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 mattcrill
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to cmaruschak for the chance to sample this one.

Appearance: A very "stout-like" pour. Dense black body with a few carbonation bubbles throughout. A pillowy tan head develops that settles to a tan film over the top with sudsy lacings clinging to the side of the glass.

Smell: Roasted malts, espresso, chocolate, a touch of woodiness. From the looks and the smell, my mind keeps saying "American Stout". The smell is very roasted and chocolatey which reminds me of some of the best American Stouts that I've sampled.

Taste: Dry roasted walnuts, chocolate, creamed coffee, and a bitter espresso-like finish. Just a bit of alcohol spiciness but very understated.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied to a touch on the thin side. Still, that's more true to style than anything else about this beer.

Drinkability: A roasted, coffee flavored, bold porter...yeah, that's why I got in to craft beer in the first place. I realize that the line between stout and porter is fuzzy at best and this one does nothing but fuel that fuzziness. I can see why it's highly touted. I think people who don't like porters but like stouts (yeah, I'm talking to you HardTarget!!) would enjoy this one. Strongly recommended for sure...

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Photo of battlekow
3.99/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sinebrychoff Porter is almostsoclosebutnotquite black, just the smallest bit of a red highlight along the bottom. Giant rocky chocolate-colored head that soon settles to a good-looking skim of brown bubbles that hangs around for awhile, providing good lacing. Smell and taste combine gentle roasted flavors with a sweet pruney/raisiny character that grows in prominence as the beer warms. Overall, though the flavor is pleasant but subdued, the former perhaps a result of the latter--too much of the dark fruits character can kill me on some Baltics. Also, the Sinebrychoff hides its alcohol immaculately. A big body and smooth, creamy mouthfeel finish off what is a surprisingly easy-drinking "big" beer.

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Photo of silver0rlead
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a viscous inky black with a thick, creamy tan head that retains well and leaves nice lacing, imposing brew. Aroma is roasty with some astringency, dark chocolate, some prune and plum and some mineraly hops. The flavor has an intense roasted character that is a bit astringent and bitter, some unsweetened chocolate, ripe prune and fig, charcoal, and some earthy, organic hops. The is a very interesting beer (reminds me of carnegie porter on steroids), very complex and somewhat bitter and astringent. Mouthfeel is lighter than expected (but true to style), and the drinkability is pretty good with only slight alcohol notes. Excellent traditional baltic porter, has none of the sweet character exhibited by american interpretations but is balanced and complex.

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Photo of Boilermaker88
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presented in a stubby dark brown bottle and poured into an imperial pint glass. Had a dark brown color and was topped by a thick dense tan head the slowly settled down to a skim.
The nose had the aromas of scorched grains, seared caramel, a touch of booze and the sharp acidic tang of three-day-old coffee grounds. You know, the ones you find in the office coffee maker on Monday after the last guy using it on Friday leaves the grounds in the machine over the weekend.
The taste seemed to employ a scorched earth policy; that is, everything must taste burnt. Burnt coffee; check. Charred grains; check. Immolated bakers chocolate; check. Flame-thrower'd molasses; yep, got that, too. Even came across the bitterness of black walnuts. Finished with a real booziness and the thankful relief of dark fruity sweetness. The feel was extraordinarily full and thick; a real pleasant surprise.
Overall, Sinebrychoff Porter was a damn nice brew that is one I now consider to set the bar as a premier example of the style. Worth procuring if you see it on the shelf.

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Photo of MuddyFeet
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Seen this at the store for a whil now and been pondering whether I should purchase it or not. Glad I finally broke down.

Poured a pitch black in color with an incredbly thick, creamy head that was dyed brown. No light came through. There was not lace so mch of foam shades clinging to the insides of the glass.

Nose was full of burnt and toasted malts.

Flavor was potent and just failed in concealing all the alcohol. Gots lots of burnt grains, burnt toast, strong bitter coffee, and burnt caramel. Enough charcoal flavor that it's like eating the graham cracker from my Smores that fell into the flames. A bit sour and acidic too, but in a nice way that adds to the flavor. Brings out the sweetness of the chocoalte and coffee.

Some heft to this beer. Not completely full, but enought to stretch my cheeks out quite a bit. Little creamy too.

Really enjoyed this beer and savored my way through it.

