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Black Boss Porter - BOSS Browar Witnica S.A.

Black Boss PorterBlack Boss Porter

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445 Ratings
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Ratings: 445
Reviews: 271
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 15.96%

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BOSS Browar Witnica S.A. visit their website

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 Zachtheporter


3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a glass mug.

A- Deep dark brown that gives off a ruby tint when held up to the light. Fat white tanish head leaves lacing on the surface as well as a ring around the edges of the glass.

S- Strong and rich. Smokey, Chocolate and caramel notes. Bitter earthy hops. Bready malts.

T- Very smokey sweet and caramely. Starts off with the taste of smokey bitter hops and has some sweetness in the middle with chocolate and caramel notes. Finishes somewhat bitter sweet.

M- Medium carbonation but otherwise smooth and full bodied.

O- Good. Very average yet the high alcohol content and low price definitely make this Porter worth the try.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2012 06:36:11 | More by Zachtheporter
Photo of isualum12


3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Black pour with a little light showing through. The look is not as dark as some. Smell is not that strong but does seem classic Baltic.
Taste chalky with little butterscotch and Carmel along with a hint of garlic.
Feel- light in body. Bite on the end that pinches the side of your check.

Overall it is good but not amazing. I would try it again but not go crazy to get my hands on it.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2012 02:11:03 | More by isualum12
Photo of StaveHooks


3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a dark brown color with nice ruby highlights when held to the light. 2 fingers of foamy tan head that retains very well forming a dense cap of micro-bubbles. A descent amount of lacing left behind.

S - Earthy cocoa, overly roasted coffee beans, peat, alcohol, pecans,

T - Roasted malts, old coffee, tangy acidic berry and dark fruitiness, scorched caramel, thin molasses, prunes, soft vanilla, smoked peat. Smokey and on the finish.

M - Light side of medium body, medium carbonation, tangy and slightly acidic.

True to the style of sour, tangy, and smokey. It's a little rough around the edges but aren't all Baltic Porter's? Lighter body than I expected.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2012 23:19:23 | More by StaveHooks
Photo of Damian


4.53/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drank from a 11.2 fl. oz./330 ml bottle purchased at Roly Poly Enterprise, New Britain, CT
Served in a snifter

Chestnut brown in appearance. Lighter in color than expected for the style. The liquid was topped by a one-finger head of khaki, bubbly froth. Splotches of lacing stuck along the glass.

The aroma was amazingly rich and smooth. Tons of dark fruits. Plums, raisins and prunes came through strong. Intense maple and vanilla notes. Generous dose of sweet, bready malts and brown sugar. I swear that I picked up some boozy, bourbon-like notes as well. As much as I enjoyed the smell of this beer, it reminded me more of an old ale than a typical Baltic porter.

The flavor profile was nearly as impressive as the nose. Lots of smooth, dark fruit sweetness on the front end. Dates, figs and prunes were noticeable. Good amount of rich, caramel malts. Some coffee in the center. Touch of roast and smoke as well. Slightly boozy on the back end. For a 9.4% ABV beer, however, the alcohol was very well buried. The crisp, off-dry finish was somewhat steely at first. As the beer warmed, the metallic notes all but disappeared. Like the aroma, the flavor profile was more akin to that of an old ale/strong ale than a Baltic porter.

The beer was medium bodied with a smooth, medium-fine effervescence. Creamy and supple yet a bit thin for the style.

Black Boss Porter is one of the most notable "surprise beers" I have come across in a long while. Furthermore, it paired perfectly with my kielbasa and pierogi dinner. Do yourself a favor by going to your local Polish market and buying a six-pack of this stuff. You will thank me later.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2012 01:58:40 | More by Damian
Photo of StJamesGate

New York

3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black that goes clear ruby in light and a semolina-yellow creamy head. Sweet coffee nose.
Slight berry jam, coffee candy, raisin Danish, a touch of roast, slight smoke and lean hops.
Sugary finish and sour mulchy linger. Lt-med, soft, crisp, no hint of the ABV.

