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Grand Imperial Porter - Browar Amber

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Reviews: 70
Hads: 131
Avg: 3.68
pDev: 18.21%
Wants: 4
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
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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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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


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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Photo of LokStokN2DrnknBBLs
4.47/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

It was great to have an Imperial Porter in the traditional style, instead of the American Imperial Porter, which more often than not is just a stout, as the American pallet is collectively geared towards dry beer and wine.

Syrupy, low carbonation, rich port wine like characteristics:

This beer aptly represents the style as it was drank, not brewed, as the fresh version was never intended for consumption and the mature product, aged from sea voyage from the UK to the Baltic region, was radically changed from the natural decay of hops, as well as the exposure of the beverage to uncontrolled temperatures and secondary, non Saccharomyces fermentation from other delectable little critters found in the casks.

All in all, a great beer.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of Thickfreakness
4.29/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Deep, dark burnt toast color. No light showing thru, not even along the edges. A one finger dark brown head dissapates rather quickly and leaves very little lacing.

S- Chocolate covered cherries, fresh brewed black coffee, raisins, figs, vanilla and burnt marshmallows. It has a little bit of earthiness and citrus hop as it warms up. This is fantastic!

T- Exactally what the nose tells you!!! Raisinettes, twizzler's cherry nibs, DD coffee and smores! Has a touch of dried fruit sourness, smokey malts, cocoa and some fresh scraped vanilla bean. Has a bit of Dr. Pepper to it... really cool!!!

M- Thinner than I would like, but the flavors roll all over your tongue and whisper sweet nothings to you! Really creamy and soft!

O- At $2.99 a bottle... this is fantastic! I could drink this all the time! Such depth of flavors! This is one damn fantastic porter that everyone should try! I am really impressed!

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Photo of leedorham
4.29/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Holy Crap a lot of foam. Gushed over but did not foam a ton in the glass. Point deduction for gushing. Pours a very dark brown with a thick tan head.

S - Smells of burnt sugar, plums, fruits, coffee, dark roasted malts.

T - This one is what I would call a fig bomb. The dried fruits and caramelized sugars dominate with some coffee undertones. Beautiful depth and lasting flavor. I like it lots.

M - Viscous and oddly enough seems appropriately carbonated even after it gushed at the beginning.

D - A definite sipper but I enjoyed every sip. I was sad to see it go and wanted more.

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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.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep reddish black, with an initially tight-bubbled head of crema foam, which collapses against the edges of the glass, leaving some truly excellent lacing. Shame about the retention, but otherwise a fine looking beer.

Very toasty, roasted grain character. Lots of dark bread, organic sweetness, and even the tantalising hint of smoke and port. Really extremely sweet and sweaty, quite organic, roasted and dark. Not bad at all.

Smooth and incredibly sweet on the palate. Dark fruit mingles with dark chocolate, not unlike a Bavarian black forest cake. Again, there are hints of smoke and deeper things, but the rich, heavy, christmas pudding type brandy-soaked fruit sweetness wins out without even trying. A very heavy and full-flavoured brew. Mouthfeel is extremely good, a smooth and thick chewy texture that works in perfect harmony with the rich sweetness on the palate.

An extremely flavoursome and very heavy beer. Very, very sweet - would make an excellent complement to a dark, sweet dessert. I enjoyed it a great deal.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.23/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not a bad deal picked this one up for 3 bucks for the 16.9oz bottle.

A - Very pretty looking porter. It was thick and creamy with a dark complexity and a 1/2 inch of mocha colored head that has some equally nice lacing.

S - Smells of mild espresso, a touch of bakers chocolate (which I never seem to get in many porters) and mild roast and smoke. Hopping is in their but this porter is definitely on the malty side.

T - First thing I noticed is that it was sweet rather than chalky the yeast are. This gave it more of a stout like quality giving way to waves of sweet dark chocolates and espresso beans. The finish does have a twang of citrus hops and a touch of drying making this one great porter.

M - Medium and chewy. ABV is perfectly blended.

