Sinebrychoff Porter | Oy Sinebrychoff Ab

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Sinebrychoff PorterSinebrychoff Porter

Brewed by:
Oy Sinebrychoff Ab

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

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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 gleemonger
4.38/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pretty much pitch black with just a little brown coming through. Thin, beige to brown head that dissipates quickly and leaves a little lacing. Definitely dark for a porter - looks just like a heavy stout.

Smoky roasted malts, with just a touch of chocolate and a hint of fruitiness. Not a super outgoing or complex aroma.

Very complex taste of roasted malts, chocolate, caramel, some fruitiness, and just a touch of hop bitterness (but no flavor or aroma really). The standout here seems to be roasted chocolate. Pretty much no alcohol presence, despite the strength.

Nice and thick, like a stout. Mildly carbonated. Fairly creamy. Again, more like a stout than a porter, but I guess the lines sometimes blur on this one.

Really nice one. I can see how one could say it's a thick, strong porter instead of a stout, I guess. But apart from all that, very nice, complex, roasty treat. Would definitely pick it up again.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.94/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Into a snifter. Blackest black body with three fingers of tight tan head. Amazing looking.
Roasted malt, licorice and chocolate smell.
Taste starts slow and builds to a grand crescendo. Light taste, then black licorice, coffee, dark chocolate, biting bitter at the end.
High viscosity, almost sticky, low carbonation.
A definite winner in my book.

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Photo of BrownAleMale
3.63/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz bottle poured into a Gulden Draak tulip glass.

Appearance- Black motor oil like color with about a 1 finger mocha colored head. The head fizzles down into about an 1/8 inch lining but still leaves real nice lacing.

Smell- Bakers chocolate, pine, citrus and sweet malt

Taste- Again your really dark roasted chocolate with a very bitter chocolate hops. Just a bit to hoppy for me in a porter. If this was the west coast of the USA, I would expect it. Throws me off that this is so hop forward.

Mouthfeel- Nice and silky like chocolate milk. Carbonation a little on the high side but nothing to bothersome to the pallet.

Overall- Not bad, but I can go out and get other porters or shouts that are hop forward for a much better value. It's good, but would go out of my way to purchase it again.

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

The beer pours black with an inch of tan head that settles to a thin quarter inch blanketing (with the occasional bald spot). The beer's nose has a caramel sweetness and bitter roastiness. The taste has layers of flavor including an initial sweetness followed by a residual burnt sugar, bitter roastiness, and crisp hoppiness. The finish is dry and leaves my mouth watering in anticipation of the next sip. This full bodied beast of a porter reminds me of founder's porter (American) and flying dog's gonzo porter (Baltic), but is still different (slightly).
As far as Baltic porters go, I still prefer smuttynose, but this is still quite tasty.

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

Poured into a Black Raven pint glass. Pours pitch black with a fine light brown head with great retention and lacing. Aroma of roasted and sweet malt, chocolate, dark fruit, light oxidation. Flavor is dark roasted malt, sour cherry, chocolate and hints of burnt coffee. A rich taste approaching a good stout. All the element I expect from a good Baltic porter with the sour fruit element nicely balanced by roastiness. Finishes with toasted malt and coffee. Heavy bodied and creamy. An excellent, tasty Baltic porter.

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Photo of mikeg67
3.61/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2 OZ bottle. Pours black with a brown, foamy, long lasting head and a lot of lacing. Aroma is of toasted malt, bread crust, coffee, and hints of chocolate. Body is medium and smooth. Toasted malt, burnt grain, coffee, prunes and dark chocolate fill the mouth. Finish is medium and slightly bitter. Easy drinking porter.

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Photo of beergoot
3.92/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out an opaque black with a thin and persistent brown head.

Roasted grains with currant, figs, and dates predominate the aroma. There is a soft cocoa sense in there. A rich, nutty mustiness, too.

Taste comes across with toasted malts and semi-sweet chocolate in the fore. A slight acidic character. A bit of alcohol presence. Bitterness is almost hidden within the sweetness of the gains, but shines through in the aftertaste along with a bitter coffee and slight chocolate tinge.

Mouthfeel seems medium bodied. Slick and wet with a tinge of sugary heaviness.

A nice enough Baltic porter. Fairly complex and pleasurable overall.

