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Black Boss Porter - BOSS Browar Witnica S.A.

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BA SCORE
85
very good

486 Ratings
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Ratings: 486
Reviews: 282
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 15.69%
Wants: 9
Gots: 25 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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Poland

Style | ABV
Baltic Porter |  9.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: bark on 04-10-2004)
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev +2.4%

Coffee aroma, and nuts. Mocha head. Baltic style but really a blackened lager from this part of the world. Black but not opaque, with a good amount of head. Mollasses and suger, some ageing and tad of wood in the taste. A bit sweet, and very smooth.Worth trying.

02-14-2007 01:33:40 | More by Sammy
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t0rin0

California

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

11-10-2012 14:03:03 | More by t0rin0
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.18/5  rDev -15.4%

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.

09-21-2013 03:23:19 | More by UCLABrewN84
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djrn2

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

08-09-2014 02:51:46 | More by djrn2
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metter98

New York

3.93/5  rDev +4.5%

A: The beer is clear dark amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high beige head that took a very long time to fade away.
S: There are light aromas of coffee, roasted malts and sweetness in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of caramel, coffee, molasses and roasted malts along with a light amount of sweetness. No traces of alcohol are perceptible.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied and smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. The beer feels a little more filling as it warms up.
D: The beer is very drinkable for the style because the alcohol is well hidden from the taste.

02-11-2011 05:36:28 | More by metter98
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

4.1/5  rDev +9%

Dark cherry-crimson with redorangegold tropical sunset highlights; a strange color for a Baltic porter, but an appealing one. The head is sandstone in color with a beefy, creamy texture. While it could be a mite stickier, there's a generous amount of lace in drunken rings and small sheets. Love that gemstone-like color when bright sunlight is added.

Although I've smelled better Baltics, this one is pretty nice. It's more dark fruity than anything else, with aromas of dried figs and dates soaked in molasses. I didn't really appreciate raisins or black currants; it isn't that 'dark'. The more common porter aromas of chocolate and coffee aren't in the forefront at all. Is the color and the aroma a clue that it isn't a typical version of the style?

Upon tasting, Black Boss resembles an old ale or a wee heavy more than it does a porter. Again, sweet-and-sour fruit is the order of the day with a tantalizing tangy peatiness. Brown sugar and molasses are still in the house and there's a little cocoa lurking behind the scenes. No smoke, no coffee, no anise. The flavor profile picks and chooses its components (and picks them well), but it doesn't add up to 'porter'.

Frankly, I don't care what it says on the label, this is good beer. The 9.4% ABV must be a misprint. There's no trace (none!) of alcohol. The body seemed too light initially, especially when considered in conjunction with the style and the flavor. It tightens up quite a bit with warming, though, and is now solidly medium and lightly viscous.

Black Boss Old Scotch is a wonderful beer. Given the label, I was expecting a rough-hewn monster of a porter, but that isn't what I got at all. It's a well-crafted, well-mannered, multi-faceted charmer that delivers its 9.4% with a velvet hammer. I could drink a lot of this.

[Edit: Black Boss is much closer to the Baltic porter style than I realized when I wrote this review and is a very good version.]

07-11-2005 16:00:44 | More by BuckeyeNation
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.1/5  rDev -17.6%

Appearance: Pours a coffee brown color with a rocky beige head that sticks to some extent and leaves a few shards of lace

Smell: I hate to say this but I am picking up some acetone busting through the licorice and charcoal

Taste: Opens with an overly sweet roasty flavor that has those acetone elements to it; becomes quite roasty by mid-palate; after the swallow, the molasses/brown sugar dominates and becomes quite cloying, although there is a nice coffee flavor underneath

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Just too many flaws to be enjoyable; the sweetness becomes overbearing after a while

12-06-2007 03:48:17 | More by brentk56
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.78/5  rDev +0.5%

I really do not even remember where this one came from, but I decided to try it last night. The pour was nice, thick dark brown, looked black to be honest but if you held it up to the light some very nice ruby tinted notes came out. Nice tan colored head settled back pretty quickly and left a thin veil of lace across the top throughout the rest of the session. Decent amount of side glass lace as well could be observed.

The aroma wasa little light, and full of alcohol, but hell its almost 10% right? Decent roasted malt nose with hints of licorice, and maybe raisin, something with a touch of fruit tartness in there. Hint of chocolate way in the back as well. The flavor was dominated by the alcohol, though it was not overbearing at all, rather just coming through very full. Lots of roasted malts, hints of dark earthy tones and a hint of bitter chcolate. Almost a smokey feel to it. Nice medium bodied ale, alot lighter then I thougt it would be, but still very nice. Great carbonation stayed with it throughout the time and the it was superbly drinkable. For beeing so strong, the alcohol ws present, however it was easy to throw it down in more then sips.

Overall not bad at all. I was not really sure how this was going to be but I was really quite pleasantly suprised, this was definitly a solid offering and cheep, like 2.99. If you see it, make a nice night cap, and a good call.

