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Grand Imperial Porter - Browar Amber

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83
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120 Ratings
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Ratings: 120
Reviews: 66
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 13.66%
Wants: 3
Gots: 10 | 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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Ratings: 120 | Reviews: 66
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.

Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Looks real nice right off the bat, black, extremely opaque unless you put it to the light you will see maybe a little tint. Light tan head maybe 2/3" off the body.

Smell: Smells like molasses and chocolate. Good but not flattering.

Taste; In reality drinking this beer it is all over the place, it is good especially with those that like a wine feel to their beer. It is sweet like a ruby (wine),

Mouth: This beer fails in its after-taste, feels like a shot of molasses or sugar hitting the back of your mouth that is just a little too much.

Overall: Good beer especially when you factor in the it costs next to nothing. It definitely is better even than some triple it price and on that note... Salud!

Photo of kurgan3
4.75/5  rDev +29.8%

Photo of Fatehunter
4.16/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. About a finger of tan head formed on a dark brown, almost black body. The head held solidly.

Smells of roasted malt, tinge of burnt barley, black licorice, and dry barn hay.

Milky taste, toasted barley, strong black licorice and dark chocolate. Alcohol in the breath at the end.

Texture is creamy and smooth. Low carbonation.

Extremely well made and balanced. A dark profile without left up. The licorice might be too much for some.

Photo of caverog
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of DrDemento456
4.23/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of joefc
3/5  rDev -18%

Photo of RS3Sport
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of pin
2/5  rDev -45.4%

Photo of npendres
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

Photo of kkmiller76
2.75/5  rDev -24.9%

Photo of datalager
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of kyager2000
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of MatthewWilde
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sample: 1 bottle 2011

A: Extremely dark reddish brown, pours a small light brown head, moderate internal carbonation

S: Quite sweet smelling, espresso, chocolate, caramel, traces of vanilla, rather fragrant

T: Cocoa, caramel, heavy espresso, sweet but with a nice balance, some smokey qualities, a bit tangy, dessert-like

M: Quite smooth, nice consistency, mocha aftertaste, a bit too lingering, also quite drying on the palate

O: A very mocha-forward porter, well balanced, smooth, and rather fragrant

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

Grand Imperial Porter, bomber poured into a Jackie O's tulip.

A: Dark dark brown, with a tan head with low retention and light lacing.

S: Kind of light for a Baltic...its nutty for sure, dark chocolate, burnt caramel, some fruity notes from a hop or yeast ester more than likely, earthy hop notes as well.

T: Chocolate and caramel malts, toffee as well, burnt caramel, graham cracker, nutty flavors reminiscent of a Brown Ale, as well as some bitter earthy hops.

MF: Medium body, soft carbonation, no alcohol presence.

O: Really not roasty enough for me as a porter, nor burnt/smoky enough for a Baltic. Interesting malty offering, though its definitely not bad.

Photo of Zachtheporter
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a Blue moon pint glass.

A- Dark black with a slight ruby tint when held up to the light. Has a light brown fluffy fat head. Rises quite well after being poured. Very rich looking.

S- Breadiness with cocoa and chocolate nib notes. Very reminiscent of a chocolate pastry. Slight bitterness from hops.

T- The start is chocolatey sweet and malty. There is a slight breadiness that occurs mid taste with some light graham cracker notes that mesh nicely with the notes of chocolate caramel and brown sugar. Has a faintly bitter hop finish.

M- Richly carbonated. Medium to heavily bodied. Slightly syrupy but the carbonation adds a crispness.

O- A very rich nice porter that can't be beat for the cheap price tag. Doesn't have to much to it to really make it stand out but good nonetheless. Would definitely drink again.

Photo of JAHMUR
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of Adrianized
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of sharpski
3/5  rDev -18%

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of BillHilly
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Photo of Chrily
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of daliandragon
3.3/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

Photo of PearlyGates
3/5  rDev -18%

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Grand Imperial Porter from Browar Amber
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