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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.

Added by wl0307 on 08-24-2005

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Photo of Tripel_Threat
3.61/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into pilsner glass, nice fizzy white head, two fingers, that settles into a small cap. Liquid the color of polished dark wood, aroma of roasted coffee, caramel malts, sweet dark fruit (raisins, plums), dark breads, nuttiness. Taste follows, with an upfront smoky flavor that is reminiscent of Okocim Porter, but followed quickly by a sweet, raisin taste. Finishes clean.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a nice looking brown color. The head was big and fluffy, the lacing was pretty good down the glass. The smell of the beer was roasts and had a bit of smoke on the nose as well. The taste of the beer was a lot like a porter, it's roasted and has a slight sweetness to it. The mouthfeel was a little lighter than expected but still not bad. Overall the beer was fun to try and I enjoyed it.

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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 Jayli
3.56/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Acquired this from tigg924 so a big THANK YOU goes out to him!
Consumed 5/4

A: This beer pours a deep dark brown, some lighter brown, coppery hues when held to the light. One finger of rocky, light brown head that holds nicely and leaves spotty lacing on the glass.

S: Nose is of caramel malts, bread/yeasty notes, and a hint of coffee.

T: Taste starts with some caramel malt sweetness, that dips in to a bit of breadiness. Charred malts and bitter chocolate then come through. Finish is coffee, hint of smoke, and a hint of grassy notes.

M: Light body, high carbonation, somewhat watery and a touch too carbonated.

D: Goes down relatively easy, decent representation of style. based off the nose, and tastes, I would have preferred a touch heavier body, but a decent beer non-the-less.

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Photo of CampusCrew
3.67/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

appearance: deep dark brown with copper highlights and low rising bubbles for a lager. dark ale looking.

smell: caramel and low hop aroma

taste: nice caramel taste from the malt and a little bitterness. more flavorable than a typical dark euro lager, very pleasant but slightly on the sweet side.

mouthfeel: medium bodied, but does have the cridp lager feeling

drinkability: again this is much dark than I expected and I really liked it.

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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 Winter
3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown; almost a cola-like color in appearance with a rocky light khaki head. The aroma reminds me of a schwartzbier. Sweet malty nose with caramel and toffee. Dark roasted malts. The mouthfeel is a little on the thin side. Rich malty flavor. You can pick up caramel and raisins midway. The beer finishes with a smokey dark roasted malt quality to it.

I liked this quite a bit. I was expecting a fairly average tasting beer and this was rather enjoyable. Something I'd go back again after having a single of and seek out a six pack to purchase the next time I'm in the mood for something like this. Definitely worth a try.

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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 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 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 indiapaleale
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark like a stout or a porter with a good 3/4 of white, creamy, fluffy big bubbly head.

Smell is licorice, black pepper, caramel, anise and sweet dark malt extract.

Tastes a lot like the regional Baltic porters I've had to be honest, I am not sure what makes this a Euro Dark Lager and not a Baltic Pilsener, I can't really distinguish. The molassey, licorice flavors that adorn the Baltic porters from the Baltic countries are very similar to this. Very malty with a pretty moderate amount of carbonation. Slightly metallic aftertaste.

Fizzy mouthfeel that also come across a bit watery at times.

Drinkability is good enough to finish the bottle but not good enough to wish I had another one...

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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 Getinthevan
3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On my Polish beer kick as of lately, I picked up a bottle of this. It looked intriguing and I hadn't had it yet.

Appearance is a dark black/brown with not much head, but its a full bodied beer with good lacing. While it lacks in head retention, it does make up for its volume. Excellent looking beer.

Smell is fairly high in roasted malts. It says on the bottle that its "fire brewed." I can definitely smell the burned sediments within the glass as this does have a pleasing aroma. It could be a bit stronger however.

Taste is pretty top notch. This was a cheap beer too @ $1.49 a piece. For how cheap it is, it packs a punch, complete with a nice balance of hops and grains. No bad elements whatsoever. This is a good beer.

Mouthfeel is pretty strong. While it is frothy after the first sip, the flavor stays intact and continues to after the final swallow. This is a solid beer and the roasted flavors come to the forefront with each sip.

Drinkability is pretty solid. For what it is as a Euro Dark Lager, this is one of the better beers I've had in quite some time and by far the best out of my Polish beer kick. Definitely worth picking up more in the future.

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Photo of daliandragon
3.44/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I wonder if this is something fairly new as I don't remember drinking it in Poland when I was there and I consumed a lot of Okocim while in country. I like the firebird on the label but I don't have a real good feeling for this one.

The color is a tawny medium brown and the head and lace put on a nice show and have some staying power. The nose is a bit problematic, with herbal and sweet notes infiltrated with a definite soapy tone. Not so good.

