Palone | Browar Okocim S.A. (Carlsberg)

86 Reviews
no score
Send samples

Brewed by:
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

For Trade:
View: Beers | Events
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Reviews: 86 | Ratings: 99
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.

 347 characters

Photo of justin7742
3.2/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 500ml bottle. It pours well with a creamy head. Nice dark amber color. Smells like caramel malt. Not too aromatic but enough to peak my interest. Tastes a little weak but with the same sweet caramel malt as the smell. I expected more of a roastier flavor being that it is Fire-Brewed but it isn't bad. Drink well with soft aftertaste off of the tongue. I probably won't drink it again but it was an okay find.

 423 characters

Photo of drxandy
3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

500ml to imperial pint, pours a foamy dark amber shade, cream colored head fades to lacing.

smells of roasty malts, molasses, yeastliness

taste is of nice smooth malts, slight creamy finish, roasty great flavors, figs, plums, kind of sweet, loads of flavor for a normal abv, fairly light in weight

mouthfeel is creamy, smooth, roasty, super easy to drink

overall in comparison to their porter, this is much more sessionable, but still keeps the delicious flavors - very nice! i would buy again for sure :D

 509 characters

Photo of BeerBelcher
3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Someone at Discount Liquor in Milwaukee recommended this beer to me. I was skeptical (a Polish Baltic Porter?), but was quite pleased with it. I am not a huge fan of bocks and dunkels and their grainy tastes, but this beer offered up some not-too-sweet cerealness that I really liked.

Color is a dark brown with a medium amount of head. Aroma is a slightly sweet caramel cereal-ness, and flavor is the same. Mouthfeel is definitely full-bodied without being sticky.

As I said, not being a fan of the maltier German styles, this was a great way to scratch my itch for cereal/malt without being overwhelmed by that sickening-sweet malt-ball taste. I would recommend.

I got this at Discount Liquor in Milwaukee.

 711 characters

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.

 662 characters

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.

 862 characters

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.

 584 characters

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.

 1,054 characters

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.

 808 characters

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.

 508 characters

Photo of msubulldog25
3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I don't remember all the circumstances of how I picked up this beer, other than it was: a) on a cold, rainy winter afternoon b) at Whole Foods in Tigard, OR c) when I was really craving a Baltic Porter. Somehow, I never drank it and it's been cellared in a box for several months. Poured from a 500 mL bottle to a standard pint.

A: A very nice looking porter, showing a clear ruby-brown in light and capped with a generous 2-fingers of beige froth. Over a few minutes, the once-solid head melts away to a thin cream, leaving a few arcs of gooey lace. No visible carbonation.

S: Musty yet spicy aroma that's perfectly 'Baltic': luscious blueberries and a filthy ashtray all at once. God, why does THAT sound appealing? Well, it is. There's a smoky-sweet huskiness and a slightly solvent mineral twang. This calls itself a 'fire-brewed dark beer', which may have helped me to 'find' a more substantial woodsy char than is actually there.

T: Has that spicy-sweet berry flavor that I love from this style and a good smoky graininess. Maybe not as complex or memorable as some other Baltics and exceedingly chalky-dry in the finish or it may have scored higher. Still, a good one.

M: Medium body with a coating maltiness. Carbonation level is low, which may be due to this being cellared rather than refrigerated for at least 4 months. Feel is smooth and creamily warming, though not an 'alcohol' fusel heat.

D: A pleasant drinker, easy to consume. There are no real 'standout' qualities but still it's a solid choice - one I'm glad to have tried and one I'd snag again without much arm-twisting.

 1,596 characters

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.

 408 characters

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.

 711 characters

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

Poured from the bottle shown into a tumbler. Poured a clear dark brown with about a finger of foamy tan head.

Smells like molasses and wood smoke.

Tastes like molasses, coffee, and again, smoke. A bit of a bitter finish but it fits well.

Mouthfeel is light, not alot of carbonation, very smooth.

Drinkability is good, not the best porter I've had but a nice variation.

 372 characters

Photo of cvstrickland
3.4/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a tulip yields a clear, deep cranberry-brown body with 2+ fingers of creamy, light beige head that retains at a solid sheet and leaves lots of soapy lacing.

Darkly sweet smell with molasses, licorice, and salt water taffy.

Taste is smoky and sweet, with a lightly tart, juicy finish. No trace of any sort of bitterness, but there is a lurking note of lightly-roasted coffee and a hint of wood smoke lingering in the finish.

A bit watery; not what I was expecting from a Baltic porter, but softly carbonated and very drinkable.

 549 characters

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.

 1,753 characters

Photo of Freshie
3.55/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up at my source for Polish beer in South Boston.

Packaging, with flames and a phoenix definitely draws the eye.

Appearance is dark, with decent head.

Aroma is sweet, with a musky hop backbone.

Taste is reflective of the aroma. Sweet, and earthy hops balances nicely.

Gets a bit watery and thin in the finish.

Very tasty, not as good as the original Okocim porter.

 378 characters

Photo of cswhitehorse
3.08/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The Palone pours dark brownish black with a finger foam head that jets quickly. I didn't get much in the aroma category. Some roasted malts and molasses.

It tastes sugary and sweet. There is a faint hoppy or bitterness in the finish of the drink. In the mouth is pretty thin. This to me could almost be a session beer, dark style.

 332 characters

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

Smell reminds me of an herbal root tea. Very earthy. Taste has that too, but gets covered by the roasted malt flavors. A rubyish dark red porter, highly carbonated, thicker syrupy mouthfeel. Finishes pretty well with that same herbal root tea taste. A very unique beer, would like to see the brewing process on this one.

 320 characters

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.

 337 characters

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.

 525 characters

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”?

 522 characters

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.42/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very deep amber, almost black, with a off white head. Aromas of a sweet caramel malt. In the taste, a sweet malty taste, yet very lager like. A smooth, sweet mouthfeel and a dry end, with a dry, sticky aftertaste. Nice caramel sweetness, but very lager like, interesting and good.

 288 characters

Photo of trevorwideman
2.95/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500ml bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a dark cola colour, nearly opaque but not quite. Big 2 inch head erupts, and then recedes quickly to a light wet lacing. Carbonation appears to be very light. Aroma is quite sweet and a little spicy. Molasses, brown sugar, pepper, roasted malt, milk chocolate. A little bit sweet-smelling for my liking.

Taste is quite similar, milk chocolate and brown sugary sweetness, mild roasted malt, plums. Messy, juicy and wet. Very little dryness in this one, and it comes off as being watery. Carbonation is low as well. Final verdict: Too watery, too sweet, too awkward and too unbalanced for my liking, but not so awful it's undrinkable. The flavour is there, it's just not executed that well.

 737 characters

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.

 547 characters

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

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • Subscribe to BeerAdvocate Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.