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Black Boss Porter - BOSS Browar Witnica S.A.

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Black Boss PorterBlack Boss Porter

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very good

295 Reviews
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Reviews: 295
Hads: 559
Avg: 3.8
pDev: 21.05%
Wants: 14
Gots: 54 | FT: 2
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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 Roguer
3.52/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Nice dark brown, almost black brew, with hints of purple. Pours a large head from a turbulent pour, light tan or cream colored, with good retention and leaving nice lines of lacing down the glass.

Great smell on this beer! Just a huge amount of malts: roasted barley, chocolate, and some harder to pin down straw- or wheat-like aroma. Slight bit of cream, and some nice, dark fruits, slightly overripe.

Flavor is a mix of all the aromas, albeit a little over-sweet. Cream and roasted barley are up front, while figs, dates, and prunes figure heavily on the back-end. I prefer my porters much roastier; this is much more like a Belgian, or a Doppelbock.

Fairly thin - but oily - mouthfeel for the style. Long sticky finish. Very drinkable.

This is a tasty beer, but completely not what I want in a porter. Even if you're in the mood for something sweet, this is likely a bit much.

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Photo of clm9
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A: Nice thick, creamy head that takes its time to fade and leaves a nice bit of lacing. Color is a very dark amber that is only evident when held up to the light.

S: The high abv is immediately apparent, but not in a necessarily off-putting way. The alcohol fragrance is followed by an enticing, rich, malty smell (oatmeal-esque).

T: The oatmeal, malt smell is the first taste to come through. The taste ends up being dominated by toasted malts. Although the alcohol is definitely noticeable, it is not nearly as overpowering as the smell would suggest.

O: $2.73 for a pint. This is one of the cheapest pints/single servings available at my local craft beer store, but it definitely is in the top half in terms of taste. I readily admit that I'm a sucker for beers that successfully pull off having a high abv. I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys porters and happens to see this in a local store.

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Photo of jdonley1180
3.87/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up this 9.4 ABV 500ml bottle on a recommendation from a friend who happens to work at my local imported beer store. Rarely am I disappointed with his recommendations and this beer fits the bill. Previous reviews accentuate the estery l / fruit like finish, which is no doubt present in this porter. But don't allow those descriptions to scare you away from the roasty, chocolate backbone of this outstanding beer. Perhaps a different type of yeast and this would be a top notch imperial stout. At $2.39 a pint everyone should take a shot at this fantastic Polish Porter

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.29/5  rDev +12.9%
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!

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Photo of pkalix
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

pours a thin, almost transparent, nut brown ale-type of liquid with minimal to no head.
smell is a roasty, nut brown ale kind of smell....
taste is roasty, but thin, with lots of alcohol and a metallic twang. kind of nutty but with a twangy bitterness. one of the better Polish brews I've tasted.... not much else to say, however,,,,

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Photo of SFNC
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours like Coke or Pepsi, but without the carbonation. Smells of slightly burnt caramel. Taste is a tad sweet on the front end, but overall very good and a satisfying drink. Not a lot of burn considering the 9.4% ABV. This Polish Baltic Porter is a very good beer for the cost (16 oz for $2.99).

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.21/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of facundoCNB
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

a dark brown almost black pour with 2 fingers of creme colored head, slow dissipation and nice lacing left behind. there is a heavy booze aroma at first, which leads to sweet raisin, brown sugar, and chocolate. a very easy drinking porter, sweet up front, with raisin and chocolate notes, then a nice charred roasted bitterness hits you and leads way to a fig flavor that leads to a sweet finish. for the amount of malt needed to make such a high percentage beer, i'm surprised at how thin of a pour this is. medium in body with enough carbonation to make this beer go down nice and easy. this bottle is a few years old and has developed VERY nicely over time, so i suggest picking up a few since they're cheap-ish.

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Photo of fank2788
3.61/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A very deep brown practically just a shade or two lighter than black in the glass with a huge frothy khaki colored head that sticks around a while and laces nicely. There isnt too much in the smell. I do get just a touch of the chocolate and caramel that you'd expect in a porter but more yeast character and alcohol than is normal. The taste is pretty sweet with some of the alcohol flavors carried over. In the end some of the more typical porter flavors of roast malt and coffee come through. Overall the bitterness is quite low or perhaps that is just my perception which could be skewed by the near cloying sweetness. The body and carbonation level are both in the middle of the range, as mentioned previously the finish is a touch sweet but that gives way to a drying roasty character after a minute or two. Overall I can't get by the sweetness of this, it will appeal to some but I've just never been a big fan of big dark beers that dont bring the malt flavors that their color suggests.

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Photo of katybee
4.74/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours clear dark cola brown, 3/4" tan head which quickly dissipates but leaves lasting sticky lace tracings

very malty; minimal hops smell if any, but carmel/molasses sweetness can be detected already in the nose. nothing metallic or unnatural here; lightly biscuit, perhaps subtle raisin.

