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Zywiec Porter - Zywiec Breweries PLC (Heineken)

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600 Ratings
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Ratings: 600
Reviews: 364
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 13.59%
Wants: 21
Gots: 20 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Zywiec Breweries PLC (Heineken) visit their website

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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4/5  rDev +2.6%

jwps214, May 31, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

sneaks2210, Nov 21, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Analog_kid, Aug 24, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Peyton5410, Jan 06, 2013
Photo of jamiejohnson
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The great Michael Jackson's teachings steered me towards this special brew way back, but it took me several years to sample it. I finally found it one late evening in Poland, but regretably I was in an unreviewable state. Back in the US I've found it again. It's one of a kind - a boozy (nearly 10%) Eastern European Porter that's chocked-full of quality ingrediants. I've always liked Zywiec's lager, this Porter just adds to the brewery's respectability. I like the touch of harshness done smooth - if that makes any sense.

Drink'n Polish,
This one's black.
Sends me there
Sends me back.

jamiejohnson, Jul 12, 2008
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

t0rin0, Mar 07, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

MarkyMOD, May 18, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

AdmiralOzone, Jul 20, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Skramer, Apr 01, 2013
Photo of indiapaleale
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another of my Baltic Porter kick beers...gad, I am ignoring the word "Heineken" in parantheses next do to brewery name in the description. So sad.

Wow, pours a silky smooth super black velvet with a half finger of thick off-white head. The viscosity of this beer really tells its potency. A very nice looking pour.

Smell is sweet dark fruit, burnt sweet coffee, bubblegum? and some caramel/molasses/brown sugar. Its reminiscent of some of the other Eastern European Baltic Porters I've tried recently but somehow it seems to come across as a little cleaner in the nose.

Taste is very smooth, much smoother than expected. Some licorice and coffee bitterness comes out along with bitter chocolate, molasses and possibly a little hop bitterness?.

Mouthfeel is very sweet and carbonation is not all that high, which I find a good thing for a beer this strong. Very drinkable! A very solid Baltic Porter from Poland.

indiapaleale, Feb 07, 2009
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

fountainofyouth, Dec 19, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

WoostaBia, Aug 15, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

afsdan, Mar 23, 2014
Photo of Flounder57
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9 oz bottle was poured into an imperial pint glass.

Appearance: The beer poured a two finger head that has reduced a little and left some lacing on the glass. Pitch black with no signs of carbonation.

Smell: malty, chocolate, a little smoky, alcohol, and sweet like honey too.

Taste: Whoa!!!! This has some booziness in the first sip. There is also chocolate, dark fruits, and malty notes. Three is also some bitterness towards the end. The alcohol is overbearing at first, but then calms down. Just like back in the days, the high alcohol was suit to make the voyage over here to Boston.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, full bodied, and medium carboantion. Very easy to drink.

Overall: I haven't really ventured into the porter world of beers, but this one was enjoyable. Definitely a sipper due to the high ABV, but well worth the time to enjoy this Northern European brew.

Flounder57, Oct 27, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Kerrie, Sep 15, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

capuchinpilates, Oct 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

adamant1912, Mar 27, 2013
Photo of MaxBrews
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours an opaque black with a very thick head that dissipates into a soapy lacing that doesn't hang around for that long. Still looks like a classic porter. Note* 3 days after the serve before date.

Smell: Alcohol, licorice, caramel and perhaps a little bourbon.

Taste: Caramel and toasted malt. some alcohol, fairly masked ABV though.

Mouthfeel: perfect mediation in the carbonation however a bit bitter and almost a salty sort of aftertaste.

Drinkability: I had just drunken the taddy porter yesterday, so this was a bit underwhelming compared tot hat. The alcohol content is obviously much higher. Its a solid brew all round, but not as complex or overwhelming as the more $ craft brewers. However I will probably purchase this again the price is very reasonable. Perhaps it will become may new get drunk beer 9%abv tastes decent $1.75 per bottle.

MaxBrews, Jun 04, 2009
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

jfcaa193, Feb 05, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

JeltMaaj, Dec 24, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

jjheinrichs, Feb 19, 2013
Photo of Copernicandream
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.

Copernicandream, Feb 27, 2014
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3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out an opaque, jet black color with a two-finger, caramel-colored head of thick, firm foam. It left sticky rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of coffee, malt and boozy alcohol.

T - It tasted of roasted malt with bitter, spicy, sharp hops. It almost had a soy sauce-like taste.

M - It was soft, smooth and had a slightly sticky mouthfeel. A full-bodied beer that is almost too heavy.

D - This is a great example of a Baltic Porter. It tastes great and looks good, too.

zeff80, Jan 05, 2010
Photo of Beastdog75
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was only familiar with the normal Zywiec lager, which is a pretty standard Euro-style lager. Zywiec Porter comes as somewhat of a surprise, because this is a pretty nice beer and I was wasn't expecting something as nice and complex from what is pretty much one of Poland's top macro-breweries.

This brew pours a dark black color with only maybe a faint hint of translucence, and a big light tan foam head forms and retains pretty well. The head started to thin out about halfway through the beer, but left some decent lacing behind. The aroma was of dark, roasted grains with a bit of a chocolate smell. Some notes of lighter, breadier grains and some fruity notes came through as well. The mouthfeel contained a moderate amount of carbonation. Although reasonably smooth, I guess I expected just a little bit more. The big roasted malt flavor is the predominant flavor along with a somewhat sweet chocolate type flavor. Some hints of coffee and a bit of a generic burnt taste are present, as is a small amount of alcohol flavor. I detected a herbal/floral hop bitterness in here too. The finish is a little dry but not too much, with the roasted flavors lingering on. Overall finish was cleaner than expected, with a hard-to-pinpoint flavor which I could best describe as buttery being present. The beer finishes out with some light alcoholic warmth.

I was definitely pleased with this beer. A good fall/winter brew. I could see pairing this with some Polish cuisine. Zywiec Porter is certainly worth a try.

Beastdog75, Oct 18, 2012
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3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice deep brown colour that is edging on black with a nice khaki head. The head is a little to aggressive, but that might be my fault.

Faint smell of roasted malts. Grape notes, very elusive hops bitterness. Musty port smell. Not as pleasant as Sinebrychoff or Okocim.

Good taste: chocolate, sweet port or sherry. Bitter hop traces. Yeast hints. Not the best baltic porter, but better than some...say OK Springs. Molasses, or maybe more blackstrap, essences.

Mouthfeel is good. Low carbonation suited to the style. Thick body, rich complex flavour. Drinkability is okay...I might have served this a bit too warm, but this is a stylen I generally enjoy and this particular beer is worth buying again.

BDTyre, Jun 19, 2006
Zywiec Porter from Zywiec Breweries PLC (Heineken)
88 out of 100 based on 600 ratings.