Sinebrychoff Porter | Oy Sinebrychoff Ab

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Sinebrychoff PorterSinebrychoff Porter

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Oy Sinebrychoff Ab

Style: Baltic Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Todd on 02-12-2002

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Photo of fain12
1.61/5  rDev -61.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

I got this in bottle at Deep Ellum about a year ago. I'm not sure if it was just the batch, but this was the worst beer I have ever drank. I got it because coming from a Finnish heritage I figured I'd like it but oh no. It looked fine, smelled a little odd, and tasted like salted meat. Considering the other reviews I must have gotten a bad batch, but when I called the waitress over, she told me that it should be fine as the beer hadn't been there long.

Oh well. Chaulk that up to one bad beer

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Photo of drperm
2.06/5  rDev -50.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I’m seeing a lot of really high ratings for this one. Here’s a counter-statement.

If you like a one-trick pony beer, here’s a candidate. This brew’s singular trick is darkness. Black. Darker than a black steer’s tuckuss on a moonless prairie night. As in, very dark.

Some adjectives to describe both the nose and the taste: licorice, coffee, sorghum molasses, soy sauce. The finish is too harsh to redeem those things.

Next, please!

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
2.56/5  rDev -38.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

On tap at The GInger Man (listed as Sinebrychoff Porter). Pours black with a tan head. Aroma is sour and peaty, kind of weird. Flavor is very medicinal with sweet roasted malt. This was pretty opinion seems very different from others--bad keg?

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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 jackndan
2.83/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Porter, from Finland: Deep, almost jet black color. The head is as dark brown a head as I’ve ever seen. Taste is very powerful, with pronounced tastes of bitter dark chocolate. This beer is surprisingly bitter, more like very strong coffee, rather than from hops. Lingering aftertaste of bakers chocolate, with alcohol warmth and taste. I’ll pass it by if offered again.

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Photo of DrDCon
2.88/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured into tulip a dark nearly opaque drown. Decent head of 2 fingers the color of chocolate milk with a long retention.

Immediate smell is of average intensity: crushed grapes and a strong woody tone. Tastes of molasses, lightly of wood chips, chestnuts...very nutty porter. This beer has a somewhat smooth stout-feel on the mouth; it thinly coats the palate with chocolate and wood. This beer was pretty good, though unfortunately the feel and the taste stick around forever.

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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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Photo of avylover
2.94/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A beer from finland eh? this is new for me, although I've sampled some American Baltic Porters. This stuff pours out thick & black. Light does not penetrate it. Looks more like an imp. stout to me. Nice tan head. Aroma is heavy on the raisins, with a bit of coffee type maltiness in the background.Taste is quite subtle. There is alot going on here..but it's hard to pinpoint any of it. Definitely some chocolatey/coffee type flavors, along with some alcohol, but nothing is jumping out. The mouthfeel is slick and quite watery. There is decent carbonation but nothing special here. Drinkability is not so hot in my book, but the thin mouthfeel helps a bit. Porters & stouts are not my thing it seems lately.

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Photo of JDV
2.97/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

bottle thanks to Beerlando
Black pour with a quickly fading bubbly fizzy brown head. Smell is a touch of soy, molasses, some figgyness and heavily of peat, much like a scotch ale. Nice medium body that isn't too thin or thick, with a slight worcestershire tastes. Dull fig flavor as well and tastes too much like a peaty, Mcewan's scotch ale or Traquair house to me. Nicely made beer, but the flavors just aren't for me.

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Photo of allforbetterbeer
2.98/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a Swiss wine snifter.

Body is totally black, no highlights. Pretty impressive! A gentile pour yielded a finger of latte-colored head that leaves a nice ring around the edges of the surface.

The initial aroma is of dark licorice, raspberry dark chocolate, and a touch of black coffee grounds. Swirling brings up more dark chocolate (we are talking 80%+ cacao).

I unexpectedly find the flavor to be lacking much... as if the bulk of the flavors were absent and all that is left is some astringent bitterness. Maybe it is too cold, I will let this sample warm a bit and then continue. Warming improves the flavors to a small extent, but I still am finding a sour tinge and some non-descript astringent flavors dominating, with some sharp bitterness and coffee ground characteristics in the aftertaste.