I immediately loved the thick chewy sweetness which is well-balanced by light bitterness. Molassess overtones; nothing really coffee or chocolate or citrus or grassy, but more towards figgy fruit... Perhaps a little one-dimensional, but wholesome; the alcohol is well-hidden. Very long-lasting, sippable...

medium-light bodied. lightly creamy. not as thick as some barleywines, but definitely chewier than a pilsner. no harsh aftertastes or hop smells at all; the flavor lingered well on the tongue.

I'd compare this to Spaten Optimizer, an imperial stout. It's also sweeter and more palatable to me, than Obsidian Stout, and packs a little more punch than Black Butte Porter, and it's sweetness was more to my liking. I found it at a great price in a grocery store, and will definitely try it again!

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Photo of chinchill
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

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Photo of cyclonece09
4.04/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500 mL bottle into a 14 oz "pint" glass. Pours a red black with an off white head. Smells of raisins and chocolate and coffee. Tastes of raisins and coffee, very nice, balanced and full. Beer is full bodied and goes down smooth. Overall a very good beer.

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Photo of bashiba
4.14/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured a cleary dark amber with some bright ruby highlights and a nice creamy and thick tan head.

The Smell is very sweet and grainy with just a touch of milk chocolate and sweet plum.

The flavor is rich and full with a nice heavy level of smoke that isn't at all apparent in the nose. This smoke and burnt malt flavor mixes nicely with the deep dark fruits and mild malty sweetness.

The mouthfeel is light and creamy.

Very nice Baltic Porter.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

500 mL bottle, no date.

pretty dark in color, almost black. thin off-white head, but very good head retention. caramel notes build as it warms. a touch of milk chocolate in the aroma too. slightly sweet taste, just enough roastiness to balance it out. fairly thick, lower carbonation. drinks nice and smooth.
overall - pretty good, no hint of the the higher abv.

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Photo of templar316
3.32/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pour a mild cola color, hardly black enough to be called a porter. Paper head is gone quickly and barely a hint is left to show it was there. Burnt malt dominates the nose, there's not alot of depth. It's smooth and easy drinking, cola, burnt toast, chocolate roast. The alcohol is present but concealed. It's awright and at 9.4 if your looking for someting to get your block rocked you could do alot worse.

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Photo of augustgarage
3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 500mL bottle into my Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Burnt umber liquid, dark but clear with a thick finger of soapy khaki up top. Sticky fluffy lacing, superior retention.

Melanoidin rich, yet soft malt in the nose with a hint of toasted oats, light chocolate, and tobacco. Clean but inviting.

Sweet palate entry with a massive kick of sweet malt and alcohol. An explosion of brown sugar with plenty of fusels subsiding to a slightly dry finish full of black bread with hints of rye, wheat, and pepper. Low bitterness though I can almost detect a hint of chive-like hops in there. Maybe just a whisper of diacetyl.

Medium-bodied, creamy, drying, warming.

A bit too alcohol forward which surprises me as this is less strong than Zywiec (my standard go-to Polish Baltic Porter), though not nearly as drinkable. Still a bready meal in a glass, well suited to a night cap or a small meal of sausage, cabbage, etc.

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Photo of beer-miester
4.26/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Very tasty.. light feeling but that is what makes it refreshing. Very drinkable all year around. And wow, with the beer prices today, this is the best value for a high octane beverage! I pay $ 2.09 for 500ml. This is not a Bells Porter but it's not $ 5 a bottle eather. Enjoy! Oh, the compaion food with this beverage is more Black Boss Porter!

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Photo of scootny
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Quite a solid effort here. Black cherry in color maybe a little darker and very clear with a little carbonation evident. Decent lacing and a light covering that remains. Aroma has the requisite roasted and chocolate malt. A touch of coffee. An English style fruitiness with raisins and mild figs. A touch of alcohol and mild toffee/caramel sweetness. Taste is a recapitulation of the nose. Chocolate and coffee, molasses and toffee. SMOOTH. Roasted malt and lots of it. Earthy and dry hop bitterness that finishes clean with just a touch of lingering grapefruit. Some light graham. Feel is surprisingly light for a beer with this kind of og. Velvety carbonation, silky swallow. A great example and a wonderful bargain at less than $1.30 for a 500ml bottle.

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Photo of hreb
3.35/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500mL bottle served cool in a European style pint glass. Beer pours dark brown, not quite black, with nearly no head, and a few big bubbles visible. Aroma is initially kind of lagery/skunky, but upon closer inspection/sniffing, there are some really nice roasty notes too. Like, really deep blackened roastiness.

Initial reactions: there's too much carbonation, but aside from that, this is really smooth brew. Considering the high ABV listed on the top of the label, there are no harsh flavors here at all. In the middle of the mouth the porter provides some nice coffee and slightly sweet toasted malt flavors. There's also a slightly sour fruity note, which might be figs or prunes but mostly I find it nondescript. Unfortunately the aftertaste is a little bit cloying with an annoying adjunct sweetness.

