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Black Boss Porter - BOSS Browar Witnica S.A.

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Black Boss PorterBlack Boss Porter

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very good

295 Reviews
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Reviews: 295
Hads: 559
Avg: 3.8
pDev: 21.05%
Wants: 14
Gots: 54 | 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 chilly460
3.12/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Pours a medium chestnut brown with one finger of tan head. Minimal retention, decent lacing.

S-Predominantly dark sugars and fruit, comes in as molasses and figs. Some booze in the aroma as well.

T- Felt like this was a thin tasting beer, just not a big flavor profile as expected. Some dark fruit at times, coffee, a bit of molasses as the nose indicated.

M- Quite thin for the style.

D- Had a hard time finishing this one, bit boozy as it warmed.

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Photo of SteveO1231
3.15/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My bro gave me this bottle, never heard of it before. Fat, Half liter, brown bottle, black label, no freshness date. Pours a dark, dark brown, almost black with lighter copper highlights. Huge foamy tan head that settles to a thin layer of foam. Nice lacing sticks to the glass. Very complex aroma, caramel, molasses, marsh mellow, chocolate, walnuts, oak and a hint of bourbon. Full bodied with a slick mouthfeel. Complex flavors here too, a large malt sweetness, tastes of caramel & prune, molasses, bready, roasted malts and some earthy undertones. The finish has a smokey/ earthy oak aged dryness to it with an aftertaste of bourbon. This is definitely an interesting beer. A bit too sweet for my taste. Pretty big ABV warms up well, be ready for a head change.


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Photo of brewcrew76
3.15/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours a light black ruby color with a small tan head.

S - Dark fruits, licorice, prunes and plums. Some sweet malt is also present.

T - The taste of this one diminishes after the nice aroma. It starts out sooty which reminds me of being outdoors around a big campfire. Licorice, dark fruits with a slight hint of chocolate and coffee. The campfire taste diminishes slightly as the beer warms.

M - Smooth but slightly on the watery side.

D - The 9.4% ABV is well hidden but this beer is rather unimpressive.

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Photo of oberon
3.19/5  rDev -16.1%
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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.21/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa powder, and sugary chocolate syrup aromas. Taste is much the same with extremely sweet cocoa powder, char, and vegetal grain flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an average beer that is fairly tasty when cold but as it warms up, there is an acrid burnt vegetal and grain flavor that is pretty off-putting.

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Photo of TripelMajor
3.21/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Another winning budget beer only 1.50 in Ridgewood for a 16.9 oz bottle. At 9.4 percent, it leaves it's mark.

Usually under-carbonated, small head. An interesting dark glowing brown color makes up for the lack of effervescence.

Smells like it will be way to sweet and like it might have that funny malty taste that some Eastern European beers have.

Tastes surprisingly good. Like carmel corn, with notes of tobacco and licorice. Enough hops to offset the sweetness a bit. Pretty good brew for the price.

Wonderfully thick, but not syrupy, again could use a bit more sparkle on your tongue.

I couldn't imagine putting away more than 2 of these, and usually one is enough to give me a tummy ache, but damn I like this beer for the price. Goes great with summer BBQs.

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Photo of jsdunlop
3.23/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This is a big beer...pours out pitch black with a faint red hue when held up to the light. huge fluffy, tan head that simmers down fairly quick, then patiently sits around for a while. Reeks of alcohol, has a fermented brown sugar aroma and a strong scent of bakers chocolate and overripe plums. The alcohol is up front in the taste and dominates the beer, while the sweetness of this one is almost too much to handle. It leaves a sweet aftertaste on the tip of the tongue after each sip, not too pleasant though. Slight bitterness going on as well Not much else really happening in this one, the sugars and alcohol cover up the malts, leaving a fairly light feeling beer, and the carbonation in this bottle is raging, not what I expected for this baltic porter and I likely won't be seeking this one again.

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Photo of TheBungyo
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

This pours like a can of coke on steroids ... minus the head. Nice and black, with ruby edges. Head is smaller than I'd like. I can smell black licorice, and molasses. Taste is pretty much the same, with nice body. I'm not much of a fan of black licorice, and like molasses ...
I can't see drinking more than one of these 16 ounce bottles.

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Photo of AlexJ
3.28/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Ink black pour with the viscosity of melted pitch and a minimal head of mocha froth that stays as a lasting ring, leaving only the scantest trails of lace.

Aroma is sweet, dark chocolate, anise, very weak coffee, plum, and some sweet black cherry. As it warms, a strange rootbeer presents itself.

Flavor is certainly not as expected. Syruppy malt and sweet chocolate definately lead the way for some faint coffee, licorice, candied plum, and maple syrup. Very sweet with little of the roasty character that I expected. Almost one-dimensional with near-cloying sweetness. The high ABV is well hidden.

