brewmeistersgb (10) - USA - NOV 28, 2002
Amazing beer. Truly deserves the title of one of the best porters in the world. Unique bitter taste. Wholesome. TheBeerLover (1027) - DC Metro Area, USA - MAR 6, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 7, 2007 12 oz bottle. Zywiec is a bench mark example of Baltic/Polish porter, and is without question one of the most impressive examples of this rare beer style on the market today. Pours to a jet black color, with a thick, creamy, tan head, and a moderate carbonation. The nose on this beer is just packed with aromas, of sweet malt, dark chocolate, espresso coffee, and peppery alcohol. The body is firm on the tongue, with lots of really big flavors of caramel, dark chocolate, and espresso on a round, polished body. This beer finishes with more really big, robust flavors, then ends with some warming, peppery, alcohol that lingers. A world class beer. worldfusionrad (28) - - JUL 15, 2015
I rate beers I think significantly better than average, simple as that. I am not into showing off through prolix bloviating. :) Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 12, 2004
Dark as possible, ith a huge head, rich, cocoa-hued and creamy.
Aroma: intense, amazing, dark, twisted, dripping with espresso tinges, thick and redolent with flavors of molasses, dark rum, and hints of anise. This declares itself immediately, and as a dedicated fan of Baltic porter, I'm ready for some fun, here! I had to sit with this smell some, and put off the tasting while I revelled in it!
Taste, deep, heavy, dark, but still creamy and fully palatable. Fierce flavor, rich and cavernous, with a long, lasting finish. A bit soft in places, but never does it falter. Alcohol is felt prdigiously, too, at hefty 9.1% (that's what the label of this one says), and is enjoyed! Dark and bitter, nearly motor-oily in viscosity, with lush malt, toasty, roasty, and ever-so-good.
On my first sampling, this automatically goes to the top, to the utmost peak of the Porter Hall of Fame.
This was not the first beer of my evening, but it was the last! I shuffled off to Slumberland, and left some beer in the glass. Next morning, that aroma was still there, and I couldn't bear to pour the remnants out, even felt tempted to toss it in my coffee! davidm (2081) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - NOV 8, 2009
Bottle 330ml. Exceptional. Aromas of dark fruit, roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, and alcohol. Flavour has a sweet start, with biting bitterness taking over for a long spicy finish. Full-bodied, and syrupy in the mouth. Almost black, with a creamy off-white head.
sciencedude (62) - USA - JUL 31, 2011
Wow! Very full bodied porter. Tons of flavor. Chocolate at first, going to malt, with a coffee aftertaste. High AC+large container makes this a fantastic beer to drink by itself. cathcacr (650) - Washington, USA - OCT 30, 2008
UPDATED: JUN 9, 2014 Fine stuff, and I love this style. Goes down thick and rich, and with a raisiny component. Courtesy of kenb. ronaldtheriot (2039) - Laplace, Louisiana, USA - JUN 18, 2015
Zywiec Porter has a fairly thick, foamy, beige head, a dark brown appearance, and some lacing left behind. The aroma is of dark-roasted, but not burnt, malt and coffee, and the flavor is of the same, with sweetness, chocolate, chicory, coffee, and a trace of hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy and velvety, and Zywiec Porter finishes semi-dry and very drinkable for such a high-alcohol beer. RJT
ChadPolenz (1847) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - JAN 7, 2017
2015 BJCP Category: 9C Baltic Porterzsoffka (3) - Budapest, HUNGARY - NOV 1, 2016 does not count
AROMA: Rich malty sweetness with notes of toffee, currant, licorice and chocolate. A faint Port-like quality. No hops or overt booziness. 11/12
APPEARANCE: Seemingly black but actually deep brown with mahogany highlights. Clear. Very large dark tan persistent froth. 3/3
FLAVOR: Deep, elegant sweetness of dark malt (not roasted per se) with confectionery/dark fruit flavors but at no point cloying. Distinct flavors of toffee, black licorice, dark chocolate, and a slight cherry or black currant flavor. Fresh bottle has a medium-high hop bitterness and slight earthy/spicy flavor. 18/20
MOUTHFEEL: Full-bodied with a smooth, slightly creamy texture. CO2 is medium. Alcohol presence (taste and warmth) is remarkably restrained. 5/5
OVERALL IMPRESSION: Pretty much a perfect beer for the style. Style guidelines were almost assuredly written based on this brew. 10/10
TOTAL SCORE: 47/50
Smooth aroma, nice dark roasted malts and a hint of chocolate taste. Well balanced bitterness, medium carbonated, nicely smooth.