Black Boss Porter - BOSS Browar Witnica S.A.

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Reviews: 292
Hads: 551
Avg: 3.79
pDev: 21.11%
Wants: 13
Gots: 53 | FT: 2
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Style | ABV
Baltic Porter |  9.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: bark on 04-10-2004

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Photo of Dave1999
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black with an off white head. Good head retention especially for the abv.

The smell is dark malts and treacle.

The taste is treacle, dark malt, a little roasted coffee and just a tiny bit of alcohol.

The mouthfeel is light for a beer of this abv. Very drinkable.

Overall a very good porter, the abv is well hidden.

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Photo of jwhancher
3.43/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark brew when held to the light, otherwise looks black with tan head and lacing that clings to the glass sides. Drank out of a Stella stem glass. Smells ash like with black licorice and molasses. No hot alcohols. Tastes sweet upfront with molasses like stickiness that fades to dark chocolate. Seems a bit oxidized with some cardboard character coming through. Enough bitterness to round out the somewhat dominating malt sweetness. Feels medium full with a slight alcohol warmth but otherwise very drinkable for 9.4%.

Overall, a nice beer worth trying from Poland here in the states. Bought for less than $3. Can't beat it for a decent brew.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a porter glass.

A frothy, yet thick and firm head forms majestically over a dark brown body with amber hues. Looks black from afar. Lacing scatters. 5

Chocolatey sweetness reaches my nose from a distance. Closer inspections gets a more molasses and caramel malt aroma and some pungent floral aroma. Reminds me of a brown ale a bit. 3.75

Taste reminds me a great deal of molasses... Molasses and oats. Sweetness reminds me of honey too. Takes an interesting turn at the finish, going floral and almost sugary, but I really like it. 4

The body is light and easy-drinking and still manages to feel and taste rich. The sweetness too strikes a tight balance of pronounced sweetness and restraint. A floral quality and touch of bitterness mid- to late-palate also work to tamp down the sweetness nicely. 4

This beer is quite nice and a pleasant beer to try as a contrast to what we frequently taste here in the states.

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Photo of WhiteHillsStore
3.62/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours an almost pitch black with little head. The smell is mild but has some caramel and nutty aromas but is overtaken by alcohol. The taste was rather pleasant with a decent balance but the mouthfeel was very thin for a porter. Known as a great cheap/strong beer and I think it lives up to that reputation.

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Photo of Fuzzycuffs
3.06/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Look: Nice and dark like a porter should be, frothy beige head dissipates rather quickly (unsurprising given the 9.4% ABV. Scattered lacing here and there. Looks nice.

Smell: Not much to speak of here. I pick up on a combination of bread and what might be coffee or dark chocolate. Very subtle aroma.

Taste: Sweeter than I had anticipated, but not cloyingly so. The taste of coffee is the most apparent thing, however. I don't pick up much other than this. Lacking in complexity, but at least it's not boozy.

Mouthfeel: Just average. This is a rather weak-bodied porter, but has been carbonated more than usual for the style, I suppose in an attempt to make up for that. Prickly from the carbonation, and light, almost watery otherwise. The mouthfeel disappoints.

Overall: Decent. It's good for the price, as many users have noted, but it's a far cry from being a great brew. It almost feels like coffee liqueur has been added to a watery porter. The sweetness detracts, and I am not enough of a coffee drinker to appreciate the only other apparent flavor. I wouldn't mind drinking it again some time if I wasn't so close to Deschutes, who produce one of the best porters there is.

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Photo of Shandirra
4.77/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Overall, a good brew. Nice nose, texture on the tongue. Smooth drinking, rich, smooth.
If you find it at the right distributor, a great bang for the buck.

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Photo of calgecko
4/5  rDev +5.5%

A little light bodied (in my opinion) for a Porter, but tasty.. well balanced and easy to drink. I normally like them a bit more on the malty side, but the high alcohol content gave it a nice punch

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Photo of DA84
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At 1.99 per... this just became my winter session beer. It sounds like a 70's blacksploitation film, goes down just as hard and satisfies the same way too.

