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Kozlak Bock Beer - Browary Warmińsko-Mazurskie Jurand Sp. Z O.o.

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85
very good

23 Ratings
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Ratings: 23
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 8.53%
Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Browary Warmińsko-Mazurskie Jurand Sp. Z O.o. visit their website
Poland

Style | ABV
Baltic Porter |  7.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: TastyTaste on 05-24-2005)
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Reviews by stoutman:
Photo of stoutman
4.22/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a large thick head which disappears quickly. The aroma contains toffee, sweet malt and burned sugar. Very strong and clean ruby-like amber colour. This creamy bock has a faint taste of lemon zest and roasted malt. The finish is covered with sweet chocolate. Nice beer but kind of on the sweet side

More User Reviews:
Photo of ADR
3.4/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Seems to be a continuation of the closed Krotoszyn brewery's Kozlac Porter (an outline of a ram's head still exists on the new label, but not a picture of the whole animal), same 7.8% ABV, undoubtedly cold fermented and in a nether world between Baltic Porter (the body could use some work if it fully qualified as this) and a dark malty lager-style like a Bock...imported in four packs by Berlson Imports in Hudson, WI...

Clearish brighter brown with a good 1/2 inch yellowish head. Dripping laces on the tulip-shaped glass. Aroma of sweetened fruit, almost distinctly blueberry. Mouthfeel is lightish, carbonation average, with a bit of a chalky sense. Flavor is a little lacking, starts with a bit of cocoa and plum impressions. Flavors meld into one as the beer approaches the finish. Sweetly fruity in the aftertaste with just a small hint of the higher ABV. Aroma and the start are more impressive than the end, this beer comes off as relatively innocuous overall.

Photo of Shovelbum
3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear crimson body with a thin white head. Aromas of sweet malt and dark fruit mingle with a faint trace of hops. A nice sweet full body, elements of dark fruit-- slightly smoky even-- and a subdued bitterness. It is almost salty sweet. Smooth.

A respectable bock. The ABV is noticeable but not overwhelming. If I were a bock man I'd find a reliable source of this. The profile of a goat on the label is pretty sweet too.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.45/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a deep aged copper brown body with a hint of red and it is crystal clear. The carbonation is strong big bubbles, but they are not strong enough to keep the head going. The light tan head dissolves into a small cloud floating in the middle of the beer.

S- The notes of caramel malt and a faint alcohol note with some spice in the finish are all that is noticed.

T-The taste of caramelized malt with some darker roasted malt in the background has a faint bitterness to it.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with some slightly watery texture. There is a fizz at the finish that makes if feel a bit more full, however it accentuates the water texture that comes before.

D- The flavors and aromas are pleasant but very soft and a little off. I didn't expect to taste the roasted flavor. It tasted more like lighter malts were used and a long, long boil made them taste more caramelized when in fact they were a bit burnt.

Photo of Sammy
3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice carmel amber with retained head, lots of lace . Fresh as expiry December 2006, thanks Biergman. Smell of roast and malt, taste is medium to thin and lots of carmel, initial roast and satisfying, with bit of bittersweet aftertaste. The alcohol is there.

Photo of Golden2wenty1
3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Part of a "Beers of the World" sampler received as a birthday gift.

Pours a rusty garnet/mahogany with a finger of light khaki head. Pungent nose of sweet, bready malts and dark fruits. Taste continues with the dark, vinuous fruit with a yeasty, bready malt backbone and a hearty alcohol kick. Mouthfeel is rich and smooth, well carbonated. Overall, a strong, Eastern European-y doppelbock...obviously not a baltic porter. Read the label.

Photo of tempest
3.43/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a tan 3/4" head with a nice dark amber body, looks good and tasty.

Smell is overall good, but is a little watery. Aroma is typical of a bock.

Tastes like a different, but not terribly significant or inspired take on the bock style. Strong and sweet with almost no unpleasant aftertaste.

The carbonation is a touch high, but not bad. Can't tell its a higher content beer, well masked.

Overall a fairly nice smooth drinknig beer. My young and relatively unexperienced (thus far) palate is going to agree with the label and call it a bock. I will admit I dont have any experience with a baltic porter, but it appears to me that only the content is making this a baltic and I dont think it should be grouped in there on what is kind of a technicality.

Back to the beer though. Not amazing and I wouldnt go out of my way to find one. But it was a nice change of pace from the other bocks I've been drinking lately.

Want a new bock/baltic porter? Here's a decent candidate.

Photo of emerge077
3.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep garnet with tan foam. Sticky lacing sheets form around the rim of the glass. Smell is sweet and spicy, like brandy and gingerbread. Initial taste is sweet toffee and roasted malt, which remains on the palate. Alcohol is more noticeable as it warms, blending with the existing flavors.

Style-wise, this feels like a bock on the edge of doppelbock territory. A lack of a richer mouthfeel and chocolate character is what keeps it from the darkside.

Not too sessionable, but a solid choice if you are into bock beer.

