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Okocim Porter - Browar Okocim S.A. (Carlsberg)

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92
outstanding

539 Ratings
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Ratings: 539
Reviews: 467
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 10.68%
Wants: 46
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Browar Okocim S.A. (Carlsberg) visit their website
Poland

Style | ABV
Baltic Porter |  8.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-12-2001

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Ratings: 539 | Reviews: 467
Photo of olradetbalder
3.06/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Looks great with the brown head.
Smells like a mild coffee. Roasted. Taste like boozed up coffee. Over carbonated and a bit to thin.
Should have been more rubust to match the booze and the mouthfeel.

Photo of stevereed6
3.99/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Definitely needs to sampled out of bottle. In bottle has the taste of cap ( metal ). Loved this beer from first , 5 years ago. Great flavor that reminds me of Guinness Stout only sweeter. Like Guinness has a thick head when poured carefully in the glass. Has become very difficult to find in Peoria area.

Photo of Smurf2055
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Light tan head, about a finger in my pint glass.

Dark, but not as dark as some.

Robust coffee, and a bit boozy to boot. It’s like a caramel rum kind of thing. Interesting at least.

Very crisp drinkability. Caramel is there, but the booze is easier than the smell made me think. Bitter but very balanced. Sticky.

It’s a really good porter.

Photo of falloutsnow
3.91/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from Marina Market in WA
No bottled on date
Poured into a tulip glass

Okocim's porter is one that I had been searching for, for some time. Finally located a bottle of it, and its taste did not disappoint. The aroma, however, was fairly weak based upon my expectations. The recipe was clearly fairly good if you are interested in roasted and chocolate flavors in a porter-like beer. Would I get it again? Yes. This may be one of the best dollar values for a beer I know of.

Pours a tall, moderately dark tan head of medium and large-sized bubbles that has modest retention. Gradually sinking, the head leaves some lacing along the sides of the glass, eventually settling to a thick ring around the perimeter and a few foam islands coating the top of the body. Body is dark brown to black with highlights of amber when held to light. Opaque and without visible carbonation.

Aroma is disappointingly weak, featuring very timid roasted malt, vanilla, and chocolate with a bit of generic graininess.

Taste opens with dark malt sweetness tempered by roasted malt bitterness, then becoming dominated by successive layers of milk chocolate, bitter chocolate, and semi-sweet, dark bread. Quick flash of ethanol at the end, then fades out into oblivion with lingering roasted malt, chocolate, and acridity for flavors. This is notably different from the Ølfabrikken Porter I had a few weeks ago, but just as delicious.

Beer is medium bodied, surprisingly, with moderate carbonation to propel this along the palate quite nicely. While the body feels a bit thin, it's still quite drinkable. Finishes dryly, with a small bit of residual stickiness on the palate.

Photo of martino_cappachino
3.99/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a pint bottle into an actual okocim mug!

Surprising not much head.. a few toasted tiny marshmellow sized bubbles gathered around the edges was all. If you swirled it though, you would get a very thin fine layer of present carbonation.

The aromas definitely hit though.. honey, toffee and notes of licorice, spiced rum and chicory. Color was almost a midnight blue molasses.

Taste was of thick malt at first, dark chocolate, a little above 70% cacao I'd say, with hints of roasted coffee, and maybe a little currant or cassis flavoring? Alcohol was present as is mostly the case with 8.5% beers, but didn't mind it. And carbonation was great - I almost thought it cut into the flavors too much at times. The malt flavor almost subdued as the brew warmed and gave way to more currant / berry tones

This was my first experience diving into a European porter or stout, and it was everything I could've hoped for, and more.

Photo of Star80
3.7/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Wow my local Citgo gas station just started carrying these?! And they weren't in the computer yet so I got a deal. Anyway, pours an almost pitch black color with a tan head. Light lacing.

S: Smell is slightly sweet with some roasty malts in the nose.

T: Taste is dark bittersweet chocolate, some liqourish, some smoke, and there is definitely a slight alcohol aftertaste and warming which is not unusual for a eastern european porter.

M: Mouthfeel is fine, no complaints.

O: Overall a tasty EuroPorter but not one I would pick over a fresh US version of the style. Too much alcohol and not quite enough hops, or even malt to balance it IMO. But I think that is just the style. Funny I am realizing it isn't easy to balance ABV with flavor. But this beer or two would go really well on a lazy Saturday afternoon BBQ when you have nowhere to go or no work the next day!

