Black Boss Porter | BOSS Browar Witnica S.A.

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Black Boss PorterBlack Boss Porter

Brewed by:
BOSS Browar Witnica S.A.

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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Ratings: 588 |  Reviews: 309
Photo of JohnK17
4/5  rDev +6.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of Mappies
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of isualum12
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Black pour with a little light showing through. The look is not as dark as some. Smell is not that strong but does seem classic Baltic.
Taste chalky with little butterscotch and Carmel along with a hint of garlic.
Feel- light in body. Bite on the end that pinches the side of your check.

Overall it is good but not amazing. I would try it again but not go crazy to get my hands on it.

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Photo of ales4baldo
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of groetman
1.5/5  rDev -60.2%

Photo of rogerthegill
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of StaveHooks
3.59/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a dark brown color with nice ruby highlights when held to the light. 2 fingers of foamy tan head that retains very well forming a dense cap of micro-bubbles. A descent amount of lacing left behind.

S - Earthy cocoa, overly roasted coffee beans, peat, alcohol, pecans,

T - Roasted malts, old coffee, tangy acidic berry and dark fruitiness, scorched caramel, thin molasses, prunes, soft vanilla, smoked peat. Smokey and on the finish.

M - Light side of medium body, medium carbonation, tangy and slightly acidic.

True to the style of sour, tangy, and smokey. It's a little rough around the edges but aren't all Baltic Porter's? Lighter body than I expected.

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Photo of ab39z
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of Damian
4.54/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drank from a 11.2 fl. oz./330 ml bottle purchased at Roly Poly Enterprise, New Britain, CT
Served in a snifter

Chestnut brown in appearance. Lighter in color than expected for the style. The liquid was topped by a one-finger head of khaki, bubbly froth. Splotches of lacing stuck along the glass.

The aroma was amazingly rich and smooth. Tons of dark fruits. Plums, raisins and prunes came through strong. Intense maple and vanilla notes. Generous dose of sweet, bready malts and brown sugar. I swear that I picked up some boozy, bourbon-like notes as well. As much as I enjoyed the smell of this beer, it reminded me more of an old ale than a typical Baltic porter.

The flavor profile was nearly as impressive as the nose. Lots of smooth, dark fruit sweetness on the front end. Dates, figs and prunes were noticeable. Good amount of rich, caramel malts. Some coffee in the center. Touch of roast and smoke as well. Slightly boozy on the back end. For a 9.4% ABV beer, however, the alcohol was very well buried. The crisp, off-dry finish was somewhat steely at first. As the beer warmed, the metallic notes all but disappeared. Like the aroma, the flavor profile was more akin to that of an old ale/strong ale than a Baltic porter.

The beer was medium bodied with a smooth, medium-fine effervescence. Creamy and supple yet a bit thin for the style.

Black Boss Porter is one of the most notable "surprise beers" I have come across in a long while. Furthermore, it paired perfectly with my kielbasa and pierogi dinner. Do yourself a favor by going to your local Polish market and buying a six-pack of this stuff. You will thank me later.

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

Black that goes clear ruby in light and a semolina-yellow creamy head. Sweet coffee nose.
Slight berry jam, coffee candy, raisin Danish, a touch of roast, slight smoke and lean hops.
Sugary finish and sour mulchy linger. Lt-med, soft, crisp, no hint of the ABV.

Breakfast beer! Lots of residual sugars, but still light. Not nearly as big or dark as other Baltics. Very drinkable.

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Photo of Dapuma
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of south33
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.43/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Black pour, brown round the edges, thin ring of head on the top, looked roughly beige. Aroma of chocolate and licorice, more bitterness in the aroma than I expected.

Taste, easier to drink than expected, chocolate, more licorice, a nutty exterior. For something so big, its nice that the alcohol is well hidden and there is no one flavor that dominates, everything is pretty well balanced on this. Good burnt flavors just in the right proportion. Maybe some darker fruit sweetness. Earthy, yet through this all, there really isn't a heavy mouthfeel, the beer can even seem thin viscosity wise at times.

Usually baltic porters are just too sweet, or bitter without hops, or just not right for me. This one was decent, at a decent price, so I'd check it out again, anytime there is a strong drink, that doesn't suck, at a cheap price, it has a place in the world (deservedly).

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

One of my favorite porters and I always make sure to grab a bottle or two when I come to visit the parents.

A- Pours a dark brown with hints of darkness, minimal head but probably my pour style and pint glass utilization

S- Minimal smell but I fear it is the pint glass again. Get some sweetness from molasses but little else

T- Rather sweet, malty, and combination of chocolate and molasses. Slight pick up of alcohol.

M- Thin and fairly light but then this is a porter and not a stout and I would say fairly close to what I expected

O- rather big fan of this beer, I feel it is well brewed for a porter and plan on continuing to buy.

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Photo of liveKarl
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of Naugled
3/5  rDev -20.4%

Photo of falcon1
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of chansta
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of AtrumAnimus
4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I tried this Porter last night. I am a huge fan of Porters. I found it extremely enjoyable. I also enjoyed it more the warmer it got.

The beer pours a very dark color with a very tan head that rises high and fast, but then settles out surprisingly quick. There was almost no lacing on the glass.

The nose is malty and subtle.

The taste was above average for most porters and was excellent. The mouth feel was a little watery, but barely. Not enough to take away from the overall character of this fine Porter. The porter is definitely sweet malt with subtle hopping. The finish was far better than I expected based on other reviews. Overall, I really enjoyed this one. There are cacophonies of toasty and roasted flavors mingling in there that would have bitter notes, except that they are well balanced with the sweetness of the malt.

Overall I really like this beer and would love to have more.

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Photo of cbyrd4088
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of boyessen
2.19/5  rDev -41.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Received the as part of beer of the month delivery. 12/27/2011 Tasted malt but extremely sweet, too sweet for my taste especially as it gained temperature. Hints of coffee and chocolate.
I didn't notice the scent or taste of alcohol.
The mouthfeel is almost as weak as the nose...thin and watery with a small amount of carbonation.

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Photo of wowbagger
3.07/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On advice from my brother, I gave one of these a try over the holidays. Very dark, with some hint of ruby. Almost no aroma apart from maybe some hints of coffee, maybe should have served it warmer. Malty, sweet, chocolatey with hints of spice and a burnt edge to it. Really no hop flavor or detectable alcohol which was unexpected. I'm not a huge porter fan, but this is probably the best I've had. Very good.

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Photo of chilly460
3.12/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Pours a medium chestnut brown with one finger of tan head. Minimal retention, decent lacing.

S-Predominantly dark sugars and fruit, comes in as molasses and figs. Some booze in the aroma as well.

T- Felt like this was a thin tasting beer, just not a big flavor profile as expected. Some dark fruit at times, coffee, a bit of molasses as the nose indicated.

M- Quite thin for the style.

D- Had a hard time finishing this one, bit boozy as it warmed.

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Photo of felixljr
2/5  rDev -46.9%

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