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RATINGS: 254   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54   EST. CALORIES: 234   ABV: 7.8%
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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.


2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Papsoe (25089) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - DEC 10, 2011
On tap. Opaque black with a rough beige head. Tart or even sour aroma that pretty much overpowers the hard roast malt. Medium-bodied, hard roasted malt, slightly pruney with an ashy edge and again a distinct tartness. Hard roast malt bitterness in the finish. Quite rough - even without the infection. 251111

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Slipstream (1995) - USA - DEC 2, 2011
Foamy dark pour, Sweet coffee porter with an astringent, metallic edge (from the can, maybe?) and a touch of honey. Lightly floral aroma. It is medium weight and more sweet than smoky or dry, with some cola and licorice in the mix. Nicely balanced, not heavy or oppressive. This could be a good choice for a session brew.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BroSpud (1673) - , Massachusetts, USA - NOV 29, 2011
16oz can. Pours black with a tan head. Pretty tasty porter with notes of chocolate, coffee and licorice. A bit too expensive for what it is but pretty good overall.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
jrallen34 (3478) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 20, 2011
can, an interesting one at that... dark brown beer with a big medium tan head that rises three fingers, nice retention... the aroma is light anise and chocolate, ok... the first sip is distracting with carbonation, licorice and anise as accents are a nice touch, a bit boring and too sweet but ok... great when mixed with Belgian Red

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rlgk (10119) - Göteborg/Jönköping, SWEDEN - NOV 19, 2011
UPDATED: MAY 12, 2012 Copenhagen Beer Celebration 2012. Black beer witha small beige head. Malty chocolate, cocoa aroma, hop notes, roasted. Chocolate flavor, roasted, cocoa, malty, figs, vinous notes, hoppy, nicely balanced smooth beer with a nice cocoa finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BrewDad (4844) - Olympia, Washington, USA - NOV 15, 2011
Nice drinking porter. Interesting being in a can - IPA’, Ales, Ambers sure but a porter it was odd but very good, Once I got past the can this has great dark malt and chocolate flavors. Good finish this was a very good beer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beersearcher (2315) - Glendale, California, USA - NOV 15, 2011
Sampled at CanFest 2011 in Reno. This was quite nice though the can graphic is confusing. Pours a dark brown with a really strong roasty malt flavor that doesn’t overpower. Sort of a mix of coffee and chocolate.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 12, 2011
Draft @ the trappist in oakland. Frothy tan top over a dark brown beer. Flavors are overrun by the awkward belgian yeast used...maybe not awkward to you, but belgian yeast usually just tastes fucking whorish to me, unless its a lambic yeast or some other thing floating around the skied of belgium...but I doubt that banana-y, cobwebby, phlemg-inducing, muddled gross yeast used in practically all non-sour/wild/lambic belgian yeast is floating around in the sky...tastes more like they grow that shit from within the legs of belgian whores in the bad parts of belgian towns...I bet if any other country was as fucked in the head as the belgians and starting using vaginal yeast to ferment beers, everyones beers would taste what we currently refer to as "belgian". In any event, this beer has that whorish yeast infection taste of belgian yeast and thus, any other nuances that could be present...like the advertised star anise and black licorice (as if there is another form of real licorice) is completely swalled in a muddled mess of awkward belgian yeast. That’s all I have to say about this beer. Fuck.ing.whorish.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Maverick34 (2184) - New York, USA - NOV 10, 2011
Canned. Inky dark brown to black pour, whitish head. but it disappears Somewhat fizzy, strong mint/licorice/anise scents. Fairly carbonated. PRett good.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
humlelala (954) - DENMARK - NOV 2, 2011
(on tap @ Ølbaren) Pours black with medium, toffee head. Decent retention and lace. Aroma is caramel, vanilla, licorice, chalk and milk. Creamy on the palate, full-bodied, softly carbonated with a slightly boozy finish. The taste is smooth, balanced and dark - neither too bitter nor too sweet. Very complex and pleasant. Girlfriend says: "A bit disappointed by the taste after such a promising aroma."


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