PhillyBeer2112 (2863) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - MAR 9, 2001
UPDATED: AUG 4, 2006 First off, I’m now a full-fledged convert
of the Baltic porter style. Anyway, this beer is strong and chocolatey. Aroma is full of dark fruits. Flavor is almost like cocoa, with more dark fruits. Very nice opaque dark brown color, with a dark tan head. Excellent strong porter.
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - MAR 19, 2003
Rerate: 2000 bottle sampled in 2006. Poured at 60 deg F, probably warmed close to 70 deg by the end of the glass. Potent but balanced aroma of roast/ash and bittersweet cocoa, some soy sauce (in a good way). First sip is a revelation as that brown foam passes the lips like whipped cream, setting the stage for a full velvety mouthfeel. Despite the fullness, its barely sweet at all, with a nice dry roasty finish and notes of coffee in between. I love this combination of full body and dryness, and its so hard to find. Outstanding when fresh, beautiful aged.
Bottled in 2000,if that makes a difference?Nearly no head what so ever but what was there was chocolate brownand fast fadeing,color was coal mine dark,aroma was malty ,chocolatey and coffeeish.Flavor was really big raisins,coffee very lite,some prunes possibly,and some hints of chocolate.This is a big on flavor beer that the flavor and after taste seem to go on forever and at 7% alc. its well hidden and very unnoticable.the maltyness is huge with a nice full feel in the mouth,with an after taste that is sweet and fruity the finish is definately mellow sweet this is a new favorite for me to bad the price tag is so high at 6 bucks a bottle you couldn't afford to drink them for too long. jtw (1165) - farmington, Michigan, USA - JAN 23, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 9, 2004 re-rating after a 1997 bottle:
like liquid molasses, supremely balanced with
just enough hops to make it oh-so-smooth...
Epor (13) - FINLAND - NOV 29, 2005
original rating: 4.5
surprisingly large tan head on an opaque black beer. strongly malty and bitter on the nose with some chocolate and raisiny scents. extremely smooth; roastedness turns into a lightly bitter but not dry finish. coats your mouth like cough syrup--that's a good thing! i can see this keeping me up late and warm in the winter.
Bottle. Pours opaque black, brown head. Thick roasted aroma and flavour, some bitterness too. The first porter I ever tried and haven’t found a better one so far. Excellent beer. sethdude (706) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 2, 2006
Pours a pitch black with a ruby halo anda huge, thick, and oily brown head. Aroma is sweet dark fruit, dark chocolate, and cake batter. Flavor is tart, fruity, coffe, chocolate, port wine, yeasty, and full. Hops very present, but balance well. Fantastic stuff!
crzybob77 (530) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - FEB 23, 2006
BEUTIFUL full brown head. Honestly one of the best heads I have seen. Sweet chocolate aroma. Flavor is delicious, wonder chocolate and caramel flavors. This beer would be great as a desset. This is an absolutly wonderful stout. Very drinkable and sweet. bboeckl (142) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 30, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 5, 2009 Bottle. Dark black body with tan head. Retains head well. Head was bubbly at first and later turned more creamy. This is one of my favorite styles. A taste reveals, dark roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate, baker’s chocolate. Powdered cocoa. There are plums, raisins, nuts. but I am most struck by the dark chocolate. Hmmm, I wonder what this one would taste like brandy barrel aged? Only complaint might be that the finish is a bit weak and abrupt. Excellent Baltic Porter. This is how it is done right! Eladerman (82) - Newburgh, Indiana, USA - NOV 1, 2007
This is an excellent example of a Baltic Porter. Probably the best I have ever had. I like it a little better than Okocim. Not sure I have ever had a better one... ronaldtheriot (1953) - Laplace, Louisiana, USA - AUG 3, 2013
Sinebrychoff Porter has a very thick, creamy, tan head and a dark brown, almost black, appearance, with thick lacing left behind. The aroma is of extremely rich, stinging malts, astringency, black cherries, licorice, black bread crust, and sour cream. The taste is of all those elements, with little bitterness and no alcohol showing up. Mouthfeel is thick and viscous, and Sinebrychoff Porter finishes dry, sweet, rich, and cake like. Overall, this is an outstanding imperial ale! RJT TAR (2776) - Blue Ridge Mountains, North Carolina, USA - MAY 23, 2002
UPDATED: JUL 14, 2004 Two years past its best by date. One of the best Baltic aromas i've experienced. Mild, yet stunningly complex with soft notes of baked black currants and molasses. Hints of almonds, butter, concorde grapes, roasty whiffs of malt, and vinous notes; some cardboard (oxidation) as the beer warms. Creamy, feathery soft carbonation. Starts moderately roasty followed up with rich maltiness, charred chewiness, and an acidic, abundant black licorice finish. Still gaining much more complexity after many years in the bottle and becoming more elegant, seemingly by the day. Thus far, the most elegant Baltic Porter out there.