Black Boss Porter | BOSS Browar Witnica S.A.

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Brewed by:
BOSS Browar Witnica S.A.
Poland | website

Style: Baltic Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.40%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by bark on 04-10-2004

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301
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574
Avg:
3.8
pDev:
21.05%
 
 
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Photo of phredbull
4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500 ml. bottle into a Peroni pilsner glass. PO#11051, whatever that means. A: Pours dark, dark ruby, almost purple. Looks almost black in the glass, but when held to a light, looks a crystal clear ruby-amber color. Big frothy 3 finger head that sticks around. S: Strong dark fruit: cherry, red grape, plum. A bit of alcohol, vinous, sweet. A bit of dark chocolate & roast. Mostly sweet dark fruit. T: Like the smell; sweet, dark fruits, winey, followed by some bitter roast and dark chocolate. Not a hint of alcohol. Reminiscent of dark chocolate covered cherries. F: Feels on the thin side of medium, but the carbonation adds a frothy, slightly creamy, smooth mouthfeed. Goes down easy, a bit too easy. O: At $1.99 for an Imperial Pint, my expectations were low. I'm not familiar with the Baltic Porter style, but I do like porters, and this beer really blew me away, though it's unlike any American porters that I've had. Very fruit forward, it would make a good desert beer. At 9.4% ABV, it's dangerously drinkable; should be a sipper, but it's hard to not keep going back for more. I'm quite impressed by my first foray into Polish craft beer, & will definitely be picking a couple more of these up.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.24/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Black pour, brown when up to the light on the side, thin ring of head on the top, beige. Aroma of chocolate and licorice, dark fruit, prune, bitter.

Taste had enough chocolate and 2 row to counteract the bitterness, alcohol and dark prune, licorice. A drinkable example of a style I'm not always keen on.

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Photo of MacMalt
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into snifter. It poured a dark mahogany with ruby hues and a thin tan head and lacing. The smell featured coffee and malt. The taste was more complex: dark coffee, caramel, nuts, and malt. As it warmed, it became sweeter and it did not have a very bitter finish. The body of this porter is rather thin with light carbonation. The 9.4% ABV is rather subdued but it sneaks up on you. Overall, this is a pleasant, easy drinking porter.

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Photo of WoodButcher
3.41/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark oily brown, not as black as I anticipated. Head is fine, quickly dissipating with minimal lacing.

Smell was chocolate and ripe fruit. Taste likewise was chocolate with lots of dark fruit; plums, prunes, and molasses. A bit too sweet but not cloyingly so. Very little alcohol taste and the finish is heavy on the malts and plum/molasses.

Mouthfeel is fine carbonation and a little slick, coating the tongue.

Overall it's a good beer, but not great. Too sweet and a bit one dimensional.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours brilliant brown with bright ruby highlights while producing a 2” moderately persistent cream colored foam cap.

S: Dark dried fruit suggesting prune, some dark sugars and dark malts.

T: Dark dried fruit and very rich malt flavors with honey caramel sweetened dark bread crust and a trace of grain. The malt flavors are medium high, the hop flavors and bitterness are medium low, the fruit flavors are mild. No rough edges – no burnt or harsh roast flavors.

F: Clean and smooth with medium full body and medium low carbonation. Hides the 9.4% alcohol well.

O: A nice, rich, easy to drink Baltic Porter.

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Photo of VashonGuy
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Very smooth porter, milder than I expected. I was under the impression that Baltic Porters as a group were much stronger than regular Porters, but that's not true of this. The flavor is very appealing. After drinking most of the bottle, I checked the ABV, and was surprised to see the 9+% - it felt sessionable, and I would have guessed 5%. Nice porter, not remarkable, but quite good.

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Photo of ordybill
4.53/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16.9 OZ bottle into a pint glass. the bottle cap is all gloss black. the appearance is like a dark coffee color. The aroma is full of malt with a big dose of black licorice. The taste is like the aroma and the alcohol is very well hidden. Overall, an really outstanding Baltic Porter. This is becoming a very sought after style by me.

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Photo of mr-jj
3.99/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into an ale glass from a 12 oz bottle.

Color is dark brown with a thin khaki head. Smell is nice - roasted coffee and dark chocolate - like a mocha. Flavor is a good balance of the dark roasted malt and honey. The ABV is hidden well. Body is medium with moderate carbonation. Overall, a great value for a really good beer.

