Grand Imperial Porter - Browar Amber

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Ratings: 125
Reviews: 67
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.62%
Wants: 3
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
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Poland

Style | ABV
Baltic Porter |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: atis on 01-07-2009

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Photo of Reidrover
4/5  rDev +9%
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.

Photo of pattermj
3.56/5  rDev -3%
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

Photo of Thickfreakness
4.29/5  rDev +16.9%
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!

Photo of Elimination
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A pitch black pour with a white head

Smell of a bit of Swiss chocolate and espresso. Really not bad can't detect any particular yeast tastes

Tons of chocolate on the taste. A bit of mocha in the background quite A surprise really

This a great import as far as a polish porter which I am never interested in. Quite good

Photo of SykDoc
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. It pours a brown color that is almost opaque when held to the light. A 2 inch mocha colored head forms and reduces to a nice lacing.

The aroma is uniquely dark fruit and a bit of milk chocolate.

The taste has again that nice dark fruit combination with a milk and chocolate components. Just a bit of alcohol.

The mouthfeel is a medium bodied but comes across as thin if it is too cold. Carbonation is moderate and there is a mild chocolatey bitterness that lingers.

Overall, this is an interesting beer. Some portions seems quite strong and others more average. It is a reasonable baltic porter that I would happily try again in the future.

Photo of emerge077
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of crossovert
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Photo of anglagard1
3.62/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Smells like dark beers I've had before that have fallen short of the mark, which made me hesitate to actually drink it. But the taste was sweet like brown sugar with coffee and a little chocolate. Almost too sweet though on my second sip. It was on the third taste that the overwhelming amount of flavors really danced with steel toed boots over my tongue. Flavors flashed by so quickly I was unable to identify all of them. I've had the experience once before when drinking Duvel, where flavors go by in quick succession. After that it was back to a return to an almost overly sweet. A twelve oz. bottle would have been good enough for me, but it was interesting for the taste bombardment I received. I find it hard to believe that the only listed ingredients were malts, hops and water.

Photo of heygeebee
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
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

Photo of DarthKostrizer
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
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

Photo of tbeckett
3.82/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of sulldaddy
4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
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!

Photo of huxcrunner
2.44/5  rDev -33.5%
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

Photo of smcolw
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Photo of leedorham
4.29/5  rDev +16.9%
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.

Photo of vfgccp
3.08/5  rDev -16.1%
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.

Photo of Soozy
4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

Photo of heavy216
3.43/5  rDev -6.5%
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

Photo of e11iott
3.16/5  rDev -13.9%
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.

Photo of Suds
3.97/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

Photo of sonopod
4.42/5  rDev +20.4%
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.

Photo of mnrider
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
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$.

Cheers!!

Photo of Lakes
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

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.

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.

Grand Imperial Porter from Browar Amber
83 out of 100 based on 125 ratings.