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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Ratings: 836 |  Reviews: 430
Photo of BlakeDaSnake
5/5  rDev +28.5%
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 -5.1%
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 +2.8%
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 +15.7%

Photo of Kirby
4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of Bilco
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of Thickfreakness
4.62/5  rDev +18.8%
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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Photo of Sailracer
3/5  rDev -22.9%

Photo of redliner8
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of jimelee108
3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

Photo of gkatsoris
3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: PITCH BLACK. Big thick, frothy, tan head. The head stayed for a good 3-5 mins too. No lacing.

S: Molasses and molasses. Dark brown sugar. Roasted brown sugar. Alcoholy. Wood and vanilla. Roasty goodness.

T: Bitter bread on the front. Malts and molasses on the back end. Woody. Slight smokey-roasted malts.

M: Very thin indeed.

O: Meh.

thanks redliner8!

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Photo of chinchill
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

500ml bottle served in a Unibroue snifter.

Pours a very dark brown with a nice tan head. The head is not very durable, but does leave decent lacing.

Aroma: sweet; faintly boozy; prunes and other dark fruits with baked bread.

T: Plenty of dark fruits and light alcohol esters. Excellent finish and aftertaste, where the generous dose of dark malt comes out in a flush at the end and lingers nicely afterwards. High ABV is partly hidden. A bit sweet.

M: Medium body; smooth yet some liveliness from the moderate carbonation.

O: this beer has a boozy character I often notice in Eastern European beers, at least with higher ABVs; this is usually a weakness but it fits in well with the flavor profile in this nice Baltic Porter. Improved with warming. Well worth seeking out.

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Photo of Troville1990
2.5/5  rDev -35.7%

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5/5  rDev +28.5%

Photo of Zachtheporter
4.23/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a glass mug.

A- Pours a dark black with a fat bubbly frothy tan head. It laces the edges of the glass when the glass is tilted.

S- Smells strongly of chocolate and cocoa nibs. Malty with a slight hoppiness that has the aroma of fresh greens and fresh spring water. Slight caramel notes.

T- Very rich with a slight smokiness. Has a very chocolaty sweet start with some espresso and coffee notes. Has a bitter hop finish that melds with notes of nutty coffee. Very strong flavor.

M- High carbonation yet smooth. The finish coats the inside of the mouth.

O- Very strong and flavorful. I am very surprised by this porter. The price definitely cannot be beat. I've had quite a few porters and this is one of my new favorites.

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Photo of MrBillyMac
5/5  rDev +28.5%

Photo of kurgan3
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of Dave1999
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured a very dark almost black brown.

I could smell roasted malts, coffee and a bit of hops.

The taste was caramel, toasted malts, a little bit of chocolate and little bitter. Surprisingly no alcohol taste considering this is 9.5 abv.

Felt smooth in the mouth with a little carbonation.

This is is the first baltic porter that I have tried and it was pretty good. I will definitely look out for others in this style. It was also good value at $2.99 for a 500ml bottle.

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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2.5/5  rDev -35.7%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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3/5  rDev -22.9%

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