Okocim Porter - Browar Okocim S.A. (Carlsberg)
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Reviews by pmcadamis:
5/5 rDev +20.8%
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!)
08-24-2006 14:05:47 | More by pmcadamis
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4.33/5 rDev +4.6%
Poured into 1.5 liter stein a real dar brown only reddish light shown thru when held up to the light with light brown 1 finger head atop.A malt aroma wise french roast coffee and unsweetened bitter chocolate dominate with a touch of alcohol but not strong,flavors start out somewhat sweet caramel and bitter chocolate upfront with a very nice drying earthy slightly medicinal finish.A Polish beer worthy of high status complex and flavorful it might go well with my moms duck soup.
12-31-2005 02:11:46 | More by oberon
4.85/5 rDev +17.1%
Appearance The head came up moderately and went down straight away, which is typical of this robust porter style. The body is almost black.
Smell The malts here are very rich and reek of high quality. The coffee smells freshly poured with maybe a dash of cream. The lightly-roasted malts are done just right. The sugars are modest as is my preference for unaged examples of the style. The alcohol is faint but not completely hidden. This is a class act.
Taste Wow! The flavors here play together wondefully. The malts are modestly roasted but very firm. The sugars again dont overpower but just do compliment the malt. Theres a touch of table to these browns with maybe a hint of powdered. No fruits, just sugar.
Whats so amazing about this flavor profile is the way that everything comes together with such ease. Like the OK Beer, this is very unassuming. The alcohol is so refined that you almost want to stick out your pinky. This is like a fine wine just about. Its incredible.
Mouthfeel This Baltic Porter just melts in your mouth. Its bigger than medium but not full-bodied. The alcohol doesnt sting; just pleases. If you drank this at room temperature you wouldnt even know it was beer.
Drinkability Ive had some killer Porters over the years, but I just cant remember having one this refined and so well put together. You almost need to create a whole new category for this one.
07-12-2005 03:01:47 | More by RoyalT
4.13/5 rDev -0.2%
Perfect dark mahogany body, plenty of bubbly, huge, frothy tan head. Retention is good with a medium ring. Vinous aromas of burnt fig, prunes, raisons, nuts, licorice, and mocha coffee. Warming alcohol borders on intrusive. I would say one needs to be in the mood for strength to enjoy this one. The 8.1% is only partially covered. Flavors are all burnt fruit with an almost peaty, Scotch Ale like sensation. Drinkable considering the strength and very affordable.
04-19-2006 16:59:07 | More by DaPeculierDane
4.33/5 rDev +4.6%
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.
01-11-2011 06:43:40 | More by weatherdog
4.1/5 rDev -1%
This beer had a nice, black pour with a thin, tan head. The aroma had caramel and alcohol, with an underlying note of plums. The body has a nice bready maltiness with some chocolate in it. It finishes well with a slight smokiness. This is a very tasty beer.
09-30-2008 02:16:19 | More by explosivebeer
4.18/5 rDev +1%
Poured from a 500 ml bottle into a chalice style glass
A: Pours thick and viscous like a light motor oil - a dark brown, near black leaving a very thin layer of tan bubbles that recede to an unevenly spread ring around the glass. I just looks like it's gonna be good.
S: Not much. Some very faint chocolate malt and something else... almost, but not quite, black licorice.
T&M: A long pull wraps the tongue in an envelope of complex creamy malts with plenty of hints of chocolate and some sort of spice that I just can't place and secondary waifs of molasses. It's a touch sweet and has tons of character to go along with that ABV. The carbonation is subtle and makes for a creamy texture. All of the flavors pull together wonderfully and stay true all the way to the end. The finish is malty chocolate with a hint of coffee bitter and some pleasant warming in the finish. There is just a touch of alcohol at the very end or else this would be just perfect for me.
D: I think I could drink this until I was dreaming. The flavors are beautifully matched and the alcohol is kept at bay with the velvety goodness that grabs your attention. Absolutely enjoyable and highly recommended!
