Grand Imperial Porter | Browar Amber

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Grand Imperial PorterGrand Imperial Porter

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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: 76 | Ratings: 149
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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Photo of heavy216
3.43/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: 1 pint/ 500ml bottle, 1 finger head, heavy lacing, dark black in color, light carbonation

S: heavy strong coffee/alcohol aroma

T/M: very flavorfull...strong alcohol taste with an even stronger coffee aftertaste

D: smooth going down,,very good dark coffee flavored porter

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Photo of e11iott
3.16/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: 1 pint/ 500ML, 1 finger head, heavy lacing, pitch black in color.

S: Very strong chocolate burnt coffee smell, alcohol is noticable. very strong smell and flavor.

T/M: Sweet, smooth body beer, could have been thicker. Not much carbonation. Sharpe coffee then hops and more coffee after taste.

D: You can taste the alcohol from the start, almost like Kahlua.

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Photo of Suds
3.97/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

So, I have come to expect a heavy, syrupy brew when I see a Poland-brewed strong beer. This was no exception. The beer is a rich, black-ish colored liquid (with a reddish hue when held to the light). It has a very interesting aroma. Lots of specialty malts and sugary malt-extract-like smells. It's like a malted shake mixed with lots of chocolate malt and a touch of black patent. The beer seems not to have been fully fermented and then the yeast activity was artificially halted. Very, very sweet and thick. Still, it gives the beer an interesting and nourishing character. It really feels full and satisfying. The sweetness is also not is balanced quite well with the rich roasted malts. No real hop presence (maybe a bittering note, but that's all). The heaviness, though, can be a little too much. It is fantastic in the first taste, but wears a little thin after several sips, which hurts the drinkability. I did like this beer, however...very interesting and engaging.

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Photo of sonopod
4.42/5  rDev +19.5%
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 mnrider
3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500ml Brown Bottle.

A: Pours a dark, dark brown. Almost black. Large carbonated coffee brown head. Does not retain very well, and leaves little lacing.

S: Sweet malts, chocolate and some sweet fruits.

T/M: Still sweet with fruit notes. Some bitter chocolate. Pretty smooth going down and leaves mouth a little dry.

D: A pretty good Porter. Sweet but not too sweet. High alcohol is a plus, and is somewhat noticeable. Very good for the price$.


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Photo of Lakes
3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle into a Rochefort challis.

Pours dark brown with light ruby amber-brown highlights. Tan fading head. In the glass it's a very dark brown, nearly black with no highlights no matter how I hold the glass.

Aroma is leather and rasin, with soft roasted malt. Some pleasent alcohol notes with hints of coffee.

Taste is very back of the mouth. Sweet malt and resiny fruit. That's resin not rasin, which is also present but not very pronounced. As with the aroma there is a plesent and complex alcohol flavor. Very understated roasted notes, much lower than I'd expect from something billed as an "Imperial" Porter.

Mouthfeel is good and true to style; full with a nice alcohol warmth. Carbonation is excellent.

Drinkability is good. Not exactly what I'd call an Imperial. To me it appears more like a middle of the road Baltic, but a nice drinking porter. Definitely worth my time.

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Photo of Sammy
3.35/5  rDev -9.5%
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 mulder1010
2.88/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

500 ML bottle poured into a SA perfect pint

A-- Poured more dark brown than black. Settled Black but very opaque. Lots of reddish brown tints to this. Brown sugar colored head, settled at one finger, good head retention and no visible carbonation once all settled down. Pour showed medium carbonation.

S-- Sweet chocolate, anise, and a boozy nose. Coffee is very faint and overpowered by the anise smell. Very anise and alcohol forward.

T-- Very sweet and alcohol forward taste. Sweet chocolate, anise (lots of it) and a lot of booze. Just a faint bit of coffee in this.

M-- Malts decide to show up in the mouth, as well as the coffee. Just a bit of a bitter coffee taste. Really thin for the smell. Very aggressive front (chocolate, booze, and anise) but weak back (coffee and roasted malt). Medium carbonation but needs a bit less.

D-- Sipper. Big time sipper. Gave me the feeling I should be drinking black sambucca more than a beer. Very obvious ABV to this. Lots of anise in this and it just dominates this beer. If it was more subtle and the alcohol was better hidden I could go for this again. Would pair really well with a HUGE chocolate dessert. The thickness of a big rich chocolate would really kill the anise in this.

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Photo of donniecuffs
3.82/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured a deep mahogany brown with less than a finger of tan-colored head, modest retention, and good lacing. Smelled of roasted malt, biscuit, anise, subtle hint of alcohol, and lots of coffee. Flavor profile exactly the same as the nose, with a dry, acohol-punctuated coffee finish. Modestly carbonated, but very thin. Sessionable, but needs more body.

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Photo of stakem
3.82/5  rDev +3.2%
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 DiabolikDUB
3.33/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from Bottle into Pint glass.

Pours a deep dark brown with slight ruby edges and a few fingers of cream colored head. The aroma is caramel, toffee and some hints of roast. The flavor is sweet toffee brittle touches of roast with a bittersweet finish and a little alcohol. Its creamy and medium-full bodied. I really didn't find too many porter characteristics in this, actually beyond the appearance it seemed to be more of an imperial brown with all of those toffee flavors.

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Photo of Cs1987
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance - Very dark, but more transparent than most porters. 2 fingers of head with good retention.

Smell - Loads of hops and alcohol, malt almost undetectable.

Taste - Much of the flavour comes from the herbal, earthy hops, though the bitterness is not very evident. Could do with more malt flavour. Improves with warmth.

Mouthfeel - Good texture.

Drinkability - A little difficult.

Overall - This is a well made, enjoyable beer, but it does not quite stand up to the best imperial porters and stouts.