Overall man these guys in Poland got the porter thing down. If I see this again I will be sure to pick up another. Quite possibly the best porter for your dollar.

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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.

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Photo of AgentMunky
4.07/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a half litre bottle into a brandy snifter. Stamped P.O. 1229.

A: Nice off-white head with decent retention. Ruby-black with merest hints of red in direct light. Scattered lacing.

S: Big, malty-fruity (figs, dates) alcoholic sweetness. A welcome hint of breadiness, molasses, and over-ripe banana. (Banana-bread maybe?)

T: Big, rich, and fruity. Like the other Polish 'Baltic Porter' I tried (Black Boss) this tastes much more like a BSDA than a Porter. Loads of malt, fruit, and very distant roasted malt. The endtaste is thick, spicy, and sweet.

M: Smooth, spicy, and fruity.

O: Great beer! Recommended; would have again. Not very porterish (at all) but still pretty nice. Perhaps the best Polish ale I've tasted.

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Photo of Soozy
4.05/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of sulldaddy
4.05/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampling a cellar temp bottle poured into a snifter. The beer foams up with a tan creamy head of 3 cm and pours a dark cola brown hue with almost no light passing through the glass.
Aroma is some brown sugar and molasses with hints of raisin and fig, no hops to be found on the nose.
First sip reveals a sticky textured beer with some mild spacious carbonation. Flavor is all malt with no hops anywhere. I get molasses, brown sugar and some dark chocolate with dark fruits mixed in for good measure.
The alcohol is pretty well hidden and I enjoy the beer.
A fine example of a baltic porter that has some nice complexity and is easy to drink. A winner in my book!

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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.

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Photo of Reidrover
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Euro style 500ml bottle from "Lifesource", S.Salem. $2.45 Very very classy bottle presentation. Deep deep black beer with a very nice frothy,bubbly tan head. Fine dark,deep dank coffee,toast,dark chocolate,fig aroams assault the nose,pickin up some cream, and slight funk..very nice. Sweet side of Baltic Porter here..sweet with creamy undertones and figs/date fruitiness,bitter coffee after taste. Ok on the tongue..slightly less than expected but that enhances drinkability. Good beer for a cheap price..thinking this would be an excellent Christmas dinner dessert beer.

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Photo of atis
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this one in Warsaw

Pours dark brown with dense yellow-brown one-finger thickness head. Leaves dense slowly downlsiding lacing.

Aroma is rather mild roasted coffee, caramel and a bit of dark chocolate. Taste is much more powerful - a bit bittery coffee, dark fruits, sweetish caramel, might be a bit of cocoa, hints of rye bread and very well hidden alcohol. Aftertaste is pleasant sweetish roasted. Mouthfeel is about medium and low carbonation.

Overall, a good Porter.

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Photo of Suds
3.97/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

So, I have come to expect a heavy, syrupy brew when I see a Poland-brewed strong beer. This was no exception. The beer is a rich, black-ish colored liquid (with a reddish hue when held to the light). It has a very interesting aroma. Lots of specialty malts and sugary malt-extract-like smells. It's like a malted shake mixed with lots of chocolate malt and a touch of black patent. The beer seems not to have been fully fermented and then the yeast activity was artificially halted. Very, very sweet and thick. Still, it gives the beer an interesting and nourishing character. It really feels full and satisfying. The sweetness is also not overdone...it is balanced quite well with the rich roasted malts. No real hop presence (maybe a bittering note, but that's all). The heaviness, though, can be a little too much. It is fantastic in the first taste, but wears a little thin after several sips, which hurts the drinkability. I did like this beer, however...very interesting and engaging.

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Photo of Jeffsta1
3.97/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown, edging toward black.

Smells frankly great, malty. Reminds me of Ayinger Celebrator.

Taste is good, malty, big hints of sweetness, just too much sweetness for me. Coffee, cocoa.

Feels a bit hotter than I prefer, feels more like 9-10%, frankly.

Finish is nice, very well integrated with the flavor. Someone there really knows what they're doing.

Ultimately this just has more sweet brown sugar than I want - there's a lot here that's truly great.

