timfoolery (1126) - California, USA - OCT 17, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 19, 2008 The best porter Iíve tasted so far, and thatís my favorite. Itís too bad I canít be more elequent when talking about beer. This stuff is excellent, smooth in drink and aftertaste. andyblaz (7) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 24, 2008 does not count
Best bang for the buck! Got 1/2 liter for $2 (in a stagflation economy mind you). Smells a little like funky fish (but in a good way)? But when you taste it you will be pleasantly surprised by the coffee, brown sugar, raisins and malt flavors. Everything a Baltic Porter should be, love it or hate it brahsky! Iím stocking up! explosivebeer (36) - Washington, USA - JUN 12, 2008
As the name indicates, this beer poured a nice thick black with a thin tan head. There was chocolate, alcohol, and maybe some sour cherries in the aroma, as well as some breadiness as is breathed a bit. The flavor had lots of chocolate and coffee with a slight creaminess. The malt body balanced the alcohol. It finished smooth. This was a great beer for the price ($2.80 for 500ml bottle) and a good beer regardless of price. Ibrew2or3 (8607) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - SEP 25, 2008
Pours deep garnet with semi big bubbled tan head. The aroma has notes of dark fruity esters like prunes, figs and dates as well as licorice, burnt malts, some notes of earthiness and a faint hotness on the nostrils. The taste is nice with bold yet even with approachably smooth earthiness mixing with chocolate and burnt malts. Those flavors are followed by an under current of dark fruity esters that tie the taste together nicely. It ends with residual dark fruitiness but mostly roasty malts and fading earthiness. Very pleasing combination of notes creating a very tasty brew. mjmcend (209) - USA - FEB 19, 2010
Pours dark, dark brown. Aroma was syrupy and a bit of chocolate. I like the flavor, even though Iíve only had this type a few times now. Medium carbonation, oily, full mouthfeel. The 9.4% is hidden well. At 2.75 for a 16.9 oz. bottle, it is a great value. In fact, in terms of $ per alcohol-oz., this is the top beer I have found.
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. Angelmonster (197) - Colorado, USA - DEC 6, 2010
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
Matts_Property (837) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 10, 2011
Sampled from a bottle at SIB. Pours a clear dark red/brown with a small lacing.Aroma of liqueur, caramel, and toasted malts. Flavour reflects this. Medium bodied. Tasty. wtcecil (2) - Greensboro, North Carolina, USA - SEP 4, 2011 does not count
Aroma: best part of the beer: coffee comes through very strong with hints of chocolate.
Appearance: pours black, 3/4 inch white head, no lacing.
Taste: malty, chocolate, and coffee.
Palate: Good full mouthfeel
Overall a great beer for the price. The higher alcohol isnít overpowering in the taste.
xenodius (3) - Spokane, Washington, USA - NOV 28, 2013 does not count
Cocoa, malt. Beautiful fluffy, fairly retentive head. Dark amber/Brown in color. Raisin/fig, cocoa, sweet molasses, coffee. Very velvety on the palate without too much carbonation. Thereís a nuance that I canít place... plum? Great finish. Malty, toasty and lingering. Fantastic.