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

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Added by Todd on 02-12-2002

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

i believe i've had this before, but i was not in a situation fit for reviewing (you know...hanging out with some friends, trying to be social). i love the style so i'm excited to give this guy a nice review (er...i objective review will reflect the beer's merits)

it is a very stout-looking brew, both in that it looks like a stout and looks stout. tight brown lacing leaves some tight lacing. the head never quite dies

deep roasty aromas with a touch of oxidation. cocoa makes an appearance

the beer's finish is a bit winey, and bitter. the tastular experience is quite different from what my nose went through, lacking some of the richness with which i was first impressed.

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Photo of drseamus
4.19/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: It starts off good. It has a great thick fluffy dark mocha colored head perched upon a jet black body. The head was still present a good 5 minutes after pouring.

S: It smells like a baltic porter, but slightly weird. There is a good amount of smoke and a bit of chocolate, but the aroma isn't as powerful as I think it should be.

T: It is good. There is some roast, chocolate, and a bit of dark coffee in the background, but blended very nicely. Very smooth.

M: Good and heavy. Very smooth and creamy.

D: This is deserving of it's rating with the exception of the aroma IMHO. Everything else is great.

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Photo of hero27
4.38/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle.
7.2% abv

Dark brown hue..rapidly approaching black. Frothy tan head forms up well.
Chocolate, hazelnut, plums, raisins..all blended with a thick smoky malt flavor.
Roasted, slightly bitter finish.
Full, creamy mouthfeel..definitely on the rich side for a porter, but it's oh-so-good. It's certainly worth trying one of the best porters the world has to offer.

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Photo of mntlover
4.12/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rich deep black no light getting thru this one. Sports a nice rich coca head that falls to a thin cap that laces well.

Aroma is nice rich chocolate malts, very inviting lightly vinous and coffee aromas . This is one sweet smelling Baltic Porter, smells like a meal in my glass.

Taste is like the aroma but not quite as rich nice malts with chocolate and good coffee flavors. Some fruit appears along with the malty goodness, rich Baltic flavors but not quite up to the nose.

Mouthfeel is right on big medium and so smooth easy to knock back carbonation is right on just a touch more then enough.

Drinkability is good easy drinking very tasty and enjoyable, will be buying this one again.

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Photo of MrBen
4.77/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Sinebrychoff Porter is a beer I'll visit again and again.

Pours black with a dark, stable head. The beer is richly aromatic. Flavor is big and intense, with roasty and toasty notes, some sweetness, and hint of tartness underneath. Most excellent stuff.

Slow down, and appreciate each sip.

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

Appearance- Pours a nice black, oily look. The head is a chocolate milk color.

Smell - Slight hint of coffee and malts. Also some chocolate.

Taste- Nice coffee and chocolate flavors with nutty flavors.

Mouthfeel - Very creamy. Medium heavy body

Drinkability - This was a great beer which I picked up at Martin Wine Cellar for $1. Nobody liked it I guess so they had it on their discount rack. Lucky me I picked up 4 and used one to cook with!

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Photo of iuhophead87
3.63/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The appearance is very black and no light is able to pass through this beer. Not much head from the bottle.

The smell of this beer is obviously the star. Chocolate and roasted malt fill the air before the beer even hits the lips.

The taste is very malty with a hint of burnt flavor. It is very hard to taste the alcohol in this beer.

The taste is not smooth, but the grainy texture turns sweet if you hold it in our mouth, the taste does follow the smell with a burnt chocolate finish.

This is a very good porter even with the alcohol content. A little plus with this outstanding winter beer.

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Photo of nickss
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

Absolutely pitch black with a dark, milk chocolate colored head. Looks fierce. 1" solid head, no activity, pretty.

Mmm... fig, dark chocolate, molasses, and certainly plenty of coffee in the aroma. Quite nice... wish it was a bit more potent.

Ahh... the familiar bitter front-end twinge of the baltic porter. Quite a bit more bitter than Okocim's, whose balty is much sweeter. This one is more comparable to Gonzo in flavour, although not quite as in-your-face. Cocoa, overripe berries and fruit, coffee grounds... not too shabby at all.

About right on the body, however the carbonation is a bit much in my opinion. I could use a beer of this variety to be rather subdued in that regard... still, nothing terribly off.

Perhaps its the carbonation, or perhaps its the bitterness of this brew, but I don't find this terribly easy to drink, despite the fact that I like it.
Regardless, all in all a very solid brew, and one you should certainly pick up if you see it on the shelf.

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

pours an opaque, jet black with a few fingers of rich, dark brown head that remains for quite some time. excellent looking brew. lacings aplenty. the head has a very dense and creamy character.

smells malty and fruity. very sweet in the nostrils. not much hops to speak of, just sweet malt. rather clean smelling for being so black.

tastes sweet and malty, with a roasted coffe flavor present as well. slightly fruity on the way down. not too much hops until after swallowing.

aftertaste is roasted and burnt, with a bit of bitterness from the hops showing through. well balanced after swallowing.

mouthfeel is medium-heavy bodied, with little carbonation and not much alcohol present (at 7.2 APV, this is a big plus).

because this is a very rich and thick brew, the drinkability isn't its strong point, but this one delivers on the flavor complexity and appearance to kill with the best of them.

