Brewed by Sinebrychoff (Carlsberg)
Style: Baltic Porter
Kerava, Finland


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RATINGS: 1260   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86/5   EST. CALORIES: 216   ABV: 7.2%
Sinebrychoff Porter is a dark unfiltered beer manufactured by using top fermentation. Munich malts and plenty of hops impart a strong flavour to the beer.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 29, 2004
After having a couple of lackluster-to-awful porters, I was only too happy to rush into the arms of this little Finnish beauty, whose depth and character Iíd already been acquainted with, and the reunion was most satisfying. Color, a thorough black, firmly opaque, with a flourishing, brown, cakey head, puffy, crusty, elegantly crumbling down. A bewitching brunette. Aroma is sinfully dark, and smooth, carefree, untroubled, untrammelled. Espresso notes, rich and bitter, emerge and dominate, but not suffocating the essentially smooth and creamy character. Smooth and bitter, it may seem contradictory, but that is the way with complex personalities. A pleasure to drink deep into the nose, offering further complexities the furhter along we go. On first taste, a great blaze of bitterness, that soon mellows. Excellent texture, perfect play ont hetongue, long, tasty finish. Full-bodied, full-flavored, sturdy and spectacular mouthfeel, giving away associations of molasses, rum, raisins, chocolate, warm, rich, lush, giving. This is the stuff, I kept thinking, and felt the desire to nothing but luxuriate in itís company. Let the world shut off around me, neglect thoughts of duller cares, and let this magnificent creation perform itís work upon me. The heat and the flavor grow more intense and powerful and the glass grows empty, making the the final sips strain slower, eking them out at miniscule increments, that I might savor every ...last...drop...ah!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
presario (4902) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 26, 2004
Thick dark brown with a lasting thin brown head. Strong malty aroma with scents of molasses, honey and light alcohol. Very smooth with long smokey notes, chocolate and noticeable bitterness in the finish. Body is not as thick as I would have thought. Quality.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TipsyMcStager (1139) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 26, 2004
Aroma is understated - chocolate, molasses and vinous notes. Pours an opaque black, beautiful bubbly brown head and lacing. Smooth chocolate all the way down. Sweetness, smokiness. Creamy palate. Slight bitter finish. Iím not a big fan of stouts and porters but this was top shelf.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
notalush (5707) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 25, 2004
A quality baltic porter, to be sure - creamy head, but perhaps a body a bit too "see-through" for the style (kind of looks like coke) - dates and plums in the aroma - medium body, silky mouthfeel - flavor reminds me of dark-colored European hard candies (that makes sense, right?) - espresso and a touch of toffee - a biting bitterness cuts in abruptly near the finish, which sometimes was not very enjoyable - otherwise a solid beer, but ranks about in the middle on the scale of baltic porters Iíve tried.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
GregClow (3118) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 19, 2004
1996 vintage. Dark ruby-black colour with a small tan head. Rich aroma of coffee, chocolate, licorice and raisins. Creamy body. Warm, roasty flavour of sweet malt, coffee & chocolate. Finish holds some smoky alcohol and a good hop bite. Excellent stuff - thanks, DougShoemaker!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FlacoAlto (4133) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 19, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2005 Sampled January 2005
Pours a midnight pitch black color that sits underneath a full brown head that is both frothy and creamy, and is about an inch thick. The aroma is rich and roasted, with notes of espresso, chocolate liquor, port, and burnt raisins. While fully roasty in the aroma it is missing that astringent husky burnt characteristic that is found in many American porters and stouts, this makes the aroma on this beer quite a bit more smooth. The taste is full and creamy, and coats my mouth and tongue in a pleasing way. This beer is quite smooth, and is deceivingly full of roasted flavors. I get notes of espresso, burnt raisin, dark chocolate, hints of sherry and port. The body of this beer is quite nice, it is smooth and creamy, with a thickness that is quite hearty without being too heavy.

Sampled August 2004
Pours with a prodigious, rich brown head that is quite impressive. The beer itself is a deep black color. It is lightly sweet up front, but quickly leads to rich dark malt flavors that are redolent of espresso, burnt raisins and chocolate. This is fairly light bodied, but has a lingering palate that is dominated by a roast malt astringency, which really helps to balance out this beer. This beer has some really nice rich flavors without being heavy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hugerat (452) - somerville, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 17, 2004
Baltic porter is definitely becoming one of my favorite styles. Big and robust with a nice creamy head and pitch black color. Lots of roasted malt, chocolate and smokey flavors with pleasantly bitter finish. Quite good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jeppe (2631) - Brooklyn, Alabama, USA - AUG 16, 2004
Pours a pitch black beer with a foamy light brown head! Full and sweet creamy milk chocolaty and malty aroma. Roasted malt, coffee and chocolate in the flavor with some bitter hops in the end. Creamy mouthfull though little thin towards the finish. Yummi!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ChazyRPh (583) - Chazy, New York, USA - AUG 15, 2004
Opaque black pour with a beautiful hot chocolate like head that lends to wonderful lacing. I get a rather vineous (port wine) aroma, with a hint of yeastiness. Smells great. Wow, there is a lot going on here. Exceptionally smooth, that port wine flavor eases you into a delightful smokey, woodsy middle finishing with dark chocolate and coffee. I have been waiting for this for a long while, and it hasnít disappointed.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ontario102 (794) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 5, 2004
This one is well past the best before 27/6/03 date in the 33cl bottle; the nose on this one is rather fruity (dark fruits), chocolatey, bready, and has a cherry undertone; the flavor presents a lovely, fruity, nutty, chocolate, burnt coffeeness that has some earthy woodiness....so nice; not much hop character to me, and the mouth-feel is rather smooth and silky. It also has a substantial, but restrained alcoholic presence. This is a wonderful brew

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