BMan1113VR (7931) - Los Angeles, California, USA - AUG 17, 2009
Bottle. Pours with a large, brown head over a near black body. Aroma of deep roast, alcohol, vanilla, dark fruits, light smoke and very faint esters. Taste is leather, roast, dark fruits, candi sugar, chocolate and a bit of unpleasant smoke. Some alcohol evident. Creamy carbonation. DerWeg (1678) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 14, 2009
It pours black with cocoa smoothee head. Really nice barnyardy malty tones like a doppelbock with a hint of forest mushroom under it. and fresh berry Chocolate and coffee flavors and aromas. Some roasty smoke! Dark dried fruits. Powerful warming alcohol that seduces. Dry roasty and hoppy finish. Outstanding value! dkoonce (911) - People’s Republic of Athens, Ohio, USA - JUL 25, 2009
Dark and clear, with a one inch head that doesn’t lace. Burnt coffee aroma. This is some high proof stuff. Lighter than anticipated. Finishes with a clean, dry finish. cgarvieuk (24166) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 24, 2009
Bottle at home ... Thanks to Nightfall for this ... deep deep brown ... soft toffee roast malt nose ... soft gentle ... rich roast malt ... quite a lot of toffee ... burnt caramel ... liitle plums ... bit to much burnt sugers for me ... but tasty none the less. Davros (3132) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JUL 24, 2009
Pour a very dark brown with a small tan head.
Aroma first of all is banana! Crazy! Then espresso and toasted + roasted malts. There’s some soft alcohol as well as oatmeal in the background. For a porter there a fair bit of sweetness (banana and caramel).
Flavours are quite different, with cocoa, roasted grains (almost charred) and ash. Quite soft though. Delicate alcohol. Quite a lot of sweet caramel notes still.
Thick, rich body. Great creamy carbonation. Warming alcohol on the back of the palate.
Travlr (24292) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JUL 19, 2009
Very dark, tan head. Aroma of burnt coffee. Taste of choclate and raisins, slight bitter finish. Interesting. Ljunkan (530) - Karlstad, SWEDEN - JUL 17, 2009
Bottle from some alcohol-shop in Krakow. Pours a black/very dark brown color with a small beige head. Aroma is roasted and malty with nice traces of chocolate. Flavour is also roasted with coffee, chocolate and liquorice. Body is medium, and the liquid is very smooth. I like it! Would love to try it again. It was very nice after a lot of premium lagers otherwise found in Poland... madvike (3250) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 16, 2009
Blind tasting - Wow...waaay surprised when I found out I was drinking the Zywiec. It was a nice reddish-brown pour, but the smell was nasty. Smelled of limp malt and band-aids. Band-aids! Taste was a bit of chocolate and a little malt, along with some subtle coffee. Of course, all those flavors were hidden under the intense metal flavor. It tasted like I just licked up some iron shavings. It was nice and creamy, but at that point that just meant the iron shavings were creamier. This bottle wasn’t out-of-date...did I get a bad one? boozah (7) - , AUSTRALIA - JUL 15, 2009 does not count
Surprisingly, found at a Duncan’s (chain bottle shop) in Lindisfarne, Tasmania. Black as a stout with a beige head. Aroma of coffee and liqueur fruit, with a taste of rich dark coffee and raisins/plums. Dry, bitter finish with a thick substantial palate. Difficult to pick the awe-inspiring alcohol content. Fantastic! armando629 (2456) - Budapest, HUNGARY - JUL 13, 2009
0,33 l bottle as a gift. Poured black with a fine creamy beige head what diminishes slowly and disappears never. Fine liqueric aroma of plum and coffee, some sweet and deep roasted character with a hint of vanilla and cocoa. Oily body with a strong and deep, roasted and balanced flavor, dark chocolate and cocoa, fine dark fruits. Dry, woody and liqueric finish. Absolutly delicious one.