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Photo of JDOHare
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Very smooth drinking Baltic porter from Poland. This beer drinks very smooth and not heavy at all. Has a bit of very light sweetness to it but not over powering so it stays pleasant. I had this in the smaller 11.2 ounce bottle and I didn't see an alcohol content shown, if this beer is 9.4% ABV its masked very well. The last time I drank this beer I picked up four of them, I like this beer and will drink it again.

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Photo of Solo007
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Reminds me of Samuel Smith's Imperial Stout, only not as refined. A bit on the sweet side. Warning: Don't keep it super cold: Otherwise it comes out almost flat with no head. Nose is that of a mocha spirit: Like a Godiva liqueur fused with whiskey or bourbon, even dark rum. Solid mocha start-to-finish. Because not as rich as a stout, very drinkable. A bargain for $2.50 -$3. Good Stuff.

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Photo of Smokey-Leathery-Books
5/5  rDev +31.9%

I spent summers on my grandmother's dairy, coffee, and sugarcane farm. This porter reminds me of what the giant pots we made "melcocha" in smelled like after boiling down the cane juice. I understand this smell now whereas I used to confuse it with soy sauce. This is by far my favorite porter.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Sorry, Black Boss doesn't sound anything resembling Polish. But it's not about the name of a beer that matters, it's the liquid inside, right? There's 500 ml of Baltic Porter to come. On to the beer:

A beautiful obsidian black takes a glossy look to it. On top rests a short head which falls to a tanned lace. The aroma has a pleasant character. There's a unique smokiness to it, like burning wood. Notes of dark chocolate, kiss of marshmallow, and a sharp note of solvent alcohol.

This is a sweet beer, yet not quite cloying. Start preparing yourself a dessert, because this would go great with one. Sweet like caramel at first with a smoked wood note. More sweet notes come rushing in, which seems to add a roasted marshmallow and cola flavor. Much of the 9.4% alcohol content is cleverly hidden. It's nearly full bodied, with a bittersweet aftertaste.

Has the Baltic Porter become an overlooked style? Don't say that to the Black Boss, which is a more than fair representation of the style.

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Photo of Jonbearr
4.21/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorite beers of all time. These are usually relatively cheap in bottles ($2 for a pint), and are a fantastic value. Most 'craft' pint bottles are far more expensive. The alcohol content of this beer is very high (almost 10%), yet the beer retains a very smooth, dark taste. This is definitely a fuller and richer porter. Many porters I've tried recently have a sort of watery chocolate taste, but Black Boss has a wonderfully deep coffee flavor.

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Photo of etoimazo
4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Porter has never been my go-to beer, but I was given a bottle of Black Boss Porter a couple of months ago by someone who knows good beer. After pondering its label a few times (“since 1848”, ”Browar-Witnika”, “Alc. 9.4% by vol.”), I couldn’t help wondering what makes a Baltic Porter different from its un-Baltic style mates. After all, I’d already been impressed by a number of Polish beers and need to be open-minded about such things. A quick check at the BJCP guidelines made me realize I’d be missing something if I didn’t give it a try. I’m glad I did.

Appearance: as dark as stout, maybe not quite so black, with a thin, tan head. Very effervescent.

Smell: Sweet, dark malts, chocolate-covered raisins, coffee

Taste: Black malt comes through first, pulling with it some hop bitterness. The beer has a milk-stout-like sweetness and some coffee character. That dark fruit aroma sits patiently in the background and gives the porter a rich complexity. There is a balanced, black malt bitterness that lingers.

Mouthfeel: Rich, creamy, yet with some effervescent bite. Slightly astringent but satisfying. That alcohol stays well-hidden under all the deep, dark flavor complexity.

Overall: I’m now a fan of Baltic Porters. This one, at least, is a porter for those who enjoy sweet stouts.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased at Beers of the World in Henrietta, NY.

Pours a dark brown, with some red tinges. Would like this to be a little closer to black. Half inch head, and a good amount of lacing.

Smells like roasted malt, dark fruits, black cherries, molasses, and chocolate. Rich and really nice!

Tastes pretty rich, as well. A good amount of roasted malt bitterness, but with huge dark fruity sweetness. A good amount of molasses, some brown sugar, chocolate, with some peatiness as well. No alcohol is present. Tastes almost more like a brown porter or an old ale than a porter, but I guess it might be typical for the baltic porter style.

Medium bodied, sweet, slightly sticky mouthfeel. Fairly low carbonation, very drinkable.