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Photo of maggotbrain
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from its stubby 330ml bottle beer was black, with hints of walnut around the bottom of the glass. I thought it was very opaque for a porter. (Not a bad thing, by the way.) The head was a thin cap of light brown foam that receded to a thin film. Webs of lace formed after the first couple of sips, but stopped after a third the beer had been consumed.

In the odor I detected bittersweet chocolate a just a hint of coffee.

I tasted bitter coffee against a tart ashy background intermingled with a touch of alcoholic zest.

The mouthfeel was nice. Medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation.

I think the drinkability of this was pretty good.

Nice, not quite the treat that Okocim Porter is, but definitely a pleasurable Baltic porter in its own right.

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Photo of Beertracker
4.58/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Sinebrychoff Porter should served at cool cellar temperatures (45-55F), but definitely not chilled. KOFFSKI immediately draws one's attention as it pours up into a lively horn of plenty. This Baltic Porter's jet-black espresso color shows some ruby red highlights when held up to the light. The rich color is topped by a generous and thick chestnut colored head. It's a very inticing brew indeed! The aroma is full of sweet caramel, chocolate and roasted malt characters with some fruity (esters) notes e.g. black currant, dates, figs, coconut macaroons mixed in for good measure. Maybe even a breath of woodsy hops? The flavor is full, rich and hearty with lots of chocolate and mocha/coffee notes. The finish is bittersweet and slightly abrubt (dry) with just a hint of warmth for the soul. This full bodied porter is a dessert unto itself and should be savored by the warmth of a fireplace. Here's to Nikolai and his Gibraltor of the North!

CHEERS! Beertracker

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

Black with black in it's heart, and black around the edges. Dark froth braves the elements then runs to the side of the glass and dies leaving itself smeared all over the glass.
Smells a little of cola, then coffee with chicory and brown sugar, bakers chocolate, prunes - BLACK things - molasses stuck to the seat of Satan's black leather pants.
Such a wonderfully intense charcoal layer all over bits of dried bing cherry. Whole milk mouthfeel. Licorice root sweetness. Toasted cumin and coriander. Mighty tasty for something the color of Satan's soul.

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Photo of HopHeadKen
3.15/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Steelreign for the trade.

Good Pffftt sound when the bottle is opened, and it pours a deep amber color with a thick creamy tan head composed of fine, medium and large bubbles. This head has some staying power.
Smells of toasted malt, with a taste of toasted malt and roasted barley with hints of carmel and chocolate. There is a slight hint of sourness (bitterness?) in the aftertaste; perhaps it is the age of this beer, it has a date code of 6-27-2003, and I do not know how it has been stored or treated over these past three years. This is the reason I have not scored this beer well in the Taste category.

Mouthfeel is good, not thin.

In my opinion this porter is a near cousin to an English Stout, and I would like to try another one that is not as well aged.

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Photo of tjthresh
4.04/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pour opaque brown with a big brow head that lasts forever. Aroma is on the light side, but roast, prunes, and dark chocolate are noticable. Too drink it is like drinking carbonated chocolate milk. Quite smooth with subtle carbonation.
Malt sweetness and hop bitterness are balance very well.

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Photo of egajdzis
3.62/5  rDev -13%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured mostly opaque black with red edges and a huge tan head and nice lacing. Mildly metallic coffee aroma. Dark fruits, chocolate coffee, and bitter hops in the taste. Some smoke was also recognized. I think I was expecting too much from this, but it was a beautiful beer regradless, my expectations were just set way too high.

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Photo of rajendra82
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I decided to pick to the youngest (2003) and the oldest (1997) vintages of this beer at Green’s today to do a side by side comparison. Since they both were at $3.95 a piece for a 330 ml. bottle, it was basically ageing without the effort.

Poured into identically sized pint glasses, they both came out pitch black, which was no surprise. The 2003 was much more carbonated and formed a two finger head rather easily. The 1997 seemed to have a much smaller head and it did not last anywhere near as long as the younger beer. The older beer smelled very sweet with notes of sherry, dark fruits, and lactic acid. The younger one was more porter like, with emphasis on coffee and chocolate, and with a much weaker smell too.

Taste of the older beer was oak like, with a complex character full of sweet gum, vanilla, soy, and tannins. The younger beer was more straightforward in the flavor profile, with a chocolate flavored dark roasted coffee taste coming to mind. The older beer exhibited a mellow rich character, while the younger beer felt harsher, if only in comparison.