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Photo of phisig137
3.65/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep black, letting no light through, and a two finger brown head Which falls quickly. Nothing is left behind.

Aroma is dominated by deeply toasted grains, with a bit or roasted grain. hints of chocolate, raisins and plums. Smells like a baking fruitcake.

Flavor is dominated by the sweet fruity malt flavors of plums and figs. Finish highlights the roasted malt with a slightly acrid roast character bitterness. This seems to be an exercise in different levels of the Maillard reaction. A bit interesting, but nothing outrageous. Mouthfeel is heavy, creamy, and smooth. Drinkability is pretty good.... hides the 7.2% pretty well.

Overall, pretty nice. I don't think it's worth all the hype though. I would happily take a bottle of Gonzo or Southampton Imperial Porter for the same price or less. It's a solid beer and worth trying, but don't go out of your way for it.

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

Pours out really dark with one finger of chocolate suds.Lacing is good here on the pint glass.
Smell is wonderful. Chocolate and roasted malts with mellow yeast. The malt is the star here. Chocolate and coffee and raisin and alcohol.
Taste is very malty. Sugary malt with just a hint of coffee flavor then the fruityness comes through with hints of plum and dark cherry. The bitterness only happens when the alcohol hits the back of the throat.
Mouthfeel is a nice grittyness that turns into a sweet vs. sour contest. The alcohol never comes into play here.
Drinkability is high here dispite the abv. Great tasting and wonderful aftertaste make for a great session beer.

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Photo of xav33
3.9/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sinebrychoff Porter
12 oz bottle
Moderate pour in an English pint
Bottled 2000, uncovered 2007

Poured black with a small light brown somewhat diminishing frothy head. To be expected from an old porter.

Smelt of strong vinous and burnt malt qualities, molasses, tar, raisins.

Taste was upfront strong bitter burnt grain, stale bread, cobwebs and tar and sweet raisins followed by a bitter burnt grain and coffee and sweet light molasses on a long finish.

Palate was medium bodied, oily, softly carbonated and moderately astringent.

Overall, I found that the 2 aged baltic porter I've had recently smell and taste like musty basements. This one has nice bold flavors and is very comfortable on the palate and the nose.
I need to try this fresh, but I am very happy with it as is.

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

This beer poured thick and oily looking with a huge rocky brown head. The aroma is strong of malt with some chocolate/caramel characteristics. The taste is malty and sweet. Some roasted and chocolate flavors are noticeable along with a little bitterness. The mouthfeel is very full and a bit chewy. Overall this is a beer with bold flavors that are well balanced – making it quite easy to drink.

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Photo of mmcave
4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Sam's for this suggestion. Chilled and poured out into a nonic, just under one finger of creamy milk chocolate head develops. Lacing is already apparent and retention is decent. Body is black and completely opaque. First sniff is very complex, notes of figs, anise, raison, dirty cocoa, subtle hints of roasted walnuts maybe even coffee, but very faint and only in the back end. Hops are very subdued in the nose, I can detect them faintly, but can not detect which they are for sure. Taste is just as complex and delicious. The flavor is well shaped by bottle conditioning which has made wonderful space for many subtle nuances to become apparent. Roasted malt is more apparent in the flavor than in the smell same with the cocoa. Slightly fruity at first and then quickly taken over by the roasted malts, the subtle bitterness manifests toward the early middle and then again on the finish. The malt and hop balance is very good, its obviously malt forward, but the IBU was obviously not for gotten about. For me it could it could stay where it is, but it would be interesting to taste it 5 points back ward. ABV on is makes it not quite a session beer, but perfect to have two to three during a meal or just one for a snack. Mouth feel is wonderful perfect for the style, lots of complex big flavors, but not over done in the least. This is an excellent food beer as all good porters should be. I just ate some Gruyere with fig jam, great pairing, but obviously this would be great with barbecue or even spareribs. Its taken me a long time to get porters, but now I love them so dearly especially this one. Thank the Elfin lords it is brewed all year round.

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

Thanks goes out to msubulldog25 for this brew.

Pours a nice clean/clear dark brown color, nice carbonation, nice small tannish head, which then leaves some small islands and sticky lacing. The nose is malty, figs, raisins, slight toffee/coffee, and some caramel. The taste is very nice, slightly sweet, malty, some dark fruits going on, and a nice touch of caramel. Medium body. Very drinkable, this is one fine baltic porter, highly recommended.

