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 (1393) - 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. Eyedrinkale (3235) - Astoria, New York, USA - NOV 10, 2004
Light black color with a dense tan head. Aromas of black licorice and burnt roasted coffee. Taste has the licorice right up front with some chocolate and vanilla. Body is creamy and smooth and I’d never guess this stuff is 9.4% I wasn’t expecting much from this stuff, since I got 3 pint bottles for $5 but it’s not a bad deal at all. I could easily get used to this stuff. My favorite beer from Poland. Gusler (2652) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 18, 2005
The beer upon its evacuating the 500ml brown bottle takes up but temporary residence in my glass a deep brown to almost black color with a smallish light chocolate head that vanishes rather quickly leaving a dangerously thin skirt of lace to encircle the glass. Nose has a splendid burnt grain aroma with a sweet malt backing, caramel, and a somewhat earthy tone present; start is sweet with a nice grain profile, the top middling in its feel. Finish has a vigorous acidity and the hops delightfully spicy, and the 9.4 percent ABV leaves a nice warm feeling in the belly, a darn tasty brew this “Black Beauty”! SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - AUG 21, 2005
Lots of oatiness in the nose meld well with hints of dark chocolate, charred toffee and smoked peat. The body is heavy, creamy and real enjoyable. Sweet chocolate, vanilla and roasted malts balance each other, making this quite drinkable. No sign of the 10% ABV, which is kind of scary. beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JAN 29, 2006
Dark fudgy brown with a crimson glow at the bottom. A small, big bubbly cap of tanned foam barely surfaces over the edge. Sporatic lacing in spots and tiny strings.
Aroma is dark and malty rich with a very assuming forward presense of molasses with favorable hints to dark fruits adding raisin, fig, and dates to the mix with a light coating of soured milk chocolate.
Taste shadows a nice reflection cast by the aroma with largely dark malt richness of molasses and the dark fruity stuff of raisins, dates, and figs. A bit thin in the middle. Finishes well with a brown sugar spiced alcoholic warmth with a smooth, slick little coating of tootsie roll chocolate. Semi tangy and darkly sweet for most of its ride until the finish were it turns to a nice chocolate candy thickness.
Medium thinned body with a subdued richness to it and silky slick and smoothly textured with very low carbonation. As it should be for a Baltic Porter.
A pretty solid brew and recommended.