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Grand Imperial PorterGrand Imperial Porter

Brewed by:
Browar Amber

Style: Baltic Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by atis on 01-07-2009

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Reviews: 75 | Ratings: 146
Photo of MatthewWilde
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sample: 1 bottle 2011

A: Extremely dark reddish brown, pours a small light brown head, moderate internal carbonation

S: Quite sweet smelling, espresso, chocolate, caramel, traces of vanilla, rather fragrant

T: Cocoa, caramel, heavy espresso, sweet but with a nice balance, some smokey qualities, a bit tangy, dessert-like

M: Quite smooth, nice consistency, mocha aftertaste, a bit too lingering, also quite drying on the palate

O: A very mocha-forward porter, well balanced, smooth, and rather fragrant

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Photo of Scotchboy
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Grand Imperial Porter, bomber poured into a Jackie O's tulip.

A: Dark dark brown, with a tan head with low retention and light lacing.

S: Kind of light for a Baltic...its nutty for sure, dark chocolate, burnt caramel, some fruity notes from a hop or yeast ester more than likely, earthy hop notes as well.

T: Chocolate and caramel malts, toffee as well, burnt caramel, graham cracker, nutty flavors reminiscent of a Brown Ale, as well as some bitter earthy hops.

MF: Medium body, soft carbonation, no alcohol presence.

O: Really not roasty enough for me as a porter, nor burnt/smoky enough for a Baltic. Interesting malty offering, though its definitely not bad.

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Photo of Zachtheporter
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a Blue moon pint glass.

A- Dark black with a slight ruby tint when held up to the light. Has a light brown fluffy fat head. Rises quite well after being poured. Very rich looking.

S- Breadiness with cocoa and chocolate nib notes. Very reminiscent of a chocolate pastry. Slight bitterness from hops.

T- The start is chocolatey sweet and malty. There is a slight breadiness that occurs mid taste with some light graham cracker notes that mesh nicely with the notes of chocolate caramel and brown sugar. Has a faintly bitter hop finish.

M- Richly carbonated. Medium to heavily bodied. Slightly syrupy but the carbonation adds a crispness.

O- A very rich nice porter that can't be beat for the cheap price tag. Doesn't have to much to it to really make it stand out but good nonetheless. Would definitely drink again.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours ruby-tinged brown with a large, quickly fading head.
Nose shows roasted malt, chocolate liqueur, booze, soft vegemite.
Flavours are less roasty, much sweeter. Lots of toasty melanoidin malt and faint chocolate. Too sweet for my liking though.
Could use much more carbonation, very syrupy body.

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Photo of BillHilly
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served at 55 degrees in a Duvel tulip.

A: Pours chocolate obsidian, 1 finger head, nice lace retention and yeast activation on etching.

S: roasted malt, molasses & carameled sugar

T: Massive malt front, followed by a candied sugar, almost no hops - not sure how old my bottle is, might be a factor.

M: Nice viscosity, solid carbonation, slight syrup residual

O: Glad I drank it, curious on this beer after 3-5 years as there seems to be a lot of residual sugars in my bottle. This beer should hold up for 5-10 years.

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Photo of daliandragon
3.3/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I don't exactly know why any of the Polish Baltic Porters are so reasonably priced (Okocim, Zywiec, Black Boss, etc), but if this one is of a similar quality, it's another bargain and I think I'll go pick up a case and cellar it. Grand does the black and murky thing well enough and hits notes of coffee, licorice, and sweet dark fruit. Alcohol becomes more prominent as it warms.
Good enough start to me.

The taste seems like a step down from some of your better Polish Baltics. The cloying sweetness is almost overpowering, and there is a chalky quality to the flavor that impedes the otherwise pleasant tones of baker's chocolate and dark fruit. Alcohol is also an irritant, as it strangles the finish despite mellowing in the aftertaste. Not something I would try again with so many easier to drink, more refined, Polish Baltics available at a similar bargain price.

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Photo of rootbeerman
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: pours black but appears clear and red around the edges. Has a thin tan head.
S: very sweet roasted malt, with some nuttiness chocolate light coffee. Also a light bit of smoke.
T: seem like a cross between a heavy malt Bock with a chocolate and coffee porter.
M: sweetness is a little on the sticky side. Decent carbonation which helps some of the thickness.
O: price wise this is an amazing beer, was $2 and some change. I think it could be more of a porter and less Bock but it is good.

