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Late in the 18th century Britain’s great brewing families were working hard to break into new markets. For the Baltic Sea ports they created an export version of the traditional British Porter. Styled like an IPA to preserve them for the voyage, those profound Baltic Porters served to ward off the chill winds of that northern sea. That said, we weren’t satisfied with the Baltic Porter’s traditionally subtle hint of black licorice. This ale features a blend of whole licorice root and star anise to create an uncommon addition to that traditional export Porter’s hearty character.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Torontoblue (85) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 15, 2012
Can with a BB of April 2012. Pours a dark brown, flat & zero head. Aroma of coffee grounds, licquorice, dark chocolate, molasses, bready, dark malt. Taste is nice roasted malt, bitter licquorice, rich dark fruits (prune, fig, raisin), slight dark chocolate flavours too. Medium bodied mouthfeel leading to a longish, coffee bitter finish. A little on the light side for a Baltic Porter, but still an enjoyable quaff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Arayaga2 (1769) - portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 12, 2012
Looks like coffee with a rich brown color with a thin brown head. Aroma and taste are both coffee with a rich treacle edge. Well done, and not really what I expected from a BP. $3.5/16oz

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
odinstyr (559) - Hamilton, New Jersey, USA - JUL 11, 2012
Pours dark brown with a lively tan head. Smells of licorice, anise, cough syrup, bread, nuts. Taste is mildly bitter and sweet, with a kick of licorice to it, profound but not overwhelming

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nocturne (744) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - JUL 5, 2012
On tap at PSBH, Manchester. Black with a light brown head. Taste and aroma are big on coffee, charcoal, liquorice and tobacco. There’s also some of that meaty umami character these beers seem to feature. Thick and almost chewy mouthfeel which can make it tough to work through, but by the end of the glass I was satisfied.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
craftbeerdesign (2158) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 5, 2012
tall boy can. pours black with a tan head. licorice and roast nose with some light hop aromas. med to full body with chocolate malts, roast, coffee, licorice and spices. light citrus bitterness. sweet and roasty finish with more licorice and anise. overall too sweet for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fiulijn (14294) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 2, 2012
Can, from Firefly, Vancouver
Black color, with a short lived brownish head. Gentle aroma of roasted malts, some chocolate, light liquorice. Good body strength; roasted malt and dark caramel flavor, chocolate, with some liquorice; correct bitterness.
Nothing surprising.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ben4321 (3759) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JUN 29, 2012
Location: 16 oz can from Buy Rite, 6/29/12

Aroma: The aroma is fairly subtle for the style, with roasted malts, chocolate, and nutty notes
Appearance: This one pours a dark brown color with a thin light brown head and light lace-work
Flavor: Tastes lightly sweet and mid-heavy roasty up-front, with some later dry roast, and a little tartness
Palate: The body is medium (though it feels light for the style), with average carbonation, and a dry finish
Overall Impression: This is a pretty interesting beer. The nose is a touch on the subtle side, but ultimately the components that are hinted at in the nose are basically the same ones that shine through in the flavor. The tartness though, I only found in the flavor. Overall, I found some things to like, and some things that I didn’t like quite as much, but it really is a pretty solid beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
wlajwl (3743) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - JUN 27, 2012
Aroma is malts, spice and a vegetable quality. The flavor is malts, a hint of nuttiness and a lasting spiciness/heat into the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
5000 (6180) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JUN 25, 2012
Can:   Black, sudsy & airy head, tannish, spotty lacing.   Soft roast, milky, some faint licorice and chocolate.   Not a heavy example, airy/bubbley, but fairly tasty and clean.   Nose shows some bitter root and licorice notes.   Has a minor fragrant or tropical aspect... star anise maybe?   Body and moutheel are moderate.   I was expecting a heavier beer, but this one drinks fine for being lighter.   Thankfully not a soy bomb.   Different, and enjoyable.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - JUN 21, 2012
can 5/12/12. blackish brown pour. ow head. a+f= anise!...big time...dust, smoke rubber, sassafras, chocolate and peanut butter. somewhat sharp and maybe too carbonated...5/4/5/3/13

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