Photo of julian
4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Very dark brown during the pour but looks to be pitch black once in the glass completely. Aggressive pour yielded a solid near 2 finger lasting almond colored head. 4.5

S: Smell is really malty sweet. Intense dark fruits consisting predominantly of raisins, maybe dates or plums some toffee and some light roastiness. 4

T&M: Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, with a slightly higher than average viscosity for the style. Carbonation is pretty much dead on. Taste is sweet, dark malty goodness. Lots of toffee, raisin flavors, similar to that experienced on the nose. Roast is very subtle but there and provides a nice addition to the insane malt profile. Definitely not balanced, but that’s kind of what I like about Baltic Porters. Sweet, but not cloying. Very enjoyable. 4/4.5

O: Doesn’t have the complexity of Olfrabrikken, but damn if this isn’t a good Baltic Porter. For $2.99 for 500ml you can’t really go wrong. I think this is my first Polish beer too. 4

Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle into snifter, no bottle date. Clear dark brown color with a dense 1 finger light tan head with nice retention, that reduces to a thin lacing cap. A nice amount of lacing clings to the glass as well. Aromas of big dark fruits, roasted malt, caramel, molasses, chocolate, coffee, wood, and a bit of booze. Nice aromas here with good strength and complexity. Taste of nice chocolate, roasted malt, caramel, and dark fruits; with a bit of wood and smokiness as well. Fair amount of bitterness on the finish that lingers with some caramel, and chocolate flavors with a bit of hop spiciness. Very malt forward, but also has a nice balance of all flavors. Medium bodied with a slightly higher than medium amount of carbonation. The carbonation does not really detract anything, and the beer still has a fair amount of creaminess in the mouthfeel. Alcohol is well hidden, only a small warming after the finish. Very good drinkability for 8.3% as well, nice and smooth. Overall this is a great Baltic porter, with a lot of complexity and nice balance.

Photo of AgentZero
3.63/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Dark brown beer with a foamy tan head that has nice retention and leaves some sheets down the sides.

S - Very malty, with dark fruits, chocolate, and some espresso.

T - Pretty rich and full flavors with some chocolate, sweet dark fruit, smoke, roasted malts. Nice blend, this is a solid tasting beer.

M - Medium bodied, smooth, lighter carbonation.

O - Nice flavor, a bit of a sipper, but enjoyable and something I would have again.

Photo of mactrail
3.51/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Rich, sugary mouthfull of chocolate malt.

Handsome brown-black in the tall glass with a distinctly tan head. Nose of cookie dough. And it really does have a Pepsi scent if you get your nose in the bubbles, if not actual Pepsi taste. A wealth of roasted malt flavors, but amazingly sweet. I can only picture guys in huge coats by the Gdansk shipyards, huddled in the snow swilling this stuff.

I know it's a matter of taste, but this stuff is really sweet. It's educational just to taste the powerful malty sweetness without the distraction of hops.

Photo of Brenden
3.83/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Notes are recent.

This brew is very close to black with red-brown highlights shining through. The tan head that develops is thick and dense, retaining itself well and leaving sticky patches of lacing.
Roasted malts are first on the nose with a boozy, sugary, alcohol sweetness seeiming a little bit fusel and very slightly on the lighter side of the style.
This is a sweet, boozy beer with all kinds of dark fruits, toffee, and chocolate mxing together to give a rum candy sort of flavor with a strong malt backbone. It's almost like dipping a hearty bread into a chocolate rum dip. Hops contribute in moderation for balance, lingering behind all the way through. I can dig this.
The body is on the lighter side of medium and, for all the sweetness, this beer's semi-dryness is dryer than I'd expect. A light alcohol kick finishes out every sip.

Photo of STEG
4.06/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

$2.49 @ Deciccos Ardsley

Serving temp: Room Temperature

500ml Bottle poured into a goblet

Deep brown, clear, khaki 1 finger head moderate-low retention, gone after about 15 seconds, very little spots of amorphous lacing left behind.

Roasty malt aroma, Raisinettes, boozy raisin smell; fit to style, nothing super special.

Tastes of sweetened dark chocolate up front and slight rum soaked raisin in the middle. As the flavor recedes earthy coffee bitterness lingers on the tongue while a liqueur sweetness is at the back of the mouth.

Light mouthfeel, a bit watery and a bit too much carbonation. Alcohol feel at the very end.

Drinkable overall, and at the price point a pretty good beer but nothing game changing; just fit to style.

Photo of tbeckett
2.08/5  rDev -49.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Bottle from a grocery store in Krakow. From notes.

A - Poured a dark ruby colour. Light comes through at points. Root beer type head with a loose three finger tan head. Lot's of visible carbonation and good lacing and retention.

S - Rich, sweet malt. A little roasty. Not strong but nice.

T - Woah. Diet Pepsi clone. Sweet malt is there but for some reason this tastes EXACTLY like Diet Pepsi. Usually I get a cola element in porters but I could easily mistake this for a pop. Doesn't taste like beer.

M - Light carbonation and a medium to full body.

