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

Dark but clear garnet, with a thin but long lasting head.

Malty, toasty aroma with hints of plum.

Smooth, sweet taste with very faint hints of fruit - pear and plum maybe.

Exceptionally low bitterness and little if any hop flavor.

Easy to drink but quite forgettable...would pair well as a "background" beer with ribs or barbeque.

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Photo of aluskungs
3.69/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours into my glass hissing and popping, like ginger ale. There is just a thin sheet of foam on top of the dark red walnut brew. Definitely not safe to walk on! Minimal head.

The smell is quite complex. There is a oak barrel whisky smell with some smoked peat and balsamic presence. Quite interesting.

A heavy looking beer, but it isn't. It is quite refreshing and drinkable. A clean aftertaste that doesn't cover your tongue with malty sweetness, instead it seems to wash your taste buds clean, ready for another sip!

Not much hop presence. Sweet honey and molasses taste, but minimal. Some smokey malt cuts the sweetness and keeps it in check. A hint of sourness.

A good beer! One will have no problem drinking this half liter bottle, my glass is already half empty after this review!

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

Poured into an Imperial pint glass a dark, translucent brown with half an inch of tan foam that dissipates quickly. Aroma was roasted, sweet smokey malts. Tastes of sweet raisin, caramel malt and semi-sweet chocolate, all with a slightly smokey overtone. Crisp with medium carbonation. This was very tasty and not as smokey as I thought it would be. Very subtle smokiness which is just what I was looking for. I would search this one out again.

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Photo of Drew966
3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Palone pours a dark brown, almost black with only the slightest amount of ruby at the edges and an off white head from a brown 500 ml bottle. The aroma is kind of odd, almost woody. There is a smoky malt taste that predominates. Tasty, definitely worth a try.

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

The body is dark brown to black with a fluffed up tan head that is two fingers thick and fades slowly. Aroma is smokey with notes of muted chocolate, raisin, cotton and loam. Fore is sweet raisin accented and lightly smokey. A smoked Dunkel then. Works for me and I don’t like smoked beers. The overarching flavor profile is sweet malts and raisins...the smoke is on the outskirts.

I love the whole FIRE BREWED marketing. A nice contrast to the Ice Brewed craze of the 90’s in the US and Canada.

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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 lehows
3.33/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I was excited to try this as I loved the Zywiec Porter. It poured a brownish black color with a one finger tan head. Smell was intensely sweet, alcohol soaked fruit, and honey. Flavor was much of the same with a smoky overtone to everything and big sweetness, predominantly honey. I wasn't too fond of the combination of smokiness with fruit. This is a unique brew therefore I couldn't give it a bad rating, but I couldn't drink too many of these.

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Photo of stoutman
4.2/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The appearance is dark brown with a small tan head. The flavor is like the aroma and is moderately bitter. The palate is thin and the aftertaste is sweet toasted malt and chocolate. Light aroma of roasted and burnt malts. Very nice roasted malt flavor mixed with some sweet caramel malts. Really nice combination of flavors makes for a tastier than average Dunkel.

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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 UnionMade
4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I can't say I've ever had a fire brewed beer. Does this mean it's made with fire kilned malt? Brewed in a kettle over an open flame? Perhaps this one's actually contract-brewed by Satan and his minions in the fiery pits of hell, for the undoubtedly good, God fearing folks at OK? Either way, the streamlined 500ml bottle features a firebird or phoenix and looks pretty official. The bottlecap is also colorful, a jewel for the collection.
Pours a clear chestnutty brown, topped with a pufy, cream colored head. Unusual color, as brown beers are actually more like mahogany. This one's much more towards an aged leathery brown color. Good retention and lacing, sticking around for the long haul. Pretty dunkel-like aroma, with a hint of woodsy, campfire smokiness. Light, but present and intriguing. A bit of floral hops in the mix. The flavor opens with lagery clean malt. Sweetly roasty in that dunkel way, burnt caramel, with an added splash of wood-smoked malty sweetness, which always reminds me of smoked cheddar or bacon. Clean all the way through. Absolutely no off flavors. Lightly smoky finish, with modest floral hop bitters. Dryish, with feisty carbonation. Lightish bodied. A nice sessioner with a bit of smoke for complexity, but not enough so that you can't even look at bacon for a week. I'd like to see one of these brewed by a US craft brewery, rather than a smoked porter.

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