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Black Boss Porter - BOSS Browar Witnica S.A.

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85
very good

518 Ratings
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Ratings: 518
Reviews: 287
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 15.65%
Wants: 10
Gots: 36 | FT: 1
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Poland

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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...

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

Cheers!

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.

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.

Photo of MrVisegrips
2.88/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

The pour is a very dark black with a deep red hue. The head is dark tan, about a finger. The aroma is very sweet with notes of molasses, dark malts and coffee. Taste follows the aroma, but is even sweeter. The high ABV come through in the flavor as well. Mouthfeel is a bit watery and over sweet and the drinkability is average at best. Overall, this brew leans to far to the sweet side for my taste. There are better examples.

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

Served from a 500 ml bottle into a standard US pint glass.

Pours a thick, dark, nearly black, reddish-brown, with about one finger of tan head. Smell is of sweet malts mostly, some coffee, chocolate, and fruit notes as well.

The taste is quite good, sweet chocolate with hints of coffee and cocoa. Very smooth tasting for a beer this strong.

The mouthfeel is creamy, and very drinkable. A very nice beer for the price ($1.69/bottle), and a very nice beer overall. Not as complicated as some porters, but that may be a virtue of itself. Well worth a try.

Photo of jletts
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A strong alcohol and bready smell. Taste I found to be typical of many porters, with strong flavors of cocoa. This was a very tasty porter, though a little stronger than the porters I am used to. My wife is Polish and I have come to love many Polish beers, particularly the porters which seem to be one of their better styles. This beer would be a good nightcap porter, and I gave it only an average rating on drinkability because, though it is smooth, I max out at two of these due to the 9.4% ABV.

Photo of jglazer75
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours dark brown, reddish black and semi-translucent in the light; a foamy off-white head with strong lacing
Smell: malty and bread-like; no trace of coffee or chocolate smells
Taste: a slight chocolate flavor upfront, then a quick hit of malt-iness, then some roasted grain/coffee aftertaste, then it's gone
Mouthfeel: very light, especially for a porter
Drinkability: unlike most porters, could drink these all night, which, at 9.4% abv, would be a bad idea

All-in-all very solid. If one wanted to get toasted on decent beer, this would be a good one to do it to. Not too expensive and it goes down like water. Good stuff. Not great. But solid.

Black Boss Porter from BOSS Browar Witnica S.A.
85 out of 100 based on 518 ratings.