Breakfast beer! Lots of residual sugars, but still light. Not nearly as big or dark as other Baltics. Very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2012 13:00:13 | More by StJamesGate
Photo of Beerandraiderfan


3.45/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Black pour, brown round the edges, thin ring of head on the top, looked roughly beige. Aroma of chocolate and licorice, more bitterness in the aroma than I expected.

Taste, easier to drink than expected, chocolate, more licorice, a nutty exterior. For something so big, its nice that the alcohol is well hidden and there is no one flavor that dominates, everything is pretty well balanced on this. Good burnt flavors just in the right proportion. Maybe some darker fruit sweetness. Earthy, yet through this all, there really isn't a heavy mouthfeel, the beer can even seem thin viscosity wise at times.

Usually baltic porters are just too sweet, or bitter without hops, or just not right for me. This one was decent, at a decent price, so I'd check it out again, anytime there is a strong drink, that doesn't suck, at a cheap price, it has a place in the world (deservedly).

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2012 04:23:19 | More by Beerandraiderfan
Photo of pattermj


4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of my favorite porters and I always make sure to grab a bottle or two when I come to visit the parents.

A- Pours a dark brown with hints of darkness, minimal head but probably my pour style and pint glass utilization

S- Minimal smell but I fear it is the pint glass again. Get some sweetness from molasses but little else

T- Rather sweet, malty, and combination of chocolate and molasses. Slight pick up of alcohol.

M- Thin and fairly light but then this is a porter and not a stout and I would say fairly close to what I expected

O- rather big fan of this beer, I feel it is well brewed for a porter and plan on continuing to buy.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2012 04:02:13 | More by pattermj
Photo of AtrumAnimus


4.18/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I tried this Porter last night. I am a huge fan of Porters. I found it extremely enjoyable. I also enjoyed it more the warmer it got.

The beer pours a very dark color with a very tan head that rises high and fast, but then settles out surprisingly quick. There was almost no lacing on the glass.

The nose is malty and subtle.

The taste was above average for most porters and was excellent. The mouth feel was a little watery, but barely. Not enough to take away from the overall character of this fine Porter. The porter is definitely sweet malt with subtle hopping. The finish was far better than I expected based on other reviews. Overall, I really enjoyed this one. There are cacophonies of toasty and roasted flavors mingling in there that would have bitter notes, except that they are well balanced with the sweetness of the malt.

Overall I really like this beer and would love to have more.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2011 17:45:38 | More by AtrumAnimus
Photo of boyessen


2.17/5  rDev -42.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Received the as part of beer of the month delivery. 12/27/2011 Tasted malt but extremely sweet, too sweet for my taste especially as it gained temperature. Hints of coffee and chocolate.
I didn't notice the scent or taste of alcohol.
The mouthfeel is almost as weak as the nose...thin and watery with a small amount of carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2011 23:17:06 | More by boyessen
Photo of wowbagger


3.1/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On advice from my brother, I gave one of these a try over the holidays. Very dark, with some hint of ruby. Almost no aroma apart from maybe some hints of coffee, maybe should have served it warmer. Malty, sweet, chocolatey with hints of spice and a burnt edge to it. Really no hop flavor or detectable alcohol which was unexpected. I'm not a huge porter fan, but this is probably the best I've had. Very good.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2011 17:45:45 | More by wowbagger
Photo of chilly460


3.1/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Pours a medium chestnut brown with one finger of tan head. Minimal retention, decent lacing.

S-Predominantly dark sugars and fruit, comes in as molasses and figs. Some booze in the aroma as well.

T- Felt like this was a thin tasting beer, just not a big flavor profile as expected. Some dark fruit at times, coffee, a bit of molasses as the nose indicated.

M- Quite thin for the style.

D- Had a hard time finishing this one, bit boozy as it warmed.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2011 17:10:21 | More by chilly460
Photo of robbrandes


3.45/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours pure black, decent initial head, although the retntion was marginal at best. smell - tons and tons of molasses, a bit of roasted maltiness, but the molasses is overwhelming, not in a necesarily bad way...
taste - fairly sweet with lots of dark malts, and the molasses again is the dominant feature. fairly drinkable although the body is lacking, especially for a porter.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2011 07:35:35 | More by robbrandes
Photo of BlurryVisi0n

New York

3.55/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tankard.

