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Zywiec Porter | Zywiec Breweries PLC (Heineken)

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Zywiec Breweries PLC (Heineken)

Style: Baltic Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-01-2001

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4.32/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of stegmakk
3.86/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured dark brown (used oil) almost no light getting through. Head shaped up good. Light lacing once went away.
Smell of Roasted malt, just a shimmer of campfire smoke (but not a smoked beer/rauch kind of power), bready.
Taste...I really liked this one. Nothing was overpowering, and got a good balance of a little sweet raisin molasses, with some roasty coffee, and again that subtle hint of smoke was always there...took a while for me to put my finger on what that was...
Would buy this again

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Photo of AtaraxiaDnB
3.34/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of GetTheYayo
4.06/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of dmorgan310
3.62/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mattmarka1
2.75/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of snaotheus
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

500ml bottle served in a large snifter. 22.01.2019 -- I assume this is the best by date.

Pours black with a decent ring of pale head. Smell is porter -- roast, coffee, some yeast.

Taste is strangely roasted coffee and strong anise.

Mouthfeel is medium, not sticky, a little gritty. It's a solid, but not exceptional beer.

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Photo of Skrumpy
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Deep, dark brown with a creamy, thick head. Solid retention and lacing. The aroma was some bitter cocoa and smoke. Subtle hints of vanilla. The flavor is port, and bittersweet chocolate with some anise and smokiness. A bit of that vanilla comes thru in the alcohol during the dry finish. A complex and flavorful beer. Not bad at all, & definitely worth checking out if you like porters.

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Photo of Kschirrmacher
4.53/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of iftcoach
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of HoppingMadMonk
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Black in color,aroma was roasted malt,bitter cocoa, and smoke. In one way it was a straight up porter at first but then it became more complex in a good way. Thick but not heavy feel with a burnt roasted malt aftertaste that was very enjoyable. A really pleasant surprise of a beer that I would definitely try again

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Photo of Beerasaurus
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of JRed
3.3/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Dark cola in body with khaki head that fades to a thin film. Aroma of cocoa, herbal notes, strawberry, raisins, earth. Tastes of cocoa, herbal notes, raisins, earth, hazelnut, Nutella, hops toward the finish with some lingering medicine. Medium bodied with light carbonation. Slick mouthfeel.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.09/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This was poured into an English pint glass.
The appearance was a stiff dark black color with a finger's worth of white foamy head that slid off at a moderate pace. Some sticky speckled lace wound it's way around the glass.
The aroma had a nice blend of smooth sweet dark fruits to subtle sweet milk chocolate portions flowing over traces of anise and a light ash/char-like semi-smokiness.
The flavor broadened from sweet to smoky and seemed to bring in a sly roasty edge of some light coffee bean. Then some vanilla extract seemed to come about that ended up melding together. All of this seemed to come together in the aftertaste - and seemed well done!
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied seemingly leaning towards a sipping quality as some "boozy" notes seemed to faintly cross my tongue. Carbonation seemed fine. ABV did punch a little to make itself known, me I didn't mind.
Overall, as a Baltic Porter, it's well done and to me, it's definitely one to seek out again.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Garnet black with steady tan cap. 4
Port and Raisinettes. 4
Anise, ricola, tar, and meat juice, slight plum, touch of smoke and roasty end. 3.75
Tart apple tart linger.
Salty, medium, round. 4

Way less fruity and more… black than Okocim. As umami as you like. And while it’s uncompromising and iconic and I want to love it, it’s also just a bit of hard work. There are more graceful examples out there. 3.75

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Photo of dsshuck
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of gelasin
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of descobar
3.22/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

0.5L bottle from year 2013 (yes, past its prime)

Look: pours black with a 1/4" espresso-crema colored head with decent retention. beer is fully opaque. no lacing.
Smell: mostly roasted malts, some chocolate and burnt toast and a faint vinousy character.
Taste: light roasted malt flavors, hints of chocolate (or cocoa powder) and dark fruits, raisins. the bittering is also subtle but manages to balance the malts well.
Feel: medium-full bodied, with a creamy, rich texture. moderate carbonation and mild astringency. the finish is sweet and long but very smooth, almost to the point of muted, with a slight alcohol warming at the very end.
Overall: although over two years past its best by date, still drinkable and does not show any detectable oxidation or autolysis aromas or flavors but... its definitely has lost most of its complexity and turned into a bit of a muted or uninteresting experience

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Photo of ckollias
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Steve_Studnuts
4.06/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of ZEB89
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mynie
4.44/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another one for the "How on earth have I not reviewed this yet?" file.

A wonderful pour--very lively for a beer of its strength. Almost completely opaque black with a retentive, off-brown head.

Smells rich and fruity, not nearly as burnt as you might anticipate. The aroma is redolent with raisins, biscuits, and chocolate. It's assertive without being at all burny or offputting.

The flavor starts sweet, almost marshmallow like, moving quickly into a middle of milk chocolate and plums. It gets stoutier near the end, with barley and chocolate coming through and some dry hops and sticky malty on the finish. Very well put together, if not quite world class.

Zywiec's porter is robust and affordable, and it holds up well to the richest of foods.

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Photo of jcb7472
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TH28
4.24/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle. 11/24/17 BB date. Appearance: Deep dark brown, almost black, opaque, and a low lying dark khaki head that dissipates quickly. Aroma: Rich bready, toasted crust, and dark fruit of plum and raisin. A touch of molasses and sherry. Taste: Rich deep toasted bread, chocolate, and sticky molasses up front, then a distinct dark fruitiness of raisin and cherry witha touch of spice. Just enough perceived bitterness to prevent the sweetness from being cloying. A touch of wood as well. Mouthfeel: Medium to heavy bodied with some stickiness and light carbonation. A slight of alcohol warmth hits on the swallow. Finish: All malt. Strong toasted bread is dominant on the finish, with a light nutty character. Overall: Outstanding beer, with a complex rich bread maltiness and dark fruit character reminiscent of a doppelbock. A touch of wood and chocolate as well, with an alcohol warmth in the backside to remind you this is a monster beer. Perfect for cool night out by the fire

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Photo of dar482
3.67/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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Zywiec Porter from Zywiec Breweries PLC (Heineken)
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