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Zywiec Porter - Zywiec Breweries PLC (Heineken)

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BA SCORE
88
very good

574 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 574
Reviews: 361
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 13.85%
Wants: 20
Gots: 16 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-01-2001)
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Matthew607

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

03-19-2014 04:12:59 | More by Matthew607
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

3.1/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2014 18:54:29 | More by Stinkypuss
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Fettpopps

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +2.6%

03-16-2014 15:19:08 | More by Fettpopps
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beergoot

Colorado

3.81/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2014 01:19:04 | More by beergoot
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Hayley_86

Netherlands

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

03-11-2014 19:00:10 | More by Hayley_86
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Stoutmeister

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +9%

03-09-2014 14:46:59 | More by Stoutmeister
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mszpara

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

03-05-2014 02:24:50 | More by mszpara
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FLima

Brazil

3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2014 21:14:51 | More by FLima
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Copernicandream

Michigan

3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.75

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2014 23:36:55 | More by Copernicandream
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ipa2014

California

4.09/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2014 21:29:06 | More by ipa2014
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RCLOHR267

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +9%

02-18-2014 21:08:27 | More by RCLOHR267
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Bunuelian

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +2.6%

02-11-2014 13:25:50 | More by Bunuelian
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geocool

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

02-10-2014 15:25:51 | More by geocool
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Rwalford74

Australia

4/5  rDev +2.6%

02-09-2014 06:19:31 | More by Rwalford74
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veganmaniu

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

02-02-2014 19:33:48 | More by veganmaniu
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mlm5641

Nevada

4.25/5  rDev +9%

01-25-2014 06:25:38 | More by mlm5641
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Zkscharf

California

4.25/5  rDev +9%

01-25-2014 06:10:55 | More by Zkscharf
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DaveRinn

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

01-23-2014 02:36:28 | More by DaveRinn
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NickThePyro

Washington

4/5  rDev +2.6%

01-22-2014 08:12:28 | More by NickThePyro
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brutalist

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

01-20-2014 15:00:07 | More by brutalist
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

3.16/5  rDev -19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500 ml bottle poured into a snifter.
9.5% ABV, Best Before 03.29.2014

A - Dark, impenetrable black in color, Zywiec Porter mirrors it's molasses aroma in appearance, caked with a creamy mocha head while wispy lace sticks to the snifter with ease as the tight foam drops.

S - Distant notes of cold metallic cocoa underscore the mellow aroma of bitter molasses and heavy, sticky dark malt-derived raisins. Alcohol, nearing the double digits in percentage, remains fairly absent and the beer, due to it's lagered character remains clean and smooth.

T - Molasses and dark malt raisin make it into the flavor but are quickly washed away by cold metal and very dry cocoa, exponentially elevated from the aroma's suggestion. The first few sips are displeasing to drink to say the least but the molasses flavor that lingers on the tongue begs for another sip with the bothersome metallic taste mellowing out a bit.

M - This porter's rich and smooth entry is tarnished by brash dry metallic taste and feel on the finish of the beer with molasses bitterness leveling it out slightly, though not enough to keep it afloat.

O - Zywiec Porter starts nice with a dark pour that leads right into the subtle but forward aroma of molasses and raisins but it's hint at dry metallic cocoa in the nose explodes in flavor and feel, tarnishing the good thing this beer had going for it. It's high alcohol is surprisingly hidden well though. It's not awful and the "metallic" essence in beer seems to strike at my tongue more ruthlessly than most others so it could come down to more personal preference, but I'd pick most other Baltic Porters over this.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2014 18:27:25 | More by BeerFMAndy
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BostonPhilly

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

12-25-2013 17:59:40 | More by BostonPhilly
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lehueve

Mexico

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

12-24-2013 20:06:16 | More by lehueve
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

4.14/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

this porter is world class, no bones about it. surprised and not surprised at all that this is now a Heineken brand, but whatever, that's business and this beer is outstanding regardless of corporate ties. matte black in color, thick and sturdy, not a pure white head, but light for a dark beer, and lasting with ring lacing as it sips. nose of cocoa powder, roasted barley, char, and lager yeast of all things. its dusty and European in origin, that classic old world malt vibe, and the chocolate is rich in the taste. drinkable, cold fermented (I have to imagine), and really heavy roast character, pushing burnt. its bitter and well hopped for the style too. the alcohol is invisible, which is maybe most impressive. super drinkable and it feels right at holiday time in cold weather. it also pairs wonderfully with a range of eastern European food, and can theoretically age fairly well. one of the better porters ive ever had really, distinct from the pack, and clean and simple. high quality brew right here.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2013 16:54:19 | More by StonedTrippin
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Ankur

Maryland

4/5  rDev +2.6%

12-14-2013 04:27:00 | More by Ankur
Zywiec Porter from Zywiec Breweries PLC (Heineken)
88 out of 100 based on 574 ratings.