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Sinebrychoff Porter | Oy Sinebrychoff Ab

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Oy Sinebrychoff Ab
Finland
koff.fi

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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870
pDev:
10.34%
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Ratings: 870 |  Reviews: 608
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1.4/5  rDev -66.3%

Photo of fain12
1.61/5  rDev -61.3%
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 StrayteEDGE
1.75/5  rDev -57.9%

Photo of drperm
2.06/5  rDev -50.5%
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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2.25/5  rDev -45.9%

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
2.56/5  rDev -38.5%
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 bad...my opinion seems very different from others--bad keg?

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Photo of Dope
2.82/5  rDev -32.2%
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%
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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2.88/5  rDev -30.8%
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 -29.8%
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 -29.3%
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 -28.6%
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 -28.4%
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 Zakk
3/5  rDev -27.9%

Photo of akorsak
3/5  rDev -27.9%
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 OriolesFan1008
3/5  rDev -27.9%

Photo of chippo33
3/5  rDev -27.9%

Photo of akttr
3/5  rDev -27.9%

Photo of kwm5067
3/5  rDev -27.9%

Photo of xnicknj
3/5  rDev -27.9%

Photo of beernads
3/5  rDev -27.9%

Photo of TimH
3/5  rDev -27.9%

Photo of Dontelle392
3/5  rDev -27.9%

Photo of tone77
3.02/5  rDev -27.4%
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 -27.2%
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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