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Black Boss Porter - BOSS Browar Witnica S.A.

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492 Ratings
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Ratings: 492
Reviews: 283
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 15.69%
Wants: 8
Gots: 28 | 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 AlexJ
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Ink black pour with the viscosity of melted pitch and a minimal head of mocha froth that stays as a lasting ring, leaving only the scantest trails of lace.

Aroma is sweet, dark chocolate, anise, very weak coffee, plum, and some sweet black cherry. As it warms, a strange rootbeer presents itself.

Flavor is certainly not as expected. Syruppy malt and sweet chocolate definately lead the way for some faint coffee, licorice, candied plum, and maple syrup. Very sweet with little of the roasty character that I expected. Almost one-dimensional with near-cloying sweetness. The high ABV is well hidden.

Mouthfeel is big, thick, and sludgy. A viscous, chewy mouthfeel and slick, creamy texture are probably this beer's best attributes.

AlexJ, Jul 16, 2006
Photo of soulgrowl
2.2/5  rDev -41.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Appearance: Just a bit darker than Coca-Cola, deep brown with ruby highlights with a creamy beige head with decent retention and fancy lacing.

Smell: Loads of dark brown sugar, with subdued aromas of rum, burnt coffee, Oreos, and red delicious apple skin.

Taste: So... distressingly... sweet. This is just a brown dumptruck full of sugar, that's what this is. Virtually no coffee, no dark chocolate, no roasty notes, nothing to provide any balance like a good porter should have. Beyond cloying, this is like drinking rum mixed with pure cane sugar, half a spoonful of Nescafe, and a splash of Pepsi.

Mouthfeel: Heavy and slick, slightly puckering and syrupy.

Drinkability: This is hard to drink. It might be okay in a recipe, though... maybe to flavor a mousse or ice cream. At any rate, after having this and the Boss strong lager, I do not think I will be returning to this brewery.

soulgrowl, Jun 23, 2006
Photo of Padron4KM
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle with no freshness date.
pours out a syrupy dark brown. Thick two finger head slowly recedes and leaves patchy lacing.
Aroma is sweet malts, molasses, caramel, chocolate, bubblegum.
Flavor is sweet, molasses, sugar, coffee. Borders on cloying at times but has just enough bitterness to keep it from going over that edge.
Picked up a little prune towards the end of the glass.
Alcohol was well hidden.

Padron4KM, May 20, 2006
Photo of Tupperwolf
3.48/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I decided to pour the whole over-one-pint beer into a glass at once, so I chose my large, bulbous Gulden Draak tullip to do the job. Despite its size, it took a while to contain the beer, as the frothy tan head kept rising up to the brim each time I poured more in. I eventually got it all in, and the head, having lapsed to a thin covering, leaves curls of lacing down the glass. The brew is solid black, and rather heavy looking.

Definite toffee, treacle, marzipan notes in the nose as it warms - almost a syrupy twist to the slight roastiness of coffee. Actually, I'm reminded heavily of a maple donut. I think this is the first baltic porter I've tried, or most likely the closest to a true representation of the style. It's meaty and sweet at once.

Yes, definitely an interesting, but appealing flavor. There are roasty, woodsy, cedar-y tasting notes that fill the mouth and get things going; Slight dark chocolate notes, prune juice, and then things take a sweet turn - almost, but not quite cloyingly sweet - especially as it warms - that toffee/marzipan/maple flavor comes up in spades, and finishes things out with a syrupy swirl. No alcohol is detectable at all, quite a feat given the ABV.

The mouthfeel is interesting to me, it's definitely a porter, not heavy enough to be a stout (how did they get such a high ABV without getting into stout territory with the amount of fermentable sugars? Double or triple fermentation?) It's smooth as silk, with that cool, solid feeling on the tongue characteristic of porters. The finish has a few moments of stickiness which coincide with the syrupy sweetness of the finish, and then things mellow out; The slight stickiness that remains is lightly bitter and roasty, so the sweetness doesn't get cloying.

For such a high ABV porter, it's drinkable. More than one would be too much, but it's a nice break from lighter beers with less character - not as heavy as a barleywine, not as nutty as a bock, not as dry as a stout.

