Zywiec Porter | Zywiec Breweries PLC (Heineken)

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3.89/5
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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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Ranking:
#8,040
Reviews:
429
Ratings:
824
pDev:
12.85%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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39
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Photo of 1971bernat
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BenHoppy
2.55/5  rDev -34.4%
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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Photo of Syemoot
3.89/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SharkDiver
3.33/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Was recommended by store rep as I was buying Stone Xocoveca. Not bad. Will buy again.

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Photo of Quafftastic
3.94/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Rogerlb
4.28/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This Polish porter pours pretty dark, but with thin viscosity. It's not "motor oil" black but the light at the edges is all but impossible to discern. Half-finger head that quickly dissipates to paper-thin. When swirled, there's nice alcohol legs/ lacing.

Aroma is malt and bourbon. A bit of coffee, a bit of...lavender? More floral than, say, cherries or dark fruit.

Taste is crisp, sweet malt, and it has a lager aspect. That with wood, anise, and a bare bit of roast. Smoke hints is in there, but you have to look for it. Full-bodied, nicely balanced; this drinks like a porter (not heavy, almost sessionable), but verges on a stout (drink slow to savor the various nuances). In other words, really quite good.

Bourbon aspects, wood (although it doesn't say anything about barrels), and the 9.5% is lurking underneath. No alcohol "burn" but it's warming after half a snifter. Anice/ spice becomes more dominate with warming. There's an "old ale" aspect to this, not too sweet, full bodied, crisp. Worth a pick-up if you can find it at your local BevMo. A 500ml bottle goes for under $4 in the Europe section.

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Photo of TheCrowsEye
3.59/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Shane-L-Waddell
3.77/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mando31
3.19/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of gandres
4.28/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Monday, November 20, 2017 7:09 PM
500 ml bottle poured to tulip
Sight: Black, big light brown foam
Aroma: fragrant, aroma - malty, smells like its oaked or barrel aged
Taste: very good, low bitterness, low sweetness, bold and complex flavor
Mouth feel: good carbonation, creamy, very good follow through and finish
Overall: excellent beer, ok to repeat and look for BA RB

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Photo of DW78715816
4.32/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of stegmakk
3.86/5  rDev -0.8%
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 -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of GetTheYayo
4.06/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
3.62/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mattmarka1
2.75/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of snaotheus
3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2017-09-24
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 +1%
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 +16.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of iftcoach
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of HoppingMadMonk
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
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 +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of JRed
3.3/5  rDev -15.2%
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 +5.1%
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%
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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Zywiec Porter from Zywiec Breweries PLC (Heineken)
Beer rating: 3.89 out of 5 with 824 ratings
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