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RATINGS: 290   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55/5   EST. CALORIES: 234   ABV: 7.8%
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rlgk (15303) - Göteborg, 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BrewDad (5120) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beersearcher (2382) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Maverick34 (2721) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
humlelala (1172) - 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."

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ungstrup (31419) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - OCT 27, 2011
Draft. A pitch blackbeer with a dark brown head. The aroma has notes of roasted malt, caramel, and chocolate. The flavor is sweet with notes of roasted malt, alcohol, caramel, and wood, leading to a dry roasted finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theis (14658) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - OCT 22, 2011
UPDATED: FEB 11, 2013 Draught at Ølbaren. Black - nice big brown head. Spicy notes. Yeasty. High malty. Fruity notes. Burned malts. Mynth. Staranis. Dryness. Carcoal. Acid notes. Smokey. Licorice. Ok.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
r464 (2119) - Earth, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 14, 2011
From the can. Dark but somewhat translucent. Decent tannish colored head. Roasty toasty taste of malt and coffee. Nice and bold.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerandBlues2 (11048) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 8, 2011
Can. Pours opaque with a medium-small, fizzy light tan head, short retention with spare lacing. Aroma is chocolate and toast malt, dates and prunes, no hops and a licorice nose. Flavor is medium bitter dark malt, licorice, light roast, chocolate and toast malt, light earthy hops, wood, and a dry finish. Medium body, warmth, and carbonation.

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