Black Boss Porter | BOSS Browar Witnica S.A.

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Black Boss PorterBlack Boss Porter

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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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Photo of allforbetterbeer
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter.

Pours thick and yields a finger and a half of tan head that slowly falls but retains a thin layer. Laces well. Very dark body, shows charred ruby and clear when held up to light.

Sweet chocolaty dark roasted malts make up the bulk of the nose. Interestingly, this smells initially like a dry Irish stout. A little swirl brings up some subtle hops and more chocolate. Coffee is not present in the nose.

Dark roasted malts dipped in dark chocolate. This flavor profile is encased all around with chocolate. Those two flavors are bold and well balanced, and little else is evident here. Coffee and dark fruits are absent. Surprisingly sweet, a little booze is present. Singular and nicely rounded with well hidden alcohol.

The mouthfeel is smooth and feels like the ABV should be high, but it doesn't burn the mouth. Well done. The carbonation might be to compact for some, but this is just how I like it. Drinkability is very good for this style.

Conclusion: This is my second Polish Baltic Porter, and it is different from the other I have tried. Both were very good, the other (Zywiec) was better overall, but this is still a well crafted porter and I wouldn't hesitate to buy or drink it again. The flavor is more singular in this offering, and in a way the simplicity is very enjoyable. Well done.

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Photo of WesWes
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
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 mariposafan
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark garnet - you have to hold it up to a light to see the redness, otherwise it just looks black. A nice creamy head takes awhile to die down and when it does it leaves lots and lots of sticky lacing. There was lacing all over the glass when I was finished.

Smells of malty goodness with a little raisin/dried fruit undertone. Some hops there as well but mostly it's the malts.

Taste follows the aroma to a 'T' - malty goodness with some raisins/molasses and a little - just a little - hop bite at the end. There's some richness but not enough to make it feel overwhelming. It would score better here if not for the lingering bitter aftertaste. The aftertaste isn't too aggressive but it is persistent.

The mouthfeel is fantastic - smooth and creamy. This isn't my first time having this and I remembered it having a bit of alcohol bite but didn't find it in this bottle.

Overall this is a pretty decent beer - definitely a good value at just over $2.00. The flavor is smooth and somewhat rich without being overdone.

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Photo of PicoPapa
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16.9oz bottle. Pours a thin, black color. No head to speak of. The smell is boozey. Aromas of honey, molasses, and malts. The flavor is a dark, sweetness. Molasses and honey. Not as boozey as the smell would indicate but you can taste some of the alcohol. This is one hell of a deal. I picked up this brew for about $2. It's 9.4% ABV and has a solid taste. Surprising amount of drinkability for such a high alcohol content. Perfect beer to have a few of in the fridge at all times.

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Photo of BigBlacke
3.12/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very strange one. First thing I noticed as I poured this beer was a black opaqueness that looked very inviting. Very little head, and it dissipated immediately. I had a hard time distinguishing anything other scent than merlot. Yep this beer smelled exactly like merlot to me. I barely pick up a little raisin it it. Taste was were I lost some enthusiasm. I found this beer to really have no body to it. Low carbonation and not much taste at all. Pretty disappointing. I dont understand how a so called "Baltic Porter" could have no backbone to it. Drinkability I found to be quite high the 9.4abv was hidden quite well.

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Photo of jsdunlop
3.23/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This is a big beer...pours out pitch black with a faint red hue when held up to the light. huge fluffy, tan head that simmers down fairly quick, then patiently sits around for a while. Reeks of alcohol, has a fermented brown sugar aroma and a strong scent of bakers chocolate and overripe plums. The alcohol is up front in the taste and dominates the beer, while the sweetness of this one is almost too much to handle. It leaves a sweet aftertaste on the tip of the tongue after each sip, not too pleasant though. Slight bitterness going on as well Not much else really happening in this one, the sugars and alcohol cover up the malts, leaving a fairly light feeling beer, and the carbonation in this bottle is raging, not what I expected for this baltic porter and I likely won't be seeking this one again.

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Photo of velosuds
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16.9 oz bottle into a clear pint glass. No bottled on or freshness dating. Single purchased for $2.45.

A-Pours a chestnut-dark brown hue with a one and one half finger, thick, creamy tan head with modest retention and ample lacing.

S-Predominantly dark sugars and fruit, as in molasses and figs. Slight presence of alcohol in the aroma.

T-Tastes like was brewed to withstand a voyage across the North Sea. Very pleasant and robust caramel, molasses, dark malts, and hop bitterness. Very faint coffee notes. Not as sweet as expected from the aroma.

M-Very smooth, but perhaps ever so slightly thin.

D-This is very drinkable at 9.4% ABV. The alcohol is not noticeable in the taste.

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Photo of brewerburgundy
4.02/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16.9oz bottle, goblet, and no freshness dating.

The brew is a dark brown tinted with orange reminiscent of brown stained glass. The head is tight and about half an inch to begin with, fading to a cap of creamy cappuccino light brown.

The nose is loaded with black strap molasses, strains of black patent, and very ripe dark fruit. The aroma is strikingly like that of a dark rum with a minimum of alcohol, none of which is burning. This aspect of the beer would lead one to believe that the taste will be quite sweet.

It isn't as sweet at might be anticipated. Caramel, molasses, dark malts, and dairy are all tempered well by lots of roast, alcohol and hop bitterness. There is, maybe, a Turkish coffee aspect. One thing I'm not getting is an alcohol burn; impressive for such a big Baltic Porter.

Like I just said, the alcohol is very restrained for 9.4%. The carbonation is smooth and the beer very full bodied with the apparent residual sugars.

This is a great beer for the price and would satisfy all kinds of dark beers lovers. One bottle is plenty because of its over the top molasses character and ABV. I think it is quite yummy.

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Photo of jlindros
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
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 +2.9%
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 +0.8%
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 +1.1%
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 +4.3%
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 -4.8%
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 +6.1%
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 +2.7%
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 +5.9%
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 +5.6%
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 -0.3%
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 -24.5%
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 +11.7%
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 +1.6%
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 -6.9%
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 -12.5%
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 -21.3%
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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