Palone | Browar Okocim S.A. (Carlsberg)

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Browar Okocim S.A. (Carlsberg)

Style: Euro Dark Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

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

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Photo of templar316
4.8/5  rDev +29.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer doesn't claim to be a baltic porter, and at 5.5 ABV doesn't really meet the criteria so it should probably be reclassified. It's fire brewed which may put it in a category of it own: fire brewed dark-lager(crushing the only other fire brewed beer I've had Strohs).

Extra apperance points for the super cool logo on the bottle. Pours a nice deep ruby with a large off white head, moderate lacing. Awesome nose a great purpley, granity aroma, the same that I love in sam smith's. It smells a little figgy, caramely and sweet. And tastes the same way figs, caramel you have to like a sweet beer to like this one but as I come back the simplicity and granity taste make this one a winner. It rolls across the tongue to a smooth finish and I could easily drink this all night long. Only the sweetness keeps this from a perfect score (in the dark lager or doppellbock category no similarity to a synbrnchoff, okocim or zyweic porters). I bought this beer looking for eastern european porter and got something totally different and totally delicious.

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Photo of ccrida
4.68/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

500ml bottle poured into an impy pint, Okocim Palone is a dark ruby that has big, bone colored head that leaves very heavy lace

Smell is strong and tasty - mint chocolate chip and a touch of grape kool-aide, sold! A clean cereal grain mash aroma rounds it out, nice and doughy. Still, it gets a bit to thick as it warms, with the mash stiffening up.

Taste is strong but nicely balanced, wow! Big chocolate, powdered sugar, super tasty while keeping the level of digestibility high. Wasn't expecting to love this, I fucking love it. Huge flavor without being to strong or heavy handed, there's a nice spicy fruitiness to this, reminiscent of BSDAs, bread pudding like. Perfect BP, I love how full the flavor is without being to big, expertly crafted. Note to self, Polish jokes no longer make sense!

Mouthfeel is good too, very creamy, not to heavy, smooth and rounded. Have I mentioned how much I love this full flavored small porter's?

Drinkability is incredible, even though I've only had just this one bottle, I could drink these all day. Great price, not that heavy or strong, ridiculously good!

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Photo of Cindirene
4.55/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I am familiar with Okocim's Porter so I eagerly jumped at the opportunity to try this one - Since it is a large bottle (0.5 l) I poured it into a large glass (over 0.5 l) - It poured a dark reddish-black with a large tight tan head which dissipated slightly leaving nice lacing - The aroma is immediately malty and sweet with hints of dark fruits - The taste is also malty and slightly sweet and fruity but very complex with hints of smoke (after all the malts are "fire roasted) around the edges - It is full-bodied and smooth and drinks really easily - It's not perfect but it certainly got my attention as a beer that I'd like to keep around

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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 stoutman
4.2/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The appearance is dark brown with a small tan head. The flavor is like the aroma and is moderately bitter. The palate is thin and the aftertaste is sweet toasted malt and chocolate. Light aroma of roasted and burnt malts. Very nice roasted malt flavor mixed with some sweet caramel malts. Really nice combination of flavors makes for a tastier than average Dunkel.

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

$1.99 for a 500ml bottle. "Fire-Brewed Dark Beer". 5.5% ABV.

Pours out to a clear deep mahogany, forming a nice light tan soapy head with good retention and nice lacing. Moderate carbonation. Aroma of sweet dark cereal grain, some raisins and plums, a clean ferment. Swirling produces a hint of sour milk and molasses. Nice! Mouthfeel is very crisp and clean with a creamy finish and a medium body. This has a really nice taste...caramel, plum, pumpernickel bread, molasses, tobacco in the finish with a nice lingering sweet/chalky aftertaste. Light grainy astringency in the finish, very mild herbal bitterness. I don't pick up on smoke, but then again, I think Laphroaig isn't smoky enough:)

A pretty nice brew, pleasantly surprised. Easy to drink, satisfying, and slick. Recommended.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
4.17/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What a solid pick up at the package store.

Got a 4 pack of 16.9 oz. bottles for $3.99.. not a bad deal at all.

Apparently this is fire-brewed and tastes like it. A very smoky touch to it which I personally thinks works great. Almost remind me of a scotch ale with the smokiness to it. All in all, it works well and makes for a tasty smooth 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 jdhilt
4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a five finger light tan head that fades slowly leaving some lace. Clear deep mahogany color. Light carbonation and medium-heavy bodied. Toffee/caramel nose. Flavor is sweet toffee, hops are in the background - balancing. Clean finish. Another decent beer from Okocim. $2.37 for a 500ml bottle from Liquid Solutions Oregon City, Or.

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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 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 UnionMade
4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I can't say I've ever had a fire brewed beer. Does this mean it's made with fire kilned malt? Brewed in a kettle over an open flame? Perhaps this one's actually contract-brewed by Satan and his minions in the fiery pits of hell, for the undoubtedly good, God fearing folks at OK? Either way, the streamlined 500ml bottle features a firebird or phoenix and looks pretty official. The bottlecap is also colorful, a jewel for the collection.
Pours a clear chestnutty brown, topped with a pufy, cream colored head. Unusual color, as brown beers are actually more like mahogany. This one's much more towards an aged leathery brown color. Good retention and lacing, sticking around for the long haul. Pretty dunkel-like aroma, with a hint of woodsy, campfire smokiness. Light, but present and intriguing. A bit of floral hops in the mix. The flavor opens with lagery clean malt. Sweetly roasty in that dunkel way, burnt caramel, with an added splash of wood-smoked malty sweetness, which always reminds me of smoked cheddar or bacon. Clean all the way through. Absolutely no off flavors. Lightly smoky finish, with modest floral hop bitters. Dryish, with feisty carbonation. Lightish bodied. A nice sessioner with a bit of smoke for complexity, but not enough so that you can't even look at bacon for a week. I'd like to see one of these brewed by a US craft brewery, rather than a smoked porter.

