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Black Boss Porter - BOSS Browar Witnica S.A.

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85
very good

492 Ratings
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Ratings: 492
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:
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(Beer added by: bark on 04-10-2004)
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Reviews by scottum:
Photo of scottum
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours out black-brown with a tan headskie. $1.50 in Ridgewood for a 500ml bottle! Can't beat that price, but will it be any good? Yes! I've had better big porters, but this one is very smooth and easy to drink. The strength comes through in the flavor, but barely. Well balanced but slightly on the sweet side of things. I'll have to get some more.

scottum, Nov 07, 2007
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.18/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Baltic Porter is probably my favorite dark variety and when I can find a good one I grab it,I was thinking this would fit the bill but honestly it wasnt.Poured a deep cola color with a nice creamy lighter mocha colore head,the aromas were very light for the style,mainly I picked up hints of molasses and sweet alcohol.Body seemed really thin to me almost watery,flavors were mild with some mollases and brown sugar standing out most,a mild alcohol infused dark fruit element comes through as it warms as well.I had higher expectations for this beer but it kinda fell flat.

oberon, Oct 26, 2009
Photo of RoyalT
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – This is a dark brown in color with some light reddish hues just around the very edges of the beer. The head was tanned and held nicely, leaving a film on top of the liquid after receding.

Smell – Oh, this one has some definite European-style grain to the nose. Other than that, it’s a typical BP. There’s some alcohol notes, roasted malts, light coffee, and lots of sugars.

Taste – The grain comes out big at the taste. It’s very refined and is an interesting addition to the Porter. The typical BP flavors are found here as well. There are some big summertime fruits to go along with the very smooth but unabashed alcohol. I’m picking up some fine Polish vwodka in this flavor profile.

Mouthfeel – This is bigger than medium-bodied but not full. It is creamy and smooth with a noticeable alcohol tinge, although the beer doesn’t sting the mouth.

Drinkability – Let’s see, two bucks a bottle, 9.4% alcohol, kick-ass taste, hmmm – OK, you talked me into it.

RoyalT, Jan 05, 2005
Photo of DaPeculierDane
2.98/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Black ruby. Smells and tastes a lot like prune juice mixed with cheap coffee, the kind you get at an AA meeting or in a hospital waiting room. Mouthfeel is medium to full and obnoxiously dusty. There is an appreciated slight woody character to the beer but otherwise I’m not much of a fan. On the plus side, I will admit that the price is right and the 9.4% ABV is very, very well covered. I would not have guessed this beer to be anywhere near that strength. They’ve done a few things right with this one.

DaPeculierDane, Mar 15, 2006
Photo of byaeger
4.33/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this 500 ml bottle up at the Bier Stein in Eugene (but mine was green--boo--though the one in the pic is brown). I was trolling the coolers for domestic craft beers I can't find at home, but when I spotted this bad-ass sounding porter in the Polish section, I caved. 9.4%? Count me in! The label says Since 1848, but I somehow doubt they went this big 160 years ago but I wasn't there, so who knows.

Pours pitch brown and sparkles like rubies when held up to the light. Delightfully roasty chocolate on the tongue and mellow mouthfeel everywhere else. As it happens, I discovered this pairs well with chocolate cream pie if, like me, you happen to have some leftover in your fridge. Despite being bold heavy, it's surprisingly drinkable, meaning you don't have to stop at one, but at that high alcohol, I'd advice stopping at two.

Zum wohl.

byaeger, Sep 30, 2008
Photo of ricke
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Serving date: 2009-01-28. Served in snifter.

Presentation: 500 ml bottle with freshness date on label (Best before 2009-09-26). Recommended cellaring temperature on label.

Appearance: The pour seems black at first, but soon reveals a very dark-brown color with deep ruby hues. The liquid is very clear. 1 cm cappuccino colored head that dissipates rather quickly. Very very small lacings are left behind.

Smell: Cream and coffee with a slightly burnt character. However, most noticeable - and a bit surprising - is a prominent smell of toffee.

