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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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Photo of jmdrpi
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

500 mL bottle, no date.

pretty dark in color, almost black. thin off-white head, but very good head retention. caramel notes build as it warms. a touch of milk chocolate in the aroma too. slightly sweet taste, just enough roastiness to balance it out. fairly thick, lower carbonation. drinks nice and smooth.
overall - pretty good, no hint of the the higher abv.

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Photo of templar316
3.32/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pour a mild cola color, hardly black enough to be called a porter. Paper head is gone quickly and barely a hint is left to show it was there. Burnt malt dominates the nose, there's not alot of depth. It's smooth and easy drinking, cola, burnt toast, chocolate roast. The alcohol is present but concealed. It's awright and at 9.4 if your looking for someting to get your block rocked you could do alot worse.

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Photo of augustgarage
3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 500mL bottle into my Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Burnt umber liquid, dark but clear with a thick finger of soapy khaki up top. Sticky fluffy lacing, superior retention.

Melanoidin rich, yet soft malt in the nose with a hint of toasted oats, light chocolate, and tobacco. Clean but inviting.

Sweet palate entry with a massive kick of sweet malt and alcohol. An explosion of brown sugar with plenty of fusels subsiding to a slightly dry finish full of black bread with hints of rye, wheat, and pepper. Low bitterness though I can almost detect a hint of chive-like hops in there. Maybe just a whisper of diacetyl.

Medium-bodied, creamy, drying, warming.

A bit too alcohol forward which surprises me as this is less strong than Zywiec (my standard go-to Polish Baltic Porter), though not nearly as drinkable. Still a bready meal in a glass, well suited to a night cap or a small meal of sausage, cabbage, etc.

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Photo of beer-miester
4.26/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Very tasty.. light feeling but that is what makes it refreshing. Very drinkable all year around. And wow, with the beer prices today, this is the best value for a high octane beverage! I pay $ 2.09 for 500ml. This is not a Bells Porter but it's not $ 5 a bottle eather. Enjoy! Oh, the compaion food with this beverage is more Black Boss Porter!

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Photo of scootny
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Quite a solid effort here. Black cherry in color maybe a little darker and very clear with a little carbonation evident. Decent lacing and a light covering that remains. Aroma has the requisite roasted and chocolate malt. A touch of coffee. An English style fruitiness with raisins and mild figs. A touch of alcohol and mild toffee/caramel sweetness. Taste is a recapitulation of the nose. Chocolate and coffee, molasses and toffee. SMOOTH. Roasted malt and lots of it. Earthy and dry hop bitterness that finishes clean with just a touch of lingering grapefruit. Some light graham. Feel is surprisingly light for a beer with this kind of og. Velvety carbonation, silky swallow. A great example and a wonderful bargain at less than $1.30 for a 500ml bottle.

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Photo of hreb
3.35/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500mL bottle served cool in a European style pint glass. Beer pours dark brown, not quite black, with nearly no head, and a few big bubbles visible. Aroma is initially kind of lagery/skunky, but upon closer inspection/sniffing, there are some really nice roasty notes too. Like, really deep blackened roastiness.

Initial reactions: there's too much carbonation, but aside from that, this is really smooth brew. Considering the high ABV listed on the top of the label, there are no harsh flavors here at all. In the middle of the mouth the porter provides some nice coffee and slightly sweet toasted malt flavors. There's also a slightly sour fruity note, which might be figs or prunes but mostly I find it nondescript. Unfortunately the aftertaste is a little bit cloying with an annoying adjunct sweetness.

Overall this was interesting enough to try but I probably wouldn't seek it out a second time.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.91/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased a 500ml of this bad boy from Halftime beverage $2.69 not bad at all.

A - Well I didn't expect a big thick porter for "boss porter" but in the glass it's a very pitch black porter even at the base. Head is also great over a 1/2 inch tat settles to a thick sticky lace ring. I am impressed.

S - Smells rather fruity rather than coffee forward which came as a surprised. Has some coffee aspect with your chalky yeasts and some molasses and fruit preservatives.

T - Again very fruity and I am surprised how well it hides the ABV. If their is any coffee aspect its like a smooth frappuccino with vanilla and coffee combo. Stretching here the fruit is maybe a touch blackberry?

M - Very smooth, creamy and very drinkable for 9%. Love it.

Overall I could see why I picked this up its a nice change from a chocolate/chalky taste in your imperial porter. I love the fruity, chocolate/roast, sweet finish aspect this beer gets. Worth picking up just to try Poland's best porter.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.82/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle poured into a New Belgium globe.

A: Deep garnet/purplish color with good clarity. One inch white head retains fairly well, though it ultimately settles into a thin crown. Thin rings of lacing and the odd patch here and there decorate the glass.

