dark, dark brown color, ran head.
Smell is so-so, a little bit unclean.
Taste is decent. Some malty sweetness mixed with bitterness. Bitter cocoa.
Feel is pretty nice. Not overly rich. Carbonation is spot on.
Overall - meh. An ok porter. Happy to have it if a friend served it. Wouldn't buy it again.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.19/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a near pitch black color with 2 fingers of head that slowly fades down to a small cap

S: Roasted malts, dark fruit, cocoa, and coffee all present and in full force. A light sweetness resonates from the fruit and cocoa

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with the roast, cocoa, and dark fruits along with a touch of sweetness. Coffee and light bitterness follows, only to be met with more fruity notes that add more sweetness. Sweetness, roast, and light bitterness all co-mingle extremely well. Finishes with some berry notes and lingering roasty sweetness

M: Medium bodied with a fine carbonation that breaks up the feel a little

O: An extremely balanced porter with great drinkability and co-mingling of flavors. Nothing over the top, but it is done very well. Definitely worth checking out if you like dark beers in general

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Photo of colts9016
3.79/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Been sitting in my cellar for about 5 years. Pours a dark thick black beer with a one finger tan head that dissipated quickly.

A rich dark roasted malt, sea air, earth, caramel, toffee, raisins, anise, bread and yeast.

A very heavy dark roasted malt, sea air, toffee, raisins, bread,anise, and yeast.

A very smooth creamy mouthfeel with a nice finish.

This is a good porter a light body beer is a nice finish in the beer. I really could detect the sea air in this beer, dunno if that is a fluke or just me. It made is a very pleasant to drink.

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Photo of datalager
4.29/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is an excellent porter, where the flavor profile is slightly smokier. And although there is plenty of malted goodness, it is less sweet than many of the top shelf American porters, such as Founders, Sierra and Smuttynose. Very smooth, slightly carbonated, dry not oily. I wish I had another.

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Photo of mothmanscott
4.57/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From notes 4 years old: Pours a midnight cavern brown black. Nice but shortlived 1.5 inch, moca brown, fluffy head with minimal lacing. Aroma sweet dark chocolate, fig/prune/ raisin, molasses/toffee, roasted/burned dark malt, some coffee notes, hint of anise/licorice. Taste burned pumpernickel bread, chocolate milk, chocolate covered cherries, dark fruits, molasses/toffee, bitter coffee, faint anise/licorice. Hop presence is a bitterness immediately following the start through the aftertaste. The burned character intensifies in the finish & aftertaste.

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Photo of John_Beeryman
4.34/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

A wine-like, boozy, but super smoove beer. Interesting, complex, a little sweet, very delicious on the tongue. Pours black a deep space with there is no sun.

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Photo of tigg924
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours opaque, dark brown with one inch head. Taste is baker's chocolate, smoke, roasted malt, and cream. Body is medium heavy. While no one would call this a rauchbier, I love the smokiness of this one. A sipper, but a beer that I will certainly get again.

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Photo of MacMalt
4.19/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into tulip glass. It pours a deep, dark mahogany, nearly black, with a two-finger mocha-colored head and extensive acing. It's a very attractive pour. It smells of wood smoke, roasted malt, and burnt coffee. The taste is better than the nose: It starts with a nice caramel flavor; it's sweeter than most Baltic Porters I've tasted. But the sweetness is nicely balanced by roasted malt and burnt coffee. It finishes with a nice bitter touch. The flavors blend nicely. For a porter, it has a nice thick, creamy feel. It's well carbonated and the 7.2% ABV gives it a nice kick. Overall, this is a very nicely-crafted Baltic Porter. The flavors work well together and it's a pleasant beer to drink. It would stand up well to a hearty meal. I will seek this one out again.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.97/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Sinebrychoff Porter was good....but not an elite Porter. The beer poured an opaque dark with not much head and no lace. The smell and taste were common to most porters....some earth/peat and touch of roast. The mouthfeel was lighter in body with subtle carbonation. Overall it is certainly a sessionable porter and would not shy away from drinking it again.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.46/5  rDev -17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours pitch black with an inch of tan foam. (after settling down)

Smells of roasted malt that goes a step further. Smokey as in burnt. Also some sweet malty notes.

Roasted malt and yes, smokey, burnt, yet has its sweeter side. A certainly different Baltic Porter than I'm used to but it's good.

The body just eeks into medium territory.

My first Finnish beer, I reckon.

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Photo of DLancaster04
4.65/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Excellent, I love everything about this Porter. Big, rich and silky. Lots of nice charred flavors ranging from hoisin sauce, dark cocoa, and burnt sugars. 2009 Vintage.

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Photo of Dope
2.82/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

No bottling date that I can find.

A: Jet-black pour with a tall, dark dark dark brown head. Head is thick with the tiniest bubbles I've seen, almost solid looking. Great, long-lasting retention. Spotty bits of lacing.

S: Fruity, lots of dark fruits. Raisins and berries. Charry. Brown sugar.

T: Very fruity, loaded with dark fruits and char. LOTS of char, like drinking raisin juice strained through a BBQ pit. Very dry and acrid finish.

M: Medium bodied. Ashy.

