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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: 4
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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Photo of Drufus
1.3/5  rDev -64.6%
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????

Drufus, Sep 16, 2012
Photo of pin
2/5  rDev -45.5%

pin, Jun 13, 2012
Photo of huxcrunner
2.4/5  rDev -34.6%
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

huxcrunner, Mar 28, 2011
Photo of Mendicant
2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

Mendicant, Jun 06, 2013
Photo of brewcifix
2.74/5  rDev -25.3%
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.

brewcifix, Jun 13, 2013
Photo of kkmiller76
2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

kkmiller76, May 23, 2012
Photo of mulder1010
2.88/5  rDev -21.5%
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.

mulder1010, Jul 25, 2010
Photo of dertyd
3/5  rDev -18.3%

dertyd, Dec 08, 2013
Photo of PearlyGates
3/5  rDev -18.3%

PearlyGates, Dec 30, 2011
Photo of joefc
3/5  rDev -18.3%

joefc, Jun 16, 2012
Photo of GeckoPunk
3/5  rDev -18.3%

GeckoPunk, Nov 19, 2012
Photo of sharpski
3/5  rDev -18.3%

sharpski, Feb 15, 2012
Photo of vfgccp
3.03/5  rDev -17.4%
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.

vfgccp, Feb 09, 2011
Photo of e11iott
3.15/5  rDev -14.2%
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.

e11iott, Jan 11, 2011
Photo of ADZA
3.23/5  rDev -12%
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.

ADZA, Jul 20, 2009
Photo of daliandragon
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

daliandragon, Jan 04, 2012
Photo of caverog
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

caverog, Jun 25, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

wchasse222, Nov 05, 2013
Photo of RS3Sport
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

RS3Sport, Jun 13, 2012
Photo of DiabolikDUB
3.33/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

DiabolikDUB, May 05, 2010
Photo of Sammy
3.35/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

Sammy, Aug 22, 2010
Photo of far333
3.38/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

far333, Sep 20, 2009
Photo of BrewMaven
3.45/5  rDev -6%
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.

BrewMaven, Jun 13, 2013
Photo of TheSixthRing
3.45/5  rDev -6%
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.

TheSixthRing, Nov 29, 2012
Photo of heavy216
3.45/5  rDev -6%
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

heavy216, Jan 12, 2011
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Grand Imperial Porter from Browar Amber
83 out of 100 based on 110 ratings.