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Black Boss Porter - BOSS Browar Witnica S.A.

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BA SCORE
85
very good

475 Ratings
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Ratings: 475
Reviews: 279
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 15.69%
Wants: 10
Gots: 22 | FT: 1
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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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hoegaardenhero

California

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

a: no head; just a few light wisps of foam on top; a barely translucent deep brown that is almost black in the center of the glass;

s: chocolate; raisins; light abv; molasses; light smokiness;

t: oh yeah; rich chocolate; light smokiness - like a forestfire; sweet molasses; some dark fruitiness - like overripe peaches and prunes; really great flavor - a lot to ponder

m: slick medium body; very light carb

d: definitely worth a try; i found it enjoyable

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2010 06:29:40 | More by hoegaardenhero
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RJUGA03

Illinois

3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A-It poured a deep browny almost black body with an off white 3/4" head.
S-It smelled much like an imperial stout roasty, malty, and deep character.
T-On the uptake it was slightly malty and flavorfull and it finished with heavy alcohol esters.
M-Very typical of a Porter/ Imp. Stout
D-At the price point this beer is very drinkable. I notice that it's similar to Helivus Kaper.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2010 09:03:16 | More by RJUGA03
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cdkrenz

Wisconsin

2.9/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Black body with purple when held to direct sunlight. The head is moderate and a medium tan color.

S - For some reason I can't get away from the worchestershire aroma today. I wish I could. Especially in a Porter.

T - Breakfast coffee in a porter with a bit of astingency.

M - The feel is watery, yet smooth enough to be worthwhile. However, I would not say it feels as it should when it comes to this style.

~ I'm going to go with, no thank you. A good friend recommended this brew but I have to say this is not one to offer to a pal.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2010 20:02:44 | More by cdkrenz
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SpeedwayJim

New York

4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

A: Gentle pour yields a 2.5 finger light, fine, coffee colored head that dissipates to .5 fingers that just sits atop the brew the rest of the way. Beer is a dark, near opaque amber. Lacing is stringy but sparse with little stick.

S: Chocolate, lactose, brownie, licquorice, toffee, and coffee. Smooth and non-aggressive nose that delicately presents a combination of flavors that mesh incredibly well together.

T: Chocolate, licquorice, toasted malt sweetness, and slight sourness. Toffee, almond, coffee beans and that signature yogurty, minty, European yeast flavor. Finish is a combination of roasted malts and brown sugar that leaves a sticky sweet aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied, slightly carbonated, and incredibly smooth. Silky on the palate and creamy going down with a slightly messy finish that leaves a pleasant yet subtle aftertaste. I can barely tell there's any alcohol in this one at all, and the 9.4% abv comes as a total surprise. Perfection!

D: An incredible beer that has one of the smoothest feels in recent memory. Great sweet and roasty porter flavor with that signature European yeast strain taste to pull it all together. A solid beer all around and one that's well worth seeking out.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2010 01:35:33 | More by SpeedwayJim
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ThreeDimesDown

Connecticut

3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep brown with dark red edging and a beige head that retains well.

Aromas of toffee, chocolate, molasses, and roasted malts dominate.

The taste has a molasses sweetness that lingers and full roasted maltiness that accompanies a bittersweet dark chocolate. Hints of dark fruit (plums, cherries, currants) and a slight alcohol finish make this brew pleasantly complex.

I expected a creamier fuller mouthfeel, but still enjoyed the beer. Tiny carbonation plays well and creates a light crispness to each sip.

A nice beer, I might have been a victim of the over-hype. But wasn't necessarily let down either. I would go back for another but not go out of my way to search it out.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2010 14:11:54 | More by ThreeDimesDown
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indiapaleale

Massachusetts

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

Pours a moderate brown color, not a rich, dark brown to black like I was expecting. Some suspended sediment as well with a decent head on top.

Smell is very sweet malt and that unmistakable aroma of a Baltic porter from the Baltic region. Sort of licorice and anise-ish.

Tastes very sweet and almsot cloying in my opinion. Its got a lot of grain flavor and really seems to be a beer that lacks complexity more than malt and alcohol.