Mouthfeel is big, thick, and sludgy. A viscous, chewy mouthfeel and slick, creamy texture are probably this beer's best attributes.

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Photo of WhatsNewinBooze
3.29/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Everyone kept tellng me to try this porter and when I finally did I was just a little disappointed. Don't get me wrong it was good it just wasn't as great as people led me to believe, plus it takes a lot to get me jazzed up on a porter. One thing I did really enjoy about this porter was that for being 9.4% ABV you are not left tasting the alcohol like some high alcohol brews.

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Photo of DiabolikDUB
3.31/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from Bottle into Pint glass.

Pours a dense black that has some slight deep copper edging with a light cocoa colored head that quickly dissolves into a nice layer atop the glass. The aroma has mostly sweet chocolate and is accompanied by some roasted malts. The flavor has more roasted malts, a lot of milk chocolate and a very light bitterness. Its a very light bodied porter with the right amount of carbonation. This is a pretty watery porter that leaves you needing much more flavor and the aroma is a dominated by too much chocolate.

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Photo of templar316
3.32/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pour a mild cola color, hardly black enough to be called a porter. Paper head is gone quickly and barely a hint is left to show it was there. Burnt malt dominates the nose, there's not alot of depth. It's smooth and easy drinking, cola, burnt toast, chocolate roast. The alcohol is present but concealed. It's awright and at 9.4 if your looking for someting to get your block rocked you could do alot worse.

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Photo of baldycmu
3.34/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours dark with slight red tint with a nice brown head.
S: Not a ton of aroma, hint of licorice and alcohol.
T: Taste grew on me as I kept drinking it. Mild finish after hints of toffee.
M: Smooth with a little alchohol bitterness.
D: Overall a decent example of a high-alchohol porter.

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Photo of hreb
3.35/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500mL bottle served cool in a European style pint glass. Beer pours dark brown, not quite black, with nearly no head, and a few big bubbles visible. Aroma is initially kind of lagery/skunky, but upon closer inspection/sniffing, there are some really nice roasty notes too. Like, really deep blackened roastiness.

Initial reactions: there's too much carbonation, but aside from that, this is really smooth brew. Considering the high ABV listed on the top of the label, there are no harsh flavors here at all. In the middle of the mouth the porter provides some nice coffee and slightly sweet toasted malt flavors. There's also a slightly sour fruity note, which might be figs or prunes but mostly I find it nondescript. Unfortunately the aftertaste is a little bit cloying with an annoying adjunct sweetness.

Overall this was interesting enough to try but I probably wouldn't seek it out a second time.

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Photo of wisrarebeer
3.35/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Given as a gift from Brock -- thanks dude!

A: deep, copper color
S: medium nose, somewhat sweet with dark chocolate undertones, earthy
T: very nice, well-balanced, chocolate and creamy, could use a bit more malt
M: nice lager, sweeter but traditional Baltic Porter
D: decent drinkability

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Photo of tbeckett
3.36/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle at House of Beer in Krakow. From notes.

A - Poured into a mug with a one finger tan head which was gone before I started writing. Black and opaque. No retention or lacing.

S - Really chocolatey. Almost like milk or white chocolate. Not much else. Very different aroma. Possibly some toffee there too.

T - Chocolate again. Same white or milk taste. A little roasty as well. Not bad but not overly complex and a little sweet for me.

M - Chocolate taste gives it the appearance of being creamy. Medium to full body and mild carbonation.

O/D - For the ABV it does well. No alcohol in the taste. It's a little high for another and the sweetness might get to you but otherwise tasty.

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Photo of henrysunset
3.36/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

900ml undated bottle from K's going out of business sale.

vigorous pour left a tall head of deep tan. jet black brew.

smell is all malts and bitterness, no floral qualities I can sense. A bit of a sourness in there as well.

Taste is thin, duh, 9.4%. smooth though and a pleasent coffee/roasty/toasty aftertaste with a bit of chogolate as the mouth dries. pretty nice honestly. Not imaginitve but good.

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Photo of bark
3.37/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Yes, colour is black. When you look closely against a bulb, you can see that the liquid really is deep, deep brown-red and clear. The brownish foam is made of big bubbles, and it dissolves quickly into a thin, white skin.

The smell is quite complex; the dominant part is dark roasted coffee. There are also notes of yeast, dark chocolate, vanilla, rye bread and liquorice.

The carbon dioxide is very, very gentle. The brew almost got a stale mouthfeel.

The taste is at first very sweet and without any traces of bitterness or alcohol (surprising considering the high abv). The taste is overall quite velvety; the strongest taste is a roasted – burned taste, but there are also some hints of dark bread, raisins and gravy.

The aftertastes got a fiery taste of alcohol, but there were also a blend of French roasted coffee, sweet liquorice, rye bread and boiled ham.

