Okocim Palone - a "fire-brewed dark beer" from Poland, 5.5% abv, 500 ml bottle.
This beer is one of the reasons I love to go to our local Polish restaurant, Salt & Sweet. How can you not order a beer with a label like that? Plus, Okocim Palone is fun to say...once you get the waiter to help you pronounce it. I still think I say it wrong.
This beer pours a dark, black-brown with ruby highlights - completely opaque. There's virtually no head, even with a hard pour.
The aroma has sweet cherries? Maybe some licorice?
The first sip slams you with malty sweetness, a slight fruitiness - kind of unexpected from such a dark beverage - but then it finishes with a slight toastiness. Any hops are pushed way to the back. Even though there's some lingering toasty sweetness, the overall impression is that it's clean, not cloying. It's almost like a half & half blend of a lager and a porter. Very delicious, and compliments a big plate of kielbasa and cabbage nicely.