Zywiec Breweries PLC (Heineken)

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Baltic Porter
Ranked #122
Ranked #10,990
3.93 | pDev: 12.72%
Zywiec Breweries PLC (Heineken)
Very Good
Notes: Dark, porter-type beer was brewed in Żywiec as early as 1881. It owes its intense color and clear flavor to four types of malt.
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4.11/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Dark brown and borderline black on the color with frothy toffee colored foam and lacing on top. Very sticky on the sides of the glass.

S - Chocolate malt with light roast and cocoa and some light alcohol surfacing on the very back end.

T - Light chocolate malt, light char, delicate spice on the very back end and finishes with a lingering delicate and balanced chocolate with some alcohol effervescence with light spice.

M - Thick, silky, and super dry ... probably the most dry of beers I've experienced to date. (That's not a bad thing at all.)

O - This is a fantastic Baltic Porter. Seek this one out.

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jzeilinger from Pennsylvania, Apr 13, 2020
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3.45/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Part of preparing for a trip to Krakow. Good basic Porter. Not worth seaking out, but not a bad choice to go with a meaty meal in the right place. A good baseline for potter.

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Qu3st from Massachusetts, Mar 30, 2020
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3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

-jet bottle pour with a 1 cm foam cap and and faint aroma of charred malt. The flavor is full with toasted malts dominating. There is a bit of brown sugar, molasses and an espresso note. The mouthfeel is smooth. The high abv is hidden. This is a rich, appreciated brew.

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Bluecrow from New York, Mar 20, 2020
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4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from Craft Beer Cellar Belmont.
Dark brown with deep garnet highlights and brilliant clarity. Frothy mocha head persists forever. Rich caramel and bits of cocoa and some wonderful dark dried fruity notes. Light coffee roast. Creamy mouthfeel with a hint of oxidation. Very nice old world porter. I just wish I could figure out how old this bottle is. Best before L9153616B0237

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johnnnniee from New Hampshire, Mar 02, 2020
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4.55/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

I was impressed by this high ABV porter. Very comparable to Guinness Stout, only six more ounces and 4% higher ABV. The retail price I paid was $2.99 for the 22 oz. bottle, but high quality and I highly recommend.

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4.49/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured at 50 degrees into a boomba schooner. The color of strong coffee, nearly opaque with a modest but lingering head. Aroma blends malt, chocolate and raisins. Rich malts and bitter chocolate hit the tongue, turning astringent, peppery and slightly metallic at the finish, 100% true to a Baltic porter. Medium body with a potent alcohol punch. This is the way a Baltic porter should taste.

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MrGraybeard from Wisconsin, Dec 06, 2019
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4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

500ml undated bottle poured into a pint glass boasts a dark brown, orange- tinged body floating a proud 1" head of tan colored medium bubbles.

Roasted malt, leaning on coffee, aroma wafts into the room immediately while the the elixir oozes into the glass. A slight mix of metal and fresh air joins the roastiness and the flavor matches.

Mouthfeel is full and creamy.

Overall a very nice porter with only a slight hint of booze.

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GrumpyGas from Illinois, Nov 08, 2019
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4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm a big guy. I like big flavors and a big ABV to match. Being a sort of yeoman farmer I also appreciate a value. This beer wins on all counts. The flavor is a perfect balance of bittersweet malt. Chocolatey with a little coffee. Full bodied but not cloying. Carbonation level is just right. Really a perfect Porter. When our family cow died I whacked down a whole six-pack of this stuff while burying the poor creature. If I wasn't such a big guy I would have had a very big hangover. So seriously approach this one with caution very smooth ,very drinkable and the ABV is well hidden under all of that rich malt flavor it will sneak up on you.

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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tulip glass. Color is near black with a frothy 2 finger tan head that dissipates slowly to a film. Moderate lacing is present. Aroma of malt, caramel, wood and slight smoke is noticeable although this beer is not supposed to be barrel aged or smoked. Taste follows the nose with a hop finish and lingering warming from the high ABV. Medium-heavy body is surprising.

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lastmango from Pennsylvania, Sep 01, 2019
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3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16oz bottle poured into 14oz teku. Poured a solid black color with over an inch of brown head that had great retention and very light lacing.

The aroma had a lot of malt scents, with a notable cocoa aspect. On the tongue though, the cocoa was replaced by coffee, and especially on the finish, licorice.

The body was smooth and even, but there was a notable alcohol bite on the finish. Drinkability was fine, even though I don't particularly care for coffee and licorice. Overall, very nice brew.

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beertunes from Montenegro, Jun 16, 2019
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4.19/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

This is the biggest bargain beer in the world. It is a premium class 9.5 abv Porter in a 500ml bottle, for about $2. Craftheads and drunks on a budget both can agree.

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NJBarstool from New Jersey, Jun 11, 2019
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4.04/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

16.9oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours almost black with a creamy khaki head that falls slowly leaving great thick retention and sticky lacing. The aromas have some caramel and toffee leading the way. Some cocoa powder and chocolate. Mild hints of vanilla. Lots of malts. The flavors basically follow the nose for the most part. More caramel and toffee. More chocolate. Moderate to low bitterness. Solid malt backbone. Mild warmth, but the alcohol is ultimately well hidden. Mouthfeel is nice. It's full-bodied with moderate to active carbonation. It's very fluffy, slightly creamy, sharp, smooth and dangerously drinkable.

This is a pretty nice Baltic Porter. Nice aromas and flavors. The craftsmanship is on point. Well done. I really like this one.

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BB1313 from Ohio, Jun 10, 2019
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3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Look: Pitch black, with a finger of foamy tan head that quickly dissipates.

Smell: Bread, dark chocolate, moss, and noticeable alcohol.

