GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - FEB 27, 2006
Damn, this is the best porter I’ve ever tossed back, I mean sipped. Big thick chocolate brown pour w/ minimal froth. Perfectly sweet malted nose. The flavors are so big and bright. Unlike other porters. It’s like someone turned on the lights. A unique style all it’s own. Slightly sweet w/ your typical porter flavors but 10X’s more intense. The clencher was the slight hop on the finish adding to it’s complexity. Goes down velvety. Alcohol is well hidden. Great ballance. Highly recommended. doppelmeup (51) - Wake Forest, North Carolina, USA - APR 25, 2008
Wow. This is my first perfect ranking ever. I’m not even sure what to write in my review.
Poured from a 500ml bottle into a pint glass. No freshness dating on the bottle.
Deep, deep brown colored brew with little light seeping through. A rich, A&W Rootbeer-like head resolves to a thick, creamy layer of foam. Decent lacing throughout the glassful.
Aromas of sweet malt, brown sugar, toffee.
Flavors mimic aroma, and this is exceptionally smooth. Malty, slightly sweet to start with, and then just enough hop bitterness to cleanse the palate. Only the slightest hint of alcohol comes through as the beer warms. I’ve never tasted a beer this smooth or creamy and as perfectly balanced as this. Exceptional!!
Mouthfeel is extraordinary. Rich, creamy, velvety, with a clean finish. Is there even any alcohol in this? I’d never believe it. And it’s over 8%? No way. This is too smooth and creamy.
I could drink this all night. It is the best beer I’ve ever had!!! As I mentioned above, this is the first perfect 5 rating I’ve ever given a beer, and this one truly deserves it. Wow! What a beer!!
sciencedude (62) - USA - AUG 17, 2010
UPDATED: JUL 31, 2011 The aroma is very malty and almost sweet.
The appearance is very dark brown; almost black. The head is frothy and tan.
The taste is somewhat bitter, but moreso malty.
The palate is very thick and almost viscous.
Overall, a very good Polish beer.
pootzboy (1760) - Kitchener, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 14, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 2, 2012 This is a Baltic porter, which means it differs from London porters in that lager yeast and lagering are used in its process instead of Ale yeast and warm fermenting with soft water. There is generally less hop astringency in the balance . They also tend to be a bit sweeter with the hops being more subdued. The results are wonderful! Like blending the sweet complexity of a strong dark dopple bock with the wonderful coffee-cocoa flavors of an London porter.
This is probably the best commercial Baltic porter I have ever tasted and the "imperial" strength and thick body is excellent.
OKOCIM has the best commercial representation of the Baltic style porter hands down bar none. It has a rich mouth feel and luxurious chocolate-malty, spicy, licorice taste, not to mention a thick meringue-like mocha head that caps the drink to keep all those wonderful tastes intact until the class is drained.
UPDATE Dec.2012....... just finished some bottles of this I had put down in 2007. Other than a nice "rounding" that the beer has taken on, it is pretty well as rich choclatey and warming as it was when young - what a great brew. Kevin (2200) - Montana, USA - MAR 2, 2006
Damn, 500 ml is the perfect amount for this tulip glass and it looks good too. Dark black brown that allows some light on the edges with a chestnut brown head that touched the rim of the glass. Milk chocolate nose with powdered sugar. Smooth silky texture with a great mild chocolate flavor. I don’t know exactly how to put it in words it is so good. Not overpowering the 8 percent alcohol is not noticeable at all. Some vanilla mixes with the sweet chocolate nicely. A powdery feel in the finish brings out more cocoa and a hint of almond. Just a hint of grassy hop that keeps it balanced perfectly. A very slight strawberry emerges to add to the complexity here, but the chocolate is still embracing me nicely. I think this is the best porter I have ever had. Thank you Poland.
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dwh50 (47) - Clay, New York, USA - JUL 17, 2006
This is a full flavored sweet brew. My personal favorite. It was unavailable in the US for about a year. I was pleasently surprised to find it again. detroiter (958) - Euphoria, Minnesota, USA - JAN 15, 2007
Pours a deep dark brown color, and shows off some ruby when held up to the light. It is topped by a good inch & a half of creamy tan foam. Great head retention and pretty good lacing too. Malty aroma, bold but not exceptionally powerful, of dark roasted malt, some fig, coffee, and alcohol.
A taste treat - full flavors of bittersweet chocolate, molasses, sugar-sweetened coffee, and roasty grains. There is enough hop presence to provide a nice balance, yet no hop flavors are observed. Medium-full body, ample carbonation, very smooth mouthfeel. That sweetened coffee flavor lingers in the aftertaste. Although I detected alcohol in the aroma, I can’t taste any. However, halfway through the bottle I note a soothing and warming presence. davidm (2080) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JUL 29, 2011
Bottle 500ml. Masterpiece. Aromas of chocolate, caramel, dark fruit, and hints of smoke. Taste is sweet, with a bitter background, and long length. Palate is syrupy, and full bodied. Black, with a frothy head. Reid (2558) - Salem, Oregon, USA - NOV 2, 2003
The smell is good but not exceptional the usual roasted malts prevail.
Ah forgot this beer is one of the most handsome brews I have ever seen!..deep deep brown essentially black beer with a huge tan frothy head which declines into a marginal lace head ..leaving it all down the glass.
The taste? very nice indeed..I have come to love these Polish Porters . Toffee, roasted malts, dark chocolate, blackcurrants..liquorice its all here one after the other in a parade of the taste buds ..fantastic.
The mouthfeel is perfection creamy yet strong..just indesribable really.
A delectable beer and so very drinkable for such an ABV
I have found the beer of the Gods and its Baltic Porters..beautiful
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 27, 2004
Appearance: perfectly dark brown color, and atop, a most impressively huge, lush, roasted-coffee-tan-colored head of foam, softly crumbling down to a modest ring.
Aroma: Amazing! Divine, and decadent, full of rich, thick, dark characterisitcs: molasses most of all, with spice, licorice, coffee, chocolate, cognac, dark rum, tar, ash, tree bark...it’s a wicked concoction, a twisted pleasure for thirsty noses like mine!
Taste: Oh! It’s been years since I’ve had one of these, and I remember liking it well, but this particular character disappeared from my cognizance. Amazing stuff! Tastes like an Imperial Stout in many ways, so thick, rich, roasted, toasted and buzzing with dark, delicious flavor. Sits very hard upon the palate, becomes firmly ensconced in the senses. Some hoppiness at first, but afterwards dominated by sweet, raisiny, rummy maltiness and the definite feel of alcohol (a mere 8.1 %, this). This pleases me in so many ways, a perfect dessert beer, nightcap (it’s leading me into Slumberland tonight!), and wicked temptation. The epitome of a Baltic Porter, it goes all the way and then some, dominating the palate, flooding every inch of the mouth...I can’t stop thinking how perfect it is, how unrelenting in flavor, how uniquely forceful is the taste and the effects of this brew, without going into extremes.
If you ever get a chance to try this beer, before it unfairly vanishes into the dustbin of brewing history, for no good reason, do so with utmost haste. You deserve it, don’t you?