Grand Imperial Porter | Browar Amber

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Browar Amber
Poland
browar-amber.pl

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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Ratings:
154
Reviews:
78
Avg:
3.71
pDev:
12.94%
 
 
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6
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Photo of Jeffsta1
3.97/5  rDev +7%
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.

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Photo of rab53
3.59/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JMS1512
3.79/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

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Photo of paulish
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Nyrangersgrrl
4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of arini10
3.61/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Thirstygoat
4.06/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Erik-P
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JudgeRoughneck
3.14/5  rDev -15.4%
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.

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Photo of Donkster46
3.96/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Kcman91
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of djrn2
3.74/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of smithj4
3.81/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of patrykfus
3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of AlexRea
3.47/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of doktorhops
2.36/5  rDev -36.4%
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.

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Photo of paresis
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of Adr05
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of Rwalford74
3.72/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of chinchill
3.86/5  rDev +4%
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 KAF
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of Kashyyyk
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of kersjous
4.75/5  rDev +28%

Photo of AndrewBV
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of Latarnik
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Grand Imperial Porter from Browar Amber
3.71 out of 5 based on 154 ratings.
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