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Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Behold, the finest beer in Poland.

Zywiec Brewery has claim to the finest beer in Poland, their Baltic Porter. At 9.5% ABV, it is surprisingly balanced.

The aroma starts off a tad roasty, a little chocolate and nuts, and a tad boozy.

Color is deep brown/dark with an tan head.

Flavor is very bold, so much so that you cannot detect the alcohol. There is a certain sweetness to this beer, probably from the large amount of specialty grains used. Note of coffee and chocolate come to mind. There is hint of cream too, probably either from caramel malts or malto dextrine.

The mouthfeel for this beer is heavy to say the least. Almost syrup like, it had a tendency to lace the glass. The carbonation has very tiny bubbles that maintains the a steady head from beginning to the end.

Overall, I'd say this is one hell of a porter. It's heavy enough to be considered an Imperial Stout, but the flavor profile is more suited for a porter. I'd give this beer a solid B+.

14 comments:

  1. I just learned something new today... thanks!

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  2. 9.5%? Crazy. The most I've tried is 8% beer.

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  3. good to see you're beating inertia today!

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  4. the way you talked about it made my mouth water :P

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  5. thanks for the insightful comments on my blog... best of luck on yours!

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  6. i plan on visiting Poland next summer. what would be the best place to fly into if i'm within reasonable driving distance to a lot of things?

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  7. Łódź and Warsaw and the most centrally located. Either of those would be your best bet.

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  8. i could definitely use a Porter right now, im tired of the bud light and budweiser keystone light and natty lights, my brother introduced me to porters and they are hell of a lot better ;)

    thx man am following u now looking forward for more post like this :D

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  9. Now this very nice description of this ale makes me want to drink myself !
    Can you please send some to Denmark?

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  10. Haha, I'm a tough reviewer. Of the hundreds of beers I've tried, Only a handful get past B+

    ^_^

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