Zywiec Porter - Zywiec Breweries PLC (Heineken)
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Reviews by Brandegee:
4.22/5 rDev +8.2%
As with many Polish beers, the first feature I note is the smell, which is laced with strong alcohol overtones. I've begun to appreciate its assertiveness, but it's still a little bit jarring. The porter gets more fun quickly, however, as strong smells of coffee and chocolate waft up along with the boozy tell-tale.
The taste is strong and assertive in a classic Porter style. I'm tempted to call it unrefined, but fortunately it's a bit more subtle than that with a slight anise undertone as you get deeper in the bottle. With an ABV of 9.5 and a silky luxurious mouthfeel this is veering into Imperial Stout territory (and would not rate as highly there), but as a Porter it's an out-loud eye-brow raiser.
12-07-2008 01:00:15 | More by Brandegee
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4.13/5 rDev +5.9%
Poured a deep deep dark brown with ruby hue thru out when held up to the sun with a big fluffy almond colored head that left copius amounts of lace behind as it settled slowly.Awesome aromas raisin,green apple which I found suprising but very appetizing with notes of star anice and wood as well,flavors start out sweet and rummy with raisin and prune notes a slight drying cedar,raw earthy profile shows thru keeping it in balance.Awesome beer a style I should seek out more often,I love to find some decent Polish offerings being of Polish stock myself.
06-04-2006 23:36:38 | More by oberon
4.13/5 rDev +5.9%
Poured into a tulip.
A: Pours an extremely dark reddish brown. Light brown head that subsides to a foamy tan layer.
S: Rich, sweet malt. Candied figs. Roasty character supporting fruity esters. Notes of toffee and caramel overlayed with cocoa powder. Hints of bittersweet chocolate, lightly milked chocolate, and hot cocoa.
T: Opens very vinous with dark fruity flavors, then roasty/char notes coming on the midpalate. Rich, creamy, but not overly thick. Notes of burnt bittersweet chocolate. It's quite bitter, and the bitterness provides good balance with the sweetness never getting out of hand. The bitter and alcohol notes combine to add a nice mild bite to the flavor. Dark fruity esters. Finishes with a dark toasted flavor and lingering bitterness and char. Big, bold, tasty, and pretty badass.
M: Nice full-bodied feel. Good, relatively strong carbonation. Somehow pulls off the perception of being creamy and vinous simultaneously on my palate. That's a trick I haven't seen before.
D: It's 9.5% and a sipper so you're not likely to drink large amounts. But this is a very good Baltic Porter, and for the style it's at least average.
Overall, this is a badass beer. And the price is right, so I'll be buying this often. There are some definite treasures and bargains to be found among Eastern European beers.
05-04-2010 06:18:38 | More by imperialstout27
4.05/5 rDev +3.8%
500ml bottle pours a deep dark brown that borders on black with a light tan head that slowly falls atop the brew. Aromas are dense, rich malts upfront with notes of fudge, dark fruits, raisins and molasses. Somewhat roasted and quite inviting.
First sip brings a wash of rich, creamy malt upfront with a mix of roast, molasses, raisins, dark fruit and an underlying fudge note. Smooth with a kiss of bitterness on the back end and a whiff of alcohol as it flows down. Solid brew.
Mouthfeel is smooth, creamy and robust. Makes itself known while still being quite drinkable for the ABV. Overall, a top notch Polish brew. This and the Okocim porter make for a good one two punch!
09-10-2010 01:38:51 | More by orbitalr0x
3.1/5 rDev -20.5%
As a porter, the Zywiec is not too shabby. As an imperial/Baltic... I was not at all impressed.
The taste was boring, the look was not in the least way impressive, and the very crux of the beer lacked complexity; the drinkability for a 9.5% beer was impressive.
Maybe I was hoping for those chocolaty, coffee-ey notes in craft baltics, but this beer was worth not a cent more than its 1.99
05-26-2009 06:11:39 | More by gregmoscetti
4.78/5 rDev +22.6%
11.2 oz bottle pours an essentially opaque, with some garnet fringes apparent when held to the light. A healthy tan head has good retention and leaves chains of sheet lacing all over the glass. Aroma is very robust, with lots of chocolate and fresh brewed coffee, on a background of dark fruits and a hint of smoke. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, satiny and slightly creamy. Taste is as delicious as its complexity, with dark fruity raisins and figs complimenting the expected roast coffee, chocolate, and smoke. There is ample hops bitterness, as well as a vague spiciness that serves up an exotic sweet/sour bittering.
This is a benchmark Baltic Porter, and is exceptional in taste, aroma, and drinkability. Truly a classic.
02-18-2004 22:30:48 | More by merlin48
4.2/5 rDev +7.7%
Appearance: black, 1/4 inch head
Smell: burnt malt, sugar, and dark chocolate
Taste: chocolate syrup, burnt malt, and some cream on the finish
Mouthfeel: sweet start and end--semi bitter middle, full bodied, heavy
Drinkability: Very very good--perhaps my favorite in the style. I have not had this for a while and it is still a delicious favorite. The alcohol is fairly well masked, but because of the high ABV, two is my limit.
06-19-2009 15:06:20 | More by tigg924
4.38/5 rDev +12.3%
Wow. Brown, nearly black pour, with a squatty brown head that quickly dissipates. Rich aroma of coffee, roasted malt, licorice, and alcohol. Dense, roasted malt up front with cocoa and cognac flavors. Moves into cream, coffee and anise, which is swept up with an alcohol warmer.
