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Browar Okocim S.A. (Carlsberg)

Style: European Dark Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

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

Added by wl0307 on 08-24-2005

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 99 |  Reviews: 86
Reviews by ccs:
Photo of ccs
3.48/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This is a difficult beer to's tasty, with a nice smoked flavor, but not enough to be a porter. A beautiful dark beer, with a 1/2 inch head on it. The smell is sweet malt and smokey, roasted malt. It's a great full beer, both in taste and mouthfeel, that really makes me realize that flavor and how a beer feels in my mouth is really the most important thing fr me, appearance and aroma are great...but give me taste anytime. I think on of these is my limit.

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Photo of oberon
3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this yesterday with some roast pork braised red cabbage and potato pancakes and an almost near perfect match in my mind.Poured a richy tawny brown with a light brown one finger head.Lighter aromas hints of brown sugar and smoke a little iron-like quality as well,flavors are subtle upfront but really came out with food that smokiness reappeares and really did show itself with flavors of the pork the lightly sweet brown sugar quality and caramel sweetness was a nice contrast to the braised cabbage,a nice fluffy-like mouthfeel kept the beer from being filling.What a cool dark lager unique in its smokinees I think and quite nice subtle complexities to go along with being just crazy food friendly,a real Polish winner here.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.45/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - This one looks the part. It is a simple dark brown in color with a modest off-white head.

Smell - The mild, darkish malts seem a bit smoked to me, which is strange. Is this a smoked version of an EDL? It's like a lightly-smoked bock almost.

Taste - This is a bockish lager with a mild but definite smoke flavor.

Mouthfeel - This is light in the ass with no real body to speak of.

Drinkability - If you like a smoke flavor in your beer but can't handle the German Rauchbiers then this may be just the one for you.

Update - I thought I'd update by 2006 review with a 2008 sample. It is greater than the sum of its parts. My ratings are all 3.5 with one 3.0 but I will buy this whenever I see it in the store. It's nothing stellar but strangely sessionable.

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Photo of explosivebeer
4.02/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

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Photo of tigg924
4.15/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: dark brown in color, minimal head, clear

Smell: smoke, caramel, coca cola, and toasted malt

Taste: caramel, touch of coffee, and small smoked malt

Mouthfeel: minimal carbonation, light bodied, smoky sweet, smooth

Drinkability: I really like this beer. There is a nice smokiness to this that is not overpowering. With the low abv, I could sip the four pack in a sitting.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.46/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a Pilsner glass)

A- This beer pours a dark brown crystal clear body that is a bit dense with a creamy tan head supported by a good carbonation of big bubbles

S- The aroma is pretty clean with notes of brown malt and bread crust coming though as the beer warms.

T- The light flavor of dry slightly sulfury raw grains are mixed with a soft toasted brown malt note. There is a soft brown nougat flavor that finishes with a dry crisp green note at the finish.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a crisp fizz in the finish.

D- The clean and toasted flavors are nice but they are hidden in the background. This makes me drink even faster to try and get more of that taste that is eluding my tongue.

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Photo of Sammy
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Found at Eagle Provisions, NYC. Very decent for its style, it has a decent dark appearance and malty aroma. Quite drinkable, nicely malted not sweet, balanced with some moderate bitterness. A bit of smoke in taste and average mouthfeel, I taste caramel. .

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Photo of pmcadamis
3.32/5  rDev -10.3%
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 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.

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Photo of ElGordo
3.77/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the 500ml bottle into a pint glass. Color is somewhere between amber and burgundy, topped by a smallish, light tan head that is rather short-lived. Aroma of sweet roasted malt, with notes of caramel and toffee and a hint of peat smoke. Palate is again dominated by sweet malt, a touch of roastiness, and sweet caramel and light fruit. Finish is actually fairly dry and ends with a touch of peat smoke. The body is rich enough to handle the sweet flavors here, with a slight velvety character - very nice. A well-built dark lager.

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Photo of cjgator3
4.17/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

"Fire-Brewed Dark Beer". Pours an dark brown, almost pitch black color with a creamy light tan head. Smell consists of coffee and slight hints of dark fruit and chocolate. Taste is just delicious! Taste starts out with sweet roasted malt, and finishes slightly bitter with a lingering coffee aftertaste. Wow! Mouthfeel is velvety smooth. Overall, this is an outstanding brew that is definately recommended.

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Photo of BigJim5021
2.52/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Let's get this out of the way right now: this is not Okocim Porter. Duh. I knew that it wasn't going to live up to one of the best porters on the planet. I was, however, hoping for something better. Something much better. Alas, this is not a particularly good beer.

It looks nice. Pours what appears to be black until you hold it up the light, and then it's a ruby-brown of sorts. The off-white head produces plenty of lacing. The appearance is the strong suit of the beer.

The aroma is really what turns me off to the beer. This shit smells soapy. Soapy as hell. I smell nothing else but detergent. Very uncool.

The flavor is a definite step up from the smell, but it's nothing special. Mildly malty with a metallic bite on the finish.

Mouthfeel is far too thin for the style. Carbonation is where it should be, but the body is far too Paris Hilton when it should be -- at the very least -- Beyonce.

Overall, this is not something I plan on drinking again. Granted, it was a free bottle that I received due to an error, but that still doesn't make it a good beer. I'll stick with Okocim's exceptional porter, thank you very much.

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Photo of bashiba
4.41/5  rDev +19.2%
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.

