FinnishSinger (1) - FINLAND - AUG 23, 2003 does not count
The first beer I ever had. I still drink it more often than any other beer because it's the only really great beer made in Finland (read: the only really great beer you can get for a reasonable price in this country). It tastes the best when it's room temperature or even a bit warmer. TheBeerLover (1027) - DC Metro Area, USA - JAN 28, 2006
This is a rich, delicious, smooth, and silky Baltic Porter, coming in at a warming 7.2% abv and makes the perfect beer to match with a rich desert, or to enjoy as a night cap.
Koff Porter pours to a beautiful, deep ebony color with a thick and creamy tan head, and a moderate amount of carbonation. The nose on this beer is fantastic with big aromas of dark chocolate, coffee, licorice, and peppery alcohol. The palate is rich and full with big dark malt, chocolate, slight roast, licorice, and coffee flavors on a silky smooth, polished body. Koff Porter finishes with more of those big chocolate and coffee notes, then ends with a dry roast and peppery alcohol finish that lingers.
This is a world class example of Baltic Porter, one of the best in the style, and one loved by beer geeks world wide, including former presidents. This beer is best suited for cold winter months as a winter warmer, but is also the perfect beer to match with a rich, chocolate desert, and would make an idea after dinner drink or night cap. It retails in good beer markets for about $2.50-$3 a 11.2 oz or 33 cl bottle, and is well worth the price. If you can find this beer in your market, seek it out, and enjoy a world class beer from Finland. GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - APR 14, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 19, 2008 I just smiled when I pour this one. Looked like iodine and the froth rose like a balloon filled with chocolate ice cream. Hung there all rocky w/ a lingering fluffy lace. Beautiful! Aromas of sweet roasted malt. Medium nectar w/ mild carbonation creating a silky texture. A strong roast component kicks in pushing flavors of dark cocoa, coffee, leather. A mellow hop factors in on the end that lends a nice balanced bitterness to it. The finish s bittered well w/ lingering charcoal. Not sweet at all ending w/ a slight lactose souring. . BadAprilia1000 (437) - Sevierville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 19, 2011
Not going to lie, I’m very biased towards this beer. This is the beer that started my craft beer experience. Pours of chocolate oil with no/thin chocolate brown head(cappuccino). Smells of chocolate/dark chocolate with a slight smokey hint. Its almost indescribable the taste this beer has because I feel like god may strike me down for drinking such an awesome creation. Notes of chocolate, dark rich caramels, smokeyness and liqueur boozy Finnish*(did this on purpose). Awesome beer, perfect to drink in winter or cold months. TRY THIS BEER! ads135 (4933) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - NOV 20, 2011
The first "best beer" I’ve had. Like drinking delicious motor oil. Thick, creamy, with a dark brown head and opaque black coloration. Chocolate, licorice, with a persistent sweetness. Originally bought this at Wine 101 in Warrensburg, (10/10/2007) later found a bottle aged from 2000 in Lawrence.
Prostman (1077) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 10, 2002
This is a great just because there are no flaws at all in this beer. It is so smooth, so dark, and so rich that words cannot even describe. This is one of my favorite beers. drpimento (3736) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 18, 2007
Wow!!! Pours like a dream. Big foamy chocolatey dark tan head, with some lace. Nose is incredibly aromatic - roasty, dark fruit, dark chocolate, burnt sugar ... enticing. Flavor is all of that and more. Only a hint of the power behind it. Luscious body. Ultra black opaque. A benchmark baltic porter. Having this one sitting at the tables by the big windows facing 4th Street in Bodega Brew Pub, La Crosse. Wulfstan (509) - California, USA - OCT 5, 2009
This Baltic poter is outstanding, with rich, complex flavour and texture, yet high drinkability.
Basically black, it has a very large, rich, frothy light brown head that shrinks only slowly to a permanent, thin, foamy top and rich, frothy lace.
The aroma is mild wine, chocolate, prunes, toast. Although with firm, complex elements, it’s somewhat subdued.
The taste is rich, complex, smooth and clean. All flavours, sweetness and bitterness are beautifully balanced with complex taste of leaves, chocolate, dark toasted brown bread, prunes, a hint of port, some raisin, black pepper, the latter stronger in the finish, with an increasing taste of black coffee condensed with brown sugar that is stronger by the end. It is rather dry throughout, not too bitter or sweet. In the middle, it has a definite but light sweetness and light but slightly stronger bitterness right at the finish, but for most of the time, up front and in the final finish and aftertaste, it is mostly dry, clean, and leafy. Cantabrian (1158) - Christchurch NZ, now Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - SEP 29, 2013
I never thought a Baltic Porter would get any better than a Carnegie. But here it is. Finnish, but it sounds Swedish, just like my favourite band Finntroll. This was a bottle, from one of the retailers in Miami. I had it under the lovely Florida air conditioning interiors, and I can only dream of what it is when consumed in a Nordic winter. The beer pours like Aztec chocolate sauce, dark brown pure iodine, with a beautiful creamy head on top. Perfect also on the aroma of black currants/Crème de cassis, blackberries, dark chocolate, and a hint of vanilla. The flavour is just so farking perfect too, with dark, bitter chocolates, caramel, dulce de leche, honey, liquorice, tart berries and a touch of yogurt sourness. There’s a bitterness that balances perfectly against this baccanalle of sweetness, never allowing it to be cheap or cloying. The beer is creamy, velvety, thick and silky on the tongue. Perfect in every single aspect. Sinebrychoff Koff Porter… this beer would get a full five if I ever decided that a beer could deserve a full five.