Zywiec Breweries PLC (Heineken)

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Zywiec Breweries PLC (Heineken)
Baltic Porter
Ranked #113
Ranked #16,171
3.9 | pDev: 12.82%
Thursday at 11:32 PM
Nov 01, 2001
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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Reviewed by Snowcrash000 from Germany

3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Pours a clear, deep mahogany coloration with a ruby sheen when held up to the light, with a small, fluffy head. Smells of slightly roasted, caramel malt, some chocolate and coffee, as well as lighter dark fruit and hints of floral, earthy hops. Taste is a great balance of roasted, caramel malt, toffee, chocolate, coffee, some dark fruit, with notes of fig and plum, as well as hints of earthy, herbal, floral hops, with slight citrus accents as well. Finishes with a light bitterness, medium sweetness and some chocolate, coffee and floral, earthy hops lingering in the aftertaste. Smooth mouthfeel with a medium body and carbonation.

While the hoppy stuff I had from Zywiec was just pretty decent for the price point, this is actually a really nice Baltic Porter that has a great balance of malt and hops going on, with the hops being relatively distinct here, as it should be for the style, as well as a good balance of sweet, roasted and bitter notes. It's a little too sweet and not quite roasted and bitter enough for my personal taste, but still pretty well-balanced overall, with a good complexity to the flavor profile for the price point and a good body and mouthfeel as well.
Thursday at 11:32 PM
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Reviewed by Christianriveraaa

4.47/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
Look: Poured from a pint glass bottled room temperatured. Dark initial pour followed by a thick layer of foam, quite suprising since this is a big abv bottle. A bit of lacing as the foam dissolves. Might be rich I'm guessing.
Smell: Very sweet aroma upon opening the bottle. Got heavy notes of caramel followed by molasses, toffee with a fruityness at the end.
Taste: Sweet notes of chocolate caramel, toffee, and molasses. Definitely on the sweeter side - which is amazing, I love sweet beers.
Feel: Heavy bodied.. Makes me wonder if this should have been classified as a stout..
Overall: I loved it actually. It's sweet, I love sweet stouts in general, decided to try a porter this night and ended up loving it. This makes me wonder if this should actually be considered a porter or a stout.. Stouts are more heavily bodied and are usually sweeter while porters are more dry and less of a bodied and this fits the criteria of a stout but is similar to a heavily bodied stout I've tried in the past..
Thursday at 07:18 AM
Rated: 3.5 by bkwagie

Jun 28, 2022
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Reviewed by GuyFawkes from Illinois

3.84/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Undecipherable bottle code; drank 6/3/22 @ the Yarchives.

Black/brown appearance.

An even pour yielded a big, noisy tan head; strong lace.

Fresh earth, hops, medium roast coffee bean & a mild metallic note in the nose.

Medium thick, sticky mouthfeel.

Fresh earth, hop bite & medium roast coffee bean flavors, with a mild metallic note.

Maybe this is old, leading to those metallic flavors, but overall it was enjoyable.
Jun 04, 2022
Rated: 4.58 by Mat_Beer

May 11, 2022
Rated: 4.21 by travelguy from Ohio

Apr 14, 2022
Rated: 4.37 by Beecham from California

Apr 10, 2022
Rated: 4.33 by adamstef

Apr 02, 2022
Rated: 4.17 by 1mrbeer from Ohio

Apr 01, 2022
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Reviewed by hreb from Washington

3.69/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
500ml bottle from Zywiec school of brewing. Served in a curved glass. Very dark brown, approaching black. Aroma seems very muted to me, but there may be a hint of molasses. Flavor has some very interesting elements, with a specific molasses and licorice flavor that I'd expect to find in a barrel aged beer. Oh yes, and it's boozy. Not overly throat-burning, but enough to suggest whiskey or cognac. It's good enough, but as a 9.5% Baltic Porter, I come in with pretty high expectations.
Apr 01, 2022
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Reviewed by WoodBrew from Ohio

4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
I got a bottle of this beer off the single shelf from the Woodman's in Onalaska, Wisconsin just outside of La Crosse. It poured an opaque dark with ecru head that is leaving a spotty lace. The scent had dark roast malt with subtle semi sweet chocolate notes. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink with dark roast malt with toffee and semi sweet chocolate presence. The mouthfeel was medium in body and had good carbonation. Overall it is a solid beer.
Feb 03, 2022
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Reviewed by BigGinge from New York

4.27/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25
Appearance: Pours an incredibly dark brown color verging on black, three fingers of dense khaki colored head.

Smell: Caramel, cherries, prunes, minerally/metallic.

Taste: Sweet and fairly simple. Prunes, bitter dark chocolate, dates, hint of alcohol, hint of smoke, something baked, maybe raisin bread.

Feel: Full, chewy, modest carbonation.

