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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 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 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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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.

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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.

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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 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 ElGordo
3.77/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the 500ml bottle into a pint glass. Color is somewhere between amber and burgundy, topped by a smallish, light tan head that is rather short-lived. Aroma of sweet roasted malt, with notes of caramel and toffee and a hint of peat smoke. Palate is again dominated by sweet malt, a touch of roastiness, and sweet caramel and light fruit. Finish is actually fairly dry and ends with a touch of peat smoke. The body is rich enough to handle the sweet flavors here, with a slight velvety character - very nice. A well-built dark lager.

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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 sleazo
3.47/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at the Greenpoint market right off of the G stop.

A-Looks like a cola in colour. The cappacino three finger head stays around for a bit. Wonderful lacing sticks to the glass as it is consumed.

S-Strangely sour with some Euro Skunk. The sourness is a bit like cooked vegetables. I do not really care for the way this smells.

T-Nice sweet malt profile without too much of a hop bite. The malt is subtley sweet like a good caramel without being cloying. I could go for a bit more hops, but that isnt what this beer is going for. This is a malty dark beer, not one I would have expected out of Poland. Tastes more like an ale to me.

M-creamy with a low carbonation. An above average thickness for a lager, I am definitely enjoying this part of the beer.

D-An above average dark lager. The mouthfeel and look of this beer are excellent. I will be picking this up again.

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Photo of shbobdb
3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

I'd like to offer a quick wag of my finger to those who say that their Baltic Porter is a work of art, yet fail to laud this beer similarly. I am genuinely unsure whether they just downsized the malt bill for this beer, or they physically added water to their Okocim Baltic Porter.

The same basic beer is there. That hint of rauchmalt, the strong maple-syrup presence, the whole deal -- just lighter. It is their baltic porter lite.

Now, it clearly loses something in that conversion. The combination of the big, sugary-sweet malts and the thinness and lightness of a pilsner is a little odd. Really, almost Belgianesque in its fusion of sugary-sweetness and razor-thin mouthfeel.

But, overall, it is a solid beer. I do think the beer loses something in its downsizing. A baltic porter should be big and uncompromising and this beer ain't. Really, it tastes like a 50/50 mix of their OK beer and their Baltic porter. Both very good beers in their own right, but this combination is good -- but I'd rather keep those brews separate.

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Photo of hunteraw
3.33/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Drawn to this one by the label, an affinity for the porter, and the $1.99 price tag.

Appearance: Garnet tinted brown in color, good head, decent retention, no lacing.

Smell: Clearly a lager - light, malty aroma.

Taste: Bockish, slight toast and smoke. Not bad.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, carbonation a little light.

Drinkability: I drank it slow, but it was decent.

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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 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 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 rjimlad
3.66/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a very nice looking beer. I had a pint bottle but only an Oz schooner glass so I had two pours. There was a nice creamy head but it didn't last long. The colour is like a deep coca cola garnet. The aroma was faint but a bit smokey and a little sweet. The flavour was interesting and kinda like a smokey chinese BBQ sauce. It's a bit sweet and some more hops might offset this for better balance but overall its an interesting and drinkable brew. It's also a medium body beer which is deceptive after initial inspection. It would be great with kransky or some other Polish sausage. Pity I'm a vego.

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Photo of rmcnealy
2.78/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Okocim Palone

Beer served from a 1 pint, 0.9 fl bottle.

This Okocim poured a very dark red. The lace was an off white, with inconsistent lace that faded quickly. Has toasted tastes of burnt carmel and oak. The mouthfeel is average as is the taste that leaves no aftertaste. It is a decent brew. I am a big fan of Okocim's regular beer which WAY surpasses this brew.

Okocim Palone was found at Binny's in River Grove, IL

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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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Palone from Browar Okocim S.A. (Carlsberg)
Beer rating: 3.7 out of 5 with 99 ratings