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Grand Imperial Porter - Browar Amber

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69 Reviews
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Reviews: 69
Hads: 130
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 13.59%
Wants: 4
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
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Poland

Style | ABV
Baltic Porter |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: atis on 01-07-2009

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Reviews by BlurryVisi0n:
Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Looks real nice right off the bat, black, extremely opaque unless you put it to the light you will see maybe a little tint. Light tan head maybe 2/3" off the body.

Smell: Smells like molasses and chocolate. Good but not flattering.

Taste; In reality drinking this beer it is all over the place, it is good especially with those that like a wine feel to their beer. It is sweet like a ruby (wine),

Mouth: This beer fails in its after-taste, feels like a shot of molasses or sugar hitting the back of your mouth that is just a little too much.

Overall: Good beer especially when you factor in the it costs next to nothing. It definitely is better even than some triple it price and on that note... Salud! (722 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of JudgeRoughneck
3.14/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - black with chestnut highlights, tan head fades fast and leaves no lace

Aroma - anise, big caramel malt, touch of isoamylacetate, no sufur, slight alcohol, brown sugar, moderately low roast

Flavor- maltiness dominates with thick caramel, apple ester shows through, light prune character, as well as red grape, bright coffee roasted character, lightly peppery, maybe a touch of diacetyl, though difficult to say, barely preceptable grassy character....not much bitterness

Mouthfeel - full bodied, slick, low carbonation, oxidation shows in long papery finish

Overall - far from flawless but dark, strong, cheap, and interesting is not a combo you find too often. Might prefer it to Baltica. (708 characters)

Photo of far333
3.38/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Translucent chestnut colored with a thick off-white head that slowly sizzles down like root beer. Leaves a nice cap of foam with legs reaching up.

Aroma of dark malt and plum, some cocoa and caramel.

Flavors of rich roasted malt, caramel and toffee. Tending toward sweet, just shy of cloying. Notes of prune and plum, brown sugar, molasses and vanilla. Slight tinny finish.

Thin mouthfeel, a little slick and watery. Not much body.

Interesting flavor, but a little too sweet and slick. Not too drinkable. (509 characters)

Photo of StevenBilodeau
3.61/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Pours into a glass, with a very light brown, off white head, that dissipates like soda. Good lacing, and taste. The flavor is of dark coffee, hint of dark chocolate, and a thin malt base, which conveys some hidden sweetness, maybe fruit. This beer is excellent and I recommend it to any one whom likes strong dark beers. (320 characters)

Photo of ThreeDimesDown
3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown pour with a medium light brown head that thins out quickly, but hangs around for good lacing.

Aromas of sweet chocolate malt with hints of coffee, molasses and fruit. Upon first taste, sweet fruit and molasses hits the palate followed by roasty malts and finished with a tone of chocolate and coffee.

With a medium mouthful and just the right amount of carbonation, this porter is well balanced especially with the many flavors and aromas. Perfect after dinner or desert drink. (490 characters)

Photo of chinchill
4.04/5  rDev +9.8%

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. (498 characters)

Photo of JMS1512
3.79/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Aroma: A bit of raisin, chocolate, roasted malt and alcohol. Hey, it’s 8.00%... no wait, it’s 7.2%.
Deep, deep amber brown with the faintest hint of red highlights, especially at the base, espresso-tan head that sits thick and uniform on top. After it recedes, it lingers in a thin ring and gentle surface coat.
Taste mirrors smell, with chocolate, raisin, some sweet malt, and a touch of roast and bitterness. As it warms, the raisin and sweetness come out.
Feel is smooth and a little… er… foamy? Full, creamy, slick and includes enough carbonation for a slight tingle, not but really “scrubby.” Might be due to a traditional recipe that would include ale methods but lager yeast- but I’m not that much of an expert to be certain.
Overall: A good example of a Baltic Porter, and from Poland to boot. It’s enjoyable, pleasant to drink. Does it knock my socks off? No. Would I have it again—yes—especially with dark chocolate or earthy cheese, maybe bleu. (987 characters)

Photo of BrewMaven
3.44/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

New to my local Polish stocked mini mart. Had to try.

A: Poured near black with a hind of deep ruby at the base of the glass. Shallow fine head that didn't last long leaving a fine ring with slight lace.

S: Very slight smell of licorice and roasted malt is all I'm getting here.

T&M: Same roasted malt, Maybe some ripe fruit and hint of licorice. Very smooth and easy drinking for a big beer. Medium bodied with fine carbonation.

Although nothing stood out here, it was still an enjoyable beer that I'll go back to as I see it. Solid if not outstanding Baltic Porter. (571 characters)

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours jet black with cola brown edging. The head is a light cocoa powder brown, 2 finger thick and shows decent retention. Lacing is thin, but silky and with fair stick... then nothing after about 20 minutes.

Smell - Raisin and burnt, caramelized sugars make up the the front of the aroma. Earthy, grassy and with subtle hints of chocolate below.

Taste - Lots of sugar at the forefront. Caramel and toffee at first, then raisin finds it's niche. A touch of earthy coffee comes through faintly mid-taste, and lingers in the finish. Finishes with raisin sweetness and subtle heat.

