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

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Okocim PorterOkocim Porter

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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 Sammy
4.01/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

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Photo of metter98
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.78/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

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Photo of brentk56
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.4/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of zeff80
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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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 mothman
3.95/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into Bells snifter

Pours 1 finger of tan head. Nice retention. Color is a dark brown, near black.

Aroma: Rich dried fruits, dark roasted malts, some chocolate. Fairly sweet with a little bit of toastedness. A touch of caramel.

Taste: Toasted malts, chocolate, caramel, and a rich dried fruit profile. Plums and raisins stick out nicely. Sweet and toasted.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and smooth. Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Ends a little dry.

Overall, a pretty nice baltic porter. A lot of solid flavors. My only complaint is that it ends really dry. Fairly drinkable.

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Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle into snifter, no bottle date. Clear dark brown color with a dense 1 finger light tan head with nice retention, that reduces to a thin lacing cap. A nice amount of lacing clings to the glass as well. Aromas of big dark fruits, roasted malt, caramel, molasses, chocolate, coffee, wood, and a bit of booze. Nice aromas here with good strength and complexity. Taste of nice chocolate, roasted malt, caramel, and dark fruits; with a bit of wood and smokiness as well. Fair amount of bitterness on the finish that lingers with some caramel, and chocolate flavors with a bit of hop spiciness. Very malt forward, but also has a nice balance of all flavors. Medium bodied with a slightly higher than medium amount of carbonation. The carbonation does not really detract anything, and the beer still has a fair amount of creaminess in the mouthfeel. Alcohol is well hidden, only a small warming after the finish. Very good drinkability for 8.3% as well, nice and smooth. Overall this is a great Baltic porter, with a lot of complexity and nice balance.

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Photo of oberon
4.32/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of mactrail
3.51/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

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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 BuckeyeNation
4.6/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

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Photo of russpowell
4.97/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of smcolw
3.95/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.06/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of jwc215
4.62/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of Billolick
4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500mll brown bottle, no freshness indication offered.. Pours very dark honey amber/brown, with a dark tan head,showing decent retention,disolveing a nice looking tiny bubble film that leaves some blotchy scattered lacing. Nose is cola, smoke. Full flavor brew, notes of caramel, near burnt grains, dark berry jam, dark chocolate, smoke and perhaps some figs. Full bodied and revealing dense layers of dark malty goodness. Complex, flavorful brew. Bring on the beef stew, dark bread and sausages. NIce stuff

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

Na zdrowie!

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Photo of GClarkage
4.76/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

03/10/06- Purchased at Beverages and More in Redwood City, CA.

Presentation- 16.9oz bottle. No freshness info listed. Poured into my Tripel Karmeliet chalice/tulip.

Appearance- At first a bit of a dark mahagoney and a bit opaque. After the full pour it's almost as black as night. Started off with an inch dirty white creamy head and until the end there was still 1/2 inch remaining. Patchy, spotty and streaky lacing abounds.

Smell- Milk chocolate scented elixer. Some dark roasted malts. Not to dark and not smoky or burnt. Just about the right amount. A touch of coffee grounds. Maybe a wee bit of hoppiness.

Taste- Wow, I had great expectations for this and I think it even exceeded that. Dark roasted malt hits first. Then a quick hit of lightly bitter hops comes in. Then a wonderful bittersweet chocolate coats your mouth. Wonderful sweetness follows. Mollasses, toffee, some licorice...lots of tasty items that all meld into a wonderful flavor. When the aftertaste kicks in you get a nice espesso flavor.

Mouthfeel- Thick, viscous, mouthcoating creamyness. Low carbonation, the way a nice porter should be.

Drinkability- This beer was truly a pleasure to drink. I love how the taste goes from a nice bitterness to a full on sugary and creamy chocolate taste and then fills your mouth with espesso. This beer is truly amazing. Had a real hard time not giving this ones 5's across the board. Highest recommendation here.

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Photo of Gavage
4.45/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of tempest
4.17/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nearly pitch black with a creme-colored head. It smells of chocolate liqueur and port with a hint of cherry. Overall, Okocim feels quite sweet, featuring tastes of cocoa, toffee, roasted grain and wild fruit, with an undertone of dry coffee. A smooth drink, it has a bit of acidity and minimal bitterness creating an experience more like a lightly carbonated red wine than beer.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Oxymoron

Pours a nice dark brown/black color, nice carbonation, nice tiny head which leaves some lacing. The nose is of sweet sightly roasted malts, toffee/caramel, and slight alcohol. The taste is very sweet/malty, nice toffee/caramel taste. There's a nice warming effect from the higher ABV in this one. Medium body, very well rounded. Very drinkable, one of the best porter's for me too date, glad I had a chance to try this one.

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