03-16-2008 13:47:50 | More by mikesgroove
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

08-20-2013 01:39:42 | More by ygtbsm94
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev +2.4%

This poured out into a tall pilsner glass, it had a dark brown color that faded into black as the head settled. The smell of the beer gives of some lager aromas, some roasted malts and a little bit of earthiness too. The taste of the beer has a slight chocolate note in the beginning that fades into an earthy roasted grain flavor with the lager yeast bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel of the beer is smooth, it's not even that heavy for a porter. Overall it's a good brew, I found it to be pretty good on most levels. Glad I tried it.

05-01-2012 02:19:35 | More by Knapp85
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oberon

North Carolina

3.18/5  rDev -15.4%

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.

10-26-2009 12:30:53 | More by oberon
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.73/5  rDev -0.8%

Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Pours a deep clear ruby brown with a finger of ecru head that leaves a decent amount of lacing behind. The smell is heavy on the wheat, oats, and dark malts, with cameo appearances from cocoa and coffee. The taste starts off with a host of roast, followed by a darkly wheaty flavor, and finished by a powdery cocoa flavor. The body is surprisingly light, considering the wheaty and oaty characteristics, which, despite the relatively high alcohol, helps keep the drinkability fairly high.

02-17-2010 17:18:22 | More by TMoney2591
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emerge077

Illinois

3.73/5  rDev -0.8%

Had this many moons ago, and passed it up ever since, when it was a sweet boozy mess way back when. This is likely a fresher bottle, it has a new vertical neck label with a star on it.

Thick and creamy mocha foam, very sticky and long lasting. An inch or so of foam, as far as width goes. Black body, slightly ruby in direct light. Looks like iced mocha coffee to be honest.

Sweet maple and wet barley aroma, a prelude to the rich porter about to be sipped. As it warms it becomes more milk chocolate-centric.

Slightly metallic, but very roasty with creamy carob and chocolate flavors. As it warms, the chocolate flavors become more front and center. Ashy roast blends with mellow sweetness of dark chocolate. Definitely a lager with roasted malt, but still pretty enjoyable somehow. Nice char and chocolate aftertaste.

08-21-2011 05:25:28 | More by emerge077
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

02-15-2012 20:55:08 | More by JAHMUR
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev +16.5%

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!

12-25-2006 05:35:16 | More by NeroFiddled
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev -0.8%

Pours an almost opaque black that has a dark ruby tint when held up to the light. Nose is malty and sugary and deep. Strong hints of roasted earth. Flavor is sweet and smooth, but carries a bit too much sweetness I think. Overall it is pretty good and carries some good roasted qualities. The sugary aspect kills it a bit though. Feel is thick with low carbonation. Drinkable, yes. A good one to try.

12-30-2007 22:01:39 | More by RblWthACoz
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

4.13/5  rDev +9.8%

Nearly opaque, half visible dark caramel-colored body, deep crimson, with a big, blooimg cocoa-tan head, leaving lace, looking lovely.
Aroma: creamy, some roastiness, a little bittersweet, moreso on the sweet, more chocolate-y than anything.
beyond the typical coffee and cocoa sensations found in most porters, I'm getting some cherries here, and other bright/dark fruits...as easy to down as you'd like, really, a solid porter that please, never teases, and doesn't lay too heavy on the palate. Thoroughly medium-bodied, with a sweet, fruity finish.
If you're in the mood for an overly strong, extra-pleasurable Polish porter for everyday enjoyment, I'd nominate the Big Boss, for sure!

03-26-2005 11:24:33 | More by feloniousmonk
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev +8.5%

Poured from a brown 16.09 oz bottle into a goblet at 45 degrees
A - a deep mocha hued ale with a foamy thick tan head of about 2 finger height that produces a substantial ring o' lace.

S - Dark Bready malt scents like a good hearth baked multi grain loaf

M - Thin, very light feel and not warming- hides it's 9.4% well. A generally dry feel.

T - A real tasty dark graininess and a lactic eastiness are present. Sweet and kind of powdery with plenty of roasted malt character. A toffee/walnut essence comes waltzing in as it increases in temp. This ale makes for a pleasing digestif.

D - a flavorful porter with Ummph! Just not a drinkable beer at 9.4% for multiples, but well made. This would make a good ale to cook with. I would pair with sweet mesquite bbq.

06-19-2007 19:46:04 | More by Slatetank
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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.83/5  rDev +1.9%

A: A nice fluffy 1.5 finger head rises up and slowly fades over a very dark brown almost pitch black beer.

N: Interesting, some nice roasty malts, a little black patent malt, some dark syrups, caramel and molasses even, a nice dark roasty bitter aroma, a very light syrupy extract aroma, but much more of the nice roasty malt. A touch of coffee as well.

T: EH, not as nice as the nose. Its got some roasty malts, a little black patent, dark crystal malts, etc. But this time the extract syrup flavors overpower a bit. They seem to come out a little too much. Other than that it has some nice sweetness, dark malts, caramel, chewy malts, etc. It also adds a very light spicy hop bitterness.