Appearance: a superior dark brown, might look black to some people but it's not that "dark". Head is thin, comes off maybe 1/8" very light brown not too bubbly.

Smell: little alcohol, and an obvious hint of molasses. Smell disappears after a minute not bad at all but nothing I would call magnificent.

Taste: bit of dark chocolate and molasses. A real bitter sweet taste and not hard to inhale. I wish it just stayed with me, some beer just disappears after sipping this one comes and goes.

Overall: pretty good, if you see it grab it and give it a go. Very easy to drink considering the high ABV level. Cheers to all and hope you enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2011 20:46:50 | More by BlurryVisi0n
Photo of avalon07

South Carolina

2.3/5  rDev -38.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a brownish color and a surprisingly clear consistency. There was an inch of creamy, fairly long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: The smell was oddly muted, with some malt, coffee, and hops in there.

T: Tasted of roasted malt, a hint of coffee, and a little chocolate. All of this is overwhelmed by a burnt quality that is terribly off-putting. Even if it didn't have the burnt aspect to the flavor, it's a thin, watery mix, not even close to the best Baltic Porters.

M: A decent amount of carbonation with a slick finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This is just a poorly made, hard to drink beer. Not a good effort.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2011 14:49:26 | More by avalon07
Photo of drpimento


4.38/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the best of the Baltics! Poured this one at a good temperature and with a nice sized, thick, foamy, tan head that settled down after a bit and some lace. Color is a very dark, but clear brown red. Aroma is roast, malt, cocoa, hints of licorice and molasses. Flavor's very similar to nose, with slight sweetness up front, a little tang from carbonics and bitterness from malts, yeast. Excellent full mouth and perfect carbonation. Finsih is like flavor, no off notes, and fairly long and slight alcohol warming. Great Porter Beer!

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2011 02:23:46 | More by drpimento
Photo of Kooz

New York

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the 16.9 oz. bottle into a standard pint glass to a dark , opaque color. The tan head was slight and not sticky, dissipating quickly.

Smelled strongly of coffee/kahlua. It smells somewhat boozy, but not like alcohol.

The alcohol comes out slightly in the taste, but it's way overpowered by the coffee and a caramel flavor. There is a sweetness, almost a sticky sweetness, here. But it's nice.

Good mouthfeel--foamy and slightly creamy. Not the best I've had in a porter, but it's better than average.

Overall, it's a nice beer. It cost less than $2, which is a crazy bargain considering how good it is. I wouldn't have more than one in a night, but I'd enjoy that one.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2011 03:17:56 | More by Kooz
Photo of puboflyons

New Hampshire

3.43/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on November 19, 2011. From the 500 ml. bottle it pours dark brown with better clarity than the average Porter. Some head. The aroma is an odd cross between dark malts and Toffee. Kind of cardboard like too. The body is medium to bold. The taste is not smoky or chocolate-like but it most definitely has a weird kind of astringency which leads to a slight hop bite.But that is more like the traditional Baltic style. It is not my kind of Porter because I like the smoke but since they began brewing it in 1848, maybe this is the way it is supposed to be.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2011 01:01:51 | More by puboflyons
Photo of mgbickel


3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from an odd sized (16.9 oz I think) bottle into a Duck Rabbit snifter. A tiny sliver of mocha colored bubbles formed on top of a blackish/brown body. No retention time for the head and zero lacing.

The nose is weak...wet coffee grinds, cream and roasted malts mix with a chemical-esque plastic smell...ugh.

The taste, thankfully, is nothing like the nose. Sweet cream starts things off...this fades into a roasted coffee flavor that lasts throughout the finish. No detection of the 9.4% ABV...

The mouthfeel is almost as weak as the nose...thin and watery with a small amount of carbonation.

