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Palone - Browar Okocim S.A. (Carlsberg)

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84
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94 Ratings
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Ratings: 94
Reviews: 85
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 10.72%
Wants: 6
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Browar Okocim S.A. (Carlsberg) visit their website
Poland

Style | ABV
Euro Dark Lager |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Said to be a diluted version of their Baltic Porter.

(Beer added by: wl0307 on 08-24-2005)
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Riverwarrior

Texas

3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

S = This smelled exactly like a "doppelbock" with sweet malts dominating.

T = Malty sweetness was the dominate flavor. I couldn't detect much of anything else.

MF = Body was light and thin. Carbonation was low.

Overall, this was a decent Baltic Porter, but much to light for my liking.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2009 17:52:04 | More by Riverwarrior
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stephens101

Oklahoma

3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a pitch black, red hued beer with a prolific, slowly receding, thick tan head. Multi-layers of sticky, spotty lace cling to the pint glass, right above a good 1/2 finger covering of froth which doesn't go away until a drink is taken. Strong and sweet malt aromas float to the nose and envelop notes of butter, coffee, and slight medicinals. Has a medium to full-bodied mouth-feel, with a small amount of viscosity. The palate involves some spicy alcohol up front with some more sweet malts and a hop hit at the end for balance. Not as "portery" as expected, but still a good drinker that has it's own character to make up for it's shortcomings in the taste department.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2009 23:14:13 | More by stephens101
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RodBurg

Missouri

4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to thehand for hooking me up with this bottle. Pours a clear, very dark brown color with a small tan head and excellent lacing.

Nose is a very light roasty malt scent. Not much there. Maybe a little chocolate and coffee.

Crazy amount of flavor going on here. Lots of sweet roasted malt, coffee, nuts, mollasses, toffee and milk chocolate. Medium in body. Finishes with a slight hop bitterness and virtually no aftertaste.

Excellent porter. Seems a little light to be labeled a Baltic, but very good nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2009 02:37:32 | More by RodBurg
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roadhouse

Florida

3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16.9 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appears a dark shade of ruby red mahogany with a once inch light tan head that holds up for quite a while before sinking to a decent cap and lacing near perfect lacing.

Aroma is quite mild, some light caramel and raisin notes and a strange dustiness.

The taste is initially sweet with caramel and toffee notes that are met by the raisiny dark fruit, and some rich brown sugar flavors. The finish is lightly chocolatey, with the dark fruit flavors staying more prominent and the sweetness lingering on.

Mouthfeel is medium-light in body, very creamy, but it somehow seems a touch too thin to rate it any higher.

This is good stuff, a beer with Baltic Porter flavors but an even higher drinkability. Very nice beer, I could see buying a four pack of this in the future for some sessioning.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2008 04:22:30 | More by roadhouse
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a coffee color with ruby highlights and a foamy tan head that retains beautifully and leaves lots of lace behind

Smell: Sweet, malty character, with hints of roast and mocha

Taste: Starts out sweet and gets sweeter, with lots of dark malt character and a roasty, nutty chocolate flavor developing by mid-palate; after the swallow, it remains sweet and somewhat chocolatey

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Were it not so sweet, this would be a very nice beer; as it stands, it is decent and flavorful, just not a style that I would seek out every day or many days, for that matter

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2008 02:20:40 | More by brentk56
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Beerman3000

Connecticut

3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear, dark mahogany-colored reddish-brown, with a moderately large, light tan head. Smokey nose, with deeply caramelized, molassesy and slightly burnt, grainy aromas. Full, thick, chewy mouth feel. Full, malty flavor, with lots of molasses and smoke up front, fading to mostly molasses with a hint of burnt, chocolate malt in the finish. Rather sweet, with no obvious hops at all -- just enough to provide counterbalance to the ample malt. Leaves a smokey aftertaste. Somewhat similar to a German Rauchbier, tho not as intensely smokey and caramelized. Rather like a Baltic Porter, too -- has the fullness and intense toasted malt character. Overall very interesting, but not necessarily outstanding. A little on the sweet side for me.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2008 01:20:29 | More by Beerman3000
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PatrickJR

North Carolina

3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16.9 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Very dark brown, but still clear. Three to four fingers of light brown head rise with decent retention. A thin cap remains. Some lacing.

S - Licorice, coffe, toffee, brown sugar, malted milk balls, and a mild fruity sourness come through. A small metallic twang hides in the background.

T - Not quite as impressive as the nose but still good. Mild flavor somewhere between chocolate milk and a frappucino is apparent at first. A sublte sour berry note follows. Lingering cocoa and slight vanilla in the finish and a quick metallic aftertaste.

