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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Ratings: 827 |  Reviews: 429
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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Photo of dsshuck
3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of descobar
3.22/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

0.5L bottle from year 2013 (yes, past its prime)

Look: pours black with a 1/4" espresso-crema colored head with decent retention. beer is fully opaque. no lacing.
Smell: mostly roasted malts, some chocolate and burnt toast and a faint vinousy character.
Taste: light roasted malt flavors, hints of chocolate (or cocoa powder) and dark fruits, raisins. the bittering is also subtle but manages to balance the malts well.
Feel: medium-full bodied, with a creamy, rich texture. moderate carbonation and mild astringency. the finish is sweet and long but very smooth, almost to the point of muted, with a slight alcohol warming at the very end.
Overall: although over two years past its best by date, still drinkable and does not show any detectable oxidation or autolysis aromas or flavors but... its definitely has lost most of its complexity and turned into a bit of a muted or uninteresting experience

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

Photo of Steve_Studnuts
4.06/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of REVZEB
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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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Zywiec Porter from Zywiec Breweries PLC (Heineken)
Beer rating: 3.89 out of 5 with 827 ratings