The taste grows on me as I drink it although there still is that soap tint to everything. Muted dark malt touched with bitter chocolate and coffee form the base but everything is fairly mellow. The savior is the mouthfeel which is low on carbonation and silky smooth. Despite the soap issues, this is easy and pleasurable to drink and somewhat unique.

To me this is more of a schwarzbier than a BP due to abv, thickness, and strength of flavor. As the latter, this would be among my favorites, but as a Baltic Porter, it lacks both punch and character.

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Photo of biggred1
3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark tawny amber with a nice whipped mocha head that leaves sliding globs of lace down the glass. Smell is pretty mild, faint toasted cereal grain and dark malts. Tastes of semisweet chocolate and dark fruit that is perfectly balanced with bittering hops. Light bodied and well carbonated, a nice session beer.

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Photo of fosterific
2.68/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured out of a 0.5 l bottle into a 0.5 l mass. Was a dark brown and had a high light colored toffee head, which faded within a minute leaving moderate lacing.
Smelled of sweet chocolate, caramel and an overall very malty aroma.
The taste is of soft and smooth malt. The roasty flavor was more evident as the beer warmed. I still would expect more roasted barley from a "fire brewed" beer.
It reminded me of a schwarze bier in its soft malty character, which made it very easy drinking. Overall, I was expecting more of a roasted flavor, which was rather subdued.

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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 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 stephens101
3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a pitch black, red hued beer with a prolific, slowly receding, thick tan head. Multi-layers of sticky, spotty lace cling to the pint glass, right above a good 1/2 finger covering of froth which doesn't go away until a drink is taken. Strong and sweet malt aromas float to the nose and envelop notes of butter, coffee, and slight medicinals. Has a medium to full-bodied mouth-feel, with a small amount of viscosity. The palate involves some spicy alcohol up front with some more sweet malts and a hop hit at the end for balance. Not as "portery" as expected, but still a good drinker that has it's own character to make up for it's shortcomings in the taste department.

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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 roadhouse
3.89/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16.9 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appears a dark shade of ruby red mahogany with a once inch light tan head that holds up for quite a while before sinking to a decent cap and lacing near perfect lacing.

Aroma is quite mild, some light caramel and raisin notes and a strange dustiness.

The taste is initially sweet with caramel and toffee notes that are met by the raisiny dark fruit, and some rich brown sugar flavors. The finish is lightly chocolatey, with the dark fruit flavors staying more prominent and the sweetness lingering on.

Mouthfeel is medium-light in body, very creamy, but it somehow seems a touch too thin to rate it any higher.

This is good stuff, a beer with Baltic Porter flavors but an even higher drinkability. Very nice beer, I could see buying a four pack of this in the future for some sessioning.

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Photo of brentk56
3.61/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a coffee color with ruby highlights and a foamy tan head that retains beautifully and leaves lots of lace behind

Smell: Sweet, malty character, with hints of roast and mocha

Taste: Starts out sweet and gets sweeter, with lots of dark malt character and a roasty, nutty chocolate flavor developing by mid-palate; after the swallow, it remains sweet and somewhat chocolatey

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Were it not so sweet, this would be a very nice beer; as it stands, it is decent and flavorful, just not a style that I would seek out every day or many days, for that matter

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Photo of Beerman3000
3.86/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear, dark mahogany-colored reddish-brown, with a moderately large, light tan head. Smokey nose, with deeply caramelized, molassesy and slightly burnt, grainy aromas. Full, thick, chewy mouth feel. Full, malty flavor, with lots of molasses and smoke up front, fading to mostly molasses with a hint of burnt, chocolate malt in the finish. Rather sweet, with no obvious hops at all -- just enough to provide counterbalance to the ample malt. Leaves a smokey aftertaste. Somewhat similar to a German Rauchbier, tho not as intensely smokey and caramelized. Rather like a Baltic Porter, too -- has the fullness and intense toasted malt character. Overall very interesting, but not necessarily outstanding. A little on the sweet side for me.

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Photo of PatrickJR
3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16.9 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Very dark brown, but still clear. Three to four fingers of light brown head rise with decent retention. A thin cap remains. Some lacing.

S - Licorice, coffe, toffee, brown sugar, malted milk balls, and a mild fruity sourness come through. A small metallic twang hides in the background.

T - Not quite as impressive as the nose but still good. Mild flavor somewhere between chocolate milk and a frappucino is apparent at first. A sublte sour berry note follows. Lingering cocoa and slight vanilla in the finish and a quick metallic aftertaste.

M - Medium bodied at best with a smooth, low carbonation. A little too thin.

D - Palone doesn't live up to the original Okocim, but still a good beer. Might well serve as a sessionable substitute for it's bigger brother. I'd drink more of this if I had more than one bottle.

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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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Palone from Browar Okocim S.A. (Carlsberg)
3.7 out of 5 based on 99 ratings.
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