Zywiec Porter | Zywiec Breweries PLC (Heineken)

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Zywiec PorterZywiec Porter

Brewed by:
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: 802 |  Reviews: 421
Photo of Knapp85
4.02/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Dope
4/5  rDev +1.5%
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 +1.5%
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 -3.3%
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 -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Brutaltruth
3.94/5  rDev 0%
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.


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Photo of Sebas
4.14/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ozzylizard
4/5  rDev +1.5%
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 -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of DJ-Hophead
4/5  rDev +1.5%
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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Photo of ssdarius
3.96/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Alan_Z
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rypkr
4.34/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ScioRevo
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I'm no expert but it was more like a stout than a porter. Very dark, malty, strong flavors and appealing bitterness. But it does have a metallic taste in the background. I like it, overall. In my own dictionary of evaluation I would call this "flavorful and interesting."

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Photo of VABA
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of slung1
4.24/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

My favorite porter . I'm a stout guy by nature , but the 1881 porter is a nice change of pace. Its a 9.5 ABV and a descent bitterness . A great evening beer for movie night. It has an earthy sweetness a hint of alcohol aftertaste if the temperature as above 50 degrees when opened .

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Photo of BeerBobber
4.17/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours out an impressive black with a creamy and bubbly head that pulls a great brown color.

Wow! The smell is so complex and beautiful. A mix of dark fruits, roasted malts, brown sugar and some background of licorice.

The taste is one of roasted malts and a whole lot of different dark fruits. I was also getting some raisin and background tastes of black licorice.

Mouth feel was fairly light and just maybe pushing towards medium with a smooth finish.

Overall I found this to be a complex and delicious porter. The alcohol hides very well and the taste is so dark and delicious. Really I found this to be a very complex porter/stout style. With all of the various smells and flavor profiles this is a big bang winner. And this coming from a brewery owned by one of the big boys! Well go figure.

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

Photo of JamieDuncan
3.81/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of crobinso
3.69/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bmaggot
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of dcscientist
3.94/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a pretty good beer, surely better than their other major export that I can find in my area (the pale lager). I had no idea that it was 9.5% ABV, almost making this an imperial rather than a straight porter, but I also didn't care because it was smooth and easy to drink. Goes great with Polish food on a cold night, that's for sure. Solid porter.

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