BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - AUG 19, 2005
Reddish brown appearance, rich fruity port aroma. Sweet fruity, creamy flavor, strong port comparisons without the showing the alcohol. Smooth and creamy. Sweet finish. hammenlind (737) - Sundbyberg, SWEDEN - AUG 28, 2005
Pours dark brown with a thin beige head. Aroma from chocolate, wood, molasse and horseblanket. Sweet, thick, smooth madeira and coffee flavour. Somewhat burnt. Pleasant acidity in finish. Otje (678) - Veendam, NETHERLANDS - SEP 24, 2005
great tasty porter. dark brown beer, no head. aroma: tobacco, nutty, bit cherry, bit of coffee, milk chocolate and malty(bit roasted). taste: grassy, roasted malt, walnut, sweet, madeira, chocolate and a bit bitter. finishes sweet and nutty. thin/medium bodied, well carbonated. alc. is well hidden. wonderfull complex polish porter. jimhilt (2610) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 30, 2007
Pours a five finger light brown head that fades quickly to a thin layer leaving a good lace. Deep mahogany color. Light carbonation and heavy bodied. Roasted coffee nose. Flavor is coffee/chocolate, sweet coffee finish. Higher ABV is hidden. $2.50 for a 500ml bottle from Liquid Solutions Tigard, Or. Icommonsewer (125) - TUCSON, Arizona, USA - AUG 28, 2007
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
Trooper11 (468) - Suffolk, Virginia, USA - DEC 6, 2007
nice looking dark brown brew with foamy light brown head. lots of carbonation present on glass. Strong dark fruity aroma cherry notes dominate. Heavy body, malty sweet, nutty notes, dry and bitter. High alcohol but not apparent. Great taste. Nice warmth. esjaygee (3904) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 16, 2008
500ml bottle from Oklahoma liquor. Pours very dark brown with large brown frothy head. Toasted malt, caramel and coffee aromas. Malty sweet finish with chocolate and coffee. Smooth beer that hides the alcohol well. BeerNeedy (126) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - NOV 25, 2011
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. aaron_bossart (33) - Idaho, USA - JUN 13, 2012
A very smooth porter. I enjoyed it very much. The taste isn’t overwhelming, and it has a hint of molasses. Very sweet, highly recommended. ChadPolenz (1818) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - AUG 15, 2013
I poured a 500ml bottle into a tulip glass. There was no freshness date. It cost $2.19 ($0.13 per ounce).
Appearance: Deep mahogany/ruby red/near black hue. Forms a large, tan, frothy head which laces and retains really well.
Smell: Confectionery notes of liquid toffee and scorched caramel. A subtle, but noticeable alcohol presence as well.
Taste: Black Boss Porter is a hidden gem in beer stores across the nation. This is an authentic Old World style Baltic Porter that’s very flavorful, remarkably drinkable, and is priced dirt cheap. We sometimes forget (or just plain don’t know) how good obscure beers from obscure countries can be.
Baltic Porters have a certain quality to them that makes them stand out from other strong porter and imperial stouts. The flavor is akin to a beefy brown ale with a rich toffee and peanut brittle taste. Caramel is also noticeable, but not quite as prominent. Usually, beers this big tend to be quite hoppy for balance, though I wouldn’t say this one is noticeably bitter. The alcohol seems to override what hop character there may be, imparting some heat, but also some sweet, liqueur-like flavors of dark cherry and chocolate. What’s also interesting is that the aftertaste is quite clean and in no way cloying. I definitely recommend this as a great example (perhaps the best example) of the style.
Drinkability: As if the taste to Black Boss Porter wasn’t good enough, the delivery is what seals the deal. The mouthfeel is calm, soft, tepid, and thick but in no way sticky. It goes down silky smooth, in fact, it’s difficult to sip (as it probably should be). The 9.4% ABV does make itself known as it imparts some gentle warmth throughout the swig. You could call it a tad distracting, but it’s in no way annoying.