Black Boss Porter | BOSS Browar Witnica S.A.

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BEER INFO

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

Style: Baltic Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by bark on 04-10-2004

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3.8
pDev:
15%
 
 
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Photo of Sammy
3.89/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Coffee aroma, and nuts. Mocha head. Baltic style but really a blackened lager from this part of the world. Black but not opaque, with a good amount of head. Mollasses and suger, some ageing and tad of wood in the taste. A bit sweet, and very smooth.Worth trying.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.21/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa powder, and sugary chocolate syrup aromas. Taste is much the same with extremely sweet cocoa powder, char, and vegetal grain flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an average beer that is fairly tasty when cold but as it warms up, there is an acrid burnt vegetal and grain flavor that is pretty off-putting.

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Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of Knapp85
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This poured out into a tall pilsner glass, it had a dark brown color that faded into black as the head settled. The smell of the beer gives of some lager aromas, some roasted malts and a little bit of earthiness too. The taste of the beer has a slight chocolate note in the beginning that fades into an earthy roasted grain flavor with the lager yeast bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel of the beer is smooth, it's not even that heavy for a porter. Overall it's a good brew, I found it to be pretty good on most levels. Glad I tried it.

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Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of metter98
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is clear dark amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high beige head that took a very long time to fade away.
S: There are light aromas of coffee, roasted malts and sweetness in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of caramel, coffee, molasses and roasted malts along with a light amount of sweetness. No traces of alcohol are perceptible.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied and smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. The beer feels a little more filling as it warms up.
D: The beer is very drinkable for the style because the alcohol is well hidden from the taste.

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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 emerge077
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this many moons ago, and passed it up ever since, when it was a sweet boozy mess way back when. This is likely a fresher bottle, it has a new vertical neck label with a star on it.

Thick and creamy mocha foam, very sticky and long lasting. An inch or so of foam, as far as width goes. Black body, slightly ruby in direct light. Looks like iced mocha coffee to be honest.

Sweet maple and wet barley aroma, a prelude to the rich porter about to be sipped. As it warms it becomes more milk chocolate-centric.

Slightly metallic, but very roasty with creamy carob and chocolate flavors. As it warms, the chocolate flavors become more front and center. Ashy roast blends with mellow sweetness of dark chocolate. Definitely a lager with roasted malt, but still pretty enjoyable somehow. Nice char and chocolate aftertaste.

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Photo of brentk56
3.11/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a coffee brown color with a rocky beige head that sticks to some extent and leaves a few shards of lace

Smell: I hate to say this but I am picking up some acetone busting through the licorice and charcoal

Taste: Opens with an overly sweet roasty flavor that has those acetone elements to it; becomes quite roasty by mid-palate; after the swallow, the molasses/brown sugar dominates and becomes quite cloying, although there is a nice coffee flavor underneath

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Just too many flaws to be enjoyable; the sweetness becomes overbearing after a while

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.35/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black Boss pours an opaque brown-black body with gleeming chestnut orange highlights at the base of the glass. The frothy tan head drops shortly to an average collar, but does leave some craggy rings of lace before it goes. The nose is rich with dark chocolate, licorice, cold black coffee, dried apple, and a waft of alcohol. It hints at some acetylacetate but doesn't display it outright. In the mouth it's full bodied, creamy, and smooth. The flavor offers no surprises from what the nose suggests. It starts with chocolate and fruit and licorice; warms to become even more like black licorice with a touch of spice (no doubt from the alcohol); and finishes drying with a light touch of spice, some dark-skinned fruit, and more dried apples. Roastiness rises in the aftertaste. The alcohol stays in check pretty much throughout the entire serving, reigned in by the dark malt and fruit. Quite nice, and very drinkable despite its girth and strength. Absolutely worth trying!

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Photo of chinchill
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle served in a snifter.
Pours with a frothy, tan colored head that dies to a partial coat and ring rather soon. The body is mahogany: clear but very dark and not black

Aroma: Sweet medium malts with obvious alcohol esters. Hints of prunes, figs, raisins and allspice.

Taste: Fairly sweet, even in the finish. A bit too sweet. Quite fruity tasting, as the aroma suggested. The alcohol contributes to a suggestion of sherry. The dark malt is subtle for this style. Hints of nutmeg and allspice. No burnt malt flavors.

Feel: medium body and carbonation. Smooth. Well hidden alcohol.

O: An odd porter with an unusual aroma and some unexpected flavors. Interesting and worth trying, even though it is a bit too sweet.

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Photo of jlindros
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A nice fluffy 1.5 finger head rises up and slowly fades over a very dark brown almost pitch black beer.

N: Interesting, some nice roasty malts, a little black patent malt, some dark syrups, caramel and molasses even, a nice dark roasty bitter aroma, a very light syrupy extract aroma, but much more of the nice roasty malt. A touch of coffee as well.

T: EH, not as nice as the nose. Its got some roasty malts, a little black patent, dark crystal malts, etc. But this time the extract syrup flavors overpower a bit. They seem to come out a little too much. Other than that it has some nice sweetness, dark malts, caramel, chewy malts, etc. It also adds a very light spicy hop bitterness.

M: Medium body with lower carbonation.

F: Finishes slightly sweet with more syrupy flavors, more of the roasty malts and black patent, as well as dark malts, and less of that extract syrup flavor now. More bitterness thanks to the roasty malts and hints of spicy hops. Some sweet caramel lasts as it lingers, with more of the bitterness and malts. A very light minerality flavor. It drinks very well for 9.4% too, barely detecting the abv.

