Okocim Porter - Browar Okocim S.A. (Carlsberg)
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4.8/5 rDev +15.9%
Presentation: 500ml Half Litre real drinkers bottle. Black colored crown cap imprinted with the Okocim logo in red, white and gold. Similar colored label, not quite the same as the BA avatar but close enough for identification purposes. Listed at 8.3% (not 8.1% as listed here on BA). No freshness date but Best Before the invasion of Czechoslovakia.
Appearance: Rich thick dark brown, polished mahogany body hewn from a single tree trunk. Pale tan head, soft creamy texture, firm presence. Solid carbonation
Nose: Punctuating nose, bold, thick and unforgiving. Vinous malts and crushed raisins punch the living daylights out of the quieter prunes, liquorices and burnt brown sugars. Light toffee and string caramel. Lovely.
Taste: A lovely thick crushed velvet pair of dark malt curtains open and entrance a brown sugar toffee middle. Alcohol and dark fruits blend in the back end and prevent this from being a sick sweet sickly mess, far from it in fact, it soon develops a toasty rich mature profile. Builds in complexity as it warms. Hints of coffee and dark chocolate too as it mellows to a room temperature brew drink to cold or warm!?!? My recommendation would be to do both, crack it chilled and (try very hard) not to drink it all at once and sample this as it warms. A real treat.
Mouthfeel: Big, bold and beautiful. Stout like with Scotch undertones. Rich and toasty, not heavy or even thick, but like a good dark Chocolate it impresses and projects body. Solid.
Drinkability: Damn if the Half Litre didnt disappear in double quick time, where the heck did it go so quickly??
Overall: Oh my .oh my, oh my this one raised a real big happy contemplative reflective smile tonight; it was a hard one to put down in more ways than one. The first time I ever tried this magnificent brew was at the Polish Club in Bradford (on Edmund Street), West Yorkshire, England. My then girlfriend Angie, her Dad and his girlfriend stumbled into the Polish Club one Sunday afternoon with me in tow after we had all sampled a few Real Ales at the New Beehive and one or two other of Bradfords Free Houses. This was followed by a seriously Bloody Hellfire Curry at the now infamous International on the nearby Morley Street .somehow we parked near the Polish Club but we needed more thirst quenching, and Angie stormed into the Polish Club right past the private club sign, but sure enough her good looks and charm soon had us welcomed inside as honorary Sunday members with open arms. We ended up drinking all kinds of Polish beverages rarely seen in the UK that afternoon, including the oh so memorable Okocim Porter, which literally knocked my socks off then. It did tonight too. Oh happy times, happy memories . A great Porter indeed, glad to see it back in the fold ..$2.39 ..serious VFM .Value for Money.
09-20-2005 07:12:41 | More by TheLongBeachBum
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
3.53/5 rDev -14.7%
It had been several years since my last Okocim Porter. Apparently their distribution network excluded the USA for some time and all I had going for me was a distant memory of a great beer that once helped awaken me to the world of possibilities great beer had to offer.
When I heard that Okocim Porter was back in the good old U.S. of A, I couldnt wait to see if this rich Baltic porter lived up to the image of perfection Id assigned to it in memory. Unfortunately, my bottle was probably a bit fatigued and the flavor just didnt hit all the high notes as Im sure it should have. There may be several reasons for this aside from sitting too long on the shelf at Johns Market. One is that the bottle isnt bottle conditioned so the beer isnt working while its waiting. The other is that theyve obviously modified the recipe since reintroducing it to the American market, as the ABV on the new label says 8.3% while my old bottle from 03 or so still says 8.1%. Another hunch is the possibility that the beer is now pasteurized.
Was something lost along the way? Hard to say, though it does appear that the higher ratings for this beer trend towards the pre-2005 era. As for my revisitation, I noted a taste like toffee and coca-cola with a splash of molasses. The body was bottomless brown with a camelhair head and dilute phenolic fragrance with a hint of coffee and sugar. Im not giving up on this beer, but my recent reacquaintance was a bit of a let down.
By the way, Okocim has absolutely the coolest website of any brewery Ive ever seen. Check it out.
09-17-2005 04:05:50 | More by RedDiamond
4.13/5 rDev -0.2%
From a 500 ml bottle. Dark cola brown, near black with a dense head of chocolate like black foam. Aromas are all dark roasted patent malts, a bit of chocolate, coffee, and caramel, and some nice hops in the mix as well. Taste is roasty, with chocolate and coffee notes as well as some greenish hops and some nice caramel sweetness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and quite nice. Drinkability is damn good. I'm glad this is back, makes me proud to be Polish, and at $2 a 500ml bottle this is a bargain as well!
