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Zywiec Porter - Zywiec Breweries PLC (Heineken)

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87
very good

660 Ratings
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Ratings: 660
Reviews: 375
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 13.37%
Wants: 23
Gots: 43 | FT: 0
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Zywiec Breweries PLC (Heineken) visit their website
Poland

Style | ABV
Baltic Porter |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-01-2001

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Ratings: 660 | Reviews: 375
Photo of Brad071
4.43/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This one is a real treat, great winter/ autumn beer. Yummy.

Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Deep dark brown to black under a ½” sudsy foam collar that hugs the side of the glass.
S: The aromas are not big but there whiffs of coffee and chocolate with traces of sweetness.
T: A creamy entrance gives way to coffee, chocolate, moca with some alcohol on the end. Everything is well rounded with no burnt or harsh roast flavors.
F: Has an outrageously good texture that is very creamy and soft in the mouth. Medium full body and medium low carbonation.
O: A delightful, well made porter that is deceptively easy to drink despite its level of alcohol.

Photo of mlockman
3.02/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I have had a lot of variance in drinking this beer, so much so that I eventually stopped buying it. The first few times, I thought it was pretty outstanding, a great value for the price-point. The latter few times, I was less than impressed, in fact somewhat averse to the flavors I was experiencing.

Photo of drunkenmess
4.39/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Poors very thick and heavy. Gorgeous tan head at least 2 fingers. Awesome lacing thru out. Smells very rich and dark chocolate with a sweetness. Tastes strong, no doubt about that. Has a very bittersweet after taste. Delicious and thick not for the wee lads. I frequent this beer from time to time. For something different.

Photo of Halvey
1.88/5  rDev -51.7%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Huge fan or porters, but hated this one

Photo of antman27
2.18/5  rDev -44%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.5

Not a fan of this porter

Photo of fx20736
4.29/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Don't remember when I bought this. Poured into a Nonic at cellar temp.

Look: Black or dark brown with a thin garnet sliver at the bottom, when held to the light. Nice tan head with very good lacing.

Smell: light roast and a hint of licorice

Taste: sweet, syrupy licorice dominates with a hint of char.

Feel: supple, slipperywith a clean finish

Overall: tasty, good looking. A very good beer.

Photo of Jeffsta1
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Pretty good beer.
Very dark. Tall, bubbly head.
Quite bitter for a porter
Also a fair amount of sweetness on the attack: I'd prefer less.
Nice malt, hints of cocoa.
Rich mouthfeel, commensurate with the high alcohol.
Smoke on the finish - nice.

Photo of GentleKnight1
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Nice dark. Very dark in the glass with small head. Bitter taste hits on the first sip but seems to recede as you drink. Slightly less pleasant than the Brand Dobbelbock.

Photo of doktorhops
3.76/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is what happens when you fall in love with stouts, it leads you to try darker and darker beers, recklessly seeking that next roasted thrill until your bank account is a mere husk of binary code and you’ve become addicted to priceless Faberge eggs... at least that specific example has happened to someone, somewhere. Anyway the point I was getting at is that Plonk! (BBITU: Best Bottleshop In The Universe) is out of FBS (Founders Breakfast Stout) and I’ve been recommended the two closest things to FBS in the meanwhile: Zywiec and Rasputin - yes, that’s right - we’ve got a full blown Stout-off on our hands!

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a nonic pint.

A: Deep, deep, dark, cavernous, cola brown body that says “I will own you mere mortal!” with a foamy inch tall khaki head that slowly dissipates to a spiders lace. The whole thing is ominous. I like my Porters ominous. 9/10.

S: A roasted coffee/chicory combo that screams “I will own you mere mortal!”... again it is an ominous brew here. There are notes of dark fruit as well, hints of black cherry and prune. 7/10.

T: The flavour is a real surprise - sets you up for a huge challenging Stout/Porter (whatever, they’re the same thing) and delivers a mild mannered reporter, like if Clark Kent was the alter-ego to Lex Luthor. Flavours are roast coffee with brown sugar and prune. Finishes with an espresso bitterness and an unwanted metallic twang (loses 1 point for this, sorry unpronounceable brewer from Poland). 7/10.

M: Hits the register well here with a medium, rich body and a dense, creamy carbonation. 9/10.

D: It’s no FBS. That is certain. However at $4 a 330ml bottle it is FBS’s cheaper, slightly weird Polish cousin that likes to tip cows, farm potatoes whilst making bootleg vodka, and is “New to this country you call A-Merica”. The fact that it tastes half decent at that price (and kicks its own Lager in the soft-fleshy-dangly-male-bits between the legs) is enough for me to rate it decently. Decently indeed. I have spoken! 8/10. Total: 7.5/10.

Food match: Chocolate roasted rib eye steaks with au gratin potato and roasted pumpkin, with a rich dark gravy simmering away all over that shit.

Photo of cratez
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Zywiec Porter – 9.5% ABV Baltic Porter – Bottle shared with hopsolutely and NRMan.

A: Jet black in colour with a thick ring of tan foam and strands of lacing on the sample glass. Stellar appearance.

