Okocim Porter - Browar Okocim S.A. (Carlsberg)
Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
Ratings: 527 | Reviews: 466 | Display Reviews Only:
4.03/5 rDev -2.7%
incredibly drinkable, smooth, rich, deep reddish brown. Well carbonated to tongue tingle and fresh. Intense flavour with chocalatey, bourbon, secondary brown sugar and date, on sweet side but not cloying. Satisfying. Stouty and alcohol in nose. Will have again.
08-18-2005 01:40:07 | More by Sammy
4.13/5 rDev -0.2%
A: The beer is very dark amber in color (near black) and poured with a thin layer of beige bubbles covering the surface that left lacy patterns. A moderate amount of carbonation is visible.
S: There are aromas of dark chocolate and toffee in the nose along with some hints of alcohol.
T: The overall taste is very similar to the smell and has a fair amount of sweetness, along with notes of roasted malts and hints of bitter coffee beans.
M: It feels medium-bodied and very smooth and rich on the palate.
D: For its strength, the beer is relatively easy to consume because the alcohol is well masked from the taste.
08-01-2010 13:31:04 | More by metter98
4.6/5 rDev +11.1%
Nearly opaque bloodshot chestnut with fiery red-gold edges, topped by a thick and creamy, pale cinnamon colored head. There's a stupendous lace display in the form of ragged rings and assorted abstract patterns. I can't wait to see what the disturbance of drinking and further pours brings to the glass. A great look.
A great nose as well. Too many Baltic porters wimp out when it comes to the aroma, but not this one. Bushel baskets of roasted malt are lightened by a dark fruitiness that is classic for the style. Dark caramel and molasses are present as well, giving a beautifully well-rounded character to the nose. It's evident from one sniff that this is a well-made, sophisticated beer that, nevertheless, has power to spare.
I didn't doubt it for a minute. With a nose like that, the flavor profile just had to be exceptional. Roasted, rip-snortin', kilned-to-within-an-inch-of-its-life black malt is the Alpha and the Omega of this fabulous beer. You name the 'dark' flavor and it's present in Okocim Porter: bittersweet chocolate, blackstrap molasses, Arabica coffee, cinnamon; hell, even the hops taste darkly floral. There's even a puff or two of smoke for good measure. Only anise is missing, and there's so much else going on that it isn't missed.
Each sip brings thunder and lightening to the palate, a storm of flavor that lasts and lasts and lasts. Alcohol is a presence as well (it could hardly be otherwise at an ABV of 8.1%), but it's so beautifully camouflaged that I had to look for it to notice it. I didn't think to start the bottle out at anything other than my beer fridge temperature of 50 degrees. That realization makes me even more amazed that the flavor was as aggressive as it was right out of the chute.
The mouthfeel struck me as slightly too light initially, then as slightly chalky; but at this point in the proceedings (about two fingers left in the glass and the bottle), it's impressing the hell out of me. I can't imagine a more full, more luxurious, more velvety plush lager than this one. Persistent carbonation keeps things hopping until the final swallow.
I would love to do a side-by-side comparison with Sinebrychoff Porter. Even without doing so, it's obvious that this beer is at least that beer's equal. Okocim Porter is world-class and was a pleasure to consume. One of the greats, without question.
01-17-2006 16:41:25 | More by BuckeyeNation
4.35/5 rDev +5.1%
Appearance: Pours a fudgy brown color with some ruby highlights and a thick, creamy tan head that leaves a bit of lacing behind
Smell: Predominately dark fruits and chocolate with a sweet vinous undertone
Taste: Lovely chocolate and dark fruit flavor with some caramel sweetness that builds by mid palate and reaches a crescendo with the alcoholic warmth that appears at the finish; there is also a burst of roasty bitterness at the end that keeps it from getting too sweet
Mouthfeel: Full-bodied with a decent level of carbonation
Drinkability: Absolutely wonderful with none of the phenolic off flavors I sometimes get with other Baltic porters
11-04-2005 23:17:38 | More by brentk56
3.4/5 rDev -17.9%
Bottle: Poured a pitch-black porter with a medium dark head with pretty good retention. Aroma of rich chocolate with some roasted malt. Taste is sweeter then I remembered (I had this last time about 7-8 years ago) with lots of chocolate flavour. Very little bitterness or hops are noticeable and alcohol is well hidden. Rich creamy body make this quite enjoyable overall.
11-08-2005 20:11:47 | More by Phyl21ca
3.8/5 rDev -8.2%
Baltic Porters always give interesting and unexpected flavors. This one is no different. Looks similar to all other Porters. Basicly black with tan at the edges. Smells sweet and malty, nearly molassas. Not as much sour aromas. Flavors open up with bold sweetness. Grape Kool-aid, chocolate, barley, light coffee, toffee, and a hint of soy sauce. A little acidic. Weighs heavy on the toung. Goes down smoothly and sweetly. Sticks with you for quite a while.
