Black Boss Porter
BOSS Browar Witnica S.A.

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From:
BOSS Browar Witnica S.A.
 
Poland
Style:
Baltic Porter
Ranked #134
ABV:
9.4%
Score:
85
Ranked #22,294
Avg:
3.77 | pDev: 14.85%
Reviews:
334
Ratings:
311
Status:
Active
Rated:
Jan 10, 2023
Added:
Apr 10, 2004
Wants:
  20
Gots:
  74
SCORE
85
Very Good
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Notes: None
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Reviewed by defunksta from North Dakota

3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Appearance: Pours a very dark, almost ruby blackened color with a minimal head. SRM of 23. (3.75)

Aroma: Stronger aromas of roast, chocolate, dark grains, and sweetness. (3.75)

Flavor: Strong dark flavors o f rich chocolate, smooth caramel, dark grains and mild roast. Finishes sweet. (3.75)

Feel: Medium to heavier bodied, average carbonation and a smooth, sweet finish. (3.50)

Compared to Zwyiec Porter 1/2023: Pours lighter, milder head. Stronger aromas. More milk chocolate and caramel. Less dark malt and roasted black licorice.

Overall: First try at this one and it's a good Baltic Porter. Smooth and sweet chocolate and some caramel. Leans sweeter and smoother than Zywiec, but I think Zyweic wins the contest. (Rating: 3.68)
Jan 10, 2023
 
Rated: 3.91 by SovNat

Aug 05, 2022
 
Rated: 4.01 by Beecham from California

May 26, 2022
 
Rated: 4.25 by portlandmonk from Oregon

May 22, 2022
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Reviewed by Splarp

5/5  rDev +32.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Delicious porter, this a beer for true beer lovers. If you are a big fan of beers like Corona, Bud Light, etc., you probably won't like this. Rich flavor and mouthfeel, a decent amount of alcohol without tasting like it's been fortified. A few of these is enough for the night.
Apr 16, 2022
 
Rated: 3.75 by Birdlegs from Washington

Mar 13, 2022
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Reviewed by WoodBrew from Ohio

3.72/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
I got a bottle of this beer off the single shelf from the Woodman's in Onalaska, Wisconsin just outside of La Crosse. It poured a nearly opaque dark with thin off white ring head that is not leaving much lace. The scent had roast malt base with subtle chocolate and smoke highlights. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink with roast malt presence with dark chocolate flare. The mouthfeel was medium in body and had good carbonation. Overall it is a good beer.
Feb 01, 2022
 
Rated: 4.02 by Sludgeman from District of Columbia

Jan 10, 2022
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Reviewed by Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Black Boss Porter from Browar Witnica. 500 mL bottle purchased from Shangy’s (18/9/21), Emmaus, PA. $ 2.64 (including tax) ($0.156/oz). Imported by ARKO LLC. Stored at room temperature in store and at 40 degrees after purchase. Reviewed 27/12/21. Note that I use DD/MM/YY protocol.
No obvious date but stamped on the back label is “PO#40012”. Served at 52.5 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter. Final temperature 55.0 degrees.
Appearance – 4.
First pour – Deep Amber (SRM 15), clear.
Body – Ruby Brown (SRM 24), opaque. When rear-lite, ruby and translucent.
Head – Average (Maximum 3.5 cm, aggressive center pour), wheat, good retention, diminishing to a three to four mm crown and complete cap fed by moderate carbonation. Second pour produces a 1.7 cm head.
Lacing – Poor. Just a few tiny islands clinging to the glass.
Aroma – 4 – Initially a bit of char which quickly disappears leaving chocolate and aromatic pipe tobacco (Flying Dutchman). No hops, no yeast.
Flavor – 3 – Begins with slightly bitter chocolate and neither char nor Flying Dutchman. No hops, no yeast. No ethanol (9.4 % ABV, as marked on container) taste or aroma. A moderate gastric warming occurs but doesn’t build. No dimethylsulfide or diacetyl.
Palate – 3.5 – Medium, a little more viscous than water, soft carbonation.
Final impression and summation: 3.5 (After deducting 0.25 point for no readable date) Not bad overall, but certainly not exciting – there were two highlights for me – Flying Dutchman on the aroma and the beautiful ruby body when rear-lite.
Dec 27, 2021
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Reviewed by Gordono from Nevada

4.66/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Looks just like a Porter should. Aroma sweet, malty, tinge of alcohol. First sip I was surprised at how sweet it was. Sweet up front then the dark grains. The sweetness masks the 9.4 alcohol. I like this beer.
Nov 28, 2021
 