I had high hopes for this but I am left wanting something more from it.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2010 18:15:59 | More by indiapaleale
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WhatsNewinBooze

Colorado

3.25/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Everyone kept tellng me to try this porter and when I finally did I was just a little disappointed. Don't get me wrong it was good it just wasn't as great as people led me to believe, plus it takes a lot to get me jazzed up on a porter. One thing I did really enjoy about this porter was that for being 9.4% ABV you are not left tasting the alcohol like some high alcohol brews.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2010 19:58:45 | More by WhatsNewinBooze
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jujubeast6000

Texas

2.95/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Reviewed 1/9/2010 (Bottle):

Pours a dark brown color body, somewhat see thru held up to the light. Some small dark tan colored head. Dark almost dirt smell, heavy roasted flavors. Strong grape aroma too, purple grape juice. Some alcohol. Not too heavy, somewhat creamy mouthfeel. Odd flavor. A little better as it warms.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2010 03:20:11 | More by jujubeast6000
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drizzam

Wisconsin

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

My first voyage into the world of Polish brews...Poland makes beer, whodathunkit? Well, let's give this Black Boss a shot...

A - Poured from the 500 ml brown bottle into a clear pint glass. No freshness date on the rather nondescript labels. The body of this brew is a clear ruby brown color topped with a khaki one finger fluffy head. Head retention is excellent and it leaves a nice veil of lace down the inside of the glass.

S - Very big roasted burnt malt nose with hints of bitter dark chocolate. Smelled rather boozy to me right after I cracked open the bottle...I would have assumed a much higher ABV from just the nose.

T & M - I'm actually rather impressed by this beer. A sweet malty body carries dark fruit flavors along with a hint of dark milk chocolate. Virtually no hop presence to note. Medium bodied with a rather creamy mouthfeel. Finishes crisp and fairly clean. The alcohol is well masked, which is something I would have never expected from the nose. I can feel a bit of alcohol warmth once it hits the stomach though.

D - I wasn't expecting a lot from A Polish beer, but this one was pleasantly surprising. A big beer with good flavor and well masked alcohol presence. I now know better than to judge a book by it's cover.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2010 22:23:06 | More by drizzam
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Pours a deep clear ruby brown with a finger of ecru head that leaves a decent amount of lacing behind. The smell is heavy on the wheat, oats, and dark malts, with cameo appearances from cocoa and coffee. The taste starts off with a host of roast, followed by a darkly wheaty flavor, and finished by a powdery cocoa flavor. The body is surprisingly light, considering the wheaty and oaty characteristics, which, despite the relatively high alcohol, helps keep the drinkability fairly high.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2010 17:18:22 | More by TMoney2591
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Arenbeer

Connecticut

4.58/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pint bottle into glass

A-Poured a solid black with a slight reddish amber hue in the light. Held a decent 2 finger tan head that slowly dissapeared leaving a little lacing but nothing to crazy.

S- Dark malts and coffee up front but a hint of sweetness possibly from mallasses or a dark fruit.

T- Great tasting malts with a solid coffee backround, but once again that slight sweet end from the mallasses or dark fruits makes this beer so good IMO.

M- Medium body that's real smooth going down. Hardly any carbonation with a little bit of dryness. Hate to say this but almost had a slight chalky after taste, but not so much in a bad way.

Overall for how cheap this beer is, it's worth picking up a few. It's a real great tasting porter that I think is a must try.

Skål!

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2010 20:42:02 | More by Arenbeer
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StevenBilodeau

Connecticut

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

I have reviewed this beer before, when I had it out of a 500ml bomber, but I tried Black Boss Porter out of two different types of growlers. One was a a short fat bottle, and had no handles. The other was elongated, and had a stem handle at the top. The second one was referred to as a Pyramid Growler. This beer is PHENOMENAL.

Serving type: growler

02-06-2010 05:42:34 | More by StevenBilodeau
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stakem

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2010 01:35:30 | More by stakem
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Bookseeb

Washington

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

Having traveled to Poland I rarely saw an ale and if I did they where expensive so this will be a good try.
Appearance has a dark rich color with a nice fluffy head that slowly dissipates with fair head. Smell has a big hit of sweet molasses and brown sugar standing out above all. Taste again has molasses, brown sugar, light roasted malt thats rich with light hop and low alchohol taste, considering. Mouthfeel is full with low carbonation making it go down smooth. Makes me want to try more of these Baltic porters.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2010 02:50:25 | More by Bookseeb
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thegodfather2701

North Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours black with auburn highlights. It has a nice half inch thick mocha colored head.

