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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Photo of Sammy
3.89/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Coffee aroma, and nuts. Mocha head. Baltic style but really a blackened lager from this part of the world. Black but not opaque, with a good amount of head. Mollasses and suger, some ageing and tad of wood in the taste. A bit sweet, and very smooth.Worth trying.

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Photo of ruinationation
2.73/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Dark almost pitch black pour, with a half finger head that fades quick and little lacing.

Strong malt smell with coffee coming through and what to me is burnt bananna. Many things that I can't put my finger on but has a spirit smell to it.

Sweet malt taste, to sweet. Chocolate, coffee and a little molasses.

Too thin for me, this type of porter isn't my usual.

Again not my beer style of choice so one and done.

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Photo of andjusticeforale
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This poured like Coca-Cola into a pint type glass. The smell was good; caramelized malts and a subtle, fragrant hop profile. I really love the subtlety of Polish beer. Nothing smacks you in the head here, and wow- almost 10%, you would never know it until you are face down singing the Polish national anthem to the sidewalk.

My biggest gripe here is the mouthfeel. Very flat, moreso than the flatest stout, and there was a head so I don't think that it was a bad bottle. Strangely enough the flatness still doesn't make the alcohol noticeable.

I also feel that this beer is quite underrated. I mean, for the price, this is every bit as good as most American Micro porters that mistake the category as an opportunity to use some left over hops.

eta: what stood out in the latest tasting was the taste of mineral, the taste of iron, this gives way to a sweetness, not cloying, just a big malty sweetness. Still the alcohol is masked well.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.35/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black Boss pours an opaque brown-black body with gleeming chestnut orange highlights at the base of the glass. The frothy tan head drops shortly to an average collar, but does leave some craggy rings of lace before it goes. The nose is rich with dark chocolate, licorice, cold black coffee, dried apple, and a waft of alcohol. It hints at some acetylacetate but doesn't display it outright. In the mouth it's full bodied, creamy, and smooth. The flavor offers no surprises from what the nose suggests. It starts with chocolate and fruit and licorice; warms to become even more like black licorice with a touch of spice (no doubt from the alcohol); and finishes drying with a light touch of spice, some dark-skinned fruit, and more dried apples. Roastiness rises in the aftertaste. The alcohol stays in check pretty much throughout the entire serving, reigned in by the dark malt and fruit. Quite nice, and very drinkable despite its girth and strength. Absolutely worth trying!

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Photo of SteveO1231
3.15/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My bro gave me this bottle, never heard of it before. Fat, Half liter, brown bottle, black label, no freshness date. Pours a dark, dark brown, almost black with lighter copper highlights. Huge foamy tan head that settles to a thin layer of foam. Nice lacing sticks to the glass. Very complex aroma, caramel, molasses, marsh mellow, chocolate, walnuts, oak and a hint of bourbon. Full bodied with a slick mouthfeel. Complex flavors here too, a large malt sweetness, tastes of caramel & prune, molasses, bready, roasted malts and some earthy undertones. The finish has a smokey/ earthy oak aged dryness to it with an aftertaste of bourbon. This is definitely an interesting beer. A bit too sweet for my taste. Pretty big ABV warms up well, be ready for a head change.


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Photo of brewcrew76
3.15/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours a light black ruby color with a small tan head.

S - Dark fruits, licorice, prunes and plums. Some sweet malt is also present.

T - The taste of this one diminishes after the nice aroma. It starts out sooty which reminds me of being outdoors around a big campfire. Licorice, dark fruits with a slight hint of chocolate and coffee. The campfire taste diminishes slightly as the beer warms.

M - Smooth but slightly on the watery side.

D - The 9.4% ABV is well hidden but this beer is rather unimpressive.

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Photo of Winter
3.11/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark brown/ near black with a creamy tan head. Auburn highlights visible in the body. Vinous aroma of roasted malt and coffee. The mouthfeel borders between medium and full-bodied. This is a vinous, alcoholic porter. Husky grain flavor upfont. There's an understated flavor of chocolate that follows. Alcohol emerges in the flavor in the finish and is not hidden very well. Virtually no bitterness in a very non-dry baltic porter. One of these gets the point across. I downgraded the drinkability not so much because of the high alcohol content, but this this isn't a very interesting baltic porter. Still good enough for a night cap.

