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Zywiec Porter - Zywiec Breweries PLC (Heineken)

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575 Ratings
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Ratings: 575
Reviews: 361
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 13.85%
Wants: 20
Gots: 16 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Baltic Porter |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-01-2001)
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Reviews by Brandegee:
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4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2008 01:00:15 | More by Brandegee
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3/5  rDev -23.1%

07-25-2014 23:52:29 | More by tjdrewry
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5/5  rDev +28.2%

07-23-2014 16:33:01 | More by bagnz0r
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3.74/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2014 01:11:31 | More by Alieniloquium
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

07-20-2014 15:12:07 | More by AdmiralOzone
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4.25/5  rDev +9%

07-17-2014 21:08:34 | More by kvgomps
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4.25/5  rDev +9%

07-15-2014 03:45:46 | More by kaleodrum
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

07-14-2014 14:03:04 | More by DavidHume
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3/5  rDev -23.1%

07-12-2014 06:29:31 | More by BeeSquared
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

07-09-2014 03:26:48 | More by KAF
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4/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2014 23:59:45 | More by superspak
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Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev +2.6%

07-05-2014 19:28:39 | More by sclitch
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4.45/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2014 00:31:22 | More by Gear54
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3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

06-30-2014 19:30:50 | More by Marco_Gtz
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New York

4/5  rDev +2.6%

06-28-2014 03:39:46 | More by timotao
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

06-27-2014 00:04:41 | More by K-jack211
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2/5  rDev -48.7%

06-26-2014 16:10:47 | More by rredshift
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4.75/5  rDev +21.8%

06-25-2014 01:06:16 | More by dustinjkline
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2014 13:49:18 | More by ADZA
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

06-22-2014 19:42:18 | More by Haybeerman
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4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
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!

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2014 21:29:59 | More by bluejacket74
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New York

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

06-21-2014 04:30:05 | More by JoeMans
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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

06-17-2014 23:10:17 | More by DaftPatrick
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4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

06-17-2014 20:26:21 | More by beerfinder
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New York

4.01/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2014 02:58:33 | More by GreesyFizeek
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Zywiec Porter from Zywiec Breweries PLC (Heineken)
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