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

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-12-2001

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of r0nyn
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Split with fellow BAs infi and brun.

Pours a dark mahogany brown that's almost all the way opaque, with ruby edges all around. Not too much of a head, tannish in color that leaves little bits of spotty, sticky lacing. Nose is very interesting, full of a dark fruitness that mingles with a definite milk chocolate character. Raisins, dates, figs and dark molasses are also evident in the smell.

Taste follows up on the nose with a ton of dark fruit and chocolate. The sweet malts have a roasted quality to them, along with some creamy toffee. Bitterness is non-existent as the entire flavor profile is really very sweet. Alcohol shows up at the end, but is pretty mild. Mouthfeel is is pretty carbonated, with a prickly sensation coating the tongue. Body is on the lightish side with some slight chewiness.

Drinkability is pretty good, thanks to the sweet taste and smell. Great experience for my first Baltic porter. It's cheap too, meaning I will definitely be revisiting this tasty brew.

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Photo of infi
3.87/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16.9 oz. bottle, courtesy of BA r0nyn. From 11/12 notes.

Poured into an imperial pint.

Hazy brownish-purple color with a small white head that dissipates rapidly into nothingness. Good amount of carbonation throughout as well. The smell is very sugary and sweet: something like molasses, brown sugar, sweet malt, bananas and dark fruit, specifically raisins, all mixed in one. And over all the sugar-coated aromas is the 8% alcohol. One of the most sweetest smelling beers I've ever smelled before.

Taste is equally as sweet as the aromas. There's a lot of chocolate flavors, specifically Tootsie Roll-type chocolate and some lingering malted barley toastiness like a dark grain bread but mostly, the dark fruit is the one characteristic that stands out on the palate. Very raisin- and plum-forward with sprinkles of brown sugar and some slender amounts of warm alcohol. Gladly though, the overall sweetness is still held in check.

Mouthfeel is a typical porter-like: just about medium-bodied and soft. Drinkability is moderate. The flavors are all there, but maybe the alcohol will be the factor that limits the amount of glasses you'll have of this.

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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 kbutler1
3.88/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Pours a dark brown color with a big fluffy tiny bubbled tan head. The aroma is slightly malty, light roast coffee, touch of smoke, and milk chocolate. Medium mouthfeel. The roast is nicely balanced with a sublt sweetness that lasts throughout. Ends rather dryly and cleanly. Has a smooth velvety quality to it that is really nice. Fairly sweet and I could see how this would detract from the overall enjoyment but I actually like it as fan of sweet stoutts/porters. No real bitter or leather tastes at all. Alocohol is well hidden.

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Photo of chicagoish
4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a nice dark black with hints of red, full creamy tan head that leaves some soapy lacing on the glass

Smell: Predominately dark musty fruits and hints of chocolate and alcohol esters

Taste: Rich and creamy, chocolate. Hints of alcohol, but it's well hidden considering the ABV. There is a small bite, but its not overbearing. I'm an IPA guy but something about this porter appeals to me.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied, rich and creamy

Drinkability: Goes down nice and smooth. Belly warmer all the way down. Gives you a nice contented feel.

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

Poured from bottle almost totally black, dense thick head, off white color.

Heavy aroma, sweet, dried fruits and spices, lightly roasted malts, very appealing. Flavours match the aroma closely, rich sweet fruitiness, lightly roasted malts, and a little bite at the end from the 8.3% alc.

A very tasty sweetish (but not cloying) dark rich porter, served at room temperature, very enjoyable to sip in cool weather as a warming drink to savor slowly.

To my tastes, one of the best porters to come out of Poland.

B'ham UK Oct 2010

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Photo of MeMyselfNAles7
4.59/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A great example of a Baltic Porter. A well round porter. Very tasty.

Used a Mug and it poured a dark brown brew with an amber medium crown. Nice blend of dark coffe, both dark and sweet cococa beans along with dark malts on the nose with no signs of alcohol. The coffe, chocolate duo greets you at the very first sip, then the flavor develops into the darkend malts ending in a roasted coffe mellow caramel mix in the aftertaste. Very refereshing with great drinkability despite its 8% abv.

