Black Boss Porter | BOSS Browar Witnica S.A.

Black Boss PorterBlack Boss Porter
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62.8%
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3.77 w/ 588 ratings
Black Boss PorterBlack Boss Porter
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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#18,093
Reviews:
309
Ratings:
588
Liked:
369
Avg:
3.77/5
pDev:
14.85%
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Photo of paulish
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
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 woodychandler
4.86/5  rDev +28.9%
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 +0.3%
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 +6.9%
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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Photo of TMoney2591
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Pours a deep clear ruby brown with a finger of ecru head that leaves a decent amount of lacing behind. The smell is heavy on the wheat, oats, and dark malts, with cameo appearances from cocoa and coffee. The taste starts off with a host of roast, followed by a darkly wheaty flavor, and finished by a powdery cocoa flavor. The body is surprisingly light, considering the wheaty and oaty characteristics, which, despite the relatively high alcohol, helps keep the drinkability fairly high.

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Photo of stakem
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml brown bottle, no freshness indication to be found. Pours a dark brown color with more than a finger of tanned head. Pretty good retension and a nice amount of lace hanging to the glass. Nose is roasty; including aromas of smoke, burnt grain and hops. It has some characteristics in the nose reminding me of a rauchbier with a zip of citrus thrown into the tail end of the smell blended with a bit of yeast. Taste follows suit with the roasted character and a bit of residual smokiness left in the mouth. 9.4 ABV? Honestly you could not tell it has this much alcohol, it is well hidden except for in the finish. Flavor also includes some hints of bitter chocolate and it is quite "woodsy." Fairly light feel with this beer and mild carbination. Rather enjoyable overall if you are into woodsy flavored dark beers.

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Photo of tdm168
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of JAHMUR
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of dvmin98
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Billolick
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

mid sized bottle, w/o freshness/brewing date info. Pours very dark amber, w/ a dark tan silky head, leaving respectable lace. Some smoke and cocoa in the nose, then ripe fruit notes, more smoke and roasty malts. Smooth and complex in its soft flavors and smoky hues. Alcohol (advertised @ 9.4%) is no where in sight. This stuff tastes like its aged. Flavor intermingle, edges are smoothed out and that all adds up to an intriguing and interesting offering. Go find some of this one and enjoy its intricacies.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an almost opaque black that has a dark ruby tint when held up to the light. Nose is malty and sugary and deep. Strong hints of roasted earth. Flavor is sweet and smooth, but carries a bit too much sweetness I think. Overall it is pretty good and carries some good roasted qualities. The sugary aspect kills it a bit though. Feel is thick with low carbonation. Drinkable, yes. A good one to try.

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Photo of a77cj7
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of jwc215
4.72/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with dark brown hues near the top. A thin head soon becomes a lasting swirling patch. Some lacing is left in its wake.

The smell is pretty robust - chocolate, licorice and walnuts.

The taste is exquisite to say the least. Chocolate and licorice intermingle and work well together. Just a hint of smokiness lends it more character. Late dark fruitiness eventually emergers Nutty, walnuty flavor is support the dark malt throughout, but especially in the finish. Alcohol is very well-covered. Very smooth, velvety.

The feel is creamy and full-bodied.

It's soothingly smooth. Alcohol is well-coveredbut can sneak up on you, as it's pretty potent. Sweet, but balanced. I like the nutty touch that gives it a nice addition to the chocolate and licorice. Just the right amount of smokiness that doesn't overpower, but enough to give it some roastiness. The carbonation is right on the spot. And the beer gods rejoice at this treat from Poland...

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased at Beers of the World in Henrietta, NY.

Pours a dark brown, with some red tinges. Would like this to be a little closer to black. Half inch head, and a good amount of lacing.

Smells like roasted malt, dark fruits, black cherries, molasses, and chocolate. Rich and really nice!