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Photo of ThreeDimesDown
3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown pour with a medium light brown head that thins out quickly, but hangs around for good lacing.

Aromas of sweet chocolate malt with hints of coffee, molasses and fruit. Upon first taste, sweet fruit and molasses hits the palate followed by roasty malts and finished with a tone of chocolate and coffee.

With a medium mouthful and just the right amount of carbonation, this porter is well balanced especially with the many flavors and aromas. Perfect after dinner or desert drink.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
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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Photo of Pabs311
3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- pours a beep dark brown with some ruby characteristics when held up to the light. decent off-white head that lingers for a short time, a little lacing left behind.

S- dark, sweet malts characterised by molasses,caramel, dark fruits and a very slight hint of coffee, but not much of the later.

T- Same characterisitics as the aromoa. sweet maltiness, characterised by molasses and some caramel. there's also a hint of some dark fruits and then a slight bitter finish. overall sweet palate.

M/D- medium bodied, would like a little a little more for an imperial porter. drinkability is good, smooth beer and goes down easy.

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

the first polish beer i had in poland that i want to write home about...

a very consistent example of the style. nice and black with a off white head. cherry/tawny dark in color up agaisnt the light... not particularly cloudy. nose is quite toasty... with a bit of chocolate and lots of nougat and mollasses. palate is all that a tad sweet... a tad smokey sour... a tad bitter. nice balance in the finish.

the body is mild but a nice density... not too thick. a dessert that one can have three. very smooth and drinkable.

had it again about a year later and it lack a lot of the dimension that i was expecting. overly sweet and not distiction of chocolate like before. just more so heavy handed sweet.

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Photo of swierczt
3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into Chimay goblet. One inch thick off white head that dissipates quickly. Mahogany in color. Looks like a dark robust cup of coffee.

Smell of sweet malts. A bit of caramel.

Malt sweetness hits you right away. Fruits come through (plum and figs). Sweetness subsides a bit and fades to dark chocolate and a bit of coffee in the finish. Warming effect/booziness of the 8% ABV was not at all apparent.

Very light mouthfeel. Moderate carbonation.

This beer is a great after dinner sipper or beer to pair with desert. I would not have guessed that this offering was 8% ABV. I probably wouldn't drink more than 1 in a session. A great surprise at a fantastic price!

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Photo of StevenBilodeau
3.61/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Pours into a glass, with a very light brown, off white head, that dissipates like soda. Good lacing, and taste. The flavor is of dark coffee, hint of dark chocolate, and a thin malt base, which conveys some hidden sweetness, maybe fruit. This beer is excellent and I recommend it to any one whom likes strong dark beers.

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Photo of alpinebryant
3.92/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a brandy snifter , day old coffee colored, sweet toffee smell, coffee scent, strong malt and sweet aroma. Huge head especially for a Porter.

Tasted strong coffee flavor , chocolate malt and some black patent, very sweet with toffee / caramel flavors and unfermented sugars. slight tanginess from coffee

Mouthfeel was medium bodied, not too thin, possible to drink more than one of these in a night, which cannot be said for all 8.0% abv drinks. I welcome the sweetness and coffee essence

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Photo of far333
3.38/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Translucent chestnut colored with a thick off-white head that slowly sizzles down like root beer. Leaves a nice cap of foam with legs reaching up.

Aroma of dark malt and plum, some cocoa and caramel.

Flavors of rich roasted malt, caramel and toffee. Tending toward sweet, just shy of cloying. Notes of prune and plum, brown sugar, molasses and vanilla. Slight tinny finish.

Thin mouthfeel, a little slick and watery. Not much body.

Interesting flavor, but a little too sweet and slick. Not too drinkable.

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Photo of bgjohnston
4.37/5  rDev +18.1%
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 laituegonflable
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

If there were a BeerFly entry for the Little Bottler opposite Granville Station in Sydney I'd file a report, but somehow I don't think there is. Anyway, that's where I picked this one up.

Pours a very dark brown with a red tinge, ochre head that froths delightfully around when poured. Head becomes a thin crown, but lacing is a beautiful sheet of sticky beige. Looks, great, looks porterish. 2 thumbs up.

Nose is delightfully rich and complicated, like Anna Nicole Smith. Strong espresso character with a tart, plummy edge, but also something so sweet behind it, it's a muscat character, liqueury and syrupy. Perhaps a little too sweet for me, but otherwise fantastic smell.

On the palate, that sweet, fortified wine character takes over and renders this very sweet indeed. Has very little roasted character, but notes of sweet cherry, grapes and fruity syrup runoff. Finish is slightly darker, but never reaches any charcoaly bitterness which I was expecting. It's just thick and syrupy, particularly on the feel, a little heavy in the mouth.

Overall, this has some very nice flavours that just don't quite hit the spot with me because it's all so thick and rich and sweet. But it's very enjoyable and a unique brew I'm very happy to have had. I'm very pleasantly surprised by this Polish Porter, but ultimately where it comes from is immaterial - this is just a great beer.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%
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 ADZA
3.27/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a jet black coca cola colour with minimal carbonation which leaves a nice one finger cappicino laced head that dissapears quickly to an oil slick right across the top of the glass with nice sticky lacing down the sides of the glass,it has aromas of sherry,chocolate,coffee and blackberries with a hint of maltiness in the background with a little hoppiness aswell and alcohol,it tastes not bad quite a strong mouthfeel with a sweet,maltish finish that definately overpowers any hops in this brew that leaves you with a sweet coffeeish alcohol warmth in aftertaste,an average baltic porter that wouldnt really recomend that you rush out and buy.

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Grand Imperial Porter from Browar Amber
3.7 out of 5 based on 149 ratings.
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