S: Chewy molasses, estery aromas of fig, date, and black currant. Restrained roasted malt scents of coffee beans and roasted barley. Whisper of semi-sweet chocolate. Touch of brown sugar. Slight scent of leafy European hops stays far in the background.

T: Molasses, touch of nuttiness, coffee grounds. Light cocoa impression and just a whisper of dark chocolate. Caramel. Fruity flavors of dried fig and date with black currant more in the background. Only the faintest hint of spicy alcohol character. Very clean taste suggests the obvious use of lager yeast. Hop character is even more shy than it was on the nose; just a light balancing bitterness and the slightest leafy taste that may be a mirage of the taste buds. Fairly sweet throughout though it does dry just a touch at the finish. Finishes with lingering roasted tastes of coffee grounds, a dab of cola and molasses, and cocoa.

M: Medium bodied and slightly syrupy. Low carbonation does little to lift it. It doesn't feel as full in the mouth as it could, and the lack of carbonation lets the dextrins sit a little more sludgily on the tongue than they should. There's a nice creamy and smooth element to it, but ultimately it just isn't as well-rounded in the mouth as it could be.

O: The mouthfeel is the weak point of this beer, and carbonation is the main issue. It's rather flat. This may be a product of poor bottling/rough shipping, among other things. Still, it doesn't detract enough from the drinking experience to make it totally unenjoyable. In fact, this is a pretty decent Baltic Porter, and more traditional than some examples of the style we see over here. Many American versions (including some of my favorites, admittedly) are affected by that overzealous, bigger-is-better American mentality. They come off tasting more like an Imperial Stout than a true Baltic Porter. It's refreshing to drink something a little more authentic and straight from the source. This is a real brain cell assassin at 9.4% abv too. It almost feels sessionable, and if it wasn't labeled you'd never know it possessed that strength until you were swinging from the chandeliers.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.66/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a near black, dark ruby brown with a light tan, 2 finger head. Good retention. Leaves behind nice, silky lacing with fair stick.

Smell - Mild notes of roasted chocolate malt, with hints of coffee and fruity esters, like red apple and grape.

Taste - Sweet and fruity. Mild notes of coffee, toffee and chocolate to start. Mid-taste a bit of fermented grape, earth and subtle heat builds to the forefront, producing a mild wine flavor with notes of chocolate subdued beneath. Finishes with a slight metallic ring.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with thick, creamy carbonation.

Overall - Odd beer. Has a bit of funky wine character amidst the porter flavor. Drinkable, and somewhat enjoyable. Something I might consider buying again, though it's not necessarily representative of the baltic style.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a pitched black (had this in a dimly lighted bar, mind you) with good one-finger tan head that died quick but left some lace on top of a dry, roasted aroma with a mix of some sweet malt smells like caramel, possibly chocolate. Mouthfeel is a little thick and sticky, good balance between sweetness and roasted malts and finishes nice with a crisp finish (ABV leads to heated finish but doesn't nuke the tastebuds or anything). Good, not great, porter, as the tastes themselves are basic but pleasing. Some sweet caramel and chocolate and maybe a touch of candy fruit or something. Good beer, worth trying, not the greatest, but that's more of a critique than an indictment.

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

Pours the color of molasses with a healthy amount of mocha foam that settles to an appreciable veil that remains indefinitely. The aroma is very mild, a faint combination of molasses and cocoa. The flavor is much bolder than aroma, with a roasted malt character headlined by dark fruit, molasses, and alcohol. The alcohol flavor is not extreme considering the ABV, but it's certainly hard to miss. Some vanilla also manifests itself as the beer warms. The mouthfeel is slick and oily, typical of the baltic porters I've tried. A lush, roasty fog lingers in the back of the mouth after all else has subsided, lending a really nice finish. On the down side, the flavor profile lacks some cohesion, with heavy handed flavors smacking the palate variably in succession. I'm not a huge fan of Baltic porters, so perhaps I'm being a bit harsh here. With that said, this is better than other Baltic porters I've tried, so it appears to be a very solid offering for the style.

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Photo of GeckoPunk
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - _Poured into a tulip glass. Dark amber-ruby color visible only when held directly in front of light, 1-finger tan-beight head leaving thin lacing.

S - Decent amount of caramel, some coffee, no chocolate. Mostly sweet roasted malts.

T - Predominantly molasses and caramel, not as much espresso/coffee that was in smell, dark fruitiness, roasted maltiness. Agree with others on a slight metallic bite on the finish. Sweet palate. Alcohol eminent and upfront. Mildly smokey in a good way...

