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

Okocim PorterOkocim Porter
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Okocim PorterOkocim Porter

Brewed by:
Browar Okocim S.A. (Carlsberg)

Style: Baltic Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.10%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-12-2001

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of bylerteck
2.08/5  rDev -49.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Bottle from a grocery store in Krakow. From notes.

A - Poured a dark ruby colour. Light comes through at points. Root beer type head with a loose three finger tan head. Lot's of visible carbonation and good lacing and retention.

S - Rich, sweet malt. A little roasty. Not strong but nice.

T - Woah. Diet Pepsi clone. Sweet malt is there but for some reason this tastes EXACTLY like Diet Pepsi. Usually I get a cola element in porters but I could easily mistake this for a pop. Doesn't taste like beer.

M - Light carbonation and a medium to full body.

O/D - Not a chance I would finish this. Too sweet. I was able to drink a quarter of the bottle. I'm not sure what the deal was with this but I just couldn't handle it. Pop instead maybe?

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Photo of schellsbeer
2.24/5  rDev -45.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I realize that Baltic Porters are different but never realized that they had to be this different.

Appearance is very good. A nice dark red brown but not black like so many American Porters. Clean and transparent.

Smell was average at best. Something there but can't get my "nose" around it. Dirty Socks maybe? Fresh swept garage? Dust? Musty? Something.

Taste is what I have a problem with. I was very unimpressed. Very strong acid taste...like vinegar. Sour Apples. The alcohol is very strong and cuts into the unpleasant taste. I purchased seveal bottles but could only drink a few of them. This is for sure not a drain pour but can't get over the strong taste. NOT SMOOTH like most American Porters.

Mouthfeel is ok. Very very thin. Almost burns in the mouth. Happened for each bottle that I opened.

Drinkability....If you want to tie one on, this is the beer for you. Very high Alcohol content. However, this isn't the reason why I drink beer. A cheap macro would do this for you.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.51/5  rDev -39.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

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Photo of CHL
2.55/5  rDev -38.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

Appropriately dark, and relatively viscous beer that clings to the side of the glass, with heavy lacing. The smell is malty, with noticeable alcohol and more hops than seem to be present in a sip.

I was shocked by how sweet this brew is. There are a lot of flavors in this mix--fruits, caramel, chocolate--and these flavors pack a complex punch in the smell and taste, as does the alcohol, which causes sensation up the nose. Overall, it was too sweet for me, like figs buried in sugar. I suspect I would have enjoyed the malt flavor greatly if the sweetness and alcohol were taken down a notch.

I don't consider this highly drinkable: 500 mL was far too much for me to finish.

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Photo of TerryW
2.66/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Nope. Waaaay too sweet for a proper porter. Leaves a lingering sticky and cloying sweetness on the palate. Overwhelms the coffee, chocolate, and roatiness you typically find in a porter.

Smeels okay, but not really distinctive. Looks good though. Deep dark brown with a decent head and good lace. Too sweet to make a habit of.

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Photo of clvand0
2.68/5  rDev -35%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This one pours a dark dark brown color with a small head that left a little lacing on the glass. The aroma was very strong - chocolates, coffee, and some other stuff that I didn't care much for - still decent and very complex. Not being a fan of the average porter taste, I didn't get too much enjoyment out of this one. I'll give it plenty of credit for being very complex and interesting, but the taste was just not to my liking. It tastes like an imperial stout mixed with a porter mixed with rum(?). The alcohol is present in the taste and has a lot of roastedness in the taste.

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Photo of DogFood11
2.79/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This beer is nice to look at. A bit of a cola type carbonation that clings to the sides of the glass. Tan, milky head has incredible staying power.

Caramel is the theme with this offering but there is an underlying creamed chocolate effect that helps with the complexity. I find that the lack of any toasty characteristic to be dissapointing. Not much of a counterpunch to the sugary dark malts either. The high notes were that the overall flavor is good. If I dig really deep there is a vinous lining that wraps up every pull. As this beer warmed a bit the heavy malts really take over completely without any bitterness at all. Not a fan.

Notes: I knew this was a highly respected beer going in to this sampling but I"ve had this many times and every time I come out of it dissapointed. I think this may be my last attempt. Its "OK" but there are many, many, porters worthy of my money compared to this.

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Photo of jeffmonarch
2.8/5  rDev -32%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

500 ml bottle in a pint glass.

A - Dark brown with a thick tan head.

S - Rich chocolate smell. Really nice.

T - Really sweet and thin. A little too sweet.

M - Medium bodied with good carbonation.

D - Not impressed. It was too sweet, way too sweet.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
2.86/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Pours dark brown with an off white head that disappears. No real lacing.

Slight whiff of prune and alcohol. Hard to detect.

This beer is all sugar. Tons of brown sugar flavors, with alcohol soaked candied dark fruit and some over sugared coffee and some dark chocolate. Bitterness comes through the sweetness, and then is overtaken by a wave of sugar on the finish. Where the hell is the malt, the complexity, etc.? Ok, just at the very finish as your palate clears, you get a little dry cocoa and malt.

