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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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
markwise (4424) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 21, 2011
Thanks to IBrew2or3 for the share. Pours dark brown with a tan head. Nose is black licorice, herbal notes, anise, some roast, and a hint of yeast. Flavor is similar with anise and licorice, along with a bit of roast, yeast, and spice. The black licorice dominates the flavor profile and like Argus in the Underworld does not let much else slip through. Light to medium body with a big anise presence.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
suprchunk (2029) - Crestview, Florida, USA - FEB 26, 2011
Black in color. Huge tan head, with little lacing when it subsides - quickly. Caramel aroma, roasty, and a big nose of alcohol. Don’t really get the anise or licorice. Sweet and a bit of a sourness, mixed in with plenty of alcohol. Creamy mouth-feel and a bit of a chalky aftertaste. Not a bad beer on tap.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
doublebock (496) - California, USA - FEB 9, 2011
Black with tan head. Aroma of molasses and cola syrup. Rich texture with notes of dark fruits, some citrus, vanilla and brown sugar with a port like finish. This beer is made with Star Anise and Black Licorice. I wouldn’t have been able to discern either flavor without consulting the bottle but the combination results in a very unique and memorable taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
Scauca (490) - Lovere, ITALY - NOV 19, 2010
Pit black with little brown head. The aroma is roasted and somewhat spicy. The flavour is smooth, rich malty, very easy to drink with notes of licorice, chocolate and caramel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
oh6gdx (20216) - Vasa, FINLAND - OCT 27, 2010
Draught@SBWF2010. Very deep rubyish amber colour, close to black. Aroma is liquorice, some mild toasted notes along with chocolate and some slight spices and ashes. Flavour is quite similar with also some quite bisquity notes. Also the alcohol shows a bit.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Svesse (6036) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - OCT 25, 2010
(Draught at Stockholm Beer Festival, 2 Oct 2010) Dark brown colour with frothy, beige head. Malty, roasted nose with chocolate, liquorice and anise. Malty, slightly fruity taste with notes of roasted malt, chocolate, liquorice, anise and dark bread. Generous coffee bitterness in the finish. Slightly more than medium body, balanced sweetness. Nice porter with an interesting liquorice twist.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gyllenbock (4397) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 14, 2010
On tap at SBWF 2010. Black with a small brownish head. Roasted malt, licorice, chocolate. Quite sweet taste, nice bitterness. Nice balance. A good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DSG (5614) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - OCT 7, 2010
UPDATED: OCT 12, 2010 [9/23/10] Draught at Beer Temple in Amsterdam. Black with a light brown head. Aroma of roasted malt, some coffee, dark chocolate, a bit of dark fruit hints and smoky notes. Sweet flavor with fruits, sugar, roasted malt, a bit of coffee and alcohol. Medium-bodied.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Frovigalning (2876) - Örebro, SWEDEN - OCT 6, 2010
Draught at SBWF 2010. It poured a dark black liquid with some reddish tones. Sweet flavour with chocolate and a bit sour. Nice baltic porter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
omhper (19187) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - OCT 5, 2010
Draught at Stockholm Beer Festival. Near black, small head. Interesting flavour with roasty licorice and cocoa. Mid sweet and surprisingly slim with clean rounded mouthfeel. Somewhat vinous with flavours of crackers and aniseed. Some herbal bitterness. Unusual, still well balanced and really tasty.

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