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Zywiec Porter | Zywiec Breweries PLC (Heineken)

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3.9/5
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815 Ratings
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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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#7,172
Reviews:
427
Ratings:
815
pDev:
12.82%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
38
Gots:
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Ratings: 815 |  Reviews: 427
Photo of DoctorEvil65
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Tripel_Threat
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

One of my favorites. Poured from 500 ml bottle to tulip glass. Prodigious, fluffy mocha head sits on top of black ale. Aromas of bittersweet chocolate, coffee, and dark fruits. Thin feel. Flavors of roasted coffee, plum and fig, cocoa. Alcohol pretty well hidden,with bittersweet cocoa and fruit notes becoming more prominent as it warms.

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Photo of Sappyjoker
4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Commandophile
4.27/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Campodog
3.81/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jcarriglio
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GreatHammerhead
3.69/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Presentation: 500 ml bottle poured into a pint glass.

Look: Black with a 2 finger tan head. Head retention is amazing, it never goes completely goes away.

Smell: Faint malts.

Taste: Rich, balanced, complex. Alcohol taste becomes less noticeable as beer warms.

Feel: Pretty thin and watery, light carbonation.

Overall: Pretty decent beer, feel seems too thin for the style.

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Photo of yaron73
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tykechandler
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of LocusSolus
3.99/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of k47k
3.77/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Walleybeer
4.38/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jdkitchi
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Knapp85
4.02/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Dope
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best before 04.09.2017

A: Nearly black pour with a very tall and frothy light brown head. Great head retention and pretty decent lacing.

S: Hmph. Some chocolate and berry-like dark fruits. A bit charry and some cherry to boot.

T: Very interesting. It's a fruit-forward porter like a lot of baltic porters are. Dark fruits abound, particularly cherry but lots of stonefruit in general. Background of dark, dark, dark bittersweet chocolate. Charry too, especially in the finish where it turns particularly bitter and acrid. Lingering charry aftertaste with just a hint of cocoa.

M: Medium-heavy, charry and just a touch of alcohol burn.

O: Not a bad baltic porter at all. On the fruity and charry side which again is fairly typical. Easy drinking with a nice balance between acrid/bitter char and chocolate and the sweet fruitiness.

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Photo of Wamba
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark cola body, clear around the edges, with creamy foamy head that leaves a few specks of lace. Nose is mostly roasty malt and toasted bread crust. The dark malts give flavors of acidic coffee and chocolate, with all their bitterness. Stone. A bit of sweet caramel comes through on the finish, as well as occasional appearances of alcohol. Body is wonderfully full and silky, quite thick, and damn delicious.
The nose and flavor were direct and powerful, however, a tad harsh at times. The look and feel more than made up for this, making the final product a solid and enjoyable offering.

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Photo of FBarber
3.81/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours matte black, opaque, and viscous for a porter. Thick frothy tan head dissipates somewhat but leaves a one finger tan head on the top of the beer.

Smell is rather subdued. Some roasted malts, mild chocolate, and an earthy nutty aroma with a touch of coffee.

Taste has notes of roasted malts, coffee, roasted nuts, and a hint of chocolate. A mild hoppy bitterness is noticeable on the finish. The flavors are much more pronounced and noticeable as the beer warms.

Feel is appropriate for the style. Mild carbonation, smooth, and silky.

Overall a solid baltic porter.

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Photo of GarbageMan10
3.82/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Brutaltruth
3.94/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thoroughly enjoyed form the bomber in a snifter. This fine porter pours a deep muddled
blackish brown with a nice head of light tan foam that settles to a thin layer, thick ring, and nice
sudsy lacing. Nose of dark chocolate, brewers licorice, subtle coffee, and deeply roasted malts.
Flavors lightly exceed the nose with dark molasses and chocolate melding nicely with lightly
bitter malts and brewers licorice with a touch of bitter coffee on the rear of the taste with a
touch of cream and char. Nice mouth feel; slick, coating, lightly creamy, and full with a bitter
malt finish. Overall and excellent porter in the Baltic tradition. One of the better of the Polish
brews out there with some depth and tons of character. A classic that is always welcome.

Cheers

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Photo of Sebas
4.14/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ozzylizard
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$ 1.80 (Including tax)/16.9 oz bottle ($ 0.106/oz) at warehouse Wines and Liquor, Danbury, CT
BB 09.29.16 at 42 degrees into a hand washed and dried JK snifter; allowed to warm to 50 degrees
Aroma roasted malt, chocolate, licorice
Head large (Maximum five cm, semi-aggressive pour), light brown, creamy with rocks, diminishing to a four mm ring and thin rocky layer
Lacing – fair. Partial wide rings of tiny to small bubbles and some large gaps
Body dark brown/black, opaque
Flavor – almost like slightly bitter chocolate-covered raisins; no hops, no malt, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate – medium, creamy, soft carbonation

An interesting taste at a good price. Even though this is a Heineken product, it’s still pretty good.

Appearance 4, Aroma 4, Flavor 4, Palate 4, Overall 4

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Photo of q33jeff
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

**
04/24/2013
Aroma-faint barley and hops. Maybe beer is too cold, but aromas are faint. Dark black color, medium white head. Lasting with large bubbles. Taste us heavy toasted barley. Rye/ pumperknickel. Smooth sipping with a lot of flavor. Late sourness that is not unpleasant. Mouthfeel- low carbonation. Thin smooth feel. Would be great with a hearty beef stew with a lit of carrots, potatoes, dill and rosemary. This beer always satisfies....na zdorovie."
**

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Photo of JDW4195
3.87/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of DJ-Hophead
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle Browarium Sklepy Piwne - Pours dark black with a large tanned foamy head. Medium carbonation. Nice lacing. Smell - roasted coffee to the fore, roasted malts, dark fruit notes. Taste - Sweet foretaste, dark fruits, roasted malts, cocoa, light warm alcoholic aftertaste with a slight bitter finish. Huge jump from their more UK available lager. Solid sipper.

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Zywiec Porter from Zywiec Breweries PLC (Heineken)
Beer rating: 3.9 out of 5 with 815 ratings
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