M - Medium bodied at best with a smooth, low carbonation. A little too thin.

D - Palone doesn't live up to the original Okocim, but still a good beer. Might well serve as a sessionable substitute for it's bigger brother. I'd drink more of this if I had more than one bottle.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2008 09:09:16 | More by PatrickJR
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ccrida

Oregon

4.72/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

500ml bottle poured into an impy pint, Okocim Palone is a dark ruby that has big, bone colored head that leaves very heavy lace

Smell is strong and tasty - mint chocolate chip and a touch of grape kool-aide, sold! A clean cereal grain mash aroma rounds it out, nice and doughy. Still, it gets a bit to thick as it warms, with the mash stiffening up.

Taste is strong but nicely balanced, wow! Big chocolate, powdered sugar, super tasty while keeping the level of digestibility high. Wasn't expecting to love this, I fucking love it. Huge flavor without being to strong or heavy handed, there's a nice spicy fruitiness to this, reminiscent of BSDAs, bread pudding like. Perfect BP, I love how full the flavor is without being to big, expertly crafted. Note to self, Polish jokes no longer make sense!

Mouthfeel is good too, very creamy, not to heavy, smooth and rounded. Have I mentioned how much I love this full flavored small porter's?

Drinkability is incredible, even though I've only had just this one bottle, I could drink these all day. Great price, not that heavy or strong, ridiculously good!

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2008 22:10:17 | More by ccrida
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oriolesfan4

Maryland

4.2/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What a solid pick up at the package store.

Got a 4 pack of 16.9 oz. bottles for $3.99.. not a bad deal at all.

Apparently this is fire-brewed and tastes like it. A very smoky touch to it which I personally thinks works great. Almost remind me of a scotch ale with the smokiness to it. All in all, it works well and makes for a tasty smooth beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2008 21:58:54 | More by oriolesfan4
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justin7742

Alaska

3.18/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 500ml bottle. It pours well with a creamy head. Nice dark amber color. Smells like caramel malt. Not too aromatic but enough to peak my interest. Tastes a little weak but with the same sweet caramel malt as the smell. I expected more of a roastier flavor being that it is Fire-Brewed but it isn't bad. Drink well with soft aftertaste off of the tongue. I probably won't drink it again but it was an okay find.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2008 04:32:53 | More by justin7742
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drxandy

Michigan

3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

500ml to imperial pint, pours a foamy dark amber shade, cream colored head fades to lacing.

smells of roasty malts, molasses, yeastliness

taste is of nice smooth malts, slight creamy finish, roasty great flavors, figs, plums, kind of sweet, loads of flavor for a normal abv, fairly light in weight

mouthfeel is creamy, smooth, roasty, super easy to drink

overall in comparison to their porter, this is much more sessionable, but still keeps the delicious flavors - very nice! i would buy again for sure :D

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2008 00:56:28 | More by drxandy
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BeerBelcher

Ohio

3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Someone at Discount Liquor in Milwaukee recommended this beer to me. I was skeptical (a Polish Baltic Porter?), but was quite pleased with it. I am not a huge fan of bocks and dunkels and their grainy tastes, but this beer offered up some not-too-sweet cerealness that I really liked.

Color is a dark brown with a medium amount of head. Aroma is a slightly sweet caramel cereal-ness, and flavor is the same. Mouthfeel is definitely full-bodied without being sticky.

As I said, not being a fan of the maltier German styles, this was a great way to scratch my itch for cereal/malt without being overwhelmed by that sickening-sweet malt-ball taste. I would recommend.

I got this at Discount Liquor in Milwaukee.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2008 12:41:09 | More by BeerBelcher
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morimech

Minnesota

4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I do not know the style this really is so I will rate it on its own merits as a unique style.

Pours dark brown, almost black, with one inch of tan head that has excellant retention. Heavy lacing is left on the glass surface throughout consumption.

I smell a roasted and smokey malt. Is that peat? Almost smells burnt.

The taste is sweet and slightly smokey at first but finishes with a burnt bitterness reminiscent of a stout.

Has a light/medium body with low carbonation which lends a semi-creamy texture.

Whatever style this beer is it is damn good. Nice low ABV aids drinkability. I would not session this because of the smokiness and burnt bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2008 21:52:29 | More by morimech
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DoubleJ

California

3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500 ml "bowling pin" bottle with "fire-brewed dark beer" and some fire illuminated bird-like creature on the label, on to the beer:

Pours ruby brown into an imperial pint glass. The beer settles in the glass dark leather brown with hues of ruby red. Head is one inch thick, and retains only a fraction of itself. The aroma is subtle...wood smoke and a bit of chocolate liqueur. The liquid is surprisignly light in the mouth, but there is enough flavor to go around. It starts off sweet...caramel and smoked wood at first, smoke flavors slowly intensitfy. Has notes of peat too (doesn't it seem most Polish beer has that distinct note?). Leftovers of caramel and toffee on the palate.