05-27-2008 21:17:54 | More by SIRIUS2
3.73/5 rDev -9.9%
Review from BeerAdvocate magazine Vol. II Issue VIII:
A few shades away from black, with deep ruby highlights. Towering, light brown head, the large amount of sticky lacing shows how great the retention really is. Thick aromas of brown sugar, rum-soaked raisins and brown bread. Creamy and slick on the palate with a full body. Light on the carbonation. Quick sting of alcohol with a breath of a solvent-like character. Creamy sweetness from the malt of dark bread and a hint of chocolate. Then the maltiness gets a little complex with carob powder, toasted bread and brown sugar. Modest hopping here with a bitterness that doesn't even rise above the malt. Alcohol is slightly warming with a dried plum fruitiness that feigns a sweeter finish, which actually turns semi-dry.
While this might be a cult classic from Europe, the bar has been raised by American craft brewers, so what was awesome years ago is just plain good today. A sipping Porter, better to pair with than drink on its own.
09-13-2010 20:55:02 | More by BeerAdvocate
4.53/5 rDev +9.4%
The Okocim Porter is a beer I've been wanting to try for awhile and I'm glad to see it back on the shelves in the 500ml bottles. 8.3% abv per the label. My fiance was born in Poland so I have high hopes for this brew :-). Pours from the bottle a deep, dark black with a half inch of creamy bubbling tan head on top. Reddish brown hues peek out when I hold it up to the light. Inviting. Aromas are quite complex with roasty cocoa, molasses, dark fruits, brown sugar, figs and caramel tones. I get a touch of burnt bread with a bit of cherry. It definetly pulls you in.
First sip brings a big rich, burnt raisiny maltiness. Cocoa weaves through with a dense layer of dark fruits. Almost smoky with hints of brown sugar, molasses, bread, caramel and figs. I get the biggest hint of cherry flavor. A touch of alcohol and a hint of hops come through on the way down with some roasty bitterness to counteract the sweet malty onslaught of the brew. A seriously tasty porter here that is easily the best Polish brew I've yet to sample. Quite a complex flavor that keeps me going back for more.
Mouthfeel is wonderful...rich, creamy and chewy. This does not fail to please, spot on for a porter in my mind. The 500ml bottle disappears almost as quickly as it's poured into my glass. Dangerously drinkable at 8.3%. This one is well worth exploring...I'm interested to see how the other 3 bottles I have do with some aging! Thank you Okocim for bringing this one back to the states.
01-02-2006 04:57:14 | More by orbitalr0x
3.7/5 rDev -10.6%
Fairly dark brew, nearing opaque in the thick parts of my glass but really shows some coke colored highlights around the edges. Head came on about a half inch thick and then reduced, but the carbonation seems to hold a loose foam cap. Lacing grips the glass fairly well.
Nice toasted aroma with notes of milk chocolate. A bit of lactose is evident and works with the chocolate well. A bit of alcohol shows through but it is subtle and blends well, it isn't too fusel smelling.
Taste is a bit different than I was expecting from the aroma. There are still some toasted malt flavors that come through, but the rest of this is kind of muttled together and I have a hard time picking out some of the less prevalent flavors. The chocolate which was in the aroma isn't really as dominant as I would have expected. Some alcohol is noticable in the finish.
Good mouthfeel though, a bit thicker than other Baltic's I have had. Fairly creamy really. Okay drinkability in my book, this seems like a good beer but doesn't quite do it for me. It has some high points but the flavor doesn't suit me.
08-30-2006 02:02:04 | More by blitz134
3.38/5 rDev -18.4%
A dark coffee brown color with a tan head that was extremely short lived. It had a very malty aroma with a touch of something on the sweet side not exactly sure of what it was though. The taste was very strong on the malt side. Then came a little bit of sweetness a hint of chocolate or molasses. Not really a great beer but also not a bad one. I would rate this at a middle of the road kind of beer. I would drink one again, but I will not be in a hurry trying to rush to the store to get another.
02-15-2010 01:41:09 | More by Aaron420
3.98/5 rDev -3.9%
16.9 oz bottle. Pours a dark brown with a wispy off white head that quickly dissipates to a thin collar.
The aroma is sweet chocolate and vinous fruits.