The older beer was silky smooth, and glided effortlessly across the tongue. The younger beer was fuller in the mouth, with the slight hop bitterness, roast malt bite, and some sourness playing a part in the aftertaste. The younger beer also felt hotter, although at 7.2%, neither was really all that boozy. The younger beer had more of a mouth coating quality to it, while the older was slippery.

An amazing evolution took place in six years to make a straightforward porter into some otherworldly wine like mixture. If I had second thoughts about ageing darker beers for extended periods, this vertical has put them to bed.

The scores reflect a mix of both. The appearance of the younger beer was better, while smell of the older beer was far richer. The edge in taste goes to the older beer as well. In the mouthfeel department, there was more going on in the younger beer, but the older was more pleasant. Overall, I’d take the older beer as the more drinkable and interesting of the two.

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Photo of mentor
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle provided by LuckySevens82, thanks for the opportunity. Pours super thick and dark and produces a fluffy cloud-like brown head. Pitch black in the glass, with a hint of dark mohogeny edge when held to bright light. Smells molasses, licorice, chocolate, with a hint of coffee.

Tastes super-yummy. Rum soaked raisins surf a roast bitter. A chocolate sweet lies beneath the surface and eventually tangles the bitter to leave a wet sweet. Fruity with some fine chocolate. The aftertaste shows a re-appearance of some of the roast with a touch of cherry sour from black patent. So much happening each time I raise the glass that I can't keep up. Really complex with lotsa individual flavors that combine to make even more flavors to try to keep track of. Md-thick body with a somewhat smooth mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. Really enjoyable.

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

11.2 ounce bottle. Black with a large dark brown head. The aroma is roasted malts and cocoa. This beer has a big chocolate flavor. Besides the chocolate, there's nuts and vanilla. Big on flavor and so smooth. There is a pleasant hop bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel could be just a little fuller, but it's hard to find fault with a beer this good.

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Photo of ALESwhatCURESya
4.19/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice deep chocolate body with a light, deep beige head that left little lacing down the glass. The aroma is like a malt kick to the face. Nice toasted cocoa and espresso filled the nose. The taste is filled with a bittersweet cocoa and nutty body. Vanilla bean also makes a strong appearance. The mouthfeel is wonderfully rich, like an italian coffee. It becomes a little thin towards the finish. This beer is insanely smooth and deceptively strong. This would definately be one that I would be hitting all nigth if it were on tap on a night out (or in my basement).

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Photo of Quaffer
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz. bottle, 1998 vintage.

There wasn't much difference at all between this 1998 and the 2000 that I reviewed a few days ago ( They were both excellent beers. About the only difference that I could detect was that the '98 had less of the heavy sweetness to it that the '00 had. It was still there and, on the bright side, its diminished presence didn't make the beer taste any "thinner." Just more of the tart fruit and smoke seemed to come through. A little sharper overall, but the scores remained the same. Fantastic.

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Photo of futaboots
4.14/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I wanted this to be a short review. I just want my beer karma to boost a bit, damn it.

OK. This is a porter? Thick, creamy, roasted coffee and chocolatey porter?

Fromt the top. Appearance: The brown head that just will not die. This head was two fingers thick at first. Halfway through the glass I'm still looking at a thick 1/4 ince layer of foam. There's dried up, sticky lacing all over the glass, too. Light cannot penetrate the darkness of this brew.

Smell is good, not great, but who cares (not me).

Taste: Hello coffee, chocolate, sweet sweet malty grapejuice. The taste matches the color perfectly. A perfectly dark taste for a dark brew. Tastes like no porter I've ever tried, but then again my experience with Baltic Porter's is severely limited.

Well worth the money spent.

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Photo of DrJay
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pitch black, topped by a dense, creamy, chocolatey head. Lots of lace and great retention. Malty aroma with lots of roasted character, plenty of coffee, sweet smelling. Vinous flavour with a nice combination of dark malts and an earthy, fruity character. Bittersweet chocolate throughout. Coffee really lingers in the aftertaste. Slightly astringent, with a moderately light body and carbonation. Still, quite a creamy texture. Quite a nice beer, quite drinkable with plenty of complexity.

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Photo of neonbrown82
4.04/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another amazing beer recommended by a colleague at John's Grocery. This is my first taste of Finnish beer and Baltic Porter, and what a hell of a surprise. I've been on an Imperial Stout kick since the last I tasted Stone's Impy Stout, but alas the selection for that particular style sucks in Iowa. This beer really fit the bill, though.