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Photo of Testylawyer
4.44/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The Black Boss bottle was waiting patiently in a cooler for me to discover one day. At first I was reluctant due to lack of description on the label. A simple white font on black background is all this beer needs. It's a straight to the point porter. I could hardly believe the cashiers mouth when he uttered a meek "$3.74 is your total." "Wow what a great price!" My inner voice exclaimed excitedly. All of the other beers surrounding the black boss were at least 3 dollars more for the same quantity. As I poured the black boss into an empty paper water cup in the parking lot of a nearby McDonalds, a frothy tan head settled atop a strong light obsorbing pillar of black mass. The smell of dumpster garbage wofted throuh the open window and attempted to spoil my date with dark destiny. Upon first sip of the Boss I was in disbelief. The cashier must have made a mistake. This was the experience of a 10 dollar beer but for a third of the price. It wasn't the most exotic porter I've had, but by far the most satisfying. The alcohol taste was almost non existent. This porter immediately became promoted to the high position of my "Go-to porter".

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Photo of Dave1999
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black with an off white head. Good head retention especially for the abv.

The smell is dark malts and treacle.

The taste is treacle, dark malt, a little roasted coffee and just a tiny bit of alcohol.

The mouthfeel is light for a beer of this abv. Very drinkable.

Overall a very good porter, the abv is well hidden.

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Photo of jwhancher
3.43/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark brew when held to the light, otherwise looks black with tan head and lacing that clings to the glass sides. Drank out of a Stella stem glass. Smells ash like with black licorice and molasses. No hot alcohols. Tastes sweet upfront with molasses like stickiness that fades to dark chocolate. Seems a bit oxidized with some cardboard character coming through. Enough bitterness to round out the somewhat dominating malt sweetness. Feels medium full with a slight alcohol warmth but otherwise very drinkable for 9.4%.

Overall, a nice beer worth trying from Poland here in the states. Bought for less than $3. Can't beat it for a decent brew.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a porter glass.

A frothy, yet thick and firm head forms majestically over a dark brown body with amber hues. Looks black from afar. Lacing scatters. 5

Chocolatey sweetness reaches my nose from a distance. Closer inspections gets a more molasses and caramel malt aroma and some pungent floral aroma. Reminds me of a brown ale a bit. 3.75

Taste reminds me a great deal of molasses... Molasses and oats. Sweetness reminds me of honey too. Takes an interesting turn at the finish, going floral and almost sugary, but I really like it. 4

The body is light and easy-drinking and still manages to feel and taste rich. The sweetness too strikes a tight balance of pronounced sweetness and restraint. A floral quality and touch of bitterness mid- to late-palate also work to tamp down the sweetness nicely. 4

This beer is quite nice and a pleasant beer to try as a contrast to what we frequently taste here in the states.

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Photo of WhiteHillsStore
3.62/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours an almost pitch black with little head. The smell is mild but has some caramel and nutty aromas but is overtaken by alcohol. The taste was rather pleasant with a decent balance but the mouthfeel was very thin for a porter. Known as a great cheap/strong beer and I think it lives up to that reputation.

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Photo of Fuzzycuffs
3.06/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Look: Nice and dark like a porter should be, frothy beige head dissipates rather quickly (unsurprising given the 9.4% ABV. Scattered lacing here and there. Looks nice.

Smell: Not much to speak of here. I pick up on a combination of bread and what might be coffee or dark chocolate. Very subtle aroma.

Taste: Sweeter than I had anticipated, but not cloyingly so. The taste of coffee is the most apparent thing, however. I don't pick up much other than this. Lacking in complexity, but at least it's not boozy.

Mouthfeel: Just average. This is a rather weak-bodied porter, but has been carbonated more than usual for the style, I suppose in an attempt to make up for that. Prickly from the carbonation, and light, almost watery otherwise. The mouthfeel disappoints.

Overall: Decent. It's good for the price, as many users have noted, but it's a far cry from being a great brew. It almost feels like coffee liqueur has been added to a watery porter. The sweetness detracts, and I am not enough of a coffee drinker to appreciate the only other apparent flavor. I wouldn't mind drinking it again some time if I wasn't so close to Deschutes, who produce one of the best porters there is.

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Photo of Shandirra
4.77/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Overall, a good brew. Nice nose, texture on the tongue. Smooth drinking, rich, smooth.
If you find it at the right distributor, a great bang for the buck.

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Photo of calgecko
4/5  rDev +5.3%

A little light bodied (in my opinion) for a Porter, but tasty.. well balanced and easy to drink. I normally like them a bit more on the malty side, but the high alcohol content gave it a nice punch

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Photo of DA84
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At 1.99 per... this just became my winter session beer. It sounds like a 70's blacksploitation film, goes down just as hard and satisfies the same way too.

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Photo of JDOHare
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Very smooth drinking Baltic porter from Poland. This beer drinks very smooth and not heavy at all. Has a bit of very light sweetness to it but not over powering so it stays pleasant. I had this in the smaller 11.2 ounce bottle and I didn't see an alcohol content shown, if this beer is 9.4% ABV its masked very well. The last time I drank this beer I picked up four of them, I like this beer and will drink it again.

