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 Sammy
3.98/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark black creamy chocolate like appearance but not taste, which was much like an Eastern European sour porter with the bitterness eased off. Roasted, much burnt mid sip. Some acidic. Some creaminess and yeast in finish. This being a 2003 expiry.
two years later had a 1998 that displayed alcohol as often an aged beer will do, and chocolate. Light crown with bubbles and lace on top of black. Low carbonation. Past its prime.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a thick motor oil black with a HUGE 3 inch dark brown head. Chunky ring lacing on the drink down. Smells of subdued coffee, cocoa powder, roasted dark malt. Taste is like the nose with coffee, bittersweet chocolate, and a bit of a charcoal-like/burnt flavor. There is a slight vinegar/acidic twang in the taste too. Light carbonation with a somewhat light body makes for a good mouthfeel. Good drinkability on this harder to find porter from Finland.

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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 metter98
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is jet black in color and poured with a thin tan head that gradually died down and left a thin ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are moderate aromas of dark roasted malts in the nose along with notes of chocolate and licorice.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has flavors of dark roasted malts with notes of bittersweet chocolate, licorice and raisins. There is a light amount of bitterness, which particularly stands out in the finish.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied and very smooth on the palate with a light amount of carbonation.
O: I would definitely try this beer again if I happen to see it on-tap as the mouthfeel seems to come across as being a bit smoother and fuller bodied.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Understandable of why this is among the best porters on BA. It offers a big combinaiton of flavors in a managable body. An opaqued burned brown color with an amazing brown moist foamstand to match. Mouthwatering in its roasted grain and chocolate aromas. Less sweet to the taste than I expected, but big of it's flavor profile. Toasty, roasty, cocoa, and a little camp-fire-ish without being smoky. Powdery and charcoal like to the palate without becomming harsh or burned in flavor or feel. Finishes very, very clean despite a usual grain acceptance. The 7+ alcohols are hardly detectable--neither hot, nor phenolic. Balanced with light hopping and roasted grain. High attenuation leads to a lighter beer, but keeps it's bold flavors. Tremendous beer. Only the light fermentation, that reminds me of lactose, and light body keeps me from serving up a 5.0

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Photo of brentk56
4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Coal black with a very dark stout-like head that leaves strands of lace

Smell: Ashes, burnt black toast, chocolate and a hint of licorice

Taste: Dark chocolate verging on burnt black toast; brewer's licorice arrives in the middle along with a vague sourness that develops further into the finish

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied with moderate carbonation

Overall: A really fine beer; not as fruity as other Baltics but the ashen flavor adds a really interesting dimension

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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 emerge077
4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Deep dark liquid, with a one-inch cap of brown foam, not unlike chocolate milk. Definitely looks more like an imperial stout than a thin porter.

Smells like sweet malt, a little roasty.

Tastes roasty again, very chocolaty and malty. A big porter, leaning toward stoutish tendencies. A nuttiness pairs with the roasty qualities in the aftertaste. Thin mouthfeel, very easy drinking. Recommend for sessioning if you can find it for a good price. No negative qualities to report...this bottle i've had for a year, probably not recommended for cellaring at extended periods.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color porter with a medium dark creamy had with very good retention. Aroma of chocolate is omnipresent with a nice touch of bitterness. Body is full and has a nice creamy texture that is very enjoyable. Taste is also dominated by the chocolate malt with nice light bitter ending. Very nice example for the style and probably even better then Okocim.

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Photo of zeff80
4.39/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

$1.99 for a 11.2 oz bottle

A - It poured out a dark black with hints of red and a caramel colored, one-finger head. Left rings of lace all the way down the glass.

S - It smelled of caramel and toffee.

T - It tasted of roasted malt, toffee and a sweet chocolate. Almost like candy.

M - It was soft and creamy. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is an outstanding beer, especially for the price. I loved the sweet chocolate flavor with roasted malts.

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Photo of oberon
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very black appearance with creamy tan head,smelled sweet an coffeeish.Taste was oily,somewhat woody with some sweetness in there.High alcohol content was very apparent as it warmed,something good to drink on a cold night before bed good for that Baltic style.

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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 jlindros
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Delaneys in New Haven, served in tall flute glass.

A: Very dark black color, decent carbonation with dark brown nugget like head of 1 finger

N: Lots of chocolate malt, toasted biscuit and caramel, touch of coffee, hint of roast and burnt, some fig and date like fruit

T: Lots of chalky dark chocolate malt, slight seeded fruits like fig and date, malty coffee towards the end with a hint of roasted malt, thick and creamy taste, touch of oats, very stout tasting, I can taste a slight plum/raisin fruit, a little nutty and earthy charred malts, very roasted charred malts

M: Thick and creamy with good carbonation

F: Finishes stout-like and very earthy bitterness, dark chocolate and chalky bitterness, finishes slightly sweet

