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Black Boss Porter - BOSS Browar Witnica S.A.

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Ratings: 519
Reviews: 287
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 15.65%
Wants: 10
Gots: 36 | FT: 1
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Style | ABV
Baltic Porter |  9.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: bark on 04-10-2004)
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Photo of unHipHopHead
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This porter is an amazing quality bang for the buck, this is a great tasting porter with an alcohol content of a stout. This is a super rich, saturated porter with hella flavor of coffee, chocolate and well... hops & barley!!! This porter is a bit chewy as far as porters go but its still a good bet if you can only grab one bottle.

Photo of Riverwarrior
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

S = Lots of chocolate with hints of caramel and brown sugar.

T = Lots of roasted malt goodness with some fig and cocoa in the mix. There is no perceived bitterness. The finish doesn't last very long. The alcohol completely hidden.

MF = Slightly watery, thin body, moderate carbonation....yet, creamy and very easy to drink.

Overall, this is a very tasty Baltic Porter, but I just wish the finish was a little longer lasting. Other than that, I truly enjoyed this offering and will seek it out again.

Photo of byaeger
4.33/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this 500 ml bottle up at the Bier Stein in Eugene (but mine was green--boo--though the one in the pic is brown). I was trolling the coolers for domestic craft beers I can't find at home, but when I spotted this bad-ass sounding porter in the Polish section, I caved. 9.4%? Count me in! The label says Since 1848, but I somehow doubt they went this big 160 years ago but I wasn't there, so who knows.

Pours pitch brown and sparkles like rubies when held up to the light. Delightfully roasty chocolate on the tongue and mellow mouthfeel everywhere else. As it happens, I discovered this pairs well with chocolate cream pie if, like me, you happen to have some leftover in your fridge. Despite being bold heavy, it's surprisingly drinkable, meaning you don't have to stop at one, but at that high alcohol, I'd advice stopping at two.

Zum wohl.

Photo of tpd975
4.33/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to BigMcLargeHuge for this one.

A: Pours a nice black/brown hue with a solid one finger head. Good retention and some lace noted.

S: Nice blast of roasted malt with hints of coffee, brown sugar, and caramel.

T: Nice roasted malt flavor, very earthy and smokey. Chocolate and Coffee really stand out as does some dark fruit. A touch of black licorice and black currant in the finish. I like!

M: Medium in body, smooth and creamy.

D: Yeah, the best Baltic Porter I have ever had.

Photo of baggio
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


A: Very black with a nice brown lace. Beautiful.

S: Raisins, Molasses, Bitter chocolate, Ripe fruit.

T: Espresso, Ripe fruit, Chocolate, Roasted grain, Caramel.

M: Very smooth and quite thin liquid makes this an easy drink. Very little carbonation.

This brew is just dangerously drinkable for a 9.4% ABV porter. It's been sitting in my beerpantry for about a year and it has improved quite a bit. It feels alot smoother now. I could easily have a few of these in one evening. Recommended!

Photo of rye726
4.47/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This porter pours near black and has a silky tan head. The nose has a mixture of chocolate, dark fruits and some dry malt. A big malty flavor profile as well. Great balance between a variety of rich and sweet flavors. Creamy body flows over palate. Could drink this 9.4% beer all night.

Photo of PlaywrightSam
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle purchased at Jim's Homebrew in Spokane, WA. Pours a very dark brown, some vaguely red highlights. Very little hear, very little lacing. Smell is dominated by roasted malts, coffee, caramel, maybe some distant earthy hops. Taste follows suit, very sweet roasted malts, coffee, caramel, with a slight bitterness at the end. Mouthfeel is very smooth, moderate to minimal carbonation. I didn't expect much when I picked this beer up, sort of expected it to be very similar to the Baltika porter--but this is actually a really nice, very drinkable beer. ABV is very well hidden. I'd pick this up again, especially at this price.

