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 shbobdb
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Now this is what I'd call a 'bathroom beer'. What is a bathroom beer, you ask? Well, imagine that you are having a quick study break and you need to keep that rare, alchemical mixture of caffiene and alcohol in your bloodstream to keep you awake at that distant 4 AM timeslot. Now, you quickly sneak off to the bathroom and pound a beer and BOOM, you are right where you should be, at least with the alcohol.
I recognize not many people need that unorthodox studying help, but starting out an evening of drinking with this beer is an excellent idea. At ~10% alcohol this beer is amazingly drinkable. Some alcohol warmth, but that's it. Otherwise this beer is a very run-of-the-mill baltic porter, nothing too special about it. If you want alcohol in your system in a tastey, inexpensive, yet highly effective manner, this is the way to go.

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Photo of francisweizen
4.3/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one goes well with 4AM white catle meals. No seriously. Seriously. I digress. Dark black, cola brown, nearly opaque, but not quite. Compact mocha head that dies, but leaves a tad bit of lacing as well. Aromas of sweet roasted malts, chocolate malted milkshakes, coffee, bittersweet cooking chocolate, leafy hops, and oily bread. Taste is quite nice as well, roasty and chocolatey with some bitter coffee notes and an oily, slighlty hoppy, and yummy finish. Mouthfeel is a bit light for the 9.4% this one is packing, but it works oh-so-well and ups the drinkability of this bad boy quite a bit. A fantastic baltic porter, and the only one that stands up to a 4AM white castle meal!

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Photo of Shmohel
3.69/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I was definately looking forward to drinking this one, poured a nice tall glass and was surprised that the head was not as large as I expected it to be. It dissipated rather quickly as well. When holding it to the light, it was not as opaque as I was expecting and had a reddish hue. The smell of it was great. The taste was not as impressive, but I did enjoy the chewyness. Overall it was a good porter worth drinking again.

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Photo of Golden2wenty1
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a single at Riley's here in Madison. Advertised as a "best value" as it's only $1.99 for a 16.9 oz 9.4% abv beer.

Pours black with some garnet highlights and a one-finger off-white head that dissapates to a thin coating. Nose is roasted grains and espresso with a mysterious fruity sweet kick. The taste has a similar two-faced profile. Starts off with roasted barley, coffee and dark chocolate, then pulls a 180' on you and dives into a raisin/prune/date dark fruitiness with an alcohol bite. The finish is much sweeter than I have ever experienced in a porter. It was a little off-putting at first, but I got used to it half way through the pint. This is an interesting brew no-doubt. The alcohol is hidden rather well for 9.4% and the mouthfeel is medium with light carbonation. The jury is still out on the taste profile, it was interesting if not a little cloying, but worth a try at this unbeatable price. It'll get you drunk!

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Photo of Gusler
4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer upon its evacuating the 500ml brown bottle takes up but temporary residence in my glass a deep brown to almost black color with a smallish light chocolate head that vanishes rather quickly leaving a dangerously thin skirt of lace to encircle the glass. Nose has a splendid burnt grain aroma with a sweet malt backing, caramel, and a somewhat earthy tone present; start is sweet with a nice grain profile, the top middling in its feel. Finish has a vigorous acidity and the hops delightfully spicy, and the 9.4 percent ABV leaves a nice warm feeling in the belly, a darn tasty brew this “Black Beauty”!

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Photo of battlekow
3.61/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewing this simultaneously with the Aldaris Porteris. Looks very nice, black, and bright red where the light shows through, with a tan head and nice lacing. Has a very distinct scent of prunes, olives, molasses, and vinegar. Also alcoholic. For lack of a better term, it smells Greek. Taste is similar, strange fruits and and alcohol. It's sickeningly sweet and sour at the same time. The only time it seems like a porter is at the end with some caramely notes. No chocolate or coffee here. I can definitely see why people would like this, as it has a powerful, unique flavor, but it's not for me.

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

Dark cherry-crimson with redorangegold tropical sunset highlights; a strange color for a Baltic porter, but an appealing one. The head is sandstone in color with a beefy, creamy texture. While it could be a mite stickier, there's a generous amount of lace in drunken rings and small sheets. Love that gemstone-like color when bright sunlight is added.