Rated: 3.75 by -Andrew- from Michigan

Nov 09, 2021
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Reviewed by Sigmund from Norway

3.27/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
RBESG 2006, bottle. Black colour. Dusty aroma with notes of liquorice and dark chocolate. Sweetish flavour of rye bread and some coffee, low bitterness. Alcohol is well hidden.
Jul 31, 2021
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Reviewed by Beersnake1 from California

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Poured from fridge temp. Pours jet black with a minimal amount of head. Nose is immediately full of burnt wood, roasted malts, black licorice, molasses, and cardboard. The taste follows the nose. Lots of molasses, toffee, roasted malts, black licorice, pipe tobacco, coffee grounds, and some nice dark fruits like figs and raisins. Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Overall, a super enjoyable porter.
Jul 31, 2021
 
Rated: 4.3 by Anacross from Oregon

Jul 10, 2021
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Reviewed by Peach63 from New York

4.46/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Pours mahogany with a 1/2 inch tan head, which slowly fades. Moderate lacing.

Aroma is roasty, coffee, caramel.

Taste is coffee, caramel, roast malt, toffee, molasses, raisin, licorice.

Full bodied, moderate carbonation. Thick, semisweet finish.

Another outstanding Porter from Poland.
Jun 13, 2021
 
Rated: 3.83 by M4CDO from Massachusetts

May 04, 2021
 
Rated: 3.49 by Wilkolaczek94 from Connecticut

Mar 22, 2021
 
Rated: 3.93 by TomWight from New York

Feb 27, 2021
 
Rated: 3.96 by DOCRW from Washington

Jan 31, 2021
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Reviewed by mccrackrlm from Connecticut

3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75
Dark looking in the glass, unfortunately I am not getting a good sense of the smell. I really always enjoy the taste of my Black Boss, this time a single 500 ML bottle from Total Wine. Quite a sweet licorice flavor sensation in the mouth. Very enjoyable, definitely get the hint that this is a potent 9.4%. A bargain at $1.99.
Jan 31, 2021
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Reviewed by jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

3.72/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
A - Dark, dark brown pour with thin lacing and no visible carbonation.

S - Has a somewhat mineral/sulfer-like aroma with underlying chocolate notes.

T - Delicate chocolate roast with light char, and finishes balanced.

M - Thick, viscous body for a Porter with minimal thinness around the edges.

O - The focus of this beer is more on the texture thickness as opposed to the chocolate malt.
Jan 24, 2021
 
Rated: 3.97 by ccadwell from South Carolina

Dec 18, 2020
 
Rated: 3.74 by MobBarley from Oregon

Sep 14, 2020
 
Rated: 4.65 by bubseymour from Maryland

Sep 03, 2020
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Reviewed by dunkel_weizen from Oregon

3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75
Unknown age bottle poured into a weizen glass. The color is mahogany brown, rather clear for your average porter. Decent 1 finger head of a light tan color, okay carbonation. The smell is simple, coffee and chocolate as expected. The taste is surprising though: very, very, sweet coffee, caramel, licorice, earthy wood and dirty tones on the finish, in that order. Quite an evolution, although it is rather rapid. It finishes nice and dry, too, with a incredibly full body.

I am surprised at the smoothness considering the absurdly high gravity for your average porter, however, it is honestly very sweet for my taste, almost like licorice coffee candy. Good dessert beer for sure!
Jul 17, 2020
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Rated by Captain69 from Illinois

3.52/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
good polish porter - true porter taste - slightly strong , great malt taste
Jun 13, 2020
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Reviewed by Spikester from Oregon

4.27/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Clear dark ruby almost black with two fingers of light tan head. Rings of lace appear as the level drops.
Smell is dark malt with a touch of black cherry.
Taste is sweet dark malt with black cherries and some slight hop bitterness.
Mouthfeel is medium with solid carbonation. Finish is mild dryness with a mostly sweet finish.
Overall a tasty beer at a decent price. Date? says PO#50191. ????
May 09, 2020
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Reviewed by StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
this has to be one of the best values in beer, just a couple of bucks for the 500ml bottle, strong and tasty beer, cant believe it took me this long to pick one up, but i rarely shop the import section in my grocery store, the layout is weird and i rarely wander over there. who knew what i was missing?! i didnt realize this was so strong either. it pours a deep matte brown in the glass and sports a less than full inch of light tan head on top, but as it sits it fades a little, and i realize toward the bottom of the bottle this isnt quite as dark as it initially looked, a little light coming in, some deep amber tones to it. aroma and flavor are unique, it definitely has some yeast so it, european and classic, i like that in a darker beer like this, really well hidden alcohol too, some cool fruitiness, raisin and date to me, lots of roast from the dark grain, some brown sugar sweetness softening the finish, but not overly sweet at all, and with a little licorice and cocoa nuance as it warms as well, smooth and mellow to drink with just enough carbonation, big but not palate coating or heavy, especially compared to what is popular domestically in the big dark beers these days, grainy, possibly wheated, some good complexity here. i like the weight this has, the depth of flavor, and the lack of bitterness for a big roasty brew. cozy and wintery to me with the bit of residual sugar, tasty stuff, especially at this price. ill buy this again.
Apr 08, 2020
 
