Zywiec Porter | Zywiec Breweries PLC (Heineken)

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Zywiec PorterZywiec Porter

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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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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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Photo of Flounder57
4/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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Photo of DoctorEvil65
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of MaxBrews
4/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of Ron3
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of cratez
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Zywiec Porter – 9.5% ABV Baltic Porter – Bottle shared with hopsolutely and NRMan.

A: Jet black in colour with a thick ring of tan foam and strands of lacing on the sample glass. Stellar appearance.

S: Rich pruney-plummy notes, slight nuttiness, black cherry (almost medicinal in character), roasted malt, dark chocolate, and mocha. A truly outstanding nose.

T: Roasted malt, chocolate, vinous dark fruit sweetness (pruney-plummy), mocha coffee, and black cherry. Balanced bitterness precedes a dry, roasty finish. Excellent flavours.

M: Medium-full body, creamy carbonation, sweet middle transitions to a mild bitterness and roasted, drying finish. A great palate.

O: An exemplary Baltic Porter with big aromatics, bold flavours, and a very smooth palate. Definitely lives up to its first-class reputation.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$ 1.80 (Including tax)/16.9 oz bottle ($ 0.106/oz) at warehouse Wines and Liquor, Danbury, CT
BB 09.29.16 at 42 degrees into a hand washed and dried JK snifter; allowed to warm to 50 degrees
Aroma roasted malt, chocolate, licorice
Head large (Maximum five cm, semi-aggressive pour), light brown, creamy with rocks, diminishing to a four mm ring and thin rocky layer
Lacing – fair. Partial wide rings of tiny to small bubbles and some large gaps
Body dark brown/black, opaque
Flavor – almost like slightly bitter chocolate-covered raisins; no hops, no malt, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate – medium, creamy, soft carbonation

An interesting taste at a good price. Even though this is a Heineken product, it’s still pretty good.

Appearance 4, Aroma 4, Flavor 4, Palate 4, Overall 4

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of Zorro
3.99/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled through the Secret Bunny 2007 BIF and sinstaineddemon.

This is a clear very deeply brown colored beer with a tall brown head. Nice ruby highlight when held up to strong light.

The smell sweet and chocolate with a fairly strong coffee aroma. There is an earth aroma here that I can best describe as mushroom. There is a bit too much patent malt added that gives this a bit of a scorch odor.

The taste starts sweet and very strongly tasting of chocolate with a minor amount of coffee in the finish. As I drink this the patent malt taste becomes stronger and over takes the chocolate flavor. There is a strong caramel and toffee flavor to this beer that is pleasant. This is not a bitter beer and I really can't taste any hops.

The mouthfeel is good and quite thick.

This is pretty drinkable but I have had better Baltic Porters though. This is OK don't get me wrong but I really have other beers in this style I like better and one of them is made by Baltika and is VERY affordable.

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3.99/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of walshclimb
3.99/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours very dark brown with thin tan head that immediately dissipates to a dissapointing nothing. The aroma comes to the rescue with a warm roasted malt, chocolate, and light alcohol aroma. Good flavor that is robust roasted malt initially and slowly transitions to a very long lived bitter malty aftertaste that has a burnt malt and licorice flavor. This flavor got to be a slight bit medicinal for me as the beer warmed, hurting its drinkability. This maybe an issue just for me, as I don't really like licorice that much. The mouthfeel is just what a big porter should be - full bodied, smooth, and well carbonated with an alcoholic finish. Nicely done here. This is a decent taster, maybe best split with a friend, unless you want the full flavor and effect of a 500 ml strong porter high alcohol content. Not a bad thing at all, but I am not always in the mood for that much of something this flavorfull.

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Photo of SABERG
3.99/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500 ml bottle, best before 11/23/17 into the test glass.
A - Molasses color, thin cap, great lacing.
S - Plum, brown sugar, roast malts, very nice nose, caramel, burnt pumpernickel toast.
T - Dark bread, charred brown sugar, a hint of tobacco, and sweet dark molasses
M - Medium in body, nicely carbonated. Washes across the palate, exiting with a sweet finish.
O - Wow, what a nice offering, just the right notes of roast, and sweet. all while treating the palate well.
A value at the $2.99 per bottle price point

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Photo of soju6
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark brown with a tan head that slowly fades to good lacing.

S: Pleasant aroma of roasted malt, some chocolate and dark fruit with a very slight hint of alcohol.

T: There is a rich roasted malt flavor with chocolate and a bit of fruit. Has a nice bitterness and a dry finish.

F: Very medium body, smooth and creamy. The alcohol slowly sneaks in to make it complete.

O: This is my first Baltic Porter, wow! Great beer to finish the day with.

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Photo of zeff80
3.98/5  rDev +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.

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Photo of Beastdog75
3.98/5  rDev +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.

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Photo of dgilks
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a great dark, brown black colour with a fluffy, creamy tan head. Decent head retention and nice lacing. Very pretty.

The aroma is fruity and slightly chocolatey. The alcohol is well hidden.

The flavour is well balanced with nice dark fruits, bitter chocolate and a moderate bitterness. A touch of roast rounds it all out. Good.

Medium-full body with moderate but unintegrated carbonation.

A tasty beer that certainly doesn't feel like 9%. Well flavoured.

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Photo of SetarconeX
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours black as night with a nicely lingering lace that doesn't foam too terribly. I think this is the sort of thing people used to dip their quills in before composing thousand page books. Smell is slightly sweet and quite malty. Can't beat it.

Tastes like nothing else. A bit of malt, a lot of hops (more than I would have expected off the nose,) and charcoal. This entire beer tastes like it was filtered through the remains of a forest fire.

Quite the beer, complex flavors, but not something you could drink in quantity (it's 9.5% ABV after all), but it's most definitely something you should try.

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Photo of Erlkoenig
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from its bottle into a large snifter. Reviewed from notes a few hours later.

L: Extremely dark brown, a half-step from totally black. Totally opaque. Thin tan head that separates and dissolves into nothing after a few minutes; wispy spots of lacing that don't linger.

S: I was a little underwhelmed by this one's scent. It's pretty much what you'd expect from a porter. Notes of dark fruit and coffee dominate, but they're more subdued than I would expect. There's just not a lot of nose here.

T: Now this is where things get better. Starts sweet, with a mild punch of alcohol in the front, along with caramel and more of the dark fruit; something like prune. Coffee notes follow accompanied by a tiny bit of hop bitterness. Somewhere in the midst of it all is an almost metallic mineral taste. It's not entirely unpleasant, but notable.

M: Medium body, slightly creamy. A little astringency, but still smooth.

O: This is very easy drinking for its 9.5% abv. The balance is nice and the taste is very pleasant. It's also very good for its price point. I know technically it's probably not as good as other brews on my radar, but the drinkability combined with the flavor and the price make this a go-to porter for me.

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3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear dark-brown color with a short lived head that recedes to the surface leaving atolls and swirls. No lacing that I could see.

Nose produced a fragrant aroma of hops, caramel and a little toasted malt.

Flavor was that of hops bitterness, licorice, caramel, butterscotch, some raisin and finally toasted malt.

Mouthfeel- the overall flavor profile seemed thinner than I would have liked-- finish ended quickly leaving little trace of the beginning of the flavor on the palate.

Overall this beer is an enjoyable porter- if you see it available worth a taste.

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Zywiec Porter from Zywiec Breweries PLC (Heineken)
3.94 out of 5 based on 802 ratings.
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