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Okocim Mistrzowski Porter

Rating: 3.65

My first beer from the Okocim brewery now, a brewery which was one of the few Polish ones I was aware of before my first to Warsaw last month. This particular offering is a strong Baltic porter from the brewery that comes in at 8.9% abv. and is one that I managed to pick up when on a night out of the city back in March; it’s taken me longer than expected to get round to adding my review here though. Although not a beer that features in the 1001 list, another from the brewery does so I was also keen to try this offering when I spotted a bottle in the fridge behind the bar. Not to be confused with the brewery’s Okocim Porter, the offering that I’m reviewing here appears to be a more recent beer having only been introduced sometime around 2013, here’s what I thought of the bottle that I tried.

Appearance (4/5): Pouring a really dark brown colour, this one is topped with a quarter centimetre head that is foamy and sticks to the sides a little; it’s a still and opaque bodied beer but it’s nothing special in the early going really.
Aroma (6/10): Slightly dark malts open the nose up with touches of grain coming through from the alcohol as well, there was a hint of caramel malt as well. The beer seemed earthy with some chocolate notes and a little cocoa towards the middle before some fainter fruits seen things out. Overall the beer was well-balanced on the nose with slightly less alcohol showing than expected but some did manage to sneak through all the same.
Taste (7/10): Definitely more malty than the nose indicated, there was a lot of earthy flavours in the early going but they were thankfully backed up by a little sweetness that came from the chocolate flavours and some sugars. The taste seemed semi-bitter with some caramel malts in there as well as some smoke nearer the end to make a nice beer without it being a standout offering.
Palate (4/5): Medium to full-bodied with a smooth feel for the most part and some early alcohol touches that kicked the nose off. There was some smoke showing at times too but for the most part the sweetness from the chocolate and the malts seemed strongest, and carbonation wise it was quite a soft beer that coupled with the smoothness made it an easy one to drink.

Overall (15/20): Quite a strong beer with plenty of sweetness that managed to cover most of the alcohol malts and grains that appeared in the early going, there was a slightly warming feel to the beer nonetheless though. The beer was just shy of being full-bodied offering and together with the smooth feel, it was quite an easy beer to drink despite coming in so strong and showing some alcohol grain at times. The smoky flavours near the end of the beer weren’t too bad either but I’m still not sure it’s one that I’d rush out to try again, mainly because of the strength of the beer though.

Brewed In: Brzesko, Lesser Poland Voivodeship, Poland
Brewery: Browar Okocim
First Brewed: circa. 2013
Type: Baltic Porter
Abv: 8.9%
Serving: Bottle (500ml)
Purchased: Verado Bar, Warsaw, Poland
Price: 10PLN (appox. £1.96)

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  1. April 25, 2017 at 08:45

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