S: Rich pruney-plummy notes, slight nuttiness, black cherry (almost medicinal in character), roasted malt, dark chocolate, and mocha. A truly outstanding nose.

T: Roasted malt, chocolate, vinous dark fruit sweetness (pruney-plummy), mocha coffee, and black cherry. Balanced bitterness precedes a dry, roasty finish. Excellent flavours.

M: Medium-full body, creamy carbonation, sweet middle transitions to a mild bitterness and roasted, drying finish. A great palate.

O: An exemplary Baltic Porter with big aromatics, bold flavours, and a very smooth palate. Definitely lives up to its first-class reputation.

Photo of Saisons-of-the-Abyss
4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

Deep, practically black color. Fruity and sweet aroma, like prunes and molasses. Similar taste; fruity and roasted. Smokey coffee and cocoa. Bittersweet finish. Full bodied and heavy with a fairly low carbonation. You can't really taste the high alcohol content, but you'll certainly know it's there by the time you finish this great porter.

Photo of blackcompg
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Appearance - Pours two quick fingers of creamy lite brown head, color is an almost opaque deep reddish brown, with garnet edges when held up to a light. Nice rings of thick lace left after each sip.

Smell - Dark roasted malt, dark fruits and fig, hints of rich sweet smoke and molasses, and a little bit of well done fruit cake.

Taste - Whoa... there is an initial explosion of dark roastiness and light smoke, molasses, and black licorice, dark roasted malt and unsweetened coffee gently enter the ppicture, with a nice slightly dry bite of toasty pumpernickel and lite caraway longer into the finish. Occasionally I get hints of burnt molasses and little bits of sour plumskin. No alcohol presence whatsoever at 9.5%!

Mouthfeel - Dangerously smooth, medium mouthfeel, carb is spot on and foams smoothly across the tongue, and surprises with a few nice edges at the back of the tongue.

Overall - A shockingly good porter. Full mouth flavors, great balance and complexity as this is more of a symphony vs. a few hard punches. What makes this really nice is the price of $1.99 a bottle at my local Garden Fresh. I will pick up a few of these every time I shop - pick up a few for yourself if you come across them, highly recommend! *Please note, I've updated this review, as my first bottle of this was 9 months past the best by date - it was pretty good, but was overwhelmed with astringent dark fruit flavors, and a slight balsamic-like vinegariness. A fresh bottle is a real treat, and an excellent representative of the style. I would even call it "imperial", as the flavors are bold and mouth filling.

Photo of BeerWithMike
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sampling right now on 8/11/14. Comes in a nice 500ml (16.9 ounce) bottle for $3.99. Good until: '3.14.2015'. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured into a 12 ounce handled glass stein.

Pours a very deep brown, almost a pitch black actually with about a good 1/2 finger of a beige head that settles down to a thin layering on top and sides of the glass. A decent amount of lacing is seen when sipped. Nice and frothy. Lots of roasted malt with some dark fruits for the aroma. The taste is pretty much the same with a hint of brown sugar as well as a touch of black coffee. Pretty smooth finish for this high alcohol porter (though you don't taste the alcohol at all). Over a great tasting Baltic Porter! Prosit!

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

500 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Mostly opaque deep brown. Just shy of black. Medium khaki head. Nice lacing slides down the inside of the glass as I drink it. Island of foam persists on the surface with a medium collar.

Smell - Dark fruits. A bit of banana. Roasted malt. A little bit of deep caramel.

Taste - Banana right up front. Moves toward dark fruits. Sweet in the middle, like a very dark brown sugar. The back end is less sweet, much more flavored with roasted malts. Coffee like bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Drinkable for 9.5%. Medium carbonation.

Overall - Very tasty. I have to admit I was surprised to find that I enjoyed this so much.

Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle into snifter, best before 9/28/2013. Pours nearly opaque dark brown color with a 2 finger dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big chocolate, cocoa, caramel, toast, dark bread, roasted malt, raisin, prune, brown sugar, molasses, light herbal, and roast/yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt and moderate fruity yeast ester notes; with good strength. Taste of chocolate, cocoa, caramel, toast, dark bread, raisin, prune, brown sugar, molasses, herbal, and roast/yeast earthiness. Fair amount of earthy herbal/roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, cocoa, toast, dark bread, roasted malt, raisin, prune, brown sugar, molasses, herbal, and roast/yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity and robustness of dark/bready malt, yeast ester, and earthy hop flavors; with a a great malt/yeast balance and no cloying flavors after the finish. medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a creamy, smooth, and lightly slick/chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a small warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice Baltic porter. All around good complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malt, yeast ester, and earthy hop flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

Photo of Gear54
4.44/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass

A: Dark black with 1/2 inch of thick head. It failed down the glass without and lace.

S: Faint licorice aroma

T: Wonderful full coffee and chocolate noted. Long lasting and no bitterness

M: Does well to coat the mouth

O: This is a good porter. I was surprised for the price how well it performed.

