When people think of Poland, they usually think of bad jokes and sausages. Well, I’ll do my best to avoid such things as I share my experiences with a Baltic porter. Similar to Russian Imperial Stouts, these are dark, high gravity versions of the style you already know and love. I’ve had plenty of Russian Imperial Stouts, but never a Baltic Porter, so here we go.
I’ll say first that I know nothing about Baltic Porters. I’ve heard of them, I’ve wanted to try them, but never had the chance. When walking the aisles of Bevmo the other day I stumbled into the Russian aisle and figured, no time better then now to try the style. Sifting through many dark lagers I finally arrived at a bottle baring the name “porter”. Being the only porter in this aisle I grabbed it, Zywiec Porter.
The bottle claims this brew to be a robust 9.5% and that they’ve used the recipe since 1881. Beyond that, the beer is a dark mystery. Nothing surprising in the pour, except a little heavy on the carbonation. The aroma is of sweet roasted malts and not much else. The taste follows suit, big on dark sweet malts and lots of alcohol. Think a sweet stout without the roasted malt and hop bitterness. Definitely warming, I can see where this beer would be a nice companion on a sub-zero evening. A little too malt heavy for my tastes, but still very good.
I’m intrigued by the style, but I should do a little more research. According to RateBeer this brew is in the top 15 for the style, which definitely isn’t bad, especially considering the $2 price tag. Zywiec Porter is definitely better than a submarine screen door.
Damn it, almost made it.