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:
#29,036
Reviews:
79
Ratings:
157
pDev:
13.01%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
6
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20
Trade:
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Photo of Sammy
3.35/5  rDev -9.2%
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.

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Photo of djrn2
3.74/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of emerge077
3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Second bottle from Gene's. "PO.02.05.2/2" printed on the back label, your guess is as good as mine.

Poured into a tulip it generates a three finger head of tan mocha tinged foam, leaving random arcs of lacing stuck inside the glass. Eventually the foam breaks up after 5 minutes, creating a floating island of skim in the middle.

Sweet cocoa and prunes in the aroma, a little dull and oxidized, but still pretty noticeable.

Cocoa, milk sugar, prunes, chocolate syrup, malted milk balls. Smooth on the palate, light bodied with mild hints of roast. Fairly sweet, on the verge of cloying, but not overly so. Pretty good, i'd try this again but for my money Zywiec and Okocim make better porters.

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

Photo of chinchill
3.86/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

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Photo of smithj4
3.81/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of vfgccp
3.08/5  rDev -16.5%
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.

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Photo of smcolw
3.58/5  rDev -3%
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.

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Photo of paulish
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of womencantsail
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.72/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of stakem
3.82/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

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Photo of rab53
3.59/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JAHMUR
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of Duff27
3.48/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.79/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Dogfish Head pint glass. Pours a cloudy, but semi translucent dark red brown. Half finger light tan head fizzed intensely and immediately disappeared leaving a tiny ring around the glass. Unusual carbonation behavior. Aroma of toasted malt, chocolate, vanilla and an unusual earthy fruit component. Flavor follows aroma, dark toasted malt, chocolate, vanilla with a hint of coffee. Odd fruit flavor in the finish like an herbal infusion of sour cherry. Light hops in the finish. Light to medium bodied. An unusual porter, with less opacity and body than most Baltic porters, but the toastiness and cherry flavors are good for a Baltic porter. The earthy fruit flavor in the finish does not fit as well. An interesting take on the style that I'm glad I had the opportunity to taste, but somewhat off balanced.

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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 stevoj
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of Erik-P
3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of puboflyons
4.05/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

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Photo of Latarnik
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of KAF
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of Donkster46
3.96/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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 barleywinefiend
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

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