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Grand Imperial Porter - Browar Amber

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Grand Imperial PorterGrand Imperial Porter

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69 Reviews
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Reviews: 69
Hads: 130
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 13.59%
Wants: 4
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
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Poland

Style | ABV
Baltic Porter |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: atis on 01-07-2009

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Reviews: 69 | Hads: 130
Photo of Sammy
3.35/5  rDev -9%
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. (258 characters)

Photo of mulder1010
2.88/5  rDev -21.7%
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. (1,234 characters)

Photo of donniecuffs
3.82/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured a deep mahogany brown with less than a finger of tan-colored head, modest retention, and good lacing. Smelled of roasted malt, biscuit, anise, subtle hint of alcohol, and lots of coffee. Flavor profile exactly the same as the nose, with a dry, acohol-punctuated coffee finish. Modestly carbonated, but very thin. Sessionable, but needs more body. (353 characters)

Photo of stakem
3.82/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (1,102 characters)

Photo of DiabolikDUB
3.33/5  rDev -9.5%
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. (482 characters)

Photo of Cs1987
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance - Very dark, but more transparent than most porters. 2 fingers of head with good retention.

Smell - Loads of hops and alcohol, malt almost undetectable.

Taste - Much of the flavour comes from the herbal, earthy hops, though the bitterness is not very evident. Could do with more malt flavour. Improves with warmth.

Mouthfeel - Good texture.

Drinkability - A little difficult.

Overall - This is a well made, enjoyable beer, but it does not quite stand up to the best imperial porters and stouts. (510 characters)

Photo of ThreeDimesDown
3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown pour with a medium light brown head that thins out quickly, but hangs around for good lacing.

Aromas of sweet chocolate malt with hints of coffee, molasses and fruit. Upon first taste, sweet fruit and molasses hits the palate followed by roasty malts and finished with a tone of chocolate and coffee.

With a medium mouthful and just the right amount of carbonation, this porter is well balanced especially with the many flavors and aromas. Perfect after dinner or desert drink. (490 characters)

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (254 characters)

Photo of Pabs311
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- pours a beep dark brown with some ruby characteristics when held up to the light. decent off-white head that lingers for a short time, a little lacing left behind.

S- dark, sweet malts characterised by molasses,caramel, dark fruits and a very slight hint of coffee, but not much of the later.

T- Same characterisitics as the aromoa. sweet maltiness, characterised by molasses and some caramel. there's also a hint of some dark fruits and then a slight bitter finish. overall sweet palate.

M/D- medium bodied, would like a little a little more for an imperial porter. drinkability is good, smooth beer and goes down easy. (627 characters)

Photo of rtepiak
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

the first polish beer i had in poland that i want to write home about...

a very consistent example of the style. nice and black with a off white head. cherry/tawny dark in color up agaisnt the light... not particularly cloudy. nose is quite toasty... with a bit of chocolate and lots of nougat and mollasses. palate is all that a tad sweet... a tad smokey sour... a tad bitter. nice balance in the finish.

the body is mild but a nice density... not too thick. a dessert that one can have three. very smooth and drinkable.

had it again about a year later and it lack a lot of the dimension that i was expecting. overly sweet and not distiction of chocolate like before. just more so heavy handed sweet. (705 characters)

Photo of swierczt
3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into Chimay goblet. One inch thick off white head that dissipates quickly. Mahogany in color. Looks like a dark robust cup of coffee.

Smell of sweet malts. A bit of caramel.

Malt sweetness hits you right away. Fruits come through (plum and figs). Sweetness subsides a bit and fades to dark chocolate and a bit of coffee in the finish. Warming effect/booziness of the 8% ABV was not at all apparent.

Very light mouthfeel. Moderate carbonation.

This beer is a great after dinner sipper or beer to pair with desert. I would not have guessed that this offering was 8% ABV. I probably wouldn't drink more than 1 in a session. A great surprise at a fantastic price! (670 characters)

Photo of StevenBilodeau
3.61/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Pours into a glass, with a very light brown, off white head, that dissipates like soda. Good lacing, and taste. The flavor is of dark coffee, hint of dark chocolate, and a thin malt base, which conveys some hidden sweetness, maybe fruit. This beer is excellent and I recommend it to any one whom likes strong dark beers. (320 characters)

Photo of alpinebryant
3.92/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a brandy snifter , day old coffee colored, sweet toffee smell, coffee scent, strong malt and sweet aroma. Huge head especially for a Porter.

Tasted strong coffee flavor , chocolate malt and some black patent, very sweet with toffee / caramel flavors and unfermented sugars. slight tanginess from coffee

Mouthfeel was medium bodied, not too thin, possible to drink more than one of these in a night, which cannot be said for all 8.0% abv drinks. I welcome the sweetness and coffee essence (503 characters)

Photo of far333
3.38/5  rDev -8.2%
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. (509 characters)

Photo of bgjohnston
4.37/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is just the sort of happy accident I hope for when I try a beer I know nothing about.

Pours very dark coffee color with a generous light brown head. Smell caught my attention right away: fruity, sweet, promising.

Taste delivers straight on, with a strong, dark roasted malt flavor, like a good dark roast coffee sweetened with a generous helping of dark chocolate. It is still sweet enough that it seems right to call it an imperial porter and not a stout, as I think drier for stout.

Mouthfeel is smooth and very big. I wanted to drink this one alot quicker than I should, as the alcohol is not very noticable. The flavor is so big, though, you will get much more out of it if you sip and enjoy. (704 characters)

Photo of laituegonflable
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (1,380 characters)

Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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. (1,040 characters)

Photo of ADZA
3.27/5  rDev -11.1%
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. (660 characters)

Photo of atis
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this one in Warsaw

Pours dark brown with dense yellow-brown one-finger thickness head. Leaves dense slowly downlsiding lacing.

Aroma is rather mild roasted coffee, caramel and a bit of dark chocolate. Taste is much more powerful - a bit bittery coffee, dark fruits, sweetish caramel, might be a bit of cocoa, hints of rye bread and very well hidden alcohol. Aftertaste is pleasant sweetish roasted. Mouthfeel is about medium and low carbonation.

Overall, a good Porter. (482 characters)

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Grand Imperial Porter from Browar Amber
83 out of 100 based on 69 ratings.