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Photo of dfernandez77
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Richly malty, slightly buttery and mild banana, smooth and appealing, pleasantly full but un-complex, no discernible hop character.

Deep brown, nearly black - like strong coffee. Need a bright light to punch through it - though it is clear. Nice tan head that dissipates somewhat swiftly and leaves lace in the glass. Overall appealing for a Porter. I'd estimate SRM at 29.

Very nice rich toasted malt, with a character like well toasted sweet brown bread. Barely perceptible roastiness. Pleasant complex sweetness in the background. Finishes slightly dry and mildly bitter like a fine cup of black coffee. Overall, very smooth and lightly complex.

Slightly slick medium body with very faint astringency. More dry in the finish and on the throat, with a developing sweetness as saliva works on what's left in the edge of the mouth. Appealing for the style.

Overall Impression:
This was a well done, very smooth, medium high gravity Baltic Porter. I enjoyed it very much. Just deepened in smoothness and flavor as it warmed. Certainly worth the price for less than US$3.00 for 500ml that I paid.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.7/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine Vol. II Issue VIII:

A few shades away from black, with deep ruby highlights. Towering, light brown head, the large amount of sticky lacing shows how great the retention really is. Thick aromas of brown sugar, rum-soaked raisins and brown bread. Creamy and slick on the palate with a full body. Light on the carbonation. Quick sting of alcohol with a breath of a solvent-like character. Creamy sweetness from the malt of dark bread and a hint of chocolate. Then the maltiness gets a little complex with carob powder, toasted bread and brown sugar. Modest hopping here with a bitterness that doesn't even rise above the malt. Alcohol is slightly warming with a dried plum fruitiness that feigns a sweeter finish, which actually turns semi-dry.

While this might be a cult classic from Europe, the bar has been raised by American craft brewers, so what was awesome years ago is just plain good today. A sipping Porter, better to pair with than drink on its own.

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Photo of aepb1
4.45/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Dark deep brown with a generous off-white head that sticks around for a long time

S- Very porter! Roasted malts and some spice too, and the alcohol is in the end

T- Malty molasses and some other sweet spices

M- On the light side of full with a nice creaminess

D- I really like the taste of this porter and will revisit often!

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Photo of yeahnatenelson
4.57/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance -- Pours coppery brown with two fingers of sudsy khaki head.

Smell -- Brown sugar, coffee, cocoa, whiskey, malted milk, a bit minty. I could go on with the roast malt descriptors, but suffice to say there's a lot going on. Quite aromatic.

Taste -- This beer is like a roast malt flavor thesaurus: brown sugar, caramel, black coffee, molasses, dark fruit, raisin, the list goes on. There is also a sherry-like flavor in there that lends an extra dimension and keeps things interesting. Toward the finish is herbal, almost minty hop flavor.

Mouthfeel -- Light on the tongue and a bit slick with full, fluffy carbonation.

Drinkability -- WHOA! This is a total sleeper beer. I picked this up because: 1) the name sounded familiar, 2) I'm on a Baltic Porter kick, and 3) because it was $2US for a 500ml bottle. This one has great depth of flavor, incredibly easy-drinking for the abv (nearly unnoticeable), and goes down smooth. If you love Baltic Porters or just like them, this cannot be missed. World-class.

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Photo of atis
3.93/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle from Poland

Pours black with foamy dark brown head, patchy lacing that sticks to the sides of the glass. Aroma is faint sourish, some sweetness can be felt as well.

Taste is rich and sweet roasted alcohol (alcohol disappears soon after), slightly spicy with hints of dark fruit with light bittery finish. Rich and slightly creamy feel, ever present warming sensation.

A solid Baltic Porter, very, very drinkable.

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Photo of therica
3.7/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased January 2010 at Wooden Keg in Hagerstown MD for $2.99 (500ml or 16.9 oz).

A= jet-black, almost no head, no carbonation visible.

S= liquor and more liquor, then some dark fruits and roasted malts. After it warms to room temperature after half an hour or so, there some mild banana hints, yet still dominated by liquor. Nothing exciting.

