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Brewed by Suomenlinnan Panimo
Style: Porter
Helsinki, Finland

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RATINGS: 97   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.27   EST. CALORIES: 168   ABV: 5.6%
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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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ernest (6143) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Brigadier (2875) - 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.

2.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Andy_ (632) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bierkoning (9999) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - JUN 20, 2013
Bottle from Tbone, thanks! Bottle. Black, opague. Malt, roast and coffee in the aroma. Hint of ash. Malty sweetish, roasty flavor with hints of licorice and coffee. Caramel. Fairly complex, tasty porter.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
patricks110 (1620) - Alberta, CANADA - JUN 17, 2013
Not a bad beer. Nice black and opaque pour with a bit of a beige head. The nose is mildly roasted and a heavy roasty cocoa note. Mild roasted malt flavour, espresso and sweet malts throughout. Overall, just a good easy to drink porter.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
3fourths (7861) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 14, 2013
Draft at Suomenlinnan Panimo.
Deep brown body with a dense but short-lived tan head. Rich unsweetened chocolate and cocoa powder. Creamy and frothy carbonation with a soft, dry malt texture. Quenching acid, salivating and quenching. Light mustiness and some sourish and acidic burnt grains in the finish but it’s very enjoyable and suits the beers dryness and body.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Oakrock (102) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUN 9, 2013
Such a nice product, such a nice surprise. Very tasty beer - a lot of nice tastes - coffee, chocolate etc. For a porter it is extremely light, not so much roasted and this product is not at all watery. The full palate goes through to last drop, which is a slight miracle talking about porters. Defenitely the best porter I ever had. This comes close to best german dobbelbock darks. I really wait the brewerys next step - will it be a nice dobbelbock winterbeer. I enjoyed this beer in brewerys own pub in Suomenlinna from tap.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
zdq (13) - Warsaw, POLAND - MAY 14, 2013
Really nice finnish porter (rather baltic style, not the brown/robust style). Very drinkable, nice balance of tastes.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
fonefan (34222) - VestJylland, DENMARK - MAR 6, 2013

Draught @ SOPP Helsinki 2012, Finland.

Unclear dark brown colour with a average, beige head. Aroma is moderate to light heavy malty, roasted, dark roasted, burnt. Flavour is moderate to light light heavy sweet and light to moderate bitter with a average to long duration, roasted, malt bitter. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20120726]

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
SperkeleForce (500) - FINLAND - FEB 22, 2013
Bottle 50 cl. Pours really dark black with a small brown head that vanishes quickly. An really interesting strong taste of licorice with some coffee and roasted nuts in it. Nice refreshing porter with some good strong taste. Enjoyable to drink.


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