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Żywiec Porter (343 of 1001)

Rating: 3.8

Currently ranked as the fifty-first best Baltic porter in the world according to the BeerAdvocate website, this one will be my ninth Polish beer and only my second offering from the country that appears in the 1001 beers to try before you die book, although I do have another three reviews of beers from the book to follow this one in the near future. Żywiec Porter is my second beer from the brewery of the same name and follows on from their flagship pale lager offering that simply known as Żywiec. That one was a beer that I first reviewed here back in late 2010 as the eighth beer from the 1001 beers list and my first Polish offering from it, just over six years later I’m finally trying another. This Baltic porter is my first new one from the list in a couple of weeks and takes my total to 343 beers from the 1001 but it’s also a beer that I’ve been on the look out for over the last few years because I felt I’d have a chance of finding it in the UK, as it turned out I had to travel to Poland where it appeared to be readily available but at least I’ve finally sampled it.

Appearance (4/5): This one pours jet black in colour and is opaque looking too but there’s not too much in the way of a head other than a thin white lacing that was patchy towards the centre of the glass. Most of the surface was covered though and the beer wasn’t a bad-looking one considering how strong an offering it is.
Aroma (7/10): Fairly dark on the nose with some good roasted notes opening things up alongside some nutty smells and less alcohol than I’d anticipated, although some was present at times. There was some faint toffee notes with a little caramel and sticky sweet aromas in there as well but nothing seemed to overpower thankfully and it was quite a balanced nose.
Taste (7/10): Sticky sweet malts opened things here, mainly a combination of caramel and toffee flavours jumped out at you first but some toasted malts and even some roasted ones from the nose featured as well. The beer was strong with plenty of sugars and the odd nutty taste coming through before some faint alcohol seen things out. It wasn’t the most complex given its strength but there was a nice taste to it and was also quite dark.
Palate (4/5): Medium to full-bodied with subtle carbonation coming through but it was quite an easy beer on the way down, this despite the fact that some alcohol was showing and it was also quite a strong beer throughout. There was a lot of sweetness from the start and the balance worked out to be a good one which was a bonus; very nice stuff indeed.

Overall (16/20): This one was definitely a strong beer, that much was clear from the start when a lot of toasted malts and some hints of alcohol start to come through but thankfully it wasn’t as overpowering as I had feared it might be. There was a nice amount of chocolate coming through in the early going with plenty of sugars but the balance remained good and the beer was definitely drinkable. Towards the middle and end some caramel flavours along with some toffee start to make an appearance and turn this one into a beer that’s not quite a classic but still well worth trying.

Brewed In: Żywiec, Poland
Brewery: Grupa Żywiec
Full Name: Żywiec Jasne Pelne
First Brewed: 1881
Type: Baltic Porter
Abv: 9.5%
Serving: Bottle (500ml)
Purchased: Oki Doki Hostel, Warsaw, Poland
Price: 9.50PLN (approx. £1.92)

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