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RATINGS: 292   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55/5   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DYCSoccer17 (3580) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 29, 2012
20 oz sample on tap at The Davis Beer Shoppe. The aroma on this has more coffee notes at first. Some medium roasted chocolate notes are also present. Some anise and some sweetness are also present. Mildly transparent dark mahogany body with a fair fizzy beige head. Weak lacing. Sweet, sugary start, before some chocolate and anise come through. Finishes with more sugary sweetness. A bit cloying, and a bit thin. Meh.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
BayAreaBeers (85) - Fremont, California, USA - JAN 21, 2012
Pours a deep deep red. Aroma is black licorice all the way with a weird bourbon hint. Taste follows but tamed down a bit. A little fruity ester in there. No distinct fruit flavor, just a fruitiness to it. Pretty good. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
faroeviking (10284) - FAROE ISLANDS - JAN 20, 2012
Chopp. Deep dark brown colour, medium beige head. mostly lasting head. Roasty malty aroma with chocolate and some coffee. Good filling mouthfeel. Roasted malt in the flavour indeed with chocolate and coffee along with soem alcohol. Good bitter well alsting roasty finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mcberko (11870) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 2, 2012
500mL can, pours black with a small tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, licorice and a touch of espresso. Flavour begins with espresso, licorice / anise and molasses, with the licorice becoming more pronounced midway through, while most of the flavours die on the finish, leaving a licorice-y trace. Medium complexity with a bit too much licorice for my liking. Enjoyable nevertheless.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
CapFlu (5047) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 30, 2011
(16oz can) Purchased at Hillside Liquor in Victoria, BC. Pours a thin, quick dissipating brown head atop a black body. Nose is rather mild, some cigarette among chocolate. Very smooth flavor, vanilla and tobacco leaves. No detection of ABV. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jesperhammer (3918) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 17, 2011
26-DEC-2011, draft @Bishops Arms. Black with rough beige head. Lovely roasted, hoppy, and spicy. Alcohol on the nose. Taste is burnt and hoppy. Really nice drinking although a bit messy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Leafs93 (2018) - Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 16, 2011
On the third day of Christmas 2011. Pours black with a tan head. Aroma of dark chocolate, roastyness, caramel. Taste is sweet up front with a roasty finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
thornecb (5275) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 15, 2011
Pours black into an English pint. Mocha head with excellent retention recedes leaving trailing sheets to coat surface. Cocoa and anise aromas. Thin with caramel and chocolate upfront turning to licorice in the medium-length finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Papsoe (25063) - 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Slipstream (2348) - 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.

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