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Zywiec Porter | Zywiec Breweries PLC (Heineken)

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3.9/5
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810 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Zywiec Breweries PLC (Heineken)
Poland
zywiec.com.pl

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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#6,953
Reviews:
425
Ratings:
810
pDev:
12.82%
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Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

full mouthfeel, not very thick , nice head, fresh bottle. In a sentence, an expresso winter warmer. Coffee, chocolate, roasted fabulously, cocoa and a tad graininess. Low in yeast and carbonation. Somewhat bitter towards finish then malty aftertaste. Second bottle, fresher, even less malt at room temperature .

Shared a bottle at room temp 1.5 years later and it was good, but clearly not up to the top stouts around.

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Photo of acurtis
3/5  rDev -23.1%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours an almost opaque super dark crimson brown with a 2 inch khaki head that stays at a 1 inch puffy cap. Thick foamy rings of lace stick to the sides of the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, dark fruits, caramel, and some chocolate aromas. Taste is of dark roasted malt, dark fruits, cocoa powder, and an off metallic taste. The metallic taste pretty much kills this one for me. Mild roasty bitterness on the palate after each sip. A low level of carbonation with a smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Ovearall, this would be a pretty good baltic porter if the metallic taste wasn't so overwhelming. As it is, I couldn't even finish a bottle of this one.

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

this porter is world class, no bones about it. surprised and not surprised at all that this is now a Heineken brand, but whatever, that's business and this beer is outstanding regardless of corporate ties. matte black in color, thick and sturdy, not a pure white head, but light for a dark beer, and lasting with ring lacing as it sips. nose of cocoa powder, roasted barley, char, and lager yeast of all things. its dusty and European in origin, that classic old world malt vibe, and the chocolate is rich in the taste. drinkable, cold fermented (I have to imagine), and really heavy roast character, pushing burnt. its bitter and well hopped for the style too. the alcohol is invisible, which is maybe most impressive. super drinkable and it feels right at holiday time in cold weather. it also pairs wonderfully with a range of eastern European food, and can theoretically age fairly well. one of the better porters ive ever had really, distinct from the pack, and clean and simple. high quality brew right here.

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of djrn2
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Knapp85
4.02/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of metter98
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is close to being near black—amber is visible near the bottom of the glass when it is held up to the light. It has a moderate amount of visible carbonation and poured with a thin yet dense tan head that consistently covered the surface and left a coating of bubbles down the edge of the glass.
S: There are aromas of brown sugar, roasted malts and molasses in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has a light amount of bitterness and some hints of dark fruits and licorice. No sweetness is detectable.
M: It feels medium-bodied and rather smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There is a bit of dryness towards the finish.
O: This beer is very drinkable compared to other beers in the style because its alcohol is well hidden from the taste and it seems to be a little lighter-bodied.

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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 emerge077
4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

BBD: 03.21.2009

Dark chestnut color, black in the Duvel tulip glass. Three fingers of puffy, creamy foam. A convex dome rises over the rim, with an egg cream surface texture. There's a slight cascade as the head forms itself.

Earthy chicory, roasty with a hint of caramel sweetness. Once it warms up, the aroma opens up more.

Big roast malt flavor, bordering on char but not quite. Bittersweet bakers chocolate, earthy tobacco, dry on the finish with a hint of apple. Wow. This really seems like the quintessential Baltic Porter to me. The body is moderate, not super huge, but appropriate for the style. Extremely tasty and drinkable. Balanced and not too sweet as some can be.

The only contender to this one is Killer Kowalski from Flossmoor Station. Bottle from Sal's Elmhurst.