Tupperwolf, May 19, 2006
Photo of edmundfitzoil
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black Boss porter poured from a 500 ml brown, bottle with no date. I poured the beer into a standard pint glass. The bottle had not date on it, but at 9.4% alcohol no freshness date is really necessary.

The beer poured a pitch black that looked deep purpelish red when held up to a the light and a finger of tan head that didn't retain well throughout the drinking of the beer. The smell was of big, sweet dark chocolates, dark fruits, a brown sugar like sweetness and a faint anis. This beer boasts one awesome nose - I'm fighting myself to not to give it a 5. After the nose, the bee's flavor surprised: a dry begining with with warm, sweet malts in the finish that opened and deepened as the beer warmed. The mouthfeel was full and warm; this is a beer to be sipped. The drinkability is medium from a filling, malty sweet beer but with a high abv.

edmundfitzoil, May 15, 2006
Photo of Dubbercody
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a black low to medium thickness. Good head that disapates into a top tension lace, leaves lace on side of glass. Strong malty, chocolate, and mildly coffe nose. Tastes like a sweet dark beer dream. Not heavy in the mouth as you might expect, and much easier to drink than the ABV would lead you to believe.

The flavors devlop beautifully as this beer warms, both ends of the equation are very nice. The first drink makes the eyes roll in the head.

This beer also ages quite well. I had a bottle that I'd cellared for a year and it's even better. (If you can wait).

This is a malt mutha' loving beer. The Anti-IPA.

Dubbercody, May 13, 2006
Photo of canucklehead
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Taste like a treacle tart with all the good sweetness inherent in that snack. Almost too sweet but i aged this one a bit so the balance was prety good. The malt body was well rounded with a real almost English profile to the style. Not what I expected as most Polish porters tend be quite dry. Worth buying for sure.

canucklehead, Apr 07, 2006
Photo of DaPeculierDane
2.98/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Black ruby. Smells and tastes a lot like prune juice mixed with cheap coffee, the kind you get at an AA meeting or in a hospital waiting room. Mouthfeel is medium to full and obnoxiously dusty. There is an appreciated slight woody character to the beer but otherwise I’m not much of a fan. On the plus side, I will admit that the price is right and the 9.4% ABV is very, very well covered. I would not have guessed this beer to be anywhere near that strength. They’ve done a few things right with this one.

DaPeculierDane, Mar 15, 2006
Photo of jmz62565
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours a jet black with a large tan foamy head. The smell has a very strong dark fruit,prunes and raisins, with alittle coffee. The taste is good with a full fruit flavor and some coffee. The m/f is medium with well balanced flavors. This is a good beer, but I prefer porters with more of a coffee flavor than dark fruit ones.

jmz62565, Mar 08, 2006
Photo of Hautacam
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep red color..tan foamy head..settles to a film.
Smells of chaulky- chocolate, burnt malt with some dried fruit.
Tastes of burnt malt, sweet chocolate-cherry , with a little phenol hint...raisons and smoky alcohol at the end.
Medium / heavy mouthfeel....sugar-slick....low carbonation.
Pretty good brew..but, you have to like sweet beers...I will buy this again.

Hautacam, Feb 28, 2006
Photo of pjwilson
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

this stuff is like syrup. this one of the thickest beers i've ever had.

appearacne: dark brown, bordering on red, little head

smell: huge caramal malt smell, boy is it gonna be sweet.

taste: that is one sweet beer. this is a malt bomb wet dream. This is getting close to dopplebock teritority, as the roast character is minimal. wave after wave, of brown maple, sugar and caramal.

mouthfeel: syrup

drinkablity: Pretty low due to the heft of this brew. Fine for a lazy sunday like this to spend a hour or more finishing the brew.

