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Zywiec Porter | Zywiec Breweries PLC (Heineken)

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BA SCORE
3.89/5
Very Good
818 Ratings
Zywiec PorterZywiec Porter
BEER INFO

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

Style: Baltic Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-01-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#7,779
Reviews:
427
Ratings:
818
pDev:
12.85%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Gots:
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Photo of mynie
4.44/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another one for the "How on earth have I not reviewed this yet?" file.

A wonderful pour--very lively for a beer of its strength. Almost completely opaque black with a retentive, off-brown head.

Smells rich and fruity, not nearly as burnt as you might anticipate. The aroma is redolent with raisins, biscuits, and chocolate. It's assertive without being at all burny or offputting.

The flavor starts sweet, almost marshmallow like, moving quickly into a middle of milk chocolate and plums. It gets stoutier near the end, with barley and chocolate coming through and some dry hops and sticky malty on the finish. Very well put together, if not quite world class.

Zywiec's porter is robust and affordable, and it holds up well to the richest of foods.

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Photo of jcb7472
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TH28
4.24/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle. 11/24/17 BB date. Appearance: Deep dark brown, almost black, opaque, and a low lying dark khaki head that dissipates quickly. Aroma: Rich bready, toasted crust, and dark fruit of plum and raisin. A touch of molasses and sherry. Taste: Rich deep toasted bread, chocolate, and sticky molasses up front, then a distinct dark fruitiness of raisin and cherry witha touch of spice. Just enough perceived bitterness to prevent the sweetness from being cloying. A touch of wood as well. Mouthfeel: Medium to heavy bodied with some stickiness and light carbonation. A slight of alcohol warmth hits on the swallow. Finish: All malt. Strong toasted bread is dominant on the finish, with a light nutty character. Overall: Outstanding beer, with a complex rich bread maltiness and dark fruit character reminiscent of a doppelbock. A touch of wood and chocolate as well, with an alcohol warmth in the backside to remind you this is a monster beer. Perfect for cool night out by the fire

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Photo of dar482
3.67/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of freewill35
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of sjrider
3.89/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of KeyWestGator
4.24/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BeerSexLove
3.59/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I'm not sure what I was expecting but now I'm thinking this was an up sell by my local beer doctor to maybe clear up some shelf space. The color is dark and rich - most inviting, the feel is a nice liquid thickness, but disappointingly the smell is devoid of anything stirring, and the flavor is mediocre with a lingering chocolaty metallic taste. It's not a fail by any stretch but not what I was hoping for.

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Photo of Biggiekrock627
3.69/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Strohm
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Roguer
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Good head production and retention.

Dark fruit on the nose, toffee, a bit of roast. Cola and caramel. Toast.

Grapes, chocolate, roast. Profile very similar to a stronger, but not much thicker, Guinness.

Dry, roast finish.

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Photo of akolb
3.91/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Zywiec Porter: 9.5% ABV, brewed since 1881 in Zywiec, Poland. A bargain at $3 per 500 mL bottle. BB 4/5/2018. A lovely looking beer, jet black with good retention and rising bubbles. Aroma is clean and slightly roasty with mild coffee, chocolate, and toffee. Surprisingly intense chocolate dominates the flavor with molasses, licorice, a powerful charry acid-bitterness. Also charred bread and a bit of fruit. Bitterness and a bit of alcohol ride the long finish, which is sort of metallic. Fairly thick bodied.

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Photo of VoxRationis
4.55/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Best before 23 November 2017.
A: Close to black with a more than half inch brass colored head and complex lacing.
S: Dark, sweet malts, molasses, licorice.
T: Dark, sweet malts, unsweetened chocolate, coffee grounds, pepper.
M: Full bodied with persistent effervescence.
O: A balanced, very well crafted porter. Kudos!

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Photo of j0hnc2468
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of HopsAreDaMan
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Especially for the price (about $2.75 for 16.9 oz), this is a great porter with plenty of aroma and flavor.

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Photo of flyingpig
3.67/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml Bottle from Oki Doki Hostel, Warsaw, Poland (9.50PLN):
This one was definitely a strong beer, that much was clear from the start when a lot of toasted malts & some hints of alcohol start to come through but thankfully it wasn't as overpowering as I had feared it might be. There was a nice amount of chocolate coming through in the early going with plenty of sugars but the balance remained good &the beer was definitely drinkable. Towards the middle &end some caramel flavours along with some toffee start to make an appearance &turn this one into a beer that's not quite a classic but still well worth trying.

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Photo of cunning_stunt
3.52/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mattreitz49
3.84/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of breardon1776
3.34/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of SABERG
3.99/5  rDev +2.6%
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 RDW
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of PJCarnell
4.01/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Alupin
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jacob17
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of token_23223
4.17/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Zywiec Porter from Zywiec Breweries PLC (Heineken)
Beer rating: 3.89 out of 5 with 818 ratings
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