bark (255) - Linköping, SWEDEN - OCT 2, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
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”
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 28, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark brown color with hints of ruby through the light. Small stable dense head of mocha bubbles. Initial silage aromas are driven off quickly by light molasses, and a dark rum soaked fruit cake and hint of coffee. Corn sugar sweetened black coffee flavors. Alcohol is really only noticed in the exhale and then again about 3/4 of the wat through as you stomach starts to warm and head begins to swim. Not a lot of malt intensity in this one. An interesting rendition.
JoeM500 (1906) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - SEP 12, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled as Black Boss Porter: Black with ruby hints, huge tan head. Rubbery chocolate nose. Red licorice whip and chocolate taste, gets coffee notes as it warms.
jaymobrown (1723) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 8, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark. Thick tan head. Some roasted, wood, slight plastic bag smell. Warms up to present a more coffee, bitter flavor. Kinda thick.
DYCSoccer17 (3446) - Woodland, California, USA - AUG 28, 2004
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Mildly fruity vinous aroma with notes of chocolate malts. Slightly hazy garnet mahogany with a small tan head. Wow--sweet chocolate in this one. Like chocolate syrup. Hints of smoke and some mild bitterness. Slight alcohol burn. One dimensional, but very tasty!
motelpogo (7173) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - AUG 25, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
bought a bottle of this at the berlin beerfest, at least i assume it was this though it was called czarny boss. dark purple appearance. aroma of chocolate and coconut liqueur. some maple syrup and mandarin sweetness, light saltiness and more coconut liqueur in the finish. pretty potent
Metalhead (633) - Lake Zurich, Illinois, USA - AUG 2, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: SEP 26, 2004 Dark cola color,pretty dense tan head. Nose is sweet and chocolate. Taste is sweet,sticky,chocolate with a hint of malt. The finish was a tad dryish cold but disappeared as it warmed. Not sure why this is called a porter. Sure tastes like a chocolate stout to me. Good dessert beer. Fairly filling. The hi octane of this beer is well masked.
Jeppe (2631) - Brooklyn, Alabama, USA - JUN 9, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a foamy tan head on a dark brown body - the head disappears after a while. Quite odd aroma of fruit, caramel and honey (I get association to a mead...). Flavor is very sweet and fruity and the roasted malt doesn’t show until the end. Some bitter hops in the finish as well. Hides the alcohol very well. A very different porter and I’m a little confused if I really like it or not.
larsniclas (5903) - Billdal, SWEDEN - FEB 14, 2004
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown/black. Chocolate and some coffee in the aroma.
Sweet, too sweet, with sugary moutgfeel.
A bit burnt chocolate-flavour with a nutty bitterness.
madsberg (10597) - Søborg, DENMARK - JAN 29, 2004
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled: Dark ruby red coloured. Thin chocolatish head. Malts, fruit and chocolate in the nose. Coffee, fruits and a very dominant sweetness in the flavour. Very light roasted. Alcahol is well hidden. As a Baltic Porter this is way too sweet for me. Totally lacs the sharp roasted malt flavour, that I seek in these beers.