Grand Imperial Porter
Browar Amber

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Style:
Porter - Baltic
Ranked #206
ABV:
7.2%
Score:
85
Ranked #34,918
Avg:
3.73 | pDev: 12.6%
Reviews:
83
Ratings:
167
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Year-round
Wants
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Gots
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SCORE
85
Very Good
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JonnoWillsteed from England

3.04/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

L- In ambient light it's black, but held up close to a halogen bulb it's ultra-deep ruby red. Clear, pours with 2mm tan head.
S- I get some roasty-toasty notes, a hint of smoke? It seems quite light though (nose burnt out on previous glass of porter?).
T- Now I see why, it's not that pungent at all and certainly not for an 8% 'Imperial Porter'. There is some base of deeper roasted taste but what I'm missing is identifiable notes on top, for this style commonly coffee, cocoa, smoke, and so on.
F- It's also a touch sweeter than I was anticipating. I don't get on with sweet notes in beer and this is close to my boundary.
O- Unfortunately despite high hopes I'm really quite underwhelmed. The look in the glass and packaging are good. The ^S,T+F afterwards all under-whelmed. Blind-tasted I'd guess the ABV% as say 6.5% or so, it's astonishing it's 8% as that doesn't come over at all in palate-zing/feel. If I could read Polish I'd also be checking the lable if this happens to be an adjunct, it's over-sweet to me, and I mean sugar-sweet not rich. Sadly not a beer that I'd buy again.

500ml elegant long-necked bottle with intaglio-moulded logos, name and sprig of hops on the shoulder. My bottle is 8% ABV - if other reviewers are seeing the same ABV% they might like to 'Suggest an edit' to the Description. The lables are 100% in Polish, a language that IDK.
Bought from BeersOfEurope/UK for home delivery BB: 18/08/2021.
- Review written 'blind'. Before reading any other reviews here, or indeed the Polish language lable!

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solisbrewmaster from Mexico

4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle 500 ml into a snifter
Pours great with a creamy foamy head that last a little, does not fade completely.
The color is very dark. The smell is OK, smells chocolatey and raisins - like dark fruit.
The taste is awesome - the beer is full on chocolate flavor, if you like chocolate you will like this.
Has a nice medium full body with great mouthfeel.
Overall this is a very nice beer, and for 8% it sure goes down easily! Cheers

Mar 29, 2020
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Browar Amber "Grand Imperial Porter"
500 ml brown glass bottle coded "P0 1/2 01"
$1.99 @ Roger Wilco, Pennsauken, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: A fairly rough pour has brought up a 2 and a half inch head that's slowly settling before me. ... ... After topping up I've got a very nice inch and a quarter of creamy tan foam atop a "black" body that reveals its true amber and ruby body when held to the light. The aroma strongly expresses dark skinned fruits, mainly raisin, over a light chocolate note. The flavor follows with a richer, darker chocolate note added, as well as some cocoa powder. The raisin remains, and there's something a little sharper as well although I can't quite come up with it... perhaps black currant... ahh, yes, I think so, and some fig for sure as well. As for hops, there's a pleasant, soft, dried leaf note and a touch of herbal character. Some ashen roastiness becomes apparent in the swallow. A firm, centered bitterness anchors it and balances the malt leading to a mainly dry finish with some milk chocolate, ashen roastiness, and dull fig and raisin lingering. The alcohol never shows, but neither should it at 7.2%. In the mouth it's medium bodied and dextrinous, and oily and smooth with a moderate, fine-bubbled carbonation. Looking back, although the head held well the lacing wasn't that great. Both head retention and thus lacing are hindered in stronger beers but that shouldn't be the case here as there's more than enough sweet malt to counter the alcohol. Still, I'm pretty impressed. It's cleanly fermented, nicely balanced between sweet malt and bitterness, and pleasantly rounded with moderate hops and fruity character. It's got some strength to it, it's not a beer that you have out at the pub with the lads, but it's got enough character that it'd remain interesting enough to have two or even three of at night on a snowy winters night.
Review #6,890

Jan 09, 2020
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barnzy78 from Illinois

3.44/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

500mL bottle, pours a cola-like color with some ruby hues when held to light; thick foamy head slowly fades. Aroma is unique: earthy, smoky, peaty, caramel, dark fruit, brown sugar and very sweet smelling overall. Sweet flavors as well with notes of caramely grain, brown sugar, raisin, fig, plum, prune, earthy peat and a touch of smoke and tobacco leaf. Fuller body, modest carbonation, sweet through and through with not much bitterness. Overall, far too sweet for my liking. Fun to try, but it's a one and done for me.

Feb 20, 2018
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HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Almost completely black.Aroma is roasted malt,coffee and dried fruit. Similar taste,a bit sweet from the taste of dried fruit which seems to not work with the butter ciffee. Takes a while and as it warms it starts to work much better

Sep 13, 2017
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hoptheology from South Dakota

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A charming honey brown color towards the bottom, deepening up to a dark brown-black towards the middle, and a creamy root beer float-like head.