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Photo of GeoJ
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle as part of a "Make-Your-Own" 6-pack, poured into a pint glass.

Nice, dark color typical of a porter, 1-finger head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is pretty strong on the alcohol, dark chocolate, blackberry (currants?) ... really interesting.

Taste pretty much follows the aroma, a lot sweeter than I expected. Almost wine-like. To my palate, it is a VERY complex brew - There is a LOT going on here. Mouthfeel was thinner than I like from a porter, but by no means bad. Paired very nicely with some Russian and Lithuanian cheese, along with some freshly baked rye bread. Didn't want to pair it with a garlicky Russian sausage I had lined up - that wouldn't work, at all.

The back of the bottle label states "Perfect with gourmet desserts, and especially dark chocolate" - That's for sure.

Glad I tried it - Will get some more to spring on my unsuspecting, porter-loving friends!

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Photo of heygeebee
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My first porter.

Poured black with red tinges at edge. Three finger cream head, this recedes to leave permanent lacing

On the nose, brown sugars and caramel.

Taste is toffee apples, toffee, caramel, sweet sweet, and it is not until half way through the bottle that some bitterness creeps in

Not thick, not thin, but hole in mid-palate. Alcohol? what alcohol....

Top stuff

Interestingly, preferred colder to when it warmed up, Put the second half of bottle back in the fridge before drinking

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Photo of alpinebryant
3.92/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a brandy snifter , day old coffee colored, sweet toffee smell, coffee scent, strong malt and sweet aroma. Huge head especially for a Porter.

Tasted strong coffee flavor , chocolate malt and some black patent, very sweet with toffee / caramel flavors and unfermented sugars. slight tanginess from coffee

Mouthfeel was medium bodied, not too thin, possible to drink more than one of these in a night, which cannot be said for all 8.0% abv drinks. I welcome the sweetness and coffee essence

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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.

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Photo of Lakes
3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle into a Rochefort challis.

Pours dark brown with light ruby amber-brown highlights. Tan fading head. In the glass it's a very dark brown, nearly black with no highlights no matter how I hold the glass.

Aroma is leather and rasin, with soft roasted malt. Some pleasent alcohol notes with hints of coffee.

Taste is very back of the mouth. Sweet malt and resiny fruit. That's resin not rasin, which is also present but not very pronounced. As with the aroma there is a plesent and complex alcohol flavor. Very understated roasted notes, much lower than I'd expect from something billed as an "Imperial" Porter.

Mouthfeel is good and true to style; full with a nice alcohol warmth. Carbonation is excellent.

Drinkability is good. Not exactly what I'd call an Imperial. To me it appears more like a middle of the road Baltic, but a nice drinking porter. Definitely worth my time.

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Photo of mnrider
3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500ml Brown Bottle.

A: Pours a dark, dark brown. Almost black. Large carbonated coffee brown head. Does not retain very well, and leaves little lacing.

S: Sweet malts, chocolate and some sweet fruits.

T/M: Still sweet with fruit notes. Some bitter chocolate. Pretty smooth going down and leaves mouth a little dry.

D: A pretty good Porter. Sweet but not too sweet. High alcohol is a plus, and is somewhat noticeable. Very good for the price$.


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Photo of Zachtheporter
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a Blue moon pint glass.

A- Dark black with a slight ruby tint when held up to the light. Has a light brown fluffy fat head. Rises quite well after being poured. Very rich looking.

S- Breadiness with cocoa and chocolate nib notes. Very reminiscent of a chocolate pastry. Slight bitterness from hops.

T- The start is chocolatey sweet and malty. There is a slight breadiness that occurs mid taste with some light graham cracker notes that mesh nicely with the notes of chocolate caramel and brown sugar. Has a faintly bitter hop finish.

M- Richly carbonated. Medium to heavily bodied. Slightly syrupy but the carbonation adds a crispness.

O- A very rich nice porter that can't be beat for the cheap price tag. Doesn't have to much to it to really make it stand out but good nonetheless. Would definitely drink again.

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Grand Imperial Porter from Browar Amber
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