bark (255) - Linköping, SWEDEN - OCT 2, 2004
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” MarinaMarket (254) - POULSBO, Washington, USA - OCT 24, 2011
Aroma from the neck is a malt lover’s dream come true! Caramel, alcohol notes, sugary goodness. Pours very dark amber and with some coaxing, a thin tan head. Huge aroma of malts and dark fruit, cherry, plum, and carmelized sugars. The head dissipates fairly quickly but leaves a nice set of legs clinging to the glass. Although very dark in the glass, a flashlight reveals this beer is essentially red. Wicked red. Flavors of toasted grain, a little smoke, malts, and virtually zero hop. The flavor is much more subdued than the aroma IMO. Body is medium, slightly viscous, and tart on the finish. I also get some notes of sherry. tasted @ 55F from the 330ml bottle. dwedin (249) - Happy Valley, Oregon, USA - MAR 2, 2006
Mild aroma, no alcohol smell. Mildly bitter taste with maybe a hint of dark chocolate. Didn’t detect as much flavor as some of the other reviewers maybe because it was chilled a little low. Okay porter. kbjames (244) - Utah, USA - JAN 6, 2005
This is an OK porter that looks and smells really good when you pour it but, but the taste is a bit of a disappointment. its on the thin side and not full bodied. you could do a lot worse, but also alot better blackmurder (236) - Whitaker, Oregon, USA - AUG 2, 2007
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
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
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
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. lagomswedish (213) - Umeĺ, SWEDEN - FEB 5, 2007
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.
Dubbercody (213) - Vancouver, Washington, USA - FEB 15, 2006
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. )