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Photo of MrVisegrips
2.88/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

The pour is a very dark black with a deep red hue. The head is dark tan, about a finger. The aroma is very sweet with notes of molasses, dark malts and coffee. Taste follows the aroma, but is even sweeter. The high ABV come through in the flavor as well. Mouthfeel is a bit watery and over sweet and the drinkability is average at best. Overall, this brew leans to far to the sweet side for my taste. There are better examples.

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Photo of auntfloyd
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a 500 ml bottle into a standard US pint glass.

Pours a thick, dark, nearly black, reddish-brown, with about one finger of tan head. Smell is of sweet malts mostly, some coffee, chocolate, and fruit notes as well.

The taste is quite good, sweet chocolate with hints of coffee and cocoa. Very smooth tasting for a beer this strong.

The mouthfeel is creamy, and very drinkable. A very nice beer for the price ($1.69/bottle), and a very nice beer overall. Not as complicated as some porters, but that may be a virtue of itself. Well worth a try.

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Photo of jletts
3.45/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A strong alcohol and bready smell. Taste I found to be typical of many porters, with strong flavors of cocoa. This was a very tasty porter, though a little stronger than the porters I am used to. My wife is Polish and I have come to love many Polish beers, particularly the porters which seem to be one of their better styles. This beer would be a good nightcap porter, and I gave it only an average rating on drinkability because, though it is smooth, I max out at two of these due to the 9.4% ABV.

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Photo of jglazer75
3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours dark brown, reddish black and semi-translucent in the light; a foamy off-white head with strong lacing
Smell: malty and bread-like; no trace of coffee or chocolate smells
Taste: a slight chocolate flavor upfront, then a quick hit of malt-iness, then some roasted grain/coffee aftertaste, then it's gone
Mouthfeel: very light, especially for a porter
Drinkability: unlike most porters, could drink these all night, which, at 9.4% abv, would be a bad idea

All-in-all very solid. If one wanted to get toasted on decent beer, this would be a good one to do it to. Not too expensive and it goes down like water. Good stuff. Not great. But solid.

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Photo of wl0307
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Obtained at the BSF bar, GBBF06, the bottle is "merely" 8.5%abv., or 18.1%abw. BB Jan. 07, served lightly chilled in a straight imperial-pint glass.

A: beautiful dark reddish brown hue, coming with a semi-thick tan head composed of large air cells, slowly settling to a thin carpet; lively but not fierce carbonation.
S: dense and sweet toffee-ish+treacle-ish malts, milk cocoa, backed by a refreshing and lightly sour lemony edge of black lager upfront--intense as well as smooth; plenty of dark fruits, mainly dried black dates and raisins, yet also akin to X'mas cake~~ Overall, very malty yet well-balanced. Solid!
T: a mouthful of dried dates, stone fruits like prunes and black plum jam, followed by a sour-sweet tinge of dark malts and doughy lager malts... utterly refreshing and light!! gradually the fruity-malty palate settles to a deeper, sweet coffee-ish and licorice aftertaste, with a semi-dryish bitter, leafy hoppy kick... aromatic, lightly tart, as well as nutty deep down the palate... full of different layers, 3D structured it is~~
M&D: the mouthfeel is superb, lightly carbonated and soothing enough to buttress the fruity-malty theme. The alc. is well-hidden, and the body light, making the beer taste almost like a 6% Schwarzbier~~ very well-crafted and even quaffable Baltic Porter, albeit not amazing (with a capital A). Anyway, this is one of the most impressive Baltic Porters I've luckily tasted!!

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Photo of AlexJ
3.28/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Ink black pour with the viscosity of melted pitch and a minimal head of mocha froth that stays as a lasting ring, leaving only the scantest trails of lace.