S-Roasted malt, vanilla, chocolate, brown sugar, alcohol, and some grassy hop aroma.

T-Creamy milk chocolate and vanilla dominate. Additionally iced coffee, alcohol, and just the slightest touch of dark fruit flavors are present as well. I must say this is one of the sweetest beers I have ever tasted.

M-Syrupy yet creamy. There is not much carbonation.

D-Very drinkable, but its high abv. and sweetness cut into how many could be consumed in one sitting.

Overall, I really enjoyed Black Boss and will drink it again. I don't have much experience with this style of beer and hope to try others of the style.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2010 01:20:06 | More by thegodfather2701
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JalfPsu

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 16.9 ounce bottle into a tulip glass. I'll be honest, considering that this was a $2 beer, my expectations were not that high. However, I was pretty impressed.

It pours dark reddish brown, and appears closer to black until light hits it. There was almost no head to speak of, and no lacing on the glass.

It assaults you with the aroma of molasses, as well as some notes of dark fruits, like cherry and raisins. There's no noticeable malt or hops aroma at all. What's there smells nice, but it's pretty one-dimensional.

The taste is molasses all the way through. There might be subtle notes of roasted malt, but it's hard to tell under the crushing molasses flavor. It hits you up front, throughout each sip, and composes the entirety of the aftertaste. This really was a one-note beer, although it does that one note very well. I would have liked a bit more complexity, but the taste was still quite pleasant.

It's a reasonably heavy beer, though it doesn't coat the tongue as much as I'd expect from something with such strong, syrupy molasses flavor. There's really not much carbonation, which contributes to the apparent viscosity.

This beer hides it's alcohol well, which is no simple feat, considering that it's 9.4%. As such, it goes down surprisingly easily. However, given that this beer has only one real flavor, and it's incredibly sweet, I'd be fine with only drinking one.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2009 23:30:15 | More by JalfPsu
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towersfall

North Carolina

3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours an extremely dark cherry with a pretty nice tan head that dissipates rather fast. Hardly any lacing follows the brew down the glass.

Smell: Sweet molasses scent that overwhelms the senses. Smells delicious.

Taste: Molasses as well as nuts and dark fruits (plums maybe?). Heavy taste of malts with little to no hops to bitter up the brew. The actual flavor is what makes it somewhat bitter.

Mouthfeel: Thick with little carbonation. Quite an aftertaste but it's still relatively smooth.

Drinkability: Will have again but this is a one-night stand for sure. The 9.4 ABV just lurks around and knocks you around a little bit at the end. Solid porter, but be careful.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2009 21:55:44 | More by towersfall
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Yesac

Georgia

3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Dark cherry/black color. Little to no head that is the color of beach sand. A ring stays around the edge that produces some lacing.

S- Dried raisins, molasses and booze.

T- The flavors aren't that of a typical porter, however this is fairly complex and enjoyable. Dark fruits and chocolate malt dominate. Slight roasted malt and dryness. Molasses finish.

M- Medium/thick bodied. Low carbonation. Slightly dry on the palate.

D- Enjoyable overall. The dark fruits and sweetness was unique and more of a mix between a barleywine and a stout as opposed to a porter.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2009 02:57:23 | More by Yesac
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Mosstrooper

California

3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 500ml bottle into Budweiser branded American pint glass.

Appearance: Pours dark, reddish-black with a very small brown head that is gone quickly, leaving no lace.

Smell:Sweet, roasted malts- almost like molasses. Pretty weak smell, though.

Taste: Tastes of molasses, with a sweetened coffee finish.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and smooth, with only a touch of carbonation. Sticky finish.

Drinkability: For 9.4% ABV, this is a deceptively easy drinker. Overall, this is definitely a beer I would have again, and this is something I could easily do given its low price tag (always a plus).

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2009 00:34:10 | More by Mosstrooper
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GilGarp

Colorado

4.18/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 500ml brown bottle is opened on a Tuesday night in November only to discover it's immediate fate is a Belgian goblet and eventually a thirsty American's stomach.

