sneezey (126) - Hackettstown, New Jersey, USA - SEP 2, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Fantastic! Thicker than most porters, somewhere between a stout and a porter. Very nice combination of heavy toasted malt aroma and taste without too week a mouth feel to go with it. A touch on the sweet side at the finish, but a touch of bitter without too much of either. Nicely balanced - even though a bit of the alcohol comes through. (but at 9.5% what did you expect??)
IEBAILI (123) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 11, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark like a black hole with a thick medium brown head. Smells surprisingly hoppy, also lots of sweet roasty malts, molasses, body is lighter than expected but still substantial. Taste is smooth rich dark malt without burnt bitterness but with significant hop bitterness; both chocolate and caramel, some citrus, quite drinkable with plenty of flavor to carry the alcohol content. Sweet aftertaste is a little much for me, but overall very good.
Osmin99 (121) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - AUG 1, 2001
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
joemacaluso (119) - Prairieville, Louisiana, USA - FEB 11, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Good porter that wants to be an imperial stout. God this stuff is strong, knock you on your ass beer. The sweetness is well balenced to make this the easiest drinking 9.3% beer there is. Still like the koff porter better though. More deep roasted flavor in the koff, more coffee like taste, little richer. Still a fine beer and cheaper though.
daniellerose7 (119) - new york, New York, USA - DEC 25, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 31, 2007 Dark and delicious like an old Pam Grier movie! Mahogany undertones with a slightness of smooth, sweet caramel! Wowee zowee!!!!!
gav12c (119) - Wollongong, AUSTRALIA - MAR 3, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
pours a deep black with the faintest amber highlights on the edges with a thick tan head.smells thick, roasty and malty.tastes fairly bitter with plenty of roasted coffee and almost smokey malts with a decent hopping that leaves a slight metalic bitterness. not a bad beer for the price.
jwr07 (113) - Decatur, Georgia, USA - MAR 14, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black with a thick tan head, nice lacing. Smells a little like toffee. Decent texture. Nice dark malt flavors: toffee, some coffee and cocoa, finishes with a pleasant bitterness. I picked this one up on the hunch that, like the Okocim porter, the Zywiec porter would be as good as the respective lager is terrible. I still prefer Okocim porter to this one, but it’s definitely a solid porter and great for the 2.60 price tag.
dougdecinces (113) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - NOV 26, 2011
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours an almost opaque black (some faint ruby highlights) with persistent tan head. Smells overwhelmingly of malt. Some baking bread and dried fruits, too. Full, malty mouthfeel. Alcohol flavor is perceptible at first, but blends well with the dried fruit flavors and is overwhelmed by the end at the sheer maltiness of this. Good body. Leaves a pleasant aftertaste. Very good.
aerosol999 (113) - Quebec, CANADA - NOV 2, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Aroma: Woody, roasty, caramel, alcohol and malt
Appearance: Opaque black with a tan head.
Flavour: Sweet malty and alcoholic with prunes and figs. No hop flavour or bitterness coming through. Very alcoholic, chocolate and dark cacoa as well as raisins.
Mouthfeel: Full bodied chewy creamy and sticky
Overall: Very sweet and alcoholic. Like a christmas pudding with a prune and fig center. Very big beer finishes very sweet for a 9.5% abv beer. The grain bill must be huge!
This beer is definitely the hangover helper.
Borrrris (110) - LINDENHURST, New York, USA - SEP 2, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
BOTTLE at Theresa’s Polish Restaurant, Brooklyn. The waiter said "they say it’s strong but I don’t drink beer" (and I said, "really!")
Whoa - what a memorable find this one turned out to be. Stout-like character with dark chocolate and licorice notes. Almost opaque with velvety mouthfeel and detectable alcohol that made it almost liqueur-like.
BUY AGAIN: Yes, will seek it out - to drink one huge 9.5% alcohol bottle at a time.