Aroma is sweet, dark chocolate, anise, very weak coffee, plum, and some sweet black cherry. As it warms, a strange rootbeer presents itself.

Flavor is certainly not as expected. Syruppy malt and sweet chocolate definately lead the way for some faint coffee, licorice, candied plum, and maple syrup. Very sweet with little of the roasty character that I expected. Almost one-dimensional with near-cloying sweetness. The high ABV is well hidden.

Mouthfeel is big, thick, and sludgy. A viscous, chewy mouthfeel and slick, creamy texture are probably this beer's best attributes.

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Photo of soulgrowl
2.28/5  rDev -40%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Appearance: Just a bit darker than Coca-Cola, deep brown with ruby highlights with a creamy beige head with decent retention and fancy lacing.

Smell: Loads of dark brown sugar, with subdued aromas of rum, burnt coffee, Oreos, and red delicious apple skin.

Taste: So... distressingly... sweet. This is just a brown dumptruck full of sugar, that's what this is. Virtually no coffee, no dark chocolate, no roasty notes, nothing to provide any balance like a good porter should have. Beyond cloying, this is like drinking rum mixed with pure cane sugar, half a spoonful of Nescafe, and a splash of Pepsi.

Mouthfeel: Heavy and slick, slightly puckering and syrupy.

Drinkability: This is hard to drink. It might be okay in a recipe, though... maybe to flavor a mousse or ice cream. At any rate, after having this and the Boss strong lager, I do not think I will be returning to this brewery.

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Photo of Padron4KM
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle with no freshness date.
pours out a syrupy dark brown. Thick two finger head slowly recedes and leaves patchy lacing.
Aroma is sweet malts, molasses, caramel, chocolate, bubblegum.
Flavor is sweet, molasses, sugar, coffee. Borders on cloying at times but has just enough bitterness to keep it from going over that edge.
Picked up a little prune towards the end of the glass.
Alcohol was well hidden.

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Photo of Tupperwolf
3.46/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I decided to pour the whole over-one-pint beer into a glass at once, so I chose my large, bulbous Gulden Draak tullip to do the job. Despite its size, it took a while to contain the beer, as the frothy tan head kept rising up to the brim each time I poured more in. I eventually got it all in, and the head, having lapsed to a thin covering, leaves curls of lacing down the glass. The brew is solid black, and rather heavy looking.

Definite toffee, treacle, marzipan notes in the nose as it warms - almost a syrupy twist to the slight roastiness of coffee. Actually, I'm reminded heavily of a maple donut. I think this is the first baltic porter I've tried, or most likely the closest to a true representation of the style. It's meaty and sweet at once.

Yes, definitely an interesting, but appealing flavor. There are roasty, woodsy, cedar-y tasting notes that fill the mouth and get things going; Slight dark chocolate notes, prune juice, and then things take a sweet turn - almost, but not quite cloyingly sweet - especially as it warms - that toffee/marzipan/maple flavor comes up in spades, and finishes things out with a syrupy swirl. No alcohol is detectable at all, quite a feat given the ABV.

The mouthfeel is interesting to me, it's definitely a porter, not heavy enough to be a stout (how did they get such a high ABV without getting into stout territory with the amount of fermentable sugars? Double or triple fermentation?) It's smooth as silk, with that cool, solid feeling on the tongue characteristic of porters. The finish has a few moments of stickiness which coincide with the syrupy sweetness of the finish, and then things mellow out; The slight stickiness that remains is lightly bitter and roasty, so the sweetness doesn't get cloying.

For such a high ABV porter, it's drinkable. More than one would be too much, but it's a nice break from lighter beers with less character - not as heavy as a barleywine, not as nutty as a bock, not as dry as a stout.

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Photo of edmundfitzoil
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black Boss porter poured from a 500 ml brown, bottle with no date. I poured the beer into a standard pint glass. The bottle had not date on it, but at 9.4% alcohol no freshness date is really necessary.