So much diveristy in the Baltic Porter Style. The brewer's are all in different countries speaking different languages, so they aren't really copying each other. It great.

pjwilson, Feb 26, 2006
Photo of far333
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chestnut colored with ruby highlights, a beige sizzly head rises up and settles quickly. Aroma is light, but distinctively has chalky cocoa notes and roasted malts. Flavor is smokey roasted malt upfront, followed by molasses and sharp currant, moving to notes of brandy and port. Finishes smokey, followed by zingy carbonation and a hop tingle. The back of my throat feels warm down about halfway, and the roof of my mouth is numbing. Mouthfeel is full, somewhat chalky. Fairly drinkable for a big beer.

far333, Feb 11, 2006
Photo of ElGordo
4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark brown with ruby highlights. Light shines through a vibrant red. The half-inch head is a pretty light brown. Sweet aroma of roasted dark malt, caramel, raisins, and cocoa powder. Palate seems sweetened with lactose - a roasted malt backbone accented by raisins, prunes, cocoa, and other tasty dark sweet things. Body is wonderfully full and creamy. Goes down quite easy for such a strong beer.

ElGordo, Feb 08, 2006
Photo of Jredner
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Raisins, walnut, chocolate and some dried cherries in the aroma. Reddish brown/black with a frothy, but thin head. Huge raisin blast in the fore followed by another huge blast of black licorice and then mild marzipan notes in the middle. Finish wafts on through with dry black licorice notes and a chalky raisin/licorice/burnt aftertaste. This is very nice.

Jredner, Jan 26, 2006
Photo of tavernjef
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark fudgy brown with a crimson glow at the bottom. A small, big bubbly cap of tanned foam barely surfaces over the edge. Sporatic lacing in spots and tiny strings.

Aroma is dark and malty rich with a very assuming forward presense of molasses with favorable hints to dark fruits adding raisin, fig, and dates to the mix with a light coating of soured milk chocolate.

Taste shadows a nice reflection cast by the aroma with largely dark malt richness of molasses and the dark fruity stuff of raisins, dates, and figs. A bit thin in the middle. Finishes well with a brown sugar spiced alcoholic warmth with a smooth, slick little coating of tootsie roll chocolate. Semi tangy and darkly sweet for most of its ride until the finish were it turns to a nice chocolate candy thickness.

Medium thinned body with a subdued richness to it and silky slick and smoothly textured with very low carbonation. As it should be for a Baltic Porter.

A pretty solid brew and recommended.

Super awesomely cool thanks to BuckeyeNation for the surprise!

tavernjef, Jan 25, 2006
Photo of warriorsoul
3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to deBeers for this...one he suggested and glad he did.
Almost black in color, but has some crimson highlights with the help of some artificial light...less than 1/2 finger of off white head which disappears very rapidly. Thin lacing in the very little amount that forms.
Pleasant aromas...milk chocolate, vanilla, and pomegranite.
Taste is enjoyable...dark chocolate with a hint of espresso. Huge maltiness making this one a tad too sweet IMO. The alcohol is very well hidden and despite the sweetness, the warming factor is just what I wanted on this chilly night.
Mouthfeel is velvet and simply slides across the pallet...I will enjoy this pint, but at 9%+ abv, I would be in a bad place if I kept drinking this one.
A very nice brew and one I am glad to have been given the opportunity to try.

warriorsoul, Jan 04, 2006
Photo of Hibernator
4.4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black Boss Porter
500 ml brown bottle
Served in a 20 oz tulip pint glass

* Christmas 2005 *

Pours a jet black with ruby highlights that appear on the bottom of the glass. Nice looking tan colored head on top that transforms to a thin lace. Spotted patterns of sticky lacings.

Coffee beans and sugary chocolate in the nose.

Very soft mouthfeel that showcases an excellent blend of milk chocolate flavors, dark coffee bitterness and the sweetness of dark fruit.

This is a great European porter and so very drinkable at 9.4% ABV. I was shocked at how smooth this beer is at this strength.

Hibernator, Dec 25, 2005
Photo of sulldaddy
4.3/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I split a cold bottle with Stopper and poured my sample into a snifter. The beer is a dark chestnut or mahogany color with a thin beige head that fades to an edge layer quickly. Aroma is brown sugar, molasses, toffee some dark fruits (raisins). Fairly sweet overall. NO hops anywhere. First sip reveals a fairly thick and slightly syrupy body. Carbonation is fine and a little spacious.
Flavor is again sweet with no hops.

