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 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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Photo of drizzam
4/5  rDev +6.4%
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 -0.3%
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 +21.5%
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 -0.8%
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 +10.4%
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 +14.9%
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 -1.1%
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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Photo of towersfall
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours an extremely dark cherry with a pretty nice tan head that dissipates rather fast. Hardly any lacing follows the brew down the glass.

Smell: Sweet molasses scent that overwhelms the senses. Smells delicious.

Taste: Molasses as well as nuts and dark fruits (plums maybe?). Heavy taste of malts with little to no hops to bitter up the brew. The actual flavor is what makes it somewhat bitter.

Mouthfeel: Thick with little carbonation. Quite an aftertaste but it's still relatively smooth.

Drinkability: Will have again but this is a one-night stand for sure. The 9.4 ABV just lurks around and knocks you around a little bit at the end. Solid porter, but be careful.

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

A- Dark cherry/black color. Little to no head that is the color of beach sand. A ring stays around the edge that produces some lacing.

S- Dried raisins, molasses and booze.

T- The flavors aren't that of a typical porter, however this is fairly complex and enjoyable. Dark fruits and chocolate malt dominate. Slight roasted malt and dryness. Molasses finish.

M- Medium/thick bodied. Low carbonation. Slightly dry on the palate.

D- Enjoyable overall. The dark fruits and sweetness was unique and more of a mix between a barleywine and a stout as opposed to a porter.

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Photo of Mosstrooper
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 500ml bottle into Budweiser branded American pint glass.

Appearance: Pours dark, reddish-black with a very small brown head that is gone quickly, leaving no lace.

Smell:Sweet, roasted malts- almost like molasses. Pretty weak smell, though.

Taste: Tastes of molasses, with a sweetened coffee finish.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and smooth, with only a touch of carbonation. Sticky finish.

Drinkability: For 9.4% ABV, this is a deceptively easy drinker. Overall, this is definitely a beer I would have again, and this is something I could easily do given its low price tag (always a plus).

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Photo of GilGarp
4.18/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 500ml brown bottle is opened on a Tuesday night in November only to discover it's immediate fate is a Belgian goblet and eventually a thirsty American's stomach.

Black Boss has a nice deep dark brown color with good clarity evident upon pouring. The creamy smooth bone white head is short lasting but leaves great lacing on the glass.

Aroma is sweet and rich with malts. The roasty dark malts are apparent in the nose, as is the alcohol

Flavor is sweet up front with tastes of moleasses, licorice, and raisins. It's big on the malts but doesn't loose it's balances to the grain. Some bitterness, both from hops and roasted barley, is a welcome addition in a beer that seemed too sweet at first.

Mouthfeel is very big on body and creamy smooth. The carbonation is minimal making it a delight to swirl around the mouth.

Overall an impressive beer and one that seems like a steal in today's beer marketplace. Less than $3 for a big beer from Poland? You've got to be kidding!

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Photo of alpinebryant
4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark clear brown , light white lacing

S: Plum, Raisin, chocolate malt, heavy sweet resinous odor

T: Plum, sweet malt, raisins, finishes with a heavy black malt flavor at first, as it warms, this flavor becomes less noticeable.

M: Very thick mouthfeel

D: As my second porter from Poland, I have to say this one is better than the Grand Cru. This seemed to be less sweet with the alc hidden better. Definitely a good value and a steal at the price point -

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Photo of MrStark
4.08/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Appearance is mostly black with a little bit of red shown with the light near the bottom. A small tan one-finger head that thins out into a bit of sticky lacing.

Smell is of coffee and and sweet roasted malts. A bit of the alcohol comes through in the aroma as well.

Taste is a nice roasted malt flavor, with coffee and hints of chocolate. A small hop presence as well and a little bit of warming from the alcohol which otherwise quite hidden. Quite a nice well blended flavor.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth with a good amount of carbonation.

Drinkability is pretty good. It goes down easy and has a nice rounded flavor. Not so much of a session beer, but I could have maybe a couple a night. But overall a nice brew.

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Photo of Bung
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml. A black pour, though somewhat transluscent with brown throughout. Some off white head, minimal lacing. Some roast malt, more caramel/chocolate malt and some peat with molasses. Taste follows suit, more sweetness than some baltics, chocolate, caramel, some vanilla and molasses. not a ton of roast in this, but a little. Chocolate caramel finishing. Solid medium body and almost creamy mouthfeel, especially as it warmed. Borders on too sweet for the style, but still quite drinkable, went down easy. Wouldn't turn this down if offered again. Another, or at least the 2nd good Polish Baltic I've had.

