Zywiec Porter | Zywiec Breweries PLC (Heineken)

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BA SCORE
3.89/5
Very Good
836 Ratings
Zywiec PorterZywiec Porter
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:
#8,912
Reviews:
430
Ratings:
836
pDev:
12.85%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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41
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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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Photo of cunning_stunt
3.52/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mattreitz49
3.84/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of breardon1776
3.34/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of SABERG
3.99/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500 ml bottle, best before 11/23/17 into the test glass.
A - Molasses color, thin cap, great lacing.
S - Plum, brown sugar, roast malts, very nice nose, caramel, burnt pumpernickel toast.
T - Dark bread, charred brown sugar, a hint of tobacco, and sweet dark molasses
M - Medium in body, nicely carbonated. Washes across the palate, exiting with a sweet finish.
O - Wow, what a nice offering, just the right notes of roast, and sweet. all while treating the palate well.
A value at the $2.99 per bottle price point

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Photo of RDW
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of PJCarnell
4.01/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Jacob17
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of token_23223
4.17/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TastyIsBeer
4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of WDJersey
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of prisdefer
3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DoctorEvil65
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Tripel_Threat
3.93/5  rDev +1%
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 +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Commandophile
4.27/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Zywiec Porter from Zywiec Breweries PLC (Heineken)
Beer rating: 3.89 out of 5 with 836 ratings