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

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Okocim PorterOkocim Porter

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

536 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 536
Reviews: 467
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 10.9%
Wants: 46
Gots: 5 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-12-2001)
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Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured into the glass blackish brown with a low, tan, and persistent head which laced the glass from top to bottom.

The aroma was fruity with a very nice chocolate and slightly winey character. The fruit combined with the malt gave a cherry impression. Also the aroma contained a slight bit of roastiness.

The flavor was chocolate with a slight licorice which coupled with the malt reminded me of horehound candy. The flavor had a bit of roastiness and definite fruitiness with chocolate and coffee flavors and raisins.

The finish was nice with chocolate and a light fruitiness lasting long with that same horehound impression into the aftertaste. Teh body was medium full and well done. Nice to see this beer back, this was my first sighting of it.

16.9 ounce bottle at The Brickskeller in DC. Bottle said 8.35% ABV.

Photo of LuckySevens82
4.72/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle finally found at my local packie.

Pours a deep black with a thick tan head. Lacing and retention are impressive.
Smell is slightly smokey, roasted character, chocolate, and loads of dark fruits (figs, dates, raisins, etc.).
Taste is dark and bakers chocolate, a hint of smoke (which while I normally do not care for, I think works REALLY well in this beer), some roasted malt, and a lot of fruitiness. All of this is balanced out exceptionally well by a fine hop character that makes this one go down oh so easy.
Mouthfeel is perfect, coats the palate, and doesn't overwhelm.
Overall, an exceptional beer. Well worth the hype that this one gets. I need to make my way back to the store for more.

Photo of Dithyramb
4.6/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from the glass into an imperial pint glass. Didn’t notice any born on or freshness dating. Color was a very dark brown/black. Not opaque, you could see a bit of light and red hues through the bottom of the glass. Good deal of initial carbonation within the body of the beer and the fluffy tan head. Fell down quickly, but left nice lacing behind.

Dark roasted malts, molasses, and brown sugar aromas

Man, there is a full range of flavors playing out in this beer. The malts are representin’, with dark roasted, caramel, molasses, and brown sugar. But you also have some smokey accents, chocolate, and just a hint every now and then of something bitter and some dark fruites. Regardless, you don’t need to worry about cloying sweetness. This just tingles the tongue and goes down.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability were both high. It was sugary sweet, smoky, and bitter all at the same time. Additionally, you had an oily texture that went smooth and quick with a tingly carbonation. One of the few beers I’ve had lately that lived up to the preceding hype.

Photo of neonbrown82
4.65/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

What a great beer. Definitely lived up to the hype. Pours to a very dark, completely opaque black with a thin and wispy white head, which quickly recedes to a film. Leaves a thin spotty lacing behind as the viscous liquid oozes back down to water level after each tip of the glass.

The smell is good, but not a strong point. I admit, at this point I was worried for a second that this beer might not be what it was hyped up to be. Smells like alcohol and soy sauce, but backed up with enough malty aroma to keep it from being unpleasant.

The taste is a bit smokey, combined with a range of malt flavors ranging from very light roast flavor to chocolate and caramel, earthy fruits, prunes, etc. The beer has a lingering sweetness to it, almost like a piece of candy. Very well done. No flavors are overwhelming, yet this beer is still extremely rich and smooth, and bursting with great taste.

The mouthfeel is very viscous and oily with a big body, and as I mentioned earlier, a brilliant sweetness. Not too overwhelming, but the alcohol can be detected through a dryness over the tongue. No noticeable hop bitterness or flavor. Very highly drinkable for such a robust, high proof beer.

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My first Baltic Porter and my 300th review!

The label looks awesome, the tan/brown color scheme is great. The beer is black with striking ruby glints. Figs, chocolate, espresso and a medicinal alcohol show in the aroma. The taste is a sweet and malty mix of caramel, dark fruit, Irish Cream, chocolate, condensed milk and a coffee beans. Hops are negligable. The finish is long and malty with a spicy alcohol flavor and roast bitterness. The mouthfeel is slightly syrupy with subtle creamy carbonation.

I cant believe I found this at the LCBO, and for only 2.40 CDN a bottle. Very tastey and complex. Its like a cross between a stout and a doppelbock. Ill be coming back to this again.

Note: my bottle said 8.3 ABV

Photo of santoslhalper
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearence: Pours a deep, dark mahogany with a reddish ruby tint. Perfectly clear (from what I can tell). The head is beige, decent sized, a dies down to a collar.

