Okocim Porter - Browar Okocim S.A. (Carlsberg)
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5/5 rDev +20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
The first time I ever tasted Okocim Porter was at my first beer festival ever, back when I knew jack shit about beer (other than that I liked to drink it). I tried many different brews that day, and only one struck me as simply outstanding. Even though there were hundreds of beers to try, I kept draggin' my girlfriend back over to the Okocim table for more sips! This review will be the fourth time I've had this wonderful beer since then.
Poured from an attractively dark and forboding bottle into a 22oz Okocim imperial pint glass. I get a kick out of Okocim's crest...it depics a long-horned ram about to slurp a giant foaming beer! How cool is that?
This one develops a two finger head that looks like a chocolate milk shake and leaves thick sticky lace on the glass and falls back into the brew as a solid sheet of miniscule bubbles. Oh shit, that is a nice head. I want to eat it with a spoon!
The nose is all malt, chocolate, and cream. I can smell both milk chocolate and dark chocolate and the same time! Malted milk balls and raisinets. Also... I can smell some freshly ground coffee. There is also a very nice earthy and woody foundation underneath all of that chocolate and coffee.
This is one tasty brew!! First, a tingly carbonation delivers loads of malt-chocolate goodness. Mid-sip, the carbonation rounds out into a thick creamy smoothness as a rich, smokey, earthy tone predominates. Then, and alcohol heat warms the throat and a bit of hop bitterness comes out to play. I love the way that the rich chocolate and vanilla cream flavors play over a very solid and robust foundation of salty, smokey, and earthy bitterness!! The finish is very slightly dry and bitter, and minutes later I can still taste chocolate, raisins, and coffee in my mouth! This is friggin' amazing.
As the beer warms, I can taste chocolate covered raisins, stronger coffee, and a very very slight hint of campfire smoke. There is also a bit of salt on the tongue that adds something very interesting to the complexity of this beer. Also, with time, the alcohol punch begins to really kick things up a notch! Even though this is definitley a chest thumping man's beer, the alcohol heat only adds (never detracts..as it often can in beers with this ABV) to the experience. I can just picture tough Polish sailor-type dudes quaffing this stuff.
I must say that it is my favorite beer so far. It just gets better every time! This lovable beer is rich and complex, but at the same time highly drinkable. There are no qualities about this porter that I dislike. IMO it's just about as perfect as a beer can be!
As the Polish say.... NA ZDROWIE! (pronounced na-strovia, it means...here's to your health!)
Serving type: bottle
08-24-2006 14:05:47 | More by pmcadamis
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4.04/5 rDev -2.4%
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.
Serving type: bottle
12-13-2013 15:59:22 | More by stevereed6
Okocim Porter from Browar Okocim S.A. (Carlsberg)
92 out of 100 based on 524 ratings.