Photo of scottg
4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a very dark brown, almost black color with reddish hues and a one finger brown creamy head that dissipates quickly leaving no lacing. This smells like a port wine: raisins, oak, sweet cherry. Big flavors of raisins and caramel up front with a bitter chocolate & hoppy finish. Light carbonation, heavy body this beer has a smooth creamy mouthfeel with a dry finish. Surprisingly easy drinking for 9.4% ABV, you taste the alcohol but it doesn't dominate and for $1.49 price tag, a bargain worth enjoying.

Photo of Absumaster
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A black beer with ruby red hues and a thin, creamy head that is lacing on the glass.

Smell of rich dark chocolate or better, cacaopowder and baking chocolate. A nice mild roast, molasses, fresh leather, a bit of cinnamon and chocolatepudding. Also a light malty smell.

Taste is very strong on the chocolate, the dark heavy baking chocolate type. Together with the cinnamon notes and roasted malt a great combination. Bitterness is medium. Mouthfeel is rather sweet and goes with the style. Aftertaste is a long, dry and sticky one.

Photo of explosivebeer
4.33/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As the name indicates, this beer poured a nice thick black with a thin tan head. There was chocolate, alcohol, and maybe some sour cherries in the aroma, as well as some breadiness as is breathed a bit. The flavor had lots of chocolate and coffee with a slight creaminess. The malt body balanced the alcohol. It finished smooth. This was a great beer for the price ($2.80 for 500ml bottle) and a good beer regardless of price.

Photo of kenkochiss
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Black Boss Porter pours a black, along with a rich light brown head.

Smokey, with a slight sweetness.

Flavor is a mild chocolate coupled with toasted grain. Consistency is full and smooth. A lot of malt going on here - yum!

Never having a dark beer from Poland, I was really pleasantly suprised, this was definitly a solid porter- very much like a dopplebock (my favorite).

As with most thick beers, 1 is more than enough.

Photo of sinistermadman
3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From notes...

Deep black in color w/ crimson highlights when held to the light. Slight head. Smell is different. Slightly smoky with touch of leather is about all I can muster. Flavor has a mild chocolate tinge coupled with smoke and toasted grain. Overall not too bad. Slightly slick, watery mouthfeel. Medium body with a modest carbonation. Drinkability is quite good considering abv.

Photo of Asgeirr
4.18/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Black Boss Porter pours a dark, dark vermillion colour along with a rich light brown head that leaves some lacing.

Smell: First of there is chocolate along with a slight touch of sourness, closely followed by hints of molasses and rounded of with a powerful cup of Colombian dark roast.

Taste: Comes of as somewhat burnt in the beginning, later on you get the smell characteristics aforementioned collaboration of chocolate-to-coffee with a gentle -- yet clearly reminiscent -- sense of humus (the dark organic material in soils) in a fashion that fits this particular kind of porter excellent!

Mouthfeel: Somewhat low in carbonation, consistency is full and smooth.

Drinkability: a Baltic Porter the way it should be; dark, heavy and rough hence Black Boss is -- probably not suited for comsumtpion in any larger amount of quantities at once -- however still, highly recommended.

Photo of Pauly2X
4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- One finger rocky head, dark ruby almost black.

S- Sweet malts with hints of roasted coffee and dried fruit.

T- Earthy and sweet, notes of dried fruits. Leaves the mouth with a dry slightly hoppy finish.

M- Very smooth.

D- For being 9.4% this is dangerously drinkable.

This is a great porter for malt fans everywhere.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I really do not even remember where this one came from, but I decided to try it last night. The pour was nice, thick dark brown, looked black to be honest but if you held it up to the light some very nice ruby tinted notes came out. Nice tan colored head settled back pretty quickly and left a thin veil of lace across the top throughout the rest of the session. Decent amount of side glass lace as well could be observed.

