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 barleywinebrewer
4.57/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

ran accross a small stash of 97's at a specialty beer store. Never tried this but with such a small price I figured what the heck and cleaned them out.

A - Rich ruby black, nice tan head that dissipated relatively quickly, leaving very little lace.

S - espresso beans and chocolate

T - bitter coffee, chocolate, roasted barley and sweet malt

M - smooth and full bodied. not quite thick but such a taste treat as each sip goes down.

D - very drinkable. There's so much flavor packed in each sip. This is definitely a savor it beer!

Get it if you can find it!

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Photo of mjc410
3.49/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

The pour into my La Moneuse tulip raises a very dark tan two finger head with large bubbles and slick lacing, above a mysterious opaque body. The head falls at an average rate to a glass ring. The nose is very malty sweet and alcoholic, with raisins and other dark fruits leading to a cloying odor. There's also a strong roasted scent. The taste is at once toasted and sweet, smooth and acidic. Finishes with a mild anise flavor. This is quite mild, but enjoyable. The body is heavy, with fairly low carbonation. A nice drinker, but not a standout that I'll seek again.

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Photo of davidshamoon
4.48/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

My bottle has a sticker on it: "Bottled in 1998"

What a beautiful beer to pour. It leaves the bottle like oil -- thick, black, and eerily still -- and settles into the glass to form a dark brown head. The brew smells burnt, with a hint of raisins, and a strong stale ale component. I was worried that the sour flavor would overpower the others, but to my delight it is just one part of a complex profile. (That profile is made up of the conventional porter flavors, but they are exceptionally balanced.) The Sinebrychoff Porter is lightly carbonated, with one of the most pleasant, substantial mouthfeels I have ever experienced. I wish I had had more than just dark chocolate to eat with it -- I'm sure other foods would highlight other flavors.

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Photo of numenor1
4.31/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Black, almost as dark as an impy, and darker than some. Very dark tan head that laces very nice. Smells of deep roast and sweet malts and raisins. First impressions, this is very very silky. Viscous yet seemlingly light at the same time. Medium carbonation, and velvety mouthfeel. Flavor is chocolate, roasted walnuts, raisins, dates and delicate spice through the finish. Very slight smoke. Well balanced, certainly not overly sweet. Good hop support. Extremely drinkable.

At one point I disliked this style, but based on this and southhampton's, i've changed my mind. In fact, i may have to revisit Okocim porter.

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Photo of BillyB
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Excellent example of a smooth velvety baltic porter.

Poured a dark brown to black color, almost opaque. One inch foamy tan head.

The aromas were malty, caramel, coffee, toffee and a hint of smoke.

Tasted very nice. Toasty, roasty maltiness. A hint of smokiness almost salty. No hop taste at all.

Mouthfeel was smooth, full bodied, silky, velvety. No hint of alcohol until it warmed a bit and then a slight note.

Very easy drinking and tasty beer.

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

Actually had this as a Sinebrychoff Porter IV, bottled in 1997. Poured to a jet black, with medium tan head and very good lacing. Initial aroma of malty toffee, with hints of chocolate. As beer warmed, alcohol also made its presence known in the aroma. This beer is fdefinitely better as it warms at mid-glass. Finish at first is metallic, but later on is smooth and rich. I hope I can find another of this kind and age.

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

Black with an ultra dark brown sugar colored head which is rather thick and holds a bit but does have rather large bubles. Impressive and a bit unique looking. Aroma is distinctly according to style, german lager kind of aromas--a bit sweet, with gentle grassy hops. Surpsingly, no alcohol aroma detected. The taste is very distinct, a baltic porter but with a very charred and gritty black malt up front--more of the standard stout and charred porter characteristics, and drinking it makes me think a bit of Otter Creek Stovepipe porter. After the upfront charred note it turns into your standard baltic porter with the lager characteristics, the middle and finish standard in flavor, but rather full. Mouthfeel is medium full, not as light as other baltic porters, with good carbonation--well done here. Overall this is very drinkable and no alcohol detected in aroma or flavor. I'm not into this style, but this is a superb version for those who do, if you ignore the price tag.

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

33 cL bottle with no freshness date, despite the fact that the label says "best before" in three languages. It pours as black as a dank imperial stout and has a finger of orangey/brown head. Almost dares you to drink it. Smells of chocolate, coffee, cocoa, roasty malts, currants, blackberries, and otherwise sweet malts. It has a big roasty/burnt flavor with dark berries and lots of IBUs from the green hops and the roasty/coffee malts. In addition, theres sweet and smoky malts, charcoal, tobacco juice, some acidity, old leather, and maybe some piney spice. The body is medium and a bit drying, a little numbing, and leaves a looong roasty/coffee finish. Overall quite nice - would go great with barbecue. However, it's probably better with age as the IBUs are still a bit too prevalent.