The mouthfeel is surprisingly thin and watery, without the body that usually characterizes this style. Carbonation feels to high, but that might be due to the watery mouthfeel.

Conclusion: I find this Baltic porter to be a far cry from the best in this class. However, it is possible that the bottle I have obtained is too old or there is some other problem with it (however it is not oxidized and came from a store with a good track record).

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Photo of akorsak
3/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This is a 12 oz bottle of Koff porter served in a Troegenator seidel.

Appearance: The ale is a black oil color with a nice thick coffee-colored head. The head leaves a nice lace throughout the glass.

Smell: There is a soft chocolate aroma wafting out of the glass.

Taste: The beer has a slightly burnt roast flavor with a hint of sourness. The flavor comes across as a little too burnt and flat, somewhat abrasive and a definite letdown from the nose. The roasted flavors are a little to pungent.

Mouthfeel: The malts are overdone, giving the beer an unpleasant taste.

Drinkability: I admit that I was too anxious to try this, as it seems to be universally enjoyed, but I just don't think that it is on target.

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Photo of tone77
3.02/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a brown bottle into a weizen glass. Has a black color with a small head. Considerable lacing of the glass. There is a mild coffee aroma. Taste is mild with hints of coffee, finishes slightly bitter. Medium bodied and a tad bitter in the mouth. This beer is a bit heavy on the stomach for continuos drinking. Overall a so-so beer.

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Photo of warmstorage
3.03/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

11.2 ounce bottle, states 7.2%, poured into pint glass.

Pours a deep, dark black with a vigorous brown head, medium dense, which leaves foamy lacing.

Aroma is roasty, sweet, figs, very slight chocolate.

Taste is similar: roasty and sweet, stonefruit, slightly metallic, earthy. Very slight alcohol warmth. Lingers long, aftertaste of chocolate. Mouth is slightly tingly with carbonation, medium to thin bodied for style.

Overall, a decent, drinkable beer, but unremarkable.

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Photo of winomark
3.03/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours an inky black with a small, quickly fading brown head. Almost a syrupy, glugging sound when poured. Aromas of soy sauce, licorice, and lots of roasted malts. Toasty, slightly bitter palate. Not as thick and rich as the nose promises. Long, lingering finish. Flavorful, toasty mouthfeel with a light toasty finish. Overall, a solid beer. I think this is my first baltic porter, and it has encouraged me to try more.

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Photo of RandomExile
3.12/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

/ Pilsner Glass / Victoria Gastro Pub, Columbia, MD

A: pitch black; dark beige head; broad, fine sheets of lacing, interspersed with round-latticed spattered lacing
S: funky toffee/coffee
T: slightly sweet, roasted coffee, bitter toffee, a bit like bile; roasted coffee back for the finish
M: medium-bodied, only faint edge of bitterness
O: Somehow I just didn't care for it the way the majority seems to. I thought it tasted mostly coffee-ish, except for an unavoidable sense of throw-up, which was obviously off-putting.

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Photo of HopHeadKen
3.15/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Steelreign for the trade.

Good Pffftt sound when the bottle is opened, and it pours a deep amber color with a thick creamy tan head composed of fine, medium and large bubbles. This head has some staying power.
Smells of toasted malt, with a taste of toasted malt and roasted barley with hints of carmel and chocolate. There is a slight hint of sourness (bitterness?) in the aftertaste; perhaps it is the age of this beer, it has a date code of 6-27-2003, and I do not know how it has been stored or treated over these past three years. This is the reason I have not scored this beer well in the Taste category.

Mouthfeel is good, not thin.

In my opinion this porter is a near cousin to an English Stout, and I would like to try another one that is not as well aged.

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Photo of ccrida
3.16/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

33cl bottle poured into my meantime snifter, Sinebrychoff Porter is a pitch blackish brown with a dark, red tinged tan head that leaves pretty heavy lace. Served around 55F.

Smell is faint, dusty and, very cardboard like, weird. Some burnt caramel malt comes out as it warms.

Taste is chalky, some ashy roast, drying alcohol, leafy hops, with astringent aftertaste. There is a little bit of coffee creamer and cocoa, some old leather and wood, but it's really not to my taste and overall on the blander side for the style.

Mouthfeel is very dry, and prickly, with a thicker body.

