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 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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Photo of ccs
3.48/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This is a difficult beer to's tasty, with a nice smoked flavor, but not enough to be a porter. A beautiful dark beer, with a 1/2 inch head on it. The smell is sweet malt and smokey, roasted malt. It's a great full beer, both in taste and mouthfeel, that really makes me realize that flavor and how a beer feels in my mouth is really the most important thing fr me, appearance and aroma are great...but give me taste anytime. I think on of these is my limit.

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

The beer poured into the glass clear deep brown with an amber hue. The head was tan and rose tall falling slowly to lace the glass.

The aroma was malty with a lightly smoky character that left a light impression of summer sausage. The aroma contained a sizeable caramel character and light malty sweetness.

The flavor was malty with a nutty and toasty flavor coupled with a light smoky character. The flavor was similar to a very light version of the standard rauchbier although more of a smoke Munich Dunkel than and Oktoberfest. The flavor was clean despite the smokey phenolics and malty with a lager characteristic yeast.

The finish was dry, even actually heading toward dry, with a lasting very light smoke character and toasty Munich malt into the aftertaste. The body was medium. A nice beer, I've been wanting to give this one a try for some time and it turned out to be a good one.

16.9 ounce bottle.

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Photo of Cindirene
4.55/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I am familiar with Okocim's Porter so I eagerly jumped at the opportunity to try this one - Since it is a large bottle (0.5 l) I poured it into a large glass (over 0.5 l) - It poured a dark reddish-black with a large tight tan head which dissipated slightly leaving nice lacing - The aroma is immediately malty and sweet with hints of dark fruits - The taste is also malty and slightly sweet and fruity but very complex with hints of smoke (after all the malts are "fire roasted) around the edges - It is full-bodied and smooth and drinks really easily - It's not perfect but it certainly got my attention as a beer that I'd like to keep around

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Photo of brushpig
3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Found a 4 pack at Sam's wines and Liquors in Chicago.

The appearance is a dark black hue with reddish tones as well, with a nice big head that moderately dissapates.

The aroma of roasted malts, coffee, fruits, and nuts is pleasing but faint.

The taste is sweet, with roasted malts, fruit, and smokey feel. the bitterness is light, with a tart finish that lasts a while.

A good beer that is very drinkable and enjoyable. Try it.

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Photo of poluti
3.41/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml can straight from my friend from Poland.
It pours a dark brown with a very light brown, almost white head. The foam subsides slowly down the glass. I enjoyed the look and was looking forward to the taste.
Smells of roasted malts. Reminded me of a local brew, when I traveled to Saxony. The alcohol was present but not overpowering. It definitely smells of a typical european dark lager.
Initially I got hit with a metallic taste that didn't bode well for my rating. It tastes of roasted malts and is hopped sparingly. I found this to be nothing special but the roasted malts that lingered helped with the sweet after taste.
I found it to be pleasant on the palate but nothing fantastic. It is slightly above average for the style.
It's a pretty drinkable beer and if I find it on-tap I will give it another go. I won't ask my friend to bring this one back from Poland again.

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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 ernie
3.32/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Similar to Latvian Aldaris Uguns, also related to Carlsberg.

Deep red color, low carbonation, great cappuccino head.

Aroma: roasted/smoked malts, very natural.

Start fresh and clean, general taste very malty and a bit smoky. Generous amount of candy sugar present. Finish a bit tart, aftertaste long, malty, sweetish. Mouthfeel a bit sticky but very pleasant.

An interesting brew. Clearly an effort to design a Rauchbier for the masses. As already mentioned, much better than regular Okocim lager. Worth a try.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.45/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - This one looks the part. It is a simple dark brown in color with a modest off-white head.

Smell - The mild, darkish malts seem a bit smoked to me, which is strange. Is this a smoked version of an EDL? It's like a lightly-smoked bock almost.

Taste - This is a bockish lager with a mild but definite smoke flavor.

Mouthfeel - This is light in the ass with no real body to speak of.

Drinkability - If you like a smoke flavor in your beer but can't handle the German Rauchbiers then this may be just the one for you.

Update - I thought I'd update by 2006 review with a 2008 sample. It is greater than the sum of its parts. My ratings are all 3.5 with one 3.0 but I will buy this whenever I see it in the store. It's nothing stellar but strangely sessionable.

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Photo of Sigmund
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle, bought in Poland. Beautiful dark mahogany colour, large and lasting creamy tan head. Aroma of rye bread, caramel and toasted malts, hints of leather. Flavour is very rich and malty sweet, you might say VERY sweet. Notes of caramel and plenty of lightly toasted malts. Hints of coffee. Just enough hops in the finish to balance the sweetness. Interesting beer!

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