Sinebrychoff Porter | Oy Sinebrychoff Ab

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Sinebrychoff PorterSinebrychoff Porter
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Oy Sinebrychoff Ab
Finland | website

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:
599
Ratings:
845
Avg:
4.17
pDev:
12.47%
 
 
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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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Photo of Jacobob10
3.77/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

#188 Beers of Fame
#10 Top Rated Beers: Scandinavia

11.2 oz bottle poured into a tulip glass.

First off, why does every bottle of this on the shelf look like shit? I've seen single bottles at multiple stores and they all long like they've been through hell and back. Oh well... On to the beer!

Black, opaque, and a sticky tan head. Head retention is poor and there is no lacing. A quick swirl of the beer shows it has some legs on it. Chocolate is the first thing that hits the nose. As it warms up, a big wave of raisin comes through. Flavor is mostly dark chocolate and roasted malt. Viscous on the palate with long lasting flavor. Low carbonation. Not a bad porter, but I'm not feeling the love on this one.

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

This has the lacing and body of an RIS. There are actually some RISs that could learn from this. Very roasty and malty, with a somewhat sweet and bitter finish. This is an impressive porter.

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Photo of T-34-85
4.37/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep dark brown that is almost black with a hearty initial light tan head that dissipates to a thin ring.

Assertive aroma of roasted malt.

Impressively strong roasted malt flavor with a noticeable level of bitterness, and accompanied by moderate sweetness and a slight sour note mixed in.

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Photo of superspak
4.32/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle into snifter, best before 11/4/2013. Pours pitch black color with a 1-2 finger dense brown head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toast, dark bread, molasses, raisin, prune, fig, licorice, light smoke/char, and roasted earthiness. Incredible aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt and dark fruit notes; with good strength. Taste of chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toast, dark bread, molasses, raisin, prune, fig, licorice, light smoke/char, and roasted earthiness. Fair amount of roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toast, dark bread, molasses, raisin, prune, fig, licorice, light smoke/char, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, balance, and robustness of dark/roasted malt and dark fruit flavors; with a nice roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very smooth, creamy, and lightly slick/chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an incredible Baltic porter. All around awesome complexity and balance of dark/roasted malt and dark fruit flavors; and very smooth to drink. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
4.75/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

$ 3.79/11.2 oz bottle at Vintage Estates, Boardman, OH
Undated bottle at cellar temp into snifter
Aroma very strong of roasted malt and coffee
Head large (5.5 cm), light brown, frothy, slowly diminishing to 5 mm ring
Lacing excellent – wide rings of small bubbles nearly covering the glass
Body dark brown, opaque
Flavor very heavy of roasted malt, coffee, and a slight alcohol aftertaste; no hops, no diacetyl
Palate full, creamy, soft carbonation

This is an excellent Baltic porter, flavorful and full bodied.

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