Beer Reviews Sinebrychoff Porter
Serving type: Bottle
Sinebrychoff, or Koff as it is called in Finland makes a variety of beer styles, but in this researcher’s opinion, only their Porter really stands out as a true “craft” brew. This “vintage” Baltic Porter ages very well, when cellaring at around 55F. The flavors and aromas change ever-so-gradually. You can expect this brew to last 6 to 8 years. In the past, silly governing bodies of the Finnish state, regulated the brewing industry. They generally frowned upon interesting or varietal styles. Fortunately, brewers and beer lovers across the country have developed an awareness and developed lobbying groups to help promote a wide variety of Finnish brews.
This Baltic style Porter, although it had long ago passed muster with state regulators, is a prime example of a beer crafted with care, attention to detail and love. The color is like strong, dark coffee. Lovely aromas of chocolate malt, smoke, coffee and dark rum vie for attention. The full and rich body envelopes flavors of coffee, rye, dark chocolate and a bit of licorice. An abundance of sharp-edged fresh hops, citrus bitterness and hint of spices provide a lively bite. It’s slightly smoky with an essence of pine in the background. This powerfully flavored brew has a bit of an alcohol kick, yet it remains very drinkable. I highly recommend this wonderful example of the Baltic Porter style!