The aroma wasa little light, and full of alcohol, but hell its almost 10% right? Decent roasted malt nose with hints of licorice, and maybe raisin, something with a touch of fruit tartness in there. Hint of chocolate way in the back as well. The flavor was dominated by the alcohol, though it was not overbearing at all, rather just coming through very full. Lots of roasted malts, hints of dark earthy tones and a hint of bitter chcolate. Almost a smokey feel to it. Nice medium bodied ale, alot lighter then I thougt it would be, but still very nice. Great carbonation stayed with it throughout the time and the it was superbly drinkable. For beeing so strong, the alcohol ws present, however it was easy to throw it down in more then sips.

Overall not bad at all. I was not really sure how this was going to be but I was really quite pleasantly suprised, this was definitly a solid offering and cheep, like 2.99. If you see it, make a nice night cap, and a good call.

Photo of baldycmu
3.38/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours dark with slight red tint with a nice brown head.
S: Not a ton of aroma, hint of licorice and alcohol.
T: Taste grew on me as I kept drinking it. Mild finish after hints of toffee.
M: Smooth with a little alchohol bitterness.
D: Overall a decent example of a high-alchohol porter.

Photo of erosier
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an black color with a tall thick tan colored head that laces the glass all the way down. It smells of deep roasted malts and some hints of sweet flavors. The taste is good for a porter. It has a nice very deep roasted malt backbone that has some hints of chocolate and some coffee in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is a very smooth and a little crisp at the end which is nice because that the amount of alcohol in this beer is hardly detected. The drinkability is good, but due to the high amount of alcohol it is not as drinkable as some others. Well worth a try.

Photo of mvanaskie13
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours from the bottle a deep dark brown with red hues on the edges. Slight creamy head that dissipates quickly.

Smell is malty and sweet.

Taste is deep malts with coffee undertones. A little sweet but not too bitter, a pretty smooth finish.

Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated and tough to decipher the alcohol content.

Drinkability is kinda low, definitely a good one to try but a tough one to have more than one. Overall a very unique brew, one of the more interesting I have tasted from eastern Europe.

Photo of kkipple
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Have been meaning to review this one for a while, finally cracked the last remaining Boss in my fridge on a cool night as I was heating up some chili...

Pours exactly as I remember; an attractive, clear, dark stained oak red with a decent head. Looks pretty much like a doppelbock.

Big sweet roasted malt notes rise from my pint glass, mingling with dark cocoa, molasses, and coffee. It's overall very sweet, with a clean grain aroma and a hint of alcohol and a loamy hop bitterness. The aroma is quite nice and restrained.

Taste is first and foremost sweet, there's a lot of malt going on here. Roasted grains dominate, and layer a delicious toasty, bitter burnt flavor atop the chocolate and molasses sweetness. Hint of smoke malt, or something like it. It's maybe just a tad too sugary, but the alcohol is amazingly well hidden. Black Boss is quite deceptively drinkable.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, carbonation is creamy and the beer finishes roast-malt sweet and just a little dry. Alcohol warms a tad on the way down, but if you told me this was 7% I'd have no trouble believing you.

Black Boss is better than Okocim Porter, and at $1.99 for 500ml, probably the best deal going at my local booze shop. Highly recommended, this is one of the best Polish beers I've had. Black Boss gots balls.

Photo of kajerm
3.48/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle at a friend's place-- he wanted to taste Polish beer, this was the only one worth remembering-- fittingly, it was the only one that sounded like a 70s blaxploitation film.

Pours jet black and slightly viscous with a vanishingly small off-white head. The aroma is slightly coffeeish but almost entirely dominated by earthy and malty characters. Flavor is similar-- malty as hell, and tasting like dirt-- but in a good way. The finish is unmistakable black patent. Even keeping the style in mind just a little more hops would have mad this beer less "raw," but it's very good and certainly far better than I had expected from a Polish Beer Tasting. Mouthfeel is medium-heavy, drinkability is marginal but decent for a baltic porter.

