Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - AUG 16, 2005
3 words I rarely write: Well done LCBO (yes, I know LCBO is really 4 words). Apparently now a regular selection at the LCBO. Bottle. Pours a deep dark brown with a thin greasy dark brown head. Lots f sweet malt in aroma and some alcohol. Medium body for the style (although thin if you’re expecting an Imperial Stout or something), just a little syrupy, molasses like. Taste is all malt, this is one sweet beer! It is also quite strong which is nice at first but a little too much at the end. Tons of rich chocolate flavours and a joy to sip after a long day. A very welcome addition to the local selection, thanks to Doug for the heads up on its general listing and MDS for making me aware it s available at my local LCBO. HogTownHarry (7086) - Toronto (Harbourfront), CANADA - AUG 15, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 11, 2006 Bottle (500ml). It’s back! Had this in 1998 - loved it. Poured a dark brown-ruby-black with a smallish light brown quick-disappearing head. Aroma is richly malty, with licorice, wine, black current, raisin and plum notes - very sweet, tart, no hops at all. Taste is tart & sweet, lots of berries, fruit sugars, different malts - overall sweet, but alcohol and a bitter chocolate move in on warming. Finishes very dark and tart and is at best medium bodied. I remember it being thicker than this! Still a lovely brew, more fruit tartness than I’m used to, but I will keep several on hand most of the time. Should age *very* interestingly. jtw (1170) - farmington, Michigan, USA - AUG 9, 2005
looks exactly like a porter (of baltic persuasion) ought to look. this beer is EXTRAORDINARILY malty, with practically no trace of hops or any roastiness. caramel and hops, apart from the ostensible chocolate malt presence. this beer SHOULD be better than it is....very hard to rate. i like my porters malty, just like this, despite that it’s not exactly "correct" for a porter... sloth (2957) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - AUG 7, 2005
Big Azz tan head that boasts a fair retention and lacing. Large darkness, almost black with hazy brown highlights. Mildly sweet malt nose, berries with hints of roast and some alcohol. Body is medium, lightly creamy. Medium sweet malts, chocolate cherries, roast and alcohol heat gather on the palate. Finish is mildly sweet and warming. Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 31, 2005
New bottling. Nearly opaque black color, with a white and quickly diminishing white head. Moderate burnt currant and roast aroma with a light hint of smoke and coffee. I found the flavor overwhelmingly cloying and I usually don’t enjoy a lot of hop flavor and aroma in stouts/porters, but the additions here could have been more substancial. I found it pretty timid overall, with a fairly light body and light raisin, coffee, roast flavors. Not really enjoyable and a bit hard to finish.
Zeswaft (1785) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 31, 2005
yes. this beer is actually pretty good. i hate stupid european beers especially if they are not famous. i got this one to appease my polish friend. after paying 3.50 and finding out it was 8.3% i was already psyched. plus it was 500ml, nice. the only baltic porter i have to compare it to is Gonzo porter. that was definitely better but this is pretty good. alcohol was noticeable. shadey (2171) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 23, 2005
Pour is dark with hints of red around the edges. Head is thick and creamy of beige. The aroma is dark chocolate, licorice, and raisins. The palate is sticky sweet. Not as thick as I would like. wxman (1865) - O’Fallon, Illinois, USA - JUL 11, 2005
Rich dark smokey appearance and aroma. Thin yellow small bead head that stays. Tastes of licorice with some notes of coffee. Wow, this is enjoyable! Some slight alcohol warmth, but almost unnoticable. These Eastern European strong porters are always quite good; much better than their pilsner attempts. Jedsbrew (464) - Rhineland, Missouri, USA - JUL 11, 2005
Very dark mahogany color with a weak head and scant lacing. Roasty chocolate, dried fruit and teriaki sauce aroma. Full bodied with coffee, toffee, chocolate and raisins in the flavor, and although I couldn’t taste the alcohol I could feel some warmth as it was going down. Seemed to get sweeter into the smooth medium finish. I hope to have a few of these around next winter. From what I remember of the old version this is just as tasty if not better, and certainly a whole lot fresher. BBB63 (6567) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUN 26, 2005
Bottle acquired from LP, many thanks for the surprise!
Pours a deep brown hue with amber highlights topped by a fading frothy tan head and good lace in my other Expedition snifter. The nose detected a heavy amount of caramelized and bready malts, molasses sugar, rich ripened plum and currant, dusty and earthy yeast esters, and a walnut vapor is to be found as well. The taste has equal balance of fruit, sweet malts, and flowery bitters with a bready and nutty finish. The undertone of bourbon barrel like phenols add a wonderful complexity to the brew. My one fault of this beer is that it becomes a bit too cloy after a while as the constant assault of sweetness overwhelms the palate by bottles end. The feel is sticky and lush yet you understand quickly not to pound this down for it is a powerful brew. A well made Baltic and worthy of any stoutie. Welcome back Okocim Porter, may we meet again.