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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Photo of dextermcgurk
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of SmashPants
3.44/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: good quality embossed brown bottle, slightly stylish standard label.

Appearance: awesome black beer with a coffee-brown thick head with good lacing and retention.

Aroma: lots of roast malts - molasses, brown sugar and breads. Fair old alcohol hit.

Taste: Jesus! That alcohol hit is enormous! Fairly sweet with back-up bready malts.

Aftertaste: the alcohol whack takes longer to dissipate than the sweet and malt flavours.

Mouth feel: medium body, rather smooth, medium carbonation.

Overall: very interesting porter, quite sweet but with a variety of malts. The 9.5% ABV certainly rears its head, but not in an unpleasant way.

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Photo of Julian4077
1.5/5  rDev -61.9%

Photo of MaximalC
3.55/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours the color of burnt molasses with a modest tan head. Bubbles of carbonation coat the length of the glass, giving it a cola-like appearance. Aroma smells mildly of dark fruit, alcohol, and a hint of chocolate. Flavor is strongly alcoholic, accompanied by dark fruit and a metallic twinge. Warming reveals some coffee and anise as well. The front end is a little on the fierce side, but drinkable.The saving grace here comes on the back end, where a wave of bitter chocolate and smoke sweep the palate clean. The metallic flavor never quite goes away though, which is a little off-putting. The mouthfeel is interesting--slick and moderately viscous, which suits the style well, but the relatively high carbonation mitigates the body some and negates what could have been an excellent mouthfeel. I have limited experience with Baltic porters, but I've found them to be an interesting animal, and this is no exception: rich, roasty, and flavorful, but infused with an industrial character that confuses more than it charms. Zywiec Porter comes off as a beer I want to really like, but ultimately leaves me merely bemused.

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Photo of Zakk
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of dlin0sbb
1.75/5  rDev -55.6%

Photo of Ozurr
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of shand
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a nonic.

This beer pours out a deep brown color with two fingers of mocha head that retain quite nicely. The aroma is sweet and roasty, with chocolate and dark fruits. The taste is smooth and roasty at first, and then a kick of alcohol and dark fruits comes in. It finishes mocha smooth with some more of the dark fruits. The mouthfeel is medium-bodied and farily high carbonated, and the drinkability is good. An interesting Baltic Porter that I imagine is a bit more classical and true-to-style than the Baltic Porters that American brewers put out that are practically imperial stouts.

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Photo of dansmcd
3.05/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Pours black with a dark tan head which receds to a creamy ring. No real lacing.

S - From the bottle I'm getting chocolate and toffee and am getting excited about this. Into the tulip and the base aromas are joined by a weirdly metallic vegetative smell (and no, it's not a dirty glass).

T - Roasted malt, chocolate, grassy hops, coffee and that same vegetative character I'm not crazy about, asparagus? parsley?

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, dry and chalky.

O - Perhaps I got a bad bottle, it came from Dan Murphy's so it's entirely possible. Actually got worse as it warmed and the offensiveness came to the fore.

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Photo of wo87810
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of metter98
4/5  rDev +1.5%
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 friartuck72
5/5  rDev +26.9%

Photo of sfprint
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had in a restaurant in Sopot, Poland. Reviewed in late April, 2012.

A: Nice but short lasting microhead, a dark cola color, no visible rising carbonation.
S: Alcohol is apparent and smells like straight alcohol, but isn't too off putting. Otherwise a general porter, nothing outstanding.
T: Like an unsweet cola, but coffee-ish with a hind of other sweetness.
M: Mild but pleasant astringency
O: Overall decent, normal.

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Photo of rickski1981
4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

Photo of Njstoutlover23
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of BierStein711
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into weizen

No freshness date

Five finger cola covered head

Jet black with a light brown hue in the lacing.

Complex taste: Hop biterness, raisins, dark fruits, finished with coffee.

M: Thicker than Old Raspy!!

Overall, I am glad I had this beer. It maybe an intimidating beer to those unaccustomed to stouts and porters, but it is a welcoming friend and companion on a chilly April night.

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

A: Darkest beer I ever consumed as of date....with a light brown rim to the head :-)

S: Smells mocha -like almost pick up espresso bean in the nose but i could of been fooled I did just enjoy a dark roast coffee

T: a little fruitful, black cherry, and malty

M: more then full bodied

O: This is the best Porter I've yet to consume!!! it has the aroma i want in a dark, the taste i enjoy sipping on!! high octane in certain aspects....overall I would enjoy this again when i'm in the mood to go to the dark side!!

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.69/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass.

Appearance: Dark, I mean really dark. Almost opaque brown, light tan head which rose to maybe a fingers length after a vigorous pour.

Smell: Light light tree bark, meeting a dark chocolate bar. Very light and I do mean light to the point it smells like nada.

Taste: Bitter, and toasted...I can't complain with a robust feel of bitte chocolate and slight pine (yes believe it).

Mouth: medium with a super sticky after taste.

Overall: for a few bucks you would have to be kidding yourself not to buy it. It might be an acquired taste for some but I felt it right after one sip. Salud!

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Photo of dbrauneis
4/5  rDev +1.5%
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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Photo of Falcone
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of Kirby
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of gleemonger
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of Bilco
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of Beerchaeology
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of Thickfreakness
4.62/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours pitch black into my Bruery tulip with a two finger dark tan foam that fades slowly and leaves a good bit of sticky lacing behind.

S- Great nose of dark belgian chocolate, black coffee and some dried fruit. Raisins, dried cherry, black strap molasses, light brown sugar and some notes of piney hops as it warms up. More complex than I thought it would be.

T- Chocolate covered espresso beans, cherry cordials, raisinettes, and caramel/toffee sugar cookies. Just a hint of the 9.5% which only brings out the dark fruit, citrusy pine, and dark roasted malts. This is more complex than alot of very popular Imperial Stouts which will remain nameless.

M- Slightly thick and creamy. Wonderful burnt roasted flavors of coffee, cocoa, and charred wood. Touches of sour cherry and mission figs. I love how the citrus fades in at the end and blooms after the swallow. Not oily and slick, has just enough carbonation to let all the flavors come together and burst in your mouth.

O- Call this one a porter, imperial porter, imperial stout or whatever... I call it fantastic!!! Cost me $2.99! I think I just found my new favorite go to Imperial Stout/Porter. I can't believe it took me this long to grab one of these! makes me proud to be Polish!!!

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Zywiec Porter from Zywiec Breweries PLC (Heineken)
3.94 out of 5 based on 802 ratings.
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