M - lighter mouthfeel for a moderately dark porter. Perfect amount of carbonation in my opinion - Not too spritzy nor flat by any means

O - Great beer for the value, otherwise above average by other means. It is worth the $2/bottle price and would certainly consider purchasing again. I've had better porters, but this beer is better than many others I've tried before. Would recommend, but I wouldn't go out of my way to push it on someone to drink. The alcohol is a touch strong, but masked rather well.

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Photo of Roland45s
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours darker than a stout or your typical porter. About 3" of thick cream topper....Very smooth, robust taste and not to bitter after bite. I sincerely enjoyed this, probably would have tasted even better with a fat filet mignon or t-bone. Overall it was a perfect end to a halloween evening and one that I would definitely recommend/drink again.

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Photo of DeutscheJeff
4.19/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This is by far the strongest porter I've had the pleasure of tasting, and it certainly didn't disappoint. This beer had a very strong malt taste to it, with a very sweet mouthfeel. I will have to do a more thorough tasting, but at $2 a bottle I will certainly be purchasing it again.

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Photo of mntlover
3.1/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a ruby tinted brown that's clear with a nice two finger brown head that falls to a ring with some decent lace.

Aroma is lots of molasses light licorice and peat notes. Some light fruitiness also.

Taste is mostly molasses lightly burnt with some peat notes and fruit mingled in. Mostly just lots of lightly burnt molasses. Not the best tasting porter actually would of never guessed this as a Baltic porter.

Mouthfeel seems a little light for a brew this big, carbonation is medium.

Overall always willing to pick up something knew when I see it in this case not enjoying it much. Maybe close to old world porter but nothing like the new Baltic Porters.

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Photo of AgentMunky
4.07/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a half-litre bottle into a brandy snifter.

A: Light head. Ruddy brown. Translucent.

S: It varies betwixt vaguely dry or metallic and thick, fruity dates. Alcoholic and almost entirely pleasant.

T: It's odd. At first, it tastes like a BSDA, but then the smoked pig kicks in. Figs and bacon make an odd combo, but it's not entirely unpleasant. Malty and substantial, with a bit of roast.

M: A bit on the thin/metallic side.

O: Interesting Polish beer! I might not seek it out, but it's certainly recommendable. Hefty and drinkable.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours not too dark and actually quite light in viscosity. Body is a burnt crimson color. Light penetrates with moderate ease to the point that I can see through the core of my glass when held up to my lamp. Clear and surprisingly light in hue for a Baltic Porter. Head is cream and persistent but not very tall. Head begins to pop away as I tilt my glass and slowly rotate it. Thin lacing sheets.

S-The nose is more along stylistic guidelines but still has its own unique deviations. I get some serious burnt caramel and flat cola. Definitely some dried dark fruitiness. Liqueur-dipped figs and raisins. Quite aromatic. Relatively low in coffee and chocolate. Dark bread and butterscotch.

T-This is like drinking burnt liquid butterscotch. Pretty nice, although there is a slight metallic clang on the finish. Molasses and clumpy brown sugar. The dark, sun-dried fruit melts into the other sweet notes and the flat cola is prevalent too. The more I sip, the more I like it. Nuts? Light smoke? They seem to be there. Pretty tasty. Also a bit of anise.

M-Lighter than I would have expected. The 9.4% ABV is masked in a Houdini-like fashion. How can a beer this big, with a body this light hide all the booze? Boy this could be dangerous! Sessionable somehow.

O/D-My first judgment came in the liquor store. There I found 500 ml of 9.4% ABV Baltic Porter for $1.60. That deserves an A for value. ANd the beer itself is unique and frankly quite tasty. I could get a nice groove going with about 3 of these (for under 6 bucks to boot). An enjoyable, high-gravity, cheap beer? One of the few of its kind.

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

Black Boss Porter has a medium, beige head, a good amount of thick lacing, and a dark-brown (ruby under light) appearance. The aroma is of smoke, chocolate, and coffee. Taste is of cocoa powder, charcoal, dark cherries, dark coffee, dark-roasted malt, and sweetness. Alcohol shows up in the aftertaste to some extent. The mouthfeel is medium to heavy, and Black Boss Porter finishes heavy, semi-dry, and not particularly difficult to drink. Overall, this is a mild, pleasant, and potent Polish beer. I like it.


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

Pours a deep ruby/black with a cream-colored slight head that dissipates to a thin film. Nose is malty and dark ripe fruits like plums, bing cherries and prunes.

Mouthfeel is typical for a porter, medium thick with decent carbonation. Taste up front is rich & sweet with the same fruity malt flavors. Slight bitter hop notes underneath to keep it from being overly malty, like an Oktoberfest.

