DSG (7623) - Tel Aviv, - NOV 7, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Clear dark amber to brown with light reddish hues and a big bubbly beige head. Aroma of mild roastiness, coffee, licorice, dark bread, smoky hints and light fruity notes. Sweet flavor, malty, caramelly, mildly roasty, with dark bread, chocolate, coffee, licorice, light fruitiness and a slightly drier, more roasty, and slightly alcoholic finish with a light smoky hint. Medium to full-bodied, kinda syrupy and sticky. Not bad, but too sweet and sugary for my liking.
zvikar (3903) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - NOV 7, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
BBOTMC. Pours a stunning deep red with a huge beige head, aroma of chocolate, nuts and caramel, flavor is extremely sweet and sticky with some roasted tones, pumpernickel, medium bodied, nice
tnkw01 (1291) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 1, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Clear dark brown. Small head, a lot of lace. Coffee, chocolate aroma with hints of alcohol. Taste, great coffee taste.
ThreeCats (633) - ISRAEL - OCT 28, 2013
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Clear mahogany with a tiny head, looks more like a dark amber than a Porter. Aroma roasty with a strong rotten eggs note and some toast. Taste toasty and caramel, a little chocolate and Sherri. Not Porter-y either. Quite sweet. It’s possible that this bottle was just bad, but this was an altogether unpleasant beer.
beerandbeyond (708) - ISRAEL - OCT 24, 2013
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
12oz bottle poured into a goblet.
Clear light brown with red hues and a minimal head.
Caramel nose, with brown sugar, earth, dark bread, some dark fruits, cherry stone and faint chocolate.
Kvass-like flavor, sweet caramel, some vanilla, lo bitterness and some prunes.
Med-full bod, alcohol well hidden, too sweet and not balanced. OK
Cantabrian (917) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 29, 2013
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
I must say that I was less than excited and much disappointed with this porter, not neqarly as good as some of the fabulous Polish Baltic Porters I have tried. Not much of an aroma, this felt malty, watery and charred on the tongue, like an ordinary Dunkel.
Fredis23 (515) - 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 (4914) - 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 (955) - 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 (1343) - 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.