I get brown sugar, molasses and toffee with a mix of raisins again. The alcohol is dangerously well hidden and I think this would be a sneaky beer to have more than 2 of. Easy drinkin and smooth but with a hidden wallop! Definitely worth a try if you like to catch a buzz while you enjoy a tasty beer!

sulldaddy, Dec 14, 2005
Photo of ybnorml
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A clean dark brown/black beer with deek mahogony highlights. Has a big bubbly dark beige head. The aroma starts with a bit of roasted malt followed by a vannilla note and a hint of alcohol. Big bittersweet chocolate start to the flavor. a quick licorice passes thru before the coffee candy finish.

ybnorml, Dec 13, 2005
Photo of TheBungyo
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

This pours like a can of coke on steroids ... minus the head. Nice and black, with ruby edges. Head is smaller than I'd like. I can smell black licorice, and molasses. Taste is pretty much the same, with nice body. I'm not much of a fan of black licorice, and like molasses ...
I can't see drinking more than one of these 16 ounce bottles.

TheBungyo, Nov 18, 2005
Photo of granger10
4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a deep brown color nearly black but not quite. Sort of a thinner dark tan head holds up top then reduces to a skim layer above the liquid. Aroma of roasted malts, molasses, and burnt cherries. Taste is a bit simplistic but still enjoyable. Dark fruits and toasted grains seem to maintain the initial flavors of the beer. A fortified wine feeling comes towards the middle then comes the acidic finish. Body is a tad thin but that helps this beer go down rather easily. Alcohol isn't too perceptible which also helps this beer go down too easily. Overall a nice Baltic Porter, esp for the price ($1.99/16.9 oz bottle).

granger10, Oct 26, 2005
Photo of beveragecaptain
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle. This beer pours out dark brown with a small head. Strong aroma of molasses and brown sugar. Burnt sugar and malt flavor. Some chocolate. Beyond this, I don't get much flavor. Maybe a little bitter roastiness. Medium mouthfeel. Pretty good drinkability despite it's strength and sweetness. This beer has a one dimensional flavor, but it's not bad.

beveragecaptain, Oct 21, 2005
Photo of shbobdb
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Now this is what I'd call a 'bathroom beer'. What is a bathroom beer, you ask? Well, imagine that you are having a quick study break and you need to keep that rare, alchemical mixture of caffiene and alcohol in your bloodstream to keep you awake at that distant 4 AM timeslot. Now, you quickly sneak off to the bathroom and pound a beer and BOOM, you are right where you should be, at least with the alcohol.
I recognize not many people need that unorthodox studying help, but starting out an evening of drinking with this beer is an excellent idea. At ~10% alcohol this beer is amazingly drinkable. Some alcohol warmth, but that's it. Otherwise this beer is a very run-of-the-mill baltic porter, nothing too special about it. If you want alcohol in your system in a tastey, inexpensive, yet highly effective manner, this is the way to go.

shbobdb, Oct 05, 2005
Photo of francisweizen
4.33/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one goes well with 4AM white catle meals. No seriously. Seriously. I digress. Dark black, cola brown, nearly opaque, but not quite. Compact mocha head that dies, but leaves a tad bit of lacing as well. Aromas of sweet roasted malts, chocolate malted milkshakes, coffee, bittersweet cooking chocolate, leafy hops, and oily bread. Taste is quite nice as well, roasty and chocolatey with some bitter coffee notes and an oily, slighlty hoppy, and yummy finish. Mouthfeel is a bit light for the 9.4% this one is packing, but it works oh-so-well and ups the drinkability of this bad boy quite a bit. A fantastic baltic porter, and the only one that stands up to a 4AM white castle meal!

francisweizen, Oct 05, 2005
Photo of Shmohel
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I was definately looking forward to drinking this one, poured a nice tall glass and was surprised that the head was not as large as I expected it to be. It dissipated rather quickly as well. When holding it to the light, it was not as opaque as I was expecting and had a reddish hue. The smell of it was great. The taste was not as impressive, but I did enjoy the chewyness. Overall it was a good porter worth drinking again.

Shmohel, Sep 28, 2005
Black Boss Porter from BOSS Browar Witnica S.A.
85 out of 100 based on 492 ratings.