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Zywiec Porter - Zywiec Breweries PLC (Heineken)

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BA SCORE
88
very good

599 Ratings
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Ratings: 599
Reviews: 364
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 13.59%
Wants: 20
Gots: 20 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Zywiec Breweries PLC (Heineken) visit their website
Poland

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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Photo of bagnz0r
5/5  rDev +28.2%

bagnz0r, Jul 23, 2014
Photo of Alieniloquium
3.74/5  rDev -4.1%

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.

Alieniloquium, Jul 21, 2014
Photo of AdmiralOzone
4/5  rDev +2.6%

AdmiralOzone, Jul 20, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +9%

kvgomps, Jul 17, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +9%

kaleodrum, Jul 15, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

DavidHume, Jul 14, 2014
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3/5  rDev -23.1%

BeeSquared, Jul 12, 2014
Photo of KAF
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

KAF, Jul 09, 2014
Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +2.6%

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.

superspak, Jul 07, 2014
Photo of sclitch
4/5  rDev +2.6%

sclitch, Jul 05, 2014
Photo of Gear54
4.45/5  rDev +14.1%

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.

Gear54, Jul 01, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

Marco_Gtz, Jun 30, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

timotao, Jun 28, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

K-jack211, Jun 27, 2014
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2/5  rDev -48.7%

rredshift, Jun 26, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +21.8%

dustinjkline, Jun 25, 2014
Photo of ADZA
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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.

ADZA, Jun 24, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Haybeerman, Jun 22, 2014
Photo of bluejacket74
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%

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!

bluejacket74, Jun 21, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

JoeMans, Jun 21, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

DaftPatrick, Jun 17, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

beerfinder, Jun 17, 2014
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4.01/5  rDev +2.8%

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.

GreesyFizeek, Jun 16, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

JakeTheDuck, Jun 13, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

endless1408, May 31, 2014
Zywiec Porter from Zywiec Breweries PLC (Heineken)
88 out of 100 based on 599 ratings.