The beer poured a pitch black that looked deep purpelish red when held up to a the light and a finger of tan head that didn't retain well throughout the drinking of the beer. The smell was of big, sweet dark chocolates, dark fruits, a brown sugar like sweetness and a faint anis. This beer boasts one awesome nose - I'm fighting myself to not to give it a 5. After the nose, the bee's flavor surprised: a dry begining with with warm, sweet malts in the finish that opened and deepened as the beer warmed. The mouthfeel was full and warm; this is a beer to be sipped. The drinkability is medium from a filling, malty sweet beer but with a high abv.

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

Pours a black low to medium thickness. Good head that disapates into a top tension lace, leaves lace on side of glass. Strong malty, chocolate, and mildly coffe nose. Tastes like a sweet dark beer dream. Not heavy in the mouth as you might expect, and much easier to drink than the ABV would lead you to believe.

The flavors devlop beautifully as this beer warms, both ends of the equation are very nice. The first drink makes the eyes roll in the head.

This beer also ages quite well. I had a bottle that I'd cellared for a year and it's even better. (If you can wait).

This is a malt mutha' loving beer. The Anti-IPA.

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

Taste like a treacle tart with all the good sweetness inherent in that snack. Almost too sweet but i aged this one a bit so the balance was prety good. The malt body was well rounded with a real almost English profile to the style. Not what I expected as most Polish porters tend be quite dry. Worth buying for sure.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.01/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Black ruby. Smells and tastes a lot like prune juice mixed with cheap coffee, the kind you get at an AA meeting or in a hospital waiting room. Mouthfeel is medium to full and obnoxiously dusty. There is an appreciated slight woody character to the beer but otherwise I’m not much of a fan. On the plus side, I will admit that the price is right and the 9.4% ABV is very, very well covered. I would not have guessed this beer to be anywhere near that strength. They’ve done a few things right with this one.

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Photo of Dewey0603
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours a jet black with a large tan foamy head. The smell has a very strong dark fruit,prunes and raisins, with alittle coffee. The taste is good with a full fruit flavor and some coffee. The m/f is medium with well balanced flavors. This is a good beer, but I prefer porters with more of a coffee flavor than dark fruit ones.

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Photo of Hautacam
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep red color..tan foamy head..settles to a film.
Smells of chaulky- chocolate, burnt malt with some dried fruit.
Tastes of burnt malt, sweet chocolate-cherry , with a little phenol hint...raisons and smoky alcohol at the end.
Medium / heavy mouthfeel....sugar-slick....low carbonation.
Pretty good brew..but, you have to like sweet beers...I will buy this again.

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

this stuff is like syrup. this one of the thickest beers i've ever had.

appearacne: dark brown, bordering on red, little head

smell: huge caramal malt smell, boy is it gonna be sweet.

taste: that is one sweet beer. this is a malt bomb wet dream. This is getting close to dopplebock teritority, as the roast character is minimal. wave after wave, of brown maple, sugar and caramal.

mouthfeel: syrup

drinkablity: Pretty low due to the heft of this brew. Fine for a lazy sunday like this to spend a hour or more finishing the brew.

So much diveristy in the Baltic Porter Style. The brewer's are all in different countries speaking different languages, so they aren't really copying each other. It great.

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Photo of far333
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chestnut colored with ruby highlights, a beige sizzly head rises up and settles quickly. Aroma is light, but distinctively has chalky cocoa notes and roasted malts. Flavor is smokey roasted malt upfront, followed by molasses and sharp currant, moving to notes of brandy and port. Finishes smokey, followed by zingy carbonation and a hop tingle. The back of my throat feels warm down about halfway, and the roof of my mouth is numbing. Mouthfeel is full, somewhat chalky. Fairly drinkable for a big beer.

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Photo of ElGordo
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark brown with ruby highlights. Light shines through a vibrant red. The half-inch head is a pretty light brown. Sweet aroma of roasted dark malt, caramel, raisins, and cocoa powder. Palate seems sweetened with lactose - a roasted malt backbone accented by raisins, prunes, cocoa, and other tasty dark sweet things. Body is wonderfully full and creamy. Goes down quite easy for such a strong beer.

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Black Boss Porter from BOSS Browar Witnica S.A.
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