Overall this was interesting enough to try but I probably wouldn't seek it out a second time.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.91/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.82/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle poured into a New Belgium globe.

A: Deep garnet/purplish color with good clarity. One inch white head retains fairly well, though it ultimately settles into a thin crown. Thin rings of lacing and the odd patch here and there decorate the glass.

S: Chewy molasses, estery aromas of fig, date, and black currant. Restrained roasted malt scents of coffee beans and roasted barley. Whisper of semi-sweet chocolate. Touch of brown sugar. Slight scent of leafy European hops stays far in the background.

T: Molasses, touch of nuttiness, coffee grounds. Light cocoa impression and just a whisper of dark chocolate. Caramel. Fruity flavors of dried fig and date with black currant more in the background. Only the faintest hint of spicy alcohol character. Very clean taste suggests the obvious use of lager yeast. Hop character is even more shy than it was on the nose; just a light balancing bitterness and the slightest leafy taste that may be a mirage of the taste buds. Fairly sweet throughout though it does dry just a touch at the finish. Finishes with lingering roasted tastes of coffee grounds, a dab of cola and molasses, and cocoa.

M: Medium bodied and slightly syrupy. Low carbonation does little to lift it. It doesn't feel as full in the mouth as it could, and the lack of carbonation lets the dextrins sit a little more sludgily on the tongue than they should. There's a nice creamy and smooth element to it, but ultimately it just isn't as well-rounded in the mouth as it could be.

O: The mouthfeel is the weak point of this beer, and carbonation is the main issue. It's rather flat. This may be a product of poor bottling/rough shipping, among other things. Still, it doesn't detract enough from the drinking experience to make it totally unenjoyable. In fact, this is a pretty decent Baltic Porter, and more traditional than some examples of the style we see over here. Many American versions (including some of my favorites, admittedly) are affected by that overzealous, bigger-is-better American mentality. They come off tasting more like an Imperial Stout than a true Baltic Porter. It's refreshing to drink something a little more authentic and straight from the source. This is a real brain cell assassin at 9.4% abv too. It almost feels sessionable, and if it wasn't labeled you'd never know it possessed that strength until you were swinging from the chandeliers.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.66/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a near black, dark ruby brown with a light tan, 2 finger head. Good retention. Leaves behind nice, silky lacing with fair stick.

Smell - Mild notes of roasted chocolate malt, with hints of coffee and fruity esters, like red apple and grape.

Taste - Sweet and fruity. Mild notes of coffee, toffee and chocolate to start. Mid-taste a bit of fermented grape, earth and subtle heat builds to the forefront, producing a mild wine flavor with notes of chocolate subdued beneath. Finishes with a slight metallic ring.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with thick, creamy carbonation.

Overall - Odd beer. Has a bit of funky wine character amidst the porter flavor. Drinkable, and somewhat enjoyable. Something I might consider buying again, though it's not necessarily representative of the baltic style.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

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Photo of MaximalC
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours the color of molasses with a healthy amount of mocha foam that settles to an appreciable veil that remains indefinitely. The aroma is very mild, a faint combination of molasses and cocoa. The flavor is much bolder than aroma, with a roasted malt character headlined by dark fruit, molasses, and alcohol. The alcohol flavor is not extreme considering the ABV, but it's certainly hard to miss. Some vanilla also manifests itself as the beer warms. The mouthfeel is slick and oily, typical of the baltic porters I've tried. A lush, roasty fog lingers in the back of the mouth after all else has subsided, lending a really nice finish. On the down side, the flavor profile lacks some cohesion, with heavy handed flavors smacking the palate variably in succession. I'm not a huge fan of Baltic porters, so perhaps I'm being a bit harsh here. With that said, this is better than other Baltic porters I've tried, so it appears to be a very solid offering for the style.

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Photo of GeckoPunk
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - _Poured into a tulip glass. Dark amber-ruby color visible only when held directly in front of light, 1-finger tan-beight head leaving thin lacing.

S - Decent amount of caramel, some coffee, no chocolate. Mostly sweet roasted malts.

T - Predominantly molasses and caramel, not as much espresso/coffee that was in smell, dark fruitiness, roasted maltiness. Agree with others on a slight metallic bite on the finish. Sweet palate. Alcohol eminent and upfront. Mildly smokey in a good way...

M - lighter mouthfeel for a moderately dark porter. Perfect amount of carbonation in my opinion - Not too spritzy nor flat by any means

O - Great beer for the value, otherwise above average by other means. It is worth the $2/bottle price and would certainly consider purchasing again. I've had better porters, but this beer is better than many others I've tried before. Would recommend, but I wouldn't go out of my way to push it on someone to drink. The alcohol is a touch strong, but masked rather well.

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Black Boss Porter from BOSS Browar Witnica S.A.
86 out of 100 based on 295 ratings.