MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - SEP 8, 2005
33cl - Aroma is malty dark chocolate with some roasty carmel notes. Poured black with a huge brown head that leaves plenty of lacing. Flavor is roasted chocolate malt, carmel, black licorice, and a touch of espresso. A very creamy and smooth palate makes this one of the best porters I’ve had. etaggie09 (21) - College Station, Texas, USA - SEP 2, 2005
licorice black with moderate-low carbonation. a small but persistent head. fair amount of lacing. brandy, and some dark fruity aspects. A port wine smell is also detectable. Nice and thick with some roasty notes as well. Some port wine with a black coffee bitterness that parallels a stout in the finish. now it switches to a nice fruitiness. Wow, it completely switched flavors on the second sip! Awesome! A sweet malty beginning with a bitter coffee aftertaste. Nice and roasty, but not burnt. Smooth with dried dark fruity undertow. Great. Prickling carbonation with a moderate-full body. Very good. Just a tad overcarbonated I think, but wonderfully smooth with a nice body and crisp carbonation. Very easy to drink. 7.2% is less than I would expect, but alcohol was used in a good way. Very nice. Had a great complexity with a smooth taste and roasty finish that was oh so nice. 1FastSTi (3361) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 31, 2005
Unknown vintage. Nothing on the bottle. Pours to a huge bubbly creamy with awesome lacing and a reverse cascading head atop a black body. The aroma has chocolate and coffee, raisins, edamame, cherries, and tobacco in it. The flavor is very earthy. Charcoal, vanilla, charred foods, maduro tobacco, molasses. The palate matches very well to the other components. Would probably make a good beer to make pot roast or to boil bratwurst or ribs. monty (39) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 31, 2005
31 August 2005
Sinebrychof Porter IV. (2003 Vintage) Bottle. (FWIW, my bottle cap says IV B, but this simply /can’t/ be the Koff “Porter” IV B, whose every description says “golden” or the like…”
In a snifter.
Beautiful in the glass. Brownish to black, laced with a rich burnt-sugar head that’s stiff as whipped egg whites – while it lasts. Plenty of good sniffin’ here: raisins, plums, tart cherries on the one hand, and roasty coffee, burnt toast and a hint of lactose on the other. Fantastic aromas all around. And the flavors and mouthfeel are up to snuff as well. As this beer warms, I’m getting even more toast/carbon flavors, but they mesh well with everything else. Very little to complain about here – just wish it were more available. The perfect thing for sipping on an evening when summer seems quickly turning to fall. Just outstanding. I love it. Thanks, BT.
mds (2250) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 14, 2005
bottle. 2000. deep black body with a large frothy bread-like mocha head. aroma consists of a lot of chocolate, raisin sweetness, and mild alcohol notes. full flavoured smooth body. flavours are much of the same as the aroma depicts - chocolate, tobacco, dark fruit, leafy hops, and some alcohol. complex. Bitter finish. Really enjoyed this as my first Baltic Porter (and Finnish beer) and I’d like to pick up a few more of these in different vintages.
Admiral (524) - Schnecksville, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 14, 2005
Deep black/brown, abundant tan head with alarmingly large bubbles. Aroma of roasted malt. Flavor of dark chocolate, coffee. A little grassy hops. Full-bodied. Really nice stuff. rajendra82 (1101) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - AUG 12, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 16, 2005 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.Hawksfan17 (890) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - AUG 10, 2005
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.
Smells of coffee and chocolate. Very rich in aroma, quite lovely. Very dark black pour with large milk chocolate head on it. The flavor is much lighter, much more coffee in taste, nice burntness too when you swirl it around a bit. Fairly nice and smooth as well, richer flavor would put this over the top. blankboy (7788) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 2, 2005
Bottle shared with HogTownHarry, tupalev & jerc -- courtesy of HogTownHarry. Vintage 1998. Pours a dark brown/black with a spare light brown head. Strong roasted and caramel malt aroma along with chocolate, alcohol and molasses. Roasty flavour also consisted of caramel and a touch of chocolate. Smooth and creamy, it hides the 7.2% quite well. I really liked it! tjthresh (1875) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - JUL 31, 2005
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.