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Grand Imperial Porter - Browar Amber

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Grand Imperial PorterGrand Imperial Porter

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70 Reviews
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Reviews: 70
Hads: 133
Avg: 3.69
pDev: 18.43%
Wants: 5
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 Drufus
1.36/5  rDev -63.1%
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????

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Photo of doktorhops
2.36/5  rDev -36%
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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Photo of huxcrunner
2.44/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Good dark brown black colors with a brown tan head with alright lacing

Smell is a sweet malt aroma no real hop notes noticed

The taste is somewhat boring and plan at first and finished witth an overpowering sweet choclate coffee favor that just dominates any other tastes or flavors in here and lingers for the next sip

The mouthfeel for this beer isn't bad especially since it is 8% it has some smoothness to it but overall pretty average at best

Overall this beer was not good at all the appearance was about the only good thing about this I wpuld avoid this one in the future and recommend that the Polish people stick to making vodka

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Photo of brewcifix
2.77/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

A- Pours black with an off white head. My tulip is showing pretty much no lacing. The head quickly dissipates to a thin ring around the glass. The ring falls back down to the liquid with every sip.

S- Nice molasses, dark fruit, and toffee pleasantly greet the nose. I also get notes of caramel and a little alcohol.

T- Molasses and burnt malts dominate an abundantly sweet flavor. It gives way to a sweet raisin-licorice-molasses finish. Raisins, dark fruit, and sugar linger long on the palate. I'm not tasting any of the alcohol in the nose. It may be overwhelmed by all the sweetness. It does manage, however, to warm the throat- assuring its presence.

M- This porter weighs heavy on the tongue, and is a little syrupy- but, not silky. it's like heavy water- if that makes any sense. There is moderate carbonation to add some interest, I guess.

Overall: eh. This is, by no means, a "good beer". It does have an interesting nose and flavor that lean on dark fruits and raisins- as opposed to the common chocolate and malts. Interesting? Yes. Good? No. Grand Imperial Porter stands out among porters. Unfortunately, other porters are better.

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Photo of mulder1010
2.88/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

500 ML bottle poured into a SA perfect pint

A-- Poured more dark brown than black. Settled Black but very opaque. Lots of reddish brown tints to this. Brown sugar colored head, settled at one finger, good head retention and no visible carbonation once all settled down. Pour showed medium carbonation.

S-- Sweet chocolate, anise, and a boozy nose. Coffee is very faint and overpowered by the anise smell. Very anise and alcohol forward.

T-- Very sweet and alcohol forward taste. Sweet chocolate, anise (lots of it) and a lot of booze. Just a faint bit of coffee in this.

M-- Malts decide to show up in the mouth, as well as the coffee. Just a bit of a bitter coffee taste. Really thin for the smell. Very aggressive front (chocolate, booze, and anise) but weak back (coffee and roasted malt). Medium carbonation but needs a bit less.

D-- Sipper. Big time sipper. Gave me the feeling I should be drinking black sambucca more than a beer. Very obvious ABV to this. Lots of anise in this and it just dominates this beer. If it was more subtle and the alcohol was better hidden I could go for this again. Would pair really well with a HUGE chocolate dessert. The thickness of a big rich chocolate would really kill the anise in this.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.08/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A - Shiny black with a thick 3-finger mocha colored head.

S - Raisins, dried plums. Loads of brown sugar. Touch of coffee.

T - A blast of sweet prune juice with a shot of coffee. Dark chocolate covered raisin notes throughout. Tang of dried fruits and booze. Caramel and brown sugar finish.

M - Syrupy with a super sweet finish. Very light carbonation with a boozy tingle. Full bodied.

D - The sweetness is intense, too sweet for my palate. Sweeter than a Gulden Draak.

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Photo of JudgeRoughneck
3.14/5  rDev -14.9%
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.

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Photo of e11iott
3.16/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: 1 pint/ 500ML, 1 finger head, heavy lacing, pitch black in color.

S: Very strong chocolate burnt coffee smell, alcohol is noticable. very strong smell and flavor.

T/M: Sweet, smooth body beer, could have been thicker. Not much carbonation. Sharpe coffee then hops and more coffee after taste.

D: You can taste the alcohol from the start, almost like Kahlua.

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Photo of ADZA
3.27/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a jet black coca cola colour with minimal carbonation which leaves a nice one finger cappicino laced head that dissapears quickly to an oil slick right across the top of the glass with nice sticky lacing down the sides of the glass,it has aromas of sherry,chocolate,coffee and blackberries with a hint of maltiness in the background with a little hoppiness aswell and alcohol,it tastes not bad quite a strong mouthfeel with a sweet,maltish finish that definately overpowers any hops in this brew that leaves you with a sweet coffeeish alcohol warmth in aftertaste,an average baltic porter that wouldnt really recomend that you rush out and buy.

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Photo of daliandragon
3.3/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I don't exactly know why any of the Polish Baltic Porters are so reasonably priced (Okocim, Zywiec, Black Boss, etc), but if this one is of a similar quality, it's another bargain and I think I'll go pick up a case and cellar it. Grand does the black and murky thing well enough and hits notes of coffee, licorice, and sweet dark fruit. Alcohol becomes more prominent as it warms.
Good enough start to me.

The taste seems like a step down from some of your better Polish Baltics. The cloying sweetness is almost overpowering, and there is a chalky quality to the flavor that impedes the otherwise pleasant tones of baker's chocolate and dark fruit. Alcohol is also an irritant, as it strangles the finish despite mellowing in the aftertaste. Not something I would try again with so many easier to drink, more refined, Polish Baltics available at a similar bargain price.

