Frank (3976) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 21, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Holy crap! This is the best bargain ever. Cheap as nuts, tastes good and packs a punch. I assure you this stuff will replace the 40 oz as the favorite beverage of tramps and drifters once word gets out. It will make it’s way into my regular rotation as well. No more forties for little Frank. Oh no. I’m a $1.29/.5L of Black Boss Porter man, yes I am.
Pours black like a boss. Held to the light, you can see it’s actually dark brown like a boss. Nose is sweet and rich with a boss load of coffee. Palate it is slightly unbosslike in that it is somewhat but at least not fizzy. A bit of bossy sweetness, coffee and maybe some non-dairy creamer round things out. Lord, I do not want to know what went into making this stuff but it sure tastes alright aside from a dusty-bottle-on-a-shelf-in-a-Polish-liquor-store twang.
And for the record, this is one of the sweetest bottles ever. Something about it just says, "Drink me. I will fuck you up."
IndianaRed (3743) - Boise, Idaho, USA - NOV 24, 2004
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle Pours a dark but not opaque brown with a foamy light tan head and spotty lacing. Aroma is terrific. Chocolatey and dark roasted wioth some licorice and a touch of smoke. Flaovors, are of cocolate, brown sugar, caramel, and maybe a touch of maple syrup. Feel was a bit thinner than I was hoping and there was a slight bitter smokey trailer. Quite good! Thanks to Buck Dich for sharing this one.
Sham (1844) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 24, 2004
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown, near black with a tannish head and spotty lacing. I love baltic porters. The caramel comes out oh so sweetly. Raisins and anise. Caramel is out moreso than in the aroma. Roasty. The licorice comes through, but is not overbearing. Bitter hops. Raisins again. Thick and complex. Very nice finish of caramel and licorice. Nice. Thanks goes to the Bückster for toting this back from Seattle.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - NOV 24, 2004
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark black, ruby hue, very light head. Nose of creamy roast, molasses & corn syrup, light licorice & sweet faint dark malts, like a milkyway @ Starbucks. Tastes sweet & roast, splenda sweetened iced coffee. Finishes smooth though for the alcohol. Watery carob?
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - NOV 10, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Light black color with a dense tan head. Aromas of black licorice and burnt roasted coffee. Taste has the licorice right up front with some chocolate and vanilla. Body is creamy and smooth and I’d never guess this stuff is 9.4% I wasn’t expecting much from this stuff, since I got 3 pint bottles for $5 but it’s not a bad deal at all. I could easily get used to this stuff. My favorite beer from Poland.
notalush (5716) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 8, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Semi-transparent brown in color - moderate lacing - nose and flavor are dominated by brown sugar and molassas - flavor also produces notes of over-sweetened, black coffee and a touch of chocolate - this tastes as if it’s been lagered, which doesn’t really have to be a bad thing, I guess - pretty flavorful, but a bit thin for the style - worth a try.
Jukkabro (3484) - Tampere, FINLAND - OCT 19, 2004
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black opaque colored, little beige head vanished fastly. Very sweet chocolate aroma with notes of apple and alcohol. Full bodied porter, alcohol comes up very mildly in the end. Sweet chocolate and caramel flavor make taste to be very rich, chocolate lasts long. Ending is soft and round with mild alcohol, good porter. Leaves nice lace in glass.
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 (5588) - 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 (1908) - 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.