Sinebrychoff Porter
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Baltic Porter
Ranked #14
Ranked #1,854
4.19 | pDev: 10.26%
Oy Sinebrychoff Ab
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Photo of FBarber
3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a lovely dark brown almost black color. Completely opaque and rather "thick" in appearance. Pillowy 3-4 finger mocha colored head dissipates slowly leaving a thin layer of bubbly foam on top of the beer. Lots of stick lacing is left behind on the glass.

Aroma has notes of roasted malts, some dark fruits, licorice, and dry cocoa. There is a slight smoky aroma more reminiscent of smoked bbq (as someone described it) more that it is just straight up smoked malts like in a rauchbier. Finally you do get some of that lager yeast coming through on the nose.

Taste follows the nose, you get some roasted malts, cocoa, dark fruit and licorice, with a smoky finish. Very earthy herbal hops provide some bittering on the back end. Light smokiness comes through as the beer warms up with a definite smoked bbq like quality.

Feel is light to medium bodied with a certain dry chalkiness to it. Moderate carbonation prickles the tongue. that dryness to the beer carries into the finish.

Overall this is a really nice baltic porter.

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Photo of KooVee
4.39/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

330ml bottle. Impossible to decipher best before, as the stamp overlaps the text.

Black with a red tint at the edges. Dense tawny head of decent height, leaving medium lace.

Nose is enticing. Fudge mixed with licorice in the centre. Roasted, even some pleasantly burned aromas, hot chocolate, just a hint of red berries.

Long aftertaste of bitterness mixing hops and dark chocolate. Tart roasted bite at the front on the other hand. And in the middle both blend harmoniously.

Still a uniquely smooth example within the style. Hard to break into parts as the elements blend so well.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
4.34/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From old, undated notes. Poured from the bottle.

Pitch black; no ruby around the edges.

Small dark khaki head which quickly dissipates. Almost no lacing.

Nose is of smoked barbecue, with a rich sweetness. Pork ribs slathered in BBQ sauce comes to mind. Subtle black licorice as well.

Thin mouthfeel; dangerously drinkable for such a dark porter.

Slight metallic flavor on first sip; gives way to malted chocolate flavor. As the beer progresses, the metallic taste (which all Baltic Porters have to me) goes away and reveals a roasted character. By far the best BP I've ever had; complex & enigmatic. Would definitely buy again (and have).

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Photo of jkblr
4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

33cL undated bottle poured into a Sinebrychoff 20cL becher glass at fridge temp 7.2% ABV. The beer pours dense black with mocha brown head. The head recedes to fine layer and ring leaving the glass well laced. The aroma is roasty, somewhat ashy with a hint of black licorice. The taste is semisweet roasted malt with minor fruity undertones. There is a thread of underlying mild tartness throughout along with ashy roasted bitterness on the end. Mouthfeel is full bodied with less than medium carbonation and a roast driven dry finish. Overall, very good. No way for me to know the age of this bottle, but it looks like the case might have rode along on the truck for years before being unloaded. All that aside, this is a very complex beer for 7.2% with no wood or spirit aging and no additives. Everyone should try it once.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From the stubby 33 cl bottle with no date that I can see. Sampled on April 1, 2018.

The pour is as black as night with lacing-leaving, froth beige head.

Big sweet aroma of chocolate, cocoa, char, roasted caramel, and a little to no hop profile. It smells like an inviting Porter.

The body is creamy, smooth, and easily min the medium to full range.

Same vibrant sweet roasted maltiness in the flavor with chocolate again and a low to no earthy hop profile. A very enjoyable Porter.

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Photo of brewandbbq
3.98/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle vintage 1996.

Pours oily black with barely a trace of head. Zero retention or lacing. Aromatics are chock full of chocolate syrup, Kahlua, and chocolate liqueur. The body is thick and syrupy with an oily, slick mouthfeel. Rich chocolate on the palate with hints of coffee and roast. Mildly sweet. Finishes with lingering oily chocolate.

Pretty tasty for a 20+ year old beer.

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Photo of REVZEB
3.93/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Classic baltic through and through. The taste and body are the prototypical flavors and well done. Licorice, malt, dark chocolate, mushroom, roasted coffee and caramel all present. The smell has a little macro finish to it, but otherwise also spot on. Pours a lighter black than normal, but still obviously a porter.

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Photo of dcotom
4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 33 cl bottle into a glass drinking horn. A gentle pour yielded an incredible amount of spongy-looking tan foam atop a dark coffee-colored body. Very complex aroma and flavor profiles, with dark bread, dried fruit, a little dark toffee and burnt coffee, and a bit of oaky sourness. Silky mouthfeel, a slightly astringent finish with a bit of tongue-coating sweetness. That Synebrychoff can coax so much flavor and complexity out of the most basic of ingredients is truly a tribute to this brewer's craft. Well done!

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Photo of Libeertarian
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From notes taken 04/14/17:

Opaque dark brown or black. See some tannish fine fleks clinging to side of glass near the bottom. Evidently very viscous. A rich golden brown head, thick, fine, dense, foamy, well-retaining. Dark chocolate cake, light smoke, toffee, plum on nose. So luxurious, can’t wait, my first true Baltic Porter! Palate is plum-laden! Just dark fruit throughout, very natural, very distinctive, not too ripe, not too conditioned or aged or boozy. Suggestions of pipe smoke, the tartness and bittersweetness of dark chocolate, licorice, and molasses. Light smoky aftertaste. I can definitely see how this is a porter on steroids, might as well be a stout, and is the ancestor of the Russian Imperial Stout. A little booze flavor and heat, but hard to detect under the dark fruitiness. A little less sharp sweetness but more well-rounded than an Oatmeal Stout. Full bodied, syrupy, semi-astringent with low and quickly dissipating carbonation, just enough to make it interesting.

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Photo of mynie
4/5  rDev -4.5%
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 -3.6%
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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3.75/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

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Photo of Smakawhat
3.62/5  rDev -13.6%
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%
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 -12.6%
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%
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 -9.5%
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 Beginner2
4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had often. Had more often than certainly any other beer from Finland and, probably, anything associated with neighboring giant Carlsberg.
Looks given dimension by a coffee-ish foam. Smell is undistinguished, minor notes of dried fruit and cocoa.
Taste is an example for American brewers; malted sweetness checked by roasting malts and subtle hops.
Feel is full and smooth and no lingering bitterness.
Overall, went great with semi-sweet chocolate; each reflected the other.
Listed on the "1001 Beers To Drink Before You Die." Sinebrychoff's Porter deserves to be on the list.

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Photo of datalager
4.29/5  rDev +2.4%
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 +9.1%
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 +3.6%
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 +0.7%
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%
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 -5.3%
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 -17.4%
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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