Black Boss Porter - BOSS Browar Witnica S.A.
Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
Ratings: 481 | Reviews: 280 | Display Reviews Only:
3.59/5 rDev -4.5%
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).
05-28-2014 04:23:20 | More by VictorWisc
3.73/5 rDev -0.8%
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.
05-26-2014 00:56:17 | More by BeerIsland
3.66/5 rDev -2.7%
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.
05-13-2014 00:25:46 | More by Jackson2014
3.85/5 rDev +2.4%
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.
04-12-2014 15:50:25 | More by dcmchew
3.86/5 rDev +2.7%
I've been eyeing this beer for years on beer-bar menus around town for around $5 or $6, but have been suspicious of it for the fact that I've never heard anyone say anything nice about it. Finally trying it out since seeing it in the walk-in cooler of Jenifer St. Market for just $2.29 for the 500 ml bottle.
The pour into a tulip glass is surprisingly not black -- the color of the stream is more like maple syrup. The slight khaki head dissipates quickly, though leaves pretty serious lacing.
Dark fruits, cherry, plum, and raisin greet the nose. Overlaying the dark fruits is a red-wine oak and vinous aroma. Pretty complex and promising.
Sadly, in the mouth it's immediately too sweet. Dark fruits, simple syrup, toffee, and wood barrel. I could really use some roasted grain or hop bitterness to balance all the dried fruits. How about some unsweetened cocoa or burnt coffee? No. It's all sweetness (I'm getting vanilla, now, too), plus an unwelcome leather. Wait, there's the roasted malt and coffee, faintly. It helps put the sweetness into perspective and raises the score a bit.
04-06-2014 23:52:28 | More by martyl1000
4.14/5 rDev +10.1%
A - 4 - Dark brown-black beer with a nice tan head that sticks forever and leaves great lacing.
S - 4 - Cinnamon, dark roasted malts, toast, butter, caramel, molasses.
T - 4.25 - CInnamon sugar on toast, chocolate, caramel, vanilla
M - 4.25 - Mouthfeel is medium, alcohol is completely covered, leaves a sweet, cinnamon roasty aftertaste.
O - 4 - This is a great beer for the price. Almost taste like cinnamon toast crunch but with more dark malty, roasted notes. The cool thing is it doesn't really compare to any other porter or stout that I've had.
03-05-2014 20:42:22 | More by ISmith87
Black Boss Porter from BOSS Browar Witnica S.A.
85 out of 100 based on 481 ratings.