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Okocim Mocne (347 of 1001)

Rating: 3.45

My second beer from the Okocim brewery now, having been founded back in 1845 it is also one of Poland’s oldest brewery’s and dominates the local market alongside the likes of Żywiec. This one follows on from their Okocim Mistrzowski Porter that I reviewed here recently as the final of two beers from the brewery that I managed to try while visiting Warsaw last month; this one is also the final review of the beers that I had on that trip. The beer also marks the fifth from Poland to feature on the 1001 beers list that I’ve managed to try now and leaves me with only three more from the country that I’m hoping to try in the near future, hopefully my trip to Kraków later this year will allow to check another couple of those off as well. The beer itself if a strong pale lager that comes in at 7% abv. and whose name translates as ‘Okocim Strong’ in English although it is listed as a malt liquor in some US states and to be honest it wasn’t one that I was particularly looking forward to when I picked this one up but it thankfully turned out to be much better than expected.

Appearance (4/5): Bright amber and clear bodied, this one had quite a few bubbles rising to the surface and settled with a nice, one centimetre tall head that was foamy and white, holding well over the open minutes too.
Aroma (5/10): There wasn’t too much in the way of a strong nose from this one in the early going which was a slight surprise given the strength of the beer but I did manage to detect some basic adjuncts and the odd grassy note. There was some vegetable notes and touches of grain nearer the middle before some malt sweetness started to sneak in together with some sticky malts; it was surprisingly light throughout on the nose but at least it wasn’t a bad-smelling offering.
Taste (6/10): Much like the nose, the beer wasn’t as strong as epxected here with some corn sweetness and basic adjuncts again opening this up nicely. There was some subtle vanilla flavours and the odd herbal touch nearer the middle with faint bread malts and butterscotch coming through nearer the end. There was an alcohol base to the beer that could perhaps have been lighter and some grassy flavours seen things out but it was quite a basic offering overall.
Palate (4/5): Smooth and quite clean on the palate with a crisp, medium body that had a nice balance and moderate carbonation levels but one that was easier to drink than expected too; nice stuff so far.

Overall (15/20): This one was quite a surprising beer and one that I found myself enjoying much more than I thought I would. There was a lot of early sweetness that was coupled with a few sticky malts and some pleasant vanilla flavours; excellent stuff for the style and one I’d have again.

Brewed In: Brzesko, Lesser Poland Voivodeship, Poland
Brewery: Browar Okocim
First Brewed: early 1900’s
Type: Strong Pale Lager/Imperial Pils
Abv: 7.0%
Serving: Can (500ml)
Purchased: 1 Minute Shop (Warsaw)
Price: 4.05PLN (appox. £0.81)

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