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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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 jpmclaug
3.87/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into an oversized brandy snifter

A - The Black Boss doesn't lie... this beer is black. It had a one finger just off white head at first but that quickly ran away.

S - At first whiff I could almost swear that this is a red wine. Fruity smell is the dominant note here with a hint of roast. Really... I don't know what is going on but this smells like wine.

T - Once again fruity flavors are present mixed with a bit of roast. Sweet flavors abound led by some molasses notes.

M - medium body with not much carbonation.

D - Easy drinking and not what I expected at all. Not picking up the 9.4% at all either. If I had to guess I'd put this at around 4.5%. Interesting brew and worth trying but I don't know if I would seek this out again. If you want to tick Poland however I don't think you could go wrong with this brew..

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Photo of NealVsBeer
3.79/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - One-finger head upon pouring which slowly dissipates. Dark brown with no visible carbonation.

S - Smells of malt, chocolate, molasses and booze

T - Molasses and licorice gives it a very sweet taste, also slightly smoky

M - A full-bodied porter that feels a little sticky but goes down smooth

D - You really can't go wrong with this beer considering the price, style, ABV, and even the label design (which I love)

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Photo of jdense
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

PIB 7.17.2010, bottled version.

One finger light tan head, medium dissipation with some lacing. Dark brown clear body, no visible carbonation. Pretty non-descript nose, I had a hard time picking up my aroma other than a bit of floral hop presence. Taste is pretty sweet for the style, caramel malts, minor floral hop presence. Medium mouthfeel, a bit sticky. Drinkability isn't real high, quite boozy, but given the ABV pretty good. Not the best Baltic Porter I've had, but certainly one of the most authentic.

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Photo of daliandragon
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I know it is July in The South but when a 9.4% Baltic is available for under three bucks, it just seems like a no brainer.

Looking strong into my mug: dark brown color with orange highlights but the creamy, compact head makes me think we're onto something here. The nose is outrageous: dairy, coffee, chocolate, and caramel all blended beautifully.

The taste is somewhat reserved and a lot more balanced than I suspected through the nose. There is a distinct dry hoppiness here, at least somewhat keeping the coffee and sweet malt tones in check. Molasses is another major player in the taste. Extremely creamy yet lighter in texture than many big porters. Alcohol is present but firmly in the backround.

A strong addition to the somewhat surprisingly powerful lineup of Polish Baltics. A little more raw and unrefined than Okocim but creamier than Zywiec.

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Photo of vkv822
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16.9oz bottle into snifter.

Pours an extremely dark brown, almost black color, with very minimal hues of deep red. The head is foamy tan, with fair retention. The aroma is of roasted malts and dark fruit, with a slight boozy and astringent backing. A mix of sweet molasses and roasted malts, with very astringent bitterness and hint of sourness, with some licorice notes. It is all a bit over whelming though, as it is quite the mix of very strong flavors. The mouthfeel is a nice medium to full body with pleasant, yet subtle carbonation. As it warms it does mellow out a bit and become more drinkable.

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Photo of Briken
3.99/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

This pours a dark brown with red highlights and a huge tan head that disappears with minimal lacing. Strong aromas of alcohol, molasses, and dark fruit. Taste at first is like taking a sip of watered down molasses. After calming down and warming up a bit a multitude of flavors spring up. Caramel, roasted malts, prunes and a little spice round out the flavors. Pretty watery feel considering the amount of carbonation and after warming very sticky and syrupy.

I didn't expect too much from this and almost spit it out after the initial molasses kick but I'm glad I didn't. Still a little thin and sticky for my taste but an excellent end to the night. It's been a great stomach settler for sipping on and entering the days' reviews!

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Photo of KTCamm
3.86/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours very dark brown, bordering on black. Not completely midnight, but pretty close. Nice small foam with lacing.

Nose is milky creamy with a hint of coffee. Maybe like a latte? Light roasted.

Taste is smoothly silky sweet, almsot with a whiskey bent. Slight bitter finish, but subdued. Milk taste, Everything held in check.

Lightly carbonated, good smooth porter. I like, and could drink more.

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Photo of tigg924
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: minimal head, black in color, opaque

Smell: chocolate and roasted malt

Taste: chocolate, roasted malt, caramel and cream

Mouthfeel: light bodied, moderate carbonation, sweet

Drinkability: Really enjoyable. One of my new favorites in the style. The taste is sweet without being cloying. I will search for this again.