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Photo of Riverwarrior
3.8/5  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.

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Photo of aluskungs
3.69/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours into my glass hissing and popping, like ginger ale. There is just a thin sheet of foam on top of the dark red walnut brew. Definitely not safe to walk on! Minimal head.

The smell is quite complex. There is a oak barrel whisky smell with some smoked peat and balsamic presence. Quite interesting.

A heavy looking beer, but it isn't. It is quite refreshing and drinkable. A clean aftertaste that doesn't cover your tongue with malty sweetness, instead it seems to wash your taste buds clean, ready for another sip!

Not much hop presence. Sweet honey and molasses taste, but minimal. Some smokey malt cuts the sweetness and keeps it in check. A hint of sourness.

A good beer! One will have no problem drinking this half liter bottle, my glass is already half empty after this review!

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Photo of shbobdb
3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

I'd like to offer a quick wag of my finger to those who say that their Baltic Porter is a work of art, yet fail to laud this beer similarly. I am genuinely unsure whether they just downsized the malt bill for this beer, or they physically added water to their Okocim Baltic Porter.

The same basic beer is there. That hint of rauchmalt, the strong maple-syrup presence, the whole deal -- just lighter. It is their baltic porter lite.

Now, it clearly loses something in that conversion. The combination of the big, sugary-sweet malts and the thinness and lightness of a pilsner is a little odd. Really, almost Belgianesque in its fusion of sugary-sweetness and razor-thin mouthfeel.

But, overall, it is a solid beer. I do think the beer loses something in its downsizing. A baltic porter should be big and uncompromising and this beer ain't. Really, it tastes like a 50/50 mix of their OK beer and their Baltic porter. Both very good beers in their own right, but this combination is good -- but I'd rather keep those brews separate.

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Photo of morimech
4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

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Photo of bonbini26
3/5  rDev -18.9%

Photo of emerge077
4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A Polish Schwarzbier, with a little Rauch on the side...

Pours a deep burnt caramel tone. Body is inky black, capped with tan foam and lace. Not much aroma besides a faint maltiness.

Taste is where this lager delivers. Smoked malt, with a nutty, malty backbone. Rich without overdoing it, and quite sessionable. Medium mouthfeel, well balanced for a lager with this much flavor.


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Photo of Jredner
3.46/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The body is dark brown to black with a fluffed up tan head that is two fingers thick and fades slowly. Aroma is smokey with notes of muted chocolate, raisin, cotton and loam. Fore is sweet raisin accented and lightly smokey. A smoked Dunkel then. Works for me and I don’t like smoked beers. The overarching flavor profile is sweet malts and raisins...the smoke is on the outskirts.

I love the whole FIRE BREWED marketing. A nice contrast to the Ice Brewed craze of the 90’s in the US and Canada.

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Photo of BeerSingh
3.4/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a beer mug, a deep reddish brown clour with a quickly dissipating head. Tastes of caramel and toffee all the way. A strong malt presence can be felt in the first sip - sweet with burnt sugar, almost too much for a Euro Dark Lager. Mouthfeel is thin and pretty above average on the sting. I would pass this as average on drinkability because of its sweetness.

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Photo of Erish
3.23/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I poured this 1 pint .9 oz. bottle into a pilsner glass. No freshness date, but A.D. 1845 is printed on the bottom of the label, which I guess is cool. I do like the fiery dragon on the label.

A: clear, dark mahogany color, an aggressive pour produced a massive head, which I had room for thanks to my new 19 oz. Polish pilsner glass from IKEA! The cap is persistent and the lacing is tenacious. From this point on I will be disappointed by this beer...

S: sweet, raisin bread-like malt aroma, molasses, a bit of caramelly/vanillesque aroma is in there as well, and no discernible Euro-funk.

T: the dried-fruit sweetness hits up front, the vanilla is stronger than the caramel in the middle, and the finish has a bit of coffee, just a touch of smokiness, and a rumor of earthy hops. Even for a Euro lager, I find the taste to be a bit one-dimensional and cloyingly sweet.

M: light-bodied, watery to lightly silky texture, moderate carbonation. A bit more carbonation might have improved this beer, or maybe a hop leaf or two.

D: I have had other Polish beers that have impressed me. This beer is a resounding "meh."

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Photo of matjack85
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of peabody
3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a dark brown clear liquid with a tint or reddish amber and one finger of white suds.Good lacing.
Smell is caramel malt with a dry straw haystack aroma. Some alcohol and some burning yeast.
Taste is sweet and mellow malts with just a hint of fruit like fig or raisin. Not much alcohol here in the taste.
Mouthfeel is warm like this has lots of alcohol but it must be the sugar and mellow malt.
Drinkability is very good with this four pack of 500 ml costing me just $4.99.
Not a match for the porter but few brews are. Shoot, for the price this is a great beer.

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Photo of Thiestru
3.55/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

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Photo of rallison
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown/black color with a 1/2 finger tan head that recedes to almost nothing. Smells of caramel malt and molasses.

Taste is nice. Maybe a diluted version of their normal porter, but still very tasty. Caramel malts, molasses, roasted malts and other nice flavors. Everything here mingles well, with the roasted flavors lingering nicely.

Mouthfeel is slightly thin, but for the alcohol is good. Drinkability is quite good on this.

Recommended. I'd still take their normal porter over this most any day, but this is a solid beer.

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Beer rating: 3.7 out of 5 with 99 ratings