09-17-2005 02:55:42 | More by francisweizen
4.63/5 rDev +11.8%
The beer poured a deep black color with brown hints around the bottom of the glass. It had a smallish khaki head that receded to a thin film with little lacing. I may not have been aggressive enough with the pour.
The aroma was that of dark chocolate.
The taste was truly wonderfuldark chocolate, coffee, raisins/prunes, and just a bit of alcoholic spiciness.
The mouthfeel of the beer was good. It had a medium body, a moderate level of carbonation, and felt a bit oily.
The drinkablity of this stuff is excellent. The alcohol is very well hidden and the taste keeps you coming back for more.
09-14-2005 01:14:27 | More by maggotbrain
3.93/5 rDev -5.1%
Pleasant surprise at $2.35 a bottle.
Pours out a dark brown/black with mahogany edges and a big, pillowy brown head that holds well and leaves a nice lace.
Smell is huge with baker's chocolate and coffee, also some roasted malt, a little bit of a vinous note, some sweetness.
Flavor holds true to the nose, lots of chocolate and roastiness with the coffee and some sweet candied fruit blending with some wine flavors on the back end. It's a very complex flavor, and it disguises the ABV with no problem. My only two complaints are that it is a bit too sweet with the raisin flavors; they get kind of cloying by the end. Furthermore, there's something kind of grainy in the finish that could stand to be smoothed out a bit; it almost comes off as gritty.
Other than those little complaints, very nice.
09-11-2005 23:12:56 | More by whartontallboy
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
4.1/5 rDev -1%
Pours a midnight black color with a dark red hue around the edges. Some lighter cling to the glass with ok viscousity. A soft tan head that remained throughout the drink and limited lacing.
The aroma has a malty nose with roasted grains and some sweet hints as well. A light hint of chocolate and coffee. A bit astringent for typical Baltic porters. Some light yeast and esters, plums specifically, but overall very very smooth.
The taste is also very smooth. A sweet malt taste brings out more of the chocolate charateristic. The esters come out more versus the nose as well, plums and raisins. Some lingering sweetness is noticeable in the finish but there is a light harshness from the roasted. Would like to see that back off a touch. Some minor metallic/copper notes on the end as well.
The body is moderate and very smooth, perfect for style. Maybe a touch astringent for me but still a classic example. Well done.
09-08-2005 01:14:56 | More by Oxymoron
4.72/5 rDev +14%
Pours a dark brown with ruby hues when held to light. A finger of head falls to a moderate covering over top. Nose is very nice, with light notes of dark fruits and a sweet chocolate and roasted base playing underneath it. As good as I remember it being. The flavor is right there with the aroma. The chocolate is imediate, followed quickly with a light roasted coffee and fig. The flavors are very tasty, but very smooth and not offensive at all. The feel is very smooth and creamy, with a moderate body. Just awesome. No hint anywhere of over 8% ABV. Incredibly good all around. By far one of the best robust porters around. Very happy it is back on the shelves.
08-29-2005 23:06:24 | More by kmpitz2
4/5 rDev -3.4%
500ml bottle purchased at Jim's Homebrew in Spokane for $3.15. I was very happy to see this, as I've heard of it for some time, but this was the first time I'd actually seen it. "Best before: ___."
Poured a very dark cola-ish color, with a moderate sized tan head. If held up to bright light, a vague rubyish shade is sullenly displayed. Very modest lace.
Smell is boozy with elements of chocolate and molasses. Smells good, but not as complex as some Baltic porters I've had.
Taste is similar to the smell. Taste is slightly port-like, along with a brown sugary sweetness. There is a slight raisiny, dark fruit quality to this, but it's pretty restrained. Not bad tasting at all, just a little less robust than I was expecting.
This is actually a little thin for my tastes. The carbonation is on target for the style.
Not a bad porter at all, just not the Valhalla-in-a-glass I had heard it was. Not bad for the price, as most Baltic porters around here tend to be a little more expensive. A very good beer, not a great one.