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an almost opaque black that has a dark ruby tint when held up to the light. Nose is malty and sugary and deep. Strong hints of roasted earth. Flavor is sweet and smooth, but carries a bit too much sweetness I think. Overall it is pretty good and carries some good roasted qualities. The sugary aspect kills it a bit though. Feel is thick with low carbonation. Drinkable, yes. A good one to try.

Photo of Metalmonk
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

You gotta love a 9.4% Polish baltic porter in a big green bottle, don't you? Let's see...

Served at cellar temperature...Pours a very dark black that just barely gives off some ruby highlights when held close to light. Head is only a half-inch, but stays strong from being fed by an army of bubbles.

Aroma is quite vinous, with strong toasted grains coming through the mild coffee and fairly strong prune-like/dark fruit sweetness. Steamed milk and black licorice come through as it gets even warmer. Ultimately a very attractive smell.

Flavor carries all the qualities of the aroma, also unlocking a creamy milk chocolate element, and a burnt characteristic, like a Snickers bar melted to the frying pan bottom, as it comes through with some nut and caramel. It's a bold flavor, yet not quite the bad-ass "Boss" I expected. The mouthfeel is velvety, flowing and swimming over the tongue like thinned-down melted chocolate. Mmm...Even a little thinner and less carbonated than expected. Alcohol provides a little glow, but is impressively tamed for 9.4%

Don't quite know why this barely misses the baltic porter big leagues, but still, it's a very enjoyable and tasty thing...more like a good boy than a big boss...

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours with a frothy, somewhat large bubbled, lightly browned, full tan colored head. The beer is quite black, but does show a brilliantly clear, super concentrated, ruby-red color when held up directly to the light. Sweet, concentrated fruit aromatics are the first thing I notice about the nose; raisin, definite prunes and dried fig notes play a prominent role and surprisingly I don't get much roast malt character here in the nose. At times this smells exactly like I just cut into a fresh, perfectly rip Macintosh apple. A super fruity aroma, that I wasn't really expecting from a brew this color. If you really dig around & take multiple, successive smells of the aroma, the fruitiness disappears and you get hints of dark chocolate, toasted, deeply browned malt, brandy focused alcohol and soda cracker notes, but as soon as you take your nose away the fruitiness comes back in full force.

This has a medium heft to it and is fairly sweet, even for the body. Quite fruity tasting, though not as much as the aroma might have suggested: flavors of prunes and dried figs play a big role here, but this time there is a slight burnt edge to these flavors. This is starting to just become oxidized, with a wisp of sherry like notes that serve to accentuate the fruit notes and add a bit of complexity here. The dark malt notes add touches of molasses, and in the finish a somewhat dry (though not enough to cut totally through the sweetness), toasted grain note, a touch of roasted / burnt malt flavors, and some burnt soda cracker flavors. Perhaps a touch of plastic character just barely mars the finish of this brew, but it is fairly subtle.

This really hides the alcohol quite well, it even is a bit lighter feeling than I would expect from a beer of this strength. Tasty, and because of the unexpected flavors, quite interesting.

Photo of brentk56
3.1/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a coffee brown color with a rocky beige head that sticks to some extent and leaves a few shards of lace

Smell: I hate to say this but I am picking up some acetone busting through the licorice and charcoal

Taste: Opens with an overly sweet roasty flavor that has those acetone elements to it; becomes quite roasty by mid-palate; after the swallow, the molasses/brown sugar dominates and becomes quite cloying, although there is a nice coffee flavor underneath

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Just too many flaws to be enjoyable; the sweetness becomes overbearing after a while

Photo of ndekke39
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Split a bottle of this with my good friend. I actually thought it one of the best porters I've ever had. Poured a dark black, not completely opaque, but decently dark. Small, off-white head. Nice flavors and aromas of roasted coffee and toasted grained. Slight chalky bitterness. Medium mouthfeel. Not stunning, but still one of the strongest porters I've tasted. Highly drinkable - check it out.

Black Boss Porter from BOSS Browar Witnica S.A.
85 out of 100 based on 519 ratings.