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Photo of mnrider
4.22/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 ML Brown Bottle. Black & White simple label. Pint Glass

A: Pours a very dark brown with a nice fluffy mocha colored head, which quickly turns thin with minimal lacing.

S: Chocolate and coffee which is sweet and slightly alcoholic.

T/M: Very smooth with a medium to full bodied mouthfeel. Coffee is very strong and plenty of sweet chocolate. The hops used are minimal but still balance the brew out. Malts taste roasted. This brew really hides the 9.4% ABV well.

D: Better than I thought it would be. For the price this one is a great buy, if you can find it.


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4.67/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I might give a slightly bias opinion to this one because it is by far my favorite beer to sit down with. were i reside now its hard to find, and i catch myself making a 3 hour drive to get it!

Black Boss is a dark, baltic porter with heavy notes of chocolate, coffee, and even molasses. it pours easy with its little carbonation, a packs a aroma that the misses would love to have a candle of! the smell for me is the most powerful aspect. the feel is light but creamy, and really doesn't finish as bitter as you would expect with its high alcohol content. its real sweet, at is a great dessert beer, pairing well with chocolate of course. a also find this to pair well with a good tobacco, as i smoke a briar pipe. the taste it leaves you with makes you beg for that next drink!

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Photo of oberon
3.19/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Baltic Porter is probably my favorite dark variety and when I can find a good one I grab it,I was thinking this would fit the bill but honestly it wasnt.Poured a deep cola color with a nice creamy lighter mocha colore head,the aromas were very light for the style,mainly I picked up hints of molasses and sweet alcohol.Body seemed really thin to me almost watery,flavors were mild with some mollases and brown sugar standing out most,a mild alcohol infused dark fruit element comes through as it warms as well.I had higher expectations for this beer but it kinda fell flat.

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Photo of JimmyK77
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

We originally bought this because it is from Poland and my wife is Polish. It surprized us by being a very good beer. It is very dark with a light, creamy mouthfeel. But the flavors are so strong and well balanced that the beer is quite good. It has almost no hop flavor or aroma, just coffee, lots of chocolate, and dark malt. Very drinkable

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Photo of spointon
3.56/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this one from a 16.9oz brown bottle into a tulip pint glass.

A= This ale poured a dark cola brown with ruby red highlights around the edges. At fridge temp the tan head poured 1" and settled to a thin cap pretty quickly. Not much lace.

S= This thing mostly smelled sweet and alcoholic. The sweetness showed some caramel and rich grain notes while the alcohol was fairly hot.

T= Good caramel and lightly roasted grain flavor up front. Some chocolate covered fruit and an alcohol bite developed midway. The hops were in the background as they should be in this style. The finish was sweet and full of hot alcohol.

MF= Medium bodied with a thinnish mouthfeel and slickness on my tongue.

D= This was a solid Baltic porter but there are so many that are better its hard not to beat this thing up. In fairness, it tasted good and was not hard to drink, so I guess that equated to good drinkability. I just wish the brewers would clean up the finish a bit and tone down the fusel alcohols.

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Photo of olmatty
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance-Dark black, light lacing

Smell- Sweet, sour, doughy and roasty malt

Taste- Sweet, very roasty malts. A good amount of black malt bite.

Mouthfeel- Thin bodied, but so incredibly full flavored that the only thing that prevents this from screaming stout is lighter

Drinkability- Lots of flavor and alcohol detract from this being more than a one in a session brew,

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Photo of flagmantho
4.23/5  rDev +12.5%
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 Darkhorse09
3.71/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9 oz bottle into a pint glass

Dark black on first pour. Mocha looking head, up to about two inches. Very fluffy and good looking, left nice lacing down the glass. More head than I expected for a high ABV beer. Great color. Dark rubbery black, but when held to the light, a ruby red that is just gorgeous.

Nice nose. Heavy molasses aroma, malty, stickty and sweet. Might be a touch overpowering on the sweetness, but enough complexity to keep it interesting. Coffee, caramel notes.

Taste follows suit perfectly. Very sweet, milky and smooth. Just enough dark cherry and fruits flavor on the finish, mixed with notes of alcohol.

Mouthfeel is very smooth. Good drinkability. Alcohol is hidden quite well in this porter. At this price and quality, it might be one of my go-to sweet baltic porters. Tasty.

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Photo of brownbeer
4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured a 16.9 oz into a pint glass.

This beer looked nice, dark with a ruby hue.

The aroma is sweet, milk chocolatey, maple,pancakes.

The mouthfeel is smooth with milk chocolate and molasses.

Overall, well worth the price, great baltic porter. Would definately drink again.

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Black Boss Porter from BOSS Browar Witnica S.A.
Beer rating: 3.76 out of 5 with 593 ratings