1. American Craft Beer Fest returns to Boston on May 29 & 30, featuring 640+ beers from 140+ brewers. Tickets are on sale now.

Zywiec Porter - Zywiec Breweries PLC (Heineken)

Not Rated.
Zywiec PorterZywiec Porter

Educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
87
very good

644 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 644
Reviews: 371
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 13.62%
Wants: 21
Gots: 38 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-01-2001

No notes at this time.
View: Beers (17) | Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | Likes | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 644 | Reviews: 371 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of DoktorEd
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of blackcompg
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Appearance - Pours two quick fingers of creamy lite brown head, color is an almost opaque deep reddish brown, with garnet edges when held up to a light. Nice rings of thick lace left after each sip.

Smell - Dark roasted malt, dark fruits and fig, hints of rich sweet smoke and molasses, and a little bit of well done fruit cake.

Taste - Whoa... there is an initial explosion of dark roastiness and light smoke, molasses, and black licorice, dark roasted malt and unsweetened coffee gently enter the ppicture, with a nice slightly dry bite of toasty pumpernickel and lite caraway longer into the finish. Occasionally I get hints of burnt molasses and little bits of sour plumskin. No alcohol presence whatsoever at 9.5%!

Mouthfeel - Dangerously smooth, medium mouthfeel, carb is spot on and foams smoothly across the tongue, and surprises with a few nice edges at the back of the tongue.

Overall - A shockingly good porter. Full mouth flavors, great balance and complexity as this is more of a symphony vs. a few hard punches. What makes this really nice is the price of $1.99 a bottle at my local Garden Fresh. I will pick up a few of these every time I shop - pick up a few for yourself if you come across them, highly recommend! *Please note, I've updated this review, as my first bottle of this was 9 months past the best by date - it was pretty good, but was overwhelmed with astringent dark fruit flavors, and a slight balsamic-like vinegariness. A fresh bottle is a real treat, and an excellent representative of the style. I would even call it "imperial", as the flavors are bold and mouth filling.

Photo of arkitekt2
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of BeerDrinkingDiver
3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

Photo of aduda
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Analog_kid
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of Stum-pub
3/5  rDev -22.9%

Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of akillerburrito
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of WoostaBia
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of Voja
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of Wobbly
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of heu_rodolfo
4.2/5  rDev +8%

Photo of ChrisKayler
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of sjrodriguez
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of BeerWithMike
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sampling right now on 8/11/14. Comes in a nice 500ml (16.9 ounce) bottle for $3.99. Good until: '3.14.2015'. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured into a 12 ounce handled glass stein.

Pours a very deep brown, almost a pitch black actually with about a good 1/2 finger of a beige head that settles down to a thin layering on top and sides of the glass. A decent amount of lacing is seen when sipped. Nice and frothy. Lots of roasted malt with some dark fruits for the aroma. The taste is pretty much the same with a hint of brown sugar as well as a touch of black coffee. Pretty smooth finish for this high alcohol porter (though you don't taste the alcohol at all). Over a great tasting Baltic Porter! Prosit!

Photo of Bonis
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of JMS1512
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Doomcifer
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of tjdrewry
3/5  rDev -22.9%

Photo of bagnz0r
5/5  rDev +28.5%

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.73/5  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.

Photo of AdmiralOzone
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of kvgomps
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of kaleodrum
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Zywiec Porter from Zywiec Breweries PLC (Heineken)
87 out of 100 based on 644 ratings.