Photo of ebrupessoa
3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of carln26
3.55/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This poured from the bottle a deep copper to amber color. Very clear with a fluffy tan colored head. This does smell like a bock beer. Caramel in the front, a touch of peanut brittle, all accented by just a touch of hops, in the form of citrus. The taste is very fruity. Sweet dates, green apple, accented by the hop bitterness. Medium mouth feel, and a reasonably high alcohol content hurt the drinkability. Baltic Porter.. Huh??? I'm on board with the other reviews I just read on this beer. It's a nice bock, not a Baltic Porter.

Photo of granger10
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This isn't a porter, it's a double bock for sure. Pours a cloudy kind of tan color with a medium but thin off white head. Looks a little dirty almost. Lacing is sparse.

Aroma is buttery at first. I'm getting diacetyl right away but then the malts creep in. Caramel and toffee along with an earthy note. Slight fruitiness comes out as it warms.

Taste is traditional dopple at first with those sweet caramel and toffee malts dominating. A nutty, yeasty precense comes towards the middle. Diacetyl is less here, much less. Finish has a raisiny sweetness to it along with some herbs and alcohol esters (whiskey as well) which seem to prevent cloying and make me want to take another sip.

Body is on the thin side but the malts don't dominate like one might think they would. Becomes fruitier and richer with caramel as it warms up a bit. The drying elements on the finish prevent the cloying.

This is certainly drinkable. I would say a very pleasant surprise. Not the end all, be all of double bocks but definitely worth a try.

Photo of TastyTaste
4.38/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. green glass bottle. Deep maroon clear color, with a large head that fill up most of the rest of my chalice. Brown sugar, raisin, grains, dough. Deep and strong, very interesting. Taste is roasty and smooth, alcohol is present but still well hidden. This is a very interesting and unique beer. Full mouthfeel, although not a very high level of carbonation. Give this beer a shot, you won't be dissapointed (and my single was only $1.25).

Photo of sulldaddy
3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

16.9 oz brown bottle poured into a snifter a cellar temp. The beer pours a clear amber with ruby highlights. A thin beige surface layer fades quickly to an edge layer only. Aroma is caramel malt and grain with some booze thrown in for good measure. First sip reveals a fizzy carbonation and slightly syrupy texture. Flavor is sweet brown sugar and caramel. Clean crisp beer with some spicy hops on the finish. No real booze on the drinking even though it is hinted at on the nose. An easy drinker and for < $2.00 a bottle very enjoyable. I will probably buy this again.

Photo of BeerBuilder
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours to a clear, bronze color with a tan head. Leaves a bit of lacing when sipped down. The aroma malty, spicy, bready and a bit fruity... has a slight bit of smokiness too.

The flavor is malty and bready with a hop spiciness. Has a bit of alcohol warmth too. A medium-full bodied brew. Very good.

Photo of biegaman
4.28/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

An amazing pour, big brick coloured head over an amber ashed colour body. A sweet, malty nectar smell. Seems a little restrained but certainly pleasing. Mouthfeel a little lighter (perhaps, more watery) than some other great Dopplebocks. A lot of caramel with some roast. Surpringsly easy drinkability. Not as rich and slightly lighter bodied. Flavour is immensly tasty, sweet sweet malt! This should be made into a candy. Really, very good.

Photo of tavernjef
4.35/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bright and clear burnt orange color with a finely smoothed and adequately sized vanilla head. Slow carbonation sustains for a good duration. Skims out appropiately in time and lacing scars the glass with lots of fine-toothed webbings. A heavier sheeting sits to one side.

Aroma is of medium roasted grain, with a touch of cherrios perhaps? Bold and and semi rich in texture as it wiffs in. Stays even and moderately present. Begins an amalgamation of creamy buttered potatos and parsley along with a sweeter essence of sweet potato-like drippings. Even a touch of chocolate dances across its medley. Very interestingly complex, yet muddled with a certain boldness I can't quite place.

Taste is outstanding for a bock. Smooth, hearty, and rich with abundant malts. Semi tangy, semi roasty, semi burnt, semi smoked, lots of parts of a whole thrown in together to a create an extraordinarily nice combination of flavors. Ends with a absolutely amazing branching out of chocolate dusting in the finish. Leaving late hinderances of sticky fruity butters and glazings.

Feel is about medium with a smooth malt laden character. A bit sticky in places but not cloying or overly sweet. The semi roast and chocolate additions help bring it full circle with its balance. althoug it tends to stay on the stickier end of the scale.

I thoroughly enjoyed this beer. A nice bock to be sure. The Baltic Porter style in which it has been classified is just but it definately comes across as a really good bock in my bock book. Nearly dopple if anything. But I don't question these things. I merely enjoy what ever it is I have in front of me. And I'm glad I bought the 4 pack.

Photo of woemad
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Green 11.2oz bottle purchased at Jim’s Homebrew in Spokane for $2.37. No freshness date.

Poured a hazel color that took on a ruby-ish hue when held to the light. A decent, light tan head perched atop the beer. Modest, spotty lace.