Rated: 3.73 by OregonGrown7 from Oregon

Mar 30, 2020
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Reviewed by stevoj from Idaho

4.11/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
.5l bottle from Albertsons. Dark brown, patchy tan head. Aroma fills the nostrils, full roast malts, light sweetness. Amazing aroma is followed by a rich, deep sweet roasty flavor with the perfect amount of bitterness. Nice weight and a soft warmth. Wow!
Feb 06, 2020
 
Rated: 3.75 by harpus from Alabama

Jan 02, 2020
 
Rated: 4.04 by WDWAoT from Arizona

Dec 25, 2019
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Reviewed by cheeseheadinMinneapolis from Wisconsin

3.79/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
9.4% ABV version
Odd beer. I have had two 6 packs of this now, I'm getting burnt out on it. It's Ok a solid beer, good but not great. Is this what Baltic porters were like century's ago???

Hint of smoke/peat, sweet molasses, hint of black licorice, hint of burnt roasted malt, ( Dark fruit? Maybe)
Dec 22, 2019
 
Rated: 3.79 by neliam24 from New York

Dec 02, 2019
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Reviewed by Bluecrow from New York

3.3/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
-murky brown bottle pour with no visible carbonation. The aroma is sweet malt. The flavor is sweet and syrupy. There is a slight toasted malt note and there is a tad of licorice flavor. The body is very thin and some alcohol heat is noted. - not a favorite
Nov 05, 2019
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Reviewed by Smakawhat from Maryland

4.14/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Rich and lathery forming beer out of the bottle, making a deep dark walnut brown nearly black body. The head is fluffy and rich, thick with a presence of light tan and mocha hints of brown. Uniform and capped nicely at a booming three fingers, like a good dollop of ice cream. Big thick rich porter shake like looking appearance.

Very fascinating aroma even for a baltic porter. Thick malt chocolate whip sensations, a real creamy almost hazelnut/walnut puree on the nose, really nutty sensing. Faint fruity/twinging berry slight tangy sourness as well (not infected), getting into black forest chocolate cake here but with less cherry and something more exotic. Even feels like here's a touch of wood to this as well.

Palate sort of gets everything back to earth. Very whipped up foamy mouthfeel, feels stuck in the mouth but gives way to some solid flavors. More of that whipped up airy chocolate flavor, but less roast and malt quality in taste. Finishes with a bit of maraschino cherry, and a bit of sugary fruity quality that's just a hair really sweet.

Fairly solid baltic porter, that's just a little sugary for my tastes, but stays away from sour molasses and goo which works for me.
Oct 20, 2019
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Reviewed by tradershmulie from Connecticut

3.4/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
Update: Was not that good this last time. Zywiec 1881 is much better.

Very good beer, especially for the price. Just not much there in terms of making it to the next level.

Nice smooth taste, lacks oomph. The alcohol is not obvious.
Sep 08, 2019
 
Rated: 3.99 by 88caprice from Virginia

Jul 29, 2019
 
Rated: 3.5 by NickThePyro from Washington

Jul 18, 2019
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Reviewed by mikeinportc from New York

4.41/5  rDev +17%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
PO#54081 - on the label. not sure if that is the bottling date code, or something else.

Dark cola-brown, with coarse, quickly-dissipating tan head, that leaves a 1/8" ring of fine bubbles.

Smell is toasted hazelnuts & cola (from the glass) , with some light coffee, unsweetened chocolate, and charred wood. (from the bottle) I.e. , typical porter aromas.

Taste is roasty malt, cocoa, cola, finishing with a coffee+cream&sugar flavor, that lingers. Light, barely-there bitterness. No hint of alcohol.

Feel is surprisingly light for 9.4%abv, being on the light side of medium. Very slightly oily, with light, very fine carbonation tingle.

Overall , very enjoyable, & dangerously easy-drinking. Top-notch beer, and a bargain price. That definitely ups the enjoyment/$ ratio. ;)
Apr 14, 2019
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