All in all, a very drinkable Baltic Porter and a good substitute since the king & queen of Baltic porters, Okocim and Zywiek are so difficult to find. I'd love to try this on tap.

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Photo of kemoarps
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not as dark as I prefer from my porters. But has a beautiful khaki tan head that lasts, coating the glass as I drink.

The nose is molasses sweet, predominantly.

Taste follows suite. If you like molasses you will love this beer. If not... probably not your cup of tea (beer). Predominantly that molasses sweetness, but there is some other in there as well, but definitely dominated by the molasses. It's good, but at the moment a little overwhelming: I liked it better the first couple times I tried it.

Smoothe and easy drinking. If I didn't already know, I would be astonished that it is 9.4 abv. Masked very well. Would be good around christmas with gingerbread houses perhaps? I would also be curious to see how it ages, might have to pick up a couple when I am home again.

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Photo of 5lat5ive
4.58/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black Boss Porter is the first porter I ever drank, years ago when I started to learn that Newcastle wasn't in fact the best beer in the world. It's about time I review it. Poured from half of Pint into goblet, then the second half.

Appearance - 99% opaque black. Beautiful 1-inch creamy tan head.

Smell - Alcohol is pretty present as it's 9.4% ABV. Wheat and grains, maybe a little nutty.

Taste - Caramel, chocolate, toffee. Also some bread and black licorice. The flavors build over a long time. Nice and complex. The alcohol strength doesn't show up as much in the beginning as you might expect, but it definitely ramps up as you drink it.

Feel - Heavy, sticky, a little creamy.

Overall - Awesome porter. Wonderfully balanced and complex.

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Photo of scootpolute
2.88/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

1 Pint 0.9 ozs bottle poured into a pint glass.

Look: black body with a thin, light tan head that doesn't retain for very long and doesn't leave much lacing. When its closer to a light, it looks closer to brown than black. Some brownish, reddish highlights at the edges. Looks good.

Smell: strong alcohol,heavy in roasted malt aromas, chocolate, fudge, a little coffee and some alcohol soaked currants. Smells quite good and inviting.

Taste: heavy alcohol from the start, chocolate stands out, with some espresso, a bit of currant and anise, with a bit of bitterness that seems to come more from the roasted malt than the hops...finishes with more strong alcohol flavor...

Feel: full bodied, a little chewy but thinner not much carbonation, the heavy alcohol is a turn-off.

Overall: I didn't care for this one...many of the chocolate/espresso flavors were OK, but the over the top alcohol (yes, 9%) is too much and kills this one. Chasin' Cheers :~)

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

Rich, ruby red body with a good light tan head. Head is about 1/2 finger thick, but hangs around.

There is a robust, earthy scent to the beer. Some roasted grains. Brown sugar. Whiff of alcohol, well-buried in the malt smells.

Rich, sugary mouthfeel. Heavy yet smooth.

Burnt sugar and caramel are the dominating flavors initially. Alcohol warmth is well-mixed in the malt flavors. Bitterness is fairly pronounced in the finish, intermingling with the lingering sweetness and the alcohol. Touches of bitter chocolate and cocoa are there, too.

A sweet, heavy, high alcohol content porter. Pretty tasty if the sweetness doesn't bother you.

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

Poured a dark brown color from a 500 mL bottle, with ABV clearly marked on the label. Once in the glass it is pitch black with no penetration of light whatsoever.
Massive tan colored head that stays forever, leaving behind some nice lacing as it slowly dissipates.
Aroma is extremely malty; lots of roasted malt notes with some chocolate/cocoa and coffee.
Taste is slightly sweet upfront but towards the middle there is a robust wave of bitterness which lasts till the finish. However, the bitterness is not overwhelming. Alcohol is very well masked.
Medium bodied beer that is flavorful, tasty and easy to drink.
A very good porter that is definitely worth trying.
Also, can't beat the price of this porter

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Photo of roastbeefdinner
4.51/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A an amazing addition to a large hearty meal, pairs great with stews (bigos in particular) and one pot meat dishes. The sweetness may turn off some people, I find it quite enjoyable. Be careful of the high alcohol content, if you drink it from a mug you may wake up in a revolutionary war graveyard down the street from your house. (yes i did) The price is one of the many selling points besides its ability to go with food like a fine wine. I am able to get this beer in the 11.2oz bottles for $35 a case, an amazing feat for a porter that is 9.4% If you can find the 16oz bottles even better price/volume. Dangerous them big bottles, because you can slam them like its milk.

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Black Boss Porter from BOSS Browar Witnica S.A.
3.8 out of 5 based on 575 ratings.
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