My first beer from Poland, and a solid one at that. A tiny bit too sweet- I wish there was a bit more hop or roasted malt bitterness to balance the sweet dark fruit and cherry flavor.

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Photo of patre_tim
4.18/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Dark brown with an amber tinge, no visible carbonation, 2 fingers of beige head. Leaves a nice lacing.

S: Tar, black licorice, carob, dark toasted malts, soured milk, Norwegian reindeer cheese.

T: Light sweetness, very little tar only on the end breifly, black licorice, dark toasted malts, smooth. A little carob at times.

M: Thick smooth body, little carbonation.

O: Excellent brew. Not a fan of porters so much, but I do enjoy Russian imperial stouts on occasion. This is closer to that style than a porter in my opinion, and I will continue to try others in this style in the future when I can find them.

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Photo of VictorWisc
3.57/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bottle at a beer shop in Queens. Was one of the cheaper choices of a mostly mediocre selection. Under $3/bottle it was either this, a mediocre German or a couple of green-bottle Czech beers I could get somewhere else. This one is not available around Boston, so I picked it.

Aside from minimalist design, no doubt left over from the Communist days, not a bad looking bottle, amber, with white print on black label. The beer itself is less appealing, although it does follow the same color scheme--very dark brown with thin, off-white fine head that leaves a bit of lacing on the glass. The appearance would have been unremarkable had the beer not been translucent--unexpected in an import porter.

Smell, slightly fungal, but mostly of cheap stale coffee. No strong alcohol smell despite the rather high 9.4% ABV.

The taste is a bit shocking at first, as it is deathly sweet. When the initial sweetness dissipates, toasted malts come though, with very strong coffee and chocolate notes. In fact, this beer could be mistaken for a black ice coffee with a bit of Jameson if poured over ice. After a few sips the realization comes through that this beer is not so much sweet as it is UNbitter. Despite some obvious dark malts, there is no acrid afterburn usually associated with them. If pushed, I'd admit that there is a notion of dark fruit in that sweetness--more specifically, dried prunes. Yeasty pumpernickel flavor finally comes through in the aftertaste, although it does not linger too long.

Medium to heavy body with very fine but obviously present carbonation (mistaken by other reviewers as lack of carbonation). It's a body-builder of beers--somewhat disproportionately assembled from otherwise normal body parts and looks OK in context, but otherwise strikes as a mishapen lump. Alcohol is clear present, but not overwhelming.

I followed a Brooklyn Winter Ale with this. The striking thing was that they were nearly identical in appearance, but this is, by far, a better beer. The style may be unfamiliar to US drinkers who have a very different notion of Baltic Porter (and there is at least one Polish representative of the latter style), but this is precisely what an actual porter tastes like on the shores of the Baltic Sea, from the Oder to the Finnish border. Latvia and Estonia have similar heavy sweet porters that are, shockingly, their common summer brew. As I said, you have to recognize it for what it is--in context. If you are expecting a standard Baltic Porter style, you'll be disappointed. But, judging on its own merits, it's not bad. Worth another shot or two (which is more than I said about Brooklyn Winter Ale).

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Photo of BeerIsland
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Nice beer, available at Bierkraft in Brooklyn for less than $3. Very dark brown, decent balance and well masked kick make for a nice quaff. Looks like this will be regularly on the shelf; bought mine in W-B. Although big in malty flavor, sweetness is very light.

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Photo of Jackson2014
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A very straightforward beer. One of the blandest yet most pleasant beers I have had in this alcohol content level.

Very low carbonation (as is to my liking). Dark brown.

Flavors: mostly chocolate, maybe some coffee. I appreciate that the aftertaste does not continue to build.

Overall I like this beer. It works. Definitely a beer I could get drunk on since it has a high alcohol content yet is not very filling. I would not be inclined to pair this with very many food options.

