Black Boss Porter - BOSS Browar Witnica S.A.

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Ratings: 543
Reviews: 295
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 15.43%
Wants: 11
Gots: 49 | 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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Photo of Billolick
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of DoubleJ
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Photo of wl0307
4.25/5  rDev +13%
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!!

Photo of jdhilt
4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a five finger light brown head that fades quickly to a thin layer leaving a good lace. Deep mahogany color. Light carbonation and heavy bodied. Roasted coffee nose. Flavor is coffee/chocolate, sweet coffee finish. Higher ABV is hidden. $2.50 for a 500ml bottle from Liquid Solutions Tigard, Or.

Photo of dcmchew
3.84/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Almost black pour aside for some bronze nuances up in the light. Thin light brown head, fast to a sticky bubbly lace.
Smell of coffee, faint dark chocolate, sweet dark malts and roasted grains. Straightforward but strong enough.
Taste is sweet from start to finish, a tiny bit over the expected level. Sweet coffee with burnt sugar and chocolate at first, big juicy dark fruit, with lots of raisin, plums and berries afterwards. A nice red grape/red wine feel to it. Some dry wood, cocoa powder and nuts too. Roast mostly in the finish, low hop presence.
Low carbonation, close to flat, not entirely creamy, but not watery, somewhere in between. Nicely hidden high abv.
A nice decent porter if you like them sweet, if not it may gross you out, especially as it warms.

Photo of flagmantho
4.23/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.43/5  rDev -8.8%
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).

Photo of bark
3.37/5  rDev -10.4%
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”

Photo of TurdFurgison
3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I bought a bottle of this in Connecticut for $1.50, never having seen it in the Midwest. The bottle has a B&W label, shouting the 9.4% ABV.

The beer was dark brown, almost black, just shy of opaque, with a thick foamy head. The aroma is malty and strong, definitely you can smell the alcohol. The flavor is mostly the same, with lots of black licorice or anise seed or something dark like that. It gave the feeling of a strong warming liquor, making it a little difficult to finish the bottle.

Photo of puboflyons
3.41/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

Photo of Gusler
4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer upon its evacuating the 500ml brown bottle takes up but temporary residence in my glass a deep brown to almost black color with a smallish light chocolate head that vanishes rather quickly leaving a dangerously thin skirt of lace to encircle the glass. Nose has a splendid burnt grain aroma with a sweet malt backing, caramel, and a somewhat earthy tone present; start is sweet with a nice grain profile, the top middling in its feel. Finish has a vigorous acidity and the hops delightfully spicy, and the 9.4 percent ABV leaves a nice warm feeling in the belly, a darn tasty brew this “Black Beauty”!

Photo of DrDemento456
3.91/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased a 500ml of this bad boy from Halftime beverage $2.69 not bad at all.

A - Well I didn't expect a big thick porter for "boss porter" but in the glass it's a very pitch black porter even at the base. Head is also great over a 1/2 inch tat settles to a thick sticky lace ring. I am impressed.

S - Smells rather fruity rather than coffee forward which came as a surprised. Has some coffee aspect with your chalky yeasts and some molasses and fruit preservatives.

T - Again very fruity and I am surprised how well it hides the ABV. If their is any coffee aspect its like a smooth frappuccino with vanilla and coffee combo. Stretching here the fruit is maybe a touch blackberry?

M - Very smooth, creamy and very drinkable for 9%. Love it.

Overall I could see why I picked this up its a nice change from a chocolate/chalky taste in your imperial porter. I love the fruity, chocolate/roast, sweet finish aspect this beer gets. Worth picking up just to try Poland's best porter.

Photo of THECPJ
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: dark brown with orangish and 1 finger off white head

smell: licorice, molasses, malts,

taste: molasses, sticky, malts,

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: interesting porter not my favorite but glad I got to try something new.

Cheers,
The cpj

Photo of avalon07
2.31/5  rDev -38.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a brownish color and a surprisingly clear consistency. There was an inch of creamy, fairly long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: The smell was oddly muted, with some malt, coffee, and hops in there.

T: Tasted of roasted malt, a hint of coffee, and a little chocolate. All of this is overwhelmed by a burnt quality that is terribly off-putting. Even if it didn't have the burnt aspect to the flavor, it's a thin, watery mix, not even close to the best Baltic Porters.

M: A decent amount of carbonation with a slick finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This is just a poorly made, hard to drink beer. Not a good effort.

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!

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.29/5  rDev +14.1%
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!

Photo of clayrock81
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a pitched black (had this in a dimly lighted bar, mind you) with good one-finger tan head that died quick but left some lace on top of a dry, roasted aroma with a mix of some sweet malt smells like caramel, possibly chocolate. Mouthfeel is a little thick and sticky, good balance between sweetness and roasted malts and finishes nice with a crisp finish (ABV leads to heated finish but doesn't nuke the tastebuds or anything). Good, not great, porter, as the tastes themselves are basic but pleasing. Some sweet caramel and chocolate and maybe a touch of candy fruit or something. Good beer, worth trying, not the greatest, but that's more of a critique than an indictment.

