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Black Boss Porter - BOSS Browar Witnica S.A.

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BA SCORE
85
very good

518 Ratings
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Ratings: 518
Reviews: 287
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 15.65%
Wants: 10
Gots: 36 | 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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Photo of jwc215
4.75/5  rDev +26%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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...

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of stakem
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Billolick
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
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 wl0307
4.28/5  rDev +13.5%
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 DoubleJ
3.74/5  rDev -0.8%
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 afsdan
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of jdhilt
4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
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 chinchill
3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle served in a snifter.
Pours with a frothy, tan colored head that dies to a partial coat and ring rather soon. The body is mahogany: clear but very dark and not black

Aroma: Sweet medium malts with obvious alcohol esters. Hints of prunes, figs, raisins and allspice.

Taste: Fairly sweet, even in the finish. A bit too sweet. Quite fruity tasting, as the aroma suggested. The alcohol contributes to a suggestion of sherry. The dark malt is subtle for this style. Hints of nutmeg and allspice. No burnt malt flavors.

Feel: medium body and carbonation. Smooth. Well hidden alcohol.

O: An odd porter with an unusual aroma and some unexpected flavors. Interesting and worth trying, even though it is a bit too sweet.

Photo of tdm168
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of atrocity
3/5  rDev -20.4%

Photo of Latarnik
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.45/5  rDev -8.5%
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 flagmantho
4.28/5  rDev +13.5%
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 Gusler
4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
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 TurdFurgison
3.58/5  rDev -5%
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 THECPJ
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
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 bark
3.38/5  rDev -10.3%
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”

Photo of avalon07
2.3/5  rDev -39%
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 Hopheadjeffery
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of ccrida
4.45/5  rDev +18%
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 +13.8%
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 DrDemento456
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
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 Axnjxn
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of tavernjef
4/5  rDev +6.1%
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!

Black Boss Porter from BOSS Browar Witnica S.A.
85 out of 100 based on 518 ratings.