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Photo of hoegaardenhero
3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: no head; just a few light wisps of foam on top; a barely translucent deep brown that is almost black in the center of the glass;

s: chocolate; raisins; light abv; molasses; light smokiness;

t: oh yeah; rich chocolate; light smokiness - like a forestfire; sweet molasses; some dark fruitiness - like overripe peaches and prunes; really great flavor - a lot to ponder

m: slick medium body; very light carb

d: definitely worth a try; i found it enjoyable

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Photo of RJUGA03
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A-It poured a deep browny almost black body with an off white 3/4" head.
S-It smelled much like an imperial stout roasty, malty, and deep character.
T-On the uptake it was slightly malty and flavorfull and it finished with heavy alcohol esters.
M-Very typical of a Porter/ Imp. Stout
D-At the price point this beer is very drinkable. I notice that it's similar to Helivus Kaper.

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Photo of cdkrenz
2.84/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Black body with purple when held to direct sunlight. The head is moderate and a medium tan color.

S - For some reason I can't get away from the worchestershire aroma today. I wish I could. Especially in a Porter.

T - Breakfast coffee in a porter with a bit of astingency.

M - The feel is watery, yet smooth enough to be worthwhile. However, I would not say it feels as it should when it comes to this style.

~ I'm going to go with, no thank you. A good friend recommended this brew but I have to say this is not one to offer to a pal.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

A: Gentle pour yields a 2.5 finger light, fine, coffee colored head that dissipates to .5 fingers that just sits atop the brew the rest of the way. Beer is a dark, near opaque amber. Lacing is stringy but sparse with little stick.

S: Chocolate, lactose, brownie, licquorice, toffee, and coffee. Smooth and non-aggressive nose that delicately presents a combination of flavors that mesh incredibly well together.

T: Chocolate, licquorice, toasted malt sweetness, and slight sourness. Toffee, almond, coffee beans and that signature yogurty, minty, European yeast flavor. Finish is a combination of roasted malts and brown sugar that leaves a sticky sweet aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied, slightly carbonated, and incredibly smooth. Silky on the palate and creamy going down with a slightly messy finish that leaves a pleasant yet subtle aftertaste. I can barely tell there's any alcohol in this one at all, and the 9.4% abv comes as a total surprise. Perfection!

D: An incredible beer that has one of the smoothest feels in recent memory. Great sweet and roasty porter flavor with that signature European yeast strain taste to pull it all together. A solid beer all around and one that's well worth seeking out.

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Photo of ThreeDimesDown
3.82/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep brown with dark red edging and a beige head that retains well.

Aromas of toffee, chocolate, molasses, and roasted malts dominate.

The taste has a molasses sweetness that lingers and full roasted maltiness that accompanies a bittersweet dark chocolate. Hints of dark fruit (plums, cherries, currants) and a slight alcohol finish make this brew pleasantly complex.

I expected a creamier fuller mouthfeel, but still enjoyed the beer. Tiny carbonation plays well and creates a light crispness to each sip.

A nice beer, I might have been a victim of the over-hype. But wasn't necessarily let down either. I would go back for another but not go out of my way to search it out.

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

Pours a moderate brown color, not a rich, dark brown to black like I was expecting. Some suspended sediment as well with a decent head on top.

Smell is very sweet malt and that unmistakable aroma of a Baltic porter from the Baltic region. Sort of licorice and anise-ish.

Tastes very sweet and almsot cloying in my opinion. Its got a lot of grain flavor and really seems to be a beer that lacks complexity more than malt and alcohol.

I had high hopes for this but I am left wanting something more from it.

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Photo of WhatsNewinBooze
3.29/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Everyone kept tellng me to try this porter and when I finally did I was just a little disappointed. Don't get me wrong it was good it just wasn't as great as people led me to believe, plus it takes a lot to get me jazzed up on a porter. One thing I did really enjoy about this porter was that for being 9.4% ABV you are not left tasting the alcohol like some high alcohol brews.

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Photo of jujubeast6000
2.96/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Reviewed 1/9/2010 (Bottle):

Pours a dark brown color body, somewhat see thru held up to the light. Some small dark tan colored head. Dark almost dirt smell, heavy roasted flavors. Strong grape aroma too, purple grape juice. Some alcohol. Not too heavy, somewhat creamy mouthfeel. Odd flavor. A little better as it warms.

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

My first voyage into the world of Polish brews...Poland makes beer, whodathunkit? Well, let's give this Black Boss a shot...

