Total Score: 4.75/10
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.