Actually, I have to say I was surprised by this beer. It drank very well for 9.4%abv, had some nice roasty malts and other dark malts, slight syrupy flavors with caramel and some roasty and spicy hop bitterness. Tasty, just a slight extract syrup flavor.

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Photo of oberon
3.19/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Baltic Porter is probably my favorite dark variety and when I can find a good one I grab it,I was thinking this would fit the bill but honestly it wasnt.Poured a deep cola color with a nice creamy lighter mocha colore head,the aromas were very light for the style,mainly I picked up hints of molasses and sweet alcohol.Body seemed really thin to me almost watery,flavors were mild with some mollases and brown sugar standing out most,a mild alcohol infused dark fruit element comes through as it warms as well.I had higher expectations for this beer but it kinda fell flat.

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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 ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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 Ciocanelu
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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

Photo of dcmchew
3.84/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Almost black pour aside for some bronze nuances up in the light. Thin light brown head, fast to a sticky bubbly lace.
Smell of coffee, faint dark chocolate, sweet dark malts and roasted grains. Straightforward but strong enough.
Taste is sweet from start to finish, a tiny bit over the expected level. Sweet coffee with burnt sugar and chocolate at first, big juicy dark fruit, with lots of raisin, plums and berries afterwards. A nice red grape/red wine feel to it. Some dry wood, cocoa powder and nuts too. Roast mostly in the finish, low hop presence.
Low carbonation, close to flat, not entirely creamy, but not watery, somewhere in between. Nicely hidden high abv.
A nice decent porter if you like them sweet, if not it may gross you out, especially as it warms.

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Photo of atrocity
3/5  rDev -21.1%

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark cherry-crimson with redorangegold tropical sunset highlights; a strange color for a Baltic porter, but an appealing one. The head is sandstone in color with a beefy, creamy texture. While it could be a mite stickier, there's a generous amount of lace in drunken rings and small sheets. Love that gemstone-like color when bright sunlight is added.

Although I've smelled better Baltics, this one is pretty nice. It's more dark fruity than anything else, with aromas of dried figs and dates soaked in molasses. I didn't really appreciate raisins or black currants; it isn't that 'dark'. The more common porter aromas of chocolate and coffee aren't in the forefront at all. Is the color and the aroma a clue that it isn't a typical version of the style?

Upon tasting, Black Boss resembles an old ale or a wee heavy more than it does a porter. Again, sweet-and-sour fruit is the order of the day with a tantalizing tangy peatiness. Brown sugar and molasses are still in the house and there's a little cocoa lurking behind the scenes. No smoke, no coffee, no anise. The flavor profile picks and chooses its components (and picks them well), but it doesn't add up to 'porter'.

Frankly, I don't care what it says on the label, this is good beer. The 9.4% ABV must be a misprint. There's no trace (none!) of alcohol. The body seemed too light initially, especially when considered in conjunction with the style and the flavor. It tightens up quite a bit with warming, though, and is now solidly medium and lightly viscous.

Black Boss Old Scotch is a wonderful beer. Given the label, I was expecting a rough-hewn monster of a porter, but that isn't what I got at all. It's a well-crafted, well-mannered, multi-faceted charmer that delivers its 9.4% with a velvet hammer. I could drink a lot of this.

[Edit: Black Boss is much closer to the Baltic porter style than I realized when I wrote this review and is a very good version.]

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

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 mikesgroove
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I really do not even remember where this one came from, but I decided to try it last night. The pour was nice, thick dark brown, looked black to be honest but if you held it up to the light some very nice ruby tinted notes came out. Nice tan colored head settled back pretty quickly and left a thin veil of lace across the top throughout the rest of the session. Decent amount of side glass lace as well could be observed.

The aroma wasa little light, and full of alcohol, but hell its almost 10% right? Decent roasted malt nose with hints of licorice, and maybe raisin, something with a touch of fruit tartness in there. Hint of chocolate way in the back as well. The flavor was dominated by the alcohol, though it was not overbearing at all, rather just coming through very full. Lots of roasted malts, hints of dark earthy tones and a hint of bitter chcolate. Almost a smokey feel to it. Nice medium bodied ale, alot lighter then I thougt it would be, but still very nice. Great carbonation stayed with it throughout the time and the it was superbly drinkable. For beeing so strong, the alcohol ws present, however it was easy to throw it down in more then sips.

Overall not bad at all. I was not really sure how this was going to be but I was really quite pleasantly suprised, this was definitly a solid offering and cheep, like 2.99. If you see it, make a nice night cap, and a good call.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 16.09 oz bottle into a goblet at 45 degrees
A - a deep mocha hued ale with a foamy thick tan head of about 2 finger height that produces a substantial ring o' lace.

S - Dark Bready malt scents like a good hearth baked multi grain loaf

M - Thin, very light feel and not warming- hides it's 9.4% well. A generally dry feel.

T - A real tasty dark graininess and a lactic eastiness are present. Sweet and kind of powdery with plenty of roasted malt character. A toffee/walnut essence comes waltzing in as it increases in temp. This ale makes for a pleasing digestif.

D - a flavorful porter with Ummph! Just not a drinkable beer at 9.4% for multiples, but well made. This would make a good ale to cook with. I would pair with sweet mesquite bbq.

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Black Boss Porter from BOSS Browar Witnica S.A.
3.8 out of 5 based on 587 ratings.
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