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Grand Imperial Porter - Browar Amber

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BA SCORE
83
good

114 Ratings
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Ratings: 114
Reviews: 66
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 14.21%
Wants: 3
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Browar Amber visit their website
Poland

Style | ABV
Baltic Porter |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: atis on 01-07-2009)
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2.38/5  rDev -35%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Browar Amber, brewers of the delightful Koźlak (aka the Bock that isn’t), are far too difficult to resist with such a delightfully dark Imperial Porter such as their Grand, and TBH resisting Imperial anything these days has been a challenge whilst seeking the headiest of beer encounters in my elusive quest towards 500 reviews (to blog readers who haven’t read my other 400 odd reviews and think I am still just above the 100 mark - I will begin uploading my old reviews once I’ve reached the 500th review milestone, please be patient or read some of the magazines I have in my waiting room, huh how did that dog tailed 1992 issue of Camping and Caravanning end up in my waiting room?).

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a Duvel tulip (I almost typed ‘Duvall’ tulip and now I’m thinking Robert Duvall should release his own tulip glass, could be a winner).

A: Pours like a heavy ass big Browar Amber brew, much like the Lak (yes I have shortened Koźlak now that I’m quite familiar with it). Body is more a deep brown than obsidian, with a tan head that reduces to a lace ring. 6/10.

S: Aroma is almost exactly like the Lak: Caramel, fig, dates and rye bread. Certainly lacking in the chocolate so prominently displayed on the label... or coffee for that matter. I’m detecting raisin as well, but overall this is not a Porter, you can’t play the same trick twice Browar Amber - we all had a good laugh and enjoyed the Lak but playtime is over - brewing beer is serious business. 4/10.

T: Lays it over the tongue like a truckload of raisin and sugar, none of the chocolate or coffee noted on the label is present (maybe a slight hint of bitter coffee in the aftertaste). I thought we were friends Koźlak? Overall the flavour relies far too much on sweetness and lacks the characters that make Porters rock (such as chocolate, caramel, coffee, vanilla, that velvety texture). Whereas Koźlak was a Doppelbock in Bocks clothing this is a Doppelbock fairly naked... and boring. Too sweet. 5/10.

M: Mid to light bodied, slightly watery, with an almost flat carbonation. 4/10.

D: Wow, how could Browar Amber produce something as tasty as Koźlak, amp up the flavour and ABV and produce something as terrible as Grand Imperial Porter? For Gods sakes put some smoke or roasted characters in to make this slightly more interesting! Better yet add chocolate or coffee to the mix and counter the overbearing sweetness in this beverage with something... or anything! 5/10.

Food match: Insulin is where I would start with this brew.

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3.9/5  rDev +6.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

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3.72/5  rDev +1.6%

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4.04/5  rDev +10.4%

500ml bottle consumed on the banks of the McKenzie River (OR).

Opaque red-brown; very good, semi-durable tan head that leaves ample sticky lacing.
Aroma: Dark fruits; dark bread; raisins; other dark fruits. Nicely boozy.
Flavor: Follows the promise of the aroma. Moderate level of dark roasted malts flavor. Faint coffee in the aftertaste. Lightly (but perhaps too) sweet.
Feel: soft medium carbonation. Creamy smooth, medium-full body.
O: Exceptional. Perhaps even better than Zywiec.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +29.8%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

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4.59/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Dark ruby red/ brown color with lasting head and appropriate

carbonation.

Strong burnt carmel, molasses, toffee notes with hints of coffee aroma and flavors. This has some aged characteristics in a positive way. Sweet with balanced bitterness.

Thick syrupy mouthfeel.

Overall a complex beer to be savored and sipped at warming temperatures to really appreciate. AVB is hidden by sweetness. Not your average porter....well done!

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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3/5  rDev -18%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle poured into a snifter.
8% ABV

A - Dark amber clarity is evident through the pour, but this Baltic Porter is as dark as night in the glass, crowned by a dense mocha head, which leaves a smattering of lace on the glass.

S - Sticky caramel and toffee sweetness are further gummed up with a good helping of molasses which also carries with it bitterness and balance that suggests bittersweet chocolate. Suggestions of vanilla bean emerge as the beer warms, lingering with notes of chocolate-covered raisin.

T - Toffee, Peanut Brittle (sans the peanuts) and burnt caramel overwhelm molasses and bitter dark chocolate when this beer warms but, a blend of dark fruits with raisin and prune at the forefront finishes out on a high note.

M - Grand Imperial Porter feels heavy on the tongue, rich with maltiness but, it's chewy body isn't overbearing or cumbersome, finishing with an incredible velvety smoothness that trails off with a perfect level of acrid bitterness for balance and dryness.

O - Not a trace of alcohol is to be found in this rich and velvety Baltic Porter. Smooth from start to finish, tons of sugary sweetness develops as it warms, none of which become a burden as the dark malts and mysteriously silent hops balance the beer wonderfully.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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Grand Imperial Porter from Browar Amber
83 out of 100 based on 114 ratings.