Although I've smelled better Baltics, this one is pretty nice. It's more dark fruity than anything else, with aromas of dried figs and dates soaked in molasses. I didn't really appreciate raisins or black currants; it isn't that 'dark'. The more common porter aromas of chocolate and coffee aren't in the forefront at all. Is the color and the aroma a clue that it isn't a typical version of the style?

Upon tasting, Black Boss resembles an old ale or a wee heavy more than it does a porter. Again, sweet-and-sour fruit is the order of the day with a tantalizing tangy peatiness. Brown sugar and molasses are still in the house and there's a little cocoa lurking behind the scenes. No smoke, no coffee, no anise. The flavor profile picks and chooses its components (and picks them well), but it doesn't add up to 'porter'.

Frankly, I don't care what it says on the label, this is good beer. The 9.4% ABV must be a misprint. There's no trace (none!) of alcohol. The body seemed too light initially, especially when considered in conjunction with the style and the flavor. It tightens up quite a bit with warming, though, and is now solidly medium and lightly viscous.

Black Boss Old Scotch is a wonderful beer. Given the label, I was expecting a rough-hewn monster of a porter, but that isn't what I got at all. It's a well-crafted, well-mannered, multi-faceted charmer that delivers its 9.4% with a velvet hammer. I could drink a lot of this.

[Edit: Black Boss is much closer to the Baltic porter style than I realized when I wrote this review and is a very good version.]

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

Served in the very attractive monocromatic labelled bottle. For an old UK ska fan this reminds me of the old Two- Tone record labels.
In appearance its the typical dark ,dark brown almost black, mahogany of Baltic porters small tan head, that dissapates fast to leave nice lace.
the aroma is very dark chocolate ( unsweet), black coffee etc.
Taste is certailly Baltic but it is very much on the sweet side, there is the dark roasted coffee flavour but it is interrupted by a fruity, almost raspberry sweetness that bubbles up from under the bitterness. This is not typical but I like the effect.
Nice on the palte..the bubbly sweetness makes this intresting.
For a 9.4% beer this is dangerously drinkable..alcohol is barely noticed in the taste.

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Photo of BrewMaven
4.53/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had seen this in the past, but based on the huge 9.4% alcohol, I didn't buy thinking it was a "get drunk" beer. I could not have been more wrong!
Poured almost black but showed dark ruby at the bottom of the glass when held to light. Thick tan head that lasted quite awhile. There was lacing left all the way down the glass. Taste is cocoa, licorice and spice. I noticed coffee as well with a fairly high viscosity in the mouth although not as chewy as say, a RIS. I didn't notice any bitterness or alcohol harshness in this beer although it did have a profound good effect on my mood ;^).

I really enjoyed this brew and will have it again. Sooner rather than later.

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Photo of unklesyd
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I was excited to try this, just because of the cool name. A very pretty beer: black though with clarity around the edges of the glass, a nice meranguey head.

Smell and taste were in synch: sweet and chocolatey. My wife says, "tastes like a beer milkshake," and she is correct. Really very tasty, though a little much after a half the glass is gone. Not too much bitterness to balance. A tad more would work.

The carbonation was perfect on this one. Enough to raise a head and balance out the sweetness so as not to let it weigh down the tounge. Still retained a pretty full body as well.

Drinkability would be higher if only it was just a tad more balanced, but for how high this hits the ABV, one would have guessed maybe about half of what it actually is.

Have fun!

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Photo of woemad
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle purchased at Jim's Homebrew in Spokane for $2.85. Once again, I find it impossible to pass up a Baltic Porter. What were the odds...

Poured an uberdark color that yielded a slight reddish gleam when held up to light, but otherwise could have been darkest black. Big, thick tan head that dropped slowly and left plenty of lace as the foamy collar made its way down my glass.

Roasty smelling, with a whiff of bitter, dark chocolate and cherries. There's also a nutty scent that smells rather tasty.

The taste carries much more of the nutty flavor, which reminds me of hazelnut more than anything else. There are also elements of toffee, dark chocolate, and dark fruits, but the nutty flavor is what stands out the most to me. This is very tasty, but a little oversweet at the same time. It's not cloying enough for the sweetness to be a nuisance, but I can't imagine having nmore than one at any given time.

