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Black Boss Porter - BOSS Browar Witnica S.A.

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Reviews: 292
Hads: 550
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.98%
Wants: 13
Gots: 51 | FT: 2
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Poland

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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Reviews: 292 | Hads: 550
Photo of beerandcycling88
4.42/5  rDev +15.1%
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. (556 characters)

Photo of Greywulfken
4.38/5  rDev +14.1%
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. (683 characters)

Photo of Hibernator
4.38/5  rDev +14.1%
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. (605 characters)

Photo of theBubba
4.38/5  rDev +14.1%
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. (716 characters)

Photo of gruberbeer
4.36/5  rDev +13.5%
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. (863 characters)

Photo of badbeer
4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
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. (579 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
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! (977 characters)

Photo of drpimento
4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
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! (536 characters)

Photo of explosivebeer
4.32/5  rDev +12.5%
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. (426 characters)

Photo of thegodfather2701
4.32/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours black with auburn highlights. It has a nice half inch thick mocha colored head.

S-Roasted malt, vanilla, chocolate, brown sugar, alcohol, and some grassy hop aroma.

T-Creamy milk chocolate and vanilla dominate. Additionally iced coffee, alcohol, and just the slightest touch of dark fruit flavors are present as well. I must say this is one of the sweetest beers I have ever tasted.

M-Syrupy yet creamy. There is not much carbonation.

D-Very drinkable, but its high abv. and sweetness cut into how many could be consumed in one sitting.

Overall, I really enjoyed Black Boss and will drink it again. I don't have much experience with this style of beer and hope to try others of the style. (701 characters)

Photo of WJVII
4.32/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass this brew is black, but when held to the light shows a deep reddish color. The head is a wonderful cream, mocha color that last quite well. The aroma is full of a fantastic mouth watering espresso and chocolate tone. The taste does not disappoint. The chocolate and coffee taste is strong, but a slight nuttiness balances the brew and there is even a mild bitter finish. The beer is a little thin for my liking, but that is certainly tolerable and the taste makes up for it. This is a great brew. I have to thank my wife for picking it up while we were out of town at a wedding. Great choice! (617 characters)

Photo of byaeger
4.3/5  rDev +12%
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. (849 characters)

Photo of tpd975
4.3/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to BigMcLargeHuge for this one.

A: Pours a nice black/brown hue with a solid one finger head. Good retention and some lace noted.

S: Nice blast of roasted malt with hints of coffee, brown sugar, and caramel.

T: Nice roasted malt flavor, very earthy and smokey. Chocolate and Coffee really stand out as does some dark fruit. A touch of black licorice and black currant in the finish. I like!

M: Medium in body, smooth and creamy.

D: Yeah, the best Baltic Porter I have ever had. (489 characters)

Photo of francisweizen
4.3/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one goes well with 4AM white catle meals. No seriously. Seriously. I digress. Dark black, cola brown, nearly opaque, but not quite. Compact mocha head that dies, but leaves a tad bit of lacing as well. Aromas of sweet roasted malts, chocolate malted milkshakes, coffee, bittersweet cooking chocolate, leafy hops, and oily bread. Taste is quite nice as well, roasty and chocolatey with some bitter coffee notes and an oily, slighlty hoppy, and yummy finish. Mouthfeel is a bit light for the 9.4% this one is packing, but it works oh-so-well and ups the drinkability of this bad boy quite a bit. A fantastic baltic porter, and the only one that stands up to a 4AM white castle meal! (685 characters)

Photo of diabecktic
4.29/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance:
Head formation is minimal (~1 finger), but the retention and lacing are pretty good. The head is tan, while the beer itself is pitch black. When held to a light, you can see that the brew is actually a very, very dark shade of red. I was expecting more from with respect to the head, but it looks pretty good.

Smell:
Man, is this a treat. I smell a mix of sweet malt and darker, smokey tones. Roasted coffee, dark chocolate, and caramel are the dominant aromas. I detect a non-citrus fruitiness that complements the caramel, but I can't quite describe it. Someone below me has described this as almost like a teryaki sauce. As strange as this sounds, it's actually not bad. This is quite unique relative to other porters and darker beers that I've had.

