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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
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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 DoubleJ
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
Photo of MikeDAdams
4/5  rDev +6.4%

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

tabhill, Jul 16, 2014
Photo of Jonbearr
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
Photo of cmgage
3/5  rDev -20.2%

cmgage, Jul 02, 2014
Photo of etoimazo
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
Photo of GreesyFizeek
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
Photo of sharpski
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

sharpski, Jun 25, 2014
Photo of Vestlake
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

Vestlake, Jun 25, 2014
Photo of greencovesteve
4/5  rDev +6.4%

greencovesteve, Jun 25, 2014
Photo of RyanAU
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

RyanAU, Jun 24, 2014
Photo of leitmotif
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

leitmotif, Jun 22, 2014
Photo of Ciocanelu
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Ciocanelu, Jun 22, 2014
Photo of patre_tim
4.19/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Dark brown with an amber tinge, no visible carbonation, 2 fingers of beige head. Leaves a nice lacing.

S: Tar, black licorice, carob, dark toasted malts, soured milk, Norwegian reindeer cheese.

T: Light sweetness, very little tar only on the end breifly, black licorice, dark toasted malts, smooth. A little carob at times.

M: Thick smooth body, little carbonation.

O: Excellent brew. Not a fan of porters so much, but I do enjoy Russian imperial stouts on occasion. This is closer to that style than a porter in my opinion, and I will continue to try others in this style in the future when I can find them.

patre_tim, Jun 22, 2014
Photo of atrocity
3/5  rDev -20.2%

atrocity, Jun 13, 2014
Photo of marley2112
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

marley2112, Jun 05, 2014
Photo of AndrewBV
4.25/5  rDev +13%

AndrewBV, Jun 03, 2014
Photo of VictorWisc
3.59/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bottle at a beer shop in Queens. Was one of the cheaper choices of a mostly mediocre selection. Under $3/bottle it was either this, a mediocre German or a couple of green-bottle Czech beers I could get somewhere else. This one is not available around Boston, so I picked it.

Aside from minimalist design, no doubt left over from the Communist days, not a bad looking bottle, amber, with white print on black label. The beer itself is less appealing, although it does follow the same color scheme--very dark brown with thin, off-white fine head that leaves a bit of lacing on the glass. The appearance would have been unremarkable had the beer not been translucent--unexpected in an import porter.

Smell, slightly fungal, but mostly of cheap stale coffee. No strong alcohol smell despite the rather high 9.4% ABV.

The taste is a bit shocking at first, as it is deathly sweet. When the initial sweetness dissipates, toasted malts come though, with very strong coffee and chocolate notes. In fact, this beer could be mistaken for a black ice coffee with a bit of Jameson if poured over ice. After a few sips the realization comes through that this beer is not so much sweet as it is UNbitter. Despite some obvious dark malts, there is no acrid afterburn usually associated with them. If pushed, I'd admit that there is a notion of dark fruit in that sweetness--more specifically, dried prunes. Yeasty pumpernickel flavor finally comes through in the aftertaste, although it does not linger too long.

Medium to heavy body with very fine but obviously present carbonation (mistaken by other reviewers as lack of carbonation). It's a body-builder of beers--somewhat disproportionately assembled from otherwise normal body parts and looks OK in context, but otherwise strikes as a mishapen lump. Alcohol is clear present, but not overwhelming.

I followed a Brooklyn Winter Ale with this. The striking thing was that they were nearly identical in appearance, but this is, by far, a better beer. The style may be unfamiliar to US drinkers who have a very different notion of Baltic Porter (and there is at least one Polish representative of the latter style), but this is precisely what an actual porter tastes like on the shores of the Baltic Sea, from the Oder to the Finnish border. Latvia and Estonia have similar heavy sweet porters that are, shockingly, their common summer brew. As I said, you have to recognize it for what it is--in context. If you are expecting a standard Baltic Porter style, you'll be disappointed. But, judging on its own merits, it's not bad. Worth another shot or two (which is more than I said about Brooklyn Winter Ale).

VictorWisc, May 28, 2014
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 Latarnik
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Latarnik, May 24, 2014
Photo of BodyPolitic
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

BodyPolitic, May 22, 2014
Photo of dionito
2.5/5  rDev -33.5%

dionito, May 14, 2014
Photo of Jackson2014
3.66/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A very straightforward beer. One of the blandest yet most pleasant beers I have had in this alcohol content level.

Very low carbonation (as is to my liking). Dark brown.

Flavors: mostly chocolate, maybe some coffee. I appreciate that the aftertaste does not continue to build.

Overall I like this beer. It works. Definitely a beer I could get drunk on since it has a high alcohol content yet is not very filling. I would not be inclined to pair this with very many food options.

Jackson2014, May 13, 2014
Photo of TheFoodAlchemist
4/5  rDev +6.4%

TheFoodAlchemist, May 07, 2014
Photo of Beershack
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Beershack, May 04, 2014
Black Boss Porter from BOSS Browar Witnica S.A.
85 out of 100 based on 493 ratings.