Aroma is heavy on chewing tobacco, with notes of prune and leather behind it.

Flavor translates somewhat, adding some dry chocolate in there as well. Nice pruney notes, raisin, plum...just vineyard all around. Caramel, smoked molasses, tobacco and leather comes in on the finish.

Feel is pleasantly dry, with an apt carbonation. Nice slick mouthfeel.

Overall not a bad porter. It's definitely not chocolate or roast forward - it's more molasses and dark fruits.

Jun 02, 2017
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Spikester from Oregon

4.14/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Three fingers of tan head with good rings of lace. Black color .
Smell is molasses and raisen.
Taste is sweet raisen and molasses. No hop presence at all.
Mouthfeel is medium with strong carbonation. Finish is sweet and very mildly bitter.
Overall a sweet and tasty Porter. No coffee or chocolate. Just molasses and raisen.
Nothing bad but a sweet beer for sure.

Apr 07, 2017
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puboflyons from New Hampshire

4.05/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From the 500 ml. bottle stamped simply PO 1/2. Sampled on December 11, 2106.

It pours dark brown with a long lasting foamy tan head and some lacing. I also see reddish hues in the light.

How sweet are those roasted malts on the nose? Very. Also a low earthy hop profile. But the sweetness is right out there.

Medium-full body and creamy.

Delightfully sweet roasted malt taste with a kind of milk creaminess thrown in. Slight chocolate at the end. Mildly dry and clean finish. More Porters should be this way.

Dec 11, 2016
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tone77 from Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a brown 16.9 oz. bottle. My bottle says 7.2% abv, but otherwise is identical to the one pictured. Has a black color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of chocolate, dark fruits. Taste is chocolate, roasted malts, dark fruits, some sweetness, alcohol is well hidden. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall I really enjoyed this beer, I wish I had picked up more than one.

Sep 05, 2016
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Andrewharemza from Australia

4.25/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From bottle, pours a very dark brown almost black colour with a good tan head that disapates to a thin layer. Aroma chocolate, sweet, roasty, malt, caramel, brown sugar. Taste pretty much follows the nose. Very nice.

Jul 01, 2016
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stevoj from Idaho

3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Coffee and dark chocolate come to mind from the aroma and taste. Pours near black with sparse beige head. Overall sweet palate, slick mouthfeel. Nice winter warmer.

Jan 04, 2016
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drmeto from Germany

3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 4

L:
-pours the darkest of brown with faint ruby tinges and a bif,frothy,beige head
S:
-licorice,roast,nutty,coffee,cream,plums,grainy,cognac,mocha
T:
coffee,burnt toast,nutty,licorice,slight acidity,caramel,chocolate,cognac
F:
-medium carbonation
-light to medium body
-alcohol noticeable
O:
Very good Baltic Porter.A little thin-bodied

Dec 20, 2015
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drpimento from Wisconsin

3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

While very good in many regards, somehow it still comes off as being a little pretentious Certainly the label has something to do with that, but I'm speaking more to the beer itself. A little too sweet, but with a sweetness that is unrefined. etc.

Dec 03, 2015
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LokStokN2DrnknBBLs from Illinois

4.47/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

It was great to have an Imperial Porter in the traditional style, instead of the American Imperial Porter, which more often than not is just a stout, as the American pallet is collectively geared towards dry beer and wine.

Syrupy, low carbonation, rich port wine like characteristics:

This beer aptly represents the style as it was drank, not brewed, as the fresh version was never intended for consumption and the mature product, aged from sea voyage from the UK to the Baltic region, was radically changed from the natural decay of hops, as well as the exposure of the beverage to uncontrolled temperatures and secondary, non Saccharomyces fermentation from other delectable little critters found in the casks.

All in all, a great beer.

Sep 14, 2015
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Jeffsta1 from Washington

3.97/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown, edging toward black.

Smells frankly great, malty. Reminds me of Ayinger Celebrator.

Taste is good, malty, big hints of sweetness, just too much sweetness for me. Coffee, cocoa.

Feels a bit hotter than I prefer, feels more like 9-10%, frankly.

Finish is nice, very well integrated with the flavor. Someone there really knows what they're doing.

Ultimately this just has more sweet brown sugar than I want - there's a lot here that's truly great.

Aug 10, 2015
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JMS1512 from New Jersey

3.79/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Aroma: A bit of raisin, chocolate, roasted malt and alcohol. Hey, it’s 8.00%... no wait, it’s 7.2%.
Deep, deep amber brown with the faintest hint of red highlights, especially at the base, espresso-tan head that sits thick and uniform on top. After it recedes, it lingers in a thin ring and gentle surface coat.
Taste mirrors smell, with chocolate, raisin, some sweet malt, and a touch of roast and bitterness. As it warms, the raisin and sweetness come out.
Feel is smooth and a little… er… foamy? Full, creamy, slick and includes enough carbonation for a slight tingle, not but really “scrubby.” Might be due to a traditional recipe that would include ale methods but lager yeast- but I’m not that much of an expert to be certain.
Overall: A good example of a Baltic Porter, and from Poland to boot. It’s enjoyable, pleasant to drink. Does it knock my socks off? No. Would I have it again—yes—especially with dark chocolate or earthy cheese, maybe bleu.

