Black Boss Porter | BOSS Browar Witnica S.A.

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BOSS Browar Witnica S.A.

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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Photo of boisehack
3.26/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I thought I bought a Black Goss Porter, which makes no sense at all, but I was wearing prescription sunglasses indoors, and no progressive lenses. So I ended up with Black Boss Porter. Probably a good thing, what the heck would a black goss porter be like? We may never know!

I drank it right out of the bottle, because my landlord dropped me off at a property to rake leaves, and the cups on the ground from the Halloween party were dirty. But I poured some onto my fingers to smell it and see the color; not much aroma, kind of malty, but nice and dark. I am not familiar with the Baltic style of porters, but I have seen on YouTube that young Eastern European guys like them for a good buzz. They are not wrong!

You can't see lacing in a bottle, so never mind that. But the taste... I drank some, hmmm... some more... and the first thing that came to mind was Hatuey, that sweet malt bomb from Cuba. Not what I was expecting. I expect a porter to be drier and a bit roasty, but this is a Baltic porter (a guy on the radio just said "Cole Porter", weird!), and I guess this is true to style?

I rolled it around in my mouth, and there wasn't a lot there for as malty as it tasted. However, it was certainly not unpleasant, and as I drank it began to glow on me. Yes, I said glow, at 9+% alcohol, you might expect that. I wondered if corn might be on the grain bill, but somehow I doubt that, this being from Poland.

This was a nice beer to fire my tired old ass up for another two hours of raking leaves, and I would not be averse to repeating the experience, but I am disappointed that I was denied the chance to drink the elusive black goss porter!

So I didn't pour it into a glass, how déclassé, but I think with this beer it is to be expected; like they do in Poland or wherever, just get some sausages, grill 'em, and drink this beer on the rocky Baltic beach by the fire, or whatever you can recreate in this manner. You will be happy!

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Photo of Mister_Faucher
3.91/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Zylod
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Matuhg
4.55/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of jason_nwx
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MO1978
2.42/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Photo of BeerAndFilm
2.8/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of KMcG
3.81/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dsshuck
3.71/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of wexmary
2.02/5  rDev -46.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2


I remember when porters were a bit like stouts but more complex and aften with elements of sweet in it. Cartier Porter from Canada was a wonderful one. I have been told that "Baltic" porters are like those porters I used to drink.

Wrong!!! This is a stout, acrid enough to be undrinkable. With all respect to the other categories here, the taste is all that counts. I spilled it out after two seprate swallows. Ugh!!!


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Photo of CantDrinkEveryBeer
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

500 ml bottle poured into a large snifter.

Appearance: Pitch black, with only the faintest hint of coffee brown near the top when held to the light. Generates 1 finger of dense, tan head on the pour.

Smell: Dark chocolate, cedar, pipe tobacco, a hint of disturbed soil – rich, hearty and earthy.

Taste: Sweet cocoa, roasted acorns, and woodsmoke at first, with a malty sweetness. A good measure of tobacco and rye bread come through in finish. Rich, but not overpowering. Slightly warming. Very pleasant, sweet aftertaste. I didn't detect much of an ethanol flavor – it's quite muted for 9.4% ABV. All in all, well-balanced.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, creamy, though not as creamy as I would like for a porter. Nice bit of bite on the back of the tongue.

Overall: A tasty, approachable porter. It hits all the right notes flavor-wise, with a particularly nice finish. Definitely something I'd have again.

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Photo of CTHomer
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: appears opaque and dark brown, but is crystal clear and a deep mahogany if held to the light; 1 finger light brown head that receded to a splotchy cap; no lacing;

S: dark fruit with licorice, tobacco, and a hint of alcohol;

T: vanilla, licorice, tobacco, and dark fruit; very mild bitterness on the finish;

M: full bodied; moderate carbonation; lightly dry finish; ABV is slightly warming, but pretty smooth all things considered;

O: nicely done;

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Photo of rarigney
4.64/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of cuy50
3.87/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Photo of mactrail
3.13/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I would agree this is a classic in the Baltic Porter style. It just doesn't taste or feel as strong as claimed. I notice from the old photo that the current label has removed the prominent "9.4% vol" from the front.

Black brew without much foam in the chalice. Not much carbonation in the mouth either. Very peculiar aroma, which also seems like a typical oddity of the Baltic style. Something like old wine and bark with blueberry pancake syrup. Quite sweet with a big malty body.

Flavors are blackberry and licorice but it's a murky, dirty taste. Flat and candy-like. Burnt sugar and jelly beans. This is certainly interesting but it's something of a challenge to drink much of it. From the 500 ml bottle purchased at at Haggen Market in Burlington, Wash.

