Black Boss Porter
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Baltic Porter
Ranked #187
Ranked #24,231
3.81 | pDev: 14.7%
BOSS Browar Witnica S.A.
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Photo of stevoj
4.11/5  rDev +7.9%
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!

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Photo of cheeseheadinMinneapolis
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)

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Photo of Bluecrow
3.3/5  rDev -13.4%
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

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Photo of Smakawhat
4.14/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

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Photo of tradershmulie
3.4/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Update: Was not that good this last time. 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.

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Photo of mikeinportc
4.41/5  rDev +15.7%
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. ;)

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Photo of Agemar
3.84/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Tasty. I hoped for a more full Bodied beer but it's damn good regardless. Alcohol well hidden. Would reccomend for any dark beer fan to at least try!

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.94/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark orange brown with a fine, quarter finger khaki head with good retention and thick lacing. Aroma of dark toasted malt, cocoa and mild dark dried fruit. Flavor is semi-sweet dark toasted malt, cocoa, licorice, dried plums and hints of red berries. Medium bodied with a light creaminess. A pleasant medium bodied Baltic style porter. Good, although slightly sweet, malt body with the mellow dark fruit flavors that are typical of this style. A slight astringency in the finish. Overall, nicely done, glad I picked this up.

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Photo of Beginner2
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Interesting ... sweetness doesn't matter like it used to.
Looks are pretty good for a style that relies on its alcohol content. Smells are equally inviting, mostly malt. Tastes dip a tad as a bit too much sweetness has a tendency to poke itself out and then go back to nice brought on by a nice licorice. The mouth does the same, although is full.

I went on their website. While the English button didn't work for pages (and I find Polish impenetrable), I basically got the idea that this plays off that its site is a former Cistercian abbey and has been through a lot. This Porter is their main export and is a pretty good recipe. Have again? Not for a while. But having once is a treat.

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Photo of Foyle
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 11.2 oz bottle into tulip glass. A 3" tan head drops slowly with nice lacing. Aroma of sweet malts, chocolate, coffee, floral hops. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy with a pleasant dry finish. Flavor of chocolate, coffee, cocoa, floral and earthy hops. Overall: extremely delicious.

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Photo of boisehack
3.26/5  rDev -14.4%
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 wexmary
2.02/5  rDev -47%
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 +1%
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 +5.8%
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 mactrail
3.13/5  rDev -17.8%
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 -3.9%
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 woodychandler
4.86/5  rDev +27.6%
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 -3.4%
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 dbrauneis
3.96/5  rDev +3.9%
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 tone77
3.58/5  rDev -6%
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 phredbull
4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
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 -15%
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%
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 -10.5%
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 +11.5%
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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