Dixen (1465) - Flagstaff, Arizona, USA - SEP 29, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown beer with a red tint. Very thick and creamy tan head. Great aroma, rich burnt malts, dark fruits, some smoke as well. Very intense burnt flavor, some sweetness and a nice alcohol bite. Almost a perfect porter. I really love this beer. Very complex and long lasting flavor, and rather cheap too.
Spiesy (2338) - Sydney, Greater London, AUSTRALIA - SEP 19, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled. Dark brown with reddish hue. Thick engine oil stained head. Lovely aroma, rich and intense, coffee, aniseed, blood plums. Sweet roasted everything aroma. X-treme length on the palate. Complex and on the money.
Nolo (17) - California, USA - SEP 14, 2004
1.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 3/20
UPDATED: SEP 16, 2004 Not really a bad beer, but somewhat overrated. I liked the strong, aromatic taste, but this beer comes across a little overbearing. Comparable to Fuller’s London Porter? Not a chance. Overall opinion: drinkable.
Krasulak (88) - Wapadrand, Pretoria, SOUTH AFRICA - SEP 14, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours pitch black with considerable brown head. Intense deep aroma of dark bitter chocolate, full roast cofee, dark rum. Lush flavour of the very best dark chocolate (my favourite) espresso coffee roasted malt, some dried fruit - prunes (?). Although in the Alcohol department this brew packs quite a wallop (up to 9.5 % bv) the intense flavour hides it unbelievably well. Full body, lovely mouthfeel. Long somewhat bitter finish. A fantastic porter. I still have to taste the much acclaimed Fuller’s London Porter (may happen soon) but I cannot see why Zywiec Porter should not make it into the Porter Hall of Fame along with it. NB: I have kept an empty bottle with a cap replaced for some 4 months and even now the aroma is still easly detectable.
atpayne (615) - Zionsville, Indiana, USA - AUG 21, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black with dark brown edges and a creamy tan head. The aroma is malty and sweet with dark fruits and aromatic hops. It’s a bit sweet and coffee and chocolate meld micely with dark fruit flavors and sweet malts. It’s a full and big feeling beer with a noticable alcohol presence that finishes nicely.
Padron4KM (531) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - AUG 21, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark chocolate brown, almost black. decent sized coffee colored head. Aroma is soy sauce (salty, sweet, vinegar) malt, coffee, oak.
Flavor is roasted coffee, chocolate with a sugary sweetness. hops kick in a little in the finish. .
Jukkabro (3484) - Tampere, FINLAND - AUG 4, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 19, 2009 Almost black colored, light brown vanishing head. Nice roasted coffee aroma with mild caramel too. Very full bodied, strong alcohol can be noticed just mildly. Obvious coffee flavor, also strongly hopped, that gives nice bite to tonque. Maybe little bit of too much alcohol in end, but still very good porter. (Updated 19.2.2009, BBE 1/08) Vinous sherry note dominates in aroma with mild alcohol. Aftertaste has same sherry note lasting with some raisins, excellent one.
BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 4, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a black colour and sprouts out a tan foamy head. Aroma is coffee and chocolate and woody. Flavour is full and smooth but the alcohol comes with a bang. Finish is rather bitter and slightly too strong.
TBone (11738) - Pori, FINLAND - JUL 28, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottled (BB 10/2004)
Very dark ruby, almost opaque. Good creamy expresso head. Aroma has licorice, dark choclate, molasses, wood. Full-bodied, smooth and sweetish palate: licorice, roasted coffee beans. Warming a bit alcoholic long finish, which brings some bitterish tones. Polish masterpiece!
omhper (18759) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - JUL 26, 2004
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled, 1999(?) vintage. Near black, rich firm beige head.cSweet and rich, still a bit sugary. Lightly roasty, tarry and very salty. I don’t really think aging this beer does it very good - the hop character is probably all gone by now, but oh well, it was worth a shot...