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.

Added by wl0307 on 08-24-2005

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Ratings: 99 |  Reviews: 86
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 spycow
3.42/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Leather soaked in cherry juice. The sandstone colored cap fills half the glass after the initial pour and has an appealing, tight-bubbed texture. Even though surface bubbles pop at a rapid rate, they're so numerous that deflation occurs very slooowly. I like the thick, yet still delicate, sheets of lace as well.

The best that I can say for the nose is that it's classic for the style. That's far from saying that I love it. Each sniff brings plenty of well-toasted grain, maybe even edging into lightly roasted. Musky Euro hops complete the profile. I don't know that I'll ever find a EDL that's an olfactory standout.

Palone is a good version, one of the best I've had, without being great beer. Like the nose, the flavor is simply a darker version of a pretty decent Euro pale lager. I'll go with toasted brown bread, caramel, tobacco, cocoa and indeterminate spices.

For some reason, I feel like granting style a great deal of weight when it comes to assigning a taste score. In isolation, it would be a strong 3.5 rather than a weak 4.0. A good mix of sweet and bitter (I wouldn't want the beer to be either more or less of either one) tells me that hops have not been forgotten.

The mouthfeel is light-medium, as it should be, but tends to wander toward thin on the finish. It's reasonably smooth, though, and I have no complaints about the amount of carbonation or the way the bubbles feel.

Palone is nowhere near the excellence of Okocim Porter, but then I didn't expect it to be. It's probably my second favorite Euro dark lager behind Podkovan Dark, a Czechoslovakian beer that defines the style as far as I'm concerned. I love the bottles and the labels that Browar Okocim has chosen. Thankfully, the beer ain't too shabby either.

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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 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 plaid75
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a deep brown hue with ruby highlights and a one finger tan creamy head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured a mild smoky and burnt grain aroma.

The taste was also mildly smoky with dominant toasted grain and coffee aromas. There was a residual sweetness that did not sit well with me however.

The mouthfeel was chewy and a bit slick.

Overall a very interesting beer. Essentially a light bodied porter. Nothing really that amazing here, but enjoyable nonetheless.

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Photo of Derek
3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Black with brown highlights; light tan head, good retention, initially some great lacing.

S: Light aroma of dark bread, with a little dry roastyness and initially hints of floral hops. After tasting it, I can smell the cola quality as well.

T: It has a balanced bitterness, but some serious cola flavour. Light roasted coffee with hints of licorous and nuts.

M: Moderate body is smooth & creamy. Modest carbonation.

D: Quite drinkable.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.77/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500 ml "bowling pin" bottle with "fire-brewed dark beer" and some fire illuminated bird-like creature on the label, on to the beer:

Pours ruby brown into an imperial pint glass. The beer settles in the glass dark leather brown with hues of ruby red. Head is one inch thick, and retains only a fraction of itself. The aroma is subtle...wood smoke and a bit of chocolate liqueur. The liquid is surprisignly light in the mouth, but there is enough flavor to go around. It starts off sweet...caramel and smoked wood at first, smoke flavors slowly intensitfy. Has notes of peat too (doesn't it seem most Polish beer has that distinct note?). Leftovers of caramel and toffee on the palate.

Okocim's lighter sibling (compared to its 8.1% ABV porter) is an easy beer to get familiar with. I could see myself at a campfire roasting marshmallows with this beer in hand.

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

In the glass this is a clear deep brown colored lager with a small light brown head. Quite a dark lager this is as dark as Porter.

The smell is sweet with a pleasant chocolate and caramel scent to it. There is a trace of fruit scent here that I can only describe as cherry.

The taste begins sweet and quite full of patent malt flavor. Decent taste of chocolate and the grain char that gives this a slight coffee flavor. Hop bitterness is reasonably strong but this isn't a bitter beer.

The mouthfeel is OK.

Nice pleasant to drink beer here that I think could just as easy be classified as a schwartzbier. A little too sweet I think but still not a bad beer and one I would drink again.

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Photo of Latarnik
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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 biegaman
3.89/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled both from bottle and tap - not much difference.
Some head 'residue', a muddy brown with amber highlights when held to the light. A rather pleasent aroma, nice nose on this one. Some smokey chocolat - darker malts well present. Light bodied but quite decent tasting for a dunkel lager. A little watery maybe but I think it's just part of this style to not be too robust. Nice malt featured in the back part of the mouth. Not much aftertaste or finish, but more taste as far as in terms of standard lagers - like a refreshing taste. This, I found, to be perhaps a little artificial at times, very caramelly malt but reminds me of "purple freezies" in being more of an artificial flavour. I think perhaps it's the amber malt leaving me with this feeling. That aside, this is a good one; not bad at all. Tasty.

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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 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 DucksFan16
3.64/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of wl0307
3.23/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Got this bottle (BB date 01/12/05) from my Polish friend brought straight from Poland. Accroding to him, Palone means "burned". And this beer from outside the bottle does bear a dark appearance and might be a dark-lager? Let's see...

A: it pours a dark brown to mahogany colour, with a thick, fluffy yet foamy-looking off-white beer head. Reasonable retention.
S: a profound aroma of slightly sweetish roasted malts and lightly-charred wood, against a quite lightly-burned sugary note and an aromatic but understated Czech hop aroma.
T: the taste is quite brown-sugary and light-caramel at first; a very smooth and light texture of dark malts and light, sweet dark-fruit juice (like black-plum juice) follows through. The finish has just a little tinge of bitterness, with more malts and brown sugary mouthfeel at the back along with a faint trace of char--qutie simple profile really, for this dark beer...
M: overall the mouthfeel is very soft and overly smooth, and this is an easy-drinking and light-bodied dark lager at the expense of depth and a balanced structure--somehow going down like sugary water...
D: while remaining an easy-drinking dark lager, it lacks enough flavour and body to make it really enjoyable, hence the below-average drinkability.

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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 mynie
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very deep, very dark polished wood chesnut with a huge and retentive brownish reddish head.

Smells of light fruit, caramel malt, and a little bit of roast Schwarzy grain. Pretty tame.

Tastes very much like it smells. The fruit is big. Not the fruit of a spoiled beer, but still very ripe and not at all tart or juicy. This moves into a sharp peng of caramel in the middle that quickly gives way to burnt, dark grain that gives off a very schwarzy finish. The hops are light and spicy and linger for ages.

Picked up a 4 pack of 16.9 ozers for less than seven bucks. I'd say I got my money's worth. Maybe not quite what I was expecting from a beer from Okocim, but worthwhile.

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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 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)
Beer rating: 3.7 out of 5 with 99 ratings