09-09-2005 23:06:46 | More by BEERchitect
4.03/5 rDev -2.7%
A - Poured a nice dark brown with a light ruby tint to it. Some light could be seen on the sides and bottom of the glass. Nice big head with good retention and a slow fade, a great quarter inch layer was left resting at the top until the end of the glass. Greal lace throught.
S - Smell was lightly laced with caramel and definite hints of alcohol. As it warmed some nice flavors of roasted malts and a robust grain and bread like flavor with just a touch of chocolate started to come through.
M & T - This was very intresting and packed quite a punch. The alcohol was the biggest factor here and needed to be reigned in a tad. A bit of a thin feel for something that I thought would be so big, almost had an ale like quality to it. Nice caramel malt sweetness could be detected under the alcohol with an ever so slight hoppy presence in the back. Very smooth and great carbonation led to a nice frothy feel.
D - Unfortunaly the alcohol does cut into the drinability a tad, however this is still a very good sipper and a beast of a porter. I enjoyed, just needs to tone it down a tad. Overall very nice though.
04-05-2007 23:01:14 | More by mikesgroove
2.45/5 rDev -40.8%
Appearance: Pours an opaque black body with a fading, light brown head.
Smell: Sweet-smelling, lightly roasted chocolate drenched in concentrated notes of leather, and alcoholic rum raisin.
Taste: Flavors of light chocolate and blackstrap molasses unfortunately are obstructed by a fierce, cloying sweetness that is tough to overcome. The oversweetened taste is close to becoming unbearable. Nothing but alcohol and a further spoonful of sugar on the finish which leaves an icky, viscid aftertaste.
Mouthfeel Medium-bodied, with a saturated syrupiness.
Drinkability: For the most part, this beer was all alcohol and sugar. Finishing the 500ml bottle was a hard-won battle. An appallingly syrupy beer with no redeeming qualities. I much preferred the Sinebrychoff Porter and Duck-Rabbit's Baltic Porter over this mess.
11-27-2006 05:42:20 | More by ChainGangGuy
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
4.33/5 rDev +4.6%
A - Pours out a dark black color. With a one finger, mocha colored head. It leaves nice lacing.
S - It smelled very sweet and roasted. It also had a nutty character to it.
T - The taste was sweet and candy-like. It had a good chocolate flavor, too.
M - It was smooth and dry. Medium to heavy-bodied.
D - Very good. It is the first and only (for now) Baltic Porter that I've sampled, but I'm impressed. Great sweet taste.
10-30-2006 03:30:49 | More by zeff80
4.05/5 rDev -2.2%
Pours a virtually opaque black with a great tan head that sticks around. Nose is sweet like chocolate would be, but is overall mild and has no extreme character. Flavor is very smooth, but at the same time is very sweet. I want to say it is bordering on too sweet, if it has not already crossed that line. Slight malt tones underneath all that sugary sweetness. Mouthfeel is low with carbonation. Drinkable, sure. But for some the extreme sweet might be a turn off.
12-30-2007 22:20:48 | More by RblWthACoz
4.33/5 rDev +4.6%
Poured from a 500ml bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.
A: The beer is a deep dark brown with a thick foamy tan head that fades slowly and leaves a thick, even lace on the glass.
S: The malty aroma is heavy with dark chocolate, espresso and dark fruits (raspberry, cherry, raisin).
T: Very rich flavors of roasted coffee & chocolate are backed up by a little bit of the fruity sweetness that you get from the smell. However, the fruitiness is not as strong as the smell leads you to anticipate. There is a hint of smokiness as well. Good complexity.
M: Very, very smooth, medium-to-heavy body, light-to-medium carbonation, finish is mostly clean but slightly sticky.
D: Very tasty, not as filling as most beers in this genre and although there is some alcohol sting in the taste, it does not feel like it has an 8.30% ABV (as listed on the bottle). I had intended to drink this beer slowly thinking that it was a sipper, but I found myself drinking it very quickly.
10-01-2006 22:18:15 | More by TheManiacalOne
4.97/5 rDev +20%
Wow! What impressive brew, close in taste to my favorite style dopplebock, easily the best Baltic Porter I've had!
Pours dark ruby red going to mahogony, still lets a little light through. Impressive tan head settles in a about 2.5 fingers. Lacing Good
Smell: Toasty malt, licorice, alcohol, cinamon, a feast for the nose!
Taste: Big malt with almost a jagermeister/licorice taste (on the mouth roof & tounge especially) on its heels. Some alcohol, toasted malts with brown sugar notes. Dryness and licorice in the finish
MF: This just melts in the mouth,nice job with the carbonation.
This survived the crossing and thrived at $2.20 a bottle I'll be hoarding. Super drinkable for its strength. This was the closet I've came to giving as a BA, nuff said
01-11-2006 03:52:16 | More by russpowell
4.5/5 rDev +8.7%
A most happy reunion tonight, as I get to taste anew one of my all-time favorites, reincarnated.