O: Wow. One of the most charry beers I've ever had. It starts out like an ashtray and only gets worse from there. Super dry, acrid and burnt throughout. Surprising.

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Photo of Roguer
3.67/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark brew, with a dark mocha head; decent retention.

Roasty, slightly sweet, perhaps a touch oxidized. A little bit of coffee and chocolate from the malt. Really lovely robust porter aroma.

Flavor can't quite live up to the aroma. It's roasty, bordering on ashy. Bitter chocolate malts. Very nutty late finish to the brew, like walnuts and cedar; long finish.

Feel is definitely too thin for the style; very easy, even more so than the 7.2% ABV. A little slick and oily.

A decent brew, but it's fairly two-dimensional: roasty and ashy up front, nutty on the back.

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Photo of ordybill
4.84/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 330 ML bottle into a snifter at the World of Beer in Cary, NC. Wow, the appearance is pure black gold with a small creamy tan head . The aroma is full of malt, coffee bean and cocoa. . . outstanding. The flavor is pure malt heaven and is very rich. An outstanding porter.

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.9/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: very dark brown - almost black; 1 finger medium brown head that receded to a wispy cap; nice lacing;

S: well toasted bread (not burnt); licorice, dark fruit;

T: starts a little sweet; licorice becomes predominant at mid-palate and stays through the finish;
dark fruit in the aftertaste;

M: full bodied; moderate carbonation; moderately dry finish; smooth;

O: would make a nice night cap;

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Photo of kojevergas
3.67/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

BOTTLE: Brown glass. Pry-off black crown cap. 33cl.

7.20% ABV. U.S. importer is B. United International. Swedish importer is Carlsberg. Best before: 06/02/2016.

Served cold into a mason jar in Kuopio, Finland. Expectations are high; I've had this before. Reviewed live as a Baltic porter.

HEAD: ~3.5 inches wide. Gorgeous khaki-tan colour. Creamy as hell, with a lovely soft complexion and an even, smooth consistency. Retention is superb or the ABV - ~10 minutes. Leaves light even lacing on the sides of the glass as it recedes.

BODY: Opaque ink-black. No yeast is visible.

Appears well-carbonated. An inviting appearance for a Baltic porter. I'm excited to try it.

AROMA: Cocoa dust, dark malts, chocolate malts, cream, hints of faint dark fruit (mainly dates and fig), dark fruitcake, some raisin. Suggests a sticky tasty full-bodied porter.

Aromatic intensity is above average. I can't wait to try it.

TASTE & TEXTURE: Viscous and sticky, with a full body and high thickness. Has a heavy weighty presence on the palate, supporting its robust flavour profile. Quite malty, with heavy schwarz malts, chocolate malts, and dark malts lending a lot of sweetness on the palate. Molasses contributes to the strong malt backbone. Hop presence is minimal (to style). Hints of dark fruit - particularly raisin - are present. Baker's chocolate. Mild cream.

Well-carbonated, a biteen syrupy, smooth, wet, and unrefreshing. Warming but not irritating alcohol presence. The stickiness and weight of the mouthfeel nicely complements the flavour profile. This is a well-put together balanced beer, but does have shortcomings inasmuch as intricacy and subtlety are concerned.

OVERALL: A solid Baltic porter with plenty of likable attributes. Easily one of the best beers in Finland, and absolutely in the upper tier of traditional beers in the style. Very drinkable, albeit filling. Hides its ABV well.

B (3.67)

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Photo of bark
4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The colour is dark brown, almost black (100 EBC), the three finger compact head is brown. It sinks very slowly leaving lots of thick lacing.

The smell is semi-sweet and roasted. Robust notes of black currants, rubber, creamy chocolate, wax beans, liquorice and some clean bitterness.

The taste is semi-sweet with lightly smoked delicatessen, black currants, sweet liquorice, dark chocolate and prunes. Medium to full body. The aftertaste is rich ans smooth with orange peels, dark chocolate, smooth espresso, prunes and dried rose hips. The finish is smooth with red berries and charcoal.

The carbonation is strong, the many small bubbles are long-lived and smooth. The liquid is semi-smooth.

An excellent example of a top fermented baltic porter: Rich and smooth.

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

Pours pitch black with thick dark beige silky head. Aroma and taste brings to mind semi-sweet chocolate, lingering sweet bitterness on the palate. All around this is an excellent beer. Complex, smooth and drinkable.

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Photo of pat61
4.73/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

L: Bright black – like looking into the abyss topped with a clingy, sudsy tan form cap that sits atop the abyss and persists.
S: Dark grains but not quite coffee and chocolate is also muted. This is more like dark dried fruit.
T: Molasses, grains, oatmeal, dark dried fruit, fig, something caramelly, a touch of wine and dark cake. A lot of dark sugar action on the palate dominates and softens any hint of roast.
F: Very creamy soft in the mouth with medium to medium full body and medium low carbonation.
O: Interesting and somewhat unique but very drinkable and enjoyable.

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Photo of Heeenrik
2.92/5  rDev -30%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

After reading the reviews here I somehow got the feeling that this one going to be pretty good. But after I poured it in the glass and starts too look at and smell the beer I got the sense its just a average porter, not more, not less. I had expected more taste and specially after-taste.

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