Photo of tbeckett
3.36/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

Photo of VelvetExtract
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours not too dark and actually quite light in viscosity. Body is a burnt crimson color. Light penetrates with moderate ease to the point that I can see through the core of my glass when held up to my lamp. Clear and surprisingly light in hue for a Baltic Porter. Head is cream and persistent but not very tall. Head begins to pop away as I tilt my glass and slowly rotate it. Thin lacing sheets.

S-The nose is more along stylistic guidelines but still has its own unique deviations. I get some serious burnt caramel and flat cola. Definitely some dried dark fruitiness. Liqueur-dipped figs and raisins. Quite aromatic. Relatively low in coffee and chocolate. Dark bread and butterscotch.

T-This is like drinking burnt liquid butterscotch. Pretty nice, although there is a slight metallic clang on the finish. Molasses and clumpy brown sugar. The dark, sun-dried fruit melts into the other sweet notes and the flat cola is prevalent too. The more I sip, the more I like it. Nuts? Light smoke? They seem to be there. Pretty tasty. Also a bit of anise.

M-Lighter than I would have expected. The 9.4% ABV is masked in a Houdini-like fashion. How can a beer this big, with a body this light hide all the booze? Boy this could be dangerous! Sessionable somehow.

O/D-My first judgment came in the liquor store. There I found 500 ml of 9.4% ABV Baltic Porter for $1.60. That deserves an A for value. ANd the beer itself is unique and frankly quite tasty. I could get a nice groove going with about 3 of these (for under 6 bucks to boot). An enjoyable, high-gravity, cheap beer? One of the few of its kind.

Photo of ColForbinBC
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

500mL bottle poured into a pint

Appears a few shades shy of midnight black as it sits on my table but when held to the light is actually a deep ruby red. A big, fluffy brown cap rose and hung around for a long time. Great retention and nice sticky lacing.

The nose is of heavy roasted malt, coffee, bakers chocolate, raisins, molasses, dark fruit, and burnt caramel. The burnt/roasted aromas really dominate, with everything else playing a part underneath in equal doses.

Bittersweet, baker's chocolate really shines through on the palate, giving way to the burnt caramel and finishing with a rush of dark fruit and ehtanol.

Very little carbonation and a tad thin. Lacking a fullness that would really make this beer shine.

If I didn't look it up here, I wouldn't have known that the abv was clocking in at 9.4%. This is scary drinkable, mainly due to the thin body. Careful, this guy could hurt you in later rounds.

Photo of tavernjef
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark fudgy brown with a crimson glow at the bottom. A small, big bubbly cap of tanned foam barely surfaces over the edge. Sporatic lacing in spots and tiny strings.

Aroma is dark and malty rich with a very assuming forward presense of molasses with favorable hints to dark fruits adding raisin, fig, and dates to the mix with a light coating of soured milk chocolate.

Taste shadows a nice reflection cast by the aroma with largely dark malt richness of molasses and the dark fruity stuff of raisins, dates, and figs. A bit thin in the middle. Finishes well with a brown sugar spiced alcoholic warmth with a smooth, slick little coating of tootsie roll chocolate. Semi tangy and darkly sweet for most of its ride until the finish were it turns to a nice chocolate candy thickness.

Medium thinned body with a subdued richness to it and silky slick and smoothly textured with very low carbonation. As it should be for a Baltic Porter.

A pretty solid brew and recommended.

Super awesomely cool thanks to BuckeyeNation for the surprise!

Photo of drpimento
4.35/5  rDev +15.7%
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!

Photo of RoyalT
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – This is a dark brown in color with some light reddish hues just around the very edges of the beer. The head was tanned and held nicely, leaving a film on top of the liquid after receding.

Smell – Oh, this one has some definite European-style grain to the nose. Other than that, it’s a typical BP. There’s some alcohol notes, roasted malts, light coffee, and lots of sugars.

Taste – The grain comes out big at the taste. It’s very refined and is an interesting addition to the Porter. The typical BP flavors are found here as well. There are some big summertime fruits to go along with the very smooth but unabashed alcohol. I’m picking up some fine Polish vwodka in this flavor profile.

Mouthfeel – This is bigger than medium-bodied but not full. It is creamy and smooth with a noticeable alcohol tinge, although the beer doesn’t sting the mouth.

Drinkability – Let’s see, two bucks a bottle, 9.4% alcohol, kick-ass taste, hmmm – OK, you talked me into it.

Photo of ArrogantB
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark black which should be no surprise. The first smell is liek Count Chocula cereal, I love it! Robust, chocoalte aroma. The flavor is sweet porter and so easy to drink. This beer was only $2.69 for a 500ml bottle and I feel like it was a complete steal. Fantastic porter from Poland.

Photo of tigg924
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: minimal head, black in color, opaque

Smell: chocolate and roasted malt

Taste: chocolate, roasted malt, caramel and cream

Mouthfeel: light bodied, moderate carbonation, sweet

Drinkability: Really enjoyable. One of my new favorites in the style. The taste is sweet without being cloying. I will search for this again.

Black Boss Porter from BOSS Browar Witnica S.A.
85 out of 100 based on 543 ratings.