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 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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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 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.

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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

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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.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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.

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