Grand Imperial Porter | Browar Amber

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3.7/5
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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

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Added by atis on 01-07-2009

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#29,248
Reviews:
79
Ratings:
159
pDev:
12.97%
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Ratings: 159 |  Reviews: 79
Photo of rayj212
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of magpieken
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of Gluteus_Maximus
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of steve8robin
4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

Photo of raythealeman
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of muchloveforhops3
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

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

500ml bottle into a Duvel tulip. Dated, to my surprise, 02/06. Is this really a six-year-old bottle that I picked up on a whim last week?

A: Black body, brown highlights; two fingers of frothy tan head. Good retention, light lace. Pretty good.

S: Yup, that smells ancient - but in a pretty good way. Sweet molasses, musty sherry oxidation, and an interesting, distinctive hint of gingerbread.

T: Sweet. Brown sugar, molasses, chocolate, and sherry. Really tasty up front, but the finish is cloying and musty - not a great combination.

M: Sticky but not thick, with a moderate amount of tingly carbonation. A little strange.

O: Interesting and enjoyable, but I do wish it came in a 12oz bottle instead of a half liter. A worthwhile experiment for $1.99.

Cheers!

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.45/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours jet black with cola brown edging. The head is a light cocoa powder brown, 2 finger thick and shows decent retention. Lacing is thin, but silky and with fair stick... then nothing after about 20 minutes.

Smell - Raisin and burnt, caramelized sugars make up the the front of the aroma. Earthy, grassy and with subtle hints of chocolate below.

Taste - Lots of sugar at the forefront. Caramel and toffee at first, then raisin finds it's niche. A touch of earthy coffee comes through faintly mid-taste, and lingers in the finish. Finishes with raisin sweetness and subtle heat.

Mouthfeel - Full-bodied with low carbonation. A touch syrupy; sticky. Finishes a bit flat.

Overall - I'd say this is a run-of-the-mill Baltic here. It's drinkable, does nothing to misrepresent the style, but there's nothing special or exciting about it. Highly doubtful I'd buy it again. Maybe a bit more sweet than it should be.

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3/5  rDev -18.9%

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.79/5  rDev +2.4%
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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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of AgentMunky
4.07/5  rDev +10%
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 Drufus
1.36/5  rDev -63.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I am a fan of imperial porters and saw this one for $1.99 and couldn't pass it up. I wish I did. This beer was incredibly sweet and bitter causing me to make strange faces. It was so sweet and yet bitter at the same time, I thought I was drinking cough syrup. I probably drank 4 ounces before this beer became my first ever drain pour. Did I get a bad bottle????

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Photo of scottfrie
3.76/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle into snifter.

A: Pours like black coffee with a huge but soft looking dark brown head. Head quickly faded into a wispy film and collar. Patchy lace.
S: Very sweet and roasted smelling. I get notes of roasted malts, char, caramel, honey, sugar and a hint of coffee. There’s something strange in there as well, kinda citrusy, earthy and vegetabley.
T: Better than the nose. Sweet and roasted again, with honey, candied sugar, caramel syrup, roasted malts, chocolate, charred wood and coffee melding together. The finish is sweet and sticky and the aftertaste is burnt but still sweet.
M: Fuller body, airy but smooth carbonation with a sticky and viscous mouthfeel.
O: I’m still not loving the nose but this tastes pretty good actually. Nothing earth shattering but a great drinking imperial porter.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
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 BlurryVisi0n
3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Looks real nice right off the bat, black, extremely opaque unless you put it to the light you will see maybe a little tint. Light tan head maybe 2/3" off the body.

Smell: Smells like molasses and chocolate. Good but not flattering.

Taste; In reality drinking this beer it is all over the place, it is good especially with those that like a wine feel to their beer. It is sweet like a ruby (wine),

Mouth: This beer fails in its after-taste, feels like a shot of molasses or sugar hitting the back of your mouth that is just a little too much.

Overall: Good beer especially when you factor in the it costs next to nothing. It definitely is better even than some triple it price and on that note... Salud!

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4.75/5  rDev +28.4%

Photo of Fatehunter
4.16/5  rDev +12.4%
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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3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

Photo of DrDemento456
4.23/5  rDev +14.3%
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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3/5  rDev -18.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

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2/5  rDev -45.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

Grand Imperial Porter from Browar Amber
Beer rating: 3.7 out of 5 with 159 ratings
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