Brewery: Oy Sinebrychoff Ab
Style: Baltic Porter
Serving Style: Bottle
Glassware: Pint glass
Drinking Establishment: Kerensa’s kitchen
Primary Consumer: Kerensa
Sight: Dark, near black body with ruby hues at edge. This beer poured an almost two-inch dark brown head upon pour. It flattened to a centimeter dark beige head with a few large carbonation bubbles after resting for a couple of minutes.
Scent: Profound roasted malts. Overwhelming smell of rich dark chocolate and a bit of licorice.
Flavor: Robust doesn’t even begin to describe this. Complex profile of roasted coffee, bitter licorice, and raisins. Slight boozy ethyl alcohol after-note, which is then quickly balanced by malty sweetness.
Feel: Thick-bodied. Rich, creamy mouthfeel with the perfect amount of carbonation, I say.
Baltic Porters, to my long Tuesday night’s pleasant surprise, come with a much higher ABV tag than their American or English counterparts. I feel awesome. It has a more complex, bold flavor than the other Porters I’ve reviewed. The maltiness of the Sinebrychoff (I know I can’t pronounce this one) is wildly comforting.
Concluding remarks: I’ve had a few “Baltic Porters” in my lifetime, but, ironically, none of them were from the Baltic states (instead, American interpretations of the style). Appropriately, the original is better than the knock-offs. Buying this in New York comes at a high-price: a 10-block walk south and, um, six avenues and a park (at City Swiggers at 86th and 2nd)…and $4.50 for a single bottle. However, to try an authentically-Baltic Baltic Porter as delicious as this is worth the price. I look forward to finding an Estonian version next. Anyone know were to find one outside of Tallinn?