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Photo of GeoJ
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle as part of a "Make-Your-Own" 6-pack, poured into a pint glass.

Nice, dark color typical of a porter, 1-finger head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is pretty strong on the alcohol, dark chocolate, blackberry (currants?) ... really interesting.

Taste pretty much follows the aroma, a lot sweeter than I expected. Almost wine-like. To my palate, it is a VERY complex brew - There is a LOT going on here. Mouthfeel was thinner than I like from a porter, but by no means bad. Paired very nicely with some Russian and Lithuanian cheese, along with some freshly baked rye bread. Didn't want to pair it with a garlicky Russian sausage I had lined up - that wouldn't work, at all.

The back of the bottle label states "Perfect with gourmet desserts, and especially dark chocolate" - That's for sure.

Glad I tried it - Will get some more to spring on my unsuspecting, porter-loving friends!

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Photo of Reidrover
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Euro style 500ml bottle from "Lifesource", S.Salem. $2.45 Very very classy bottle presentation. Deep deep black beer with a very nice frothy,bubbly tan head. Fine dark,deep dank coffee,toast,dark chocolate,fig aroams assault the nose,pickin up some cream, and slight funk..very nice. Sweet side of Baltic Porter here..sweet with creamy undertones and figs/date fruitiness,bitter coffee after taste. Ok on the tongue..slightly less than expected but that enhances drinkability. Good beer for a cheap price..thinking this would be an excellent Christmas dinner dessert beer.

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Photo of pattermj
3.56/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Second time I have had this beer, rather happy with it for the price.

A- Dark brown, poured into a pint glass the head disappears quickly leaving just a black. Not as dark as many stouts but definitely darker then some porters I have had.

S-Cherries, chocolate are the strongest, slight fig bit maybe my nose is being weak tonight

T- Cherries, chocolate, coffe, vanilla, raisins. Slightly sour, almost made me think it had early signs of infection.

M- Very light, no thickness at all. Good for a porter, would have been disappointed if it were a stout

O- If price were a category this would be scoring much higher, it is a well made, distinct beer, but not perfect or exciting. Just a good beer

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Photo of Thickfreakness
4.29/5  rDev +15.9%
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 Elimination
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A pitch black pour with a white head

Smell of a bit of Swiss chocolate and espresso. Really not bad can't detect any particular yeast tastes

Tons of chocolate on the taste. A bit of mocha in the background quite A surprise really

This a great import as far as a polish porter which I am never interested in. Quite good

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

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. It pours a brown color that is almost opaque when held to the light. A 2 inch mocha colored head forms and reduces to a nice lacing.

The aroma is uniquely dark fruit and a bit of milk chocolate.

The taste has again that nice dark fruit combination with a milk and chocolate components. Just a bit of alcohol.

The mouthfeel is a medium bodied but comes across as thin if it is too cold. Carbonation is moderate and there is a mild chocolatey bitterness that lingers.

Overall, this is an interesting beer. Some portions seems quite strong and others more average. It is a reasonable baltic porter that I would happily try again in the future.

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Photo of emerge077
3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
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 crossovert
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle. PO 3/5. A gusher.

It pours a dark black with ruby on the edges and a foamy tan head.

The smell is basically chocolate milk with some dark fruit.

The flavor continues this flavor. I think this is a beer that would appeal to a large audience. It is mildly roasty and mostly just like a really decadent chocolate dessert or cake.

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Photo of anglagard1
3.62/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Smells like dark beers I've had before that have fallen short of the mark, which made me hesitate to actually drink it. But the taste was sweet like brown sugar with coffee and a little chocolate. Almost too sweet though on my second sip. It was on the third taste that the overwhelming amount of flavors really danced with steel toed boots over my tongue. Flavors flashed by so quickly I was unable to identify all of them. I've had the experience once before when drinking Duvel, where flavors go by in quick succession. After that it was back to a return to an almost overly sweet. A twelve oz. bottle would have been good enough for me, but it was interesting for the taste bombardment I received. I find it hard to believe that the only listed ingredients were malts, hops and water.

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Photo of heygeebee
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
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

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Photo of DarthKostrizer
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
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

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Photo of bylerteck
3.82/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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Photo of sulldaddy
4.05/5  rDev +9.5%
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!

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Photo of huxcrunner
2.44/5  rDev -34.1%
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

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Photo of smcolw
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
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 leedorham
4.29/5  rDev +15.9%
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 vfgccp
3.08/5  rDev -16.8%
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 Soozy
4.05/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

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