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Photo of brentk56
4.23/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours out a dark brown, but clear body with a tan head that leaves considerable lacing

Smell: Solid aromas of bitter chocolate, prunes and hazelnuts

Taste: Opens with rum-soaked dark fruit and hazelnut flavors, adding a hint of bitter chocolate by mid-palate; after the swallow, there is a fruity sweet undertone that that lingers

Mouthfeel: Medium/heavy bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation; some warmth in the gullet from the 9.5% ABV

Drinkability: A solid example of the Baltic Porter style, this brew is one to savor and drink slowly, being mindful of the high abv

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of secret santa: Poured a deep red color ale with a light pink color head with average retention and minimal lacing. Aroma consists of syrupy cherry with too much of sweet cloying notes. Taste is also dominated by the extremely sweet cherry syrup with some very light malt notes. Full cloying sweet body with some average carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Too sweet for my taste buds and too much of the fake cherry syrup comes out for me to enjoy this beer.

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Photo of zeff80
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
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 largadeer
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle purchased at Whole Foods for 2 bucks and some change. Impenetrable black in the glass with a thin tan head atop. Smells of raisins and chocolate. A bit prune-like, even. Oatmeal with dried fruit. The taste is roasty with an acidic twang, like French roast coffee. Dried fruit flavors reveal themselves mid-palate, along with substantial roasty bitterness. There's a touch of alcohol too, but it's surprisingly well-hidden. Medium-bodied, rather dry and bitter on the whole, this is fairly easy to drink despite the intense flavor. The finish is sharply bitter and roasty, leaving a note of anise on the tongue between sips. Drinkability is marred slightly by the intense roasted bitterness, but it's a great beer overall.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Boone757
4/5  rDev +2.6%

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

500 ml bottle into snifter, best before 9/28/2013. Pours nearly opaque dark brown color with a 2 finger dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big chocolate, cocoa, caramel, toast, dark bread, roasted malt, raisin, prune, brown sugar, molasses, light herbal, and roast/yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt and moderate fruity yeast ester notes; with good strength. Taste of chocolate, cocoa, caramel, toast, dark bread, raisin, prune, brown sugar, molasses, herbal, and roast/yeast earthiness. Fair amount of earthy herbal/roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, cocoa, toast, dark bread, roasted malt, raisin, prune, brown sugar, molasses, herbal, and roast/yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity and robustness of dark/bready malt, yeast ester, and earthy hop flavors; with a a great malt/yeast balance and no cloying flavors after the finish. medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a creamy, smooth, and lightly slick/chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a small warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice Baltic porter. All around good complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malt, yeast ester, and earthy hop flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.17/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Zywiec's Porter pours a crystal-clear deep-mahogany (almost black) body with gleeming dark-chestnut and 'burning-ember' orange highlights. It's topped by a full head of creamy, dark tan froth. Unfortunately, the head retention doesn't quite hold up to the bar set by it's color and clarity. The lacing is, however oddly, a bit better, and it leaves wide rings of thin lace at the outset of the glass, and then some pretty nice runs of spots and splashes. The nose is moderately roasty and chocolatey with some yeasty, berry-like fruit, and an edge of alcohol... perhaps even a touch of minty hops. In the mouth it's medium bodied and creamy smooth. The flavor is surprisingly rich, and it hits you immediately with dark malt acidity, low-notes of roastiness, and alcohol. Chocolate appears next, alongside some yeasty fruitiness; but as you progress through the tasting the darker flavors build and the fruitiness gets covered over. Deep, scorched caramel sneaks in here and there! A bold bitterness backs it, and it finishes dry and brash due to the acidity and alcohol. Some cereal grain maltiness, a touch of cocoa, and a wash of alcohol linger. It makes a great companion on a chilly night in front of the fire, with a book, or just settling in watching TV. Worth trying.

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Photo of chinchill
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

500ml bottle served in a Unibroue snifter.

Pours a very dark brown with a nice tan head. The head is not very durable, but does leave decent lacing.

Aroma: sweet; faintly boozy; prunes and other dark fruits with baked bread.

T: Plenty of dark fruits and light alcohol esters. Excellent finish and aftertaste, where the generous dose of dark malt comes out in a flush at the end and lingers nicely afterwards. High ABV is partly hidden. A bit sweet.

M: Medium body; smooth yet some liveliness from the moderate carbonation.