O/D - Not a chance I would finish this. Too sweet. I was able to drink a quarter of the bottle. I'm not sure what the deal was with this but I just couldn't handle it. Pop instead maybe?

Photo of 9InchNails
4.42/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light brown head that fizzles out quickly to a film. Dark ruby red with opaque edges.

Robust aromas of chocalate, hazelnut and caramel. Its really in your face. If this smells like it tastes, I'm in for a real nice treat.

Wow! Very nice taste! Smokiness, caramel, chocalate, hazelnut and a slight burnt coffee taste at the end giving it a bitterness at the end.

Very creamy and medium body. Feels nice in the mouth. Some alcohol warmth going down. It leaves the lips sticky.

This is a really tasty Porter. Tastes very good, feels good in the mouth, some warmth going down but that's okay. Subtle alcohol, otherwise pretty well hidden for a 8.3 abv. If you're a fan of porters check this out for sure.

Photo of LacquerHead
3.85/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured this into a Guinness pint glass. It had a very dark brown color.

S: Wow, it had a real candy like aroma. It reminded me of that hard Christmas candy that comes in a tin case. There was also a maraschino cherry smell. Towards the end of the glass a slight smell of alcohol could be detected, but as I neared the end, the alcohol really came through. A dark cherry flavor also accompanied the smell of alcohol.

T: It was very similar to the aroma. It had a sweet candy taste mixed with toasted malts. The taste wasn't too strong, more on the sweet side in the beginning. But things changed as I neared the end.

There wasn't much of the 8.3% ABV. However, towards the end the alcohol started to come through. It started to have a dark cherry schnapps flavor.

Conclusion: A very interesting porter. I have never had a porter that was as sweet tasting has this. I wouldn't drink this with a meal, but I would certainly have it afterwards with dessert I liked it to a point. A pint glass was too much. A brandy snifter would be a better glass. One 500ml bottle could be shared by two, possibly three people as an after dinner beer.

On a Side Note: It was cheap, flavorful, and loaded with alcohol - it will get the job done. I would purchase this if I was planning on getting drunk on something with flavor and on the cheap side.

Photo of gopens44
4.02/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased at Nagolski's Butcher Shop in Goochland, VA for $3.00. No date to be found.

A - As dark as you may wish with a touch of coppery - brown hues drawn though the light on the outer edges of the glass. Nice 3/4 " mocha colored foam head that sticks around for a decent while

S - A lot of stuff happening here. My first "whiff" carried bananas, but that sensation gave way to toffee,followed by a faint cherry smell as the beer warmed up.

T - Great. Tasting. Porter. This started out with a cherry taste. The next few sips churned up a wonderful toffee taste that accompanied a slight hint of coffee. Finally, it finished up sweet with a caramel malt taste.

M - A little thin and dry with a touch an almost cloyingly sweet aftertaste, but not so much as to put me off of the overall enjoyment.

Well, I guess I'm going back to Nagolskis to pick this thing up quite a bit. And to think, all I stopped in there for was andouille sausage!

Photo of flannelman808
4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Very dark brown and quite opaque... just a glimmer of deep garnet red shows in the light. Tan colored head with ok retention and decent lacing.

S: Figs and chocolate maybe more on the milk chocolate side jump out at me first.

T: Layers of chocolaty flavors at the followed with and some dark fruit. This is actually quite good and you cant beat the price! I think I paid something like $2.39 for a 500 ml bottle... a total steal! Maybe just a touch of anise in the finish as well. Im pretty impressed overall.

M: Rich, but enough bitterness to even it out.

D: medium to high

Photo of biglite351
3.16/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - tiny bit of red through the center. Tall tight near white head.

S - malt, caramel and a touch of chocolate. A touch of prune in the finish.

T - dark fruit, dark chocolates, bitter mild coffee. There are a lot of things going on in this brew. Maybe even a bit of a Belgian touch.

M - light coating with a sort of bitter tingle in the throat.

D - I could have a couple.

Photo of allforbetterbeer
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Swiss wine snifter while the snow falls outside.

Pours black with a nearly perfect two fingers of tan head. When held to light, a deep smoked ruby color shows through. This looks very good.

One whiff of this and I am excited. Dry vanilla-oak, licorice, nearly black roasted malts, dark dry almost dusty fruits. A little swirl brings up some hops that are still coated with dark malt aromas. The best nose on a Baltic porter I have smelled to date.

Powerfully layered, with a complexity and depth usually reserved for over 10% imperial stouts. I can't fully describe this beer. Roasted malts play against deep dark fruit in a wonderful way, creating sweet and bitter waves that are so enjoyable. No doubt some of this complexity is supported by the hops, but their flavor isn't prominent. Actual chocolate or coffee flavors are not present, but the black coffee dry bitterness is, however it is in nearly perfect balance with the sweet dark roasted malts. Licorice is detectable on the side.

