Fredis23 (481) - Hickory Hills, Illinois, USA - SEP 17, 2013
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dar Reddish Brown, A couple of Floaters, Sizable Foamy Head. Not much of an aroma. Sweet Caramel, Malt, Molasses, cherry, raisins. Very Well Hidden ABV. Probably the smoothest and easiest to drink Eastern European Beer with such a high, 9.4%, Alcohol level. Medium Body. Real Nice. Enjoyed It. Unexpected and pleasant surprise. Recommended.
solidfunk (3817) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - SEP 13, 2013
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
A little n the sweet and boozy side for me. Caremelized malt is thick with a little roast. Finishes with some burnt taste and sweetness. Malt heavy, very light hops. Pours dark mahogany with good head and lacing. Consistency a little syrupy. Botte.
Thisis12ptfont (831) - Los Angeles, CA, California, USA - SEP 8, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
soft aroma of vanilla, butterscotch and cream. Brownish black with a decent foam. Strong english tasting malts with odd toffee, mocha, espresso and nougat. Nutty toffee on the finish. Overall, a bit odd and a mix of porter and extra special bitter. Noticeable alcohol on the finish. C rating.
Chad9976 (1156) - Albany, New York, USA - AUG 15, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I poured a 500ml bottle into a tulip glass. There was no freshness date. It cost $2.19 ($0.13 per ounce).
Appearance: Deep mahogany/ruby red/near black hue. Forms a large, tan, frothy head which laces and retains really well.
Smell: Confectionery notes of liquid toffee and scorched caramel. A subtle, but noticeable alcohol presence as well.
Taste: Black Boss Porter is a hidden gem in beer stores across the nation. This is an authentic Old World style Baltic Porter that’s very flavorful, remarkably drinkable, and is priced dirt cheap. We sometimes forget (or just plain don’t know) how good obscure beers from obscure countries can be.
Baltic Porters have a certain quality to them that makes them stand out from other strong porter and imperial stouts. The flavor is akin to a beefy brown ale with a rich toffee and peanut brittle taste. Caramel is also noticeable, but not quite as prominent. Usually, beers this big tend to be quite hoppy for balance, though I wouldn’t say this one is noticeably bitter. The alcohol seems to override what hop character there may be, imparting some heat, but also some sweet, liqueur-like flavors of dark cherry and chocolate. What’s also interesting is that the aftertaste is quite clean and in no way cloying. I definitely recommend this as a great example (perhaps the best example) of the style.
Drinkability: As if the taste to Black Boss Porter wasn’t good enough, the delivery is what seals the deal. The mouthfeel is calm, soft, tepid, and thick but in no way sticky. It goes down silky smooth, in fact, it’s difficult to sip (as it probably should be). The 9.4% ABV does make itself known as it imparts some gentle warmth throughout the swig. You could call it a tad distracting, but it’s in no way annoying.
kiwianer (3332) - Otorohanga, NEW ZEALAND - AUG 6, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
The head is good, the body black. It smells sweet, coffee, malty, darkmalty, a bit alcoholic. The taste is sweet, malty, thick, darkmalty, alcoholic, less hoppy, a bit coffee. 11/12/11/11/12/11
metalhead0043 (144) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JUL 27, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
500ml bottle for $3. A hidden little gem in the import section at my local beer store. Pours black with a slight amber hue to it. Head is sort of a creamy off white or khaki color. Smells like chocolate, malt and is slightly fruity. The alcohol can be detected a little bit in the aroma as well. Taste is sweet with some chocolate, fruit and alcohol flavors present. At 9.4% that can be expected. Does not mask the alcohol perfectly but it is hardly offensive. The body is a little thinner than I prefer but not light. Overall this is a really good porter that I recommend.
pdx77 (1310) - Oregon, USA - JUL 20, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
From bottle at 2013 Portland International Beerfest. Amber brown color. Aroma of dark malts and caramel. Taste is bourbon, buttered caramel, sweet malt, and prune. Finishes with a nice warming.
hman43 (322) - Pinehurst, North Carolina, USA - JUN 24, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
It has a roasted malt smell with hints of coffee and syrup. The head is rather think with a brown color. It is birch beer colored. The taste is a little strong on the syrupy side, but it has a good taste.
chinchill (1756) - South Carolina, USA - JUN 6, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
500 ml bottle served in a snifter.
Pours with a frothy, tan colored head that dies to a partial coat and ring rather soon. The body is mahogany: clear but very dark and not black
Aroma: Sweet medium malts with obvious alcohol esters. Hints of prunes, figs, raisins and allspice.
Taste: Fairly sweet, even in the finish. A bit too sweet. Quite fruity tasting, as the aroma suggested. The alcohol contributes to a suggestion of sherry. The dark malt is subtle for this style. Hints of nutmeg and allspice. No burnt malt flavors.
Feel: medium body and carbonation.
O: An odd porter with an unusual aroma and some unexpected flavors. Interesting and worth trying, although a bit too sweet.
wlajwl (3798) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - JUN 2, 2013
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Aroma is dark malts and butterscotch/toffee. The flavor is malts butterscotch/toffee (bordering on cloyingly sweet) and a mildly acidic/tart finish.