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Black Boss Porter - BOSS Browar Witnica S.A.

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BA SCORE
85
very good

493 Ratings
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Ratings: 493
Reviews: 283
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 15.69%
Wants: 8
Gots: 29 | 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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Photo of Damian
4.53/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drank from a 11.2 fl. oz./330 ml bottle purchased at Roly Poly Enterprise, New Britain, CT
Served in a snifter

Chestnut brown in appearance. Lighter in color than expected for the style. The liquid was topped by a one-finger head of khaki, bubbly froth. Splotches of lacing stuck along the glass.

The aroma was amazingly rich and smooth. Tons of dark fruits. Plums, raisins and prunes came through strong. Intense maple and vanilla notes. Generous dose of sweet, bready malts and brown sugar. I swear that I picked up some boozy, bourbon-like notes as well. As much as I enjoyed the smell of this beer, it reminded me more of an old ale than a typical Baltic porter.

The flavor profile was nearly as impressive as the nose. Lots of smooth, dark fruit sweetness on the front end. Dates, figs and prunes were noticeable. Good amount of rich, caramel malts. Some coffee in the center. Touch of roast and smoke as well. Slightly boozy on the back end. For a 9.4% ABV beer, however, the alcohol was very well buried. The crisp, off-dry finish was somewhat steely at first. As the beer warmed, the metallic notes all but disappeared. Like the aroma, the flavor profile was more akin to that of an old ale/strong ale than a Baltic porter.

The beer was medium bodied with a smooth, medium-fine effervescence. Creamy and supple yet a bit thin for the style.

Black Boss Porter is one of the most notable "surprise beers" I have come across in a long while. Furthermore, it paired perfectly with my kielbasa and pierogi dinner. Do yourself a favor by going to your local Polish market and buying a six-pack of this stuff. You will thank me later.

Damian, Jan 12, 2012
Photo of tyleeis
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

tyleeis, Jun 29, 2013
Photo of Kyroqz
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

Kyroqz, Sep 26, 2013
Photo of chansta
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

chansta, Jan 01, 2012
Photo of sukwonee
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

sukwonee, Mar 15, 2012
Photo of liveKarl
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

liveKarl, Jan 03, 2012
Photo of beershrine
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

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

beershrine, Aug 22, 2014
Photo of OnWisconsin
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

OnWisconsin, Oct 20, 2012
Photo of jco3rd
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

jco3rd, Dec 21, 2012
Photo of JacobA58
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

JacobA58, Apr 27, 2012
Photo of BarleyBeatsGrapes
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

BarleyBeatsGrapes, Oct 27, 2013
Photo of south33
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

south33, Jan 07, 2012
Photo of rye726
4.47/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This porter pours near black and has a silky tan head. The nose has a mixture of chocolate, dark fruits and some dry malt. A big malty flavor profile as well. Great balance between a variety of rich and sweet flavors. Creamy body flows over palate. Could drink this 9.4% beer all night.

rye726, Jul 24, 2008
Photo of Brianjames16
4.47/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a reddish dark dark brown with a one and a half finger width of tan creamy head. Some thin lacing sticks around on my glass.

S- Big roasty aroma with hints of coffee, chocolate and molasses. I can smell a hint of that big alcohol coming through as well.

T- Beautiful mellow tastes of roasted malts, coffee and dark chocolate. I'm getting a hint of some dark fruits also.

M- The mouthfeel is somewhat velvety and coats the mouth with its rich taste. I wish I had a nice steak to go with this one.

O- I am very pleased with this one. Drinkability is great for the ABV and it keeps me interested the whole way through. Will definitely pick this one up again.

Brianjames16, May 20, 2011
Photo of engagechad
4.45/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased as a single from Wine and Beer Westpark in Glen Allen, VA - poured into Tulip

Pours a very dark molasses color with a massively, epic brown head. Smells roasty and sweet. Taste is uber smooth for a 9.4 beer.. very impressive. Very subtle, not spicy or hoppy like most robust. This is a very good strong porter.

I intend on buying this again

engagechad, May 23, 2011
Photo of ccrida
4.45/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle (thx milwaukeeclassic!) poured into my Deschutes snifter, Black Boss is a super dark garnet, with an off-white head that leaves heavy sheets of foam.

Smell is huge butterscotch, some crème brûlée, whoa! At first, a bit much, but especially as it warmed and I worked through it, I really dug the caramelized sugar (and didn't get much butterscotch).

Taste is definitely better, any diacetyl is masked by the robust taste, nice smoke, huge caramel sweetness. Very nice.

Mouthfeel is on the still side, a malty viscosity but only medium bodied, digestiable.

Drinkability very good, a really nice Baltic Porter, perhaps a bit heavy handed now, I'll bet this ages wonderfully. For the value price, there's no reason not to stock up on a few and find out!

ccrida, May 16, 2009
Photo of beerandcycling88
4.43/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a mug.