The flavor is sweet sugary chocolate malts, vinous dark fruits, and some tarry smoke followed by some offsetting bitterness. As it warms, the molasses sweetness becomes a little cloying. The mouthfeel is medium to full with some sharpish carbonation.
Overall, a nice complex porter. A little too far on the sweet side.
11-02-2007 22:18:29 | More by Beaver13
3.25/5 rDev -21.5%
Presentation: It was poured from a brown, 1pt.0.9floz. or 500ml bottle into a pint glass.
Appearance: The body has a very dark brown color with some lighter brown highlights. Its head builds up thick and slowly settles down to thin cap that hangs on to the last sip. The head is tan in color and makes nice slippery lace that slowly slides down the glass as I drink.
Smell: Its aroma is strong and has a heavy sweet and fruity malt character with a very noticeable alcohol presence in the nose.
Taste/Mouth feel: The overall flavor is very sweet with a sticky, almost syrupy texture. Sugary sweet malt with dark caramel, molasses and toffee notes dominate its character. There is a very noticeable alcohol presence in the flavor and notes of cherry cough drop with some mild herbal and leafy hops. Any bitterness from the hops is overpowered by the extremely sweet malt however. It finishes slowly with its malt lingering on the palate. Carbonation is moderate to average and it's about medium bodied.
Notes: Its overall drinkability for me was low due to its unchecked and unbalanced syrupy sweetness. The alcohol had some ruff edges as well; still this is a very interesting brew.
07-08-2008 14:41:57 | More by generallee
3.83/5 rDev -7.5%
Pours very dark brown with a light tan head. The aroma is very chocolatey with some roast for good measure. Very chocolatey flavor with some dried dark fruits. Lingering bitterness and alcohol. Very rich and full bodied. Lush on the tongue. This is good stuff.
12-10-2006 17:16:24 | More by tjthresh
4.45/5 rDev +7.5%
Pours a dark mahogany garnet colored body topped by a small, but sturdy, cocoa head. Lacing is delicate, yet profuse.
Aroma boasts lots of dark fruits, mostly prunes, plums, and raisins. Some deep chocolates are present as well, along with a prevalent note of soy sauce.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a subdued carbonation.
Taste is bold and complex. Some sweet lactic notes open into creamy chocolate, followed by soy sauce, old leather, purple plums, fresh pipe tobacco, and some grassy hops bitterness. A note of smoky roasted maltiness jumps into the picture midway through. Very nice!
This is everything a Baltic Porter should be. Complex, challenging, and inviting. Excellent drinkability as a sipper.
07-25-2006 22:24:01 | More by merlin48
4.3/5 rDev +3.9%
500mll brown bottle, no freshness indication offered.. Pours very dark honey amber/brown, with a dark tan head,showing decent retention,disolveing a nice looking tiny bubble film that leaves some blotchy scattered lacing. Nose is cola, smoke. Full flavor brew, notes of caramel, near burnt grains, dark berry jam, dark chocolate, smoke and perhaps some figs. Full bodied and revealing dense layers of dark malty goodness. Complex, flavorful brew. Bring on the beef stew, dark bread and sausages. NIce stuff
10-01-2006 13:28:08 | More by Billolick
4.28/5 rDev +3.4%
Thanks to Brewfan for this one...
Pours a thick dark brown...bordering black with a half a finger of tan head...most goes bye-bye within a minute with very little lacing.
Very unique aroma...besides dark chocolate and roasted malt, there is a fruity, port-like scent shining through.
The taste rivals imperial stouts I've enjoyed...tons of chocolate, both milk and dark with a roasty finish that really warms the gut.
Slightly bitter and the malty sweetness if spot on for the style.
Mouthfeel is perfect and so is the carbonation...goes down very easy and would be quite dangerous given the abv.
Very impressive offering and am truly grateful for the hookup.
Good thing I have located a source for this one in MA....it will be purchased many more times in the near future.
08-13-2006 23:52:14 | More by warriorsoul
3.9/5 rDev -5.8%
Poured out black, but looked more dark brown when held to light. Had a beige colored head left some good lacing around the glass. Smell was sweet, maybe had some chocolate and a slight roastiness, but it seemed a bit weak. Taste starts of with mostly caramel and a touch of toffee, a little bit roasty before the finish, then the sweet caramel comes back to join in. Medium bodied and medium carbonation. This was certainly different than I was expecting, but was still enjoyable. The place I got the bottle didn't seem to have very good conditions, so maybe this one is even better when taken care of.