Taste:
The flavor matches the nose quite well. Everything I said above is also manifest in the palate. I will say that the balance is a little different, though. The smokey tones are more dominant in the nose, but the sweeter ones are stronger as flavors - mainly caramel with some coffee. There's definately more malt character than hop.

Mouthfeel:
Mouthfeel is somewhere between medium and medium-heavy. I think the overall sweetness is physically manifest as density, though I won't say that it's comparable to syrup. The sweetness lingers, but more as (coffee) flavor than substance.

Drinkability:
I think the % ABV is high for what one would call a session beer, but you will definately want to sip on this beer. I recommend this for two reasons: it's fairly thick and the flavor is just incredible.

Summary:
This is one incredible beer. For $1.99, you get 0.5 L of heaven that's 9.4% ABV. The wonderful thing is that you can't really taste the alcohol. I really can't say enough about the flavor; the smokey sweetness is quite unique. The closest thing I can compare it to is some sort of wonderful root beer. If you haven't tried this beer, you must do so as soon as possible. At this price, you would be hard pressed to find a better value. (2,018 characters)

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.29/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

500 ml bottle poured into a snifter
9.4% ABV,

A - Not quite black, this dark ruby mahogany beer remains clear, topped with a ivory head that leaves arches of gnarled lace across the glass as it sinks to a thin skim of foam.

S - Big maltiness like a boss! Toffee and caramel sweetness counteract bittersweet chocolate and dry mocha, resembling big, chewy chocolate covered raisins as this beer is loaded with dark fruit undercurrents including prune and notes of molasses and black licorice.

T - Sweet, sticky brown sugar and toffee meet bitter molasses and baker's chocolate for a smooth, balanced flavor that lingers with moist raisins and plums.

M - Creamy and smooth Black Boss has a medium-full body that finishes slightly roasted and bitter but balanced by sweetness for delicious and drinkability that subtly warms the tummy!

O - Black Boss' dark fruit esters add wonderful layers of complexity to this chocolaty beer as suggestions of licorice and molasses come in to seal the deal. Surprisingly drinkable, smooth, and deceptive, this Porter makes for a great cold weather treat! (1,091 characters)

Photo of sulldaddy
4.27/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I split a cold bottle with Stopper and poured my sample into a snifter. The beer is a dark chestnut or mahogany color with a thin beige head that fades to an edge layer quickly. Aroma is brown sugar, molasses, toffee some dark fruits (raisins). Fairly sweet overall. NO hops anywhere. First sip reveals a fairly thick and slightly syrupy body. Carbonation is fine and a little spacious.
Flavor is again sweet with no hops.

I get brown sugar, molasses and toffee with a mix of raisins again. The alcohol is dangerously well hidden and I think this would be a sneaky beer to have more than 2 of. Easy drinkin and smooth but with a hidden wallop! Definitely worth a try if you like to catch a buzz while you enjoy a tasty beer! (728 characters)

Photo of dudecandle
4.27/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Half-liter bottle poured into snifter:

A: Deep black color with the slightest ruby tint when held up to the light. 1-finger dark cappuccino-colored head with modest retention, no lacing.

S: Deep chocolate malts, coffee, smoke, caramel. Awesome.

T: Similar to the smell, with a nice black currant/dark berry making itself more noticeable.

M/D: Thick, rich, a meal in a bottle. The high abv isn't readily perceived, but the rest of it is amazingly heavy. These are not to be drunk quickly, but they're well worth it. And being readily available in most bodegas by me at $1.50-$2 per half-liter, a great value. (611 characters)

Photo of beer-miester
4.26/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Very tasty.. light feeling but that is what makes it refreshing. Very drinkable all year around. And wow, with the beer prices today, this is the best value for a high octane beverage! I pay $ 2.09 for 500ml. This is not a Bells Porter but it's not $ 5 a bottle eather. Enjoy! Oh, the compaion food with this beverage is more Black Boss Porter! (344 characters)

Photo of Solo007
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

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. (389 characters)

Photo of ThirdLap
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a deep dark translucent ruby brown with a short-lasting 1cm thick light tan head. Agitation returns a good amount of head. Little to no lacing.