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Photo of kc44
3.95/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Damn fine looking dark beer with a remarkably deep shade on its head, which is short but dense. Just a pitch black brew here, speaking to no lack of roasted malts. Smells kind of earthy, kind of bready, a touch of caramel sweetness to it, but nothing real roasty about the nose. The nose doesn't lie either, not any roast on the palate either and hey, that's alright, this is a real porter after all, not some stout masquerading as one. Comes on nice and sweet, almost reminiscent of the dark fruit and licorice flavors of big English styles like barleywine or old ale. Definitely a caramel kind of sweetness, but it slides gracefully to the bitter end of the spectrum for the finish, certainly a hops kind of bitterness more than a roast type. Would never have guessed that this has as much booze as it does but for the flavor comparisons to other strong styles. Mouthfeel comes of as kind of thin, very little carbonation but i neither expect or want that out of this beer. The body is alright though, and it resists being too sticky or viscous. As a package, definitely a remarkable example. If someone asks you how a porter is different than a stout, this would be a lovely example for demonstration of the distinction, which I personally claim is the roast malt character being stronger in stouts. There simply isn't another way to categorize this beer - it is a porter, and a profound one at that.

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Photo of JayQue
3.91/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really good Porter. Purchased at Grape and Gourmet in Virginia Beach. Poured a dense black color into a pint glass. The head is brown, thick and with excellent retention. Leaves thick lacing on the glass.

Smell is just a bit better than average,,,roasted malt and some chocolate.

Taste is really good and complex. Roasted malts, chocolate, sweet dark fruit up front, some coffee and hops bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel is smooth and rich, a little alcohol bite is present but it still goes down very easy.

All in all one of the better Porters I have tried.

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

11.2oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

Appearance: As black as a moonless winter night in Lappland, even right out of the neck of the bottle; the head on top of the ebony body is a perfect two fingers thick, and consists of dense brown foam. Retention and lacing are both superb. Porter perfection.

Smell: Rich and balanced, with brownie batter, dark chocolate, and faint coffee providing roasty sweetness up front, and some more piquant undertones of herbal hops and minerality sneaking in behind. Some dark fruits, as well. Excellent.

Taste: Opens with some raw malt, followed by chewy chocolate, some almost tart raisin notes, and finishing with clean bitterness and a hint of coffee on the aftertaste. The slight sourness is throwing me for a bit of a loop, but at the same time I think it goes terrifically with the other flavors. I do wish it had as much punchiness as the aroma, but I’m still a fan.

Mouthfeel: Quite thick, chewy, and possessed of the perfect amount of soft, creamy carbonation. Decadent.

Overall: I can’t think of a beer that delivers so much body with such a clean finish – that’s got to be the combination of lager yeast with the porter malt bill, and it’s absolutely superb. There are a couple things going on flavor-wise toward the back end of each sip that keep me from totally falling in love, but I’m really, really impressed. This one is a must-try, if only so you can experience a hallmark of the style and tick Finland off your list of countries.


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Photo of Pintofbrown
3.77/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this porter on-tap at Sanctuary.

Appearance- The beer was delivered having only a ring of brown sugar-colored foam with a few bubbles on the lid. The body itself is completely black.

Smell- The nose is quite nice with some dark fruit, mainly dates, some tobacco, and malt sugar.

Taste- The leathery smokiness is much more prominent on the palate and hits right away. The middle of the drink is slightly acidic from the roast and sweet with dark fruits, more of a fig character now.

The finish of the beer is very roasted and has a coffee grounds acidity. A good profile, but the finish is overpowering.

Mouth feel- The body is a decent medium, but the beer feels slick and a little flat. A beer with such a slick feel is not as appealing when the finish is so caustic.

Overall- This intense roasted and smokey beer with subtle notes of dark fruit and brown sugar sweetness is one I would visit again. However, it would take much consideration because of the intense finish.

Truly a porter for the stout of heart.

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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 soju6
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a black color with a big tan head that fades to lots of lacing.

S: Aroma of roasted malt some coffee and hint of chocolate.

T: Taste of coffee, roasted malt and bittersweet chocolate. It has sort of a coffee bitterness and a dry finish.

F: Full body, smooth and creamy. No hint of the 7.2% ABV.

O: Very enjoyable. Goes down easy. Nice late evening sipper.

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Photo of WillCarrera
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

11.2 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. The bottle says "Best before" and then "E93655K," which is probably the most incomprehensible dating code I've ever seen in my life.

A- Pours totally black with a nice finger of creamy mocha head, leaves great lacing.

S- Roasted malt, chocolate, a whole lot of sharp lactic acidity as well.

T- Big roasted malt up front with a bit of dry astringency, opens up into roasted coffee and dark chocolate with raisins and figs behind them, alcohol towards the finish, which ends with roasted coffee and malt sweetness.

M- Medium to full bodied, smooth feel, semi-dry finish.

O- A delicious beer, very drinkable, definitely gonna have to pick this one up again.