08-28-2005 19:30:52 | More by woemad
4.5/5 rDev +8.7%
Dark brown and nearly opaque, but still clear. Ruby red when held up to the light. Thick lacing and the light brown head sticks around for a long time. The roasted aroma is just short of coffee and there's plenty of malt and bitter chocolate. Moderate cherry fruitiness and light alcohol as well. Low bitterness compared to the sweet and roasty malt. Cherry flavour is light and seems to turn a bit acidic at the finish. Chocolatey middle with some anise. Very nice. Full body with lower carbonation gives is a creamy chewiness. Quite viscous. Slightly slick and oily with some alcohol tingle and warmth. I've been waiting for this one for a while now and it didn't disappoint. Very distinctive. Thanks Viggo.
08-20-2005 01:13:09 | More by DrJay
4.33/5 rDev +4.6%
Pours a very opaque dark brown, nice and clear, some orange around the edges, big creamy tan head, lots of lacing. Smell is a lot of roast, cherries, chocolate, sweetness, molasses and alcohol. Taste is bitter chocolate, roast coffee, cherry middle, dry roasted finish. Mouthfeel is very full, really coats the mouth, nice alcohol warming, low carbonation. Excellent beer.
08-19-2005 00:03:34 | More by Viggo
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
4.78/5 rDev +15.5%
An outstanding meringue, glorious. Looks like burnt meringue which is a dull tan. It's the color of an old walnut cabinet with cherry jubilee burning in a dark corner behind a just-cracked door. Smells of vanilla and chocolate malt and stewed prunes.
First, this is totally creamy. That meringue coats the mouth like a milkshake. Picture raspberry sauce over a burnt chocolate pudding. For garnish there's a single long strand of curly lemon zest. This is an impeccable beer. It's so soft you could use it as a pillow, and it's got a perfect acidity to inspire interesting dreams. I suggest you pick up a bunch of these very reasonably priced beers so you can sleep fitfully tonight.
08-17-2005 21:45:04 | More by gbontrag
3.75/5 rDev -9.4%
I found this to be a very good, if somewhat sweet baltic porter. Poured from a 16.9 oz bottle. Chocolate complexion, decent bubbly head. Aromas are sweet, chocolatey. Taste is definitely on the sweeter side, with chocolate, coffee, some fruits present. Nice malt profile. It lacks any bittering effect though to counter the sweetness which reduces its drinkability. I prefer Boom or Alderis to this one, but still a nice example and worth trying.
08-17-2005 16:52:24 | More by ChrisBowers
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
3.83/5 rDev -7.5%
Poured a dark brown, reddish color with a large light tan head that left nice lacing on the glass. Roasted malt, mocha, and milk chocolate aroma. Taste was that of chocolate, coffee, and toffee, some roasted malt, and light alcohol in the finish. Thanks EDA!
08-09-2005 12:12:40 | More by egajdzis
4.53/5 rDev +9.4%
Very thick pour. Clumps out. Champagne bubbles against dark black with hints of ruby sneaking in near the bottom. A nice brown head fades away quickly.
Nice smell. Very smooth chocolate malt. Not very harsh, but complex. Most porter odors are raw, this isn't. It's not processed, either. "Refined" would be the right word.
My what a fantastic taste! Much more complex than the nose. Sweet, wonderful chocolate malt that grows bitter in the back. Very sturdy. There's a wonderful alcohol burn, like a fine rum, followed by a strange fruity aftertaste, plums and orange. Nice.
Great porter, this. Goes down like warm chocolate.
08-09-2005 03:21:28 | More by mynie
4.45/5 rDev +7.5%
Deep and clear brown color with a thick clumpy tan head. The clumps cling to the side of the glass in a thick lace. Wonderful chocolate nose. It doesnt have the chocolate cherry of a double stout, but it is close. The finish has a little espresso, and just a hint of orange. Nice mixture of chocolate, brandy, cherries, and espresso in the flavor. Definitive alcohol warming, but the chocolate stays true throughout the drink. Smooth, slick mouth feel leads to a high drinakbility. Amazing porter, one of the best.
07-30-2005 21:01:45 | More by carln26
3.03/5 rDev -26.8%
This brews appearance is black with reddish / amber hues around the sides of my goblet. The head is a nice tan color but is small and fleeting. The head quickly reduces itself to a thin ring with an island in the middle.
The aroma is a bit bready with hints of roasted malt with a smidgen of alcohol in the nose.
Its alcohol content is quite noticeable and provides the throat with a minor burn. The flavor is a bit roasty but is dominated by alcohol and dextrose sweetness. This beer is a bit much for my taste buds.
The brews mouth feel is medium bodied and a bit oily.
Drinkability is definitely hindered by the ABV which makes this one a sipping beer for certain. Its good for those who like the sweet ones with a bit of a burn, but not one that I would recommend.
