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

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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 rmolledo
3.83/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is a almost black opaque with a hint of red against the light. It has a dime sized white foamy head.
Smells of cholocate, vanilla, and roasted grains.
Tastes of chocolate, prunes, and almost a spicy rye flavor...
mouthfeel is nice and creamy thick that coats your mouth but finishes a bit dry. has a alcohol warmth when swallowed.
Drinkability I rated low because I woudn't have more than 1 in a night. It's the type of beer I would nurse over an hour and enjoy it as it warms up.

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Photo of flexabull
4.31/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark brown color with a nice big off white head.

Aromas are floral, a tad skunky, a little grainy, with hints of chocolate. Decent nose, but not quite what I expected.

Taste is great. Very clean, nice creamy sweetness, milk chocolates, and some dark toasted malts as well. Finish is long with a nice hint of mineral bitterness to cut the sweetness.

Mouthfeel is excellent. Nice velvety feel, with very good carbonation.

Drinkability is wonderful. What an excellent porter. If this was available at home, I'd grab it often. This is a great example of the style, goes down easy for such a high ABV beer.

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

500ml bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - black with a tan head that thinned out and left some streaks of lacing.
S - roasted malt and chocolatey aroma.
T - cocoa powder taste upfront with roasted chocolate malt and a sort of burnt coffee flavor on the dry finish.
F - medium bodied with a bit of a slick feel.
D - good drinkability.

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Photo of tippebrewcrew2
4.02/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4


Abv 8.3%


L= 3.5 Pours a black tawny body with hues of deep red. It has a 2 finger off-white light brown head with a clear white rim.

S=4.0 nose comes alive with medium to dark roasted coffee, sweet malt, and light semi-sweet dark chocolate

T= 4.0 true to the nose, sweet malt followed by coffee that draws to a lasting dry bitter finish.

F= 4.5 It has a nice creamy body, velvety textures, and well layered flavors.

D=4.0 Good beer at 8.3%. Taste a lot like an imperial porter. Nice back end bitterness but wouldn't want to sip on it all night

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Photo of Aaron420
3.37/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A dark coffee brown color with a tan head that was extremely short lived. It had a very malty aroma with a touch of something on the sweet side not exactly sure of what it was though. The taste was very strong on the malt side. Then came a little bit of sweetness a hint of chocolate or molasses. Not really a great beer but also not a bad one. I would rate this at a middle of the road kind of beer. I would drink one again, but I will not be in a hurry trying to rush to the store to get another.

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Photo of Bookseeb
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I spent 2 weeks in poland and drank a lot of Okocim but never came across this porter. Appearance is very dark almost black with a fair off tan head no lace. Smell of sweet light roasted malts, chocolate with a dark fruit note. Taste is sweeter than expected from start to finish with the dark fruits, light chocolate and alchohol. Mouthfeel has a good chewy smooth medium with good carbonation. A little sweet for my porter palate, but overall a nice porter.

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Photo of samie85
3.9/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours black with a tan, one finger head into a nonic glass.

S-Smells like chocolate malt, dark fruit and a bit of sweet alcohol.

T-Rich and dry, bitter chocolate and dark fruit with an earthy finish and some warm, sweet alcohol notes.

M-Thick bodied but very well carbonated, true to style.

D-Really easy drinking considering the ABV, but I think I'd be hard pressed to finish two of these due to the richness of this beer.

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Photo of JohnL9013
3.95/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: I was totally surprised at what came out of the bottle with this one. A really nice, dark color with a tall, dark head.

S: This beer has a heavy malt smell to it with other stuff included. Excellent smell.

T: The taste isn't quite as strong as I would have liked but it is still very good and just has that deep, "porter" quality to it that defies the watery junk being sold mass-market here in the US. The malt is extremely well roasted without being too dark and is balanced with an almost chocolate-like flavor as well. Delicious.

M: Mouthfeel is a little on the carbonated side. I prefer this style with less carbonation rather than more.

D: This isn't especially drinkable, but I would have had another given the chance.

This was on sale for like $4. I'm glad I bought it as it was worth more than its asking price. I'll have to look into this style more.

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Photo of SteveS1
4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From the bottle to a stout glass:
Look- Deep crimson, tall foamy tan head with little bubbles that takes its time to subside. Light lacing left on the edges of the glass.

Smell- Cherry (dark fruits), molasses, very sweet.

Taste- Sweet chocolate hits the tongue and malts cover the palate, finishes with nice dark fruits. Leaves a bitter chocolate aftertaste.