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Photo of Thads324
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A : pours an oil black. A thick and hearty dark tan head that sticks very well. Dissipates slowly with a wall of lacing.
S: aroma consists of dried fruits and mild chocolate. Some dark sugar sweetness, burnt toffee and no hop at all.
T : Starts right off the bat with a sweet dried fruit flavor. Mild roasted malts, like weak coffee and some caramel flavor that is very subtle. The caramel flows slowly throughout the remainder of the beer. There is a hearty multi grain bread flavor at the end which mixes with a mildly bitter grass flavored hop. A bit of fruity gelato sweetness on the end.
M : no astringency. Smooth. Full bodied and well balanced. Medium carbonation.

Lots of lacing. Great head and retention, especially for an import. Smooth, full bodied, rich and decadent. Sweet but not cloying. A gem of a beer that I'm glad to have tried. I'd gladly purchase this again.

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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 starrdogg
4.27/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally getting around to reviewing one of my favorite Baltic porters.

A: Pours an opaque very dark brown/nearly black with a tan head and some minor lacing.

S: This beer smells fantastic and rich - dark malts, chocolate and some spices.

T: Taste is very much akin to a dark chocolate bar, a little sweet and a little bitter like dark chocolate, but not overwhelmingly bitter like a coffee. It's not too heavy though, has a certain lightness in the flavor that gives it some similarity to a doppelbock as opposed to an American porter.

M: Very smooth and fluffy with good carbonation.

O: This is probably my 2nd favorite Baltic porter out there, behind only Okocim. The European beers of the style have more of a lightness to them that I love, and combining that with the dark malts that typically define a porter really make this a great beer.

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Photo of vande
4.27/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a - deep, dark black pour..very cola-like...evidence left in the form of a nice thin layer of lacing..

s - coffee, chocolate, malt oh my.. a nice, rich smelling porter!

t - a bitter beer with a pleasant level of coffee and chocolate intertwined in a lovely dance here...yet, hidden nicely is the slightest touch of sweetness.. great tasting...

m - medium bodied smooth drinking baltic porter...

o - one of the better porters I've had...and I would have never guessed it could have come from Finland...

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Photo of bramsdell
3.63/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into imp pint glass

A: Looks great. A thick, dark body that really lets no light through. Beautiful. A nice tan head recedes down to about half a cm and stays the entire time. Fair bit of lacing and good retention, as well.

S: Smells sweet, malty sweet, with a bit of a licorice bite to it. There's a bit of booze on the back end, as well.

T: Sweet malts and too much licorice for my taste. I think that the licorice flavor really overpowers all of the others and bludgeons the drinker over the head. This is not at all for me, but if that's your cup of tea, this is your beer.

M: Very nice, thick, sweet, pleasant. Lots of sweetness left on the palate afterwards.

O: I found it unbalanced, but not all will. Personally, not my favorite, but a well-made brew.

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Photo of WMEugene
3.96/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Green Leafe in Williamsburg on 10/22 (from notes). Served in a pint glass.

A - Dark brown/black in color with a brown head. Nice head retention and excellent lacing.

S - Strongest smell is malts and licorice. There's also hints of alcohol and boozyness in the smell.

T - Taste of alcohol is up front, but not in an overly boozy or burning fashion. Strong malt and licorice flavors along with faint hops.

M - Nice carbonation level, medium to full bodied. Smooth.

O - The Sinebrychoff was an enjoyable porter. I was glad I got to try it, and would have it again.

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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 fsvan
4.07/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle poured into New Belgium globe.

A- Extremely dark brown. Black at a glance. Well carbonated with two fingers of dark tan head.

S- Sweetness. Some caramel. Roasted malt. A bit of chocolate. Big nose. No hint of the 7.2% alcohol.

T- Roasted malts. A sweetness that is less than in the nose. The caramel isn't as present. A slight metallic taste on the finish.

M- Medium bodied. A little light for what I'd expect from the style.

O- This is a good beer. I wonder if the metallic taste is due to a bad bottle?

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

bottled in 2000, had this at Ebenezer's pub from the cellar

aroma: chocolate tones, malty

appearance: pours black into a tulip, 1/4 inch head which fades

flavor: chocolate and coffee, some aftertaste likely due to oxidation due to being an 11 year old bottle

mouthfeel: smooth, not a lot of carbonation

overall impression: it was fun to sample a bottle that had been aged this long. I picked up a couple of other bottles the same weekend to sample to have a point of comparision. certainly a great beer.

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Photo of beergod1
3.53/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Almost black with a medium, big foamy head. A strong Burnt chocolate aroma with some roasted malt and hints of licorice. Roasted, lightly burned flavor with hints of licorice and coffee. Light to medium body, hardly any carbonation. Ok Porter, kinda thin, 1 dimensional. Another site says it's retired?

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Sinebrychoff Porter from Oy Sinebrychoff Ab
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