12-09-2006 21:40:38 | More by badbeer
4/5 rDev -3.4%
Pours a nice dark brown. Head is modest and dissipates quickly. Aromas of vanilla, nicely roasted malts, toffee and dried fruit. Flavor is nicely balanced... there is definite alcohol here, but it is in harmony with a sweeter malty profile with nice accents of espresso. Mouthfeel is a bit thinner than I crave, but still quite respectable. All in all a very nice Baltic Porter. I think Sinebrychoff has more depth, but at $2.25 for a pint bottle of Okocim versus $3 for the smaller Synebrychoff, this is an excellent value.
09-12-2007 21:49:20 | More by thebreadguy
3.75/5 rDev -9.4%
Pour from 500ml bottle. No head. Has my beer gone flat or is this normal? the smell is quite refreshing, with a early promise of bitter coffee, yet slightly raw. The taste is great: a roasted bitterness along with a raw malt taste. Not to mention, the obvious roasted coffee or chocolate notes. The alcohol taste is conceiled very well in the bitter finish. No lacing. The only downside i must add is the high degree of thin tasting sweetness. Pretty rich, so not too drinkable in a way.
02-07-2007 01:03:24 | More by wjimson
4.72/5 rDev +14%
Mahogany color, almost looking teaked with legs of reddish brown jutting out as I turn the glass up toward the light. A thick rim of tightly bubbled light brown foam leaves a half inch cap on top that looks like I'll need to break through to get to the liquid beneath.
Aroma is substantial, with sweet roasted malt, cocoa and cinnamon, some fresh fruit and the faintest hops.
Flavor is rich and complex. Lots going on - initially sweet cocoa and malt, some toffee and light brown sugar and sweet molasses. This quickly changes to a bitter espresso, some hop bites, and smokey charred wood. There's a chalky and smokey lingering aftertaste, and sweet fruit weaves in and out through the entire sip. An understated alcohol warmth rises up the cheeks, but the flavor is unaffected by the ABV.
Bubbles tingle the front of the tongue and sparkle down the sides. Mouthfeel is creamy upfront, and becomes more viscous and flows through the mouth. Very drinkable. Awesome beer. Thanks to cvschaller for sending this one along, I can only hope that I sufficiently returned the favor.
08-10-2005 23:43:25 | More by far333
United Kingdom (England)
3.95/5 rDev -4.6%
Poured from bottle almost totally black, dense thick head, off white color.
Heavy aroma, sweet, dried fruits and spices, lightly roasted malts, very appealing. Flavours match the aroma closely, rich sweet fruitiness, lightly roasted malts, and a little bite at the end from the 8.3% alc.
A very tasty sweetish (but not cloying) dark rich porter, served at room temperature, very enjoyable to sip in cool weather as a warming drink to savor slowly.
To my tastes, one of the best porters to come out of Poland.
B'ham UK Oct 2010
10-20-2010 08:33:52 | More by JohnW
4.35/5 rDev +5.1%
(Served in an imperial pint glass)
A- This beer pours a deep dark opaque brown with a cream tan head. The head last and last thru the drink.
S- This beer smells of deep roasted malt with some notes of nutty toffee with a slight sweetness.
T- The taste is deep roasted grain but not bitter grains and a nice dried fruit esters with the sweetness. The flavor is pretty clean with some slight cherry flavors in the finish. There are also black currant and some slight molasses notes. The sweetness is strong in the finish.
M- medium full mouthfeel with some slight alcohol warmth but no heat.
D- This beer is complex yet has a clean lager character to it. Very nice beer and it will be great on a cold winter night. I would like to see a bit more malt and a bit less sweetness over all. But this is a wonderful beer and I can see why it is a gold metal beer.
07-11-2005 01:54:00 | More by rhoadsrage
Okocim Porter from Browar Okocim S.A. (Carlsberg)
92 out of 100 based on 527 ratings.