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Photo of BretSikkink
4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Inky black brew pours a thin head, although good volume. Brown, dark tan color, recedes quickly but retains well overall. Smoky aroma with some acidic backup, maybe a bit of chocolate bitterness. Dark fruit emerges.

Flavor is complex and delicious. Plenty of fruity darkness, some espresso and chocolate flavors. Very robust, rich and full in body. Good carbonation, light on the tongue without being too sweet. Alcohol definitely present, but it's such a great package.

Mouthfeel is a bit slick, nothing to complain about, but not perfect. Finish is bittersweet chocolate all the way.

Awesome. Lovely baltic porter, wish I could see more of the style. Preferred evening sipper, recommended on all fronts.

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

Got in a trade with Bort11 - thanks! Poured from a 33cl bottle that I let warm up a bit into a pint glass. The bottle had no dating system and since in a trade don't know if fresh or cellared. It poured a deep black with mahogany fringes when against the light. It had a good size head that was brown in color. It slowly settled to a collar with no lacing which was surprising. The aroma was roasted malts with dark chocolate aroma as well. Also had a strong sweet smell that I couldn't pin down. The taste was really good and smooth. Since don't know age of bottle not sure if that's the way it is or if it has mellowed over time. Either way it's good. While I enjoyed the taste, for me this is a one per session and maybe once a year beer. Falls into the category of tastes great and drinkable but not a beer that I can have over and over like my hefes, wits and saisons. With that said still highly recommend. (4, RB-OAY, T, Y)

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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 Delerium
4.64/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I loved this beer. Vintage 2000, and at 7 years old, it has kept up incredibly well. Part of the B UNITED vintage portfolio. This beer has a dark, almost ruby red appearence and is very smooth, yet has the robust flavour you look for in a Baltic Porter. Incredible malt tone, I can truly say this one of the best Porters I've ever had. Can't wait to try the fresh version. Highly recommend Chris

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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 brewdlyhooked13
4.42/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance - pours quite black with a thick, foamy and rather dark cocoa head. Falls back a little quickly and leaves very little behind. ending at a scattered cover.

Aroma - cereal grain, sweetened, fruity coffee. Settles into a cereal with slight roasting kind of thing. Something dark, syrupy and rich lies beyond, but you need a good sustained whiff to catch it.

Taste - roasted grain, but a little ho hum. Some watery sweetness ushers the flavors to mid-palate. Coffee and chocolate hit. What an improvement, like night and day. Rich flavor at this point, the sweetness taking on some dark fruit aspects as some char sets in on the swallow. A light boozy warmth continues the improvement, lending a smoked Kahlua effect. A slow start but a stellar show and finish.

Mouthfeel - some decent weight to it, the carbonation is lively.

Drinkability - all in all, quite tasty and a top choice in my book.

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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 YankChef
3.83/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

330 ml bottle poured into an american pint glass

Appearance: Deep, light bodied looking black with a dark tan head that clings to the glass.

Smell: Milky sweetness, burnt espresso, dried fruit

Taste: Burnt coffee flavor upfront with a strong roasted malt taste in the middle. Lingering almost tannic flavor on the palate with a slight lingering alcohol. Also flavors of chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and very creamy. Light on the carbonation and this combination makes this beer real damn smooth.

Overall: Very different from any porter ive had, although i havent had many. This beer is complex and certainly a sipper. If you like porters, this is a must try.

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Photo of joe1510
4.17/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2oz. Bottle
Sam's Downers Grove

Sinebrychoff Porter pours the deepest of browns. Mahogany highlights shine through only when held to the light. A 1 finger creamy tan head formed on the pour and left patchy lacing as it slowly receded. Leaves more lacing after each sip. Very nice looking beer.

The aroma is big and heavy. Molasses and dark fruits take center stage. The fruit in the form of figs and black cherries. Slightly doughy with a nice helping of bittersweet chocolate. Slight hint of frothed milk as it warms.

Flavor is identical to the aroma but the flavors are more subtle and blend seamlessly. There's a very mild, soft metallic twang on the finish along with just a hint of coffee grounds. Good porter.

The mouthfeel is top notch on this beer. It's creamy and super smooth up front and gets frothy on the swallow. Zero hint of alcohol.

The drinkability for such a big porter is very good. Subtle well balanced flavors and the absence of alcohol in flavor and heat make this beer an easy one to put away.

A good Baltic porter I've been wanting to try for awhile now. Glad I finally did. I'll be picking up more of these in the future.

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Photo of atsprings
3.95/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured an opaque black with a thin tan head that diminished. The aroma was of dark malt with some chocolate and molasses with just a tinge of hops in the background. The taste was very complex for a porter. There was the usual dark malt and chocolate, but an interesting bitterness provided depth. The beer was medium bodied and the alcohol was hidden. This is an enjoyable beer, just not something I'd drink that often.

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Sinebrychoff Porter from Oy Sinebrychoff Ab
4.17 out of 5 based on 863 ratings.
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