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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Reviews: 410 | Ratings: 774
Photo of Reidrover
4.72/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ok last beer of the night ..bought this in then11.2 oz brown bottle..nice label with two Poles , male and female in the traditional costume...says same recipe since 1881.
Good pour..nice deep dark brown almost black ( this looks like a stout)..small head which lingers long,.
ahhhhhh i love the aroma of this beer very very malty sweet fruity berry scents assault my nasal passages..great
This beer has a great creamy taste ..lots of flavours up front i get coconut then sweet chocolate..black coffee..hoppy bitterness at the end.
Feels good on the tongue very smooth
drinkable for a beere this damned strong..cant really feel the alcohol until it reaches the belly then it's a delicious warmth..this is truelly a great beer, nice just before retiring to a crisp clean and warm bed.
Never knew a Polish beer would be so great!

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Photo of zerk
4.34/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours black with a touch of ruby red showing through if you hold it to the light. Tan head dissipates quickly and leaves just a little bit of lace. Aroma of raisins, roasted malt, and chocolate. Flavor begins fruity... like a chocolate covered raisin, then becomes somewhat bittersweet and finishes with an aftertase of espresso. Be careful with this one because the 9.3% alcohol is deceptively hidden. Mouthfeel is full and smooth, with low carbonation. A very nice beer for the winter months to sip by the fire.

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Photo of inebrius
4.89/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Profound nose of chocolate, ripe cherries, mild gingerbread and myriad other fruits and spices. Absolutely no hint of over 9% ABV other than a finish warming. Awesome! A draught is simultaneously subdued and complex, fruity, roasty, a crafted blend of flavors. Better than a Packzi on Fat Tuesday, this brew makes me want to learn the pronunciation of the brewery's name. Choice!

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Photo of ADR
4.82/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hard pour releases a big brown creamy head with good retention. Almost black with ruby light transmission on the bottom. Nice aroma, a slight sense of berry, mostly sweetened blueberry. Excellent deep malt, stops short of java but with lots of unsweetened baking chocolate properties. Bitter quality on the roof of the mouth. As dense as a turkish coffee with considerable aftertaste. Powerful brew here, I'd love for more folks in the industry to do Baltic-style Porters...LOVE this stuff...

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Photo of ZAP
4.55/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Excellent sipping porter (in contrast to those Porters you slam in beer bongs..lol...)...heavy mouthfeel...black with a little tan head...smell is of sweet dark fruits....the taste is loaded with burnt malts and sweet dark fruits...a nice little semi-bitter hop finish....a real dandy..alcohol emerges only slightly....on the sweeter side, but some real nice hopping nicely balances things out...My first true big porter and a great one to start with...also noted some true vanilla bean notes in this one.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.38/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a dark clear ruby and is topped by a thin brown head that lasts. Some nice caramel tones and sweet toffee on the nose. This beer is incredibly smooth for one that is close to 10% a/v. I only get the faintest hint of alcohol. There are some nice burnt tones here. Black Patent I'm thinking. Good roasted character. Nice bitterness. But also an underlying sweet malt characteristic. Long lasting bitter aftertaste. Reminiscent of a good Imperial Stout. (The taste itself isn't quite as thick and heavy as a good IS.) This is impressive. Probably the best "Imperial Porter" I've had so far. I am proud to say I'm Polish after drinking this great Polish brew.

Many thanks to cokes for the fine brew.

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Photo of proc
4.7/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Excellent. This is a porter? I kept thinking full-blown stout. Color is extremely dark. with an aroma that invites you to take that first sip. Taste is outstanding. Coffee, molasses, and a tartness that I can't quite describe. The 9+% abv gets you going pretty quick. This would be a fine, sitting by the fire on a cold night type of beer. I paired it up with a medium-rare New York strip steak hot off the grill.

I would recommend this beer highly.

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Photo of John
5/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Oh my. Um...OK, need to compose myself. Where to start...this is a beer that requires your full attention. Color is black as night. Remarkable dark tan head. Fabulous cascading effect after pouring from the 11.2oz. bottle. Big dark roasted malt, espresso aroma. Alcohol smell is pronounced. More big burnt, dark roasty complex flavors. Full body. Satisfying alcohol warming. Amazing brew. Looking forward to my next. This is one to savour for sure.

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Photo of cokes
4.69/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Big roasted action going on here.
Nice dark, dark brown in color (black if not held to light).
Big roasted malts on the nose....dark fruit too (plums, slight raisins), maybe a little straight-up grape as well (wine-like).
Taste manifests these traits. Also with some carmel and faint toffee. Slightly buttery and nutty too. Decent amount of hops attempt to even things out towards the finish, but the malts end up dominating. Works fine here.
Alcohol is not even vaguely perceived (execpt in the last sip or two...and very faintly then). Bodily perceptions (such as: drooling and unconsciousness) are the only clues that this is as strong as it is.
So fun to drink. Coats the mouth, without being cloying in the least. Body is solid.
I am very glad that I have been turned on to Baltic Porters. They are quickly becoming a favorite of mine.

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Photo of mattmaples
4.75/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I have to agree with Venom on this one. Had one for the first time last night. Huge raosted flavor with tons of caramel malt. Although I did get the plummy nose I didn't get and vinious aroma off of mine. As of right now I am switching Zywiec to the number one slot for Baltic Porters (sorry Okocim). It's listed at 9.5% but it is damn smooth.

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