Feel- full, but not too heavy, rich and creamy

Drinkability- As with many baltic porters, this has a very heavy feel to it, but it goes down smooth. I wouldn't mind a few pints, but one is surely enough.

A personal favorite, I've had many, but never done a proper review. I prefer this a little bit chilled, but it is good any way you have it. I remember the first time tried it, it was because my friend didn't want to finish it. I'm not sure if it was too rich or sweet for him, but keep in mind it does have a sweetness that some may find overbearing.

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Photo of KYbrewgal
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Keg Liquors, IN. Deep brown with ruby highlights. Tall tan head with fine bubbles, medium carbonation that fell quickly. Aroma of chocolate and toasted malts with a bit of caramel. Tastes of chocolate, roast, some sweetness like toffee; low to no hops; balanced toward sweetness. Very drinkable, could have another.

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Photo of BDJake
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- very dark brown with a small head and a little bit of lacing

S- dark roasted malts and some dark fruit in the background

T- smoky dark malts and a hint of black cherry that intensified as it warmed

M- chewy, lightly carbonated, robust body

D- pretty well for the style, good as a sipper, enjoyable even when it was a little cooler

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Photo of Mistofminn
3.8/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another beer sampled because of a lack of better selection in my hometown.

Nearly opaque, but translucent dark brown with a creamy tan head with great retention and lacing.

The nose showcases dark fruits and hints of chocolate and sweet and roasted malts. Do I detect some cinnamon?

The taste is sweet malts, raisins and other dark fruits, chocolate and roasted malts. There is that cinnamon like quality again that I'm picking up, and it becomes more noticeable as it warms.

Medium to full bodied with a slow carbonation. Smooth going down, easy drinking.

Overall, this is a solid, yet ultimately unimpressive Baltic Porter in my eyes. The major upside for this is the price, as I could drink this daily and still spend less on beer than I do now. I will definitely be buying this again, although there are other Baltic Porters that I'd rather have than this.

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Photo of likethetaste
3.35/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a nice dark amber color with a decent head. Nothing outstanding but good. Not any thing special about the feel.
Taste was ok. Slight taste of prunes but nothing complex or outstanding.

I love Okacim's Lager but this one while good it is not great.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.37/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Okocim Porter, with the bottle proclaiming "Traditional Polish Taste"

Poured from a 500 ml bottle into a pint glass. A dark amber in color nearing black with a crackling inch and a half of head that retains decently well.

Aroma startles the senses with a deep complexity. A rich malty note that is laced with roastedness. Butterscotch and toffee also.

Flavor follows the aroma with a wonderful maltyness and a nice roasted edge. Hints of raw cocoa and faint caramel. Alcohol is decently well hidden behind the strong malt body, yet it provides a comfortable warming sensation. Hop bitterness is leafy and tame.

Full bodied yet a crisp dry finish. Intriguing and a nice facet of this brew. A tad chalky, and ends on a nice lingering malt note.

The Polish obviously know a good bit about brewing (and drinking). This is a most excellent beer that I will hope to enjoy again sometime. A nice strong winter beer.

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

Appearance: Black, coffee colored head short lived.

Aroma: If you're familiar with the Baltic Porter style, you'll recognize this aroma and appreciate it. Its so hard to describe, roasted malts rule but theres this unexplainable lager smell. This sounds like a turn off but its good here.

Taste: Imagine the lightest, most perfectly finishing porter, this is it. Roasted malts, hops, etc, all the makings of a great porter, but finish similarly like a lager. It just taste light, eventhough she's 8.3%.

Mouthfeel: Rather crisp for a porter. Medium/light in body, I'd say.

Drinkability: Not quite sessionable, due to alcohol, you'd be tempted to say it is, but by the time you finished it you'd change your mind.

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Photo of albern
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a really nice Baltic porter. It pours an inky black color, a decent brown creamy head, a bit on the smallish side, some retention, some lacing. The nose is loaded with sweet malts, dark malts, a touch of cherry dark chocolate too.

This beer is extremely sweet and pure cream on the tongue. There are loads of sweet and dark malts going on here. There is a slight chicory flavor, lots of sweet chocolate and brown malts, a roasted malt note underneath, some charred flavors, some cocoa powder flavors too. This is a surprisingly sweet, yet complex porter, that is a pure sweet delight. It is strong, but deceptively so, with no real indication of its strength, beware. The charred and more drying hop characteristics, what there is of them, comes through more in the finish. There is definitely an oily finish on the tongue, but very little aftertaste and just maybe the slightest ABV warming notes in the finish. This beer is a treat. L'Chaim.

