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RATINGS: 251   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.


3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 18, 2011
16oz. Can: Faint aroma of malt, chocolate, a hint of toffee, and slight licorice. Poured dark brown in color with a medium-sized, creamy, dense, tan/beige head that diminished but lasted throughout. Opaque. Sparkling. Flavor is medium sweet and lightly bitter. Tastes of malt, roasting, chocolate, light licorice, anise, slight toffee, and some ash. Medium body. Lightly tingly, then dry texture. Average carbonation. Malt, chocolate, roast, ash finish is dry. 7.8%ABV is completely hidden throughout.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
evergreen0199 (1929) - Northwood, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 3, 2011
Keg at Craft beer Co, Clerkenwell, London. A dark brown/black coloured pour with a medium beige head on top. Roasty, malty, fruity aroma. Taste is quite unexpected, really rich, sweet, malty, dark fruit, hint of chocolate, almost port like. Could not detect any licquorice in there but a really interesting brew indeed.

3.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Drake (8030) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - AUG 20, 2011
16 ounce can from Beer Run in Charlottesville, VA. Pours a very dark brown color with a thin brown head that fades quickly. Aroma of chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, faint anise and a fainter bit of citrus. The taste is roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, citrus, anise and an herbal note. Thin-medium bodied. Quite nice.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
riversideAK (5574) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - AUG 18, 2011
Nice chocolatey and black licoricey nose. Darker brown bread. Pours dark beown, no head or lace. Light roast, dark chocolate. Licorice, dark sweet brown bread, light earth, mild bitterness. Somewhat clean finish. Soft carb.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kinz (3251) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - AUG 11, 2011
Pours black, nice head. Aroma is lightly of chocolate, faint note of anise. Flavor is chocolate, with the anise floating in the background, melding nicely. Considering I’m not a huge anise fan, this was actually quite good. The flavorings added complexity without beating you over the head. Nicely done.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bpreo (1491) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - AUG 2, 2011
Really has an "uncommon" taste to it. Aroma is delightful, flavor is just bizarre, but wholly recognizably a Baltic Porter. Good job making a Baltic in California!

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
beerguy101 (5277) - Newark, California, USA - JUL 2, 2011
Sampled on 6/10/2011. This Baltic Porter pours a dark black color from a 16oz can. Medium to small sized tan foamy head. The aroma is chocolate, fruity and sweet with a touch of licorice. A medium bodied Baltic Porter. The malts are chocolate, fruity and sweet with some licorice. The hops are herbal and earthy. Decent carbonation. Nice balance. Decent roastimess. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Butters (3725) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JUN 29, 2011
Pours a beautiful near black with ruby highlights and good brown head. mixed feelings on this one. Mixed chocolatey and dark roasty notes. got better as it warmed up and aired out. there was a distinct ’tinny’ taste to it when it first came out of the can. pretty good though.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fonefan (34222) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JUN 23, 2011

Draught @ SUMMER BEER FESTIVAL, Parco Rosati,via delle Tre Fontane, Roma, Italy.

Clear dark black brown colour with a large, frothy to creamy, good lacing, fully lasting, beige head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, roasted, caramel, sweet malt, toothpaste - mint ! Flavour is moderate to heavy sweet and moderate bitter with a average to long duration, dark malt, chocolate, licorice notes. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20110513]

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
anders37 (16250) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JUN 2, 2011
Draft @ SBWF 2010. Pours a dark brown black color with a small off-white head. Has a roasted malty chocolate and licorice aroma. Roasted malty caramel and licorice flavor with hints of chocolate. Has a roasted malty licorice and caramel finish.


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