Taste and mouthfeel: Coffee and a general roasted flavor, burnt caramel, and notes of bitter chocolate in the middle. In the slightly bitter finish there are more coffee flavors and nuances of toast. The hop character is minimal, and I think I would have liked it to be a bit bigger. The mouthfeel is rather smooth and "calm", with a medium body and mild carbonation. Basically no taste of alcohol.

Drinkability: This is a very good porter, but I must say that I was expecting a little more from it. It could have been a little bolder and have slightly richer flavors. With the well hidden alcohol it almost appears as a very good session porter. But the high ABV would make such a session rather short. Recommended for porter enthusiasts, and I must say that I could definitely see myself buy this one again.

Lastly, the ABV is 7% according to the label. I would really have liked to try it at 9,4%, since I think higher ABV would have served it well.

ricke, Jan 29, 2009
Photo of brownbeer
4.18/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured a 16.9 oz into a pint glass.

This beer looked nice, dark with a ruby hue.

The aroma is sweet, milk chocolatey, maple,pancakes.

The mouthfeel is smooth with milk chocolate and molasses.

Overall, well worth the price, great baltic porter. Would definately drink again.

brownbeer, Sep 02, 2009
Photo of explosivebeer
4.33/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As the name indicates, this beer poured a nice thick black with a thin tan head. There was chocolate, alcohol, and maybe some sour cherries in the aroma, as well as some breadiness as is breathed a bit. The flavor had lots of chocolate and coffee with a slight creaminess. The malt body balanced the alcohol. It finished smooth. This was a great beer for the price ($2.80 for 500ml bottle) and a good beer regardless of price.

explosivebeer, Jun 12, 2008
Photo of BeerIsland
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

BeerIsland, May 26, 2014
Photo of Billolick
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

mid sized bottle, w/o freshness/brewing date info. Pours very dark amber, w/ a dark tan silky head, leaving respectable lace. Some smoke and cocoa in the nose, then ripe fruit notes, more smoke and roasty malts. Smooth and complex in its soft flavors and smoky hues. Alcohol (advertised @ 9.4%) is no where in sight. This stuff tastes like its aged. Flavor intermingle, edges are smoothed out and that all adds up to an intriguing and interesting offering. Go find some of this one and enjoy its intricacies.

Billolick, Feb 06, 2009
Photo of warriorsoul
3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to deBeers for this...one he suggested and glad he did.
Almost black in color, but has some crimson highlights with the help of some artificial light...less than 1/2 finger of off white head which disappears very rapidly. Thin lacing in the very little amount that forms.
Pleasant aromas...milk chocolate, vanilla, and pomegranite.
Taste is enjoyable...dark chocolate with a hint of espresso. Huge maltiness making this one a tad too sweet IMO. The alcohol is very well hidden and despite the sweetness, the warming factor is just what I wanted on this chilly night.
Mouthfeel is velvet and simply slides across the pallet...I will enjoy this pint, but at 9%+ abv, I would be in a bad place if I kept drinking this one.
A very nice brew and one I am glad to have been given the opportunity to try.

warriorsoul, Jan 04, 2006
Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: minimal head, black in color, opaque

Smell: chocolate and roasted malt

Taste: chocolate, roasted malt, caramel and cream

Mouthfeel: light bodied, moderate carbonation, sweet

Drinkability: Really enjoyable. One of my new favorites in the style. The taste is sweet without being cloying. I will search for this again.

tigg924, May 19, 2010
Photo of badbeer
4.38/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out very dark brown, almost black. Off-white colored head that leaves small amounts of spotty lacing. In the smell I get molasses, sweet caramel, toffee, a bit of nuttiness, licorice, and just a small amount of roastiness. Taste has much of the same elements as the nose, but has a very nice creamy, yet at the same time soft, roasty finish. Soft carbonation, about medium levels with a luscious full body to back it up. This is 9.4%? I didn't get an alcohol burn or unpleasant alcohol in any way; this is just a very well made porter that I intend on getting much more of.