Drinkability is OK, I have to say I was disappointed with this one for sure, especially once I saw how highly rated it was. I prefer my Baltic's richer, sweeter, and with more depth and smoothness, this one is all about the dry, boozy roast.

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Photo of patre_tim
3.21/5  rDev -23%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark brown to black with perhaps an amber fraction of a faction of a hair near the edge of the glass under a bright light, 5 fingers of dark beige chocolate milk head with a slight amber tinge. Thick lacing.

S: Cocoa, good boozy quality, chocolate, syrupy liqueur like quality, licorice, light tar.

T: A solid sweetness, a heavy rusty quality, licorice, burnt toast, molasses, any alcohol is hidden. Brown sugar.

M: Thick and syrupy, little carbonation.

O: Got this one at Grapevine in Lakeland, FL. A sign said it’s a Baltic Porter from Finland, so it got me interested as I’ve only had a few in this style, and perhaps its my first from this country. Not the best I've had of the style, but glad to have found it, especially one from so close to the Baltic. . Drank in Pensacola, FL July 24, 2014.

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Photo of sliverX
3.26/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

poored a pitch black, held up to light and none came through, a small mocha head that dissipated fairly quick to just the rim of the glass which left quite the amount lacing every sip
smelled faintly
tasted like a very bitter burnt chocolate with an alcohol after bite
wasn't bad but wasn't great in the mouth
wasn't to bad to drink either but will most likely just be the one time purchase

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Photo of deejaydan
3.37/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an inky black with a good a head and good retention. Aroma is slightly of burnt raisins, but also a funky smell that I can't put my finger on. It's almost like that of my dog's treats. Taste is raisiny and chocolatly and a hit of coffee in there too. Mouthfeel is good. Drinkablity.. it's interesting, I will finish this bottle for sure, but I don't know if I'd seek it out again. It's a very clean non-lingering beer.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.4/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This one was recommended by a friend of mine, he said that he loved it and that if I hadn't drank it before I should give one a try. So I ordered one up and poured it out. The beer was black as night and had a thin brown colored head on top. The smell of the beer was heavily roasted, it had some light chocolate aromas too. The taste of the beer was almost like charcoal at first. It was burnt tasting and not all the good to me. The aftertaste sort of gave off this odd creamy flavor. Not sure how it works but that was what I kept getting. The mouthfeel was thinner than I expected it to be. Overall I wasn't a huge fan of this beer but it must strike good with some people it seems. Maybe worth trying again.

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Photo of Hagbard
3.41/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This is some potent stuff! Pours a deep black into the glass. A very thick, dark brown head forms after a less-than aggressive pour. The aroma doesn't really prepare you for the is just understated malt with some chocolate undertones. The understatement ends as the beer hits your tongue. Chocolate malt grips your tongue and does not let go until well into the aftertaste. The first few sips were almost overwhelming due to the strength of the malty background. This is definitely not what I was expecting, as I expected something a little less potent. That's not to say I didn't enjoy it, or wouldn't seek it out again, it's just not something I would want more than one of in a sitting. Drinkability suffers due to sensory overload.

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Photo of jhu1995
3.42/5  rDev -18%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass and had a black color, with a dark tan, thick head. Excellent lacing. Appearance was exceptional with this beer. The smell was mostly roasted, and coffee-like with not much else. The taste followed the smell with roasted/coffee flavors dominating and a slight touch of sweetness in the aftertaste. Was expecting something a little more complex. I thought it was very full-bodied and very smooth on the mouth. A very drinkable beer, but missing some complexity in the taste. Overall a very solid brew.

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Photo of teromous
3.44/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pitch black with a fluffy brown head. Leaves some traces of lacing.

S: The scent is extremely subdued. There's a faint hay-like sweetness on the nose, and the scent of alcohol permeates as well. Not a whole lot more going on here.

T: At first there is a light toffee and caramel taste, quickly followed by dark roasted flavors of roasted coffee beans and toast. There is an end sweetness like you'd get from sweetened coffee.

M: The mouthfeel is fairly full bodied, but

O: Overall I thought this was a good Baltic Porter. It's pretty much your standard fare, and I doubt porter and stout lovers would have anything bad to say about it. There are some slightly odd characteristics to the scent and taste, but they provide a sort-of sweetness that is a welcome counterpart to the toasty flavor.

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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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