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Photo of Solo007
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Reminds me of Samuel Smith's Imperial Stout, only not as refined. A bit on the sweet side. Warning: Don't keep it super cold: Otherwise it comes out almost flat with no head. Nose is that of a mocha spirit: Like a Godiva liqueur fused with whiskey or bourbon, even dark rum. Solid mocha start-to-finish. Because not as rich as a stout, very drinkable. A bargain for $2.50 -$3. Good Stuff.

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Photo of Smokey-Leathery-Books
5/5  rDev +31.6%

I spent summers on my grandmother's dairy, coffee, and sugarcane farm. This porter reminds me of what the giant pots we made "melcocha" in smelled like after boiling down the cane juice. I understand this smell now whereas I used to confuse it with soy sauce. This is by far my favorite porter.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Sorry, Black Boss doesn't sound anything resembling Polish. But it's not about the name of a beer that matters, it's the liquid inside, right? There's 500 ml of Baltic Porter to come. On to the beer:

A beautiful obsidian black takes a glossy look to it. On top rests a short head which falls to a tanned lace. The aroma has a pleasant character. There's a unique smokiness to it, like burning wood. Notes of dark chocolate, kiss of marshmallow, and a sharp note of solvent alcohol.

This is a sweet beer, yet not quite cloying. Start preparing yourself a dessert, because this would go great with one. Sweet like caramel at first with a smoked wood note. More sweet notes come rushing in, which seems to add a roasted marshmallow and cola flavor. Much of the 9.4% alcohol content is cleverly hidden. It's nearly full bodied, with a bittersweet aftertaste.

Has the Baltic Porter become an overlooked style? Don't say that to the Black Boss, which is a more than fair representation of the style.

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Photo of Jonbearr
4.21/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorite beers of all time. These are usually relatively cheap in bottles ($2 for a pint), and are a fantastic value. Most 'craft' pint bottles are far more expensive. The alcohol content of this beer is very high (almost 10%), yet the beer retains a very smooth, dark taste. This is definitely a fuller and richer porter. Many porters I've tried recently have a sort of watery chocolate taste, but Black Boss has a wonderfully deep coffee flavor.

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Photo of etoimazo
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Porter has never been my go-to beer, but I was given a bottle of Black Boss Porter a couple of months ago by someone who knows good beer. After pondering its label a few times (“since 1848”, ”Browar-Witnika”, “Alc. 9.4% by vol.”), I couldn’t help wondering what makes a Baltic Porter different from its un-Baltic style mates. After all, I’d already been impressed by a number of Polish beers and need to be open-minded about such things. A quick check at the BJCP guidelines made me realize I’d be missing something if I didn’t give it a try. I’m glad I did.

Appearance: as dark as stout, maybe not quite so black, with a thin, tan head. Very effervescent.

Smell: Sweet, dark malts, chocolate-covered raisins, coffee

Taste: Black malt comes through first, pulling with it some hop bitterness. The beer has a milk-stout-like sweetness and some coffee character. That dark fruit aroma sits patiently in the background and gives the porter a rich complexity. There is a balanced, black malt bitterness that lingers.

Mouthfeel: Rich, creamy, yet with some effervescent bite. Slightly astringent but satisfying. That alcohol stays well-hidden under all the deep, dark flavor complexity.

Overall: I’m now a fan of Baltic Porters. This one, at least, is a porter for those who enjoy sweet stouts.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased at Beers of the World in Henrietta, NY.

Pours a dark brown, with some red tinges. Would like this to be a little closer to black. Half inch head, and a good amount of lacing.

Smells like roasted malt, dark fruits, black cherries, molasses, and chocolate. Rich and really nice!

Tastes pretty rich, as well. A good amount of roasted malt bitterness, but with huge dark fruity sweetness. A good amount of molasses, some brown sugar, chocolate, with some peatiness as well. No alcohol is present. Tastes almost more like a brown porter or an old ale than a porter, but I guess it might be typical for the baltic porter style.

Medium bodied, sweet, slightly sticky mouthfeel. Fairly low carbonation, very drinkable.

My first beer from Poland, and a solid one at that. A tiny bit too sweet- I wish there was a bit more hop or roasted malt bitterness to balance the sweet dark fruit and cherry flavor.

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Photo of patre_tim
4.18/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Dark brown with an amber tinge, no visible carbonation, 2 fingers of beige head. Leaves a nice lacing.

S: Tar, black licorice, carob, dark toasted malts, soured milk, Norwegian reindeer cheese.

T: Light sweetness, very little tar only on the end breifly, black licorice, dark toasted malts, smooth. A little carob at times.

M: Thick smooth body, little carbonation.

O: Excellent brew. Not a fan of porters so much, but I do enjoy Russian imperial stouts on occasion. This is closer to that style than a porter in my opinion, and I will continue to try others in this style in the future when I can find them.

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