Nose is dark fruits, dark malts, and soy, with slight hints of bourbon, coffee, and alcohol.

Taste is smoky, with dark fruits, chocolate, with maybe a touch of anise. Alcohol is VERY well-hidden for a 9.4% abv beer.

Feels somewhat full-bodied for a porter, but that's a good thing. It's smooth and creamy going down, which leads to...

...huge drinkabiity. Porters like this are the reason I'm really beginning to appreciate the style. Drinkability is perhaps the one thing that would make me choose a porter over an imperial stout.

I'm gonna look for more baltic porters. (726 characters)

Photo of wl0307
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Obtained at the BSF bar, GBBF06, the bottle is "merely" 8.5%abv., or 18.1%abw. BB Jan. 07, served lightly chilled in a straight imperial-pint glass.

A: beautiful dark reddish brown hue, coming with a semi-thick tan head composed of large air cells, slowly settling to a thin carpet; lively but not fierce carbonation.
S: dense and sweet toffee-ish+treacle-ish malts, milk cocoa, backed by a refreshing and lightly sour lemony edge of black lager upfront--intense as well as smooth; plenty of dark fruits, mainly dried black dates and raisins, yet also akin to X'mas cake~~ Overall, very malty yet well-balanced. Solid!
T: a mouthful of dried dates, stone fruits like prunes and black plum jam, followed by a sour-sweet tinge of dark malts and doughy lager malts... utterly refreshing and light!! gradually the fruity-malty palate settles to a deeper, sweet coffee-ish and licorice aftertaste, with a semi-dryish bitter, leafy hoppy kick... aromatic, lightly tart, as well as nutty deep down the palate... full of different layers, 3D structured it is~~
M&D: the mouthfeel is superb, lightly carbonated and soothing enough to buttress the fruity-malty theme. The alc. is well-hidden, and the body light, making the beer taste almost like a 6% Schwarzbier~~ very well-crafted and even quaffable Baltic Porter, albeit not amazing (with a capital A). Anyway, this is one of the most impressive Baltic Porters I've luckily tasted!! (1,432 characters)

Photo of flagmantho
4.23/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 16.9 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: very dark ruby brown with huge tan head upon pouring.

Smell: subtler than I anticipated; grain, alcohol and a little bit of chocolate.

Taste: nice malt flavor; a little fruity at first but the taste then develops into a chocolate middle and a carameley, almost bready finish. None of the alcohol of the nose is present in the flavor. Frankly, quite a lot better than I anticipated ... this stuff is damn good!

Mouthfeel: medium bodied and quite creamy. Great!

Drinkability: at 9.4%, this beer is dangerously drinkable. I could pretty much quaff this stuff all night long.

This beer isn't perfect, especially in the nose, but its flavor and sheer drinkability have made this one of my favorite dark beers. (769 characters)

Photo of mnrider
4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 ML Brown Bottle. Black & White simple label. Pint Glass

A: Pours a very dark brown with a nice fluffy mocha colored head, which quickly turns thin with minimal lacing.

S: Chocolate and coffee which is sweet and slightly alcoholic.

T/M: Very smooth with a medium to full bodied mouthfeel. Coffee is very strong and plenty of sweet chocolate. The hops used are minimal but still balance the brew out. Malts taste roasted. This brew really hides the 9.4% ABV well.

D: Better than I thought it would be. For the price this one is a great buy, if you can find it.

Cheers!!! (578 characters)

Photo of Jonbearr
4.21/5  rDev +9.6%
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. (457 characters)

Black Boss Porter from BOSS Browar Witnica S.A.
86 out of 100 based on 292 ratings.