The beer pours to a sludgy and used motor oily inky black color (...and yes, I really needed to use that many adjectives to describe it). But wait, that's not all. I forgot to mention the beautiful chocolatey brown head, though it subsides to a spotty moat atop the beer proper after a few minutes. If you couldn't already tell, I really like the way this beer looks.

The smell isn't quite so powerful though. Even after warming quite a bit, aromas seemed to be quite subdued compared to the taste explosion and smells that usually go hand-in-hand with those tastes. As it warms, you can pull in some slight chocolate aromas as well as a bit of a soy sauce aroma.

The taste is very good. It reminds me almost exactly of Samuel Smith's Imperial Stout, which I have actually grown to love since my last review of it. The taste is a bit roasted, smokey and slightly soy saucy. Has an aftertaste of dark chocolate as well as a dry ethanol and mildly hoppy bite in the finish.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and frothy. Somehow I've run short of words to describe this particular aspect of the beer, but I've been long-winded enough as it is. It's not too highly drinkable as the tastes and alcohol get to be overwhelming after a while, but it was still a great beer if you hadn't already gathered that much.

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Photo of Brent
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Three years old at the time of sampling, and had indeed aged like fine wine. Poured a pitch black. Pleasantly assertive with nearly-burned caramel and prune flavors hitting up front. Dries out a bit toward the middle, and a bit more hops bittering join with the dried, dark fruit flavors at the finish. The alcohol is well integrated into the flavor profile. Overall, the body was a bit lighter than the flavor suggested, but this was not a detraction.

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Photo of clvand0
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It pours a dark color with a small head that falls fast and leaves a little lacing on the glass. The aroma has a little chocolate and a little roasted malts, but it's not very strong. The flavor has a lot of chocolate and roasted malts with some hints of dark fruit and sweetness. The finish is bitter from the roasted malts. Fairly thick on the mouthfeel and the drinkability is pretty good. Enjoyable.

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Photo of whartontallboy
4.55/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brown pour with a two-finger rocky brown head on top. Lots of lacing, and the head stuck around pretty well.

Aroma has dark chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, port, and nice vanilla hints.

Taste is incredible. Some wine on top of the chocolate and malt, and there was some nice tartness. Nice sweet finish with a medium body.

Great great stuff. Worth seeking out.

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Photo of ypsifly
4.31/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from an undated 11.2oz into a pint glass.

Black with a foamy head that is quite large and really sticks to the glass. Good retention. A fine looking brew.

Smells of roasted malts paired with a slightly sour milk. Almost candy like.

Tastes very malty with some more milk that tastes more fresh than the aroma. Fades pleasantly into a mostly dry finish that has quick bite from the hops. Very well balanced.

The slightly chewy mouthfeel makes for a very drinkable porter.

Are all the beers in Finland this good?

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Photo of kmpitz2
4.46/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Its been a long time since I trid this brew...It pours a very dark brown to black color with a finger of tan head that falls to a coating over the beer. The color is beautiful. The nose is a little light. I get dark fruit, slight roasty notes and a little sweet chocolate. I would like a little more force in the nose. The flavor is nice. First I get slight roasted and chocolate notes, with a distant fig, but it moves fast to a big roasted creshendo at the end. As it warms, there is much more of a fig tone in there, which I really like. Beautiful. The feel is on the low end of thick. Best part of this beer is that there is no hint of the alcohol at all. Not in the nose or the flavor. This is a truely good beer.

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Photo of LuckySevens82
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33cl slightly funny looking bottle.
Pours an opaque black (with golden brown hints when held up to light). Head is small...about 1 finger...tan, and fairly loosly formed. Retention isn't great, but lacing and collar are nice.
Smell is roasted malts, chocolate, caramel, a little bit of alcohol. A definite bready character is also present. Dark fruits (raisins, figs, dates).
Roasted coffee and mild chocolate are up front in the flavor. Roasted malt is next, followed by just a hint of caramel and bitter hops. Fruits are still there, but not quite as pronounced as in the aroma. Alcohol makes a brief apearance as this one goes down.
Carbonation and mouthfeel are near perfect.
Overall, a very good beer. I was kind of surprised to find this one at my local store, but I'm glad I did. I will definitely be picking up some more.

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Beer rating: 4.16 out of 5 with 873 ratings