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Photo of mintzmeet
3.66/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Great strong, slightly vinegar aroma. Alcoholic nose. Doesn't need taste like vinegar at all. In fact, nice malty counteracting flavor. Pretty thick texture. Some sweetness.

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Photo of grahuba
3.77/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of woodychandler
4.86/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Price point + ready availability at the FGBS = grab 'n' go, despite it being a bottle, as though I do not have enough in the backlog already. Hey, no matter. I first got turned onta Baltic Porters by Stosh, the now-deceased owner of the Bloomfield Bridge Tavern in Pixburgh. I useta go over & have the Red platter (as opposed to the White platter - it was a Polish jernt) & sit with him & drink Baltika #6 & smoke stogies. Man, I had a VERY different undergrad experience at Pitt!

From the bottle: "Original Baltic Porter brewed and bottled by Browar Witnica SA, since 1848".

I Pop!ped the cap and began a fairly aggro pour, thinking that it was a fresh bottle, so why not! Why not was the pseudo-cascade that began to form a quickly rising and outta-control head! I backed off & let it settle into three-plus fingers of dense, rocky, deep-tan/light-brown head with great retention. Color was Dark Brown to Very Dark Brown (SRM = > 27, < 34) with NE-quality clarity & deep mahogany highlights. OMFG! It was gorgeous. I wanted to marry it on the spot! Nose smelled of dark chocolate, licorice/anise, drying tobacco, light smoke & dried, dark fruits. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full, not quite creamy, but on the approach. I just let it playfully roll around on my tongue to warm and become accustomed to both its taste & feel. The taste had a decided anise/licorice bent, which is really the hallmark of the style, IMHO. Goldang, this was really good! It made me wish that I could still smoke stogies, but sadly, with adult-onset asthma, those days are in the rear-view mirror. Underneath the anise/licorice were notes of dark chocolate, smoke and tobacco. Jeez-us, this was fantastic! I could drink this all day, or maybe on a ferry between some of the Baltic states. Finish was dry, but cool, almost like I had been smoking menthol cigarettes. I almost defy others to find a more iconic example of this style! I have been warned against confrontation on this site, so I will let it go at that, but if you find a bottle of this one, I urge you to snap it up!

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Photo of biboergosum
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

500ml bottle - strange name coming from a Polish brewery, but in the end, it just makes me miss President Obama, if in a sort of crude manner.

This beer pours a clear, dark orange-brick brown colour, with two skinny fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and bubbly beige head, which leaves some island shoreline lace around the glass as things quickly sink away. Noting particularly 'black' about this one.

It smells of roasted caramel malt, stale cocoa powder, overripe pome and stone fruity notes, subtle cafe-au-lait esters, and some tame leafy, earthy, and gently perfumed floral green hop bitters. The taste is bready and doughy caramel malt, a lesser generic toffee sweetness, bittersweet medium chocolate, expired cream and/or milk, some heady, but hard to parse dark orchard fruitiness, ethereal Nordic licorice, and more understated earthy, weedy, and still mildly soused-up floral verdant hoppiness.

The carbonation is rather weak in its mostly uninterested-seeming frothiness, the body an otherwise solid medium weight, and generally smooth, with little else here to recommend it. Things finish well off-dry, the big malt and associated fruitiness carrying on like it was no big thing, in the face of a still genteel alcohol warming.

Overall, this is a well-made, if not particularly complex and/or complicated version of the style, with a solid backbone of malt and other sundry sweet characters, all deftly leavened by that requirement of all northern climes at this time of year: an inherent wowee sauce warming, eh?

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Photo of vabeerguy
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of token_23223
3.96/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dbrauneis
3.96/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours an almost opaque extremely dark brown (approaching black) in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising along the edges of the glass and moderate garnet red highlights. The beer has a three finger tall dense foamy tan head that slowly reduces to a large mottled patch of medium thick film surrounded by a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of roasted malts, cocoa, and roasted coffee with a light to moderate amount of sweetness and a hint of anise.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of roasted malts with a light to moderate amount of underlying grainy + caramel sweetness. That is followed by light to moderate flavors of roasted coffee and cocoa. Hints of anise/licorice in the finish. Light amounts of roasty bitterness and a light amount of lingering sweetness in the finish.

M: Slightly heavier than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth.

O: Easy to drink with very well hidden alcohol. Enjoyable and with enough complexity to keep it interesting.

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Photo of Ltdsaint
3.4/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tone77
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a brown 16.9 oz. bottle. Has a damn near black color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of roasted malts, some chocolate. Taste is roasted malts, licorice, a bit of sweetness, alcohol is very well hidden. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is an enjoyable beer.

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Photo of papat444
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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