jackamackson (127) - USA - FEB 26, 2005
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
pours black/brown with a little bit of a tan head. aroma is roasty coffee, some alcohol. tastes kind of tart. very roasty and a litle raisiny. pretty good mouthfeel, a little bit syrupy. good, but i probably wont go out of my way to buy it again
BeerNeedy (126) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - NOV 25, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
From a 1 pint nine fluid oz bottle. Nice deep reddish brown color and very clear. The aroma is of licorice and very pleasant. The taste is a bit cloying but not in a bad way. Reminds me of a chocolate liquor almost. Heavy alcohol note although not distracting. Overall a nice porter that will go into the occasional rotation.
Angelmonster (125) - Colorado, USA - DEC 6, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a big finger of beige head. Body is a very dark brown with red highlights. Head retention was decent and lacing was minimal.
Predominate smell is of dark fruits. Plums, figs, raisins and prunes. Caramel and roasted malts are also present. There is also a lingering hint of smokiness similar to a scotch ale at the end. Hops are not present at all and alcohol is very faint.
Taste is pretty sweet, almost syrupy. Caramel, dulce de leche, smoky burnt malts are the first flavors that come through. Dried fruits like fig, prune, and plum are there as foretold in the smell. Some earthy hops are very faint in the background and for 9 percent abv, alcohol is well hidden.
Palate is medium bodied, slightly syrupy. Carbonation levels are good but head doesnt contribute much to the feel. For such a strong dark ale it wasnt as heavy as some baltic porters, which has its pros and cons.
Overall a good beer. Drinkability was very good, especially for such a strong beer. Not too heavy or filling, this beer can potentially become dangerous. Good flavors and reasonably priced, would definitely buy this one again
PolishHammer (124) - Norwalk, Connecticut, USA - DEC 21, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very dark brown, almost black. Strong chocolate and coffee notes. Alcohol flavor hidden very well. A very sweet tasting porter, with a lot of unfermented sugars. Somewhat buttery. IIt feels like 9.4 ABV after you drink one! Overall, a very tasty, sweet porter, with not much bitterness.
Icommonsewer (124) - TUCSON, Arizona, USA - AUG 28, 2007
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 18, 2007 this is a truly excellent Porter that has a wonerful smokey character yet goes down smooth and is very pleasing to the palate
BT (123) - Westchester, Illinois, USA - OCT 6, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured a beautiful black with mahogany and cherry hues, almost competely no head. aroma of alcohol, malts, fruit. Mouth was a bit dry.
portermax55 (118) - Canterbury, Connecticut, USA - NOV 6, 2007
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
500mL bottle into pint glass. Pours a dark brown with a light grey head. Heavy aromas of sweet fruit and roasted malts with a hint of spice. Flavor is of plums, fruit and malts with a slight coffee-like finish. Mouthfeel is light and drinkable. My only complaint was there could have been more carbonation, but that may have been due to the age of the bottle I purchased.
chokmah33 (118) - San Luis Obispo, California, USA - APR 6, 2008
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAY 10, 2008 Aromas of banana, yeasty bread, and definite alcohol.
Taste is nutty like a brown. A sweet prune flavor and a mealy malt finish. Definitely dosnít taste like it has 9.4%
forsides (118) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 29, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
mellow nose... caramel, chocolate, fruit. nice taste, tho not perfect. roasted malts, caramel, spicy hops. iím half polish, and this is the 1st polish brew iíd buy again. pretty good stuff overall
tekhna (118) - California, USA - MAR 30, 2009
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is a legitimately decent beer. Itís price, and price/%abv belies this fact, but this is a nice beer. A little roastier and a little less winey than some of its comparable baltic porters, which I guess makes it a more conventional porter, but thatís not a bad thing. The palate is a bit thin, and the taste can, on occasion be too, but itís hard to go wrong with the Boss. For 1.25 a half liter, at 9.4%, this is the deal of the recession.