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 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 TheLevi4000
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of Manannan
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

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 JeltMaaj
4/5  rDev +5.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

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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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

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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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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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Black Boss Porter from BOSS Browar Witnica S.A.
3.8 out of 5 based on 587 ratings.
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