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:
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Added by Todd on 02-12-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
863
Reviews:
606
Avg:
4.17
pDev:
10.55%
 
 
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95
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56
For Trade:
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Photo of LeoPanna
5/5  rDev +19.9%

Photo of rosszimm36
5/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My absolute favorite beer to date and this coming from an experienced Porter lover. Pours a thick viscous opaque black with a dark brown head that simply looks delicious with a spicy coffee aroma. Smooth creamy mouth-feel backed by a lightly sweet blend of chocolate, toffee, and coffee flavors with notes of spice and a deep oak background. Mild bite typical of porters in the finish. If you spot this on the shelf at your local beer store, snatch it up.

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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.

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Photo of mdillon86
5/5  rDev +19.9%

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5/5  rDev +19.9%

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5/5  rDev +19.9%

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!

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Photo of druptight
5/5  rDev +19.9%

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

This is an A+ beer for me. For this to happen, three things have to be true:

1. It is a unique beer...in a good way.
2. It is unique without betraying the style of beer it claims to be.
3. I love it, not merely from appreciation, but from enjoyment.

What we have here is a remarkably robust porter, truer to the English style (more of a dry ale than a sweet lager) than Baltic Porters of, say, Poland.

Pours thick and black, produces a head that's more brown than tan. Smells of chocolate and molasses. Thick (not overly) mouthfeel. Taste is smooth, almost watery (but not) and shows hints found on the nose with the addition of an almost smoky undertone and a dry but not persistent finish.

This beer's greatness is hard to describe. Many subtle notes that are hard to qualify. It manages to be both refreshing and nourishing. If you see a bottle on the shelf, grab it, and you'll know what I mean (I hope).

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5/5  rDev +19.9%

Photo of budgood1
5/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

pours out a completely opaque black colour, with a thin fine tan head with a little lacing. wow is this brew awesome! dark, ripened fruit aroma with plenty of chocolate, java and smoken tones. big chocolate profile in the taste...some burnt fruitiness, coffee and woody undertones too. the complexity is intriguing, very layered and it's extremely creamy and smooth. finish is full of roasted bitterness. i would rate this in my personal top ten of all time. this is a real treat. exceptional!

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5/5  rDev +19.9%

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5/5  rDev +19.9%

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5/5  rDev +19.9%

Photo of tykechandler
5/5  rDev +19.9%

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.

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Photo of akopczyk
4.93/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of irishevans
4.92/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

HOLY SHIT!!!, what a porter. I can't beleive it. I bought this on a whim, and i got super lucky. it pours deep dark brown with a tan head. it smells wonderful, even I can smell the roasted malts in this. it tastes like a standard porter should and then some with a nice full taste and a lingering smooth finish. the mouth-feel is smooth crisp, just plain perfect. and i could most likely polish off a case before i knew where the beer went. if you like porter or really any dark beer, try this, you will be very happy with it

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Photo of BobbyBeerman
4.92/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Pours deep dark brown to the point where it appears black except just at the very edges. A vigorous pour produces a finger of thick tan head that dissipates down to a wisp and a ring that persists leaving good lacing.

S: You absolutely have to let this one warm up to the right temperature otherwise you are going to miss a lot. When cold all I was getting was the fruits with a little something else in the background. At the right temp, the aroma blossoms up with chocolate, slight coffee, smoke in the background and the dark fruit tones and a little piney hops.

T: Taste doesn't fall too far from the nose. The dark fruit is more in the background here than in the nose.

M: Even though this looks a little heavy when it pours it isn't. It's a medium bodied, lower end carbonation, dry yet it has a slight oily feel. There is a pleasant warming effect yet it isn't that strong of a beer.

D: Very complex and layered. Easy on the palette and good going down. Rich in flavor and enjoyable. This is a damn good porter and worth every sip. I feel as if this is a must try.

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Photo of Sixpack595
4.92/5  rDev +18%
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.

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Photo of DackAchan
4.92/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Pours coffee black with a one finger dark mahogony head that turns lacey and sticks to the glass.

S- Lots of different flavors. Most noticable is a nice toffee smell with some black licorice and hints of chocolate. Almost has a wood finish to it.

T- Rich taste to it, very strong toffee taste to it. Dominates the taste a little more than the smell. It finishes very nicely though, a definate wood finish that moves into a black licorice aftertaste.