O: this beer has a boozy character I often notice in Eastern European beers, at least with higher ABVs; this is usually a weakness but it fits in well with the flavor profile in this nice Baltic Porter. Improved with warming. Well worth seeking out.

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

A: Pours an opaque black in color with some dark brown and reddish hints when held up to the light. The beer has a two finger tall dark tan head that reduces to a film covering the entire surface of the beer with a couple of very thick patches and an extremely thick ring around the edges of the glass. Significant lacing is observed.

S: Aromas of dark roasted malts, dark chocolate, coffee, and dark fruit (cherry and raisin). There is a light amount of molasses and brown sugar contributing some sweetness to the smell.

T: The beer has flavors that follows the aroma, starts with a dark roasted malt body with some light hints of bittersweet chocolate. After those flavors, there is a light amount of sweetness from the dark fruit (cherry and raisin) and molasses. Finally, there is a coffee bitterness in the finish that lingers.

M: On the heavier side of medium bodied with moderate to high amounts of carbonation. Smooth. Some light alcohol heat in the finish.

O: Both the taste and the smell of this beer have a lot of complexity but the high ABV is not as well hidden as I might have hoped. This beer is definitely a sipping beer and not one you would want as a session beer. I enjoyed the beer and the flavor/aroma was very enjoyable. My first Polish beer and quite a nice one with an exceptional value at $1.95 for a 500 ml bottle.

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2.5/5  rDev -35.9%

Photo of jlindros
3.81/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Someone recommended this to me, so figured I'd give it a try.

pours a darker colored thick creamy 2 finger head that doesn't really fade, although leaves some nice lacing when it does, very dark brown beer with faintest hint of ruby light sneaking through.

Nose brings some of those Baltic region, like Polish style dark malts, a little roasty, very syrupy almost straight malt extract syrup or cola syrup, little molasses like sweet syrupy, light earthy root based aromas, faint hints of cocoa and vanilla.

Taste starts with more dark malts, again that similar Baltic region dark roasty kinda malts not the roasted malts you get in U.S. at least. Wants to be sweet flavors but doesn't get too sweet, cola syrup again, a similar to molasses kinda sugar extract but not the same, like another root or stalk based syrup extract. Cocoa comes out a bit more, little chocolate malt flavor, again with faint hint of vanilla somehow. Biscuity caramel malts in there, with a bit of a coppery malt flavor, and just a touch metallic possibly from slightly burnt malts, or possibly a yeast thing, as well as fluffy nougat and black malt. A bit of a spicy earthy hop presence, with some decent chewy bitterness. Light booze flavor coming through like a very light fusel alcohol. Finish is drier but sticky and syrupy, still a bit sweet, more warming slightly tingly booze, more nougat, caramel, cocoa powder, light roast all lingering, and a hint of a fruity flavor probably from the yeast, and plenty of bitterness lingering.

Mouth is a bit fuller bodied, fluffy carbonation, some warming slightly tingly booze.

Overall not bad, a decent true Baltic region Baltic Porter, not quite up to what some of the clean and full flavored beers that are made these days, but this is from 1881 so a great beer for that time I would guess. Still tasty and drinkable, I was expected extract skunky crappy beer so this was a pleasant surprise.

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4.17/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500ml bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brownish black color, with a thin tan head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The smell contains dark fruit, dark chocolate, roasted malt and a little smokiness.

T: The taste has elements of dark chocolate, roasted coffee and dark fruits. Although it’s quite malty, it’s not overly sweet. There’s a little bit of alcohol sting, but at 9.50% ABV, it’s not as strong as you would expect.

M: Very smooth with some crispness to it, medium carbonation, medium-to-heavy carbonation, clean finish without the stickiness that the style usually shades toward.

D: Tasty, easy-to-drink, not as filling as most beers in the style, I found this one to be more of a sipper, but on the right night, I could see myself knocking back a few of these pretty quickly.

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Zywiec Porter from Zywiec Breweries PLC (Heineken)
Beer rating: 3.9 out of 5 with 810 ratings
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