T= liquor again, sweetness beyond my preference, some dark fruits like prune, hints of dry coffee, I'm a bit disappointed. It lacks complexity, it lacks balance, it lacks hops or malts bitters versus sweetnes, it simply lacks in my opinion. After it warms to room temperature after half an hour or so, there some dry chocolate hints. Again, nothing exciting. Too little, too late.

M= sweetness plus dryness on the tongue, maybe some grassy hops hidden in here that I didn't find in the scent or taste.

D= rather too much alcohol and sweet augmentation for my preferences, not to mention the higher ABV% which makes this a single-bottle tester or shared preferably with friends who want the same headache I've gotten from a beer in many months.

I'm seriously surprised how high this beer is rated. The brewer's other beers aren't rated anywhere as high as this Porter offering. I would expect a beer of this mixed quality from some local micro/craft brewer who hadn't quite gotten it right, not from a 150+ year old brewer. But--- apparently some reviewers think better of this Porter. I don't.

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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 KTCamm
3.26/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from the above-size bottle into a pint glass.

Pours dark brown with fizzy off white foam that disappears into the glass. Remaining liquid is completely opaque.

Light aroma for a porter. Small hints of roasted coffee.

Taste is a milky creamy burnt coffee. Slightly bitter finish accompanied by some alcohol burn. Some carbonation, but not distinctive.

Good drinkability. Not the best porter out there - but pretty good.

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Photo of Onenote81
3.73/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a tulip glass. Pours a thick dirty motor-oil-like black with a thick creamy tan head on top. Retention was pretty decent. It left some gorgeous sip-rings on the glass after each sip. Very nice. Scents of plums, raisins, slight metallic twang, roasted malts, and licorice.

The body, though creamy and smooth, was much lighter than I expected. It was a little thin for my liking. Could have used a bit more 'chew.' Great flavors of dark fruits, candied licorice, light milk chocolate, and the finish was a tad sour and soy-sauce like. All in all, not a bad Baltic. It was cheap and decent. I'd have it again.

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Photo of drewba
4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours near opaque black with a moderate tan head. Fair lacing throughout.

S: Smell hints of something sour, then lots and lots of malt.

T: Has a nice malty, sweet flavor complimented by molasses and perhaps raisins.

MF: creamy, pleasant.

D: As someone said before me, the aftertaste does have a bit of a metallic taste, as if each bach is brewed with a handful of pennies. Overall, the excellent taste and mouthfeel do make this a highly drinkable beer, and at at $2.50 a bottle, won't break your bank (and will likely get you going at 8.3%)

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Photo of homebrew311
3.46/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: pours pitch black with a loose white/khaki head, leaves splotches around glass

S: first thing I notice is a metallic character which is followed by lots of roast, some malty sweetness- molasses, brown sugar, and caramel

T: the sweetness is quite a surprise on the palate as it delivers something entirely different than the nose suggests... notes of chocolate and molasses which finish with metallic notes. Some caramel and toffee notes in there as well. This is unlike most porters I've had

MF: low carbonation, creamy mouthfeel, thick body

D: well this beer is a great value at 1.99 a bottle, but I can't see myself drinking it too often as the metallic taste is prominent and unpleasant. Interesting example of the style but not my favorite.

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Photo of brewbasterd
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pors a dark, dark brown, almost black with some red tints. A frothy,tan head tops this beer and has good lacing. Milk chocolate and caramel take over the nose, with an undertone of toasted dark malt. Dark chocolate is upfront on the palate followed by caramel and toasted grain flavors, rounded of with a slight hoppy bitterness and a touch of sweet malt. Medium body with lasting residual flavors. Not a bad porter at all, one I will enjoy over and over again.