Photo of ADZA
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a very dark kola hue with a luscious two finger chocolate laced head and lacing here and there quite a looker,the smell is roasted malts,red berries and booze,the mouthfeel is full bodied and moderately carbonated with tastes of roasted malts,milk chocolate and finished with a soft bittersweetness and overall quite the suprise package would drink again cheers.

Photo of bluejacket74
4.11/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle, back label says best before 09.13.2014. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with about an inch and a half tan head that stayed around a while. There's a decent amount of lacing. The brew smells like roasted malt, dark fruit, bittersweet chocolate, anise, and some brown sugar. Taste is similar to the aroma, it tastes like roasted/charred malt, dark fruit (plums, prunes, raisins), molasses, dark chocolate, brown sugar, anise, and an earthy/mineral flavor. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's creamy and smooth with a good amount of carbonation. I liked this, and at just $1.79 a bottle it's definitely worth picking up!

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.01/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased at Beers of the World in Henrietta, NY.

Pours a very dark black, with a foamy, creamy one inch head, and lots of lacing down the glass.

Smells like roasted malt, chocolate, dark fruits, and lager yeast.

The taste is fairly similar. Pretty sweet and caramelly, with lots of dark fruit flavors. It does stop short of being cloying, thankfully. Some roasted malt and chocolate, lots of dark fruit flavor, almost tastes Belgian. Pretty sweet, not really bitter at all.

Medium bodied, incredibly creamy mouthfeel. Very drinkable. Low carbonation.

A pretty bang on Baltic Porter. Cut down a little bit of the sweetness and dial up a little bit more of roasty malt, and it would be near perfect.

Photo of thecheapies
3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This beer is pretty much black. Lots of head formed. Laced as it fell.

Chocolatey malts, metallic notes, herbal notes, caramel malt, roasty dose, a bitbof lactose, and slight minerality. Solid.

Big chocolate malt opening with follow-ups of booze, metallic notes, malt bitterness, mineral tongue-pinch, and anise. Caramelized sugars and mint tea notes. Has an impy stout magnitude. A knockout punch of a Baltic Porter.

A little hot, but brewed to big strength. Swishy body with a sizzling carbonation. Good weight.

Photo of ZagZagg
4.14/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle into goblet glass

A: One finger mocha head floating atop midnight blackness. Pour and glass play are indicative of a big body with solid viscosity. Retention is shy of medium and carries a light flakey silver color. No light can brave the depths of this brew – carbonation cannot be assessed.

S: Big milk chocolate and roasty chocolate malts fill the nose immediately. Sugary sweetness in the background accompanied by bitter cooking chocolate and notes of dried fig. Smokey character is present, but in a caramel light.

T: Chocolate malt, which is big and sweet, debuts quickly; dark chocolate and bitter hops are later on the scene. Some nutty notes play up a distant warm roast, tenuously boozy. Caramelized – burnt brown sugar, licorice-anise (without the tang) and powderized cocao nibs. In the finish the bitterness of the hops and dark chocolate balance the rich malt coco-profile. Overall the experience pushes a tantalizing interplay between savory and sweet.

M: Yes, finally a porter that has the body I’m looking for, thick and slick. Carbonation is very present and fine, but not overwhelming. Fills the mouth and leaves a pleasant lacquer on the tongue – sweet and a bit smoky.

O: This is the best porter I’ve had yet. It’s very reminiscent of an imperial stout, probably contributing to why I like it so much. Big body, sweet and malty, and at the same time easy drinking. I think the Baltic variant reigns supreme when it comes to porters. I’ve been looking for one like this I’m glad I picked it up.

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.12/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours a dark brown with a white head that leaves behind a lot of lacing. Aroma is malty, with a chocolate and coffee like essence. In the taste, coffee and cocoa, with a mineral, hard water aspect. Minimal hops but a small coarse bitterness. Medium bodied and lightly creamy. Overall a decent beer.

Photo of beergoot
3.79/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown body; lasting, relatively decent head. Soft aroma of roasted grains and sweet chocolate. Bitter chocolate and moderately sweet roasted grain flavors. Medium bodied; semi-sweet finish.

A nice, basic porter that delivers flavor and body without overpowering alcohol or other relatively extreme flavor profiles. This has the depth, the sweetness, the body, and the flavors of a classic styled dark ale.

Photo of FLima
3.72/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pitch black color with a three finger light caramel head with good retention.
Aroma of chocolate, earthy hops, minerals, nuts, figs and a bit of Kahlua liquor.
Predominant flavor of mocha coffee, roasted grains, licorice, booze and herbal and earthy hops. Hints of molasses and ashes. Maybe I got some banana as well. Dry aftertaste with its lingering taste.
Medium body with medium carbonation. The 9.5% abv is definitely felt, but it is not necessarily a defect once it is somewhat expected by the style.
Good traditional Baltic Porter, it is an old recipe going back almost 150 years, so bear that on mind when comparing to today’s kick-ass American imperial Porters. I had to raise its grade after warming up.

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Zywiec Porter from Zywiec Breweries PLC (Heineken)
87 out of 100 based on 660 ratings.