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Black Boss Porter - BOSS Browar Witnica S.A.

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497 Ratings
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Ratings: 497
Reviews: 284
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 15.65%
Wants: 8
Gots: 33 | 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 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.

Gueuzedude, Dec 08, 2007
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

brentk56, Dec 06, 2007
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.

ndekke39, Nov 14, 2007
Photo of scottum
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours out black-brown with a tan headskie. $1.50 in Ridgewood for a 500ml bottle! Can't beat that price, but will it be any good? Yes! I've had better big porters, but this one is very smooth and easy to drink. The strength comes through in the flavor, but barely. Well balanced but slightly on the sweet side of things. I'll have to get some more.

scottum, Nov 07, 2007
Photo of TurdFurgison
3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I bought a bottle of this in Connecticut for $1.50, never having seen it in the Midwest. The bottle has a B&W label, shouting the 9.4% ABV.

The beer was dark brown, almost black, just shy of opaque, with a thick foamy head. The aroma is malty and strong, definitely you can smell the alcohol. The flavor is mostly the same, with lots of black licorice or anise seed or something dark like that. It gave the feeling of a strong warming liquor, making it a little difficult to finish the bottle.

TurdFurgison, Oct 23, 2007
Photo of NitroGen
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 1pt 9fl oz brown bottle with no date.

Appearance: Black as night with a robust thick and dark foiamy caramel head that dissipates over time leaving a thin cover.

Smell: Deep, rich and sweet caramel smell that is very pleasing.

Taste: Very smooth of light roasted coffee with no spikes of bitterness and minimal grain taste. Leaves the mouth with a clean and dry aftertaste. While the label lists ALC. 9.4%, it is well hidden.

Highly recommend this as a great example of a wonderful beer that would make anyone appreciate porters.

NitroGen, Oct 06, 2007
Photo of kernalklink
4.22/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the best eastern european porters I have had in a long time. Great looking pitch black brew, great bubbly carbonation with very mild aromas- almost winelike tannins and hints of dark chocolate and earthy malt flavor. Very assertive, chocolate flavors, bittersweet to the max, but there is also that euro-malt flavor going on, not bad though. Cant even detect the ABV, and the brew is smooth and light. A great sour finish makes this porter stand out in complexity. I can tell this one means a headache, but i cant stop drinking.

kernalklink, Aug 08, 2007
Photo of botham
4.18/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pint poured into an english imperial pint glass. pours a chocolate brown with a finger of light brown head that dissipates rapidly. lacings

smell is very malty and sweet, with a bready character and notes of caramel malt forming the base. the caramel gets stronger with a little swifting around the glass, making this a very sweet and rich smelling brew. from the aroma alone this one does not announce itself as an ale or lager. odd.

taste is very malty up front, with the same caramel base as the aroma, only much sweeter than the aroma. no alcohol present, which is somewhat impressive from the 9.4% APV. overall the caramel malts take the front seat in this one.

aftertaste is caramel malt. no hops to speak of.

mouthfeel is a little thin and watery. could be a little richer. medium-light bodied and goes down very smooth.

drinkability is good for a porter. fans of caramel malts will love this one.

botham, Aug 03, 2007
Photo of TripelMajor
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Another winning budget beer only 1.50 in Ridgewood for a 16.9 oz bottle. At 9.4 percent, it leaves it's mark.

Usually under-carbonated, small head. An interesting dark glowing brown color makes up for the lack of effervescence.

Smells like it will be way to sweet and like it might have that funny malty taste that some Eastern European beers have.

Tastes surprisingly good. Like carmel corn, with notes of tobacco and licorice. Enough hops to offset the sweetness a bit. Pretty good brew for the price.

Wonderfully thick, but not syrupy, again could use a bit more sparkle on your tongue.

I couldn't imagine putting away more than 2 of these, and usually one is enough to give me a tummy ache, but damn I like this beer for the price. Goes great with summer BBQs.

TripelMajor, Jul 07, 2007
Photo of henrysunset
3.38/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

900ml undated bottle from K's going out of business sale.

vigorous pour left a tall head of deep tan. jet black brew.

smell is all malts and bitterness, no floral qualities I can sense. A bit of a sourness in there as well.

Taste is thin, duh, 9.4%. smooth though and a pleasent coffee/roasty/toasty aftertaste with a bit of chogolate as the mouth dries. pretty nice honestly. Not imaginitve but good.

henrysunset, Jun 25, 2007
Photo of BDTyre
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep, rich dark brown to black colour with a surprisingly vigorous head that subsides after awhile.

Roasted malt smell, fairly uninteresting and one dimensional. Bits of chocolate and coffee in there, but pretty much mostly roasted barley.

Sweeter taste...hints of milk chocolate, dark roast coffee, grapes....

Thick, but not overpowering or cloying. Good dessert beer, but ABV limits this to a finisher...I can't imagine having more than one a night.