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

I tried to do some research on this beer but the website features Polish words I don't understand flying across the screen accompanied by piano. I tried.

Translucent dark brown/black with a 2 finger tan head. Dark fruit aroma with caramel, toffee, dark roast coffee and hickory. Taste is grape juice flavored porter. Dark grain, caramel and a dark chocolate finish. The dark fruit flavors are right up front and could be balanced better.

Very lagerish in general, but in the body particularly. I wouldn't be surprised if a lager yeast was used or if it was an ale yeast that it was cold stored at the brewery. Like I said, my attempted research was thwarted.

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

Pours almost black, just the slightest of ruby highlights, with a large persistent tan head.
Rich roasted malt aroma of dark chocolate, hazelnut praline, Irish cream and morning cappuccinos. Later on some dark fruits start to show, mainly cherry and plums.
Upon tasting, I've gotta say that this beer is amazingly creamy. As in Irish cream creamy. Loads of the stuff. Also milk chocolate, with some roasted grains bravely trying to cut through the sweetness, but failing miserably. The alcohol is noticeable, but in no way harsh or overpowering.
I would have liked the body to be chewier, but really, there's little to complain about in the mouthfeel.

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Photo of CampusCrew
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance: nearly opague, creamy tan head with great lacing

smell: some dark fruit aroam with a hint of chocolate and some sweetness.

taste: subtle cocoa, lots of sweetness, brown sugar and raisins. nice

mouthfeel: medium to full bodied

drinkability: Wow... what a great beer for the price and it's an import too. This is goignt o be a staple for me now. great beer!

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Photo of TheViolator666
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle poured into stout glass.

A: Pours a dark brown hue that's not quite opaque. Nice light tan head that leaves behind a fair amount of lacing.

S: Smells of grains, hay and sweet chocolate malts.

T: Tons of farm-like flavors are going on here, straw and grains mostly. Also, there is a ton of molasses sweetness to this one. Notes of sweet chocolate and a warming, not hot, alcohol feel.

M/D: Nice full mouth on this one, accompanied by just the right amount of carbonation. Highly drinkable, and a great bang for your buck.

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

Pour nearly opaque. When back lit, highlights of very dark ruby red appear along the edges. The head is nice, filling out the rest of the glass with a light brown billowing foam that left nice lacing all the way down.

The smell is pretty sweet, but also grainy. Notes of grainy malt, chocolate, molasses and a distinct alcohol scent come through initially. Hints of caramel, or toffee, are further in the background and become more pronounced as the beer warms.

The taste brings more of the grainy/toasted malt up front, followed by chocolate and molasses. The alcohol comes through, but does not make the finish hot. Pretty sweet throughout, mostly molasses and sweet chocolate.

Overall, very drinkable and delicious. The mouth feel was pretty full-bodied, while still being pretty drinkable. A little bit of heat in the finish, but not enough to make it unbalanced.

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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 MrStark
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Appearance is black with hints of brown along the edges. A two-finger tan head that slowly dissipated.

Smell is of light coffee and sweet dark chocolate. A fairly sweet aroma.

Taste is similar to the smelll. Sweet coffee and malts, with a mild dark chocolate bitterness towards the end. A little bit of the alcohol is felt on the finish as well.

Mouthfeel is not particularly heavy. Medium bodied with light carbonation. Goes down pretty smooth.

Drinkability is good. Very pleasant to drink. I wouldn't mind having a few of these. A pretty nice example of the style in my opinion.

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Photo of kensuthe
3.95/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Very dark brown, almost black. Slight red coloration. Thick, two finger tan-brown head that breaks down nicely.

Smell - A little coffee, a little roasted malt, a little sweet toffee or caramel, and a hint of chocolate.

Taste - The flavors of roasted malts, coffee, brown sugar, and chocolate were all present, in descending order. No one taste really overpowered any of the others, and the flavors blended smoothly together.

Mouthfeel - Not too heavy, more medium-bodied with a nice creamy finish to it.

Drinkability - It was very easy to drink, both in terms of taste and in terms of mouthfeel. I enjoy a good porter, and I'd definitely like to drink this one again.

Would definitely buy another, very good porter.

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

Let me just preface this by saying this was the first porter I've ever had so I really did not know what to expect from it.

A- Pours an extremely dark color that is almost black.

S- The smell wasn't bad. Smelled like coffee. Kind of sweet.

T- The taste also was kind of sweet. Tasted like fruity chocolate with a slightly bitter finish.

M- The mouthfeel was actually pretty good. Very smooth but heavy enough to let you know it is there.

D- Pretty easy to drink and I would recommend to anyone who loves

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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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