Grand Imperial Porter - Browar Amber
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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
3.68/5 rDev +0.3%
The beer is almost black with a creamy tan head. Very nice sweetness with some mild roast, dark fruit, cola, and a bit of grain. The sweetness is excellent almost doppelbock-like. A bit of cola, some dark fruit, and like cocoa powder. Just a hint of bitterness to go with bread and toffee.
08-07-2012 18:24:03 | More by womencantsail
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
3.58/5 rDev -2.5%
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.
02-22-2011 01:46:03 | More by smcolw
4.28/5 rDev +16.6%
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.
08-10-2009 11:39:01 | More by lacqueredmouse
3.53/5 rDev -3.8%
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.
03-13-2010 15:35:37 | More by barleywinefiend
3.83/5 rDev +4.4%
Poured into a snifter it appears brown in color but as it sits in the glass it looks to be very dark brown. When held to the light it displays deep ruby red hues. More than a finger of tanned head appears atop the brew and retain fairly well with little to no lacing effect.
Aroma of this porter includes caramel malt and seemingly milky chocolate notes coming across quite sweet along with some dark fruity scents like rasins, plums and even some molasses. Further whiffs of this brew indicate some slight tartness blended with coffee.
Taking a sip, flavors of chocolate malt blended with molasses are in the foreground. Through the body are flavors of dark fruit like plum coupled with light coffee. Some acidic quality is included with a light presence of hops keeping the alcohol and malty sweetness in check. There is a lingering flavor of coffee and chocolate left in the mouth and the alcohol grows increasingly evident as this brew warms. This brew is modestly carbonated and has a medium to light mouthfeel.
Overally quite decent, for $1.90 a 500ml bottle it is a pretty good value as well.
07-19-2010 21:52:07 | More by stakem
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
4.25/5 rDev +15.8%
500 ml bottle poured into a snifter.
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
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
4.25/5 rDev +15.8%
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.
06-22-2012 16:32:44 | More by DrDemento456
3.03/5 rDev -17.4%
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.
02-09-2011 03:47:14 | More by vfgccp
3.65/5 rDev -0.5%
If there were a BeerFly entry for the Little Bottler opposite Granville Station in Sydney I'd file a report, but somehow I don't think there is. Anyway, that's where I picked this one up.
Pours a very dark brown with a red tinge, ochre head that froths delightfully around when poured. Head becomes a thin crown, but lacing is a beautiful sheet of sticky beige. Looks, great, looks porterish. 2 thumbs up.
Nose is delightfully rich and complicated, like Anna Nicole Smith. Strong espresso character with a tart, plummy edge, but also something so sweet behind it, it's a muscat character, liqueury and syrupy. Perhaps a little too sweet for me, but otherwise fantastic smell.
On the palate, that sweet, fortified wine character takes over and renders this very sweet indeed. Has very little roasted character, but notes of sweet cherry, grapes and fruity syrup runoff. Finish is slightly darker, but never reaches any charcoaly bitterness which I was expecting. It's just thick and syrupy, particularly on the feel, a little heavy in the mouth.
Overall, this has some very nice flavours that just don't quite hit the spot with me because it's all so thick and rich and sweet. But it's very enjoyable and a unique brew I'm very happy to have had. I'm very pleasantly surprised by this Polish Porter, but ultimately where it comes from is immaterial - this is just a great beer.
08-11-2009 01:01:13 | More by laituegonflable
3.85/5 rDev +4.9%
Bottle at House of Beer in Krakow. From notes.
A - Poured a black colour with red on the edges. Rocky and creamy tan head with no visible carbonation, no lacing and weak retention leaving a very small cap.
S - Chocolate dominates. Sweet dark malt and fruitiness. Not bad.
T - Sort of like a dopplebock. Fruity sweet malt. A little chocolate and roastiness. No alcohol.
M - Medium carbonation with a medium body. Sweet finish.
O/D - Good find. Everything by these guys is good so far. A tasty Baltic Porter. Not an amazing one but one of the better ones I found.
05-30-2011 21:41:13 | More by tbeckett
3.58/5 rDev -2.5%
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.
12-06-2012 23:29:40 | More by woosterbill
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
3.23/5 rDev -12%
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.
07-20-2009 13:08:06 | More by ADZA
3.95/5 rDev +7.6%
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.
12-11-2010 03:04:57 | More by Suds
4.05/5 rDev +10.4%
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.
09-26-2012 07:17:07 | More by AgentMunky
4/5 rDev +9%
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.
11-04-2011 03:12:58 | More by Reidrover
3.8/5 rDev +3.5%
500ml bottle into snifter.
A: Pours like black coffee with a huge but soft looking dark brown head. Head quickly faded into a wispy film and collar. Patchy lace.
S: Very sweet and roasted smelling. I get notes of roasted malts, char, caramel, honey, sugar and a hint of coffee. There’s something strange in there as well, kinda citrusy, earthy and vegetabley.
T: Better than the nose. Sweet and roasted again, with honey, candied sugar, caramel syrup, roasted malts, chocolate, charred wood and coffee melding together. The finish is sweet and sticky and the aftertaste is burnt but still sweet.
M: Fuller body, airy but smooth carbonation with a sticky and viscous mouthfeel.
O: I’m still not loving the nose but this tastes pretty good actually. Nothing earth shattering but a great drinking imperial porter.
08-08-2012 21:24:10 | More by scottfrie
Grand Imperial Porter from Browar Amber
83 out of 100 based on 110 ratings.