A - Poured from the 500 ml brown bottle into a clear pint glass. No freshness date on the rather nondescript labels. The body of this brew is a clear ruby brown color topped with a khaki one finger fluffy head. Head retention is excellent and it leaves a nice veil of lace down the inside of the glass.

S - Very big roasted burnt malt nose with hints of bitter dark chocolate. Smelled rather boozy to me right after I cracked open the bottle...I would have assumed a much higher ABV from just the nose.

T & M - I'm actually rather impressed by this beer. A sweet malty body carries dark fruit flavors along with a hint of dark milk chocolate. Virtually no hop presence to note. Medium bodied with a rather creamy mouthfeel. Finishes crisp and fairly clean. The alcohol is well masked, which is something I would have never expected from the nose. I can feel a bit of alcohol warmth once it hits the stomach though.

D - I wasn't expecting a lot from A Polish beer, but this one was pleasantly surprising. A big beer with good flavor and well masked alcohol presence. I now know better than to judge a book by it's cover.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
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 Arenbeer
4.57/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pint bottle into glass

A-Poured a solid black with a slight reddish amber hue in the light. Held a decent 2 finger tan head that slowly dissapeared leaving a little lacing but nothing to crazy.

S- Dark malts and coffee up front but a hint of sweetness possibly from mallasses or a dark fruit.

T- Great tasting malts with a solid coffee backround, but once again that slight sweet end from the mallasses or dark fruits makes this beer so good IMO.

M- Medium body that's real smooth going down. Hardly any carbonation with a little bit of dryness. Hate to say this but almost had a slight chalky after taste, but not so much in a bad way.

Overall for how cheap this beer is, it's worth picking up a few. It's a real great tasting porter that I think is a must try.


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Photo of StevenBilodeau
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I have reviewed this beer before, when I had it out of a 500ml bomber, but I tried Black Boss Porter out of two different types of growlers. One was a a short fat bottle, and had no handles. The other was elongated, and had a stem handle at the top. The second one was referred to as a Pyramid Growler. This beer is PHENOMENAL.

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Photo of stakem
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
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 Bookseeb
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Having traveled to Poland I rarely saw an ale and if I did they where expensive so this will be a good try.
Appearance has a dark rich color with a nice fluffy head that slowly dissipates with fair head. Smell has a big hit of sweet molasses and brown sugar standing out above all. Taste again has molasses, brown sugar, light roasted malt thats rich with light hop and low alchohol taste, considering. Mouthfeel is full with low carbonation making it go down smooth. Makes me want to try more of these Baltic porters.

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Photo of thegodfather2701
4.32/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours black with auburn highlights. It has a nice half inch thick mocha colored head.

S-Roasted malt, vanilla, chocolate, brown sugar, alcohol, and some grassy hop aroma.

T-Creamy milk chocolate and vanilla dominate. Additionally iced coffee, alcohol, and just the slightest touch of dark fruit flavors are present as well. I must say this is one of the sweetest beers I have ever tasted.

M-Syrupy yet creamy. There is not much carbonation.

D-Very drinkable, but its high abv. and sweetness cut into how many could be consumed in one sitting.

Overall, I really enjoyed Black Boss and will drink it again. I don't have much experience with this style of beer and hope to try others of the style.

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Photo of JalfPsu
3.72/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 16.9 ounce bottle into a tulip glass. I'll be honest, considering that this was a $2 beer, my expectations were not that high. However, I was pretty impressed.

It pours dark reddish brown, and appears closer to black until light hits it. There was almost no head to speak of, and no lacing on the glass.

It assaults you with the aroma of molasses, as well as some notes of dark fruits, like cherry and raisins. There's no noticeable malt or hops aroma at all. What's there smells nice, but it's pretty one-dimensional.

The taste is molasses all the way through. There might be subtle notes of roasted malt, but it's hard to tell under the crushing molasses flavor. It hits you up front, throughout each sip, and composes the entirety of the aftertaste. This really was a one-note beer, although it does that one note very well. I would have liked a bit more complexity, but the taste was still quite pleasant.

It's a reasonably heavy beer, though it doesn't coat the tongue as much as I'd expect from something with such strong, syrupy molasses flavor. There's really not much carbonation, which contributes to the apparent viscosity.

This beer hides it's alcohol well, which is no simple feat, considering that it's 9.4%. As such, it goes down surprisingly easily. However, given that this beer has only one real flavor, and it's incredibly sweet, I'd be fine with only drinking one.

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Black Boss Porter from BOSS Browar Witnica S.A.
3.8 out of 5 based on 584 ratings.
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