This isn't the thickest Baltic Porter I've had, but it doesn't seem too thin, either. I'd describe it as lightly full-bodied, if that makes any sense. In any event, it doesn't seem wrong, just different.

This goes down quite easy. Probably a little too easy for something that's 9.4%, but hey, I only bought one. Definitely a rich tasting beer, so it's perfect after a satisfying meal. Not really a session beer, but who expects that of a Baltic Porter?

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

Darkest mahogany, essentially black when viewed from any distance. The head is a buttery tan, stocky, but retained.
Scented of molasses, cocoa, burnt grain, and caramel.
Begins sweetish, full of maple syrup, brown sugar, and especially caramel. Offset in part with roasted graininess, toasted dark bread and mocha. Dark fruits stake out the middle, full of currants, plums, and black grapes, laid into a liquorice bath. Rides out sweet, with residual sugars and caramel, and no noteworthy hopping.
Broad-shouldered, and robust in the mouth. Teeters oversweet, but the lack of noticed alcohol is a plus (and it is cloaked as well as any). And it is drinkable because of this and in spite of it brawny sweetness, at least in short sprints.
Up to this point, I've had truly divine Baltic porters (i.e. Zywiec, Okocim, Sinebrychoff, Carnegie, Stepan Razin), and mediocre ones (Baltika, Utenos). This falls squarely in the middle, leaning somewhat better.

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Photo of ALESwhatCURESya
4.07/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

$1.49 500ml bottle

Appearance: Poured out a nice deep black with a mocha colored head that turned to a thin film quickly. The body shines a brilliant ruby red when held up to the light. The overall body was a little thinner than expected.
Aroma: The smell was filled with a bread-like kick. There seemed of be a bit of rotted fruit, maybe cherries. Some butterscotch also made a presence.
Taste: A powerful sweet malt comes out front, followed by a rich alcohol finish. The sweetness is very enjoyable and has characteristics of bakers chocolate on the tongue.
Mouthfeel: Sweetness followed by the dry alcohol finish is a nice combination.
Drinkability: For such a strong porter, this one is remarkably enjoyable to drink. I can foresee issues though, when putting about 6 pints of this down in a sitting.

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Photo of RedDiamond
1.87/5  rDev -50.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Obviously, I had a spoiled bottle. The reasons I’m bothering to review Black Boss at all are because I purchased it from a reputable merchant, the beer is 9.4% ABV, and it’s not bottle conditioned. What does this mean? It means that even reputable merchants can sell you a stinker, the high alcohol content will not serve as an effective preservative, and the lack of bottle conditioning forecasts a limited shelf life. All of this is to say that it’s not unreasonable to expect a similar disaster next time, so a consumer warning in the form of a bad review is appropriate.

As for the properties of this beer, I noted every bad, funky beer chemical on the shelf: lots of sulfur, rotten eggs, butterscotch, fusels, etc. There were also some heartening threads of coffee and licorice and no inherent flaws in the appearance or mouthfeel. But the beer as a whole was a hand grenade of failed expressions. Stay away.

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

Nearly opaque, half visible dark caramel-colored body, deep crimson, with a big, blooimg cocoa-tan head, leaving lace, looking lovely.
Aroma: creamy, some roastiness, a little bittersweet, moreso on the sweet, more chocolate-y than anything.
beyond the typical coffee and cocoa sensations found in most porters, I'm getting some cherries here, and other bright/dark easy to down as you'd like, really, a solid porter that please, never teases, and doesn't lay too heavy on the palate. Thoroughly medium-bodied, with a sweet, fruity finish.
If you're in the mood for an overly strong, extra-pleasurable Polish porter for everyday enjoyment, I'd nominate the Big Boss, for sure!

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

Pours out dark reddish-brown and sits a deep crimson in the glass with a large light brown head. Fades to a light skim and coats the glass with brown lacings.

Smells rich and malty with buckets of fruity aromas. Apples and pears blend well with prunes and raisins. Nice roasty character, thick and doughy. Chocolate oozes out from all sides.