Final thoughts: Pretty tasty and very stout like, creamy and frothy and lots of chalky dark chocolate and touch of fruits, pretty good tasting and drinkable, can measure up to many of the good porter/stouts, but not the best.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.38/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Its black body reveals a brilliant ruby highlight at the base of the glass when held to the light. It's clear; but tiny particles of sediment are noticeable resting at the base. The thick and creamy dark-tan head holds quite well and leaves some very nice lace throughout most of the glass. Sweetish dark caramel and a mild note of fruit greet you in the nose. With a little investigation it reveals some cocoa and a mild roastiness. The body is medium and it's smooth and oily across the palate with a fine carbonation that lightly caresses the tongue. The flavor, however, comes on strong with lots of roastiness, deep caramel, chocolate, alcohol and a swirl of fruitiness. It's initially sweet, but the solid bitterness (50 IBU's) kicks in at the swallow. It finishes surprisingly dry with more bitterness than the style normally offers, and a wash of alcohol; lingering with notes of cocoa, prunes, dark caramel, molasses, bittersweet chocolate, dull roastiness, and some "spent hop" flavor. From the start to the finish it's quite a complex ride for the senses. Most impressive!

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Photo of chinchill
4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

33cl bottle stamped best before Dec. 22, 2010; so a bit past this "best by" date but with an ABV over 7% and no signs of being over the hill, this should be a fair assessment.

A: Pours a very dark brown with a 2 finger light brown head. The head has exceelent retetion, is nicely sticky, and is surprisingly dark even for a beer that is nearly black. Very rich and thick looking.Some sediment remained in the bottom of the bottle although I drank every drop I could.

S: Lots of chocolate malt and more spicy hops than expected, but too much alcohol. Lightly smoky and (dark) fruity.

T: A very rich baltic porter, with a very heavily roasted malt flavor that goes right up to, but not in to, the burnt range. Approaching the extreme beer arena, yet quite drinkable. A light spicy hop note on top.

M: Full body with a good level of carbonation.

O - a strongly flavored and excellent baltic porter.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an 11.2oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color with a large foamy brown head that is the darkest that I’ve even seen on a beer, it fades slowly and leaves a thin and spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is a little metallic and is mostly of chocolate, berries and roasted malt. There’s a hint of hops in the background as well.

T: The taste is very smoky and malty, with flavors of chocolate, dark fruit and a little espresso. It’s not sweet but not bitter either and has a very nice balance. The after-taste is still smoky and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium-to-heavy body, light-to-medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Very tasty, goes down very easily, slightly filling but not enough that it would prevent you from knocking a few of them back, very good representation of style, this is a very good beer that I good stick with for a while.

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Photo of Rifugium
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: bottle from Eulogy, Philly, PA

Poured a thick black with mahogany highlights, and a modest beige head. Molasses and caramel in the nose, and a bit of indistinct fruit. Very malty taste, more molasses, licorice, touches of semisweet chocolate and figs. Finishes bitter and a bit dry. Heavy-medium mouthfeel, thick and a bit oily, and quite drinkable.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours midnight black with a two finger tall mocha head. The head reduces a bit over time but leaves a half finger head long into drinking the beer. There is quite a bit of lacing.

S: Aromas of dark roasted malts, dark fruit, chocolate, and burnt toffee. Very bold in the aromas.

T: The flavors start off with the dark roasted malts followed by dark fruit and hint of bittersweet chocolate. Overall slightly sweet then slightly bitter. There is a very subtle hint of coffee when the beer warms.

M: Medium to full bodied with low to moderate amounts of carbonation. Quite creamy and a nice dry finish.

O: A great baltic porter and my first Finish beer that I have reviewed - this beer came highly recommended and did not disappoint. The alcohol is well hidden and I could definitely enjoy more than one of these, though not too many with the 7.2 ABV.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.54/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The store I purchased this from (Green's on Buford Hwy) has this listed as being from 2003.

Appearance: Pours out a thick, opaque black body with a brown-colored head.

Smell: Mmm! Wouldn't you like to know. Loads of sweet, luscious treats in the nose - dark chocolate, raisins, reduced-sodium soy sauce, molasses, coffee beans, and chimney soot.

Taste: While the aroma alluded to a sweeter taste, the flavor is mostly dry, with semi-sweet chocolate maltiness that comes across as being practically fudgelike. Some hints of coffee and licorice, too. A balanced, somewhat acidic bitterness makes for a quick finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body, with a dense, oily texture. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Well folks, its a good beer! You don't want to miss it. Its the chimney soot that does it.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Light-sucking black with the faintest glimmer of mahogany at the margins, topped by a dense head of light cocoa brown that displays an actively pitting surface. It isn't as firm or as sticky as some, but is still a great looking cap while it lasts. Decent persistence with disappointingly little lace.

The nose is powerful and consists of chocolate liqueur, heavily roasted malt and espresso, in that order. Alcohol (dark rum) is noticed as well, but it's such as integral part of the whole that it's an asset to the aroma, not a detriment. If I had to choose one word to describe the aroma, that word would be 'complex'. Good Baltic porter noses, such as this one, are some of my favorites in all of beerdom.

