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Black Boss Porter - BOSS Browar Witnica S.A.

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Ratings: 529
Reviews: 291
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 15.69%
Wants: 11
Gots: 40 | 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 vkv822
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16.9oz bottle into snifter.

Pours an extremely dark brown, almost black color, with very minimal hues of deep red. The head is foamy tan, with fair retention. The aroma is of roasted malts and dark fruit, with a slight boozy and astringent backing. A mix of sweet molasses and roasted malts, with very astringent bitterness and hint of sourness, with some licorice notes. It is all a bit over whelming though, as it is quite the mix of very strong flavors. The mouthfeel is a nice medium to full body with pleasant, yet subtle carbonation. As it warms it does mellow out a bit and become more drinkable.

Photo of Bfarr
3.99/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

This pours a dark brown with red highlights and a huge tan head that disappears with minimal lacing. Strong aromas of alcohol, molasses, and dark fruit. Taste at first is like taking a sip of watered down molasses. After calming down and warming up a bit a multitude of flavors spring up. Caramel, roasted malts, prunes and a little spice round out the flavors. Pretty watery feel considering the amount of carbonation and after warming very sticky and syrupy.

I didn't expect too much from this and almost spit it out after the initial molasses kick but I'm glad I didn't. Still a little thin and sticky for my taste but an excellent end to the night. It's been a great stomach settler for sipping on and entering the days' reviews!

Photo of KTCamm
3.86/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours very dark brown, bordering on black. Not completely midnight, but pretty close. Nice small foam with lacing.

Nose is milky creamy with a hint of coffee. Maybe like a latte? Light roasted.

Taste is smoothly silky sweet, almsot with a whiskey bent. Slight bitter finish, but subdued. Milk taste, Everything held in check.

Lightly carbonated, good smooth porter. I like, and could drink more.

Photo of tigg924
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: minimal head, black in color, opaque

Smell: chocolate and roasted malt

Taste: chocolate, roasted malt, caramel and cream

Mouthfeel: light bodied, moderate carbonation, sweet

Drinkability: Really enjoyable. One of my new favorites in the style. The taste is sweet without being cloying. I will search for this again.

Photo of hoegaardenhero
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
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

Photo of RJUGA03
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Photo of cdkrenz
2.84/5  rDev -24.5%
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.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
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.

Photo of ThreeDimesDown
3.82/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Photo of indiapaleale
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.

Photo of WhatsNewinBooze
3.29/5  rDev -12.5%
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.

Photo of jujubeast6000
2.96/5  rDev -21.3%
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.

Photo of drizzam
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.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Photo of Arenbeer
4.57/5  rDev +21.5%
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.


Photo of StevenBilodeau
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Photo of stakem
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.

Photo of Bookseeb
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.

Photo of thegodfather2701
4.32/5  rDev +14.9%
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.

Photo of JalfPsu
3.72/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Photo of towersfall
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.

Photo of Yesac
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Photo of Mosstrooper
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
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).

Photo of GilGarp
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!

Photo of alpinebryant
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 -

Black Boss Porter from BOSS Browar Witnica S.A.
85 out of 100 based on 529 ratings.