M- Mouthfeel is excellent, lightly bodied for a porter but still has a nice medium body to it. Very smooth with a little bite on the back end. I usually like a little more bite to my beers but this suits it well. It offers enough bite on it's own to be noticable but not enough to distract from the feast of flavors.

D- Very drinkable beer, taste is excellent, smell is a wonderful experience and the mouthfeel makes this an all around excellent beer. This is a beer that I most definately plan on consuming again.

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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!)

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

Presentation: A 33cl stubby brown glass bottle that looks like the BA database. The crown cap is black with the words ‘Portteri IVB Porter’ in gold lettering.

The top left hand corner of the obverse label has the date 27.06.2003, a Best Before Date that seems to have been surpassed a while ago!!!

Appearance: Extremely dark body with a thick dark brown cocoa head that forms slowly at first, but soon builds into a rich creamy body which is formed from small ever decreasing bubbles. Large ‘popping’ encrusted bubbles crater the surface and help to form a lunar landscape surface after time. Thick ringed lacing forms where the height of the expansive head once reached during the pour. Supreme looks, this is one seriously classy lady!

Nose: Thick dark raisins, figs, prunes, darker chocolates, aged molasses, crucified malts, charcoal encrusted carboniferous aromas. Deeply inhaled it makes the hairs on the back of your neck stand on end, and maybe even other appendages!

Taste: A thick, regal, rich luscious extension of the deeply orgasmic nose. Sink into the ultra-luxurious juicy dark labia of this moist lipped Baltic Princess. You’re invited to tongue her wet soaking clitoral fig encrusted malts whilst all the time playing with her soft tender molassic breasts and teasing her bullet nipples into the shapes of extruded raisins that they so taste of. Later you will get to lick the soft chewy caramel off her mid-rib whilst working your way back down to a dark sherry laden toffee nether-land. All the time you get to share in her Baltic Porter soaked saliva and swap all of the best viscous body fluids - she tastes oh so good, and will ensure that you finish the night with a resounding, self-satisfying and loud exploding finish. Damn – I’m in Heaven, or is it Hell? Who cares, this is SOO good!

Mouthfeel: Monster feel, huge thick bold body wraps you in a deeply satisfying warm and loving embrace. Drinks “massive” and feels twice the strength that it labels itself with. Is it 17% or 7%? It feels like the former.

Drinkability: I’m off to bed now, extremely satisfied. An Epoch of Baltic Porters this one is absolutely incredible. Serious stuff and worth a journey to Finland if you have to go there to try it. It’s that good.

Overall: FUCKING WOW. Nearly 1 year past its BB Date, but obviously well looked after during that time, this one kicks you hard in the furry love plums. Cost $2.69 and it was worth every single cent!! I’m speechless.

Sheer Baltic Porter Porn, you should feel ashamed and guilty if you spend the night alone with this one, but fulfilled, and you will cuddle it afterwards. Brilliance - a true Classic!

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

Upon pouring this porter into the 16 ounce tumbler I immedialy noticed the nice head which had good retention. I thought this was an excellent porter. The taste was rich and thick with a mingling of coffee and a roasted taste that made me want to keep the beer in my mouth without swallowing. The porter was also well liked by others in the room, some who are only "okay" with porters. The reason stated was that it was smooth with no bitterness.

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

This is an outstanding Balitc poter, rich in flavours and texture, yet highly drinkable.

Essentially black, it has a very large, rich, frothy light brown head that is very long lasting, shrinking only slowly to a permanent, thin, foamy top with rich, frothy lace.

The aroma is mild wine, chocolate, prunes, toast. It is perhaps the weakest element since, although consisting of very nice elements, it is a bit muted.

The taste is rich, complex, yet smooth and clean, with great balance of flavours, sweetness and bitterness. It has complex tastes of leaves, chocolate, dark toasted brown bread, prunes, a hint of port, some raisin, black pepper (esp. in the finish), with an increasing taste of black coffee condensed with brown sugar that is stronger by the end. It is rather dry throughout for the most part. In the middle, it has a definite but light sweetness and light but slightly stronger bitterness right at the finish, but for most of the time, up front and in the final finish and aftertaste, it is mostly dry, clean, and leafy. The flavours are fairly strong, but nicely restrained and harmonious.

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