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Grand Imperial Porter - Browar Amber

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Grand Imperial PorterGrand Imperial Porter

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BA SCORE
83
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110 Ratings
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Ratings: 110
Reviews: 65
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.9%
Wants: 3
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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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Reviews by Soozy:
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Soozy

Tennessee

4.05/5  rDev +10.4%

Picked this up for $3...I saw it, had to buy it...

A - pours a jet black with a nice beige foam. Good color, good pour.

S - Wow, awesome. Raspberry, very dark chocolate, it has a creamy/milk smell to it. I'm very surprised at how good this smells.

T - Lots of dark chocolate, some caramel. The bitterness is well-balanced and evens out the intensity. It has a little bit of a buttery taste to it, it's not very noticeable, but it does linger on your tongue.
M - Very thin, that's my only complaint.
D - Alcohol is masked well.

For the price I couldn't beat it and would definitely buy again, but it's nothing to write home about.

01-12-2011 02:40:37 | More by Soozy
More User Reviews:
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far333

Connecticut

3.38/5  rDev -7.9%

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.

09-20-2009 03:00:42 | More by far333
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StevenBilodeau

Connecticut

3.65/5  rDev -0.5%

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.

01-07-2010 22:12:54 | More by StevenBilodeau
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ThreeDimesDown

Connecticut

3.9/5  rDev +6.3%

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.

03-15-2010 01:30:31 | More by ThreeDimesDown
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chinchill

South Carolina

4.04/5  rDev +10.1%

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.

08-22-2014 14:03:49 | More by chinchill
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BrewMaven

New York

3.45/5  rDev -6%

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.

06-13-2013 21:37:48 | More by BrewMaven
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TheSixthRing

California

3.45/5  rDev -6%

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.

11-29-2012 07:35:39 | More by TheSixthRing
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.35/5  rDev -8.7%

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.

08-22-2010 21:57:46 | More by Sammy
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sonopod

Idaho

4.43/5  rDev +20.7%

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.

10-25-2010 05:40:20 | More by sonopod
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dertyd

California

3/5  rDev -18.3%

12-08-2013 09:35:25 | More by dertyd
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Fatehunter

Oregon

4.2/5  rDev +14.4%

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.

06-27-2012 02:08:41 | More by Fatehunter
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Kashyyyk

Poland

4/5  rDev +9%

07-05-2014 13:51:57 | More by Kashyyyk
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Hourglass

New York

4.59/5  rDev +25.1%

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!

03-19-2014 22:18:26 | More by Hourglass
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Kunstman

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

03-16-2014 04:16:32 | More by Kunstman
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CrazyDavros

Australia

3.68/5  rDev +0.3%

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.

01-24-2012 10:35:59 | More by CrazyDavros
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emerge077

Illinois

3.63/5  rDev -1.1%

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.

08-25-2011 00:06:01 | More by emerge077
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bgjohnston

Connecticut

4.38/5  rDev +19.3%

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.

09-07-2009 01:07:42 | More by bgjohnston
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

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.

08-17-2013 15:08:52 | More by BeerFMAndy
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Drufus

Connecticut

1.3/5  rDev -64.6%

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????

09-16-2012 16:58:42 | More by Drufus
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AndrewBV

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +9%

06-04-2014 23:37:53 | More by AndrewBV
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LiquidAmber

Washington

3.8/5  rDev +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.

11-02-2012 02:41:33 | More by LiquidAmber
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kkmiller76

New Jersey

2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

05-23-2012 01:42:20 | More by kkmiller76
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kurgan3

Poland

4.75/5  rDev +29.4%

06-29-2012 16:30:58 | More by kurgan3
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pin

Australia

2/5  rDev -45.5%

06-13-2012 03:10:48 | More by pin
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raythealeman

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

03-10-2013 23:40:40 | More by raythealeman
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Grand Imperial Porter from Browar Amber
83 out of 100 based on 110 ratings.