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Grand Imperial Porter - Browar Amber

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BA SCORE
83
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118 Ratings
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Ratings: 118
Reviews: 66
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 13.93%
Wants: 3
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
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Poland

Style | ABV
Baltic Porter |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: atis on 01-07-2009

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Photo of morrowd3
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.26/5  rDev +16.4%
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.

Photo of SoPeL
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of quirk6
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of hansavijaticar
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of brewcifix
2.77/5  rDev -24.3%
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.

Photo of BrewMaven
3.44/5  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.

Photo of Mendicant
2.5/5  rDev -31.7%

Photo of rayj212
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of magpieken
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of Gluteus_Maximus
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of steve8robin
4.5/5  rDev +23%

Photo of raythealeman
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of JeltMaaj
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of muchloveforhops3
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

Photo of woosterbill
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Cheers!

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.45/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

Photo of GeckoPunk
3/5  rDev -18%

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.79/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

Photo of Goobastic
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of AgentMunky
4.07/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

Photo of Drufus
1.36/5  rDev -62.8%
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????

Photo of scottfrie
3.76/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of womencantsail
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Grand Imperial Porter from Browar Amber
83 out of 100 based on 118 ratings.