Black Boss Porter | BOSS Browar Witnica S.A.

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Brewed by:
BOSS Browar Witnica S.A.
Poland
browar-witnica.pl

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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307
Avg:
3.8
pDev:
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Photo of rarigney
4.64/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of cuy50
3.87/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Photo of mactrail
3.13/5  rDev -17.6%
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 -3.7%
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 -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of woodychandler
4.86/5  rDev +27.9%
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 -3.2%
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 +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of token_23223
3.96/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dbrauneis
3.96/5  rDev +4.2%
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 -10.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tone77
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
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 -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of billab914
2.94/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

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 paresis
4.06/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of yaksurf
3.46/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of OldDirty
3.94/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JamieDuncan
4.45/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

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 Rojada1988
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of KarmicSkrambl8
4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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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Black Boss Porter from BOSS Browar Witnica S.A.
3.8 out of 5 based on 586 ratings.
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