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Black Boss Porter - BOSS Browar Witnica S.A.

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BA SCORE
85
very good

491 Ratings
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Ratings: 491
Reviews: 283
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 15.69%
Wants: 8
Gots: 28 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
BOSS Browar Witnica S.A. visit their website
Poland

Style | ABV
Baltic Porter |  9.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: bark on 04-10-2004)
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3.92/5  rDev +4.3%

meno19, Sep 11, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +13%

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.

Solo007, Sep 09, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Falcone, Sep 03, 2014
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5/5  rDev +33%

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.

Smokey-Leathery-Books, Aug 31, 2014
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4.04/5  rDev +7.4%

haga, Aug 26, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

9.4% need I say more. Excellent strong beer and smooth!

beershrine, Aug 22, 2014
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3.52/5  rDev -6.4%

wisegreensoul, Aug 15, 2014
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3.84/5  rDev +2.1%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

djrn2, Aug 09, 2014
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3/5  rDev -20.2%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

Zach_H, Jul 20, 2014
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3.74/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

DoubleJ, Jul 18, 2014
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

MikeDAdams, Jul 16, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

tabhill, Jul 16, 2014
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4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

Jonbearr, Jul 02, 2014
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3/5  rDev -20.2%

cmgage, Jul 01, 2014
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4.19/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

etoimazo, Jun 28, 2014
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3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

GreesyFizeek, Jun 28, 2014
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Black Boss Porter from BOSS Browar Witnica S.A.
85 out of 100 based on 491 ratings.