Taste: Mildly bitter chocolate malt. Fairly sweet.

Mouthfeel: Very thick and creamy. Mild carbonation.

Overall: A great showing from Poland!

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chitoryu12 from Florida, Dec 30, 2018
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3.99/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very pleasant surprise. Poured from a 500ml bottle with a Best By date of 12/26/2018. The initial aroma from the bottle was somewhat boozy (not unexpected from 9.5% ABV). Once poured into a typical pint glass, the khaki-colored, half-finger head quickly dissipated. Although the consistency was that of a typical Porter, the caramel flavor stood out, creating a very pleasant mouthfeel foundation. The combination of sweetness, roasted malts and high alcohol content make this a Baltic Porter, one which fans of this style must try. Great job...well-made beer.

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WayneRooneyFan from New Jersey, Dec 19, 2018
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4.16/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

L: Solid black body, totally opaque. Khaki-colored head that starts off large and quickly becomes a line over the body. This is a textbook example of a black beer.
S: Not very strong roasted smell, more like caramel or a very dark grade of maple syrup. Slight smell of barbecued meat and barbecue sauce.
T: Surprisingly smooth and light for a black beer at 9.5% ABV. Hard to place flavor - not quite coffee, not quite oats, faint roasted malt flavor. Very bitter and decently dry.
F: Lacking in carbonation and a touch watery.

Caveat emptor: where I live, this beer is $2.46 p/500mL bottle. Is the beer worth it? Yes, but not for every day drinking, at least for me. This porter is a very nice, very well made beer. Look forward to buying more.

Edit: I managed to get a pair of Zywiec Porter "pokal" glasses. The glasses improve the experience. Aroma of very rich dark chocolate and smoked or barbecued meat. Rich flavor. No issues with carbonation. And the head is an extremely impressive brown.

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C-Stockwell from Rhode Island, Nov 23, 2018
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4.42/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Very dark beyond cola color. Medium head foamy & tan in color. Fabulous malty-coffee-caramel aroma! Mid to high range carbonation. Full malty flavor & body. More so than most beers the aroma really stays around and marries nicely with the flavors. I would definitely buy and drink this again. Thumbs up to these Polish beer makers.

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Trailboss76 from Virginia, Nov 22, 2018
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4.52/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very nice for the price.A good bargain in the world of overpriced porters.While not the best,it’s a great compromise.As stated earlier,drink slow or the high alcohol content wil sneek up on you.

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3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500mL bottle bb 4/14/19 poured into a tulip pint glass at fridge temp 9.5% ABV. The beer pours dark brown with ruby highlights and mocha colored head. The head recedes to an island and thin ring leaving a little lacing. The aroma is faint with a touch of roasted malt and baker's chocolate. The taste is semisweet smokey chocolate with a nutty roast driven medium bitter finish. The mouthfeel is full to medium bodied and slightly gritty with less than medium carbonation and a dry finish. Overall, very good. I'm really impressed with this for $2. Purchased 6 months before the bb date and it is definitely the ultimate bargain Baltic Porter. Recommended, if you enjoy the style.

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jkblr from Indiana, Nov 16, 2018
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3.52/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hey, you want to buy a Polish porter? It's cold. $2. OK, I tried it.

It pours black with nice head and lacing. The aroma gives a hint of funkiness. The taste gives more than a hint. It's underneath a nice roasty porter, just a bit funky. It lingers in the aftertaste.

Not recommended.

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4.4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours deep black with some brown highlights. Dense tan head, ok retention, good lace.
Smells like chocolate, dark fruit, and licorice.
Flavor follows aroma, a bit more of the dark fruit. Sweetness and bitterness are well balanced.
Medium bodied, low carbonation, not sticky.
Really dig it.

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MrOH from Maryland, Jul 02, 2018
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3.57/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Its okay...not great although a bargain at $1.49 for a 500 ml bottle...can't beat that! Actually, its a decent porter, about the only downside (which is a biggie) is a slight metallic finish that lingers with me after a sip. I bought six bottles for $9 and had two. Going to let the others sit a while to see if it improves. If porters are your thing, its a must try.

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MoreBeer4me from New Jersey, Jun 27, 2018
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3.77/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a tall bottle into a Dogfish Head tulip. Shipped over from Poland by a friend.

L: Nearly clear dark mahogany brown pour.. nearly black. Thick tannish head leaves solid lacing.

S: Sweet and roasty... molasses and burned sugars.

T/F: Follows the nose. Sweet and roasted... burned sugars abound... molasses, cooked raisins, and light cocoa. Not cloying, but the roast and light hopping don't bring quite enough balance to the brew. Warming, but the ABV is mostly hidden. Medium bodied. Sweet malts on the aftertaste.

O: A sweet dessert porter... overall a pretty nice brew and a sipper. The ABV will sneak up on you if you're not careful.

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EMV from Pennsylvania, Jun 25, 2018
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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark brown almost black color with a larger tan head. I poured it into an English pint glass. This is not a heavy or boozy beer given the high ABV. Even if you sip on this beer you will feel it later on when like me you start to fall asleep. I would recommend sharing this beer with some one. While this beer is good I would not drink this again.

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Schlitz74 from Illinois, Jun 21, 2018
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4.06/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mid sized bottle, with best before dating

Pour dark and murky, dark tan and long lasting cap.

A bit of chocolate and some malt on the nose.

Tasty and rich porter, ample chocolate and coffee roast notes....9.5% hidden nicely

Quite worthy brew and at $3 for the bottle, a good value

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Billolick from New York, Mar 26, 2018
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2.55/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Taste is not roasted chocolatey malts but rather stale barley and malts. If it wasn't for the color I'd never know it's a porter, tastes more like a bad pilsner.

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BenHoppy from Michigan, Dec 31, 2017
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