M: Medium body with lower carbonation.

F: Finishes slightly sweet with more syrupy flavors, more of the roasty malts and black patent, as well as dark malts, and less of that extract syrup flavor now. More bitterness thanks to the roasty malts and hints of spicy hops. Some sweet caramel lasts as it lingers, with more of the bitterness and malts. A very light minerality flavor. It drinks very well for 9.4% too, barely detecting the abv.

Actually, I have to say I was surprised by this beer. It drank very well for 9.4%abv, had some nice roasty malts and other dark malts, slight syrupy flavors with caramel and some roasty and spicy hop bitterness. Tasty, just a slight extract syrup flavor.

08-20-2010 02:11:06 | More by jlindros
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WesWes

New York

4.05/5  rDev +7.7%

The beer pours a pitch black color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a smooth, black and chocolate malt scent. It's bitter and roasted with a good deal of chocolate malt sweetness. The alcohol is nowhere to be found. The taste is good. It has an incredibly smooth malt flavor that's quite sweet with some roasted notes. The mouthfeel is great. It's a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a very drinkable beer. It may be too sweet for some, but it seems to hide the alcohol well.

11-26-2010 19:31:35 | More by WesWes
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jwc215

Wisconsin

4.75/5  rDev +26.3%

Pours black with dark brown hues near the top. A thin head soon becomes a lasting swirling patch. Some lacing is left in its wake.

The smell is pretty robust - chocolate, licorice and walnuts.

The taste is exquisite to say the least. Chocolate and licorice intermingle and work well together. Just a hint of smokiness lends it more character. Late dark fruitiness eventually emergers Nutty, walnuty flavor is support the dark malt throughout, but especially in the finish. Alcohol is very well-covered. Very smooth, velvety.

The feel is creamy and full-bodied.

It's soothingly smooth. Alcohol is well-coveredbut can sneak up on you, as it's pretty potent. Sweet, but balanced. I like the nutty touch that gives it a nice addition to the chocolate and licorice. Just the right amount of smokiness that doesn't overpower, but enough to give it some roastiness. The carbonation is right on the spot. And the beer gods rejoice at this treat from Poland...

03-03-2007 02:33:25 | More by jwc215
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

3.65/5  rDev -2.9%

Pours with a frothy, somewhat large bubbled, lightly browned, full tan colored head. The beer is quite black, but does show a brilliantly clear, super concentrated, ruby-red color when held up directly to the light. Sweet, concentrated fruit aromatics are the first thing I notice about the nose; raisin, definite prunes and dried fig notes play a prominent role and surprisingly I don't get much roast malt character here in the nose. At times this smells exactly like I just cut into a fresh, perfectly rip Macintosh apple. A super fruity aroma, that I wasn't really expecting from a brew this color. If you really dig around & take multiple, successive smells of the aroma, the fruitiness disappears and you get hints of dark chocolate, toasted, deeply browned malt, brandy focused alcohol and soda cracker notes, but as soon as you take your nose away the fruitiness comes back in full force.

This has a medium heft to it and is fairly sweet, even for the body. Quite fruity tasting, though not as much as the aroma might have suggested: flavors of prunes and dried figs play a big role here, but this time there is a slight burnt edge to these flavors. This is starting to just become oxidized, with a wisp of sherry like notes that serve to accentuate the fruit notes and add a bit of complexity here. The dark malt notes add touches of molasses, and in the finish a somewhat dry (though not enough to cut totally through the sweetness), toasted grain note, a touch of roasted / burnt malt flavors, and some burnt soda cracker flavors. Perhaps a touch of plastic character just barely mars the finish of this brew, but it is fairly subtle.

This really hides the alcohol quite well, it even is a bit lighter feeling than I would expect from a beer of this strength. Tasty, and because of the unexpected flavors, quite interesting.

12-08-2007 02:52:10 | More by Gueuzedude
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wl0307

United Kingdom (England)

4.28/5  rDev +13.8%

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!!

08-10-2006 03:54:50 | More by wl0307
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Billolick

New York

3.9/5  rDev +3.7%

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.

02-06-2009 03:11:46 | More by Billolick
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stakem

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev +0.5%

500ml brown bottle, no freshness indication to be found. Pours a dark brown color with more than a finger of tanned head. Pretty good retension and a nice amount of lace hanging to the glass. Nose is roasty; including aromas of smoke, burnt grain and hops. It has some characteristics in the nose reminding me of a rauchbier with a zip of citrus thrown into the tail end of the smell blended with a bit of yeast. Taste follows suit with the roasted character and a bit of residual smokiness left in the mouth. 9.4 ABV? Honestly you could not tell it has this much alcohol, it is well hidden except for in the finish. Flavor also includes some hints of bitter chocolate and it is quite "woodsy." Fairly light feel with this beer and mild carbination. Rather enjoyable overall if you are into woodsy flavored dark beers.

01-28-2010 01:35:30 | More by stakem
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Black Boss Porter from BOSS Browar Witnica S.A.
85 out of 100 based on 486 ratings.