blackmurder (236) - Whitaker, Oregon, USA - AUG 2, 2007
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
For the price this is a great beer.
This is a heavy hitter at 9.4%. Upon sipping this magnificent porter I was astonished by how well the alcohol was hidden. I would have guessed that this beer is around 6% if not for the label clearly stating the ABV. As others have stated, this beer does have a red hue to it. It looks very promising sitting in my tulip glass. The taste is a bit sweet for my liking but very palatable at the same time. This is a porter all beer geeks should try at least once. Keep in mind that I am rating this not only based on overall enjoyment but price.
leeburg (230) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - MAR 24, 2009
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Watery black pour and receding tan head. Aroma of sweet bread or cookies, caramel, brown sugar. Maybe even bubble gum somewhere in there. Flavor doesn’t quite live up to the aroma. Roasted malt, brown sugar, lightly bitter. A bit of lacing. Reminds me of a Lion Stout. Big alcohol for a great price from an under-celebrated country. Thumbs up for that.
DrunkenWeasel (224) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 24, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours deep brown with a small white head. Smells strongly of roasted malts and licorice. Very strong taste of licorice in beer that covers up almost everything else, bitter aftertaste comes in afterwards.
sunnyridge (222) - USA - APR 6, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black boss is an incredible value and worth picking it up and keeping one or two on hand. The taste has some great roast malt character and a big dose of vanilla. The nose is toasted malt and lite oak/vanilla tones.
Dubbercody (213) - Vancouver, Washington, USA - FEB 15, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 25, 2007 Bottle- strong sweet nose. Strong sweet malty flavor. Develops increased character as temperature increases. It’s over the top sweetness...yeah...pretty much...
Food pairing:Outstanding with bar-b-que. )
lagomswedish (213) - Umeå, SWEDEN - FEB 5, 2007
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Systembolaget. Pours a dark brown with reasonable tan head that fades quickly. No stand-out aromas, but low levels of bitter chocolate and sweet fruit. I also got some banana (paw paw?).
It’s way to sweet for me, with sickly sweet fruit, treacle and vanilla dominating an otherwise quite watery beer, which tastes flat and filtered. Minimal bitterness as expected while the alcohol dissappears in the sweetness.
Overpoweringly sugary for me, making it all a bit of an effort to finish the glass.
mjmcend (209) - USA - FEB 19, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours dark, dark brown. Aroma was syrupy and a bit of chocolate. I like the flavor, even though I’ve only had this type a few times now. Medium carbonation, oily, full mouthfeel. The 9.4% is hidden well. At 2.75 for a 16.9 oz. bottle, it is a great value. In fact, in terms of $ per alcohol-oz., this is the top beer I have found.
metalhead0043 (207) - Durham, 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.
mesperon (205) - Hillsdale, New Jersey, USA - FEB 12, 2009
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Almost opaque black, copper hues on edges, with thick tan head. Sweet on the nose with roasted coffee and dark chocolate. Thick chewy mouthfeel.
Sweet and light at first, then roasted malt hits with a coffe bitterness that is obvious but very mellow and understated. A little sharpness of coffee leaves a nice aftertaste on the whole of the tongue. 9.4% is very well hidden. What a great porter.
Feinschmecker (202) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 15, 2007
3.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Dark brown color with a sweet molasses malty aroma. Flavor is one dimensional and too sweet. It seems the sweetness is there to make up for the lack of complexity. I do have to admit that the alcohol is not noticeable. I am not to into this style.