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Black Boss Porter - BOSS Browar Witnica S.A.

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Ratings: 532
Reviews: 294
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 15.69%
Wants: 11
Gots: 41 | FT: 1
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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 DoctorB2B
4/5  rDev +6.4%

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 horrorspecialty
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of mgbickel
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from an odd sized (16.9 oz I think) bottle into a Duck Rabbit snifter. A tiny sliver of mocha colored bubbles formed on top of a blackish/brown body. No retention time for the head and zero lacing.

The nose is weak...wet coffee grinds, cream and roasted malts mix with a chemical-esque plastic smell...ugh.

The taste, thankfully, is nothing like the nose. Sweet cream starts things off...this fades into a roasted coffee flavor that lasts throughout the finish. No detection of the 9.4% ABV...

The mouthfeel is almost as weak as the nose...thin and watery with a small amount of carbonation.

This would be decent if the body was bigger and the nose wasn't so off-putting. For the price and ABV, not a bad offering.

Photo of ramseye4
4.14/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've never heard of this, I took a leap of faith and purchased it. Let's see how it pans out.
A=Pours a rich dark brown color with a minimal head
S=Rich roasted malt and chocolate, with a strong coffee aroma. A bit boozy as well
T=Heavy on the coffeeand chocolate, toasted malt as well. Very well balanced.
M=Medium body, very high in carbonation
O=Very well rounded and complex, one of the best porters I've ever had

Photo of gopens44
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark brown, nearly black with a maybe half inch foamy head with little lacing.

S - Sweet creamy light roast coffee with hints of the alcohol presence wrapped around what seems like a nice roasted malt backbone.

T - I got a decent nutty taste at first, followed quickly by a dark cherry with hints of chocolate. Some coffee, but not a ton. Sweet with some evidence of the ABV but certainly not overpowing.

M - Fairly thin with decent carbonation. Sweet aftertaste lingers for a while.

O -- I was happy to drink this, but I wish it had just a bit more body. Otherwise, its pretty good.

Photo of Derranged
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16.9 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

A- Dark brownish-black with amber highlights. Thick off white head, minimal lacing on the glass.

S- Strong coffee aroma, with some hops and chocolate. At first it smelled skunky, but that disappeared shortly.

T- Very sweet. Strong malty-coffee like flavor with some caramel and chocolate. Bitter and slight boozy aftertaste. Although for the most part the alcohol is well hidden. The bitterness lingers on a bit.

M- Surprisingly thin for the style. Medium carbonation.

O- Not a bad a beer. Easy to drink, maybe too easy. Would drink again.

Photo of brdc
3.03/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

"Medium" sized bottle, present from a non BA friend. Nice to see other people getting interested.
One shade below pitch black, average dark brown head with little retention, minimal lacing.
A little too much alcohol on the aroma, and later on, the taste shows the same problem. Besides the predominant alcohol, some roasted malts, raisins, chocolate. And more alcohol.
A bit too thin on the palate, and the taste starts again with too much alcohol, followed by some roasted malts, fruitiness, a little bitterness, but way too much alcohol to actually notice the other flavors.
Perhaps a bit of aging, but right now, ridiculously hot.

Photo of dtivp
4.08/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark espresso brown with a one and a half dark mocha head that fades quickly into a thin cap with light lacing.

Aroma of roasted malt, coffee and dark fruit.

Taste starts slightly bitter of strong coffee, dark roasted malt and then a slight balance of molasses sweetness.

Mouth Feel is medium body, low carbonation, creamy, silky smooth. The alcohol is very well hidden for a 9.4 ABV.

Overall this is a very nice enjoyable porter, my first Polish beer and hopefully not my last.

Photo of dhannes
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dranked from a chilled 16.9 oz. bottle and paired with bratwurst.


S=slightly sweet

T=Not robust like other porters I've tried; this one was sweet and reminded me of Coca-Cola (but with hops and some barley).

M=Not much body here; very drinkable...improved as it warmed up. Can notice the alcohol a bit, especially at the beginning and at the very end, but not as noticeable as a hard liquor.

O=May buy this one again...I have another bottle that I am aging for a year to compare this one against.

Photo of Justin23060
4.08/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've yet to taste a Polish Baltic Porter that I didn't like. The same is true with Black Boss. Exact same color as Coca Cola. Light beige creamy head that clung somewhat. Smells toasty and caramel sweet. Taste is very sweet caramel and roasty chocolate. A bit more sweet than I prefer. The roastiness balances the sweetness somewhat and takes the edge off of the 9.4% alcohol. Alcohol is a little deceptive with only the lightest throat warmth. Surprised by the thinness of the mouth feel which also adds to the deceptive drinkability. I have had better Polish Baltic porters but this one is not bad at all.

Photo of julian
3.51/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Very dark brown but good clarity when held up to light. Decent 1 ½ finger creamy tan head. 4.5

S: Smell is not overpowering but consists of roasted malt and predominantly molasses. Mild hints of toffee. The 9.4% alcohol is unnoticeable. 3.5

T&M: Lots of molasses in the taste, on the sweeter side. Mouthfeel is on the lighter, dryer side. Not as viscous as I’d like in a Baltic porter. 3.5/3

O: Another great baltic porter, but not my favorite. Much prefer the viscosity of Olfrabrikken or Baltika #6. This one also really pushes the molasses flavor, a bit too much. 3.5

Photo of emerge077
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of LtCracker20
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a deep dark, almost black, body with a 2-finger khaki head that doesn't last too long and falls to a thin cap with minimal lacing.

S- Slight coffee, milk chocolate, slight husk, grainy, and roasted malts.

T- Just like the smell, but much more subdued. And for 9.4 %, no burn.