Smell: Perfect. Chocolate cordials mixed with roasted nuts and some wine-type qualites, wrapped in cherries and berries. Complex, balanced, wonderful smell.

Taste and Mouthfeel: The balance is unreal. Complexity is through the roof (berries, fruits, nuts, roasted notes, chocolate, coffee, caramel, and so much more), but still maintains perfect balance. The flavors are strong and very good tasting. The mouthfeel is smooth and a bit bubbly.

Drinkability and Overall: An excellent Baltic Porter. The balance is untouchable, and while it tastes fabulous, I don't know how many more I could have of these. Either way, this one is quite hyped, and it's worth it.

Photo of marcobrau
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown with a white head that settles to a thick collar of foam. The aroma is wonderful, with cocoa, rum, a bit of licorice, a hit of prunes and raisins. The taste is at first sweet with an anise-like dryness towards the finish which is long, lactic, more bitter and drier than I expected. The warmth of alcohol is noticeable in the finish. The mouthfeel is quite luxurious, the body is full, but at no point is this beer cloying. The slight lactic finish is particularly interesting in this beer and I enjoy it very much. This bottle seems very fresh with bright bitterness in the finish. I would to pick up some of this and let it mature a little more in the bottle and see what happens.
It was good to find this beer on the shelf again in time for winter.

Photo of HochFliegen
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A strong, robust and creamy Baltic Porter. The pour showed a dark cloudy rubby color with a creamy tanish colored head. The smell was of dark chocolate. Some fruitiness in there as well that seems to mix in with a slight alcohol scent.
The taste was a rush of flavors very sweet with a hint of chocolate in there. Very sweet malt flavors and a tartness as well possible coffee taste to. It was for sure smokey in the aftertaste and slightly tart/sour. A nice dry finish with a lingering sweet tounge. A very creamy smooth and full flavored beer.

Photo of pweis909
3.7/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

The milky foam of a porter over a chocolate body is always pleasing. This brew had a sizeable head, but it dissipated in under a minute. The odor promised chocolate, with some fruitiness, and alcohol. Yep. The label of my 500 mL bottle says 8.3 % abv. There is alcohol in there. The butterscotchy sweet taste was a little overwhleming, but there were moments where I got chocolate liquor. There was little bitterness, and the last taste I detected was the alcohol. The beer had a nice body to it -- creamy velvet in the mouth. Because of the sweetness, I'm having a tough time finishing this 500 mL. I like sweet beers, but this one is unbalanced in some way. I wouldn't kick it out of my fridge, but if I were given the choice, I'd pick another porter (probably Anchor).

Photo of redmosquito
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Dark reddish brown with a light brown head that left lace along the sides of the glass. Dense malt aroma, the smell of toasted base malt is intense, giving the porter a scent reminiscent of barley wine. There is an underlying blanket of roasted malt there too, like mild coffee and dark chocolate. The flavor is sweet malt and roasted malt with balance coming from the black malt bitterness. This beer doesn’t give any hint of 8%. The sweetness in the flavor gives plenty of body, but the density of the flavor goes beyond that with a nice lingering roasted chocolate flavor. This is my first true Baltic Porter, but it will bring me back for more that is sure. An excellent beer.

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.8/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Presentation: 500ml Half Litre real drinker’s 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 didn’t 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 Bradford’s 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.

Highly Recommended!

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.43/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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 don’t 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?

Photo of RedDiamond
3.53/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 couldn’t wait to see if this rich Baltic porter lived up to the image of perfection I’d assigned to it in memory. Unfortunately, my bottle was probably a bit fatigued and the flavor just didn’t hit all the high notes as I’m sure it should have. There may be several reasons for this aside from sitting too long on the shelf at John’s Market. One is that the bottle isn’t bottle conditioned so the beer isn’t working while it’s waiting. The other is that they’ve 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. I’m 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 I’ve ever seen. Check it out.

Photo of francisweizen
4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

Photo of maggotbrain
4.63/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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 wonderful—dark 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.

Photo of whartontallboy
3.93/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.8/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Oxymoron
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of kmpitz2
4.72/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of woemad
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Photo of DrJay
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Viggo
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Sammy
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of gbontrag
4.78/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 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.

Photo of ChrisBowers
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Okocim Porter from Browar Okocim S.A. (Carlsberg)
92 out of 100 based on 536 ratings.