Jul 12, 2015
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JudgeRoughneck from Louisiana

3.14/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - black with chestnut highlights, tan head fades fast and leaves no lace

Aroma - anise, big caramel malt, touch of isoamylacetate, no sufur, slight alcohol, brown sugar, moderately low roast

Flavor- maltiness dominates with thick caramel, apple ester shows through, light prune character, as well as red grape, bright coffee roasted character, lightly peppery, maybe a touch of diacetyl, though difficult to say, barely preceptable grassy character....not much bitterness

Mouthfeel - full bodied, slick, low carbonation, oxidation shows in long papery finish

Overall - far from flawless but dark, strong, cheap, and interesting is not a combo you find too often. Might prefer it to Baltica.

Apr 13, 2015
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doktorhops from Australia

2.36/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Browar Amber, brewers of the delightful Koźlak (aka the Bock that isn’t), are far too difficult to resist with such a delightfully dark Imperial Porter such as their Grand, and TBH resisting Imperial anything these days has been a challenge whilst seeking the headiest of beer encounters in my elusive quest towards 500 reviews (to blog readers who haven’t read my other 400 odd reviews and think I am still just above the 100 mark - I will begin uploading my old reviews once I’ve reached the 500th review milestone, please be patient or read some of the magazines I have in my waiting room, huh how did that dog tailed 1992 issue of Camping and Caravanning end up in my waiting room?).

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a Duvel tulip (I almost typed ‘Duvall’ tulip and now I’m thinking Robert Duvall should release his own tulip glass, could be a winner).

A: Pours like a heavy ass big Browar Amber brew, much like the Lak (yes I have shortened Koźlak now that I’m quite familiar with it). Body is more a deep brown than obsidian, with a tan head that reduces to a lace ring. 6/10.

S: Aroma is almost exactly like the Lak: Caramel, fig, dates and rye bread. Certainly lacking in the chocolate so prominently displayed on the label... or coffee for that matter. I’m detecting raisin as well, but overall this is not a Porter, you can’t play the same trick twice Browar Amber - we all had a good laugh and enjoyed the Lak but playtime is over - brewing beer is serious business. 4/10.

T: Lays it over the tongue like a truckload of raisin and sugar, none of the chocolate or coffee noted on the label is present (maybe a slight hint of bitter coffee in the aftertaste). I thought we were friends Koźlak? Overall the flavour relies far too much on sweetness and lacks the characters that make Porters rock (such as chocolate, caramel, coffee, vanilla, that velvety texture). Whereas Koźlak was a Doppelbock in Bocks clothing this is a Doppelbock fairly naked... and boring. Too sweet. 5/10.

M: Mid to light bodied, slightly watery, with an almost flat carbonation. 4/10.

D: Wow, how could Browar Amber produce something as tasty as Koźlak, amp up the flavour and ABV and produce something as terrible as Grand Imperial Porter? For Gods sakes put some smoke or roasted characters in to make this slightly more interesting! Better yet add chocolate or coffee to the mix and counter the overbearing sweetness in this beverage with something... or anything! 5/10.

Food match: Insulin is where I would start with this brew.

Dec 19, 2014
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chinchill from South Carolina

3.86/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

500ml bottle consumed on the banks of the McKenzie River (OR).

Opaque red-brown; very good, semi-durable tan head that leaves ample sticky lacing.
Aroma: Dark fruits; dark bread; raisins; other dark fruits. Nicely boozy.
Flavor: Follows the promise of the aroma. Moderate level of dark roasted malts flavor. Faint coffee in the aftertaste. Lightly (but perhaps too) sweet.
Feel: soft medium carbonation. Creamy smooth, medium-full body.
O: Exceptional. Perhaps even better than Zywiec.

Aug 22, 2014
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Hourglass from New York

4.6/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Dark ruby red/ brown color with lasting head and appropriate

carbonation.

Strong burnt carmel, molasses, toffee notes with hints of coffee aroma and flavors. This has some aged characteristics in a positive way. Sweet with balanced bitterness.

Thick syrupy mouthfeel.

Overall a complex beer to be savored and sipped at warming temperatures to really appreciate. AVB is hidden by sweetness. Not your average porter....well done!

Mar 19, 2014
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BeerFMAndy from Wisconsin

4.26/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

Aug 17, 2013
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brewcifix from Connecticut

2.77/5  rDev -25.7%
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.

Jun 14, 2013
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BrewMaven from New York

3.44/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

Jun 13, 2013
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woosterbill from Kentucky

3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
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!

Dec 06, 2012
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TheSixthRing from California

3.45/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

Nov 29, 2012
Grand Imperial Porter from Browar Amber
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 167 ratings