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Photo of dcmchew
3.84/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Almost black pour aside for some bronze nuances up in the light. Thin light brown head, fast to a sticky bubbly lace.
Smell of coffee, faint dark chocolate, sweet dark malts and roasted grains. Straightforward but strong enough.
Taste is sweet from start to finish, a tiny bit over the expected level. Sweet coffee with burnt sugar and chocolate at first, big juicy dark fruit, with lots of raisin, plums and berries afterwards. A nice red grape/red wine feel to it. Some dry wood, cocoa powder and nuts too. Roast mostly in the finish, low hop presence.
Low carbonation, close to flat, not entirely creamy, but not watery, somewhere in between. Nicely hidden high abv.
A nice decent porter if you like them sweet, if not it may gross you out, especially as it warms.

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Photo of martyl1000
3.87/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I've been eyeing this beer for years on beer-bar menus around town for around $5 or $6, but have been suspicious of it for the fact that I've never heard anyone say anything nice about it. Finally trying it out since seeing it in the walk-in cooler of Jenifer St. Market for just $2.29 for the 500 ml bottle.

The pour into a tulip glass is surprisingly not black -- the color of the stream is more like maple syrup. The slight khaki head dissipates quickly, though leaves pretty serious lacing.

Dark fruits, cherry, plum, and raisin greet the nose. Overlaying the dark fruits is a red-wine oak and vinous aroma. Pretty complex and promising.

Sadly, in the mouth it's immediately too sweet. Dark fruits, simple syrup, toffee, and wood barrel. I could really use some roasted grain or hop bitterness to balance all the dried fruits. How about some unsweetened cocoa or burnt coffee? No. It's all sweetness (I'm getting vanilla, now, too), plus an unwelcome leather. Wait, there's the roasted malt and coffee, faintly. It helps put the sweetness into perspective and raises the score a bit.

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Photo of ISmith87
4.13/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - 4 - Dark brown-black beer with a nice tan head that sticks forever and leaves great lacing.
S - 4 - Cinnamon, dark roasted malts, toast, butter, caramel, molasses.
T - 4.25 - CInnamon sugar on toast, chocolate, caramel, vanilla
M - 4.25 - Mouthfeel is medium, alcohol is completely covered, leaves a sweet, cinnamon roasty aftertaste.
O - 4 - This is a great beer for the price. Almost taste like cinnamon toast crunch but with more dark malty, roasted notes. The cool thing is it doesn't really compare to any other porter or stout that I've had.

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Photo of Roguer
3.52/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Nice dark brown, almost black brew, with hints of purple. Pours a large head from a turbulent pour, light tan or cream colored, with good retention and leaving nice lines of lacing down the glass.

Great smell on this beer! Just a huge amount of malts: roasted barley, chocolate, and some harder to pin down straw- or wheat-like aroma. Slight bit of cream, and some nice, dark fruits, slightly overripe.

Flavor is a mix of all the aromas, albeit a little over-sweet. Cream and roasted barley are up front, while figs, dates, and prunes figure heavily on the back-end. I prefer my porters much roastier; this is much more like a Belgian, or a Doppelbock.

Fairly thin - but oily - mouthfeel for the style. Long sticky finish. Very drinkable.

This is a tasty beer, but completely not what I want in a porter. Even if you're in the mood for something sweet, this is likely a bit much.

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Photo of clm9
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A: Nice thick, creamy head that takes its time to fade and leaves a nice bit of lacing. Color is a very dark amber that is only evident when held up to the light.

S: The high abv is immediately apparent, but not in a necessarily off-putting way. The alcohol fragrance is followed by an enticing, rich, malty smell (oatmeal-esque).

T: The oatmeal, malt smell is the first taste to come through. The taste ends up being dominated by toasted malts. Although the alcohol is definitely noticeable, it is not nearly as overpowering as the smell would suggest.

O: $2.73 for a pint. This is one of the cheapest pints/single servings available at my local craft beer store, but it definitely is in the top half in terms of taste. I readily admit that I'm a sucker for beers that successfully pull off having a high abv. I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys porters and happens to see this in a local store.

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Photo of jdonley1180
3.87/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up this 9.4 ABV 500ml bottle on a recommendation from a friend who happens to work at my local imported beer store. Rarely am I disappointed with his recommendations and this beer fits the bill. Previous reviews accentuate the estery l / fruit like finish, which is no doubt present in this porter. But don't allow those descriptions to scare you away from the roasty, chocolate backbone of this outstanding beer. Perhaps a different type of yeast and this would be a top notch imperial stout. At $2.39 a pint everyone should take a shot at this fantastic Polish Porter

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