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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
anders37 (18184) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
manuchampions (1238) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 17, 2011
Sampled at Brewery Creek U.S. event @ VCBW. Pours from the can a deep black with a medium sized beige head. Aroma of roasted caramel, dark chocolate and licorice. Roasted flavour of caramel, liquorice and dried fruits with notes of alcohol and dark chocolate. Fairly thin mouthfeel but ample taste. Roasted and warming alcoholic finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
egajdzis (5456) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 14, 2011
Dark brown / black with a small, light tan head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of roasted malts, anise, and cocoa. Taste of much of the same, with some dark fruits, some vanilla bean, and light alcohol. Not bad for being organic

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
chriso (7475) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 14, 2011
On tap (keg) at Cask Pub & Kitchen on 10 May 2011. Black in colour with a creamy head. Rich chocolatey feel throughout with some licorice in the flavour - didn’t realize it was actually brewed with licorice at the time. Not much sign of the Star Anise though. Some tart, hoppy notes in the flavour. A little sweet for my taste but, overall, extremely tasty and satisfying.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
adrian910ss (2378) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 8, 2011
16 oz can. Pours a deep cola with a large creamy tan head. Aroma of sweet malt, hints of black licorice, toasted nuts and cream notes. Taste of creamy sweet roasted malt, toasted nuts and faint black licorice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DocLock (8185) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 4, 2011
Pounder can from Capone’s. Pours turbid deep black with 2-finger tan head. Nose is roasty dark malt, hops, cacao. Tastes black patent malty, with notes of cacao, hops, and a medium to lighter palate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mortlach (1050) - Rome, ITALY - APR 26, 2011
26/04/2011 Brasserie 4:20 (tap). Scura, nera impenetrabile, con riflessi color caffè, buona schiuma marroncina, non molto persistente. Aroma intensissimo, pieno, di liquirizia, note di malto tostato sullo sfondo. In bocca ha un attacco amarognolo (liquirizia, caffè), quindi dolcissima e nuovamente amara nel finale. Molto complessa, ma alla lunga decisamente stucchevole. Corpo medio, consistenza oleosa. Birra particolarissima e curiosa.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
thirdeye11 (5671) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 24, 2011
(Draught at GABF) near black pour with a few bubbles. Nose of maple, vanilla and toast. Taste is toasty, cracker, lightly burnt grains, and nearly uncarbonated. A very unwelcome presence of alcohol in the finish here as well.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopdog (9327) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 22, 2011
16oz can. Poured a dark brown color with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of licorice, toasted nuts, roast, and spices. Tastes of licorice, nuts, some roast, and some spices. Thinner body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ibrew2or3 (7230) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - APR 3, 2011
Can pour courtesy of gunhaver. It has a mahogany body with thin mocha head. The aroma is just loads of spicy black licorice and anise as well as maybe a sense of rootbeer. The taste is thick sludgy buckets of spicy black licorice that makes one wonder how they fit all this licorice into this little can. Behind the mountain of black licorice is a sense of black strap molasses.

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