Goblincat (399) - Petersburg, Michigan, USA - DEC 14, 2004
vintage 1996. Pours black with a thin tan head. Chocolate malt and coffee nose. Very smooth chocolate and coffee taste. I’m impressed with this offering.
badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - DEC 13, 2004
pours black with small light brown head....aroma is abundant of dark chocolate and coffee, with prominent roasted notes....taste is wonderful, with strong notes of coffee, chocolate, vanilla, and nuts...great palate Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - DEC 12, 2004
Poured black with a big milk chocolate colored head...aroma is rich and roasty with chocolate and coffee...taste is very sweet and fruity at first...sweet like a raisins...great mouthfeel...nice bittersweet coffee/cocoa finish... skaughty (652) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - DEC 10, 2004
footy (345) - scottsdale, Arizona, USA - NOV 28, 2004
The pour is just fantastic, thick syrupy grape juice colored nectar. The aroma is mild - likely due to the mellowing of the hops. The flavor is also of red grape, but seems to just be starting to turn. I think this beer is on the downside of its prime, and will be seeking a fresher bottle.
bottled 11.2 oz. Black with large tan head A suprisingly fruity taste. nice balanced very good. Need to try again.
BeerAteHer (384) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - NOV 27, 2004
Nice tannic head with weak lacing. Great aromas of chocolate, malt and straw-banana yogurt. Strikingly complex flavor - perhaps the hoppiest porter of which I am aware. Malt is pleasant, subdued compared to the aroma. There are also subtle flavor elements of corn, toffee and port wine. The body is bubbly and rich but perhaps slightly too thick for this style. In the past I wasn’t much of a porter person but lately I’ve come across some great ones - including Sinebrychoff piscator34 (2621) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - NOV 24, 2004
Black in colour with a small off white head. Aromas of sweet malt, dark berry fruit, and a bit of soy. Flavors of prune dominate along with notes of black licorice and a bit of iron. Nice mouthfeel. Less "bright" fruit than I had expected, and quite dominant alcohol presence as well. JFGrind (2064) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 19, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 30, 2006 I had the opportunity to re-sample a bottle of Sinebrychoff Porter. Well blended mix of chocolate and licorise malts with a spicy yeast. Sweet and roasted malts flavor. An intersting twist on a Baltic Porter, I think it has a bit of English influence. Original rating 11.19.04 @ 3.1 It was a five year old bottle, probably past its prime. ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - NOV 17, 2004
Pours absolutely black with a lasting tan head. Carmel and coffee aroma with some hops. Caramel and coffee again in the flavor but it was all much more subtle than I expected. Also seemed a little thin on the palate but overall I’d say this is a great porter. gustytke (8) - New Orleans, Louisiana, USA - NOV 14, 2004 does not count
Dark, dark color with a heavy rich dark head. Head lasts forever with beautiful lacing. Complex aromas of fruit, roasted malt. Entry is fruity, almost like a Belgian Ale. Slightly chewy, makes the mouth pucker. Is it raisans or plums? Malty goodness. One of the finer porters I have ever had.