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RATINGS: 288   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55   EST. CALORIES: 234   ABV: 7.8%
Late in the 18th century Britainís 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 werenít satisfied with the Baltic Porterís 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 Porterís hearty character.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Narnad (1504) - Wonder Lake, Illinois, USA - NOV 27, 2012
Found in a can. Pours a deep black color with a tall, dense tan creamy head. Aroma has a very sweet nose to it, light floral notes mixed with a strong chocolate, light licorice and some modest roasted notes at the finish. The flavor starts off with a strong black licorice flavor and moves into a light chocolate sweetness. Some very light earthy hops are present with a light roast finish that evens out some of the sweetness from earlier in the tasting. Alcohol is pretty strong and comes through with light heat after the beer goes down. Body is light/modest with very small fine carbonation that accentuates the alcohol. Overall the brew is good. My one problem with it was the alcohol really comes through and I think part of it is the fine alcohol and black licorice. These two really seem to have made it pop. Not a fan of licorice but the anise flavor in this brew was much more subdue than I would of expected after reading the above description.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Yorker (1678) - Herning, DENMARK - NOV 27, 2012
50 cl can @ home. Pours dark brown with a tan head that leaves a little lacing. Aroma is roasted malt, spices, dark fruits, anis, and liquorice. Flavour is roasted malt, anis, and liquorice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
mR_fr0g (5839) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 2, 2012
Can. Pours pitch black with a light tan head that quiockly disappears. initial aromas have some german whaeat charactistics some banana phenols. These fade somewhat. Also a little alcohol heat in the nose. Flavour is rich, but in my view the roasted malt do not play well with the star amise. Dry finish which lingers.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Nikiel (879) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 30, 2012
Can with Carla from Lovejoy. Pours dark brown/black with almost no foam. Smells lightly sweet and bitter of dark roast. Tastes roasty, earthy with hints of star anise, alcohol and coffee.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beer5000 (5126) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - OCT 30, 2012
On tap @ Schouskjelleren. Practically black body with a nice, dense tan head. Strong aroma of dark roasted malt and coffee. Flavor is quite sweet, dark, roasted malt, chocolate, liquorices and fruit. Moderate bitterness. Fine body and sweet malty aftertaste. Sweet and nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jeremytoni (3018) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - OCT 22, 2012
From a can poured a dark brown color with a small amount of head. Strong sweet malty flavor with a light toasty finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Bov (10614) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - OCT 20, 2012
draught@erzbierschof - black beer with a little yet persistent beige foam and a beautiful lacework; aroma of pralines and black chocolate, walnuts; low carbonation and full-bodied; some sweetnessand almost no bitterness; feels strangely plastic-like on the tongue; moderately long chocolatey and vanilla finish

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Swans (128) - FRANCE - OCT 16, 2012
On tap@Kitsch, Nice spicy porter with a perfect creamy head. Iím so glad to find this on tap in Spain. Really addictive saisonal beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
SAUER70 (15) - Illinois, USA - OCT 14, 2012
This is one of the best Porters I have ever had. Lots of CO2 throughout. Had it in the can. Was awesome.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gunnfryd (12643) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - OCT 13, 2012
On tap at Schouskjelleren. Dark brown colour with a beige head. Aroma is dust, malt, coffee, hop, licorice. nice beer.

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