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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 Folderol
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I'll have to be generous with my ratings as my less-than-stellar pour screwed things up a bit. The head on this thing was huge; so much so that it overflowed my tumbler. Had I poured right, the head would be substantial, fluffy and gorgeous tan over an opaque black body. Looks like a stout really. Mouthfeel suffered as well, seeming a bit flat, but I'll chalk that up to the agressive pour. Instead I'll focus on the taste, which was chocolatey and rich but simpler than I expected from this most hallowed of Porters. Doesn't approach the incredible deliciousness of Perkuno's Hammer in my memory, but tasty nonetheless. Finish was just bitter enough to keep me sipping away. Nice.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.63/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz bottle received via I Want That BIF 3 from ClockworkOrange. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into a heavy glass chalice, forming a 1/2" brown head over the opaque dark brown/black brew. Head fades slowly, with plenty of slow-falling lace. Aroma is dark grains and licorice. Taste follows the nose, with some coffee grind-type bitterness as well. Mouthfeel oddly seems a bit watery, but this one's still plenty drinkable. Not bad, but not quite what I was expecting.

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Photo of younger35
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received in a trade with tpd975. I love me a good Porter so I’ve been pumped to try this one. Drank while watching the undefeated Cowboys vs. the undefeated Patriots. Drank from my Guinness Draught pint glass.

Appearance- Pours black as black with a huge creamy dark tan head. Leaves at least a one finger cap and collar with crazy ass lacing.
Smell- If it’s possible, the nose of the brew smells as creamy as the appearance. Nice lightly roasted espresso, caramel, and chocolate malts. Semi fruity as it releases whiffs of prunes and plums. The alcohol is also present in the form of a smoky scotch.
Taste- Superbly roasted malts with an almost burnt (good) start. Slowly gives way to the inevitable bitter bakers chocolate and French roast coffee. Slight fruitiness of raisins and prunes help add a bit of fruity sweetness to the beer. Finishes with a slight smokiness and lightly alcoholic.
Mouthfeel- Medium and gritty with an almost raw grainy feel. Thin carbonation that is really refined.
Drinkability- This is a really really solid brew. Very approachable with great flavor, body and very easy drinking. This brew is definitely deserving of its rating and worth the $3.99 tag that is still stuck to the side of the bottle. Thanks again for tpd975 for this wonderful brewsky.

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Photo of OStrungT
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours an inky black color with a thick, fluffy brown head. The head fades slowly, leaving a thick curtain of lace.

This beer has a robust malty aroma. I smell some toffee, and some chocolate aromas. It also smells of figs slightly. No trace of alcohol in the aroma. It has almost no hop aroma either.

This beer tastes much like it smells. I taste the sweet caramel malt flavor up front. It has some subtle chocolate flavors. Some toffee and figs mix in as well.

This beer goes down smooth, leaving a sweet malty aftertaste. It is perfectly carbonated.

Overall: I think I could drink this beer as a session beer. It tastes good, and it not too high in alcohol.

Overall: Thank you HimerMan for this great beer. I really liked it. This is the first beer I have reviewed from Finland.

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4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I was licky to find this vintage 1998 gem at Kahn's in Indy. Pours to an old fet black oil body with an inch of chocolate brown head. Nose is a warm rich malty feel with roasty chocolate notes, hints of toffee and maple are noticeable too. As I take first sip it is as if it had been aged in oak as the wood notes are very present. Mineral malty feel is even and balanced. 7.2% alchol is nowhere in the taste. It is a bit mettalic in flavor in a real old vintage kind of way. Mouthfeel is rather thin and balanced by a slight hop hint that fades fast. This is very bood but maybe a bit past its prime. I would like to try a 2000 or so vintage to test this theory.

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Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.27/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours deep dark brown with a dark tan collar that left a smattering of lace on my tulip.

In a blind smelling, I’d call this one an RIS. There’s a caramel, milk chocolate and dark fruit sweetness with a touch of wheat dinner rolls that’s backed by a splash of brandy. That to me says RIS, but I don’t mind. Still smells good.

Tastes similar with ample chocolates but now with a touch of porter-y smoke. The dry smoke lingers on but turns over into a little coffee, which starts fresh, but gets old and sour in the finish. Overall, the smoothness of this is rather pleasant.

Feels enticingly substantial, but smooth and clean with a lot of it’s body coming from a slight carbonation.

This is really a solid, tasty and easy to drink beer.

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Photo of morebeergood
3.73/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hear a lot about this porter, so I picked up a single to try this past weekend. Poured it into a widemouth tulip, and was impressed by the huge frothy head and the chocolate brown color. My first sip was a bit of a let down though. It was good, but it didn't blow me away. I let it warm up a bit, and same thing: nice porter, but I guess I expected a lot. I'd buy one from a store again for a few bucks, but I am glad that I didn't spend $7 or $9 as I've seen on menus at beer bars.

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Photo of bruachan
3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
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 mean...my 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 +0.7%
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 +5.3%
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%
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 +14.7%
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 -3.8%
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 -12.7%
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 -1.4%
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 -4.8%
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 -12.3%
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 -0.2%
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 -6.3%
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 +4.6%
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 +4.1%
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 +4.6%
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 +1.7%
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 -3.8%
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 +13.7%
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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