This beer has a sweet, malty scent. This is a different kind of sweetness than I expected. It reminds me slightly of a Belgian. I’m not getting a lot of hoppiness from this one.

This is mostly sweet tasting, but there’s a slight fruity bitter flavor that keeps it from being too sweet. Without this anchor, this beer would float of to Cloyingland. There’s a slight dryness at the swallow, but it’s pretty mild.

This is not a particularly stunning Bock, but it’s not bad either. I don’t regret purchasing it, but I won’t feel terribly drawn to it in the future, either.

Photo of macpapi
3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a copper color, with a small and quickly dissipating white head. Pretty clear with minimal lacing. Smell is of very deep malt with bits of toffee and chocolate. There is a nice nutty fullness as well. The taste is dominated by malt at first. There is also a small amount of hop bitterness and the sting of alcohol. Not as full as I would have liked in the mouth. A bit watery. On the whole, this is a pretty good beer. Not even close to rivaling the better representations of the style--and that style seems more like a bock as the beer is called than a porter. Although it is a quite palatable brew, it is highly unmemorable.

Photo of FightingEntropy
3.15/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a burnt orange with a light head. Alcohol taste is present, and out of balance with the malt for my taste. Maybe I don't understand the style of Baltic porter, but it doesn't have a roasted taste at all. Sweet with a strong flavor over top—mostly alcohol, but not a hoppy taste. Like hard water growing up in Iowa. Smooth enough to enjoy, but not worth going out of the way for but don’t turn down if handed to you.

Photo of TheBungyo
3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow, the head vanished so quickly it was like a case of Krispy Kremes at a fat camp. No lacing. Body is a diluted brown that is close to amber. Nose is strage ... like candied yams or something. Taste is nice. Almost rum-like with sweet brown sugar in the rear. Mouth is velvety smooth. I could have a couple happily.

Photo of maxpower
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle pours a brownish-red color, nice creamy lasting tan head. Sweet malty, candy like aroma. Sweet candy, bready and caramel flavors, full body with a thick and full mouthfeel, this is not a bad bock, I would like to try it again, this is definitely not a Baltic Porter.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Warm caramel with a beautiful coral glow when backlit, a truly stunning hue. Who says you can't judge a bock by its color? The large, golden brown sugar crown is a looker as well. It's heavily creamy and is already beginning to lay down thick, buttery lace. This is amazing looking beer.

The aroma brings things back down to earth. Literally. The dominant characteristic of the nose is a brown malt earthiness that isn't out of line for a bock, but neither is it anything special. Lightly musty hops add nothing of value. By the way, Baltic Porter? Uh... no.

Kozlak is a very nice version of the style. I don't know what's going on with the nose, but the beer makes a much better impression on the palate. It's earthily malty with a rustic, spicy flavor that sets it apart and gives it a 'harvest' flavor. I'd much rather drink a good bock while watching the autumn leaves fall that an Oktoberfest.

Mild cocoa-like flavors try to peek through... and fail. The malt wasn't roasted quite long enough, but then that's as it should be for the style. This bock tastes a little sweeter than most; a good thing as far as I'm concerned. Dark caramel, an oaky woodiness and a resiny, sandlewood spiciness are especially noted.

Warming brings about increased flavor intensity and increased viscosity, making the bottom half of the bottle even better than the top half. This is one case where I feel cheated out of that extra 0.8 oz. of beer. The body/mouthfeel is medium in a general sense with a rounded edges smoothness and a restrained amount of carbonation.

Kozlak Original Polish Bock is easily one of the best beers of this style that I've ever had. It's a more than pleasant surprise that I'd love to have access to on a regular basis. Bock lovers, and lovers of quality beer in general, should definitely seek this one out.

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just-about room temperature bottle.

clear and caramel-brown in colorthinnish layer of tame tan head.

nutty, cola-ish aroma, malty, maple-syrupy, but not heady enough to hide the alcohol, and it comes off almost like cognac...(almost)...

Big carbonation greets the lips, then it's smootness down the tongue. Medium bodied, with caramel flavor biggest on the palate. Rich, malty, and not too sweet, very well balanced.

Again, as with the aroma, the body and texture isn't full enough to match the moment when the higher than average alcoholic content roars in...not that I'm complaining that much, but it is a bit obtrusive.

or could it be that I'm drinking it too warm. I'll get a cold one from the ol' icebox.
Much better! Flavor comes out better, booze is hidden, feels fresher, tastier...don't drink it "dry" like I tried, what was I thinking?

I must throw my vote in the bock corner, (hey, it's on the label! they must know what it is, right?), and say nay to Baltic Porter. It's tastes more like an bock than anything else, and tastes better than many other bocks I've had in recent years.
Good good. One of the better Polish bocks out there, in my humble opinion.

Kozlak Bock Beer from Browary Warmińsko-Mazurskie Jurand Sp. Z O.o.
85 out of 100 based on 23 ratings.