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Photo of Derek
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I'm having this back to back with the Okocim Porter. This one might be a little more authentic, but I don't really enjoy it as much.

Despite being lower in alcohol, this one has more of an Imperial stout flavour.

A: Black with a dark tan head. Some retention, wonderful lace & leg.

S: Plenty of nose: Dark chocolate & mocha, with a slight roasted acidity.

T: Dark roasted coffee with a little nut & tar. The bitterness is fairly harsh (like some Imperial stouts). Strong, roasted acidity. There's certainly PLENTY of flavour, but there's a slight harshness to it. I imagine this is a more traditional flavour (than the Okocim).

M: Fairly full body is a little chalky & acidic; moderate carbonation.

D: It seems bigger than it actually is.

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Photo of grub
4.11/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

thanks to Viggo for sharing this bottle.

pours a deep brown colour with a huge, cascading brown head. after a few minutes it's still 1/2" and leaving tons of lace.

aroma is nice. bit of alcohol. some roast and malt. just a hint of coffee.

tast is good. bittersweet chocolate. roasty. crackery malt. little alcohol noticeable. hint of coffee.

mouthfeel is good. smooth texture. carbonation level is just right. slight astringency, but ok.

drinkability is great. i love a nice porter, and this one is really nice. hides its 7.2% abv well and goes down smooth. need to get some more of this one.

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

Poured bottle into a pint glass, the look of this was amazing nice pitch black color with a fluffy tan colored head that stayed the entire drink. Smell is roasted malt with roasted almonds as well, hints of coffee as well, this smells awesome. The Taste is better than the smell it is a big beer with a nice after ton, very full flavored has coffee taste with roasted malt and roasted nuts, very good and top notch qualiyt put into this brew. Highly recommend.

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Photo of bennetj17
4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very black color, especially dark for a porter, with no light shining through. Thick, reddish-tan head that holds up well leaving frothy goodness to accompany me throughout the experience. Aroma could be a bit stronger, very sweet and coffee-like to the nose. A nice, biscuity coffee taste and fine dark chcolate sweetness starts out the flavor, yielding to a wonderfully roasty, bitter finish with superb dryness. Excellent mix of flavors and balance, almost perfect. Compared to appearances the mouthfeel is only lightly thick. There is a nice creaminess with its bubbly carbonation. I loved this beer, especially with its enjoyable finish. I could drink several of these...

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Photo of akorsak
3/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This is a 12 oz bottle of Koff porter served in a Troegenator seidel.

Appearance: The ale is a black oil color with a nice thick coffee-colored head. The head leaves a nice lace throughout the glass.

Smell: There is a soft chocolate aroma wafting out of the glass.

Taste: The beer has a slightly burnt roast flavor with a hint of sourness. The flavor comes across as a little too burnt and flat, somewhat abrasive and a definite letdown from the nose. The roasted flavors are a little to pungent.

Mouthfeel: The malts are overdone, giving the beer an unpleasant taste.

Drinkability: I admit that I was too anxious to try this, as it seems to be universally enjoyed, but I just don't think that it is on target.

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

33 cl bottle . very dark brown almost totally black beer with a tan head , with some purplish tinges..looks great. Mostly toasted malty aromas , but some funky fruitiness there too. Good flavours of figs,raisins, 70% cocao Dark chocolate and actually quite a hop presence compared to others in this category. Pretty exciting on the tongue..though the carbonation is per haps a touch to much. Not the Best Baltic but probably the most authentic I have had..good but not great.

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Photo of DaveFL1976
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Holy cow, this is a porter?
Looks like an imperial stout to me. Super dark body with an impressive, thick tan head that coats the side fo the glass like it went on with a paint roller. Very nice.

Toasty, roasty barley in the nose. I tend to like the most chocolatey-smelling porters a bit more. I'd give it a 4.5 smell for a Stout, but only a 4 for a Porter.

Big, bold and dry. Lots of roasted malts. Chocolate and coffee are noticable. But again, this is a porter? I think it'd pass for an Irish Stout. The alcohol is well-hidden behind all that malt, and the sweetness of the malt is nicely balanced out, but you can't really pick out the hops.

Mouthfeel is medium to thick, and carbonation is relatively low.

A pretty drinkable brew. But dangerous. Watch out for that 7.2%!

