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Black Boss Porter - BOSS Browar Witnica S.A.

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85
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529 Ratings
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Ratings: 529
Reviews: 291
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 15.69%
Wants: 11
Gots: 40 | FT: 1
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Poland

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 baldycmu
3.34/5  rDev -11.2%
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 +3.7%
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
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
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
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
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 -7.4%
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
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
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
4.12/5  rDev +9.6%
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
3.64/5  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
3.11/5  rDev -17.3%
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 +9%
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.

Photo of scottum
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of TurdFurgison
3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
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 +9%
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
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
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
4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
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
3.21/5  rDev -14.6%
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
3.36/5  rDev -10.6%
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
4.01/5  rDev +6.6%
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
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
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
3.45/5  rDev -8.2%
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
4.35/5  rDev +15.7%
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 -33.5%
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
4.06/5  rDev +8%
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
4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
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
4.72/5  rDev +25.5%
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...

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