Sinebrychoff Porter is as delicious as the nose suggested it would be. First of all, it's hugely malted with a layered, multi-faceted, supremely sophisticated flavor that isn't dominated by dark chocolate or coffee, although they're present, but by perfectly roasted barley, molasses and anise. Hops leave a shallow footprint. The full, almost chewy, mouthfeel leads to a lingering finish that allows continued enjoyment long after the swallow.

The flavor profile is in constant flux throughout each mouthful, with the various components fading in and out, then back in again; especially noticed once the beer has left the mouth. On a final note, it seems to drink higher than the stated ABV. I'm drinking this bottle on a full stomach and it feels all of 10%.

Sinebrychoff Porter doesn't quite supplant Perkuno's Hammer in my mind, but it is outstanding beer and has few peers in its class. Baltic Porter is one of my favorite non-hoppy styles and this bottle does nothing to change that. One of the best, if not THE best, beers that is readily available to me.

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Photo of russpowell
4.29/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow! Talk about flying under the radar! Never heard of this one, but apparently its very popular with other BAs.

Poured 10,000 miles in the engine Motor oil black with a 3 fingers deep rocky mocha colored head. Great lacing & good head retention

Smell: Slight hints of licorice

T: Big time choclate followed by slight fruittyness& toasted grain, plus slight iron notes. A slight alcohol surface as it warms. Finishes fruitty with slight iron notes

MF: Rich & slightly creamy

Very drinkable, really enjoyed this. Baltic porters rule!

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Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355ml bottle poured into a pint glass

A - Poured a very nice thick dark brown with a smallish tan colored head on top. Nearly opaque as no light was coming through this one. Decent retention left behind some side lace and a good half inch layer of foam on top.

S - Aroma was full of licorice and caramel with a decent touch of coffee thrown in. I detected some form of a grassy or earthy smell as well inside of it.

T - The flavor was very rich and full. Lots of licorice, coffee, dark german chocolate and a touch of grassy herb like presence made this a very full flavored beer. There was a hint of bourbon like flavor added to it as wel.

M - Very nice, creamy with a full body, this was almost stout like in the body, but it was defintly a porter. Nice carbonation really rolled quite well on the tongue.

D - Very nice, although I would have to say that this one is defintly coming off as a sipper for sure. Not that the alcohol was overly strong or hot, it was just very full and robust and needed to be sipped and enjoyed.

Overall this was very nice and unlike anything I have had before. A very full bodied porter with a decidely big flavor and a very nice long lasting finish. I really thought this was great and I am glad I have another!

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Photo of Slatetank
4.73/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured at 55 degrees into a tulip
A - An opaque black with foamy chocolate milkshake colored head that leaves smatterings of lace

S - Mineral and hazelnut odors with malted milk scents

M - Very effervescent, roasty smooth, medium to medium heavy body with satiny creaminess

T - Rich malt, subtle roastiness - a sensual smooth nutty taste akin to malted milk. Dry tasting chocolate malt flavors with a hint of coffee and vanilla. A nice hop earthiness is apparent later in the taste.

D - A pleasant and Masterful brew of wordly porportions. Nuance that exemplifies the taste of Baltic porter as a style. Carbonation supports the maltiness flawlessly and allows elements of spice, hops, and milky smooth textures to shine. I have and will continue to seek out this magnificent specimen. One of the Premier Porters of the world.

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Photo of smcolw
4.37/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Stout-like darkness--light won't shine through here. Tight bubbled, dark tan head leaves a noteable lace even if it isn't like the dry Irish stouts.

Warm fruity aroma with chocolate (and some coffee) notes. There's a sweetness and roundness to the smell with no detectable counter-hop bitterness.

Very rich and oily. Dark malts are the key ingredient here. There is a bittering hop counterbalance, though, particularly on the swallow.

This is powerful entry to my porter experience, perhaps the best. The mouthfeel is similar to the Samuel Smith pale ales while the flavor is far more dark in a good way--black patent and chocolate malts are very evident.

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Photo of Jason
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 11.2 oz short brown bottle with a black foiling over the cap. 1996 denoted as the vintage date.

Appearance: Pitch black with a thin yet sticky tan lace larger bubbles amass to the center.

Smell: Mild lactic acidic twang in the aroma, hints of smoky woody charcoal and unsweetened chocolate in the nose also as well as over ripened prunes.

Taste: Full in body with a semi slick malt mouth feel. Carbonation is light and only adds a minimal crispness, vague acidic flavour of lactic which stays mostly front to middle and fades. Rich and complex dark malt flavour dictate orders to the taste buds, first prune fruitiness followed by a twang of chocolate malt / espresso flavour and slowly switching over to a faded charcoal character. Alcohol is noticeable though has mellowed of the years. Touch of carob and dark chocolate in the mix too. Pinch of residual sweetness and flights of chocolate in the finish.

Notes: A most excellent brew, god like qualities. A hard to find beer and few like this are made in the Baltic Porter Style. A “treat your self” brew and worth every penny of the $3 spent on this one.

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