This would be decent if the body was bigger and the nose wasn't so off-putting. For the price and ABV, not a bad offering.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2011 22:07:14 | More by mgbickel
Photo of ramseye4


4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've never heard of this, I took a leap of faith and purchased it. Let's see how it pans out.
A=Pours a rich dark brown color with a minimal head
S=Rich roasted malt and chocolate, with a strong coffee aroma. A bit boozy as well
T=Heavy on the coffeeand chocolate, toasted malt as well. Very well balanced.
M=Medium body, very high in carbonation
O=Very well rounded and complex, one of the best porters I've ever had

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2011 05:49:43 | More by ramseye4
Photo of gopens44


3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark brown, nearly black with a maybe half inch foamy head with little lacing.

S - Sweet creamy light roast coffee with hints of the alcohol presence wrapped around what seems like a nice roasted malt backbone.

T - I got a decent nutty taste at first, followed quickly by a dark cherry with hints of chocolate. Some coffee, but not a ton. Sweet with some evidence of the ABV but certainly not overpowing.

M - Fairly thin with decent carbonation. Sweet aftertaste lingers for a while.

O -- I was happy to drink this, but I wish it had just a bit more body. Otherwise, its pretty good.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2011 17:44:18 | More by gopens44
Photo of Derranged

New York

3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16.9 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

A- Dark brownish-black with amber highlights. Thick off white head, minimal lacing on the glass.

S- Strong coffee aroma, with some hops and chocolate. At first it smelled skunky, but that disappeared shortly.

T- Very sweet. Strong malty-coffee like flavor with some caramel and chocolate. Bitter and slight boozy aftertaste. Although for the most part the alcohol is well hidden. The bitterness lingers on a bit.

M- Surprisingly thin for the style. Medium carbonation.

O- Not a bad a beer. Easy to drink, maybe too easy. Would drink again.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2011 02:56:14 | More by Derranged
Photo of brdc


3.03/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

"Medium" sized bottle, present from a non BA friend. Nice to see other people getting interested.
One shade below pitch black, average dark brown head with little retention, minimal lacing.
A little too much alcohol on the aroma, and later on, the taste shows the same problem. Besides the predominant alcohol, some roasted malts, raisins, chocolate. And more alcohol.
A bit too thin on the palate, and the taste starts again with too much alcohol, followed by some roasted malts, fruitiness, a little bitterness, but way too much alcohol to actually notice the other flavors.
Perhaps a bit of aging, but right now, ridiculously hot.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2011 00:49:11 | More by brdc
Photo of dtivp

West Virginia

4.08/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark espresso brown with a one and a half dark mocha head that fades quickly into a thin cap with light lacing.

Aroma of roasted malt, coffee and dark fruit.

Taste starts slightly bitter of strong coffee, dark roasted malt and then a slight balance of molasses sweetness.

Mouth Feel is medium body, low carbonation, creamy, silky smooth. The alcohol is very well hidden for a 9.4 ABV.

Overall this is a very nice enjoyable porter, my first Polish beer and hopefully not my last.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2011 13:57:29 | More by dtivp
Photo of dhannes


3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dranked from a chilled 16.9 oz. bottle and paired with bratwurst.


S=slightly sweet

T=Not robust like other porters I've tried; this one was sweet and reminded me of Coca-Cola (but with hops and some barley).

M=Not much body here; very drinkable...improved as it warmed up. Can notice the alcohol a bit, especially at the beginning and at the very end, but not as noticeable as a hard liquor.

O=May buy this one again...I have another bottle that I am aging for a year to compare this one against.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2011 19:14:34 | More by dhannes
Photo of Justin23060


4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've yet to taste a Polish Baltic Porter that I didn't like. The same is true with Black Boss. Exact same color as Coca Cola. Light beige creamy head that clung somewhat. Smells toasty and caramel sweet. Taste is very sweet caramel and roasty chocolate. A bit more sweet than I prefer. The roastiness balances the sweetness somewhat and takes the edge off of the 9.4% alcohol. Alcohol is a little deceptive with only the lightest throat warmth. Surprised by the thinness of the mouth feel which also adds to the deceptive drinkability. I have had better Polish Baltic porters but this one is not bad at all.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2011 02:52:16 | More by Justin23060
Black Boss Porter from BOSS Browar Witnica S.A.
85 out of 100 based on 445 ratings.