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Grand Imperial Porter - Browar Amber

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109 Ratings
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Ratings: 109
Reviews: 64
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.9%
Wants: 3
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
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Poland

Style | ABV
Baltic Porter |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: atis on 01-07-2009)
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heygeebee

Australia

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

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2011 04:13:38 | More by heygeebee
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DarthKostrizer

California

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

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2011 19:57:30 | More by DarthKostrizer
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tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2011 21:41:13 | More by tbeckett
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sulldaddy

Connecticut

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!

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2011 03:02:28 | More by sulldaddy
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huxcrunner

New York

2.4/5  rDev -34.6%
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

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2011 17:52:09 | More by huxcrunner
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smcolw

Massachusetts

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2011 01:46:03 | More by smcolw
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leedorham

Washington

4.33/5  rDev +18%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2011 18:16:34 | More by leedorham
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vfgccp

New York

3.03/5  rDev -17.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2011 03:47:14 | More by vfgccp
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Soozy

Tennessee

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2011 02:40:37 | More by Soozy
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heavy216

New York

3.45/5  rDev -6%
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

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2011 01:40:08 | More by heavy216
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e11iott

New York

3.15/5  rDev -14.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2011 04:38:30 | More by e11iott
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Suds

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2010 03:04:57 | More by Suds
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sonopod

Idaho

4.43/5  rDev +20.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2010 05:40:20 | More by sonopod
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mnrider

Connecticut

3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
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!!

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2010 04:22:10 | More by mnrider
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Lakes

Idaho

3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2010 21:36:17 | More by Lakes
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2010 21:57:46 | More by Sammy
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mulder1010

Australia

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2010 13:44:11 | More by mulder1010
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donniecuffs

New Jersey

3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2010 19:23:26 | More by donniecuffs
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stakem

Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2010 21:52:07 | More by stakem
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DiabolikDUB

Oregon

3.33/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2010 03:02:35 | More by DiabolikDUB
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Cs1987

Australia

3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2010 13:19:10 | More by Cs1987
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ThreeDimesDown

Connecticut

3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2010 01:30:31 | More by ThreeDimesDown
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barleywinefiend

Washington

3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2010 15:35:37 | More by barleywinefiend
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Pabs311

Connecticut

3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2010 17:48:53 | More by Pabs311
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rtepiak

Poland

3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2010 23:03:31 | More by rtepiak
Grand Imperial Porter from Browar Amber
83 out of 100 based on 109 ratings.