Okocim's lighter sibling (compared to its 8.1% ABV porter) is an easy beer to get familiar with. I could see myself at a campfire roasting marshmallows with this beer in hand.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2008 02:46:14 | More by DoubleJ
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thekevlarkid

Maryland

4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A Polish beer? It's a first for me too! Out of the bomber this brew was a dark, wood-stain brown color with a fizzy khaki head. No visible carbonation, little retention (it looked almost exactly like a root beer!) and little lacing. Aromas of toasted malt and grain with horse-blanket mustiness (classically what one would expect from a Baltic Porter). Well balanced flavors of sweet malts, roasted malts and hops with a long smoky finish. Medium body and light to medium carbonation (the fizziness is again present in the mouthfeel). Nothing remarkable, but straight up, a fine brew.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2008 23:12:50 | More by thekevlarkid
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templar316

Pennsylvania

4.78/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer doesn't claim to be a baltic porter, and at 5.5 ABV doesn't really meet the criteria so it should probably be reclassified. It's fire brewed which may put it in a category of it own: fire brewed dark-lager(crushing the only other fire brewed beer I've had Strohs).

Extra apperance points for the super cool logo on the bottle. Pours a nice deep ruby with a large off white head, moderate lacing. Awesome nose a great purpley, granity aroma, the same that I love in sam smith's. It smells a little figgy, caramely and sweet. And tastes the same way figs, caramel you have to like a sweet beer to like this one but as I come back the simplicity and granity taste make this one a winner. It rolls across the tongue to a smooth finish and I could easily drink this all night long. Only the sweetness keeps this from a perfect score (in the dark lager or doppellbock category no similarity to a synbrnchoff, okocim or zyweic porters). I bought this beer looking for eastern european porter and got something totally different and totally delicious.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2008 03:55:55 | More by templar316
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Blakaeris

Iowa

4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a very deep dark brown. Creamy head is massive, off white and really stands out against the dark base. Sheets of lacing.

Aroma is dark fruit, with an interesting smokey dark grain and roasted malt bitterness.

Taste follows suit with a strong smokey character. A very dry chocolate aspect comes out as well. dark fruit sweetness is surprisingly strong. Charred dark grain, coffee, and understated earthy hop adds generous bitterness and a dry finish.

Mouthfeel is light-medium in body. Smooth and creamy.

Flavor is pleasant and unified. Certainly sweeter, and lighter than I had expected for a Baltic Porter. I don't think this should be in the Baltic Porter category, more like a very well done dark Euro lager. That said, this is quite tasty and easy to drink. A nice session, or crossover beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2008 23:55:46 | More by Blakaeris
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bashiba

Iowa

4.43/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a nice clear dark amber color with a thick and creamy head leaving very nice lacing and very good retention.

Smell is lightly sweet with a touch of smokey malts and grain.

The flavor follows the smell perfectly, a nice bit of sweet and milky coffee flavors up front leading to a slightly burnt and smokey grainy finish, with just a touch of lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel is silky and creamy with a good bit of carbonation.

A very flavorful brew, very balanced and easy to drink. Good job Okocim.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2008 23:08:26 | More by bashiba
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msubulldog25

Oregon

3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I don't remember all the circumstances of how I picked up this beer, other than it was: a) on a cold, rainy winter afternoon b) at Whole Foods in Tigard, OR c) when I was really craving a Baltic Porter. Somehow, I never drank it and it's been cellared in a box for several months. Poured from a 500 mL bottle to a standard pint.

A: A very nice looking porter, showing a clear ruby-brown in light and capped with a generous 2-fingers of beige froth. Over a few minutes, the once-solid head melts away to a thin cream, leaving a few arcs of gooey lace. No visible carbonation.

S: Musty yet spicy aroma that's perfectly 'Baltic': luscious blueberries and a filthy ashtray all at once. God, why does THAT sound appealing? Well, it is. There's a smoky-sweet huskiness and a slightly solvent mineral twang. This calls itself a 'fire-brewed dark beer', which may have helped me to 'find' a more substantial woodsy char than is actually there.

T: Has that spicy-sweet berry flavor that I love from this style and a good smoky graininess. Maybe not as complex or memorable as some other Baltics and exceedingly chalky-dry in the finish or it may have scored higher. Still, a good one.

M: Medium body with a coating maltiness. Carbonation level is low, which may be due to this being cellared rather than refrigerated for at least 4 months. Feel is smooth and creamily warming, though not an 'alcohol' fusel heat.

