Zywiec Porter - Zywiec Breweries PLC (Heineken)
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4.13/5 rDev +5.9%
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.
04-03-2014 00:55:18 | More by ZagZagg
3.1/5 rDev -20.5%
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.
03-16-2014 18:54:29 | More by Stinkypuss
3.81/5 rDev -2.3%
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.
03-15-2014 01:19:04 | More by beergoot
3.73/5 rDev -4.4%
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.
03-02-2014 21:14:51 | More by FLima
3.98/5 rDev +2.1%
Poured from a 500mL bottle (piecewise) into a 12 oz snifter.
A: Deep dark, nearly opaque brown. Initially one finger of thin foamy head, giving way to a trace ring enhanced by the moderate rising carbonation.
S: Several dark malts that oscillate quickly, reminds me of earthy moss, very subtle smoke.
T: Initially a little sweet, this is a heavy malted porter - almost stout (I like it, I'm sick of American porters that barely qualify as a brown ale). The complexity of the malts is intense, I get at least 3 or 4 different earthy flavors. The smoke on the nose shows back up on the rear end - one of these malts had to have been lightly smoked. Hops present but unidentifiable. There is some definite warmth throughout from the 9.5% alcohol.
M: LOVE. This is as previously described a little thick for your traditional porter, stout-like. It has a moderate carbonation with fine bubbles rising from the depths. The high alcohol content helps thin what would otherwise be a thick brew.
O: This was hyped by my local bottle shop, at $2/0.5L so I figured I couldn't go wrong. I didn't. This is in my opinion an excellent "Smoked Imperial Porter" with complex varieties of malt that after only one bottle I can't entirely place. The smokiness is omnipresent but not overpowering (be warned). I would buy it again and at 9.5% I think some age might mellow that smoke and bring out the earthy malts.
02-27-2014 23:36:55 | More by Copernicandream
4.09/5 rDev +4.9%
Deep brown, nearly black colour with quite impressive head. Chocolate and coffee aromas with a hint of roasted notes. Slightly metallic. As the beer warms up prune aroma starts to appear and a bit of alcohol can be noted. Medium sweet, but can be considered as dry in comparison to other baltic porters. Creamy, full bodied. Medium carbonation. Very good and complex beer.
02-18-2014 21:29:06 | More by ipa2014
Zywiec Porter from Zywiec Breweries PLC (Heineken)
88 out of 100 based on 586 ratings.