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

The beer poured into the glass clear deep brown with an amber hue. The head was tan and rose tall falling slowly to lace the glass.

The aroma was malty with a lightly smoky character that left a light impression of summer sausage. The aroma contained a sizeable caramel character and light malty sweetness.

The flavor was malty with a nutty and toasty flavor coupled with a light smoky character. The flavor was similar to a very light version of the standard rauchbier although more of a smoke Munich Dunkel than and Oktoberfest. The flavor was clean despite the smokey phenolics and malty with a lager characteristic yeast.

The finish was dry, even actually heading toward dry, with a lasting very light smoke character and toasty Munich malt into the aftertaste. The body was medium. A nice beer, I've been wanting to give this one a try for some time and it turned out to be a good one.

16.9 ounce bottle.

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

The mouthfeel stays with this for ever. Silk crushed velet between your toes good. The brown tilted amber has a nice head that wish would have stayed around longer. It smells of a sweet malta type drink with a bock swager good but different. Taste of a sweet dark larger with a good bit of rounding out of flavors I have come to know as a baltic dark lager with a kiss of smokiness. This is a damn good beer and an all day drinker for sure.

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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 Blakaeris
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a very deep dark brown. Creamy head is massive, off white and really stands out against the dark base. Sheets of lacing.

Aroma is dark fruit, with an interesting smokey dark grain and roasted malt bitterness.

Taste follows suit with a strong smokey character. A very dry chocolate aspect comes out as well. dark fruit sweetness is surprisingly strong. Charred dark grain, coffee, and understated earthy hop adds generous bitterness and a dry finish.

Mouthfeel is light-medium in body. Smooth and creamy.

Flavor is pleasant and unified. Certainly sweeter, and lighter than I had expected for a Baltic Porter. I don't think this should be in the Baltic Porter category, more like a very well done dark Euro lager. That said, this is quite tasty and easy to drink. A nice session, or crossover beer.

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Photo of thekevlarkid
3.99/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A Polish beer? It's a first for me too! Out of the bomber this brew was a dark, wood-stain brown color with a fizzy khaki head. No visible carbonation, little retention (it looked almost exactly like a root beer!) and little lacing. Aromas of toasted malt and grain with horse-blanket mustiness (classically what one would expect from a Baltic Porter). Well balanced flavors of sweet malts, roasted malts and hops with a long smoky finish. Medium body and light to medium carbonation (the fizziness is again present in the mouthfeel). Nothing remarkable, but straight up, a fine brew.

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

Pours an extremely dark, yet clear ruby with a nice light tan head that falls rather quickly. Nose is malty like a pine cone almost. Light caramel tones there as well. Flavor is deep and pretty robust. Nice meaty tones to it. Nice sugary caramel flavors with an overall sweet tone to it. Feel is very bubbled and a nice thicker liquid feel over the tongue. Very drinkable. Easily sessionable. The sweet edge might turn some off, but I think this is a very good beer really. Great to try, and even better to keep as a regular.

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

Really enjoyed this one. It poured a VERY dark brown, almost black, with a slightly off white head, about a finger and a half. A really nice looking beer, (and a neat looking bottle by the way). Smelled nice, sort of a burnt chocolate smell. The taste was what you would expect from the smell. Sort of a burnt chocolate with just a hint of bitterness behind it. Maybe a burnt bitter chocolate? Really, I expect it really is derived from their porter To me, it tastes like a porter. It reminded me a LOT of Sierra Nevada's porter. If the bottle has said porter, it would have been an excellent representation of the style. Medium carbonation felt just about right. A couple would be enough, due to the style. I really enjoyed it though. Would hightly recommend it, and I'm hoping they still have some in stock when I get back to the store...

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Photo of jwc215
3.97/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours very dark brown with a thin white head that becomes a thin patch. Some trailing lace slides down the glass.

The smell is of dark malt, slightly chocolate, with a touch of Rauch-like smokiness. It has a background of woddy, cedary hops.

The taste is of dark chocolatish malt with a handful of cedar hops. A light smokiness is present. Farily complex. Well-balanced.

A tasty, easy-drinking brew. Dark malt with a mild, progressive smokiness.

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Photo of RodBurg
3.96/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to thehand for hooking me up with this bottle. Pours a clear, very dark brown color with a small tan head and excellent lacing.

Nose is a very light roasty malt scent. Not much there. Maybe a little chocolate and coffee.

Crazy amount of flavor going on here. Lots of sweet roasted malt, coffee, nuts, mollasses, toffee and milk chocolate. Medium in body. Finishes with a slight hop bitterness and virtually no aftertaste.

Excellent porter. Seems a little light to be labeled a Baltic, but very good nonetheless.

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

The beer pours from the 500ml bottle a somewhat hazy brown with definite ruby highlights, the head a three finger light brown that lingers long, lacing forms an obscuring sheet. Nose has a deep roasted grain aroma, sweet, caramel and a bit of licorice, clean and fresh. Start has a nice sweet toasted malt presence; just a bit bitter at the back, top is moderate in feel to the palate. Finish has customary acidity, the hops adequate, dry slightly bitter aftertaste, a drinkable beer, “Euro Dark Lager or Baltic Porter”?

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Palone from Browar Okocim S.A. (Carlsberg)
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