philbertk (1873) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 8, 2010
Witnica Browar S.A.--Black Boss Porter--2004 16.9 oz. Bottle. 9.40% ABV. 20 IBU’s? (4.5 / 5.0) Porter--Baltic. 2 @ $2.29 Each. Mild espresso head. Clear dark red brown color. BC sediment. Mild chocolate hop front. Mild sweet toasted chocolate doughy creamy BC ester hint body. Smooth mild crusty creamy cocoa mild EtOH end. Sampled 1/19/2008. Tak_en_Lou (7) - - FEB 26, 2012 does not count
Love this f***ing beer. One of my favorites.
-Pours a dark black, rose and burgundy in the light, tan to white creamy head dissipates quickly and leaves a bit of lacing. Aromas of raisin, date, paperclips, farmhouse, light chocolate.
Licorice, grain, peanut, pistachio shell, metal, vine, and sexy sex on the tongue. Slightly watery mouthfeel, medium body, tingly in the cheeks, bold but subtle palette. Finish is half dry half wet, long remnant of nut and earthy grain, little beef. Rather warming, a solid porter. This is what I want when I want a porter. OnWisconsin (140) - Wisconsin, USA - OCT 30, 2012
Head dissipated quickly with a dark black color. Carbonation is perfect for a porter. Just enough to add to the mild smooth taste. Has a very fine sweetness in the middle. Can taste a molasses in the middle. Very little if any IBUs detected. Almost a cola taste at the finish. Not sure if this can age well but going to try!!
tfontana (1185) - Fremont, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 9, 2016
Bottle pour into nonic pint glass from Manchester Wine & Liquors. Appearance is clear mahogany with light sparkle, 2-finger width light brown foamy head with decent retention and sudsy lacing. Aroma is dark chocolate, dark toast, hints of coffee and dark fruit. Taste is dark chocolate, dark fruit, mild European hop bitterness. Palate is full bodied with decadent creamy texture, soft carbonation and dark fruit/dark chocolate finish with late warmth in stomach. Overall, a nice beer that is sweet but not cloying and a silky mouthfeel. Nice. 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 (3902) - 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 (39) - 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 (1847) - 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).
HighlanderOne (1396) - York, SC via NJ, South Carolina, USA - JUL 29, 2016
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.
Poured from bottle. Big aroma of coffee and chocolate malt. Good lookin - nearly stout black with lacing. Tasting huge amounts of mocha and chocolate with a trace of licorice, lactose, banana and a trace of booze and hops. If I didn’t know better I would think this was a sweet stout. Probably too sweet for a porter. But I don’t care - this is a tasty surprise.