Black Boss has a nice deep dark brown color with good clarity evident upon pouring. The creamy smooth bone white head is short lasting but leaves great lacing on the glass.

Aroma is sweet and rich with malts. The roasty dark malts are apparent in the nose, as is the alcohol

Flavor is sweet up front with tastes of moleasses, licorice, and raisins. It's big on the malts but doesn't loose it's balances to the grain. Some bitterness, both from hops and roasted barley, is a welcome addition in a beer that seemed too sweet at first.

Mouthfeel is very big on body and creamy smooth. The carbonation is minimal making it a delight to swirl around the mouth.

Overall an impressive beer and one that seems like a steal in today's beer marketplace. Less than $3 for a big beer from Poland? You've got to be kidding!

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2009 02:00:34 | More by GilGarp
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alpinebryant

Connecticut

4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark clear brown , light white lacing

S: Plum, Raisin, chocolate malt, heavy sweet resinous odor

T: Plum, sweet malt, raisins, finishes with a heavy black malt flavor at first, as it warms, this flavor becomes less noticeable.

M: Very thick mouthfeel

D: As my second porter from Poland, I have to say this one is better than the Grand Cru. This seemed to be less sweet with the alc hidden better. Definitely a good value and a steal at the price point -

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2009 22:18:19 | More by alpinebryant
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MrStark

North Carolina

4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Appearance is mostly black with a little bit of red shown with the light near the bottom. A small tan one-finger head that thins out into a bit of sticky lacing.

Smell is of coffee and and sweet roasted malts. A bit of the alcohol comes through in the aroma as well.

Taste is a nice roasted malt flavor, with coffee and hints of chocolate. A small hop presence as well and a little bit of warming from the alcohol which otherwise quite hidden. Quite a nice well blended flavor.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth with a good amount of carbonation.

Drinkability is pretty good. It goes down easy and has a nice rounded flavor. Not so much of a session beer, but I could have maybe a couple a night. But overall a nice brew.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2009 00:33:10 | More by MrStark
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Bung

Michigan

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

500 ml. A black pour, though somewhat transluscent with brown throughout. Some off white head, minimal lacing. Some roast malt, more caramel/chocolate malt and some peat with molasses. Taste follows suit, more sweetness than some baltics, chocolate, caramel, some vanilla and molasses. not a ton of roast in this, but a little. Chocolate caramel finishing. Solid medium body and almost creamy mouthfeel, especially as it warmed. Borders on too sweet for the style, but still quite drinkable, went down easy. Wouldn't turn this down if offered again. Another, or at least the 2nd good Polish Baltic I've had.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2009 05:05:16 | More by Bung
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mnrider

Connecticut

4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 ML Brown Bottle. Black & White simple label. Pint Glass

A: Pours a very dark brown with a nice fluffy mocha colored head, which quickly turns thin with minimal lacing.

S: Chocolate and coffee which is sweet and slightly alcoholic.

T/M: Very smooth with a medium to full bodied mouthfeel. Coffee is very strong and plenty of sweet chocolate. The hops used are minimal but still balance the brew out. Malts taste roasted. This brew really hides the 9.4% ABV well.

D: Better than I thought it would be. For the price this one is a great buy, if you can find it.

Cheers!!!

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2009 02:05:41 | More by mnrider
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PABSTPUSHER

California

4.68/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I might give a slightly bias opinion to this one because it is by far my favorite beer to sit down with. were i reside now its hard to find, and i catch myself making a 3 hour drive to get it!

Black Boss is a dark, baltic porter with heavy notes of chocolate, coffee, and even molasses. it pours easy with its little carbonation, a packs a aroma that the misses would love to have a candle of! the smell for me is the most powerful aspect. the feel is light but creamy, and really doesn't finish as bitter as you would expect with its high alcohol content. its real sweet, at is a great dessert beer, pairing well with chocolate of course. a also find this to pair well with a good tobacco, as i smoke a briar pipe. the taste it leaves you with makes you beg for that next drink!

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2009 23:06:54 | More by PABSTPUSHER
Black Boss Porter from BOSS Browar Witnica S.A.
85 out of 100 based on 475 ratings.