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Photo of Magpie14
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I bought this beer from Horrocks in Lansing. Bought on a whim and without any prior knowledge of its existence, I was excited to find that fellow BA's speak rather highly of it

A: a blending of ruby and chestnut colors form a deep stagnant brown. Not much light squeaks through (if any) and yet it has a mild warming appeal to it, far from black but one of the darkest browns around. A meager sudsy foam sat on top for a few seconds and melted away leaving a few blobs and drips of lace. Looks like a tough and hearty porter

S: the nose even has a toughness to it. Rugged malts and grains with plenty of sweetness ranging from bitter chocolate to caramel and a wisp of dark fruits. Nothing to smoky or earthy stands out in the nose but it is not a stretch to think that the palate should lead me in that direction

T: first things first...it's to cold, my mistake and poor planning. Anyway, my first sip was sticky sweet and loaded with dark fruits while leaning heavily on the shoulders of darkened 'n' roasted malts. What is really great is that the flavors last and last. Moments after each sip I find myself processing the tastiness within this beer. As warming continues, the flavor profile extends itself to lend coffee notes, ever so light spices (cinnamon and maybe a pinch of clover), and globs of molasses to shine through. What a knockout. The aftertaste hangs onto a slight bitterness that has smoked coffee beans, figs, and burnt caramel all over it

M: I must say that things are delicate and near velvety in feel. I might consider this a bit thin for a porter, maybe? Naw, I am just nitpicking. In any event, the flavors are here and so is the mouthfeel and they seem to coincide nicely together

D: what a tight beer and solid drinker. I must say that the amalgamation of flavors help shield the presence of any alcohol. It might be a bit rummy but I find that it hides in the shadows and might even help accentuate some of the other flavors. One of the better baltic porters out there...that I have had

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Photo of alkemy
3.87/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Dark brown pour with chestnut highlighting. Tan head about a finger in thickness, but it doesn't have a lot of staying power. The smell is cocoa, coffee, Dr. Pepper, and used motor oil. Vanilla was the first flavor I got in the taste. Then comes some cocoa, dark fruits and, completely agreeing with a reviewer right below this, root beer. I'd like this to be thicker, but I enjoyed it otherwise.

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

500ML bottle poured into a chalice

Beer pours a deep, dark brown colour with a mocha head that lingers for a bit

Smell is of roasted coffee, nuts, cocoa and some booze

Taste is of black licorice, cocoa, malt and coffee

mouthfeel is thick, nice aftertaste of coffee lingers after a sip and this one sort of burns on the way down, but not in an overwhelming way - if that makes sense

This is a thick, hard hitting beverage, I dont know if I want to move beyond having this 500ML bottle tonight.

Decent value (500ML bottle for $2.49), 8.1% abv and a good tasting porter, never had anything from Okocim before, but I like their take on the baltic porter. I'd definetly drink this again.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.68/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I vigorous center pour yielded a lot more foam than I was seeking. I was just so eager for a beer. The head is mocha colored. The beer is dark brown with ruby highlights. I get some sweet malt on the nose, chocolate, dark fruit, and some alcohol as it warms. I could swear I get some wafts of licorice from time to time. The taste progresses through sweet roasted malt to some black coffee. The alcohol comes though as well. It is a pretty tasty beverage. It is not my favorite porter, but it is my first Baltic porter. Seems to be a solid start.

Na Zdrowie!

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Photo of mrmanning
3.88/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another good baltic provided by MDs, thanks Mike! Opaque pour, with a thick mocha cap. Coffe, roasted malt, milk chocolate, and campfire all fill the nose. Nice! Sweet roasted malt and dark rum are all here for the mouth party, and are welcome! Bitter coffee, chocolate too! A good flavour profile. Boozey and warming. ABV is noticable, but pleasant. Thanks mike!

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Photo of Genghis22
3.7/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Pours a deep dark brown, almost black. Ruby highlights are present when held up to the light. Nice tan head quickly fades away.

S - Big roasty malts. Touches of cocoa, coffee and alcohol.

T - Sweet malt goodness. Very rich, almost like a "dessert" beer. First taste is sweet, but the hops come in on the back of the tongue and balance things a touch. The aftertaste is chocolately and slightly medicinal, a bit of a rootbeer like taste.

M - A bit watery for my liking. I feel like a beer this big, needs more body. The carbonation is great though.

D - Yowza! The alcohol is completely hidden. One and done on this bad boy though, just too sweet and too strong.

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Okocim Porter from Browar Okocim S.A. (Carlsberg)
4.12 out of 5 based on 546 ratings.
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