Decent body to this one. Can't knock it, although it doesn't really facilitate the drinkability. Body makes the sugar cling to the mouth. Alcohol cuts some of the sweetness, but overall, this is lacking. $1.95 for 1 pt. 0.9 oz., so it was a deal, but no way am I buying this again. Nothing off on this one, just very differently crafted. Not my taste/style.

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Photo of botham
2.92/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

pint bottle poured into a snifter. pours opaque black with a single finger of rich light tan head after a hard pour. decent retention and moderate lacings make this one look great in the glass.

aroma is of lightly roasted malts and a bit metallic, along with a bit of chocolate and some subtle dark fruit notes. lightly sweet overall with an odd overall character; possibly a bad bottle due to the metallic character.

taste is much better, with a lightly roasted character and a solid black malt presence. the brew is sweet overall with a smooth character and an overall solid profile, though it could be a bit less sweet and more roasted.

mouthfeel is decent, though underwhelming. full bodied and rich in texture with a semi-dry finish of residual dark malts.

drinkability is good. the brew seems to do all the right things in the wrong way. too sweet, a touch metallic in the nose and not enough roasted malt to sustain the rich and sweet character. hopefully these negative thoughts are from a bad bottle. oh well, that just means another bottle is going to have to make its way in front of this BA.

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Photo of Crosling
2.98/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nearly opaque black color, with a white and quickly diminishing white head. Moderate burnt currant and roast aroma with a light hint of smoke and coffee. I found the flavor overwhelmingly cloying and I usually don’t enjoy a lot of hop flavor and aroma in stouts/porters, but the additions here could have been more substancial. I found it pretty timid overall, with a fairly light body and light raisin, coffee, roast flavors. Not really enjoyable and a bit hard to finish.

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Photo of metalblack
3/5  rDev -27.2%

Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -27.2%

Photo of MillySox
3.01/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from tap into 12oz hourglass. Pitch black with a little bit of a white head. Smells a little grassy and grainy. Dark but not heavy. Didn't seam to hold a lot of carbonation and I don't know if thats intentional. The taste is very sweet and simple. Low bitterness and light mouthfeel. Might be a nice option on a hot day.

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Photo of olradetbalder
3.06/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Looks great with the brown head.
Smells like a mild coffee. Roasted. Taste like boozed up coffee. Over carbonated and a bit to thin.
Should have been more rubust to match the booze and the mouthfeel.

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Photo of Naes
3.07/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

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. It’s 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.

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Photo of LloydDobler
3.1/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of biglite351
3.16/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - tiny bit of red through the center. Tall tight near white head.

S - malt, caramel and a touch of chocolate. A touch of prune in the finish.

T - dark fruit, dark chocolates, bitter mild coffee. There are a lot of things going on in this brew. Maybe even a bit of a Belgian touch.

M - light coating with a sort of bitter tingle in the throat.

D - I could have a couple.

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Photo of CH3CH2OH
3.19/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep black with a tan head. Malt and caramel aromas and a sweet, one dimensional taste. Almost no aftertaste. The best thing to be said for it is that it hides its ABV very, very well. As close to a lawnmower porter as I've had.

Aroma - 5; Appearance - 2; Flavor - 9; Mouthfeel - 4; OI - 7 (27/50).

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Photo of numenor1
3.21/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

my 100th review

Well, not as dark as sinebrychoff, but certainly dark brown to black, with a khaki rocky head that laces very well. Smells of dust, faint chocolate, very light roast and rubber, go figure. Great flavors. Semisweet chocolate, roast coffee, cherry, almonds, brown sugar. Very nice. Unfortunately, as much as i want to like this, i find it overly sweet, cloying. Mouthfeel is good, medium, assertive carbonation, medium body. Drinkability suffers due to sweetness. Oh well. Drain pour.

Give me sinebrychoff any day.

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Photo of gonzo46and2
3.22/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a dark reddish brown with a one-finger dark tan head. Laces nicely.

Aroma is sweetend premium coffee, chocolate and caramel. Very malty and sweet.

Taste is extremely sweet. Much sweeter than I like and the rating suffers for that reason. The malty flavors have a nice depth with chocolate, carob, caramel, dark fruit and coffee. Just too sweet for my tastes. A nice dry hopping on this beer could balance it out a bit and really make this a winner.

Mouthfeel is sticky and sweet with a nice roundness and full character.

Drinkability is lacking for me due to the high abv and overall sweetness.

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Photo of Folderol
3.23/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I looked forward to trying this beer ever since the death of Heavyweight and Perkuno's Hammer. I remember reading that Okocim was the model Baltic Porter - but then I also read that it went out of production for a while and came back in its current form with a slightly different recipe. I can only guess that the original was much better.

This beer was just not all that interesting - the taste is sweet dark malt, but I didn't pick up any complexities, no chocolate or fruit, maybe just a hint of molasses and soy sauce. I didn't detect any hop flavor and bitterness was minimal. I also picked up a lot more ethanol fumes than I'd like - there are brews that cover their alcohol pretty well, and this is not one of them.

Sorry Okocim - this one is not worth the trouble to find.

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Photo of frontalot
3.25/5  rDev -21.1%

Photo of rorjets
3.25/5  rDev -21.1%

Photo of generallee
3.26/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

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Okocim Porter from Browar Okocim S.A. (Carlsberg)
Beer rating: 4.12 out of 5 with 546 ratings
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