Tastes mildly sweet—full malt profile, nice and roasted...lightly roasted. Rich chocolate and dark caramel with grahm crackers give a nice candied touch. Mild pear flavor, some prune. Finish is clean, with just a faint alcoholic glow.

Smooth and creamy in the mouth with a fine and delicate carbonation. Full body, slick and soothing.

A quality drinker. I really enjoyed this beer, and despite its higher alcohol content, it was well masked and didn't play into it much at all. Well done.

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

Appearance – This is a dark brown in color with some light reddish hues just around the very edges of the beer. The head was tanned and held nicely, leaving a film on top of the liquid after receding.

Smell – Oh, this one has some definite European-style grain to the nose. Other than that, it’s a typical BP. There’s some alcohol notes, roasted malts, light coffee, and lots of sugars.

Taste – The grain comes out big at the taste. It’s very refined and is an interesting addition to the Porter. The typical BP flavors are found here as well. There are some big summertime fruits to go along with the very smooth but unabashed alcohol. I’m picking up some fine Polish vwodka in this flavor profile.

Mouthfeel – This is bigger than medium-bodied but not full. It is creamy and smooth with a noticeable alcohol tinge, although the beer doesn’t sting the mouth.

Drinkability – Let’s see, two bucks a bottle, 9.4% alcohol, kick-ass taste, hmmm – OK, you talked me into it.

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Photo of rabidawg
4.02/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pretty much opaque, with a slight ruby tinge around the edges. Tan head settled quickly, but left remnants of lacing behind.

Smell is clearly sweet, possibly from a source other than barley. Actually, it tastes like they used a metric assload (thanks drewbage) of crystal malt. Caramel-like toffee tones are dominant, as are chocolately, roasty notes. Slight coffee aroma and also of molasses. Definitely minimal use of hops, possibly some variety of Goldings. Certainly no aroma additions. Slightly vinous.

Surprisingly carbonated, with nearly cloying but still enjoyable sweetness. Alcohol only noticeable in the slight numbing of the tongue it causes. Slightly thin for the style, but drinkability increases due to the same.

$1.50 for 500 mL at the CT Bev in Newington. A great deal for a pretty dang good beer, if you ask me. I was definitely surprised, and would recommend trying this if you happen to run upon it.

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Photo of Naerhu
4.51/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer beat the hell out of me. Only 500 ml and I was wasted, everyone be careful.

This porter had next to no head with a dark black/brown body.

Huge chocolate aroma with slight charr. Coffee aroma is also abundant, but more of a latte coffee than a fresh corsely ground aribica put through a french press. Vanilla also present in surprising quantities. I do not remember liking a beer so much that was so wimpy on the hops, but this one does it for me.

Massive chocolate and carob taste with big dollop of sweetness. The sweetness is the only thing that negatively affected either the mouthfeel or the drinkability scores. No alcohol apparrent on the flavor dispite the high content (as proven by it totally kicking my ass). Something reminds me of slightly charred yeasty bread, from the brentwood bakery in LA.

This is delicious and am glad it is not locally available as this drink could very easily lead me happiliy to severe alcoholism.

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Photo of bark
3.37/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Yes, colour is black. When you look closely against a bulb, you can see that the liquid really is deep, deep brown-red and clear. The brownish foam is made of big bubbles, and it dissolves quickly into a thin, white skin.

The smell is quite complex; the dominant part is dark roasted coffee. There are also notes of yeast, dark chocolate, vanilla, rye bread and liquorice.

The carbon dioxide is very, very gentle. The brew almost got a stale mouthfeel.

The taste is at first very sweet and without any traces of bitterness or alcohol (surprising considering the high abv). The taste is overall quite velvety; the strongest taste is a roasted – burned taste, but there are also some hints of dark bread, raisins and gravy.

The aftertastes got a fiery taste of alcohol, but there were also a blend of French roasted coffee, sweet liquorice, rye bread and boiled ham.

The label says that this beer is made in collaboration between Boss Brewery in Poland and “Ölverket”, “the Beer Department” in Sweden. An organisation or company or whatever that I never before have heard about, although I can agree with their slogan, something like “drink easy – drink good”

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Black Boss Porter from BOSS Browar Witnica S.A.
Beer rating: 3.76 out of 5 with 595 ratings