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Review by joe1510 on 11/17/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
86 3 10 17 4 9 2009
500ml. Bottle
Herman's Package Liquor

Okocim Porter poured a deep garnet, the only way of knowing this is holding it to the light. Otherwise it's a dark brown to black. There are glowing ruby highlights around the glass when held to the light. When poured a 1+ finger head formed that faded to a slim cap but left lacing as it receded. Look promising.

The smell is pretty deep and dark. Starts off with a sweetness from raisins aqnd is quickly followed by brown sugar and a drizzling of molasses. Smells sweet but is nicely balanced. In no way cloying. There are toasted grains and the slightest touch of alcohol bringing up the rear. Very nice.

Now the most important aspect. The taste has many of the same qualities as the smell. The raisins are in the flavor as well along with big brown sugar flavor. The brown sugar brings to mind the mixture of that and cream on top of oatmeal, minus the oatmeal. Deep toasted grains and every now and then I even pick up milk chocolate, not much but a little. All these sweet flavors but somehow it's not sweet or cloying. I have a hard time deciding between a 4.5 and a 5. It's that good.

Mouthfeel is as close to perfect as the taste. It's medium bodied but leaning toward the heavier side. The mild carbonation makes the beer move sluggishly through my mouth letting every flavor make the rounds. Very nicely done.

Drinkability is good for a higher abv beer that this is. More to enjoy during the cold weather months than warm but good either way. I could easily sip these all night long.

For some reason I wasn't expecting this beer to be as good as it is. What a nice surprise. So far one of the best porters I have ever had. Everything goes together so well. At $1.99 for a 500ml this is a steal. I will pick this up this anytime I see it.

Reviewed: 12/30/06

Price: $1.99 Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Oxymoron on 10/02/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
78 3 9 15 5 7 2009
Pours a midnight black color with a dark red hue around the edges. Some lighter cling to the glass with ok viscousity. A soft tan head that remained throughout the drink and limited lacing.

The aroma has a malty nose with roasted grains and some sweet hints as well. A light hint of chocolate and coffee. A bit astringent for typical Baltic porters. Some light yeast and esters, plums specifically, but overall very very smooth.

The taste is also very smooth. A sweet malt taste brings out more of the chocolate charateristic. The esters come out more versus the nose as well, plums and raisins. Some lingering sweetness is noticeable in the finish but there is a light harshness from the roasted. Would like to see that back off a touch. Some minor metallic/copper notes on the end as well.

The body is moderate and very smooth, perfect for style. Maybe a touch astringent for me but still a classic example. Well done.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by tavernjef on 08/14/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
88 3 9 19 4 9 2009
Color is a seemingly deceptive black but tends to keep a dark brown like that of a brown beer bottle. Up to the light it gets a shadowed bloody reddish black. Cool and creepy. Great soft, creamy, and bubbly froth of mediumish size and is cocoa colored. Fades slowly to keep a good amount of its stature always present and the lacing coats the glass like thin frosting. Beautiful!

Aroma is clean, darkly sweet, and lightly roasted as dark fruits make up the toppings with plum, date, banana skins, over ripe pear, and raisin and is drizzled in a caramel, chocolate/cocoa waffer-like dusting over the fruityness.

Taste is well established in malty dark fruityness while maintaining a great chocolatey richness. Right from the get go it begins to unveil its velvety structure with warming chocolate and caramel that sit aside some very nice creamy banana. Tender little hints to pale figs, fresh dates, and smashed raisins make the edges. Dark toffee creates a nice swipe through the middle as it totally fills in with more, darker chocolate and a touch of iced coffee as it finishes slow and gradual. A wondeful finisher. Lots of left over flavors of the dark fruits mix intriguingly well with the chocolate tones. A lavishly yummy treat to behold.

Mouthfeel is quite nice. Not too heavy set nor extremely thick. Velvety smoothness and silky richness is the setting stage. Letting it crawl slowly out over your palate as the flavors take to the play in full garb with the nice little toasty/roasty hints within the caramel, toffee, and chocolate. Has about a medium-full body with a delicate texture that grows as it warms. Wow, what a ride! And gone before you know it. The bigger 500ml bottle doesn't last as it should. Quite drinkable, and thusly so by leaps and bounds. One to stock up on, keep around, drink lots of, whatever. Great stuff!

Served In: Pint Glass

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