Black Boss Porter - BOSS Browar Witnica S.A.

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Reviews: 291
Hads: 545
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.98%
Wants: 11
Gots: 50 | FT: 2
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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 Beerandraiderfan
3.43/5  rDev -10.7%
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). (877 characters)

Photo of pattermj
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
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. (641 characters)

Photo of AtrumAnimus
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
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. (902 characters)

Photo of boyessen
2.19/5  rDev -43%
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. (331 characters)

Photo of wowbagger
3.07/5  rDev -20.1%
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. (409 characters)

Photo of chilly460
3.12/5  rDev -18.8%
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. (458 characters)

Photo of robbrandes
3.45/5  rDev -10.2%
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. (376 characters)

Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
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. (668 characters)

Photo of avalon07
2.31/5  rDev -39.8%
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. (652 characters)

Photo of drpimento
4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
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! (536 characters)

Photo of Kooz
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
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. (685 characters)

Photo of puboflyons
3.41/5  rDev -11.2%
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. (561 characters)

Photo of mgbickel
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
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. (726 characters)

Photo of ramseye4
4.14/5  rDev +7.8%
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 (417 characters)

Photo of gopens44
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
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. (591 characters)

Photo of Derranged
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
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. (600 characters)

Photo of brdc
3.03/5  rDev -21.1%
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. (636 characters)

Photo of dtivp
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
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. (495 characters)

Photo of dhannes
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

A=n/a

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. (507 characters)

Photo of Justin23060
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
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. (607 characters)

Photo of julian
3.51/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Very dark brown but good clarity when held up to light. Decent 1 ½ finger creamy tan head. 4.5

S: Smell is not overpowering but consists of roasted malt and predominantly molasses. Mild hints of toffee. The 9.4% alcohol is unnoticeable. 3.5

T&M: Lots of molasses in the taste, on the sweeter side. Mouthfeel is on the lighter, dryer side. Not as viscous as I’d like in a Baltic porter. 3.5/3

O: Another great baltic porter, but not my favorite. Much prefer the viscosity of Olfrabrikken or Baltika #6. This one also really pushes the molasses flavor, a bit too much. 3.5 (579 characters)

Photo of emerge077
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this many moons ago, and passed it up ever since, when it was a sweet boozy mess way back when. This is likely a fresher bottle, it has a new vertical neck label with a star on it.

Thick and creamy mocha foam, very sticky and long lasting. An inch or so of foam, as far as width goes. Black body, slightly ruby in direct light. Looks like iced mocha coffee to be honest.

Sweet maple and wet barley aroma, a prelude to the rich porter about to be sipped. As it warms it becomes more milk chocolate-centric.

Slightly metallic, but very roasty with creamy carob and chocolate flavors. As it warms, the chocolate flavors become more front and center. Ashy roast blends with mellow sweetness of dark chocolate. Definitely a lager with roasted malt, but still pretty enjoyable somehow. Nice char and chocolate aftertaste. (822 characters)

Photo of LtCracker20
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a deep dark, almost black, body with a 2-finger khaki head that doesn't last too long and falls to a thin cap with minimal lacing.

S- Slight coffee, milk chocolate, slight husk, grainy, and roasted malts.

T- Just like the smell, but much more subdued. And for 9.4 %, no burn.

MF- Nice full creamy and silky body on this one. Good amount of carbonation, and flavors that do stick around for a while. (410 characters)

Photo of Bierlerner
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Dark espresso brown with a 1 finger tan head. Small little patches of lacing.

S- smells of coffee and chocolate. Some dark fruits.

T- Starts with the coffee and chocolate. Nice bit of a roasted bitterness. Then comes the dark fruits...little bit of plum and raisins. And finishes with a sweet caramel and toffee note. This is great stuff!

M- Med-light body with low carbonation. Super smooth creamy mouthfeel.

O- I could drink this porter morning and night. Great breakfast beer. Creamy smooth mouthfeel. Everything a porter should be. And at 9.4%, you'd never know. No hit of strong alcohol at all. Cheers! (614 characters)

Photo of THECPJ
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: dark brown with orangish and 1 finger off white head

smell: licorice, molasses, malts,

taste: molasses, sticky, malts,

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: interesting porter not my favorite but glad I got to try something new.

Cheers,
The cpj (297 characters)

Black Boss Porter from BOSS Browar Witnica S.A.
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