Mouthfeel is not heavy bodied, but more medium (less than others of this style). Carbonation feels a tad higher as well. Drinkability is fantastic.

Conclusion: I love Polish Baltic Porters. Okocim Porter ties with Zywiec as my favorite, as I feel that the flavors are more bold here, but the mouthfeel is slightly lacking. When I say 'lacking', I simply mean it somehow could be better. Regardless, it is really good in all respects, and if this brewed by me I would be totally satisfied.

Note: After writing this review I ate a bowl of soup and went back to finish off the last of the glass, and I got the strongest bourbon and oak flavors that I have ever tasted in a beer. If this were oak aged or bourbon barrel aged I would praise it for showing such clear bourbon flavors. Anyway, needless to say I was surprised considering that this probably never touch oak.

Photo of weatherdog
4.32/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500mL bottle poured into a tulip glass

It pours a pitch rich black with a generous two fingered khaki head. A faint chestnut highlight show up around the edges of the glass. There is a medium amount of lacing around the glass.

The nose is velvety rich, sweet and smooth, it's pretty much exactly what I'm expecting in a Baltic porter. There is some warming alcohol at the end.

The taste is of rich deep chocolate malts, nice and sweet without being cloying and a distinct lack of any roasted character. There is just a little bitterness at the end which really balances the sweetness. It actually reminds me a lot of some imperial stouts with much less backend sweetness. I'm digging it a whole lot.

Lower carbonation and a medium full body gives this beer and decent mouthfeel and good drinkability as it hides the ABV really well. As for the value, this is an insane great deal. I've passed it up many a time since I normally buy US crafts, I'm glad Dan threw one in as an extra for an IP trade.

Photo of tchenery
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice milky rich head on top of an opaque brownish blackish body.

Very boozy aroma. A huge roasty malt aroma as well with a tinge of sweet raisin flavor.

Marshmallowy flavor right off the bat. very chocolatey and subtley bitter like dark chocolate.

Very full mouthfeel. This is a pretty huge beer and would do well in cold weather or dessert.

Totally drinkable considering the style and heft.

Photo of nickkraft9
4.66/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This stuff is awesome. It starts off with a toasty flavor and then finishes with chocolate notes. The only way to drink this beer is at Room Temp. This is truly a meal in a bottle and it would also make a great dessert. People from Poland know how to eat good and drink good and this beer is no exception.

Photo of brewerburgundy
3.66/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

16.9oz bottle, Boulevard tulip, this bottle indicates an abv of 8.3%.

Cola brown with ruby highlights and more opaque than not. Puffy generic Porter or dark beer head with many large bubbles; it has great retention and exceptional stickiness.

Sweet burned sugar and massive toffee nose is very truthful. A little marshmallow, toast, graham cracker, and date.

Shockingly sweet, after only a handful of sips I'm finding this one of the sweetest beers I've ever had and that I'm prepared to call cloying. Fortunately, it isn't only sugar flavored; deeply caramelized sugar (pretty obvious), molasses, vanilla, light roast, cola, pumpernickel, dates, tailing off with dark chocolate. Overall rather s'more and SA Chocolate Bock like. Moderate smoky bitterness in the finish.

A pretty still beer from the start, the body is slick and full and rests heavily on the palette.

This is a real dessert beer if you base that solely on the level of sweetness. It's growing on me and it's very rich. The alcohol is too subtle, some more warmth or burn would balance or cut through the sweet.

Photo of BeerResearcher
3.97/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml (16.09 oz) brown bottle. No freshness date. Poured into a Sam Adams fluted glass.
It pours a very deep and dark mahogany brown color with a fast-fading tannish head along with some webby lacing.
A dark rummy alcohol fuminess is released at first pour. Smoky roast malt, burnt rye toast and a light citrusy smell blend quite well together.
The flavors are straight forward with little in the way of subtleties. Dark roasted malt, dark coffee, metallic and resinous hops, rum and figs are fairly equal. Some burnt sugar sweetness is perhaps a bit too prominent.
The body is just about right for the style. It's smooth, liquid and nearly oily. This particular Okocim offering is always very consistent. I look forward to drinking it when in the mood, and it never lets me down.

Photo of Mancer
3.97/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a jet black color with a 2 finger high light brown head. The initial smell of the beer was that of Roasted coffee and caramel malts. The initial taste of the beer was that of its smell, roasted caramel and coffee malts. The beer had a slightly smokey finish to it. Overall, this beer had a medium to full body with medium carbonation.

I really enjoyed this beer. I thought this was a nice change from my IPA cravings. Overall, I will come back to this porter, it was a great price and had a nice taste and feel to it.

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Okocim Porter from Browar Okocim S.A. (Carlsberg)
92 out of 100 based on 539 ratings.