Mouthfeel - Full-bodied with low carbonation. A touch syrupy; sticky. Finishes a bit flat.

Overall - I'd say this is a run-of-the-mill Baltic here. It's drinkable, does nothing to misrepresent the style, but there's nothing special or exciting about it. Highly doubtful I'd buy it again. Maybe a bit more sweet than it should be. (925 characters)

Photo of Sammy
3.35/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle at Delaney's. Not an Imperial Porter as advertised. Black body with no head. Carbonation significant. Tad below average mouthfeel. SOurness to it, but also some roast and chocolate. Drinkable, but not very. The distributor called this a summer porter. (258 characters)

Photo of sonopod
4.42/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I love this porter for the price. You really can't beat it. It was just about 3 dollars for over a pint, and so much better than any American product for the price and alcohol content.

Appearance is good, but I like it darker, but for a porter still good, and true to the style.

Smell is great. Lots of raisins and dark chocolate, with a bit of alcohol. Smells like dessert.

Taste is good, and great depending on what you are eating. I prefer salty foods with this one to get the sweet salty dichotomy.

Mouthfeel could be thicker, but it is very easy to drink.

Drinkability is quite good. It may be a bit of a sipper, but I like it that way. Nice to have a good dinner and conversation with. It is good for an hour, and that for me is perfect for a beer.

Like I said. For the price and for me this is a hard one to beat. This has become my staple celebration beer. just outclasses Boss as my dark porter obsession. (922 characters)

Photo of dertyd
3/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of Fatehunter
4.16/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. About a finger of tan head formed on a dark brown, almost black body. The head held solidly.

Smells of roasted malt, tinge of burnt barley, black licorice, and dry barn hay.

Milky taste, toasted barley, strong black licorice and dark chocolate. Alcohol in the breath at the end.

Texture is creamy and smooth. Low carbonation.

Extremely well made and balanced. A dark profile without left up. The licorice might be too much for some. (462 characters)

Photo of Kashyyyk
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Hourglass
4.6/5  rDev +25%
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! (432 characters)

Photo of Kunstman
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours ruby-tinged brown with a large, quickly fading head.
Nose shows roasted malt, chocolate liqueur, booze, soft vegemite.
Flavours are less roasty, much sweeter. Lots of toasty melanoidin malt and faint chocolate. Too sweet for my liking though.
Could use much more carbonation, very syrupy body. (299 characters)

Photo of emerge077
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Second bottle from Gene's. "PO.02.05.2/2" printed on the back label, your guess is as good as mine.

Poured into a tulip it generates a three finger head of tan mocha tinged foam, leaving random arcs of lacing stuck inside the glass. Eventually the foam breaks up after 5 minutes, creating a floating island of skim in the middle.

Sweet cocoa and prunes in the aroma, a little dull and oxidized, but still pretty noticeable.

Cocoa, milk sugar, prunes, chocolate syrup, malted milk balls. Smooth on the palate, light bodied with mild hints of roast. Fairly sweet, on the verge of cloying, but not overly so. Pretty good, i'd try this again but for my money Zywiec and Okocim make better porters. (697 characters)

Photo of bgjohnston
4.37/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is just the sort of happy accident I hope for when I try a beer I know nothing about.

Pours very dark coffee color with a generous light brown head. Smell caught my attention right away: fruity, sweet, promising.

Taste delivers straight on, with a strong, dark roasted malt flavor, like a good dark roast coffee sweetened with a generous helping of dark chocolate. It is still sweet enough that it seems right to call it an imperial porter and not a stout, as I think drier for stout.

Mouthfeel is smooth and very big. I wanted to drink this one alot quicker than I should, as the alcohol is not very noticable. The flavor is so big, though, you will get much more out of it if you sip and enjoy. (704 characters)

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.26/5  rDev +15.8%
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. (1,269 characters)

Photo of Drufus
1.36/5  rDev -63%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I am a fan of imperial porters and saw this one for $1.99 and couldn't pass it up. I wish I did. This beer was incredibly sweet and bitter causing me to make strange faces. It was so sweet and yet bitter at the same time, I thought I was drinking cough syrup. I probably drank 4 ounces before this beer became my first ever drain pour. Did I get a bad bottle???? (362 characters)

Photo of AndrewBV
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.79/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Dogfish Head pint glass. Pours a cloudy, but semi translucent dark red brown. Half finger light tan head fizzed intensely and immediately disappeared leaving a tiny ring around the glass. Unusual carbonation behavior. Aroma of toasted malt, chocolate, vanilla and an unusual earthy fruit component. Flavor follows aroma, dark toasted malt, chocolate, vanilla with a hint of coffee. Odd fruit flavor in the finish like an herbal infusion of sour cherry. Light hops in the finish. Light to medium bodied. An unusual porter, with less opacity and body than most Baltic porters, but the toastiness and cherry flavors are good for a Baltic porter. The earthy fruit flavor in the finish does not fit as well. An interesting take on the style that I'm glad I had the opportunity to taste, but somewhat off balanced. (822 characters)

Photo of Rwalford74
3.72/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of kkmiller76
2.75/5  rDev -25.3%

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Grand Imperial Porter from Browar Amber
83 out of 100 based on 69 ratings.