Edit: Ok, I didn't realize this was a Baltic Porter, or understand the ramifications of it. I'm just going to pretend like it's an imperial irish stout. :)

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Photo of Manosbeeroffate
4.11/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My first baltic porter, pretty intense stuff here. Pitch black pour, can't see through it with a nice brown head. Smells a bit liek chocolate malts. Tastes like burnt malts, cocoa, some dry bitterness. Good mouthfeel Overall it is eally nice, but one for an evening is enough. This is a lot like a imperial stout, but hey I'm not complaining.

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

Poured from a fat squat bottle into a tumbler. This stuff looks so good, like a frothy imperial stout. Deep jet black color with foamy tan bubbles that last and cling to the glass.

The smell is similar to Fullers Porter or Okocim Porter, intensely malty and sweet and a little chocolatey. The flavor is even more chocolate and malt, a little burnt bitterness in the after-taste.

Very good, maybe a little weak in body, but extremely tasty.

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

Very dark brown, low carbonation, big cappuccino head, immense lacework.

Smell complex, rich, malty-coffeish with roasted and smoky tones. Very appetizing.

Start soft, malty. Body big and rounded. Overall taste is on the sweet side, sugar well-balanced by roastiness. Mouthfeel a bit sticky. Bitterness in the finish, aftertaste of unsugared chocolate with dty fruit.

Great Baltic Porter, just a bit too sweet. Recommended.

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Photo of MSchae1017
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was tasted in a snifter from the bottle. I had a 1998 vintage but was also taking sips from my friend's 2000.

This beer pours jet black with a creamy tan head that dissipates to a thin film but leaves some nice lace down the glass. The smell is a mixture of a dopplebock-esque and oatmeal. The taste is just great. It hits you first with the creamyness from the oatmeal but follows up with what I can only assume is dark roasted german malts. The alcohol was less prevelant in the 1998 than the 2000. There is a little bit of roasted coffee lingering in there. The mouthfeel is very creamy and thick with an even carbonation. Overall it is a highly drinkable beer. A great one to pick up.

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Photo of Drew966
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sinebrychoff Porter pours a deep, dark brown that shows a little ruby at the edges from a brown 33cl bottle. The head is tan and fluffy. I pick up some raison and some alcohol in the nose while the beer is still cold. Malt is also noticeable. Strong malt flavor with some esters thrown in at first. Some chocolate notes also present. A complex beer for sure. Recommended.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is from an 11.2 ounce bottle, with no freshness date that I could find on it. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a very dark brown, almost black color with a half inch brown head which went away pretty quickly. It's a very, very nice looking beer. It smells like malt, molasses, coffee and chocolate. It tastes mainly like coffee and chocolate, with a bit of sherry in there as well. Good bit of a lasting bitter aftertaste as well. It has a medium, oily/slick mouthfeel, with little carbonation. Even with the alcohol content of this beer, it's still easy to drink. This is a very good beer, I'd definitely buy one again and I would recommend it to others to try.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.42/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in an American pint glass)
after the review I noticed the bottle says best before 27.06.2003

A- This beer pours a inky black body with a cinnamon tan head that last and last. No sign of carbonation

S-Even during the pour the smell of dark malt and dark port come through. The notes of crystal malt and some black strap molasses are in the background. The smell is very dark and complex.

T- The flavor of dark malt has lot of roasted complexity with a faint coffee not but more on the side of bourbon barrels and port. The finish is a slight tartness with a nice nutty quality and the dark malt hangs on the tongue like coffee. The dark malt flavors are complex but very well blended.

M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel. No real alcohol warmth or astringency.

D- Very big and robust with nice dark complex malts. I will be on the look out for any more of these bottles hidden around local beer stores.

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Photo of HimerMan
3.67/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle; served in a Murphy's Pint Glass.

Nice dark brown almost black pour with a dark head, but does disipate.

Taste - Nice, but not as strong in flavor as what I thought it would be. Encouragable notes of capuccino and milk-like stout qualities coupled with dry chocolates and syrup - a bit too sweet and almost like a medium bock style beer aftertaste (when warmer).

I would definitely drink this again, this is a good beer. However, I was hoping for it to have a bit more intense/complex flavors.

I highly suggest trying this as it does represent the Baltic porter style of beer very well. My complaints may be biased due to my stronger liking of Russian Imperial Stouts and the rest of the stout family, just to bring ease to those who prefer Baltic porters over Imperial Stouts.

Worth a shot, moderate price, Cheers.

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

Bottled 2000

What a nice beer. Pitch black with a short tan head and a little lacing. Smells and tastes of rich chocolate with a bit of roasted malts and sherry. Reminds me of a nicely aged Brooklyn Chocolate Stout. The palate is rich, but light. I was hoping for a little more complexity, but overall I'm impressed.

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Sinebrychoff Porter from Oy Sinebrychoff Ab
4.17 out of 5 based on 865 ratings.
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