A This beer pours out like motor oil, thick and black with a small but tan head and good lacing.

S The nose is quite nice with notes of coffee, coco and some sort of fruit.

T The taste is dominated by coffee, some sweet fruity flavor, then finishes with chocolate. The alcohol is very well hidden.

M A surprisingly light mouth feel.

Overall this is an excellent beer and possibly my new favorite porter. It has a wonderful taste is easy to drink and at around $5.00 a bottle a great value for such an amazing beer.

beerandcycling88, Apr 06, 2011
Photo of Greywulfken
4.4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Oh, man. A stout porter for sure. Picked up a bottle by chance at an off-the-beaten-path distributor. Noticed that it was a Polish beer, and having never had one...

A: deep, dark brown-black; fat dark tan head that settled down quickly.

S: dark earth, cocoa, roast

T: like a Russian imperial stout - not as sweet as some stouts/porters - reminded me of a slightly sweeter version of Old Rasputin (North Coast Brewing).

M: thinner than a stout; refreshing almost - not too heavy - very drinkable.

Overall, if you like stouts/porters that are not too sweet (almost dry) and not too heavy - like, it doesn't have to feel like a meal - and you see one of these on a shelf - grab it.

Greywulfken, Apr 20, 2011
Photo of Hibernator
4.4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black Boss Porter
500 ml brown bottle
Served in a 20 oz tulip pint glass

* Christmas 2005 *

Pours a jet black with ruby highlights that appear on the bottom of the glass. Nice looking tan colored head on top that transforms to a thin lace. Spotted patterns of sticky lacings.

Coffee beans and sugary chocolate in the nose.

Very soft mouthfeel that showcases an excellent blend of milk chocolate flavors, dark coffee bitterness and the sweetness of dark fruit.

This is a great European porter and so very drinkable at 9.4% ABV. I was shocked at how smooth this beer is at this strength.

Hibernator, Dec 25, 2005
Photo of theBubba
4.4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500 ML bottle into my flute glass, whereupon I was greeted with a mocha colored, better than average head that turned to a nice lace, which to its credit remained til the end. The brew itself was a very deep black/brown.

Smell was of coffee, a bit of chocolate and raisin. Taste was pretty much the same, with a bit of sweetness that hung around after the swallow. Carbonation was on the money for a beer of this style and the mouthfeel was smooth and round. I still can't believe this is a 9.4 porter.

All in all, at $2.50 a bottle, Black Boss represents excellent value for an imported dark ale. Call it Porter...call it a Stout. Whatever. But if you spot it somewhere, grab it. You won't be sorry.

theBubba, Apr 30, 2011
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 NeroFiddled
4.38/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black Boss pours an opaque brown-black body with gleeming chestnut orange highlights at the base of the glass. The frothy tan head drops shortly to an average collar, but does leave some craggy rings of lace before it goes. The nose is rich with dark chocolate, licorice, cold black coffee, dried apple, and a waft of alcohol. It hints at some acetylacetate but doesn't display it outright. In the mouth it's full bodied, creamy, and smooth. The flavor offers no surprises from what the nose suggests. It starts with chocolate and fruit and licorice; warms to become even more like black licorice with a touch of spice (no doubt from the alcohol); and finishes drying with a light touch of spice, some dark-skinned fruit, and more dried apples. Roastiness rises in the aftertaste. The alcohol stays in check pretty much throughout the entire serving, reigned in by the dark malt and fruit. Quite nice, and very drinkable despite its girth and strength. Absolutely worth trying!

NeroFiddled, Dec 25, 2006
Photo of gruberbeer
4.38/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I first had this beer with a specialty mushroom and cumin flavored pizza. And now I am convinced that any low ratings are the result of trying to drink this without the proper food. For me, this beer has a slightly sweet note and operates like comfort food. In the best way, it's like licking the inside of a fireplace after a holiday season. And it compliments the natural smoke of cumin like a strong but smooth cigar after a char-grilled sirloin. After having two or three of these growlers (on different occasions, of course-- this is a high alcohol beer), I noticed that it's better in the first ten minutes after opening; after that, it loses its already low carbonation and goes a bit flat. That flat watery mouthfeel deadens an otherwise fantastic beer that should be reserved for comfort during a night alone or thinking about your next big move in life.

gruberbeer, May 09, 2011
Photo of drpimento
4.38/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the best of the Baltics! Poured this one at a good temperature and with a nice sized, thick, foamy, tan head that settled down after a bit and some lace. Color is a very dark, but clear brown red. Aroma is roast, malt, cocoa, hints of licorice and molasses. Flavor's very similar to nose, with slight sweetness up front, a little tang from carbonics and bitterness from malts, yeast. Excellent full mouth and perfect carbonation. Finsih is like flavor, no off notes, and fairly long and slight alcohol warming. Great Porter Beer!

drpimento, Nov 30, 2011
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
Black Boss Porter from BOSS Browar Witnica S.A.
85 out of 100 based on 493 ratings.