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RATINGS: 266   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54   EST. CALORIES: 234   ABV: 7.8%
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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.


3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hawthorne00 (2543) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - AUG 21, 2012
Can, 12C. Black with a tan head thatís a coat very quickly and then is gone. Aroma of treacle, mocha, grass, aniseed. Oily, lightly carbonated mouthfeel. Sweet with dark sugars, moderate roasted flavours, licorice, creeping bitterness. Pepper and anise linger a little long after the malt and licorice fade away. Would have liked a little more bitterness at the end, too. First sip seemed a bit thin, but it gradually filled out.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HughConway (805) - Washington, USA - AUG 20, 2012
Can. Pours black, thin tan head, quite a bit of carbonation. Aroma is malt - maybe a hint of the anise and licorice? Taste is roast malt, smooth finish. Nice beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bluevegie (3059) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - AUG 18, 2012
I still enjoyed this even though I served it a little too cold. Black body with lasting tan head. Donít pick up a lot of chocolate on the nose and in the taste, the aroma to me is more star anise, a little warming in the taste, maybe rich dark chocolate, not outstanding but very drinkable.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DuffMan (7028) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 17, 2012
Can. Very dark brown, brief head that fades to naught. Aroma is quite sweet, and all dark malts. Flavours of treacle, chocolate, fig jam, and as promised, nice subtle black licorice. Quite tasty, nice balance.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mkel07 (3669) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - AUG 16, 2012
500ml can. Lots of licorice in the aroma and a big thick black colour wih a soft tan head. Very tasty and paced full of flavour again with plenty of aniseed and licorice.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theydon_Bois (9915) - The íSham, Surrey, ENGLAND - AUG 15, 2012
Tap at the Cask, Pimlico - 16/03/12. Dark brown to black with a half finger of head. Dark chocolate, liqourice and roasted malts on the nose. Dark fruits in the flavour, malt, a touch of coffee and chocolat lots of roastiness. Dry finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DeliriumT (367) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - AUG 11, 2012
Pours ink black with chocolate head. Smells like burnt toffee syrup mixed with hints of licorice and light coffee. The taste is much more of coffee than the aroma and tastes strongly of burnt coffee

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Scipio (719) - Palatine, Illinois, USA - AUG 7, 2012
Pours almost black, but not quite, with a full but fading tan head. Aroma was of coffee, licorice, chocolate, and bread. Roasted impression. Taste has sour notes in this. I still get a good amount of licorice and coffee, but I also taste some citrus notes like lemon and apple, along with chocolate undertones. Creamy and slick when drinking, no real carbonation, not much of an aftertaste. Good, not my favorite, but something I might buy again.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hallinghansen (2093) - Odense S, DENMARK - AUG 2, 2012
Tap @ CBC. Brown body with a small offwhite head. Aroma is molasses, grain, licorice, toffee, chocolate. Flavor is chocolate, coffee, licorice, roast.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
andyhwcinc (1513) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 29, 2012
Enjoyed at a friends place while bottling some home brew. Not a fan of this stuff. Appearance pitch black with almost no head. Aroma of chocolate, light booze, bit of spice/cinnamon. Taste is ok, features all of the aroma elements, doesnít really add anything, below average when comparing against other of the style.


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