badbeer, May 28, 2007
Photo of Smokey-Leathery-Books
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
Photo of tyleeis
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

tyleeis, Jun 29, 2013
Photo of far333
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chestnut colored with ruby highlights, a beige sizzly head rises up and settles quickly. Aroma is light, but distinctively has chalky cocoa notes and roasted malts. Flavor is smokey roasted malt upfront, followed by molasses and sharp currant, moving to notes of brandy and port. Finishes smokey, followed by zingy carbonation and a hop tingle. The back of my throat feels warm down about halfway, and the roof of my mouth is numbing. Mouthfeel is full, somewhat chalky. Fairly drinkable for a big beer.

far333, Feb 11, 2006
Photo of StevenBilodeau
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I have reviewed this beer before, when I had it out of a 500ml bomber, but I tried Black Boss Porter out of two different types of growlers. One was a a short fat bottle, and had no handles. The other was elongated, and had a stem handle at the top. The second one was referred to as a Pyramid Growler. This beer is PHENOMENAL.

StevenBilodeau, Feb 06, 2010
Photo of ThreeDimesDown
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep brown with dark red edging and a beige head that retains well.

Aromas of toffee, chocolate, molasses, and roasted malts dominate.

The taste has a molasses sweetness that lingers and full roasted maltiness that accompanies a bittersweet dark chocolate. Hints of dark fruit (plums, cherries, currants) and a slight alcohol finish make this brew pleasantly complex.

I expected a creamier fuller mouthfeel, but still enjoyed the beer. Tiny carbonation plays well and creates a light crispness to each sip.

A nice beer, I might have been a victim of the over-hype. But wasn't necessarily let down either. I would go back for another but not go out of my way to search it out.

ThreeDimesDown, Apr 11, 2010
Photo of BranfordBound
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into a pint, no freshness date.

Pours near black with a one finger of tan head.

Smells of roasted malts, molasses, and coffee.

Wow! The aroma was deceiving, it seemed fairly neutered, but this beer packs a punch. Strong notes of bitter chocolate and espresso mingle around a small malt and roasty note. Finishes fairly clean.

Neutral mouthfeel, bordering dry, fairly medium body.

The ABV will surprise you on this one, definitely feels like 7%, not 9%. A lovely Baltic porter, nothing world changing, but a benchmark.

BranfordBound, Feb 23, 2011
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.45/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Black pour, brown round the edges, thin ring of head on the top, looked roughly beige. Aroma of chocolate and licorice, more bitterness in the aroma than I expected.

Taste, easier to drink than expected, chocolate, more licorice, a nutty exterior. For something so big, its nice that the alcohol is well hidden and there is no one flavor that dominates, everything is pretty well balanced on this. Good burnt flavors just in the right proportion. Maybe some darker fruit sweetness. Earthy, yet through this all, there really isn't a heavy mouthfeel, the beer can even seem thin viscosity wise at times.

Usually baltic porters are just too sweet, or bitter without hops, or just not right for me. This one was decent, at a decent price, so I'd check it out again, anytime there is a strong drink, that doesn't suck, at a cheap price, it has a place in the world (deservedly).

Beerandraiderfan, Jan 04, 2012
Photo of chinchill
3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle served in a snifter.
Pours with a frothy, tan colored head that dies to a partial coat and ring rather soon. The body is mahogany: clear but very dark and not black

Aroma: Sweet medium malts with obvious alcohol esters. Hints of prunes, figs, raisins and allspice.

Taste: Fairly sweet, even in the finish. A bit too sweet. Quite fruity tasting, as the aroma suggested. The alcohol contributes to a suggestion of sherry. The dark malt is subtle for this style. Hints of nutmeg and allspice. No burnt malt flavors.

Feel: medium body and carbonation. Smooth. Well hidden alcohol.

O: An odd porter with an unusual aroma and some unexpected flavors. Interesting and worth trying, even though it is a bit too sweet.

chinchill, Jun 07, 2013
Photo of richkrull
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

richkrull, Mar 05, 2012
Photo of rbouton
4.25/5  rDev +13%

rbouton, Oct 25, 2013
Photo of TheLevi4000
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

TheLevi4000, Feb 01, 2013
Photo of MiamiRedSkins13
3/5  rDev -20.2%

MiamiRedSkins13, Mar 11, 2013
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Black Boss Porter from BOSS Browar Witnica S.A.
85 out of 100 based on 492 ratings.