D: A pleasant drinker, easy to consume. There are no real 'standout' qualities but still it's a solid choice - one I'm glad to have tried and one I'd snag again without much arm-twisting.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2008 03:55:17 | More by msubulldog25
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explosivebeer

Washington

4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a dunkel, not a baltic porter as the page suggests. It pours a nice clear brown with a small soft tan head. There is a great caramel malt aroma. It has a nice sweet subtle nuttiness in the flavor, possibly with a little vanilla. The mouthfeel is about what you'd expect from a dunkel. It finishes very nicely and leaves a little sweetness on your palate. Overall it's an enjoyable easy-drinking beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2008 04:09:28 | More by explosivebeer
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Thiestru

Georgia

3.55/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into my pint-sized pub glass.

Appearance: Dark reddish brown with a thin tan head, which goes away quickly and leaves very little lacing.

Smell: Sweet malts and smoke. Maybe a very light floralness.

Taste: Again, sweet malts and smoke. There is something else there, too, something strange, like... rust? I don't know. It's not entirely pleasant, but not bad, either. In the background I taste some sour plantiness.

Mouthfeel: Surprisingly watery. I'd actually say this is the beer's worst point.

Drinkability: Because of the wateriness, I don't feel like this is very filling, so I could probably drink a few. But because of the strange taste, I might not want to. Still, pretty good.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2008 21:51:43 | More by Thiestru
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LumpyGuitar

New York

3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle shown into a tumbler. Poured a clear dark brown with about a finger of foamy tan head.

Smells like molasses and wood smoke.

Tastes like molasses, coffee, and again, smoke. A bit of a bitter finish but it fits well.

Mouthfeel is light, not alot of carbonation, very smooth.

Drinkability is good, not the best porter I've had but a nice variation.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2008 02:57:46 | More by LumpyGuitar
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cvstrickland

North Carolina

3.43/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a tulip yields a clear, deep cranberry-brown body with 2+ fingers of creamy, light beige head that retains at a solid sheet and leaves lots of soapy lacing.

Darkly sweet smell with molasses, licorice, and salt water taffy.

Taste is smoky and sweet, with a lightly tart, juicy finish. No trace of any sort of bitterness, but there is a lurking note of lightly-roasted coffee and a hint of wood smoke lingering in the finish.

A bit watery; not what I was expecting from a Baltic porter, but softly carbonated and very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2008 22:06:41 | More by cvstrickland
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pmcadamis

Illinois

3.28/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Okocim Porter is just about my favorite beer ever, and I hope this one measures up.

A - The bottle is cool, and looks a bit like a Unibrou design with the artful phoenix made of flames. When I popped the top, some foam started roiling out of the mouth of the bottle, and upon pouring a monstrously dense khaki head rises to a little over two fingers and begins to compact itself down to a solid cap. Retention is nice, and some big ole arcs of tan lace coat my snifter. Swirling serves to build the head back up to a finger of dense cream. The brew itself is black, but shows a tiny hint of crimson when held directly to the light.

S - Roasted almonds, marshmallows, creamy milk chocolate, and syrup soaked pancakes. Rootbeer and licorice are there too, along with cola and sassafras.

T - This is super sweet...much sweeter than the nose suggests. This tastes like old-fashioned sarsaparilla or sassafras rootbeer. There are tons of herbal Riiicolaaa! lozenge flavors along with some sweet rootbeer candy notes. This is a major letdown from the wonderful nose, but it doesn't taste bad...it just tastes candy-artificial and way too sweet.

M - On the beefier side of light bodied, this has some silky carbonation and some oily residue is left coating my palate. the finish is sweet and slick, with a gradually building roasty aftertaste.

D - I'm totally disappointed. This is listed on this site as a Baltic Porter, but I totally disagree with that classification. I feel that this is more of a roasted Euro Dark Lager or something og that sort. It has more in common with a Munich Dunkel than it does with a baltic porter. Where is the big heavy body, the high ABV, the chocolate and roasted grains? This isn't terrible, but it's far from good.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2008 15:03:20 | More by pmcadamis
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Freshie

Massachusetts

3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up at my source for Polish beer in South Boston.

Packaging, with flames and a phoenix definitely draws the eye.

Appearance is dark, with decent head.

Aroma is sweet, with a musky hop backbone.

Taste is reflective of the aroma. Sweet, and earthy hops balances nicely.

Gets a bit watery and thin in the finish.

Very tasty, not as good as the original Okocim porter.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2008 01:48:09 | More by Freshie
Palone from Browar Okocim S.A. (Carlsberg)
84 out of 100 based on 94 ratings.