BDTyre, Jun 23, 2007
Photo of Slatetank
4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 16.09 oz bottle into a goblet at 45 degrees
A - a deep mocha hued ale with a foamy thick tan head of about 2 finger height that produces a substantial ring o' lace.

S - Dark Bready malt scents like a good hearth baked multi grain loaf

M - Thin, very light feel and not warming- hides it's 9.4% well. A generally dry feel.

T - A real tasty dark graininess and a lactic eastiness are present. Sweet and kind of powdery with plenty of roasted malt character. A toffee/walnut essence comes waltzing in as it increases in temp. This ale makes for a pleasing digestif.

D - a flavorful porter with Ummph! Just not a drinkable beer at 9.4% for multiples, but well made. This would make a good ale to cook with. I would pair with sweet mesquite bbq.

Slatetank, Jun 19, 2007
Photo of sleazo
3.43/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I have seen this alot around Greenpoint and figured i would give it a shot. I think it was $1.79 for the 1pint 0.9 oz bottle

A-Pours a very rich black which when held up to a light reveals a ruby red hue. A hard pour produced a rich tan head of tight bubbles. It leaves a ring of lace but the bubbles beneath instantly slide back down. Decent head retention.

S-Smells of highly roasted espresso beans with some dark chocolate mixed in. The espresso nature is potent. Alcohol is noticeable and there isnt much of a hop smell at all. There appears to be something grassy in there which i am taking as the hops.

T-The taste is more chocolate than coffee despite the smell. There is also a chalky quality here that comes in mid sip. The finish is of cocoa powder. Not perfect but decent in its own right. The high alcohol is actually well hidden as you barely notice it. It is fairly sweet however with a twinge of bitterness at the end. There also isnt a trace of skunk as this is one style from Europe designed for trans-oceanic voyages.

M-Medium to medium thick body with a chalky feel to it. The chalk takes away from my enjoyment. Medium carbonation.

D-The chalk puts me off here, were it not for that i would really enjoy this. As is I will probably get it again if i am in the mood for a Porter without the need for a sixer.

sleazo, Jun 14, 2007
Photo of badbeer
4.38/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out very dark brown, almost black. Off-white colored head that leaves small amounts of spotty lacing. In the smell I get molasses, sweet caramel, toffee, a bit of nuttiness, licorice, and just a small amount of roastiness. Taste has much of the same elements as the nose, but has a very nice creamy, yet at the same time soft, roasty finish. Soft carbonation, about medium levels with a luscious full body to back it up. This is 9.4%? I didn't get an alcohol burn or unpleasant alcohol in any way; this is just a very well made porter that I intend on getting much more of.

badbeer, May 28, 2007
Photo of Erdinger2003
2.5/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a nice little head that falls right away leaving almost no head, but with a little lacing. Color is black, jet black. Smell is sweet and slightly roasty/sour (I think sour). Taste is sweet with a roastiness that's almost soapy or soy. Yeah, really big soy flavor. The aftertaste is a nice balance of roastiness and soy. The mouthfeel is ok, a little carbonation nips at you, but not horrible. Overall, it was nice to try, but I wouldn't have this again without stipulations.

Erdinger2003, May 28, 2007
Photo of UkiPiper
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black Boss Porter, Poland

The bottle is very bold and to the point, solid block cap, impressive. Poured into pint glass:

This beer is rich black color with a creamy brownish head, the head is small but retains well and long. The nicest red/mahogany color come thought when hit by light.

The smell is sweet woody malt with a hind to coffee.

The taste is malty sweet; the after taste is a rich roasted coffer bitter one. After a few mouth fulls the sweetness starts getting to you. There is another taste that comes thought, I can’t put my finger on is, but it’s of the mocha family. The beer feels great in your mouth, creamy and smooth.

This beer is great to wash down chocolate!

UkiPiper, Apr 04, 2007
Photo of jdhilt
4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a five finger light brown head that fades quickly to a thin layer leaving a good lace. Deep mahogany color. Light carbonation and heavy bodied. Roasted coffee nose. Flavor is coffee/chocolate, sweet coffee finish. Higher ABV is hidden. $2.50 for a 500ml bottle from Liquid Solutions Tigard, Or.

jdhilt, Mar 30, 2007
Photo of jwc215
4.75/5  rDev +26%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with dark brown hues near the top. A thin head soon becomes a lasting swirling patch. Some lacing is left in its wake.

The smell is pretty robust - chocolate, licorice and walnuts.

The taste is exquisite to say the least. Chocolate and licorice intermingle and work well together. Just a hint of smokiness lends it more character. Late dark fruitiness eventually emergers Nutty, walnuty flavor is support the dark malt throughout, but especially in the finish. Alcohol is very well-covered. Very smooth, velvety.

The feel is creamy and full-bodied.

