Grand Imperial Porter | Browar Amber

Grand Imperial PorterGrand Imperial Porter
BA SCORE
3.69/5
157 Ratings
Grand Imperial PorterGrand Imperial Porter
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Browar Amber
Poland
browar-amber.pl

Style: Baltic Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by atis on 01-07-2009

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#28,876
Reviews:
79
Ratings:
157
pDev:
13.01%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
6
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20
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Ratings: 157 |  Reviews: 79
Photo of kurgan3
4.75/5  rDev +28.7%

Photo of kersjous
4.75/5  rDev +28.7%

Photo of Hourglass
4.6/5  rDev +24.7%
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!

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Photo of steve8robin
4.5/5  rDev +22%

Photo of LokStokN2DrnknBBLs
4.47/5  rDev +21.1%
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.

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Photo of HabaJohn
4.45/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of sonopod
4.42/5  rDev +19.8%
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.

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Photo of bgjohnston
4.37/5  rDev +18.4%
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.

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Photo of GregSemenza
4.32/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of stephenlee
4.31/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Thickfreakness
4.29/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Deep, dark burnt toast color. No light showing thru, not even along the edges. A one finger dark brown head dissapates rather quickly and leaves very little lacing.

S- Chocolate covered cherries, fresh brewed black coffee, raisins, figs, vanilla and burnt marshmallows. It has a little bit of earthiness and citrus hop as it warms up. This is fantastic!

T- Exactally what the nose tells you!!! Raisinettes, twizzler's cherry nibs, DD coffee and smores! Has a touch of dried fruit sourness, smokey malts, cocoa and some fresh scraped vanilla bean. Has a bit of Dr. Pepper to it... really cool!!!

M- Thinner than I would like, but the flavors roll all over your tongue and whisper sweet nothings to you! Really creamy and soft!

O- At $2.99 a bottle... this is fantastic! I could drink this all the time! Such depth of flavors! This is one damn fantastic porter that everyone should try! I am really impressed!

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Photo of leedorham
4.29/5  rDev +16.3%
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.

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Photo of bmaggot
4.28/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.26/5  rDev +15.4%
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.

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

Photo of muchloveforhops3
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%
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.

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Photo of npendres
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

Photo of Andrewharemza
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%
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.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.23/5  rDev +14.6%
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.

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Photo of Fatehunter
4.16/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

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Photo of Spikester
4.14/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

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Photo of tone77
4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

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Photo of AgentMunky
4.07/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

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Photo of Thirstygoat
4.06/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Grand Imperial Porter from Browar Amber
Beer rating: 3.69 out of 5 with 157 ratings
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