12-05-2008 18:52:51 | More by magictrokini
3.85/5 rDev -1.3%
Darkest chestnut colored, with garnet highlights down the sides of the glass and a one-inch high head of light brown frothy foam that lingers very long.
Light aroma of roasted malt, coffee, and grassy hops.
Flavor is initially roasty and toasty, sweet and bitter all at once. Dark malts with hints of coffee and chocolate, with smokey charred bark and espresso and hops bitters. Notes of dark plum and ripe prune. Good balance all around. A piney bitter lingers, and the hops stick around for the whole ride.
ABV flies under the radar. Very drinkable, great after dinner with a dark maduro cigar.
02-18-2007 03:33:59 | More by far333
3.1/5 rDev -20.5%
A- Pours bark brown with a slight red highlight, nice tan head and good lacing
S- Roasted malts and chocolate
T/M- Can really tatse the roasted malt almost to the point that they taste burnt(bitter). Chocolate is defiantly there also
D- Not bad as far as drink ability goes, defiantly got better the longer it sat and it warmed up a little. The burnt taste was somewhat distracting in it and for me caused it to not be super high on the drink ability scale.
01-11-2008 03:50:13 | More by monkeybeer
4.83/5 rDev +23.8%
Hard pour releases a big brown creamy head with good retention. Almost black with ruby light transmission on the bottom. Nice aroma, a slight sense of berry, mostly sweetened blueberry. Excellent deep malt, stops short of java but with lots of unsweetened baking chocolate properties. Bitter quality on the roof of the mouth. As dense as a turkish coffee with considerable aftertaste. Powerful brew here, I'd love for more folks in the industry to do Baltic-style Porters...LOVE this stuff...
10-24-2002 09:26:33 | More by ADR
4/5 rDev +2.6%
500ml bottle served in a Unibroue snifter.
Pours a very dark brown with a nice tan head. The head is not very durable, but does leave decent lacing.
Aroma: sweet; faintly boozy; prunes and other dark fruits with baked bread.
T: Plenty of dark fruits and light alcohol esters. Excellent finish and aftertaste, where the generous dose of dark malt comes out in a flush at the end and lingers nicely afterwards. High ABV is partly hidden. A bit sweet.
M: Medium body; smooth yet some liveliness from the moderate carbonation.
O: this beer has a boozy character I often notice in Eastern European beers, at least with higher ABVs; this is usually a weakness but it fits in well with the flavor profile in this nice Baltic Porter. Improved with warming. Well worth seeking out.
03-16-2012 00:37:00 | More by chinchill
4.33/5 rDev +11%
Bottle purchased from Decatur Wine and Spirits in Decatur, GA.
Pours black with dark brown highlights and a two-finger tan head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.
Smells of roasted malts and dark chocolate with hints of dark fruits. As it warms the roasted malt aromas fade a bit leaving more dark chocolate and dark fruits.
Tastes simlar to how it smells. The roasted malt flavors that are present up front are quickly overtaken by dark chocolate flavors with dark fruit undertones - mostly raisins. The dark chocolate flavors are more intense than the smell would let on and the dark fruit flavors are right on par. The ending is mildly bitter.
Mouthfeel is good. It has a solid thickness with moderate carbonoation.
Drinkability is very good. I finished the bottle quickly and could have another.
Overall I was very impressed with this beer. Be sure to give it a chance to warm as the flavors really come into their own and the complexity mounts. Worth a shot.
09-16-2009 03:30:26 | More by glid02
United Kingdom (England)
4/5 rDev +2.6%
Rich roasted mouthfeel, with a long bittering finish, some caramel, chocolate and soy, warming finish, with some alcohol, but really well balanced, especially considering the high ABV. It's also intersting to note that the bottle i had was passed its use by date by about 3 months.
09-09-2003 00:27:29 | More by rastaman
3.35/5 rDev -14.1%
(Served in a dimple mug)
Best before 2.15.2014
A- This beer pours a jet black body with a thick creamy deep tan head that is pitted and sticks to the glass with some nice lace. There are a few random bubbles that pop out of the body toward the surface.
S- The mellow inky black malt aroma is some and seems somewhat lagered.
T- The slightly chalky yeast flavor has some hints of dry prunes as it opens up with some clean lagered taste to the soft chocolate black malt notes. There is an acrid burnt black malt flavor in the finish that grows a bit as it opens.
M- The medium-light mouthfeel has no alcohol heat to it.
O- There are hints of Baltic porter in there but it is very clean and light in flavor and aroma with mostly a bitter black char and iodine quality as it opens up, but it is probably the best Baltic porter for under $1.50 you can find. That doesn’t mean I will drink another one though.
07-04-2013 03:31:19 | More by rhoadsrage
3.75/5 rDev -3.8%
Enjoy by 1/21/12
Purchased through West Lakeview Liquors, Chicago Il
Price - $4.99/bomber
Brewed with a traditional recipe dating back to 1881.
Appearance is deep dark brown with a full creamy tan head. Heavy lacing stains the glass. This beer looks fresh and inviting.
The nose is roasted malts, caramel, licorice and smoke draped across a sweet backround.
Dark fruit, mocha, bitter chocolate and a layer of sweetness hit the taste buds after each sip. A metallic aftertaste poisons the overall flavor in the finish which is disappointing.
Medium to heavy mouthfeel with a warming sensation over time. Ends slitely tart with a dry bitter finish.
The beer starts out great with appearance and smell but falls short in every other category after that. What needs to be addressed first is the metallic aftertaste.
04-28-2011 23:34:46 | More by 05Harley
Zywiec Porter from Zywiec Breweries PLC (Heineken)
88 out of 100 based on 590 ratings.