MF- Nice full creamy and silky body on this one. Good amount of carbonation, and flavors that do stick around for a while.

Photo of Bierlerner
4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Dark espresso brown with a 1 finger tan head. Small little patches of lacing.

S- smells of coffee and chocolate. Some dark fruits.

T- Starts with the coffee and chocolate. Nice bit of a roasted bitterness. Then comes the dark fruits...little bit of plum and raisins. And finishes with a sweet caramel and toffee note. This is great stuff!

M- Med-light body with low carbonation. Super smooth creamy mouthfeel.

O- I could drink this porter morning and night. Great breakfast beer. Creamy smooth mouthfeel. Everything a porter should be. And at 9.4%, you'd never know. No hit of strong alcohol at all. Cheers!

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.

The cpj

Photo of Jazzcrop
3.46/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tastes are store-bought chunky chocolates, churned butter, soy sauce, maltose, some hops, allspice, windowpane, and tangerine peels. Smells strongly of dark malts, milk sugar, really artificial sweetener, coffee beans dipped in hot tea water and almonds.

Photo of alexhahn82
3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A -- Dark Dark carlos rossi wine burgundy red with 1 finger foam that dissipates at a medium rate with NO LACE.

S. CHOCOLATEY!! Sweetness. killer porter smell

T/M: Chocolate, chocolate, chocolate, very nice mouthfeel of sweetness, tastes like 0 IBU's in a good way.

O. Very nice, 9.4% ABV that tastes like 4%, spectacular, this beer is a must drink! Poland? Really, you guys know your porter!

PP (Price Point) - $3.50 for a 500ml, sign me up, I want More, More, More!!

Photo of HoppingMadRedCap
4.17/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance - A dark leather brown with a tan finger of head that quickly dropped to a thin topping once it settled.

Aroma - Strong coffee notes, almost smelled like a fresh brewed pot. I could have this one at breakfast and the smell alone might be enough to trick me into waking up.

Taste - Mostly caramel and coffee. A powerful roasted flavor. Your everyday off the shelf stouts have less flavor than this thing. It topped my senses and nearly blew me away.

Mouthfeel - Surprisingly, considering it's strong flavors this is an light beer. It doesn't feel heavy or oily. It maintains the easy sitting and drink-ability of most porters.

Overall - A definite must have again, though, I will choose a more time appropriate season. As the sweltering heat descends upon this North Carolina summer a porter with this much flavor is not what I have in mind. Come September this one will be back in my fridge.

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 engagechad
4.43/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased as a single from Wine and Beer Westpark in Glen Allen, VA - poured into Tulip

Pours a very dark molasses color with a massively, epic brown head. Smells roasty and sweet. Taste is uber smooth for a 9.4 beer.. very impressive. Very subtle, not spicy or hoppy like most robust. This is a very good strong porter.

I intend on buying this again

Photo of Brianjames16
4.47/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a reddish dark dark brown with a one and a half finger width of tan creamy head. Some thin lacing sticks around on my glass.

S- Big roasty aroma with hints of coffee, chocolate and molasses. I can smell a hint of that big alcohol coming through as well.

T- Beautiful mellow tastes of roasted malts, coffee and dark chocolate. I'm getting a hint of some dark fruits also.

M- The mouthfeel is somewhat velvety and coats the mouth with its rich taste. I wish I had a nice steak to go with this one.

O- I am very pleased with this one. Drinkability is great for the ABV and it keeps me interested the whole way through. Will definitely pick this one up again.

Photo of gruberbeer
4.36/5  rDev +16%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I first had this beer with a specialty mushroom and cumin flavored pizza. And now I am convinced that any low ratings are the result of trying to drink this without the proper food. For me, this beer has a slightly sweet note and operates like comfort food. In the best way, it's like licking the inside of a fireplace after a holiday season. And it compliments the natural smoke of cumin like a strong but smooth cigar after a char-grilled sirloin. After having two or three of these growlers (on different occasions, of course-- this is a high alcohol beer), I noticed that it's better in the first ten minutes after opening; after that, it loses its already low carbonation and goes a bit flat. That flat watery mouthfeel deadens an otherwise fantastic beer that should be reserved for comfort during a night alone or thinking about your next big move in life.

Photo of AnPiobaire
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured this porter from a bottle into a glass goblet, and it poured a nice mahogony with reddish accents and a nice tan head.

The nose was roasted malt and coffee, with a hint of chocolate notes, and one other note I couldn't quite put my finger on.

The taste is also very roasty with notes of coffee, malt, and a nice hop finish. Nicely balanced.

The mouthfeel of this porter is thin but nicely carbonated and very drinkable, especially when it's coming in at 9.4% ABV. I could see this brew sneaking up on you.

Overall a very nice porter and very drinkable and smooth. You won't be dissapointed. As they say in Poland, bardzo ładne piwa! Cieszyć się!!!

Photo of theBubba
4.38/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500 ML bottle into my flute glass, whereupon I was greeted with a mocha colored, better than average head that turned to a nice lace, which to its credit remained til the end. The brew itself was a very deep black/brown.

Smell was of coffee, a bit of chocolate and raisin. Taste was pretty much the same, with a bit of sweetness that hung around after the swallow. Carbonation was on the money for a beer of this style and the mouthfeel was smooth and round. I still can't believe this is a 9.4 porter.

All in all, at $2.50 a bottle, Black Boss represents excellent value for an imported dark ale. Call it Porter...call it a Stout. Whatever. But if you spot it somewhere, grab it. You won't be sorry.

Black Boss Porter from BOSS Browar Witnica S.A.
85 out of 100 based on 532 ratings.