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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DocLock (8376) - 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 (1130) - 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 (5739) - 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 (9588) - 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 (7362) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
troopie (2291) - Munchen an der Willamette, Oregon, USA - APR 2, 2011
Tin. Pours dark brown with thin beige head. Full aroma of walnuts, licorice and roast. Lots of licorice in the flavour. Full bodied, Anise finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
markwise (4624) - 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 (2526) - 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 (523) - 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.

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