It's soothingly smooth. Alcohol is well-coveredbut can sneak up on you, as it's pretty potent. Sweet, but balanced. I like the nutty touch that gives it a nice addition to the chocolate and licorice. Just the right amount of smokiness that doesn't overpower, but enough to give it some roastiness. The carbonation is right on the spot. And the beer gods rejoice at this treat from Poland...

jwc215, Mar 03, 2007
Photo of Sammy
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Coffee aroma, and nuts. Mocha head. Baltic style but really a blackened lager from this part of the world. Black but not opaque, with a good amount of head. Mollasses and suger, some ageing and tad of wood in the taste. A bit sweet, and very smooth.Worth trying.

Sammy, Feb 14, 2007
Photo of ruinationation
2.7/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Dark almost pitch black pour, with a half finger head that fades quick and little lacing.

Strong malt smell with coffee coming through and what to me is burnt bananna. Many things that I can't put my finger on but has a spirit smell to it.

Sweet malt taste, to sweet. Chocolate, coffee and a little molasses.

Too thin for me, this type of porter isn't my usual.

Again not my beer style of choice so one and done.

ruinationation, Feb 13, 2007
Photo of andjusticeforale
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This poured like Coca-Cola into a pint type glass. The smell was good; caramelized malts and a subtle, fragrant hop profile. I really love the subtlety of Polish beer. Nothing smacks you in the head here, and wow- almost 10%, you would never know it until you are face down singing the Polish national anthem to the sidewalk.

My biggest gripe here is the mouthfeel. Very flat, moreso than the flatest stout, and there was a head so I don't think that it was a bad bottle. Strangely enough the flatness still doesn't make the alcohol noticeable.

I also feel that this beer is quite underrated. I mean, for the price, this is every bit as good as most American Micro porters that mistake the category as an opportunity to use some left over hops.

eta: what stood out in the latest tasting was the taste of mineral, the taste of iron, this gives way to a sweetness, not cloying, just a big malty sweetness. Still the alcohol is masked well.

andjusticeforale, Jan 23, 2007
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.38/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black Boss pours an opaque brown-black body with gleeming chestnut orange highlights at the base of the glass. The frothy tan head drops shortly to an average collar, but does leave some craggy rings of lace before it goes. The nose is rich with dark chocolate, licorice, cold black coffee, dried apple, and a waft of alcohol. It hints at some acetylacetate but doesn't display it outright. In the mouth it's full bodied, creamy, and smooth. The flavor offers no surprises from what the nose suggests. It starts with chocolate and fruit and licorice; warms to become even more like black licorice with a touch of spice (no doubt from the alcohol); and finishes drying with a light touch of spice, some dark-skinned fruit, and more dried apples. Roastiness rises in the aftertaste. The alcohol stays in check pretty much throughout the entire serving, reigned in by the dark malt and fruit. Quite nice, and very drinkable despite its girth and strength. Absolutely worth trying!

NeroFiddled, Dec 25, 2006
Photo of SteveO1231
3.13/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My bro gave me this bottle, never heard of it before. Fat, Half liter, brown bottle, black label, no freshness date. Pours a dark, dark brown, almost black with lighter copper highlights. Huge foamy tan head that settles to a thin layer of foam. Nice lacing sticks to the glass. Very complex aroma, caramel, molasses, marsh mellow, chocolate, walnuts, oak and a hint of bourbon. Full bodied with a slick mouthfeel. Complex flavors here too, a large malt sweetness, tastes of caramel & prune, molasses, bready, roasted malts and some earthy undertones. The finish has a smokey/ earthy oak aged dryness to it with an aftertaste of bourbon. This is definitely an interesting beer. A bit too sweet for my taste. Pretty big ABV warms up well, be ready for a head change.


SteveO1231, Dec 19, 2006
Photo of brewcrew76
3.08/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours a light black ruby color with a small tan head.

S - Dark fruits, licorice, prunes and plums. Some sweet malt is also present.

T - The taste of this one diminishes after the nice aroma. It starts out sooty which reminds me of being outdoors around a big campfire. Licorice, dark fruits with a slight hint of chocolate and coffee. The campfire taste diminishes slightly as the beer warms.

M - Smooth but slightly on the watery side.

D - The 9.4% ABV is well hidden but this beer is rather unimpressive.

brewcrew76, Nov 11, 2006
Photo of Winter
3.1/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark brown/ near black with a creamy tan head. Auburn highlights visible in the body. Vinous aroma of roasted malt and coffee. The mouthfeel borders between medium and full-bodied. This is a vinous, alcoholic porter. Husky grain flavor upfont. There's an understated flavor of chocolate that follows. Alcohol emerges in the flavor in the finish and is not hidden very well. Virtually no bitterness in a very non-dry baltic porter. One of these gets the point across. I downgraded the drinkability not so much because of the high alcohol content, but this this isn't a very interesting baltic porter. Still good enough for a night cap.

Winter, Nov 05, 2006
Black Boss Porter from BOSS Browar Witnica S.A.
85 out of 100 based on 497 ratings.