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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4/5  rDev +1.5%
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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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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

500mL bottle poured into a tulip glass.

A: Dark brown/nearly black with brown hues toward the edge of the glass. Pour created a nice 1" plus head and left a decent trail down the glass edge as it was drank.

S: 'dark' fruity smell. It was more complex than that but nothing else that I could put my finger on.

T: A balance of roasted malt, chocolate, and palatable burnt flavors. Taste was much different than the smell. It had a smoky, slightly malty beginning flavor and almost a traditional pilsner finish that was a great lingering taste.

M: Medium to full bodied. Noticeable hint of alcohol in the first taste; smooth and balanced every sip after.

O: It was my first Baltic Porter but if they all taste like this I would buy more. Enjoyable and I would recommend to anyone who likes porters/stouts/strong ales.

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

500ml bottle purchased at Whole Foods for 2 bucks and some change. Impenetrable black in the glass with a thin tan head atop. Smells of raisins and chocolate. A bit prune-like, even. Oatmeal with dried fruit. The taste is roasty with an acidic twang, like French roast coffee. Dried fruit flavors reveal themselves mid-palate, along with substantial roasty bitterness. There's a touch of alcohol too, but it's surprisingly well-hidden. Medium-bodied, rather dry and bitter on the whole, this is fairly easy to drink despite the intense flavor. The finish is sharply bitter and roasty, leaving a note of anise on the tongue between sips. Drinkability is marred slightly by the intense roasted bitterness, but it's a great beer overall.

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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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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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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

Pours opaque black with a cloudy 1 inch tan head which stuck around and left great lacing that lasted a while.

Smells of roasted malt, coffee, grains, light chocolate and light caramel; overall nice nose of coffee and roasted malt.

Tastes of roasted malt, coffee, toffee, grains, light chocolate, light vanilla, toast, caramel, hints of dark fruits, burnt wood, faint hops and lemon. Pretty tasty stout that has a nice toasty flavor and some nice citrus and sweet vanilla notes.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth, with a medium body and a light and crisp overall that goes down very easy.

A very enjoyable porter that goes down easy and hides the alcohol well. A very nice beer.

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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

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

Ok so this is my first Baltic porter so not really sure what to expect.

It pours a very dark brown almost black. Solid head which drops away completely. Lots of visible carbonation.

The nose is dominated by stewed dark fruits which is sort of what I was expecting from something with an ABV this high. A little bit of dark chocolate as well.

The dark chocolate comes through a lot more on the palate. A little bit of alcohol warmth right at the end but well integrated. Very nice.

Nice big mouthfeel.

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