Tastes pretty rich, as well. A good amount of roasted malt bitterness, but with huge dark fruity sweetness. A good amount of molasses, some brown sugar, chocolate, with some peatiness as well. No alcohol is present. Tastes almost more like a brown porter or an old ale than a porter, but I guess it might be typical for the baltic porter style.

Medium bodied, sweet, slightly sticky mouthfeel. Fairly low carbonation, very drinkable.

My first beer from Poland, and a solid one at that. A tiny bit too sweet- I wish there was a bit more hop or roasted malt bitterness to balance the sweet dark fruit and cherry flavor.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nearly opaque, half visible dark caramel-colored body, deep crimson, with a big, blooimg cocoa-tan head, leaving lace, looking lovely.
Aroma: creamy, some roastiness, a little bittersweet, moreso on the sweet, more chocolate-y than anything.
beyond the typical coffee and cocoa sensations found in most porters, I'm getting some cherries here, and other bright/dark fruits...as easy to down as you'd like, really, a solid porter that please, never teases, and doesn't lay too heavy on the palate. Thoroughly medium-bodied, with a sweet, fruity finish.
If you're in the mood for an overly strong, extra-pleasurable Polish porter for everyday enjoyment, I'd nominate the Big Boss, for sure!

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Photo of tone77
3.58/5  rDev -5%
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 afsdan
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of AngusOg
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of flagmantho
4.23/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 16.9 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: very dark ruby brown with huge tan head upon pouring.

Smell: subtler than I anticipated; grain, alcohol and a little bit of chocolate.

Taste: nice malt flavor; a little fruity at first but the taste then develops into a chocolate middle and a carameley, almost bready finish. None of the alcohol of the nose is present in the flavor. Frankly, quite a lot better than I anticipated ... this stuff is damn good!

Mouthfeel: medium bodied and quite creamy. Great!

Drinkability: at 9.4%, this beer is dangerously drinkable. I could pretty much quaff this stuff all night long.

This beer isn't perfect, especially in the nose, but its flavor and sheer drinkability have made this one of my favorite dark beers.

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Photo of WesWes
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a pitch black color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a smooth, black and chocolate malt scent. It's bitter and roasted with a good deal of chocolate malt sweetness. The alcohol is nowhere to be found. The taste is good. It has an incredibly smooth malt flavor that's quite sweet with some roasted notes. The mouthfeel is great. It's a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a very drinkable beer. It may be too sweet for some, but it seems to hide the alcohol well.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Sorry, Black Boss doesn't sound anything resembling Polish. But it's not about the name of a beer that matters, it's the liquid inside, right? There's 500 ml of Baltic Porter to come. On to the beer:

A beautiful obsidian black takes a glossy look to it. On top rests a short head which falls to a tanned lace. The aroma has a pleasant character. There's a unique smokiness to it, like burning wood. Notes of dark chocolate, kiss of marshmallow, and a sharp note of solvent alcohol.

This is a sweet beer, yet not quite cloying. Start preparing yourself a dessert, because this would go great with one. Sweet like caramel at first with a smoked wood note. More sweet notes come rushing in, which seems to add a roasted marshmallow and cola flavor. Much of the 9.4% alcohol content is cleverly hidden. It's nearly full bodied, with a bittersweet aftertaste.

Has the Baltic Porter become an overlooked style? Don't say that to the Black Boss, which is a more than fair representation of the style.

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Photo of bigred89
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of puboflyons
3.41/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on November 19, 2011. From the 500 ml. bottle it pours dark brown with better clarity than the average Porter. Some head. The aroma is an odd cross between dark malts and Toffee. Kind of cardboard like too. The body is medium to bold. The taste is not smoky or chocolate-like but it most definitely has a weird kind of astringency which leads to a slight hop bite.But that is more like the traditional Baltic style. It is not my kind of Porter because I like the smoke but since they began brewing it in 1848, maybe this is the way it is supposed to be.

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Black Boss Porter from BOSS Browar Witnica S.A.
Beer rating: 62.8% out of 100 with 588 ratings
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