Brewed by Suomenlinnan Panimo
Style: Porter
Helsinki, Finland


on tap


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RATINGS: 104   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.27   EST. CALORIES: 168   ABV: 5.6%
Helsinki Portteri on väriltään musta, hyvävaahtoinen pintahiivaolut. Tuoksultaan olut on paahtunut ja maultaan kevyehkö ja hieman lakritsainen. Portteri on vanha perinteinen Lontoosta 1700-luvulta peräisin oleva oluttyyppi. Suomalaiset portterit ovat saaneet vaikutteita myös Venäjälle keisarin hoviin Britanniasta rahdatuista juomista: kestääkseen pitkän merimatkan ne ovat hieman vahvempia kuin perinteiset brittiportterit.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jookos (3602) - FINLAND - SEP 26, 2013
UPDATED: JUL 30, 2014 Rerate, tap@brewery. Black. Sweet licorice, some roastedness. Soft smooth. Lighter bodied than I would hope. Real nice though.

old score: r3.2. Bottle. Black. Soft sweet licorice, ash, roasted malts. Light mediium bodied, dry. Roasted malts and such. Ok, perhaps a bit thin as a breakfast drink.

-- bb/wp8

-- bb

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kiwianer (3428) - Otorohanga, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 5, 2013
No head, color black. It smells a bit roasty, mild. The taste is a bit creamy, roasty, mild, boring. Medium. 9/9/9/8/-/9

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
visionthing (3683) - Oslo, NORWAY - AUG 26, 2013
50cl bottle at The Oak Barrel, Helsinki Airport. Pours very dark brown, close to black, with a beige head. Aroma of roasted malt, dark dried fruits chocolate, coffee and hints of hops. Medium sweet and quite flavourful with a nice bitterness. Tasty and easy to drink. (2013-08-19)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
RABinCO (1399) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - AUG 23, 2013
Draft @ the brewpub. Pours deep brown with a bubble tan head. Coffee and chocolate aroma. Taste is roasty milk chocolate, coffee, vanilla. Light bitterness. A bit thin, but really pretty good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
KansaiBeerLvrs (3345) - Kyoto, JAPAN - AUG 9, 2013
Taster at the brewpub, 10 euros. 5.6% a very dark brown with a reddish tinge at the edges. Nice rich chocolate aroma with some kind of spice note, possibly cinnamon. Great mouthfeel, smooth as silk. Chocolate at first and some roast coffee in the finish. Excellent stuff for just 5.6%, again not complex but just an extremely well made porter. My fav so far. 

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
beer_est_deus (928) - örebro, SWEDEN - JUL 17, 2013
Svart öl med fast brunt skum av små bubblor. Doft: Malt, humle, lätt bränt socker, skogs jord. Lite svag i doften. Smak: Lakrits, humle, jäst, jord, rostade toner.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Moebbels (501) - FINLAND - JUL 12, 2013
A dark black body with a little brown foam. Nose has notes of liquorice, dark bread and spices. Taste is thick, malty sweet and with a minisqule dryness in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is soft and full.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ernest (6749) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 6, 2013
Draught (at Suomenlinnan). Head is mostly lasting. Body is dark brown to black. Aroma is moderately malty (chocolate, roasted grain), lightly hoppy (flowers), with notes of black olives (NOT vinegar/salt brine, but the meaty olive itself), berries, vanilla. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly to moderately bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, moderately bitter. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation. From the very first sample at the brewpub, I knew we would be here awhile...these beers are brewed with great attention to detail. Clean, nuanced, and enticing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Brigadier (3275) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - JUN 28, 2013
On tap
Given the high prices in Finland I was expecting something great. This is a reasonably solid porter. I don’t regret ordering the taster but at 3.40 Euros it was not exactly a bargain. Still, given the circumstances and other options at the brewpub this was the best.

Aroma / Appearance - The fluid black base was consistent from top to bottom. A creamy beige head decorate the top like a handful of wet sand from the beach. Candy store licorice, malt, and bittersweet chocolate were held together by a smoky coffee glue.

Flavor / Palate - Licorice, malt balls, and plain coffee form a decent impression. Nothing builds over time though - the first sip is the same as the last. The creamy finish is like drinking a cup of cheap coffee mixed with a cup of milk creamer. You could do worse in Finland than this.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Andy_ (1000) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUN 20, 2013
Dark brown to black beer with some head. Mostly aromas and flavors of roasted malts but also very unpleasant aroma of manure. Not a very long finish. I may have had this too cold but I don’t really want to try it again.

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