The label says that this beer is made in collaboration between Boss Brewery in Poland and “Ölverket”, “the Beer Department” in Sweden. An organisation or company or whatever that I never before have heard about, although I can agree with their slogan, something like “drink easy – drink good”

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Photo of puboflyons
3.41/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on November 19, 2011. From the 500 ml. bottle it pours dark brown with better clarity than the average Porter. Some head. The aroma is an odd cross between dark malts and Toffee. Kind of cardboard like too. The body is medium to bold. The taste is not smoky or chocolate-like but it most definitely has a weird kind of astringency which leads to a slight hop bite.But that is more like the traditional Baltic style. It is not my kind of Porter because I like the smoke but since they began brewing it in 1848, maybe this is the way it is supposed to be.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.43/5  rDev -9.7%
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).

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Photo of jwhancher
3.43/5  rDev -9.7%
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 jletts
3.45/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A strong alcohol and bready smell. Taste I found to be typical of many porters, with strong flavors of cocoa. This was a very tasty porter, though a little stronger than the porters I am used to. My wife is Polish and I have come to love many Polish beers, particularly the porters which seem to be one of their better styles. This beer would be a good nightcap porter, and I gave it only an average rating on drinkability because, though it is smooth, I max out at two of these due to the 9.4% ABV.

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Photo of robbrandes
3.45/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours pure black, decent initial head, although the retntion was marginal at best. smell - tons and tons of molasses, a bit of roasted maltiness, but the molasses is overwhelming, not in a necesarily bad way...
taste - fairly sweet with lots of dark malts, and the molasses again is the dominant feature. fairly drinkable although the body is lacking, especially for a porter.

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Photo of sleazo
3.45/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I have seen this alot around Greenpoint and figured i would give it a shot. I think it was $1.79 for the 1pint 0.9 oz bottle

A-Pours a very rich black which when held up to a light reveals a ruby red hue. A hard pour produced a rich tan head of tight bubbles. It leaves a ring of lace but the bubbles beneath instantly slide back down. Decent head retention.

S-Smells of highly roasted espresso beans with some dark chocolate mixed in. The espresso nature is potent. Alcohol is noticeable and there isnt much of a hop smell at all. There appears to be something grassy in there which i am taking as the hops.

T-The taste is more chocolate than coffee despite the smell. There is also a chalky quality here that comes in mid sip. The finish is of cocoa powder. Not perfect but decent in its own right. The high alcohol is actually well hidden as you barely notice it. It is fairly sweet however with a twinge of bitterness at the end. There also isnt a trace of skunk as this is one style from Europe designed for trans-oceanic voyages.

M-Medium to medium thick body with a chalky feel to it. The chalk takes away from my enjoyment. Medium carbonation.

D-The chalk puts me off here, were it not for that i would really enjoy this. As is I will probably get it again if i am in the mood for a Porter without the need for a sixer.

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Photo of Tupperwolf
3.46/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I decided to pour the whole over-one-pint beer into a glass at once, so I chose my large, bulbous Gulden Draak tullip to do the job. Despite its size, it took a while to contain the beer, as the frothy tan head kept rising up to the brim each time I poured more in. I eventually got it all in, and the head, having lapsed to a thin covering, leaves curls of lacing down the glass. The brew is solid black, and rather heavy looking.

Definite toffee, treacle, marzipan notes in the nose as it warms - almost a syrupy twist to the slight roastiness of coffee. Actually, I'm reminded heavily of a maple donut. I think this is the first baltic porter I've tried, or most likely the closest to a true representation of the style. It's meaty and sweet at once.

Yes, definitely an interesting, but appealing flavor. There are roasty, woodsy, cedar-y tasting notes that fill the mouth and get things going; Slight dark chocolate notes, prune juice, and then things take a sweet turn - almost, but not quite cloyingly sweet - especially as it warms - that toffee/marzipan/maple flavor comes up in spades, and finishes things out with a syrupy swirl. No alcohol is detectable at all, quite a feat given the ABV.

The mouthfeel is interesting to me, it's definitely a porter, not heavy enough to be a stout (how did they get such a high ABV without getting into stout territory with the amount of fermentable sugars? Double or triple fermentation?) It's smooth as silk, with that cool, solid feeling on the tongue characteristic of porters. The finish has a few moments of stickiness which coincide with the syrupy sweetness of the finish, and then things mellow out; The slight stickiness that remains is lightly bitter and roasty, so the sweetness doesn't get cloying.

For such a high ABV porter, it's drinkable. More than one would be too much, but it's a nice break from lighter beers with less character - not as heavy as a barleywine, not as nutty as a bock, not as dry as a stout.

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Black Boss Porter from BOSS Browar Witnica S.A.
86 out of 100 based on 295 ratings.