Lvivske Porter | Lvivska Pivovarnya (BBH)

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Lvivske PorterLvivske Porter

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Lvivska Pivovarnya (BBH)

Style: Baltic Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by ernie on 07-11-2006

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Reviews by steve99:
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3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

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Photo of TuckerCarlson
3.33/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

a) deep ruby red; thick white orange head on top; leaves a ring but not much lacing

s) sweet and raisiny

t) alcohol makes it big, sweet, and a little fruity, but with some darker flavors coming from the malts; low on identifiable hop character

m) a little thin for the size of the beer

d) just a tiny bit too sweet and alcoholic for the lack of other flavors coming through; the drying bitterness combining with the warming alcohol at the end are welcome, but the balancing act is too little, too late

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Photo of olradetbalder
2/5  rDev -40.5%

Photo of BrewMaven
4.15/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A new arrival at my local "everything" store.

Deep ruby on the pour with a coarse bubbly tan head that split rather quickly leaving no lacing... Smell of roasted malts and a hint of burnt sugar and alcohol.
Tasted like a Baltic should, IMO with the aformentioned roasted/burnt flavors, a bit of cocoa sweetness, bitterness and warmth. Fuller bodied than the less than black appearance would suggest although not as thick as some Polish versions of the style..Just as strong though!! This one has already been a repeat buy!

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.46/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Typical porter appearance. Deep brown almost-black body. Creamy dark tan head. Glowing mahogany highlights. Good head retention. Average lacing. There's an odd note to the aroma though. It seems like ethyl acetate sneaking through past its deep caramel and toffe notes. Hmmmm?... high fermentation temps. The body is medium with a smooth creaminess in the mouth. The flavor is rich with deep, almost burnt sugar, dark caramel, bittersweet chocolate, and dull roastiness. Some fruitiness rests under the surface, as does some more ethyl acetate, and a touch of alcohol. It finishes roasty, and drying, as its lacquer of scorched-sugar erodes, leaving behind a tar-like bitterness. Warming.

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Photo of tempest
3.01/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Picked up a single at Village Farm Grocery in the East Village, across from the Ukranian place.

I appreciate the low cost of some baltic porters, but this beer tastes a little cheap. It has an overriding salt flavor that makes the dark malts taste like a mixture of soy sauce and black licorice. The saving grace is that there is a little cocoa to be foudn in the flavor. Not bad overall, but don't let it warm up.

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Photo of metter98
3.28/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: The beer is black when viewed from afar and when held up to a bright light there are some hints of brownish hues but it is mostly opaque. It poured with a finger high light tan head that died down, leaving a large patch of bubbles on the surface, a collar around the edge, and lacy rings of bubbles around the sides of the glass.
S: Light aromas of sweet dark malts and dark fruits—plums and prunes seem to stand out in particular—are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell and has stronger sweet flavors of dark fruits and dark malts with some hints of chocolate and coffee. The malty flavors are of the malt extract variety. No bitterness is perceptible.
M: It feels just about medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. There is some thinness and wateriness to the mouthfeel.
O: This beer lacks the roasted and bitter flavors compared to other beers in the style but wasn't that bad if you like beers that are fruity and sweet.

Serving type: bottle

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3.59/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle.Pint glass.Enjoyed on mar´12. Very dark copper in color,crimson to the light.Clear appearance.Light beige close froth. Quite lasting crown.Toasted malt,caramel malt aromas. Hints of chocolate & raisins.Hoppy upfront followed by sweet toasted malts, prunes & molasses.Dry bitterness in the middle. Subtle licorice notes & some astringency.Medium body, moderate carbonation.Sugary finish, slightly watery.Pleasant drinkability.ABV well hidden.Barbecue pairing.

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Photo of MillRat
3.06/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours with a stable tan head over a lighter brown body than most porters. The aroma is underwhelming, a little roasted grain. This beer really opens up as it gets warmer. Cold it is kinda thickly sweet and less than impressive, but as it warms the malt breaks through the sweetness and the roasted flavors get to work balancing out the sweetness but are not quite up to the task. A beer this heavy would be unappealing cloying if not for the alcohol cleansing the palate between swigs. While certainly not a session brew at 8% ABV, another bottle wouldn't be too bad.

A little more hops and roast grain would help balance the sweetness, and a little more yeasty esters would be appropriate. Often seems more like a doppelbock than a porter.

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Photo of sulldaddy
3.37/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Another bottle in the baltic porter blind tasting with Stopper and farrardc.
Poured at cellar temp into a snifter the beer is chestnut colored with crimson highlights. A creamy beige head of 1 cm or so foams up and fades quickly.
Aroma is brown sugar and caramel with hints of dark malt and fruit, raisins and plums. First sip reveals an average body with average carbonation. Flavor is similar to nose with caramel and raisins and general malt sweetness, but rolls to boozy heat on the finish, this hurts the drinkability. The booze covers all other flavor on the finish.

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Photo of womencantsail
1.97/5  rDev -41.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

A: The pour is more of a dark amber color, with a decent sized khaki head.

S: Smells oddly vinous with a lot of grape aroma. A bit of rubbing alcohol, too. Lightly metallic with some feet and prune juice. Just a bit of sweet bready malt.

T: Cloyingly sweet with lots of caramel, prunes, and cheap wine. Very metallic with just a light bitterness of roasted grain. A bit of cardboard flavor with a hint of smoke and chocolate.

M: Medium bodied with a medium carbonation.

