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Zywiec Porter - Zywiec Breweries PLC (Heineken)

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567 Ratings
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Ratings: 567
Reviews: 360
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 13.85%
Wants: 20
Gots: 15 | FT: 1
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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 goschool:
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4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: The pour is black with cola-brown highlights topped by a tan head that builds up and out through the lip of the glass and eventually fades to a ring of lace and a small peninsula in the middle.

Smell: The nose is wonderful. Imagine how a candy bar with semi-sweet chocolate, nuts, toffee, and a hint of caramel would smell like if you spilled a drop of coffee on it.

Taste: The flavor profile is much more focused on roasted malt than most Baltic porters. Anise, toffee and a slight hint of alcohol provide the sweet accents to go along with chocolate, coffee, and burnt caramel.

Mouthfeel: The body is medium to full. The texture is oily and slightly sticky with soft carbonation.

Drinkability: This is probably my new favorite Baltic porter. I don't think it's sweet enough to be a textbook example of the style though. It's far more quaffable than a 9.5% beer should be.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2008 03:28:03 | More by goschool
More User Reviews:
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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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North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

06-13-2014 11:35:23 | More by JakeTheDuck
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United Kingdom (England)

4/5  rDev +2.6%

05-31-2014 17:51:05 | More by endless1408
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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

05-27-2014 01:01:59 | More by abeeronthebeach
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New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +9%

05-25-2014 22:02:44 | More by Latarnik
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3.93/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2014 14:43:58 | More by thecheapies
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New York

3/5  rDev -23.1%

05-22-2014 01:34:11 | More by BodyPolitic
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4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

05-22-2014 00:25:22 | More by boxer0029
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New Hampshire

3/5  rDev -23.1%

05-21-2014 12:46:47 | More by mklisz
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Zywiec Porter from Zywiec Breweries PLC (Heineken)
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