Overall: Very nice. Full of flavor and well balanced.
Jan 29, 2022
Rated: 3.99 by irishevans from California

Jan 28, 2022
Rated: 4.22 by Abstractspirit from Rhode Island

Jan 27, 2022
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Reviewed by BalancingBrooms from Illinois

4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Black with one finger khaki head. Nose is baking chocolate with some dark fruit. Taste follows the nose, chocolate, hints of dark fruit, and slight roast/coffee. Body is medium with similar creamy carbonation. Ends dry with a lingering cocoa powder. Overall a very nice baltic porter for the price. $1.80 for a 16 oz, 9.5% beer that is solid without any real flaws? Hard to beat.
Jan 24, 2022
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Reviewed by GlenFarclas from Connecticut

4.52/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
What's not to like? This should be way higher up on the Baltic porter rankings. Easily a top 10 beer when you account for the complexity, character, price point and availability. I've had plenty craft Baltic Porters but this is the one I've drank the most. Perfect way to finish off an evening, a few lagers, a pale ale and this guy to nightcap. Nice rich, robust body, all sharp malt bitterness with some candied fruits, dried fruit, molasses, smoke and a nice coffee element. It's a great beer across the board.
Jan 23, 2022
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Reviewed by ZebulonXZogg from Illinois

3.91/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4
L: Appears as dark brown liquid and built a nice khaki head that left a lightly laced glass.
S: Lotsa great smells here, licorice, roasted malts and cocoa.
T: All those great smells turned to flavor along with some dark molasses and caramel.
F: It seemed to be thin for a porter.
O: This was much better than expected.
Jan 23, 2022
Rated: 4.5 by -Andrew- from Michigan

Nov 09, 2021
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Reviewed by TigerSoul from New Jersey

3.69/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Dang! I wasn't expecting the alcohol hit at the first sip from this one. The 9.5% ABV seems to give this beer some of the elements of a Rauchbier, smoky and richly layered. It really is unlike any porter I've had, even in the 'Baltic' category. Recommended, however you fellas and gals should leave it for the end of the evening as a dessert accompaniment or the quintessential 'nightcap'.
Oct 23, 2021
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Reviewed by DougT from Ohio

4.14/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Dark dark brown with energetic dark tan head that reduces leaving a thin but complete layer of foam that us still there to the bottom of the glass. Smells of malt, yeast, prune and fig. Taste is complex. Bitter to start, more hoppy than dark chocolate. Malt comes through after a bit and brings in hints of the dark fruits and coffee. Flavor lingers for a long time. Mouth is medium to full bodied. Well balanced, alcohol completely hidden. A very good Porter.
Oct 20, 2021
Rated: 4.25 by Gkruszewski from New York

Oct 07, 2021
Rated: 4.21 by Wilkolaczek94 from Connecticut

Sep 03, 2021
Rated: 4.09 by mpk2020 from Illinois

Aug 23, 2021
Rated: 3.9 by Dentist666 from Russian Federation

Aug 12, 2021
Rated: 3.46 by FunkyPolak from New Jersey

Jul 18, 2021
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Reviewed by jonphisher from New Jersey

3.81/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
This beer pours how I always want a dark beer to. Black with a slow rising dense and creamy looking slightly brown head. Some nice lacing as it settles.

The initial smells to me are licorice and Dr Pepper, yes I’m not sure what gives Dr Pepper it’s smell but that’s what this beer gives off. There’s also plenty of bitter roasty chocolate and coffee notes.

The taste leans towards the licorice and chocolate from the aroma. There is also a strong raisin like quality in the after taste of this beer.

Mouthfeel is medium but leaning close full. It has a low carbonation that gives a creamy like mouthfeel. This is followed up by a nice bitter bite on the back end. There isn’t really any heat but you can tell this has some ABV to it.

Overall a very enjoyable dark beer that will definitely find its way into my purchases from time to time. I like that they’re sold as singles and at a good price.
Jun 20, 2021
Rated: 4.18 by Daneve76 from Australia

Jun 15, 2021
Rated: 4.02 by balizz

Jun 09, 2021
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Reviewed by Peach63 from New York

4.39/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Pours ebony with a 1 1/2 inch tan head, which lasts. Heavy lacing to the end.

Aroma of roast malt & coffee with a touch of toffee.

Taste is coffee, roast malt, black malt, toffee, chocolate, caramel.

Full bodied, light carbonation. Creamy, dry, astringent finish.

Good across the board. One to try before you die.
Jun 07, 2021
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Rated by Quadman from Ohio

4.44/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Outstanding example of a baltic porter. Highly recommended brew.
Apr 21, 2021
Rated: 4.42 by Corkykab from New Jersey

Apr 15, 2021
Rated: 3.6 by KevinL from Michigan

Mar 22, 2021
Rated: 4.74 by MacStinson from Michigan

Mar 21, 2021
Rated: 4.13 by SaxmanRick from Minnesota

Mar 17, 2021
Rated: 4.02 by StoutAtTheDevil from Alabama

Mar 12, 2021
Rated: 3.58 by Hopfenpeter from Maryland

Feb 18, 2021
Rated: 3.03 by AndrewFord666 from Illinois

Feb 05, 2021
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Reviewed by GoBearsWalter34 from Illinois

4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Pours dark brown with a thinner, off-white head.
Smell of molasses, caramel malt and black licorice.
Taste follows the nose with nice bitterness, roasted malt, licorice comes out nicely, coffee.
Not a huge mouthfeel.
Oily and slick mouthfeel.
Pleasant European porter with great balance and typical Euro hops and malt. Great buy.
Feb 05, 2021
Rated: 3.5 by mpenske from California

Dec 30, 2020
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