I will leave this one to the heavyweights.
07-30-2005 04:30:59 | More by Naes
4.47/5 rDev +8%
YES! Bottles of the new production of Okocim Porter appeared at one of my local stores. I loved the two-year old bottle from the old production I had a month or two ago and have been eager to get my hands on a bottle of the new stuff to compare.
Pours a beauty two-finger light brown head over a pitch brown liquid (a little bit of cascading during the pour). Held to a bright light, only dark brown edging is seen. Smells chocolate, but of a couple different kinds. Part is dry baker's chocolate and another is syrupy pour over ice cream chocolate. I also get some molasses, a hint of roast, and a well-hidden alcohol in the nose. There is a touch of grassy rough that could be hops trying to peak through. Lastly, there may be some toffee, but I'm really searching. Taste is, oh my! Wow. Puree the most amazing chocolate desert you can imagine until it's a smooth beer-like liquid and take a swig. It's very rare that I find a beer that shows such complexity in a single dimension, this one is chocolate. The pull is sour cherry (likely from black patent) with a two-pronged chocolate fighting through. One prong is sweet and rich while the other is dry like baker's cocoa. The cocoa loses out to the wet rich fine chocolate, filling my mouth with a taste like the cream-chocolate filling of a dark Godiva chocolate candy. Any fruity esters are covered by the potent chocolate, but I do get some licorice and molasses. The chocolate settles a touch and some coffee roast rises during the aftertaste. It's still wet sweet chocolate, but with roast bitter underneath as an interesting counterpoint. The aftertaste also sees a return of the roast sour. An alcohol sting makes a brief appearance and rises from high in the back-throat into my hind-nose.
Thick silky cream body (like a very thick oatmeal stout) that allows the wet sweet to hang on the tongue and just stimulate the tastebuds into chocolate heaven. Carbonation seems mild in this thick liquid, but is likely moderate. Really nice lacing on the inside of the glass. Just a touch too sweet right now to be amazingly drinkable.
As the beer warms, the alcohol becomes more apparent and a chocolate covered toffee makes an appearance in the aftertaste.
Overall, the variety of chocolate characteristics are astounding (more dimensions than I described here) and they blend very well with the other flavors. This beer was quite tasty, but doesn't have many dimensions other than chocolate. I think this beer will age really well and plan to pick up a case of this original re-release for the long haul.
07-26-2005 06:00:22 | More by mentor
4.22/5 rDev +1.9%
Undated 500ml poured into an imperial pint.
Black with a one finger plus head that is tan, shows some retention and lacing.
Smells roasty with a medicinal note, suggestion of licorice and muted floral hops. The abv is not detected. Yeast in the background.
The taste is a nice pairing of roasted malts and dry hops. Lingering bitterness in the finish. There's some alcohol throughout but it adds to the overall flavor.
The mouthfeel is just a little bit scratchy at first, but it mellows just before swallowing. Not a great session brew, but there's enough flavor and complexity to make for a good sipper.
07-20-2005 03:54:36 | More by ypsifly
4.43/5 rDev +7%
Poured a nice dark brown with a decent inch of head and average retention.
Smell was good but a little light, mostly dark fruit odors and sweet malts coming through.
Taste - Wow is this a sweet malty beer in a good way. The flavors are dark fruit flavors with some sweet malts up front and a touch of dark bitter malts finishing off the beer with some dark hoppy bitterness. Great balance.
Mouthfeel is exceptional, a creamyness on par with the best beers in the world.
Drinkability is excellent on this beer, I couldn't beleive it was as strong as it was labeled, never tasted hot or alcoholy at all.
07-17-2005 17:04:29 | More by bashiba
4.45/5 rDev +7.5%
Pours a dark black/brown color with ruby red highlights when held to the light. Clear. Little brown/tan head with medium bubbles. Smell is of roasted malt balanced by caramel sweetness. Nice mouth feel. Not too thin, but not too heavy. Cant quite place the flavor, but the roasted malts really come through in the finish. As I drink and the beer warms, the flavor changes a bit. I couldnt place the flavor at first because it is such a perfect blend of flavors that no one flavor really stands out to me. Some coffee nutty malty brown sugar plays great together. Defiantly a world class porter. Perfect for sitting by the fire on a cold winter night, although I also enjoyed it on a 90 degree summer afternoon!
07-16-2005 16:30:01 | More by sacfly
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
Okocim Porter from Browar Okocim S.A. (Carlsberg)
92 out of 100 based on 526 ratings.