Pours into the glass a deep, dark brown, mostly opaque, showing some crimson highlights at the foot and sides. Head is thick and steady, rocky and a good cocoa tan. Looks good so far...
Aroma: rich and chocolatey, bittersweet espresso notes, and underlying tickle of dark fruits. Right on the money.
Taste away...Simply delicious! Sweet at first, then roasty...big in the mouth, then mild...toffee, licorice, black cherries, prunes, coffee. Hangs on the palate indefinitely. Most intriquing. Very tasty, with substantial body, and a long, bittersweet finish.
I'll compare my notes from 2 years ago, after posting these, to check for the differences I perceived. It does seem sweeter, and the alcoholic content is barely felt. It's a thick one, that hasn't changed, and is a pleasure to drink, all the way down the glass!
07-05-2005 01:40:58 | More by feloniousmonk
3.5/5 rDev -15.5%
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.
06-26-2011 03:54:20 | More by mactrail
4.6/5 rDev +11.1%
Pours very dark brown, almost black, with ruby highlights. A sizable head thins to a lasting cover. Some dotted lacing sticks to the glass.
The smell is of dark malty sweetness with dark fruitiness. Roasted coffeeish aroma with spiciness (cinnamon?). A touch of cedar. Wonderfully inviting, complex aroma.
The taste is of lightly roasted malt with underlying dark fruitiness. Spicy - cinnamon with a touch of pepper. Cedary hops balance out the malt in the finish. Just a touch of peppery alcohol, but smooth and fairly well-covered for the abv level. Appetizingly dry.
Rich, full feel, though not cloying or syrupy. Creamy and smooth.
This is a wonderful sipping brew. IMO - one of the best in style in the world (coming in a very close second to Zywiec Porter). Complex yet drinkable.
04-04-2007 23:52:14 | More by jwc215
3.43/5 rDev -17.1%
Pours with a frothy light brown head that sits atop an opaque black beer, that shows a brilliantly clear brown when tipped and put up to the light. The aroma is concentrated and malty with notes of alcohol, espresso, concentrated malt extract, dark chocolate, and burnt raisins. The beer is quite sweet up front with a burnt roasted note throughout as well. The roast flavors dont quite balance the initial sweetness though. In some ways it tastes like an over-sweetened cup of espresso, lots of sugar and bitter burnt flavors. It is still tasty, just not as well balanced as I would hope. What is lacking here is a thicker body, this is fairly thin for the style, and with the sweetness verges on becoming a bit cloyingly thin. What has happened to this beer?
09-20-2005 00:41:27 | More by Gueuzedude
3.95/5 rDev -4.6%
Brown color and clear. Good lasting head with spotty lace on the glass.
Sweet dark malt aromas--similar to dark liquid malt.
The flavor is sweet (from heavy malt) and bitter (from hops). Lots of milk chocolate; some mocha flavor. Quite well balanced for a porter. Slightly thin for such sweet liquor; good carbonation.
This is a pleasurable, but sweet, porter.
11-11-2007 22:17:04 | More by smcolw
4.08/5 rDev -1.4%
Half-liter bottle, listed as 8.3%, poured into a pint glass, bought at BevMo Huntington Beach for $2.49,
A: Pours black on a superficial look, but is really a very dark garnet. Moderate off-tan head, fair retention to a light line around the perimeter of the glass.
S: Enjoyable, smooth. Dark fruit hits in a big way first. Notes of blackstrap molasses, fermented brown sugar, light anise and spice. Smells like a spiced Christmas cookie.
T: Sugary initially with a bit of ethanol. Strong molasses moves in with a light drying hop note at the end. Undercurrent of fig and currant throughout, though the lager character really mellows the fruit.
M: Lighter body than I would like in this style, kind of like Zywiec Porter light in this respect. Carbonation is mild, very smooth, flavour doesn't linger on the tongue, light aftertaste.
D: This is a very good and classic example of this Eastern European style. One of the easiest to drink 8+% dark beers I have had. Paired well with some French-made Gruyere style cheese I was eating. At less than $2.50 for 500 mL/calculated to $3.25 a bomber, one of the best values out there.
02-17-2009 22:37:49 | More by Halcyondays
4.45/5 rDev +7.5%
Appearance: pours a black color with some brownish highlights with a 2" head that slowly falls to a thick surface foam. Some spotty lacing develops.
Smell: pleasant balance of chocolate, coffee, and ripe fruit sweetness. Some hints of vanilla are nicely hidden in the background.
Taste: bold malt level with loads of chocolates, espresso, prunes, and hints of earthiness are paired with some nice bitterness and soft alcohol tones.
Mouthfeel: lightly crisp at the start, smoother and a bit creamier at the end. Aftertaste is long as the flavors glue themselves to your tongue. Medium-heavy in body.
Drinkability: superb tasting beer that is very easy to drink. This is a great example of a wonderful porter everyone should try.
09-20-2007 19:40:04 | More by Gavage
Okocim Porter from Browar Okocim S.A. (Carlsberg)
92 out of 100 based on 527 ratings.