O: Simply bad. Not worth drinking again.

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Photo of ernie
4.28/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Dark-brown color with a shade of ruby. Low carbonation, compact cafe-au-lait head, generous lace.

Smell reather restrained, malty-coffeish.

Taste is remarkably rich, uncompromisingly malty, alcohol well hidden, no extra sweetness, roasted malts and candy sugar support each other in a proper way, body big and rounded, mouthfeel heavenly, smooth creamy finish.


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Photo of endless1408
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of kojevergas
1.75/5  rDev -47.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75

Review from notes taken Spring 2016:

Ostensibly the best beer available in the entire country of Ukraine. Expectations are moderately high; I wasn't thrilled with the majority of beers I tried in the country. I brought this with me from Lviv (it's available in damn near every corner store) to Poland, where I'm reviewing it in a hostel. These notes will go up at a later time, so I guess this review is from notes (even though I'm doing it live).

BOTTLE: 500ml format. Cyrillic label text. Label design has a green and gold motif, which is matched by the branded pry-off crown cap. Best before: 31.01.16. Brown glass.

APPEARANCE: ~4cm wide head of khaki colour. Somewhat thin for a Baltic porter, lacking a robust creamy consistency. It doesn't seem weak or watery, but the head does need some work. Leaves inconsistent "legs" on the sides of the glass as it recedes, which takes your average 2 minutes.

Body colour isn't the opaque black you'd expect, but rather more of a cola-redolent brown-black. Weak and unappealing. More on par with a schwarzbier than a Baltic porter proper.

Overall, it leaves much to be desired, but it's within style conventions.

AROMA: Prune juice, maybe dates. Dark malt sweetness. Sticky stonefruit syrup/extract. Maybe it's just me, but I think I find some red wine tannins. Caramel. A hint of almond nut. There's a nice underside of roasted barley, which is quite welcome - and I wish there was more of that. Cheap chocolate - maybe even Hershey's chocolate syrup.

I don't find any of the coffee character that so many have noted in this beer. Maybe they're conflating coffee and roasted barley?

Aromatic intensity is below average. It's not a stellar aroma for a Baltic porter; I crave coffee, more roast, and frankly more of a malt presence. The sweetness present here - whether derived from malts or another ingredient - has me worried it'll be cloying.

TASTE & TEXTURE: That prune/date juice character is quite dreadful, frankly, and boosts the sweetness way too high. Has a syrupy sticky feel, and I wouldn't be surprised if fruit syrup or cheap fruit puree was used for some of the sugars. Dark malts are drowned out by that repugnant artificial fruit taste, and I find none of the roasted barley from the aroma - which was the highlight for me aromatically. Lager yeast struggles to coax out much depth of flavour from this build, and the clean ester-free yeast profile just doesn't play well with the dark fruit. I find no coffee whatsoever, and any chocolate presence is just from chocolate malt. There is a hint of almond, or should I say amaretto seeing as this brew is shockingly boozy for its relatively mild alcohol presence.

Smooth, wet, possibly even gooey, full-bodied, filling, overcarbonated. I wonder if fruit cola syrup (before mixing with water) would taste like this?

The artificial fruit aftertaste, is, to quote Pulp Fiction, "some fucked up repugnant shit." I find no semblance of balance in this beer, no harmony of texture and taste (or an attempt at it), and no intricacy, subtlety, or nuance. Saccharine gloppy swill.

OVERALL: Lvivske's attempt at a Baltic Porter falls flat, and committed fans of the style will find themselves extremely disappointed. In terms of the heavyweight brewers of this style (most of which are in countries bordering Russia, even if not Baltic per se), I'd say Sinebrychoff's Koff Porter is easily 10 times better than this. Tough to drink given its syrupy texture and cloying, inauthentic taste, Lvivske Porter is a beer best left where it belongs - on the shelf.

I don't give out Fs lightly; usually no matter how bad the beer tastes, if it still tastes like beer it gets at least a D-. Ordinarily, that refers to beers that taste more like water than beer. But in this case, the beer tastes more like syrup. Hence, the following rating:

F+ (1.75) / AVOID

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4/5  rDev +19%

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3.57/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.35/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear but very dark ruby. Nose is malty, sugary, and thick. Flavor is very sugary with a strong malty influence with subtle smoked qualities. Feel is okay. Kind of syrupy and not altogether smooth. I am not sure how I see this as a Baltic porter in comparison to so many others I have had of the style. It seems weak and very immature in comparison. I wouldn't suggest this one or ever try it again.

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Photo of Dougology
4.05/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased in Russian supermarket in Naples. Decent Porter.

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Photo of josanguapo
3.88/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From Festival de las Naciones. In Paulaner glass. Watching Vikings 4x07. The first of this style I drink and I can only say that I enjoyed. It taste isnt as nasty as in a Guinness but more drinkable. I could repeat it.

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3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

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3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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3/5  rDev -10.7%

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2.75/5  rDev -18.2%

Photo of MattSweatshirt
3.12/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Pours out brown and has a creamy khaki head that leaves plenty of stick.
Roasted malt and sweet caramel aroma.
The flavor provides some roasty/ashy coffee flavor. A touch of alcohol to warm. Has an underlying sweetness.
Smooth medium body.
Nice and straightforward higher alcohol porter. Comes off more exciting after drinking lighter pale beers in the area for so long.

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Lvivske Porter from Lvivska Pivovarnya (BBH)
Beer rating: 3.36 out of 5 with 31 ratings