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Photo of DiabolikDUB
3.33/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from Bottle into Pint glass.

Pours a deep dark brown with slight ruby edges and a few fingers of cream colored head. The aroma is caramel, toffee and some hints of roast. The flavor is sweet toffee brittle touches of roast with a bittersweet finish and a little alcohol. Its creamy and medium-full bodied. I really didn't find too many porter characteristics in this, actually beyond the appearance it seemed to be more of an imperial brown with all of those toffee flavors.

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Photo of Sammy
3.35/5  rDev -9.2%
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.

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Photo of far333
3.38/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

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Photo of heavy216
3.43/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: 1 pint/ 500ml bottle, 1 finger head, heavy lacing, dark black in color, light carbonation

S: heavy strong coffee/alcohol aroma

T/M: very flavorfull...strong alcohol taste with an even stronger coffee aftertaste

D: smooth going down,,very good dark coffee flavored porter

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Photo of BrewMaven
3.44/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.45/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

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Photo of DarthKostrizer
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look: Pours black with some reddish undertones at the top when held to the light. 1/4 tan head with no retention and some decent lacing

Smell: Smells of roasted malt coffee and chocolate hints of raisin and black cherry

Taste: Sweetness for the malt and a little bitterness up front then it is finished off with hints of coffee and chocolate

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with very little carbonation. Has a slightly dry feel to it

Overall: A good representative of a European Imperial Porter it is sweet which is pretty common of the European style. The flavors are there in good balance which I really like. I took a bite of 73% cacao dark chocolate and then took a drink of the beer and that really brought out the flavor of the beer. I recommend doing that if you try this beer

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Photo of crossovert
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle. PO 3/5. A gusher.

It pours a dark black with ruby on the edges and a foamy tan head.

The smell is basically chocolate milk with some dark fruit.

The flavor continues this flavor. I think this is a beer that would appeal to a large audience. It is mildly roasty and mostly just like a really decadent chocolate dessert or cake.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark brown with a tannish bubbles. Nose is roasty, cocoa. Taste is some coffee, chocolate, both dark and bitter chocolate, roasted malt and light malt. Mouthfeel is good, cocoa and roastiness being key players. Worth a try of you dig this style.

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Photo of pattermj
3.56/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Second time I have had this beer, rather happy with it for the price.

A- Dark brown, poured into a pint glass the head disappears quickly leaving just a black. Not as dark as many stouts but definitely darker then some porters I have had.

S-Cherries, chocolate are the strongest, slight fig bit maybe my nose is being weak tonight

T- Cherries, chocolate, coffe, vanilla, raisins. Slightly sour, almost made me think it had early signs of infection.

M- Very light, no thickness at all. Good for a porter, would have been disappointed if it were a stout

O- If price were a category this would be scoring much higher, it is a well made, distinct beer, but not perfect or exciting. Just a good beer

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Photo of smcolw
3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Modest beige head; leaves some spotty lace. The brew is near black where no light passes.

Nice brown sugar aroma with a lightly toasted bread aroma. The sweetness reminds me a little bit of port due to the strong raisin element.

Very rich body with a strong sweet alcohol flavor that last long after the swallow. The taste is similar brandy with lots of sweet wine touches. The carbonation is low. There is a small amount darker malt flavors but the sweetness overwhelms.

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Photo of BillHilly
3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served at 55 degrees in a Duvel tulip.

A: Pours chocolate obsidian, 1 finger head, nice lace retention and yeast activation on etching.

S: roasted malt, molasses & carameled sugar

T: Massive malt front, followed by a candied sugar, almost no hops - not sure how old my bottle is, might be a factor.

M: Nice viscosity, solid carbonation, slight syrup residual

O: Glad I drank it, curious on this beer after 3-5 years as there seems to be a lot of residual sugars in my bottle. This beer should hold up for 5-10 years.

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Photo of woosterbill
3.6/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle into a Duvel tulip. Dated, to my surprise, 02/06. Is this really a six-year-old bottle that I picked up on a whim last week?

A: Black body, brown highlights; two fingers of frothy tan head. Good retention, light lace. Pretty good.

S: Yup, that smells ancient - but in a pretty good way. Sweet molasses, musty sherry oxidation, and an interesting, distinctive hint of gingerbread.

T: Sweet. Brown sugar, molasses, chocolate, and sherry. Really tasty up front, but the finish is cloying and musty - not a great combination.

M: Sticky but not thick, with a moderate amount of tingly carbonation. A little strange.

O: Interesting and enjoyable, but I do wish it came in a 12oz bottle instead of a half liter. A worthwhile experiment for $1.99.


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Photo of swierczt
3.6/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into Chimay goblet. One inch thick off white head that dissipates quickly. Mahogany in color. Looks like a dark robust cup of coffee.

Smell of sweet malts. A bit of caramel.

Malt sweetness hits you right away. Fruits come through (plum and figs). Sweetness subsides a bit and fades to dark chocolate and a bit of coffee in the finish. Warming effect/booziness of the 8% ABV was not at all apparent.

Very light mouthfeel. Moderate carbonation.

This beer is a great after dinner sipper or beer to pair with desert. I would not have guessed that this offering was 8% ABV. I probably wouldn't drink more than 1 in a session. A great surprise at a fantastic price!

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Photo of StevenBilodeau
3.61/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

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Grand Imperial Porter from Browar Amber
83 out of 100 based on 70 ratings.